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          'Almost all' Pakistani banks hacked in security breach, says FIA cybercrime head       Cache   Translate Page      

In a shocking revelation, the head of the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) cybercrime wing has said data from "almost all" Pakistani banks was stolen in a recent security breach.

"According to a recent report we have received, data from almost all Pakistani banks has been reportedly hacked," FIA Cybercrimes Director retired Capt Mohammad Shoaib told Geo News on Tuesday.

When pressed to clarify, the official said data from "most of the banks" operating in the country had been compromised.

Speaking to DawnNewsTV, Shoaib said hackers based outside Pakistan had breached the security systems of several local banks. "The hackers have stolen large amounts of money from people's accounts," he added.

"The recent attack on banks has made it quite clear that there is a need for improvement in the security system of our banks," he observed.

He said the FIA has written to all banks, and a meeting of the banks' heads and security managements is being called. The meeting will look into ways the security infrastructure of banks can be bolstered.

"Banks are the custodians of the money people have stored in them," Shoaib said. "They are also responsible if their security features are so weak that they result in pilferage."

It wasn't immediately clear when exactly the security breach took place.

According to Shoaib, more than 100 cases are being investigated by the agency in connection with the breach.

"An element of banking fraud which is a cause of concern is that banks hide the theft [that involves them]... and the clients report [the theft] to the banks and not to us, resulting in a loss of people's money," he told DawnNewsTV.

"We are trying to play a proactive role in preventing bank pilferage," he added.

Shoaib said the agency has arrested many gangs involved in cybercrimes and recovered stolen money from them.

A gang was arrested last week whose members used to disguise themselves as army officials and withdraw money from banks after gathering people's data, the official added.

'Data of over 8,000 account holders sold'

The disclosure comes days after around 10 banks blocked all international transactions on their cards, as concerns about a breach of credit and debit card data spread in the banking circles.

Sources told Dawn the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has been informed by several commercial banks that they have blocked international payments on debit and credit cards as a precautionary measure after cyber attacks on their clients’ accounts.

According to a digital security website krebsonsecurity.com, data of over 8,000 account holders of about 10 Pakistani banks was sold in a market of hackers.

A large Pakistani bank sent messages to its clients that online mobile banking services would be terminated for a temporary period from November 3 onwards on ‘technical grounds’.

The first cyber attack was reported by BankIslami on October 27. The bank said that Rs2.6 million was stolen from international payment cards after which it has stopped such transactions and allowed biometrically verified payments only on ATM cards within Pakistan.

Next day, the SBP issued directives to all banks to ensure that security measures on all information technology systems — including those related to card operations — are continuously updated to meet future challenges, ensure real-time monitoring of card operations related systems and transactions and immediately coordinate with all the integrated payment schemes, switch operators and media service providers.


          Director, Redevelopment, Facilities & Bio Medical Engineering - Joseph Brant Hospital      Cache   Translate Page      
Promeus

Director, Redevelopment, Facilities & Bio Medical Engineering

Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH) is a full-service community teaching hospital serving the communities of Halton and Hamilton, including Burlington, Waterdown, Flamborough, Milton and Stoney Creek, with a skilled staff of 175 physicians, 1,500 full-and part-time staff and more than 600 volunteers. In conjunction with McMaster University, JBH is a Clinical Education Campus, and designated as an Academic Community Teaching Hospital.

As part of a $450M redevelopment project, JBH recently opened its new seven storey state-of-art Michael Lee-Chin & Family Patient Tower which features a new Emergency Department; 172 acute inpatient beds; 9 new Operating Rooms and a new post-anaesthetic care unit; an expanded Diagnostic Imaging Department; expanded medical, surgical and outpatient services; expanded Cancer Clinic; expanded Intensive Care Unit; renovated Special Care Nursery, level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; an expanded and modernized laboratory; and 70 per cent single-patient rooms. As JBH continues this journey, there are several other planned milestones that will continue through 2018/2019 and include additional renovations and upgrades.

The Position

Reporting to the Executive Vice President, Administration and CFO (EVP), the Director, Redevelopment, Facilities & Bio Medical Engineering (Director) will lead and coordinate all stages for capital projects under the Ministry of Health Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Capital Planning Process, and provide operational and strategic direction to the Hospital, as it relates to capital planning, redevelopment and physical plant operations. The Director will lead a portfolio that includes: Capital Projects, Redevelopment and Bio Medical Engineering. Working in partnership with the EVP and with key partners, the Director will be instrumental in creating the strategy and mapping out the approach for the Hospital’s ongoing and future redevelopment projects and leading the execution of this plan in becoming a reality.  

Inherent in the role will be the ability of the Director to lead JBH’s continued agenda of growth and modernization as well as to support innovation and enable a culture of learning. In partnership with the EVP, the Director will play a key role in developing and fostering successful strategic partnerships with the Hospital Foundation, the Ministry, the community, and broader hospital operations.

Key leadership initiatives for the new Director will be to:

  • Oversee current capital redevelopment initiatives that include projects related to facility upgrades, unit/program renovations and modernization initiatives, including the acquisition of an MRI, and renovations of the Labour and Delivery, and Mental Health units.
  • Advance JBH’s growth agenda by contributing to plans for early stage Phase 2 redevelopment and an ambitious Master Plan targeting future expansion of the existing hospital site.
  • Liaise with the MOHLTC officials and Infrastructure Ontario relative to all facets of major capital redevelopment projects and lead the selection process to engage consultants and prequalification of contractors.
  • Facilitate, organize and manage all relevant issues and coordinating all relevant deliverables associated with securing approvals from the MOHLTC.
  • Work with key partners to set a clear direction, create a vision, and establish effective project teams.

Experience

The successful candidate will have at least 5-7 years of progressive leadership experience, preferably in a similarly complex health care environment. He/she will have capital planning and project execution experience, and have demonstrated their ability to manage large projects, keep stakeholders effectively involved in the process, and meet key milestones and deadlines. In addition to large-scale capital redevelopment experience, the candidate will be an exceptional communicator and relationship builder, effective at promoting collaboration and managing change.

To confidentially explore this opportunity, please email your resume, quoting the appropriate position title, to Judy Mandelman, at resumes@promeus.ca.


          Applications Engineer Power Distribution Equipment - Sanford Rose Associates - Appleton, WI      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Client a national leader in electrical planning, engineering, design, and installation of infrastructure and Power Distribution Equipment for industrial... $80,000 - $95,000 a year
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          Mapping Your IT Roadmap      Cache   Translate Page      
From security and infrastructure to staffing and budget, this white paper offers the advice you need to plan out your IT organization’s next steps, including:
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          The 2018 Digital Transformation Readiness Survey      Cache   Translate Page      

Digital transformation is crucial to most companies’ long-term vision, but are organizations truly ready for it? Do they have the technical infrastructure and staff to support that vision? Appian and DevOps.com endeavored to answer these questions through what we’ve dubbed the 2018 Digital Transformation Readiness Survey.

What we’ve found is that organizations are eager and optimistic about their digital transformation prospects in the coming years. But they still feel understaffed and overwhelmed when it comes to delivering the software that will support the transformations they have in mind.

No matter the company size or even which industry an organization operates in, growing revenue and enacting digital transformation are what truly drives IT strategy these days. Long gone are the days of IT as a simple cost center and it’s no longer considered a ‘win’ for CIOs to simply keep the infrastructure running.



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          Technical Engineer Networking      Cache   Translate Page      
In this position you are responsible for the implementation, development and maintenance of the network infrastructure. This infrastructure primarily includes network switches, routers, infrastructure cabling and wireless solutions JOB DESCRIPTION • Configure, deploy, and maintain network devices like routers, switches and others • Works on design, implementation, and support activities for network switches, routers, infrastructure cabling and wireless solutions • Acts to resolve technical issues including network down, intrusion, and performance...
          Account Manager (IT Sales) - X-TRA Communication Pte Ltd - North-East Singapore      Cache   Translate Page      
*Responsibilities* * Generate new sales, accounts and prospects in, amongst others, Enterprise Grade Network Infrastructure Setups and Communications Solutions...
From Indeed - Fri, 02 Nov 2018 06:19:34 GMT - View all North-East Singapore jobs
          Eodesk groupe Quodagis recrute des collaborateurs en Auvergne      Cache   Translate Page      

Eodesk groupe QUODAGIS, centre de services informatiques multi-compétences,annonce l’ouverture de postes sur les prochains mois pour compléter ses équipes opérationnelles et soutenir sa croissance. L’ensemble des postes sont proposés au sein du siège de l’entreprise sur Aurillac.

Eodesk groupe Quodagis a pour vocation d’assurer un fonctionnement optimal des infrastructures informatiques et d'apporter le meilleur service aux utilisateurs de technologie. Eodesk groupe Quodagis propose des services de support et des services managés aux grands comptes et PME, s’appuie sur des méthodes reconnues, des outils performants et des équipes compétentes.

Présentation de quelques postes ouverts:

  • Technicien(ne) informatique
  • Technicien(ne) support IT
  • Technicien(ne) supervision infrastructure

Bérengère Mazic chez eodesk groupe QUODAGIS « Nous allons recruter de nombreux collaborateurs pour mener à bien les projets que nous avons récemment remportés. Nous souhaitons continuer nos efforts pour accentuer notre qualité de service et positionner l’innovation au centre de notre stratégie de développement. Nous rejoindre permet ainsi de vivre une aventure enrichissante. »

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          Technical Support - Partners HealthCare(PHS) - Salem, MA      Cache   Translate Page      
This position reports to the Senior Manager of NSMC IS Infrastructure and Operations, who reports directly to the CIO of NSMC....
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          Server and Storage Engineering Manager - Partners HealthCare(PHS) - Somerville, MA      Cache   Translate Page      
Participate and help drive infrastructure strategic planning by working with key PHS resources (CIO, CTO, Deputy CIO) to define the ITS infrastructure plans....
From Partners HealthCare - Wed, 08 Aug 2018 01:47:26 GMT - View all Somerville, MA jobs
          Millions in Yemen are starving and UK, US & France are 'behind this' - Oxfam representative to RT      Cache   Translate Page      
© Reuters / Khaled Abdullah FILE PHOTO A man receives food ration from a charity food distribution in Sanaa, Yemen The US, UK, and French governments are behind millions of people starving in Yemen because they are "supporting this war," an Oxfam representative told RT, urging London to stop beefing up Saudi Arabia's military. "We have 14 million people starving," Richard Stanforth, Oxfam UK's regional policy officer for the Middle East, said. "British, French, American governments are all behind this, they are all supporting this war." Stanforth blamed the British government in particular, saying that London should stop its arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is accused of targeting food supplies and even no-strike locations in Yemen. "We've seen attacks on water infrastructure, on hospitals, warehouses of food. This pattern is continuing. Certainly, it's the airstrikes that are killing most civilians," he said. Stanforth says Riyadh's bombing is not sparing humanitarian sites...
          Facebook blocks 115 accounts after alert from U.S. authorities      Cache   Translate Page      
Facebook says it has blocked 115 user accounts after U.S. authorities alerted the social network to suspicious activity that may be linked to a foreign country. The company's move, announced in a blog post late on November 5, came hours after U.S. law enforcement agencies warned that, as U.S. voters go to the polls on November 6, they should be wary of attempts by Russia, Iran, and other countries to spread fake news on social media. "At this time we have no indication of compromise of our nation's election infrastructure that would prevent voting, change vote counts, or disrupt the ability to tally votes," said a joint statement by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen; Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and FBI Director Christopher Wray. Comment: US elections have been compromised for a very long time, and it wasn't the Russians' doing:SOTT Exclusive: Newsflash! Candidates Should Not Concede Stolen ElectionsRigged and...
          Amid US reinforced Saudi-led bombing, Pompeo pins responsibility for Yemeni starvation on Iran      Cache   Translate Page      
Saudi Arabia may be maintaining a blockade of Yemen and facing repeated accusations of indiscriminate bombing of civilian sites, but US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says starvation in the country is Iran's fault. Yemen has been in turmoil for years and the Saudi-led coalition was involved over three years ago. The alliance sent its troops and warplanes to put an ousted president back into power, after he fled under pressure from the Houthi rebels, a group that the Saudi sees as a proxy force of its archenemy Iran. As part of its campaign, the Saudi-led troops imposed a blockade of the country, stifling the supply of food, fuel, medicine and other essentials. Activists claimed its warplanes have also bombed civilian infrastructure like water treatment facilities, hospitals and markets. The result is what some observers openly call a man-made humanitarian disaster, with millions of Yemenis estimated by the UN to be on the brink of starvation, and dozens dying each day from...
          Prognosticators Have Never Learned How To Rate Races In A Wave Election-- And Pollsters Can't Get Their Models Straight      Cache   Translate Page      



Polls are all based on "likely voters." A campaign manager I was talking to last week was in a rush because he was still dragging homeless people onto buses to feed them sandwiches, etc and get them to the early voting stations. Over a thousand. Likely voters? Not a chance. Early voting shows "unexpected" upturns for women voters, black voters, Latino voters and millennials voters. How many extra seats is that worth to the Democrats beyond what the pollsters and prognosticators predicted? 10? 20? 30?

Last week Time Magazine warned them: Youth Voter Turnout in the Midterm Elections Could Be Historic, According to a New Poll. "Young voters could turn out to vote at record-breaking levels in the midterm elections next month, according to a new poll. The poll, released Monday by the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, found 40% of 18 to 29-year-olds say they will 'definitely vote' in the midterm elections on Nov. 6. Youth voter turnout has historically been dismal in midterm elections, which tend to draw fewer voters overall than presidential election years. The highest rate of youth voter turnout in past midterm elections was 21% in both 1986 and 1994, according to the Harvard report... In the 2014 midterm elections, 19.9% of adults under 30 voted-- 'the lowest rate of youth turnout recorded in the past 40 years.' In the 2016 presidential election, 46.1% of adults under 30 voted-- an increase from 2012, but still the lowest turnout rate of any age group."
In this year’s poll, a larger percentage of young Democrats (54%) than young Republicans (43%) indicated they were likely to vote.. Overall, 66% of respondents supported Democrats taking back control of Congress, compared to 32% for Republican control.
So how's that working out today? We don't know yet, but what we do know is that millennials turned out big in early voting. Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that early voting is pointing to a "Youth Wave."
Youth turnout rates in the midterm early vote are up by 125 percent compared to 2014, according to Catalist, a voter database servicing progressive organizations-- an eye-popping and historically high figure, say strategists on both the left and the right.

Young Americans ages 18 to 29 who say they are definitely voting tilt leftward, according to polls. But the data also shows young Republicans are bubbling with enthusiasm headed into tomorrow.

...2020 implications: Among young people polled, 59 percent said they would “never” vote for President Trump vs. 11 percent who said they'd be “sure to” vote for him.

... GOP pollster Chris Wilson, the CEO of WPA Intelligence, told us he thought it was a “bit too much” to call the turnout “historic.” But he said the electorate is looking younger “than both the 2016 and 2014 general elections. “Voters under 25 are outpacing their vote share from both the 2016 and 2014 general. Proportionately it’s not enough to make a huge difference, but it’s more,” Wilson said.

Nine months after 17 students were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Della Volpe's firm, SocialSphere, found that school shootings are the most worrisome issue to young Americans.



Surge in activism = a surge in voting: Tom Bonier, a Democratic  strategist and head of the firm Targetsmart, told us that skeptics initially cast doubt on the firm's findings that the “share of youth registrants nationwide increased by 2.16 percent” after the Parkland shooting in February.  A September memo showed that turnout among young people increased by an average of 4 percent in the 2018 primaries vs. 2014 primaries-- and doubled in some battleground states compared to 2014. Per Bonier, “Pennsylvania . . . has seen youth voter registration surge by 10 points after [Parkland]. Youth voters make up nearly 60 percent of all new Pennsylvania registrants.”

The mass shooting generation is showing up: We spoke with Jackie Corin, co-founder of March for Our Lives, who voted for the first time last week. Corin, along with a handful of her peers, has been traveling the country, meeting with lawmakers and mass shooting survivors, speaking on college campuses and visiting communities to build what the group calls a “youth infrastructure” to carry over into 2020. 
Civic engagement is cool: “Activism is becoming more of a normalized activity for teenagers-- they are seeing their friends get involved with campaigns and issues and it’s spreading like wildfire,” Corin added.
Twitter working against Trump?: Corin also credited the spike in awareness and engagement to Trump's Twitter habits. “The president uses Twitter as main source of communication and that’s something that young people see every single day-- they’re always on Twitter and Instagram so they're more engaged about what's going on.”
Real progress: Since the Parkland shooting that killed 17, over 60 state laws have been passed tightening gun control. “The constant mass shootings are large motivators … it’s what has activated thousands and thousands of people across this country,” Corin said.
We still don't know if the shift pollsters are seeing in early voting will be reflected at the ballot box.


So far today, it very much looks like it is. Meanwhile, everyone agrees that the likeliest of likely voters are seniors, particularly retirees. It's undeniable that they vote more than any other age group and that in recent decades that have been more prone to vote Republican. That party preference seems to have flipped on its head this cycle. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that campaign donors "who identify their occupation as 'retired' gave 52% of the $326 million they contributed through Oct. 17 to Democrats, compared with 48% to Republicans according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. That is a reversal of their split four years ago-- and it’s a record amount of midterm money from retirees. This is the first midterms since the group began keeping donor industry data in 1990 in which retirees favor Democrats over Republicans. That year, retirees gave 76% of their $15 million in contributions to Republicans and 24% to Democrats. As social security and Medicare have become hot-button political issues, retiree donors have steadily crept toward Democrats, the center’s data show. By 2002, the GOP advantage among retiree donors had declined to 63% versus 36%. Eight years later, the split was 55%-44%."




          DWT California Voter Guide For Tuesday (Reprise)      Cache   Translate Page      

We published this a few weeks ago for early voters but I figured I'd run it again-- with a bonus video at the end-- for Californians going to the polls on Tuesday. First and foremost on our list is the U.S. Senate race, in which we strongly back Kevin de León against fossilized conservative incumbent Dianne Feinstein.

Goal ThermometerWe don't usually back better of two evil candidates-- which is what the Democratic Party usually encourages, particularly on the federal level. But, this year, because of the existential threat from Trump, we are doing just that. Vote for every Democrat and against every Republican-- even for candidates as lacking in anything to recommend them as Andrew Janz and Gil Cisneros. There I said it!. That said, we are genuinely excited about some Democrats, especially Katie Porter, the progressive running in Orange County (CA-45), Ammar Campa-Najjar, the progressive running for Congress in San Diego County (CA-50) and Jovanka Beckles, the progressive running for state Assembly in the East Bay. All of our California faves are on the Blue America thermometer on the right. Prediction: Gavin Newsom will win and any progressive who voted for him will be very, very sorry. For state Superintendent of Schools, there's a really good candidate: Tony Thurmond and a really bad canddiate, the charter school guy, Marshall Tuck. OK, that's the easy stuff. Now the statewide propositions:
Prop 1- YES-- authorizes $4 billion in bonds to fund affordable housing for low-income families, seniors, people with disabilities, farmworkers and veterans.
Prop 2- YES-- authorizes $2 billion in bonds to provide supportive housing (i.e. ,mental health and drug rehab) for homeless Californians with mental illness.
Prop 3- NO-- an $8 billion boondoggle for Big Agriculture, while causing environmental problems.
Prop 4- YES-- authorizes $1.5 billion in bonds to fund building, renovating and equipping children’s hospitals.
Prop 5- NO-- another boondoggle, this one for wealthy developers and older rich homeowners-- expands Prop 13.
Prop 6- NO-- overturns the increase in gas taxes and vehicle fees that fund transportation infrastructure. Bad for Climate Change and deincentivizes electric car development.
Prop 7- YES or NO-- empowers the legislature to adopt permanent daylight saving time, eliminating standard time in the future if it Congress gives the OK.
Prop 8- YES-- requires notoriously profiteering dialysis centers to stop cheating their patients and to accept Medicare and Medicaid without discrimination.
Prop 10- YES-- allows cities, towns and counties to pass and strengthen rent control laws by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.
Prop 11- NO-- An anti-union proposal that allows private ambulance companies to require workers to remain on-call during meal and rest breaks.
Prop 12- YES-- an animal welfare measure set ting reasonable minimum floor space for pigs, calves and hens at one square foot.


L.A. County has Measure W, an excellent idea to fund rainwater capture, cleaning and storage projects in order to grow the county's local water supply. Vote YES.

And the city of L.A. has two measures, both worth supporting. Measure B amends the City’s charter to permit Los Angeles to establish a public bank. Vote YES.

Measure E sets the City’s primary election on the same date as the State’s primary election. Vote YES.




          Project Manager - Eagle Professional Resources Inc - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
The ideal candidate should have at least 10 years of Project management experience with high-level Network and infrastructure knowledge and should be very...
From Eagle Professional Resources Inc - Tue, 06 Nov 2018 22:08:26 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
          SAN Storage Administrator - ESIT Advanced Solutions - Victoria, BC      Cache   Translate Page      
Provides an interface between customer technical staff, vendors support staff and other IT professionals for the resolution of network, infrastructure or... $70,408 - $80,321 a year
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          VP Cloud Infrastructure - CentralSquare Technologies - Lake Mary, FL      Cache   Translate Page      
SAN, iSCSI, NFS – HP EVA, NetApp, EMC, Hitachi, Brocade, etc. Regularly analyzes and reports on key metrics and makes recommendations for improving internal...
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          Senior Product Manager - IoT Infrastructure & Appliance - Hitachi Vantara - Santa Clara, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
Hitachi Vantara is looking for an analytical, results-driven product leader with a strong technical & business aptitude....
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          Face à Maracineanu, les députés s'inquiètent des moyens du sport français      Cache   Translate Page      
Moyens en baisse, "flou" autour de la future agence du sport: des députés, majorité comprise, ont fait part mardi de leurs inquiétudes à la ministre des Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, sur les orientations du gouvernement, à six ans des Jeux Olympiques de Paris 2024. La députée Perrine Goulet (LREM), rapporteure spéciale de la mission sport pour la commission des Finances, a exprimé de "très forts doutes", notamment face à "la chute" des moyens alloués "à l'action +promotion du sport pour le plus grand nombre+" (-44,9%, de 89,7 à 49,4 millions d'euros). "Face à la diminution des contrats aidés, à la faiblesse des marges budgétaires des collectivités, il est absolument indispensable de sécuriser les subventions aux associations, aux clubs sportifs sur nos territoires et de soutenir la remise en état des infrastructures de nos collectivités", a-t-elle ajouté devant la commission des Affaires culturelles.
          How Businesses Can Get The Most From Artificial Intelligence With Purpose-Built “AI Infrastructure”      Cache   Translate Page      
In a new report, IDC states that the days of a single architecture dominating all compute in the datacenter are over. Artificial intelligence initiatives have become priorities for businesses, and most of the standard infrastructure being used in the datacenter is not suitable for the data-intensive nature of AI workloads. The performance and I/O of your […]
          Pulumi: SaaS multicloud app deployment service      Cache   Translate Page      
Pulumi seeks to “Program the Cloud”. They provide infrastructure for serverless containers. For an intro overview of Pulumi see: From GeekWire: It didn’t take long for the ex-Microsoft engineers behind Pulumi to prove their software development platform for multicloud computing was worthy of additional investment. Pulumi launched its SaaS multicloud app deployment service which could help businesses […]
          Bank Zero’s IT infrastructure – Photos      Cache   Translate Page      
Click here to see photos of the IT infrastructure that Bank Zero has built to support its innovative app and banking system.
          Technical Support - Partners HealthCare(PHS) - Salem, MA      Cache   Translate Page      
This position reports to the Senior Manager of NSMC IS Infrastructure and Operations, who reports directly to the CIO of NSMC....
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          Server and Storage Engineering Manager - Partners HealthCare(PHS) - Somerville, MA      Cache   Translate Page      
Participate and help drive infrastructure strategic planning by working with key PHS resources (CIO, CTO, Deputy CIO) to define the ITS infrastructure plans....
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          Comment on Welcome to Mella Travers Photography by vitiaJek      Cache   Translate Page      
The free movement of goods, services, capital, and people-these are the pillars that form an essential foundation for welfare and employment in Europe. Mobility is the fundamental premise for these four core values to be strengthened not only in the domestic market but also beyond its borders.Rolands petersons de facto This is particularly significant in the Baltic Sea region, where a well thought-out and developed transport system is one of the positive development factors.Rolands petersons de facto Flight-related activities have both direct and indirect impact on the economy.Rolands petersons de facto The direct impact includes the income derived from the activities of airline personnel and ground handling workers, whereas the indirect input implies all purchases in the aviation sector from locally based suppliers who basically do not represent the aviation sector. Additional impact on the economy of Latvia is formed by the costs of aviation sector employees and service providers.Rolands petersons de facto More than 30 airports are located in Lithuania There are four international airports operating in Lithuania - in Kaunas, Palanga, Siauliai, and, of course, in Vilnius, and there are more than 30 smaller airports and military airfields. In Estonia, airports are mainly located in the capital in Tallinn, as well as in Tartu, Kuressaare, Kerdle and Parnu.Rolands petersons de facto These are international airports, however, there are more than 15 private and military airports and so-called airports of local importance located throughout the country.Rolands petersons de facto Latvia still has only two international airports - in Riga and in Liepaja; there are also small airdromes, for example, in Spilva, in Tukums and Ventspils, and several other military flight platforms though.Rolands petersons de facto Riga International Airport entered the top five rapidly growing airports in Europe last year, which lead to an increase in the number of passengers by 16.2%. Therefore, it underscores the fact that even though the airport in Liepaja will have to put a lot of time and effort to its development, it brings a great potential, which can give a significant and valuable contribution to the domestic economy of the country. A successful start is taken after reconstruction The airport in Liepaja did a great job - in 2015 after its reconstruction was completed. At the airport a significant drainage effort was undertaken, a new cover for the take-off track was laid, the take-off strip was reinforced, the cover of the shunting route was improved and expanded, parking places for the aircraft were renovated as well.Rolands petersons de facto After Liepaja Airport was certified for commercial flights for the summer season in 2016, the Latvian national airline "AirBaltic" launched regular flights between Riga and Liepaja. During the first half of that year, more than 4,780 passengers were transported along this route. The five most popular destinations for transit flights along the Liepaja route include London, Berlin, Moscow, Copenhagen, and Hamburg, which, in general, brought very good results.Rolands petersons de facto Keeping in mind the processes that are still underway, it is important to mention the extensive capacity-building of the airports, environment protection in a long-term, enhancement of cooperation with other regional airports in Europe. It is not enough for Latvia to have only one high-capacity airport - we have a regional leader who can serve as an example of a successful market behavior for others. Support strategy for attracting new aviation communities Liepaja airport is the only example nowadays in terms of Latvian regional airports, however, I see several competitive regional airports in Latvia. To promote their development, a thorough analysis of the passengers' potential is needed, starting with linking their activities with the existing types of transport in the surrounding region, forming a support strategy to attract new aviation communities, passengers, and additional services for client groups, bearing in mind that the added value of airports is formed by airlines operating there, strategic cooperation partners and service providers.Rolands petersons de facto Without a doubt, it is also essential to study the ultimate goals of tourist destinations, in order to promote the growth of the travel market and ensure its positive impact on the economy. Infrastructure for a variety multifaceted of commercial activities The strategic objective of the regional airports is a creation of the favorable and unified conditions for the enterprises and institutions operating there, as well as to proactive procurement of a sufficient infrastructure for the development various of commercial activities.Rolands petersons de factoIt is also necessary to develop new ways of cooperation in order to actively identify airlines that are ready to join the development of new travel destinations and to expand their market share in the airport. Apart from this, it is necessary to work on the incentive prerequisites for launching new flights. The imperfection of the transport system can no longer be an obstacle, with the 85 million inhabitants who live in the Baltic Sea region, who can be isolated or cut off from the rest of the European Union, or may face serious travel problems.Rolands petersons de facto The power generated by the economy and innovation provides the Baltic Sea Region with opportunities to create a modern, forward-looking transport system that will also contribute to the creation of a socially balanced economic policy.
          Oracle SaaS – Business Applications in the Cloud – as of Oracle OpenWorld 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

Oracle has two main pillars on which its (future) business rests – dixit Larry Ellison: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (including the Autonomous Database) and SaaS. In this article, I will relate some of the key announcement from Oracle regarding the business applications. It is useful to realize that Oracle’s portfolio of business applications can be regarded [...]

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          Increase in Competition between Operators to Drive Panama – Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market: Ken Research      Cache   Translate Page      
Panama Telecoms MarketIn Panama, telecommunication sector is privatized in 1998. There are telecommunication includes radio, television, fixed and mobile telephones and the Internet. Panama has an excellent telecommunications infrastructure, which includes broadband internet penetration, calling card availability, and public phone services. According to study, “Panama – Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband – Statistics and Analyses” some of the [...]
          Pulmonary Drug Delivery Market Size to Witness a CAGR Growth of 3.0% Through 2026      Cache   Translate Page      

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- Global Pulmonary Drug Delivery Devices Market - Snapshot

Pulmonary drug delivery devices are devices that hold medicine, which is taken by inhaling (breathing). These devices can provide the drug/ medicine in the form of mist or powder, which is effective to treat pulmonary indications such as asthma, COPD, and cystic fibrosis.

The global pulmonary drug delivery devices market was valued at approximately US$ 35,000 Mn in 2017. It is anticipated to reach a value of nearly US$ 46,000 Mn by 2026, expanding at a CAGR of about 3.0% from 2018 to 2026. Increase in prevalence and incidence of respiratory diseases, increasing population of smokers, rise in prescription of combination therapies, digitalization of respiratory inhaler devices, increase in geriatric population, high unmet needs, high R&D in asthma and COPD treatment, and rise in number of awareness programs are likely to drive the global pulmonary drug delivery devices market during the forecast period.

However, patent expiry of blockbuster brands, regulatory hurdles, low cost generic competition, and lack of skilled professionals are anticipated to restrain the global pulmonary drug delivery devices market in the near future. However, emerging economies such as India, China, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, and South Africa offer immense opportunities to the pulmonary drug market. Major reasons include large number of underserved patients, rise in proportion of urban population, and insurance policies. Moreover, governments of countries mentioned above have taken initiatives to educate the people regarding awareness about pulmonary (respiratory) diseases such as asthma, PAH, COPD, and management of the diseases.

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The global pulmonary drug delivery devices market has witnessed various technological advancements. Examples of recent developments in the field are introduction of QVAR RediHaler inhalation aerosol in the U.S. for treatment of asthma in patients who are 4 years older or above by Teva Pharmaceuticals, in February 2018, and introduction of inhalation powder (AirDuo RespiClick) and its generic product for the treatment of asthma patients (older than 12 years) by Teva Pharmaceuticals, in April 2017. Apart from Teva, Roche launched Xolair for treatment of asthma for children in the U.S, in August 2017. This has helped the company improve its overall work efficiency.

The global pulmonary drug delivery devices market has been segmented in terms of product, distribution channel, application, and region. In terms of product, the global pulmonary drug delivery devices market has been classified into dry powder inhalers, metered dose inhalers, and nebulizers. Furthermore, the dry powder inhalers segment has been sub-segmented into single dose inhalers and multi-dose inhalers, while the metered dose inhalers segment has been split into manually-actuated pressurized inhaler and breath-actuated pressurized inhaler.

Additionally, the nebulizers segment has been further sub-segmented into jet nebulizers, ultrasonic wave nebulizers, and vibrating mesh nebulizers. The dry powder inhaler segment is likely to maintain its dominance of the market during the forecast period due to uniform distribution of the drug, small dose variation, good flow ability, adequate physical stability in the device before usage, and good performance in terms of emitted dose and fine particle fraction.

In terms of application, the global pulmonary drug delivery devices market has been segregated into asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, and others. However, the robust pipeline for asthma and COPD drugs by key players is expected to boost the asthma segment during the forecast period.

In terms of distribution channel, the global pulmonary drug delivery devices market has been bifurcated into retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, and e-commerce. Increasing home health care services and patients who are unable to visit hospitals regularly are likely to drive the retail pharmacies segment in the near future.

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North America and Europe are anticipated to be dominant markets for pulmonary drug delivery devices. High prevalence of diseases and well-established health care infrastructure that enables proper diagnosis of diseases such as cystic fibrosis and COPD contribute to the high market share held by these regions.

Prevalence of diseases such as cystic fibrosis, which is particularly common among Caucasians of Northern European descent and among Hispanics and American Indians, propels the pulmonary drug delivery devices market Europe. Asia Pacific is expected to be the highly attractive market, particularly for generics as compared to branded pulmonary drugs and delivery devices. Unmet medical needs and inadequate health care facilities in rural areas and high percent of low and middle income groups restrain the market in Asia Pacific

Key companies operating in the global pulmonary drug delivery devices market and profiled in the report include GlaxoSmithKline plc, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, AstraZeneca plc, Koninklijke Philips N.V., 3M Healthcare, Omron Corporation, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Novartis AG, Merck & Co., Inc., Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., MannKind Corporation, Mylan N.V., Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., PARI GmbH, and Nypro Healthcare Inc. (Jabil Circuit Inc.)

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          Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors Market Size to Expand Lucratively During the Forecast Period      Cache   Translate Page      

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors Market - Snapshot

The global tyrosine kinase inhibitors market is expanding owing to high prevalence and increase in incidence of cancer across the globe. The global tyrosine kinase inhibitors market was valued at more than US$ 18.0 Bn in 2017 and is projected to surpass US$ 19.0 Bn by 2026, expanding at a negative compound annual growth rate (CAGR) during the forecast period. The global market is witnessing expansion at a relatively higher growth rate owing to increasing expenditure on health care and high prevalence and increase in incidence of cancer across the globe.

Cancer is the unregulated growth of body cells due to genetic mutations in its differentiation regulatory genes. Tyrosine kinases are enzymes that signal the cell differentiation cycle, mutation in their expression genes leads to their over expression, which results in uncontrolled proliferation of cells to form tumors. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors are small molecules that bind to the receptor site of the kinase enzyme available at cell surface. This binding blocks the phosphorylation by blocking adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) biding to the receptor. Based on type of kinase receptors being targeted, tyrosine kinase inhibitors can be classified into BCR-ABL TKIs, EGFR TKIs, VEGFR TKIs, Janus Kinase Inhibitors, BTK inhibitors.

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Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) aid patients suffering from different cancer diseases. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors were accepted largely due to specificity and efficacy and the benefits these offer over chemotherapy and radiotherapy. High prevalence and incidence rates of cancer diseases such as chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), lung cancer, breast cancer, and renal cell cancer, and expanding indications of existing and pipeline on TKIs have expanded the indication areas of existing and pipeline on tyrosine kinase inhibitors in order to address various unmet needs and extend the product lifecycle.

These factors, collectively, are projected to drive the global tyrosine kinase inhibitors market in the near future. Furthermore, rise in awareness about cancer diagnosis and treatment and surge in adoption in underdeveloped and developing markets are key factors that are estimated to fuel the tyrosine kinase inhibitors market in the near future.

The global tyrosine kinase inhibitors market has been broadly segmented based on product, application, distribution channel, and region. In terms of product, the global market has been classified into BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase inhibitor, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors, and other tyrosine kinase inhibitors. BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase inhibitors were one of the first approved TKIs for cancer treatment. Their wide acceptance and indications have contributed to their significant share in the global market.

VEGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors are projected to be a highly promising class of TKIs. Several companies have developed their VEGFR TKIs drugs with features of multi kinase receptor inhibition. These factors are likely to augment the segment by the end of 2026. In terms of application, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the world. TKIs such as EGFR, ALK, and HGFR have been in use for treating lung cancers. Increase in incidence of lung cancer is likely to propel the segment.

In terms of distribution channel, the global tyrosine kinase inhibitors market has been segregated into hospital pharmacies, independent pharmacies, and online pharmacies. The hospital pharmacies segment is projected to account for a prominent share of the market. International and regional pharmacy service providers are expanding their operations across the regions, this is attributed to strong infrastructure network for distribution, thereby contributing to the dominant share held by the independent pharmacies segment of the global tyrosine kinase inhibitors market.

Consolidation among independent pharmacies and their expanding operations across regions are likely to propel the independent pharmacies segment in the global market. Increase in adoption of e-commerce and convenience offered by online pharmacies are expected to drive the adoption of online pharmacies in developed markets.

In terms of region, the global tyrosine kinase inhibitors market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America dominated the global market; however, it is projected to gain market share by the end of 2026. The market in North America is primarily driven by the high cost of TKIs and high health care expenditure, which have contributed to the leading share held by North America. Furthermore, demand for advanced treatment options such as targeted therapies has contributed to the leading share held by the region.

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Recent patent expiry of several blockbuster TKIs has negatively impacted the market in North America. However, the introduction of new TKIs, such as JAK TKIs, multi-targeted TKIs, ALT TKIs, and others has compensated for the impact, which is projected to fuel the TKIs market in North America during the forecast period. The tyrosine kinase inhibitors market in Asia Pacific is projected to expand at a rapid pace during the forecast period. Rest of Asia Pacific countries dominated the tyrosine kinase inhibitors market in Asia Pacific, while the market in China and India is estimated to expand at a significant CAGR during the forecast period.

Companies such as Novartis AG, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Pfizer Inc., and Johnson & Johnson accounted for a major share of the global tyrosine kinase inhibitors market in 2017. In May 2018, Pfizer's XALKORI (crizotinib) received FDA breakthrough therapy designation in two new indications. This is expected to increase the company's therapy segment research in the near future. Other global players operating in the market include AstraZeneca Plc, Bayer AG, Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., , Eisai Co., Ltd., and Eurofarma Laboratorios S/A, who are focused on strategic acquisitions and collaborations with parallel companies in order to improve and strengthen their geographic presence in the international market.

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          Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pipes Market Research Report Explores the Industry Trends for the Forecast Period, 2018-2026      Cache   Translate Page      

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- Glass-fiber-reinforced (GFR) plastic pipes are pipes manufactured from the GFR plastic material, also known as GRP (Glass-fiber-reinforced Plastic) or FRP (Fiberglass-reinforced Plastic). The material is a combination of glass fibers and resins, wherein resins provide chemical and environmental resistance to the product, apart from acting as a binder for glass fibers in the structural laminate.

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Glass-fiber-reinforced plastics offer several advantages over other reinforced plastics. They are highly resistant to corrosion. This property is attributable to both the resin content and the type of resin. Corrosion resistance increases with rise in the resin content.

Glass-fiber-reinforced (GFR) Plastic Pipes Market: Drivers & Restraints

Another distinct advantage of glass-fiber-reinforced (GFR) plastics is their low weight-to-strength ratio. For the same amount of strength provided by a material, GFR plastic weighs only 50% of aluminum and around 14% of steel. This property is highly significant if the manufacturing cost, transportation, and ease of installation of GFR plastic pipes are considered. Several materials other than GFR plastic can be used to avoid or prolong the onset of corrosion. These include rubber lining, titanium, and exotic stainless steel. However, GFR plastic costs lower than these materials and hence, it is a more preferred option.

Flexibility offered by GFR plastic is highly important in the manufacture of pipes. GFR plastic can be used for molding pipes in almost any type of configuration such as round or rectangular shapes including Tee inlets, flanges, and elbows.

However, the use of GFR plastic is also held back due to health related factors. Excess contact between resins and human skin are harmful to humans. Relevant regulatory guidelines are in place to ensure proper handling, transport, and storage of GFR plastic products, including pipes.

Glass-fiber-reinforced (GFR) Plastic Pipes Market: Key Segments

The global glass-fiber-reinforced (GFR) plastic pipes market can be segmented based on resin, end-user industry, and region. Three types of resins are used for the manufacture of pipes: polyester, vinyl ester, and epoxy. The choice of resin type is highly dependent on the purpose of using the pipe and environmental factors it may be exposed to. For example, epoxy resin is highly recommended due to its corrosion resistance. On the other hand, polyester resin is recommended for use in the marine industry. Vinyl ester resin dissipates more energy and is highly resistant to penetration.

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In terms of application, the global glass-fiber-reinforced (GFR) plastic pipes market can be segmented into construction and industrial. The construction segment comprises residential, commercial, institutional, and infrastructure sub-segments, wherein glass-fiber-reinforced (GFR) plastic pipes are primarily required to transport water and wastewater. The industrial segment comprises manufacturing facilities wherein pipes are required for transportation of water, wastewater, chemicals, and gases.

Glass-fiber-reinforced (GFR) Plastic Pipes Market: Regional Outlook

In terms of region, the global glass-fiber-reinforced (GFR) plastic pipes market can be segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. Growth of the construction industry is a major driver of the global glass-fiber-reinforced (GFR) plastic pipes market across all regions. Construction of buildings requires extensive piping systems. Growth of the manufacturing sector is also a driving factor for the global glass-fiber-reinforced (GFR) plastic pipes market.

Glass-fiber-reinforced (GFR) Plastic Pipes Market: Key Players

Several large companies operate in the global glass-fiber-reinforced (GFR) plastic pipes market, for example, Kolon Industries Inc., Amiblu Holding GmbH, Megha Fibre Glass Industries Ltd., and Fibrex.

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          Antiviral Drugs Market Will Likely to Expand at a Steady CAGR of 6.4% from 2016-2024      Cache   Translate Page      

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- The global market for antiviral drugs has been studied at length in the research study that has been recently published by Transparency Market Research. As per the study, the global antiviral drugs market is moderately consolidated in nature with a high level of competition among the leading players. With the rising number of mergers and acquisition and strategic collaborations, the market is projected to witness a high degree of consolidation in the next few years. The key players in the market are focusing on the expansion of the product portfolio and research and development activities, which is projected to enhance the growth of the overall market in the next few years. In addition to this, the launch of new drugs is projected to offer growth opportunities for the market players in the next few years. Some of the leading players operating in the antiviral drugs market across the globe are Merck & Co. Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., GlaxoSmithKline Plc, and Mylan N.V.

As per the research study by Transparency Market Research, in 2015, the global market for antiviral drugs was worth US$48.3 bn and is projected to reach a valuation of US$82.9 bn by the end of 2024. The market is estimated to register a 6.40% CAGR between 2016 and 2024.

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Presence of Leading Players to Enhance Growth of North America Antiviral Drugs Market

In the last few years, North America held a large share of the global antiviral drugs market and is predicted to remain in the leading position in the next few years. Most of the leading players have their headquarters in this region, resulting in high spending on research and development activities. This is projected to encourage the growth of this region in the next few years. In addition to this, the rising purchasing power of consumers and the high cost of new drugs are predicted to support the market growth in the coming few years. Europe is projected to take the second position in terms of market share, thanks to the advanced diagnostic facilities. Furthermore, Asia Pacific is likely to witness a fast growth in the next few years with the development of the healthcare infrastructure and the rising disposable income of consumers.

In terms of disease indication, the global market for antiviral drugs has been divided into HIV infection, hepatitis viral infection, respiratory viral infection, and other types of infection. Among these, the HIV infection is expected to hold a key share of the global antiviral drugs market and observe a high growth in the next few years. A substantial rise in the incidence of HIV infection is one of the key factors that is projected to accelerate the growth of this segment throughout the forecast period, states a TMR analyst.

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Emerging Economies to Offer Lucrative Opportunities for Market Players

The global market for antiviral drugs is expected to gain traction from developed economies, especially from North America. The rising focus of the players on technological advancements and innovations in this field are projected to support the growth of the overall market in the next few years. Several emerging economies, such as China, Japan, and India are estimated to offer potential growth opportunities for the market players, thus accelerating the growth of the overall market in the next few years. In addition to this, the rising government support is predicted to enhance the growth of the market in the next few years.

On the flip side, the exorbitant cost for drug development and the increasing inclination of consumers towards natural products are considered as the major factors that are predicted to hamper the growth of the market in the near future. Nonetheless, the rapid development of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry is projected to encourage the growth of the global antiviral drugs market throughout the forecast period.

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          Instant Adhesives Market New Business Opportunities & Investment Research Report 2026      Cache   Translate Page      

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- Instant adhesives are curing adhesives which are available in a wide range of viscosities and are known for fast and reliable bond with instant high performance bonding of numerous materials such as rubber, metals, wood, plastic, and polystyrene. Instant adhesives instantly bond, even when used in less quantity. Instant adhesives are extensively used in chemical machinery and equipment, the automotive industry, musical instruments, precision equipment, and domestic operations.

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Instant Adhesives Market: Segmentation Overview

Based on curing process, the instant adhesives market can be bifurcated into conventional and light-cured. The light-cured instant adhesives segment is projected to expand during the forecast period. Properties such as high yield and eco-friendly nature have helped light-cured instant adhesives gain significant market share. In terms of chemistry, the instant adhesives market can be segmented into cyanoacrylate and epoxy-based. The epoxy-based segment accounted for a considerable share of the market. Its share is projected to increase during the forecast period. Demand for epoxy-based instant adhesives is increasing due to their high cohesive strength, toughness, and good heat and environmental resistance. Based on application, instant adhesives market can be divided into industrial, woodworking, transportation, consumer, medical, and electronics. The medical segment dominates the instant adhesives market. Cyanoacrylate instant adhesives are extensively used in external tissue bonding applications during medical emergencies.

Instant Adhesives Market: Overview

High growth in end-use industries of Asia Pacific, properties of instant adhesives such as fast curing and excellent bonding strength, and increase in demand for miniaturization and automation in the electronics industry are expected to drive the adhesives market. Increase in demand from medical and transportation segments propel the instant adhesives market. Manufacturers of instant adhesives are trying to cater to this increased demand for instant adhesives, which, in turn, is leading to expansion of their businesses. Durability of instant adhesives is low, and higher cost of these adhesives as compared to other adhesives are key restraints of the instant adhesives market. Innovation in green adhesives technology and surge utilization of these adhesives for infrastructure development in various countries present opportunities for the instant adhesives market. Increase in competition from China-made products is the major challenge faced by the market.

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Instant Adhesives Market: Regional

Based on region, the global instant adhesives can be segmented into Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, North America, and Middle East & Africa. The instant adhesives market in Asia Pacific is projected to expand during the forecast period. Rise in demand for instant adhesives from emerging economies in the region such as India, China, South Korea, Vietnam, and Singapore is anticipated to boost the instant adhesives market inn Asia Pacific. China dominates the production of instant adhesives in the Asia-Pacific region due to low tax rates in the country, along with the presence of low-cost labor and easy availability of raw materials.

Instant Adhesives Market: Key Players

The key players in global instant adhesives market include Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, H.B. Fuller Company, Huntsman International LLC., 3M, Bostik, TOAGOSEI CO., LTD., Royal Adhesives & Sealants, Franklin International, and Pidilite Industries Ltd.

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          Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling Market Will Reflect Significant Growth Prospects During 2018-2026      Cache   Translate Page      

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- Data centers have become pivotal in nearly all businesses and industries due to continuously developing technological environment. A data center can be defined as a facility comprising a network of computers and storage devices that stores, organizes, processes, and disseminates data used by various businesses and other organization for everyday operations. Data center centralizes the company's IT infrastructure and operational requirements, thereby becoming a crucial asset for every company's day-to-day operations. However, these data centers face an imminent threat of heating of equipment and other components; therefore, cooling in data centers plays an important role. Liquid immersion cooling is one such technology which is gaining popularity for cooling purposes in data centers.

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Data center liquid immersion cooling involves immersing of IT hardware such as memory, drives, and CPUs directly into non-conductive dielectric liquids which act as coolants for cooling the system. Heat generated from these systems is directly, effectively, and efficiently transferred to coolants, thereby reducing the need for active cooling components such as heat sinks, fans, and interface materials which are commonly used for air cooling. Liquid immersion cooling is more effective and efficient than traditional air or water cooling, as liquid immersion cooling has high heat transfer, which reduces the chip's temperature rise above the coolant temperature.

Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling Market: Key Segments

Based on coolant type, the data center liquid immersion cooling market can be segmented into synthetic coolants, natural ester coolants, hydrocarbon coolants, and fluorinated coolants. The choice of coolant depends upon several factors such as non-conductivity, flammability, thermal density, worker's health and safety, environmental impact, and cost.

In terms of cooling method, the data center liquid immersion cooling market can be bifurcated into direct cooling and indirect cooling. In the direct cooling technology, server components are in direct contact with coolant liquid. The direct cooling segment can be further segregated into single-phase and two-phase closed or semi-open immersion liquid cooling. In indirect cooling, the coolant does not come in contact with the equipment; therefore, this method is less efficient as compared to direct cooling.

Based on application, the data center liquid immersion cooling market can be classified into small & medium-sized data centers, enterprise data centers, and large data centers. The enterprise data centers segment is likely to hold a significant share of the global data center liquid immersion cooling market due to high efficiency and cost-effectiveness of this technology. In terms of end-user industry, the data center liquid immersion cooling market can be divided into banking & finance, IT & telecom, health care, academics, government, energy, and others.

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Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling Market: Regional Outlook

In terms of region, the global data center liquid immersion cooling market can be segregated into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America is estimated to dominate the global data center liquid immersion cooling market during the forecast period owing to the presence of a large number of data centers in the region along with the rise in popularity of this technology, especially in the U.S. However, the global data center liquid immersion cooling market in Asia Pacific is likely to expand at a considerable growth rate during the forecast period, primarily due to the ongoing technological developments in the region and increase in the number of data centers in the region, especially in China and India. Companies in these countries are investing in IT infrastructure setups and data centers to maintain their competitive edge.

Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling Market: Key Players

Key players operating in the global data center liquid immersion cooling market include Green Revolution Cooling, Inc, FUJITSU, Submer Technologies, QCooling, Engineered Fluids, Midas Green Technologies, LLC, Allied-Control, LiquidCool Solutions, CoolIT Systems, and 3M.

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          Pigments Market New Business Opportunities & Investment Research Report: 2026      Cache   Translate Page      

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- Pigments is a group of compounds that are intensely colored and are employed to impart color to other materials. They absorb the light of selective wavelength and then emit various colors through the process of reflection or transmission. Pigments are used to improve the appearance of a substrate on which they are used or impart color to the medium in which they are used. Pigments can be organic or inorganic. Organic pigments are based on carbon chains and carbon rings. However, they can also contain metallic elements that help stabilize properties of the organic component. Inorganic pigments are usually metallic salts precipitated from solutions. The particle size of inorganic pigments is larger than that of organic pigments. Pigments can impart a versatile range of colors to paints, coatings, plastics, inks, etc. while improving their aesthetic properties. These help enhance properties such as opacity, hiding power, light and weather fastness, heat stability, and tinting strength.

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pigments industry Based on product, the pigments market has been classified into inorganic, organic, and specialty. Inorganic pigments are the most commercially used pigments. Inorganic pigments are usually extracted from minerals or petrochemical sources. Largely used inorganic pigments are titanium dioxide, iron oxide, carbon black, and chromium compounds. Titanium dioxide is the most used inorganic pigment. Titanium dioxide is in the form of fine white powder. It is used in paints and coatings to attain maximum whiteness. It provides the paint with high hiding power i.e. ability to mask or hide the substrate underneath. Hiding power of titanium dioxide is higher than any other white pigment. Currently, titanium dioxide is by far the most important pigment used in the paints industry for attaining whiteness. Organic pigments that are most commonly used are azo compounds, quinacridone, and phthalocyanine. Organic pigments have brighter colors such as blue, green, yellow, red, and orange; higher color strength; and little toxicity. Organic pigments can be extracted from organic compounds such as succinic acid, aniline, and phthalonitrile. Specialty pigments such as metallic, high-performance organic, fluorescent, phosphorescent, and luminescent pigments offer vibrant color intensity, glossy effect, and durability. The specialty pigments segment is expected to be driven by rising investments in infrastructure and increasing need for long-lasting pigments that can resist harsh weather. Specialty pigments are used by high-end automobile companies and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Specialty pigments are in high demand as they increase the functionality by binding the substrate and paint together and enhance the aesthetic appeal of the substrate. Growing need for protection of buildings from dampness, fungi, and corrosion is also boosting the specialty pigments segment.

Paints & coatings is the dominant end-user segment of the pigments market. Pigments are used extensively in the formulation of paints. Pigments impart color and a glossy effect as well as improve aesthetic appeal of paints and coatings. Usage of pigments helps impart brightness, heat stability, and light stability to the paint. The architectural paints & coatings industry has grown considerably owing to rise in infrastructure development and construction activities in developing economies. Furthermore, growth of automotive and consumer goods sectors has boosted the decorative paints & coatings industry. The paints & coatings industry in developed countries witnesses higher per capita consumption, but sluggish growth. The per capita consumption of paints in developing countries is lower than that in developed countries in Western Europe. The per capita consumption of paints in India, China, Singapore, South Korea, and countries in ASEAN and GCC is likely to increase significantly in the near future, due to the economic growth. Thus, growth of the paints & coatings industry is likely to be a key driver of the pigments market during the forecast period.

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Increasing plastic consumption is another driver of the market for pigments. Pigments are employed as colorants in a wide range of plastics owing to their excellent compatibility with several plastics. Pigments impart unique appearance and styling effects to plastic products. High-performance organic and inorganic pigments are used in the plastics industry. Pigments are employed in PVC pipes, window profiles, vinyl siding, and gutters. Pigments applied in the plastics industry guarantee maximum color strength and stability and low coloring costs. Besides coloring effects and improved esthetics, pigments increase the stability of plastics and improve their resistance to weather conditions such as heat and moisture.

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          National Voting System Faces Test On Election Day      Cache   Translate Page      
National Voting System Faces Test On Election Day

Federal and state officials have been working for nearly two years to shore up the nation’s election infrastructure from cyberattacks by Russians or others seeking to disrupt the voting process.

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          AACO AGM: Airport privatization a path to failed promises, IATA warns      Cache   Translate Page      
The head of IATA, in a speech to Arab airlines and aviation organizations, continued his advice to governments to be cautious about turning to the private sector to solve their aviation infrastructure challenges.

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          Facebook blocks 30 accounts ahead of US midterm elections      Cache   Translate Page      
San Francisco (AFP) Nov 6, 2018
Facebook said Monday it had blocked some 30 accounts on its platform and 85 accounts on photo-sharing social network Instagram over concerns they may be linked to foreign entities and aimed at interfering in US midterm elections. The announcement came shortly after US law enforcement and intelligence agencies said they had no indication of efforts to disrupt election infrastructure but that
          CROP schließt Ernte 2018 bei CBD-Farm in Nevada ab und bereitet erste Lieferung vor      Cache   Translate Page      
------------------------------ CROP schließt Ernte 2018 bei CBD-Farm in Nevada ab und bereitet erste Lieferung vor Vancouver (British Columbia), 6. November 2018. CROP Infrastructure Corp. (CSE: CROP, OTC: CRXPF, Frankfurt: 2FR) meldet ein Update hinsichtlich seiner 1.865 Acres großen Hanf-CBD-Farm. Der Pächter von CROP

          Manager, Shared Platforms - CPP Investment Board - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Collaborates with infrastructure, development and operations teams to establish roadmaps for supported applications....
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          Part-Time Seasonal Equipment Operator 1 - Thessalon, Goulais, Wawa, Chapleau - Ontario, Canada - Ferrovial, S.A. - Ontario      Cache   Translate Page      
Ferrovial Services North America is a leading company providing Oil & Gas and Infrastructure solutions across the United States and Canada....
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          Technical Specialist, DevOps and Automation - HighVail Systems - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Infrastructure and Service Automation, Orchestration. Perform Consultative Services such as, Discovery/Assessments, Health Checks, Infrastructure Audits and IT...
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          Desktop Support Analyst - Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) - St. Albert, AB      Cache   Translate Page      
Infrastructure and Operations:. The Infrastructure and Operations Branch is looking for passionate, innovative and ambitious technical professionals to join the... $64,482 - $84,604 a year
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          Senior Developer, Shared Platforms - CPP Investment Board - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Collaborates with infrastructure, development and operations teams for supported applications contributing thought leadership....
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          Senior Linux Engineer - Method Studios - Vancouver, BC      Cache   Translate Page      
Experience with VMware or OpenStack virtual infrastructures. The primary focus of this position is in systems architecture and infrastructure engineering....
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          Account Executive - New Business - Sungard Availability Services - Mississauga, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Help to grow company revenue by uncovering highly-qualified prospects for IT infrastructure services. This position provides an opportunity to find and qualify...
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          Senior Project Manager - WorleyParsons - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
We provide solutions for clients in the Hydrocarbons, Minerals & Metals, Chemicals, and Infrastructure industries. Senior Project Manager....
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          IT Support Analyst - Toronto - LifeLabs - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Troubleshooting applications, hardware and software for internal and external customers, such as Infrastructure, development, other business units, external...
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          Rural and Suburban Mail Carrier, On-call Relief - Canada Post - Princeville, QC      Cache   Translate Page      
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 en disponibilité - Canada Post - Princeville, QC      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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          Rural and Suburban Mail Carrier, On-call Relief - Canada Post - Trois-Rivières, QC      Cache   Translate Page      
Acquire and maintain knowledge of local infrastructure including roads, customers and delivery receptacles. Job Requisition Id:....
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          Rural and Suburban Mail Carrier, On-call Relief - Buckingham - Canada Post - Buckingham, QC      Cache   Translate Page      
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 en disponibilité - Canada Post - Trois-Rivières, QC      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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          5G Baseband Infrastructure Software Developer - Ericsson - Ottawa, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Our network infrastructure products allow people, business and society to fulfill their potential and build a more sustainable future....
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          Directeur, Directrice du génie et des projets spéciaux - Ville de Terrebonne - Québec Province      Cache   Translate Page      
Connaissance des courants de pensée en matière de gestion des infrastructures. POSTE RÉGULIER À TEMPS PLEIN....
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          Accountant - RAM - Vancouver, BC      Cache   Translate Page      
RAM is an infrastructure consultancy firm based out of British Columbia and delivering projects globally. We are a multidiscipline professional services firm...
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          Senior Project Manager - Infrastructure - Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure. Infrastructure and Technology projects (budgets between $2-10 million)....
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          Senior Manager, Non-Production Environment & Automation - Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
You will be reporting to Managing Director, Technology Infrastructure. 7 years of experience in an infrastructure engineering or similar role, including...
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          Site Storekeeper/Incharge - Pave Infrastructure - Shiliguri, West Bengal      Cache   Translate Page      
Make a monthly consumption report of Raw material as per Production and Design mix. Anywhere in India....
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          Automotive Engineer / Automobile Engineer/ Mechanical Engineer - Pave Infrastructure - Shiliguri, West Bengal      Cache   Translate Page      
Experience in team handling of engineering department & production department. B.E/B....
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          Mechanical Engineer - Pave Infrastructure - Shiliguri, West Bengal      Cache   Translate Page      
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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          Remote Systems Security Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
An IT company has an open position for a Remote Systems Security Engineer. Candidates will be responsible for the following: Aligning security service delivery to enterprise technology security standards Providing extensive engineering and operational documentation for engineered solutions Evaluating and selecting security solutions that meet enterprise requirements Must meet the following requirements for consideration: MS Office skills Minimum 5 years infrastructure engineering experience with a security platform in mid to large IT organizations Bachelor's degree in computer science or high school diploma/GED with equivalent work experience Experience with enterprise security technologies Ability to handle multi-tasks and meet deadlines
          Remote Senior Linux Systems Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
A financial company needs applicants for an opening for a Remote Senior Linux Systems Engineer. Individual must be able to fulfill the following responsibilities: Leading cross-functional project teams to design and implement Linux/Java infrastructures Acting as a primary infrastructure interface for business unit and operations teams Providing technical documentation to Project and Operations teams as part of project deliverables Required Skills: Ability to travel up to 20% of the time High School diploma 5+ years of professional work experience in a related role
          Architect – Global Unified Communications Systems (Akron, OH)      Cache   Translate Page      

Architect – Global Unified Communications Systems for Maxion Wheels Akron LLC, in Akron, OHDuties include: Coordinate development and maintenance of the company’s unified communication strategy, including future roadmaps, risk profiles, and hosting strategies.  Manage projects, service levels, external contractors, and ancillary systems required for effective global, enterprise-level unified communications services.  Assume lead role regarding the design, integration, and implementation of global unified communications hardware and software infrastructure.  Develop, manage, and reconcile Data Center capital and expenditure budgets, and lead monthly budgeting and forecasting processes.  Coordinate the design, implementation, testing, and deployment of projects for new communication and information systems, and define best practices and procedures.  Research, recommend, design and implement global unified communication systems and initiatives.  Develop, propagate, and enforce compliance with communication and information system processes and procedures, and supervise the maintenance of system uptime and performance and the reduction of problem resolution time frames.  Ensure the usage of standard system development lifecycle methodologies throughout new system design and implementation projects. 25% travel, both domestic and international. Req’s:  Associate Degree or Diploma in Computer Networks, Computer Science, IT, or Management Information Systems, or completion of two years of post-secondary education in same.  Two years of experience in a computer systems architecture or analysis position with an automotive manufacturer or supplier.  Two years of experience with each of the following: design and top-tier troubleshooting of multi-functional architectures for critical business communication infrastructure services and applications on an international basis; serving as project manager for new technology implementation projects in a unified communications and directory services environment; integrating business-critical applications with finance, engineering, tooling system, and equipment maintenance operations; international, multi-plant data migration and consolidation projects, including designing architectural environments using virtualization platforms, unified communication systems, and directory and networking services; designing and architecting enterprise-level MS and Polycom unified communications technologies; designing and managing MS Exchange, server storage, and commvault backup systems.  Experience can be acquired concurrently.  Send resumes to: kayla.westerdale@maxionwheels.com. Please reference Architect – Global Unified Communications Systems position. EOE


 


          RMX Driver - construction - Lafarge Canada - Pembroke, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Why work for Lafarge? Lafarge in Canada is proud to provide construction solutions in the buildings, infrastructure and industrial segments. These solutions...
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          3 Levels of Connectivity K–12 Schools Should Consider      Cache   Translate Page      
3 Levels of Connectivity K–12 Schools Should Consider eli.zimmerman_9856 Mon, 11/05/2018 - 11:35

The increasing digitalization of education has put even more emphasis on internet access in K–12 schools, leading more school districts, nonprofits and government agencies to invest in programs and services to ensure each student is connected. 

How much speed do you need? It depends on your learning goals, according to EducationSuperHighway.

Here are three different areas of connectivity K–12 IT teams may want to consider when deciding how to configure their schools’ networks:

MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out how K–12 schools are preparing their infrastructures for IoT integration!

1. Individual Classroom Technology Use

Technology has become an integral part of day-to-day classroom activities, used for everything from improving personalized learning initiatives to cutting down on unwanted behavior.

Tools like interactive smartboards are helping teachers engage their students, enticing students to be more actively involved in their education.

“Teachers and students can upload images easily or interact with the display through their personal devices,” the The Tech Edvocate reports. “By integrating personal devices with their interactive board, these companies are creating a way for teachers to combine student-centered methods with their high-tech display.” As connected classrooms become more ubiquitous, schools will need to ensure that individual classes have the necessary bandwidth to incorporate these new tools.

Characterized by bandwidth of 100Kbps per student and one wireless access point per 1.5 classrooms, this level of infrastructure will support media-rich assessments and classroom use — but not for all classrooms at the same time.

2. Everyday 1:1 Technology Use

One-to-one device initiatives have grown exponentially over the past few years. According to a report from K–12 device company Kajeet, the number of mobile devices sold to K–12 schools grew 10 percent year-over-year, with 73 percent of teachers polled agreeing technology has changed classroom dynamics over the past five years for the better.

Students are also using their mobile devices to assist with their education now more than ever. In 2017, the number of students who used their mobile devices for class (58 percent) was nearly equal to the number of students who received a Chromebook from their schools (56 percent), according to ISTE.

With 77 percent of middle schoolers accessing mobile devices during the school day, district IT leaders will need to build an infrastructure that can handle the internet demand from both students and teachers at any time from any place on their campuses. This level calls for bandwidth of 1Mbps per student and 1.2 wireless APs per classroom.

3. Video, Virtual Reality and Other Rich Media Use

Media is proving to be an immensely powerful tool for classroom activities, and one that new generations of learners are demanding be more present in their educations. 

Video has proven to be an effective learning tool as well. According to a ViewSonic survey, 75 percent of teachers reported that media improves student engagement, and 72 percent reported that students used video material outside of class to learn on their own.

At the highest level, students engage in technology-enabled learning experiences every day, and video and other rich media are crucial to that.

Teachers are getting behind the movement as well. Eighty-three percent of surveyed educators believe virtual reality can help improve education outcomes, according to a Samsung survey, EdTech reports. As these tools develop and schools explore avenues to integrate this technology, districts will be tasked with establishing infrastructures that can handle the connectivity burden. This calls for bandwidth that exceeds 1Mbps per student.

For more on how K–12 districts are improving broadband access in schools, check out States, Schools Work Together to Bring Broadband to K–12 Districts.

Calvin Hennick is a freelance journalist who specializes in business and technology writing. He is a contributor to the CDW family of technology magazines.


          Network Infrastructure Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
KY-Louisville, Title: Infrastructure Engineer Location: Louisville KY Duration: Long Term Need a strong infrastructure background like server build, install, access, firewall and security Verint or call recording exp if possible
          What if Amazon just built its own city for its new HQ and left the rest of us alone?      Cache   Translate Page      

Amazon is close to announcing a deal to split its new headquarters into two cities–reportedly, Long Island City in Queens and Crystal City in the D.C. suburb of Arlington, Virginia. Splitting the headquarters across two locations may help avoid some of the problems inherent in expecting one city to suddenly absorb 50,000 Amazon employees. But one expert argues–controversially–that the simplest solution is the company just building a new city from scratch instead.

Bert Sperling, founder of a website that rates cities for people who are relocating, started to consider the idea of a true company town for Amazon soon after the company released its request for proposal (RFP) for its new headquarters, which asked for a metropolitan area with more than 1 million people, the potential to attract and retain tech talent, and a high quality of life.

“What they were looking for was something that didn’t exist, which was that the city was successful and large and affordable,” he says. “When I say successful, I mean having a really good economy and lots of tech workers. The cities that fit those criteria don’t have a short commute, they don’t have affordable housing, and any successful city is being strained as far as its infrastructure.”

Adding another 50,000 workers–and tens of thousands of other people to support them or who are moving with them as family members–would just add to challenges cities are already experiencing. “It makes the commute that much worse,” he says. “You would make the unaffordability that much worse and be competing for more jobs for the workers. What they’re looking for would essentially bring any successful city to its knees.”

Even adding 25,000 new employees would strain a city, he says. Instead of Arlington, Virginia, Sperling suggests that Amazon should consider building its own community in Oatlands, Virginia, which is currently rural and undeveloped, but still relatively close to D.C.

By starting with a blank slate, the company could design a community that optimizes work-life balance, with offices near homes and recreation. Amazon could test smart homes like those from Plant Prefab, a home-building startup it invested in recently, and offer cheap or subsidized housing for workers. It could test drone delivery and its automated Amazon Go stores. Streets could be designed to support self-driving cars and electric scooters.

It’s a vision not unlike Facebook’s plans to build a new campus in Menlo Park, California, with 1,500 homes and a walkable “downtown” area including a new grocery store, pharmacy, and other retail stores. Facebook plans to eventually have 35,000 employees in Menlo Park, more than the town’s current population. But that project–like older company towns, and Sperling’s Amazon proposal–has problems.

If it’s located in an area that’s undeveloped, it could avoid displacing current residents (Facebook’s development will displace a largely Hispanic community). But building a new city around a single employer risks creating a community that will collapse if the employer ever pulls out. And some tech workers are unlikely to want to live in a sanitized neighborhood with no history or restaurants and stores that have opened organically rather than by design, though Sperling argues that the lack of a commute and a lower cost of living could tempt employees.

“These large companies are really getting constrained where people where people are commuting two hours and living five to a house,” he says. “I think everybody would be happier if they could create their own vision of a place to live and work.” A location like Oatlands, Virginia, is also close enough to D.C. that people could go there for entertainment. Amazon could invest in helping others move to the community. “They have deep enough pockets that they could sustain a diversity of population with schoolteachers, workers for retail and restaurants, etc. For not a lot of money, they could have really almost–I don’t want to get all warm and fuzzy–but more of a utopian vision of what a community should be like instead of a lot of rich and entitled tech workers.”

Of course, most past attempts at utopian communities have failed (as have most company towns, though a few, like Hershey, Pennsylvania, are still relatively economically healthy). And putting corporations in charge of city planning, instead of democratically elected officials, is a risky proposition.

For tech companies, it’s a broader issue. Many projects may not be as blatantly city building as Facebook’s, and Amazon is probably unlikely to take up Sperling’s suggestion to build a city from the ground up. But the company will still have an outsized influence on the cities where it eventually builds its new offices. Tech companies can use their expertise to look for urban solutions, as in Google’s research on how Silicon Valley could build a network of bike lanes to change transportation or its tool to help cities quickly calculate their carbon footprints.

But it’s worth questioning how far they should go, and cities are increasingly pushing back, even on smaller developments. Berlin recently rejected Google’s hopes of building a new campus. In Melbourne, people are protesting the idea of Apple taking over part of a town square. In Stockholm, the government recently blocked Apple’s plans to build a “town square,” or Apple store, in the city’s Kungsträdgården park. “You can’t privatize a park,” one Swedish activist told the Guardian. And maybe you shouldn’t privatize a city.


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Anuar, N.B. and Kuen, L.N. and Zakaria, O. and Gani, Abdullah and Wahab, A.W.A. (2008) GSM mobile SMS/MMS using public key infrastructure: m-PKI. WSEAS Transactions on Computers, 7 (8). pp. 1219-1229. ISSN 1109-2750
          We have the Right to live in these apartments without Harassment.      Cache   Translate Page      
Everyone has a fundamental human right to housing, which ensures access to a safe, secure, habitable, and affordable home with freedom from forced eviction. It is the government’s obligation to guarantee that everyone can exercise this right to live in security, peace, and dignity. This right must be provided to all persons irrespective of income or access to economic resources. There are seven principles that are fundamental to the right to housing and are of particular relevance to the right to housing in the United States:

Security of Tenure: Residents should possess a degree of security of tenure that guarantees protection against forced evictions, harassment, and other threats, including predatory redevelopment and displacement.

Availability of Services, Materials, Facilities, and Infrastructure: Housing must provide certain facilities essential for health, security, comfort, and nutrition. For instance, residents must have access to safe drinking water, heating and lighting, washing facilities, means of food storage, and sanitation.

Affordability: Housing costs should be at such a level that the attainment and satisfaction of other basic needs are not threatened or compromised. For instance, one should not have to choose between paying rent and buying food.
           Virtual R&D teams: a sustainable infrastructure for promoting SMEs       Cache   Translate Page      
Ale Ebrahim, N. and Ahmed, S. and Taha , Z. (2008) Virtual R&D teams: a sustainable infrastructure for promoting SMEs. In: 2nd Engineering Conference (EnCon 2008), 18-19 December, Crowne Plaza Riverside Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
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VA-Christiansburg, Driver - ( 180001Q7 ) 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, representing the
          Bellingham business IT company makes new hire      Cache   Translate Page      
Bellingham IT company Litzia has hired network engineer Joey Blake to its technical team. Blake has experience providing IT assistance for Whatcom Community College’s Student Help Desk, and teaching for various institutions. Litzia network engineer James Burdette also earned his Microsoft Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification. Litzia was established in 2005, and integrates a variety [...]

          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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          DevOpsDaysNZ 2018 – Day 2 – Session 2      Cache   Translate Page      
Interesting article I read today Why Doctors Hate their Computers by Atul Gawande Mrinal Mukherjee – A DevOps Confessional Not about accidents, it is about Planned Blunders that people are doing in DevOps One Track DevOps From Infrastructure background Job going into places, automated the low hanging fruit, easy wins Column of tools on resume … Continue reading DevOpsDaysNZ 2018 – Day 2 – Session 2
          Account Assistant - Infrastructure co. - Kestopur, Kolkata, West Bengal      Cache   Translate Page      
*Job Summary* *Urgently required *Accounts assistant B.com/HS / (Male and Female both can apply , Fresher and experienced ) *Interested candidates call or... ₹12,000 - ₹18,000 a month
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          Part-Time Seasonal Equipment Operator 1 - Thessalon, Goulais, Wawa, Chapleau - Ontario, Canada - Ferrovial, S.A. - Ontario      Cache   Translate Page      
Ferrovial Services North America is a leading company providing Oil & Gas and Infrastructure solutions across the United States and Canada....
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TX-CIBOLO, Under limited direction of the Planning and Engineering Director, the Infrastructure Inspector is responsible for inspecting public works projects constructed as a part of new private development for public acceptance and use and public works projects constructed for the City. This position confirms and verifies that construction operations produce the results called for by the Plans and Specifica
          Brexit & Beyond: Chinese Lending in Europe Boosts Infrastructure and Debt Burdens      Cache   Translate Page      
To subscribe to the newsletter, please sign up here MUST READS Trophy Infrastructure, Troublesome Debt: China Makes Inroads in Europe: Beijing is constructing parallel financial and commercial networks across Central and Eastern Europe to challenge the global order. Its offers give emerging economies a quick path to development and infrastructure—but with downsides, including debt burdens. Endless Brexit […]
          Midterm Elections Proceed Amid Reports of Technical Issues Across US      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The 2018 congressional midterm elections are proceeding with record number of voters participating to elect candidates for the 435-seat US House of Representatives and a third of the 100-seat US Senate, but deficiencies in the election process and infrastructure have been reported across the United States.
          Israeli Official Visits Oman to Propose International Railway Project      Cache   Translate Page      
Israeli Transport and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz traveled to the sultanate to offer cooperation on a new international infrastructure project.
          Clientless Remote Support Software Market Share, Trends, Business Strategy and Forecast to 2025      Cache   Translate Page      
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          No signs of breaches in U.S. election infrastructure: DHS chief      Cache   Translate Page      
There have so far been no signs of breaches in U.S. election infrastructure during voting in Tuesday's congressional elections, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said.

          Scott Breor, deputy director at the Department of Homeland Security, on infrastructural resilience      Cache   Translate Page      
Scott Breor works at the Department of Infrastructure Protection at the Department of Homeland Security. He works with officers from every state and territoy to make sure that both cyber and physical assets are resilient.What does resilient mean? To Breor, "on the security side, we look at it as three variables: one, is the facility prepared? ... the second variable, is can the facility adapt and withstand whatever that event is? ... the third variable is recovery."
          2018-12-06 - SnT Distinguished Lecture: A System of Systems Engineering Perspective on IoT (ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE)      Cache   Translate Page      
Ort: Université du Luxembourg - Campus Belval (Luxembourg, Sud / Süden, ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE)
Datum: 2018-12-06
Uhrzeit: 15:00 - 16:00


Booking essentialPlease book online hereThe Internet of Things (IoT) is defined as an 'infrastructure of interconnected entities, people systems and information resources together with services which processes and reacts to information from the physical and virtual world'. IoT based systems, and systems of systems (SoS) are increasingly found in a large variety of application domains including healthcare, agriculture and manufacturing.  Implementations of these types of SoS are IT intensive, and draw upon a family of IT technologies that is sometimes referred to as 'Smart ICT'.  This presentation will, after a general introduction to the concepts and definitions of IoT,  explore the challenges of implementing IoT intensive SoS through examples such as 'smart' manufacturing and 'smart' cities.This event will be followed by a drinks receptionFranc?ois Coallier is a professor at the Department of Software and IT Engineering at the E?cole de technologie supe?rieu...
 

          Comment on Letter: Yes to Rohrabacher and Prop 6 by Theodore Schraff      Cache   Translate Page      
Uh....no. The gas tax is paving roads, providing safety features and will replace California's aging infrastructure. Speaking of aging infrastructure....dump dana. Time to move forward.
          Apple Watch out      Cache   Translate Page      

So the new watch is here. 
In all its glory. 
Apple Watch 4. 
It’s a work of art. For sure. 


I was am so inspired 
I got up early to make a stew. 
More meat and broth in the day. 


Always cover the Instant Pot 
And turn it on a Lazy Susan base
Away from cabinets etc 
When you manually release the steam. 


I’m learning Baby Sign Language. 
The doctor was most impressed. 
I thought she was going to grab me 
up and hug me when I told her
I had already started with signing. 


Still going to make this. 


Still making this every day. 
I know I’ll kick that watch’s ass! 

Oh .. and since I have not seen 
one single bumper sticker
And only one yard sign
For Rafael Ted Cruz ...



Today we usher in a return to civility. 
People will still fight even if they get 
free health care. And improved infrastructure. 
Some people reached their peak in 1990
And can’t get past the glory of 
Stormin’ Norman
And the First Gulf War. 
The promise of the Regean era
And the Christmas Story
And everything good about America. 
In a land of Home Improvement 
And so-called Family Values. 

Well... many of those Boomers 
Have grown up to be so alt-right
They wouldn’t know themselves 
If they looked in a mirror. 
The mirror the world is holding up right now.
It’s time for a changing of the guard. 

It will be good to not be in hate and fear 
And constant angst. 
That’s not normal. We’re so used to it
We think it’s normal. 


          Competitions: ADC 98th Annual Awards Adds Spatial Design      Cache   Translate Page      
Registration Deadline: Jan 31, 2019; Submission Deadline Jan 31, 2019

Creativity in Spatial Design has been added as a separate and distinct discipline to the ADC 98th Annual Awards, one of the world’s longest-running and most prestigious global competition celebrating excellence in craft and innovation in all forms of design.

Established nearly a century ago by the legendary Art Directors Club, the ADC Annual Awards (http://www.adcawards.org) are part of The One Club for Creativity, the world’s foremost non-profit organization celebrating creative excellence in all forms of advertising and design.  The programs utilizes a tiered pricing system to make entry more affordable for small firms and independent/freelance designers, deadline for entry is January 31, 2019.

Serving as chairman of the first-ever Spatial Design jury is Clive Wilkinson, FAIA, FIIDA, RIBA, president and design director, Clive Wilkinson Architects, Culver City, CA.  Wilkinson is a renowned architect, strategist and writer with over 30 years of experience working at the intersection of urban design, architecture and interior design.  His practice is an acknowledged global leader in workplace design.

“I am very honored to be chair of the inaugural Spatial Design jury for this prestigious global design awards program,” said Wilkinson.  “It’s exciting to see the changes taking place today where the various design disciplines increasingly come together to create richer and more immersive experiences for people. This new addition to the awards helps move us into a multi-disciplinary future.

He added the ADC Annual Awards are an unparalleled opportunity for creatives in spatial design to be recognized on the same stage with top creatives in other design fields from around the world.  “Of course, it is also a chance to share with the creative world at large all of the amazing and innovative work being down within spatial design,” said Wilkinson.

By recognizing work in this growing field that defines the relationship between physical and social spaces, the new discipline will honor and celebrate innovation and design in environments that are aimed towards enhancing the human experience in both private and public design realms.

The Spatial Design discipline includes various categories related to man-made human environments including architecture, landscape architecture, urban design & infrastructure,  interior design, service design, retail design, lighting design and some areas of public art.

For those whose work addresses the industry’s environmental footprint and sustainability issues, the ADC 98th Annual Awards has a Design for Good category to recognize creativity and innovation in that critical area.

Spatial Design entries will be judged by a dedicated jury of creative experts from the profession, to be announced shortly, who will select the best work from around the world.  The ADC Annual Awards is widely recognized for selecting judges who are true artists who will focus on excellence in craftsmanship above all other aspects. 

“While the ADC Annual Awards has recognized some environmental design work in the past, we will now have a strong focus on identifying and celebrating the work of creatives in all aspects of spatial design who are dedicated to the highest levels of painstaking craftsmanship, artistry and innovation,” said Michael O’Rourke, executive director, ADC.  “We are honored to have Clive Wilkinson serve as our first Spatial Design jury chair, and look forward to him leading the jury to identify true creative excellence in the field.”

He added that creatives working in the discipline will now have a global platform to draw inspiration from top creatives in other fields, and to potentially make connections that can propel their work and careers to new heights.

ADC Annual Awards provide more than just a global spotlight for spatial design creatives.  Participation in the program also benefits the creative community at large by helping fund more than two dozen education, professional development, gender equality and inclusion & diversity programs for those in design and advertising.

“As a non-profit organization, our mission is support and celebrate the success of the global creative community,” said Kevin Swanepoel, CEO, The One Club for Creativity (http://www.oneclub.org).  “Revenue generated from our global awards shows is directed right back into the industry to produce relevant education and professional development programing for creatives at all levels of experience.”

Those programs range from workshops for high school students and Creative Boot Camps for college students interested in design to Executive Creative Summits for c-suite creative leaders to discuss critical business issues affecting the industry.

The global competition is open to firms of all sizes, and uses a special tiered pricing structure (http://www.adcawards.org/tieredpricing/) to make it more affordable for small studios and independent/freelance designers to participate.

Costs vary depending on size: studios with between 2-20 employees get a discount on standard entry fees (amount varies by discipline), while independent/freelance creatives and one-person shops are eligible for an even greater reduction.

Winners will be announced at the ADC 98th Annual Awards ceremony on May 6, 2019 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, as part of The One Club’s annual Creative Week.

For more information on the ADC 98th Annual Awards, please visit http://www.adcawards.org.

The One Club for Creativity (www.oneclub.org), producer of the prestigious One Show, ADC Annual Awards and Creative Week, is the world's foremost non-profit organization whose mission is to support and celebrate the success of the global creative community. The One Show is a top global awards show for advertising, design and digital marketing focusing on creativity of idea and quality of execution.  The ADC Annual Awards honors the best creative work in terms of craft, design and innovation across all disciplines.  Creative Week takes place in New York City every May and is the preeminent festival celebrating the intersection of advertising and the arts.

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          Event: Resilient and Responsible Architecture and Urbanism (RRAU) - 2nd Edition      Cache   Translate Page      
Event Date: Jul 15, 2019; Event City: Kuala Lumpur, MY

Resilience in architecture is the design and planning of adaptive cities to sustain a life that is suitable to users providing them with an improved quality of life. In a word, Architecture carries the responsibility of making a city more flexible and resilient. For this reason, IEREK has taken the responsibility of highlighting the role of architecture and urbanism in making our cities more resilient and sustainable. This is a summary of the scope of a series of international conferences on Resilient and Responsible Architecture and Urbanism RRAU held and organized by IEREK.

This conference is a great opportunity to carry on with the discussion and rather add to research undertaken in the topic. Many of the issues laid out are concerned with efficient resources and urban areas, zero energy buildings, resilient infrastructure, energy and environment, and resilient in human scale to finally form a resilient city. Services, maintenance, recycling, and water management are also topics that fit the scope/theme.

Together, we can lead the discussion to an effective and more useful outcome and reach goals set in the conference's first version held in partnership with Hanze University in Groningen, Netherlands; a city setting an example for resilience. This version is designated to be held in another city similarly characterized by high flexibility and resilience, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia.

IEREK is pleased to invite scholars, researchers, students (undergraduate/postgraduate), organizations, municipalities and all stakeholders to contribute in this initative. Interested companies and individuals are also welcome to identify and exchange recent knowledge on the topic.

The publication of the conference proceedings will be through Springer in a book series titled Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation.

For more information: https://www.ierek.com/events/-resilient-and-responsible-architecture-and-urbanism-rrau-2nd-edition

Contact us: RRAU@ierek.com

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          China gave foreign countries and journalists seminars on how to restrict online speech and unflattering news reports      Cache   Translate Page      

xi jinpingReuters/Jason Lee

  • China has been hosting seminars for foreign countries and journalists on how to clamp down on online speech and writing positive news about China's economic policies, Freedom House reported.
  • They include courses on President Xi Jinping's views on patriotism and tours of companies that monitor negative public opinion in the country.
  • Many of them catered to countries that are part of China's Belt and Road Initiative, a massive infrastructure project that aims to link 70 countries around the world.
  • Those courses appeared to work on some of the countries, who issued laws clamping down on online speech after attending the seminars.
  • China has a long record of muzzling free speech in the country.
  • It wields a lot of soft power over its economic allies, largely because of its financial investments around the world.

China has been holding seminars for foreign countries and journalists on how to restrict online speech and write positive news about it, according to a Freedom House report published this week.

The programs — which appear tailored to specific countries and regions — included courses like "socialist journalism with Chinese characteristics" and a class on "the Chinese Dream," Freedom House said.

Those two slogans were popularized under President Xi Jinping, and lay out his view of patriotism and innovation as long as it does not defy the Chinese Communist Party.

The programs appeared to be marketed to countries involved in China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive infrastructure project launched in 2013 that aims to link China to more than 70 countries across Asia, Europe, and Africa.

It is one of President Xi Jinping's pet projects, and Beijing has invested between $1 trillion and $8 trillion in those projects since 2013, according to the Center for Strategic and International StudiesMultiple BRI partners have racked up billions of dollars in debt because they couldn't afford to repay China's loans on infrastructure projects.

Read more: Inside 'Belt and Road,' China's mega-project that is linking 70 countries across Asia, Europe, and Africa

Security China 2018Reuters/Thomas Peter

Here are some of the seminars China hosted over the past year, according to Freedom House.

  • November 2017: A two-week "Seminar on Cyberspace Management for Officials of Countries along the Belt and Road Initiative," where officials toured a company — unnamed in in the report — that monitored, using big data, negative public opinion, and created a "positive energy public-opinion guidance system."
  • May 2018: Prominent journalists and media officials from the Philippines visited China for two weeks to learn about "new media development." What this means exactly is not clear.
  • A similar conference for media staff in Thailand taught attendees about the "Chinese Dream" and how media outlets can report domestic and international affairs, including China's economic development. The date of this conference is not clear.
  • Representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates also attended a three-week "Seminar for Senior Media Staff in Arab Countries" at an unspecified date.

Details about what actually happens during those seminars are scant. But pictures published by the Chinese ministry of commerce of a seminar on the "promotion of international cooperation," held last August for 43 officials from BRI countries, showed delegates attending a lecture by Chinese officials and receiving a "graduation certificate" at the end.

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China flexes its soft power

Those seminars appeared to work on the foreign countries.

After Vietnamese officials attended China's seminar on media management in April 2017, it introduced a cybersecurity law that ordered global tech companies — such as Google and Facebook — to store personal data of users in Vietnam in the country.

Uganda and Tanzania also introduced similar laws clamping down on online media dissemination after their officials attended China's seminars over the past year, Freedom House said.

It echoed existing cybersecurity laws in China, which order tech companies to store personal and financial data collected in the country within its borders.

Chinese authorities have previously demanded domestic tech companies to hand over user data and the contents of private conversations.

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Public Security announced that law-enforcement officers could obtain and use private conversations on popular messaging app WeChat in legal proceedings.

Read more: Barging into your home, threatening your family, or making you disappear: Here's what China does to people who speak out against them

xi jinpingFred Dufour/Getty

Beijing has repeatedly proven the strength of its soft power, much of which stems from its immense economic power around the world.

Taiwan also claims that China uses economic partnerships to pressure countries to cut off diplomatic ties with it. Beijing insists that Taiwan is part of China, while Taipei recognizes itself as an independent nation.

Australia's former foreign minister, Julie Bishop, also revealed earlier this week that Australia did not strike a trade deal with Taiwan because her counterpart Wang Yi simply told her not to. China is Australia's largest trading partner, top export market, and biggest import source.

China also clamps down on online speech and thought within the country. Law-enforcement authorities have muzzled free speech in the past by censoring posts and forcefully disappearing people seen to speak out against the regime.

It also ranks citizens' behavior on a social credit system, which doles out punishments and rewards depending on the individual's score.

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          Meaner, more violent Stuxnet variant reportedly hits Iran      Cache   Translate Page      

Stuxnet allegedly has a vicious little brother, or perhaps it is a malicious cousin; the complex malware was likened to being similar to Stuxnet but “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated.”

Iran, according to the Times of Israel, admitted that its “infrastructure and strategic networks” were hit by a meaner, leaner version of Stuxnet. A TV news report added that the Iranians are “not admitting, of course, how much damage has been caused.”

The report came after Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran needed to step up efforts to fight enemy “infiltration.” Reuters also reported that Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran’s civil defense agency, said, “Recently we discovered a new generation of Stuxnet which consisted of several parts ... and was trying to enter our systems.” Jalali didn’t go into more detail.

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           Comment on David Waldman: Westport Has Positive Stories. Let’s Promote Them! by Mark Bachmann       Cache   Translate Page      
My wife and I travel a fair amount around New England, and I've been increasingly troubled by the fact that so many locales seem more interesting than my own. This has long baffled me, since a town possessing as much wealth, creativity and artistic sensibility as Westport has for many years should be one of the region's jewels. Mr. Waldman seems to be telling us that Westport actually IS such a place and, if I'm reading him correctly, he's blaming its increasingly prosaic reputation on our own collective bad attitude. And while he's right that the problem does become circular to a degree, he's wrong to be suggesting that to fix things all we have to do is get our minds right. He provides a long list of the complaints people have and then pretty much dismisses them all. I've thought for a long time now about what it is that other New England towns have that we lack. I've concluded that the unfavorable contrast boils down mainly to the differing ways in which places have integrated their own histories into their growth. Westport has become a tear-down culture and it shows in both our residential and commercial development. "Charm" is an over-used word but I suppose it captures as well as any at least one dimension of what I'm getting at here. And charm, by its nature, has to emerge organically over time. It can't be imposed quickly by large developers and top-down planners, no matter how good they are or how talented the architects they hire to design new structures. God bless the people who have now apparently rescued the Black Duck, and thanks to Dan for publicizing this situation. This is just one example though, and the place is still seemingly a doomed anachronism. It's nothing but a funky little dive, but people feel good about themselves and about one another there. Other restaurants, bars, stores and entertainment venues attract their own unique clienteles, some upscale, some downscale, and the interaction among all these diverse groupings is what creates a vibrant local culture. You could shoot a cannonball down Main Street after dark and not hit anybody or probably even wake many people up. I can't offer any grand solution for the problem I'm talking about here since grand solutions can only aggravate it. I would just ask, as others have, that own town leaders be more sensitive to protecting what we have left before it's too late. They should see their jobs as creating a political infrastructure that's conducive to organic growth in the years ahead.
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          The global managed service market is expected to grow from USD 180.5 billion in 2018 to USD 282.0 billion by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.3%      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Increasing dependence of enterprises on IT infrastructure to improve their business productivity is expected to drive the overall growth of the managed service market Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05091916 The global managed...


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          Three-quarters support Central Link project, minister says      Cache   Translate Page      

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Advanced are one of the UK’s largest software companies, developing a range of solutions covering the whole enterprise and delivering right, first-time solutions, which solve customer problems, save money and deliver significant impact to users’ lives. With more than 20,000 customers relying on our systems & infrastructure, our Sales team help to make the complex simple, as we become one of the UK technology industry’s success stories. We’re growing fast and building an exciting future. We are looking for passionate people who’d like to reimagine their future in a dynamic and rapidly expanding company. This is a great opportunity for a New Business Sales Consultant to join a growing team with a strong culture of self-discipline and enthusiasm. You will generate, manage and close brand new business deals for us. This is a key hire with endless opportunities for the right individual. What you will be doing As a New Business Sales Consultant, you take responsibility to create, guide and direct new business development strategy aligning to current business strategy Identify, articulate and execute new opportunities and business propositions internationally Prepare and present detailed business cases to senior stakeholders Develop and provide data on markets, customer and competitor activity Work alongside our junior team members to ensure they have all the support, advice, tools and training to hit their targets What you will be good at Strong Sales negotiation and sales closing skills Significant experience in generating brand new business sales opportunities in Software Sales Demonstrable success in new business sales; you should have a proven track record of delivering growth within a complex client portfolio The ability to be innovative and creative where you can challenge conventional thinking and push the boundaries of established practise What we would like you to have Excellent analytical skills, so that you can devise and implement strategies to benefit both Advanced and the client positive and self-confident attitude Degree educational level or equivalent Reimagine your Future by Joining the Advanced Team We hire for potential, and develop at pace. Advanced are a different sort of recruiter. Employing people with potential, our focus is on what you might be capable of achieving. We look for aspiration and passionately believe that your individual personality and core strengths are what can make you right for us. We want you to learn, to discover, to experiment, to make a difference. With a £225m turnover, 16,000 customers and 2,200 employees we pride ourselves on delivering focused software solutions for the public sector, enterprise commercial and health & care organisations that simplify complex business challenges and deliver immediate value. Some of our Key Benefits from day one are: Generous Annual Leave - 25 days annual leave plus localised public holidays, with the ability to buy additional days Charity Fundraising - Proud to be a Patron of The Prince's Trust Dedicated talent development team to help your Advanced career progress Top Achievers Club – our internal award scheme recognising excellence in our Advanced colleagues Pension Scheme (up to %5 contribution) Life insurance x 4 times salary Income protection insurance Childcare voucher (salary sacrifice) Cycle to work scheme (salary sacrifice) Employee assistance programme We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to removing bias from the hiring process. Advanced are different – we hire for potential and develop at pace so if you can reimagine your future in a vibrant growing company we’d like to hear from you. If your application is successful you will initially be required to take an online assessment, undertake a telephone interview with the HR team and attend a final interview. Click apply now, and a member of our in-house talent acquisition team will be in touch.
          Account Manager - Primary Care Software      Cache   Translate Page      
Advanced are one of the UK’s largest software companies, developing a range of solutions covering the whole enterprise and delivering right, first-time solutions, which solve customer problems, save money and deliver significant impact to users’ lives. With more than 20,000 customers relying on our systems & infrastructure, our Sales team help to make the complex simple, as we become one of the UK technology industry’s success stories. We’re growing fast and building an exciting future. We are looking for passionate people who’d like to reimagine their future in a dynamic and rapidly expanding company. This is a great opportunity for an Account Manager to join a growing team with a strong culture of self-discipline and enthusiasm. You will help us to unlock sales opportunities and generate & manage business deals. This is a key hire with endless opportunities for the right individual. What you will be doing To confidently perform in sales situations in person or over the phone Develop and maintain key account plans to achieve individual sales target Lead Advanced’s account management sales process from initial opportunity through to acquiring customer purchase order, ensuring successful transition and delivery of the project Actively generate, and close, new business opportunities within the existing Advanced customer base by developing multi-level relationships within the accounts Carry out effective business meetings with existing customers/prospects including; meeting preparation and management, agenda setting, specifying customer needs, understand customer pains, articulate case studies and anecdotes, confidently differentiate Advanced from the competition when challenged creating solutions on the fly and able to move negotiation to the next stage Provide accurate and up-to-date sales forecasts for any given month or year What you will be good at A successful Account Manager will need strong sales negotiation and closing skills Significant experience in account management positions in software sales Consistent track record of over achievement on sales targets What we would like you to have Excellent analytical skills, so that you can devise and implement strategies to benefit both Advanced and the customer Positive and self-confident attitude Degree or equivalent experience Reimagine your Future by Joining the Advanced Team We hire for potential, and develop at pace. Advanced are a different sort of recruiter. Employing people with potential, our focus is on what you might be capable of achieving. We look for aspiration and passionately believe that your individual personality and core strengths are what can make you right for us. We want you to learn, to discover, to experiment, to make a difference. With a £225m turnover, 16,000 customers and 2,200 employees we pride ourselves on delivering focused software solutions for the public sector, enterprise commercial and health & care organisations that simplify complex business challenges and deliver immediate value. Some of our Key Benefits from day one are: Generous Annual Leave - 25 days annual leave plus localised public holidays, with the ability to buy additional days Charity Fundraising - Proud to be a Patron of The Prince's Trust Dedicated talent development team to help your Advanced career progress Top Achievers Club – our internal award scheme recognising excellence in our Advanced colleagues Pension Scheme (up to %5 contribution) Life insurance x 4 times salary Income protection insurance Childcare voucher (salary sacrifice) Cycle to work scheme (salary sacrifice) Employee assistance programme We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to removing bias from the hiring process. Advanced are different – we hire for potential and develop at pace so if you can reimagine your future in a vibrant growing company we’d like to hear from you. If your application is successful you will initially be required to take an online assessment, undertake a telephone interview with the HR team and attend a final interview. Click apply now, and a member of our in-house talent acquisition team will be in touch.
          Account Manager - Legal Software      Cache   Translate Page      
Advanced are one of the UK’s largest software companies, developing a range of solutions covering the whole enterprise and delivering right, first-time solutions, which solve customer problems, save money and deliver significant impact to users’ lives. With more than 20,000 customers relying on our systems & infrastructure, our Sales team help to make the complex simple, as we become one of the UK technology industry’s success stories. We’re growing fast and building an exciting future. We are looking for passionate people who’d like to reimagine their future in a dynamic and rapidly expanding company. This is a great opportunity for an Account Manager to join a growing team with a strong culture of self-discipline and enthusiasm. You will help us to unlock sales opportunities and generate & manage business deals. This is a key hire with endless opportunities for the right individual. What you will be doing To confidently perform in sales situations in person or over the phone Develop and maintain key account plans to achieve individual sales target Lead Advanced’s account management sales process from initial opportunity through to acquiring customer purchase order, ensuring successful transition and delivery of the project Actively generate, and close, new business opportunities within the existing Advanced customer base by developing multi-level relationships within the accounts Carry out effective business meetings with existing customers/prospects including; meeting preparation and management, agenda setting, specifying customer needs, understand customer pains, articulate case studies and anecdotes, confidently differentiate Advanced from the competition when challenged creating solutions on the fly and able to move negotiation to the next stage Provide accurate and up-to-date sales forecasts for any given month or year What you will be good at A successful Account Manager will need strong sales negotiation and closing skills Significant experience in account management positions in software sales Consistent track record of over achievement on sales targets What we would like you to have Excellent analytical skills, so that you can devise and implement strategies to benefit both Advanced and the customer Positive and self-confident attitude Degree or equivalent experience Reimagine your Future by Joining the Advanced Team We hire for potential, and develop at pace. Advanced are a different sort of recruiter. Employing people with potential, our focus is on what you might be capable of achieving. We look for aspiration and passionately believe that your individual personality and core strengths are what can make you right for us. We want you to learn, to discover, to experiment, to make a difference. With a £225m turnover, 16,000 customers and 2,200 employees we pride ourselves on delivering focused software solutions for the public sector, enterprise commercial and health & care organisations that simplify complex business challenges and deliver immediate value. Some of our Key Benefits from day one are: Generous Annual Leave - 25 days annual leave plus localised public holidays, with the ability to buy additional days Charity Fundraising - Proud to be a Patron of The Prince's Trust Dedicated talent development team to help your Advanced career progress Top Achievers Club – our internal award scheme recognising excellence in our Advanced colleagues Pension Scheme (up to %5 contribution) Life insurance x 4 times salary Income protection insurance Childcare voucher (salary sacrifice) Cycle to work scheme (salary sacrifice) Employee assistance programme We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to removing bias from the hiring process. Advanced are different – we hire for potential and develop at pace so if you can reimagine your future in a vibrant growing company we’d like to hear from you. If your application is successful you will initially be required to take an online assessment, undertake a telephone interview with the HR team and attend a final interview. Click apply now, and a member of our in-house talent acquisition team will be in touch.
          Smart Cities, 7 Nov 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

7 Nov 2018 - Workshop at Austin Court

FREE

Smart-cities-1538198218

About this event Synopsis:The terms “smart cities” and “future cities” are used a lot nowadays and are also used rather generically to refer to how towns and cities would develop in the future with the impact of digital technologies, novel infrastructure developments (e.g. transport, communications, environment) and delivering better cities to live and work in. Although there have been several discussions about the major topics surrounding “smart cities”, this Smart Cities Workshop initiative aims to bring the citizen at the centre of the discussion to explore how these would influence and impact them, as well as offering a platform for exploring the topics in a local context. The event will also facilitate discussions amongst various stakeholders (e.g. academia, business, government, etc.).

Our two keynote speakers will set the scene covering presentations on:

Our increasingly connected, data-driven digital world and 21st-century skill sets which current and future generations can expect as they journey into the places where they will live and work in the future

How new ideas are transforming cities, and how to make the most of them

Through the workshop, the above will then be explored further in smaller groups in the context of how project controls and its future will play a role in delivering our future smart cities, considering various emerging themes in a local, national and global context with the citizen at the heart of the discussions.


          Comment on EIA’s Electric Power Monthly – October 2018 Edition with data for August by islandboy      Cache   Translate Page      
Here's something actually cheerful as the US goes to the polls for the mid-term elections: <a href="https://reneweconomy.com.au/german-renewables-share-jumps-to-38-for-2018-nearly-catches-coal-18432/" rel="nofollow">German renewables share jumps to 38% for 2018, nearly catches coal</a> <i>Germany is edging ever closer to its national target of 65 per cent renewable energy by 2030, with new data showing wind and solar produced 38 per cent of the electricity consumed in the country between January and September 2018. The figures mark an increase of three percentage points over a year earlier, according to utility association BDEW, and were boosted by the renewables’ share reaching 43 per cent in the months of January, April and May. “If we have an average amount of wind in the fourth quarter, renewables could also cover 38 percent over the entire year,” BDEW said in a statement. But for the first three quarters of the year, this means that renewables produced almost 170 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), while lignite and hard coal added up to about 172 billion kWh. “Clearly, renewables are in the fast lane, while the contribution of conventional energy sources to cover gross power consumption is falling continuously,” said BDEW head Stefan Kapferer. “But we still have a lot of work ahead of us to reach the target of a 65 per cent renewables share by 2030.”</i> <a href="https://www.pv-magazine.com/2018/11/06/renewables-overtake-fossil-fuels-in-uk-installed-capacity/" rel="nofollow">Renewables overtake fossil fuels in UK installed capacity</a> <i>According to a report published today by Drax, the combined capacity of renewables (wind, solar, biomass, hydro and ‘other’) in the UK reached 42 GW in the third quarter of 2018. Available capacity from fossil fuels, meanwhile, fell to 40.6 GW, with around one third being retired over the last five years. The report, Electric Insights Quarterly – Q3 2018, notes this is the first time that renewables have taken the largest share of Britain’s electricity infrastructure. The largest share of renewable capacity, around 20 GW, comes from wind, with solar in second place with 13 GW. It also calculates that so far in this decade, the UK has added approximately 3.8 GW of new renewable capacity per year on average, breaking down as follows: 1.0 GW of onshore wind, 0.8 GW of offshore wind, 1.4 GW of solar and 0.4 GW of biomass. Solar’s share in this growth has fallen in the past two years thanks to the withdrawal of incentives for further installation, though a few projects have managed to find business models that work ‘subsidy free’.</i>
          Conseiller en intégration d'infrastructures infonuagiques - Cofomo Inc. - Montréal, QC      Cache   Translate Page      
Installer, configurer et intégrer des composantes et services GIA (Gestion des identités et des accès); Vous avez un profil convaincant d’un(e) conseiller en...
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À l’Office d’investissement du RPC, nous tenons à promouvoir la diversité et un accès équitable aux occasions d’emploi fondé sur les capacités....
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CA-Pleasanton, Our client is seeking a DevOps Engineer for a contract opportunity in Pleasanton, CA! This role will be critical in improving the client’s ability to manage and deploy cloud infrastructure as well as application code faster, manage it more effectively and have a great understanding of our systems as they affect our business. Working as part of a cross-functional team throughout the organization is
          Corporate Accountant - Energy & Infrastructure - Dream Unlimited - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Company: Dream Asset Management Corporation Hours per Week: 35.0 Application Deadline: 11/27/18 Dream is looking for a Corporate Accountant. We are always...
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SewerVUE Technology Corp. Is a technology integrator and service provider for the advanced condition assessment of commercial pipe infrastructure....
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CA-Milpitas, Infrastructure Architect JO #14847 Our client (s a publicly listed enterprise cybersecurity company) a company that provide products and services to protect against advanced cyber threats. They have a requirement for an Sr. Infrastructure Architect to work in their Milpitas, CA facility. This is a full time or contract position. Job Description: Infrastructure Architect Responsibilities Ability to
           Comment on Herbert Spencer: No patriotism when it comes to wars of aggression by mato48       Cache   Translate Page      
Whatever your facts may be: The sovereignty of nations is a universal accepted principle. .......... (Westphalian sovereignty is the principle of international law that each nation state has sovereignty over its territory and domestic affairs, to the exclusion of all external powers, on the principle of non-interference in another country's domestic affairs, and that each state is equal). This cornerstone of international law is violated by the USA all the time, because US leaders consider themselves above the law, impeccable, and exceptional (the shining city upon the hill). .......... This despite the fact that US infrastructure is crumbling, between 14 and 16 percent of US-Americans live in poverty, 44 millions can only get by with food stamps (SNAP), 3.6 million children have no health insurance, medical bills bankrupt one million every year, and half a million are homeless.
          Drain Cleaning Equipment Market To Surpass US$ 876.3 Mn by 2025 at a CAGR of 5.2% between 2018 and 2025      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 06, 2018 ) Drain cleaning equipment market is experiencing growth all across the globe, driven by growing construction sector and rising demand to improve the infrastructures in the developing countries. Moreover, rise in the conceptualization of smart cities is also propelling the construction sector which further encourage development of public projects. Furthermore, adoption of sectional machines is increasing due to high safety of operations, minimal maintenance, and ease of transport. These factors are anticipated to drive the drain cleaning equipment market during the forecast period.

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The report focuses on an in-depth segmentation of drain cleaning equipment market based on product type, power source, end-use, and sales channel. The geographic segmentation of the report covers five major regions including; North Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA) and South America (SA). The regional market has been further bifurcated by respective countries. By product type segment, jetters is accounted for largest share in the drain cleaning equipment market in 2017; whereas sectional machines is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

The report aims to provide an overview of global drain cleaning equipment market with detailed market segmentation. Also, it analyzes the current market scenario of drain cleaning equipment market and forecasts the market till 2025. The report covers market dynamics affecting the drain cleaning equipment market during the forecast period. Furthermore, the report analyzes the competitive scenario, geographic trends, and opportunities in the drain cleaning equipment market with respect to all geographic regions. The report also includes the detailed company profiles of the key players in the drain cleaning equipment market along with their market strategies. The report also provides value chain along with the SWOT analysis for all company profiled in the report.

The Europe is one of the prominent regions in drain cleaning equipment market which is contributing highest revenue globally due to increase in the construction of residential, private, and public infrastructures. Also, rapidly growing economies in Europe is experiencing a number of initiatives undertaken by government to accelerate construction in the countries to propel growth for drain cleaning equipment market. Low mortgage rates, demographic trends, and increasing disposable income of individuals are responsible to boost the residential construction in the European countries.

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Rest of Europe holds a high market followed by Germany and France. Owing to this, several global providers of drain cleaning related equipment are willing to invest in this region. some of the key players operating in the drain cleaning equipment market includes Aussie Pumps.; Flowplant Group Ltd.; Duracable Manufacturing Co.; General Wire Spring Co.; Nilfisk AS; Goodway Technologies Corp.; RIDGID; Gorlitz Sewer & Drain, Inc.; Electric Eel Manufacturing Co., and Spartan Tool L.L.C. among others.


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A statewide union of engineers has been flying a plane over campus during Badger football game days with a banner imploring Gov. Scott Walker ...

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          Corporate Accountant - Energy & Infrastructure - Dream Unlimited - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Is a leading Canadian real estate company with approximately $14 billion of assets under management in Canada and Europe. Dream Asset Management Corporation....
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          Comment on Pageants, they is a-changin’ by Pat Chiu      Cache   Translate Page      
I suspect that aging infrastructure and the remote location of Palmyra were factors in the decision to end the long run of the Cumorah Pageant. The Sacred Grove, the Grandin Printing Office, the Martin Harris farm, the recreated Smith farmhouse and the nearby temple are enough to attract members to the area. The recently established Aaronic Priesthood site is also within easy travel. We enjoyed attending the Pageant and really liked the improvements in the script and sound effects, but it called for a tremendous expenditure of time and effort even if the costs of replacement of aging facilities are not considered. Without the crowds attracted by the Pageant the truly holy experience of visiting the Sacred Grove will be enhanced. We recently visited the Liberty Jail and I was grateful for the relative solitude of our experience.
          Roles of Cyclooxygenase-2 gene -765G > C (rs20417) and -1195G > A (rs689466) polymorphisms in gastric cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis.      Cache   Translate Page      
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Roles of Cyclooxygenase-2 gene -765G > C (rs20417) and -1195G > A (rs689466) polymorphisms in gastric cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Gene. 2018 Oct 31;:

Authors: Luo MX, Long BB, Li F, Zhang C, Pan MT, Huang YQ, Chen B

Abstract
BACKGROUND: The roles of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) -765G > C (rs20417) and -1195G > A (rs689466) polymorphisms in gastric cancer were intensively analyzed, but the results of these studies were inconsistent. We conducted a meta-analysis and trial sequential analysis to elucidate the associations between these two COX2 polymorphisms and gastric cancer risk.
METHODS: Eligible studies were searched in PubMed, Embase, Cochrane library databases, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Vip, and Wanfang databases. Odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were used to assess the genetic correlation between COX2 polymorphisms and gastric cancer susceptibility in five genetic models. Trial sequential analysis (TSA) was conducted to estimate whether the evidence of the results is sufficient. Furthermore, their interactions with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) or smoking in gastric cancer were also assessed using a case-only method.
RESULTS: The COX2 gene -765G > C polymorphism showed no significant association with gastric cancer susceptibility under all the five genetic models (take the allelic model for example: OR = 1.41, 95% CI: 0.95-2.09) in total analysis, and the stratification analysis by ethnicity indicated a similar association in Caucasian group under four genetic models (allelic model, dominant model, homozygous model, and heterozygous model). But in the subgroup of the Asian population, the -765G > C polymorphism was significantly associated with gastric cancer risk under the same contrast. The COX2 -1195G > A polymorphism showed significant correlation with gastric cancer susceptibility in total analysis, and stratification analysis by ethnicity also revealed a similar association in both Asian and Caucasian groups under the same contrast. Moreover, TSA confirmed such associations. Both H. pylori infection and cigarette smoking interacted with -765 C allele in gastric cancer (OR = 3.79, 95% CI: 1.15-12.43 and OR = 2.48, 95% CI: 1.38-4.48, respectively), but not in -1195 A allele (OR = 1.96, 95% CI: 0.62-6.21, and OR = 1.24, 95% CI: 0.93-1.64, respectively).
CONCLUSIONS: COX2 -765G > C polymorphism may serve as a genetic biomarker of gastric cancer in Asians, but not in Caucasians. COX2 -1195G > A polymorphism may serve as a genetic biomarker of gastric cancer in both Asians and Caucasians. The -765G > C, rather than -1195G > A polymorphism interacted with H. pylori infection or cigarette smoking to increase gastric cancer risk.

PMID: 30391440 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


          Ukrainian forces violate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine over 140 times in past week      Cache   Translate Page      
Eleven infrastructure facilities and residential buildings were damaged in shellings by Ukrainian forces
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          Generic Resource Leak Detection with ETW and EasyHook      Cache   Translate Page      

Originally posted on: http://blog.freestylecoding.com/akraus1/archive/2016/01/30/172079.aspx

When you are tracking down handle or other leaks you usually need to resort to Windbg which is a great tool for unmanaged code but not so much for managed code because the usual stuff like !htrace only get the unmanaged call stack.  For managed code this approach breaks because you will not see which managed callers did allocate or free a handle. Other Windbg approaches like putting a breakpoint and then print out the handle and the call stack at the allocate/free methods work, but for heavily called methods they slow down the application too much. A much easier and faster approach is to hook the methods in question and write out an ETW event for each acquire/release call where the ETW infrastructure takes care of walking the stack. To hook specific exported methods I usually use EasyHook which is a great library to hook into pretty much any C style exported method.

Below I present a generic way to use hooking of resource acquire and release methods and tracing them with ETW which enables a generic way to track down any resource leakage as long as the necessary functions are within the reach of an API interception framework. To my knowledge that was not done before in any public library and I take therefore credit to make this approach public. Perhaps I have invented this approach but one never knows for sure.

EasyHook Introduction

EasyHook lets you define managed callbacks to intercept publicly exported methods of any processes. In the managed callback you can extend the functionality of an existing API or trace method arguments which is more often the case. If you have e.g. an executable which exports a method named Func which takes 5 arguments and returns an int like

extern "C" int WINAPI Func(int *a, int *b, int *c, int *d, int *e)
{
    *a = 1;
    *b = 2;
    *c = 3;
    *d = 4;
    *e = 5;
    return 1234;
}

you can write in managed code an interceptor for it which additionally needs a matching delegate and a PInvoke signature of the original method

        [UnmanagedFunctionPointer(CallingConvention.StdCall, CharSet = CharSet.Unicode, SetLastError = true)]
        unsafe delegate int FuncDelegate(int* a, int* b, int* c, int* d, int* e);

        [DllImport("UnmanagedWithExports.exe", CharSet = CharSet.Unicode, SetLastError = true, CallingConvention = CallingConvention.StdCall)]
        unsafe static extern int Func(int* a, int* b, int* c, int* d, int* e);
 
        unsafe static int Func_Hooked(int* a, int* b, int* c, int* d, int* e)
        {
            int lret = Func(a, b, c, d, e);
            return lret;
        }

To override in the target process you need to execute

        FuncHook = LocalHook.Create(LocalHook.GetProcAddress("UnmanagedWithExports.exe", "Func"), new FuncDelegate(Func_Hooked), this);
        FuncHook.ThreadACL.SetExclusiveACL(null);

The Hook creation is self explanatory but the hook is  disabled for all threads by default. You can either specify a list of threads for which the hook should be enabled ( LocalHook.ThreadACL.SetInclusiveACL(...) ) or you can configure a list of threads for which it should be disabled ( LocalHook.ThreadACL.SetExclusiveACL(…) ). By calling SetExclusiveACL with a null list or new int [] { 0 } which is not a valid thread number you are effectively enabling the hook for all threads.

That was the whirlwind tour into EasyHook which makes it really easy to tap into otherwise unreachable parts of code execution. Most Windows APIs are prepared to be hooked so you can intercept pretty much anything. In practice all C style exported methods are usually within your reach. With that new capability you can do previously impossible things like

  • Write a generic resource leak detection tool which tracks every resource acquire and release call.
  • Export a dummy method in your C++ dll which is called from code where previously sporadic bugs did happen. E.g. trace each invocation of the dummy method which passes internal state variables from the sporadically failing method. 
    • Now you can hook the empty method and intercept the method calls with full call stacks during your automated builds only on the machines where it did occur with minimal overhead.
  • Record the passed parameters to any exported method without the need to change the source code (which you probably don't have anyway) of this method.
  • Alter method arguments at runtime (e.g. redirect file open calls to other files).
  • ….

If you try it out you will find that the interception part works pretty well but for some reason the call stack for x64 processes looks broken when you inspect it in the debugger. We only see the managed intercepted call but no stack frames from our callers:

0:000> kc
 # Call Site
00 EasyHook64!LhPatchHookReturnAddress
01 EasyHook64!LhBarrierBeginStackTrace
02 0x0
03 0x0
04 0x0
05 0x0
06 clr!UM2MThunk_WrapperHelper
07 clr!UM2MThunk_Wrapper
08 clr!Thread::DoADCallBack
09 clr!UM2MDoADCallBack
0a clr!UMThunkStub
0b 0x0
0c 0x0
0d 0x0
0e 0x0
0f 0x0
10 0x0
11 0x0
12 0x0
13 0x0
14 0x0
15 0x0
16 0x0

but it should show our callers as well which should look like
0:000> kc
 # Call Site
00 EasyHook64!LhPatchHookReturnAddress
01 EasyHook64!LhBarrierBeginStackTrace
02 0x0
03 0x0
04 0x0
05 0x0
06 clr!UM2MThunk_WrapperHelper
07 clr!UM2MThunk_Wrapper
08 clr!Thread::DoADCallBack
09 clr!UM2MDoADCallBack
0a clr!UMThunkStub
0b UnmanagedWithExports!main
0c UnmanagedWithExports!__tmainCRTStartup
0d KERNEL32!BaseThreadInitThunk
0e ntdll!RtlUserThreadStart

The problem comes from the fact that under 64 bit stack walking works differently than under 32 bit. When the Windows x64 calling convention was defined the engineers wanted to get rid of the exception handling overhead in the happy code path unlike in the Windows x86 execution model. With x86 every method which contains an exception handler needs to set their exception handler  callback even if no exception ever happens.

In contrast to that x64 code has zero overhead in terms of code execution speed no matter how many exception handlers are present in any method! To make that possible in x64 all code must additionally register exception unwind information structures which describe the stack layout and their exception handlers for every part of the function until function exit to enable proper stack unwinding by parsing the additional metadata if an exception is about to be thrown.

x64 Stack Walking and Unwind Information

The exception unwind information is also used by the stackwalker which is part of the reason why our stack is broken. To intercept method calls EasyHook copies assembly code to a memory location which acts as trampoline code for our managed hook callback. This assembler trampoline code has no associated exception unwind information which is a problem if you try to step with a debugger through a hooked method. I tried to add the missing exception unwind information to the dynamically emitted assembler code by patching EasyHook. This led down into the dark corners of assembler ABI in function Prologue and Epilogue.

Here are some links with further information if you are interested:

It took a while to wrap my head around it since it was not clear how to verify that the unwind info registration was correct. Luckily Windbg has a nice command to show you for any address the associated Unwind Information. The command is call .fnent xxx. xxxx is the method address. Below is the output of Windbg for the trampoline assembler code with the now dynamically added Unwind Information:

0:000> .fnent 7ff6`79fa0318
Debugger function entry 0000003a`d75be570 for:

BeginAddress      = 00000000`00000318
EndAddress        = 00000000`000003c9
UnwindInfoAddress = 00000000`00000274

Unwind info at 00007ff6`79fa0274, 22 bytes
  version 1, flags 0, prolog 2d, codes f
  frame reg 5 (rbp), frame offs 00h
  00: offs 26, unwind op 8, op info 3    UWOP_SAVE_XMM128 FrameOffset: 50 reg: xmm3.
  02: offs 21, unwind op 8, op info 2    UWOP_SAVE_XMM128 FrameOffset: 40 reg: xmm2.
  04: offs 1c, unwind op 8, op info 1    UWOP_SAVE_XMM128 FrameOffset: 30 reg: xmm1.
  06: offs 17, unwind op 8, op info 0    UWOP_SAVE_XMM128 FrameOffset: 20 reg: xmm0.
  08: offs 12, unwind op 3, op info 0    UWOP_SET_FPREG.
  09: offs e, unwind op 2, op info c    UWOP_ALLOC_SMALL.
  0a: offs a, unwind op 0, op info 5    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: rbp.
  0b: offs 9, unwind op 0, op info 9    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: r9.
  0c: offs 7, unwind op 0, op info 8    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: r8.
  0d: offs 5, unwind op 0, op info 2    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: rdx.
  0e: offs 4, unwind op 0, op info 1    UWOP_PUSH_NONVOL reg: rcx.

If you need to do it by yourself you can look at https://github.com/Alois-xx/EasyHook/blob/develop/DriverShared/LocalHook/install.c in method AddUnwindInfos

By using the Windbg stack commands (k and related) I could immediately see if I was on the right track. If you want to see correct x64 method examples you can check out any C/C++ x64 compiler output to see what is possible. The dumpbin tool can also display the exception unwind infos with

dumpbin /unwindinfo dddd.exe/.dll

for any executable or dll.

The version 1 unwind codes are only necessary to describe the function Prologue which is sufficient to reconstruct the stack layout of all saved registers at any time in a method. If you have more exotic Epilogues you need to describe them with specific Unwind codes as well which were introduced with Windows 10 (I guess)? The Unwind Info version 2 is not documented at MSDN anywhere yet but you can have a look at a small snippet of the Windows Kernel stack unwinder which is copied into CoreCLR at: https://github.com/dotnet/coreclr/blob/master/src/unwinder/amd64/unwinder_amd64.cpp. See the methods OOPStackUnwinderAMD64::UnwindEpilogue, OOPStackUnwinderAMD64::VirtualUnwind and related.

After adding correct unwind codes stack walking did work only up to certain point where it still got corrupted because EasyHook repeatedly replaces the return address of the current method with the CLR stub and the backpatch routine to reset the old return address after our managed hook returns. During this time the stack is by definition not walkable because the return address of our caller is not even present on the stack while we are executing our managed callback. To get out of this EasyHook already provides a solution by replacing as direct return address the original hook entry point temporarily to make the stack walkable again. But that works only while we are in a hook handler in  terms of EasyHook speak. That means that we can restore the stack only before we call the hooked method. After that we cannot restore the return location anymore. That is a problem if we want to log the returned arguments of a hooked method (e.g. the actual handle value of CreateWindow, CreateFile, …). Since I know that our current return address must be the hook specific assembler code to restore the original caller address I did extend  NativeAPI.LhBarrierBeginStackTrace and NativeAPI.LhBarrierEndStackTrace of EasyHook to locate the hook stub code and to replace it with the original entry point of the first hooked function of the current thread. After that change EasyHook is able to get you into a state where the stack is fully walkable before and after you call the hooked method for x64 and x86.

Unfortunately the x64 ETW Stackwalker of Windows 7 stops on any method which has no matching loaded module (e.g. trampoline hook code and JITed code) so this is still not working with ETW events in Windows 7. But custom ETW events with proper Unwind Infos will work on Windows 8 or later. I still wish that MS would fix the Windows 7 ETW stackwalker because this also breaks profiling JITed x64 code on Windows 7 machines. 32 bit code works though since Windows 7.

Generic ETW Resource Tracing

At the time of writing you can see the changes on my EasyHook fork at https://github.com/Alois-xx/EasyHook/commits/develop. I hope that the changes will get into the main line of EasyHook soon. I still have left out an important aspect of a generic ETW leak tracer. How should we trace it so it is easy to diagnose with WPA? WPA for Windows 10 can graph custom event data if they are numeric and non hexadecimal Sum columns. We need to trace every resource acquire and release. Usually you get back some handle so this should be included as well. The resource could be something big like a bitmap which has  a specific memory size so it makes sense to trace the allocation size as well. The basic ETW trace calls should therefore have the form

    AcquireResource(ulong Handle, long AllocSize, string Allocator)
    ReleaseResource(ulong Handle, long AllocSize, string Allocator)

With such an API we can trace for CreateFile, CreateWindow, … and such with a simple ETW trace call all relevant information. For simple handle based resources where no metadata is available how big they are it makes sense to use 1 in the Aquire call as allocation size and -1 for the Release call. If all Aquire and Release calls for the Allocator e.g. CreateWindow are balanced out the WPA Sum column for the total allocation size (Field 2) will balance out to zero. If there is a leak we will see a positive excess in WPA for which we can filter.

 

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Here we see e.g. that our free method which seems to do the wrong thing seems to release sometimes with an allocation size of zero 68 times which is exactly the number of outstanding allocation size which is graphed in Field 2.

As an example for CreateWindow we would issue

   AcquireResource(windowHandle, 1, "CreateWindow")

and for each hooked DestroyWindow call we would trace

   ReleaseResource(handle, -1, "DestroyWindow")

You can use the tool ETWstackwalk as a simple window handle leak detector which is now part of my EasyHook fork. You need to compile ETWStackwalk.exe as Administrator under x64 to register the ETW manifest. You get then something like this as output.

Window Handle Leak Tracing

ETWStackwalk is part of EasyHook which serves as demonstration what can be done with it. Here is its help output

ETWStackWalk.exe v1.0.0.0 by Alois Kraus 2016
Injects an ETW tracer to external processes to find resource leaks. Works for x64 since Win 8 or later. Works for 32 bit processes since Windows 7.
ETWStackWalk [-hook [createfile] [-outfile xxx.etl] [createwindow]] [-debug] [-help] [-pid ddd] [-start executable with optionalargs]
   -help                 This message
   -hook                 Hook specified methods to trace handle leaks.
                         createwindow Intercept Create/DestroyWindow calls.
                         createfile   Intercept CreateFile calls.
   -outfile xxxx.etl     Output file name to which the hook tracing data will be written to. Default is %temp%\ResourceLeaks.etl
   -pid ddd              Hook into specified process
   -start executable     Start executable and then hook after 5s to give it time to initialize.
   -noetw                Disable ETW recording (used for unit testing).
   -debug                Used to debug EasyHook trampoline code. Hook notepad.exe and start Windbg of Windows 10 SDK.
Examples:
Monitor all CreateWindow/DestroyWindow calls to detect window handle leaks in an already running application with process id ddd
 ETWStackWalk.exe -hook createwindow -pid dddd
Monitor all CreateFile calls. There you can log e.g. return code, passed file name, flags and other flags of interest.
 ETWStackWalk.exe -hook createfile -pid dddd
Test hooking a method which writes if hooked an ETW event for every allocation and deallcation event to simulate a handle leak.
 ETWStackWalk.exe -hook funcetw -start UnmanagedWithExports.exe 500000
If something goes wrong you can directly debug it with Windbg if you have the Win10 SDK installed by adding the -debug switch
 ETWStackWalk.exe -hook funcetw -debug -start UnmanagedWithExports.exe 500000

To start window handle leak tracing you need to get the pid of an already running process because EasyHook is not able to inject its code while the process is still starting the CLR which can lead to all sorts of weird errors. Instead you can attach to an already running process and tell ETWStackWalk to enable createwindow/destroywindow tracing. You can also configure and output etl file if you wish our you stick to the default.

D:\Source\git\easyhook\Build\netfx4-Release\x64>ETWStackWalk.exe -hook createwindow -outfile c:\temp\resourceLeak.etl  -pid 14960
Start ETW Recording ...
Hooking into proces 14960 for createwindow 
Press Enter to stop recording
ETWStackwalk has been installed in target 14960.


Stopping ETW Recording. This can take some minutes ...
        Stop WPR Output: To analyze this trace run: wpa "c:\temp\resourceleak.etl"
Start Analysis with wpa c:\temp\resourceleak.etl -profile easyhook.wpaprofile

I have crated a suitable easyhook.wpaprofile which is dedicated to easily analyze resource leaks.  There you get a nice overview per handle and all associated aquire and release operations. The graph shows the duration how long a handle was open until it was closed again. The Start/Stop ETW Opcode Name corresponds to acquire/release calls for this handle. If handles are reused you can still see any excess (too many aquire or release calls) in the AllocSize column which is a sum of all calls  where each CreateWindow counts with +1 and all calls to DestroyWindow count as -1. If all calls cancel out you see for that handle an summed AllocSize (Field 2) of zero. The allocation size shows you that in my test while opening a solution in VS2015 where 6 additional windows were created and not yet closed. This makes it easy to filter for the outstanding window handles which have an AllocSize > 0. Then you can open drill into the call stacks and you have found the root cause of pretty much any window handle leak with practically zero speed impact of your application while this approach is generic and can be applied to any resource leak. This tester serves only as demonstration that is based on the combination of ETW and EasyHook but with this concept we can tackle a wide range of sporadic resource leaks which are now solvable with a systematic approach.

 

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If we hook other generic methods like CloseHandle we are in a bad position since it is a generic close method which closes many different handle types. But we can (literally) sort things out if we group in WPA by handle (Field 1) and filter away all handles which have a negative allocation size (Field 2). This removes all handles for which CloseHandle was called but no corresponding e.g. CreateFile call was traced. From that on we can continue to search for outstanding file handles by looking at the totals as usual.

Now you know why the handle is always the first argument to our ETW trace calls. If we position the handle at the same method parameter location in our ETW manifest we can group the acquire and release calls by handle which is exactly what we want in WPA got generate the graph and table above.

Hooking and ETW Performance

I was telling you that this approach is fast. So how fast can it get? The y-axis are not ms but us where the average function execution time of a hooked basically empty int Func(int *a, int *b, int *c, int *d, int *e) was measured. It is interesting that the raw function execution speed from a few nanoseconds jumps to ca. 1us with ETW tracing and goes up to 4us (measured on my Haswell i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz under Windows 8.1) if ETW stackwalking is enabled.  That means we can get full ETW events and stack walking at a rate of 250.000 calls/s by using that approach. That is more than most tracing frameworks offer and these do not capture the full call stack. If that is still too slow you can use EasyHook as a pure unmanaged Interceptor which could give you perhaps a factor 2-4 but then you need to take care of a lot more things.

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What is odd is that x86 ETW tracing seems to be slower for x86 and under x64 but I did not look into that more deeply. In general x86 code should still be faster if we do the same thing because the CPU caches do not grow but the pointer and instruction size of code and data increases under x64 which simply needs more cycles as Rico Mariani explains in A little 64 bit follow-up. As long as you do not need the big address space you should not simply buy the argument that x64 is the future because it is more modern. If you want to do your users a favor you should favor the small is beautiful approach. With small I mean small code, small and efficient data structures and small code complexity. 

WPA Performance Issue (Windows 10 SDK 10.0.10586.15)

When parsing custom ETW events WPA parses the strings in a very inefficient way which can lock up your machine easily for minutes. On my 8 core machine the custom view takes minutes to build up and uses 4 cores to parse the strings from my custom ETW events. The problem is that WPA also uses code from a static helper class which is grossly inefficient. Have a look at this profiling data:

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WPA uses 4/8 cores where 3 cores are spending CPU cycles spinning to get a lock while only one core is doing actual work (12,5% CPU is one core on a 8 core machine). This effectively single threaded operation is also very inefficient implemented. The problem comes from TDHHelper.GetStringForPropertyAtIndex which parses a string from an ETW event. This is done in a static class under a global lock:

image

When I drill down into one thread I see that EnsureCapacity and EnsureRoomForTokensAndClear are responsible for 43% of the execution time which would go away if the List<IntPtr> instances would be reused. It could also help that the parsed strings are cached which would reduce the time quite a bit if I play around with groupings in WPA. That is a major bottleneck and should be solved as my top performance issue in the current WPA implementation. I have not noticed such long delays with WPA 8.1. A quick check reveals that the code is nearly the same in previous versions. So it was always slow but with more and more custom ETW events this display is becoming much more important than before. If you look at custom CLR events (e.g. Exceptions grouped by type) you will notice the very slow reaction of WPA due to this issue.

Outlook

If you have read this far congrats. You had to digest quite many technical details from many different areas. If you are searching for a way to get rid of Windbg for resource leak analysis and use a simpler tool ETWStackwalk could be it. It is easy to extend for any other API you are interested in and it works for x86 and x64 (Win 8 and later). If you want to intercept another API you only need to extend the method injector which is declared in

easyhook\Test\ETWStackWalk\Injector.cs

In the Injector you see some examples for CreateFile and CreateWindow which contains mostly boilerplate code. The hook generation code could certainly be simplified. A nice addition would it be to compile the interception code on the fly and pass the actual Interceptor class as configuration file which would make hooking new methods truly dynamic without the need to recompile ETWStackwalk every time a new API needs to be hooked. I had used a variation of this approach for my GDI bug in Windows which actually lead to a Windows Hotfix. But this was always bound to x86 code only. Since I have found some free time to greatly extend the usefulness of the hooking approach by making EasyHook playing nice with x64 stack walking. So far every resource leak (GDI handles, File, Semaphores, Desktop Heap, … ) needed a different approach or tool. It is time to come up with an approach which is powerful and generic enough to tackle all of such resource leaks with one tool and approach. I expect that at least the idea should become state of the art how resource problems are tackled in the next years. If you have used this approach already or you had success with the idea please share it here so we all can benefit by learning from each other. It was fun to get my hands dirty with x64 assembly and to find out how the basics of exception handling really work together. Going deep is my first nature. That was the main reason why I have studied particle physics to really understand how the universe works. The discovery of the Higgs boson was really a great thing and I can at least say that I have tested some small parts of the huge ATLAS detector (which was part of the discovery of the Higgs boson) during my time at the university 15 years ago. It is kind of cool to understand how my computer works from software to hardware down to subatomic level.

If you are wondering what on earth is that guy doing when he is not in front of a computer? Apparently this:

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With my two kids, not my boat and my wife we were enjoying two fantastic weeks at the Caribbean sea on St Thomas this January. The kids had great fun in the warm water and this was my first vacation where I did never freeze. Even the nights during winter time were above 25 Celsius. The water is so full of live I have not seen anywhere else. The Mediterranean sea looks like a desert compared to this. If you go to Coral World at St. Thomas you see many different fishes and corrals in aquariums. But if you go snorkeling you will see all animals from the zoo again which is really amazing. During that time home in Germany the people had quite a lot of snow but we were sweating the whole time which really felt odd. That's all for today. Happy bug hunting!


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Thailand also stressed the importance of including vulnerable groups in disaster management to build a more resilient world.

“We have now very good inclusive community programmes allowing persons with disabilities to be part of the disaster planning process and people feel more resilient and cooperative,” said Ms. Arunee Limmanee, from the Faculty of Social Policy and Administration, Thammasat University, and Chair of the Children, Youth, Women and Vulnerable Groups, Disability Council in Thailand.

Ms. Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction who moderated the session, concluded: “To be efficient and effective, national and local disaster risk reduction strategies, need to be multi-hazard, multi-sectorial and inclusive, and ensure the full participation of all relevant stakeholders, including those groups with higher vulnerability and exposure to the impact of hazards.”

She also cited the need for inclusion in the national and local strategies for disaster risk reduction which should be in place by 2020, according to target (e) of the Sendai Framework.

The panel discussion in New York also included Mr. Teru Fukui, Member of the House of Representatives of the National Diet of Japan; Mr. Arata Takebe, Member of the House of Representatives of the National Diet of Japan; Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations in New York; Mr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations in New York, and Ms. Asako Okai, ASG and Director of Crisis Bureau, UNDP.


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For decades, the United States has been in the midst of a housing crisis. Every day, individuals from each and every state struggle to find clean, safe homes and apartments that cost less than 30 percent of their total gross annual income.


The narrative is typically framed in terms of big urban areas, where housing and living costs are rising rapidly, and gentrification pushes long-time residents out of homes and neighborhoods they've lived in for decades. The same is true for suburban areas, who have experienced a tremendous growth in poverty. What few realize, however, is that affordable housing crisis also affects rural America.


A report published this month by the Urban Institute, a Washington D.C. think tank, highlights the problem by ranking the affordable housing needs of rural communities across the United States. The study, entitled Rental Housing for a 21st Century Rural America, analyzed 152 rural counties that have the most-severe affordable housing needs.


There were very specific areas that exhibited a particular need including the southern border from Texas to California, the Southern Mississippi Delta, and the southeast including Florida, Alabama, and Georgia.


Rural counties, which have been defined by the Urban Institute as those that qualify for U.S. Department of Agriculture housing programs, were ranked by seven factors. Those factors included high rates of population growth, high rates of poverty, low vacancy rates and high unemployment rates. Counties who exh ibitedfour or more of these factors were considered to be in severe need of affordable housing.


"It was surprising to see so many rural communities that are struggling with just having very few vacant rental units available, and to see so many rural communities with very few federally subsidized rental units," Corianne Scally, the author of the report and a senior research associate at the Urban Institute told the Huffington Post.


In comparing rural areas to more urban environments, you might expect the reasons for the housing crisis to be vastly different. However, some of the problems are by and large the same.


Today's tenants and aspiring homeowners have a laundry list of issues that can prevent them from finding affordable housing, including an increased cost of living, stagnating household incomes, and gentrification. Many wonder whether it's worth it to rent, or if it's in their best interest to buy. Others wonder if they're ready to purchase homes, given the state of the housing market. They also have to consider situations in which they could lose their housing, including government acquisition of property, eviction, and the threat of foreclosure when faced with financial hardship.


While there are some similarities, there are also significant differences between urban and rural problems with affordable housing.


"Housing issues in rural communities can get overlooked as living and housing costs tend to be lower there than in the cities," writes Huffington Post contributor Laura Paddison. "However, incomes in many of these areas tends to be lower too, especially in areas that used to rely on the coal industry or that otherwise have limited job opportunities."


It's not just stagnated wages that are an issue. Though America has had a recent economic boom and relatively low unemployment for years now, this hasn't translated into a house-building boom. In fact, rates of construction are at record lows even though the demand for affordable housing is high. In rural areas in particular, there are specific obstacles preventing developers from starting construction.


"Developers find it difficult to get financing there," David Dangler said in the same Huffington Post piece. Dangler is the director of rural initiatives at the nonprofit NeighborWorks America. He went on to say "The already limited number of firms specializing in affordable rental housing is even smaller when it comes to rural markets. Rural rental housing developments tend to be significantly smaller than their urban counterparts, and financing is complex."


Additionally, developers note that in rural areas, things like water system infrastructure, electricity, garbage, sewage, and other utilities may not be available in the same capacity that they are in urban environments.


One solution to making housing more affordable in these rural areas is through government assistance. Scally, of the Urban Institute, is calling on lawmakers to allocate more money into building affordable rental housing in these areas.


"We found almost 700 counties with rural communities that had equal to or less than 5 percent of federally subsidized units, so again there just hasn't been much investment in these communities even through standard federal programs," she said.


Another solution, the report suggests, is that incentives be given to developers who operate in these underserved markets, whether that be through technical assistance or financial rewards, since many of these developers work in areas devoid of adequate construction material and labor.


Should Democrats succeed in the midterm elections, there are a number of proposed bills that seek to rectify the affordable housing issue. A number of bills were introduced earlier this year by introduced by Democratic Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris.


The most recent bill was introduced in September 2018 by Senator Elizabeth Warren. The American Housing and Economic Mobility Act calls for a half-trillion dollar investment in affordable housing to be allocated over the next decade. This bill would create up to 3.2 million new units for low-and middle-income families. The bill also expands protections of legislation to reduce discrimination in banking, housing, and aims to desegregate neighborhoods.


Warren's bill, for example, would make it illegal for landlords to discriminate against renters with federal housing vouchers and would also impose new regulations on credit unions and nonbank mortgage lenders like Quicken Loans. The bill also aims to incentivize states to rectify any racist and discriminatory zoning restrictions; hopes to ease the path for low-income families to move into more affluent communities; and provides federal assistance to first-time homebuyers from formerly segregated areas and those who saw their wealth decline during and after the 2008 financial crisis.


"Much of the housing discussion has been about affordability, production, and tenant protections, which are all really important issues," Philip Tegeler, the executive director of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council tells The Intercept. "What's so powerful about Warren's bill is that it aims to tackle all those things, and it also looks at how are we going to structure our society going forward. Fair housing is really embedded in the legislation, and that's why I find it so creative."


These bills are all highly dependent on Democrats doing well in midterm elections, or at the very least bipartisan support. Regardless, amidst America's housing crisis, it's going to be important for governments, whether federal, state, or local to intervene.



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          [TobagoJack] Maybe case in point, there is a law in the USA forbidden team USA to cooperate w...      Cache   Translate Page      
Maybe case in point, there is a law in the USA forbidden team USA to cooperate w/ team China on anything to do w/ space, and so China, unable to participate in the international space station, is building own, and soliciting all including USA to engage. As of now, a lot of would-be astronauts from many nations are studying mandarin, but alas, there is a sizeable crowd that intone a different approach and failed approach, per history does not matter and mathematics not important and no to hospitals

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Why Mars should be our next stop
By John Caves III

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 | 2 a.m.

Almost 50 years have passed since the United States last put a man on the moon — or anywhere else outside of low-Earth orbit. As China builds an increasingly sophisticated space program, it is high time for America to get moving again.

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon.

NASA and the Space Task Group, appointed by President Richard Nixon to advise America’s next steps in space, pushed an ambitious plan calling for a manned expedition to Mars by 1986, at the latest. But Nixon nixed it.

Perhaps 1986 was not the right time to go to Mars. But 2036 may be.

China is emerging as a serious rival in a gradually unfolding 21st-century space race. As the world’s second-largest economy with high-tech aspirations, Beijing can afford an ambitious space program. Chinese astronauts have already been in low-Earth orbit, and the country plans to have a space station ready to launch by 2020.

By 2036, according to the deputy commander of China’s Manned Space Program, Beijing expects to land astronauts on the moon. At that point, China will have caught up to the United States in human space exploration and will then be poised to overtake it.

Unless the United States takes action to keep its lead.

The question, of course, is: Why should we? Going to the Moon and Mars is expensive, and there is nothing there but dirt and rocks. We have problems enough at home that need our money and attention, the argument goes. Besides, we have robots to explore space for us: the Voyager I probe has already made it clean out of the solar system.

That all misses the point. Mars may indeed be mostly dirt and rocks; but somewhere out there are planets that are just as alive as Earth. Astronomers are now identifying them at an ever-increasing rate.

Using robots to find those planets and scout them out before humans can get there is sound policy. But, eventually, humans will need to get there themselves.

Why? Because it’s there. Because, as Elon Musk and others have argued, humanity has a much better chance of surviving a catastrophic natural disaster, like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs, if we are a multiplanetary species.

Because, also, national might and prestige matter. If China explores the cosmos and exploits the resources of space while the United States sulks on Earth, America will lose power and influence here, and with it the ability to stand up to authoritarian bullying.

And if China settles new planets, it will impose its own system there. The future centers of human civilization will come into being under the thumb of tyranny, and not in the open hands of liberty. Imagine if Russia, and not Great Britain, had planted colonies on American soil. What would we be today?

For these reasons, as Caspar Weinberger, then deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and later secretary of defense, put it to Nixon in a memorandum urging completion of the Apollo missions, “America should be able to afford something besides increased welfare, programs to repair our cities, or Appalachian relief and the like.”

Not that those other things are unimportant. Human space exploration is a long-term investment, for the country and for humankind. As we disburse resources for the immediate concerns we must address at home, we ought also to put enough aside to shape our future.

We also cannot leave space exploration solely to entrepreneurs such as Musk, as enthusiastic as they are. Space is an expensive and risky prospect for businesses. They will need infrastructure, security and a predictable legal regime in order to turn a profit. Only government can provide those public goods and ensure that our laws and liberties accompany us into the stars.

Private firms have a role, though, and the U.S. government, through NASA, ought to work with them to extend humanity’s reach into space, as government did with the railroad companies when the United States expanded west.

Habitable planets are many light-years away, and we do not yet have the technology to send people to them. That is where Mars comes in. It and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn can serve as stepping stones on the way out of the solar system, and not only in the literal sense of placing supply and fuel depots there.

Expeditions to Mars and Jupiter will compel our engineers and scientists to find more effective solutions to problems of spaceflight, making our spacecraft faster, lighter, more fuel-efficient and better able to penetrate the atmosphere of other planets. Humanity will be better placed to reach out to distant stars after a Mars mission than before it.

The United States, then, ought to reinvigorate NASA. We ought to send forth robotic probes before us to other solar systems. And when China goes to the Moon in 2036, we ought to go to Mars.

John Caves III, a captain in the U.S. Army from January 2013 to July 2017, is a graduate student at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.

          [Haim R. Branisteanu] The situation we are in now is because of the shortsightedness of the majority o...      Cache   Translate Page      
The situation we are in now is because of the shortsightedness of the majority of people, who are too lazy to think forward and for the benefit of the common good instead of their own personal meaningless desires.

The farmer wants more crop for next season and does not care as to the productivity of the soil in 5 to 8 years
The CEO of XYZ company care more about the quarterly results and tries to hide devastating pollution .... and the things just go on, until the Europeans have failed crops and no beer, Russians have a crumbling infrastructure in Northern Siberia the US has more and more flooding on their shores and huge wildfires in CA and the story just repeats itself.

IMHO it may be already too late without drastic measures but the red-necks do not care too much until their barley crop will fail and there will be no beer to drink and Judge Kavanah will have a problem.

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Their Soybeans Piling Up, Farmers Hope Trade War Ends Before Beans RotNorth Dakota’s soybean crops are flourishing. But China has stopped buying.
Nov. 5, 2018


Soybeans in temporary storage at the Maple River Grain & Agronomy terminal in Casselton, N.D.Dan Koeck for The New York Times

ARTHUR, N.D. — This is harvest season in the rich farmlands of the eastern Dakotas, the time of year Kevin Karel checks his computer first thing in the morning to see how many of his soybeans Chinese companies have purchased while he was sleeping.

Farmers here in Cass County have prospered over the last two decades by growing more soybeans than any other county in the United States, and by shipping most of those beans across the Pacific Ocean to feed Chinese pigs and chickens.

But this year, the Chinese have all but stopped buying. The largest market for one of America’s largest exports has shut its doors. The Chinese government imposed a tariff on American soybeans in response to the Trump administration’s tariffs on Chinese goods. The latest federal data, through mid-October, shows American soybean sales to China have declined by 94 percent from last year’s harvest.


Kevin Karel, the general manager of the Arthur Companies, which has long sold soybeans to China. With that market now largely shut off, Mr. Karel said his firm has started to stockpile soybeans.Dan Koeck for The New York TimesMr. Karel, the general manager of the Arthur Companies, which operates six grain elevators in eastern North Dakota, has started to pile one million bushels of soybeans on a clear patch of ground behind some of his grain silos. The big mound of yellowish-white beans, already one of the taller hills in this flat part of the world, will then be covered with tarps.

The hope is that prices will rise before the beans rot.

“We’re sitting on the edge of our seat,” Mr. Karel said.

President Trump sees tariffs as a tool to force changes in America’s economic relationships with China and other major trading partners. His tough approach, he says, will revive American industries like steel and auto manufacturing that have lost ground to foreign rivals. But that is coming at a steep cost for some industries, like farming, that have thrived in the era of globalization by exporting goods to foreign markets.

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Here’s why Iowa soybean farmers are worried about retaliatory tariffs against agriculture products.

China and other trading partners hit with the tariffs, including the European Union, have sought to maximize the political impact of their reprisals. The European Union imposed tariffs on bourbon, produced in Kentucky, the home state of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, and on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, from Wisconsin, the home state of House Speaker Paul Ryan. China's decision to impose tariffs on soybeans squeezes some of Mr. Trump's staunchest supporters across the Midwestern farm belt.


Harvesting soybeans south of Luverne, N.D. The 2018 harvest is unusually large — and unusually hard to sell.Dan Koeck for The New York Times

Both Mr. Trump and President Xi Jinping of China have declared their desire to reduce trade barriers.

“Openness has become a trademark of China,” Mr. Xi said Monday at a trade fair in Shanghai that the Chinese government described as an opportunity for foreign companies to display their wares. Mr. Trump, for his part, said last week that “we’re much closer” to striking a deal with China, though administration officials have said the two sides remain far apart, and no deal is imminent.

Like most successful American exports, soybeans are produced at high efficiency by a small number of workers using cutting-edge technologies, like tractors connected to satellites so the optimal mix of fertilizers can be spread on each square foot of farmland. The United States exported $26 billion in soybeans last year, and more than half went to China.

Some farmers in North Dakota say they trust Mr. Trump to negotiate in the nation’s interest. Mr. Karel said many of his customers wear red “Make America Great Again” caps and insist that the pain of lost business and lower profits is worthwhile. They say they’ll suffer now so their children benefit later — echoing the argument Mr. Trump has made.

Others are less enthused. Greg Gebeke, who farms 5,000 acres outside Arthur with two of his brothers, said he struggled to understand the administration’s goals.

“I’m trying to follow and figure out who the winners are in this tariff war,” Mr. Gebeke said. “I know who one of the losers are and that’s us. And that’s painful.”

One of the Arthur Companies' grain elevators, in Arthur, N.D.Dan Koeck for The New York Times

North Dakota’s soybean industry was created by Chinese demand for the beans, which are crushed to make feed for animals and oil for human consumption.

China is by far the world’s largest importer of soybeans. The country consumed 110 million tons of soybeans in 2017, and 87 percent of those beans were imported — the vast majority from either Brazil or the United States. While soybeans are grown throughout the Midwest, the soybean fields of North Dakota are the part of soybean country that is closest to the Pacific Ocean, and so its beans are mostly sent to China.

In the mid-1990s, there were 450,000 acres of soybeans in the state. Last year, there were 6.4 million. As the state’s production of soybeans increased, companies spent millions of dollars on larger grain elevators, on the 110-car trains that carry the soybeans west to the Pacific Coast, on bigger terminals at the ports. A few years ago, Mr. Gebeke traded his grain drill, used to plant wheat, for a second machine to plant soybeans.

The Arthur Companies in 2016 opened a shiny drying, storage and loading facility that can hold 2.7 million bushels of beans waiting for the next train.

Soybeans being delivered to the Arthur Companies’ grain elevator.Dan Koeck for The New York TimesA sample of soybeans from the Arthur Companies’ elevator.Dan Koeck for The New York Times

Soybean farmers also spent millions of dollars cultivating the Chinese market. Farmers in North Dakota and other states contribute a fixed percentage of revenue to a federal fund called the “soybean checkoff” that pays for marketing programs like trade missions to China and research intended to convince Chinese farmers that pigs raised on American soybeans grow faster and fatter. In 2015, North Dakota soybean farmers footed the bill for an event in Shanghai honoring the 10 “most loyal” buyers of American soybeans.

The soybean industry’s sales pitch emphasized the reliability of American infrastructure and the political stability of the United States. The message was that the Chinese could be confident that American farmers would deliver high quality soybeans.

“I’ve been to China 25 times in the last decade talking about the dependability of U.S. soybeans,” said Kirk Leeds, the chief executive of the Iowa Soybean Association. By undermining that reputation, he said, “we have done long-term damage to the industry.”

Agriculture dominates the town of Arthur. Across the street from the house is the Arthur Companies headquarters, where a pile of corn is in temporary storage.Dan Koeck for The New York Times

The last two decades were a fat season in the soybean belt. The grain silos and pickup trucks in Cass County are shiny and new. Mr. Karel said a significant number of the farmers who sell crops to his company had done so well they purchased winter homes around Phoenix.

But the mood is souring quickly. Mr. Gebeke’s wife, Debra, a retired psychologist, has returned to work at North Dakota State University, to counsel distraught farmers. Public health officials in North Dakota, already confronting a recent rise in suicides, are concerned about the impact of falling prices, particularly on younger farmers with high levels of debt.

Cords that release grain from silos into trucks.Dan Koeck for The New York TimesThe drying tower at the Arthur Companies’ newest elevator, opened in 2016.Dan Koeck for The New York Times

Mr. Gebeke, 65, recalled President Jimmy Carter’s decision to suspend wheat sales to the Soviet Union in 1979. The embargo ended two years later but, by then, the Soviets were getting more of their grain from Ukraine. Speaking of the soybean standoff, he said, “They could get together tomorrow and iron this thing all out and I don’t think we’ll ever get all of our market back.”

As China swallows the world’s supply of non-American soybeans, other countries are buying more beans from the United States, especially European nations that usually import beans from Brazil.

Some nations that grow soybeans, like Canada, are shipping their own beans to China at high prices and then buying American beans at lower prices to meet domestic demand. Taiwan, seeking to curry favor, signed a deal to buy more American soybeans over the next two years.

None of this is nearly enough. During the first six weeks of the current export year, which began in September, American soybean exports to China are down by about six million tons from last year, while soybean exports to the rest of the world are up by only three million tons.

A board showing the status of each grain bin.Dan Koeck for The New York Times

Some analysts predict China will be forced to buy more American beans after it exhausts other sources. Others are hopeful that China and the United States will reach a deal to remove the tariffs.

But waiting carries risks. Soybeans can spoil, and Brazil harvests its crop in the spring, creating fresh competition for American beans. “Hope is unfortunately a terrible marketing plan,” said Nancy Johnson, executive director of the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association.

The industry continues to seek new markets. Jim Sutter, chief executive of the U.S. Soybean Export Council, said he was focused on persuading Indians to eat more chicken. The council, which already provides funding to Indian trade groups, is planning to back an advertising campaign. “People in India will eat more protein as the economy grows, but our job is to speed that up,” Mr. Sutter said.

The Trump administration said in August that it would distribute $3.6 billion to soybean farmers to offset the decline in market prices. The subsidy rate of 82.5 cents per bushel, however, covers less than half of the losses facing North Dakota farmers at current market prices.

A small hopper grain bin.Dan Koeck for The New York TimesAfter the grain is weighed, trucks dump their load into this pit. The grain is then moved through tubes into storage bins based on the quality of the grain.Dan Koeck for The New York Times

Brandon Hokana, whose family farms 3,500 acres near Ellendale, N.D., estimates that they need a price of $8.75 per bushel of soybeans to break even. Last year at this time, soybeans could be sold for almost $10 per bushel. Now, local elevators are offering prices below $7.

Farmers typically begin to purchase seeds and fertilizer before the end of the year, so the low prices are shaping next year’s crop. The Hokanas divided their land evenly between soybeans and corn this year; next, they plan to plant half as many acres of soybeans. Instead they will devote more land to corn, and also to some wheat for the first time in two decades, and perhaps specialty crops like peas and black beans.

Mr. Hokana knows that other farmers are likely to make similar decisions, and that the corn market next fall may be glutted. Specialty crops like peas and edible beans command higher prices, but also require more work and specialized equipment. Also, unlike the big cash crops, specialty crops can’t be hedged. That means the farmer carries all the risk of a bad year.

“The goal for next year,” Mr. Hokana said, “is just to break even.”

Earlier versions of this article misidentified the family name of one group of farmers. They are named Hokana, not Hokama.

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admittedly from suspect bloomberg, but good enough for triangulation purpose, at least a point to mull over

and if of veracity whether deliberate or accidental, then should be put on watch & brief

at some juncture there may be congressional hearings on "who lost [ ]?" w/ [ ] to be filled in with either russia and / or china.

it is like the folks in charge never played that which jack is good enough in, "risk"

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Trump’s Trade War Is Making Russia and China Comrades Again

Facing U.S. sanctions and tariffs, Moscow and Beijing are finding lots of common ground.
More stories by Marc ChampionNovember 6, 2018, 5:00 AM GMT+8



Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin toast with vodka during a signing ceremony on May 21, 2014, in Shanghai. Russia and China signed a 30-year contract for supply of gas.
Photographer: Sasha Mordovets/Getty ImagesFu Ying recalls vividly how, as a young woman, she’d get woken by sirens in the middle of the night for drills to practice for a Soviet invasion. It was the time of China’s traumatic Cultural Revolution and, although the farm she’d been sent to was more than 200 miles from the border, the threat seemed imminent—strong enough, it turned out, to throw Maoist China into the arms of its capitalist nemesis, the U.S.

Today’s world could hardly look more different. The U.S.-China realignment that began with President Richard Nixon’s 1972 visit to Beijing has been reversed in the most consequential geopolitical shift since the fall of the Berlin Wall. China and Russia are now as close as at any time in their 400 years of shared history. The U.S., meanwhile, has targeted both countries with sanctions and China with a trade war.

“There is no sense of threat from Russia. We feel comfortable back-to-back,” says Fu, now chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, over drinks in a hotel bar near the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where she’s attending a conference. The two countries have settled the border dispute that produced a brief war in 1969.

She’s less sure about the U.S. In a speech last month, Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. was responding to “Chinese aggression” with military spending and trade tariffs. Beijing, he said, was expanding at the expense of others and trying to drive the U.S. from the western Pacific. That kind of talk won’t be easy to forget, even if Trump and Xi agree to a trade truce at a scheduled meeting at the end of November. “I just hope that if some people in the U.S. insist on dragging us down the hill into Thucydides’ trap, China will be smart enough not to follow,” Fu says, referring to the ancient historian’s observation that rising and established powers tend to end up at war.

Even without bloodshed, this reconfiguration of the nuclear and economic superpowers is significant. Chinese investment and energy purchases make it easier for Russia to resist economic pressure over Ukraine; Russian sales of oil, missile defense systems, and jets are changing U.S. calculations in the Pacific by raising the potential cost of any future showdown with China.

Coordination in the United Nations Security Council allows the two Eurasian powers to frustrate U.S. goals and support each other’s. Nor is the U.S. the only one affected. India, which for decades relied on Russia to help balance China and Pakistan, is deeply concerned that Moscow is falling under Beijing’s sway. Russia already supplies the engines for Chinese-Pakistani fighter jets. “India needs a reconciliation between the West and Russia” to squeeze China’s strategic space, says C. Raja Mohan, director of the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.

Western analysts and leaders for a long time dismissed the Sino-Russian rapprochement and its trappings—such as the NATO-lite Shanghai Cooperation Organization—as a “marriage of convenience,” doomed to fail by geography, history, and a growing disparity in strength. And the economic relationship still lags far behind the political rhetoric.

But complacency has given way to alarm. A recent study by the National Bureau of Asian Research, a Seattle-based think tank, debated whether U.S. policy was at fault for driving Russia and China together and asked if the U.S. should correct course by accommodating one Eurasian giant to isolate the other. Some among the 100-plus participants called for Washington to prepare for the worst-case scenario the realignment implies: a two-front war.

Robert Sutter, the study’s principal investigator, said at an October panel to discuss the findings that he’s had a big change of heart since he wrote in a U.S. government National Intelligence Estimate that the Russia-China relationship was an axis of convenience. “The situation is pretty bleak for the United States,” Sutter said. “And there is no easy way to fix it.”

The bromance between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping is certainly hard to miss. They meet with each other more than with any other world leaders, have awarded each other medals, and even cooked blinis and noodles together for their respective state TV channels. Joint military exercises are routine. This year, China took delivery of Russia’s most advanced S-400 air-defense system and Sukhoi SU-35 fighter aircraft, a level of trust that’s likely to thwart U.S. national security adviser John Bolton’s recent attempt to convince Moscow it faces a security threat from the East.

China has become Russia’s biggest single trade partner, even if it remains far behind the European Union as a bloc. Russia displaced Saudi Arabia as China’s top supplier of crude oil in 2015. A new pipeline, Power of Siberia, is due to start delivering as much as 38 billion cubic meters (1.3 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas per year to northern China in December 2019. Chinese entities own 30 percent of Russia’s new Yamal liquefied natural gas project in the Arctic. Russia and China have nonconflicting security concerns—in the Pacific for China and in the former Soviet bloc and Middle East for Russia. At the same time they perceive a common threat (the U.S.) and a shared goal of changing what both see as an American-dominated global order.

Their economies also are complementary: China is the world’s biggest manufacturer, and Russia is among the largest exporters of energy and raw materials. China has a shortage of arable land, and Russia a surfeit. Even their demography offers opportunities. China has a majority of men, whereas Russia has the opposite. “I could see that there are many more men in China, and people started to ask me if I could help them to find women,” says Pavel Stepanets, who started a Beijing-based matchmaking service, Meilishka, six months ago. The company website claims to have 244 “Slav girls looking for a Chinese husband.”

Russian analysts and officials say they aren’t pivoting east as much as they’re diversifying their economic and security relationships. Europe and China “are two independent destinations and two independent routes” for gas and oil, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in an October interview. “We do not see any need to redirect volumes.”

What the new eastbound pipelines will do, according to Vasily Kashin, a senior research fellow at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, is to make Russia about 60 percent—down from 90 percent—dependent on European markets. They’ll also make China less vulnerable to a potential U.S. sea blockade should there be conflict over Taiwan. “Every pipeline project is negotiated for a decade and then built for a decade,” Kashin says. “But once it’s completed, you have an irreversible geopolitical change.”

The new geopolitical infrastructure is slowly falling into place. In January, Russia doubled its capacity to pipe crude oil to China, to about 600,000 barrels per day. In addition to the Power of Siberia project, negotiations to build two other natural gas pipelines connecting China to Siberian fields are advancing well, Novak says.

The reconciliation began with the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. Even so, U.S. and Western policies since 2014 have done a lot to accelerate the Russian-Chinese rapprochement, according to Angela Stent, director of Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian & East European Studies. Take natural gas. South Stream, a pipeline project to carry 63 billion cubic meters per year from Russia to Austria, was under construction when the European Parliament voted to block it in April 2014, a month after Russia annexed Crimea. One month after that, Russia broke the deadlock in its decade-long negotiation with China to build Power of Siberia, part of a gas purchase deal valued at about $400 billion. “It would behoove the U.S. to consider how much further to go with sanctions on Russia and how far with a China trade war,” Stent says at the same conference near Sochi as Fu.

The courtship hasn’t been easy. There was deep disappointment within Russia when China didn’t immediately flood the country with investment after 2014. Instead, it appeared to take advantage of Moscow’s weak position to get cheaper gas. Nor have the reasons for skepticism about the strength and durability of the partnership disappeared. Chinese nationalists still talk about the 230,000 square miles Russia took in the 19th century under what Beijing considers unequal treaties. And Russia was at first wary of China’s “ Belt and Road” initiative, which seemed to compete with its plans for a Eurasian Economic Union. Putin and Xi have parked both issues (they agreed in 2015 to coordinate their Central Asian strategies), but competition could reemerge.

Even when the two countries were allies, in the 1950s, it was an unhappy—because unequal—partnership. When Mao Zedong came to Moscow in December 1949, Stalin kept the leader of newly communist China waiting 17 days for a second meeting, to make clear who was boss. “I came here to do more than eat and shit,” Mao complained bitterly.

Today the imbalance between the two powers has been reversed. China’s economy is six to eight times the size of Russia’s, depending on how it’s measured. “I don’t think a lot is happening” in terms of Chinese business investment, says Bruno Maçães, a senior fellow at Beijing’s Renmin University, who last year spent six months crisscrossing the region’s borders for a new book, The Dawn of Eurasia. In Southeast Asia, small Chinese businesses are highly visible as well as the big state companies, but not in Russia, Maçães says. More Chinese tourists are coming to Moscow, but it’s nothing like the throngs in Paris or New York. Visiting an island in the Amur River, which the governments have touted as a tourism zone, he found “a world from 40 years ago. To visit, I had to go through eight hours of security interviews.”

Russia’s Foreign Investment Advisory Council—chief executive officers from the 50 biggest foreign companies invested in Russia, who meet annually with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev—still has no member from China, says Alexander Ivlev, Ernst & Young LLP’s managing partner for Russia, who coordinates the event. Still, he rattles off a list of projects Putin and Xi have signed and sees his business’s future increasingly tied to China.

Measuring the true scope of Chinese investment in Russia isn’t easy. According to Russia’s central bank, the total as of December 2017 was only $4.5 billion, a misleading figure. (Cyprus, an offshore conduit for investment from around the world, had invested $175 billion.) In a February search of an Interfax database, Kashin found 5,868 companies with Chinese equity operating in Russia, registered everywhere from Moscow to Vladivostok. That’s a higher number than for German companies (although those tend to be bigger and better established).

It may be that the Chinese are coming but are held back by the same adverse conditions deterring other investors: a sluggish economy, a weak currency, sanctions risk, and tight monetary policies that have dried up credit. That was the experience of Yema Group Co., a trading company in Xinjiang province. It set up operations in Russia in 2012 to break into the market for heavy construction machinery, dominated by more expensive European suppliers. Initially, Yema sold about 500 excavators, trucks, and other pieces a year, says Du Xuemei, a spokeswoman. “We withdrew most of our operations team in 2016, because of an economic downturn and the depreciation of the ruble,” says Du, adding that the company wants to return.

Back in Sochi, Fu draws a series of triangles on a piece of paper to show how the relationship between Russia, China, and the U.S. has changed. “This one is going to be shorter and shorter,” she says, running her pen over the line connecting Russia to China. It’s a friendship that wasn’t caused by the U.S., isn’t aimed at it, and won’t end if the U.S. alters its policies, she says. Then the Chinese legislator marks the ever more distant locations for the triangle’s American apex. “The U.S. can be here, here, or here,” she says. “It’s your choice.”With Peter Martin, Dandan Li, and Annmarie Hordern

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10:01 p.m. - Democrat Lauren Underwood wins election to U.S. House in Illinois's 14th congressional district, per the Associated Press. As of this time, Randy Hultgren was winning the McHenry County portion of the race with 51.67 percent (25,582) of the vote to Underwood's 48.33 percent (23,931) with 94 percent of precincts reporting.

“As a registered nurse and lifelong health care advocate, Lauren Underwood has a tremendous record of service to her community and a deep understanding of the challenges they face. She’ll bring that needed perspective and experience to Congress,” said House Majority PAC Executive Director Charlie Kelly. “The voters of IL-14 saw Randy Hultgren for what he was – an out-of-touch career politician – and chose to elect a new generation of leadership and a champion for hardworking families in Lauren Underwood.”

9:49 p.m. – With 100 percent of precincts reporting in the McHenry County Board’s District 6, unofficial results showed Republican incumbents holding on to their seats. Michele Aavang grabbed 32.6 percent of the vote (7,862 votes) while Larry Smith tallied 30 percent (7,422 votes). Democratic challengers Buffy Brasile and Larry Spaeth fell short with 17.9 percent and 18.7 percent of the vote respectively. 

– Ed Komenda

9:33 p.m. – It appears Joe Tirio will be the next McHenry County Clerk. As of 9:30 p.m., with 93 percent of McHenry County precincts reporting, the sitting recorder had 56.6 percent of the vote, or 39,856 votes. Democratic challenger Andrew Georgi has 43.4 percent of the vote, or 30,536 votes.

– Ed Komenda

9:31 p.m. - Democrat Sean Casten has defeated six-term Republican Rep. Peter Roskam to flip a suburban Chicago district the GOP has held for more than four decades. Democrats targeted the seat in Chicago's west and northwest suburbs in an effort to win control of the House. It was Roskam's toughest challenge since the Wheaton lawmaker was first elected to Congress in 2006. Casten, a scientist and businessman from Downers Grove, argued Roskam was too conservative for a district that supported Hillary Clinton over President Donald Trump in 2016. He pointed to Roskam's record of opposing abortion and his record of voting along with Trump. Roskam insisted he's a moderate who opposed Trump when necessary. He criticized Casten as wanting to raise taxes and for name-calling and "embracing the politics of ridicule."

- Associated Press

9:02 p.m. - McHenry County voters have spoken and the referenda on the ballot have clear winners. The heavily debated McHenry Township Road District abolishment was voted down, the McHenry Rec Center was too but the McHenry District 156 referendum passed.

Also, both McHenry County Board term limits passed with more than 91 percent of the vote.

- Jon Styf

8:49 p.m. - McHenry County results certainly don’t mirror the statewide results. By 8:45 p.m., Republicans Erika Harold (attorney general) and Bruce Rauner had conceded their races despite winning McHenry County. Harold was up with 56.6 percent of the McHenry County vote while Rauner took 55.5 percent of it with 93 percent of precincts reporting.

Jesse White (secretary of state) is the only Democrat in a statewide race who will win the McHenry County vote. White took 58 percent of the vote in the county.

- Jon Styf

8:40 p.m. - Republican Erika Harold has conceded to Democrat Kwame Raoul in their battle for Illinois attorney general.

- Associated Press

8:17 p.m. – On behalf of the Democratic Governors Association, Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) issued a statement on Democrat JB Pritzker’s victory in the Illinois’ governor race:

“Congratulations to Governor-Elect JB Pritzker for his commanding victory in Illinois. JB ran a model campaign, focused on the issues that matter to Illinois voters: strengthening health care, investing in education, and fixing the budget mess that Governor Bruce Rauner left. JB also built a strong campaign infrastructure to help up-and-down the ticket.

“Illinois voters spoke loudly today by overwhelmingly supporting JB’s plans to bring much needed change to the Land of Lincoln. JB will turn the page from the last four years in Illinois, and get the state moving in the right direction again.

“JB Pritzker has served his community as a national advocate for early childhood education and started a non-profit business incubator to bring tech jobs to Illinois. Now, as governor he will continue his record of service for Illinois families, focusing on creating jobs, expanding quality health care and investing in education. This is a much-welcomed turn around for Illinois. I’m honored to have worked with JB to add Illinois back to the Democratic column.”

Rauner posted this Tweet shortly before 8:30 p.m.: "It’s been an honor to serve. Thank you, Illinois."

– Ed Komenda

8:12 p.m. – Early results show voters favor McHenry District 156’s proposed $44 million referendum. The district has received 3,792 in favor of the proposal and 2,948 votes against. McHenry County has 93 percent of its precincts reported on this question.

– Brittany Keeperman

8:09 p.m. – With nearly 16 percent reporting in McHenry County, in Illinois’ 32nd Senate District, State. Sen. Craig Wilcox, R-McHenry, is ahead of Mary Mahady, D-McHenry.

McHenry County shows Wilcox has a total of 10,811 votes with Mahady trailing with 7,778.

In Lake County with 27 percent reporting, Wilcox is leading with 6,957 votes compared to Mahady’s 5,365.

– Daniel Gaitan

8:06 p.m. – Early results have shown Illinois District 6 Congressional Candidate Sean Casten has taken a lead over opponent Peter Roskam. Current totals across DuPage, Kane, McHenry and Lake counties show Casten has received 40,400 votes to Roskam's 33,172 votes. Cook County has not reported.

– Brittany Keeperman

7:57 p.m. – Less than an hour after polls closed, Gov. Bruce Rauner conceded the Illinois governor election to Democrat J.B. Pritzker. With 698 of 10,114 precincts reporting, Pritzker had 64 percent of the vote to Rauner's 31 percent.

– Ed Komenda

7:48 p.m. – A possible midterm story line is a “blue wave” narrative that includes Democrats taking multiple seats on the McHenry County Board. In the March primary, District 2 Democrat Suzanne Ness turned heads when she received more votes than any of the Republicans in the race. 

At the close of the polls Tuesday, District 2 candidate Josh Howell had 98 roadside signs and 300 yard signs planted around town. What did Ness’ campaign look like? The Woodstock Democrat gave a glimpse in a day-before-the-election note to her supporters: 

“[We] put out close to 300 signs, 12,000 mailers, 2500 postcards to targeted households, and knocked on close to 8000 doors. We held a dozen meet and greets, marched in the Crystal Lake parade and by all accounts over 250 people participated in my campaign between yard signs, donations, canvassers, and attendees at fundraising events.”

– Ed Komenda

7:41 p.m. – Early reports show State Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, has taken a lead over Tom Georges, D-Mundelein, in Lake County. Lake County shows McConchie has a total of 16,079 votes with Georges trailing with 10,433 votes.

Lake County voted for McConchie with current vote totals at 24.95 percent.

McHenry and Cook counties have not posted results.

– Daniel Gaitan

7:36 p.m. – Early reports show Illinois District 6 Congressional Candidate Sean Casten has taken a slight lead over opponent Peter Roskam. Lake and Kane counties show Casten has a total of 16,180 votes with Roskam trailing behind with 14,972 votes.

Lake County voted for Roskam with current vote totals at 56.22 percent, or 5,064 votes against Casten's 3,944 votes.

In Kane County, early result totals show Casten took 54.56 percent of votes, with 12,236 votes for him and 9,908 votes for Roskam.

Lake County totals don't include early votes, votes by mail, provisional or late votes by mail, according to the website.

Not all counties in the 6th District have posted early results yet.

– Brittany Keeperman

7:08 p.m. – As part of one of the closest Congressional races in the country, Democrat Lauren Underwood made one last push in the 14th District to unseat Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, after casting her vote in her hometown of Naperville Tuesday morning.

Underwood and Hultgren have both made appearances in McHenry County the week leading up to the election. Hultgren visited a Spring Grove manufacturer on Friday with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan to rally voters while Underwood urged supporters to vote at her Woodstock office in Monday.

– Drew Zimmerman

7:06 p.m. – McHenry County Recorder Joe Tirio and a large group of local Republicans will be watching election results at the Bulldog Ale House in McHenry. Before the polls closed Tuesday, Tirio spent his day visiting polling places. "At least 50," he said.

– Ed Komenda

6:45 p.m. – 110,402 people or 45.8 percent of registered voters in McHenry County have voted so far, with about 15 minutes left before the polls close, according to the county clerk's website.

– Katie Smith

6:24 p.m. – McHenry County Board District 2 candidate Josh Howell plans to hit the road when the polls close at 7 p.m. to pick up the 98 4x4 political signs his campaign planted before the election.

After the signs are packed away, he plans to visit polling places such as Main Beach and West Main Beach to get an idea how the race turned out long before McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan posts results. Polling places post their results on the outside of the building on "white receipt paper," Howell said.

– Ed Komenda

1:32 p.m. – 36 percent of registered voters in McHenry County have cast ballots. Election judges are attributing the turnout to increased campaign advertising and the overall sentiment that individual votes count. Lots of places also reported seeing more young voters than usual

– Katie Smith


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CHICAGO – Democrat J.B. Pritzker, a billionaire who campaigned on making wealthy taxpayers pay more in income taxes as part of a plan to move Illinois past the political bitterness of the past four years, was elected governor Tuesday over Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, whose legacy will be his role in a record-long budget standoff with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.

Rauner conceded the race less than an hour after polls closed Tuesday night, sounding a clarion call of teamwork often missing from his heated tilts with Democrats in Springfield.

"Now we stand not as Republicans or Democrats, we stand as the people of Illinois," Rauner said. "Now we move forward together to come up with solutions to create a better future. I encourage all of us to put aside partisan politics, rancor and hard feelings. Now is the time to move forward."

Rauner said he had called Pritzker to concede.

Pritzker, the 53-year-old heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune who largely self-financed his campaign, will take his first elective office when he is inaugurated in January. He led Rauner in polls for months and capitalized not only on Rauner's lack of popularity but broader dissatisfaction with GOP President Donald Trump.

Rauner, a 61-year-old former private equity investor whose campaign bravado four years ago included the contention that a government shutdown might be in order to get Illinois back on track, was trying to avoid becoming only the fourth Illinois governor since 1900 to win and serve one four-year term before being ousted. Incumbents lost in 1912 and 1972, and a sitting governor was defeated in a 1976 primary.

Dan Bitner of Springfield cast his early ballot on Monday for Pritzker.

"After four years, Rauner hasn't gotten much of anything done," Bitner said. "We had a budget crisis and I think Pritzker can straighten it out."

It was a battle of wealthy titans spending their way through one of the costliest races for governor in U.S. history. In a 2010 race in California, $280 million was spent. Combined, the candidates had raised $259 million by late last week.

Pritzker raised $176 million. The $171 million he's chipped in from his own pocket is the most ever by a U.S. gubernatorial candidate. Rauner has raised $79 million and Republican state Sen. Sam McCann, the Conservative Party candidate who has billed himself as a conservative alternative to Rauner, has brought in $4.8 million.

A focal point of debate was taxes. Pritzker promises to overhaul the state's income-tax system to allow for a graduated tax rate that requires the wealthy to pay more. But he says that the specific rates would be a matter for negotiations with the Legislature.

Rauner, who promises to roll back the income tax increase that lawmakers adopted last year to fund the breakthrough budget, calls Pritzker's plan a tax increase and asserts that Pritzker plans $11 billion in new spending.

Both promise increased education spending and have proposed billions of dollars for infrastructure work.

Chris Hansen of Elburn, west of Chicago, said he voted for Rauner because he's worried Pritzker will raise taxes to fix Illinois' financial problems.

"I can't afford any more taxes," said Hansen, who is parts manager at Heritage Harley Davidson in Lisle. "I honestly believe Rauner is the one guy who wants to bring businesses and jobs to Illinois, and God knows we need it."

Scandal has chased both contenders. Rauner has been on the defensive for months over his handling of a 2015 outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the state-run veterans' home in Quincy, which has led to the deaths of 14 residents, including a dozen that first summer. Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan opened a criminal probe into the Republican's management of the crisis .

Last month, the Cook County inspector general issued a report alleging that Pritzker and his family engaged in a "scheme to defraud" taxpayers by ripping toilets out of a Chicago mansion they were renovating to make it technically uninhabitable and save him $330,000 in property taxes. The report contends that those involved could have illegally misled authorities about the reason for removing the plumbing. Pritzker has paid the money back but denies wrongdoing.


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ATLANTA – Problem signs that arose during weeks of early voting carried into Election Day as some voters across the country faced hours-long lines, malfunctioning voting equipment and unexpectedly closed polling places.

Some of the biggest backups were in Georgia, where the governor's race was among the nation's most-watched midterm contests and was generating heavy turnout.

One voter in Gwinnett County, Ontaria Woods, waited more than three hours and said she saw about two dozen people who had come to vote leave because of the lines.

"We've been trying to tell them to wait, but people have children," Woods said. "People are getting hungry. People are tired."

The good-government group Common Cause blamed high turnout combined with too few voting machines, ballots and workers.

Fulton County elections director Richard Barron acknowledged that some precincts did have lines of voters but said that was due to the length of the ballots and voting machines taken from use because of an ongoing lawsuit.

While voting went on without a hitch in many communities, voters from New York to Arizona faced long lines and malfunctioning equipment.

By Tuesday afternoon, the nonpartisan Election Protection hotline had received about 17,500 calls from voters reporting problems at their polling places. Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which helps run the hotline, said that number was well ahead of the last midterm election in 2014, when it had received about 10,400 calls by the same time.

Tuesday's election marked the first nationwide voting since Russia targeted state election systems in the 2016 presidential race. Federal, state and local officials have been working to make the nation's myriad election systems more secure, and those efforts appeared to pay off.

There were no signs throughout the day that Russia or any other foreign actor had tried to launch cyberattacks against voting systems in any state, federal authorities said. There was also no indication that any systems have been compromised that would prevent voting, change vote counts or disrupt the ability to tally votes, U.S. officials said.

That was little comfort to voters who found themselves waiting in long lines or dealing with malfunctioning voting equipment.

Across New York City, reports of broken ballot scanners surfaced at several polling places. Turnout was so heavy at one packed precinct on Manhattan's Upper West Side that the line to scan ballots stretched around a junior high school gym. Poll workers there told voters that two of the roughly half-dozen scanners were malfunctioning and repairs were underway.

Voters arriving at two polling stations discovered that most scanners had broken down, forcing some people to drop their ballots in emergency ballot boxes or vote using affidavit ballots.

"There are broken scanners everywhere in Brooklyn," said Stefan Ringel, spokesman for Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

Ringel said Adams and his staff were being flooded with phone calls, emails and text messages reporting breakdowns in more than a dozen neighborhoods.

Compared with the 2016 elections, he said, "anecdotally, it seems worse, and there's confusion among poll workers about what to do."

Many voters nevertheless stuck it out, determined to cast their ballots.

"People are grumpy and frustrated but positive in a weird way, making jokes and talking to one another. I think it's because we all are in the 'no one will stop our vote today' mood," said Nikki Euell, an advertising producer who waited more than two hours to vote in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood.

The local breakdowns are a symptom of a larger problem with the nation's voting infrastructure, said Lawrence Norden, a voting technology expert with the Brennan Center.

More than 40 states use computerized voting machines that are more than a decade old or are no longer manufactured.

"It's further evidence, if any was needed, that it's long past time to modernize our voting infrastructure," Norden said. "Voters have a right to be frustrated by long lines. And they have a right to expect voting machines that work and have a paper backup."

Elsewhere, polling place confusion caused problems for voters and poll workers.

In Phoenix, a polling site was foreclosed on overnight, forcing poll workers to move it just in time for polls to open.

For about an hour after polls opened, a Sarasota County, Florida, precinct had to tell voters to come back later because their ballots were unavailable.

In one Indiana county, voting was snarled for hours because of what election officials said were computer problems checking in voters, while in another part of the state a judge ordered 12 polling places to stay open late after voting didn't start as scheduled.

In Texas, home of a hotly contested U.S. Senate race, delays were reported in Houston after apparent issues with registration check-in machines at some polling places. Later in the day, a judge ruled that nine Houston-area polling places would stay open beyond the usual closing time after advocacy groups complained that they didn't open on time and forced many voters to leave without casting ballots.

And in El Paso, the U.S. Border Patrol canceled a crowd control exercise that was scheduled for Tuesday, following criticism from civil liberties groups that it could dissuade people from voting.

Border Patrol agent Fidel Baca confirmed Tuesday that the exercise, in a Latino neighborhood, was canceled but declined to say why. The Texas Civil Rights Project said the exercise, billed by the Border Patrol as a mobile field force demonstration, was to be held within a half-mile (0.8 kilometers) of a polling site.

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Long and Balsamo reported from Washington.

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Associated Press writers Frank Bajak in Boston, Thomas Davies in Indianapolis, Verena Dobnik and Jennifer Peltz in New York, Jennifer Kay in Miami and Ryan Tarinelli in Dallas contributed to this story.

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Tại đại hội 19 của đảng CSTQ, Tập Cận Bình tuyên bố: “Đã đến lúc Trung Quốc phải giành vị trí trung tâm trên trường quốc tế”. 

Để thực hiện “Giấc mộng Trung Hoa” (The Chinese Dream), Tập Cận Bình đưa ra chiến lược “Một Vành Đai. Một Con Đường” (Nhất Đới, Nhất Lộ), thành lập ngân hàng với số vốn 124 tỷ USD, cho vay và đầu tư vào các quốc gia nằm trên tuyến đường từ Châu Á, Châu Phi và đến Châu Âu.

Trung Quốc đã lập một vành đai căn cứ quân sự gọi là “Chuỗi Ngọc Trai” (String of Pearls) để bảo vệ vành đai kinh tế. 

Các nhà quan sát nêu nhận xét, Trung Quốc càng phát triển thì mối đe dọa càng cao đối với Hoa Kỳ. 

Tổng thống Donald Trump quyết ăn thua đủ với Tập Cận Bình, ông triển khai chiến lược “Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương Tự do và Mở rộng” làm đối trọng với chiến lược Vành Đai Con Đường của Trung Quốc. 

Về quân sự thì Mỹ tăng ngân sách quốc phòng, bố trí lại sức mạnh số một của Hải Quân Hoa Kỳ để khống chế Trung Quốc. 

Các đồng minh của Mỹ tích cực tham gia bảo vệ tự do hàng hải đi qua Biển Đông. 

Trong khi cuộc chiến thương mại đến hồi căng thẳng, Tổng thống Trump tuyên bố “Trung Quốc sẽ không có một tấc đất nào ở Biển Đông”. Bộ trưởng Quốc phòng Trung Quốc, Ngụy Phụng Hòa đáp trả “Trung Quốc sẽ không bao giờ từ bỏ một tấc lãnh thổ dù đó là Đài Loan hay ở Biển Đông” 

Tình hình nóng bỏng như thế có thể gây ra chiến tranh, vì cá tính dám nói dám làm của Tổng thống Trump. “Làm cho nước Mỹ vĩ đại trở lại”. 

2. Sự hình thành của chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương “tự do” và “mở rộng” 

Chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương tự do và mở rộng (The U.S. “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” Strategy. Viết tắt là FOIP) do Tổng thống Donald Trump triển khai để chống lại chiến lược “Một Vành Đai-Một Con Đường” của Tập Cận Bình. 

Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương là khu vực chỉ các quốc gia nằm ven hai đại dương là Ấn Độ Dương và Thái Bình Dương. 

Về kinh tế 

Hiện có 3 quốc gia với nền kinh tế lớn nhất hoàn cầu là Mỹ, Trung Quốc và Nhật Bản. Ngoài ra còn một số quốc gia có tốc độ gia tăng kinh tế rất nhanh. 

Về quốc phòng 

Bảy trên 10 quốc gia tại khu vực nầy có quân đội lớn nhất thế giới là: Hoa Kỳ, Trung Quốc, Nhật Bản, Ấn Độ, Hàn Quốc, Úc và Pakistan. 

Theo đánh giá của các nhà nghiên cứu thì sự ra đời của chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương phát xuất từ hai yếu tố then chốt: 

Một là: Do sự trỗi dậy mạnh mẽ của Trung Quốc, đặc biệt là việc xây dựng và quân sự hóa các đảo nhân tạo làm tiền đồn ở Biển Đông, đe dọa con đường tự do thương mại đi qua vùng biển nầy. 

Hai là: Trung Quốc đẩy mạnh “Sáng kiến Một Vành Đai-Một Con Đường” thách thức vai trò lãnh đạo thế giới của Hoa Kỳ. Trong khi đó khu vực Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương chưa có một cơ chế đa phương, thống nhất hành động để bảo vệ tập thể, mà chỉ có những hiệp định song phương như Hiệp ước an ninh Mỹ-Nhật, Hiệp ước phòng thủ chung Mỹ-Hàn. 

Hoa Kỳ thấy cần phải có một cơ chế, tổng hợp lực lượng của đồng minh, thắt chặt quan hệ hợp tác có cả Ấn Độ để chống lại Bắc Kinh. Những đồng minh của Mỹ là Nhật, Hàn Quốc, Ấn Độ, Úc, Indonesia. 

Đó là chiến lược mà Tổng thống Donald Trump đang cổ xúy. 

2. 1. Vai trò của Ấn Độ 

Thủ tướng Nhật Shinzo Abe và Thủ tướng Ấn Độ Narendra Modi 

Ấn Độ sẽ đóng một vai trò quan trọng mang lợi ích không những cho Hoa Kỳ mà còn cho các quốc gia khác trong khu vực. 

Phó Phụ tá Ngoại trưởng Mỹ đặc trách Đông Á Thái Bình Dương, ông Alex N. Wong nêu nhận xét, Ấn Độ là quốc gia phát triển theo hướng tự do và mở cửa. Hoa Kỳ bảo đảm Ấn Độ sẽ là một quốc gia có tầm ảnh hưởng lớn trong khu vực. Ngoài Ấn Độ ra, các quốc gia có tầm ảnh hưởng lớn như Nhật Bản, Australia, Hàn Quốc cũng đã có vai trò trong khu tích cực trong khu vực. 

Hoa Kỳ chủ trương thương mại tự do, bình đẳng, có qua có lại. 

2. 2. Hai yếu tố quan trọng của chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương 

Ngày 2-4-2018, Phó Phụ tá Ngoại trưởng Mỹ đặc trách Đông Á Thái Bình Dương, ông Alex N. Wong, giải thích hai yếu tố quan trọng của chiến lược là “Tự do” và “Mở rộng”. 

1). Về tự do. 

Các nước trong khu vực được tự do theo đuổi con đường riêng mà không bị ép buộc. Hoa Kỳ mong muốn các quốc gia nầy được hưởng quyền tự do hơn, bao gồm tự do quản lý, quyền hạn căn bản, minh bạch và chống tham nhũng. 

2). Về mở rộng 

Ông Wong cho biết, Mỹ mong muốn khu vực AĐD-TBD được mở rộng hơn nữa, đặc biệt là đường biển và đường hàng không đi qua Ấn Độ Dương và Biển Đông, vì có hơn 50% hàng hóa thương mại đi qua tuyến đường nầy. 

Cơ sở hạ tầng là gì?
Cơ sở hạ tầng 

Chiến lược mới của Tổng thống Trump còn bao gồm mở rộng về cơ sở hạ tầng (Infrastructure) gồm có bến cảng, cầu đường, đường bộ, đường sắt, bịnh viện, trường học… để các quốc gia hội nhập vào khu vực tốt hơn, kinh tế mạnh thêm. 

Mỹ mong muốn các quốc gia trong khu vực phát triển hạ tầng cơ sở để tăng trưởng kinh tế. 

Về thương mại thì được đặt trên cơ sở tự do, công bằng, có qua có lại. 

Tóm lại, với ý niệm mở rộng, các quốc gia trong khu vực AĐD-TBD được hoan nghênh khi vào hợp tác, ngay cả những thành viên của Đối tác xuyên Thái Bình Dương (TPP=Trans-Pacific Partnership) 

3. Mỹ hiện thực hóa chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương 

Chính quyền của Tổng thống Donald Trump đang gia tăng triển khai chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương, nhằm cạnh tranh với chiến lược “Một Vành Đai-Một Con Đường” của Trung Quốc. 

Ngày 30-7-2018, trước chuyến viếng thăm ba nước Singapore, Malaysia và Indonesia, Ngoại trưởng Mike Pompeo phát biểu tại Phòng Thương mại Mỹ, ông cho biết, Mỹ sẽ đầu tư 113 triệu USD vào kinh tế, công nghệ nặng và cơ sở hạ tầng trong khu vực Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương. 

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Ngoại trưởng Pompeo 

Trong 113 triệu có 25 triệu để mở rộng xuất khẩu công nghệ cao của Mỹ sang khu vực. Đồng thời sẽ bổ sung 50 triệu USD để hỗ trợ các nước sản xuất và lưu trữ năng lượng, và thiết lập một mạng lưới hỗ trợ thúc đẩy sự phát triển cơ sở hạ tầng. 

Ông Pompeo nêu rõ, số tiền trên 100 triệu USD chỉ là khoản tiền thanh toán trước về sự đóng góp trong lãnh vực kinh tế của Mỹ để thúc đẩy hòa bình và thịnh vượng của khu vực AĐD-TBD. 

Với chiến lược AĐD-TBD, Tổng thống Donald Trump muốn gởi một thông điệp rằng, mặc dù Mỹ đã rút tên ra khỏi Hiệp định Đối tác xuyên Thái Bình Dương (TPP), nhưng Mỹ vẫn coi trọng và hoan nghênh thành viên của TPP vào việc làm ăn, đầu tư ở AĐD-TBD. Đó là ý nghĩa của hai trụ cột “tự do” và “cởi mở”. 

4. Chiến tranh thương mại giữa Mỹ và Trung Quốc 

4. 1. Tổng thống Donald Trump đánh thuế vào hàng hóa Trung Quốc nhập khẩu vào thị trường Hoa Kỳ 

Tổng thống Donald Trump mở màn cuộc chiến bằng cách đánh thuế hải quan 25% trên 50 tỷ USD hàng hóa Trung Quốc nhập cảng vào Mỹ. Tiến thêm một bước, là đánh thuế 25% lên 200 tỷ USD. Việc đánh thuế nhập cảng nầy có tác động đến kế hoạch phát triển kinh tế của Bắc Kinh. 

Hàng hóa Trung Quốc bị đánh thuế cao nên giá thành trên thị trường Mỹ cũng cao hơn hàng hóa cùng loại của các nước khác, nên khó cạnh tranh. Mỹ cứ tiếp tục tăng thuế cho đến khi nào hàng hóa Trung Quốc không còn con đường sống trên thị trường Hoa Kỳ. 

Trong cuộc chiến nầy, thị trường chứng khoán của Trung Quốc giảm 21%, và tiếp tục tuột dốc hàng ngày. 

Đồng nhân dân tệ mất giá 8% so với đô la Mỹ. Mỹ là thị trường lớn nhất của Trung Quốc, mất thị trường nầy cũng đảo lộn xuất khẩu. 

4. 2. Mỹ chận đứng hai con đường hàng hóa Trung Quốc vào Mỹ 

Ba quốc gia Bắc Mỹ là Canada, Hoa Kỳ và Mexico có hiệp định Thương mại Tự do NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) được ký kết ngày 12-8-1993, cho phép hàng hóa được tự do lưu thông giữa ba nước nầy. 

Để ngăn chặn hàng hóa Trung Quốc vào Mỹ bằng hai con đường từ Canada và Mexico, Tổng thống Trump và hai quốc gia Bắc Mỹ ký một hiệp định mới USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement), một trong nội dung là cấm các thành viên của 3 quốc gia nầy ký hiệp ước song phương với các nước “phi kinh tế thị trường tự do”, mục đích cấm hiệp định song phương với Trung Quốc. Nghĩa là không cho phép hàng hóa Trung Quốc đến Canada và Mexico để tự do vào thị trường Hoa Kỳ. 

Nói thêm về “phi kinh tế thị trường tự do” của Trung Quốc. Tổ chức Thương mại Thế giới (World Trade Organization=WTO) là sân chơi của các quốc gia có nền kinh tế thị trường tự do tức là các công ty tư nhân cạnh tranh với tư nhân mới công bằng. Trái lại, các công ty có nguồn vốn nhà nước, quốc doanh, mà cạnh tranh với tư nhân là không công bằng, vì vốn nhà nước luôn luôn to hơn vốn của tư nhân. 

Việt Nam và Trung Quốc còn rất nhiều công ty và tập đoàn quốc doanh cho nên chưa chính thức là thành viên thật sự của WTO, mà phải chờ đến khi nào tư nhân hóa, cổ phần hóa các công ty quốc doanh mới chính thức được công nhận là kinh tế thị trường tự do. Thời gian nầy Trung Quốc ở tình trạng “phi kinh tế thị trường tự do” mà Tổng thống Trump đã nêu trên. Công ty quốc doanh bán giá rẻ trên thị trường quốc tế cũng bị kiện và bị phạt tiền về tội bán phá giá. 

4. 3. Mỹ đe dọa sẽ đánh thuế vào toàn bộ hàng hóa Trung Quốc nếu hội đàm Trump-Tập thất bại 

Ngày 30-10-2018, tờ Bưu Điện Hoa Nam Buổi Sáng (SCMP=South China Morning Post-Hongkong) đưa tin, Mỹ chuẩn bị đánh thuế vào toàn bộ hàng hóa Trung Quốc nếu hội đàm giữa Tổng thống Trump và Tập Cận Bình thất bại. 

Hội đàm giữa hai lãnh đạo nầy sẽ diễn ra bên lề cuộc họp thượng đỉnh G-20 tại Buenos Aires của nước Argentina. 

Toàn bộ hàng hóa nhập vào thị trường Hoa Kỳ trị giá 257 tỷ USD, bao gồm sản phẩm tiêu dùng kể cả điện thoại di động, máy tính, quần áo, giày dép… 

Yêu sách của Tổng thống Trump về việc thay đổi sâu rộng chính sách thương mại công bằng, có qua có lại… 

Đe dọa của Tổng thống Trump cho thấy Mỹ sẵn sàng leo thang chiến tranh thương mại với Trung Quốc. 

Chiến tranh nào cũng gây tổn thất, thiệt hại cho cả hai bên, thế nhưng việc trọng đại của hai quốc gia không có thể giải quyết dứt khoát trong cuộc đàm phán tại Buenos Aires của nước Argentina vào cuối tháng 11 nầy. Có thể hai lãnh đạo nhất trí trên nguyên tắc và sẽ có nhiều cuộc đàm phán sẽ diễn ra giữa hai bên. 

4. 4. Những bí ẩn trong vụ mua bán 100 USD ở Cần Thơ 

Ngày 30-1-2018, công an thành phố Cần Thơ ập vào bắt quả tang vụ mua bán 100 USD của anh thợ điện Nguyễn Cà Rê (38 tuổi) tại tiệm vàng Thảo Lực do ông Lê Hồng Lực làm chủ. 

Việc bắt phạt có nhiều bí ẩn, đó là lịnh xét nhà có một cái gì đó mờ ám. 

Quyết định khám nhà được ký vào ngày 24-1-2018 và bắt quả tang việc mua bán đô la vào ngày 30-1-2018, tức là sau đó 6 ngày. 

Vì sao có việc chậm trễ như vậy? 

Đó là công an rình mò, chờ đợi để bắt quả tang vụ mua bán ngoại tệ như thế. 

Còn có một hành vi mờ ám nữa là việc công bố nội vụ vào tháng 9 năm 2018, tức là hơn nửa năm sau vụ việc xảy ra. 

Anh Nguyễn Cà Rê mất tờ 100USD mà còn bị phạt 90 triệu đồng. Chủ tiệm vàng Thảo Lực bị phạt 295 triệu đồng về tội mua bán ngoại tệ trái phép. Công an Cần Thơ khám nhà để tìm thêm đô la Mỹ, nhưng không có. Bản chất bất lương của công an là tịch thu tài sản cá nhân gồm 20 viên kim cương và đá quý trong két sắt gia đình của ông Lê Hồng Lực ở tầng trên của tiệm vàng, với lý do là không có hóa đơn hay chứng từ về xuất xứ của tài sản cá nhân đó. 

Sự việc không chỉ đơn giản trong vụ mua bán ngoại tệ trái phép bằng tờ 100 USD ở Cần Thơ mà nó còn ẩn chứa một âm mưu ở tầm mức quốc gia, có liên hệ đến đồng nhân dân tệ (Yuan), đồng đô la Mỹ và tiền đồng Việt Nam (VNĐ) 

4. 5. Việt Nam quốc tế hóa đồng nhân dân tệ 

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When proposing a new project, the IT leader will likely face most or all of the following questions, so have answers for them in advance:

  • Will the project help the company make more money? How?
  • Will it help the company spend less money — at least over time?
  • Will it help the business improve the customer experience? In what way?
  • Will it change the way the business’s employees work?
  • How will the upgrade help the company reduce or manage risk?

Once the opportunity is clear, it’s important to map it back to the company’s objectives. A business that’s satisfied with its work environment, for example, may not be ready for an ambitious digital workspace solution. But if the need is to upgrade customer experiences and mine more and better data about those customers, now might be the time to make the case for software-defined networking.


          Intermediate Electrical Engineer - LEA Consulting Ltd. - Markham, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
LEA Consulting Ltd. About LEA Consulting Ltd. LEA is currently seeking an Electrical Engineer to join our dynamic Transportation and Infrastructure Systems...
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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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          Janitor - EDGE Jobs North - Watson Lake, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
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          1st Cook - EDGE Jobs North - Watson Lake, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Front Desk Clerk - EDGE Jobs North - Watson Lake, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Salad & Sandwich Maker - EDGE Jobs North - Watson Lake, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Audio Visual Engineer - Bay Area (Peninsula)      Cache   Translate Page      
CA-San Jose, Ricoh is looking for an AV Engineer that will be responsible for working with Clients to safely and efficiently install and de-install Telepresence and Audio-Visual systems and products, including configuration of endpoints and infrastructure; troubleshooting and resolving issues to deliver an effective service that meets customer requirements. This role will have responsibility for and will be re
          #1: What is the Internet of Things?      Cache   Translate Page      
Welcome to Episode 1 of Farstuff: The Internet of Things podcast! Join us as we explore this new iteration of the Internet, stretching beyond just our immediate screens and creating a hyper-connected world. What are the ramifications and benefits of this brave new world? How will we establish standards and the infrastructure to make this […]
          PM announces $1.9mil investment for Ratana Pā      Cache   Translate Page      

Today Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta have announced a $1.9mil investment towards housing infrastructure for the Ratana Pā community.

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           The Port of Gdansk opens a new business office in China      Cache   Translate Page      
Cooperation between China and the Port of Gdansk is growing more and more each year. After the marketing success during this year's CILF 2018 industry fair in China, the time has come to open the Port's business office in Asia. It will be the first one representing the Polish port in the "Middle Kingdom".The Port of Gdansk has decided to open its first office in Shanghai - not only the largest city in China, but also the global leader among seaports. The Port of Gdansk's business office was established in cooperation with the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH)."It is a giant step in the process of building a strong position for the Port of Gdansk on the global map. Our permanent presence in the very centre of the Chinese maritime economy is both a business and image success. None of the Baltic ports have been as active or thriving as much in the Asian market as the Port of Gdansk. We are the first ones to open a business office in China. This is a result of consistently building and raising awareness of our brand among our Chinese partners, and at the same time a foundation for future actions," says Patryk Felmet, head of the Marketing Department at the Port of Gdansk Authority.The office opened on 3 November. The opening ceremony was also attended by Grzegorz Witkowski, Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation. Its task is to strengthen existing partnerships with Chinese companies, win new clients, and coordinate mutual cooperation, also in the sphere of investments. And there are plenty of those at the Port of Gdansk, the largest one being the Central Port - the project is already arousing huge interest among the Chinese."For Asia, the Port of Gdansk is a maritime gateway to the markets of Europe, in particular Central and Eastern Europe. Regular direct ocean links are connected with competitiveness. The Port of Gdansk is one of the most inexpensive transport corridors leading from Asia to Europe on a global scale," says Lukasz Greinke, President of PGA SA."Cooperation between China and the Port of Gdansk has already become a tradition. It was established more than 15 years ago and has continued ever since. The stability of relations, including business relations, is a significant factor in Chinese culture. Our new office seals this mutual trust, and this will surely make it easier for us to establish relations with new business partners," adds Lukasz Greinke.The Port of Gdansk is currently the most rapidly developing transport hub in the Baltic Sea region. Its advantageous geographical situation and modern infrastructure are the reasons it is selected by Chinese shipowners. It is the only Baltic port with regular shipping links with ports in China (Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Xiamen). The Port of Gdansk is also the only one in the Baltic Sea able to receive the world's largest transoceanic container ships (OOCL). These opportunities are already being taken advantage of by Chinese market giants such as China Merchants, Cosco, China Communications Construction Company, ZMPC, and Steel Searcher.Port of Gdansk Authority SA

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           Yilport orders 6 quay cranes and 18 RTGs for Ecuador's Puerto Bolivar      Cache   Translate Page      
Yilport Puerto Bolivar in Ecuador has ordered six ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and 18 electrified rubber tyre gantries (RTG) from Mitsui E&S Machinery Co.The cranes will support increasing volumes and modernisation of Puerto Bolivar, the first deep-sea terminal in Ecuador, which will be able to handle 22,000 TEU ships with 17 metres along side.In the first phase, two STS cranes and six RTG cranes are expected to be delivered in the last quarter of 2019. The second and third deliveries will be shipped in the first half of 2020, reports American Shipper."When we acquired Yilport Puerto Bolivar, we committed to bringing state-of-the-art technology, infrastructure and equipment to Ecuador," said Yilport Holding chairman Robert Yuksel.

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          The development of a participatory assessment technique for infrastructure: neighborhood-level monitoring towards sustainable infrastructure systems - Hendricks MD, Meyer MA, Gharaibeh NG, Van Zandt S, Masterson J, Cooper JT, Horney JA, Berke P.       Cache   Translate Page      
Climate change and increasing natural disasters coupled with years of deferred maintenance have added pressure to infrastructure in urban areas. Thus, monitoring for failure of these systems is crucial to prevent future impacts to life and property. Partic...
          Medical applications of drones for disaster relief: a review of the literature - Rosser JB, Parker BC, Vignesh V.       Cache   Translate Page      
INTRODUCTION: Rapid progress has been made with unmanned aerial systems (UAS), which are now used in a wide variety of different fields, including media, agriculture, wildlife, and infrastructure. However, the application of UAS for medical purposes, and i...
          Infrastructure Specialist, Cloud Services - Prodigy Bank - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Our client one of Canadas largest and most successful law firms, has an immediate opening for an Infrastructure Specialist, Cloud Services to join the...
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          RPSGT - Sleep Therapeutics - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Create processes and infrastructure for internal business technology practices (i.e., Prodigy). The primary focus is to support the organization in realizing... $20 - $26 an hour
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          Commentaires sur Quand le pédalo vogue dans l’atoll de Taxatouva par plutarque      Cache   Translate Page      
Ah oui, les petits vieux pour faire pleurer Margot... J'ai assez peu d'empathie pour les grecs. Beau pays, mais ils sont passés en 30 ans du statut de "pays en voie de développement" à celui d'un pays moderne, avec infrastructures idoines. Le tout en exportant de la féta et de l'huile d'olive, et en exonérant du paiement de taxes et d'impôt 50% de leur population (armateurs, tout payé au black...). Autant dire en se gavant du fric (mon fric) grassement distribué par Bruxelles, et en nous demandant d'aller nous faire mettre quand on leur demande de rembourser.
          Infrastructure Specialist - Prodigy Bank - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Our client one of Canadas largest and most successful law firms, has an immediate opening for an Infrastructure Specialist to join the Information Technology...
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          Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange Issues Thought Paper on Crypto and Blockchain      Cache   Translate Page      

The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) has issued a thought paper on cryptocurrency and blockchain infrastructure for issuing digital assets, reports the Emirati government news agency WAM Nov. 6.                                 The document was reportedly issued in collaboration with the Central Securities Depositories and under the auspices of the International Securities Service Association, ISSA. In publishing […]

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          Bitmain’s New 7nm Antminer Goes on Sale on November 8      Cache   Translate Page      

Mining rig manufacturer Bitmain Technologies has announced the company’s latest Antminers equipped with 7nm semiconductors will go on sale on Nov. 8. According to the China-based organization, Bitmain will release two new models called the Antminer S15 and the T15. Also Read: Bitcoin Cash Fork Watch: BCH Infrastructure Providers Reveal Contingency Plans  Bitmain Plans to Sell […]

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           La Marseillaise / Ateliers Jean Nouvel       Cache   Translate Page      

Large cities have towers close to their center in order to avoid expanding too far, and to limit daily commutes. They use existing service infrastructure and transportation systems, naturally making them sustainable and urban in all the senses of these two terms. This observation explains the growth, by the sea and in the heart of the Euroméditerranée development, of the family of tall silhouettes created by these various towers.


          Systems Engineer, Senior (Infrastructure Engineer (Lead)) - Secret Clearance Required - General Dynamics Information Technology - Arlington, VA      Cache   Translate Page      
Experience developing and debugging Java software applications (JDK, Eclipse, LEWIT, Kona). Integrating, planning, coordinating, and facilitating information...
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          Senior Field Inspector - New York, NY 10176      Cache   Translate Page      
**Why Choose HNTB?** For more than a century, HNTB has helped deliver infrastructure solutions that best meet the unique needs of our clients. With client relationships...
          Full Stack Engineer - WatrHub Inc. - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
The buck stops with you. Canada and the United States have an aging water infrastructure....
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          Don't frame government-RBI debate in terms of adversarial engagement      Cache   Translate Page      
Media reports have portrayed the differences between the government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as a face-off, or worse still, as attempts by the government to undermine the independence of the central bank.Framing the debate in terms of adversarial engagement is misplaced and ill-informed, and betrays a cynicism that can trigger a chain reaction and generate a critical mass of negative investor perception about the financial markets and the economy. This runs counter to the facts on the ground.

It will be useful to recognise that the fundamentals of the economy are strong, economic growth has been healthy and in excess of seven per cent for the last four quarters, and inflation is well under control. Yes, there are concerns, notably on the current account deficit -- largely the result of oil prices -- and the pressure it exerts on managing the fiscal deficit. There's also the liquidity squeeze arising from the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) Framework enforced by the RBI, that can slow domestic investment and output.

The government and the RBI share more than a binary relationship. The economic policy articulated by the government subsumes fiscal policy that is the preserve of the government, and monetary policy that is the mandate of the central bank. Governments pursue a particular economic policy that best addresses their constituencies and hence require a monetary policy that is politically necessary. This is determined by the trade-off between political benefits and economic costs.

The RBI places emphasis on alternative policy objectives that are often different from the political view, and takes a longer-term view of the policy process, than do politicians. From both the strategic and the operational perspectives, in the real world, there will be a conflict of objectives and differences in what actions must be taken and when. The common goal of growth with equity must not be lost sight of.

Differences between the government and the RBI represent a healthy engagement and must be seen as an optimisation process that helps implement a coherent and coordinated strategy that seeks to maximise welfare outcomes. It augurs well for financial regulation.

The government wanting consultations with the RBI must be seen in this light and not with mistrust. Indeed, such consultations can build a coordinated strategy that optimises fiscal policy and monetary policy outcomes, alike. Equally, it would be myopic to see the independent stance and an outspoken central bank as challenging the government. Deputy Governor Viral Acharya's speech must be seen as an expression of the independence of the RBI.

It has been argued that monetary policy is just another instrument of economic policy, such as fiscal policy, and so should be determined by democratically-elected representatives. But to ensure this is done in a fair and even-handed manner, the accountability of the RBI should be rule-based. Parliament legislates and defines the mandate; thereafter it must be left to the central bank to implement the mandate.

The division of regulatory responsibility is clear. It is within the remit of the RBI to be responsible primarily for price stability, a stable exchange rate for the rupee, and preventing market misconduct to protect small investors. The central bank's independence is an important institutional mechanism to maintain price stability. The more independent the central bank is, the less the monetary authorities are compelled to finance deficits by creating money.

The most compelling argument for the central bank's independence is based on the time-inconsistency problem. From a political economy perspective, time-inconsistency arises when there is an incentive for the political government to deviate from a policy commitment made, say on inflation or fiscal deficit targets, and conduct policy by discretion, even when there are no negative shocks.

Typically, this happens when elections are round the corner. Evidence suggests that performance with regard to inflation is better, on average, in countries that have a relatively independent central bank than in countries in which the government more directly controls the central bank. Furthermore, various indicators suggest that this does not come at the cost of lower output growth or higher unemployment.

The crux of the current difference of opinion arises from the concerns in the government, based on representations from its industry constituents, that a liquidity squeeze has resulted from the rather strict enforcement of the PCA norms by the RBI, and that this is affecting investment, growth and hence employment. The government has also sought to draw on the reserves of the RBI to finance its deficit.

These concerns have escalated to the need for consultation, with the RBI remaining unrelenting, despite nudging by the government alluding to section 7 of the Reserve Bank of India Act. From a regulatory perspective we need to remind ourselves that the Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Chanda Kochhar episodes -- and the more recent meltdown of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) -- are but the symptoms of a deep structural malaise.

The twin balance sheet problem and the mounting NPAs of the public sector banks signify the transfer of public resources to serve private interests, representing serious breach of fiduciary responsibility.

To characterise this political economy process as a systemic failure is to miss the wood for the trees. Governments often encounter the moral hazard in the discharge of fiduciary responsibilities -- of ignoring the moral implications of their choices -- instead of doing what is right, they do what benefits them the most.

A good central bank is one that can say no to politicians and a good government one that recognises that good economics trumps bad politics. The recent engagement between the two exemplifies a symbiotic relationship of mutual respect. The government, the market and the citizens must see this in positive light.

G. Gurucharan, a former Secretary to the Government of India, is currently the Director of Public Affairs Centre, Bengaluru.


          Software Developer - Matric - Morgantown, WV      Cache   Translate Page      
About MATRIC MATRIC is a strategic innovation partner providing deep, uncommon expertise and infrastructure to solve the most challenging problems of science...
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          Network engineer 300000 ~ 350000)      Cache   Translate Page      
• About Computer Components & Installation, Operating Systems & • Software Installation • Supporting & Motioning OS, Hardware’s, Maintain and Monitor CCTV • Wire Network & Wireless Network • Basic Server Management & Network Infrastructures • Cloud and Virtualization, Cisco Configuration, MikroTik Configuration, EnGenius Configuration & Ubiquiti Configuration
          Junior network engineer 200000~250000)      Cache   Translate Page      
• About Computer Components & Installation & Operating Systems & • Software Installation • Supporting & Motioning OS & Hardware’s • Network Infrastructures & Wire Network & Wireless Network • Basic Server Management • Maintain and Monitor CCTV & Cloud and Virtualization
          Pot & Dishwasher - EDGE Jobs North - Watson Lake, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Cleaning sinks and dish washer. Food Safe Certificate is Required. Pipelines &amp; Liquids (natural gas transmission, distribution and infrastructure development,...
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          'He should be upfront': PM says Victorian Premier should release China deal      Cache   Translate Page      

Prime Minister Scott Morrison attacks Premier Daniel Andrews for signing a deal with China over its controversial global infrastructure initiative, saying the Premier should have discussed the deal with him first.


          IDC: 5G network infrastructure market to grow at 118% CAGR      Cache   Translate Page      
The worldwide 5G network infrastructure market is expected to grow from approximately $528 million in 2018 to $26 billion in 2022, according to IDC's inaugural forecast for this market segment, and representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 118%.

The 5G network infrastructure market includes 5G RAN, 5G NG core, NFVI, routing and optical backhaul.

IDC expects 5G RAN to be the largest market sub-segment through the forecast period, in line with prior mobile generations.

In addition to 5G NR and 5G NG core, procurement patterns indicate communications service providers (SPs) will need to invest in adjacent domains, including backhaul and NFVI, to support the continued push to cloud-native, software-led architectures.

"Early 5G adopters are laying the groundwork for long-term success by investing in 5G RAN, NFVI, optical underlays, and next-generation routers and switches. Many are also in the process of experimenting with the 5G NG core. The long-term benefit of making these investments now will be when the standards-compliant SA 5G core is combined with a fully virtualized, cloud-ready RAN in the early 2020s. This development will enable many communications SPs to expand their value proposition and offer customized services across a diverse set of enterprise verticals through the use of network slicing," says Patrick Filkins, senior research analyst, IoT and Mobile Network Infrastructure.

The report, Worldwide 5G Network Infrastructure Forecast, 2018-2022 (IDC #US44392218), presents IDC's inaugural forecast for the 5G network infrastructure market. Revenue is forecast for both the 5G RAN and 5G NG Core segments and each of the three related sub-segments (NFVI, Routing Backhaul, and Optical Backhaul). The report also provides a market overview, including drivers and challenges for communications service providers and advice for technology suppliers.
          Eurofiber deploys ADVA FSP 150 for flexible business services      Cache   Translate Page      
Eurofiber, which operates an extensive fiber network across The Netherlands and Belgium, is deploying the ADVA FSP 150 as the customer premise equipment of its new flexible business services.

The ADVA FSP 150 provides a single platform for MEF-certified Layer 2 and 3 services and easily scales from 1GbE to 10GbE. With zero touch provisioning, the device is simple to deploy and its comprehensive assurance services offer unparalleled support for SLA management.

ADVA said its intelligent, multi-layer demarcation and aggregation technology enables Eurofiber to respond to rapidly growing demand from enterprises across the Netherlands and Belgium for high-bandwidth, cost-effective SLA-based Carrier Ethernet connectivity.

“Our FSP 150 enables Eurofiber to meet ever-increasing demand for cloud services while also optimizing its infrastructure to support diverse network technologies. Now it can instantly increase bandwidth as soon as customers require it and address the emerging need for multi-layer networking,” commented Ed Zalmstra, sales director, Netherlands, ADVA. "Our FSP 150 delivers the flexibility to quickly transition from 1Gbit/s to 10Gbit/s Ethernet services without requiring extra space and power consumption. Having all that functionality in one compact platform is a real advantage. We’re proud that Eurofiber selected us for this project. It highlights the value not only of our innovation but also our people. To be chosen once again to take Eurofiber’s business services to the next stage shows their continuing faith in our experience and commitment to quality, as well as the strength of the relationship between our teams.”

ADVA’s partner Netways Europe also provided valuable support with the new solution.

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          Broadcom completes acquisition of CA Technologies      Cache   Translate Page      
Broadcom completed its previously announced acquisition of CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA).

CA will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Broadcom.

"Today, we are pleased to complete this transaction, which strengthens Broadcom's position as a leading provider of semiconductor and infrastructure software solutions and enables us to better serve our customers," said Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom. "Broadcom has a track record of successfully integrating and growing the businesses we acquire. We believe this transaction will enable us to offer customers a leading portfolio of best-in-class solutions across a diverse set of technologies. We intend to invest in and grow the CA business to further enhance its capabilities in mission-critical infrastructure software solutions."


Broadcom to acquire CA Technologies for $18.9 billion

Broadcom agreed to acquire CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) for $44.50 per share in cash, representing an enterprise value of $18.9 billion -- a premium of approximately 20% to the closing price of CA common stock on July 11, 2018.

CA, which was founded by Charles Wang and Russell Artzt in 1976 and formerly known as Computer Associates,  is one of the world's leading providers of information technology (IT) management software and solutions. The company is based in New York City and is primarily known for its B2B mainframe, distributed computing, and enterprise software.

Broadcom notes that CA benefits from predictable and recurring revenues with the average duration of bookings exceeding three years.

Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom, said, "This transaction represents an important building block as we create one of the world's leading infrastructure technology companies. With its sizeable installed base of customers, CA is uniquely positioned across the growing and fragmented infrastructure software market, and its mainframe and enterprise software franchises will add to our portfolio of mission critical technology businesses. We intend to continue to strengthen these franchises to meet the growing demand for infrastructure software solutions."

"We are excited to have reached this definitive agreement with Broadcom," said Mike Gregoire, CA Technologies Chief Executive Officer. "This combination aligns our expertise in software with Broadcom's leadership in the semiconductor industry. The benefits of this agreement extend to our shareholders who will receive a significant and immediate premium for their shares, as well as our employees who will join an organization that shares our values of innovation, collaboration and engineering excellence. We look forward to completing the transaction and ensuring a smooth transition."



          Qualcomm advances its LTE-V2X in China      Cache   Translate Page      
Qualcomm Technologies is expanding its efforts with China’s growing ecosystem of leading automakers and suppliers to commercialize LTE Vehicle-to-Everything (LTE-V2X) direct communication technology based on 3GPP Release 14 specifications.

LTE-V2X, which is also known as C-V2X, is designed to support improved automotive safety, traffic efficiency, and automated driving using high performance and reliable real-time direct communication between vehicles, as well as with roadside infrastructure, and is on an evolution path supporting additional functionality as part of 5G New Radio (5G NR).

Qualcomm Technologies is working alongside automakers including Audi China, BAIC, ChangAn, Geely and Great Wall and others, as well as China SAE ITS software stack providers Genvict, Nebula Link and Savari, Inc., to host China’s first large-scale multi-interoperability live demonstrations of LTE-V2X during the SAE China Congress Exhibition (SAECCE) event in Shanghai. 

Collectively, the seven V2V and V2I use cases that will be demonstrated include: Optimal Speed Advisory, Lane Change Alert / Blind Spot Alert, Emergency Brake Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Emergency Vehicle Warning, Intersection Collision Warning, and Slippery Road Alert.

LTE-V2X PC5-based direct communication operates in the 5.9 GHz spectrum that the China government recently designated for LTE-V2X ITS applications and works independently of cellular operator network involvement. Through these demonstrations, China is well-positioned to demonstrate leadership in LTE-V2X with commercial readiness for RSUs, onboard units and vehicle integration in 2019.

In addition, Qualcomm Technologies is working with Datang Telecom Group, a subsidiary of China Information and Communication Technologies Group Corp (CICT), to accelerate commercial deployment for LTE-V2X (also known as C-V2X across the globe) direct communication technology and applications based on 3GPP Release 14 specifications.

The companies are collaborating on demonstrations at the SAE China Congress Exhibition (SAECCE) event held this week in Shanghai.  The demos showcase Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) use cases.

In August, Qualcomm Technologies and Datang announced they had successfully completed the world’s first chipset interoperability test utilizing the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset solution and CICT’s LTE-V2X module, the DMD31.

“The administrative regulation on using 5905-5925 MHz for direct communication among connected vehicles was announced on October 21 and marks the accelerated development of the intelligent, connected car industry,” said Dr. Yingmin Wang, chief engineer of Datang Telecom Group, a subsidiary of China Information and Communications Technology Group Corporation. “As an industry leader of Internet of Vehicles communications, Datang looks forward in continuing to work with Qualcomm Technologies to ensure the successful commercial deployment of V2X technologies domestically and globally, as well as further drive the evolution of LTE-V2X technology to 5G.”
          This Company Wants to Make the Internet Load Faster      Cache   Translate Page      

The internet went down on February 28, 2017. Or at least that's how it seemed to some users as sites and apps like Slack and Medium went offline or malfunctioned for four hours. What actually happened is that Amazon's enormously popular S3 cloud storage service experienced an outage , affecting everything that depended on it.

It was a reminder of the risks when too much of the internet relies on a single service. Amazon gives customers the option of storing their data in different "availability regions" around the world, and within those regions it has multiple data centers in case something goes wrong. But last year's outage knocked out S3 in the entire North Virginia region. Customers could of course use other regions, or other clouds, as backups, but that involves extra work, including possibly managing accounts with multiple cloud providers.

A San Francisco based startup called Netlify wants to make it easier to avoid these sorts of outages by automatically distributing its customers’ content to multiple cloud computing providers. Users don't need accounts with Amazon, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, or any other cloud company―Netlify maintains relationships with those services. You just sign-up for Netlify, and it handles the rest.

You can think of the company's core service as a cross between traditional web hosting providers and content delivery networks, like Akamai, that cache content on servers around the world to speed up websites and apps. Netlify has already attracted some big tech names as customers, often to host websites related to open source projects. For example, Google uses Netlify for the website for its infrastructure management tool Kubernetes, and Facebook uses the service for its programming framework React. But Netlify founders Christian Bach and Mathias Biilmann don't want to just be middlemen for cloud hosting. They want to fundamentally change how web applications are built, and put Netlify at the center.

Traditionally, web applications have run mostly on servers. The applications run their code in the cloud, or in a company's own data center, assemble a web page based on the results, and send the result to your browser. But as browsers have grown more sophisticated, web developers have begun shifting computing workloads to the browser. Today, browser-based apps like Google Docs or Facebook feel like desktop applications. Netlify aims to make it easier to build, publish, and maintain these types of sites.

Back to the Static Future

Markus Seyfferth, the COO of Smashing Media, was converted to Netlify's vision when he saw Biilman speak at a conference in 2016. Smashing Media, which publishes the web design and development publication Smashing Magazine and organizes the Smashing Conference, was looking to change the way it managed its roughly 3,200-page website.

Since its inception in 2006, Smashing Magazine had been powered by WordPress, the content management system that runs about 32 percent of the web according to technology survey outfit W3Techs, along with e-commerce tools to handle sales of books and conference tickets and a third application for managing its job listing site. Using three different systems was unwieldy, and the company's servers struggled to handle the site’s traffic, so Seyfferth was looking for a new approach.

When you write or edit a blog post in WordPress or similar applications, the software stores your content in a database. When someone visits your site, the server runs WordPress to pull the latest version from the database, along with any comments that have been posted, and assembles it into a page that it sends to the browser.

Building pages on the fly like this ensures that users always see the most recent version of a page, but it's slower than serving prebuilt "static" pages that have been generated in advance. And when lots of people are trying to visit a site at the same time, servers can bog down trying to build pages on the fly for each visitor, which can lead to outages. That leads companies to buy more servers than they typically need; what’s more, servers can still be overloaded at times.

"When we had a new product on the shop, it needed only a couple hundred orders in one hour and the shop would go down," Seyfferth says.

WordPress and similar applications try to make things faster and more efficient by "caching" content to reduce how often the software has to query the database, but it's still not as fast as serving static content.

Static content is also more secure. Using WordPress or similar content managers exposes at least two "attack surfaces" for hackers: the server itself, and the content management software. By removing the content management layer, and simply serving static content, the overall "attack surface" shrinks, meaning hackers have fewer ways to exploit software.

The security and performance advantages of static websites have made them increasingly popular with software developers in recent years, first for personal blogs and now for the websites for popular open source projects.

In a way, these static sites are a throwback to the early days of the web, when practically all content was static. Web developers updated pages manually and uploaded pre-built pages to the web. But the rise of blogs and other interactive websites in the early 2000s popularized server-side applications that made it possible for non-technical users to add or edit content, without special software. The same software also allowed readers to add comments or contribute content directly to a site.

At Smashing Media, Seyfferth didn't initially think static was an option. The company needed interactive features, to accept comments, process credit cards, and allow users to post job listings. So Netlify built several new features into its platform to make a primarily static approach more viable for Smashing Media.

The Glue in the Cloud

Biilmann, a native of Denmark, spotted the trend back to static sites while running a content management startup in San Francisco, and started a predecessor to Netlify called Bit Balloon in 2013. He invited Bach, his childhood best friend who was then working as an executive at a creative services agency in Denmark, to join him in 2015 and Netlify was born.

Initially, Netlify focused on hosting static sites. The company quickly attracted high-profile open source users, but Biilman and Bach wanted Netlify to be more than just another web-hosting company; they sought to make static sites viable for interactive websites.

Open source programming frameworks have made it easier to build sophisticated applications in the browser . And there's a growing ecosystem of services like Stripe for payments, Auth0 for user authentication, and Amazon Lambda for running small chunks of custom code, that make it possible to outsource many interactive features to the cloud. But these types of services can be hard to use with static sites because some sort of server side application is often needed to act as a middleman between the cloud and the browser.

Biilmann and Bach want Netlify to be that middleman, or as they put it, the "glue" between disparate cloud computing services. For example, they built an e-commerce feature for Smashing Media, now available to all Netlify customers, that integrates with Stripe. It also offers tools for managing code that runs on Lambda.

Smashing Media switched to Netlify about a year ago, and Seyfferth says it's been a success. It's much cheaper and more stable than traditional web application hosting. "Now the site pretty much always stays up no matter how many users," he says. "We'd never want to look back to what we were using before."

There are still some downsides. WordPress makes it easy for non-technical users to add, edit, and manage content. Static site software tends to be less sophisticated and harder to use. Netlify is trying to address that with its own open source static content management interface called Netlify CMS. But it's still rough.

Seyfferth says for many publications, it makes more sense to stick with WordPress for now because Netlify can still be challenging for non-technical users.

And while Netlify is a developer darling today, it's possible that major cloud providers could replicate some of its features. Google already offers a service called Firebase Hosting that offers some similar functionality.

For now, though, Bach and Biilmann say they're just focused on making their serverless vision practical for more companies. The more people who come around to this new approach, the more opportunities there are not just for Netlify, but for the entire new ecosystem.

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          Mechanic - Rotating Equipment (Surat Basin, QLD, AU, 4413)      Cache   Translate Page      

 Broadspectrum is an operations, maintenance and construction services organisation, operating globally in the resources, energy, industrial, infrastructure, rail, property and defence sectors. This is a complex and safety-focused business offering the technology, training and opportunities you need to forge a satisfying career.

Broadspectrum is an operations, maintenance and construction services organisation, operating globally in the resources, energy, industrial, infrastructure, rail, property and defence sectors. This is a complex and safety-focused business offering the technology, training and opportunities you need to forge a satisfying career.

 

We are currently seeking an experienced Mechanical Tradesperson for our Surat Basin business, this role is on a 15/13 Roster based in our Northern Gas Fields

 

About the Role

The role of a Mechanic within the Maintenance team and is to conduct the preventive and corrective maintenance tasks on the gas compression plants, safely and effectively, and provides technical support to the operations team.

 

Qualifications, Experience and Knowledge

 

Applicants must posses

  • Mechanical Trade background with minimum 3 years post trade experience.
  • Ideally worked on internal combustion engines and reciprocating or screw compression equipment (Ariel/ Frick/ Howdon)
  • Previous experience of routine maintenance of gas and diesel engines ideally Caterpillar, Waukesha, MTU or Jenbacher
  • Experience on Overhauling large engines 
  • 2-5 years’ experience in Oil and Gas operations
  • Gas Plant Experience 
  • Exposure to maintenance on plant auxiliary equipment such as pumps, fans and TEG units
  • Power generation knowledge and exposure
  • Proven knowledge of safe work awareness
  • Ability to troubleshoot and diagnose mechanical issues
  • Must have good computer skills 
  • Must comply with the new QLD Natural gas compliance if not willing to obtain the certificate 

     

    In return we offer a family friendly roster (15 days on / 13 days off), Camp accommodation and travel to site supplied.

    The successful candidate will be required to undertake a full medical including drug and alcohol screen.

     

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          5G network infrastructure spending to surge through 2022, says IDC      Cache   Translate Page      
The 5G build out is just starting and will deliver a compound annual growth rate of 118 percent between 2018 and 2022, says IDC.
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Stuxnet allegedly has a vicious little brother, or perhaps it is a malicious cousin; the complex malware was likened to being similar to Stuxnet but “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated.”

Iran, according to the Times of Israel, admitted that its “infrastructure and strategic networks” were hit by a meaner, leaner version of Stuxnet. A TV news report added that the Iranians are “not admitting, of course, how much damage has been caused.”

The report came after Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran needed to step up efforts to fight enemy “infiltration.” Reuters also reported that Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran’s civil defense agency, said, “Recently we discovered a new generation of Stuxnet which consisted of several parts ... and was trying to enter our systems.” Jalali didn’t go into more detail.

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Transport and logistics industries are of particular importance for the Latvian economy since they have a steady GDP growth and provide services to virtually all other sectors of the national economy.Rolands petersons de facto Every year it is emphasized that this sector should be recognized as a priority and extend its promotion, however, the representatives of the transport and logistics sector are looking forward to more concrete and long-term solutions.Rolands petersons de facto 9.1% of the value added to the GDP of Latvia Despite the political and economic changes of the last decade, the influence of the transport and logistics industry on the economy of our country remains high: in 2016 the sector increased the value added to the GDP by 9.1%. Moreover, the average monthly gross wage is still higher then in other sectors - in 2016 in other sectors of the economy it was 859 euros, whereas in storage and transportation sector the average gross wage is about 870 euros (1,562 euros - water transport, 2,061 euros - air transport, 1059 euros in the of storage and auxiliary transport activities, etc.). Special economic area as an additional support The positive examples of the logistics industry are the ports that have developed a good structure. Riga and Ventspils ports function as free ports, and the Liepaja port is included in the Liepaja Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Companies operating in free ports and SEZ can receive not only the 0 tax rate for customs, excise, and value-added tax but also a discount of up to 80% of the company's income and up to 100% of the real estate tax.Rolands petersons de facto The port is actively implementing various investment projects related to the construction and development of industrial and distribution parks.Rolands petersons de facto The attraction of investments promotes the creation of higher added value, development of production, expansion of a spectrum of given services and creation of new workplaces. It is necessary to bring to the attention the small ports - SKULTE, Mersrags, SALACGRiVA, Pavilosta, Roja, Jurmala, and Engure, which currently occupy a stable position in the Latvian economy and have already become regional economic activity centers.Rolands petersons de facto Port of Liepaja, will be the next Rotterdam. There is also a wide range of opportunities for growth, and a number of actions that can be taken to meet projected targets. There is a strong need for the services with high added value, the increase of the processed volumes of cargo by attracting new freight flows, high-quality passenger service and an introduction of modern technologies and information systems in the area of transit and logistics. Liepaja port has all the chances to become the second Rotterdam in the foreseeable future.Rolands petersons de facto Latvia as a distribution center for cargos from Asia and the Far East. One of the most important issues for further growth of the port and special economic zone is the development of logistics and distribution centers, mainly focusing on the attraction of goods from Asia and the Far East. Latvia can serve as a distribution center for cargos in the Baltic and Scandinavian countries for Asia and the Far East (f.e. China, Korea). The tax regime of the Liepaja Special Economic Zone in accordance with the Law "On Taxation in Free Ports and Special Economic Zones" on December 31, 2035. This allows traders to conclude an agreement on investment and tax concession until December 31, 2035, until they reach a contractual level of assistance from the investments made. Considering the range of benefits provided by this status, it is necessary to consider the possible extension of the term.Rolands petersons de facto Infrastructure development and expansion of warehouse space Our advantage lies in the fact that there is not only a strategic geographical position but also a developed infrastructure that includes deep-water berths, cargo terminals, pipelines and territories free from the cargo terminal. Apart from this, we can add a good structure of pre-industrial zone, distribution park, multi-purpose technical equipment, as well as the high level of security not only in terms of delivery but also in terms of the storage and handling of goods.Rolands petersons de facto In the future, it would be advisable to pay more attention to access roads (railways and highways), increase the volume of storage facilities, and increase the number of services provided by ports. Participation in international industry exhibitions and conferences will make it possible to attract additional foreign investments and will contribute to the improvement of international image.
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Rolands Petersons, member of the board of CPM Trading SIA, Railway transport is one of the most promising modes of inland transport, and, at the moment, it is said to be the crucial element in the economy of Latvia. Considering the entire volume of inland transport, the share of railway freight is about 52%, whereas the volume of the passenger transportation is 6% and in Riga suburban area the number is increasing up to 30%. However, the data summarized by the Ministry of Communications still shows that in Latvia the volume of freight rail transportation by comparison with 2016 has decreased by 8.4% and amounted to 43.792 million tons.Rolands petersons de facto Traffic congestion can lead to a loss of 200 billion euros The mobility of goods is an essential component of the EU internal market; this greatly contributes to the competitiveness of the industry and services in Europe.Rolands petersons de facto The types of lengthy transportation as railway can reduce their costs, which arise in connection with the traffic congestion on the roads. The increase of approximately 50% is projected by the year 2050, reaching a volume of almost 200 billion euros per year. In the future, it is possible to increase the volume of rail transportation. The amount of international rail transportation in 2017 was 42.138 million tons, which showed a decline of 9.1% compared to 2016.Rolands petersons de factoHowever, domestic traffic has increased by 11.5% to 1.653 million tonnes. The volume of transit cargo from the total amount of international rail freight transport amounted to 38.719 million tons, which showed a drop of 6.5% compared to the previous year, the volume of imported goods was 3.067 million tons, or 22.4% less, and the volume of export cargo was 351 800 tons, which was a drop of 2.8 times.Rolands petersons de facto In 2016, in Latvia, by rail, 47.821 million tons were transported. Taking into consideration the decline in the international transport sector in 2017, the question is, by which means can we achieve the volume increase? By implementation of the well-considered long-term solutions, it is possible to get back to the level that used to be before the embargo against Russia was introduced in 2013.Rolands petersons de facto Increase of the average commercial speed of freight trains.Rolands petersons de facto One of the key priorities nowadays is the development of the railway infrastructure, and in this case, it is expected, the railway infrastructure can be financed by the European Union.Rolands petersons de facto It is essential to find a solution how to increase the average commercial speed of freight trains since the speed is only about 18 km/h on the majority international routes in Europe. One of the solutions can be the improvement of cooperation between existing infrastructure organizations in Europe. The actual train system needs to be adapted to the needs of the railway freight transport sector, especially in the EU freight rail corridors.Rolands petersons de facto This would contribute to the competitiveness of rail transport with other modes of transport, especially with the road transport sector, which infrastructure is easily accessible in all Member States. Well-thought-out charge for the use of infrastructure. Freight trains pay for each kilometer of the railway infrastructure, which again adversely affects the competitiveness of the railway in comparison with road transport, where such charge is not always introduced. Setting the price that users are required to pay for getting into the infrastructure, it would be necessary to take into account the impact on the environment and pollution, congestion, accidents and other aspects.Rolands petersons de facto The state should provide a proper support for organizations managing infrastructure, and rail transport enterprises should strive to improve the competitiveness of rail freight services, especially in regards to reliability, filling, elasticity, customer orientation, and the duration and cost of transportation, as these are the main aspects which are considered by an average consignor in selecting any of the available modes of transport.Rolands petersons de facto Elimination imperfections in the liberalization of the freight transport process In cooperation with both, the public and private sectors, at the international level, imperfections related to the liberalization of freight rail transport, communication lines procedures, administrative and technical restrictions, monitoring and anticipating performance in the rail freight industry, and fair competition between different modes of transportation.Rolands petersons de facto Therefore, it is necessary to find out the ways to make a better use of available EU funding and target it to the rail transport industry in order to achieve improvements in such areas as a coherent approach to policy objectives and funding (while focusing on corridors for freight railways transportation), for the selection, planning and management of projects, as well as for the maintenance of railroad networks. Not only update, but also regularly support It is essential to take to the new level not only the quality of the services provided to carriers and shippers of rail freight but, in general, to improve the competitiveness of rail freight transport; infrastructure managing organizations should not only update and modernize the railway network but also to regularly support it.Rolands petersons de facto This is especially important for the corridors of rail freight. If the tracks are not properly maintained, the speed limits will have to be applied and the railway lines will gradually be obstructed.
          Assistant Manager Facility Service - Ambuja Housing and Urban Infrastructure - Shiliguri, West Bengal      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Here’s why you can’t use Alexa to call 911      Cache   Translate Page      
Amazon's suite of hardware products that are powered by its virtual assistant Alexa are used for everything from playing music to controlling different aspects of a user's connected home, telling the weather and more. Amazon and third-party developers are also adding new "skills" all the time to Alexa's already impressive library. But what many people may not know is an important limitation of the assistant -- something Alexa can't do, at least not right now, even though a user's life might depend on in some circumstances. We're talking, of course, about being able to call 911. Many consumers could have easily found themselves in the shoes of someone like Bridget Taylor, a 62-year-old from Jonesboro, Arkansas, who earlier this year took a fall after getting out of her bathtub. Her cellphone wasn't in reach, and she wondered if she could yell out for Alexa to call 911. The Wall Street Journal, which recounted that episode, is out with a piece today explaining why smart speakers from the likes of Amazon, Google and others -- used in some 20 million homes in the US -- face a number of regulatory and technical challenges to being able to make emergency calls. For one thing, the paper notes, internet reliability can be a problem, as is the importance of transmitting precise location data and a callback number for emergency responders. "Most speakers only offer one-way calling and don’t have the same real-time GPS data that smartphones do," the WSJ notes. "Even sending 911 caller location data from cellphones has proved challenging because much of the nation’s 911 infrastructure developed around landline phones.
"Creating the ability to call 911 from a smart speaker would require an additional monthly 911 surcharge that customers or the technology companies would have to pay to support emergency call infrastructure. Current monthly 911 surcharges vary by state or county, but typically range from $0.25 to $3.00 and are included in consumers’ wireless and landline phone bills." The paper goes on to report that, according to an Amazon spokeswoman, the company's Echo Connect can make emergency calls since it can be linked to landlines or other home phone services. The standard Echo and Echo Dot, however, cannot. Dan Henry, director of government affairs at 911 industry group the National Emergency Number Association, told the WSJ he support adding emergency calling to smart speakers only if the devices are able to provide location information and a callback number.

          Building Statewide Infrastructure for Effective Educational Services for Students With TBI: Promising Practices and Recommendations      Cache   Translate Page      
imageObjective: To identify promising practices in educational service delivery. Methods: Consensus-building process with a multidisciplinary group of researchers, policy makers, and state Department of Education personnel. Results: This white paper presents the group's consensus on the essential components of a statewide educational infrastructure to support students with traumatic brain injury across the spectrum of injury severity: (a) identification, screening, and assessment practices; (b) systematic communication between medical and educational systems; (c) tracking of child's progress over time; and (d) professional development for school personnel. The white paper also presents key outcomes for measuring success and provides recommendations both for policy change and for furthering research in childhood brain injury.
          Diagnostic Catheters Market Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 7.3% by MarketsandMarkets      Cache   Translate Page      

The Global Diagnostic Catheter Market is projected to reach USD 4.30 Billion by 2021 from USD 3.02 Billion in 2016, at a CAGR of around 7.3% from 2016 to 2021.

Northbrook, IL -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- According to a new market research report "Diagnostic Catheter Market by Type (Angiography, OCT, Ultrasound, Electrophysiology, Pressure, and Hemodynamic Monitoring), Application Area (Cardiology, Urology, Neurology, Gastroenterology), End User (Hospitals, Imaging Centers) - Global Forecast to 2021" published by MarketsandMarkets.

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In this report, the global Diagnostic Catheters Market is segmented on the basis of type, application areas, and end user. On the basis of type, the market is segmented into imaging catheters and non-imaging catheters. The imaging catheters are further segmented into angiography catheters, ultrasound catheters, OCT imaging catheters, electrophysiology catheters, and other imaging catheters. The non-imaging catheters are segmented into pressure & hemodynamic monitoring catheters, temperature monitoring catheters, and other non-imaging catheters. On the basis of the application area, the Diagnostic Catheters Market is segmented into five segments, namely, cardiology, gastroenterology, urology, neurology, and others. The Diagnostic Catheters Market by end user is segmented into hospital and imaging & diagnostic centers.

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The growth in this market can be mainly attributed to the increasing number of minimally invasive surgeries, rising geriatric population and increasing prevalence of chronic disorders like cardiovascular and kidney disorders, technological advancements in imaging catheters, and increasing number of imaging and diagnostic centers.

In 2015, the imaging catheters product segment accounted for the largest share of the Diagnostic Catheters Market. This is primarily attributed to the increasing incidence and high prevalence of cardiovascular diseases across the globe due to growth in the aging population and adoption of sedentary lifestyles. Moreover, the development of advanced catheters and increasing regulatory approvals for these catheters is expected to fuel market growth during the forecast period.

In 2015, North America represented the largest regional market, followed by Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the RoW. Asia-Pacific represents the fastest-growing market for diagnostic catheters, primarily due to the presence of a large patient population, increased patient awareness for minimally invasive surgeries, rapid rise in the prevalence of cardiovascular and kidney disorders, growth in per capita income, increasing investments in the healthcare industry by key market players, and the rising demand for technologically advanced imaging systems. Various government initiatives towards building better healthcare infrastructure in this region are also fostering the growth of the diagnostic imaging catheters market in the region.

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Major players in the global Diagnostic Catheters Market are Boston Scientific Corporation (U.S.), St. Jude Medical, Inc. (U.S.), Medtronic plc (Ireland), Johnson & Johnson (U.S.), Koninklijke Philips N.V. (Netherlands), B. Braun Melsungen AG (Germany), C.R. Bard, Inc. (U.S.), Cardinal Health, Inc. (U.S.), Edward LifeSciences Corporation (U.S.), and Terumo Corporation (Japan).

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Vancouver, BC, November 6, 2018--TRIUMF welcomed Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, last week for a special visit and announcement about public investments into medical isotope research and innovation infrastructure. During his visit to Canada's particle accelerator centre, the Prime Minister announced funding to construct the new Institute for Advanced Medical Isotopes (IAMI).
          800 manuscrits médiévaux, du VIIIe au XIIe siècle, à découvrir en ligne      Cache   Translate Page      

Grâce au mécénat de la Fondation Polonsky, la Bibliothèque nationale de France et la British Library ont noué en 2016 un partenariat d’envergure autour de 800 manuscrits médiévaux enluminés du VIIIe au XIIe siècle pour aboutir à leur numérisation et à leur diffusion. 



Psautier de Canterbury, vers 1200. BnF, Département des Manuscrits, Latin 8846 : Scènes de l’Ancien et du Nouveau Testament.

 

En novembre 2018, parallèlement à deux expositions qui permettent d’admirer certains de ces manuscrits, l’une à Londres et l’autre à Paris, et à l’occasion d’un colloque international qui se tiendra à la BnF, deux nouveaux portails créés grâce au programme rendront accessibles ces trésors aux chercheurs et au grand public. 
 

« La réunion de deux collections médiévales d’excellence, à travers ce projet ambitieux mécéné par la Fondation Polonsky, est l’expression d’une volonté partagée par la Bibliothèque nationale de France et la British Library de mettre à la portée de tous, en utilisant les technologies les plus abouties, des trésors inestimables. C’est un patrimoine commun, une histoire partagée que nous transmettons ensemble », déclare Laurence Engel, Présidente de la BnF. 
 

« Nous sommes heureux de collaborer avec nos collègues de la Bibliothèque nationale de France pour ce passionnant projet. Il va permettre de rassembler des manuscrits précieux d’une époque où les échanges culturels, politiques et religieux entre l’Angleterre et la France se développaient. Les manuscrits enluminés que nos institutions conservent sont de remarquables survivants de cette époque. » ajoute Roly Keating, Président exécutif de la British Library. 
 

« Ce programme permet de rassembler les richesses de la Bibliothèque nationale de France et de la British Library, et de les rendre accessibles tant aux chercheurs qu’au grand public d’une manière attractive et innovante. Notre Fondation est très heureuse de soutenir cette collaboration, qui permet de perpétuer les échanges culturels et la profonde influence mutuelle qui caractérisent l’histoire de ces deux nations depuis des siècles » déclarent Dr. Leonard S. Polonsky, Président de la Fondation Polonsky et Marc Polonsky, Vice-Président. 
 

Un projet ambitieux qui porte sur des manuscrits d’exception 


Ce programme intitulé « France Angleterre, 700-1200 : manuscrits médiévaux de la BnF et de la British Library », débuté courant 2016, est sur le point de s’achever. Il inclut huit cents manuscrits conservés à parts égales par la BnF et la British Library. Sélectionnés en fonction de leur importance pour l’histoire des relations franco-anglaises au Moyen Âge, ces manuscrits ont aussi un intérêt artistique, historique ou littéraire unique. 

 

Produits entre le VIIIe et la fin du XIIe siècle, ils couvrent des domaines très variés, représentatifs de la production intellectuelle du haut Moyen Âge et de l’époque romane. Parmi eux, on trouve quelques précieux témoins somptueusement enluminés, comme le bénédictionnaire de Winchester des environs de l’an 1000, la Bible de Chartres vers 1140 ou le psautier anglo-catalan de Canterbury exécuté vers 1200. 
 

Des reliures médiévales d’exception de la BnF
exposées au Louvre

 

Si le corpus présente un intérêt scientifique incontestable, le programme se distingue aussi par plusieurs opérations de valorisation des manuscrits : numérisation, diffusion en ligne, restauration, description scientifique ou encore médiation. 


 


 

 

Parmi les quelque quatre-vingt-deux manuscrits restaurés à la BnF, on remarque le missel de Saint-Denis, un manuscrit du XIe siècle qui a reçu dans l’abbaye de Saint-Denis deux plats de reliure d’orfèvrerie composites (IXe-XVe s.). Le prêt de plusieurs reliures précieuses de la BnF au Musée du Louvre (1er novembre 2017 – 2 juillet 2018) a permis d’admirer cette reliure. 
 

L’exposition qui se tient jusqu’au 19 février 2019 à la British Library, Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms : Art, Word, War, comprend par ailleurs plusieurs chefs-d’œuvre inclus dans ce programme tandis que l’œuvre exceptionnelle de Raban Maur sera au cœur d’une exposition d’art contemporain orchestrée par le plasticien Jan Dibbets à la BnF à partir de novembre prochain (Make it new. Conversations avec l’art médiéval – Carte blanche à Jan Dibbets, 5 novembre 2018 -10 février 2019). 
 

Programme de numérisation et mise en ligne de deux portails dédiés 


L’un des volets du programme concerne la numérisation des huit cents manuscrits et leur mise en ligne sur Gallica et Digitised Manuscripts, bibliothèques numériques de la BnF et de la British Library. 

 

En complément, deux portails seront lancés le 21 novembre 2018. Le premier, France-Angleterre : manuscrits médiévaux entre 700 et 1200, a été créé par la BnF à partir de l’infrastructure Gallica marque blanche, à l’aide du standard IIIF et du visualiseur Mirador qui permettent de rendre les images conservées dans différentes institutions interopérables, de les comparer au sein d’une même bibliothèque numérique ou encore de les annoter. Le second, Medieval England and France, 700 1200, est un « interprétative website », ou site de médiation grand public, construit par la British Library pour valoriser une partie des manuscrits autour d’axes thématiques. 
 

Un livre publié simultanément aux éditions de la British Library (en anglais) et de la BnF (en français) présentant un ensemble choisi de manuscrits enluminés complétera cette valorisation dès octobre 2018 : Enluminures médiévales, chefs-d’œuvre de la Bibliothèque nationale de France et de la British Library, Charlotte Denoël et Kathleen Doyle, 176 pages, 80 images, 19 euros. 


          11/06 Links Pt1: Official Palestinian Authority paper: "Settlers" kill Palestinians for pleasure; Shin Bet Chief: We foiled 480 major terror attacks this year;       Cache   Translate Page      
From Ian:

PMW: "Settlers" kill Palestinians for pleasure - hate speech in official PA daily
The Palestinian Authority regularly demonizes Jews, Israelis, and those who they call "settlers" and accuse them of believing in precisely the hate ideologies the PA itself espouses to its own people.

While accusing Israelis of participating in a religious war, it is Mahmoud Abbas' advisor who has called Israel "Satan's project" and presented the war with Israel as a religious war to destroy Israel and Jews. The PA Mufti, who is appointed by Abbas, has said extermination of Jews is a religious obligation and Islamic destiny.

In Israel, the isolated cases of Israeli terror against Palestinians are punished and condemned. It is the Palestinian Authority under direct instructions of Mahmoud Abbas that rewards murderers of Israelis with high salaries and calls terrorist murderers "stars in the sky of the Palestinian people."

In this op-ed in the official PA daily, the writer projects the PA's own hate ideologies onto what he refers to as Israeli "settlers." They are demonized as inhuman murderers who kill Palestinians for their own pleasure and at the orders of the Israeli government.

Under the headline "The settlers are sacrificing the Palestinians' blood as a sacrifice to Netanyahu," regular columnist for the official PA daily, Muwaffaq Matar, who is also a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and hosts a TV program on Fatah-run Awdah TV, portrayed Israelis living beyond the Green Line as "mass murderers obsessed with bloodshed" who are "directed" and controlled by the Israeli army and government:

"Criminals, mass murderers, obsessed with bloodshed, wild unbridled foreigners, but also directed - these are the settlers, the colonialists, the pawns of the racist regime in Tel Aviv.
[They are] criminals who are being activated by a remote control with dual controls - one in the hands of the heads of the occupation army, and the second in the hands of the heads of the coalition of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu's government. Both of them are trying to inflict a heavy toll on the Palestinian citizens by means of groups of people devoid of the elements of human nature, who have no connection to the civilized societies other than [their] human form..."
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 14, 2018]
Petra Marquardt-Bigman: Don’t Be Fooled: The Left Only Cares About Palestinians If It Can Blame Israel
Anyone with even a passing interest in news from the Middle East will know that all over the region, undemocratic and repressive regimes use their security forces to suppress dissent. The Palestinian authorities in Gaza and the West Bank are no exception, as a recently released Human Rights Watch report documents.

Considering that the report is “the result of a two-year investigation,” it is remarkably meager. According to the summary, HRW exposes the “machineries of repression to crush dissent” by showing that Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and Gaza “routinely arrest people whose peaceful speech displeases them and torture those in their custody.”
Why Israel Is Right To Expel Human Rights Watch’s Omar Shakir

While this might give the impression that the report focuses exclusively on the abuse of people arrested for “peaceful speech,” there are also chapters that deal with cases of people accused of criminal charges in Gaza and the West Bank.

But what the report leaves out is perhaps more noteworthy than what it covers. A glimpse of what’s missing is provided on page 51, where one sentence suffices to deal with the most egregious abuses:

“Hamas authorities have also carried out 25 executions since they took control in Gaza in June 2017 [sic! Hamas took control in June 2007], including 6 in 2017, following trials that lacked appropriate due process protections and courts in Gaza have sentenced 117 people to death, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.”

In other words, a report that is touted as “the result of a two-year investigation” relies on another human rights organization to provide a one-sentence summary of executions carried out by Hamas. Presumably, two years were too short for the hard-working people at HRW to check their own records, which indicate that Hamas carried out considerably more than “25 executions” since taking power in 2007.

But the appalling sloppiness displayed by HRW when it comes to keeping track of the murderous record of the Islamist terror group that rules Gaza is a telling sign of how little Palestinian human rights matter to HRW when Israel can’t be blamed.

Dore Gold: The Bedouin Encampment of Khan al-Ahmar Violates the Oslo Accords
Khan al-Ahmar is a cluster of Bedouin structures located in the Judean Desert to the east of Jerusalem. This past year this subject has been heating up. It is located on public land and is situated on the main route connecting Jerusalem to the Jordan Valley. Twenty-eight Bedouin families live there. It is too small to really be called a village, so some label it as a hamlet or even other terms. The structures in Khan al-Ahmar were not erected with any sort of building permit, as required by Israel's Civil Administration in the West Bank.

Accordingly, demolition orders were issued in 2009. Though the residents turned to the Israeli Supreme Court, in its ruling the Court stated: "there is no dispute that the entire complex was put up in violation of the zoning laws." In the past the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Jewish families living in illegally constructed dwellings needed to be removed, as was the case in Migron (2012), Amona (2017), and Netiv Ha-Avot (2018).

Some Western commentators have fundamentally misunderstood Israel's decision to dismantle Khan al-Ahmar. A New York Times analysis insisted that Israel sought "to make room for the expansion of Jewish settlements." Of course, anyone familiar with the topography of the West Bank, with the map of the West Bank, knows that the Judean Desert is full of empty territory, so that the argument that the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar was required for settlement expansion really rings hollow.




Security agency chief warns of deceptive calm: We foiled 480 major terror attacks this year
The Shin Bet security agency has thwarted 480 ‎Palestinian terrorist attacks so far in 2018, agency ‎Director Nadav Argaman told the Knesset's Foreign ‎Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday.‎

The Shin Bet's efforts were a major factor in the ‎defense establishment's ability to maintain the ‎fragile calm between Israel and the Palestinians, ‎especially in Judea and Samaria, Argaman said.‎

‎"The situation in the Palestinian arena has been ‎‎very unstable this year. In the Gaza Strip, we are ‎somewhere between a potential [military] campaign ‎and efforts to ‎stabilize the humanitarian situation," he told the committee.

‎"In Judea and Samaria the situation is very ‎complex ‎as well. Things on the ground are ‎relatively calm, but this calm is deceptive. The ‎situation is actually highly combustible."‎

Argaman continued, "Hamas is constantly trying to launch terrorist attacks in and from Judea and ‎Samaria.

"We were able to prevent 480 major ‎terrorist attacks, stop 590 lone-wolf terrorists and ‎arrest 219 Hamas cells. This indicates that there is ‎a large, clandestine terrorist infrastructure ‎there."

Hamas leaders in Gaza and Turkey are sparing no ‎effort to mastermind terrorist attacks in Judea and ‎Samaria, and similar efforts are being made from ‎‎Lebanon by the Hezbollah terrorist group, Argaman said.
Israel’s Next Northern War: Operational and Legal Challenges
Hezbollah has threatened Israel’s northern border for decades. Today, however, the nature of this threat has become dire, and the risks of escalation real, as Iran continues supplying Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon with game-changing weapons to devastate the Israeli homeland.

When the next conflict erupts between Israel and Hezbollah, its scale and intensity will bear little resemblance to those of recent memory. Hezbollah today is highly competent, adaptable and lethal. Its forces have gained invaluable battlefield experience in Syria and amassed more weaponry than 95 percent of the world’s conventional militaries, including at least 120,000 rockets and missiles. This is more than all of Europe’s NATO members combined, and ten times as many as when it last went to war with Israel in 2006.

Especially troubling is Hezbollah’s growing arsenal of powerful long-range precision missiles capable of striking targets throughout Israel. Unlike in recent conflicts, Israel’s missile defenses will be incapable of shielding the nation from such a threat. From the outset of conflict, Hezbollah will be able to sustain a launch rate of more than 3,000 missiles per day – as many as Israel faced in the entire 34-day conflict in 2006.

Despite this quantum leap in its capabilities, Hezbollah is under no illusion about its ability to inflict military defeat on Israel. It will not seek victory in the valleys of Lebanon or the skies over Israel, but in the court of public opinion.

To do so, it will use combat operations to lay the groundwork for an information campaign delegitimizing Israel. Two tactics will be central to Hezbollah’s efforts: first, deliberately attacking Israeli civilian population centers to compel an aggressive response by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF); second, illegally exploiting the presence of Lebanese civilians to shield itself from IDF attack.

Hezbollah will then manipulate the inevitable casualties by relying on widespread misperceptions about the true nature of combat operations and how international law (the law of armed conflict, or LOAC) regulates such operations. It will use the inevitable images of civilian suffering in Lebanon to portray Israel’s lawful operations as immoral and illegal. By weaponizing information and the law, Hezbollah will seek to force Israel to halt its self-defense campaign before the IDF can achieve decisive victory.
Netanyahu says ‘occupation is baloney’ if a country is powerful enough – reports
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told lawmakers in his governing Likud party on Monday that powerful countries can occupy territories and transfer populations without consequence, in an apparent reference to ostensible Arab indifference toward Israel’s control over the West Bank.

“Power is the most important [component] of foreign policy. ‘Occupation’ is baloney. There were huge countries that have occupied and transferred populations and no one talks about them,” Netanyahu was quoted by Army Radio as saying Monday, in the closed-door Likud faction meeting. The remarks were also carried by the Yedioth Ahronoth daily on Tuesday morning.

“Power changes everything and it changes our policies vis-a-vis Arab states, and there are other countries on the way,” he reportedly added, apparently referring to states that have covertly expressed interest in forging diplomatic ties with the Jewish state.

The prime minister also appeared to reject the notion that Israeli territorial concessions could bring peace, according to additional comments from the meeting published by Yedioth on Tuesday.

“Contrary to the notion that concessions will bring about agreements with the Arabs, concessions will only bring about slight and short-term changes and nothing more,” Netanyahu said, seemingly referring to ceding territory to the Palestinians. “What we need to do is advance [talks] on shared interests with Israel based on technological power.”

Netanyahu’s reported comments came after he visited Oman last month in the first official meeting between the leaders of the countries since 1996.
Netanyahu: 'Occupation is bull'
Speaking at a Likud party meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that the demonstration of strength is the most important thing in Israel's foreign policy.

"'Occupation' is bull. There are countries that have conquered and replaced entire populations and the world keeps silent. Strength is the key, it makes all the difference in our policy towards the Arab world."

Netanyahu stressed that concessions are perceived as weakness in the Middle East . "As opposed to the perception that concessions promote agreements with the Arabs, they would only bring minor and short-term changes—nothing more.

"The right thing to do is to make progress through common interests, which are based on technological strength," the premier explained. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
Dutch parliament to hold hearing on PA program rewarding terrorism
Prompted by Israel calls to condemn the Palestinian Authority for rewarding terrorism, the Dutch Parliament will host an event later this week to hear from prominent activists who are spreading awareness about the so-called “pay-to-slay” initiative.

Director of the Israel-based nongovernmental organization Palestinian Media Watch Itamar Marcus and terror-attack survivor Kay Wilson will travel to the Hague to address Dutch politicians about the P.A. giving convicted terrorists and their families huge salaries. Marcus and Wilson were invited by Dutch parliament member Joël Voordewind, who invited Marcus and Wilson, and will be chairing the discussion.

The move was endorsed by Yesh Atid Party minister Elazar Stern.

Stern has called on “the Parliament of the Netherlands to send a clear message that the P.A. must stop financially rewarding the terrorists.”

The Netherlands gives more than $14.8 million annually to UNRWA, the United Nations agency that deals with the Palestinian refugee issue. The United States cut its funding to UNRWA in September.

“It is important to update the Dutch Parliament that the P.A. has ignored all resolutions demanding they stop rewarding terror,” said Marcus. “While in some years the P.A. attempted to deceive the international community and conceal the payments, in its 2018 budget, the P.A. openly allocated 1.2 billion shekels [288,000,000 euros] for payments to terrorist prisoners and families of ‘martyrs.’ ”
Minister: Israel might destroy Syrian S-300s, even if manned by Russians
An Israeli cabinet minister has warned that if the Syrians use their recently supplied advanced Russian air defense missiles to bring down Israeli planes over Israeli territory, the launchers would be targeted — even if that means endangering Russian military specialists at the launch sites.

Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who is also co-chair of the Russia-Israel Intergovernmental Commission, told Russian media Monday that it was a “big mistake” for Moscow to supply its ally Syria with the S-300 missile system, because the advanced missiles, which are considered a significant threat to Israeli air power in the area, “might lead to destabilization of the situation.”

Elkin cautioned that “considering the mess” that the Syrian army was in, the Syrians cannot be trusted to operate the equipment correctly and may end up shooting down an “Israeli military or commercial plane over Israeli territory.”

Israel, he noted, reacts to attacks on its territory and aircraft with “practical actions,” which would “undoubtedly take place” against the launchers should Israeli aircraft be hit in Israeli airspace.

“I greatly hope that there would be no Russian military specialists [at the missile launch sites],” he said, stressing that in the past Israel has taken pains to ensure that Russian military personnel are not hurt through its actions in Syria.
Palestinian attempts stabbing attack near Kfar Adumim
A Palestinian woman tried to stab a border police officer by a gas station near the Kfar Adumim settlement on Tuesday, off Route 1, in the West Bank.

Police received a report about a suspicious looking Palestinian woman, who was in a falafel stand in the gas station’s compound and refused to leave.

When border police arrived, the woman, 37, from the Palestinian city of Yatta in the South Hebron Hills, left the area and began walking towards the Allon settlement.

Border police called on her to stop and began to approach her, the police spokesperson said.

Instead of stopping, the woman pulled out a pair of scissor from her bag and ran at them, yelling in Arabic.

One officer shot and moderately wounded her. Border police who later searched her bag found a knife inside it.

The woman was transported to the Hadassah Medical Center at Mt. Scopus.
IDF to partially demolish home of Barkan attacker
The IDF has ordered the partial demolition of the home of the terrorist responsible for the deadly shooting attack in the Barkan industrial zone last month.

On Tuesday, the Head of the IDF’s Central Command, Maj.-Gen. Nadav Padan issued the demolition orders for two stories of the home where Naalwa lived in the West Bank village of Shweika near Tulkarem.

According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, the order was signed after a request was made by the attacker’s family against the demolition order was rejected.

Nevertheless the home will remain partially intact, with the demolition to be limited to basement and ground floor of the building.

In early October 23 year-old Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alwa shot dead Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel, 29, of Rosh Ha’ayin, and Ziv Hagbi, 35, from Rishon Lezion. He also is suspected of shooting a third woman, seriously injuring her.
Israel steps up effort to block PA activities in Jerusalem
Israeli security forces on Sunday searched the offices of the PA’s Jerusalem Affairs Ministry in Dahiyat al-Barid, a West Bank village located north of Jerusalem.

Palestinians said that IDF soldiers and security officers confiscated many documents and computers. Several employees were summoned for questioning at Jerusalem police headquarters.

The raid on the offices of the PA ministry, which also includes the headquarters of the PA “Governorate of Jerusalem,” came in the context of Israel’s efforts to enforce a law that bans the PA from operating inside the country.

Israel says that the Palestinians had been acting in violation of the Law for the Implementation of the Agreement on the Gaza Strip and Jericho Area – Restriction on Activity – 1994, which prevents the PA from carrying out political, governmental or similar activity within the area of the State of Israel, including in east Jerusalem.

In recent months, however, the PA has increased its activities in east Jerusalem, prompting Israeli authorities, to take a number of measures to combat the phenomenon. The measures include, among other things, the arrest of scores of PA-affiliated activists and officials in east Jerusalem and the ban of dozens of events organized by the PA and other Palestinian political groups.
The unsung hero of the fight against Gaza arson terrorism
Yassin Abu Sidra, 24, stands at the top of an 18-meters-high tower on the border of the Gaza Strip, near Kibbutz Be'eri, and scans the area from morning till nightfall looking for fires.

Since the Palestinians began flying incendiary balloons and kites into Israel some seven months ago, this has been his mission.

Abu Sidra, a lookout for Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL), is the first to spot the incendiary balloons and kites and helps preventing the fire from spreading by sending firefighting forces to the scene.

This job requires him to constantly be on alert. In recent months, he hasn't had a moment's rest. From the top of the observation tower he can see the Be'eri Forest, the Kissufim Forest, the Shokeda Forest and the farmland of the Israeli communities by the border.

He has already spotted hundreds of incendiary balloons and kites and directed firefighting forces to where they landed.

"There were days of 30-40 fires a day," Abu Sidra says. "The firefighting forces ran from one scene to the next, rushing to get there to prevent the spread of the fire."
Hamas demands tax on Palestinian goods passing through Kerem Shalom: report
Hamas on Tuesday morning was reportedly demanding Palestinian merchants and business owners pay an extra 30 NIS for all goods passing through Kerem Shalom crossing from Israel.

The added tax is causing delays in the movement of goods and fuel, Walla reported.

Palestinians in the blockaded enclave are protesting the tax implemented by Hamas, the Islamist government of the Gaza Strip, the report added.
IsraellyCool: “Iconic” Shirtless Palestinian Rioter Reportedly Injured. The Photos Tell a Different Story
According to some reports, “Triple A” A’ed Abu Amro – otherwise known as shirtless terrorist who George Takei crushed on – has been shot.

Multiple reports from Gaza say that the 20-year-old protester photographed last month with a slingshot and a Palestinian flag was among those injured by Israeli troops in the most recent protests.

A’ed Abu Amro was among those injured by Israeli sniper fire on Monday, according to multiple activists and journalists reporting from the area. Photos show him being carried away on a stretcher.

Abu Amro appears to have been shot in the leg and is recovering at a Gaza hospital.


Except the photos of him on the stretcher seem to tell a different story – perhaps phasers were set to stun


In other words, just like everything else about this “protester” and the cause he represents, it seems to be a lie.
Egypt Considers Banning The Burqa As Part Of Anti-Extremism Campaign
Egypt is discussing a new draft law that would prevent women from wearing a burqa (nikab) in public spaces as part of a government campaign against extremist interpretations of Islam. The burqa, used mainly in Islamic cultures, is the veil that covers a woman’s entire face except for the eyes.

On Saturday, Ghada Ajami, a lawmaker, submitted a bill in the Egyptian parliament calling for a fine of 1,000 Egyptian pounds ($56) for women who defy the proposed ban. The fine would double for repeat offenders.

Ajami stressed to the press that the purpose of the bill is “to support the state’s efforts in fighting terrorism.”

A copy of the draft bill obtained by The Media Line states that the burqa would be prohibited in Egyptian public spaces “at any time and under any circumstances.”

Public spaces would include hospitals, health clinics, schools, cinemas, theaters, public libraries, museums, and government buildings, among others.

Ahmad Sharbini, an Egyptian political analyst, told The Media Line that “Egypt is going through a period of instability because of radical Islamic groups operating within the country,” adding that the burqa creates a security problem as “many male and female terrorists use it to hide their identities or sneak into places.
Egypt nixes Brazilian FM's visit as embassy relocation plans sour ties
Egypt has postponed a visit by Brazil's top diplomat, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Diplomatic sources said decision followed President-elect Jair Bolsonaro's vow to relocate the Brazilian Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira had been set to fly to Cairo for a three-day visit from Nov. 8 to 11 that was to have included meetings with President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

But Cairo postponed the trip, citing problems with senior officials' agendas, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry said onday. Ministry insiders said no new date has been proposed, signaling Egypt's discontent with Bolsonaro's proposal.

Behind the scenes, Egyptian officials said Cairo was deeply displeased with Bolsonaro's promise, which breaks with longstanding Brazilian foreign policy in support of a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.

The Egyptian Embassy in Brasilia was unavailable for comment.


Saudi Arabia prepares to build first nuclear research reactor
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday laid the foundation stone for the kingdom’s first nuclear research reactor, state media said, as the kingdom seeks to diversify its energy mix.

The reactor was among seven projects launched by the prince during a visit to Riyadh’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

SPA offered no details on when the research or non-power reactor — typically used for research, development and education purposes — would be built and at what cost.

Saudi Arabia currently draws on oil and natural gas to meet its own fast-growing power demand and desalinate its water.

The world’s top crude exporter harbors plans to build 16 nuclear reactors over the next two decades for $80 billion as it seeks to diversify, despite concerns over nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.

Prince Mohammed said in March that if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Riyadh will do so too.
Iran says US will ‘regret’ renewed sanctions, vows Tehran won’t cave to pressure
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to YouTube on Tuesday to dismiss US sanctions and Washington’s demands of change from Tehran as “absurd, unlawful and fundamentally flawed” and maintained the Trump administration would come to “regret this unwise move.”

“The US administration appears to believe that imposing draconian sanctions on Iran will bring about such pain to our nation that it will force us to submit to its will,” Zarif said in a video message, posted in English and Persian.

“We have weathered difficult times in the face of 40 years of American hostility relying solely on our own resources, and today we and our partners across the globe will ensure that our people are least affected by this indiscriminate assault,” he said.

Washington’s decision to scrap the multi-nation nuclear deal with Iran and reimpose sanctions — with the last tranche hitting on Monday — was “pushing it further into global isolation,” Zarif claimed.
Did Trump Blink on Iran Sanctions?
When Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal in May of this year, he vowed that America would re-impose all the sanctions on Tehran that had been lifted by the pact championed by President Barack Obama.

That promise will be kept on November 5, as a deadline is reached for nations that need to cease importing Iranian goods or face serious financial penalties. It will impose sanctions on more than 700 businesses, government agencies, and individuals in Iran involved in oil, banking, shipping, shipbuilding, and insurance. That will tighten the noose that has been gradually choking the Iranian economy since Trump took office and began the process of dismantling his predecessor’s pact.

But there are two key elements of the announcement made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that are troubling to those who have been applauding the president’s intentions to scrap a deal that enriched and empowered an enemy nation bent on hegemony in the Middle East, and failed to end the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon. Far from being a sweeping ban on trade with Iran, the new sanctions keep open some significant loopholes.

One is that the administration has granted an exemption to eight unidentified countries, allowing them to continue to do business with Iran. One is believed to be India, a major trading partner of Tehran.

Also notably absent from the announcement was any mention of America’s determination to ensure that any nation or entity that conducts business with Iran will be cut off from the US-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication or SWIFT, which facilitates international transactions. If it had been included in the sanctions, that would essentially compel anyone interested in commerce with Iran to choose between money to be made with Iran or being able to do business in the United States, as well as any other entity that has interactions with US banks. That would have imposed a blanket of complete isolation on Iran.

What happened?
US permits activity at 3 Iran nuclear sites, even as sanctions renewed
The United States said Monday it was issuing waivers to allow the continuation of a nuclear deal with Iran, after declaring the agreement a disaster and slapping sweeping sanctions.

Hours after sanctions went into effect that ban most trade with Iran, the State Department said it was exempting projects set up through the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated under former president Barack Obama.

The international activities at Bushehr, Iran’s only nuclear power station, as well as the Fordow enrichment plant and the Arak heavy water reactor will be allowed “to continue under the strictest scrutiny to ensure transparency and maintain constraints on Iran,” the State Department said in a statement.

“This oversight enhances our ability to constrain Iran’s program and keep pressure on the regime while we pursue a new, stronger deal,” it said.

The State Department said the waivers were “temporary,” without specifying a timeframe, and “conditional on the cooperation of the various stakeholders.”

The 2015 agreement promised that world powers would assist Iran in developing civilian nuclear energy — the clerical regime’s stated goal for its atomic program.
EU struggles to find host for new Iran trade mechanism
The European Union has so far failed to find a country to host a special mechanism to trade with Iran and circumvent the newly reimposed U.S. sanctions that went into effect Monday, according to three EU diplomats, who said European governments fear being targeted by U.S. countermeasures.

The EU on Monday reissued its Nov. 2 statement, saying it was still setting up the so-called "special purpose vehicle," or SPV, which is designed to circumvent the sanctions.

The EU, which opposes the sanctions, had hoped to have the SPV ready by the time the sanctions came into force.

However, no EU country has so far volunteered to host the entity, the diplomats said. Several states have been asked by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to consider hosting the SPV headquarters, as the bloc tries to uphold the nuclear accord from which U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew in May.

While the European Commission declined to comment on Monday, European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said that "the European Union does not approve" of the reimposition of U.S. sanctions, which were lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.
Erdogan: US Iran sanctions are aimed at ‘upsetting global balance’
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit out at new sanctions on Iran imposed by the administration of US President Donald Trump, saying they were aimed at upsetting the global balance and against international law.

Washington on Monday renewed sanctions on the Islamic republic that aim to isolate the country’s banking sector and slash its oil exports. Turkey was one of eight countries exempted from the demand to stop buying Iranian oil.

“We don’t find the (Iran) sanctions appropriate,” Erdogan was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency.

“Because to us, they are aimed at upsetting the global balance,” he added. “They are against international law and diplomacy. We don’t want to live in an imperial world.”

Erdogan’s comments came after his Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned that isolating Iran was “dangerous.”
U.S. Embassy Jerusalem: The Iranian Regime Protects Itself
As the new round of sanctions against the Iranian regime goes into effect, regime officials are lying about the targets and consequences. The sanctions exempt humanitarian goods such as medicine and food, but the regime chooses to allow suffering among its people for political and financial purposes.






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          Facebook blocks 30 accounts ahead of US midterm elections      Cache   Translate Page      
The announcement came shortly after US law enforcement and intelligence agencies said they had no indication of efforts to disrupt election infrastructure but that Americans should be wary of Russian attempts to spread fake news. The Instagram accounts were mostly in English, with some "focused on celebrities, others political debate."
          Are Kyrgyzstan’s glaciers under threat? This ecologist thinks so      Cache   Translate Page      

The Central Asian state’s Tian Shan mountain range isn’t just home to shrinking glaciers. It’s also the site of an international mining operation.

Kumtor. Image: Kalia Moldogazieva. Kumtor is an open-cast gold mining site in Kyrgyzstan’s Central Tian Shan mountain system, situated in the mountains' central permafrost massif which reaches heights of 3800-4400 metres above sea level. Commercial exploitation at Kumtor began in 1997. The site is 100% owned by the Canadian gold-mining company Centerra Gold, which manages it through its subsidiaries, the Kumtor Gold Company (KGK) and the Kumtor Operating Company (KOK). Kyrgyzstan, in its turn holds roughly 33% of shares in the company through its OJSC Kyrgyzaltyn Joint Stock Company. The gold reserves at Kumtor are assessed as amounting to 716.21 tonnes, of which 316.57 are in open cast mines and 399.64 underground.

We asked Kyrgyz ecologist Kaliya Moldogaziyeva to tell us about the environmental threat to the area from the mining operations at Kumtor, the new amendments to Kyrgyzstan’s Water Code and the future of the region’s water resources. Moldogaziyeva worked with state commissions on issues concerning Kumtor in 2005 and 2012, and was deputy head of an interagency commission on the same subject in 2011.

Could you explain to us how activity at the Kumtor mine affects Kyrgyzstan’s water resources?

The Kumtor mine is situated at the sources of the Arabel and Kumtor river system, in an area at the centre of the glacier and river runoff of Central Asia’s most important waterway, the Naryn river, which flows into the Syr Darya.

The mining site includes a quarry, a gold-processing plant and other infrastructure elements. The mining is an open-cast operation, with 14-17 tonnes of explosives used daily, and the ore is processed using cyanides.

The mining is an open-cast operation, with 14-17 tonnes of explosives used daily

The construction of the mine workings contravened Kyrgyz law from the very beginning. At the first stage of the work, KOK management started dumping waste on the Davydov glacier, which was forbidden under Rule No.79 of the country’s Unified Safety Regulations and its law “On Water”. More than a billion tonnes of rock have been removed from the quarry and dumped, as well as 77 million cubic metres of glacial mass – the equivalent of 60 billion litres of glacial water.

The volume of dumped rock and cyano-containing tailings in the tailing storage areas will grow, and all this dumped material will remain forever in the headwaters of the Naryn river, requiring continual monitoring and technical maintenance, even after the closure of the mine, which is slated for 2026.

Why were amendments made to Kyrgyzstan’s water code at the end of 2017?

These amendments, and their connection to the Kumtor glaciers, was raised by the government as early as 2015. But the MPs didn’t manage to push it through as several members of the working party on additions to the code, of which I was one, resolutely opposed it. And thanks to this active opposition by experts and environmental activists, the amendments weren’t adopted. The question of more scheduled amendments to the code was raised again in September 2017 after the signing of a new agreement between the Kyrgyzstan government and Centerra, one paragraph of which talks about:

“The full and conclusive mutual release and settlement of all existing arbitration and environmental claims, disputes, investigations and court decisions, as well as the release of the Company and its daughter subsidiaries from future claims on the same grounds as the existing environmental claims resulting from approved activity”.

In other words, this agreement sidelines the whole question of compensation for the environmental damage caused by the company over the many years of mining at Kumtor, as well as the destruction of the Davydov and Lysy glaciers.

The adoption of amendments to the Water Code, for the benefit of a single company, became the next step towards Kyrgyzstan’s legal abandonment of any claims for environmental damage caused by Centerra earlier. The adoption of amendments permitting work on the glaciers because of the mine’s strategic importance is an indulgence that allows the entire Davydov and Lysy glaciers to be destroyed without a kopeck being paid in compensation. On 16 November 2017, the Jogorku Kenesh, the Kyrgyz parliament, ratified the amendments to the water codes, according to Article 62 of which:

Any activity affecting the speeding up of the glacial melting, using coal, ash, oils or other substances or materials that could affect the state of the glaciers or the quality of the water contained in them, as well as activity connected with ice harvesting, other than on the Davydov and Lysy glaciers, is forbidden. These exceptions do not apply to previous operations on these glaciers.

But perhaps the glaciers are melting because of global warming, and not the mining operations?

Experts engaged by the Kyrgyzstan government are indeed arguing that glaciers are melting all over the world and that the Kumtor glaciers would have melted by themselves. No one, however, has mentioned the fact that the rocks overlying the gold-containing ores were stored on the glaciers to a height of 90 and 120 metres and mixed with them, so the meltwaters already contained sulphates, heavy metals and other toxic substances that got into the waterways. This was confirmed by the conclusions of the Kumtor State Commission (2012-2013) on which I worked: the concentration of toxic substances in sediments had indeed increased.

Environmental protection laws, and in particular the “Law on Water” and the “Unified Safety Regulations” have been being infringed since the start of the construction of the Kumtor mine. Glacier No. 359 in the Catalogue of Glaciers of the USSR was completely destroyed, while most of the Davydov Glacier was ruined when the mine was already in operation. The situation is now under control, but by the end of operations there, there will be 1.7 billion tonnes of waste, mixed with glacial masses, and all the problems will lie at the door of Kyrgyzstan’s government and population.

Looking ten years ahead, we will see a reduction in water resources because of global warming, and theses resources will, in addition, be irreversibly polluted, and no injection of government funds will be adequate to the task of removing the polluting substances.

What is the Kyrgyz government doing to conserve the water resources at Kumtor for the future?

Government ministers have been insisting that without the legal amendments, Kumtor will turn into a catastrophe. But it was the systematic infringement of environmental protection legislation during mining operations that has caused the present state of affairs. And instead of demanding that the company clean up its act, our highest government officials and heads of key national agencies propose legitimising these irregularities.

Jeopardising Kyrgyzstan’s water resources for the sake of extracting mineral deposits is short-sighted. Meanwhile, according to the law “On Strategic Objects of the Kyrgyzstan Republic”, structures pertaining to water management and waterworks, including glaciers, natural lakes, river, hydro engineering structures, reservoirs, dams and pumping stations are all considered Strategic Objects of the country. In the case in question, the Kyrgyzstan Republic’s government and parliament are ignoring this law. Centerra’s environmental report for 2016 includes a statement to the effect that the company and its subsidiary KGK don’t consider that the water code applies to the Kumtor project. The corporation, in other words, is laying down the law to the Kyrgyzstan government and parliament.

Government ministers have been insisting that without the legal amendments, Kumtor will turn into a catastrophe

This same government has created and promulgated a National Strategy for Sustainable Development (NSUD). Section 4.3 of this project for 2018-2040 (Environmental Safety and Adaptation to Climate Change) states, among other things, that “Kyrgyzstan’s natural resources and biosphere are the rare and unique property of its people; sustainability should therefore be the main criterion for all developmental measures and policies.”

This same strategy plan quotes World Bank data stating that the countries of Central Asia will be the second most affected world region in terms of glacier loss, including the loss of the Tian-Shan glaciers in Kyrgyzstan. The effect of the economic activity in mineral management and agriculture, as well as hunting and poaching, environmental pollution and lack of ecological accountability could all add up to an irreversible state of affairs. The new legal framework has created a basis for environmental protection and the conservation of the glaciers. But while mouthing the national strategy for sustainable development and the importance of environmental safety and compliance and the conservation of the glaciers, our government is changing the law and, among other things, introducing amendments in the water code which will allow the destruction of the glaciers at the Kumtor mine.

Even the Kyrgyzstan national anthem talks about the mountain glaciers bequeathed to us by our forebears:

“The high peaks blanketed in snow-white glaciers,
The valleys, the source of life for our people
Were preserved over many ages
By our ancestors in the Ala-Too Mountains”.

What is Kyrgyz civil society doing to stop the amendments going through?

In November 2017, then president Almazbek Atambayev signed off the “Law on Amendments to the Kyrgyzstan Republic’s Water Code”, passed by the Jogorku Kenesh after three readings, although members of the public sent him an open letter asking him not to sign that particular draft. Independent experts and civil society campaigners are still engaged in trying to have the amendment revoked. The “Democracy and Civil Society Coalition” NGO even brought legal action against the Jogorku Kenesh, on the grounds that parliamentary regulations were breached when the amendments were passed; there was no quorum and MPs voted for one another, which is forbidden when a law is being adopted. Its case was however thrown out by the courts.

A group of rights campaigners and environmental specialists is supporting the Coalition. After a consultation with me and ecologist Oleg Pechenyuk , the NGO sent a request to the Jogorku Kenesh to have an analysis of all the requisites of the draft law and its regulatory implications carried out. They received a reply: there has been an expert appraisal of its legal implications, but nothing about appraisals in terms of the ecological, civil and human rights, gender, anti-corruption implications which are required when laws are being passed. The amendments have obviously contained numerous irregularities. The Coalition is continuing to work on its legal case.

Ecologist Gulnura Beleyeva and I are intending to work with the environmental protection community to raise awareness of the work being carried out by the campaigning group and to develop an action plan for the future. It is essential to have the previous version of the water code reinstated, without the exceptions allowing the destruction of the glaciers that are an important source of water not only for Kyrgyzstan but for the whole of Central Asia.

 

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Over the past 200 years, war and colonisation has defined Russia’s North Caucasus. But in a period of relative calm, significant changes are still underway. RU

Grandparents and grandchildren in a mountain village, Dagestan. Photo by CC-by-NC-2.0: Dagestan Mountains and People Partnership / Flickr. Some rights reserved.On 4 August 2018, tens of thousands of mourners gathered in the Chechen village of Geldagen to bury Yusup Temerkhanov. Thousands more sent their condolences via WhatsApp. Temerkhanov died in a Siberian prison hospital during a 15-year sentence for the murder of Yuri Budanov. A Russian army colonel, Budanov had been convicted in 2003 for the kidnapping and murder of Elza Kungayeva, a Chechen woman, during the Second Chechen War. He was released on parole in 2009 – and shot dead in Moscow two years later.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who was present at the funeral, said in his eulogy that Temerkhanov’s guilt hadn’t been proven and that he had been unjustly convicted. But the crowd of people in Geldagen had gathered to honour the memory of the man who had become the embodiment of a nation’s revenge for the rape and murder of a young Chechen woman by a Russian war criminal.

For one part of the Russian Federation, General Alexey Yermolov, the man who conquered the Caucasus in the 19th century, and Colonel Yuri Budanov are the heroes. For the other, it’s Imam Shamil, the man who led the resistance to Russia’s designs on the Caucasus, and Yusup Temerkhanov who are the good guys. In 200 years of Russian conquest in the Caucasus, let alone the 25 years of post-Soviet history, this frontier has always been there.

This is the first part of a series of articles on the unfinished war in the North Caucasus today.

Two centuries of co-existence

Administratively, the North Caucasus (officially, the Northern-Caucasus Federal Okrug – SKFO) consists of six national republics of the Russian Federation, each named after its majority ethnic group, along with Stavropol Krai. It has a combined population of nearly 10 million people representing several dozen ethnicities. The largest of these, according to the 2010 census, are Chechens (1,335,857), Avars (865,348), Circassians (Kabardians and Circassians – 564,226), Dargins (541,552), Ossetins (481,492), Kumyks (466,769), Ingush (418,996) and Lezgins (396,408). Of these, only Chechnya, where ethnic Chechens make up 93.5% of the population and Ingushetia (with 94.1% Ingush) can be considered mono-ethnic. The most mixed region is Dagestan, with members of more than 30 peoples and ethnic groups represented in the population.

The village of Tindi, in Daghestan, in the late 1890s. Photo: Moriz von Déchy (1851-1917). Source: Wiki Commons.The North Caucasus is also home to a quarter of Russia’s Muslims, with a high proportion of Muslims concentrated in the eastern part of the region – in the republics of Dagestan (96% Muslim), Chechnya (97% Muslim) and Ingushetia (99% Muslim). In the western part of the region, thanks to a considerable ethnic Russian minority, as well as Ossetians, many of whom have adopted Christianity, and Christian Armenians and Greeks, there is a lower proportion of ethnic Muslims. In Kabardino-Balkaria they make up 71.5% of the population; in Karachay-Cherkessia 64%; in North Ossetia just 15% and in the Stavropol Krai a mere 4.5% – and the proportion of practising Muslims is correspondingly smaller.

When people talk about the North Caucasus, they also often refer to Krasnodar Krai and Adygea, which are outside the SKFO. In the 19th-20th centuries, these areas were, like Stavropol Krai, almost completely colonised by settlers from other parts of what was first the Russian Empire and then the Soviet Union. Out of the original indigenous North Caucasus ethnic groups, only Circassians (officially divided into Adygeans, Circassians, Kabardinians and Shapsugs), Abazins and Nogai remain in those parts of the Russian Federation.

The conquest of the North Caucasus by Russia has been going on for over two centuries, beginning in the 19th century with the Caucasian War of 1817-1864. This period saw the practical disappearance of the Adygean (Circassian) military aristocracy, with hundreds of thousands of Circassians deported to the Ottoman Empire.

In Chechnya and Dagestan, resistance to Russian colonisation was organised by members of the Murid Islamic religious order, the Naqshbandi Tariqa, whose Sheikh, and spiritual leader of the famous Imam Shamil, was the no less famous and respected Muhammad Yaragsky. After the end of the Caucasus War, Russia put down several bloody uprisings.

After the Civil War (1917 -1923), in which Caucasus people fought for both the Reds and the Whites, the Soviets began a systematic extermination of the regional intelligentsia, Islamic clergy and wealthy families as part of the repressions and collectivisation of the 1920s and 1930s. These actions by the Soviet authorities were accompanied by firstly, organised uprisings and later, sporadic action by small partisan groups whose resistance continued right up to the Second World War and was gradually replaced by robbing the local population and state establishments.

Chechens deported from the village of Aukh-Yurt, Dagestan (now Kalinin-Aul) at a railway station in Soviet Central Asia in 1957, after being permitted to make the long journey back to their homeland. CC BY-SA 4.0 Wikimedia Commons. Some rights reserved. The Second World War carried off half the male population of some mountain villages, most of whom were called up and dispatched to the front. In 1944, Chechens, Ingush, Balkars and Karachay, most of them women, children and the elderly, were deported to Central Asia; they were only able to return in 1957. In the second half of the 1940s and the 1950s, it was generally women who restored life to village communities which had almost disappeared. After a preliminary annihilation of the military, intellectual and economic elite and the clergy, the industrialisation of agriculture and an invasion of Russian school teachers was supposed to finally turn traditional mountain villages into collective farms and their residents into ordinary Soviet farm workers.

It seemed as though after two post-war Soviet generations, the plan had worked. But by the end of the 1980s, national movements of the indigenous peoples of the North Caucasian republics started making their presence felt. Local activists, inspired by the end of the ban on free discussion, the partial acknowledgement of Russian and Soviet repressive rule in the region and the exit of some Union Republics from the USSR held meetings and rallies at which they expressed their lack of trust in the Soviet party-economic nomenclature and started discussing self-determination and independence within the USSR, RSFSR or a new mountain republic.

The internal decolonisation of the North Caucasus

The 1970s saw the beginnings of ethnic Russian emigration from Cossack villages in Stavropol Krai, Rostov region, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachayevo-Cherkessia, Checheno-Ingushetia and Ossetia and from Russian villages in the Kizlyar and Tarumovsky districts of Dagestan: young people went off to university in the cities and didn’t return. The settler population of the North Caucasus was rapidly growing old.

The first contested elections brought members of local ethnic elites to power almost everywhere. Without the support of the government, Russians, Ukrainians and members of other groups whose forefathers had either been resettled in the Caucasus five or six generations earlier or who had moved there quite recently at the time of Soviet manufacturing and agricultural industrialisation quickly lost their means of upward social mobility and political status. The more aggressively-minded members of local communities plastered the fences and walls of Grozny and Nalchik with messages such as “Russians go home!”

It was not just Russians, of course, who were leaving north Caucasian cities. Local members of the scientific and technical intelligentsia, Soviet white collar and skilled blue collar workers were also abandoning the region, either to increase their earning power or to permanently settle in Russia’s “inner” regions – Moscow, St Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don or north-west Siberia. But the settler population of the North Caucasus had an almost zero birth-rate (Armenian, Meskhetian Turk and Greek populations were another story, but one I will touch on here).

Buses leaving for Moscow from Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan. CC BY 2.0 Un Bolshakov / Flickr. Some rights reserved. In the 1990s, the population balance of the eastern North Caucasus republics changed by several dozen percent, and the population drain in the western part is still continuing, even in Stavropol Krai, where of the peoples living in the region before the Russian conquest only 22,000 members of the Nogai people and two Kabardian villages remain. The central point of ethnic Russian occupation moves 10 kilometres to the north west every year, and settlers from Dagestan, Chechnya, Karachayevo-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkaria are moving in to replace them.

Soviet and now Russian census figures show that the highest rate of Russification in the North Caucasus took place in the late 1950s and early 1960s, before a gradual outflow of settler population groups that turned into a veritable exodus of Russians, Ukrainians and Jews (and in some areas Armenians) in the 1990s and 2000s.

In 1926, 12.5% of the population of Dagestan was Russian and 17.6% was Avar (the largest indigenous population group). By 1959, 20% was Russian and 22.5% Avar, but then the trend changed: in 1979 only 11% of the population was Russian and 25% Avar; in 1989 the figures were respectively 9% and 27.5%; in 2002 they were 4.7% and 29.4% and in 2010, 3.57% Russian and 29.2% Avar.

In Stavropol Krai in 1959, 91.3% of the population was Russian and only 0.05% Dargin (members of this ethnic group had just begun to migrate). In 2010 Russians still made up 80% of the population, and Dargins 1.77% according to official figures (experts put the figure at twice that). In 1979, 20 years after the Chechens returned from deportation, 30% of their republic’s population was Russian and 60% Chechen: the figures for 1989 were respectively 24.8% and 66% and in 2010, according to the last census, 95.8% of the population was Chechen and only 1.92% Russian. Finally, the population of Kabardino-Balkaria in 1959 was 45.3% Kabardian, 8.11% Balkar and 38.7% Russian, whilst in 2010, 57% was Kabardian, 22.5% Russian and 12.6% Balkar.

Russia's southern Caucasus frontier is nevertheless not only not dissolving due to urbanisation, the global market and the power vertical, but is, on the contrary, becoming ever more substantial and profound

At the start of the 1990s, the North Caucasus republics were governed by two types of leader. The first included Djokhar Dudayev in Chechnya and Ruslan Aushev in Ingushetia, both Soviet Army generals who turned to politics on the wave of national movements, a repudiation of the Soviet nomenklatura system and a tendency among participants of national movements towards militarisation.

The second type comprised representatives of ethnic nomenklatura groups who managed to hang on to power. They included Magomedali Magomedov, head of the Presidium of Dagestan’s Supreme Soviet; Valery Kokov, who fulfilled the same function in Kabardino-Balkaria; Aleksandr Galazov, First Secretary of the regional committee of the North Ossetian Communist Party and Vladimir Khubiyev, President of the Karachayev-Cherkessian Republic. Former Soviet officials had to take account of local ethnocentric movements and learn, in the end, how to control them.

In Moscow, meanwhile, a cut-throat battle for power was raging, and in October 1993 it descended into armed conflict in the centre of the capital. And the North Caucasus would have remained on the periphery of the political agenda had it not been for the outbreak of war in Chechnya in 1994. The years that followed saw the North Caucasus become the epicentre of politically motivated armed conflict in Russia: as well as the Chechen Wars of 1994-1996 and 1999-2009, there was the Ossetian-Ingush conflict in North Ossetia’s Prigorod district in 1992 and the attack on Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, in October 2005. In addition, there were almost 20 years of underground armed Islamic activity and a spate of terrorist attacks both inside then region and elsewhere – in Moscow, Volgodonsk, Volgograd and St Petersburg.

The Caucasus frontier: the calm before the storm?

Today, the North Caucasus is relatively quiet. The Caucasus Emirate, a militant Jihadist organisation active between 2007 and 2015, has been defeated; thousands of Islamic dissidents have been killed in special operations or are behind bars and tens of thousands of jihadis have left the country. Several thousand Caucasus residents fought for ISIS at its peak of activity, but it is now moribund, and only concerned with returning the wives and children of dead mujahedeen to their homes.

Chechnya is headed by Ramzan Kadyrov, who calls himself “Putin’s Infantryman”; Dagestan is under external management by Russian Internal Ministry General Vladimir Vasiliyev, who has now turned to politics; and Yuri Kokov, another general and the former head of the Internal Ministry’s anti-extremism directorate, is in charge of Kabardino-Balkaria. Other republics are in the hands of experienced Moscow bureaucrats. The regional FSB, meanwhile looks after the financial side of things, elections and the appointment of heads of areas of financial or political importance.

Objectively speaking, no North Caucasus republic has any human, organisational, intellectual or financial resources that would allow it to successfully implement any national sovereignty project. Russia's southern Caucasus frontier is nevertheless not only not dissolving due to urbanisation, the global market and the power vertical, but is, on the contrary, becoming ever more substantial and profound.

No North Caucasus republic has any human, organisational, intellectual or financial resources that would allow it to successfully implement any national sovereignty project

The Caucasus has a long memory: it doesn’t just remember the Chechen wars of 15 years ago. Every year, on 21 May, thousands of Circassians gather in Nalchik, Cherkessk, Istanbul, Berlin and New York to commemorate the 19th century Caucasian War, and the Kabardino-Balkarian regional authorities don’t openly obstruct this action.

More than 25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the North Caucasus has not only not dissolved in Russia’s post-Soviet urban environment, but has, with unexpected help from today’s means of communication, revitalised its religious and ethnic identity. Young Circassians in Moscow or Turkey may not be able to speak their mother tongue, but they can write in Circassian because they “meet up” in Circassian social network groups. Caucasians travel all over the world, but modern means of communication allow them to create and maintain trans-ethnic networks in the form of village societies, religious communities and ethnic groups.
People from the North Caucasus are much less trusting of the Russian judicial system than most other Russians and so often attempt to resolve conflicts among themselves, de facto refusing to recognise the Russian legal system’s monopoly on violence.

The hermetic nature of Caucasus communities leads to the legal side of life in village society being governed by common or Shariat law and implemented collectively. This can mean factional fights using knives or guns. In city, migrant or business networks “professionals” – guerrilla leaders, private army warlords or criminal bosses – are brought in to act as muscle. 

July 2013: the house of the third wife of underground leader Magomed Suleimanov is destroyed by Russian security forces. CС Varvara Pakhomenko/International Crisis Group/Flickr. Some rights reserved. This way of doing things has serious consequences. Russian law enforcement agencies, employers, bureaucrats and even ordinary citizens renting out accommodation in the big cities mistrust and fear people from the North Caucasus, regarding them as alien outsiders. And this mistrust, mutual dislike and fear, stoked from time to time by the Russian media as they both report the real presence of Muslims in the war in Syria and terrorist attacks around the world and at the same time take advantage of the collective reputation of Muslims and Caucasians to inflate any minor offence, is not only not on the wane, but is growing in strength.

This only too perceptible frontier between Russia and the North Caucasus works like a fully-fledged institution that accumulates mutual claims on social, political, religious, legal, economic and quasi-criminal levels on a daily basis. Every time the Russian authorities lose control of the regional elites or FSB, a new armed conflict breaks out from nowhere. The threat of armed violence and terrorist attacks will only disappear when the frontier is either abandoned completely or turned into an official administrative or state border.

And this is all under the control of the “unseen hand of the political market”, where the law enforcement bodies can take on the function of a protection racket (and warlords like Makhachkala’s former mayor Said Amirov maintain security service officers as their private army), or, on the other hand, turn back into a protection racket (when, for example, officers of the Kabardino-Balkaria anti-extremism department try to provide “protection” for a construction company or an illegal distillery).

Acquiring sovereignty is a two-stage process. You first have to create and consolidate sub-elites, on both sides of the frontier, who are looking for political independence and so aspire to a monopoly on protection income. As the experience of the Chechen conflict and the Caucasian Emirate has shown, this income needn’t necessarily come from your own territory: what is important is that governmental or quasi-governmental institutions will allow you to receive it. For the thing to work, your sovereign elites will need their own legal system and means of withdrawing income (money, a tariff policy and fiscal services) in large enough quantities to maintain independence and public safety. There are already societies in the North Caucasus with their own judicial system and social infrastructure, but there are no elites interested in sovereignty: the Russian exchequer pays more and hands out cash more freely.

The second stage is armed conflict. An external conflict turns a protection racket into an army, an internal one into a police force and a terrorist war into a hit squad. The quarter century of post-Soviet Caucasus history is the history of a fight for income aided by internal and external conflicts. An absence of social mobility for the young, radical ethnic and religious ideologies, a conflict of generations, urbanisation – these are all well-known factors that, like dry sticks, burn well in the flames of political struggle.

While rents from land and infrastructure bring in less income than corruption and funding from the state, Russia’s Caucasus frontier will remain a subject for anthropological research. When this relationship changes, it will turn into either a frontline of battle or a state border.

 

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Political repression is ramping up in Russia, but a network of people ready to stand against it is yet to emerge.

Riot police surround people during a demonstration against Vladimir Putin in Moscow, on 5 May 2018. Photo: NurPhoto / SIPA USA / PA Images. All rights reserved.2018, a presidential election year in Russia, has become a year of increasing repressions. In February, details of the “Network case” – in which 11 Russian anarchists and anti-fascists are being investigated on charges of creating a terrorist organisation – became public. This organisation never existed, and even its name is a figment of an FSB officer’s imagination. The number of criminal cases for reposting “extremist” memes online is only growing (OVD-Info reported 170 such cases in 2017), and this practice is developing quicker in the provinces than in the big cities. Recently, in the Siberian town of Barnaul, there have been three cases opened against users of social networks.

The public campaign in support of people arrested in connection to the “Network case” started well, with several actions in different cities in Russia and across the world. But it has not moved beyond that. It is mainly human rights defenders, leftists and anarchists who are supporting these new political prisoners. Now it is time for a broader campaign against political repressions and fabricated criminal cases in Russia – a campaign that will go beyond individual cases, and that will go beyond solidarity based on personal sympathies towards this or that group of political prisoners.

Why do we think that it is time for a large-scale campaign?

Russian society’s understanding of repressions is changing, and it is changing visibly. Yes, the word “repressions” still has mainly historical connotations – something from the time of Stalinism, such as executions and deportations. But it is becoming more and more evident: imprisonment for reposting articles on social media, receiving five–seven years in prison for “thought-crimes” – this is the reality in Russia today, and it is not that far away from 10 years of prison camp for telling a joke or criticising the Stalinist bureaucracy.

The fact that a group of women from Moscow bohemian circles – actors, journalists, the head of a publishing house and a literary critic – consciously decided to organise an unsanctioned public protest (the “Mothers’ march”) to support two young women arrested in another fabricated case speaks volumes. These people, who were not ready to resist when Russian theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov was arrested, are now saying: “We know everything about how rallies are sanctioned. There is no time for playing games with authorities, we have to go out (and protest)”.

A pro-Serebrennikov protester near Basmanny Court in Moscow. Image: Youtube / Radio Svoboda. Some rights reserved.Our organisation, Socialist Alternative, has waited for this change in consciousness and warned: in moments of political upheaval (and a new cycle of upheaval is clearly on the rise after the announcement of the pension reform and VAT rise), these changes can overshadow the analysis and actions of more permanent political forces and organisations.

Even the highly popular Russian rapper Oxxxymiron wrote some words in support of Maria Motuznaya, the Barnaul resident accused of “offending the feelings of believers” on social media. The rapper, who has always had a good sense of his audience, didn’t shy from political comment: “There are more and more such ‘crimes’ without any victims. Nobody is killed, or beaten up, or even personally offended… There are enough articles in the Criminal Code penalising direct calls to violence. Articles 282 and 148 (which penalise “extremism” and “offending religious feelings”) are superfluous… and are becoming an instrument of repression.”

The other side of this debate is represented by the regime’s media lackeys. For instance, Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of RT, spoke out in her traditional genre of “your protests are evil, and there are normal people who among the cannibals (in power)”.

“The general public does not know that it was the consistent personal intervention of those (normal) people which helped to free those who were unjustly imprisoned, whom we have cried for at different times,” wrote Simonyan, without naming a single person. “But if I understand anything about the mechanics of the system, what is certainly not going to help is an unsanctioned rally.”

And this is what is terrible: after the long years of growing authoritarianism in Russia, many people are intuitively ready to self-censor. “Yes, injustice and controlled courts are all around us, but perhaps in this particular case we can free one particular individual from the claws of the ‘justice system’, if we are quiet and agree to play by the cannibals’ rules.”

As an organisation, we have witnessed different protest movements in our country. Those of them that tried to distance themselves from politics did not achieve anything, and their participants were eventually demoralised.

Only a year ago, we took part in a campaign to free journalist Ali Feruz, who faced deportation to Uzbekistan. Back then, activists also faced pressure – they were asked to stop street protests and were promised that “the case was already being resolved in the offices of power”. This pressure caused certain tensions between participants in the campaign, which is understandable. A threat “to make things worse” is the most vile trick to play on the friends and relatives of someone in prison – and the authorities use it.

A column in support of Ali Feruz at the 19 January anti-fascist march in memory of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova. Photo CC BY 4.0: Dmitry Horov. Some rights reserved.But immediately when the campaign retreated, the case began to linger. In winter, after months of false promises, the most “radical” part of the campaign led by our organisation renewed public actions and brought a whole column in support of Ali Feruz to the annual anti-fascist march in Moscow on 19 January. Several days later, a court made a decision in favour of Ali. He is free now.

Who’s in charge here?

On 15 August, nearly a thousand people joined the “Mothers’ march” as they walked down Moscow’s central Tverskaya Street to the Russian Supreme Court in the rain. Participants carried toys, which they then left at the entrance to the court, where a spontaneous rally began with slogans as “Freedom”, “Freedom for political prisoners”, “We are in charge here”, “Children should not be thrown in prisons”.

Indeed, Toys became the symbol of the protest after an image of Anna Pavlikova, an 18-year-old facing extremism charges, with a unicorn began to circulate online. Pavlikova is one of those arrested in the fabricated “New Greatness” case – an organisation formed by FSB agents themselves so that they could later successfully uncover “an extremist group”. When she was arrested, Anna was not yet 18; later in pre-trial detention her health deteriorated, but the court refused to place her under house arrest. For many people who joined the action, the umpteenth extension of Anna’s detention at the beginning of August was the last drop – proof of the inhumane nature of Putin’s law enforcement system.

15 August, Mothers' March in Moscow. Source: Youtube / sotavision. This public protest was not sanctioned by the authorities, and the organisers did not buckle under pressure from police who visited some of them at home to “warn them against breaking the law”. The organisers were also not impressed by threats from pro-regime public figures, pro-regime media and even Anna Pavlikova’s lawyer who spoke against the march. Their decisiveness to carry the action out in spite of everything and the fact that more than 5,000 people joined the action’s Facebook group clearly scared the authorities – which are beginning to understand that threats are starting not to work and the situation is not under their control. People are not afraid to join unsanctioned actions anymore, which means that even bigger and angrier anti-government protests are coming.

A few hours before the march on 15 August, the Investigative Committee, hoping to decrease the number of protest participants, asked the court to release Anna Pavlikova and Maria Dubovik, another young suspect in the “New Greatness” case, under house arrest. The Prosecutor’s Office supported this move, and the Supreme Court, as it suddenly turned out, compelled the presidium of the Moscow City Court to consider a petition regarding Pavlikova’s arrest previously on 9 August. Such a U-turn in the rhetoric of the repressive apparatuses only encouraged the participants of the march: mass pressure from an action which had not yet taken place was already working.

Similar actions, in slightly different format, took place in other cities as well. In St Petersburg, relatives of people arrested in the “Network case” also organised pickets, showing that solidarity is our only weapon against repressions.

Kids in prison

There is a danger in these protests that we cannot ignore. The emotions of those protesting against the fact that “kids are in prison” are understandable. Their will to fight even more so. But devaluing the political beliefs of Anna Pavlikova, Maria Dubovik and other young people, who are now under pressure from the state, from a presumed “adult” perspective, is unacceptable. This is the other side of regime propaganda. They are trying to persuade us that these young people do not have their own views because they are kids.

Young people always feel injustice much more acutely than adults, who are protected by the armour of cynicism and routine. And when those adults swallow all the injustice of Putin’s regime, they are just showing young people how rotten the system is – in which evil is considered good, corrupted officials are called bureaucrats, where the lack of any future is concealed by experts on TV chatting about the country’s bright future, where billions are spent on the commercial show of the FIFA World Cup, while pensions are stolen and real salaries are much lower than propagandists’ feature stories.

Anna Pavlikova.Russian young people are getting politicised much quicker and are acting much more radically precisely because they are the conscience of the old world. Young people are put under all sorts of pressures to turn them into safe “experienced adults”. People who already have formed their political beliefs should not help the regime to achieve its goal of breaking the youth – even if their views are different from the views of young people. We should abolish the silly dichotomy of “adult/child”, express our solidarity with young people and fight together against repressions, poverty, discrimination and oppression.

In the “New Greatness” case, the FSB agent used the environment prepared by Putin’s policies to his advantage: he simply assembled those who were unhappy about the current situation in Russia and wanted to engage in political struggle. The very possibility of the provocation emerged because of the lack of transparent, genuinely democratic mass political organisations able to challenge the rotten regime openly.

These are the organisations that don’t offer “guerrilla”, “partisan struggle”, “revolutionary conspiracy”, “individual terror”, but mass mobilisation in the streets, the organisation of political committees in workplaces and at universities – unified actions in the struggle for higher salaries, pensions, scholarships, and against the commercialisation and destruction of the public system of education and health care. This is the kind of organisation we will have to build if we want to change everything.

Why it is always about politics

These shifts that we have described above are still not sufficient for the clear political positioning of a campaign against political repressions in Russia. The organisers of the “Mothers’ march” asked participants not to bring political placards, not to shout slogans and in general to avoid politics. We consider this a weak tactic. If we protest only out of our pity for those arrested in “New Greatness” case, but refuse to demand the immediate end of all political repressions and to understand their political reasons, we will lose.

The political reasons for this are as follows: under the conditions of economic crisis, big business cannot afford to share even a fraction of its super-incomes in the form of taxes, while the state budget is not sufficient for carrying out social obligations. The quality of life is decreasing, censorship and violence in suppressing protests are growing. Big business acts as a sponsor of repressions because it is the current regime acting in the interests of business that guarantees the possibility for continuous enrichment by exploiting the cheap labour of ordinary people – and, on top of that, transferring the costs of the economic crisis onto them. In recent years, the general population has become poorer and lost part of its social rights, while the number of billionaires is only growing.

Yes, we believe that, in addition to quota system within the security apparatuses, which encourages the enthusiasm of career-driven officers, repressions and censorship are directly connected to Russia’s economic crisis. They are connected to the rise of VAT (an attempt to transfer the costs of the crisis to ordinary employees), with the rise of the retirement age (the refusal of social obligations), with the rescue of private banks such as Otkrytie (instead of ordinary people affected by the crisis, for example, the holders of mortgages borrowed in foreign currency), with the rising petrol prices (a carte-blanche for the oil industry and again a transfer of crisis-caused losses to ordinary people). These are all links of the same chain: the regime that protects the interests of big business has prepared its police forces waiting for the wave of protests from below – a wave that is inevitable in the absence of any perspectives for the growth of the quality of life. These police forces are already unleashed on some people – usually those who have no one to protect them.

Most probably, this is a rehearsal of much crueler repressions in the light of the upcoming pension reform protests, which have not yet attained their full force.

Let us organise now before we all are arrested one by one

We believe that it is time to start a campaign against political repressions and fabricated criminal cases. A general campaign that will not focus on individuals only. We call upon leftist political and human rights organisations to set up a round table and an organising committee for such a campaign. We call for a permanent campaign with regular mass actions and the dissemination of information in the media. Such a campaign already has natural allies: the journalists of MediaZona and the experts of OVD-Info have already created the infrastructure of quick reporting on new crazy political processes.

The task of the campaign is to react, to create a stable network of supporters in different cities, to come to courts and rally in front of them, to organise actions at each turn of every important case, to organise stickers and leaflets at the local level. The campaign must also demand the abolition of Articles 148 and 282 of Russia’s Criminal Code. A person of any political beliefs if s/he is against repressions and censorship (and does not support repressions against political opponents – as the right often does) can join this campaign.

Calling for such a campaign, Socialist Alternative is nonetheless convinced that repressions will not stop under a capitalist state – they can only temporarily recede, since they are in the interests of the state. To end repressions, it is necessary to destroy their source: large-scale capital that sponsors them. It is necessary to socialise, under democratic control, the country’s largest economic sectors: oil and gas production, utilities, construction industry and so on. This will allow us to guarantee decent life for everyone and take power from the 1% who control everything now – big business and oligarchs who advance their interests, using millions created by our labour.

On their own, young people, students, people living from paycheck to paycheck will not be able to achieve this goal without their own party, independent from business and bureaucrats. Only if they are organised will they be able to fight for the democratic and socialist transformation of Russia and the whole world, which will end repression and exploitation.

 

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Many hotels  now offer service in Mandarin, free wifi  (a feature that has been offered free for years in hotels in China) and hot water pots.

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Important Current Affairs 11th October 2018
‘Olly’ made Hockey World Cup mascot
Turtle ‘Olly’ has been declared as the official mascot for the Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup.Hockey World Cup is scheduled to be held at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16, 2018.‘Olly’ represents the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles.Olly was also the mascot for Asian Athletics Championships held in 2017.
INS & Aircraft reach for IND-INDO CORPAT
Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kulish and an Indian Dornier (naval maritime time patrol aircraft) from Andaman and Nicobar command entered Belawan harbour, IndonesiaINS Kulish and Indian Dornier will attend the 32nd edition of ‘India – Indonesia coordinated patrol’ (IND-INDO CORPAT).IND-INDO CORPAT began on 11 October 2018 and will end on 27 October 2018.
Pravin appointed as Chief Statistician
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has appointed Pravin Srivastava as Chief Statistician of India, and Secretary of the Statistics Ministry.Before this, he worked as additional director general in the national accounts division of the Statistics Ministry.Pravin Srivastava is the 1983-batch Indian Statistical Service officer.
‘Bioelectronic medicine’ which repair nerves        
Researchers at Washington University have developed the first bioelectronic medicine.The medicine is an implantable, biodegradable wireless device that speeds nerve regeneration and improves the healing of a damaged nerve.The device provides therapy and treatment over a clinically relevant period of time and directly at the site where it’s needed.
Nirmala on a 3-day visit to France
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman began a three-day visit to France on 11 October 2018.Ms Sitharaman will hold wide-ranging talks with her French counterpart Florence Parly on ways to deepen strategic cooperation between the two countries.Ms Sitharaman will also take stock of progress in the supply of 36 Rafale jets by Dassault to the Indian Air Force under a Rs. 58,000 crore deal.
Sundar Singh won silver in javelin throw
Indian javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar won a silver medal in the men’s F46 category of the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.The F46 category of disability covers upper limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement.Gurjar won the silver medal with an effort of 61.33m in his fifth attempt.
32nd conference of WUWM inaugurated
Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Purushottam Rupala inaugurated the 32nd world conference of ‘World Union of Wholesale Markets’ (WUWM).The Conference was held at Gurugram, Haryana on 11 October 2018.The theme of the conference is  ‘The Wholesale Markets in the Digital Era: Challenges and Opportunities’.
Sunil Bhaskaran to head AirAsia India
Sunil Bhaskaran has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of low-cost carrier AirAsia India with effect from November 15, 2018.The AirAsia airline is jointly owned by Tata Sons and Air Asia Bhd.Mr Bhaskaran is currently vice-president, Corporate Services at Tata Steel.AirAsia India has a market share of less than 5% and a fleet of 19 aircraft.
RBI board gets two new directors
The government has appointed Sachin Chaturvedi to the central board of the Reserve Bank of India.Revathy Iyer, a former Indian Audit and Accounts Services officer, was also nominated to the RBI board.Both are appointed for a period of four years with effect from September 19, 2018.With these appointments, RBI will now have 18 members on its central board.
International Day of the Girl Child:11 October
International Day of the Girl is observed on 11 October 2018.The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.The theme for 2018 is ‘With Her: A Skilled Girl Force’.October 11, 2012, was the first International Day of the Girl Child.
Sushma Swaraj to attend SCO meeting
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj participated in the 17th Council of Heads of Government (CHG) meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.The meeting was held in Tajikistan on 11 October 2018.This is the second CHG meeting since India became a full member of SCO in June 2017.In 2017, CHG meeting was held in Sochi, Russia.
Online Assurances Monitoring System inagurated
Minister of State (MoS) for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel inaugurated the Online Assurances Monitoring System (OAMS).OAMS has been developed by the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry.This system has made the information regarding assurances given on the floor of the Houses of Parliament paperless and available in digital format.
Cabinet approved the merger of NCVT & NSDA
The Union Cabinet has approved the merger of the regulatory institutions in the skills space – National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA).The new merged will be named as National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET).NCVET will regulate the functioning of entities engaged in vocational education and training.
IWAI launched Ro-Ro service to Majuli Island
Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) started Roll on-Roll off (Ro-Ro) facility in collaboration with the Government of Assam for Majuli Island.IWAI has procured a new vessel ‘MV Bhupen Hazarika’ for the new Ro-Ro service.Majuli is one of the biggest riverine islands in the world located on river Brahmaputra in Assam.
Cabinet approves MoC between India and Finland
The government approved an agreement between India and Finland on cooperation in environment protection in both the countries.The agreement is expected to bring in the latest technologies and best practices suited for bringing about better environment protection.The areas of cooperation also includes air and water pollution prevention and purification, remediation of contaminated soils.
Goa Maritime Symposium – 2018
The Indian Navy will host the ‘Goa Maritime Symposium’ on 16 October 2018.The event is a follow-on to the maiden Goa Maritime Conclave held in 2017.The theme for the one day symposium is “Building Stronger Maritime Partnerships in Indian Ocean Region”.The focus of the symposium is on capacity building among Indian Ocean Region navies to tackle emerging maritime threats,
MoU between India and Lebanon approved
The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Lebanon for cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors.The MoU will promote understanding of best Agricultural practices in the two countries.The MoU will also help in better productivity at farmer fields as well as improved global market.
Tushar Mehta is the new Solicitor General
The Government of India has appointed Tushar Mehta as the Solicitor General of India.At present, Tushar Mehta holds the charge of Additional Solicitor General.He will remain in office till 30th of June, 2020 or till further orders.Solicitor General of India is the second highest ranking law officer of the government.
Saurabh Chaudhary won gold in 10m air pistol      
Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary clinched the gold medal in the 10m air pistol event at the Youth Olympic Games on 10 October 2018.Saurabh also won gold medal in the Asian Games and Junior ISSF World Championship.This is India’s third gold medal in Buenos Aires and the fourth medal overall for the shooting contingent.
Govt sets ‘minimum river flows’ for the Ganga
The government of India had notified the minimum ‘environmental flows’ for Ganga river.Environmental flows are the acceptable flow regimes that are required to maintain a river in the desired environmental state or predetermined state.The upper stretches of the Ganga would have to maintain 20% of the monthly average flow between November and March.

Important Current Affairs 12th October 2018
Centre approved land pooling policy for Delhi
The government of India has approved a land pooling policy for Delhi.The policy was approved by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) under the chairmanship of Lt Governor Anil Baijal in September 2018.Under the policy, agencies will develop infrastructures like roads, schools, hospitals, community centres and stadia on part of the pooled land
Over 900 prisoners get special remission
As part of the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, over 900 prisoners have been released in the first phase of the Government’s scheme for grant of special remission to specific categories of prisoners.The decision was taken by the Union Cabinet on July 18, 2018.The prisoners will be released in three phases- October 2, 2018, April 6, 2019, and October 2, 2019.
Silver Jubilee celebrations of NHRC began
Silver Jubilee celebrations of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) began on 12 October 2018.The Commission will organize a ‘Human Rights Mela’ and ‘Human Rights Street Theatre Festival’.NHRC is an autonomous public body responsible for the protection and promotion of human rights.Retired Justice HL Dattu is the Chairperson of NHRC.
Govt hiked import duty on electronic items
The government has increased basic customs duty on electronic and telecom equipment to 20% from the current 10%.The items that will face customs duty hike include smartwatches, optical transport equipment and voice over internet protocol equipment.The hike will come into effect on 12 October 2018.Restricting imports is a part of the government’s strategy to arrest the rupee’s fall.
World Arthritis Day observed on October 12
World Arthritis Day is observed on the 12th of October every year.The theme of World Arthritis Day 2018 is “It’s in your hands, take action”.World Arthritis Day was launched by the Arthritis Foundation.The objective of the day is to spread awareness about arthritis, and how it affects the lives of those that suffer with it.
India suffered economic loss due to disasters
The report titled ‘Economic Losses, Poverty and Disasters 1998-2017’ was released by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.According to the report, India suffered a $79.5 billion economic loss due to climate-related disasters in the last 20 years.The greatest economic losses have been experienced by the US at $944.8 billion, followed by China, Japan, India and Puerto Rico.
WB to provide $195 million to Nepal
The World Bank (WB) has announced that it will provide around US$195 million concessional loans to Nepal.The loan amount will be used by Nepal to reform the country’s financial and energy sectors.An agreement to this effect was reached during the ongoing annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) at Bali in Indonesia.
Arun Kumar appointed as Bhilai Steel Plant CEO
Arun Kumar Rath took charge as the new CEO of Bhilai Steel plant on 11 October 2018.He succeeds M Ravi who was removed from the post on October 10 after the fire accident at Bhilai Steel Plant.Rath was earlier the CEO of Durgapur Steel Plant.Anirban Dasgupta, CEO of SAIL’s IISCO Steel Plant at Burnpur, takes additional charge of Durgapur Plant.
Centre for 4th Industrial Revolution launched
The World Economic Forum launched its new Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in India.The centre would be based in Maharashtra.It has selected drones, artificial intelligence and blockchain as the first three project areas.The WEF has also entered into partnerships with the Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh governments for the new initiative
Amway hires Milind Pant as first global CEO
Direct selling company Amway has announced Milind Pant as its Chief Executive Officer.Mr. Pant will report directly to Amway’s Board of Directors effective January 2, 2019.Amway has been co-led by Van Andel who has served as Amway Chairman since 1995 and Doug DeVos who has served as Amway’s president since 2002.
BoB CEO P.S. Jayakumar gets one-year extension
The government extended the tenure of Bank of Baroda Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer P.S. Jayakumar by one year.Before joining Bank of Baroda, Jayakumar founded VBHC Value Homes Pvt. Ltd along with Jaithirth Rao and worked with Citigroup bank.Jayakumar is a chartered accountant by qualification.
21% Indian children are under-weight: GHI
According to the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2018, at least one in five Indian children under the age of five are wasted, which means they have extremely low weight for their height, reflecting acute under-nutrition.Overall, India has been ranked at 103 out of 119 countries in the Index.GHI is a peer-reviewed publication released annually by ‘Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide.
Punjab govt released 3 apps
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh launched three mobile apps aimed at checking crop residue burning.The apps also aim to create awareness about the effects of crop residue burning on the environment and human health.The three Android mobile applications have been developed by Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC).The three apps are i-Khet Machine, e-PEHaL and e-Prevent.
Sushil Modi released book ‘Lalu Leela’
Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi has come out with a nearly 200-page book titled “Lalu Leela”.The book documents “benami” land deals allegedly involving the RJD national president, Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members.The preface has been penned by another Union minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad.
‘Save Ganga’ crusader Agarwal dead
GD Agarwal who devoted his life to the cause of saving river Ganga, died on 11 October 2018.Agarwal was on a fast-unto-death for the last 111 days.He was a former professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur.In 2012, he formally renounced the world and adopted the name Swami Gyanswaroop Sanand.
Malaysia abolishes capital punishment
Malaysia’s cabinet has agreed to abolish the death penalty and halt pending executions.Capital punishment in Malaysia is currently mandatory for murder, kidnapping, possession of firearms and drug trafficking, among other crimes.In April 2017, human rights group Amnesty International ranked Malaysia 10th in the use of the death penalty.
Govt package for footwear and leather sector
The Central Government has approved a special package for employment generation in leather and footwear sector.The package involves implementation of Central Sector Scheme – Indian Footwear, Leather & Accessories Development Programme (IFLADP) with an approved expenditure of Rs. 2600 Crore for 2017-20.The scheme aims at development of infrastructure for the leather sector.
Space centre to be set up at Jammu University
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed a MoU with the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) in Jammu for setting up of the Satish Dhawan Center for Space Science in the University.The centre will take care of the emerging geospatial and space technology requirements for the development of the region.Apart from this, the disaster management centre will also be set up.
World Bank’s Human Capital Index released
The World Bank released a Human Capital Index (HCI) as part of the World Development Report 2019.The broader theme of the World Development Report (WDR) 2018 is “The Changing Nature of Work”.India is ranked at 115.The report almost reiterated that Indian children are not learning enough in schools.
AIM & IBM India design Internship Programme
NITI Aayog and IBM India announced a first-of-its-kind internship programme for students selected by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).The Atal Innovation Mission conducted the Atal Tinkering Marathon in 2017.The students will be equipped with the skills in areas like artificial intelligence, Internet-of-Things, cybersecurity, cloud computing and blockchain.

Important Current Affairs 13th October 2018
Hurricane Leslie heading to Portugal, Spain
Hurricane Leslie is heading toward Portugal and Spain.The Category 1 storm was about 910 km southwest of Lisbon, Portugal, and about 320 km northwest of Madeira, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.Leslie is moving northeast at 36 mph and it has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.The storm is expected to pass north of Madeira.
Archer Harvinder Singh clinched gold
Archer Harvinder Singh notched up the men’s individual recurve gold, while track-and-field athletes added a silver and a bronze to India’s tally in the Asian Para-Games in Jakarta.Harvinder defeated China’s Zhao Lixue 6-0 in the W2/ST category final to claim the top honours and take India’s gold tally to seven.Monu Ghangas claimed the silver in the men’s discus throw F11 category.
PM Modi to visit Japan for India-Japan Summit
Modi will visit Japan on 28-29 of this month for the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit.This will be the fifth Annual Summit meeting between Modi and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and their twelfth meeting overall since 2014.Prime Minister’s visit will reaffirm the traditional bonds of friendship between the two countries and strengthen their multifaceted cooperation in diverse fields
Saurabh clinched gold in 10-m air pistol
Pistol shooter Saurabh Chaudhary bagged the Gold Medal in the 10-metre air pistol event in the ongoing Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.In Buenos Aires, the 16-year old blew the field away in the final as he finished a massive Seven and a half points ahead of his closest rival.It is India’s 3rd gold in the history of Youth Olympic Games and all 3 have come in this edition in Buenos Aires.
Deepa clinched bronze in Asian Para Games
At the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Rio Paralympics medallist Deepa Malik bagged her second medal as she clinched a bronze in the women’s F51/52/53 discus throw event.Deepa produced her best effort in her fourth attempt, a 9.67 metre to claim the third spot.Elnaz Darabian of Iran took home the gold and set a new Asian record with her best throw of 10.71 meters.
ICC launched women’s T20I ranking
In the newly launched ICC global Women’s T20I Team Rankings, India is placed fifth while three-time champions Australia topped the 46-team table.The ICC’s move to launch the women’s T20I rankings follows its decision earlier this year to award international status to all T20 matches.An ICC release in Dubai said all women’s T20 matches between members have international status.
5 gold for India on penultimate day
India grabbed 5 gold medals on the penultimate day of the Asian Para Games at Jakarta.K Jennitha Anto clinched the gold in women’s individual rapid P1 chess event while Kishan Gangolli got the better of Majid Bagheri in the men’s individual event to claim the top spot.In para-badminton, Parul Parmar notched up a victory over Wandee Kamtam to win the gold medal in the women’s singles event.
Cyclone Luban in Oman