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          It Takes You Away – The Secrets of Doctor Who      Cache   Translate Page      
The Doctor takes a Nordic noir turn with a few twists in present-day Norway. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss It Takes You Away and some of them think it may be one of the best episodes of the season. Listen to their reasons why. Direct Link to the Episode. Subscribe on … Continue reading "It Takes You Away – The Secrets of Doctor Who"
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The winners from the 1995 Eurovision Track Contest, Norwegian neo-classical duo Key Backyard formed in 1994 around Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and Norwegian pianist Rolf Løvland, the co-writer of Norway’s 1985 Eurovision victor “La Det Swingge.” Key Garden’s personal Eurovision triumph was significant as the 1st (and, up to now, only) period a mainly instrumental …

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          Volvo Trucks provides autonomous transport solution to Br?nn?y Kalk AS      Cache   Translate Page      
Volvo Trucks has just signed a landmark agreement with Brnny Kalk AS in Norway to provide its first commercial autonomous solution transporting limestone from an open pit mine to a nearby port.The solution for Brnny Kalk AS consists of limestone being transported by six autonomous Volvo FH trucks
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          Ho, Ho, Ho: Christmas Blood      Cache   Translate Page      

You don’t get squat for being on Santa’s “nice” list in Norway, but don’t complain. Those on the “naughty” list get hacked to bits by an axe murderer. A maniac known for killing people publicly accused of committing crimes has escaped from an unforgivably negligent insane asylum, just in time to get back to his old Christmas Eve tricks in Reinert Kiil’s Christmas Blood (trailer here), which releases today on DVD and VOD.

Don’t blame Thomas Rasch. He emptied a clip into the costumed killer, at point-bank range, but the psycho-slasher didn’t die. They never do. The traumatized cop resigned from the force, but he will return to help straight-laced Terje Hansen track down his bogeyman nemesis.

It turns out the killer is appropriately headed towards the home of Julia’s late mother in the far north, a quiet, frosty land that is close enough to the North Pole for just about anyone. Julia and her mother have had a hard time of life. Soon after her cancer diagnosis, the older woman accidentally killed another motorist in an auto accident. After years of bearing the guilt, she finally committed suicide, but Santa didn’t hear about it in the nuthouse. Several of Julia’s trampier college friends have come to be with her during the holiday, providing the killer with a classic cast of slasher victims.

Comparisons with the classic Halloween will be inevitable for Christmas Blood—and in some ways they are deserved. Believe it or not, the film really does have a similar look and atmosphere. Clearly, cinematographer Benjamin Mosli did his best studying and channeling Dean Cundey’s work on John Carpenter’s iconic horror films. Stylistically, they are eerily similar, but Kiil just follows in the tradition, rather than building on it. In fact, it all ends on a disappointingly small-scale, underwhelming note.

Frankly, the women waiting around for Kris Kringle to kill them are problematically cliched and mostly boring. However, Sondre Krogtoft Larsen and Stig Henrik Hoff are better than average as the mismatched coppers. The frosty Finnmark locales and the severe Scandinavian ambiance also nicely contribute to feelings of isolation and dread.

Kiil over-achieves when it comes to setting the scene and establishing the vibe, but he cannot close the deal. Still, he hits enough nostalgic buttons to produce a Pavlovian response in many fans. Okay for Hallmark viewers in the mood for a little Christmas cheer (but not nearly as heartwarming as Anna and the Apocalypse), Christmas Blood releases today (12/4) on DVD and VOD, from Artsploitation.

          Queen Sonja handed out the Queens School Award 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Monday morning, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway handed out the prestigious Queen Sonja Scholl Award 2018. This year it was Apaløkka school in Oslo who received the prize for their great effort of creating inclusion for all children. Upon arrival, Her Majesty Queen Sonja was received by the mayor of Oslo together with the […]
          Two new photos released to celebrate Prince Sverre Magnus’s 13th birthday      Cache   Translate Page      
The Norwegian Royal Court has released two new pictures to celebrate the 13th birthday of Prince Sverre Magnus. One of the photos shows him sharing a hug with his big sister, Princess Ingrid Alexandra. Today Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway celebrates his 13th birthday. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit marked the birthday of […]
          Luka Modric wins 2018 Ballon d'Or      Cache   Translate Page      

Luka Modric has won the 2018 Ballon d'Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to receive the award since 2007.

The midfielder, 33, who helped Croatia reach the men's World Cup final in Russia in the summer, is the first Croatian to win the prestigious prize, which is voted for by journalists.

On a historic evening in Paris, the ceremony had a women's category for the first time since its inception in 1956, with Norway's Ada Hegerberg crowned the inaugural women's Ballon d'Or winner.

The 23-year-old scored in this year's Champions League final, playing a key role in Lyon winning the tournament for a third successive year.

But there was controversy during the ceremony, with co-host Martin Solveig widely criticized on social media after asking the striker during the presentation: "Do you know how to twerk?" The player responded by saying "no."

Solveig later apologized and said he didn't meant to offend anyone. "This was a joke, probably a bad one, and I want to apologize for the one I may have offended. Sorry about that," Solveig said in a tweeted video.

Kylian Mbappe, who dazzled for France as Les Bleus triumphed in Russia in the summer, won the newly-formed Kopa award for the best young player.

The 19-year-old finished fourth overall, above Messi in fifth. Ronaldo was second, with France and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann third and Liverpool and Egypt star Mo Salah sixth.

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'An unbelievable feeling'

For all of Mbappe's scintillating play for his country and Paris Saint-Germain, it is Real Madrid star Modric who has broken more than a decade of Messi-Ronaldo dominance.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," said Modric, who helped Real win a third-straight Champions League in May before guiding Croatia to the World Cup final in July, its best ever performance at the tournament.

"It's a big pleasure to be here among all these players."

Since Brazilian Kaka was crowned the world's best player in 2007, Messi and Ronaldo have won the Ballon d'Or a record five times each -- no one else has won the award more than three times.

Modric also won the Best FIFA men's player award earlier this year and becomes only the fourth player to win football's two biggest individual prizes in the same year, following Bobby Charlton (1966), Johan Cruyff (1974) and Paolo Rossi (1982).

Central to Croatia's rise

Modric's journey to picking up football's highest individual honor is an improbable one.

Growing up during the Balkans war, his father joined the Croatian army, while his grandfather was shot by Croatian Serb rebels and his house was burned down, forcing the family to flee to the Adriatic coast.

The midfielder has been central to his country's recent rise, which now sees Croatia ranked the fourth in FIFA's rankings.

The Ballon d'Or dates back to 1956. At first only incorporating European players, in 2007 was opened up to include ever player in the world.

Under the current format, the list of nominees is drawn up by weekly magazine France Football, with journalists from around the world voting on the final winner.

Men's Top 10

1. Luka Modric (Real Madrid and Croatia)

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus and Portugal)

3. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid and France)

4. Kylian Mbappe (PSG and France)

5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)

6. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool and Egypt)

7. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid and France)

8. Eden Hazard (Chelsea and Belgium)

9. Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City and Belgium)

10. Harry Kane (Tottenham and England)

Women's Top 10

1. Ada Hegerberg (Lyon and Norway)

2. Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg and Denmark)

3. Dzsenifer Maroszan (Lyon and Germany)

4. Marta (Orlando and Brazil)

5. Sam Kerr (Perth and Australia)

6. Lucy Bronze (Lyon and England)

7. Amandine Henry and Wendie Renard (both Lyon and France)

9. Megan Rapinoe (Seattle and USA)

10. Lindsay Horan (Portland and USA)

          Skier Mikaela Shiffrin clinches historic win      Cache   Translate Page      

She made her name as a slalom specialist but Mikaela Shiffrin won an historic super-G at Lake Louise Sunday to become the first skier to win races in all six World Cup disciplines.

The 23-year stormed to a first ever super-G title to clinch her 46th World Cup victory and move into fourth in the women's all-time list.

Only Switzerland's Vreni Schneider (55), Austria's Annemarie Moser-Proll (62) and US teammate Lindsey Vonn (82) have won more World Cup races on the women's circuit.

"It was one of my big goals to win in every discipline when I first started of those goals that you don't think you're ever going to achieve, and it's incredible," Shiffrin said.

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In only her ninth career World Cup super-G start, Shiffrin took an aggressive line to beat Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel by 0.77 seconds with Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg third.

The technical specialist won her first World Cup downhill race in Lake Louise last season and has now triumphed in slalom, parallel slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill and alpine combined.

She also became the seventh woman to win in skiing's five different disciplines of downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and combined.

Shiffrin, bidding for a third straight World Cup overall crown, has already won slalom races in Levi, Finland and Killington, Vermont this season.

She will be going for a fourth straight world slalom title at alpine skiing's biennial World Championships, in Are, Sweden in February.

'Huge blow'

Vonn, who is chasing Ingemar Stenmark's record of 86 World Cup wins, missed the race weekend at Lake Louise after injuring her knee in training last month.

On Friday she backtracked on her decision to retire at the end of the season with the announcement she will race at her favorite Lake Louise location in 2019.

The Canadian venue has been so successful for Vonn it has earned the nickname "Lake Lindsey" -- she has won 18 of her 44 starts on the Alberta track.

Vonn said in a video posted on social media that missing the Lake Louise stop was "devastating" and a "huge blow."

READ: How to ski fast -- the US special forces way

READ: Guide to "Lake Lindsey"

"Hopefully, I break the record this season and can have fun," she added.

"I don't want the record to determine the level of success I've had in my career. I want to push out of the starting gate (at Lake Louise), even if I'm not there to win. Lake Louise is just really special to me. It's not about the record. It's not about, 'Oh, well you said you retired.' I really don't care what people think. I really don't. I want to do it for myself."

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Kygo's hometown of Bergen, Norway lights up in his new video for "Happy Now."
          Prince Sverre Magnus Celebrates His 13th Birthday      Cache   Translate Page      
Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway celebrates his 13th birthday today. On the occasion of that birthday, the Norwegian Royal Court released a new photo showing together Prince Sverre Magnus and his sister Princess Ingrid Alexandra. Prince Sverre Magnus was born on 3 December 2005 at Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo. The Prince is the Crown Prince couples second child together, and he is number three in the line for the crown after his father Crown Prince Haakon and big sister Princess Ingrid Alexandra. The prince is a student at Oslo Montessori School, where he started in the autumn of 2014. Happy birthday to you, Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway.
Royal Court released a new photo showing together Prince Sverre Magnus and his sister Princess Ingrid Alexandra. Crown Princess Mette-Marit

          Funeral of Count Oscar 'Oscis' Bernadotte af Wisborg      Cache   Translate Page      
On December 2, 2018, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia attended the funeral of Count Oscar Bernadotte af Wisborg, held at Rasbo Church in Uppsala. Count Oscar Bernadotte af Wisborg was a second cousin of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s father as well as of King Harald V of Norway, King Baudouin I of Belgium and the late Queen Ingrid of Denmark. Count Oscar 'Oscis' Bernadotte af Wisborg died at the age of 97 on the 2nd of November.
King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Carl Philip. Princess Sofia wore Rodebjer coat

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          MPs will take control of Brexit if May’s deal is voted down      Cache   Translate Page      

Tory MP and former Attorney General Dominic Grieve

In yet another blow to Theresa May's Brexit plans, MPs voted on Tuesday in favour of getting a "meaningful vote" if the Prime Minister's proposals are voted down.

MPs voted 321 to 299 in support on an amendment by Dominic Grieve, a Conservative MP. The amendment gives MPs the power to instruct the government what action to take if May's Brexit deal is, as expected, voted down in Parliament.

In practice, it means that should Parliament refuse to accept the prime minister's deal, MPs could instruct her to extend negotiations, hold another referendum, or pursue a different sort of Brexit like a softer, Norway-style exit.

The amendment isn’t legally binding — but it carries huge political weight and would be very difficult for the government to ignore.

The vote comes immediately after MPs voted to find Theresa May's government in contempt of parliament over its failure to publish its legal advice on the Brexit deal. The vote, 311-293, is the first time in history Parliament has held a government in contempt. 

26 Conservative MPs ultimately voted for Grieve's amendment, further evidence on ongoing discontent in Tory ranks over Brexit.

In advance of the vote, Brexit minister Steve Baker stressed that it would not be legally binding. "Whatever the outcome of the amendment, it is not legally binding on the PM," he tweeted. "Acts are law, motions are motions. The executive still decides how to proceed."

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          Norway option is worst of all Brexit outcomes for UK, say EU sources      Cache   Translate Page      

Britain told it would have to adhere to EU rules more strictly than Norway

The UK would have to follow European Union rules more strictly than Norway, if MPs choose the Nordic model as a route out of Brexit deadlock, sources have said.

Before next week’s crucial vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal, MPs are being urged to consider an alternative that would keep the UK in the EU single market, through membership of the European Economic Area, the 31-country zone that covers EU member states plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

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“Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis” is a gram-negative bacterium belonging to the family Anaplasmataceae that, in Europe, is transmitted by Ixodes ricinus ticks. “Candidatus N. mikurensis” can cause a severe sys...
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What was supposed to be an historic moment in women’s sport was ruined by an offensive comment. Olympique Lyonnais and Norway player Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural Ballon d’or award for the best player in women’s football yesterday. However, her...
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The clip, filmed in northern Norway, captures three humpback whales as they breach the water simultaneously close to kayaker Kari Schibevaag.
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FOOTBALL is finally giving the women’s game the proper recognition it deserves — or so it’s claimed. But the presentation of the first Ballon d’Or award for the best female player in the world to Norway’s Ada Hegerberg was spoiled when she was asked by...
          PHOTOS: Up close and personal with Greenland’s massive ice sheet      Cache   Translate Page      

This story is part of our series The Big Melt. It comes to us through a partnership with the podcast and radio program Threshold, with funding support from the Pulitzer Center.

Greenland’s ice sheet seems to stretch out forever. It slowly rises from the edge of the ocean to more than 10,000 feet in the center. Some of the ice is more than a hundred thousand years old and all of it originally fell here as snow. The research team shown here are trying to figure out just how this mountain of ice is moving into the sea, and how fast.

As we warm the planet, we're knocking this ice sheet out of balance — it’s losing more ice than it’s gaining. And that has big implications for rising sea levels. Six hundred million people live in coastal areas less than 32 feet above sea level. As the Greenland ice sheet melts away, an awful lot of those people are going to have to find somewhere else to live. That's a recipe for intense societal disruption — hunger, disease and conflict.

Related: As Greenland’s ice sheet melts, scientists push to learn ‘how fast’

Students Rosie Leone, Aidan Stansberry and Ian MacDowell  are shown bundled in artic-ready clothing and walking across the ice.

"Team Radar" at work. Students Rosie Leone, Aidan Stansberry and Ian MacDowell spent most of their five days on the ice using radar to map the bed — the rock and soil hundreds of feet below the ice sheet — which can affect the movement of the ice sheet.


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A winding flow of water is shown on the Greenland ice sheet

Some of the surface of the Greenland ice sheet melts every summer, forming streams, rivers and lakes that often empty into holes and fissures. This is a normal process, but as humans warm the planet, surface melt is increasing and more water is flowing off the ice sheet than is accumulating. If the entire ice sheet melted, it would cause sea level to rise roughly 23 feet, inundating coastal areas around the world.


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University of Montana glaciologist Joel Harper is shown knealing next to a deep crack in the ice sheet called a crevasse.

University of Montana glaciologist Joel Harper examines a deep crack in the ice sheet called a crevasse. His team of researchers is studying how the ice sheet moves, how quickly it might melt into the sea as the planet warms up, and how meltwater flowing into openings on its surface might contribute to that.


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University of Montana glaciologist Joel Harper's students are working on mapping the ice sheet bed with radar.

How does the shape of the underlying bed change how this enormous ice cube moves? That’s one of the questions this team is trying to answer. But the Greenland ice sheet is 10,000 feet thick in the center. “You can't go there. You can't see it. It's really hard to put instruments there,” Harper says. That’s why he has his students working on mapping the bed with radar. “We're just doing basic research trying to understand more about how the ice moves,” he says.


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Glaciologist Joel Harper's team stays in tents right on the Greenland ice sheet

The work these scientists are doing intersects with a basic fact of human psychology: change is hard, and the faster the change, the harder it is. “It's all about the rate,” glaciologist Joel Harper says, and whether society will have more time or less to respond to a drastic rise in sea levels. “You know, if it takes three or four millennia to get a large amount of melt from Greenland into the ocean that's a completely different societal issue if its a century, or two, or three.”


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The crew gathered is shown lounging in chairs for meals in a tent on the ice.

The crew gathered for meals in a tent on the ice. University of Montana graduate student Rosie Leone says doing field work with her mentors is great experience for her future career in the sciences. She’s aiming to work as a hydrologist.


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University of Wyoming glaciologist Neil Humphrey works on one of the tiny sensors the team sent down through a bore hole to collect information about the ice sheet bed.

University of Wyoming glaciologist Neil Humphrey works on one of the tiny sensors the team sent down through a bore hole to collect information about the ice sheet bed. The Arctic may seem remote, Humphrey says, but changes here affect the whole planet. “We're talking about raising sea level 10, 20 feet. You're going to displace hundreds of millions of people. They're going to be upset. They're going to want to go somewhere better. A guaranteed way to end up needing to fight wars is to have millions of people displaced and angry ... This seems like a disaster that one might want to avoid.”


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After five days of intense work, the team from the universities of Montana and Wyoming team packed up all the tents, food and gear, and waited for the helicopter to come pick them up.

Workdays are long on research trips to the Greenland ice sheet. After five days of intense work, the team from the universities of Montana and Wyoming team packed up all the tents, food and gear, and waited for the helicopter to come pick them up. It was one of the only moments when the team had time to relax and take in the wonder of the place.


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Amy Martin is the executive producer of the podcast and radio program Threshold

Read more in The Big Melt series: 

An environmental newspaper fights for press freedom in the Russian Arctic
As the Arctic warms up, a 'new ocean' is bringing new commerce to the top of the world
Ice is us: Alaska Natives face the demise of the Arctic ice pack
The Arctic's Sámi people push for a sustainable Norway
Arctic permafrost is starting to thaw. Here’s why we should all care.
An Alaskan village is falling into the sea. Washington is looking the other way. 
In Iceland, a shifting sculpture for a changing Arctic
Take our Arctic quiz.   


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          Keith Brooks Describes Being the Target of Anti-Gay Attack in Norway      Cache   Translate Page      
Keith Brooks was waiting for a bus while on traveling in Oslo, Norway, when he was approached by two men who asked if he is gay. When he said yes, the men began to beat him, and a third man hit him with a bottle, cutting his face and head. Keith is a friend to the show, and our colleague at the Fairness Campaign. He joined us to describe what happened, and the aftermath—both legal and emotional. You can keep up with Keith and this story (and his many other travel adventures) on twitter at @keithbrooks. [Note: This interview is via Skype from Stockholm, Sweden, so please pardon our occasional audio glitches!] Coverage of the incident on Towleroad (warning: there's a photo of Keith's injury at the link):
          Férfi kabát S-es féláron+ingyenposta, Geographical Norway - Jelenlegi ára: 8 000 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      
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Cool and showery eastern Mediterranean, unsettled northern Europe Wednesday Fair for most of Portugal and Spain on Wednesday. Plenty of sunshine but some morning mist and fog patches too. Fine for the Balearics, Corsica and Sardinia with lots of sunshine and dry weather too. Remaining dry in Italy although foggy at first, especially in the north. Cool in Greece with sunny spells, some wintry showers in Turkey. Rain and wind in central and northern France, fair to the south with sunny spells. More rain and cloud in the Low Countries and much of Germany, but mild. Poland should be dry with sunny spells. Dry in Austria and Hungary as well as Switzerland. Increasing cloud bringing wind and rain in the afternoon to Denmark. Rain in southern Sweden but dry for most of the country. The Baltic States will be fair, although soe snow later. Breezy with snow in Finland. air in southern Norway but snow in central and northern areas.

Thursday Another fine day in Iberia with plenty of sunshine and dry weather, although there could be some fog early in the morning in sheltered areas. Staying fair in the balearics, Corsica and Sardinia as well as Italy. Fair for Greece with lots of sunshine. Chilly and breezy in Greece with some showers in the eastern mediterranean and eastern Turkey. Cloud and patchy rain in the far north of France. Cloud and rain in the Low Countries and northern germany as well as much of Poland. Windy in these areas too. The south of France will be brighter with sunny spells. Some broken cloud in Switzerland with showers. Mainly dry in Austria with cloud and patchy rain in Hungary. Cloud and outbreaks of rain in Denmark. Breezy with cloud and some patchy rain in the baltic States. Breezy and rather cloud in Finland although windy with snow in the north. Cloud and rain affecting southern Norway, with some snow showers to the north.

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Taking from the past and propelling it into a galaxy far, far away, Columbia Sportswear has announced the release of a reinvented cast and crew parka from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Meant to withstand the icy sub-zero conditions of Hoth, the sportswear brand seeks to satisfy Star Wars fans with a limited edition release of the collectible parka with the help of updated technology. Last year, the Portland-based brand released their “Echo Base” collection consisting of three unique Hoth-inspired jackets as worn by Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. Thanks to the continued partnership between the brand and Lucasfilm, fans have another chance to own a unique piece inspired by the Star Wars franchise. The waterproof, breathable shell incorporates the brand's Omni Heat™ lining, adding another 200g of insulation and a removable fur-lined hood that will “keep you as warm as a Wookiee.” The jacket’s exterior consists of a bold blue base with added security stripes on the shoulders for increased visibility. Varying Star Wars patches mark the outside of the jacket, a patch marking the geographical coordinates of the original filming location in Norway, and a customizable nameplate that can be personalized. The piece will be available for $500 USD at select Columbia Sportswear brand stores on December 7, 2018 and is limited to one piece per customer. Some stores will also be selling the jackets signed by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, for roughly $1,980 USD each with proceeds going to local charities. For more information regarding the release, check out Columbia Sportswear's official announcement. In other Star Wars news, check out Disney's first trailer for the upcoming Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures animated series.

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          Here's why Paul Ryan will go down as the worst House speaker ever      Cache   Translate Page      
Hypocrisy and failure are only the beginning: Ryan’s speakership is a story of craven cowardice and collaboration.

There’s considerable pathos and dramatic irony to the end of Paul Ryan’s political career — if you are able to view him from a distance, like a character in a Jonathan Franzen novel or a Netflix drama set in Norway. He’s a guy who believed he was out in front of history and positioned to shape it, but wound up being dragged behind the emperor’s chariot while the populace laughed at him and threw unpleasant objects. Until a few years ago, I bet he didn’t even know what “cuck” meant!

As an actual human player in the real world of American politics, however — assuming for the moment that anything about that world is real — Paul Ryan is pretty much contemptible. He was given a sort of parting valediction this week, in the form of a chummy conversation with Washington Post reporter Paul Kane that was broadcast on C-SPAN, and it was one of those strange D.C. spectacles that splits the difference between deadly dull and flat-out horrifying.

There was a rueful, semi-apologetic tone to the whole thing, as well there might be in the circumstances under which Ryan leaves the capital. Michael Cohen and Robert Mueller were mentioned, more or less in passing; Ryan acknowledged that he had heard of those people, but didn’t appear to have an opinion about them one way or another. This guy has been speaker of the House of Representatives throughout the period when the president of the United States has vigorously labored to undermine democracy and the rule of law, while being investigated for various kinds of corruption and conspiracy. That has been Ryan’s survival mode the whole time: What crisis? He hasn’t heard about any crisis; it’s all distant and vaguely irritating family gossip about an aunt he barely knows.

As Jonathan Chait of New York magazine put it, Ryan was allowed to depict himself in the Post interview as a “wonk-statesman” who had “pointed the way toward a brighter and more responsible future” and, at worst, had “failed only to achieve the ideals for which he strived.” Chait’s principal complaint is that Ryan’s posture of sad-eyed fiscal responsibility is utter hogwash, since he has consistently pursued policies that have massively increased the federal debt. That’s unquestionably true, but I would say the hypocrisy, mendacity and all-around fakery of Ryanism runs much deeper than that.

If Paul Ryan isn’t the worst House speaker in living memory, that might be because he only got to do it for three years. Mind you, the competition for that title is stiff, considering that the list includes a convicted child molester (Denny Hastert) and the vainglorious and self-destructive Newt Gingrich. But Ryan merits a special award for failure when you consider his inflated reputation for political genius, his built-in advantages — Republican majorities in both houses throughout his tenure, a Republican president for two-thirds of it — and his record of accomplishing virtually nothing.

In fact, to say that Ryan accomplished nothing with the speakership is to give him either too much credit or not enough. He damn near wrecked the place, but because he possesses a genial manner, a furrowed brow and a vague air of disapproval about Donald Trump’s most egregious racist outbursts, he was halfway understood not to be the problem. Ryan’s major legislative “achievements” were an Obamacare repeal bill that failed in the Senate and a tax giveaway to the rich that was supposed to be a political bonanza but became poisonous instead. Taken together, those things further damaged an already broken health care system, blew up the already engorged deficit and led his party to a historic and richly deserved drubbing in the 2018 midterms, which now appear to have been the biggest Democratic win since Watergate.

Arguably, the destructive or self-destructive legislation was the good part. Ryan will be remembered, if anyone bothers to do so, as a craven coward and collaborator: Janesville, Wisconsin’s apple-cheeked answer to Marshal Pétain. I don’t doubt that Ryan takes a baleful view of Donald Trump in private, or that at every step of the path that led him from Trump critic to Trump lickspittle, he found some sort of justification. Doesn't that makes it worse rather than better? Ryan told Kane in the C-SPAN interview that he showed Trump a chart for a two-year political agenda, presumably right around the time the latter took office:

The guy builds skyscrapers. He related to the chart. I saw a chance of getting a lot of good policy done that wasn’t a long time coming. You get a better outcome by keeping it that way [than] by posturing.

I take it we are supposed to think, as Ryan’s interlocutors appeared to think, that this was a reasonable, politician-type calculation — it’s the way grownups get things done, dammit! — even if "a lot of good policy" wasn't exactly the outcome in this instance. Well, I’m sorry, but it doesn’t make me feel better about Paul Ryan that he ditched his so-called principles and tolerated an authoritarian zombie white-nationalist takeover of his own political party in order to pass a dreadful tax bill and get rid of some environmental regulations the Koch brothers didn’t like.

Some of the Trump loyalists in Congress empowered or enabled by Ryan — who helped cover up the Russia scandal or apologized for the semi-fascist assault on democracy — at least have the excuse of being who they are: Devin Nunes is a power-drunk moron, Jim Jordan is a true believer, Matt Gaetz is both things at once. Ryan was supposed to have ideas and integrity and vision, whether or not you shared them, yada yada. He was believed to be intelligent and serious. He does not personally appear to be a bigot or a misogynist. He made the pundit class, always eager to be seen as fostering dialogueand taking on the hard issues — well, he made them ache and yearn and feel a little restless in their chinos, let’s put it that way.

I’m pretty sure it was all a scam. If Paul Ryan is just a con man running a game of apparent sincerity — which, OK, may have started out as actual sincerity — he perhaps recognized in Donald Trump a fellow con man who took it to the next level, or six levels up. Trump is a master of the art because he is blatantly insincere. He has never been sincere and believes sincerity is total bullshit, whereas Ryan sees it as an important element of the political performance.

Trump’s con is so effective because there is no adequate way to respond without being ridiculous. You can revel in his outrageous lies and embrace the yawning chasm at the heart of existence, or you can stand there with a clipboard and argue about facts. Ryan understood there was no way to compete with that without becoming the Poindexter cuckservative par excellence, which is what happened to him anyway.

My point here is that Paul Ryan’s total capitulation to Donald Trump makes clear that by 2016 Ryan had become a hollow man, a vessel emptied of its Reaganite ideology with no principles left to surrender. He already knew that the conservative movement was in ruins and that while there were plenty of Republican voters, they didn’t actually support the Republican Party as its Washington leaders understood it.

Ryan came to Washington as an Ayn Rand fanboy and purported policy-wonk intellectual, with visions of radically downsizing government and rehabilitating his party’s image for the 21st century. I remember seeing him on Fox News on the night of Barack Obama’s election in 2008, a moment that made him a Republican rising star: He was cheerful and funny and vowed that conservative ideas, presented in optimistic terms and connected to ordinary Americans' lives, would ultimately carry the day. It was decent shtick, and at the time he seemed to believe it. Four years later he was the GOP’s vice-presidential nominee at age 42, supposedly as the vector that would connect patrician “moderate” Mitt Romney to the libertarians and tax-cutters and movement conservatives.

In retrospect, the fact that the Romney-Ryan ticket was a bust, at a moment when Republicans believed they had channeled a current of Tea Party-fueled, anti-Obama populist outrage, was telling. That was an upside-down early indicator of gathering Trumpitude, and of something more fundamental that none of us quite grasped at the time: The American conservative movement, as it had perceived itself for 50 or 60 years, had run out of gas.

Culture-war politics had previously been seen as the glue that stuck together a disparate coalition of voters behind a party whose real agenda was to support big business, “law and order,” low taxes on the rich and expansionist foreign policy. But as Pat Buchanan astutely perceived way back in 1992 (in a truly terrifying speech I witnessed in person), ground-level Republican voters only wanted the culture war and barely tolerated that other stuff. In fact, except for unleashing cops against poor people, they actively disliked it: They were totally fine with government spending for programs they actually used, as long as the money could be steered away from black people and immigrants.

This is what my colleague Amanda Marcotte describes as the descent into “Troll Nation,” bringing us to the current moment when “conservatives” no longer hold any ideology worthy of that name, and possess no policy goals beyond public spectacles of cruelty and “owning the libs.” I imagine Ryan finds that regrettable, and longs for a day when earnest discussions of Friedrich Hayek’s theories of market perfection will come back into vogue. But he’s probably smart enough to understand that the game is up, which is why he’s crawling out of Washington now, not just defeated (there’s no shame in that) but thoroughly disgraced.

After the 2012 defeat, Ryan had a brief window as the Republican Party’s apparent moral and political leader; he backed a now-infamous “autopsy” urging the party to reach out to minority voters, women and young people or risk irrelevance. Remind me again how that worked out? Post-2016, Donald Trump has done his best to get that report scrubbed from the internet, although you can still find an archived copy in the cloud.

Whether or not a conventional, managerial center-right party could be constructed to appeal to those demographics is anyone’s guess. Amanda Marcotte would argue that it wouldn't work because those ideas have effectively been defeated; others might suggest that party already exists and is known as the Democrats. (Oh snap!) Anyway, that prescription was just wishful thinking or nostalgia by that point: The GOP had drunk deep from the poisoned well of whiteness for more than 40 years, and its fabled “base voters” were more than ready to gaze into the mirror and chant Donald Trump’s name.

Ryan makes plenty of preposterous assertions in that Post/C-SPAN interview, including the claim that Republicans have now mastered being a “governing party,” that people really liked his tax bill but somehow didn't vote for his party anyway, and that history will look back fondly at his brief and disastrous regime of supposedly united government. But the really big lie isn’t about his fiscal hypocrisy or his willful political blindness or his collaboration with a regime of corruption and destruction and the “Everything Must Go!” sell-off of the conservative movement’s soul. It’s the entire architectural premise of that conversation, in which Paul Ryan is a sober and serious political leader whose ambiguous legacy is worthy of a deep ponder.

He’s just not. He’s a second-rate grifter who came up short and got pimped out by a much better one. Now that his street value is down to nothing, he's being driven out of town with an empty suitcase and his last suit of clothes. That’s metaphorical, of course; you can always fail upwards on the American right, and no doubt Ryan will be richly rewarded for espousing policies he no longer believes in and have been proven not to work. Back in Janesville, they’ll keep on pretending he’s a big man.

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          Programmable LED Drivers Market Expectations & Growth Trends Highlighted Until 2028      Cache   Translate Page      

Fact.MR has announced the addition of the “Programmable LED Drivers Market Forecast, Trend Analysis & Competition Tracking - Global Market Insights 2018 to 2028"report to their offering.

New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/05/2018 -- Global Programmable LED Drivers Market: Overview

Considering the recent adoption of technology in the electronic components the devices are getting smarter than the old ones and becoming more user-friendly regarding operations. Today's LED lighting designers are focusing on maximizing performance of their lighting fixture designs using programmable LED drivers for enhancement in the quality and features of the lights they offer. To sustain this changing scenario, the designers are demanding for more sophisticated technologies such as programmable LED drivers from the power sources they choose. Evolution in the lightening technology is resulting in its increasing applications in the different areas including households to the industrial and for this programmable LED drivers are in constant demand nowadays. Programmable LED drivers are gaining popularity from the past few years as using these drivers the efficient lightening solutions are established. Designers and assembly lines are personalizing the key output characteristics using the programmable LED drivers as it allows the modifications using programming. Applications of programmable LED drivers is expected to increase in different areas as these drivers help in efficiency improvement and are offered with advanced features, which is expected to fuel the growth of the programmable LED drivers market.

Global Programmable LED Drivers Market: Drivers and Restraints

The fact that programmable LED drivers allow the user to control the input and output voltage as well as current and their availability in the wired as well as wireless forms, which is expected to fuel the demand for programmable LED drivers. In addition to this, users can manage the dimming curve for matching the output from the existing luminaires and also programmable LED drivers introduce the flexibility in the platform for new luminaire designs. Programmable LED drivers market is expected to grow at a significant rate over the forecast period due to availability of the advanced features such as auto programming, grouping, step dimming, dim-to-off, DMX address, and others. Manufacturers of the programmable LED drivers are increasingly focusing on development of the drivers as per the industry standards to increase the sale of the programmable LED drivers, which is also expected to drive the demand for programmable LED drivers over the forecast period. The other benefits of using the programmable LED drivers including reducing design time, lead time and inventory are some of the other factors responsible for growing demand for programmable LED drivers over the forecast period. On the other hand, lack of awareness regarding the programmable LED drivers applications in the developing and underdeveloped countries and higher prices are major factors expected to hinder the growth of the market for programmable LED drivers.

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Global Programmable LED Drivers Market: Segmentation

The global programmable LED drivers market is segmented on the basis of sales channel, applications, and regions.

Segmentation Based on Sales Channel:

On the basis of sales channel, the programmable LED drivers market is segmented into OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and aftermarket.

Segmentation Based on Application:

On the basis of application, the programmable LED drivers market is segmented into the areas where programmable LED drivers are used for controlling the lightening appliances. Based on application, the programmable LED drivers market is segmented into office lighting, shop/retail lighting, hospitality and decorative lighting, industrial lighting, outdoor lighting, and others.

Segmentation Based on Region:

On the basis of region, the programmable LED drivers market is segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Eastern Europe, CIS & Russia, Japan, and MEA.

Global Programmable LED Drivers Market: Key Players

Examples of some of the key players in the global programmable LED drivers market include Efore Group, MOONS', MOSO, Hatch Lighting, FULHAM, Koninklijke Philips N.V., Hangzhou Moonlight Box Technology Co., Ltd., and Ningbo Luxdator Electrical Co., Ltd., among others. Programmable LED driver manufacturers are continuously focusing on innovations in their products. This strategy is followed by key programmable LED driver manufacturers for sustaining themselves in the increasing global competition. In addition to this, programmable LED driver manufacturers are focusing on delivering programmable LED drivers to different industries as per their product requirements. In addition to this, the companies are focusing on launching new products to increase the customer base and generate revenue. For example, in February 2017, MOSO launched LHP series, a series of programmable LED drivers. These drivers are offered by company with the warranty period of 5 years, IP67, and these are output programmable using the software.

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Global Programmable LED Drivers Market: Region Wise Outlook

Considering the demand for the programmable LED drivers the APEJ region is expected to grow at significant CAGR over the forecast period due to increasing government initiatives such as smart cities, which is parallel fuelling the demand for smart lights and hence programmable LED drivers. North America and Europe are expected to hold major market shares in terms of revenue generation from the sale of programmable LED drivers as its application in the hospitality and decorative lighting is increasing rapidly in developed countries present in these regions such as the U.S., U.K., and Germany. The demand for programmable LED drivers in Japan and CIS & Russia is expected to increase over the forecast period due to its use in industrial lighting. On the other hand, the MEA programmable LED drivers market is expected to grow at moderate CAGR over the forecast period due to less adoption rate for the more technologically advanced products.

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Market Segments
Market Dynamics
Historical/Actual Market Size, 2013-2017
Market Size & Forecast, 2018 to 2028
Supply & Demand Value Chain
Current Trends/Issues/Challenges
Competition & Companies Involved
Value Chain of the Market
Drivers and Restraints
Regional analysis Includes:

North America
Latin America
Rest of Latin America 
EU – 4 (Germany, France, Italy, Spain)
BENELUX (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg)
NORDIC (Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden)
Eastern Europe (Poland, Ukraine, Czech Rep., etc.)
Rest of Europe
CIS & Russia
Greater China
ASEAN Countries
Rest of APEJ
Middle East & Africa
GCC Countries
South Africa
Rest of MEA
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Detailed overview of parent market
Changing market dynamics of the industry
In-depth market segmentation
Historical, current, and projected market size in terms of volume and value
Recent industry trends and developments
Competitive landscape
Strategies of key players and product offerings
Potential and niche segments/regions exhibiting promising growth
A neutral perspective towards market performance
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          Ticket Admission Systems Market Inclinations & Development Status Highlighted for the Forecast Period Between 2018 to 2028      Cache   Translate Page      

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New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/05/2018 -- Ticket Admission Systems Market: Introduction

Continuous improvements in infrastructure and advancements in automation facilities are the main factors driving the global ticket admission systems market.  The ticket admission systems market is witnessing traction due to its growing usage in multiple interface applications. Ticket admission systems can read multiple configurations, such as radio frequency identification (RFID) and cross section of the barcode. They enhance industry utility. RFID chips installed in cards, tickets or wristbands are used for security, identification, payment and statistical tracking purposes. Ticket admission systems track the number of tickets purchased in real time.  Vendors prefer RFID cards for ticket admission systems since RFID is touch to forge and thus, reduces fraud. Another advantage of ticket admission systems is the use of RFID technology in. RFID tags are easy to read and do not require direct contact with the scanner or reader. Ticket admission systems speed up access at terminals. Ticket admission systems also reduce the manpower required at terminals by automating the security process. Ticket admission systems use RFID readers which use advanced technologies, such as HID and Mifare. HID and Mifare are the contactless technologies used for cashless purchase access control and ticket events. Admission ticket systems are cryptically protected.

Ticket admission systems witness wide applications. Major applications of ticket admission systems include turnstiles and revolving doors, door access control, locker access control, car parking payment access systems, port ACC access control, etc. Turnstile and revolving doors use non-contact RFID systems and are mostly used in high traffic areas, such as airports, banks, sports and concert venues and others. Ticket admission systems (door access control) allow only a specific person to enter based on the protocols entered in the card. Ticket admission systems (locker access control) provide additional security and also monitor the lockers. Ticket admission systems (car parking payment access system) comes different types and are capable of calculating toll, tax, parking time charges and others. Advanced ticket admission systems have multiple types of automated points of access.

Several developments in ticket admission systems with reference to technology, steady growth of the market and recent developments & innovations are among the factors expected to drive the global ticket admission systems market during the forecast period.

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Ticket Admission Systems Market: Drivers and challenges

Continuous developments in ticket admission systems and shift towards automated buildings is driving the global ticket admission systems market. Features, such as reduced manpower, reduced cost, time efficiency, high security, fast ticket validation, real-time tracking, restricted entry on exit points and use of advanced technologies, such as RFID and barcodes, are increasing the adoption of ticket admission systems and also significantly contributing to the growth of global ticket admission systems market. Continuous advancements in infrastructure and public sector, such as railway stations and airport developments, are having a positive impact on the growth of global ticket admission systems market during the forecast period.

The threat of data hacking, ticket admission systems failure during rush hours and card forging are some of the major challenges hindering the growth of the market. However, vendors are continuously focused on the development of advanced ticket admission systems to overcome the above mentioned challenges.

Ticket Admission Systems Market: Segmentation

Segmentation based on the application:

The ticket admission systems market is segmented based on the type of application into turnstile or revolving door, car parking payment access system, locker access, door access, port ACC access and others.

Segmentation based on the component:

The ticket admission systems market is segmented based on the type of component into hardware, software and services. Software segment can further be segmented into on-premise and cloud based.

Segmentation based on the end-user:

The ticket admission systems market is segmented based on end user into airports, stadium, commercial buildings, offices, amusement parks and others.

Ticket Admission Systems Market: Key Players

Some of the key players operating in the ticket admission systems market are Gateway Ticketing Systems, Advance Systems Access Control, Experience, Semnox Solutions Private Limited, Admit One, AuthentiGATE, Q-Systems, Totem Ticketing and Access Solutions, VIVATICKET SPA and Thunder Data Systems, Inc.

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Ticket Admission Systems Market: Regional Overview

North America and Europe are expected to hold major market share in the global ticket admission systems market during the forecast period due to growth of smart cities and the huge number of national events happening in these regions. APEJ is expected to be the fastest growing region during the forecast period due to the continuous developments taking place in developing countries, such as China and India.

The report covers exhaustive analysis on:

Ticket Admission Systems Market Segments

Market Dynamics
Historical Actual Market Size, 2013 - 2017
Market Size & Forecast 2018 to 2028
Value Chain
Market Current Trends/Issues/Challenges
Competition & Companies involved
Market Drivers and Restraints
Regional analysis for Ticket Admission Systems Market includes development in the following regions:

North America
Latin America
Rest of LatAm
EU – 4 (Germany, France, Italy, Spain)
BENELUX (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg)
NORDIC (Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden)
Eastern Europe (Poland, Ukraine, Czech Rep. etc.)
Rest of Europe 
CIS & Russia
Greater China
ASEAN Countries
Rest of APEJ 
Middle East & Africa
GCC Countries
South Africa
Rest of MEA              
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In-depth market segmentation
Historical, current and projected market size in terms of value
Recent industry trends and developments
Competitive landscape
Strategies of key players and product offerings
Potential and niche segments/regions exhibiting promising growth
A neutral perspective towards market performance

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Norway's Ultimovacs plans to raise around 700 million Norwegian crowns ($82 million) in an initial public offering in early 2019 to help fund the development of its immunotherapy cancer drug. (Source: Reuters: Health)
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          Sales Consultant - Scandinavia (Sweden or Denmark)      Cache   Translate Page      

A market leading Educational publishing company is seeking a Higher Education Learning Consultant to join their sales department with the objective of promoting the company's renowned products and services across the Scandinavian territory. This role offers a competitive salary and bonus, and excellent benefits. The ideal candidate will be located in either Southern Sweden (Stockholm / Gothenburg) or in Southern Denmark (Copenhagen); this is a field based role with the main territory focus being on Denmark, southern Sweden and southern Norway.

The HE Learning Consultant will play a pivotal role in maximizing revenue across the territory, primarily through direct sales of new print and digital products and services to Higher Education institutions and academics. As well as through direct sales, you will achieve the annual sales goal through sales via all reseller and distributor channels. Responsibilities include:

·visit HE institutions within the territory to promote & increase sales of relevant products
·generate new business opportunities with an emphasis on digital and institutional sales
·arrange, prepare and give presentations to key faculty decision makers

The Learning Consultant for Scandinavia will ideally be a driven sales professional with a strong customer focus. Experience within Higher Education or academic publishing sales, selling digital and/or print products, would be ideal, or within a related industry. You will need to have a full driving license, and flexibility to travel throughout the territory as well as some travel outside the territory for conferences. Fluency in verbal and written English is essential and additional language skills may be required, such as Swedish, Danish or Norwegian.

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          International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) 2019 Developing Countries Congress Attendance Fellowship – Norway      Cache   Translate Page      
The ISAE has partnered with the Open Philanthropy Project to develop a Fellowship for farm animal behavior and welfare scientists wishing to attend the annual congress, together with a pre-congress workshop on animal welfare science and post-congress farm tours. Application Deadline: 15th February 2019 Eligible Countries: Developing Countries To be taken at (country): Norway About the Award: To foster the advancement […]
          Higher Education Learning Consultant- Scandinavia      Cache   Translate Page      

A global educational publisher is looking for an experienced learning consultant to join their higher education team. They are looking for an English speaking sales manager to be home based in Southern Sweden, Southern Norway or Denmark and you will be travelling around the territory selling print and digital products to Higher Education Institutions.

Key duties:

•           Visit Higher Education Institutions across Scandinavia to promote products and solutions in digital and print format.

•           Identify new business opportunities with particular emphasis on digital content and assessment products in educational institutions.

•           Monitor competitor activity across the region including competitor adoption activity, sales strategies and personnel.

•           Arrange, prepare, and deliver presentations to key contacts or decision makers.

•           Work with Inside sales team to maintain existing business, maximising up selling opportunities

•           Promote new products with campus bookshops and distributors


Experience / skills required:

•           Proven track record of sales success in the educational publishing industry, or selling digital/print solutions

•           Excellent presentation, communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills.

•           Fluency in English essential, fluency in Swedish or Danish or Norwegian desirable

•           Must be a dynamic, enthusiastic and articulate individual.

•           Experience of living and working in the relevant territory advantageous.

•           Strong IT and Microsoft Office skills.


For further information, please apply online or email a CV and salary expectations to

Contact:        Claire Carrington-Smith

Tel:              01865 339 532

Applications ASAP, please

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          EUMOFA Monthly Highlights n°2/2017      Cache   Translate Page      
First sales in Europe – overall in 2016, the revenues of EU fisheries were higher, albeit with lower volumes of fish landed. In 2016, the top species were: Norway lobster, sole, herring, mackerel, monk, scallop, hake and cod.
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First sales in Europe and focus on Belgium (ray and gurnard).|Herring preserved in glass jars in Sweden: Sweden manufactures herring preserved in glass jars mostly for the domestic market (82% of total sales). The main export markets are Finland, Denmark, and Germany. | Norway lobster in the EU: The EU fleet accounts for the absolute majority of catches and landings of Norway lobster and mainly supplies the EU consumer market which is the largest end-market globally. | Consumption: fresh common carp.| Fish and seafood prices increased slightly since the beginning of the year.
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First sales in Europe and focus on FRANCE (Norway lobster and European Seabass) and THE UNITED KINGDOM (Scallop and mackerel) | Icelandic fisheries: The EU is the main export market for Icelandic seafood. In 2015 Icelandic exports of seafood amounted to 454.553 tonnes and were worth EUR 1,57 billion. Of these, cod accounted for 38% of the total export value and 22% of the volume. | Consumption: fresh mackerel and fresh hake | Fuel prices increased 35% since the beginning of the year.
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The Doctor Who TARDISblend

Finding themselves in Norway, the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her companions arrive on a haunting cottage, all barricaded. Inside they find a scared young girl, but there is more hidden away in the house - with universal ramifications...

During TARDISblend 122, we discuss one of the most surreal and divisive episodes of Doctor Who, "It Takes You Away," and examine some of our favorite and not-so-favorite scenes, and how satisfying the scenes that connected back to previous episodes and previous character development were. All this and more on the latest TARDISblend! [...]

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          Commission publishes summary report on ocean governance consultation      Cache   Translate Page      
What can the EU do to promote the sustainable use of seas and oceans and preserve internationally shared marine resources? How can it help secure the conditions of sustainable blue growth? European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella today announced the results of a European Commission consultation on international ocean governance which took place from June to October 2015, alongside a 'listening tour' with stops in Portugal, Ireland, Malta, the United States, Norway, Chile, Spain and France, among others.
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On his latest stop on the listening tour on international ocean governance, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella visited Tromsø, Norway, following an invitation by Norwegian Fisheries Minister Elisabeth Aspaker.
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Britain's Faroe Petroleum has struck a deal to swap Norwegian oil and gas assets with Equinor , in a move that could allow it to return cash to shareholders at a time when it faces a hostile bid from Norway's DNO .

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Todos buscamos el descanso como elemento esencial para liberarnos del estrés del día a día y renovar nuestras energías. Y es que el elemento más importante para tener un descanso gratificante y conciliar bien el sueño es un buen colchón ya que pasamos más de ⅓ de nuestras vidas durmiendo.

Por lo anteriorGroupon | Peixe te da 5 consejos para escoger un buen colchón y poder tener el descanso que siempre has soñado:

1. Analiza cómo duermes: entender la postura que toma nuestro cuerpo mientras dormimos es muy importante para elegir el colchón correcto, pues debemos intentar que nuestra columna permanezca derecha. Para los que duermen boca abajo, es más recomendable buscar colchones menos firmes; mientras que una posición de lado o boca arriba necesitarán de un colchón un poco más firme.

2. Peso: nuestro peso es determinante a la hora de escoger el colchón adecuado, ya que debemos asegurarnos que esté bien distribuido para no afectar nuestra columna. De hecho, existen líneas especiales de colchones para adultos con sobrepeso y con problemas de espalda.

3. Firmeza: de esta característica dependen factores como la sensación de calor o complicaciones en las articulaciones. Lo más recomendables es encontrar un colchón de firmeza intermedia, dependiendo de las características del usuario.
4. Tecnología del colchón: es importante entender la tecnología que usa el colchón. Actualmente hay una gran inclinación por los productos fabricados con espuma viscoelástica, también conocida como Memory Foam; que se define como una espuma de poliuretano que tiene la propiedad de Memoria, adaptándose a la forma del cuerpo disipando la presión en este. Asimismo hay opciones never- turn que evitan la molestia de voltear el colchón.

5. Estado de salud: es importante tener claro si sufrimos de problemas de espalda, alergias o trastornos del sueño para elegir el colchón que más se adapte a nuestras necesidades.

En Groupon | Peixe encontrarás muchas opciones de colchones que se adaptan a tus necesidades y gustos, siempre con el mejor precio.

          Telia Norway says iPhone XR enters November best-sellers in 3rd place, joining XS Max and standard XS at top      Cache   Translate Page      
(Telecompaper) Telia Norway said the iPhone XR entered its list of best-selling phones in third place in November, joining its follow Apple newcomers at the top of the chart...
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Wondering what it is like to hike to Trolltunga? Chee of shares a first-hand account of trekking to Norway's most famous landmark. “If at first, you don’t succeed…” goes the old saying. Trolltunga Hike – Norway's Most Famous Landmark Just a half hour after leaving the trailhead by the roadside near Skjeggedal, I was beginning to doubt […]

Read the original post Trolltunga – Trying Times on the Trek to Norway’s Most Famous Landmark on The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog.

As every Star Wars fan knows, Hoth is cold. The ice planet from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is a frozen tundra, home to yeti-like wampas, and so frigid that tauntauns just keel over. Tatooine, it is not. On location in Norway during production in 1979, the Hoth scenes were filmed in the remote town of Finse, often buried […]
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Central banks are under ‘green’ pressure to be catalysts of change. We look at integrated reporting, Norway’s use of its oil wealth, Germany’s ‘Mittelstand’ and a top chief executive’s vision of sustainability
          Tom, Michael, Ken & Robin      Cache   Translate Page      

Yeah, I know it probably doesn’t have the same ring to it as John, Paul, George, Ringo used to have, but Tom (Clancy), Michael (Crichton), Ken (Follett) & Robin (Cook) are the 4 gents who currently take up quite a bit of my time. Since I’m still ‘between jobs’, and winter has made it to Norway,
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          Brexit U–TURN: JHB shocks Remainer as she reveals WTO Brexit chances now INCREASED      Cache   Translate Page      

JULIA Hartley-Brewer shocked Lord Adonis by explaining with Article 50 being extended the country can then prefer to leave the EU with WTO terms rather than vote Remain in a second referendum.
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Norway's Aker Solutions has forged an alliance with the German technology giant Siemens to further develop digital offerings in engineering, operations and services.The global engineering company based in Oslo said that the collaboration focuses…
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To image leaky atmosphere, NASA rocket team heads north#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 03, 2018

On a frigid morning in early December, a team of NASA rocket scientists will huddle in the control room in Ny-Alesund, Svalbard, a remote archipelago off the northern coast of Norway. Here at the world's northernmost rocket range, operated by Norway's Andoya ... Reported by Terra Daily 3 hours ago.
          rosavetrov: Typisk norsk (типично норвежское): БЮНАД И ФЕСТДРАК      Cache   Translate Page      

Это цитата сообщения olganorway Оригинальное сообщениеTypisk norsk (типично норвежское): БЮНАД И ФЕСТДРАК

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 В норвежском обществе не утихают дискуссии о сохранении идетичности нации и сохранении культурных, национальных, религиозных традиций. Но, и хотя многие соглашаются с тем, что под влиянием эммиграции, большого потока беженцев и мультикультурного мира, общего у современной Норвегии больше , например, с Бразилией, чем с новежским обществом 50-х годов. Тем не менее, продолжается сохранение и приумножение национальных традиций, выходят книги, телевизионные прогрммы, проводятся дискуссии под названием «Typisk norsk» - «Типично норвежское».

В своем дневнике я разместила рецепты норвежской кухни под общим названием «Это едят в Норвегии», а сейчас хочу рассказать о нескольких интересных, на мой взгляд, явлениях норвежской жизни и быта.

Первым моим постом будет рассказ о национальном норвежском костюме, который называется «бюнад» (норв. – bunad). Такое, «поголовное» увлечение национальной одеждой распространилось в последние 20 лет. Раньше это было более присуще фермерской части населения, но сейчас иметь такой национальный костюм для норвежца более статусно, чем иметь костюм от Армани:)).

Принц Хокон с семьей и королева Норвегии Соня:

О важности этого явления говорит и то, что создан Норвежский институт бюнад и национальной (народной) одежды.На сайте института можно прочитать и увидеть различие между бюнад и праздничной народной одеждой.

Главное различие состоит в том, что бюнад – это изделие «от кутюр»: полностью выполняется вручную. СтОит такой женский наряд 35-40 тыс. крон, то есть более 6 тыс. долларов. Но такое платье шьется один раз в жизни, а некоторые детали туалета передаются по наследству. Чтобы платье было «в пору» и в более зрелом возрасте, предусматривается много складочек на талии, а также защипов на подоле юбки и т.д.

Кроме того, по вышивке, фасону, головному убору можно определить регион, а по цвету чулок – замужем женщина или нет.

Очень похож внешне на бюнад «фестдрак» – праздничная одежда. Но шьется она, чаще всего, в Китае, вышивка – машинная. Фестдрак является прекрасным способом привить детям традицию использования народного костюма: на все семейные и национальные праздники дети наряжаются в такие одежды.

Стоимость такого костюма для девочки 7-8 лет (со специальными туфлями, колготками, сумочкой и т.д.) составляет более 100 долларов.

Традиционно на крестины девочкам дарят специальные серебряные украшения, дополняют наряд сумочками с серебряными формуарами (застежкой), а у одной из девушек я на поясе видела изящный кинжал в серебряных ножнах...

На фотографи крестин младшей внучки я с ее кузинами:

Однажды в день Независимисти Норвегии (17 мая) я увидела молодую семью. Грудной ребенок (не более полугода) был также одет в фестдрак: чепец, пелерина типа кейпа, сарафанчик, фартушек.

Вот и сейчас, за две недели до национального праздника, в магазинах можно приобрести костюмы, льняные блузки, туфли, колготы, мужские костюмы и аксессуары.

И несколько интересных видео о норвежском национальном костюме:

          rosavetrov: "Над нею веера стрекоз – как опахала изумрудные..."      Cache   Translate Page      

Это цитата сообщения olganorway Оригинальное сообщение "Над нею веера стрекоз – как опахала изумрудные..."

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Говоря о веере, этом старинном орудии дамского кокетства, авторы часто убеждают читателей, что мода на веера прошла из-за огрубения и упрощения нравов – новой современной женщине, фемине века двадцатого, стало попросту незачем и - негде поигрывать веером, изысканно обмахиваясь и красиво флиртуя. В 1910 году один из парижских журналов напечатал «жалобы веера»: «Очаровательные непринуждённые беседы ушли в прошлое, как и галантность, как и двор со своей знатью, как и игры, которым я служил. Моё время прошло! Без сомнения, мною пользуются ещё, но я более не царствую!»  Однако же дело, как мне кажется, вовсе не в женщинах и не в их нравах. Более того, моду на веера, по большому счёту, уничтожили даже не войны и революции, а…электричество. Веками опахало служило даме, вынужденной пребывать в освещённых тысячами горящих свечей, гостиных и залах. Попробуйте стойко вынести весь этот жар! По мере того, как в жизнь человека вторгался неумолимый прогресс, а бальные залы озарялись электрическим светом, утрачивалась и потребность в опахалах. Современные светские женщины, увы, преспокойно обходятся без эффектных вееров…

Хотите иметь веер, эту красивую, чарующую деталь из прошлой жизни? Свяжите представленный здесь винтажный  веер своими руками ,  и, возможно,течение времени покажется Вам  неспешным, дамы – обворожительными, а кавалеры – галантными.

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Это блюдо французы готовят совсем иначе - без майонеза и даже, порой, без мяса

Вкус детства, проверенный способ накормить семью и гостей, праздничное, сытное и простое в приготовлении блюдо или кулинарный монстр и образец безвкусицы – всё это сказано об одном и том же блюде под кодовым названием МПФ или мясо по-французски.

Мы провёли независимое расследование этого кулинарно-культурологического явления и спешим поделиться с читателями его результатами.

Мы выяснили, что, во-первых, мясо по-французски не имеет ничего общего ни с Францией, ни с французской кухней. Во-вторых, это блюдо небезопасно для здоровья. И в третьих, немного модифицировав рецепт, можно приготовить мясо намного вкуснее и полезнее.

Единственные неоспоримые достоинства мяса по-французски – простота, доступность ингредиентов и неизменно удовлетворительный результат даже при отсутствии кулинарных навыков – вряд ли являются достоинствами в глазах гурманов и опытных кулинаров. А теперь обо всём в подробностях.

Откуда ноги растут

Какие же блюда французской кухни могли натолкнуть русских (или советских) кулинаров на создание мяса по-французски? Есть несколько версий на этот счёт.

Миротон, ошибка французской кухни

Первая, самая интересная и в каком-то смысле детективная – блюдо миротон. В 17 веке французские дипломаты познакомились с турецким пловом, но так как ничего, кроме ингредиентов, им не было известно о его способе приготовления, во Франции появилось блюдо из обжаренного (предварительно варёного) мяса со сваренным отдельно в молоке рисом, подкрашенным вместо куркумы варёными желтками. Согласитесь, очень трудоёмкое и тяжёлое блюдо с сомнительным вкусом.

Французские повара какое-то время пользовались этим рецептом для утилизации остатков варёного или тушеного мяса, и забыли о нём в 19 веке, сразу, как только выяснили секрет приготовления настоящего плова. А миротон получил путёвку в жизнь как блюдо французской кухни и начал шествие по европейским кухням. В Германии и Прибалтике его готовили с большим количеством обжаренного лука, а мясо отбивали и панировали в желтках. В дореволюционной России для миротона отварную телятину жарили на сале, соединяли с грибами или жареной картошкой, сметаной, луком и запекали в печи. Получалось «богато», но кулинарная ценность, а тем более, польза такого «франко-нижегородского квазиплова» уже в то время стремилась к нулю.

Однако даже такое нелепое блюдо, как миротон, можно модифицировать, как это делали французские консьержки и другие простолюдины времён Бальзака. Варёное мясо режется мелкими кусочками и укладывается в форму для запекания. Лук тушится с бульоном и винным уксусом, укладывается поверх мяса. Блюдо посыпается сухарями или хлебными крошками, поливается топлёным маслом и запекается в духовке около 20 минут, до образования румяной корочки. Мясо в этом случае становится мягким и «обретает вторую жизнь».

Как видим, цель блюда – максимально вкусно утилизировать остатки варёного мяса. Нет никакого смысла использовать для этого блюда свежую вырезку или другое мясо 1 сорта. Тем более не место в этом блюде сыру и майонезу.

Мясное ассорти из печи булочника

Еще один претендент на роль прототипа мяса по-французски – эльзасское блюдо бекеоффе (Baeckeoffe) – ассорти из говядины, свинины и баранины, маринованных в вине и тушенных в горшочке с картофелем. Бекеоффе традиционно готовили из обжаренных с коньяком крупных кусков мяса, перекладывая его крупными кусками лука, моркови, картофеля и даже груш.

Блюдо щедро заливали вином, и горшок с бекеоффе несколько часов томился в духовке. Изначально это было воскресное блюдо, которое жители города заносили пекарю перед походом в церковь, а после службы забирали домой. Это делалось, чтобы не разжигать в выходной день печь.

Как видим, сыр и майонез здесь тоже ни к чему. Скорее всего, именно бекеоффе проникло в русскую кухню 19 века, так как идеально подходило для длительного томления в русской печи.

Согласно книге «Образцовая кухня» 1892 года издания, мясо по-французски готовится так: «5 ф говядины положить в кастрюлю, прибавить 3 рубленых больших луковицы, а на дно и на верх кастрюли положить ломтики шпигу, ветчины, моркови и репы; посолить, прибавить толченого перцу, стакан белого столового вина и стакан сметаны, закрыть крышкой и томить 3 часа. Перед отпуском подливку процедить, заправить уксусом, мукой и сахаром, прибавить еще вина, вскипятить и подавать отдельно в соуснике».

Интересно, что в более ранних кулинарных изданиях, например в книге Елены Молоховец 1861 года, можно встретить принципиально другой рецепт говядины по-французски: «Кусок говядины выбить хорошенько, посолить, посыпать перцем, свернуть в трубку, потом в бумагу, обвязать, жарить на вертеле или на противне, поливая маслом, смотреть, чтобы не пережарить и чтобы сок не вышел из говядины. Положить на блюдо, разрезать, огарнировать жареным


Гратэн – версия без мяса

Следующая версия происхождения мяса по-французски отталкивается от способа запекания, получившего название гратен (gratin) - от французского слова «gratter» - «скрести, подчищать». В названии этого кулинарного приёма отражено использование хлебных или сырных крошек для создания хрустящей корочки.

Гратен – довольно красивое блюдо. Его даже подают в той же посуде, где он запекался. Французская кухня знает картофельный гратен (ломтики картофеля, запечённые с маслом или бульоном, покрытые тёртым сыром или сливками), рыбный гратен (сырая рыба, запеченная с белым соусом и сыром) и овощной гратен (кусочки баклажана или помидора, запеченные с растительным маслом и сухарями).

Гратен также может быть с крабами, макаронами, цветной капустой, кабачками, шпинатом и даже с авокадо. Мясо для приготовления гратена в традиционной французской кухне не используется. Роль белого соуса обычно выполняет бешамель, сливки или соусы на их основе. Майонез в гратенах никогда не используется.

Майонез – наше все

Пик популярности мяса по-французски в СССР пришелся на начало 80-х. В кулинарных книгах, технологических картах предприятий общепита и учебниках для кулинарных техникумов более раннего периода майонез использовался только по своему прямому назначению: в салатах.

После принятия печально знаменитой продовольственной программы, когда из магазинов стали исчезать многие продукты, хозяйкам приходилось проявлять фантазию, чтобы накормить семью. В это время появились рецепты печенья на майонезе, майонез начали добавлять в супы вместо сметаны, мариновать в нём мясо и рыбу, и как нельзя кстати пришелся старый «французский» рецепт, адаптированный под грустную реальность.

Мясо под майонезом «по-французски» получалось очень сытным, калорийным, богатым белками и жирами, что собственно, и является основной причиной его популярности в СССР и в современной России. Кроме того, это блюдо стало отличной закуской к водке. А так как водка – частый атрибут праздничного стола, мясо по-французски тоже стало ассоциироваться с праздниками в постперестроечной России.

Можно ли обойтись без майонеза?

Не спорим, мясо по-французски получается стабильно сочным и вкусным, даже у тех, кто совсем не умеет готовить. Но такого же результата можно добиться и с меньшим вредом для здоровья и фигуры. Нужно всего лишь знать свойства продуктов и понимать суть происходящих с ними изменений.

Например, свежий стейк можно попросту испортить майонезом и дешевым сыром. Он требует всего лишь быстрой обжарки с каждой стороны – и можно подавать на стол вместе с овощами и зеленью.

Мясо по-французски – это яд?

Майонез задумывался как холодный соус для салатов. Он ни в коем случае не является заменителем сметаны и сливок в горячих блюдах! Натуральная сметана и сливки, несмотря на жирность, полезнее самого «лёгкого» майонеза. Не верите – прочтите список ингредиентов низкокалорийного майонеза. Идём далее.

Майонез, как любая эмульсия, при нагревании распадается на составляющие: яичный белок, уксус, масло, воду, глютамат натрия, консерванты, красители и прочие ингредиенты из списка. Научные исследования показали, что в промышленном майонезе при нагревании образуются канцерогены, аллергены, вещества, вызывающие кишечные расстройства и повышение концентрации глюкозы в крови.

Здоровый человеческий организм, к счастью, обладает достаточным запасом прочности, чтобы употреблять эти вещества в небольших концентрациях несколько раз в год, но этого нельзя сказать о пожилых и больных людях, особенно о детях. Неужели здоровье вашей семьи стоит подвергать риску ради мяса по-французски?

Кроме того, в состав промышленного майонеза входят не совсем те ингредиенты (масло, яйца и уксус), которые есть на Вашей кухне, а другие - более низкого качества. В результате при расслаивании майонеза белок остаётся лежать на поверхности мяса белыми хлопьями, а масло с ароматизаторами и вкусовыми добавками стекает вниз, делая блюдо жирнее и ароматнее, то есть, создавая «новый, неповторимый вкус». Возможно, в 1980-х, когда все продукты, включая майонез, изготовлялись с меньшим количеством консервантов, запекание мяса под майонезом имело смысл (особенно в тех случаях, когда растительного и сливочного масла было не достать). Сейчас этому нет рациональных объяснений.

Собственноручно приготовленный майонез в мясе по-французски вообще ни к чему – какой смысл смешивать ингредиенты, чтобы потом эмульсия расслоилась?

Что приготовить вместо мяса по-французски?

Распространённая ошибка начинающих кулинаров – запекание мяса, не до конца размороженного и нарезанного маленькими кусочками, что неизбежно приводит к сухости мяса. Эту ошибку успешно маскирует майонез, пропитывая мясо и создавая иллюзию благополучия.

Существуют и другие способы сохранения сочности мяса: обжаривание в кляре или быстрое обжаривание кусочков в мучной панировке на раскалённом масле, что создаёт корочку и запирает соки внутри. (Следует учесть, что вернуть сочность вареному мясу таким способом не получится.)

И еще одно важное замечание: солить мясо следует после обжарки, это поможет сохранить его соки. Руководствуясь этими советами, можно легко и быстро приготовить аналог мяса по-французски: обжарить слегка отбитое панированное мясо на раскалённой сковороде, после чего довести его до готовности в духовке, дополнив луком и грибами, полив сметаной.

Безопасный рецепт

Для убеждённых любителей мяса по-французски мы подобрали наиболее безопасный и вкусный рецепт.

Вам потребуется: любое мясо (подойдёт даже курица), шампиньоны, лук, помидоры, сыр, а для соуса – сметана, брынза или фета и пряности.

Приготовление: Мясо нарезаем пластами поперёк волокон, отбиваем, слегка смазываем горчицей, панируем в муке и обжариваем на прокалённом масле до образования корочки – по 30-40 секунд с каждой стороны. Не забудьте, что солить следует после обжарки!

Разминаем брынзу и добавляем сметану и Ваши любимые пряности. Хорошо сюда подойдут чёрный перец, майоран, базилик, розмарин. Соус готов.

В посуду для запекания выкладываем слой лука, порезанного кольцами. На луковой подушке раскладываем слоями обжаренное мясо, обжаренные грибы и нарезанные дольками помидоры.

Всю конструкцию поливаем соусом. Можно добавить немного оливок, яблок, долек лимона или ананаса. Посыпаем сверху тёртым сыром и ставим в духовку на средний огонь на 20-30 минут или на слабый огонь и большее время.

          Decimal numbers with comma fail validation in German or Turkish      Cache   Translate Page      


I have Language option in my project with localization. 

if I use  type="number" in Turkish Or German I get this error that "Please enter a number". Number is 1,5

if I use English, I mean 1.2 in Enlish, there is no problem ?

how to fix it ? why I can not use type="number"

public decimal Price { get; set; }
<div class="form-group">
   <label asp-for="Price"></label>
   <input asp-for="Price" class="form-control" type="number"/>
   <span asp-validation-for="Price" class="text-danger"></span>

in Turkish and Germany, Decimal Symbol is comma and 

Digit grouping symbol is dot/full stop

The following examples show the decimal separator and the thousands separator in various countries.

Style Countries
1,234,567.89 Canada (English-speaking; unofficial), China, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, México, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States.
1234567.89 SI style (English version), Australia, Canada (English-speaking), China, Sri Lanka, Switzerland (officially encouraged for currency numbers only[40]).
1234567,89 SI style (French version), Albania, Belgium (French), Bulgaria, Canada (French-speaking), Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Latin Europe, Norway, Peru, Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland (officially encouraged, except currency numbers[40]), Ukraine.
1,234,567·89 Ireland, Malaysia, Malta, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom (older, typically hand written)[41]
1.234.567,89 Argentina, Austria, Belgium (Dutch: most common), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia,[42][43] Denmark, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain,[44]Turkey, Vietnam.
12,34,567.89 Bangladesh, India (see Indian Numbering System).
1'234'567.89 Switzerland (computing), Liechtenstein.
1'234'567,89 Switzerland (handwriting).
1.234.567'89 Spain (handwriting).
123,4567.89 China (based on powers of 10 000—see Chinese numerals).

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Cool and showery eastern Mediterranean, unsettled northern Europe Wednesday Fair for most of Portugal and Spain on Wednesday. Plenty of sunshine but some morning mist and fog patches too. Fine for the Balearics, Corsica and Sardinia with lots of sunshine and dry weather too. Remaining dry in Italy although foggy at first, especially in the north. Cool in Greece with sunny spells, some wintry showers in Turkey. Rain and wind in central and northern France, fair to the south with sunny spells. More rain and cloud in the Low Countries and much of Germany, but mild. Poland should be dry with sunny spells. Dry in Austria and Hungary as well as Switzerland. Increasing cloud bringing wind and rain in the afternoon to Denmark. Rain in southern Sweden but dry for most of the country. The Baltic States will be fair, although soe snow later. Breezy with snow in Finland. air in southern Norway but snow in central and northern areas.

Thursday Another fine day in Iberia with plenty of sunshine and dry weather, although there could be some fog early in the morning in sheltered areas. Staying fair in the balearics, Corsica and Sardinia as well as Italy. Fair for Greece with lots of sunshine. Chilly and breezy in Greece with some showers in the eastern mediterranean and eastern Turkey. Cloud and patchy rain in the far north of France. Cloud and rain in the Low Countries and northern germany as well as much of Poland. Windy in these areas too. The south of France will be brighter with sunny spells. Some broken cloud in Switzerland with showers. Mainly dry in Austria with cloud and patchy rain in Hungary. Cloud and outbreaks of rain in Denmark. Breezy with cloud and some patchy rain in the baltic States. Breezy and rather cloud in Finland although windy with snow in the north. Cloud and rain affecting southern Norway, with some snow showers to the north.

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          Luka Modric ‘beats’ Ronaldo to win 2018 Ballon d’ Or award      Cache   Translate Page      

Croatia captain and Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric, has won the men’s Ballon d’Or award, the prestigious prize given to the best football in the world.

Modric beat five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo and World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann to the honour at a glamorous ceremony in Paris, France.

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The Croatia captain has proved a crucial part both of Real Madrid’s third successive Champions League triumph, beating Liverpool in the final 3-1, and as captain in Croatia’s impressive run to the World Cup final which earned him the tournament’s Golden Ball.

In 2018, Modric won his third consecutive Champions League trophy with club side Real Madrid and led Croatia to their first World Cup final, losing 4-2 to France.

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Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, dropped to 12th having been voted third best in last year’s poll.

World Cup winners N’Golo Kante (11) and Paul Pogba (15) finished in the top 20 after being recognised for their performances in Russia.

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          Session: Advanced Squad Leader:: My games played at the 2018 NY State ASL Championship      Cache   Translate Page      

by mtrodgers99

First match was with Joe Leoce. The scenario was J159 TROPIC LIGHTNING. I bid J0; Joe bid J2, so I received the Americans and Joe lost a 347 squad. Two highlights of this game for me: for the first time, I lost a tank to a Japanese set A-T DC. Cool. The second highlight was a Sherman firing WP at the Japanese ATG just to make the ATG firing worse; the crew rolled a 12 on the NMC! I managed to clear all the main village but I ran out of time before being able to take on the final two stone buildings. This is a fun scenario, but give the balance to the Americans.

Second match was with Keith Hill. The scenario was DTF-3 TRUE GRIT. I forget our bids; he got the Japanese and I might have had an extra LMG with the Dutch. My SW purchases were one light mortar and the rest were LMG. This was an average fall-back battle with interesting objectives spread in three possible areas. We had an exciting ending. On the last Japanese turn, Keith needed to take one more building. The only one his units reached had the Dutch 10-2 leader with a 347 squad. The Japanese unit that reached it was only a first line half squad. In the CC phase, the half squad ambushed the Dutch and eliminated them to get the eighth building! On the last Dutch turn, I was able to break that half squad and take back the building.

Third match was with Ron Duenski. The scenario was DTF-4 DEATH TO FASCISM. We each bid zero for opposite sides. Ron chose the defending Rumanians. My SW purchases were a light mortar, an ATR and several LMG. I saw another playing of this scenario were the Russian spent all 7 SWPP on a 50cal MG. I opened with style, using my two T34 tanks to throw infantry smoke in front of a Russian human wave coming from the Russian right. All the reinforcements also came in on the right (infantry on foot), except for one Valentine with a rider that came in on the left. Ron and I had some good laughs at our weapons. My light mortar’s first three shots were all tens. His ATG had a good shot at a Valentine, but did not kill it. The crew broke soon after and then rolled a twelve during rally. My left side Valentine bogged in the one ploughed field hex that it entered. Later, I rolled snake eyes to un-bog it; first time I rolled that for an un-bogging. That rider would take the only building for the Russians. Although my Russians got into the woods quickly, they ended up being bottled up there. I conceded when there was no longer enough time to achieve the VC. It feels to me that the Russian needs to split the reinforcements from the on-board troops at the beginning and perhaps use more riders early.

Fourth match was with Kedge Johnson. The scenario was FrF93 WIENER WALZER. I don’t remember our exact Pleva bids, but I played the Russian defence. I made the early going sort of easy for Kedge by rolling a 12 on the first shot for the Russian ATG. The Russian BT-7A took out the 251/10, but I got greedy when the towed 37 entered. I intensive fired with the BT-7A and rolled another 12! At least my light mortar destroyed a loaded halftrack. I made no attempt to defend the front bridge. Everything went for the back bridge. The German progress was a bit slow. A flanking move with two loaded halftracks did not have success. When Kedge moved a stack of two squads with a leader in the open accidentally where a T34 could shoot at it, I rolled a 1KIA. He conceded after that because it was too late in the game to recover and take the second objective.

Fifth match was with Keitil Hogenhaug from Norway. He would be the only new opponent for me during the weekend. The scenario was FrF98 AMERIKANSKAYA SUKA. We both bid G1 for this challenging scenario. Keitil won the dr, so I had the Russians with the balance of an extra LMG. The Russian must weigh the force allocation carefully to be able to defend the compulsory building and still take another multi-hex building. My decision was to put one T34 and one 628 at start near the compulsory building and the remaining on the right heading for the wooden side of town where there were no German defenders. Three of the reinforcing squads with the MMG went to the compulsory building. The other four zoomed to the wooden side of town and unloaded there. One M10 went to the compulsory area. Three M10 went to the right of that area to defend the shortest approach for the German reinforcements. Keitil sent the three Panthers to duel with the three M10. Then he took advantage of the gaps in my groups to drive the German trucks fairly close to the Russian compulsory building. The two JgPz 4 also attacked that building. We had a back and forth tank battle with PF and PSK also helping the German cause. My best moment was arranging a simultaneous type gun duel between a T34 and a Panther. I won the DR and destroyed it from the rear. In Russian turn five, I had a few setbacks that I thought would prevent me from winning, so I conceded.

Sixth match was with John Wood. He really wanted to play FrF98 from the previous round because he had started it with Tim Kelly the previous night. They were both so tired however, that they did not get very far with it and John told me they "did some things wrong". I agreed to play it if I could play the Germans. This match went quite differently from my previous playing. John set up the 628 group to attack up the Russian left. He had a couple of T34 tanks to give supporting fire on the same board and some on the right to do some flanking fire and movement. He sent three reinforcing squads up the Russian right and four squads to the compulsory building. Three M10 AFV went to the Russian right. I had only two squads defending the wooden buildings on the German left, but it was enough to force the Russians to unload outside of town. I used the German reinforcements to attack up the German right. I eliminated 3.5 of the 5 628 squads that had gotten too far away from their supporting AFV. My plan to attack the building that the Russians needed to keep changed as I started breaking gun tubes while trading shots with the Russian AFV. Both JgPz4 guns went out first. I did not try repairing them right away because my Panthers took up the cause. Then I broke one Panther gun. Time to start trying to repair the JgPz4 guns. Then I broke another Panther gun. Fortunately, the guns tubes had gotten some kills before breaking. I repaired one JgPz4 that killed another T34 before dying to an M10 side shot. I did not try to repair the two broken Panther guns. On the wooden side of town, the Russian infantry with three M10 overcame my infantry, so I shifted infantry to that area with the broken Panthers. I managed to break the two Russian squads that had taken a multi-hex building there. It was German turn five by then and John conceded.

I had a great four days of ASL thanks to Steve Pleva and Joe Leoce and my opponents.
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The election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil is a turning point for the global politics of climate change.

The election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil not only marks the rise of another populist nationalist leader on the world stage. It’s also a turning point for the global politics of climate change.

When the new president takes office in January 2019, by my estimate at least 30 percent of global emissions will be generated from democracies governed by populist nationalist leaders.

As climate policymakers meet at this week’s UN climate conference in Poland (a country itself governed by a populist nationalist party) people who care about achieving the Paris Agreement goal should push for and develop new strategies for advancing policies to reduce emissions within countries headed by these leaders.

Populism and cutting national emissions

What is populist nationalism? Although both populism and nationalism are contested terms, political scientist Francis Fukuyama, offers this tidy synthesis of the characteristics associated with populist nationalists leaders in democracies.

Firstly, these leaders define “the people” narrowly to refer to a single national identity which is oftentimes anti-elitist. Secondly, they promote policies which are popular among their selected people, or base of support, in the short term but may not be in the long-term economic, social or environmental interests of the country. Thirdly, populist nationalists are expert at capitalizing on their supporters’ cultural fears about a loss of status in society.

Over the past five years there have been several populist electoral victories in countries that are among the highest emitters of greenhouse gases. This includes the U.S., India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland and the Philippines. While these regimes each represent a different brand of populist nationalism, they exhibit the basic characteristics I’ve just described.

From my perspective as a scholar focused on global energy and climate policies, it’s clear that the political structure of populist nationalism makes introducing policies to reduce, or mitigate, emissions in democracies difficult.

Mitigation policies require leaders to expend short-term political capital for long-term economic and environmental gains. However, populists have shown a particularly strong disinterest for doing so, particularly if those short-term costs would affect their prioritized group of the people.

Perhaps the clearest example of this is President Donald Trump’s unwinding of the Clean Power Plan. It may bring short-term benefits to his base, which includes coal miners and related interests, but it is not aligned with long-term energy market trends in the U.S. toward natural gas, wind and solar for generating electricity and away from coal.

Resistant to global pressure

Secondly, as several country-level case studies have shown, developing policies to reduce national emissions is often a top-down and elite-driven activity. This is particularly true in high-emitting middle-income democracies like Mexico or Indonesia. In these countries, mitigation policies, like carbon taxes, have not emerged by way of large scale social movements but by top-down policy processes supported by international donors and nongovernment actors. In these countries, climate mitigation is at risk of being overridden by policies with more popular appeal.

In a forthcoming paper on Mexico, a colleague and I investigate incoming President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO’s) mitigation policy. The AMLO administration has publicly committed to reduce emissions through a little-known set of carbon pricing policies, while at the same time responding to a popular demand to reduce fuel prices by increasing domestic oil refining. In the contest between the top-down mitigation policy and the widespread popular demands for low gasoline prices, it is likely that the latter will take priority.

A third issue relates to the international governance of climate mitigation. Under the Paris Agreement, governments are asked to progressively ratchet up their emission reduction goals. This mechanism assumes political leaders will respond to international pressure to increase their ambition. However, populist nationalists have shown that they are not motivated by international reactions to their climate policies.

Take Indonesian President Joko Widodo, for instance, who was elected into office in 2014. As I have described elsewhere, one of his first moves in office was to shut down a US$1 billion mitigation policy program funded by the Norwegian government. This decision to close the agency breached the bilateral agreement between Indonesia and Norway, and points to the disregard shown by some of these leaders to international political pressure.

As these short anecdotes suggest, the mechanism by which populist nationalists hold and retain political power makes it difficult to introduce climate mitigation policies. Their interest is to prioritize short-term programs which favor their select group of the people, rather than longer-term mitigating policies which have widespread economic and environmental benefits. Also, because they don’t comply with traditional norms of international relations, it will not be possible to coerce this group into meeting the Paris Agreement goals.

However, there are some ways countries that want to make reach consensus on global climate policies can better engage these leaders.

Ways to engage

As a starting point, it is important to emphasize the short-term benefits of climate mitigation policy to populists.

I believe policymakers and advocates would be well-served in drawing attention to how clean energy may bring multiple short-term benefits to the people on whose support these leaders rely, including lowering domestic air pollution, low cost energy, improved health outcomes and less reliance on foreign fuel imports. Indeed on some of these points, Bolsonaro, has recently said that he will increase the country’s hydropower and nuclear capacity.

Further, recent research suggests the cultural dimension of populist nationalism is of central importance. Rather than reducing emissions and tackling global climate change, it may be better to frame mitigation as part of a large-scale effort towards modernization; that is, modernizing energy systems, transportation systems and infrastructure. A narrative built around modernization, highlighting the economic and societal benefits for all, may resonate more with the disaffected middle classes who have led the rise of populist nationalism.

At the international level too there may be some approaches to ensuring the international governance regime continues in the face of this current wave of populist nationalism. As scholars David Victor and Bruce Joneshave recently argued, it may be useful to form small groups – or clubs – of countries which share similar interests to focus on clean technology and policy innovation. Focusing on shared interests within small clubs may work better than trying to push populist nationalists to comply with broad international agreements.

Populist nationalist leaders, like Bolsonaro, are the consequence of deeply entrenched economic, political and cultural shifts that have occurred in democracies over decades. These leaders, in other words, are likely to be a feature of democratic politics for some time into the future.

To continue to make progress on global climate agreements, I think it’s crucial that negotiating countries meet national populist leaders on their own terms for ongoing attempts to save the climate.


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Suaram’s Human Rights Report Overview for 2018 further calls for the abolition of detention-without-trial laws, the death penalty, the Sedition Act and the UUCA and other human rights violations that the PH government has found too convenient to use like their BN predecessors. The time never seems to be ripe for realising human rights in Malaysia.

1. When will it be time to outlaw racial discrimination in Malaysia?

While the new PH government says the time is not ripe to ratify the ICERD that the general assembly of the UN passed in 1965, let me remind them that as long ago as 1913, before the First World War, the Russian revolutionaries already had a position on the national question. Yes, more than 100 years ago, their concern at the time was that nations within Russia were being denied the right to self-determination in the name of opportunistic Great-Russian nationalism. Does that ring a bell in Malaysia amid the cries of the Malay supremacists?

Thus, instead of introducing red herrings such as the suggestion that the Malaysian constitution is racially discriminatory, we should endeavour to enact the necessary legislation to give domestic effect to ICERD. There is nothing to stop the “New Malaysia” from putting into place legislation and enforcement mechanisms that ensure that victims of discrimination can have access to an Equality Act and an Equality and Human Rights Commission to redress any racial discrimination.

Is the PH government not ashamed to be seen as perhaps the only supposedly democratic country that, more than 60 years after independence, still practises racially discriminatory “Bumi-only” policies such as those that exist at UiTM?

I am PM of a democratic nation BUT if you are NOT a pribumi you CAN'T join my Pribumi Party

Let me remind the nation that with Article 153 in the Federal Constitution from 1957 to 1971, such institutions did not exist in our then newly independent nation. It was only after the coup d’etat against the Tunku by the new Malay ruling elite in May 1969 with their Bumiputera-ist ideology that such discriminatory policies transformed Malaysian society.

2. When will it be time to bring back local government elections?

We are also told by the new PH government that we cannot afford to bring back elected local governments because of the supposed debt mountain inherited from the previous BN government. Whether our national debt is RM1 trillion or in fact RM800 billion depends on whether we include government guarantees and lease payments under public-private partnerships.

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The size of Malaysia’s government debt in international statistics for 2017 is actually 64% of GDP, compared to China’s 65%, Singapore’s 110% and Japan’s 236%. Moody’s figure for Malaysia in 2018 is 50.8% of GDP. Clearly, it is our economic fundamentals that count and the finance minister has assured us they are sound. So why does the new PH government continually use this mythical debt mountain as an excuse to cut public expenditure?

Malaysia must be the first country that, while claiming to be democratic, gives the excuse of insufficient funds for not implementing local government elections. The PH parties have been slamming the former BN government for years for not bringing back elected local councils but this latest excuse is pretty lame.

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3. When will it be time to tax the super-rich and redistribute wealth?

The time never seems to be ripe to implement wealth redistribution by progressive taxation of the super-rich top 1% of our society. The finance minister said Budget 2019 did not tax the super-rich because it would have shocked the financial system.

We would think that it is time for the progressive taxation of the super-rich instead of constantly raiding Petronas’ dividends to bridge the budget deficit which we have been doing ever since Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s first term as prime minister.

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Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim was a PH member until he criticised the “billionaires running the show”. There are other “eminent” advisers who are the country’s top plantation owners, independent power producers and property developers who are advisers in PH-run states such as Perak. Such a pattern reeks of glaring conflict of interests. The works minister recently bemoaned the excessive “super profits” reaped by toll operators all these years.

It is worth reminding Malaysians that the total wealth of the Forbes 50 richest Malaysians (the top 0.0017%) is more than RM300 billion compared to the combined wealth of the B40 of just RM20 billion. But apparently, we cannot upset the top 1% of our high society or it will shake the entire financial system! The rest of us 99% of Malaysians can continue to be taxed and the financial system and the market will be just fine.

4. When will it be time to firmly regulate developers for the benefit of the people and the environment?

It is clear that particular rich developers have got the new government in their pockets since they were given the contract for the FundMyHome scheme one day after the budget was announced.

Apart from the criticism of cronyism in this project, private developers should stay out of public housing for the people. Let the federal government, state governments and elected local councils be in charge of public housing for the B40 and the working people of this country.

And instead of looking east and west and north, they should just drive south of the border to find out how they manage public housing across the causeway. 

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Crony capitalism happens when the government is hand in glove with property tycoons and this results in house prices being artificially pushed up by limiting supply.

We need government intervention to solve the housing crisis and build liveable homes for the majority – not let the market dictate. Developers in Penang, Selangor and other states continue to have their way reclaiming land, building highways and flouting regulations by building on hill slopes even after two disasters killed more than 20 people in Penang recently.

State governments have been allowing private developers to acquire land even when there are unresolved issues of temples and communities that have been in those locations for decades, such as the Seafield temple. As was the complaint in the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan during the 80s, there have been few provisions in council and state plans for temples and burial sites for minority communities.

5. When will it be time to commit to the climate change agenda and clean environment?

How long are we going to rely on Petronas dividends to patch up the budget deficit like we have been doing since the 70s? When will we have a sovereign wealth fund like that of Norway’s which is worth more than US$1 trillion although their petroleum industry only started in the 90s while ours started in the 70s and we have only US$100 billion of assets?

What is our commitment to renewable energy and a clean environment? Why are we importing plastic waste when we can hardly cope with our own domestically generated waste? 

And if the new PH government cannot close down the Lynas plant, they should apologise to the people as well as to the former BN government because they rose to power on the discontent of the people there over the Lynas plant. 

It will be yet another unkept promise in the PH Buku Harapan. The people around Kuantan still want the toxic plant to close and to ask Lynas to generate its toxic waste in its own backyard in Australia.

The continuing travails of our indigenous peoples who are plagued by the encroachments of plantation interests and developers into their native customary lands such as the Temiar at Gua Musang show that there is a desperate need for a Ministry for Indigenous Peoples and a national agenda to improve the lives of our indigenous peoples.

Ad hoc state behaviour continues to exploit land for profit and abrogates their responsibility as stewards to conserve our precious and biodiverse forests for the benefit of future generations of indigenous communities and as a brake on climate change that benefits all. The forest reserve in Gombak is about to be de-gazetted by PH, just as Bukit Sungai Putih in Cheras was de-gazetted in 1992 for “development” by BN.

6. When will it be time for an accountable, effective police force?

The home ministry and the police have been portrayed in the media as super efficient at apprehending alleged Abu Sayyaf and IS terrorists, but they prove to be useless in finding Indira Gandhi’s daughter, Pastor Raymond Koh, and other victims of enforced disappearances. 

We now hear of vigilantes in Kedah who abduct victims with impunity, apparently to “convert” them. This is an alarming trend for there is not a great distinction between such abductions and enforced disappearances.

Why are the police characteristically late whenever racist mobs attack peaceful assemblies? This was seen not only recently at the Seafield temple but also at Kampung Medan in 2001, the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in 2000, the Asia Pacific Conference on East Timor in 1996 and other such mob violence in recent years including May 13 in 1969.

And we should stop calling these incidents “racial riots” – they are in fact mob attacks by racists and fascists intent on intimidating ethnic minorities in the country. Thus, the PH government’s decision to call off the ratification of ICERD is actually a triumph of fascism in this country.

There is an urgent need for a multi-ethnic peace-keeping force that can be rapidly deployed to any flash point such as that which occurred at Seafield and Kampung Medan in order to prevent any possible racial violence.

To conclude, after kicking out the old BN government on May 9, the Malaysian people will not put up with the same lame excuses for postponing the implementation of these basic human rights.

It is incumbent upon Malaysia’s civil society to carry on the struggle for a truly progressive New Malaysia in which human rights are respected and real reforms that uphold those rights are realised in our society. To all the progressive and peace-loving people of Malaysia, Suaram wishes you the speedy actualisation of human rights in our lives.

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We need more than a tv debate on the future of Britain and Europe.

lead Screenshot: the seven-way BBC election debate, May 2017. YouTube.

“I don’t think there is a silver bullet, but the market-place of ideas is at the heart of democracy. We all bring ideas and opinions into that market-place and we talk and discuss, and we argue, but we bargain and we compromise. That is what is collapsing.”  Matthew Goodwin on preventing the rage of the US parcel-bomber from spreading, BBC2 Newsnight, October 26, 2018

After ducking out of the televised seven-way general election debate of 2017, on the grounds that “the debates where the politicians are squabbling amongst themselves don’t do anything for the process of electioneering”, Theresa May gained a reputation for ‘not doing debate’. The Brexit tv debate she has proposed for December 9 in front of millions of viewers who will have no say in the outcome, was “consuming Westminster’s political advisers and the nation’s broadcasters” four days ago, but has not yet been agreed. Caroline Lucas, calling for another public vote on Brexit is taking a principled position on this: saying that any debate "must be cross-party, featuring a diverse range of voices representing every nation, as well as every stance on this deal and our relationship with the EU". The BBC version appears to be “10 prominent supporters of May’s deal and 10 opponents who would have the chance to ask questions”, described as “messy” by Labour, since the opposition would precisely be seen as squabbling among themselves. But as Craig Oliver, David Cameron’s former director of communications put it, a television debate is not a debate: “It becomes a basic method of message delivery rather than a real debate.”

Meanwhile, the real debate with which Theresa May has not engaged during her lonely tour of duty in one-way persuasion, is surely the one at the heart of a liberal democracy: democratic debate leading to compromise between legitimate political adversaries. Setting aside her preference for conducting the Brexit process as a secretive Whitehall operation, everything May has done since inheriting the binary referendum result on the UK’s future relationship to the EU has been an avoidance of debate, from the resistance of the UK government to seeking parliamentary approval for Article 50 or to a “meaningful debate” on the final deal, to the ministerial power grab over the Withdrawal Bill and secretive plans for trade deals, the marginalisation of the devolved nations, the refusal of plan-B discussions, and the insistence that “Brexit means Brexit” through months and years in which it has become increasingly clear that no-one really knows what Brexit means.

Yesterday like the proverbial worm, the despised and marginalised ‘squabbling politicians’, turned, aided by carefully timed advice from the Advocate General to the European Court of Justice. This was the first mention of anyone officially involved in the negotiations that Britain might change its mind. Faced by a no-deal, a Member-State could change its intention to withdraw from the EU and revoke Article 50, since Article 50 is invoked in the first place “to notify the European Council of ‘its intention’– and not of its decision – to withdraw, and such an intention may change.” Not only this, but in accordance with our parliamentary sovereignty, and, Manuel Campos Sánchez-Bordona adds, in the interests of European integration, the decision indeed rests with the squabbling politicians of a Member State to choose to “reverse its initial decision.”

Today, May’s ‘triple defeat’ by parliament has elicited a warning from leading Brexit-backing Cabinet Minister, Liam Fox, that Remainer MPs are trying to “steal Brexit from the British people” which he describes as a “democratic affront”. But the truth is that MP’s supporting the legal action in Luxembourg, like Caroline Lucas and Chris Bryant, in their campaign for a second referendum, have been fighting a valiant battle against the odds and the Government, to give the British people a say. Under the desert conditions for democracy created by those conducting the Brexit negotiations, they are the ones who have insisted on keeping some sort of public space open and ticking. Bryant’s response to the legal advice was to express the hope that the final say on Brexit would be handed back to the public, “because only the people of the United Kingdom can sort this out.” It is being argued that the Advocate General’s opinion, by the same token, gives the EU every reason to extend Article 50 for such an outcome, since a choice to remain made by the people might well be considered a stronger mandate than a decision to remain made by MPs alone.

But whether Brexit is to be stolen from the British people or sorted out by them, the invocation of a unitary people’s will in both cases should raise alarm bells. Just how should a large and diverse, not to mention increasingly polarised people “change its mind” or “have a say”? Albert Weale’s pithy answer to the question, 'Can 'a people' have 'a will"? is decisively in the negative There is no singular will of the people emerging from a plurality of peopleThere is no one super-individual – the people – that has changed its mindThere is no will of the people independently of the rules used to combine different opinions”. He reminds us that a people does not change its mind, but that in a democracy, under a set of rules chosen in a decision that is supremely political, people do. Whatever the outcome to the roller coaster in which we are now engaged and even at this late and bewildering stage, we can only begin to “take back control” to the extent that our voices can finally be heard in a way that can persuade and effect meaningful change. The question, for both parliament and people, is what is a “meaningful debate”?

My own conviction is that all selective versions of a Brexit debate proliferate enemy images. We see only too well the cumulative dehumanising impact on ‘migrants’ when they are only ever spoken about, and, in the Windrush case for example, how shocking the effect when we finally hear directly from them. The speed at which “Europeans” began to be sucked into the “hostile environment” came as another, more recent shock. Don’t we need a debate that can “out”, identify and encompass all these points of view, one that brings Leavers and Remainers, ordinary and elite, face to face across all the boundaries and borders so far erected by the multiple toxic polarisations of the issue? 

This would be a public debate at least as ambitious and inclusive as the Scottish referendum debate was at its best. One that included the 16 to 18 year olds who were included in that process, and not in the EU referendum, on the grounds that this is their future we are talking about. A debate that welcomes the voices of the many migrants and fellow-Europeans in our midst, elite and ordinary as well. But above all, voices open to each other in all their diversity, willing to listen, even to care, and yes, even to change their minds.

What is a “meaningful debate” ?

Only a comprehensive, extended and inclusive People’s Debate can effect this process of citizen empowerment. Anthony Barnett’s ‘open letter to Remainers’ this June on openDemocracy was the first sign of movement towards the kind of listening that would be involved. By September, Neal Lawson was on openDemocracy warning supporters of the People’s Vote to be careful what they wished for, and extending Barnett’s argument in the direction of a four-point agenda for democratising the process that included citizens’ assemblies, a constitutional convention for the UK and a new policy agenda for Europe. Lawson also demanded a “systemic domestic policy response to the causes of Brexit”. Recently, as the Brexit deadlines threatened, another breakthrough moment was Caroline Lucas’s closing contribution to the Channel 4 Big Brexit Debate: What does the UK really think? as a key proponent of the People’s Vote:

“ What we need to be doing is recognising as well that many of the people who voted ‘leave’ have very legitimate grievances that need to be tackled. So the People’s Vote campaign isn’t just saying  – ‘Let’s just swap and see if we can get a vote like this that changes the balance…’. It’s massively important that the People’s Vote campaign and all of us who want to seize the opportunity for people to have a say, recognise that this is not about turning the clock back two years, but about saying let us make sure that we address those underlying reasons that drove so many people to feel that the only solution was to leave the EU, when in fact leaving the EU will make things worse for them.”

Fellow People’s Vote advocate and openDemocracy columnist, Mary Kaldor, reiterated this point in her advice to the Labour Party: “if we are to address the real concerns of the leave voters we need to be inside the EU campaigning for a change of rules.” But she also called for “a genuine constitutional debate throughout the country – a debate about the kind of society we want to live in and how to tackle the deep-seated problems linked to jobs, housing, health, and, above all, democracy that led to the howl of anguish represented by the Brexit vote.”

But it took Gordon Brown, in his capacity as former UK prime minister, to go further in thinking about what is needed over and above any second public vote or even beyond a general election, if we are to have a democratic Brexit process at last. Divisions could “merely worsen” in an already “bitterly divided country”, since “at least two and possibly many more years of acrimonious EU negotiations still lie ahead”, he warns, in To calm the Brexit storm, we must listen to the UK’s views again, FT, November 16.

Because “the deadlock in parliament seems unlikely to be broken by MPs alone”, Brown proposes bringing together in each region a representative panel of a few hundred citizens, together constituting a “platform to allow discussion of important issues such as immigration, sovereignty, the state of our industrial towns and regions. Through it, by exploring both the causes and consequences of Brexit, we can see whether any consensus can be forged.”

Brown proposes the creation of a “new kind of royal commission” in order to be credible, authoritative and impartial. But I would argue instead for parliamentarians to become joint custodians of this new politics of persuasion in a constitution that devolved their most precious function to the citizens ­– what Albert Weale calls the “institutionalised debate in which competing views are expressed within a set of rules”. Citizens already have voices in ways without parallel before the internet era. Becoming the guarantors and enablers of such an inclusive, pluralist debate could be the best way to rescue democratic representation from its ‘gatekeeping’ crisis, with a useful knock-on effect on an overweening media.

All it would take is the simple acknowledgement that who picks the subjects and frames the debate is the democratic crux of the matter, as the political theorist Stuart White pointed out on openDemocracy three years ago in his survey of constitutional conventions:

“If we are in a constitutional moment, then it is not appropriate to let the key questions be settled just through the processes of ‘normal’ politics. Democratic theory says that this is a time when ‘We the people’ have a right to settle what happens precisely because what is at stake is a set of very basic questions about how we are ruled. A constitutional convention (CC) is potentially one way of giving ‘We the people’ this leading role…  If a convention is to be genuinely ‘people-led’ mustn’t its agenda be responsive to the people? Allowing the convention a wide remit, or allowing it to identify issues for itself, gives us all an opportunity to campaign to the convention to address issues we think important. It draws us all into the discussion and thereby helps to create a democratic constitutional moment… A key principle here is that devolution and decentralisation ought to be bottom-up processes with real accountability to local people.”

White had an encouraging message for us when it came to Labour and the Greens:

“First, as I think Labour (and the Greens) already accept, membership of the convention – or conventions – should be drawn largely from members of the general public, chosen by lot but in a way that is designed to be broadly representative of the population. (Exactly which population? The standard assumption is that the relevant population consists of UK citizens, but David Owen argues forcefully that non-citizen residents and non-residents should also have representation in a CC.)”

Gordon Brown’s choice of subjects for his debating platform, ought he thinks to “particularly examine those contentious issues where the situation has changed significantly since 2016”, citing both “national identity” and freedom of movement. Yet if Brown acknowledges the evidence of shifting opinions on the latter, Theresa May certainly does not.  We learn that she rejects any Norway-style compromise deal with the Labour party. Why? On the grounds that ending freedom of movement is the hardest of the prime minister’s red lines. Again why? – we don’t know. Maybe it is for the same reason that Kramp-Karrenbauer, hailed as the most Merkel-like of her successor candidates, has announced that she would be much “stricter” on migration than Merkel.

But can’t we do better than that? Couldn’t we hope instead, taking inspiration from Ada Colau’s PAH movement, that one advantage of a People’s Debate over a People’s Vote is the chance to include non-citizen residents and non-residents in this inclusive, empowering national debate? And that those pluralist encounters might similarly lead in a mutually enabling direction?

Brown’s proposal is a breakthrough, first and foremost, in the recognition that Brexit is a historic process in which people need to have a say. It pays the referendum due respect for being a democratic prompt for a “unique consultation”, a multi-faceted process of exchange that “by opening a dialogue across the country and engaging in a constructive, outward-looking conversation about our future” might help us discover “a road back to a more cohesive country, reuniting around shared values and rediscovered common interests.”

How not to frame a democratic debate

“So we need to think about what institutions, what mechanisms can we put in place that support that market-place of ideas. And that means mixing our friendship groups and our social networks – it means having better political leadership – it means starting early at university and at school level and making sure people are exposed to different perspectives…” Matthew Goodwin on preventing the rage of the US parcel-bomber from spreading, BBC2 Newsnight, October 26, 2018

If this is what is needed then one way not to frame that People’s Debate is highlighted by the interesting spat that recently broke out on openDemocracy among other places, between academics protesting at a panel debate billed for December 6 by Claire Fox’s Academy of Ideas and UnHerd.

A number of academics, journalists and commentators are planning to take part in a ‘debate’ originally titled and intended to answer the question: “Is Rising Ethnic Diversity a Threat to the West?”. Speakers include Matthew Goodwin, Eric Kaufmann, Claire Fox, Trevor Phillips and David Aaronovitch. (The title has now changed.)

Their critics accuse them of framing diversity as a threat, when it is perfectly possible to “discuss far right language without using it yourself”.  Their open letter protests that: "This debate shuts itself down, as no other alternative factor or scenario is identified as a ‘threat’, and it is hard to recognise much in the way of a diversity of opinion on a panel where most of the speakers are on the record as blaming immigration and multiculturalism for complex and multi-faceted social problems ". In the comment spaces of openDemocracy, the ongoing argument soon arrives at the key issue of democratic debate: “The people hosting this debate, so narrowly framed in such a way, seemingly provide a platform for arguments that can only draw one possible and predefined conclusion. So. Not much of a 'debate' then...”,“To reiterate, we are not seeking to shut down debate or evade difficult arguments – these issues are widely discussed in academia and in public fora. We are simply asking that we do not give yet more ground to those who seek to shift the blame for systemic failures onto communities who are already subject to oppression and hostility, and legitimise hate and scapegoating as if that is analysis.”

Critics of the critics, for their part, are determined to defend free speech, “Because in order to think we have to be free to speak. Freedom of thought and freedom of speech is a dialectical process in which we express and explore ideas, and as a society how we reach solutions for complex issues. Having to tolerate ideas that you do not agree with is the cost of freedom of speech.”

A dialectical process is one in which both sides cross boundaries, and a third term emerges which goes beyond them, into new territory. It's certainly what is needed. But how exactly can this take place? With polling indicating a widening gulf between Remain voters determined to ‘stop Brexit’ and Leave voters reconciling themselves to crashing out, what can stop this runaway process of polarisation?

Some of us have been asking this for some time.

On openDemocracy the indefatigable journalists, Adam Ramsay, Peter Geoghegan and others, who have for many months been investigating questions about the funding and the political influences behind the Leave campaigns, have recently secured the grim satisfaction of the Electoral Commission belatedly referring Aaron Banks to the National Crime Agency for investigation. Whatever the outcome – and Laura Kuenssberg told us on the same day that this was “unlikely to affect the Brexit process” – it is precisely at this point that we need to remind ourselves of the article Adam Ramsay wrote a year ago, to say, “Remainers: don’t use our investigations as an excuse”– an excuse, that is, not to ask much deeper questions about why they lost the EU referendum to 17 million voters in the first place.

One of the speakers participating in the Academy of Ideas/UnHerd debate, Matthew Goodwin, has been making exactly the same important point. Goodwin complained this August about “a clear and concerted attempt to try and delegitimize the result by implying that either voters were duped or that the Leave campaign was crooked; and absolutely no engagement whatsoever with the growing pile of evidence that we now have on why people actually voted for Brexit.” At the time he concluded, “To many on the liberal left – Brexit is to be opposed not understood.”

Goodwin is an expert in the deep roots of English euroscepticism, the rise of UKIP and the Brexit result. His disappointment that the referendum didn't pave the way for a long-overdue national debate focused on addressing the divides, inequalities and grievances that had led to this moment is palpable and surely justified. What better candidate might one seek for framing a Brexit People’s Debate, particularly as together with Roger Eatwell, Goodwin has just published a new book entitled National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy, promoted  as a “compelling case for serious, respectful engagement with the supporters and ideas of national populism.”

The signs were promising. Here were authors willing to challenge the longue durée of  “the deep-rooted suspicion of the ‘masses’ which lies at the heart of liberal democracy”.  Here we have not only the expertise and the research base, but the manifest concern for the people they were studying and commitment to reversing their political disenfranchisement. Roger Eatwell’s The rising tide of national populism: we need to talk seriously about immigration, summarises the key democracy argument that runs through the book for openDemocracy, and urges a braver generation of politicians to embark on “serious talk about immigration”. Matthew Goodwin, publishing his overview on UnHerd on October 23, ends with a refreshing call for “more room for deliberation and input from across society through devolution, the roll-out of citizens initiatives or making greater use of referendums at the local level.”

On that same day, however, openDemocracy published the open letter citing Goodwin as one of the speakers and organisers of the debate planned for December 6 and originally billed, “Is Rising Ethnic Diversity a Threat to the West?” Could it really be that at this critical conjuncture, some of our best intellectuals, commentators and journalists, including those most alert to ‘national populist’ alienation, were seemingly absorbed in another round of “How can we play with xenophobia without being xenophobic ?”

Is an answer to be found in Goodwin and Eatwell’s accounts of National Populism. Or might they instead give us just what we need to frame our inclusive, national, People’s Debate on Brexit and migration?

‘National populism’ – what is going on?

James Meek  in the October 11 issue of the LRB had raised his own concerns over Goodwin’s framing of the Brexit debate. Pointing out that his reading of Brexit tended to oppose “ordinary Leave voters against an arrogant Remainer elite as if those were the two sides at issue”, Meek argued that in doing this, Goodwin not only overlooked, “ordinary Remain voters, many of whom, though typically younger and better educated, feel as powerless, angry and betrayed as their counterparts on the other side”, but also ignored “an arrogant Leave elite, the Brexiteers”.  Every day brings further revelations about their motivation, role and reach at work in British politics and its decision-making processes. Surely, for example, it is important for the British public, and not them alone, to be alert to the foreign and domestic backers of Tommy Robinson as well as to his plans?

But looking more closely at Goodwin’s argument in UnHerd, there is one additional strand in his framing of the Brexit debate here which sure enough leads him inexorably to “Diversity [as] a Threat”, despite the fact that as a filter, it can only be self-defeating with regard to the very “deliberation and input from across society” which Goodwin and Eatwell seek. It is an argument that by the same token plunges us back into the increasingly stark choice of our times between horizontal empowerment and the monocultural National Us with which my argument began.

The strand begins by narrowing in on a particular definition of the UK’s excluded and unrepresented:

“ you will see record numbers of women and ethnic minorities in the corridors of power. This should be applauded. But when it comes to others in society, who have also been the most likely to vote for national populists ­– the working-class and non-graduates – it is an entirely different story.”

These are the people that Trump, Farage, Salvini and Le Pen claim to speak for, and Goodwin says that they “have a point.” However it is a rather selective point, if we consider the strange Leaver coalition which actually spatched together genuine victims of austerity and internationalisation with much more affluent leavers in the southern counties nostalgic for a Greater Britain. This is then accompanied by an equally selective definition of the defining opposition:

“As those with advanced qualifications have acquired more representation and power, governments have over time become more empathetic toward their desires and shaped more around ‘cosmopolitan standards’.”

Soon we are presented with the European elites, including those in the UK, backing everyone but their own working class and non-graduates, due to their ‘cosmopolitan standards’. This makes a certain sense, given that:

“ while 57% of elites across Europe felt that immigration had been good for their respective country only 25% of voters felt the same way. Political, business and media elites were far more likely to feel they had benefited from being in the EU, to back further integration and support refugees and the role of Islam in Europe.”

Education plays a crucial role in this division. But the role that it plays has nothing to do with the way that a technocratic political class hand in hand with their media might manipulate the fears of the less educated to consolidate their power, leaving only the better educated relatively unscathed. Instead, Goodwin quotes Boven and Wille approvingly, whose study of ‘diploma democracy’ in the Netherlands (2011), was broadened to cover Europe in 2017. Their concern is that education is exclusionary at the level of political debate:

“In a diploma democracy the well-educated voice resonates much more strongly at the ballot box; in deliberative sessions and expert meetings; in parliaments and cabinets”.

and their conclusion that the educated can moreover, be narrowly self-interested:

“Yet whereas Plato’s idealised ruling class was an ascetic brotherhood working for the common good in small city states, today’s rulers are increasingly cosmopolitan, insular and at times self-serving.”

There are many reasons why political representation is in crisis today, and an inability to serve the common good must be a dominant factor. But can a cosmopolitan tendency really bear the explanatory weight that it is given here? It is a convenient descriptive, to be sure, since a sense of relative ease with ‘the other’ is perhaps the sole factor seeming to unite the advantage of EU membership with further European integration, welcoming refugees and being happy to live side by side with people of the Muslim faith. Moreover, in itself, the consequent willingness to accept change provides a ready if not obviously irresponsible point of contrast to the “socially conservative views” that Eatwell informs us are “common” among national populist supporters and “deeply held”.

However, for researchers so alert to homogenising biases and stereotypes, this choice of unifying trait seems hasty, if only and in particular because everything we might assume about the self-serving nature of political élites today suggests a marked inability to empathise with another ‘other’ – namely the very people whom Goodwin and Eatwell have committed themselves to understanding, caring about and empowering. Why draw the ‘cosmopolitan’ line at them?

Yet this is where Goodwin’s argument ends, in a quotation carefully chosen to urge an opponent that by now is a curious amalgam of European élites and ‘the liberal left’, to “reflect on” the “pluralist heaven” of the former and their distance from the real people:

“The academic E.E. Schattschneider once observed that a key risk that faces democracies is that they become dominated by the privileged and ignore the less well off. “The flaw in the pluralist heaven is that the heavenly chorus sings with a strong upper-class accent”, he wrote. Today, the heavenly chorus might sing with a middle-class accent, but its members are now holding degree certificates.”

Goodwin’s preoccupation with education and representation gives this choice of antagonists a particular twist, but the framing underlying this strand of argument is familiar enough. It is the opposition between rooted Somewhere people and rootless Anywhere people packaged by David Goodhart, and chosen as Book of the Year for 2017 by The Guardian and the Economist, just in time to be coopted into Theresa May’s campaign to become prime minister as her own personal brand of patriotism: “If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere.”

The Road to Somewhere, as Jon Bloomfield points out in his highly critical openDemocracy review, relies on a similar “mixture of selective facts and figures” to construct Goodhart’s particular version of a divided society, in which the working class is pitted against an “Anywheres” category that lumps together “everyone from those who go on to do low grade office and administrative work through to hedge fund managers and senior executives” via three years at university which are “apparently sufficiently formative to mould all these diverse people into one homogenous bloc”.

Here too, an “unbridgeable gulf between the working and professional classes” takes centre stage, moving neoliberal globalisation, financial crisis, the concerted austerity drive and forty years of changing attitudes conveniently to one side, while it invokes a timeless “bedrock” and yes, the unitary National Us.

Here too Jon Bloomfield finds the far right being treated with “kid gloves” in the process. Goodwin and Eatwell are eager to abjure words such as ‘racist’ or ‘fascist’ to describe UKIP members, the far right and populism in general, though they may not have anticipated UKIP’s most recent ‘metamorphosis into an outright, unapologetic far-right party’ at the advice of the Bannonite ‘Tommy Robinson’, now explicitly aiming to head up an aggrieved majoritarian movement in response to what he calls the ‘Great Brexit Betrayal’. Goodhart, before them, had designated UKIP, Trump and Le Pen alike “decent populists”, arguing that “UKIP and the Front National have been dragged sharply to the left in recent years” and that Trump is no “white supremacist”.

But the selective concern with some dangers and not with others is not the only problem with this approach. When it comes to democratic debate, foregrounding “pluralist heaven” as a no-go-area can only lead to a series of missed opportunities.

The immigration debate

Take Roger Eatwell’s call for a “bottom-up” conversation “about immigration and how best to live together.”

In his attempt to persuade us that “the vast majority of British people are ‘balancers’ who recognise the rights of genuine asylum seekers and need for migration”, Eatwell is surely right to ask his readers not to assume that racism is at play among the “many voters” for whom immigration is indeed “a major concern” and to seek to understand what is. One example we are asked to give a sympathetic hearing to is that national populist supporters think immigrants “should be expected to assimilate into the dominant culture, which many people still strongly identify with (though their conceptions of Britishness often differ).” The closing qualification here is a mere aside, the postscript of a scrupulous researcher. But isn’t Eatwell neglecting a more interesting line of inquiry? Looked at another way, conceptions of Britishness in the plural pose challenging questions about how coherent the ‘dominant culture’ is in our ‘hyper-diverse’ modern societies; questions about who is to decide which Britishness should dominate; and about who decides, if at all, who should assimilate to what?

Furthermore, if we admit that the plurality here is a reality and not a cosmopolitan indulgence, couldn’t this recognition precisely take us in the direction of a mutually vulnerable, inclusive debate, open to ‘the other’ – in which even migrants or Europeans might have something to contribute to our changing perceptions of who British people are?

Eatwell, in fact, agrees. His article concludes with an “urgent” call for a serious “bottom-up” conversation about “a new and more inclusive conception of national identity” that can “combine old aspects of British identity with the new realities of migration and multicultural communities”. But much more effort goes into urging educated readers to understand assumptions about assimilation, than goes into exploring what it would take in a democracy to have such a serious conversation that could change people’s minds. Which brings us back to the whole question of  ‘contact’.

This missed opportunity occurs when Eatwell is mapping concerns over immigration. He explains that “Concerns are often greatest in areas where people have recently arrived, or where there are fears about such an influx”, or where, as in a South Wales former mining village, “The only foreigners were inside the Daily Mail”.  He moves on to the apparent anomaly that “the Brexit vote was often lowest in parts of Britain, like London which have relatively large ethnic minorities”, and provides one possible explanation, nodding to “social-psychological ‘contact theory” which “holds that over time people from different ethnic groups accommodate to each other through direct interaction.”

But again, wouldn’t we do well to linger? Isn’t the contrast at work here the same one that underpins the choice between two ways of building community with which I began my argument: on the one hand the horizontal empowerment of direct citizen involvement as a contact sport, working across borders and boundaries over time; and on the other, the rapid balloonings of the imagined monocultural National Us, under sudden threat from some imagined but never quite encountered enemy? If it is true that ‘contact’ makes such a difference, and bearing in mind for example, how every partial and selective version of the Brexit debate proliferates its own lethal enemy images, then mustn’t this be one priority for the proactively implemented “suite of packages” that Goodwin calls for, adding to his emphasis on what the populists get right, an accompanying emphasis on the need to be “exposed to different perspectives” that is pretty well indistinguishable from “cosmopolitan standards.”

Goodwin and Eatwell are always worth reading, because their work contains so many of the relevant facts. Take for example, Goodwin’s scrupulous qualification to his proposal for “making greater use of local referendums”, that “Such initiatives would not necessarily halt populism, as countries like Switzerland with its long tradition of direct democracy show.” So what advance on local referenda is conducive to the “meaningful discussion among citizens about political reform” that Goodwin seeks, that might respond to the “lack of voice” and sense of “distant elites that united many Leave voters”?

Turn your back on pluralist encounter, or fail to question “assimilation” and are you really helping anybody? Isn’t it at least worth wondering what would happen if we dropped the Somewhere: Anywhere binary, and thought instead about a deeply polarised but hugely diverse society, divided between people like the leavers and remainers brought together in the Citizens Assembly on Brexit in Manchester last September, who were relieved to hear each other out, able to change their minds, and honoured to have the opportunity to think about the interests of the country as a whole; and those who are determined neither to persuade or to be persuaded, for whom reliance on force of number, a strong man, crashing out of the EU, or failing these, the lurking possibility of violence, seem the only hope?

If that is truer to the reality in which we live, as I believe, then a framing of debate that pits those who are privileged by dint of their sheer capacity for debate against those who are not, perversely leaves national populist supporters with little to fall back on but stubborn silence and a gathering sense of betrayal. Eatwell asks us not to “ignore the views of national populist voters who have relatively low levels of education, and are not greatly interested in politics” – fair enough as far as it goes. But in this reductive straitjacket of a stand-off, don’t we begin to ask ourselves what is cause and what is effect? Framing the immigration debate in a way that assumes assimilation is the name of the game can only exacerbate the unpreparedness and fears of people panicking at the prospect of further, disempowering change. “Brexit means Brexit” is such a counterproductive dictum of majority reassurance precisely because it promises that you won’t have to change your mind. “Stopping Brexit”, reversing it or getting it over and done with plays exactly to the same humiliations and sense of powerlessness. So why should people be interested in politics, or democracy, when it only offers further loss of control over their lives?

Cas Mudde writes this week in openDemocracy that, “Today, the far right has established itself at the center of European politics, while scholarship is predominantly “neutral”, although most scholars remain hostile to the far right itself (but increasingly sympathetic to its voters).” Unfortunately, it seems true that these scholars also prefer to dwell on our need to understand the “strong identification” of such voters with a non-existent or imaginary monocultural National Us, at a time when Tommy Robinson is busy inflating that balloon, by claiming that his far right will lead “the 52% who opted for leave in the referendum”.

Aren’t we doing Robinson’s work for him, when we encourage people to ignore the diversity in their own ranks; when we reassure people that they don’t have to change their minds or take minority viewpoints into account; and when we create an enemy image out of the ‘other’? 

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Here’s what happened in the Reproducible Builds effort between Sunday November 25 and Saturday December 1 2018:

Patches filed

Test framework development

There were a number of updates to our Jenkins-based testing framework that powers this week, including:

  • Chris Lamb prepared a merge request to generate and serve diffoscope JSON output in addition to the existing HTML and text formats (example output). This required Holger Levsen to increase the partition holding /var/lib/jenkins/userContent/reproducible from 255G to 400G. Thanks to Profitbricks for sponsoring this virtual hardware for more than 6 years now.

  • Holger Levsen and Jelle van der Waa started to add integrate new Arch Linux build nodes, namely and,

  • In addition, Holger Levsen installed the needrestart package everywhere [] updated an interface to always use short hostname [], explained what some nodes were doing [] as well as performed the usual node maintenance ([], [], [], etc.).

  • Jelle van der Waa also fixed a number of issues in the Arch Linux integration including showing the language in the first build [] and setting LANG/LC_ALL in the first build [].

This week’s edition was written by Bernhard M. Wiedemann, Chris Lamb, Holger Levsen, Jelle van der Waa & reviewed by a bunch of Reproducible Builds folks on IRC & the mailing lists.

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Kansas City, Mo. – (December 5, 2018) – United Soccer Coaches released its All-Region selection for men’s soccer on Wednesday with three Fordham Rams selected to the All-Southeast Region Team.  Senior forward Janos Loebe (Kierspe, Germany) and junior defender Joergen Oland (Drammen, Norway), were named First Team All-Southeast Region, while senior goalkeeper Rashid Nuhu (Accra, [...]
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Cool and showery eastern Mediterranean, unsettled northern Europe Wednesday Fair for most of Portugal and Spain on Wednesday. Plenty of sunshine but some morning mist and fog patches too. Fine for the Balearics, Corsica and Sardinia with lots of sunshine and dry weather too. Remaining dry in Italy although foggy at first, especially in the north. Cool in Greece with sunny spells, some wintry showers in Turkey. Rain and wind in central and northern France, fair to the south with sunny spells. More rain and cloud in the Low Countries and much of Germany, but mild. Poland should be dry with sunny spells. Dry in Austria and Hungary as well as Switzerland. Increasing cloud bringing wind and rain in the afternoon to Denmark. Rain in southern Sweden but dry for most of the country. The Baltic States will be fair, although soe snow later. Breezy with snow in Finland. air in southern Norway but snow in central and northern areas.

Thursday Another fine day in Iberia with plenty of sunshine and dry weather, although there could be some fog early in the morning in sheltered areas. Staying fair in the balearics, Corsica and Sardinia as well as Italy. Fair for Greece with lots of sunshine. Chilly and breezy in Greece with some showers in the eastern mediterranean and eastern Turkey. Cloud and patchy rain in the far north of France. Cloud and rain in the Low Countries and northern germany as well as much of Poland. Windy in these areas too. The south of France will be brighter with sunny spells. Some broken cloud in Switzerland with showers. Mainly dry in Austria with cloud and patchy rain in Hungary. Cloud and outbreaks of rain in Denmark. Breezy with cloud and some patchy rain in the baltic States. Breezy and rather cloud in Finland although windy with snow in the north. Cloud and rain affecting southern Norway, with some snow showers to the north.

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Ο 24χρονος φωτογράφος, Mads Nordsveen από το Όσλο περπατούσε στα βόρεια της Νορβηγίας όταν είδε ξαφνικά μπροστά του ένα ζώο που έμοιαζε με μικρό τάρανδο αλλά ήταν τόσο λευκό που με δυσκολία ξεχώριζε μέσα στο χιονισμένο τοπίο.

Όπως έγραψε και ο ίδιος στην ανάρτηση του στο Instagram «σχεδόν εξαφανιζόταν μέσα στο χιόνι».

Η ανάρτηση τoυ με τις πέντε υπέροχες φωτογραφίες του μικρού τάρανδου έχει κερδίσει μέσα σε μερικές ώρες περισσότερα από 30.000 likes αφού το ζώο δεν είναι μόνο πανέμορφο αλλά και εξαιρετικά σπάνιο. Οι τάρανδοι έχουν κατά κανόνα καφετί χρώμα και οι λευκοί είναι αρκετά σπάνιοι. Ο τελευταίος λευκός τάρανδος είχε εντοπιστεί το 2016 στη Σουηδία.

Το ασυνήθιστο χρώμα στο τρίχωμά τους οφείλεται σε μια γενετική ανωμαλία που απομακρύνει την χρωστική από τη γούνα τους αλλά δεν θεωρείται αλμπινισμός, στον οποίο παρατηρείται διαταραχή της λειτουργίας των μελανοκυττάρων.

Σύμφωνα δε με την σκανδιναβική παράδοση, θεωρείται μεγάλη τύχη να συναντήσει κανείς έναν λευκό τάρανδο.

Όπως είπε ο Nordsveen στο πρακτορείο ειδήσεων Caters, συνάντηση αυτό το «μικρό, υπέροχο πλάσμα» καθώς έκανε πεζοπορία. «Με πλησιάσε πολύ και κοιταχτήκαμε στα μάτια. Ήταν πολύ ήρεμος όταν κατάλαβε πως δεν είχα κακές προθέσεις. Μάλιστα συμπεριφερόταν σαν να πόζαρε για φωτογραφία...ήταν πολύ πολύ περίεργος, πολύ αστείος σαν ένας μικρός εξερευνητής».

Λίγο μετά επέστρεψε στη μητέρα του που τον περίμενε στην άκρη του δάσους αφήνοντας τον φωτογράφο με μια αίσθηση πως βίωσε «μια μαγική στιγμή...μια στιγμή βγαλμένη μέσα από παραμύθι».

Πηγή: BBC

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Important Current Affairs 1st November 2018
MHA approves ‘Safe City Project’ for Lucknow
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) approved a ‘Safe City project’ for Lucknow at a total cost of Rs.194.44 crore under the Nirbhaya Fund Scheme. The Safe city proposal for Lucknow will be implemented by Uttar Pradesh Police, assisted by the Municipal bodies and city transport authorities. The Safe City project for Lucknow also envisages gender sensitization awareness campaigns.
MoU b/w India & South Korea approved
The Cabinet has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and South Korea on 1 November 2018. The main objective of the MoU is to expand bilateral cooperation in tourism and to increase the exchange of information and data related to the sector. Korea is one of the leading tourist generating markets for India from East Asia.
TATA steel is the partner for hockey world cup
Steel manufacturing giant Tata Steel was named as an official partner for the 2018 Men’s hockey World Cup on 29 October 2018. The hockey world cup will be held here from 28 November 2018 to 16 December 2018 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Tata Steel is the 10th-largest steel producer in the world.
Agreement b/w India & Morocco approved
The Union Cabinet approved the Agreement between India and Morocco on 1 November 2018. The Agreement will provide a broad legal framework for bilateral cooperation between India and Morocco in investigation and prosecution of crime. It aims to increase effectiveness in investigation and prosecution of crime, and in providing the necessary peaceful ambience .
Arunachal to host ‘Rally Championships’
The third round of the Indian National Rally Championships, the country’s premier motorsports event, will be held in Arunachal Pradesh. The event will be organised from 2 November 2018 to 4 November 2018. The rally that is being hosted by the Motorsports Club of Arunachal Pradesh. The rally teams from major automotive companies will be participating in the race.
‘Olu’ to be the opening film at 49th IFFI
Malayalam film Olu will be the opening film at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). This was decided by the jury for the Indian Panorama. The IFFI will be held at Goa from 20th November – 28th November 2018. The Feature Film Jury of thirteen members was headed by film director and screenwriter, Rahul Rawail.
Couple honoured with ‘Roy M Huffington Award’
Marie and Vijay Goradia received the ‘Roy M Huffington Award’ for 2018 in the US. They were awarded for making significant contributions to the areas of literacy, education and healthcare in India. The Huffington Award is the highest honour granted by the Asia Society Texas Centre (ASTC). Vijay Goradia is the founder and Chairman of Vinmar International.
Axis Sec launched commodity derivatives
Axis Securities has launched trading in commodity derivatives with the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) on 31 October 2018. In August 2018, it had launched trading in commodity derivatives with the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX). Arun Thukral is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Axis Securities.
‘SMiLE Virtual Tour Guide’ launched in Kerala
The Kerala Tourism Department has launched  ‘SMiLE Virtual Tour Guide’ . A ‘SMiLE Virtual Tour Guide’ links tourists with their places of attraction and providers of experiential services. The ‘SMiLE’ guide renders information on 40 Malabar attractions. It has been conceived and executed by Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC).
Pankaj Advani won Asian Snooker Tour title
Pankaj Advani won the Asian Snooker Tour on 31 October 2018 in Jinan, China. He defeated China’s Ju Reti 6-1 in the final. He became the first Indian to win an Asian Snooker Tour event. The Government of India has awarded him Padma Bhushan in 2018.
UN chief appointed new envoy to Syria
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed veteran Norwegian diplomat Geir O. Pedersen as next Special Envoy for Syria. He succeeds Italian-Swedish envoy Staffan de Mistura. He is currently Norway’s ambassador to China. At the UN, Mr Pedersen served as the Special Coordinator for Lebanon between 2007 and 2008.
UN tourism organisation meet in Bahrain
The 109th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Executive Council was held in Manama, Bahrain. The UNWTO Executive Council began on 30 October 2018. Union Tourism Minister K J Alphons is leading the Indian delegation at the UNWTO Executive Council. India will be the chair of the ‘programme and budget committee’ of UNWTO Executive Council till 2021.
FP-LMIS inaugurated in Haryana
The Family Planning Logistics Management Information System (FP-LMIS) has been inaugurated in Haryana on 31 October 2018. It will ensure availability, supply and monitoring of family planning services from the state level to the Accredited Social Health Activists’ (ASHA) level. It would provide online information about medicines and family planning commodities.
Section 7 of RBI Act: Explained
Under Section 7 of the RBI Act of 1934, the government of India can give directions to the RBI to take certain actions ‘in the public interest’. Till now, the government has never invoked section 7 of RBI Act. The issue of invoking Section 7 (1) of the RBI Act came up during the hearing of Allahabad high court in a case filed by the Independent Power Producers Association of India.
Core sector growth slows down 4.3%
Growth of eight core infrastructure sectors slowed down to 4.3% in September 2018 as production of crude oil and natural gas declined. Previously, the lowest growth rate was in May 2018, when the core sectors expanded at 4.1%. Infrastructure sectors of coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilizers, steel, cement and electricity grew by 4.7% in September 2017.
India-US Dialogue on IP began
The first ever India-US Dialogue on Intellectual Property (IP) was launched on 31 October 2018 to deepen bilateral strategic cooperation on IP policy in New Delhi. The dialogue was launched by US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) and FICCI in partnership with the US-India Business Council. The US-India Business Council is a business advocacy organisation.
‘Saubhagya Raths’ inaugurated in J&K
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik flagged off ‘Saubhagya Raths’ for 20 districts to identify households without electricity on 31 October 2018. Officials onboard these ‘Saubhagya Raths’ will survey areas in their respective jurisdiction with an aim to achieve 100% electrification of households. ‘Saubhagya Raths’ will traverse each district for one month till November 30, 2018.
Punjab Police bagged CCTNS award
The Punjab Police bagged the Union Home Ministry’s ‘Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems’ (CCTNS) award on 31 October 2018. They were awarded for the development of the Digital Criminal Intelligence Gazette and the generation of the State Crime Record Bureau (SCRB) reports. CCTNS was launched in 2018 to keep digitised records of FIRs and information on crimes and criminals.
S. S. Deswal appointed as DG of ITBP
SS Deswal has been appointed as the Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). SS Deswal, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Haryana cadre, is currently working as Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). ITBP was raised in 1962 and works under the command of the Union Home Ministry.
World Bank’s ‘Doing Business Report’ released
The World Bank released ‘Doing Business Report’ on 31 October 2018. According to the 2018 report, India is placed at 77th rank among 190 countries assessed by the World Bank. In 2017, India was placed at 100th rank. In the ‘Grant of Construction Permits’ indicator, India’s ranking improved from 181 in 2017 to 52 in 2018.

Important Current Affairs 2nd November 2018
India’s first microprocessor developed
Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IITM) have designed and booted up India’s first microprocessor, ‘Shakti’. The Shakti microprocessor can be used in low-power wireless systems and networking systems. The Shakti family of processors was fabricated at Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL), Indian Space Research Organizations (ISRO) in Chandigarh.
Mary Kom is the brand ambassador
Boxer Mary Kom was named as the brand ambassador of the 10th edition of the Women’s World Boxing Championship on 31 October 2018. India is hosting the 10th edition of the Women’s World Boxing Championship from 15 November 2018. Since the inception of the Women’s World Championship in 2001, India had hosted the tournament once in 2006.
Vietnam will host the F1 race in 2020
Vietnam will host a Formula One race in April 2020. The race will be hosted in the capital Hanoi. Vietnam will be the third Southeast Asian country to host a Formula One race in history after Malaysia and Singapore. Hanoi will be the second Southeast Asian city to host a race in 2020 along with Singapore.
BRICS nations signed a declaration
The BRICS nations have signed a declaration to accelerate creative and sustainable cultural cooperation on 31 October 2018. The declaration will see Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) cooperating in fashion, culture and animation. South Africa hosted an inaugural BRICS Fashion Show and Fashion Business Forum on 24 October 2018.
2019 World Corporate Games in Qatar
Qatar will host the 23rd edition of the World Corporate Games in 2019. The games will provide an opportunity for corporations around the world to showcase their competitive prowess through sports. The World Corportate Games aims to bring together, the local, regional and international business sporting community. The last edition was held in Houston in the US in 2017.
India-Japan military exercise begins
Armies of India and Japan began their first-ever joint military exercise ‘Dharma Guardian-2018’ at a jungle warfare school in Mizoram on 1 November 2018. The focus of the two-week-long exercise will be to enhance tactical skills against global terrorism and increase inter-operability between the two forces. The Indian contingent is represented by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles.
Delhi government and railways signed MoU
The Delhi government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the railways to cater to pilgrims availing the ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana’ on 1 November 2018. As per the agreement, Railways will provide separate coaches to pilgrims who are selected under the Yojana. The scheme will enable 1,100 senior citizens of Delhi every year to undertake free pilgrimage.
Vikas appointed as CEO of Swadhaar Finserve
Private sector lender RBL Bank appointed Vikas Muttoo as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its subsidiary Swadhaar Finserve. Vikas Muttoo was the Chief Business Officer of Bharat Financial Inclusion Limited. The headquarters of Swadhaar Finserve is in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Mukundan selected for ‘Ezhuthachan award’
Noted Malayalam novelist and short story writer M Mukundan has been selected for the Kerala government’s highest literary award ‘Ezhuthachan Puraskaram’ for 2018. The award, named after Ezhuthachan, the father of Malayalam literature, carries a cash prize of Rs five lakh and a citation. ‘Kesavante Vilapangal’ and “Delhi Gadhakal” are among his popular works.
Int day to end Impunity for Crimes observed
The ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ is observed on 2 November every year. The day draws attention to the low global conviction rate for violent crimes against journalists and media workers. It is observed in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013.

Important Current Affairs 3rd November 2018
Apeejay Literary Festival will held in Kolkata
The 10th ‘Apeejay Literary Festival’ will be held from 18 January 2019 to 20 January 2018 in Kolkata. The festival will focus on health, current affairs, women’s issues and children’s literature among other themes. Andrew Sean, author Devdutt Pattanaik, historian Ramchandra Guha, actor Naseeruddin Shah will be addressing the event.
India Pavilion Inaugurated at Videocittà 2018
India Pavilion was inaugurated at Videocittà 2018 in Rome on 2 November 2018. India was partner country at Videocittà 2018. Videocittà 2018 is an event focussing on Virtual Reality, Video gaming, Animation, Film Making, etc. India’s participation at Videocittà 2018, Rome was organized by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
1st Annual Senior Care Conclave organised
1st ‘Annual Senior Care Conclave – Igniting Industry for India’s Ageing Sector’ was held in New Delhi on 1 November 2018. It was organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). A report titled, ‘Igniting Potential in Senior Care Services’ was released at the event. Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare delivered the keynote address at the event.
Patrol vessel ‘ICGS Varaha’ launched
A new offshore patrol vessel called ICGS Varaha was launched by Indian Coast Guard in Chennai on 3 November 2018. The vessel has been designed and built indigenously. ICGS Varaha will soon be fitted with advanced navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries. It also carries pollution response equipment to contain the oil spill at sea.
Ease of Moving Index 2018 released
Ola mobility institute has released ‘Ease of Moving Index 2018’ on 1 November 2018. The index covers 20 cities inhabited by approximately 92 million people and was based on a survey of over 43,000 respondents along with secondary data inputs.  Kolkata was ranked first in terms of affordability of public transport. Delhi’s transport has been found to be most comfortable.
Cabinet approved to open ISA membership
The Union Cabinet gave ex-post facto approval for opening up the International Solar Alliance (ISA) membership to all countries that are members of the United Nations on 1 November 2018. It will move a resolution in the first assembly for amending the framework agreement of the ISA. The ISA is an alliance of more than 121 countries initiated by India.
Indian Railways eliminated UMLCs
Twelve Zonal Railways on Broad Gauge route have now become free from Unmanned Level Crossings. As on 1 April 2018, there were 3479 Unmanned Level Crossings on Broad Gauge routes and total 3402 UMLCs have been eliminated. All Unmanned level crossings on routes having speed more than 130KMPH and on Sub-urban routes have been eliminated.
Mandela internship programme established
The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) has established the Nelson Mandela ‘Be the Legacy’ internship programme on 3 November 2018. The programme is aimed at empowering young people under the age of 30 years from IORA member states with work experience in their chosen fields of study. The programme will be launched on 18 July 2019.
Rahul Dravid inducted in ICC Hall of Fame
Rahul Dravid became the fifth Indian to be inducted in the ‘ICC Hall of Fame’ on 1 November 2018. Rahul Dravid, along with Ricky Ponting and England women wicketkeeper Claire Taylor, were announced as the new inductees in the Hall of Fame. Dravid has scored 23, 208 international runs for India across formats. He has scored the runs at an average of 45.41.
Paleontologists discover new Sauropod species
Paleontologists have discovered the remains of a dinosaur that lived 110 million years ago in Argentina. The remains came from three separate dinosaurs from the herbivorous group of sauropods, the best known of which are the Diplodocus and Brontosaurus. This new species has been named Lavocatisaurus agrioensis.
Justice Ranganathan takes oath as CJ
Justice Ramesh Ranganathan was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court on 2 November 2018. Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya administered the oath of office to Justice Ranganathan. Justice Ranganathan was the judge of the Hyderabad High Court before his appointment as the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court.
Kirloskar group got RBI’s nod for NBFC biz
Kirloskar Capital has received a licence from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to start a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC). Kirloskar Capital is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kirloskar Oil Engines (KOEL). It will be headed by Vimal Bhandari. Prior to joining Kirloskar Capital, Vimal Bhandari was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Indostar Capital.
Tourist Police & Suraksha App launched
The Arunachal Pradesh Police launched the ‘Arunachal Pradesh Tourist Police’ and the ‘Arunachal Suraksha App’ to help the citizens during emergencies. The mobile app, first of its kind for the state police, would help users to find the nearest police stations and the contact details. It has also the capacity to send SOS message to emergency contacts.
INS Viraat to become a floating museum
The Maharashtra Cabinet approved the conversion of decommissioned carrier INS Viraat into a floating museum on 2 November 2018. The carrier will be housed on a concrete foundation near Nivati Rocks in Sindhudurg in Konkan region of Maharashtra. The project will be implemented through public-private-partnership (PPP). INS Viraat was decommissioned in March 2017.
India and Japan signed a Loan Agreement
India and Japan signed a loan agreement for the construction of the Turga Pumped Storage in West Bengal on 2 November 2018. The Project will strengthen the capability to respond to the fluctuation in supply and demand of power. It will also improve the stability of the power supply. This will contribute to the Industrial Development and Living Standard Improvement in West Bengal.
Over 1.2 cr subscribers join APY
More than one crore twenty lakh subscribers have joined Atal Pension Yojana (APY). More than 27 lakh new subscribers have joined the scheme during the current financial year. States, such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka are the top contributors in the Atal Pension Yojana enrollment.
China launched new high-orbit satellite
China successfully launched a high orbit satellite to boost its home-grown ‘BeiDou’ global satellite navigation system on 2 November 2018. It is the first BeiDou-3 satellite in high orbit, about 36,000 km above the Earth. The satellite is meant to serve countries in the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Ordinance to amend Companies Act approved
The government of India has promulgated the Companies Amendment Ordinance, 2018 to promote Ease of Doing Business with better corporate compliance. President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the promulgation of the Ordinance. The main amendments in the Act include shifting of the jurisdiction of 16 types of corporate offences from the Special Courts to in-house adjudication.
RBI allowed banks to provide PCE to NBFCs
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) permitted banks to provide partial credit enhancement (PCE) to NBFCs and HFCs on 2 November 2018. PCE will be provided to bonds issued by systematically important Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) and Housing Finance Companies (HFCs). The proceeds from the bonds backed by PCE from banks will be utilised for refinancing the existing debt of the NBFC/HFCs.
Atul Goel appointed as MD, CEO of UCO Bank
Atul Kumar Goel assumed charge as Managing Director and CEO of UCO Bank on 2 November 2018. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of Union Bank of India. He replaced R.K. Takkar, who has completed his three-year tenure on November 1, 2018. He started his career as Chartered Accountant in Allahabad Bank in 1992.

Important Current Affairs 4th November 2018
National Affairs- 2 (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       India Mobile Congress(IMC) 2018 concluded on 27 October 2018.
·       Train 18, the country’s first engine-less train, was unveiled on 29th October 2018.
·       The Statue of Unity was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat on 31 October 2018.
·       Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) organised a conference on  ‘Innovation in Cyberspace & Cyber Security’ on 29th October 2018.
National Affairs- 1 (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       India’s first gallery on robotic dinosaurs was inaugurated on 27th October 2018 at the Pushpa Gujral Science City in Kapurthala, Punjab.
·       Union Minister Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation for India’s largest dry dock at Cochin Shipyard in Kerala on 30th October 2018.
·       The Union Cabinet has approved the renaming of Jharsuguda Airport, Odisha as ‘Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda’.
Miscellaneous News (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IITM) have designed India’s first microprocessor, ‘Shakti’.
·       The ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ is observed on 2 November every year.
·       Boxer Mary Kom was named as the brand ambassador of the 10th edition of the Women’s World Boxing Championship.
Awards & Honours (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       Malayalam novelist and short story writer M Mukundan has been selected for the Kerala government’s highest literary award ‘Ezhuthachan Puraskaram’ for 2018.
·       Marie and Vijay Goradia received the ‘Roy M Huffington Award’ for 2018 in the US.
·       Malala Yousafzai will be conferred ‘2018 Gleitsman Award’ by Harvard University for her work promoting girls’ education.
Important Defence News (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)

Olympique Lyonnais and Norway forward Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural Ballon d'Or award for the best player in women's football on Monday but the moment was tarnished when DJ Martin Solveig asked her to 'twerk' after receiving the prize. Hegerberg, who helped lead Lyon win the Women's Champions League last season, looked embarrassed and answered "no" after Solveig asked her in French to do the provocative dance. "You've seen that I prepared a little celebration for (France forward) Kylian (Mbappe) so we said we're going to do something similar. Do you know how to twerk?" said French DJ Solveig who co-hosted the awards with David Ginola. Solveig was the subject of criticism on social media following his exchange with 23-year-old Hegerberg and quickly apologised for his comments with a video posted on Twitter. "I'm a little amazed and astonished with what I'm reading on the internet, of course I didn't want to offend anyone," he said. "This was a joke probably a bad one, I want to apologise to the one I offended, sorry about that." Hegerberg played down the incident. "He (Solveig) came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way. I didn't really think about it at the...
           Comment on The CLSA Stampe SV4 in Second Life by Inara Pey       Cache   Translate Page      
Your best location for "free sky" flying is around Blake Sea, where there is little chance of colliding with skyboxes, etc., as you are out over water. Blake Sea also connects with mainland areas and the waterways between and around them, so you can do a lot of aerial exploring. There are also a good number of airports and airfields that support vehicle rezzing for flying, so you might try some of these: <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow">Hollywood Airport</a> - can be busy at times</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow">Honah Lee Field</a></li> <li>The airfield at the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow">Second Life General Hospital and Arfield</a></li></ul> All of the above offer direct access to Blake Sea and its surrounding islands, and opportunities to explore the coastal regions or to fly to places like Second Norway. For airships, I'd perhaps suggest Honah Lee Field as a good rezzing / starting point.
          BREXIT COUP revealed: Shock plan to push through ULTRA-SOFT BREXIT revealed by MPs      Cache   Translate Page      

TORY officials have hinted at the prospect pushing through plans for a soft Brexit that will see the UK trapped in the customs union and single market. Theresa May is facing a huge battle to get her deal through parliament and now sources say there is enough cross-party support for an alternative to the Prime Minister’s withdrawal agreement from the EU.
          Norway model SAVAGED: Even Remainer Carney blasts Labour's soft Brexit bid      Cache   Translate Page      

BANK of England Governor Mark Carney has hit out at Labour’s soft Brexit bid, warning adopting a Norway-style settlement could seriously undermine Britain’s crucial financial sector.
          Wales boss believes fury over Ballon d’Or twerk comment can boost women’s game      Cache   Translate Page      
French DJ and co-host Martin Solveig provoked outrage by asking Norway star Ada Hegerberg if she could twerk.
          North-East Atlantic coastal states reach agreement on blue whiting and Atlanto-Scandian herring      Cache   Translate Page      
Last week, in London, delegations of the European Union, the Faroe Islands, Norway and Iceland, with the participation of Greenland as observer, reached an agreement on the management measures for 2019 for blue whiting and Atlanto-Scandian herring.
          US Navy fleet commander says ships and sailors took a beating during NATO's Trident Juncture exercise      Cache   Translate Page      
NATO troops and partner forces converged on Norway in October for Trident Juncture, the alliance's largest exercise since the Cold War, taking place in and over the Nordic countries and on the Baltic and Norwegian seas. Trident Juncture is a regularly scheduled exercise, and this year's version was meant to test the alliance's ability to respond collectively to a threat - in this case an attack on Norway - and the logistical muscles needed to move some 50,000 troops, thousands of vehicles, and dozens of ships and aircraft on short notice. Trident Juncture also saw the first time a US aircraft carrier, the USS Harry S. Truman, sailed above the Arctic Circle since the early 1990s. The Truman strike group was joined by the USS Iwo Jima expeditionary strike group. Working in the harsh conditions found in the northern latitudes in autumn was also part of the plan, said US Navy Adm. James Foggo, who commands US naval forces in Europe and Africa and was in charge of Trident Juncture. "One...
          Lysebotn, Norway: Current weather: Overcast      Cache   Translate Page      
Image: *Temp: *3°c (37°f) *Wind: *SSE at 12 mph (19 kmph) More... (, Norway) by Weather Lysebotn Norway
          Orange Business delivers connectivity for Arctic Shipping      Cache   Translate Page      
Orange Business Services is proving maritime connectivity for The Arctic Shipping Company, which specializes in cargo transportation, including along the Northern Sea Route, which runs from the Barents Sea, near Russia's border with Norway, to the Bering Strait between Siberia and Alaska.

Orange Business said its Maritime Connect combines multiple networks, including satellite, to ensure connectivity for the cargo ships on the high seas. The new contract follows the successful completion of a pilot with the shipping firm, and the service is now deployed on six of its vessels.

“The Northern Sea Route allows companies to save time and money by providing a shorter connection between Asia and Europe. However, the route is also known as risky and not an easy one. Seamless network connectivity is critical to safety and saves not only time and financial resources, but also the crew’s welfare. We are pleased to cooperate with Arctic Shipping Company and are proud that the Orange Maritime VSAT solution is effective in meeting the needs of the maritime industry,” said Richard van Wageningen, Senior Vice President IMEAR, Orange Business Services.

          Ada Hegerberg won't be at Women's World Cup      Cache   Translate Page      

To make history, to be the first, but to have the world focusing elsewhere. The talk is not about what has been achieved; of the goals scored or records broken. The questions asked are not about outrageous talent or phenomenal performances but twerking. That is what it is like to be the best female footballer in 2018.

"Obviously, I was expecting a question about my football skills, how [I was] feeling to stand there and win, but in the end I was really happy to get the award and wasn't quite thinking about what's going on in the media and social media," Ada Hegerberg, the winner of the inaugural women's Ballon d'Or, tells CNN Sport, attempting to cause as few ripples as possible.

Hegerberg is a gifted footballer. She has won a hattrick of Champions League trophies, scored 33 goals in 21 games last season in helping French club Lyon to a fourth league title and broke the record for the number of goals scored in a single Champions League campaign.

Aged 23, her best years are still ahead of her. There is greatness to be achieved for a striker who has already nearly amassed 300 career goals.

READ: Overshadowed by 'twerking' controversy but not silenced

READ: DJ sorry for asking Hegerberg to twerk

It was expected that the first female winner of what is regarded as the most prestigious individual prize in football would make headlines. The Norwegian will now always be remembered. But there will also be a footnote, an aside about DJ Martin Solveig and how he asked her to twerk on stage.

On a night which was supposed to be a great leap forward for the women's game, the spotlight highlighted the progress which still needs to be made.

Hegerberg did not feel harassed, she says. The striker was too overcome with joy at being the recipient of an award which has been presented to men since 1956.

"It depends how you look at the situation," adds the articulate Hegerberg. "I didn't feel in an awkward position.

"Obviously, the question could've been asked in another way. When you're on stage you want to get questions about how you feel winning such an award."

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Hegerberg moved to France in 2014 to join women's football heavyweights Lyon, but says she was fortunate to grow up in Norway, a country she describes as giving men and women an equal chance to succeed.

The Norwegian and her elder sister, Andrine, who currently plays in midfield for Paris Saint-Germain, grew up in a home "where equality was important."

Her mum, she says, gave her confidence, encouraged her to use her voice, which is why the world's best female footballer is prepared to sacrifice her own career so that the next generation of female footballers "have better conditions when they grow up."

Hegerberg is as extraordinary off the pitch as she is on it.

In 2017 she stepped away from the Norwegian national team because of frustrations with the way women's football was treated within the country. With just seven months until the Women's World Cup in France, the prolific striker is not about to reverse her decision.

READ: Norway's footballers sign historic equal pay agreement

"This is the hard side of playing football," Hegerberg explains.

"Obviously, I'd love to play for my country. I've been quite critical, direct with the federation [about] what I felt hasn't been good enough in my career in the national team.

"In the end it was an easy choice for me to move on in my career. I've been quite clear with them the whole way."

2017 was the year women's football teams stood up for parity with their male counterparts on the international stage and Norway was described as a pioneer after the Norwegian Football Associaiton (NFF) and the country's players' association (NISO) signed an agreement on equal pay.

But the deal was no succor for Hegerberg and her quest for progress and professionalism. "It's not always about the money," she says.

"It's about preparing, taking action, professionality, really clear points I've put quite directly to them when I made the decision.

"I wanted it to be a clear case, but it got quite messy in the media unfortunately. That was not my intention at all.

"I know what I want and know my values and therefore it's easy to take hard choices when you know what the ambitions are and what values you stand for, so it's all about staying true to yourself, be yourself."

A spokesperson for the NFF told CNN Sport that the association "continuously wants to have dialogue" with Hegerberg and that they were hopeful she would play for the national team again "further down the line."

READ: Progress is made at a 'snail's pace' -- Megan Rapinoe


But despite what would be the biggest tournament of her young career on the horizon, Hegerberg is, for now, focusing on her club career and is aiming to maintain the unprecedented levels of success achieved with Lyon.

Last season Lyon won its 12th consecutive title in France's Division 1 Feminine and for three seasons in a row the Norwegian has finished as the league's top scorer.

"I'm just focused playing 100% as best as I can at my club. Of course I have ambitions even if I don't play for the national team," she says.

"I know I raised the bar quite high when I settled for 50 goals per season. I know it's going to be a challenge to maintain that rate. It's all about finding solutions when things are challenging and looking forward to working on the details and stay on top for as long as I can."

Will winning the Ballon d'Or change her? "I just acknowledge what I've done in the past and [that] keeps me hungry and makes me stay on my toes to keep on performing and hit new records."

Though Monday night's ceremony was marred by an embarrassing question, it will unlikely be the last landmark reached by Hegerberg. Through her words and deeds, Hegerberg will not be overshadowed.

          zaha hadid architects + a_lab to complete two stations in oslo as part of new metro line      Cache   Translate Page      

with a design that calls to mind norway's mountainous landscape, the fornebu senter station carves canyons and spaces for the flow of people.

The post zaha hadid architects + a_lab to complete two stations in oslo as part of new metro line appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.

          Football: Twerking comment tarnishes Ballon d'Or award      Cache   Translate Page      
Being asked to 'twerk' after winning the inaugural Ballon d'Or award for the best player in women's football has tarnished the prize for Olympique Lyonnais and Norway forward Ada Hegerberg.
          12/5/2018: Carney warns against Norway model      Cache   Translate Page      

BRITAIN’S vital financial sector could be undermined if MPs reject the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal and instead push for the UK to adopt a Norway-style settlement, Mark Carney and his deputies have warned. The stability of the economy could be at risk...

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