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ICC member countries should reaffirm the court’s mandate in the face of United States threats to weaken its essential role in international justice, Human Rights Watch says.

International Criminal Court (ICC) member countries should reaffirm the court’s mandate in the face of United States threats to weaken its essential role in international justice, says Human Rights Watch. The 17th session of the court’s annual meeting, the Assembly of States Parties, will take place in The Hague from 5 to 12 December 2018.

The administration of US President Donald Trump has sought to undermine the court’s legitimacy and threatened to thwart investigations involving the US or its allies. On September 10, the US national security adviser, John Bolton, declared that the US would not cooperate with the ICC. He threatened a number of retaliatory steps if the court investigated US citizens or citizens of allied countries, including against court officials and governments cooperating with the ICC. Trump also made critical remarks at the United Nations General Assembly.

“US threats against the ICC are an affront to every victim seeking justice before this court”, said Elizabeth Evenson, associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch. “ICC member countries should demonstrate at their annual meeting their resolve to oppose any effort to undermine the court’s investigations and prosecutions.”

The ICC prosecutor’s request to open an investigation in Afghanistan, which could include crimes committed by Taliban forces and the Afghan government, as well as US military and Central Intelligence Agency personnel, is pending before the court. An ICC investigation in Afghanistan would advance accountability and provide victims with a path to justice, while putting those responsible for serious crimes on notice that they could face prosecution, Human Rights Watch said.

ICC member countries responded to the US threats with strong statements of support for the court. Similar efforts in the past to undermine the court’s work have also been met by firm resistance from members, including a hostile US campaign by the administration of George W. Bush.

Given the broader pressure on the international rule of law, it is all the more important for ICC member countries to defend the court’s mandate with clear statements and actions, Human Rights Watch said. ICC members should seize opportunities during the meeting’s general debate in the language of resolutions adopted, in discussions on state cooperation, and at other moments to show their resolve to ensure that the court can do its job.

Members will mark the 20th anniversary of the ICC’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, during a dedicated debate at the session, capping a year of anniversary commemorations. They will also discuss victim rights. Governments and court officials should use discussions to address the court’s challenges, including improving court investigations, deepening the court’s impact in affected communities, and securing arrests based on its warrants since the court depends on member countries to make the arrests. On 17 November 2018, Alfred Yékatom, known as “Rombhot,” was surrendered to the court in a case arising out of its investigation in the Central African Republic, the second arrest in 2018 for the court. But 17 arrest warrants remain outstanding, at the expense of victims and their families.

“The ICC has struggled to deliver on expectations”, Evenson said. “It’s precisely because the court’s role is so crucial in bringing justice that court officials need to step up their performance and member governments need to increase their support.”

Human Rights Watch issued a briefing note in advance of the session, with recommendations to ICC states parties, including for the election of the court’s next prosecutor. The term of the current prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, expires in June 2021. Early preparations and a strictly merit-based approach to the election is needed, Human Rights Watch said.

Negotiations about the court’s annual budget, with funds provided by its member countries, will be part of the agenda. Some member countries have demanded 'zero growth' in the court’s budget, but other countries have increasingly insisted that the court should have the resources it needs to manage its growing workload. During 2018, the ICC prosecutor opened three new preliminary examinations – into the situations in the Philippines, Bangladesh/Myanmar, and Venezuela – and received two referrals from member countries to examine the situations in Palestine and Venezuela.

The ICC is the first permanent global court mandated to bring to justice people responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide when national courts are unable or unwilling to do so. It is a court of last resort and has 123 member countries. In addition to the request to open an investigation in Afghanistan, the ICC prosecutor has opened investigations in Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, the Darfur region of Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Kenya, Libya, Mali, and northern Uganda. The prosecutor is also examining allegations of crimes committed in a number of places to determine whether to open investigations. In addition to Venezuela, Bangladesh/Myanmar, and the Philippines, these include Colombia, Guinea, Nigeria, Palestine, Ukraine, and alleged abuses by United Kingdom armed forces in Iraq.

“The court is a crucial yet vulnerable component of the rule-based global order, and has a vital role to play in backstopping victims’ access to justice”,  Evenson said. “Members should take every opportunity to make clear that they will provide the support it needs.”

* Read Briefing Note for the Seventeenth Session of the International Criminal Court Assembly of States Parties here

* Human Rights Watch


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Maeve Cohen, Co-director of Rethinking Economics, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about her organization and its efforts to change economics education. Cohen, who co-founded the Post-Crash Economics Society, argues for a more human-centered approach to economics that would be less confident in its policy prescriptions and more honest about the significance of its underlying assumptions.

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Intro. [Recording date: November 8, 2018.]

Russ Roberts: Before introducing today's guest, I want to correct an error I made in a recent episode. At the end of the episode with Alan Lightman, I read a quote from Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia. And in the middle of that quote Stoppard's character quotes from the poem "She Walks in Beauty": 'She walks in beauty, like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies, and all that's best of dark and bright meet in her aspect and her eyes'. Four beautiful lines. I pointed out incorrectly that that poet of those lines was Shelley. In fact, it's Lord Byron. They overlapped almost exactly in their lifespan; but that's an inexcusable error, though. I apologize to Lord Byron. And it's a particularly bad mistake because Byron, while not an onstage character in Arcadia, he does get discussed a lot. So he feels like a character. I want to thank listener Larry Guthrie for pointing out my misattribution. We've corrected it in the Highlights.


Russ Roberts: And now on to today's guest. She is Maeve Cohen, the director of Rethinking Economics, an organization working to reform how economics is taught and understood. And, that reform is our topic for today.... So, how did Rethinking Economics get started?

Maeve Cohen: So, I went to university in 2012--so, quite soon after the global Financial Crisis. And I was also studying politics and philosophy. And it was quite astounding to me, the way that I was being taught these different subjects. So, politics and philosophy was looking at different ways that you could view these things, and drawing on different value bases that you could have and really exploring the discipline like that. Whereas economics was taught as this one way of thinking about economics as if it's fact, with no [?] critical analysis of anything that was happening. And, notably, no mention of the financial crash that had just happened and was affecting a lot of our lives. And so, me, and some fellow students, a group called Post-Crash Economics at the U. of Manchester, to try and reform the curriculum at Manchester. And, at the same time there were groups doing this--we found out after the fact--all across Europe, and now it's all across the world--who were similarly very discontent with the economics that they were learning and wanted to campaign for curriculum reform. So, now we are 53 groups in 25 different countries of students at universities campaigning for curriculum reform.

Russ Roberts: And, you were at Manchester, in England. I don't think your experience would be that much different from a student in the United States. I don't think that the Financial Crisis had much of an impact on how economics is taught in the United States, either. Which I, like you--I find it somewhat surprising. I'm not as shocked by it. I think I'm probably somewhat equally disturbed by that fact as you are, but maybe for different reasons, that we'll explore later on. But, I think what has happened--if I had to guess, and I'm not an expert on this, but if I had to guess--I think most textbooks have responded to it by, say, adding a chapter. They certainly haven't re-thought anything fundamental about the way the curriculum is approached. And, so, I don't think it's much different in the United States than it is there. I think it's the same problem. And, of course, part of the problem is the fact that when you become a professor of economics, as I was for 30 years, you aren't trained in how to teach. You are trained in the ideas of economics. So, the way most of us teach is we go back to our graduate notes, from our notes in the graduate classes we took--because we didn't save our undergrad ones or didn't take very good notes, most of the time--and then we try to dumb those down and match some textbook that we've adopted. I usually didn't have a textbook, didn't use a textbook. But I certainly was heavily influenced by my professors in what I thought was appropriate to teach. And I think that's probably true pretty much everywhere.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Yes. So, as a thing, contrast to the other disciplines that I was learning, in politics in particular we were giving reading lists, [?] on philosophy. Reading lists of lots of different thinkers exploring different ideas from different viewpoints. Whereas in economics, there's no reading list. You just get the Mankiw textbook and [?]--that's what makes up your class. And it doesn't encourage any sort of critical thought of it. It's just presented to you as this value-free science: that, this is what economics is; this is what economics always has been. Which--yeah--we feel doesn't produce the critical thinkers that we need. And when we are facing such stark economic crises like the global Financial Crash or like the ecological crises that we face, the [?] massive wealth and income inequality--yeah, this lack of ability to think critically about economics is, we feel, perpetuated in these problems.


Russ Roberts: I think most economists like to think of themselves as like physicists, but applying their tools to human beings instead of, say, atoms. And so, in physics, there would be no reason to read Newton. And so, similarly--because it's all subsumed. Everything that was right in Newton, we still teach; and everything that was wrong, we've dropped; obviously, there were things that were wrong but not capturing what we now know is a richer story. And we try to do that in economics as well. We say, 'Well, we don't have to read Adam Smith any more, because what was good in Adam Smith we've kept, and what was bad or wrong, we've rejected.' As if economics advances like physics does, through empirical testing and rejection of things that don't match the data. But, as I think you are arguing, that's really not what economics is doing.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. So, economics is a social science, and it's impossible to get rid of the complexity of it. It's impossible to strip it down to, like, a linear equation or to say that this is what happens--so, this model works in the United Kingdom therefore it will work absolutely everywhere. It's just not possible to do that. And, obviously, economics has developed from there, and there's loads of really interesting and nuanced work going on in the world of economics; but the problem is, we do not teach that to our undergraduates. And undergraduates are incredibly influential. Like, most people who study undergraduate economics will not go on to do a Master's or a Ph.D. They will go on to work in a bank or lead a big business or work in the media--

Russ Roberts: or vote--

Maeve Cohen: or work around a policy table. And yeah, yeah, yeah. And they have this really basic knowledge of economics. It's not representative of the world, and isn't particularly helpful in a lot of really important scenarios. And it creates this sort of economic common sense within society which is actually not helping us address some of the most pressing problems of our time.

Russ Roberts: It raises an interesting question--and this is a side-note. But, you make me think about the fact that Psychology, which is a very popular undergraduate major in the United States and I think elsewhere--I wonder how, the way academic undergraduate psychology is taught in universities affects our daily lives through people believing certain things about how the world works that--might be true, but might not be. How we see ourselves. It's a really interesting, I think not fully-explored question about how undergraduate curriculum issues get transferred into daily life.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Definitely. And I think particularly with the discipline of economics. Because, economics is such an influential force within society. And, for example, if you are arguing for a policy--you've just had mid-term elections--you are arguing for a policy--most of these policies have to be backed up with economic reasoning. So, we have to be like, 'Yeah, but is it good for the economy?' And, so, what the sort of economic common sense is, within society, is really important. Because it allows, em, basically allows politicians to wield--and this is solved; maybe it's a different point about how economics is inaccessible and how a lot of the population are unable to engage with economics, so they have to sort of take this, this, this version of economics as given, because they are not encouraged to think about these things or it's not spoken about in a language that people can relate to or understand or relate to their lived experiences. But it creates this huge, hugely powerful discipline that's incredibly opaque. And that in turn can create massive democratic deficits. Which is another huge problem. So, I think: Yes, there is a problem, I'm sure in so many disciplines. Definitely Psychology; and that's really interesting. I hadn't thought of that. But because economics is such a powerful force in the world, I think it's particularly dangerous within[?] an economic curricula.


Russ Roberts:

Russ Roberts: And I agree. I think--even though we probably, you are going to see--we disagree on a lot of things; but so many we do agree on, which is I think extremely interesting. I want to summarize what I think are two of the key points that you've made so far that I think capture what I see as the approach that you are pushing. And again, I'm not--I'm totally in agreement with these. One is to make people aware that there are other schools of economic thought. In history. So, the history of economic thought, seems, should matter, as well as the diversity of thought in the current day. And then, secondly, the implication that it's value-free. Not--I think some of it is value-free, in the following sense. I think there are fundamental principles of human behavior that are agreed on by people on the Left and the Right. Even though they might disagree about what the implications of those fundamentals are, or how they get discussed in policy. So, for example, I think no matter what kind of flavor of economist you are, you might accept the fact that people respond to incentives. You might disagree about what the incentives are--

Maeve Cohen: Yeah.

Russ Roberts: You might disagree about the importance of monetary versus non-monetary incentives. I think economics of different political stripes can agree that much of what we see in the world we see around us is emergent rather than designed from the top down. Although there's, I think a lot of--there is some nuance there that people do disagree on. But the aggregation of behavior into what economics call markets is a shorthand for, um, how we interact, is useful. Now, we might disagree about how well they work. We might disagree about whether they should be left alone and what that actually means. But, to me, those are the two cornerstones of economics of any flavor. Which is: People respond to incentives. Which also implies that there is cost to action. There is foregone opportunities. Those two things, I think are undeniable. They have nothing to do with whether you are Marxist or neo-Keynesian or an Austrian. And then that--when we act, together, things happen that aren't just the sum of our individual actions. That there's a complexity that makes policy design challenging. And that we see all around us, that's hard to fully grasp without thinking about it in some depth. So: Do we agree on those things?

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. For sure. I think on the sort of complexity issue, yeah, I completely agree with you. I think that that is another issue that is not translated as well as it could be, in undergraduate curricula. Just, you are given a lot of, like, simple--well, not simple--they are quite complicated--but you're given a lot of problems that's, models, that don't really take complexity as the issue as well--yeah, they don't explain that as well as they could, I think. But, yes, I do agree with you.

Russ Roberts: Yeah, on that point, I once gave a talk to a group of Ph.D. economists--a high level, well-trained group of people. And I was talking about emergent order. And they were bored out of their minds. They said, 'Oh, look, we know all this: markets work.' And that wasn't my point at all. It turned out. But the way we have been trained as economists to think about complexity is: 'Oh, it's supply and demand, and we know how that works.' As if that stark, blackboard model--which I love, by the way: I have a lot of affection for supply and demand; I think it's a powerful, simplifying tool. But it is only a tool. It is only a simplification. It doesn't capture the richness of how our interactions actually work in the real world. It's a crude attempt to get at something that's important. But I think most economists think, 'Well, that is how--that's actually the real world.' And that's a terrible error.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. No. Well, I definitely agree. Like, supply and demand, and the market, and all of these things are incredibly useful. And using these tools have helped economies. And--yeah--helped people achieve great things. And done a lot of good in the world. But, yeah, the point that I try and make and the point that we're about is that it's not the only tool that you can use and actually in some circumstances and for some problems it's really not useful at all. And if we are wanting economists, of people who are economically literate, to be creating a better world for us all, they need to know more than just that sort of--yeah, that simplistic model.


Russ Roberts: So, two of the things that are behind "Rethinking Economics," your organization, are, you call democratizing economics and economic pluralism. What do you mean by those terms, and why are they important?

Maeve Cohen: So, by 'pluralism,' we mean, um, yeah--exposing students to the different schools of thought that are out there. And that's--that's--yeah--looking at first Keynesianism, looking at feminist economics, looking at ecological economics. And, and, and looking at the values that underpin each, em, as well as looking at the values that underpin mainstream economics. And then, yeah, being able to engage with these schools of thought--where they've come from and where they've got to, why they think the way that they think. And what that means for policy implications. Em, and then for democratizing economics. So, this is something--em--I touched on earlier about how we have a whole population of people that aren't included in these economic discussions. So, they don't--economics is so jargon-laden and elitist that a lot of people aren't able to engage with it. And then we get all these policy recommendations, policy proposals backed up by economic reasoning[?], and people don't understand the reasoning, so they are voting for policies that they don't understand. And that creates this massive democratic deficit. On the democratizing economics point, we have actually, so, an assisted charity called--because we realized it's basically impossible to reform university curricula--and democratize economics at the same time. So, we have assisted charity now called 'Economy' who make--they are just based in the United Kingdom, but they do a lot of work on making economics accessible. And crash courses for adults. They do a lot of work in schools. And they have website that sort of de-jargons the news. So, we've stepped away from that a bit now because it was too big a task to do--

Russ Roberts: Well, let's talk about the curriculum. Because, I think--again, ironically, when you listed those, some of things, approaches, that people aren't exposed to--my first thought is: 'But those are wrong!' and of course, you look at some things I'd like to see more; and I think, 'But those are wrong.' And I think, one of the lessons--

Maeve Cohen: But in a way that's not really the point--

Russ Roberts: It's not--

Maeve Cohen: Like, you don't have to be a feminist economist to benefit from the fact that actually, by understanding by that theory works and how it gets to the conclusions that it gets to--that in itself is an exercise that is useful, that is an exercise that helps you think critically and think more creatively. It's not just learning something by rote. It's engaging with the core of what that theory is. So, we--yeah--so, for example, we champion, like, teaching students feminist economics, for example. But then we also champion teaching students Austrian economics. Which is like, on the political spectrum, the opposite side.

Russ Roberts: Yeah--

Maeve Cohen: Because, there's a lot can be gained from these insights. And a lot can be gained from just doing the exercise of just actually trying to understand, why, when you hold these assumptions to be true, that we get these outcomes. Compared to holding these assumptions to be true and getting these outcomes. They are exercised, in and of itself, will create better, more thoughtful economists, we feel.

Russ Roberts: Well, I agree with that. When I was saying, 'That's the wrong kind,' I was being a bit facetious--

Maeve Cohen: --yeah. Yeah.

Russ Roberts: satirical. But I think, you know, one of the lessons here is humility: that you, one, me, person, does not have access to The Truth. And I just say, as an aside: When listeners write me and say, 'You have to interview so-and-so, because he or she has this model of how the world works that's correct.' And I always want to say, 'Well, I always think'--there's no one model that's exactly right. And people who are going to around saying--you learn some things sometimes from those people. But, they are also a little bit dangerous, because--

Maeve Cohen: Mmmhmm--

Russ Roberts: they are evangelists. And evangelism has value, as long as you are aware that you are evangelist. I think a lot of evangelists don't realize that. In economics, anyway. I don't know--leave aside the religious piece of that. But--


Russ Roberts: So, I think it's extremely helpful to be aware that you don't have a monopoly on the truth, whatever your value system is. And, in principle, your organization has the opportunity to do that. But you do have, also, a direct--you are trying to build a curriculum, I understand, that would be the richer or different than the current standard one: you mentioned Mankiw, whose textbook--and it is very good textbook for describing a particular kind of economics. Greg [Mankiw] would disagree with that, I think. He would say, 'No, it's just the truth.' But, I'm sympathetic to your approach. What is your organization doing in the area of curriculum, design, or implementation?

Maeve Cohen: So, we do--so, as I say, we were born of--well we are a student movement. And we are working in different ways. So, we try and produce research that shows that there is a problem. So, we produced a book called the Econocracy that was looking at 7 different universities in the United Kingdom and examining their curricula. And then we have student groups in different countries that have done the same. Their universities--the groups in the Netherlands have done it; Norwegians have done it--there's individual universities have done it as well. The Danes are doing it. The [?] which are exciting. So we are trying to do that. And we try and create alternatives. So, we produced a reader--an introduction to pluralist economics that was edited by our students. So, that looked at 11 different schools of thought and that--the point of that was, because of this problem of a lack of reading lists, that could be something that could complement economic courses and could quite an easy win for professors: it's just like, 'This is in the university library. Explore these different ways of thinking about university--about economics--sorry.' And then the students can also learn that as a tool for learning about new schools of thought. But, with regards to creating a curricula--this is--we are not really prescriptive. We don't want to say, like--like you say, we don't want to be the people saying that this is the way that you've got to do it. Every single university is different. We are in 25 different countries, as I say; and different--different models and different ways of thinking of the economy, more suitable for different countries. So, we haven't created a curriculum. Firstly, because we don't have the capacity, the amount of time and effort and knowledge and all of those things that take--we are a compending[?] organization, so we don't have those resources. And we only have 5 members of staff, even though we have hundreds and hundreds of volunteers. But, all of us, our groups are autonomous groups. And some of them are working on developing curriculas at their own universities. And it's more of creating sort of broader strokes: these are the things that you need to include; these are, it's just like the starting point if you are going to teach undergraduates economics. Yeah, for example, History of Economic Thought is an essential part of that economic history, is an essential part of the--em. So, we haven't, and we aren't going to create a template curriculum for people, because we don't really think that that's the way to go. It's more of encouraging our students to compare[?] at their own universities and do the projects that they feel would be most beneficial to them. So, some of them will be creating curricula. And some of our students are currently teaching curricula at universities that they've created and off the back of their love of pluralism. But, yeah--it's not a sort of over-arching thing that we're creating.


Russ Roberts: So, you mentioned two things. One, very quickly, in passing I just want to emphasize the distinction and their individual importance, which is History of Economic Thought and Economic History--

Maeve Cohen: yeah--

Russ Roberts: It's remarkable how uninformed we all around about economic history. Certainly--I got my Ph.D. in 1981. And I think I was one of the last--I don't think it's true any more, but--this was at the University of Chicago--and we were required to take, I think two economic history classes. I doubt that's true any more. It's certainly not true at most universities, and maybe almost at none. And that's a shame. Although, it's certainly more important I think for undergraduates, and for, as you say, sort of everyday people who have a, who've absorbed some kind of economic worldview, either from their coursework or their, just the air around them, the zeitgeist, to have some understanding of economic history. And, one of the things I find depressing about the United States--I don't think it's--well, you'll tell me if it's true in the United Kingdom and elsewhere--but we have this, um, this thing called the Advanced Placement Exam where high school students can get credit for college level classes by taking an exam; and then they don't have to--in theory don't have to take a class, if they get a high enough score, when they get to college. And, those--I don't think I would do very well in those exams. Which is either--I don't know if it says something about me or the exam or both. But, you know, my kids took them. And they would come and ask me questions, you know, in practicing for those. And I--some of them, [?] I would just say, 'I have no idea.' And I would give the answer; and they would say, 'Well, that's wrong. It turns out it's 3. It's c, not b.' And I'd say, 'Beats me.' So, one of the--that's a problem. That's a little strange. But the point I want to make that's, beside that fact that it treats economics as like it's just a set of facts and results, like physics, is it's extremely free of any context or economic history or complexity about the point you made earlier: that something might work in this country; it might not work elsewhere. It treats everything as if, like, the law of gravity: that it will work in Pisa, Italy as well as Manhattan. And that's just not true. And it's a terrible encouragement to, I think, wrong thinking.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Yeah. I completely agree with all of that. The instance of multiple choice exams is--truly shocking. So, I was a [?] student. I left school at 16, and I didn't go to university until I was 25. And I had this idea of what university would be like: And university was going to be this place where everybody was talking openly with each other and examining their disciplines, and, like, bouncing ideas off each other--

Russ Roberts: [?] and dmahhhom[?], dmahhhom[?]

Maeve Cohen: And I got there and Econ 101, multiple choice exam was like--

Russ Roberts: [?]dmahhhom[?]

Maeve Cohen: this is nuts. This is not what I thought university would be. And it's quite depressing, really.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. That's a side-problem, I would say. Which is the focus on results rather than ways of thinking.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. And it's really difficult--

Russ Roberts: And that's what multiple choice does.

Maeve Cohen: It's really difficult. So, particularly in the United Kingdom, well, now, now that we've got--tuition fees have risen dramatically in the last few years. And that's the main source of revenue for universities, so that they--they have huge amounts of students coming to study these courses. So, in my Econ 101, there was like 600 students. And it's a real, real problem. Like, how do you critically engage with 600 students? Like, how do you examine that amount of students? So, this is where the multiple choice exams have come from--

Russ Roberts: Yep--

Maeve Cohen: and I can completely understand the constraints on academics; and it must be--it's really hard to square the circle. But, I mean, but it's essential if you want a functioning society, I think.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. I taught Principles of Economics at UCLA [University of California, Los Angeles] to 350 people, and I--I made a few decisions at the beginning of the class. One was I would not use a microphone. Which was challenging. But it kept my energy level up. When you are going to talk in a room with 350 people, you better have a high energy level.

Maeve Cohen: Well, [?], yeah, yeah.

Russ Roberts: Because otherwise you start mumbling in front of the room; and 310 of 350 are sleeping. But the other thing I tried to do, which--I don't know if it worked or not but I think this is extremely important--is that I tried to have conversation about the questions we were looking at with those 350 students. Of course, you can't let every person participate. And most of them don't want to. But there were probably 30-50 of those students who would interact with me in one--30 or so in any one class. Or 20. And then, it wouldn't always be the same, every class. But it's not so much that only 20 people got to talk. Three hundred fifty people got to hear a conversation, just like we're having right now. And I think it's the exchange of ideas and the way of thinking like an economist which is so much more important than what's the ratio of the, what's the marginal rate, definition of the marginal rate of substitution, today, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah. And so, giving over--you know, when I was a teacher, the thing that used to bother me the most, the parallel I would make was to astronomy. So, in astronomy you have this unbelievable, magical, awesome, wondrous poetry of the nighttime sky. But that's not what you learn in astronomy. What you learn in undergraduate astronomy when I took it is the dumbed-down version of graduate astronomy. Which is a bunch of results which I could just spit back on an exam. Whereas, the life-changing classes in any field, or the ones that get you to see the world through a different lens--and that's what I think economics should be and often isn't. Which is tragic.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Exactly. And it really depresses me. I don't--I'm sure you've experienced this in your day, your apply[?] your whatever, and somebody asks you what you do, and you are like, 'Oh, I work in economics.' And they just go blank. And they are not interested. And there is this sense in society that economics is boring. People understand it's really important, but they also think it's boring. And it's like, 'Oh, my God, it's just not boring at all!' And then you talk to them a bit more in depth about it, and people are always engaged by--usually pretty engaged and excited. And it is--society has done this incredibly good job of making this incredibly dynamic and exciting discipline seem super-boring. And, that's--yeah--quite depressing for people like us, I'm sure.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. My favorite is, a woman was next to me on a plane, and she asked me what I was going to do, and I said to her I was an economist, and she said, 'That's too bad. My husband isn't here. He loves the stock market.'--

Maeve Cohen: oh, no--

Russ Roberts: And I wanted to say 'Well, that wouldn't have helped. I don't know much about the stock market.' And, but that's what people think. The other one I like is 'That must be handy around tax time.' Well, I hate filling out my taxes. And I'm not good at it. And that's what accountants and tax preparers do. Not economists. But, yeah....

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. I'm terrible at money--

Russ Roberts: Yeah. Exactly. Terrible--

Maeve Cohen: People always say to me, 'Oh, that's really funny because you're an economist'--

Russ Roberts: 'An economist'--

Maeve Cohen: Yeah.

Russ Roberts: It's not--yeah. I tried for a while to give a different answer. And I think I have forgotten: There was a period in my life where I would just, instead of saying I was an economist, I would, I would say something like--I forget what it was, but it might have been something like: 'Oh, what do you do?' 'Well, I'm interested in how things work from the bottom up rather than the top down, and how things emerge that are the product of our actions together but not any one person.' 'Oh, well, that's interesting. What does that mean?' Whereas, if you say you're an economist, it's over. Usually.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah.

Russ Roberts: It's usually the end of the conversation.


Russ Roberts: One of the things that gives me hope, and I don't know how you feel about it, and your organization, but certainly with the existence of the web today, people have access to so much more than what they are spoon-fed or force-fed by their professors. So, isn't that some cause for celebration?

Maeve Cohen: Oh, for sure. I mean, we wouldn't exist as a company--in fact, there's been iterations of companies doing similar stuff since the 1970s. I think one of the reasons why we've had such staying power is, yeah, because of the Internet. And because there is so much--when people get in touch with those, we can point them in the direction of loads of different resources. And we're talking [?] about exploring economics, which is, there's a network of, if German groups doing this same thing, and that this is one of their projects, and they have this website called 'Exploring Economics,' which has loads of online courses looking at different schools of thought, loads of different resources that we can point our students in the direction of; and yet it's, it's incredible. And we can communicate online. We can have a little reading group, discussion things, that are happening online. Yeah. It's--yeah--very grateful for the Internet.

Russ Roberts: And people can listen to EconTalk. Which--

Maeve Cohen: Exactly.

Russ Roberts: Hearing our voices right now is certainly taking advantage of the Internet. Almost certainly.


Russ Roberts: Before we leave some of these issues, I want to just go back to something you mentioned at the very beginning. You talked about how the genesis of your interest in these topics was in the aftermath of the financial crisis and that you were involved in something--the post-crash something--what was it?

Maeve Cohen: The Economic Society.

Russ Roberts: So, what do you feel, and what did you sense from people who were passionate about that at the time? What do you think was the mistake that was made, post-Crash? What was the opportunity that was missed, and certainly in the teaching of economics?

Maeve Cohen: Well, I think that after the Crash, lots of people went to study economics because it was so abundantly apparent that economics was super-important and was having a massive impact on people's lives. So, this is so, a perception of economics students that they--yeah, into the stock market and they just want to go and work in the city. But, actually, I don't think that that's true in general, but particularly at this time there was lots of people, and there are still lots of people going on to study economics because they want to do some social good. And, because of the way that it was taught to us as just this sort of abstract theory, that was completely detached from people and society, it lost a lot of those people along the way. Those people either became, em--they sort of forgot the reason they got involved in the first place. Or they dropped out or changed their major or whatever it is that they did. But I think the big mistake that was made after the Crash with economics education and the big mistake that's still being made is that there are lots of people that are--both the students are really thirsty for knowledge and want to do social good. And by detaching economics from people, which is how it is presented in most undergraduates, it's doing those people a disservice. And therefore doing society a disservice.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. There was an enormous interest, certainly here in the United States, I think after the Crisis. Because, we had had this prolonged period of economic--I would call it stability, slow or pretty good growth for a while--the recessions that we'd had were relatively small. Of course, people were affected by them. I didn't[?] they were small. But, for the economy as a whole, most individuals did pretty well. And there was nothing like this in our lifetime. And so, a lot of people I think did get a wake-up call. You know, one of them was John Papola, the filmmaker who contacted me, and we made the Keynes-Hayek rap videos. Really, those happened because--

Maeve Cohen: Hah, hah, hah, hah? Did you make that?

Russ Roberts: I did. With John.

Maeve Cohen: Oh, my God. That's great.

Russ Roberts: Thank you. But John--that wouldn't have happened without this film-maker--I was working in television at the time, started reading and thinking, 'I've got to figure out what's going on. Like, this is weird, this stuff.' So, I think a lot of people got galvanized. And if it hadn't been for the Internet, you know, they would have pulled out some not-so-exciting book called "Economics" that they found in a library. Would have put it down pretty quickly because it's not very accessible, as you've been saying. But for me--

Maeve Cohen: But yet this--Sorry to go on--

Russ Roberts: No, I just say, for me, and EconTalk, one of the reasons, one of the silver linings of the Crisis, was it did get a lot of people interested in what economics is. They struggled to gain access to it. As you pointed out. But, it does cause--it was a wake-up call for a lot of folks who weren't academics. Who weren't university students. Just say. And I want to know what happened. I want to understand it. In contrast to, say, the Great Depression, which was a similar event--much worse. But, at that time, if you think about being an individual in 1933, when unemployment I think was about 25% in the United States, or just absolutely horrific: What would you do if you want to understand it? You know, there was nothing to do. And here, we live in this time--doesn't mean everything's great--but at least we live in a time when people can explore things in unimagined ways compared to the past.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Definitely. And: Academics can use this stuff to educate the students. And I think this is a real shame, itself, the structure of academia, is there's so much weight is put on research and producing good research that the teaching, like you were saying: You don't get proper training to be a teacher. And that sort of how you engage students. I mean, I had a few professors who were incredible and obviously really passionate about how they input so much thought into it. But they are few and far between. And if you have got all these pressures on you as an academic to produce research, you've got all of this, this bureaucracy that you've got to do with these students, then actually creating a course that's engaging and using things like, [?], which seems really obvious, is--you just don't have the time to do that. And so you do end up just teaching the same slides[?] you've been teaching for the last 10 years. They are just not engaging or interesting at all. And that's a real shame.


Russ Roberts: The other point is that--and I brought this up again; I bring it up as often as I can, I guess--in a recent episode with Anat Admati we were talking about the Crisis. And, unfortunately, many economics benefit either explicitly or implicitly from the status quo. They either hope to work for the Federal Reserve; they maybe consult on Wall Street. And so, they are somewhat compromised. And, we think of ourselves, economists, as these detached observers of the human scene. But, of course, we have our own self-interest. And I referenced then and will mention again now a conversation with Luigi Zingales, who makes this point, I think very eloquently, many, many times, and it can't be emphasized enough: Economists act like they are just these doctors who come in to repair and heal the economy. And, of course, we're not. We're something like doctors, but more like doctors who--you know, I have imperfect knowledge of how the body works, and who benefit, as sometimes doctors do, too, from certain types of treatment as opposed to others. So, I think it's just really valuable to be aware of that when you are listening to people give policy advice and other things.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah, and it's also a matter of the lack of diversity within the discipline. I mean, the vast majority of economists are middle class white men; and their lived experience is significantly different to the lived experiences of massive swathes of society. And so we can't hope for those people in those sections of society to be representative in policy decisions. So, this whole point of democratizing economics, that whole branch of what we do, one of the main driving forces behind our--is because we want to make economics relevant to people's lives and show them how exciting it is, and encourage them to out and study economics so that we can get a more diverse set of voices around the policy table. Which I think is--yeah, I mean, that's a huge task. But yeah--speaks to what you were saying of it.

Russ Roberts: Now, why do you say, 'Economics is detached from people?' That's a theme on your website, various versions of that. What does that mean to you? What do you mean by that phrase?

Maeve Cohen: So, we talk about individual agents maximizing utility, in a market. And there's no people in that. So, we look at the rational agent. And I'm certainly not rational. So, my--does that agent represent me? There's no talk of humans, really. It's--yeah. It seems that we're looking at the math and the theory and we are forgetting that actually these are people doing what people do, a massively complex dance. And, by not talking about the people within it, we make it less relayable and less human, and less embedded in the world.

Russ Roberts: But I think it's more than that. It's not just that it's not so relatable. And, we have to concede--you know, there has been a growth in Behavioral Economics, which does try to introduce some more complexity into individual choice, at least. I don't know how much of it has made it into mainstream curriculum. Do you have a feel about that?

Maeve Cohen: Yeah; I mean, it's getting there. There are aspects of progress with Behavioral Economics, for sure.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. I just don't know--I don't think it's--it's not embedded in teaching. It's sort of an aside. Like, 'Oh, by the way, this isn't complete--'

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Not like a whole curricula. Yeah--

Russ Roberts: It's not obvious you can do that. But, I guess the issue for me, to take your critique about agents, rational agents, I think there's two things that bother me about that. It's not so much the behavioral part. It's not so much that I occasionally make mistakes--which, of course, I do; and we all do. We're all human. I think it's the--when you teach that model over and over again, that, it's basically--I want to give your critique its full due. It's basically saying that, you know, people are like programmable robots; we just have to get the incentives right. And I'm sympathetic to that point. Incentives matter a lot, as I said earlier. But I think once you start thinking of people like robots, you tend to start thinking of--or as programmable or as influenceable, which of course they are--you start to then start thinking that, 'Oh, yeah; and therefore I can make society better off by doing X. Because I can see--I know how people respond, and then I'll get this aggregated impact; and I can just add up all that utility or happiness or whatever we call it.' And I think that's a fundamental misunderstanding of the human enterprise. It's particularly materialistic. It particularly emphasizes stuff over how we experience life. You know, one of the things that, in last 2 or 3 years I've started thinking about a lot is the communal part of our lives, what I call our longing to belong. That our desire to connect with other human beings. It's totally absent from economic modeling other than in the corners of, you know, Gary Becker's work or others who are doing what has been called Economic Sociology. And, that seems to be missing out on like an enormous part of human wellbeing. And by focusing on the measurable stuff-which is--I understand the desire--we're missing an enormous part of the human experience.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. And I would--yeah. I totally agree with that. And I would go further than that. Like, I think what is happening to our environment is a consequence of that. Because, it's not quantifiable. You can't put--you can't put a number on the environment. And that means we've not been able to accurately analyze the issues, accurately understand or provide solutions to the issues that we are creating. Because it's just--yeah. It's outside of the [?] of the tools that we are using. And to do that effectively--and of course, you can doctor the tools you are using and try and fit bits in here and there. But [?] would be that, fundamentally that way of looking at the world is not the best way to look at our environmental problems. There are other tools we should be and can be using.


Russ Roberts: So, I want to stretch myself here, and try to critique my usual view of things. And get your reaction. So, in the United States we have this phenomenon--I'm sure you have it there as well in the United Kingdom, but I think it's more pervasive here. Which is, what are called Big Box stores. So, we have these enormous retailers, like WalMart, Home Depot, Lowes. And I love them. I love them all. I confess. I really do love them--in some dimension, anyway. I enjoy shopping there. They are phenomenal places, just to be walking around in. They are brightly lit, and their stuff is cheap, and there's a ton of stuff. Yeah--I'll never forget; I think I've told this story before, about I showed up late for--my plane was delayed and I had to give a speech somewhere, and instead of getting picked up at 7pm I got picked up at midnight; and my bag was lost, so I had no clothes. And the person who picked me up said, 'Do you want to go--do you want to get something to eat?' And I said, 'No, I need to get something to wear.' And so we went to a Super-Wal-Mart. I'd never been in one. That was about 10 years ago; and I still haven't been in one since, because they don't them--we don't let them happen around here, outside Washington, D.C. much. But it was an extraordinary experience. It was 1 o'clock in the morning. It looked like daytime, because it was lit like--it looked like I was near the surface of the sun. And they had everything I needed. And it was cheap. I bought a shaver. And I bought underwear. And I bought a shirt. And I was fine. And it was a glorious, capitalist experience. But--so that's the romance about, in favor. Let's do the romance against, on the other side. The romance against it on the other side is that, you know, small towns that used to have lots of other small retailers now have one giant retailer. It's far away. It's out in the suburb, or it's the wrong side of town where it's cheaper to build a large building. And the texture of daily life is different. Now, I don't romanticize the small-town daily life. Because the stores were not so clean and they didn't have much selection; it was really expensive; there wasn't much competition. There were a lot of negatives, too. But something has been lost by the move toward the larger suburban or exurban retailers. And, as an economist, my first impulse is to say, 'Well, people want to shop at those big stores; we should let them.' And there's issues of subsidies: put those aside for the moment. But, we generally believe in America, and certainly my economics training tells me, that if people choose it, it's for the good. But, something is lost. And the thing--the point I want to make, that I think I have to concede--and people like me, politically, ideologically have to concede--is that, it's not free, that cheap stuff. It changes the texture of daily life. And that, we don't measure. And so, I'm not saying it was a mistake that people make those choices. I'm just saying that the full picture isn't obvious. And I think that's not so good.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. I mean--yeah. The price mechanism doesn't really work for things like that, because you can't put a price on it. And-yeah. I totally agree. I think that capitalism has brought such wonderful things and increased our living standards to such a great extent--but yeah, this stuff isn't free. And we are creating damage--we are damaging people by always being able to consume things so easily and so cheaply. We are creating pain in other areas of life. And yeah, so Rethinking Economics, I guess that's fundamentally what it's about, is looking at what the damage that currently isn't being measured, is; and how do we begin to incorporate that in our understanding of economics and how do we try and mitigate against some of the worst excesses of that. It's not throwing capitalism out. It's not saying, 'This is a terrible model and it's destroying the world.' It's saying that, 'Yes, some of this stuff is amazing and it's improved our lives massively, but actually there are some huge, gaping flaws here that we need to come look at again.'


Russ Roberts: So, I want to try and push this Walmart example a little bit. And again, I'm ignoring the fact that Wal-mart gets subsidized sometimes by tax breaks. Of course, other things get subsidized, too. It's really a messy, complicated thing to try to measure those kind of artificial encouragements and discouragements. I just want to think about the following. So, I really love--there's two things I love. I love Amazon. And I love a good book store. And I recognize that Amazon is destroying--has destroyed--lots of bookstores. And, even though I love the fact that I have a zillion books in my house, because of Amazon, and a bunch more on my Kindle, and that I bought those books because they were so inexpensive and easy to get into my house because of the web, I also like occasionally to wander into a physical bookstore and pick up the books and touch them and look at them. And, we all have a temptation to go into those physical bookstores, fondle the books, put them back down, and go home and order from Amazon. And, we would all say, most people would say, 'Well, that's fair. Because that's what markets are about. You make your choices.' But I think we could have a culture, we could have a social norm that says, it's not enough to say, 'I hope everybody else buys their books at the little book store on the corner, because that way I can wander in there every once in a while,' but I'll be buying most of my books at Amazon. But it seems to me we could have a norm that says--again, I don't want to penalize Amazon artificially. I don't want to give them an advantage artificially, either. But I do think we could have a social norm that says, 'If you value that bookstore on the corner, you might want to sacrifice some of your standard of living to shop there, because if you only follow the narrowest of self-interest, it won't be there any more.'

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. And I think that people do. We still have vinyl shops [record stores--Econlib Ed.] in Manchester. Like, we sell at vinyl shops across the world.

Russ Roberts: You'd better explain what those are, Maeve, because most people in America don't know what those--first of all, that's a U.K. word; but it's also out of date. So, explain what that is.

Maeve Cohen: Records--music records. Those big, black disks. We still have--we call them 'vinyls' here; we still have vinyl stores, in the United Kingdom, because people have chosen that--there's other things that they value about listening to music that go beyond just downloading it on Spotify. It's going into the shop, flipping through all the little records; taking out this huge disk with this beautiful cover and they're the things that they value. And I think that there is a huge counterculture and all different aspects. So, in the suburb that I live in, there's this vegan cooperative grocery store--this big store--that is thriving. Like, it does incredibly well. Yeah. Yeah. There's a Morrison's there, which is a big supermarket chain in the United Kingdom: there's a Morrison's next door. So many people go and shop in this vegan cooperative even though it's more expensive, because they value the--they share the same values that this store does. So, I think that, yeah, people do do that. If we could--I think that encouraging those sorts of things is an important part of getting this right; but obviously there are huge systemic barriers to this, so it's not just about individual choice. Like you are saying about Amazon. The ease of it all: there's a lot of things in place that make it far more difficult to do the shopping in the little book store, that we could make some of these things easier for people. I guess.


Russ Roberts: Yeah: it's a challenge. Because, if you are not careful, you end up supporting legislation that penalizes Amazon; and it's really done to destroy the ability to compete with those smaller players. And, I don't think we ought to do that. I think that's a mistake. I think we shouldn't be artificially helping or hindering anyone. I'm a big fan of creative destruction--despite what I just said. Which is the challenge, I think, of squaring my circle: which is, that I love the idea that the world is dynamic, and I don't want to slow it down too much. But I don't mind if we slow it down through our own choices. We are recording this in the middle of November. And every year, one of the things I absolutely have intellectual problems with is the Christmas holiday shopping argument that we 'need it for the economy.' And, of course, if people decided they wanted to spend more time sitting in front of the fireplace and less time working, and more time with their families, and the economy got a little bit smaller, that would be wonderful if that's what people wanted. If they want to work really have and have lots of--crap--they're entitled, we're entitled; I do plenty of that, too. I'm not being--but this idea that somehow we need it for the economy, it's just absurd. It's just a horrible--

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. It is really dangerous. Obviously, I am sure that you--we disagree on the whole--I don't think I would use the term 'penalizing' Amazon. Penalizing these huge monopolies that have an insane amount of market power. And I do believe in regulation and government intervention to stop that from happening. Particularly with regard to tax, and taxing them fairly. But I think--yeah, this obsession that we have with growth; and a lot of this is born of undergraduate economics education, that a good economy is an economy that grows, is complete fallacy. Yeah. We could actually stand to lose a little growth. We could stand to not--like, the amount of tat, you see at Christmas--the amount of gifts that I get--I'm just like, 'Why would you ever buy this for me?' I don't want this; I don't need this. But it's--yeah--it's good for the economy, so people have got jobs creating this tat; but people have got really badly paid jobs creating stuff that people don't want just so that people can buy more stuff just so the economy can grow. And it is completely backwards, and really destructive on people's livelihoods and just on the state of my livingroom, and yeah, on the environment.

Russ Roberts: Did you say 'tat'?

Maeve Cohen: Tat.

Russ Roberts: How do you spell that?

Maeve Cohen: T-a-t.

Russ Roberts: And how would you translate that, for those who don't speak English? Who only speak American? Junk? Is it junk?

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Yeah. Just like rubbish. Just like little bits that you don't need.

Russ Roberts: Okay. Glad to get that straight. Love that word. It's like twee--another one of my favorite British words. Which means, I think, adorably, unbearably cute. At least that's what I [?]

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. And like, very traditional--

Russ Roberts: It's like a tchotchke. That would be the Yiddish version of twee. Well, it's a combination. A tchotchke is tat that's twee. That's our linguistic lesson for the day.


Russ Roberts: So, let's close with the fact that--where I think we don't agree, and try to get some understanding of why. So, we're having a great conversation, and I'm enjoying it. It reminds me of some things that I feel very strongly about that I sometimes forget about. It stretches me a little bit to think about where I might have my own burdens of my education that I don't think about that I carry around unconsciously. But, we don't agree--I think are on the more interventionist side of things, I would guess--

Maeve Cohen: Yes--

Russ Roberts: than I am. I would guess. So, the question is: I wonder why that is. Given that we both don't like many of the things about economics--I wonder what is the underlying cause of our disagreement. I don't know the answer; but I want to see what you can say.

Maeve Cohen: I've got a guess.

Russ Roberts: Go ahead.

Maeve Cohen: I think this is something that--when you were coming of age and when you were becoming an economist, economics was like on the up and in its heyday; and stuff was going well. And this science-cum-religion of economics was really in its ascendency. I had a completely different experience. And this is what we say--I'm slightly older than most of our students, so it works--I'll do the one that we say for our students, and then I'll talk about myself. But, our students were coming of age when economics was just collapsing down around our ears. So, they don't have the same, like, deference towards--not that I'm saying you have a deference towards; obviously you are very critical--but a lot of our professors, a lot of people that we argue with--and deference is probably far too strong a word. But they have this respect for economics that students, that the generation just below mine I would say just don't have. So they just aren't--they aren't as convinced. They start off a hell of a lot more critical than a lot of their professors do. Me, personally: I'm from the northeast of England, which was a huge mining community; and all of them, in 1984-85, there was a massive miners' strike, and the miners lost; and all the mines were shut down. And basically the northeast of England is one of the most deprived areas in England/Europe now. Because they did nothing. So, this was an economic decision that was made in Westminster, and they did nothing to try and rebuild those economies. So, the deprivation and the consequences of the miner's strike that I grew up around made it very--I started off very critical of economics, because I was like, 'Well, that was an economic decision and it done in the economic good, and it's destroyed my neighborhood.' And so, yeah: students definitely, students today are much more critical of economics, just because they never saw it when it was in its heyday.

Russ Roberts: I think that's potential

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Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said on Tuesday he was leaving the United Kingdom Independence Party which he used to pressure the ruling Conservative Party into gambling on a Brexit referendum. Farage, as UKIP leader, put pressure on former Prime Minister David Cameron to promise an EU referendum an...

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Dec. 4, 2018 

University Distinguished Professor Anil Jain named Fellow by The World Academy of Sciences 

Anil Jain of Michigan State University has been named a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for a lifetime of perspectives and publications that have inspired students and researchers worldwide. He was one of 46 new fellows elected at the 28th TWAS general meeting in Trieste, Italy, Nov. 27-29.University Distinguished Professor Anil Jain has been named a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences for inspiring students and researchers worldwide. 

A University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Jain is being honored for his pioneering contributions to pattern recognition resulting in novel solutions for a rapidly evolving biometrics industry. 

TWAS was founded 35 years ago to increase representation by women and researchers from the world's science- and technology-lagging countries. Jain said it is not typical to have a person from a developed nation be elected a fellow by the worldwide organization. 

Jain was nominated for the honor by Tieniu Tan of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), where he is a professor of computer vision and pattern recognition, CAS deputy secretary-general and director general of the CAS Bureau of International Cooperation. 

Tan called Jain an internationally renowned scholar and educator. “For the past 40 years, he has actively promoted the research topics of pattern recognition, computer vision and biometrics in developing nations through lectures, exchange programs, technical assistance and student and postdoc training. 

“Very few people get elected every year from North America,” he added. “He most certainly deserves the recognition.” 

Co-nominator Sankar Pal, distinguished scientist and former director of the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, India, said Jain’s high quality pioneering research has had an enormous impact on statistical pattern recognition and computer vision. 

“It is evident from a Google scholar h-index of 179, with total citation 185,000,” Pal said. “His IEEE-PAMI publications have made him a role model scientist to many of us and to young researchers in machine learning. All these extra-ordinary achievements made his election to TWAS Foreign Fellowship successful. I am happy to be a part of this endeavor.”

Jain is known around the world for his expertise in biometric recognition, computer vision, and fingerprint-matching technology.

“It has been my honor to work on projects in countries including India, China, and Indonesia," Jain said. “I advised the world’s largest biometrics project, Aadhaar, in India that has enrolled more than 1 billion residents utilizing fingerprints and iris images for de-duplication in India’s social welfare system.” 

Jain also worked on a prototype fingerprint system to recognize infants and toddlers for vaccination tracking in Benin and India. The World Food Program is utilizing the prototype child ID system in field trials in Somalia in an effort to eliminate fraud in food distribution to children.

Anil Jain advised the world's largest biometrics project, Aadhaar, in India that has enrolled more than 1 billion residents utilizing fingerprints and iris images for India's medical system.

He holds one of 17 inaugural appointments to the U.S. Forensic Science Standards Board, a newly developed organization dedicated to identifying and fostering standards and guidelines for the nation’s forensic science community. 

Jain has previously served as a member of the Defense Science Board and the National Academies panels on Whither Biometrics and Improvised Explosive Devices. 

His list of honors is extensive. In 2016, he was elected to the United States National Academy of Engineering (among engineering’s highest honors) and as a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. In 2015, he was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

Jain is also a fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE); Association of Computing Machinery (ACM); American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); International Society for Optics and Photonics Society (SPIE); and International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR).

He is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Humboldt Research Award, Fulbright Scholarship, King-Sun Fu Prize, and W. Wallace McDowell Award. 

Jain is regularly invited to speak at national and internal forums, including the Third Annual ID4AFRICA Conference in Namibia in 2017; the 103rd Indian Science Congress, Information & Communication Science and Technology in India in 2016; the Royal Society meeting on United Kingdom forensics in London, 2015, and the keynote address at the Microsoft Computing in the 21st Century Conference in Beijing, 2014.

TWAS is a global science academy based in Trieste, Italy. It was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the developing world who shared a belief that building strength in science and engineering could build the knowledge and skill to address the challenges of hunger, disease and poverty. 

The newest 46 fellows increase the academy's total to 1,267 Fellows from 104 countries – the most countries represented since TWAS’s creation. The academy elected its first fellows ever from Bolivia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Libya, Nicaragua, and Zambia. In addition, members were elected from Iraq, Sudan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. Thirteen of the new fellows are women, who now account for 13 percent of the total membership.

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This is my (yet another) feeble attempt to make a blog-mas entry! Not to be a defeatist, but I know well enough that, at some point, I'll fall off on writing 30 posts this month. However, a girl can try... right? Since it is 1st December, it's now legit to put up all Christmas decors in the United Kingdom. Wee!
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December 4, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Foreign Minister El-Dirdeiry Ahmed and the United Kingdom’s Permanent Secretary at the Department for International Development (DFID) Matthew Rycroft have discussed the British development aid provided to Sudan. In a press release on Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Babiker al-Siddiq said the meeting discussed Darfur development strategy that is being […]
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          Court Gives EFCC, SSS, 72 Hours To Arrest Diezani      Cache   Translate Page      
Justice Valentine Ashi of a Federal Capital Territory High Court, sitting in Apo, Abuja, on December 4 ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Nigerian Police Force, the Department of States Security Service and all other security agencies to apprehend and arrest a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke within 72 hours.

The order was made, following a motion ex parte made before the court by counsel to the EFCC, Msuur Denga, praying for an order of the court, to issue a warrant of arrest against Mrs Alison-Madueke, to enable the Commission apprehend and arraign her for alleged financial crimes in Nigeria.

The EFCC investigated the former minister along with Jide Omokore, a former Chairman, Atlantic Energy Drilling Company, following a petition dated October 2, 2013, from Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, bordering on money laundering and official corruption.

EFCC said in a statement that investigations into the petition revealed that Mrs Alison-Madueke as supervising minister of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, was found to have engaged in illicit and monumental fraudulent dealings in oil transactions, which she entered into on behalf of the Federal Government.

Mrs Alison-Madueke and Mr Omokore are also alleged to have accepted and given gifts in properties located at Penthouse 22, Block B, Admiralty Estate, Ikoyi, and Penthouse 21, Building 5, Block C, Banana Island, Lagos. They are to be arraigned on February 25, 2019 on a five-count charge for the offences, which are contrary to Sections 26(1) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

When the matter came up on Monday the Commission however filed application for warrant of arrest, condition precedent for Mrs Alison-Madueke’s extradition protocol to bring her back home to face trail.

The prosecution told the court that Mrs Alison-Madueke, who is currently in the United Kingdom, jetted out of the country while investigations into the alleged fraudulent acts were ongoing.

The court today, granted the ex parte motion, and ordered the security agencies to provide Mrs Alison-Madueke within 72 hours, for her to face the charge preferred against her.

“The Inspector General of Police, the Chairman of the EFCC, the Attorney General, the Department of State Services, are hereby ordered in the name of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria to apprehend and arrest the first defendant and produce her before this court for further directives within 72 hours,” the judge held.
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Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter, Seth Glier debuts his acclaimed new album "If I Could Change One Thing" in the United Kingdom opening for Ronnie Spector.

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Maurice’s career spanned more than 50 years in Europe and the United States and without exception was referred to as “The Great Russian Tenor”.
Maurice began his career under the tutelage of Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky when he was just 7 years old. In later years in England, he was coached by Hugo Heinz and represented by H. Bernhardt. His appearances included among others, the Royal Albert Hall and a command performance before King George V of England, as solo artist with a 125-piece symphony orchestra, conducted by Thomas Beecham. One of his favourite operatic roles of all time was in “Cavalleria Rusticana”. Maurice was in popular demand all over the United Kingdom where he was likened to the late Caruso. It was said he was one of the world’s greatest voice technicians and had a brilliant range from a low F to an F above high C.
Maurice and his partner Rosie Dubin (Mezzo Soprano) emigrated to America in 1922 after World War 1. In 1925 Maurice produced his own opera in Chicago. Whilst continuing his opera and concert work in the Northwest of America, he sang for President Roosevelt. In the 1930’s he was originator and director of the Northwest Civic Opera company of Seattle. In addition, Maurice together with Ivan Novikoff opened up the Russian School of Ballet and Opera.
In 1937 Maurice took the Grand National Opera Company on tour of the West Coast of America, producing a number of popular operas and some lesser known works such as the Chocolate Soldier and Billy Forget Me Not.
Maurice’s last big work was a concert presented during the opening ceremonies of the First Narrows Bridge (Galloping Gertie) in 1940.
Maurice and Rosie toured all over America but made Gig Harbour their permanent home. After the Second World War, Maurice continued to teach Voice coaching and technique until illness forced him into retirement.
Maurice died in June 1950.

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Queen Elizabeth is remembering the late former President George H.W. Bush following his death on Friday. The Queen called Bush a “great friend and ally of the United Kingdom.” She said Bush 41 was “a patriot, serving his country with honor and distinction in Office and during the Second World War.” She reflected on her […]
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          The Lewis Man, Peter May      Cache   Translate Page      
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A body is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis. The male Caucasian corpse is initially believed by its finders to be over 2000 years old, until they spot the Elvis tattoo on his right arm. The body, it transpires, is not evidence of an ancient ritual killing, but of a murder committed during the latter half of the 20th century.

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After listening to the first two books in the Lewis Trilogy pretty much one after the other, I've done it at all the wrong time of the year. I'm a bit partial to listening to, or reading, books from cold, wet climes in the heights of our summer, and all predictions are indicating we're in for a stinking summer. Hot, dry as a chip and dangerous. So I'll be looking for some seriously cold, wet reading material - including the third book in the trilogy to come.

Aside from the climactic conditions, this is a wonderfully atmospheric series, with some seriously beautifully descriptive writing that works perfectly as an audio book. It's immersive listening, with the narrator able to enhance the atmospherics with perfect pronunciation and accent. The stories themselves are interesting - very much in the closed room vein in many ways - not surprising given the island setting, but with enough local touches to create something particularly interesting. The idea here that a body discovered in the peat could be ancient, but turns out to be more recent, is at the core of this plot. With the local customs of peat cutting and storing, the way that island life revolves around the need to survive the long-harsh winters, and the idea that even in a small community, people can drop through the cracks particularly intriguing and engaging.

The novels have had a tendency to be finished off in a bit of a flourish but that's very forgiveable when everything else about this series has been absolutely perfect. They would be good as reading material, but this is a series I'm particularly pleased to have opted for audio on. It's been a listening pleasure.

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In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. 

Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.

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In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.’

Winston Churchill

There are some writers who you’d like to read but just never seem to get around to. Until I’d read Transcription, in my case Kate Atkinson was one of those authors. For crime/mystery fans Kate Atkinson wrote the Jackson Brodie novels which were adapted for television as Case Histories with Jason Issacs in the lead role. Having enjoyed Case Histories, I’d planned to read the Jackson Brodie novels but just never did. Even with Transcription I’d picked it up a few times but put it down because there was something else which caught my eye. Happily, I did finally purchase Transcription and I’m certainly glad I did, I just may also get around to those Jackson Brodie novels as well.

Transcription begins in 1981 with Juliet Armstrong lying on a pavement having just been hit by a car after attending a Shostakovich concert in Wigmore Hall, London. She’s thinking of the rest of the Shostakovich series she’ll miss, her son in Italy, the impending royal wedding and, at 60 years of age, had her life been long enough or was it an “illusion, a dream that had happened to someone else”. From there Transcription takes us back to two important periods in Juliet’s life, 1950 when she’s working for the BBC in London and 1940 when she was recruited to work for MI5 during the Second World War, those periods are about to collide.

There are a number of aspects to Transcription which I enjoyed. The first of these is the strength of Juliet Armstrong as a character and first-person narrator. This style of novel is often difficult and although the narration does grate a little towards, especially in the 1950 sections of the book, there is always a gem of a thought which reminds you just how enjoyable this book is to read. Secondly, Kate Atkinson is a master at highlighting the mundane parts of life. The sheer boredom of Juliet transcribing secret meetings with German sympathisers, and yet almost getting to know them personally through their voices, is expertly captured. Also, there’s the unexpected sacrifices which war brings like being no longer able to get a good coffee because the Italian owner of her favourite café is now interned and the embarrassing task of going to the toilet in Wormword Scrubs, which MI5 used as a headquarters during WW2, because there’s no doors on the cubicles. Lastly, Transcription is also a very good thriller which carefully builds Juliet’s sense of doom that the things that she, and others, did during the war are now coming back to haunt her and she doesn’t know the price she’ll need to pay.

I started this review with a quote from Winston Churchill. It’s the epigraph at the beginning of Transcription and it perfectly encapsulates this beautiful book. Now, I must do something about those Jackson Brodie novels. 

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Biosolid is the commonly used term for treated recycled sewage sludge used as agricultural fertilizer. In this video interview with microbiologist David Lewis, Ph.D., he discusses information he uncovered in three decades working for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Lewis, a former senior-level research microbiologist at EPA-ORD, was terminated for publishing an article that raised concerns over the EPA 503 sludge rule. The rule addresses the standards to be used when sludge is applied to the land.1

In his article,2 Lewis blew the whistle on corruption and conflict of interest at the EPA causing industrial waste and toxins to be added into fertilizer that is then applied to farm land and added to potting soil.

In his book, “Science for Sale: How the US Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits,” he elaborates on the enormous conflict of interest between U.S. industry and federal regulatory agencies allowing toxins to be quite literally spread on the land all-around the U.S.

Solution of Eliminating Human Waste Corrupted by Industrial Waste

The practice of using biosolids began when it became clear how dumping the sludge directly into waterways was damaging the environment.3 After the Cuyahoga River outside Cleveland, Ohio, caught on fire in 19694 as a result of high levels of pollution, the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act were enacted.

President Richard Nixon also created the EPA to regulate the air and water and protect human health. Looking for another avenue to dispose of the waste, industry turned to municipal wastewater treatment plants.

Organic waste commonly used in biosolids includes human waste product and industrial waste delivered to municipal treatment plants. If human waste were the only product returned to the soil, it would complete the cycle of regenerative agriculture, returning nitrogen and phosphorus back into the soil.

However, the industrial waste corrupts the process by concentrating toxins, which are then spread as fertilizer onto agricultural lands, parklands, golf courses, lawns and cemeteries. Biosolids are also used in mine reclamation, to cover inactive landfills, or to add layers in active landfills.5

Although the U.S. Inspector General believes the EPA controls are incomplete and may have failed to protect human health when regulating biosolids,6 according to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality:7

“Biosolids are one of the most studied materials that have ever been regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Decades of studies have demonstrated that biosolids can be safely used for the production of crops.

The National Academy of Sciences has reviewed current practices, public health concerns, and regulator standards and has concluded that “the use of these materials in the production of crops for human consumption when practiced in accordance with existing federal guidelines and regulations, presents negligible risk to the consumer, to crop production and to the environment.”

EPA Unsure of Biosolid Safety

As Lewis describes in the video, none of the toxic organic chemicals regulated by the EPA is monitored in sewage sludge and only nine of 27 toxic heavy metals are monitored. According to a recently-published investigation by the Office of Inspector General, a broad list of potential threats have not been evaluated.

The agency has identified 352 chemical pollutants making their way out of wastewater treatment plants in treated biosolids, including pesticides, pharmaceuticals and solvents.8 Of these, 61 are listed as hazardous materials with known human effects. However, to date the EPA has not completed a risk assessment for any.

The industry argument is that biosolid fertilizers slowly release nitrogen and phosphorus as well as essential micronutrients, including nickel and copper. However, biosolids also contain pharmaceutical compounds, hormones, fire retardants and plasticizers. Once pumped onto farm lands and golf courses they can be washed into local water sources, ending up in the food chain.9

As Lewis explains, once these chemicals have dissolved in fat they bioaccumulate and can become neurotoxic. According to the EPA, nearly half of the biosolids generated in the U.S. are ultimately applied to populated areas. The other half may be sent to incinerators or landfills.10

While the EPA has consistently monitored biosolids for nine regulated substances, they lack any data to determine the safety of hundreds of others found in the material.

The EPA formally responded to the Inspector General's office, attempting to negate the potential effects on human health, saying,11 “The occurrence of pollutants and biosolids does not necessarily mean that those pollutants pose a risk to public health and the environment.”

The city of Lacrosse, Wisconsin, located on the Mississippi River, reportedly dumps 12 million gallons of biosolids a year on surrounding fields.12 The city does not test wastewater or solids for emerging contaminants, including those mentioned by the inspector general in its audit.

Reminiscent of comments made after widespread lead contamination in water supplying Flint, Michigan, was discovered,13 Jared Greeno, wastewater treatment plant superintendent, said:14 “At this time, we're not required by DNR, so we haven't done those tests.”

How Industrial Pollution Moved From Waterways to Farmland

Lewis recalls the old slogan, “The solution to pollution is dilution,” used to describe why industrial wastewater was pumped directly into streams and rivers, for eventual dilution in the oceans.

Today, the process of using biosolids spreads pollution on golf courses, school grounds and farmlands, concentrating the toxins’ effects and exposing large vulnerable populations to concentrated hazardous material.

After publishing a commentary in Nature, one of the most prestigious science journals, Lewis was interviewed by a journalist from The Atlanta Journal Constitution, during which he said the EPA may be doing more damage than good to human health. He then questioned EPA field scientists around the country about their opinion of how the EPA sludge rule protected health.

The overwhelming response was that field scientists had unanimously warned EPA headquarters the 503 sludge rule was a bad decision. Lewis recalls at the time the EPA had partnered with the largest treatment plant trade organization, the Water Environment Federation. The collaborative effort poured money into promoting studies to support the 503 rule.

This industry-funded body of “evidence” is now known by EPA scientists as “Sludge Magic.” The same chemicals the EPA calls “priority pollutants” — which by definition trigger human health effects and are environmentally persistent — are concentrated in biosolids and spread through the environment when industrial wastewater is pumped into municipal sewage treatment plants and added to the biosolid mix.

Biosolids Application Has a Massive Impact on Crops and Waterways

The addition of massive amounts of biosolids containing nitrogen and phosphorus combined with other nitrogen-rich fertilizers have likely contributed to algae blooms along the coast of Florida.15 Unfortunately, many of the southern states experience greater use of biosolids as they accept excrement exported from other cities.

For instance, a train, nicknamed “the poop train,” filled with biosolids originating from New York City was stranded in a small town in Alabama for nearly two months.16 As New York has strict dumping laws, they ship their biosolids south. Many southern states have lax laws, which explains why Georgia, Alabama and neighboring states have accumulated waste in the past several years.

The train was originally bound for Big Sky landfill, 20 miles east of Parrish, Alabama. Although the landfill had taken sewage from New York since 2017, the nearby town of Jefferson sought an injunction on the grounds the biosolids caused the town to be infested with flies and smell like dead rotting animals.

After two months, the biosolids were removed from the train by the truckload and transported to a landfill.17 In a study from the University of York in the United Kingdom,18 data revealed plants suffer when biosolids are applied to the soil. Even with low-level exposure, the drugs studied interfered with plant hormones that support defense against predators and diseases.

The drugs also damaged the plant's ability to make energy from the sunlight, and at higher concentrations the research team saw a drop in the leaves’ levels of chlorophyll. At higher concentrations, the plants also experienced stunted roots and burnt edges on the leaves.19

Though the team thought the discoloration was from a nutrient deficiency, they found instead the plants had absorbed higher levels of nutrients that were essentially poisoning the plants.

Protect Yourself and Your Family

If you grow vegetables in your garden and want to avoid toxins contained in biosolids, your best bet is to buy organic potting soil and/or compost from a local nursery you know and trust, that can guarantee no biosolids have been added.

Unfortunately, companies do not have to disclose when biosolids are used, so there’s really no way of knowing what’s in your bag of potting soil or compost. Composted products can have the USDA organic label on them, and still be loaded with toxic biosolids. If you see "milogranite" on the label, it contains biosolids from the City of Milwaukee — a national distributor.

Another alternative is to make your own using a composting bin or wood chips. For a full explanation of how to compost, see my previous article, "How to Properly Compost and Recycle."

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LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 5 – Manchester City opened up a five-point lead at the top of the table with a seventh straight Premier League victory, but were made to work for a 2-1 win at Watford on Tuesday. City’s goals came either side of half-time as Leroy Sane chested home to end Watford’s resistance […]

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LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – Claudio Ranieri said on Tuesday the Leicester fairytale which he played such a pivotal role in came to an end with the death of Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash in October. Ranieri is preparing to welcome Leicester to bottom club Fulham on Wednesday, the first time […]

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LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp accepted on Tuesday a charge of misconduct levelled by the Football Association (FA), saying “if you break rules you have to pay for it.” The 51-year-old German had been charged after his exuberant celebrations following Divock Origi’s goal in the 96th minute for Liverpool in […]

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LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – Spanish international Cesar Azpilicueta, one of the longest-serving players at Chelsea, signed a new four-year contract on Tuesday which if he sees it out will take him to 10 years with the Premier League club. The 29-year-old defender — who joined the Blues in 2012 from French outfit Marseille […]

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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – Jose Mourinho has acknowledged Manchester United are unlikely to meet his target of climbing into the Premier League’s top four by the end of 2018. However, the United manager has played down comments he made to Brazilian television suggesting that it would be a “miracle” if his team finished […]

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change of monarchical streamlining. Brexit > > > > > may lead to another Scottish independence referendum which, if successful, will have the effect of > > > > > abolishing the political union known as the United Kingdom. > > > > > > > > The Irish are always so sure that everyone else will
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On December 4, President Donald Trump retweeted a false claim from Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk that some protesters in France had chanted “We want Trump.” The false claim is based on a video that is actually from a June rally in the United Kingdom held in support of far-right extremist Tommy Robinson, and it was posted by a Twitter account that pushes content related to the QAnon conspiracy theory. Below is a brief timeline highlighting the origin and spread of the claim and the video.

December 2: A pro-QAnon Twitter account posted a video of people chanting a pro-Trump slogan, and another account claimed it was from France. On the evening of December 2, Twitter account @FrozenF712 tweeted a video of people chanting “We want Trump,” along with the text, “Ugh EUROPE jyst (sic) starting..WE WANT TRUMP.” @FrozenF712 has regularly tweeted in support of the QAnon conspiracy theory.

Later that evening, the account @HorseRacingCOO tweeted the video, adding, “France, on their way to becoming a 3rd world country chants. WE WANT TRUMP.”

Both tweets were retweeted thousands of times. Yet, there are clear indications the video was not recorded in France: The protestors are chanting in English, someone is waving what looks like the English flag, and police officers are wearing what appear to be British police uniforms. A French Agence France-Presse journalist noted that the video matches up with other footage from a June rally in London in support of Robinson.

December 3: The false claim spreads. @HorseRacingCOO’s false claim spread elsewhere online:

By that afternoon, radio host Rush Limbaugh had shared the false claim on air, saying, “I kid you not. I know friends who were there. There are some people wearing the yellow vests chanting, ‘We want Trump’ among the rioters in Paris.”

Later that evening, Kirk tweeted, “‘We want Trump’ being chanted through the streets of Paris.”

December 4: Trump retweets Kirk’s tweet.

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In August, accusations of bullying roiled the Institute of Cancer Research in London, one of the leading science centres in the United Kingdom. A prominent cancer researcher there, geneticist Nazneen Rahman, resigned from the institute following an inve...
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HOUSTON, Dec. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Apache Corporation (NYSE, Nasdaq: APA) today announced it has initiated production from its Garten development on Block 9/18a Area-W in the United Kingdom sector...

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LONDON: Singaporeans travelling to the United Kingdom from mid-2019 will be able to use ePassport gates, the UK government said in a press release on Tuesday (Dec 4). ePassport gates help speed up immigration times by allowing eligible passengers to be processed through an automated system. It is ...
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Skilled migration between Australia and the United Kingdom could step up once a Brexit deal is complete, the outgoing high commissioner says.
          Nigel Farage quits UKIP over alleged 'anti-Muslim stance'      Cache   Translate Page      

[UK], Dec 05 (ANI): United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) founding member and former leader Nigel Farage on Tuesday confirmed that he will be leaving the party over its anti-Muslim stance, ending a 25-year association with the party.

"And I, with a very heavy heart, given how much I've cared for this party, the people within it, have reached, I think, a very sad decision, certainly very sad for me, that I simply can't go on with it," The Hill quoted Farage as saying on the radio show 'Leading Britain's Conversation'.

"I don't recognise the party as being the one I helped to found and fought for all of those years. I believe the brand has been so damaged, so tarnished, that it's not able to pick up and won't be able to pick up the political opportunity that's there, staring it in the face. So with very great reluctance I have, as of now, resigned my membership with UKIP," Farage added.

An ally of United States President Donald Trump, Farage was instrumental in the push for Brexit, UK's efforts to withdraw from the European Union (EU). Having been with the UKIP since 1992, Farage became critical of the party since stepping down from its leadership.

Farage has often criticised the current UKIP leader Gerard Batten, saying he is "obsessed with the issue of Islam," along with the recently-appointed adviser and far-right activist Tommy Robinson.

Referring to a march slated to take place in London on Sunday, where Batten and Robinson will speak, Farage said, "Things couldn't be better for UKIP, but unfortunately we've gone in this direction of street activism and turning a blind eye to extremist politics".

"The image that will give of what Brexit stands for is something that our enemies will use against us, for perhaps many years to come. Damaging UKIP is one thing, damaging the Brexit cause is even worse," the Member of European Parliament said.

Farage has discussed the Brexit situation with Trump, where he criticised British Prime Minister Theresa May's proposal. He recently called it "the worst deal in history". (ANI)

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[UK], Dec 05 (ANI): The United Kingdom government's move to not publish the full legal advice based on which it formulated the Brexit plan, was on Tuesday (local time) found to be in contempt of the Parliament.

This marks the first-ever instance where the British government has been found to be in contempt of the Parliament, CNN reported.

The Prime Minister Theresa May-led Conservative Party government lost the vote earlier today by a margin of 18 votes (311 for, 293 against) in the House of Commons, a heavy blow to the government ahead of the five-day debate on the proposed Brexit agreement.

The House of Commons took to Twitter to confirm the outcome of the vote and that ministers were found to be in contempt.

"House of Commons votes 311 to 293 to approve the privilege motion, finding Ministers in contempt and ordering the immediate publication of the full legal advice on the #Brexit deal," the tweet read.

Following the defeat, the government confirmed that it would release the legal advice, which was prepared by Attorney general Geoffrey Cox, on Wednesday.

Prior to the voting, May spoke to the Cabinet about the "candid" legal advice given to ministers, stressing the importance of keeping it confidential.

According to CNN, the Labour Party's Brexit spokesperson Keir Starmer said that the defeat in the House was a "badge of shame" for the government. He further told the British Press Association that the decision had "huge constitutional and political significance".

The contempt vote comes as senior legislators from six parties urged, via a joint letter, the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, to launch proceedings under contempt of Parliament against the government.

"The Government has failed to publish the Attorney General's full and final legal advice on the Brexit deal, as was ordered by Parliament. We have been left with no option but to write to the Speaker of the House of Commons to ask him to launch proceedings of contempt," Starmer tweeted earlier.

Starmer had accused the government of "willfully refusing to comply" with the order of the Parliament during the debate on Tuesday. "This is contempt," he added.

The day started on a bad note for the British government as a top European Union (EU) law officer that the UK could unilaterally cancel the Brexit process. The Advocate General told the European Court of Justice that the approval of the remaining 27 EU member nations is not necessary for the cancellation of the two-year countdown for Brexit.

This was followed by the House of Commons approving an amendment which gives the Parliament more influence over the process if the government's deal was to be rejected by lawmakers next week.

In 2016, over 50 per cent of the UK electorate voted to leave the EU, following which the British government had triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, beginning the country's process of its exit from the European bloc.

According to the draft deal, the UK is scheduled to leave the bloc on March 29, 2019, after which it will move into a 21-month long transitionary period (post-Brexit transition). (ANI)

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          UK-Australian skilled migration could go up after Brexit      Cache   Translate Page      
Skilled migration between Australia and the United Kingdom could step up once a Brexit deal is complete, the outgoing high commissioner says.
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          The ongoing impact of ‘nudging’ people to pay their taxes      Cache   Translate Page      
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Sustainability is the holy grail of development. There are many interventions that yield positive results in the short term but somehow fail to be sustained over time. This is why the experience in Guatemala that we are about to describe is worth paying attention to. In short, it shows that behavioral insights can lead to lasting change.

It all began in 2012 in the United Kingdom, with simple changes in the reminder letters sent to taxpayers that were late in their income tax payment. The changes were very successful, inducing payments of 4.9 million pounds (around $6.5 million) in a sample of almost 120,000 delinquent taxpayers, which would not have been raised without the intervention. The then-nascent institution called the "Behavioral Insights Team" (BIT) became known around the world with this effective and very low-cost intervention that was based on modifying the messages of the letters sent to delinquent taxpayers. The message that was most effective said: "Nine out of ten people in the U.K. pay their taxes on time. You are currently in the very small minority of people who have not paid us yet." Behavioral science experts have been able to show that telling people what most people do, especially when it comes to positive behavior, is a good technique to change behavior.

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LONDON and SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Dec. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Axon (Nasdaq: AAXN), the global leader in connected law enforcement technologies and its United Kingdom subsidiary, Axon Public Safety UK Limited, today announced that the Cumbria Constabulary has received more than 3,200 pieces...

          Guber race: Ogun indigenes in Diaspora back Adewale, canvass support for ANRP      Cache   Translate Page      

The governorship aspiration of the candidate of Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP) in Ogun State, Mr. Adewale Omoniyi, received a major boost over the weekend following his endorsement by indigenes of the state in the Diaspora. At a support parley held at Manchester in the United Kingdom, the Diaspora groups said their decision to back […]

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File photo The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked the United Kingdom to extradite Nigerians who allegedly looted the country’s commonwealth but are hiding in the UK, especially the former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. The Acting Chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu, said this during an interactive session with media practitioners and members

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As the United Kingdom proceeds with plans for its departure from the European Union in March 2019, U.S. electroindustry manufacturers may wonder about relevance for their business. In 2017, U.S. shipments of NEMA scope products to the U.K. were valued at approximately $1 billion. U.S. and U.K. trade officials have met several times over the past 18 months, most recently in early November, to prepare for possible negotiations on a trade agreement. So far, each government has published a guide...

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A delegation of educational professionals from across the United Kingdom (UK) visited the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on Tuesday. The delegation included the leadership and other educational professionals from the University of Surrey,
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At 11:30 (GMT+2) the index of business activity in the services sector will be released in the UK. The value is expected to rise to 52.5 points in November from 52.2 points a month earlier. This indicator assesses the economic situation in the services sector and is based on a survey of managers of companies working in this field. A value above 50 is perceived as a positive signal and strengthens the GBP. A value below 50, by contrast, is a negative signal and affects GBP negatively.

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November Construction PMI release is due at 11:30 (GMT+2). It is predicted that the value will drop to 52.5 points from 53.2 points a month earlier. The indicator assesses the state of affairs in the construction sector and is based on a survey of managers of the largest construction companies in the UK in order to find out their assessment of the current economic situation and the development prospects of the industry. An index value above 50 is a positive signal and strengthens the GBP. A value below 50 weakens the national currency.

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At 11:15 (GMT+2), the head of the Bank of England Mark Carney, who heads the monetary policy committee, will speak. He will comment on the current economic situation in the country.

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Manufacturing PMI release is due at 11:30 (GMT+2) in the UK. It is predicted that the value will rise to 53.0 points in November from 51.1 points a month earlier. The index gives an idea of ​​the state of affairs in the industrial sector and is based on a survey of managers of the largest enterprises in this field. Index values ​​above 50 indicate an increase in production and strengthen GBP. Values ​​below 50, on the contrary, indicate a slowdown and weaken GBP.

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          EU Advocate General: the United Kingdom CAN cancel Brexit if it wants to      Cache   Translate Page      
A top legal adviser to the Court of Justice of the European Union has recommended that the UK be allowed to cancel its Article 50 notification triggering Brexit and stay in the EU if it wants. Advocate General Sánchez-Bordona writes in an Opinion released this morning that the UK has the legal right to withdraw its Article 50 notification, even without the agreement of other EU countries — so long as this happens before the withdrawal agreement is concluded and has parliamentary approval. The Opinion has not yet been published now been published in full and is summarised in a press release, reproduced in full below. An Advocate General’s Opinion is non-binding but...
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          ESO’s Second #MeetESO winners announced      Cache   Translate Page      

To coincide with the 2019 Total Solar Eclipse, eight social media users have been hand-picked from the pool of users that have signed up for the competition to attend ESO’s second #MeetESO social media gathering.

The winners of the competition have been selected based on their social media presence and their creativity, dedication, and passion for sharing interesting and relevant content about astronomy and ESO with their communities.

The winners are, in alphabetical order:

  1. Eric Benedetti, United States of America. Eric can be found on Instagram and Facebook.
  2. Paul Davies, United Kingdom. Paul can be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.   
  3. Guillaume Doyen, France. Guillaume can be found on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and on his blog.    
  4. Tara Foster, Ireland/Australia. Tara can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and on her blog.
  5. Olivia Haider, Austria. Olivia can be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  6. Felipe Hime Miranda, Brazil. Felipe can be found on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.
  7. Ariel Waldman, United States of America. Ariel can be found on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  8. Carol Wright, United Kingdom. Carol can be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

We would like to thank all those who signed up for the #MeetESO competition for their interest and enthusiasm in visiting our sites.

At the beginning of July 2019, #MeetESO will take the winners to the La Silla Observatory at the outskirts of the Chilean Atacama Desert, where they will have the opportunity to join eclipse enthusiasts to witness the solar eclipse.

From La Silla, the eight winners will travel to Paranal, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope. If time allows, #MeetESO participants will also visit the construction site of ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope, the world’s biggest eye on the sky.
Finally, the group will visit the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the largest ground-based astronomical project in existence, led by ESO together with its international partners.

We look forward to welcoming these eight keen social media users at our sites and we invite you to follow their adventures via the hashtag #MeetESO, or by following them on the channels above.

Additional information about #MeetESO can be found here.

          Book Nook: The Little Book of Cartooning and Illustration      Cache   Translate Page      
I love reviewing art books - especially drawing books, since that's what my daughter enjoys the most. Because it's not a skill I'm strong at (she's better at drawing than I am) I love using art books to help her learn new techniques. I recently had the chance to review  The Little Book of Cartooning & Illustration, from Walter Foster Publishing!

This book has a wide variety of tips from professional comic illustrators. They help readers build their own sense of style while learning the basics of drawing cartoons. It includes the ideas of squash and stretch, exaggerating details, anthropomorphizing inanimate objects, and creating faces with obvious expressions. It also helps readers work on body shapes and movement, and uses a variety of different body and face types so artists can experiment with what works for them. Not only does it work on the how-to of the art creation, but it also helps readers be original and create jokes and humor for their comics.

The book also has quite a few pages for practice. This is a really nice feature, especially for travel - only the book is necessary, no need for extra paper, and with drawing in a book, no additional hard surface is needed.

The book is a collaborative work with several professionals, which means there's a good variety of perspective and styles - but the book still makes a cohesive instructional guide.

Maury Aaseng has always been excited about drawing and art. His freelance work over the last eight years has spanned a variety of subject matter and styles. The range of his work has included anatomical illustration and cartoons for medical textbooks, informative illustrations for young adult nonfiction, custom watercolor work for independent authors, and logo design and creation. The variety has continued to fuel the creative spark that makes illustration work rewarding for him.
Clay Butler is the creator of the weekly alternative political comic strip Sidewalk Bubblegum. A darn good illustrator, cartoonist, graphic designer, web designer, concert photographer and writer, Clay has been working professionally since 1984.
Based out of Nottinghamshire, England, Jim Campbell is a professional comic-book letterer, one-time writer (perhaps again in the future!) and occasional artist (although his enthusiasm rather outstrips his actual ability).
Dan D'Addario has been drawing as far back as he can remember. Dan is an illustrator and caricaturist in Macomb Township, Michigan. His career spans almost 30 years as a graphic designer in the automotive field. From 1996 until 2008, Dan drew editorial cartoons for Crain's Detroit Business Magazine. 
A native of the United Kingdom, cartoonist Alex Hallat has never had any art training--just a limited attention span, a love of comics, and a tendency to doodle in lectures at college. She started cartooning fulltime in 1999 and was immediately hired as the cartoonist for Brighton's daily newspaper. She has clients in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia and works with the American syndicate King Features, who distributes her comic strip, Arctic Circle.
Joe Oesterle is an award-winning writer and illustrator, but what he often fails to mention is that many of those awards were won on a New Jersey boardwalk, shooting a water pistol into the mouth of a plastic clown in an effort to be the first to pop the balloon.He has worked as the Art Director of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle apparel division, and performed double duty as Art Director and Senior Editor at the National Lampoon. Joe is especially proud of the fact that a humorous animated short he wrote, directed, and voiced has been on display at the Smithsonian Institution since 2001. Learn more at

          Brexit legal advice reveals 'central weaknesses' in May's deal, says Labour – Politics live      Cache   Translate Page      

Rolling coverage of the day’s politics, with Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and second day of Commons debate on Brexit deal

PMQs is about to start.

Here is the list of MPs down to speak.

Here are some extracts from the full Brexit legal advice, as tweeted out by Caroline Lucas.

Despite statements in the protocol [the backstop] that it is not intended to be permanent, and the clear intention of the parties that it should be replaced by alternative, permanent arrangements, in international law the protocol would endure indefinitely until a superseding agreement took its place.

In the absence of a right of termination, there is a legal risk that the United Kingdom might become subject to protracted and repeating rounds of negotiations.

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          Nigel Farage Leaves UKIP      Cache   Translate Page      
My opinion: While I absolutely loved Nigel at one stage ever since he resigned as UKIP leader he's taken a ever so snakey tone. He's supported a ton of leaders that failed to do anything other than see the United Kingdom Independence Party's poll ratings plummet. When people asked him to come back and restore UKIP to it's former glory he simply remained silent. Now UKIP hasa leader that, for the first time since Nigel, has risen it's poll ratings and Nigel has done nothing but barrage him.

I say Nigel is slgihtly snakey mainly because of his pally relationship with Trump. I remember reading way back in 2015 Nigel talking about Trump and when someone compared them to eachother Nigel exlcaimed 'I'd rather not be compared the Donald Trump....' Trump takes note of him and suddenly he's best friends with him. However much I liked Nigel, I always found that very hypocritical.

That, combined with Nigel's utter condemnation as too extreme of Tommy Robinson and his continued involvement in UKIP under leader Gerard Batten, which is something supported by moderate YouTubers such as Count Dankula and Sargon Of Akkad, is why I consider him a snake and have done for a long time.

Consquently, the news that he's left is no suprise to me. Nigel had the biggest opportunity to bring down the establishment in 2016 and he simply squandered it and resigned and decided it would be a good idea to let some random person take over to attempt to grasp an opportunity small parties have been gagging for for centuries. It's a great shame, but UKIP's impact was, ultimately, miniscule and squandered, compared to the massive earthquake it could've led.

A great shame.
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          United Kingdom comes up as 2018's top destination in Europe      Cache   Translate Page in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, offering travelers easy access to a wide choice of luxury and budget hotels, apartments, homes and villas to suit all budgets and travel occasions. Headquartered in Singapore , Agoda is part of Booking ...

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Politicianul britanic pro-Brexit Nigel Farage a anunţat marţi că pleacă din UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party), relatează Reuters, citând ziarul britanic The Telegraph.
          Top Tory hints MPs need Irish backstop ‘reassurance’ to back May’s Brexit deal      Cache   Translate Page      

Tory backbencher Graham Brady hinted he and other MPs may need “reassurance” over ending the Northern Irish backstop before they can back Theresa May’s Brexit deal. The chair of the 1922 Committee had earlier praised the British PM’s efforts in getting the Withdrawal Agreement drafted. “I think the Prime Minister has enormous goodwill on both sides of the House. “I think members on both sides know she has worked phenomenally hard to try to secure the best agreement,” he said. “I think she’s also correct when she makes the point that the country feels ready to move on, there is palpable tiredness with this subject and people the length and breadth if the United Kingdom want to know that we’re going to move forward.” But speaking in Tuesday’s Commons debate Mr Brady said “there has to be a way to leave” the backstop mechanism without the EU’s approval. He said: “Over the next seven days can I urge the Brexit Secretary and the Prime Minister in the strongest possible terms to redouble their efforts to find a way to give real reassurance that we the United Kingdom in future could leave the Northern Irish backstop in the event that we have had to join it.” The member for Altrincham and Sale West added he was not alone among Conservative MPs in holding that opinion, adding: “Many of us are hoping to hear that reassurance, and are willing the Brexit Secretary and the Prime Minister well in the process.” Responding to Mr Brady, Labour former cabinet minister Margaret Beckett outlined why she could not support the deal: “The Prime Minister says ‘people just want it to be over’. Of course, they do. “Heaven knows, I think we probably all share that sentiment. “But it’s a con. It’s perhaps the biggest con of all. “If we pass this deal in this House, it won’t be over, the really serious stuff hasn’t even started, and it’s going to go on for years.” Tory former minister Anna Soubry later gave a withering evaluation of the Government’s handling of Brexit over the last two years. She said: “The great failing was from the outset when instead of reaching out across this House and across our country to heal the divisions, to bring together the 48 and the 52 I’m afraid and sorry to say the exact opposite was done. “The 48% were tossed aside, we were abused, we were sidelined, if we had even the temerity to question almost anything we were called remoaners.” She later said the Government had verged on the “irresponsible” using the slogan “no deal is better than a bad deal”. Labour MP Hilary Benn, who chairs the Commons Brexit Committee, also condemned the Government’s handling of Brexit — telling ministers Theresa May’s redlines had been an “absolutely catastrophic misstep”. He added: “We have no idea where we’re going, no idea where we’re going to end up, no clarity, no certainty.”

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          United Kingdom-Dorchester: Radio, television, communication, telecommunication and related equipment      Cache   Translate Page      
Dorset County Council County hall, Colliton Park Dorchester DT1 1XJ Mr Chris Harrington +44 1305221164 Superfast Dorset — Phase 4 DN379273 Dorset County Council, on behalf of the Superfast Dorset partnership with the backing of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, is commencing an open procurement for superfast broadband infrastructure. This contract will need to be let in lots, the quantity, type and structure of which will be developed following the supplier engagements 1 There is the opportunity, through secured funding (derived from a DefRA grant, underspend in existing contracts, and Gainshare results of previous and existing superfast contracts) to complete ambitions of as close as possible to 100 % coverage in Dorset by building superfast broadband infrastructure to a prioritised list of premises in hard to reach areas of Dorset. Overall public funds available will be in the order of 6 000 000 GBP — 11 000 000 GBP. This contract will need to be let in lots, the quantity, type and structure of which will be developed following the supplier engagements. Throughout December, and possibly early January too (depending on responses), there will be supplier engagement meetings held to discuss how we might structure the procurement to ensure the most interest from the widest variety of suppliers. We will be looking at creative/innovative solutions for the premises in the identified areas. An invitation to tender is being developed and your input into this process is sought to help us build a clear understanding of: — procurement approach; intervention scale, — technical and commercial delivery models, — market appetite and capacity/ability to deploy superfast networks to these harder to reach areas, — levels of private sector investment, — engagement with State Aid requirements, — any concerns the market has about returning a bid, — factors we can influence to make the opportunity more attractive. We will be directly contacting suppliers that we are aware of to arrange meetings, but to ensure you are a priority in this activity, please email to show interest and request a meeting. An Open Market Review (OMR) document will be published on the project website: 2019-04-08 If you wish to discuss this in advance, please feel free to contact: Chris Harrington (Superfast Dorset project manager) — 01305 221164 or Dugald Lockhart (Superfast Dorset project lead) — 01305 224207 Project email: Project website: The target release date for the Open Market Review document is January 2019. Please check the website after this date to download a copy of the OMR document. Please note that the website includes other public consultation documents so there is a need to ensure that the relevant OMR document for Ultrafast Broadband is used. 2018-11-29
          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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Beatrice Fishback, originally from upstate New York, lived in the East Anglian area of Great Britain for over twenty years and traveled extensively in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. She is the author of Bethel Manor and Bethel Manor Reborn, Dying to Eat at the Pub, and Loving Your Military Man by FamilyLife Publishing. She has been published in various compilations, magazines and online websites. She and her husband have spoken to audiences worldwide and currently reside in North Carolina where scones are called biscuits and are topped with gravy, and tea that is served over ice.
          The Occult Defence Agency Budgeting Simulator: a text adventure that pits monster-slaying against austerity      Cache   Translate Page      

In the Occult Defence Agency Budgeting Simulator, you are placed in charge of the budget for an organisation whose mission is "defending the United Kingdom from paranormal threats. Vampire covens, stray werewolves, pixie swarms, cultists with funny robes and impractical daggers, unlicensed hauntings, and more obscure matters" -- but you are British, and that means your boss is a government minister who insists that you make headline-grabbing "swingeing cuts" every year.

As you twiddle the dials on payments for the staff Christmas party, pixie relations, the Graveyard Patrol, werewolf holding cells, national branch offices, the staff exorcist, and travel expenses, the minister checks in with you every year to micromanage your choices and also demand further cuts, even as you learn of werewolf outbreaks and rogue vampirism.

Can you save Britain from Tories monsters?

"Sacrifices must be made!" The minister, who was previously in charge of education, and before that, of health, and who is now heading occult affairs after the most recent cabinet reshuffle, having once again failed to unseat the prime minister, shakes your hand. His skin is damp and oddly yielding. You relax when you realize he doesn't mean human sacrifices. He just wants to reduce your organisation's budget, he explains. By twenty percent. Effective immediately.

Your organisation is in charge of defending the United Kingdom from paranormal threats. Vampire covens, stray werewolves, pixie swarms, cultists with funny robes and impractical daggers, unlicensed hauntings, and more obscure matters. Also, to liaise with sister organisations as part of the EUROCC framework - except maybe not anymore, as no one can agree on whether EUROCC, which predates the EU, is affected by Brexit - and to render occult aid and advice to the government - as if they'd ever listen.

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          GM013-Surrey-£199,000-Manufacturer Tailored Seat Covers for Vehicles in Surrey UNITED KINGDOM - UK      Cache   Translate Page      

Manufacturer of Tailored Seat Covers for Commercial VehiclesRef. GM013Location : SurreyAsking Price : £199,000This well-established customised seat cover manufacturing company has been successfully trading since 2010 and was founded by the vendor. He saw an opportunity in the market to develop a new business from one started by the vendor’s Father and in which the vendor learned the necessary details for creating a successful business of this sort, with long term prospects and the highest quality of product and customer service.A family run business manufacturing “prestige” van seat covers with personalisation. Supplemented by a range of tailored van floor mats.Operating in the growing Commercial Vehicle sector all seat covers are fully tailored to fit the seats of each model allowing full use of all normal seat functions.Traditional tailoring methods are used in a modest sewing facility that is totally portable.The bespoke embroidery service creates a product that is saleable direct to consumers and trade customers with huge potential for growth.Each cover is expertly designed to allow full use of seat belts, headrests and armrests and superior to baggy or slippery universal covers. These covers are manufactured on a customised basis to ensure an excellent fit and from durable grey or black water resistant fabric, available for most popular UK models. Covers are also machine washable.The business has been profitable from inception and has essentially kept trading even with the competition that is now there in this market. It has established an excellent name and has a good relationship with its customers.The business is managed by the vendor and one other and as such is an excellent opportunity to acquire a very profitable small business with an excellent opportunity for growth or would make an excellent strategic addition to a complementary business.
          Study: Brexit could reduce Czech GDP by 1.1 percentage points      Cache   Translate Page      
Brexit could lead to a drop in the Czech gross domestic product by up to 55 billion crowns, or 1.1 percentage points, according to a study published on Wednesday by the retail savings bank Česká spořitelna. The United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union could also trigger the laying off of up…
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📍London, United Kingdom ▪️Carnaby Street is a pedestrianised shopping street in Soho and home to fashion and lifestyle retailers ▪️Lyrics from Bohemian Rapshody are hoisted above Carnaby Street in neon to celebrate the release of the film charting Queen's career ▪️The first Christmas card was printed in a London in 1843 #DesignMyEscape #DMETravel #BoutiqueAgency #LuxuryTravel #Travel #Wanderlust #AroundTheWorld #London #UnitedKingdom #CarnabyStreet #CarnabySt #BohemianRhapsody #Queen #ChristmasLights
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Crypto currency exchanges like Coinbase and Binance have been making $100’s of millions in commissions from investors opening up trading accounts to buy Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. With the interest and investment into blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies in recent years, more people are getting involved with crypto investing and, looking for easy to understand and execute, blockchain investment services. This new generation blockchain technology adaptation provides reliable and effective currency exchange services to anyone wanting to invest in cryptocurrencies. The company’s main vision is to help people adopt cryptocurrencies. The platform allows an easy FIAT to Crypto exchange and vice versa. The exchange product has been live for about 2 months and is beginning to generate revenue from exchange fees. With 5,000+ registered users and 3,000+ exchange transactions, it's ready to scale under new management. This listing is an asset sale based on its portfolio which includes the following key benefits or assets:• Exchange Platform• ETH and ERC-20 token node and management tool - the company created an automated tool to be able to pool money and withdraw it according to specific variables. This architecture also allows to safely keep the private keys for the wallets. This technology is quite expensive to develop. This tool alone without the exchange could be used in many crypto products where you need to create and assign new wallet addresses and retain control of these wallets.• Value of User Deposited Assets: 96,000 USD (Final amount may vary at close)• Trading assets: BTC, ETH, LTC, XRP, TKA, MIO• Fiat currencies: EUR• Trading pairs: 30• Website Traffic: Avg. 25,348 users/month• Pageviews: 81,814 pv/month• Top Countries: United States, France, Germany, Philippines, United Kingdom• Email List Size: 74,000+• Large Community/Social Media Presence• Registered Users: 5,000+• KYC/AM: passed: 560• Third Party KYC/AML provider integrated• EUR (IBAN) partnership in place• VISA/MasterCard partnerships (to collect payments) ready to launch
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          Ecotourism Market Analysis by Major Countries : France ,United States ,Spain ,China ,Italy ,Turkey ,Germany ,United Kingdom ,Mexico ,Russia ,Colombia      Cache   Translate Page      
Ecotourism Market Analysis by Major Countries : France ,United States ,Spain ,China ,Italy ,Turkey ,Germany ,United Kingdom ,Mexico ,Russia ,Colombia The market of ecotourism kept the average growth rate of X%, which was $XXXX million in 2014 to $XXXX million in 2017. Experts predict that in the upcoming years, it will expand and reach $XXXX million by 2022. Taking a

          Southampton appoint Hasenhuttl as manager      Cache   Translate Page      

LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 5 – Ralph Hasenhuttl has been tasked in reviving Premier League strugglers Southampton’s fortunes after being named their new manager on Wednesday. The 51-year-old Austrian — who comes into the role on the back of Mark Hughes being sacked on Monday — has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the club. Hasenhuttl […]

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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – Jose Mourinho insists his Manchester United players are giving their maximum effort despite repeated criticism by him of their performances. The 55-year-old United manager claimed any accusation his players were underperforming because they did not like him would be “dishonest”. Mourinho has been withering in his assessment of United’s […]

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WATFORD, United Kingdom, Dec 5 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hopes a swift conclusion to UEFA’s investigation over alleged Financial Fair Play (FFP) irregularities committed by the Premier League champions will silence the speculation surrounding the case. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said after an Executive Committee meeting of European football’s governing body on Monday […]

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LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 5 – Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard must make up his mind whether he wishes to commit to Chelsea and extend his contract worth a rumoured £350,000 (Sh45.9mn) a week, the club’s manager Maurizio Sarri said. The 27-year-old — whose present deal runs till June 2020 — was linked with a move […]

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hopes a swift conclusion to UEFA’s investigation over alleged Financial Fair Play (FFP) irregularities committed by the Premier League champions will silence the speculation surrounding...

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          Tyson Fury done? Bookies slash odds on Fury retiring after controversial loss to Deontay Wilder      Cache   Translate Page      

Tyson Fury has set his sights on rematching Deontay Wilder for the WBC world heavyweight title next year, but according to one bookmaker the former champion could opt to hang up his gloves instead.


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Fury was controversially denied a second reign as heavyweight champion as three judges somehow combined to rule his fight with Wilder a draw on Saturday night, and following the bout he wasted no time in calling for a rematch with the unbeaten title-holder.

Bookmaker SportNation is 1/8 that the rematch does take place in 2019, but given Fury’s unpredictability there has been backing for him to call time on his in-ring career instead, and that has forced the bookie to slash the odds on him retiring next year to just 9/2 from 10/1.

“When it comes to Fury being unconventional, all bets are off,” SportNation spokeswoman Georgia Wilson told

“Whilst fans and bookies alike would be devastated should he call time his career, the odds suggest he might not want to run the risk of being robbed again.”

SportNation is offering odds on the destination for the rematch though, with Fury and promoter Frank Warren eager to see it take place in the United Kingdom. 

Wembley Stadium – which has become a ‘home’ to the other heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua – is the 4/9 favourite ahead of Las Vegas at 7/4, while Old Trafford is a 10/1 shot after Manchester United fan Fury suggested it as a possible destination to his promoter.

Latest SportNation Odds

Tyson Fury to announce retirement in 2019: 9/2 (slashed from 10/1)

Wilder v Fury rematch in 2019: 1/8

Wembley: 4/9Las Vegas: 7/4Old Trafford: 10/1

Rematch: 1/5Either fights Anthony Joshua: 3/1
          Wilder v Fury 2 in the UK? Bookies weigh in after controversial draw      Cache   Translate Page      

Tyson Fury was robbed of the world heavyweight title on Saturday night, and the bookmakers believe he will be denied his dream of a rematch with Deontay Wilder on home soil too.


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Fury survived a couple of knockdowns and looked set to be crowned heavyweight champion for a second time after dominating most of the contest, put fight fans, pundits and bookmakers were left stunned when the judges scored the fight as a draw.

One judge awarded the bout 114-112 in favour of Fury with a second declaring it a 113-113 draw, and while those scores were questionable at best the biggest controversy was the scorecard of Alejandro Rochin who inexplicably called it 115-111 in favour of Wilder.

“To be honest, I've never seen a worse decision in my life,” Fury told reporters. “I don't know what fight they were watching.

“I don't know what he [Rochin] was watching. It's stuff like this that gives boxing a bad name. All the media will report bad stuff. Everyone in boxing saying a bad thing, time and again we see it. He needs banning from boxing forever.

“The world knows who the real WBC champion is. Wilder had a gift decision in his own country. He must be thanking his lucky stars he still has the green and gold belt as that belt belongs to me.”

At the post-fight press conference promoter Frank Warren called for the rematch to take place in the United Kingdom, claiming it would “fill up a stadium”, and Manchester United fan Fury is keen for it to take place at Old Trafford.

But will they get their wish?

The bookmakers are not convinced with William Hill 4/7 that Wilder-Fury 2 takes place in the United States and 6/4 that it goes ahead in the UK or Ireland.

And what about the outcome of a rematch?

Following his impressive performance in Los Angeles the bookies have installed Fury as a 4/6 favourite should the two men meet again, with Wilder a 6/5 underdog and the draw 20/1.

William Hill will be bracing themselves for another big gamble if it does happen, and they will be hoping for a similar outcome in the betting after revealing that only 12% of punters had put their money on a winner not being declared in Los Angeles.

“This fight really captured the imagination of the collective boxing world and as a result was the highest turnover bout of the year so far,” William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly told

“There will be a lot of people who had a punt who will be a bit miffed with the draw as well as plenty who didn’t.”

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          Attributed to Ferdinando Tacca (1619-1686), Apollo and Daphne, Italian, Florence, circa 1640-1650      Cache   Translate Page      







Lot 67. Attributed to Ferdinando Tacca (1619-1686), Apollo and Daphné, Italian, Florence, circa 1640-1650; bronze, on a later marble base, bronze: 44 by 44.5cm; 17¼  by 17½in., base: 9 by 31cm., 3½ by 12¼in.. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 GBP. Lot sold 322,000 GBP© Sotheby's.

ProvenancePrivate collection, United Kingdom.

Note: Ferdinando Tacca's bronze two-figure groups are as coveted by collectors today as they were in the 17th century. The emergence of this arresting bronze on the market presents a unique opportunity to acquire a previously unrecorded version of one of Tacca's rarest models, his Apollo and Daphne.

By virtue of its subject, Apollo and Daphne is the most dynamic among Tacca's small-scale bronze compositions. As recounted in Ovid's Metamorphoses, having provoked the god of Love, Apollo was shot by one of Cupid’s arrows and fell passionately in love with the woodland nymph Daphne. Daphne had in turn been shot by another of Cupid’s arrows, resulting in a profound hatred for Apollo. Having escaped the amorous god’s advances and sworn to a life of virginity, Daphne was eventually caught by Apollo (with Cupid’s help) and begged her father, the river god Peneus, to change her form and save her from her plight. Before Apollo could ultimately seize her, Daphne was turned into a laurel tree. The rousing climax of the myth provided ample inspiration for Baroque artists, most famously Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), whose dazzling marble Apollo and Daphne, completed in 1625, remains the star attraction of the Villa Borghese in Rome. Tacca's bronze is no less dramatic: it captures the figures mid-flight, Apollo running after Daphne as her toes grow into roots and merge with the ground below. Apollo eagerly reaches forward with his right arm, his left hand holding a now-lost bow, while Daphne lunges forward with both arms, caught in an alarmed, open-mouthed expression. 

Ferdinando Tacca's authorship of a series of bronze groups representing subjects from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Ariosto's epic poem, Orlando Furioso, was first systematically recognised by Anthony Radcliffe and outlined in his 1976 article (op. cit.). Radcliffe established this oeuvre of small-scale bronzes for the Florentine master based on comparisons with secured works, in particular the relief depicting The Martyrdom of St Stephen in Santo Stefano al Ponte, Florence. Since then, several further such groups attributable to Tacca have come to light, and the number of known models from the series now stands at ten, including variants (see Wengraf, op. cit., p. 196). Imbued with dramatic tension, the pairings invariably combine a male and a female figure within an amorous thematic context. Ferdinando is thought to have conceived his two-figure statuettes relatively early in his career, around 1640, when he inherited his father’s workshop. This dating of the groups is substantiated by their appearance in a 1650 inventory of the collection of Jean-Baptiste de Bretagne in Paris, which also testifies to their immediate popularity among eminent collectors outside Italy. Notably, a number of bronzes from Tacca’s series were bequeathed to Louis XIV by his gardener, André le Nôtre, in 1693.

While most of Tacca’s two-figure models exist in a number of surviving casts, Apollo and Daphne has so far been known for certain in only a single version. What must be considered a prime cast is now in the Musée du Louvre (inv. no. OA 10309); it was formerly in a British private collection and sold at Sotheby’s London on 16 May 1968. The Louvre group is traceable to Louis XIV’s inventory (No 196), having been among the bronzes included in le Nôtre’s gift. In his 1976 article, Radcliffe (op. cit., p. 20) discusses a version of the Apollo and Daphne supposedly in the Royal Collection in Madrid, which is listed in the 1822 inventory of the Palacio de Oriente alongside an Angelica and Medoro. A cast of the latter Tacca model is indeed preserved in Madrid (inv. no. 10069916), but the Apollo and Daphne has not been located in the Royal Collection. (Sotheby’s is grateful to María Jesús Herrero Sanz for her kind assistance with this matter.)

Having remained in private hands for generations, the present bronze then appears to be only the second version of the model to come to light and, as such, represents a significant addition to Ferdinando Tacca's oeuvre. Though closely related in appearance and facture to the Louvre cast, there are some differences between the two bronzes. Most notable is the absence of laurel leaves on Daphne’s fingers in the present version, as well as the absence of a quiver at Apollo’s hip, which was added to the Louvre cast. Daphne’s ponytail appears to be lost in the present cast, and the titular inscription seen in the Louvre cast is lacking. These inscriptions appear on only some casts of Tacca’s two-figure groups, and may be interpreted as denoting prime versions (of which there may have been more than one for each model; see Warren, op. cit., p. 94). While the treatment to the hair and facial features is very similar in the two bronzes, there are subtle differences in facture, particularly in the modelling of the drapery, and in the texturing of the terrasse: the Louvre example displays more of the meticulous, undulating punching of the base that is characteristic of Ferdinando's bronzes. Interestingly, the somewhat muted stippling of the terrasse seen here is also seen in two groups of Lion and Bull Hunts in the Peter Marino Collection, which are tentatively attributed to Ferdinando Tacca and the bronze founder Damiano Capelli (Warren, op. cit. no. 9). As Warren notes (ibid., p. 111), several specialist founders worked for Ferdinando, and variations in the finishing of casts are therefore to be expected.

Ferdinando Tacca was both pupil and assistant to his father, Pietro Tacca, until his death in 1640, and succeeded him as the primary sculptor to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, taking over Giambologna’s former foundry and studio in the Borgo Pinti. He completed two of his father’s commissions, the statue of Ferdinando I de' Medici for the Cappella dei Principi, San Lorenzo, Florence, and the equestrian statue of Philip IV for Madrid. Among his most celebrated works are the great Martyrdom of St Stephen relief mentioned above, as well as two Angels in the Wallace Collection (inv. nos. S 138 and S 139) which remain his only signed bronzes. Ferdinando’s output as a sculptor of small bronzes diminished with the 1654 commission of a theatre for the Medici, the Teatro della Pergola, for which he was listed not only as architect and designer, but also the engineer. It has been noted that in his two-figure groups, Tacca disregarded the serpentinata principle made famous by Giambologna in favour of stage-like compositions to be read from a single viewpoint. As Radcliffe concluded in his discussion of the groups, 'perhaps it is not after all irrelevant that he was also the architect of the Teatro della Pergola' (op. cit., p. 22). Apollo and Daphne epitomises Tacca's distinctive early Baroque theatricality.

RELATED LITERATURE: A. Radcliffe, 'Ferdinando Tacca, The Missing Link in Florentine Baroque Bronzes‘, in Kunst des Barock in der Toskana, Munich, 1976, pp. 14-23; Les Bronzes de la Couronne, exh. cat. Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1999, pp. 135-136, no. 197; Brillos en Bronce: Colecciones de Reyes, exh. cat. Madrid, 2009, pp. 278-279, no. 79; J. Warren, Beauty and Power: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Peter Marino Collection, exh. cat. The Wallace Collection, London, The Huntington Art Collections, San Marino, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, London, 2010, pp. 88-112, nos. 8 and 9 and p. 272; P. Wengraf, Renaissance & Baroque Bronzes from the Hill Collection, London, 2014, pp. 194-199 and p. 345.

Sotheby's. Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art, London, 4 december 2018

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MUHAMMADIYAH.ID, PURWOKERTO – Dosen Fakultas Ilmu Kesehatan Program Studi DIII Keperawatan Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) Devita Elsanti berhasil memperoleh Beasiswa Short Course Health Science 2018 dari Kementerian Riset, Teknologi, dan Pendidikan Tinggi Republik Indonesia (Kemenristekdikti RI) di Coventry University, United Kingdom, Inggris. Devita mendapat kesempatan di Inggris selama 19 hari, mulai 14 November sampai dengan 2 Desember 2018.

Devita mengatakan Inggris adalah salah satu negara impiannya sejak kecil. Tidak disangka dosen peraih DIKTI Scholarship Awarde 2013 ini berhasil mewujudkan impiannya. Untuk mendapatkan beasiswa tersebut Devita harus berkompetisi melawan puluhan dosen di seluruh Indonesia. Pasalnya dari puluhan dosen yang tersebar di seluruh Indonesia hanya diambil 24 peserta yang berhasil mengikuti Short Course Health Science 2018.

“Short Course Health Science ini mengangkat tema Universal Health Coverage, ini sangat membantu memahami tentang jaminan kesehatan di Inggris yang dikenal mempunyai sistem terbaik,” ungkapnya.

Ia melanjutkan, selain lebih jauh untuk mempelajari dan memahami prinsip dasar Universal Health Coverage, kegiatan tersebut juga bermanfaat untuk meningkatkan pengetahuan dan wawasan tentang teori dan praktik/ keterampilan baru.

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Fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya, said that he offered to pay back the full amount of the principal loan he owed to multiple banks and asserted that all the allegations against him are false.

Mallya took to twitter and wrote, "Politicians and Media are constantly talking loudly about my being a defaulter who has run away with PSU Bank money. All this is false. Why don't I get fair treatment and the same loud noise about my comprehensive settlement offer before the Karnataka High Court. Sad."

In the thread of tweets, Mallya claimed, "The Airlines struggled financially partly because of high ATF prices. Kingfisher was a fab airline that faced the highest ever crude prices of $ 140/barrel. Losses mounted and that's where Banks money went. I have offered to repay 100 % of the Principal amount to them. Please take it."

"For three decades running India's largest alcoholic beverage group, we contributed thousands of crores to the State exchequers. Kingfisher Airlines also contributed handsomely to the States. Sad loss of the finest Airline but still I offer to pay Banks so no loss. Please take it," Mallya added.

Last month, Mumbai special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court had rejected Vijay Mallya's plea seeking a stay on hearing of Enforcement Directorate's (ED) application to declare him a fugitive.

The decision from the judicature came after five parties, including a family member of Mallya, sought court dossiers with regard to the ED seeking to get Mallya declared a fugitive economic offender under the new law.

Mallya is also facing money-laundering charges in the United Kingdom after India initiated extradition proceedings against him. Both, ED along with Central Bureau of Investigation have filed several cases for alleged loan default against him.

On November 22, the United Kingdom (UK) High Court issued an order asking Mallya to pay a hefty amount of GBP 88,000 to UBS Investment Bank, which had issued GBP 20.4 million in the mortgage loan for his London property, and ruled in favour of UBS to take possession of Mallya's palatial Cornwall Terrace home.

Mallya is residing in the UK from the past two years. His extradition case is reportedly in its final stage at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court which is expected to deliver its ruling by the year-end.

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An anecdote runs through it:
Just for the record, Bertrand Russell, the 3rd Earl Russell, led a complex, varied life. The leading authority on that life starts its account like this:
Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM FRS (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate. At various points in his life, Russell considered himself a liberal, a socialist and a pacifist, but he also admitted that he had "never been any of these things, in any profound sense." Russell was born in Monmouthshire into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in the United Kingdom.

In the early 20th century, Russell led the British "revolt against idealism." He is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his predecessor Gottlob Frege, colleague G. E. Moore and protégé Ludwig Wittgenstein. He is widely held to be one of the 20th century's premier logicians. With A. N. Whitehead he wrote Principia Mathematica, an attempt to create a logical basis for mathematics...
In Principia Mathematica, Russell wanted "to create a logical basis for mathematics." But why would you want to do that?

We'll set that question aside for another day. For now, we'll note a few basic points:

Very few general readers will have any idea what it means to say that Russell led "the British 'revolt against idealism.' " Suffice to say that "idealism" is a technical term in that statement, and that the leading authority defines British idealism as follows, if only in part:
Though much more variegated than some commentaries would seem to suggest, British idealism was generally marked by several broad tendencies: a belief in an Absolute (a single all-encompassing reality that in some sense formed a coherent and all-inclusive system); the assignment of a high place to reason as both the faculty by which the Absolute's structure is grasped and as that structure itself; and a fundamental unwillingness to accept a dichotomy between thought and object, reality consisting of thought-and-object together in a strongly coherent unity.
There! The "idealism" against which the future Lord Russell staged a 20th century jailbreak involved "a fundamental unwillingness to accept a dichotomy between thought and object, reality consisting of thought-and-object together in a strongly coherent unity."

Does reality really consist of thought-and-object together in a strongly coherent unity? If you think you have any idea what that particular puddle means, we think you may have a lot to learn!

As do we all, of course.

At any rate, Russell reportedly helped to stage a revolt against those "idealist" doctrines. As you can see from the first chunk of text we've posted, he is reportedly "widely held to be one of the 20th century's premier logicians."

It's said that he, along with several others, "is considered to be one of the founders of analytic philosophy." Ludwig Wittgenstein's name gets mentioned as one of Russell's fellow founders.

An anecdote is lurking there. Some silliness may run through it.

The anecdote comes from Russell's 1956 memoir, Portraits from Memory and Other Essays. In the anecdote, he describes an early exchange between himself and Wittgenstein, a younger man who had come to Cambridge to study under the already famous logician.

Wittgenstein arrived in Cambridge in 1912, at age 22 or 23. We'd have to say that, at least to our ear, Russell's anecdote has a somewhat silly, perhaps even slightly upper-class feel:
RUSSELL: At the end of his first term at Cambridge he came to me and said: "Will you please tell me whether I am a complete idiot or not?" I replied, "My dear fellow, I don't know. Why are you asking me?" He said, "Because, if I am a complete idiot, I shall become an aeronaut; but, if not, I shall become a philosopher." I told him to write me something during the vacation on some philosophical subject and I would then tell him whether he was a complete idiot or not. At the beginning of the following term he brought me the fulfillment of this suggestion. After reading only one sentence, I said to him: "No, you must not become an aeronaut."
That anecdote appears at the start of Professor Kenny's 1974 book, Wittgenstein. We'll confess that, at least to us, the anecdote sounds perhaps a bit silly. Might it open a window into the less-than-perfect world of our "greatest logicians?"

The various portraits in Russell's book are advertised as having been drawn "from memory." Sometimes, memory takes real world events and turns them into stories which are perfectly shaped.

For us, this anecdote has that feel. Consider:

Did Russell really make his judgment about Wittgenstein's future on the basis of having read one sentence? In fairness, it makes a wonderful tale. But what could that one sentence possibly have said?

Did Russell really say to Wittgenstein, "My dear fellow, I don't know" [if you are a complete idiot]? To us, that has a slightly silly feel, but perhaps that's the way the premier logicians in Cambridge spoke back then.

Kenny presented this anecdote at the start of a book published by the Harvard University Press in 1974. He didn't seem to think the anecdote was silly, strange or sculpted.

He also didn't include the place Lord Russell's anecdote went next. Russell's text continues as follows:
RUSSELL (continuing directly): After reading only one sentence, I said to him: "No, you must not become an aeronaut." And he didn't. He was not, however, altogether easy to deal with. He used to come to my rooms at midnight, and for hours he would walk backward and forward like a caged tiger. On arrival, he would announce that when he left my rooms he would commit suicide. So, in spite of getting sleepy, I did not like to turn him out. On one such evening, after an hour or two of dead silence, I said to him, "Wittgenstein, are you thinking about logic or about your sins?" "Both," he said, and then reverted to silence.
We now seem to be dealing with a tragic state of affairs—with a problem we'll name below.

At any rate, as Russell's story continues, he reverts, at least to our ear, to that slightly detached, slightly unfeeling, perhaps slightly upper-class air. He tells a tale about a world that's different from those where you live:
RUSSELL (continuing directly): However, we did not meet only at night. I used to take him long walks in the country round Cambridge. On one occasion I induced him to trespass with me in Madingley Wood where, to my surprise, he climbed a tree. When he had got a long way up a gamekeeper with a gun turned up and protested to me about the trespass. I called up to Wittgenstein and said the man had promised not to shoot if Wittgenstein got down within a minute. He believed me, and did so.
This has the air of the perfectly sculpted uber-celebrity tale, brilliant logician edition. For our money, Lord Russell blows right past a state of affairs cited by Professor Von Wright in his "Biographical Sketch" of Wittgenstein, a person he knew as a friend.

Von Wright's sketch appeared as part of Norman Malcolm's 1958 book, Wittgenstein: A Memoir. At one point, Von Wright says this about his friend:
VON WRIGHT: It is probably true that he lived on the border of mental illness. A fear of being driven across it followed him throughout his life.
It seems to us that Russell is perhaps a bit flip about this state of affairs. Then too, we've always felt that our tortured geniuses should get their torments attended to, then come back and be geniuses later, when they were happy and well.

Russell and Wittgenstein are listed among the last century's greatest logicians. Godel "has often been called the greatest logician since Aristotle," but he died of self-starvation, having spent his life wondering about the perfect timeless existence of circles and the logic of 2 plus 2 somehow equaling 4.

We raise the question of great logicians in the context of Donald J. Trump—but also in the context of the gruesome, deeply destructive "mainstream journalism" of the past thirty years. When we've needed the help of persuasive logicians, we've routinely been met with a vast cold silence, like something out of the most despairing Bergman film.

This has happened again and again, leading us toward this dangerous place. Dearest citizens, is it possible?

Could it be that our lordly and tormented "greatest logicians" have perhaps never been all that?

Tomorrow: A current professor's conjecture

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The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, in Apo, Abuja, on Tuesday ordered the arrest of the immediate-past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is currently under investigation for corruption allegations in the United Kingdom. EFCC’s acting spokesperson, Mr. Tony Orilade, said this in a statement on Tuesday.
Ruling on an ex parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Justice Valentine Ashi, gave the anti-graft agency, the Nigerian Police Force, and the Department of States Security Service and all other security agencies to arrest her within 72 hours.
“The Inspector General of Police, the Chairman of the EFCC, the Attorney General, the Department of State Services, are hereby ordered in the name of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria to apprehend and arrest the first defendant and produce her before this court for further directives within 72 hours”, the judge ordered.
The same judge had on Monday, on the request by the EFCC, granted leave permitting the anti-graft agency to arraign her and one of her associates, Olajide Omokore, on five counts of corruption allegations.
Both the order of arrest and the charges filed before the court are part of the moves to have the former minister extradited to Nigeria from the UK.
EFCC’s Acting Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, had recently said the commission was planning to extradite the ex-minister to Nigeria following the commission’s dissatisfaction with ýthe handling of the case by the UK government.
Earlier praying for Alison-Maduekwe’s arrest on Tuesday, EFCC’s lawyer, Msuur Denga, said the order of arrest was to enable the commission to apprehend and arraign her for the alleged financial crimes in Nigeria.
The EFCC said it had investigated the former minister along with Omokore, a former Chairman, Atlantic Energy Drilling Company, following a petition dated October 2, 2013, from the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, bordering on money laundering and official corruption. 
EFCC added in a statement, “Investigations into the petition revealed that Madueke as supervising minister of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, was found to have engaged in illicit and monumental fraudulent dealings in oil transactions, which she entered into on behalf of the Federal Government.
“Madueke and Omokore, are also alleged to have accepted and given gifts in properties located at Penthouse 22, Block B, Admiralty Estate, Ikoyi, and Penthouse 21, Building 5, Block C, Banana Island, Lagos. They are to be arraigned on February 25, 2019 on a five-count for the offences, which are contrary to Sections 26(1) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.”
The EFCC had said Alison-Madueke left the country for the United Kingdom while investigations into the allegations against her were ongoing.
It said the former minister had since refused to honour EFCC’s invitation to return to the country to be prosecuted.
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New research from LINE Corporation has revealed that consumers in Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia are among the most ready in the world to embrace a cash-free future.

The situation is different in Japan and other markets surveyed, where consumers are taking more of a wait-and-see approach, despite acknowledging the appeal of certain FinTech products.

The survey explored attitudes towards trust in financial technology (Fintech) through a survey of 5,000 smartphone users in seven key markets. The survey looked at consumers in LINE’s four major markets of Japan, Thailand, Taiwan and Indonesia, plus Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

High trust

Across the seven markets, 64% of respondents agreed that financial technology makes planning and managing their finances easier. Trust in financial technology was generally found to be high, with 63% of survey respondents saying they trust the products and services they are currently aware of and a further 30% feeling ambivalent towards them. Trust also appears to increase with youth, with only 55% of those aged 55 and over trusting Fintech, compared with 69% of 18-34s, indicating greater upside potential for Fintech with younger age groups.

However, in all markets surveyed, respondents’ knowledge of the financial technology related services and products currently available to them was relatively low, with less than half considering themselves knowledgeable in this area (44%), rising to 52% among younger audiences (those in the 18-34 age bracket).

Of those products and services that respondents would be most willing to use a mobile or app-based service to access, savings accounts (65%), money/wire transfers (57%), current accounts (48%) and insurance (48%) were the most popular options given. Life insurance (65%), travel insurance (58%) and home insurance (50%) were selected the top types of insurance respondents wanted to access in this way.

Regions vary widely in Fintech readiness

While respondents in each market had different interests and concerns, Thailand, Taiwan and Indonesia all stood out as being particularly interested in a digital financial future. When asked about the prospect of their market becoming “cash-free”, all three answered well above the survey average of 37%: In Thailand, 57% of respondents said they were “excited” about going cash-free, followed by Indonesia at 56% and Taiwan at 52%. Korea also answered positively, at 45%.

Those markets also responded more positively to purchasing financial products through a mobile-based service. While overall 65% of survey respondents would open a savings account over a mobile app, Thailand led with 83%, then Indonesia at 77% and Taiwan at 69% (Korea also did well, at 75%).

In contrast, respondents in the UK, US and Japan were less eager to stray from traditional methods. Only a small percentage of respondents reported being excited about becoming “cash-free”, with Japan at 24%, the US at 20% and the UK last among the surveyed markets at 19%.

Japan in particular remains behind most developed nations when it comes to cashless payments, but as the government tries to move the country away from its dependence on cash, this is an area with much potential for growth.

The UK, US and Japan were also behind the survey averages for being willing to use mobile to buy Fintech services. Japan had the lowest percentage of respondents say they would be willing to open a savings account, at 49%, then the US at 53% and the UK at 57% (survey average 65%). For making investments over mobile, however, the UK was last at 28%, followed by the US and Japan at 37%, closer to the survey average of 45%.

Japan unhappy with present options, but lacks awareness on new choices

Compared to Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan, Japan finished last by far among the surveyed markets in terms of trusting and understanding Fintech. Just 38% of respondents saying they trusted Fintech, versus a survey average of 63%. Only 22% reported being knowledgeable of Fintech, versus an average of 44%.

Japanese respondents were the most likely to currently do their banking in person (80%, versus a survey average of 68%) and least likely to use a mobile device to do so (38%, versus 58%). But Japan also finished last by far in terms of how convenient people found current financial services (31%, versus 67%), indicating consumers are ready for change.


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          May's Brexit deal under fire as legal advice stiffens opposition      Cache   Translate Page      
Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal came under fire from allies and opponents alike on Wednesday after the government was forced to publish legal advice showing the United Kingdom could be locked indefinitely in the European Union's orbit.

          Unmasking history: the Queen, the governor general and the Whitlam dismissal      Cache   Translate Page      

Long-running ‘Palace letters’ case seeks release of secret letters between the Queen and governor general about John Kerr’s dismissal of Whitlam government

The ghosts of the dismissal of the Whitlam government 43 years ago were on display at an appeal hearing before the full bench of the federal court last week: Gough Whitlam, the deposed prime minister; Sir John Kerr, the governor general who dismissed him; Malcolm Fraser, the leader of the opposition appointed by Kerr to replace Whitlam; and David Smith, the governor general’s official secretary.

The star attraction in this star-studded political line-up was the Queen in both her royal personae – the Queen of Australia and the Queen of the United Kingdom – and the arcane relationships between the Palace and Government House, and between the monarch and the governor general. It was a fascinating if momentary window on a now unrecognisable time, a memory of the subservient, colonial expectations that still, despite our apparent independence, govern vice-regal practice in Australia.

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          5 bedroom luxury Detached House for sale in Aislaby, United Kingdom      Cache   Translate Page      
Welcome to Aislaby Lodge, an executive 5 bedroom detached residence in the beautiful village of Aislaby. This exclusive family development is situated on the north bank of the river Tees and to the west of the village of Eaglescliffe and the...
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          Ardudwy Sunset Beach Apartments Marine Parade, Barmouth, United Kingdom      Cache   Translate Page      
This newly refurbished Apartment is on the ground floor and basement of the Victorian property (formerly Greenfields) which is located on the seafront of this popular seaside town. The Apartments are fitted out to a high standard and Apartment 1...
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          1M4F HANDICAP - 5th December 2018 at 20:00 CET      Cache   Translate Page      
Tipster: Golden Horse Tips
Competition: Horse Racing, United Kingdom, Kempton Park
Match result: Magic Mirror
Pick choice: Divin Bere +0
Pick result: Lost
Odd: 3.75

          1M4F HANDICAP - 5th December 2018 at 20:00 CET      Cache   Translate Page      
Tipster: Daniel Wilson
Competition: Horse Racing, United Kingdom, Kempton Park
Match result: Magic Mirror
Pick choice: Bamako Du Chatelet +0
Pick result: Lost
Odd: 14.00

          7F HANDICAP - 5th December 2018 at 19:45 CET      Cache   Translate Page      
Tipster: Arc De Triomphe
Competition: Horse Racing, United Kingdom, Newcastle
Match result: False Id
Pick choice: Nutopia +0
Pick result: Lost
Odd: 7.50

          7F HANDICAP - 5th December 2018 at 19:45 CET      Cache   Translate Page      
Tipster: Golden Horse Tips
Competition: Horse Racing, United Kingdom, Newcastle
Match result: False Id
Pick choice: Makofitwhatyouwill +0
Pick result: Lost
Odd: 8.00

          7F HANDICAP - 5th December 2018 at 19:45 CET      Cache   Translate Page      
Tipster: slim jim
Competition: Horse Racing, United Kingdom, Newcastle
Match result: False Id
Pick choice: False Id +0
Pick result: Lost
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          1M4F LISTED RACE - 5th December 2018 at 19:30 CET      Cache   Translate Page      
Tipster: Daniel Wilson
Competition: Horse Racing, United Kingdom, Kempton Park
Match result: Spark Plug
Pick choice: Primero +0
Pick result: Lost
Odd: 20.79

          Players are not sabotaging my efforts – Mourinho      Cache   Translate Page      

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho insists his Manchester United players are giving their maximum effort despite repeated criticism by him of their performances. The 55-year-old United manager claimed any accusation his players were...

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          Betrayal, Ruination And Dark Comedy Converge In 'A Very English Scandal'      Cache   Translate Page      
Copyright 2018 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. On Friday, Amazon begins streaming a new British miniseries called "A Very English Scandal." It stars Hugh Grant as Jeremy Thorpe, a leading Liberal Party politician whose career is threatened by his affair with a young man played by Ben Whishaw. It's a true story. And our critic at large, John Powers, says that it's irresistibly smart and entertaining. JOHN POWERS, BYLINE: We hear a lot of talk about the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, mainly in foreign affairs, yet nowhere is the relationship more special than in television. I sometimes think PBS would have to shut down if it couldn't import shows like "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock." Americans are especially fond of shows that reflect Britain's obsession with its national history where our shows about the past too often sink into toothless earnestness. Something like "The Crown" crackles with a sense
          Razer Blade Stealth updated with a refreshed design, 4K screen, and Windows Hell ...      Cache   Translate Page      

Razer is updating one of its most recognizable laptops, the 13.3-inch Blade Stealth, with a new chassis and specs. The updated Blade Stealth can be configured as a full HD, battery-conscious laptop or a 4K touchscreen machine with discrete graphics. Ultimately, this is going to be Razer’s most portable and affordable laptop, putting it in direct competition with machines from Apple and Dell.

The big deal with the Stealth’s fall refresh is its changing footprint. At first glance, I thought the new Blade Stealth was smaller than the previous generation, until I placed them side by side. In reality, the 2.82-pound laptop is actually four-tenths of an inch thicker, with thinner 4.9mm bezels flanking the screen (which are 60 percent thinner than the last gen’s) that make it appear to have a smaller footprint. It also has a smaller power brick for charging over USB-C.

Razer revamped the Stealth’s speaker setup, with four Dolby Atmos tuned speakers (two more than before) on both sides of the keyboard. There’s also a larger windows Precision Touchpad than before, complete with native gesture support.

You might be getting slightly more for your money this year, too: the new Blade Stealth starts with a quad-core processor, but with the same $1,399 starting price. Previously, you’d only get two cores, and $1,499 would get you a quad-core chip.

The new Blade Stealth has an Intel Core i7-8565U quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz (Turbo Boost to 4.6GHz), Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics, 8GB RAM, a 1080p matte screen (with 100 percent sRGB coverage), and a slower 256GB SATA SSD.

If that’s not enough power, you can upgrade the Blade Stealth laptop to a 4K glossy touchscreen, a new 25-watt version of Nvidia’s MX150 discrete graphics chip that Razer claims is fast enough to play League or Fortnite (on lower settings) at 1080p or 4K, 16GB RAM, and a faster 512GB PCIe solid state drive. These upgrades push the Stealth’s price tag up to the $1,899 mark.

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

On its own, the Stealth isn’t a gaming laptop (even with the MX150 chip), but both models still have eGPU support. That’ll allow you to use an enclosure like Razer’s own Core dock to attach a desktop-class GPU over a Thunderbolt 3 connection, with four PCIe lanes capable of 40GBps data transfers.

Razer hasn’t retained the individual Chroma key backlighting we’ve seen in the advanced Blade 15 and the last-gen Stealth. Instead, Razer swapped it for the single-zone layout in the base Blade 15 in order to conserve battery life, which company reps claim is “up to 13 hours” on the base 1080p Stealth, or three hours more than previously claimed with the last-gen Stealth. We’ll see how that pans out when we review the new Stealth in the coming weeks.

Razer Blade Stealth updated with a refreshed design, 4K screen, and Windows Hell ...

The new Blade Stealth in matte FHD (left) and glossy 4K (right) screen configurations.

Another new hardware addition is the IR camera mounted at the top of the display that allows you to log in to the Blade Stealth using Windows Hello facial recognition. It’s been a heavily requested feature of mine on previous Blade laptops, so it’s great to see facial recognition finally making an appearance in their lineup.

The new Razer Blade Stealth launches today, starting at $1,399 and select retailers in the US and Canada. It’s also coming soon to retailers in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, China, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan.

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Plum Pudding

 高校の化学、"Plum Pudding Model"というのを教えていて、プラム・プディングってなんだろう、ということになったらしい。

The colloquial nickname "plum pudding" was soon attributed to Thomson's model as the distribution of electrons within its positively-charged region of space reminded many scientists of "plums" in the common English dessert, plum pudding.

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Christmas pudding is a type of pudding traditionally served as part of the Christmas dinner in the UK, Ireland and in other countries where it has been brought by British emigrants. It has its origins in medieval England, and is sometimes known as plum pudding or just "pud",[1][2] though this can also refer to other kinds of boiled pudding involving dried fruit. Despite the name "plum pudding," the pudding contains no actual plums due to the pre-Victorian use of the word "plums" as a term for raisins.[3]

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          New book ALM and DevOps with Team Foundation Server 2015 Cookbook      Cache   Translate Page      

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Announcement - Book on implementing ALM and DevOps using Team Foundation Server 2015

I am delighted to announce that my first book on Team Foundation Server 2015 has now shipped!

I have been working with Team Foundation Server for over a decade, helping customers unlock the true potential of the product. I am a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Visual Studio and Development Tools for over 5 years now, working closely with Microsoft Product Teams to help shape the product to be most relevant to the users. I have worked with a broad range of customers in financial, trading, telecommunications and social sectors. While customers have varying levels of maturity in software application lifecycle management there is however a broad overlap in the problem areas hindering their ability to achieve continuous delivery of high quality software.

I have used my experience and learning's from these engagements to author over 80 hands-on DevOps and ALM focused labs for Scrum Teams to enable software teams to champion the implementation of modern application lifecycle and DevOps tooling using Team Foundation Server 2015.

This book is a recipe-based guide that uses a problem-solution format to call out inefficiencies in the software development lifecycle and then guides you, step-by-step, on how you can use Team Foundation Server to your advantage in those areas. This book is aimed at software professionals including Developers, Testers, Architects, Configuration Analysts, and Release Managers who want to understand the capabilities of TFS to deliver better quality software faster.

Team Foundation Server 2015 Cookbook

The book has 340 pages divided into 8 chapters…


  1. Chapter 1: Team Project Setup - This chapter covers how to set up a Team Project, which is a logical container isolating all tools and artifacts associated with a software application together in a single namespace. Features such as Welcome pages, Dashboards, Team Rooms, and many more enable better collaboration within Teams, whereas the ability to rename Team Projects and scripting Team Project creation empowers you to better administer a Team Project. In this chapter, we’ll learn the different features of a Team Project and how to set up these features to leverage them to their full potential.

  2. Chapter 2: Setting Up and Managing Code Repositories - TFS is the only product to offer a centralized as well as distributed version control system. In this chapter, we’ll learn how to set up both TFVC and Git repositories in a single project and how to tackle technical debt by enforcing code reviews and code analysis into the development workflows.

  3. Chapter 3: Planning and Tracking Work - Requirements that are implemented but never used, or those that are used just long enough to identify that they don’t satisfy the needs of the users cause and waste, re-work, and dissatisfaction. In this chapter, we’ll learn how to set up and customize multiple backlogs, Kanban, and Sprint Task Board. We’ll also learn how to integrate with external planning tools using Service Hooks, and how to improve the feedback loop by leveraging the feedback features in TFS.

  4. Chapter 4: Building Your Application - This chapter introduces the new build system (TFBuild), which is a cross platform, open, and extensible task-based execution system with a rich web interface that allows the authoring, queuing, and monitoring of builds. In this chapter, we’ll learn how to set up and use TFBuild for continuous integration. We’ll also learn how to integrate TFBuild with SonarQube and GitHub. We’ll also review features that help lay the foundations for continuous delivery of software.

  5. Chapter 5: Testing Your Application - Low quality software just isn’t acceptable. But you may ask “what is the right level of quality?” In this chapter, we’ll learn how to plan, track, and automate using the testing tools available in TFS. We’ll also learn how to leverage the new build system to integrate non-Microsoft testing frameworks, such as Selenium and NUnit, into the automation testing workflows.

  6. Chapter 6: Releasing Your Application - The new web-based Release Manager in TFS that uses the same agent and task infrastructure offered by TFBuild. In this chapter, we’ll learn how to set up, secure, and deploy to multiple environments using release pipelines. We’ll also learn how to track and report on releases delivered through the release pipeline. The techniques in this chapter enable you to set up your software for continuous delivery.

  7. Chapter 7: Managing Team Foundation Server - Teaches you how to update, maintain, and optimize your TFS, enabling high availability for geo-distributed Teams and reducing the administration overheads.

  8. Chapter 8: Extending and Customizing Team Foundation Server - It is not uncommon for organizations to have different tools to manage different parts of the life cycle, for example, Jira for Agile project management, TeamCity for builds, Jenkins for release management, and ServiceNow for service management. In this chapter, we’ll learn about the TFS object model and TFS REST APIs to programmatically access and integrate with systems. In this chapter, we’ll also cover how to customize Team Projects by leveraging Process Template customization


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Note of Thanks

I would like to take a moment to thank a few people who helped me in completing this project…

  • I am grateful to Packpub Publishing for publishing this book.

  • This book is dedicated to my mother Mrs. Raj Rani Arora and my father Mr. Inder Jit Arora without whom I wouldn’t be what I am today. This book would never have been complete without the support of my lovely wife Anuradha Arora. I would also like to thank my family and friends for their encouragement throughout the process.

  • The Microsoft Product Team in special Brian Harry, Buck Hodges, Aaron Bjork, Chris Patterson, Gopi Chigakkagari, Ravi Shanker, Karen Ng, Charles Sterling and Will Smyth have been extremely helpful in guiding the direction of this book.

  • I would also like to thank ALM Champs and ALM Rangers for their technical inputs and review on the book, specially Josh Garverick, Utkarsh Shigihalli and Willy Peter Schaub.


About the Author

Tarun Arora is obsessed with high-quality working software, continuous delivery, and Agile practices. He has experience managing technical programs, implementing digital strategy, and delivering quality @ scale. Tarun has worked on various industry-leading programs for fortune 500 companies in the financial and energy sector.

Tarun is one of the many geeks working for Avanade in the United Kingdom. Avanade helps clients and their customers realize results in a digital world through business technology solutions, cloud, and managed services that combine insight, innovation, and expertise in Microsoft technologies. For the past 5 years, Tarun has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Visual Studio and Development Technologies. His core strengths are enterprise architecture, .NET, WPF, SQL, and PowerShell. He was awarded the MVP of the year award by Microsoft in 2014 for going over and above in supporting the product teams and the community with his contributions. He is also an ALM Ranger and has contributed to key guidance and tooling projects focused on Azure, Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team Services, and Visual Studio Extensibility. Tarun is an active open source community contributor, speaker, and blogger. Follow him on twitter at @arora_tarun and his blog at Visual Studio Geeks - Blog for the latest and greatest in technology trends and solutions on DevOps and ALM.

Tarun loves photography and travel. He is a very active traveler and has travelled to more than 21 countries in the last few months. Parts of this book have been written on his journeys across three continents. While some chapters were written on the beaches of Mauritius, others were written in transit, airport lounges, and taxis. Follow his adventures on his travel blog #OutOfOffice Traveller - Blog.

Please drop me a comment if you have any questions, need more information or have any feedback…



          Digital Services Tax: A Disaster for the Tech Industry      Cache   Translate Page      

By Erin Few.


Chancellor Philip Hammond’s 2018 budget brought news of yet another unnecessary tax on UK businesses. This newly proposed levy, the Digital Services Tax, will be implemented by April 2020. Following the lead of some European countries, such as
Italy and Hungary, which have adopted similar taxes in recent years, the policy would impose a 2 per cent charge on tech companies generating over £500 million a year in revenue. This new tax is not only bad for the British tech industry, but would also stiflebthe growth of UK companies as a whole.

The United Kingdom’s investment in tech is already lower than other competing countries. Adopting a tax that punishes innovative companies for their success will discourage domestic investment into a continually growing industry. Hammond claims that this tax would only target big businesses, but many experts share the sentiment that tech entrepreneurs would actually suffer most. Dom Hallas, the director of the Coalition for a Digital Economy, said “tech giants ... are in fact best placed to deal with an increased tax burden. The true cost will be in hurting innovative British companies who want to develop at home then grow globally.” In such a fast growing field, the burden of taxation should not inhibit growth; on the contrary, the United Kingdom should be incentivising innovation and startups to make them more competitive in the international digital industry.

It is also bad news for the competitive development of British digital companies when considered in a more global perspective. The Economist starkly points out that “of the world’s 15 largest digital firms, all are American or Chinese. Of the top 200, [only] eight
are European.” According to the Tax Foundation, not only are there fewer companies, but capital investment for the digital industry in all of Europe is only around half the investment of American companies. If the United Kingdom, or Europe as a whole, continues adopting new taxes on the profit of tech companies, then it will suppress the already tepid investment of British companies in the global market and thus the success which follows.

Although the Digital Services Tax has been announced by the Chancellor, there is still time to stop it. Instead of adding more taxes and regulations, the UK government should emphasise economic freedom and make it easier for their companies to grow. Introducing this tax would negatively affect the growth of startups and make it more difficult for innovation to flourish. The United Kingdom should instead be a trailblazer on the digital services frontier, rising above competing countries and promoting the advancement of this cutting-edge industry.

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          Bloody Hell! 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Is Coming to the UK      Cache   Translate Page      

A British version of iconic reality competition will premiere in 2019.

Bloody Hell! 'RuPaul's Drag Race' is Coming to the UKRose Dommu

Like a reverse Mayflower covered in hairspray, RuPaul’s Drag Race is coming to the UK. BBC Three and World of Wonder announced on Wednesday that the groundbreaking, Emmy-winning reality competition will be adapted for British television with RuPaul hosting, although hopefully not doing an accent.

“It is a dream come true to extend our royal family to the United Kingdom with our partners at BBC Three,” RuPaul said in a statement. “I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens. And before anyone asks, yes, we would be thrilled to have Meghan Markle join us, as we are already preparing a ‘Royal-Mother-To-Be’ runway challenge.”

Like America, the UK has drag roots deeply embedded in its culture, intricately woven into to the country’s punk history. “Drag in the UK is routed in performance and cabaret, we don't have the same pageant history the US does so there's an instant difference,” says British queen Cybil War, who throws a monthly party in London called Cybil’s House. “There's no denying that Drag Race has had an influence on UK drag but we're a really diverse community that's maintained that punk vibe.”

Over 10 seasons (and soon to be four seasons of All Stars) in America, Drag Race has helped create a new standard for drag that clearly springs from its pageant routes — from wigs to stoned tights to seven-minute performance track mixes, most queens in the U.S. adhere to the type of drag seen on television, although of course a more underground counterculture has long existed and continues to thrive. In the UK, a more punk form of drag is the norm, and British queens like Cybil War are hopeful Drag Race adapts to fit British Drag rather than aiming to change it.

“If you're going to do a UK version of the show you have to honor the essence of what's unique about drag in the UK,” says Cybil War. “The UK's Next Drag Superstar can't and shouldn't be selected by the same criteria as America's Next Drag Superstar. The histories are too different.”

This isn’t the first international edition of the show: earlier this year, Drag Race Thailand premiered on LINE TV with a group 10 contestants, co-hosted by Thai/Taiwanese drag queen Pangina Heals and stylist Art-Araya In-dra.

Whatever the form it takes, queens are excited to see British drag getting the recognition it deserves.

"I’m so excited that Drag Race is coming over this side of the pond — it’s a glimmer of hope and glitter for Brexit Britain," says UK queen and nightlife impresario Jodie Harsh. "I know RuPaul is in for a treat — the queens over here are so talented and diverse."

“I think it's great to see the show finally coming to our shores and can't wait to see our community finally getting it's moment in the spotlight,” adds Cheddar Gorgeous, another UK queen. “2019 will be the year of British drag!”

RuPaul’s Drag Race will premiere in the UK in 2019.

Editor’s Note: This piece has been updated to include comment from an additional source.

Bloody Hell! RuPaul's Drag Race Is Coming to the UK


Bloody Hell! RuPaul's Drag Race Is Coming to the UK

          Barnaby Stewart Executive Search: Commercial Director COMD/948/14      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Decizie de ultim moment a lui Nigel Farage, unul dintre liderii campaniei pro-Brexit      Cache   Translate Page      

Politicianul britanic pro-Brexit Nigel Farage a anunţat marţi, 4 decembrie, că pleacă din UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party), după ce se retrăsese din calitatea de lider al UKIP în urma referendumului pentru Brexit. Eurodeputatul este confondator al UKIP şi a condus formaţiunea până în 2016. „Plec astăzi din UKIP. Există un spaţiu uriaş pentru un […]

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          CONGO-K/UNITED KINGDOM : British to flock to Lubumbashi in March to conquer mines      Cache   Translate Page      
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Actors Rosamund Pike as Ruth and David Oyelowo as Seretse in the 2017 film adaptation of the Khamas’ stirring love story, A United Kingdom, directed by Amma Asante
          America says goodbye to George H.W. Bush      Cache   Translate Page      

President George H.W. Bush's funeral service is being held now at the National Cathedral in Washington.

His son, former President George W. Bush, said when he spoke to his father for the last time, "I said 'Dad I love you, you've been a wonderful father.' And the last words he would ever say on Earth were, 'I love you too.'"

Details: The late president will be flown to Texas after the service and buried at his presidential library in College Station on Thursday. President Trump designated Wednesday as a National Day of Mourning, shutting down the federal government.

  • Bush is wearing "socks adorned with planes flying in formation," the Washington Post reports, in recognition of his military service during World War II, during which he was shot down over the western Pacific.
  • His spokesperson Jim McGrath told the Post that the president will not travel in a horse-drawn wagon like President Ronald Reagan did: "As with his boating, skydiving, golf and just about everything else, speed was his focus for this necessary series of events."

The ceremony is being attended by Trump and first lady Melania and former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

A number of foreign leaders also plan to be present, per CNN, including:

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel
  • Prince Charles of the United Kingdom
  • Polish President Andrzej Duda
  • Former Mexican President Carlos Salinas
  • Jordan's King Abdullah II and Queen Rania

What they're saying

Scheduled speakers include, per the Boston Globe, former President George W. Bush; former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney; former Sen. Alan Simpson, a longtime friend of the Bush family; and Jon Meacham, historian and author of the biography, "Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush."

Jon Meacham

"The George Herbert Walker Bush who survived that fiery fall into the waters of the Pacific three-quarters of a century ago made our lives and the lives of nations freer, better, warmer and nobler. That was his mission, that was his heartbeat, and if we listen closely enough, we can hear that heartbeat even now. For it's the heartbeat of a lion."

Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney

"50 or 100 years from now, as historians review the accomplishments and the context of all those who have served as president, I believe it will be said that in the life of this country ... no occupant of the Oval Office was more courageous, more principled and more honorable than George Herbert Walker Bush."

Former Senator Alan Simpson

"He loved a good joke, the richer the better, and he’d throw his head back and give that great laugh. But he never, ever could remember a punch line. And I mean never. So the punch line for George Herbert Walker bush is this: You would’ve wanted him on your side. He never lost his sense of humor. … He never hated anyone."

Former President George W. Bush

"We’re going to miss you: Your decency, sincerity and kind soul will stay with us forever. ... The best father a son or daughter could have. And in our grief, let us smile knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom's hand again."

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          Apache Expects New Well to be ‘Notable Contributor’ to 2019 Cashflow      Cache   Translate Page      

Apache's U.K. North Sea Garten well delivers 16.3 MBOEPD eight months after discovery, 84% oil, 778 feet of net oil pay – Apache has 100% working interest Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA) has placed onto production its Garten discovery well on Block 9/18a Area-W in the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea. The discovery well, which is six kilometers south[Read More...]

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Maltese authorities took part in a international crackdown on money laundering that uncovered over 1,500 money 'mules' and 140 criminal organisations, Europol said. Money "mules" are individuals who are recruited by organisations as money laundering agents to hide the origin of ill-gotten money. Often recruited unwittingly, mules are tricked by the promise of easy money and tasked with transferring stolen funds between accounts on behalf of others. In a statement, Europol said 168 people were arrested across the world in an international effort that saw the participation of some 30 states, from the United Kingdom to Latvia. The investigation, dubbed the European Money Mule Action, took place from September to November. The international swoop - the fourth of its kind - was intended to tackle  and raise awareness on the issue of 'money mules', who help criminals launder millions of euros worth of dirty money. More than 300 banks, 20 bank associations and other financial institutions helped to report 26,376 fraudulent money mule transactions, Europol said, preventing a total loss of €36.1 million. Europol hoped the action would help to raise awareness on the crime of being a money...
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          The Occult Defence Agency Budgeting Simulator: a text adventure that pits monster-slaying against austerity      Cache   Translate Page      

In the Occult Defence Agency Budgeting Simulator, you are placed in charge of the budget for an organisation whose mission is "defending the United Kingdom from paranormal threats. Vampire covens, stray werewolves, pixie swarms, cultists with funny robes and impractical daggers, unlicensed hauntings, and more obscure matters" -- but you are British, and that means your boss is a government minister who insists that you make headline-grabbing "swingeing cuts" every year.

As you twiddle the dials on payments for the staff Christmas party, pixie relations, the Graveyard Patrol, werewolf holding cells, national branch offices, the staff exorcist, and travel expenses, the minister checks in with you every year to micromanage your choices and also demand further cuts, even as you learn of werewolf outbreaks and rogue vampirism.

Can you save Britain from Tories monsters?

"Sacrifices must be made!" The minister, who was previously in charge of education, and before that, of health, and who is now heading occult affairs after the most recent cabinet reshuffle, having once again failed to unseat the prime minister, shakes your hand. His skin is damp and oddly yielding. You relax when you realize he doesn't mean human sacrifices. He just wants to reduce your organisation's budget, he explains. By twenty percent. Effective immediately.

Your organisation is in charge of defending the United Kingdom from paranormal threats. Vampire covens, stray werewolves, pixie swarms, cultists with funny robes and impractical daggers, unlicensed hauntings, and more obscure matters. Also, to liaise with sister organisations as part of the EUROCC framework - except maybe not anymore, as no one can agree on whether EUROCC, which predates the EU, is affected by Brexit - and to render occult aid and advice to the government - as if they'd ever listen.

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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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The guilty men (and women) who have placed the United Kingdom in jeopardy. I have been reflecting on the words of a previously unknown MP, one of many that has recently been brought to my attention by the BBC, to further demonstrate how unlikely it is that the Prime Minister will get her ‘deal’ past parliament. The story goes that the agreement with the EU represents a trap for the UK and that they will use their position to ensure that we will remain within the Union for ever and a day, without the ability to affect the rules. If true, then Mrs. May must be making a mistake at least equal to that of Neville Chamberlain, who on his return from Munich in 1938 waved his worthless piece of paper and declared ‘peace in our time’. Indeed many would probably consider this to be worse than Chamberlain’s error, because he was giving away the sovereignty of Czechoslovakia (‘a faraway country’), whereas, apparently, Mrs. May is giving away the sovereignty of the United Kingdom. Yet, nobody has drawn this comparison and I wonder why this should be? I have concluded that the truth is that they have not done so because so many of our politicians are complicit in this situation, indeed their attention seeking and frequently irrelevant statements and actions have directly contributed to this result. So now, as in 1938, if this is a serious mistake, it is not only the Prime Minister who is responsible. Let us review a few of the key players and their contribution: Boris Johnson – probably the Brexiteer who has contributed most to our present situation by frequently misleading the public as to the facts. Whilst posturing and blustering as our Foreign Secretary his primary efforts towards our negotiations have been to insult our partners and to lecture them (and others) on their best interests. Not once has he bothered to truly understand their position and recognise the validity of many of their concerns. Nevertheless the Prime Minister had managed to keep him onside until, eventually, she proposed a realistic plan that would be acceptable to the group we have been part of for more than 40 years and meet the primary demands of the leavers, whilst maintaining most of the trading benefits we presently enjoy. Known as the Chequers agreement he, apparently, chose to accept the proposals at the time only to walk out a couple of days later following in the footsteps of David Davis. For those who had admired his air of boyish insouciance it was, perhaps, disappointing to discover that he genuinely is frivolous and careless. David Davis – the man who was actually responsible for heading our negotiating team for month after month! Is there any more damning indictment? His primary ‘tactic’, as publicly presented, was always to tell us that the EU won’t want a ‘no deal’ scenario and we should therefore be prepared for that scenario. As a result, the EU will recognise the strength of our position and come round to what we want! Well, any proper analysis of our situation would demonstrate that, although most of the other European states would suffer from a ‘no deal’ scenario, it would be the United Kingdom who would suffer most. Not much of a bluff – but one consistently given an airing with even the Prime Minister herself using the phrase that “no deal is better than a bad deal”! I’ve news for all you readers, there never was a really good deal available to us, only the least bad deal. If Davis could have got anything better then why didn’t he? Jacob Rees-Mogg – has the appearance and style of a genuine eccentric, whom few would normally take seriously – yet he has been allowed to pontificate to us on this important issue from his lofty perch, day in and day out. Of course, there is nothing in this situation to worry him personally because he can readily afford any unfortunate consequences that may arise from his continuous sniping. Apparently, he has achieved the right to lecture the Prime Minister and the public, because he is the leader of a shadowy organisation called the European Research Group. This is a publicly funded body that, as far as I know, has never done any research – it certainly hasn’t published any original papers. Nevertheless Mr Rees-Mogg knows what’s best for us! Who needs research? Certainly not the European Research Group! Vince Cable – here’s another person who has spent the past two years refusing to engage in reality. In this case Mr. Cable has continued to pursue the pre-referendum Liberal Democrat party line and to hope that he can get another referendum, so that this time we’ll all choose the ‘right’ solution and vote to stay in! Although it might be considered consistent to take that view, I feel strongly that he would have done the country a better service if he had accepted the result and sought to add a constructive voice to the cacophony that has drowned out sensible public discourse since the referendum. He might well have assisted us to maintain the close relationship Mrs May has sought with a little less argument. Tony Blair – another ‘honourable’ man who genuinely believes that we would be better off remaining within the EU. Believe it or not, I personally also believe that is true, but a majority of my fellow citizens felt differently and despite the resultant confusion, I can see no real evidence that they will have changed their mind now. People like Mr. Blair and Mr. Cable should consider their own contribution to the fact that millions of our fellow citizens have felt left out by all the changes introduced to the UK in recent years. As a result many people have felt less and less engaged within their own country and so they want a real change and they have felt that Brexit represents the best chance for them to get it. To say they were misled by the Brexiteers is beside the point – they feel that all politicians are liars, so what would you expect? Rightly or wrongly, in future at least we won’t be able to blame the EU. Nicola Sturgeon – here is another opportunist who completely lacks credibility, at least in my eyes. At every turn she has sought to turn the situation to the advantage of the SNP whilst cheerfully ignoring two key facts. Presently Scottish economic success is ineluctably bound up with the remainder of the United Kingdom (much more so than the UK with Europe), so there is no room for separate manoeuvre at this time. More than that, she seems to ignore the wishes of the Scottish fishing industry and many other groups of Scots. As I say, another opportunist acting out of minority interest. Eileen Philips – well, what can I say. This woman can’t even get an agreement with her opponents within Stormont! That might have made a contribution to improving harmony throughout the British Isles. The BBC – seems to me to be filled with guilty men and women. There has been no serious attempt to explain to the British people some of the facts of our engagement with Europe, our legal obligations and the difficulties Brexit represents for the rest of Europe as well as us. Rather the BBC has abrogated any sense of responsibility for genuine public broadcasting, replacing a description of the genuine difficulties Brexit represents with a continuous Tower of Babel. They have therefore illustrated how confusing the whole business is by presenting person after person with often inaccurate observations, which are left effectively unchallenged! The most recent example is the manner in which the stress tests undertaken by the Bank of England have been inaccurately reported, with no attempt to inform the public as to the truth of the tests. Far from an example of ‘project fear’ the results of the tests are GOOD NEWS! The Band of England has examined a worst case ‘scenario’ for the British financial system, whether inside or outside the EU, by examining how the banks and other institutions would cope with a combination of unlikely shocks all happening concurrently. It has concluded that the steps taken over the past 10 years have ensured that our banks have sufficient capital to withstand the effects of such a ‘worst case’ scenario without recourse to the public purse. Why the BBC should allow their interlocutors to classify this activity as a forecast and describe it as a further example of project fear is beyond me! I have news for the BBC – the Bank does this every year because it has been instructed to do so by parliament! Of course the outcome of this (and other misleading descriptions) is to strengthen the hand of the hard Brexit supporters, because many British people will not bow to bullying! I am surprised that, to date, there have only been limited references to the Dunkirk spirit! But what are the facts that these bombastic troglodytes, both leavers and remainers, have managed to obscure? It’s simple really, our membership of the European Union means that we have signed various treaties and agreements that we now wish to get out of – although we’d like to remain in some of them! Yes, it is true to argue that all those EU members we are leaving would continue to benefit from those aspects that we wish to continue with. But those where we wish to leave will also carry on and that, often, will represent a loss to those EU members who remain. Surprise, surprise, they are not entirely happy about that – hence they have been saying that we can’t just pick and choose. That seems fair enough to me. Nevertheless, Mrs May has manged to get a withdrawal agreement that serves to satisfy the primary wishes of the Brexiteers, not immediately, but in time. However, the naysayers point out that we might not actually regain our sovereignty, because of the back stop agreement and the manner in which we might be forced to stay within it. They say the 28 pages of the Political Declaration are aspirations and, like the Munich document mentioned above, the agreement is fundamentally meaningless! In so doing the critics are perpetuating a theme that has been the constant background noise to all the negotiations. They are saying the EU is not to be trusted – almost likening the organisation to the Nazi party! Enough is enough, this is the best deal we will get and we have the right to believe that the EU will honour all the points in the Political Declaration. Or do we really think they are complete charlatans? The fact that the EU has the right (indeed the duty) to protect the interests of the remaining members does not make them charlatans and there is every reason to believe that they will honour the political declaration, although we must expect some tough bargaining. Finally, I would remind everyone that this situation was never the EU’s choice. I would also remind those who would like a second referendum that the majority of those voting leave in 2016 did so irrespective of the economic consequences. As far as a lot of them are concerned their lives couldn’t get any worse and if the ‘liberal elite’ will suffer economically, then they really are not bothered! So my plea to all members of parliament is to please look beyond your party affiliation or, indeed, your leave or remain instincts and consider the true interest of all your constituents. Hopefully, you will agree that there remains plenty to fight for going forward and for now it is best to vote for the agreement and allow everyone to get on with our future! Ultimately, the EU cannot actually deprive us of our sovereignty without our agreement – even if they wished to do so. Also, ultimately, it is now impossible for us to stay within the EU – we would never be trusted. Think about it! Tony Dent Chertsey, England
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Winter tourism to Finnish Lapland has suffered from the unusual lack of snow this winter.

Particularly tourists from the United Kingdom have been disappointed. Several British tour organizers have canceled their charter flights.

Among the eleven chartered flights originally planned to land in Enontekio, northwestern Lapland during the last week, only three were actually flown, national broadcaster Yle reported.

Joni Nojonen, the director of the Tornio airport, told Yle that one of the Enontekio flights was canceled when it had already taken off from the UK. Nojonen underlined that the conditions at the airport did not cause the calling-off.

December charters from the UK have been a growing trend for over two decades. Finnish Lapland is marketed in the UK mainly as a "white snow winter wonderland". Earlier in November British travel writers described Lapland as "crapland".

Lack of snow has not affected incoming tourist flow from other countries and continents. In marketing for Asians, the possibility of seeing Northern Lights has been accentuated, and snow does not impact the availability of the Northern Lights. Northern lights are actually more evident against a dark terrain.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute told Yle earlier that in November the depth of snow in Lapland was the thinnest since measurements began in 1961. There were local differences though.

Juha-Pekka Mikkola, an entrepreneur offering activities to tourists, told Yle that alternative programming has been arranged, but purchased services have also been reimbursed. Rides in sleighs driven by huskies have been replaced with husky driven carriages.

Yle reported that in some tourist hotels snow from last winter has been storaged. But it has been used only in days with sub-zero temperatures, as in warm weather it would melt away soon. Service providers have also purchased snow.

For the pre-Christmas and Christmas weeks, some 700 charter flights have been planned. They are supposed to land in Kittilä, Rovaniemi, Ivalo, Enontekiö and Kuusamo airports.

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London is the capital of Great Britain – that’s the first thing they teach in English class in schools all over the world. But is the Big Smoke representative of the entire country? Is it the essence of the United Kingdom? “Hell no”, is the shortest answer. Saying that London is just like the rest…

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Contemporary musician Baba Harare, whose hit- track The Reason Why — popularly known as Hat Dzemurara — is currently trending in showbiz circles, is set to stage his debut performance as a solo artiste in the United Kingdom at the Young Achievers Awards ceremony on December 22.

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A crossbench-Labor deal may see the government defeated on Kerryn Phelps’ medical evacuation legislation. All the day’s events, live

Again, a government losing a vote on the floor happens – when it comes to procedure.

Legislative losses are very, very rare.

The last time a govt lost a vote on legislation on the floor of the HoR was in 1929 when the Maritime Industries Bill was amended by 35 votes to 34. PM Stanley Brice called an election the next day - and lost. #auspol

It must not be thought … that a single defeat necessarily demands either resignation or dissolution. Such a result follows only where the defeat implies loss of confidence … [259]

What a Government will treat as a matter of sufficient importance to demand resignation or dissolution is, primarily, a question for the Government. The Opposition can always test the opinion of the House by a vote of no confidence. No Government [in the United Kingdom] since 1832 has failed to regard such a motion, if carried, as decisive. A House whose opinion was rejected has always at hand the ultimate remedy of the refusal of supply.[260]

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Greg: The major turn around and thus lowlight of the year was the brain snap of the Liberal Party in August. They shot themselves in the foot and have continued to do so while their feet are in their mouths since...fancy thinking the public would wear Peter Dutton when their best marketing politician Malcolm Turnbull was actually making headway.

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Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal came under fire from allies and opponents alike on Wednesday after the government was forced to publish legal advice showing the United Kingdom could be locked indefinitely in the European Union's orbit.

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Greta Thunberg during her Friday, 30 November 2018 climate change protest. Greta, 15, began a solo climate protest by striking from school in Sweden in August 2018. But more than 20,000 students around the world have now joined her. The school strikes have spread to at least 270 towns and cities in countries across the world, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the US, and Japan. Photo: Hanna Franzen / EPA

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4 December 2018

KATOWICE, Poland – Action to fight global warming is coming whether world leaders like it or not, school student Greta Thunberg has told the UN climate change summit, accusing them of behaving like irresponsible children.

Thunberg began a solo climate protest by striking from school in Sweden in August 2018. But more than 20,000 students around the world have now joined her. The school strikes have spread to at least 270 towns and cities in countries across the world, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the US, and Japan.

“For 25 years countless people have come to the UN climate conferences begging our world leaders to stop emissions and clearly that has not worked as emissions are continuing to rise. So I will not beg the world leaders to care for our future,” she said. “I will instead let them know change is coming whether they like it or not.”

“Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago,” she said. “We have to understand what the older generation has dealt to us, what mess they have created that we have to clean up and live with. We have to make our voices heard.”

The conference of nearly 200 nations is taking place in Katowice, Poland, and its main task is to turn the vision of tackling global warming agreed in Paris in 2015 into concrete action. On Monday, Sir David Attenborough told the summit that without action “the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon”.

Thunberg, who had a meeting with the UN secretary general, António Guterres, on Monday, said: “What I hope we achieve at this conference is that we realise that we are facing an existential threat. This is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced. First we have to realise this and then as fast as possible do something to stop the emissions and try to save what we can save.”

On Tuesday, Guterres said: “Our younger generations will have to help drive, and complete, the work we start today. We need to harness their energy, invention and political power to raise climate ambition.”

Toby Thorpe, a school student from Hobart, Tasmania, who took part in the recent school strikes in Australia and is also at the UN summit, said: “We are in this together. Together we are strong and we will not give up.” Australia’s resources minister, Matt Canavan, had dismissed the school strike – “the best thing you’ll learn about going to a protest is how to join the dole queue” – but the Senate later approved a motion in support of the students. [more]

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Members of parliament voted to find May’s government in contempt for failing to release legal advice [File: Dylan Martinez/Reuters] London – A vote holding the United Kingdom government in “contempt of parliament” is historic – but other than causing acute embarrassment to Prime Minister Theresa May that leaves her with a bloody nose, its fallout […]

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Michael S. asks: Do people get anything when they’re knighted by the Queen? As we’ve discussed before and will no doubt talk more about in the future, as a direct result of her position as sovereign of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, the Queen has a large array of powers at her disposal entirely unique to her. Of these [...]

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100 years ago, Harvey's Grandad's award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) appeared in the London Gazette as follows..

Lieut. Cyril Norman Ellen.
A keen and exceptionally able observer who for over a year has performed most valuable service in photographic flights at low altitudes and at times under very difficult conditions.

Cyril Ellen was stationed in Stavros on the border between Greece and Bulgaria from November 1917 to November 1918. His profession in civilian life had been in photography and this is perhaps why he was so good at his job. The 'very difficult conditions' included some hairy moments. His pilot on one occasion, Frank Marlowe, wrote in his diary on 14th July 1918...
A near disaster for me this morning on dawn patrol. Just as I was taking off the engine revs dropped, there was vibration and nasty noises coming from the engine and I immediately throttled down. Then I saw that I was approaching the end of the aerodrome where I would crash into ditches, wooden buildings, etc and my only chance was to try to lift over them and try to land among scrub and bushes on the other side. I gingerly opened up the engine and in spite of the awful clattering noise it kept going enough to get me off the ground and keep me up while I made a wide sweep just above the surface of the sea and back to the aerodrome where I landed with a sigh of relief. Ellen, behind me, had the wind up badly and so did I. Everyone had turned out of their beds awakened by the noise my engine was making and they all thought it would end in a crash. I then took Jakie's DH4 instead which ran perfectly. Slater says he can do nothing with the engine and it will have to be sent to Mudros.

And again, Marlowe's diary entry for 26th May 1918...
While spotting with Ellen yesterday for a monitor shelling enemy gun positions we flew through the smoke of an A/A explosion and while I was doing 'evasive action' Ellen nearly fell out. He had to hold on to his gun mounting to save himself. I suppose you can overdo things.

On another occasion Cyril was in the air with Marlowe when the pilot wrote...
Just as I was leaving to do some spotting over the lines Dunfee, who was to have come with me in his Camel sideslipped into the ground after taking off when his engine failed. He was killed instantly. I carry on and do the spotting for the monitor M22 shelling gun positions. Saw Dunfee's Camel when we got back - a horrible sight with blood and brains spread all over the wreckage.

These young men were literally taking their lives into their hands every time they attempted to fly and that was even before they got down to the task in hand. They were very brave people indeed.


The Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) is the third-level military decoration awarded to officers, and since 1993 to other ranks, of the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force and other services, and formerly to officers of other Commonwealth countries, for "an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy".

The award was established on 3 June 1918, shortly after the formation of the Royal Air Force (RAF), with the Royal Warrant published on 5 December 1919. It was originally awarded to RAF commissioned and warrant officers, including officers in Commonwealth and allied forces.

Since the 1993 review of the honours system as part of the drive to remove distinctions of rank in bravery awards, all ranks of all arms of the Armed Forces have been eligible, and the Distinguished Flying Medal, which had until then been awarded to other ranks, was discontinued.

There were 1045 DFC's issued for World War 1 compared to more than 20,000 issued for World War 2, a reflection of how the air force had grown in that time.

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Tonya Beckman in Solas Nua's production of How to Keep an Alien. Photo by DJ Corey Photography.

How far would you go to be with the one that you love? Sonya Kelly's autobiographical How to Keep an Alien, now being presented by Solas Nua, explores this question with warmth, humor, and a tour-de-force performance from DC acting goddess Tonya Beckman. This production marks the first time Kelly has not performed in the show herself.

Sonya (Tonya Beckman) is an Irish actress who meets an Australian performer named Kate in a play they are both performing in Ireland. It was love at first sight. Kate, however, is on a work visa which expires the day after the show closes. Luckily, Kate eventually books a tour in the United Kingdom that will at least bring her geographically closer to Sonya for awhile. It is clear that the two are attracted to one another and thus begins the process of Sonya trying to figure out a way for Kate to legally remain in Ireland once her current visa expires.

What follows is a long, bureaucratic process filled with red tape to obtain what is known as a de facto visa in which you have to prove to the Department of Immigration that there is a good reason to remain in the country with an opportunity to eventually become a citizen. The catch is the list of requirements is longer than War and Peace. The list includes the requirement for letters from family and friends and an array of evidence that a relationship exists. An awkward family gathering in Australia is just part of the situations Sonya has to tackle - all while pondering whether it is all worth it.

Kelly's script is full of laughs to be sure, but it also shows her true passion about the need to stay connected to the ones you love. The script is a perfect balance and its full potential is realized in this production under the fine direction of Tom Story.

Nick Fruit and Tonya Beckman in Solas Nua's production of How to Keep an Alien. Photo by DJ Corey Photography.

Of course, the show would not be successful without a strong female performer. Tonya Beckman once again proves that she is one of the area's best actresses. Her emotional performance ranges the gamut from comedy in the scene where Sonya tries her hand at standup, to high drama as Sonya tries to keep her love near. Beckman's performance is one that should and needs to be seen.

Supporting Beckman in grand form is Nick Fruit playing a variety of characters ranging from Sonya's stage manager to a very pretentious choreographer.

Brigid Kelly Burge's office set clutters the back wall of the stage with lots of office files and documents and provides the perfect setting for this journey through the twists and turns of government bureaucracy. It also includes many office lamps that lighting designer Marianne Meadows uses to her advantage as flashing lights at various times throughout the show. Her disco effects look snazzy as well.

How to Keep an Alien at Solas Nua is one of those shows that if done wrong might be a tough slog. Luckily for all of us, this is not the case here. With Tom Story at the helm, and Beckman's star turn (ably assisted by Fruit) this is a show that NEEDS to be on your holiday viewing list.

Running Time: 75 minutes with no intermission.

How to Keep an Alien runs through December 16, 2018 at Dance Loft on 14th, located at 4618 14th St NW in Washington DC. For tickets, click here.

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