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This Week's Obsession: Expectations are Back There Seth December 4th, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Your worst D man would be most year's best? [Marc-Grégor Campredon]

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The Question:

Why is this team exceeding expectations?

Ace: Just wait until Jordan Poole gets goin— oh, I see.

Seth: 1/1 Charles Mathewses agree: this is not a good development.

Ace: We can start with the obvious: Michigan had one of the best defenses in the country last year, upgraded on that end at the four and five spots (and arguably the two as well), and also moved into year two of Luke Yaklich’s teachings taking hold. Now it’s the best defense in the country by a significant margin so far this year.

This is very much Zavier Simpson’s team. Matthews’, too.

BiSB: To the defensive question, we didn't know if Iggy could play defense. Turns out... yeah, very much so.

Brian: His first real test is "hey, check Eric Paschall with zero help defense" and that goes spectacularly.

Seth: Let's not leave out 7'2" Zavier Simpson.

BiSB: Big Trogdor?

Ace: I meant in terms of temperament. Jon Teske is clearly one of the main reasons this team is so good. He’s a defensive savant. It’s not just that he can block shots, he’s almost never in the wrong place, his hands are great, and he moves surprisingly well.

BiSB: His foul rate is also insanely low.

Brian: Michigan's two point D is stunning and it is most stunning when The Big Sleep is on the floor. 31%!

Ace: (pulls out bullhorn)

AND HE HITS THREES NOW!

[After THE JUMP: Florida gets mentioned once. Also Duke.]

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Brian: He challenges everything without fouling, his hands are disruptive, he's able to check guys he absolutely should not be able to on the perimeter. Here's an excellent breakdown of Michigan's offensive performance against Purdue featuring a billion drives past switched bigs.

That does not happen to Teske, like, ever.

Ace: I was going to post the other excellent breakdown video that hit Twitter in which Beilein’s adjustments are shown.

 

Teske’s ability to pop out and hit outside shots is going to be huge. It was last weekend.

Also that video is hoops geek porn.

Seth: I can't state how much I loved that tweet. I feel like I became basketball smart in 280 characters.

Brian: It changes the game further. Also we should not neglect Teske's paint screening ability. The opening bucket against the Boilers was Michigan action that got Iggy an unbalanced defender he drove past, but the 7'3" windmill wasn't able to get to the hoop because Teske felt what was coming and moved to box him out.

BiSB: Simpson uses that seal once or twice a game.

Seth: To bring the Teske bit back to the question: This was our HOPE not our expectation for him right?

Ace: He’s the perfect center for this team, no disrespect to Moe Wagner. This team is downhill oriented in a way none of Beilein’s teams have been previously. Teske makes a real impact on both the initial screen and that tricky rescreen he’ll bust out. Simpson needs that, and it sure helps Matthews/Iggy get to the rack too.

I had very high Teske expectations and I’d say he’s still exceeding them.

BiSB: Imagine you brought You-From-2016 to the future and showed him this team.

Ace: Like, right after the Maverick Morgan game.

BiSB: I would probably wonder how John Beilein was doing in the NBA.

Ace: I’d be legit dead.

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Not that I'm trying to steal your job, Tom [Fuller]

Brian: I spent much of last year saying Michigan wouldn't take a step back without Wagner. There's evidence and everything:

By the end of the season Michigan's offense was actually slightly better with Teske on the floor after February 1st. EFG, TO rate, and various other factors remained static; FT rate dropped a lot and OREB rate rose a lot. That's about 300 possessions—five games worth—against top 100 opponents. It's not nearly enough to declare anything but it certainly suggests that Michigan's offense can survive in the post-Moe era. It'll get tougher without Wagner since teams will be gameplanning for Teske and not focusing so much on pick and pop, but that's what team-wide offseason improvement is for.

If the rest of the team can pick up the usage slack, Michigan won't miss Wagner much. Moderately large "if."

But even my absurdly optimistic self was way short.

Ace: The defense honestly hasn’t surprised me as much as the offense? I thought it would take longer for things to click. This is kinda what I expected the final form to look like.

Brian: Yes. This was a D that was #3 last year shedding Duncan Robinson and Wagner and getting their three best players back. The offense was a much bigger concern.

Ace: Iggy being insta-awesome changed the outlook a lot.

BiSB: The pick and roll game has been the best since, what, Stauskas? Morris?

Ace: Stauskas. Dude rained threes off of those. Wait. Let’s not discount Walton/Wagner. Unless we’re eliminating pops.

Brian: Well when's the last time Michigan had a point guard who was healthy and experienced? Late Walton was great but he was not right for a lot of his career and before that Michigan couldn't get a guy to his junior year.

Ace: Simpson sees the floor as well as any Beilein PG since Morris.

Brian: 13 A, 2 TO vs UNC and Purdue.

Ace: It makes you wonder what Trey Burke’s A:TO would’ve looked like as an upperclassman.

Alex: I thought the ball-screen game last year with Wagner was better because the latter was so good at reading the defense and adjusting - slips, pops, and rolls.

Brian: I think Teske's just as good but in more subtle ways. He's a large reason that Michigan's able to get to the rack so consistently with no one providing help.

BiSB: And to Ace's earlier point, there are still Thanksgiving leftovers in the back of the fridge. This clicked EARLY.

BiSB: Debbie Downer Caveat: there's the potential for some recency bias on the shooting stuff. They shot like Sparty against a 2-3 zone for the first couple of games, on stuff that was pretty opponent-independent.

Brian: I don't think they're a 43% team like they've been since but neither are they a 20% team or anything like it. Zone is the looming question though that's correct.

Alex: I think people generally expected that Teske would be an adequate—if very different—replacement for Wagner. Matthews has gotten better, Simpson has gotten better, Poole is still adjusting but he's just played two great games against good teams and when he's hot Michigan is unstoppable.

BiSB: It's hard to see Charles Matthews shooting 50% from deep, just like it was hard to envision Jordan Poole shooting like 8% with a billion turnovers.

Alex: This may not be a 37% shooting team from three but it's not gonna be < 33% like some of us (read: me) feared.

Seth: I wonder if Charles Matthews has found his stroke. He's not going to be 50% but I like him so much more now that he takes and makes threes in rhythm instead of driving on them.

Ace: I don’t think Matthews is gonna be much more than a ~33% shooter from deep but he doesn’t need to be better than that. He’s at 29% right now.

Brian: He's hitting 69% from the line since the 0/5 start. I think there might be something to that. He can get to 33-35 maybe. His FTs improved a little last year too. I think he's leveling up as a shooter, slowly.

Ace: Obligatory “nice.”

Alex: Just needs to hit open shots.

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And first in hair. [Marc-Gregor Campredon]

Alex: As for why this team is exceeding expectations, the single biggest reason to me is Iggy. He's Michigan's leading scorer and legitimately a good defender. Had we known he'd be this good this fast - say, if he were a top 5 recruit - the expectations would have been much higher.

He's fourth in Kenpom B1G POY right now, by the way.

Brian: And... he is, right? If you re-rank his class right now he's top 5. For college anyway.

Alex: Top 5 best college freshmen, sure.

Ace: Maybe not for NBA purposes but certainly for college, yeah.

Alex: To your point on the podcast, not the 5th best prospect but he's 20 and dominating high-major college hoops on both ends.

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[Campredon]

Alex: Livers has been quiet these last few games but he's 50% from three and a very good backup center. Not sure if anyone saw either of those things coming. Beilein even drew up a few looks for him against Purdue (one at the end of the first half comes to mind) and those were plays designed for a Duncan Robinson-type shooter. If Livers can be that and play three positions well defensively...

Brian: He really really wanted to take that three, which is nice to see.

BiSB: He's also getting to some of those shots that he seems unusually efficient at, like the lane fadeaway.

Ace: He also drilled a corner three over a closeout against UNC on a shot he never would’ve attempted last year.

BiSB: And the turnovers are down, too.

Seth: When is the last time Michigan had a sixth man of the year candidate?

BiSB: Last year?

Ace: …last year.

Alex: I think Robinson won it.

Brian: Livers's versatility is another excellent bonus. He makes the seven man rotation go because you can bring him in at any of three spots, and he can defend it.

BiSB: Over JJJ, even.

Brian: His usage has ticked up a couple of percentage points and he's chipping in D stats along with the shooting. I don't think he's going to be a guy who attacks the basket much but as a swiss army three-and-D guy he's great.

Ace: That versatility runs across the whole lineup and that’s huge when, at least for now, they’re running out a seven-man rotation. Livers can play three spots, Matthews can play (or at least defend) three spots, Poole can cover two (or even three), Eli Brooks plays both guard spots…

BiSB: Another nice part about Michigan's low foul rate is that Beilein gets to pick and choose his spots more with Livers at the 5. He hasn't had his hand forced often.

Alex: Livers does all the little things on both ends too.

Ace: It’s a seven-man rotation that functions like it’s got nine or ten guys, except the back end is still the good players.

Brian: Yes.

Ace: And not, say, Ben Carters.

Alex: I think Austin Davis probably deserves to play but with Livers doing so well in that role, he might not be playing a whole lot unless Teske is in foul trouble.

BiSB: I'm a liiiiiiittle concerned about Big Man depth...

Alex: Which... it's really remarkable that Teske doesn't foul much given that he's contesting everything and going for steals.

Seth: I don't think we should have expected Castleton to be contributing in the 2018 portion of this season.

Ace: Davis should be fine, and if he’s not, they can cover for that with Livers and potentially emergences from Brandon Johns and/or Colin Castleton. Beilein’s had plenty of freshmen break into the rotation late.

Brian: Davis seemed fine in small bursts last year. He's probably all right. Ward went right at him late in the first half at MSU last year and he defended that just fine.

Michigan's played a lot of teams where Livers makes more sense than Davis as the backup 5: Nova, UNC, and Purdue all feature small-ball Cs for large minutes.

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Ace: Other things that can click into place:

  • The patented late-season freshman emergence (Castleton, perhaps?)
  • Poole playing every week like last week
  • More effective offense from the small ball lineup
  • Teske pounding the offensive glass like last year

BiSB: So... I mean... are there ANY concerns?

Alex: Davis is probably a perfectly fine replacement-level backup big.

Ace: Free throws.

Brian: Zone offense.

Alex: Bad three-point luck. I really don't think I'm crazy for thinking that this is a 30-win team.

Ace: I don’t think you are, either.

Alex: They're #1 in two-point defense. #1 in preventing free throws. #17 in preventing threes. Your floor is so high when that's the case.

BiSB: KenPom has them as a 26-5 team before any postseason stuff. Sooooo...

Ace: They’re up to a 27-4 projection on Torvik and are favored in every. single. game.

Brian: Kenpom still has more pessimistic preseason numbers baked in, too.

Ace: That’s the crazy thing! This team was in the 20s-30s everywhere preseason.

Seth: It's nice that the Big Ten proved itself a top three conference in the nonconf portion. You can take 4-5 losses in conference and be a 1 seed still as long as UNC and Nova don't turn out to be bad.

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Ace: And we seemed to be the only people who thought that was batshit.

Alex: My biggest concern is depth. If one of the main seven gets hurt, you're playing guys who are very clearly not ready.

Ace: MSU: preseason Big Ten favorite, everywhere.

Brian: I think someone will emerge over the next month or two, probably DDJ.

Alex: He's surely getting hazed by Z every day in practice.

Ace: I feel like he gets blocked by Brooks. I honestly think every other freshman has a more obvious fit into the rotation.

Brian: God, being a freshman Beilein PG against Z has to be a private hell.

Alex: Get ready for the BTN Journey piece about how Z molded him into a killer when he wins the B1G POY in a few years.

Ace: That part I don’t doubt.

BiSB: But with a little twitch that say, "no for real I still wake up screaming about that guy"

Alex: None of the freshmen besides Iggy have looked anywhere near equipped to handle a five-minute stint in a high leverage situation.

Ace: I wouldn’t sleep on Adrien Nunez. Team could still use a shooting boost and the one thing they don’t have is a backup two who’s not really a PG. It’s still way early, Alex.

BiSB: Johns looks bouncy

Alex: The end-of-the-bench blowout variety hour has been so disappointing!

Ace: I don’t think any of them were expecting to see the floor against, say, Villanova.

BiSB: Castleton's usage is 47%. Just wanted to mention that.

Alex: That was intended to be tongue-in-cheek

Brian: Most of those minutes are against weird junk zones and I don't think mean too much.

At the open practice it felt like Johns and DDJ were the guys who were getting you might play attention, FWIW.

Alex: Yes it's the clumsiest basketball this side of the IM Building but even though those guys are all highly touted, I would be surprised if they didn't have major growing pains if forced into action.

Brian: The reason I push DDJ is that if Michigan does get stymied by some zones I want the off the dribble three shooter. But the points against him are good ones.

Ace: I’m less worried about zones because this team can shoot okay on spot-ups, they’ve got multiple great drivers, they move the ball well, and they have several players who could operate out of the middle of a 2-3. That Matthews FT-line game would be a killer.

Brian: This is me trying to patch a stress fracture in an aircraft carrier, I admit.

BiSB: Iowa has finally been playing more zone.

Alex: As for potential 2-3 issues, shooting is always a concern there. But like Ace said, there are guys who can play well in the middle. Teske and Livers come to mind.

Ace: It’s hard to dial back the optimism right now, I know.

Alex: Not many 7-footers out there who are more inclined to pass than shoot.

BiSB:

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Ace: Also: Beilein is a wizard. People forget that. Somehow.

Brian: Michigan did do better against zones vs Providence.

Alex: I think Z's work on offense has been broadly underrated.

BiSB: When wild optimism is the most reasonable level of expectation, I get nervous.

Ace: It’s ever harder when last year’s team is used as a point of comparison.

Alex: He's the second-best distributor in the Big Ten behind Winston and he's not turning it over a whole lot. Has a good sense of when Michigan needs to push the ball following a bad shot or turnover. And like y'all have said, his work in the ball-screen game has been strong.

Seth: Z and Teske are two of the best defenders in the league AND they don't turn it over.

Ace: That should be emphasized, especially since both also somehow manage to avoid getting into foul trouble despite being so active. There’s so little margin for error already against this team and then they never give you the ball in the open floor. UNC never got to run.

Alex: Michigan's well-coached on that end obviously but Z, Matthews, Teske is a hell of a core to build around if you want to have a good defense.

BiSB: No regular rotation player is above 3.1 FC/40 minutes

Brian: Yeah, that's another thing that makes me optimistic. Some of their tougher opponents are very fast and that just doesn't work against Michigan. MSU, Iowa, and Indiana are all around 50th in offensive tempo.

Seth: Or very three-reliant.

Alex: Nothing works against Michigan.

Ace: Seeing a team that leans on transition offense is like when we saw teams that relied on press defense. It’s gonna be a murder.

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Alex: Unless a team somehow goes 10-18 from three or something—but there would have to be a lot of tough makes there.

BiSB: Maybe trash-talking Michigan will help. Rattle them, ya know?

Ace: I feel like I remember every open three-point look they’ve given up this year.

Seth: Most of them were against Purdue's short bald guy?

Ace: Yeah, it’s shocking each time.

Brian: oblig

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[Campredon]

Alex: Feel like many / most have come off of offensive rebounds - which, that happens.

Brian: Cline got some open ones on missed rotations, but they were so heavily on Edwards that'll happen. I like that Michigan can go from a no help D to a heavy help D.

Ace: Teske got a little too deep into the paint once or twice against balding stretch big, but that’ll happen too, and he didn’t make them pay. The no help D strategy is great. Everyone except the point guard can contest shots at the rim even after getting beat by a half-step. Meanwhile, drive-and-kick isn’t an option. There have been so many instances of guys getting caught under the hoop with no good option.

Brian: Should I mention that I think recent rule changes have made officiating much more predictable and less infuriating? Like, the verticality stuff is great. Guys aren't getting called for the O initiating contact nearly as much.

Ace: I’ve really enjoyed that the changes have come in tandem with Michigan going for more blocks and fewer charges.

BiSB: "Hook and Hold" stuff has gotten headlines, but that's overshadowed a general reasonableness that seems to have taken hold.

Brian: The charge stuff was good and necessary. Hook and hold is being misapplied; it's supposed to be about trying to bait a foul call and instead it's getting called on everything.

Alex: It’s just mind-boggling that Michigan can play this good of defense without fouling much. Like Z gets away with a lot, but otherwise it’s a lot of just staying in front and staying vertical.

Ace: Excellent individual defense across the board.

BiSB: I've been a little disappointed with some on-ball defender blocking calls. Guys in legal guarding position getting plowed in the chest.

Seth: The Iggy one is the only one that stood out, and it was so bad Dicky V was mad.

Alex: Also, a fun game is to rank Michigan’s best defenders: Teske, Z, Matthews, Livers, Iggy, Poole, Brooks? Everybody on that list is good!

Ace: That’d be my order. Brooks is the only one I get even a little concerned about. Biggest concern: analysts have started really talking up Yaklich.

Alex: And the median player is extremely good in whichever order you want to put them in.

Brian: Any order for the top three is defensible really.

Seth: In a "normal" Beilein year Poole might be #1.

Ace: They got bounced from the tournament two years ago because they couldn’t stop any isolations and didn’t have anyone they could insert to stop them.

Brian: God that Oregon game. A different world.

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[Campredon]

Alex: There was one play against the sad frenchman that really stood out to me. He was wide open on the roll and the guard found him. Going in for an easy dunk right? Then all of a sudden, JORDAN POOLE OUT OF NOWHERE CONTESTING ABOVE THE RIM AND NOT FOULING.

Brian: Poole also leapt out of nowhere to force Edwards into a tough fall-away. I admit that I was concerned about Poole's attention to detail hampering the D but that does not appear to be the case. This was based on nothing other than his outgoing charm, and is soundly defeated.

Ace: I think with Poole sometimes we assume his off-court goofiness will carry over to the court but he’s locked in.

Seth: A man with a baby-carrier looks adorably sweet until you threaten the thing in the baby-carrier.

Alex: For me I thought that it was more that players who fit his archetype usually don’t defend. Turns out that he does.

Ace: THIS MAN BESMIRCHED YOUR CAT, JORDAN.

Brian: That's an area where I think intangibles exist. There are teams on which Poole is a bad defender. They are teams without Zavier Simpson.

Seth: Conversely if Yaklich had been around when Stauskas was here...?

BiSB: So moving back to the front of the line, Teske guarding Nassir Little on the perimeter puts him at the top for me right now.

Alex: I’m old enough to remember when Michigan’s bigs would reflexively assume the charge position on a drive instead of putting their hands up. It’s a whole new world now.

Ace: That and “Jon Teske mirrors Nassir Little and forces a badly contested brick”… yeah.

Alex: I can’t imagine telling 2014 me that Michigan basketball would be the type of program where you won’t play unless you can really really defend.

Ace: Yeah, you don’t get to slack off when everyone else is playing their asses off. I wouldn’t want to cross X or Matthews.

Brian: The defensive coordinator idea was a good one and Beilein executed it perfectly. Found a small school doing work on D, interviewed some guy he'd never heard of for hours, hired him.

Alex: Turns out that Beilein found a reflection of his past self but instead of that guy being a detail-obsessed offensive savant, he’s a detail-obsessed defensive savant.

Yep.

They’re even both former high school history teachers, which is great.

Brian: i wonder if Beilein keeps trying to adopt Yaklich and he says "I am an adult"

Alex: I’d listen to a 45-minute pod of them discussing Antietam or some such shit.

Brian: lol

Ace: Needs to get rid of the damn-near-a-bowl-cut to stop Beilein from doing that.

Seth: "I'm not your Hadrian, John!"

Ace: But I trust any basketball coach who looks like he cuts his own hair on the way to the arena to watch film.

BiSB: We may have to prepare the Money Cannon if this keeps up.

Ace: Like I said, biggest concern.

Brian: I'd coach-in-waiting him if it would help.

BiSB: "EVERYBODY GUARD SOMEONE"

Alex: Maybe it would be best for us in the long run if he got a head coaching job this offseason, proved he could run a functional offense on his own, and then was ready for us post-Beilein.

Seth: Of all the Brazdeikis facts they toss around in the 30 minutes of every game this year that's been blowout time, the one that still shocks me the most is he looked at schools that played defense and that's how Michigan came up.

Alex: This team is so good that I’m willing to interpret bad things as potentially good things.

Brian: I'm perfectly content hanging on to him for another five years and not interviewing anyone else.

Ace: But I want four straight national titles, Alex.

Alex: This team could win one.

Ace: This is a squad so good it’d be reasonable to be disappointed if they missed the Final Four except that it’s a kinda random single-elimination tournament.

Alex: Seriously. I feel like I generally lean towards pessimism but my only gripe is that they didn’t annihilate Holy Cross by enough or whatever.

BiSB: Hard to lose if the opponent is down 17 in the final possession, tho.

Ace: I want three banners, minimum.

Seth: I want Duke.

BiSB: So... no one wants to talk about playing Florida again?

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Tom Bombadil

December 4th, 2018 at 10:22 AM ^

On the podcast Brian mentioned video footage of the Matthews smile and how you could read his lips saying "Get up bitch."

I would be very interested in watching this, if anyone has a youtube link.

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KTisClutch

December 4th, 2018 at 10:36 AM ^

Kinda surprised Brian is so deep into the coach in waiting idea. I don't think that's fair to Yaklich. When Beilein was out, it was Saadi that took over responsibility as head coach. If the current trajectory continues, when Beilein retires Michigan could be in a very good position to be the best job out there and a top 10 job overall. I can't see a program of that level settling for a young coach in waiting without interviewing anyone else. I think it'd be best for Yaklich future as Michigan's head coach if he left and proved he could be the head man, as Alex mentioned.

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Bambi

December 4th, 2018 at 12:16 PM ^

Yeah as much as it would suck to lose Yaklich, it'd be better to see him go after a few years to get data on him as a head coach before committing to him as Michigan's coach. He wouldn't be easy to replace but Beilein made a good hire in Donlon as his first DC, lost him after 1 year and made a better hire in Yaklich. Assuming Yaklich gives some input when he leaves, I'm confident we'd be able to find a suitable replacement at DC. Not Yaklich level, but close to it.

Whenever Beilein does retire, which will be a dark dark day, it'd be nice if Yaklich had left and had some success elsewhere. That way we'd have our choice between Jordan, Yaklich, Pat Beilein, or whatever other upcoming coaching is available (Chris Beard type of guy). As amazing as Beilein has been, the state of the program he leaves behind will only serve to further his legacy at Michigan. 

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TrueBlue2003

December 4th, 2018 at 3:12 PM ^

When a guy has proven to be one of the top 3 defensive coaches (maybe even the top?) in all of college basketball and is the primary reason for M so vastly exceeding expectations the past two years AND has shown good recruiting chops, you absolutely, 100% want to lock him up if you can.

His ceiling is limitless and his floor is very high because even if his offenses took a step back, his defenses will be good enough to keep the team at a top 25 level.  His floor is probably Beilein pre-Yaklich. And even if he doesn't have the chops to keep the offense elite, he'd be smart enough to hire an "OC".  Yaklich as HC, Patrick Beilein as OC.

When you're not a top tier blue blood basketball factory, that's the perfect guy to lock up.  A potential HOF'r that is (somewhat) homegrown.  I hate to make the comparison but he could be Michigan's Tom Izzo.

I don't have much trust in Beilein assistants prior to 2016ish.  The offenses of those teams were all Beilein, of course, and the defenses were terrible.  Considering how bad Bacari Alexander was as a HC, it seems like those guys were around for recruiting purposes only.  Mayyybe LaVall Jordan turns out to be ok as a HC, but he was bad his one year in Milwaukee (albeit in a bad situation but he certainly didn't Chris Holtmann that job), and he's not off to a great start in year 2 (the post Wile E Coyote year) at Butler.  His ceiling is probably much lower than Yaklich's.

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December 4th, 2018 at 10:39 AM ^

the messianic (or visionary, or charistmatic) CEO, CEO disease, and the imperial CEO.



These concerns are diffusing into the broader media.  For example, from the introduction to a revent Vox article entitled "The Problem with CEO Worship"

Society has always had heroes, be those of war or art or politics. But entrepreneurs are particularly suited for our current moment, in which success in business is our primary marker of achievement. Business acumen doesn’t just get you money anymore; it can make you the most powerful man in the world.

The signs of CEO worship are everywhere: unprecedented venture capital funding for founders, media overemphasis on company leaders, and to use the most extreme and obvious example, the election of Donald Trump.

That article noted that CEO worship may overestimate the importance of leaders; create "secular fundamentalists" out of individuals; perpetuate destructive neoliberal ideologies; encourage CEOs to make worse decisions; and be bad for business

Those are not the only consequences.  CEO worship makes it possible for a progressively impaired leader to go unconstrained. Unfortunately, we may be seeing the ultimate example of this in the US.

Incoherent Verbal Utterances

Even before he was elected, we noted that Donald Trump sometimes was completely incoherent when describing his health policy ideas.  In early 2016 we raised questions about Donald Trump's cognition.  At that time, a conservative columnist labelled as "word salad" Trump's attempts to sketch a position on health care, specifically the "mandate" provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  We found other examples of his utterances on health care policy that could be characterized as gibberish.  This one was short, if not sweet

I want to keep pre-existing conditions. I think we need it. I think it’s a modern age. And I think we have to have it.

How could anyone understand this while listening in real time? A close reading suggests that maybe this was meant to suggest that some people ought to have  insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions. However, Trump seemed to befuddled by that concept.  Furthermore,  note that pre-existing conditions are not desireable, so that one would not want to "keep" them, nor can one choose not to.  To what the word "it" in the second sentence and again in the fourth refers is unclear.  The third sentence seems to be a complete non sequitur. 


We found additional examples of incoherent verbal responses about health care in 2017, and early 2018.  In the last six months, things have only gotten worse.  Examples of verbal incoherence have multiplied, although most were not related to health care. 

In July, 2018, MediaIte reported Trump's incoherent comments at a political rally,

I have broken more Elton John records, he seems to have a lot of records. And I, by the way, I don’t have a musical instrument. I don’t have a guitar or an organ. No organ. Elton has an organ. And lots of other people helping. No we’ve broken a lot of records. We’ve broken virtually every record. Because you know, look I only need this space. They need much more room. For basketball, for hockey and all of the sports, they need a lot of room. We don’t need it. We have people in that space. So we break all of these records. Really we do it without like, the musical instruments. This is the only musical: the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth. Right? The brain, more important than the mouth, is the brain. The brain is much more important.

Perhaps this was meant to suggest that the president drew a larger crowd to an arena than did Elton John.  However, note the non-sequiturs: from "Elton has an organ" to "lots of other people helping" to "we've broken a lot of records," "They need much more room, for basketball, for hockey..." Who are the people helping whom are they helping, and to do what? What records were broken by whom, and how is this relevant to Elton John, etc.  To whom does they refer, and why do they need a lot of room? Etc, Etc.  Again, in real time this would have made no sense at all

In September, 2018, CNBC reported that speaking at a meeting about preparations for Hurricane Florence, Trump said

This is going to be a very large one ... It's tremendously big and tremendously wet. Tremendous amounts of water

Maybe he meant to say this will be a very large hurricane, bringing a tremendous amount of rain.  However, he seemed to be unable to convey the concept of rain.

In September, 2017, the Hill had reported that Trump had defended difficulties in providing relief for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria thus,

This is an island, surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water

Again, to be charitable, he seemed to handle the concept of an island in a vast ocean as would a three-year old.

Media articles also suggested that normal people cannot follow or understand what Trump says in real time.  For example,  on November 8, 2018, a Bloomberg op-ed said this about a recent Trump news conference,

In fact, the president was difficult to follow because he simply doesn’t make any sense half the time.

More specifically,

Trump was asked one specific question about health care, and good luck to anyone who tries to figure out what his answer meant. He pretty clearly has just as little idea what he’s talking about on most major policy issues as he did when he first started running for president. On Jamal Khashoggi, waivers on Iranian sanctions, North Korea and Russia, he either ducked the questions with non sequiturs or just babbled.

On November 11, 2018, an article in Slate noted that Trump confused Baltic states with Balkan states in a way that could have foreign policy repercussions,

When President Donald Trump met with Dalia Grybauskaitė of Lithuania, Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia and Raimonds Vējonis of Latvia earlier this year, he started with a criticism. At the White House in April, Trump opened by chastising the Baltic leaders for starting the war in the 1990s that ended with the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. The Baltic leaders were apparently very confused and it took them 'a moment' to realize that the commander in chief was confusing Baltic states with the Balkans

this case is particularly notable considering Melania Trump is originally from the Balkans. The first lady was born in Slovenia, which gained independence in 1991 at the start of the Balkan wars. As Le Monde wrote, Trump remained 'apparently uneducated in the matter by his wife, Melania, originally from the former Yugoslavia.'

This suggests at best that at times Trump may be unable to distinguish words that sound vaguely alike but have quite different meanings. 

A November 28, 2018, Vox summary article about Trump's recent interview with the Washington Post provided this quote from Trump about economics,

And I’m not blaming anybody, but I’m just telling you I think that the Fed is way off-base with what they’re doing, number one. Number two, a positive note, we’re doing very well on trade, we’re doing very well — our companies are very strong. Don’t forget we’re still up from when I came in 38 percent or something. You know, it’s a tremendous — it’s not like we’re up — and we’re much stronger. And we’re much more liquid. And the banks are now much more liquid during my tenure. And I’m not doing – I’m not playing by the same rules as Obama. Obama had zero interest to worry about; we’re paying interest, a lot of interest. He wasn’t paying down — we’re talking about $50 billion lots of different times, paying down and knocking out liquidity. Well, Obama didn’t do that. And just so you understand, I’m playing a normalization economy whereas he’s playing a free economy. It’s easy to make money when you’re paying no interest. It’s easy to make money when you’re not doing any pay-downs, so you can’t — and despite that, the numbers we have are phenomenal numbers.

The author of the article stated,

I have basically no idea what Trump is talking about here, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t either.

On repeated close reading, I still do not have any idea what Trump meant.  I would add the following questions:  38 percent of what? Who is much more liquid, and how is liquid defined?  Who is paying a lot of interest? What does "paying down and knocking out liquidity" mean? What is a "normalization economy?"  Note that this was coming from someone who claims to be a brilliant business manager.

Furthermore, consider what Trumps aid about the climate,

And when you’re talking about an atmosphere, oceans are very small. And it blows over and it sails over. I mean, we take thousands of tons of garbage off our beaches all the time that comes over from Asia. It just flows right down the Pacific, it flows, and we say where does this come from. And it takes many people to start off with.

Oceans are "small?" What "blows over and sails over?" Over what? What "flows?" What "takes many people?"

In 2017, StatNews published an article describing how 

STAT reviewed decades of Trump’s on-air interviews and compared them to Q&A sessions since his inauguration. 

To summarize the conclusions.

The differences are striking and unmistakable.

Research has shown that changes in speaking style can result from cognitive decline. STAT therefore asked experts in neurolinguistics and cognitive assessment, as well as psychologists and psychiatrists, to compare Trump’s speech from decades ago to that in 2017; they all agreed there had been a deterioration, and some said it could reflect changes in the health of Trump’s brain.

In 2018, Trump's verbal communications at times are even more garbled.  Parts of the passages above suggest the word salad produced by somebody with fluent aphasia versus the nonsensical responses produced by patients suffering from acute delusional states. That Trump is capable of producing this sort of word salad at times, without realizing he is making no sense, suggests the intermittent symptoms seen early in progressive dementia.  


Lack of Insight About Cognition

Furthermore, Trump appears to lack insight about his difficulties commicating.  

In July, 2018, after the NATO conference,  Politico reported, that Trump seemed to have no insight about why much of what he says appears unbelievable to others.  The article noted
leaders who spent the first 18 months of Trump’s presidency thinking there might be a method to his chaos creation — and struggling to discern what it might be — now seem to have concluded that it’s just chaos, and that Trump himself may not understand what he’s doing.

More specifically, European officials commented on what Trump was saying:

A senior NATO official said leaders had concluded that they simply could not rely on anything Trump said.

'You know the way he speaks, you cannot take him literally,' the official said.

Another EU official echoed the point. 'He speaks a language that doesn’t match with diplomacy,' the second official said. 'We were used to the Brits, who speak a more frank diplomatic language, but this is another thing.'

These officials again seemed to be stating that Trump's verbiage can be completely incoherent, albeit they were doing so diplomatically.  After the conference, however, when confronted with a question about the inconsistency of his remarks,

When a Croatian journalist confronted Trump about his inconsistencies, the president flatly denied there were any, and he repeated a defense of his own sanity that he had made when previously questioned about his fitness for the presidency.

'We understand your message, but some people ask themselves, will you be tweeting differently once you board the Air Force One?' the reporter said.

Trump, speaking at his news conference before leaving the summit, replied: 'No, that's other people that do that. I don’t. I’m very consistent. I’m a very stable genius.'

Not to belabor the point, but the examples noted above suggest neither consistency nor stability.  And true geniuses almost never boast about their intellect.

In September, 2018, The Hill reported an interview with Trump in which he said his personal health and management style were reasons that Republicans might do better than expected in the 2018 elections,

'You know, I took that test when I got my last physical, and the doctor said that’s one of the highest scores we’ve ever seen,' Trump said. 'I did that not because I wanted but I did it, I was always good at testing.'

He continued: 'But if there’s anything great about me it’s stability, and I’m a good manager. Always been a good manager, but you know, I have a vision,'

Note that above Trump was presumably referring to the screening test for dementia he took during his official physical examination.  High scores on the test are common, and do not signify great intelligence, just the probable absence of dementia.

In addition, this interpretation assumes that the test was administered in an unbiased way.  However,  there are reasons to question whether Trump's physical was unbiased.  In retrospect, we now know that soon after taking the test, Trump nominated the physician who administered it to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  Later the physician withdrew his name after allegations of his questionable personal behavior appeared (look here).  

At least Trump's boast about having "a vision" does correspond to the language often used by public relations spokespeople to justify their CEOs' lack of accountability and high compensation (look here)


Similarly, in the Vox summary of the November, 2018, Washington Post interview (see above for link), Trump stated
a lot of people like myself - we have very high levels of intelligence


Finally, a November 18, 2018 article in MediaIte described this interchange between Trump and interviewer Chris Wallace on Fox News, starting with his response to a question about how he makes decisions

'I don’t think about them,' Trump replied. 'I don’t think about, you know, how I make them....'

However, he responded to a question about Federal Reserve policy

They're making a mistake because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else's brain can ever tell me

This suggests that Trump has lost insight into his own thinking. 

External Observers Suggested Trump Is Cogitively Impaired

In August, Vanity Fair reported:

More than ever, Trump is acting by feeling and instinct.  'Trump is nuts,' said one former West Wing official. 'This time really feels different.' Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Shine has privately expressed concern, a source said, telling a friend that Trump’s emotional state is 'very tender.' Even Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are unsettled that Trump is so gleefully acting on his most self-destructive impulses as his legal peril grows.

In September, 2018, Newsweek reported two instances in which apparent Trump insiders sought psychiatric or medical help for Trump's perceived cognitive problems

[Dr] Lee told Salon that two Trump administration officials approached her after the book was published to express their concern about the president’s mental health, saying he was 'scaring' them because he was 'unraveling.'

In comments to Newsweek over email, Lee said 'it appeared that the officials (if they were officials at all) were at least frequently in [Trump’s] presence.

She continued, 'They were definitely calling from within the White House, which I confirmed by calling back their number. However, I did not ask about their rank. There was no reason for me to doubt they were high-ranking enough to have regular access to the president.'

Lee also said that a 'person [who] was a friend of his entire family, since his childhood” had also been in touch with her at the same time in October 2017, as people in the White House were “stating concern about the president (this was an observation from afar).'

Also in September, 2018, a Politico review of the new book by Robert Woodward based on numerous White House interviews suggested that Trump's inner circle called him a "dope," "idiot," or "moron."

Summary

Donald Trump is the chief executive officer of arguably the most powerful country in the world.  Starting during his campaign for the US presidency, we noted that his utterances about health care were at times so incoherent as to suggest cognitive dysfunction.  In the two years since then, especially in the last six months, he has increasingly been noted to be verbally incoherent or confused, has seemed to lack insight about these episodes, and has been observed by close allies and associates to be cognitively impaired.

However, there have ben few, at best, public attempts to link these suggestions of cognitive impairment together, nor to discuss their implications.  The most recent of those that I have found was in January, 2018 (look here and here).  Yet the problems appear to have been getting worse since then.  

While patients with worsening cognitve impairment deserve accurate diagnosis, compassionate care, and access to what few effective, safe treatments may be available for their condition, they obviously should not be in a position to make consequential decisions.  They certainly should not be in charge of large organizations, particularly powerful countries with nuclear weapons.

Yet President Trump's apparent cognitive decline remains anechoic.

For this we may blame CEO worship, which we have too often seen in health care. We have seen many health care leaders praised for their brilliance and paid royally despite leadership resulting in financial distress, threats to the organizations' health care missions, poor patient care, unethical behavior, or even crime. Yet health care CEOs, like other corporate CEOs, and like politicians are just people, sometimes smart, but almost never brilliant.  Promoting them as messianic to bewitch key constituencies, justify the remuneration of other top managers, and the hiring of more public relations flacks is likely to lead to the sort of organizational disasters and system-wide dysfunction we discuss on Health Care Renewal.  The rise of the falsely messianic leader may allow the entry of the most dangerous false messiahs, the psychopathic ones.  (We discussed the likelihood that some health care leaders are actually psychopaths here.)

We must get quickly past our worship of CEOs.  We may not long survive in a world where leaders of nuclear armed nations have no cognitive clothes.





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At Twilio, we place an immense value on trust, which is why we want to help protect you and your users from smishing attacks. In this post, we share a few best practices for protecting your account.

Best Practices for Fraud and Phishing Prevention with Twilio

Someone who steals your Twilio auth token can use your account as you, doing whatever they want with no repercussions. Fraudsters can make calls, send messages using your trusted identity, download logs, or change the URL settings of your Twilio phone numbers. 

When your auth token is abused, it can very quickly lead to massive charges to your Twilio account. Even worse, if your auth token falls into the wrong hands, it can irreparably damage your reputation and erode the trust between you and your customers.

To address these situations, we have increased our detection controls for fraudulent account activity. We want to specifically emphasize precautions that customers can take to avoid unwarranted account access in the first place. Here are some basic security practices to help you protect your Twilio auth token from fraudulent usage. 

Keep your auth token safe

Never give out your auth token, store it on the internet, or leave it out in the open. Treat it as carefully as you do a password—because that’s exactly what it is.

Don’t hard-code keys or tokens

Never hard-code keys or tokens in your app. It is trivial to retrieve these credentials by decompiling the app. To further avoid such exposure during app development, make the Twilio API calls from your server and not the client.

Don’t push credentials to public repositories

Absolutely never push your tokens to public repos on GitHub. If you do so mistakenly, rotate them immediately (see next tip). Set your auth token as an environment variable and then reference the variable from your code. This protects the auth token from being exposed and prevents the code from making API calls from an unauthorized environment

Rotate your tokens regularly

Periodically change your auth tokens so that if they have been compromised they will not continue to be available for phishing or other criminal activity. A common rule of thumb is to treat credentials like a toothbrush — rotate them every three months and don’t share them with others. 

Create limited-scope tokens

Consider using time-based API access tokens for more granular authentication mechanisms instead of using the SID and auth token.

Monitor your account

Keep an eye on your account and watch for any charges you don’t recognize.

Protecting your auth token is a core part of a good general security strategy. Twilio is committed to building and maintaining trust, and we want to equip you with the right tools and advice for properly securing your apps and managing your data. For more information check out the Twilio Account Security docs.

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Proper security in your web application starts with the simple best practices we’ve outlined here. By guarding your account credentials and remaining vigilant for any fraudulent activity, you can protect your customers, reputation, and bottom line.

For more information on avoiding fraud and protecting your account, see our anti-fraud developer’s guide.


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This month we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To mark the occasion, we have asked Human Rights Watch experts to reflect on some of the key human rights challenges in their area of specialty.

In the 80s and 90s, Newsweek Magazine delivered US women the cheery news that they were more likely to be killed by a terrorist than to find a husband after age 40. There were too many women—supposedly—and not enough men, and women were the losers. And, of course, staying single was a horrible fate.

The World Health Organization says the natural sex ratio at birth is about 105 boys to every 100 girls and its best to have equal numbers of men and women in a society. You need a few extra boys for balance, because men die earlier.

We are learning right now what happens when the sex ratio becomes wildly out of whack, through a huge unintended experiment. In the world’s two most populated countries—China and India—there is a serious woman shortage.

For example, for several decades in China, the most populated country in the world, sex ratios at birth have been much higher than 105, sometimes exceeding 120 boys for every 100 girls.  Many parts of India, the second most populated country, have also, for decades, had a sex ratio at birth significantly higher than 105. The consequence is that in those countries combined—which together have a population of about 2.73 billion—there are now an estimated 80 million extra men. “Nothing like this has happened in human history,” the Washington Post wrote in an April 2018 article.

In India, many families used sex-selective abortion to choose boys, prompting the passage of a law that made it illegal to screen for the sex of the fetus and conduct sex-selective abortions. In China, similar decisions were encouraged by the “one-child” policy in place from 1979 to 2015, which prompted many parents to decide that their sole child must be a boy.  

The common thread is gender discrimination—from garden-variety sexism to practical concerns about sons being more likely to financially support parents in old age and provide grandchildren, while daughters are expected to live with their in-laws—which is hardly unique to China and India. When women lack equal rights and patriarchy is deeply engrained, it is no surprise that parents choose to not to have daughters.

But there are consequences. For example, China now has a huge, and growing, gender gap among the generations most likely to be seeking a spouse—a bride shortage. Experts project that many of the extra men will never marry; others may go to extreme measures to do so.

The woman shortage is having harmful consequences in China and sometimes in neighboring countries. Human Rights Watch looked at one of those consequences for a report forthcoming in 2019 focused on bride-trafficking from Myanmar to China. In Myanmar’s Kachin and northern Shan states, bordering China, long-standing conflict escalated in recent years, displacing over 100,000 people. Traffickers prey on vulnerable women and girls, offering jobs in, and transport to, China. Then they sell them, for around $3,000 to $13,000, to Chinese families struggling to find brides for their sons. Once purchased, women and girls are typically locked in a room and raped repeatedly, with the goal of getting them pregnant quickly so they can provide a baby for the family. After giving birth, some are allowed to escape—but forced to leave their children behind.

There is evidence of similar patterns of bride migration and trafficking in Cambodia, North Korea, and Vietnam, and more may emerge from other countries bordering China. Importing women doesn’t solve the shortage—it spreads it.

Trafficking is only one consequence. The woman shortage has also been linked to other forms of violence against women. Other consequences include social instability, labor market distortions, and economic shifts.

There is irony here. When there are too many women, women lose. When there are too few women … women again lose. But the truth is we all lose. We know that skewed sex ratios are already having harmful consequences and we do not fully understand what other long-term consequences there may be for societies affected by these disparities.

China ended the “one-child” policy but continued restricting reproductive rights through a new “two-child” policy. It has banned sex-selective abortion. But such prohibitions are often both ineffective and a threat to women’s rights to access abortion and make their own reproductive choices.

China, India, and other affected countries need to act urgently to mitigate the effects of the woman shortage. They should carefully examine the consequences of the woman shortage, including links to trafficking and other forms of violence against women. More importantly, they need to do much more to tackle the fundamental cause of the demographic imbalance—gender discrimination and the distaste for daughters that it breeds.


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The cannabis and alcohol industries have a complex relationship, built upon a history of beer and spirit companies contributing millions of dollars to groups like D.A.R.E.—which as you may recall, did not exactly strongly advocate for a regulated, taxed cannabis program, nor did it include alcohol as a drug that young people should avoid.

All this seems to be changing, as big alcohol has embraced the multitude of therapeutic benefits that cannabis can offer, and wishes to support its green friend to help the people heal and... ha ha no, of course not. It's money. Big alcohol is now dropping its attacks on cannabis because there are potentially billions of dollars to be made, and it would be a crime against humanity if they weren't getting some of that money.

The best cannabis website you probably aren't reading but should, Marijuana Moment, reports that one of the alcohol industry's largest trade groups briefed Congress on cannabis last week. The group, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), released a statement in July supporting the idea that the feds should allow states to legalize cannabis as they see fit.

Included in the briefing was a one-sheet of policy recommendations, which includes things that the cannabis industry is already aware of, and is taking or has already taken action on, such as: reducing out-of-state diversion, insuring that minors do not have access to cannabis, establishing standards for safe product testing, effective tax collections, and other actions that both industries are in agreement are critical to establishing a safe and vibrant regulated cannabis program.

One thing the WSWA did state is its desire to see vertical integration in the cannabis industry eliminated. Vertical integration allows one company to handle a multi-tier system of production and distribution—i.e., a dispensary might grow the cannabis it sells, and also process it into edibles, concentrates, and so on. But why does the WSWA care about that?

Per Marijuana Moment:

The alcohol industry generally operates under a three-tier system in the US, through which separate operators handle production, wholesaling and retail sales. Some have suggested that the alcohol industry wants the cannabis market to adopt its approach so that existing businesses like beer, wind and liquor distributors can profit from legal marijuana as well. But Dawson Hobbs, WSWA senior vice president of government relations, denied as much when the association made its initial announcement earlier this year.

"No, what we’re talking about is just creating a pathway for states to have federal recognition of legalization by enacting appropriate regulation that creates a safe and reliable marketplace," Hobbs said at the time.

The alcohol industry just wants to help, that's all.

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          Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton Expand Company’s Partnership With Clean the World       Cache   Translate Page      

In honor of National Handwashing Awareness Week, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton announced a partnership with Clean the World, the world's largest organization to recycle hotel soap and bath amenities. Furthering Hilton’s 2030 target to send zero soap to landfill, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton commit to supporting Clean the World by providing recycled hygiene products to save the lives of those in need. 

As part of the global partnership that begins in 2019, more than 670 Hilton Garden Inn and 2,230 Hampton by Hilton properties in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic will recycle discarded soap and bathroom amenity bottles to be converted into new bars of soap and hygiene kits. By recycling these products, Clean the World provides soap to those in need, ultimately preventing diseases within communities and reducing mortality rates around the world.

The partnership between Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton with Clean the World is an extension of the pre-existing partnership between the global nonprofit organization and Hilton. In October 2016, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton announced an industry-first standard that has added over 1,000 hotels to the Clean the World program, diverting more than 397,000 pounds of waste from landfills into recycled materials. Hilton’s partnership with Clean the World has already helped distribute over 7.1 million bars of recycled soap to people across 127 countries. With this new commitment, Hilton will more than double the number of hotels it has in the program. 

“We have witnessed the powerful global impact Hilton’s partnership with Clean the World has made and how it continues to serve those most in need and inspires a sustainable future,” said Bill Duncan, global head of Hilton’s All Suites and Focused Service brands. “We’re proud of the work that has been done thus far and look forward to deepening our commitment to providing at-risk communities with access to soap while simultaneously reducing waste across the globe.” 

Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton’s alliance with Clean the World is part of Hilton’s Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility initiative. The partnership supports Hilton’s goal to send zero soap to landfills by 2030 and cut the company’s environmental footprint in half through responsible hospitality. 

Clean the World’s mission to protect the environment and save millions of lives by leading a global hygiene revolution began in 2009 and since then, the organization has distributed recycled soap and other hygienic products to families in need, contributing to a 35 percent reduction in the death rate of children under the age of five dying due to hygiene-related illnesses. The soap is made from discarded bars donated by hotels around the world, then crushed, sanitized and cut into new soap.  Clean the World’s foundation distributes these soap bars to individuals in need or adds them to hygiene kits along with shampoo, a toothbrush and a towel as part of its WASH (water, sanitization, and hygiene) education and emergency relief efforts. The recycled bath products go to underserved communities to ensure proper handwashing and hygiene is encouraged to eliminate the threat of numerous preventable diseases. Hilton has worked with Clean the World since its launch to help overcome this epidemic in various countries, as well as in times of natural disasters, and now will further support the organization through Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton.

“Hilton’s partnership with Clean the World has already made an impressive life-changing impact around the globe since we joined forces,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO of Clean the World. “The very first hotel we collected soap from was Hampton Inn by Hilton Orlando-International Airport in 2009, and today, we are eager to keep the momentum going by extending our alliance among Hampton by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn brands. Together, we can work to eradicate diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, the two top killers of children worldwide, in our lifetime.”  

In addition to its soap recycling program, Hilton leads many sustainability initiatives through Hilton's Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility strategy. For information on the company’s Travel with Purpose goals visit cr.hilton.com/toward2030/ or cr.hilton.com.

Read more about Hilton Garden Inn at newsroom.hilton.com/hgi and Hampton by Hilton at newsroom.hilton.com/hampton. For more information on Clean the World visit cleantheworld.org.  

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About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn brand provides business and leisure guests upscale, affordable accommodations and unexpected amenities for an experience that is ‘Simply on Another Level.’ The Hilton Garden Inn Promise affirms the brand’s goal to make each guest’s stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. Team Members at more than 800 hotels in 41 countries around the world ensure today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying experience, starting with the first hello. As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn serves locally-sourced food and beverage at its full-service restaurants and bars, featuring cooked-to-order breakfast, handcrafted cocktails, and on-trend small plates. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn, visit www.hgi.com or newsroom.hilton.com/hgi, and connect on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram

About Hampton by Hilton
As the number one ranked lodging franchise for the past nine years, according to Entrepreneur®, Hampton by Hilton, including Hampton Inn by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, serves value-conscious and quality-driven travelers at more than 2,410 properties and more than 247,000 rooms in 25 countries and territories. High-quality accommodations and amenities, such as complimentary WiFi, free hot breakfast, and On The RunTM breakfast bags, contribute to Hampton by Hilton ranking as a leader in its segment. Hampton by Hilton Team Members deliver friendly, authentic, caring and thoughtful service defined as Hamptonality, with guest happiness being the number one priority, backed by the 100% Hampton Guarantee®. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. For more information about Hampton by Hilton, visit www.hampton.com or newsroom.hilton.com/hampton, and connect on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram

About Travel with Purpose
Travel with Purpose is Hilton’s corporate responsibility strategy to redefine and advance sustainable travel globally. By 2030, we plan to double our social impact and reduce our environmental footprint by half. We track, analyze and report our environmental and social impact at each of Hilton’s more than 5,500 hotels through LightStay, our award-winning performance measurement system. Travel with Purpose capitalizes on Hilton’s global scale to catalyze local economic growth; promote human rights; invest in people and local communities; and preserve our planet by reducing our impact on natural resources. Our strategy aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Visit cr.hilton.com to learn more.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 15 world-class brands comprising more than 5,500 properties with nearly 895,000 rooms, in 109 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its nearly 100 year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors, nearly 82 million members who book directly with Hilton have access to instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, TwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube

About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. Clean the World operates soap recycling centers in Orlando, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Netherlands, and Punta Cana and leads a "Global Hygiene Revolution" to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 5,000 hotel and resort partners. The organization benefits children and families in countries with a high pre-adolescent death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under the age of five. Since 2009, Clean the World’s foundation has distributed more than 46 million bars of soap in 127 countries and has served over 10 million individuals through its soap distribution and WASH (water, sanitization, and hygiene) education programs. More information: CleantheWorld.org.


          World’s Leading Forestry and Agroforestry Organizations Merge for Accelerated Impact Against Climate Change      Cache   Translate Page      

Innovation and investments worth trillions of dollars in landscape restoration, climate adaptation and science-based policy advice will be needed if the global community is to meet the escalating threats posed by climate change.

To meet these demands, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), also known as World Agroforestry, the two leading organizations focused on forestry and agroforestry research, policy and development have agreed to merge to strengthen capacity, provide the evidence needed to scale up investment in sustainable development, and accelerate impact.

The merger becomes effective on January 1st 2019 through a common Board with subsequent implementation of a single leadership team and unified policies, processes and systems.

“This progressive decision to merge will allow us to respond more effectively to the increasing demands to integrate landscapes and land management for a more equitable, climate resilient and productive world,” said Claire O’Connor, Chair of the ICRAF Board of Trustees.  

In agreeing to the merger, ICRAF and CIFOR confirmed that all existing commitments and contracts will continue to be honoured to ensure delivery of the public goods the organizations’ donors and stakeholders, including host countries, expect.

Combined, the two organizations employ over 700 staff in more than 20 countries throughout the global south, with an annual budget of over $100 million.

“Working as one will allow us to leverage our combined $1.8 billion legacy investment in research, policy and development to seize emerging opportunities with greater agility and further our contributions to the realization of ecosystem services needed to create the jobs and resilient green economy of the future,” said Jose Campos, Chair of the CIFOR Board of Trustees.

CIFOR and ICRAF are guided by the broad development challenges pursued by CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future, which include poverty reduction, increasing food and nutritional security, and improved natural resource systems and environmental services. Each organization’s work also addresses many of the issues being tackled by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Agreement, specifically those that aim to eradicate hunger, reduce poverty, provide affordable and clean energy, protect life on land, and combat climate change. Combined, the two organizations will be well-positioned to develop key innovations in finance and blended development, thereby accelerating the impact of their extensive science and development initiatives.

For further information contact:

Jeanne Finestone/ICRAF – J.Finestone@cgiar.org
Jeremy van Loon/CIFOR – Jeremey.VanLoon@cgiar.org

About CIFOR:
CIFOR advances human well-being, equity and environmental integrity by conducting innovative research, developing partners’ capacity, and actively engaging in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. CIFOR is a CGIAR Research Center, and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Nairobi, Kenya, Yaounde, Cameroon, Lima, Peru, and Bonn, Germany.

About World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
World Agroforestry (ICRAF) is centre of scientific and delivery excellence that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment. Leveraging the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and information, we develop knowledge practices, from farmers’ fields to the global sphere, to ensure food security and environmental sustainability.


          Nonresidential Spending Rises Modestly in October      Cache   Translate Page      
National nonresidential spending increased 0.1 percent in October, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today. Total nonresidential spending for the month stood at $763.8 billion on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, which represents a 7.3 percent increase over the same time last year
          Report: Trade war has cost Nebraska agriculture up to $1 billion      Cache   Translate Page      
The trade war has hit Nebraska agriculture hard. An economic report released by the Nebraska Farm Bureau claims the state’s farmers and livestock producers have lost anywhere from $700 million to $1 billion as retaliatory tariffs have dropped commodity prices, especially for corn and soybeans. Nebraska Farm Bureau Senior Economist Jay Rempe says the loss […]
          India signs two MoUs, one on currency swap with UAE      Cache   Translate Page      
Raveesh Kumar, the official spokesperson for the ministry of external affairs on Tuesday tweeted about signing of two agreements.

The two MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) were signed during the visit of Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister to UAE. One of the Memorandum is on development cooperation in Africa while the other is a currency swap agreement with United Arab Emirates.

Swaraj, who arrived in Dubai on Monday on a two-day visit, was received by the foreign minister of the UAE ahead of the UAE-India Joint Commission meeting.

Thanks to the currency swap, traders in the two countries can exchange with their local currencies. This will thereby reduce the need for a third benchmark currency like the US dollar.

India and UAE's bilateral trade is valued at $50 billion annually. In fact, UAE is India's sixth-largest source for oil imports and hosts a 3.3 million-strong Indian community.

India's exports to UAE (according to Commerce Ministry data for 2017-18) is estimated at $28.14 billion (9.27% of total exports). India has a diverse export basket. This includes fresh fruits, agricultural products, Shrimps, prawns, motor engines, reciprocating pistons and even ball point pens.

India imports basically comprises of crude oil. Imports according to commerce ministry data (2017-18) stands at $ 21.73 billion. This is 4.6% of India's total imports. India's import basket with the UAE includes Liquefied Natural Gas, Petroleum oils obtained from bituminous minerals, and Liquefied Propane.

The currency swap could help ease traders and companies engaged in the import-export of crude oil with UAE.

Further details are awaited to confirm the product categories and also the value of the currency swap.

India and Japan signed a currency swap last month during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan. The currency swap with Japan valued at $75 billion.


          Trump’s “Tariff Man” Rant Was Nonsense, But Thankfully an Actual Adult Is Leading Trade Talks With China      Cache   Translate Page      

If you spent any time paying close attention to the negotiations between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico over the new and debatably improved North American Free Trade Agreement, chances are you noticed a basic routine emerge.

Representatives of each country would meet. They’d make progress on a key issue. Or maybe they wouldn’t. But in the meantime, Donald Trump would provide color commentary, usually by tweeting or ranting about Canada. He frothed obsessively about Ottawa’s dairy protectionism and poked fun at imaginary shoe smugglers from Ontario. After striking a preliminary two-way deal with Mexico, he delivered a surreal press conference where he threatened to cut Canada out of the final pact entirely while targeting its car exports with tariffs.

Trump’s outbursts created the appearance that he really, truly might be about to scrap NAFTA entirely—or that he would at least try to, if discussions didn’t go his way. But in the end, everybody reached a deal, one that made a few significant changes to NAFTA, but left most of its basic architecture in place. This happened in part because, while the president was publicly fulminating like a drunk Jets fan watching the game on Sunday, his delegation, led by Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer, pressed ahead with somewhat normal negotiations. By the end, it became clear that Lighthizer, a respected trade lawyer and lobbyist known for his protectionist streak, was pretty much running the show.

I do not know if this was all an intentional good-cop-bad-cop routine on the part of the White House, an attempt to practice the mad-man theory of international statecraft, or simply the byproduct of Trump truly wanting to kill NAFTA for good while his aides sought to reform it. But it ended in a deal. And if you squint, it seems like the administration is getting ready to repeat the same basic song and dance with China.

Up until now, trade talks with Beijing have been rocky, to say the least. There have been rounds of tariffs and counter-tariffs on hundreds-of-billions of dollars worth of goods, leaving Chinese leaders caught off guard and unsold American soy beans piling up in storage. In part, this is because the fundamental conflicts between the countries run more deeply than they do between NAFTA’s members. There are legitimate disputes over issues like intellectual property protection and industry subsidies, not to mention national security tensions. But another factor has seemingly been basic disorganization within the administration. Its trade team has split between moderates—lately, that’s meant Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin—and hardliners of varying degrees, including Lighthizer, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and White House trade adviser Peter Navarro. These factions have jockeyed for influence, leaving the the Chinese with no idea who was in charge.

Over the past few days, that seems to have changed. After Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met over dinner at the G20 meeting in Argentina, the two countries announced a holiday-season cease fire in their trade war, giving themselves a few months to broker a wider deal. Here is how the New York Times described the agreement:

In a significant concession, Mr. Trump will postpone a plan to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25 percent, from 10 percent, on Jan. 1. The Chinese agreed to an unspecified increase in their purchases of American industrial, energy and agricultural products, which Beijing hit with retaliatory tariffs after Mr. Trump targeted everything from steel to consumer electronics.

The countries set an ambitious deadline of 90 days to reach a broader trade agreement, with the White House warning that if they did not come to terms by then, Mr. Trump would raise the existing tariff rate to 25 percent.

On Monday, the White House announced that Lighthizer would lead the U.S. effort, just as he led NAFTA talks, a decision which some suggested could “rattle” Beijing, since he’s one of the administration’s China skeptics. Then, on Tuesday, Trump helped send the stock market plunging while launching a whole lot of middling Twitter jokes (mine particularly) by declaring that he was a “Tariff Man.”

There are a few notable things about these tweets. For one, Trump is yet again misleadingly suggesting that tariffs are a tax paid by foreign countries or companies who sell goods into the United States. This is not true. Tariffs are paid by importers, which is to say, U.S. companies, who sometimes eat the cost themselves, or pass it on to consumers. In some cases, American buyers will force their suppliers in China to offer discounts, so that they end up indirectly bearing the cost of the tariff. But it’s not like we’re collecting a toll directly from factories in Shenzen. As usual, Trump’s public statements suggest he doesn’t really understand the nuances of the policy tool he’s embraced.

On the other hand, there’s also nothing really different in Trump’s comments from, say, what the New York Times has reported. Lighthizer is leading a team that has 90 days to broker a deal before new tariffs kick in (though, of course, these deadlines often turn out to be flexible). Trump just added a bit of bellicosity, while reminding the world that he lacks even a remote amount of subject-matter expertise.

If you’re the sort of person who wants to see the conflict with China resolved, this should all be good news. Lighthizer might be a China hawk. But he’s also the administration’s only real high-ranking official with the skills or staff to steer these talks. Mnuchin is a wealthy Wall Street journeyman who ended up Treasury Secretary because he did fundraising for Trump’s campaign; Ross is an tone-deaf private equity mogul with a habit of inflating his own wealth; and Navarro is an ideologue without a formal policy role. Lighthizer, on the other hand, has been dealing with trade issues since he was in the Reagan White House, where he used tariff threats to get the Japanese to cut steel shipments to the U.S. He’s the only adult who was ever going to walk into the room, and as long as he’s there, it may not matter much if Trump actually knows how a tariff works. Try to tune out the outbursts.


          Multimillionaire Sex Offender Jeffrey Epstein Settles High-Profile Lawsuit      Cache   Translate Page      

A long-running lawsuit in Florida between Jeffrey Epstein, an influential and well-connected multimillionaire convicted on child sex abuse–related charges, and the lawyer representing several of his accusers has concluded in a last-minute settlement, according to the Associated Press. As a result, the women will not, for now, have their long-awaited opportunity to testify against Epstein, whose crimes have never been fully examined in court.

Epstein’s crimes, which date back to the early and mid-2000s, became a focus of renewed national interest last week after the Miami Herald published a yearlong investigation into the deal that was struck to allow Epstein to receive a sentence of just 13 months in jail (much of which was spent in a private wing and on a cushy work release) and immunity in federal court. In the same report, the Herald identified more than 80 possible victims, some of whom spoke of serial abuse by Epstein and the resulting trauma. Much of the blame for the lenient deal fell on Alexander Acosta, now the U.S. secretary of labor, as he was then the U.S. attorney responsible for Epstein’s prosecution and has since said he arranged the plea deal in part because Epstein’s star-studded legal team, which included Alan Dershowitz and Kenneth Starr, intimidated him and other prosecutors out of taking the case to trial. Emails between Acosta and Epstein’s team showed that Acosta largely allowed Epstein’s lawyers to set the terms of his plea deal, the Herald reported.

In the 2008 conviction, the women not only were denied their say in court, but they also were intentionally left in the dark about the legal proceedings against Epstein—a violation of their rights as victims, according to another lawsuit still working its way through the courts. Other lawsuits have been filed against Epstein in the past decade, and Epstein has paid $5.5 million to settle with three of the women, according to the Washington Post.

The trial that was set to start Tuesday with jury selection dealt with a conflict not between the victims and Epstein but between Epstein and the attorney Bradley Edwards, who represented some of Epstein’s accusers. Epstein sued Edwards, alleging the lawyer was going after him as part of a scam in which lawyers claim to have won large settlements from famous people in order to attract investors. Edwards then countersued for malicious prosecution, arguing that Epstein was trying to damage his reputation with that lawsuit as retribution for Edwards’ work for Epstein’s accusers. On Tuesday, Epstein admitted that he was wrong to have sued Edwards, according to the Post, and his lawyer read a statement in court apologizing for the suit.

“The lawsuit I filed was my unreasonable attempt to damage his business reputation and stop Mr. Edwards from pursuing cases against me,” Epstein said in the statement. “It did not work.”

Now attention will turn to Edwards’ push to have Acosta’s deal invalidated and the investigation into Epstein’s crimes reopened, on the argument that the deal Acosta and Epstein’s legal teams struck in private violated the rights of the victims. If that request is allowed by the judge, the women may then be able to testify to their abuse. Several women have already recounted to the press how as minors they were paid to give massages to Epstein and subsequently coerced into sex acts, adding that some of them were paid to recruit other underage girls. Many of the girls were poor and came from unstable homes.

A fuller investigation may identify other powerful men who abused underage girls procured by Epstein. Several of the women have said they were offered up for sex acts to rich and famous men at Epstein’s parties, but the 2007 plea deal provided immunity to any other possible guilty parties and shut down the ongoing FBI probe into the matter.


          How Technology Changed the Billion-Dollar Ad Game      Cache   Translate Page      
4The advertising industry has had a long and successful history. It has been a very big business, especially for brands like Procter...
          France’s Latest Protests Are a Rejection of All Things Macron      Cache   Translate Page      

How did three weeks of protests over a gas tax culminate in the once-in-a-generation riot that engulfed central Paris on Saturday, leaving hundreds injured, more than 400 arrested, and the capital’s central business district a mess of smoke, broken glass, and burned-out cars? Even the French are feeling a little confused.

On Tuesday, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced that the diesel fuel tax that kicked off the Yellow Vest movement would be suspended—a sign of how seriously the escalating unrest has rattled the administration of President Emmanuel Macron.

Don’t expect the Yellow Vests to stand down now. What began as an automobile-focused, cost-of-living protest undertaken by a coalition of the white, rural working-class and petite bourgeoisie has evolved into a Hydra-headed autumn of discontent, with many objectives, no leaders, and a base that encompasses a cross-section of French life from engineers to paramedics to Parisian high school students. International coverage has focused on the movement’s opposition to a proposed fuel tax increase that was part of Macron’s plan to combat climate change. But that was only the spark. Spurred by everybody’s favorite anti-governmental social network, Facebook, the gilet jaunes crisis is best understood as a revolt against all things Macron.

Elected a few months after Donald Trump took office and just before the U.K. embarked on the geopolitical somersault down the stairs that is Brexit, the fresh-faced young president was supposed to re-ignite French pride and prosperity after the dismal tenure of his socialist predecessor, François Hollande, which was marred by terrorist attacks that plunged the nation into a long state of emergency. Macron’s victory broke the French political system, long dominated by the center-left and center-right. He created a new centrist party, En Marche (On the Move), and then lead it to a huge majority in the French National Assembly.

But Macron’s mandate was weaker than it looked: The legislative elections that En Marche dominated featured the lowest turnout in 50 years. The presidential election, in which Macron thumped the far-right, anti-immigrant candidate Marine Le Pen, had the lowest turnout in 40 years—and many voters who didn’t like Macron voted for him only to stop the unthinkable ascendance of Le Pen. In the contested April first-round, Macron took just 24 percent of the vote. So far, he has managed to overcome street protests against his reforms, but his popularity was down to 23 percent after the fracas in Paris this weekend. He is no longer seen as a reformer, but as a distant imperial figure working on behalf of the rich.

On Saturday, tens of thousands of demonstrators faced off against tear gas–happy police on the Champs-Elysées, and for a while, at least, had the run of the place. Yellow-vested protesters took over the Arc de Triomphe, looted stores, and set fire to hundreds of cars in the neighborhood. The confrontations sent French politics and media into a frenzy.

To make a direct comparison, what happened Saturday was as if marchers and cops had fought a pitched battle that combined widespread vandalism on Fifth Avenue with graffiti on the Washington Monument. But that is not an instructive parallel. French presidents are always unpopular, French people love to protest, and French cops love to beat people up. So in some ways Saturday’s events were well within the traditions of French democracy, and you better believe the gilets jaunes saw it that way—and themselves in the tradition of 1968.

“They say we’re attacking the symbols of the Republic,” one protester told Le Monde after slogans were scrawled on the Arc de Triomphe in black spray paint. “But the Republic is the people in the streets, not a statue!” “Many regret the violence, few condemn it, and everyone can explain it,” the paper concluded. (Others, including Le Pen, accused the police of letting events spiral out of control to discredit the movement.)

The Macron administration had an explanation too: That the well-meaning gilet jaunes had been joined by riotous elements looking to make trouble. What is certainly true is that the gilet jaunes were only one element of the unlikely weekend coalition that included (among many other groups) ambulance crews, activists protesting the death of Adama Traoré, Antifa, and the anti-immigrant far-right. Unlike the capital’s frequent labor-organized marches, Saturday’s events had few experienced marchers and little internal organization.

If you’re tired of the anecdote-based reporting that has characterized American media coverage of Trump supporters, you’ll hate reading about the gilet jaunes. There’s nothing to do but interview them. Whatever Trumpian currents have flowed through their movement—the whiteness, the claim to working-class status, violence against journalists, hatred of the urban elite—this movement has no Trump, and they assign blame for their struggles up the economic ladder, towards Parisian bankers and bureaucrats, rather than down it, towards the country’s impoverished immigrant neighborhoods.

Thanks to a vague, crowd-sourced set of complaints about Macron’s administration, the movement has widespread support: both Le Pen and left-wing leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon (the French Bernie Sanders, basically) have tried to position themselves as fellow travelers and called for new legislative elections. The movement has generated lots of sympathy from Le Pen and Mélenchon voters, as well as the center-left socialists, according to a Dec.
2 Harris poll
. Even members of the Republicans—the right-wing party of the Catholic bourgeoisie—are narrowly in favor.

The diffuse, leaderless nature of the movement has made it difficult for the government to respond. On Friday, while Macron was in Argentina for the G20 meeting, Philippe tried to meet with a group of self-appointed gilets jaunes leaders. Only two showed up. On Sunday, members of the group outlined a series of structural demands in a weekly paper, including regular referendums on big issues and proportional representation in legislative elections. They also asked for an immediate annulation of the new diesel tax and a halt to new auto regulations. But another planned meeting with Philippe, set for Tuesday, was canceled after those members said they had been “threatened” by their peers in the movement.

They got the diesel tax suspended. But other Yellow Vests say they won’t stop short of Macron’s resignation. There’s a burgeoning sense among political leaders that Macron’s original sin was reducing taxes on France’s richest citizens by some $3 billion. The unemployment rate remains high. There’s a lot to complain about—and a feeling that now is a time to air your grievances, whatever they are.

Parisian high schoolers, for example, couldn’t care less about a tax on diesel fuel. But on Monday, at the Maurice-Ravel High School in Paris’ 20th arrondissement, police used tear gas to disperse a student protest. A 16-year-old named Nathan summed it up to a reporter from Le Parisien: “We want to profit from the chaos to make ourselves heard. People are fed up, it’s the time for all the struggles to converge. If we stay inactive, looking at the situation right now, we haven’t understood anything and we’ll get nothing. We know we have a way to put pressure on the government.”

For now, it’s working.


          The global Pediatricians market was valued at $30.9 billion in 2017      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Executive Summary Pediatricians are special type of doctors who provide preventive health maintenance for healthy children and treatment for children who have either short-term or long-term sickness.Pediatricians manage the physical, mental and...


          The global neurologists market was valued at $182.9 billion in 2017      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Executive Summary Neurologists are specialists who diagnose, prevent, monitor and treat a variety of neurological disorders and conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, major depression, epilepsy, spinal cord and traumatic brain...


          LibLink: Sal talks about International Day of Persons with Disabilities      Cache   Translate Page      
Yesterday was International Day of Persons with Disabilities and Lib Dem President Sal Brinton wrote a blog highlighting issues disabled people face. It begins: I am very aware that one billion people around the world live with a disability – that’s roughly 15% of the global population. I am one of them, mainly using a wheelchair and […]
          The global Motor Manufacturing market was valued at $99 billion in 2017      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Executive Summary Motor Manufacturing establishments produce machines that convert electrical energy into mechanical energy and supply motive power to devices. Some devices that use electric motors include fans, blowers, household appliances, disk...


          The global occupational and speech therapists and audiologists market was valued at $58.4 billion in 2017      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Executive Summary Occupational and speech therapists and audiologists industry comprise establishments of independent health practitioners primarily engaged in planning and administering educational, recreational, and social activities designed to...


          The global office furniture market was valued at $117.1 billion in 2017      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Executive Summary Office Furniture comprise companies engaged in producing office furniture and/or office and store fixtures. The furniture may be assembled or unassembled. Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05313121 The global...


          It’s Actually Not a “Good Time” for a Government Shutdown      Cache   Translate Page      

Despite what you may have heard, there will be no government shutdown at the end of this week. The death of President George H.W. Bush on Friday prompted the House of Representatives, in its grieving, to take the whole week off. Instead of arguing about funding for physical barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border at Bush’s state funeral on Wednesday, congressional leaders have agreed to punt the deadline for a partial government shutdown two weeks. The new date, Dec. 21, is, not coincidentally, just four days ahead of Christmas, when lawmakers traditionally abandon their firm ideological principles and just vote for whatever they have to in order to make their flights home.

The two weeks of additional brainstorming are unlikely to produce a new way to bridge the gap between $5 billion and $1.6 billion: That first figure is what President Donald Trump is requesting in “wall money” and the second what Senate Democrats are willing to give him in “fencing money.” The spending deal, which would lump together all seven incomplete appropriations bills, is just about entirely resolved except for that gulf. Expect Trump to cave.

Trump loves to brag about how excited he is to shut down the government. He openly mused about shutting it down at the last spending deadline, in September, but congressional Republican leaders pleaded with him to kick the fight to December. They got their wish, and the president is once again blabbing publicly about how it’s a “good time” for a shutdown. But just as in September, there’s no clear shutdown endgame for the president in sight. And he’s in an even worse spot now, since his most loyal friends in Washington—House Republicans—will be out of power in the very near future.

The Democratic takeover of the House makes it more pressing for Trump that he get the wall money he wants right now—and less likely that he gets it. His chances of constructing the wall of his dreams will be shot once Democrats take control of the chamber. But if there’s a protracted government shutdown that carries through the holidays, it will be resolved by that new House Democratic majority anyway—and after the already unpopular president has taken a hit by shutting down the government over the unpopular issue of a border wall.

In other words, congressional Republicans will be spending these next several weeks finding the president an out.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has offered the president a couple. In a floor speech last week, Schumer suggested that Senate Democrats would go along with either another continuing resolution to fund the rest of the government at previously authorized levels through the remainder of the fiscal year, or the bipartisan deal that the Senate Appropriations Committee struck earlier this year. That one would have included $1.6 billion “for approximately 65 miles of pedestrian fencing in the Rio Grande Valley.”

Senate Democrats are already facing a lot of heat for offering that much. When Schumer announced last week that Democrats stood by their $1.6 billion position, he didn’t seem to recognize that most people weren’t aware Democrats had already agreed to that figure over the summer. Schumer has taken incoming from both the Democratic base and House Democrats, who enjoy blaming their Senate counterparts for screwing everything up.

House Republicans could try, first, to pin the blame for a shutdown on Schumer by passing a spending bill with the $5 billion in wall funding that would have no chance of passing in the Senate. There are a couple of problems with this strategy, though. The first is that, well, Trump would still probably get blamed because his insistence on the unpopular policy is at the source of the logjam. The second is that House Republicans might not have enough votes to pass such a bill on their own: A good number of the suburban Republicans who won’t be returning are thinking about running again, and they’ll be less inclined this time to go along with all of Trump’s whims.

So here’s an endgame: Trump accepts the $1.6 billion with an immaterial tweak or two ahead of the Dec. 21 deadline, says that’s what he wanted in the first place and that he’ll come back for more in the new year, perhaps through an immigration deal with Democrats (that never happens). Everyone goes off and enjoys the holidays, and by the time the new Congress convenes in January, nobody remembers any of this. And Trump, without enough money for his precious wall, still gets to run on building it.


          Trump, Xi Dinner Leads to Temporary Truce in China-U.S. Trade War      Cache   Translate Page      

It seems all that was needed to cool off a trade war that had kept much of the global economy on edge was a two-hour dinner in Buenos Aires. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed Saturday night that they would put a burgeoning trade war on pause for the next 90 days as both leaders said they wouldn’t impose new tariffs for 90 days while the world’s two largest economies negotiate a longer-term deal. The truce was called after a dinner that took place after the end of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina.

“Both sides believe that the principled agreement reached between the two presidents has effectively prevented the further expansion of economic frictions between the two countries,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters. As part of the agreement, Trump will keep tariffs on around $200 billion worth of Chinese goods at 10 percent, and won’t raise them to 25 percent as previously threatened. In exchange, “China will agree to purchase a not yet agreed upon, but very substantial, amount of agricultural, energy, industrial, and other product from the United States to reduce the trade imbalance between our two countries,” the White House said in a statement.

The deadline for the longer deal though seems pretty strict as both countries agreed that if a final deal isn’t reached within 90 days then the 10 percent tariffs will automatically increase to 25 percent. And some aren’t very optimistic a deal will be able to be reached considering the preliminary agreement doesn’t tackle any of the toughest issues that have bedeviled past efforts at compromise. Yet even those who said the preliminary deal didn’t really move the needle on trade agreed the two sides did seem to make progress on cooperating on North Korea and restricting Chinese shipments of the addictive opioid fentanyl.

“This is not a suspension of the trade war but a suspension of the escalation of the trade war,” explained Stephen McDonell, BBC’s China correspondent. Yet even if it kicks the big issues for later talks, analysts said the market is likely to react positively to the agreement. “This is a strongly market positive result for the short term, since over the past few days markets have been nursing hopes that a tariffs pause of this kind would happen,” Evercore ISI head of political analysis Terry Haines wrote in a note, according to Bloomberg. “But it is not a ceasefire as some already are touting.”


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          China Aside, Trump's Many Other Trade Wars      Cache   Translate Page      
China may be the main "belligerent" identified by the US, but it's hardly the only one.
Trump and the Chinese government not being particularly known for their communicative openness and transparency, there is some confusion as to whether the US-China trade war is about to de-escalate or otherwise after Trump-Xi talks at the recently concluded G-20 meeting in Argentina. What's going to happen with regard to these two countries? Beats me, pal. Lest you think that China is the only victim of Trump's anti-trade mentality, rest assured that the rest of the world has been subject to aggressive action from the US government at Trump's obvious behest. But before we get to that, let's review what kinds of actions countries have typically used to sanction others' "unfair" trade practices:
A tariff is a tax on a foreign product designed to protect domestic producers in an effort to boost local economies. But under international trade laws, the US can't just implement them willy-nilly, they need to provide a reason why the tariff is necessary and investigate it fully. Until recently, the vast majority of US tariffs were justified as countervailing and antidumping duties.
  • Countervailing duties level the playing field when a foreign industry has been unfairly subsidised
  • Antidumping duties level the playing field when a foreign industry has been flooding the US market with its products
Not all investigations lead to tariffs - at some point during the process, the US may decide they don't have grounds to be implemented. But many do.
While we keep hearing about China all the time, note that it's practically everyone else also being hit by Trump's trade angst:
Under President Trump, the Department of Commerce has begun 122 investigations into anti-dumping/countervailing duties. These tariffs have targeted all corners of the globe, reaching 31 countries in total and affecting some $12bn (£9.4bn) in imports. China has borne the brunt of US scrutiny, with about 40% of countervailing/antidumping investigations targeting Chinese products ranging from aluminium alloy to rubber bands to silk ribbons. Other countries have found themselves in Mr Trump's crosshairs as well.
Aside from China, the countries hit by US trade actions range far and wide:
A far-reaching investigation into citric acid touched three continents, with tariffs issued for Belgium, Colombia and Thailand. The chemical compound mimics the sour tang of lemons and is used in a large amount of common candies and drinks, from Sour Patch Kids to 7Up...

Another massive investigation into biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia led to tariffs being issued on $1.5bn of imports. The fuel, which is made from plants, is used in diesel cars and lorries, as well as airplanes and trains. The market has huge growth potential in the US, which is a major grower of corn and soybeans, and the tariffs could ostensibly help grow the industry.
Whereas American companies had to tell the government to investigate foreigner's alleged violations of trade rules, the Department of Commerce under Trump is now attacking all and sundry others even without corporate complaints. What's more, he's using traditionally taboo reasons for imposing sanctions since they give him more leeway--"national security" concerns being foremost of these against such national security "threats" like Canada, Mexico, etc.
And in a significant change in protocol, officials are no longer waiting for companies to petition for help. Last November, the Department of Commerce self-initiated investigations in Chinese common alloy aluminium.

It was the first time the department acted on its own regarding antidumping or countervailing duties, without a complaint from industry, in decades, and a sign of a shift in the department's policy under the new administration.

"[President Trump] isn't willing to wait for companies to come forward. He wants to do it himself, he wants to have the government decide," says Chad Bown, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

"So he starts self-initiating cases but also... he says we're going to start using other laws where there are much more presidential discretion." But by far the biggest shift in US trade policy has been Trump's willingness to buck with tradition if it will let him get tariffs through faster.

Rather than go through lengthy antidumping/countervailing investigations - and risk his tariffs being overturned - Trump has introduced hundreds of billions of tariffs under little-used aspects of trade law.
The upshot here is that even if US-China trade relations improve somewhat, there are so many other countries being targeted that it's hardly a cessation of the trade wars Trump is busy engaging in against practically the entire world.  
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The Interactive Advertising Bureau's Tech Lab released a framework Friday to prevent a sophisticated form of ad fraud in apps that once wreaked havoc on the open web.

The framework, dubbed apps-ads.txt, prevents a type of fraud known as "domain spoofing," in which bad actors sell phony ads they say are from, for example, the New York Times, to marketers. This sort of fraud was previously rampant on the open web; the Financial Times last year reported that dozens of exchanges were selling its video ads programmatically, despite the fact that it only sells such inventory through Google and TrustX. Business Insider, meanwhile, said one advertiser thought they had purchased $40,000 worth of ad inventory from the publisher through the open exchanges, when in reality the publication only saw $97, indicating the rest of the money went to fraud.
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          A pause in the US-China trade war: a temporary respite for the markets?      Cache   Translate Page      

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Last weekend, on the margins of the G-20 summit, the leaders of the United States and Celestial Empire agreed to pause a trade war, at least until the end of the first quarter of next year.

It is assumed that the parties use a 90-day truce to form and conclude a trade agreement.

According to experts, there are two options for the development of events.

1. Fast and dynamic negotiation process and agreement. In this case, the United States may begin to put pressure on the PRC in order to achieve the best conditions for itself. In fact, this is the same trade lobby, only without the establishment of a rigid time frame.

2. The absence of points of contact and agreement by April. That is, within three months, China will actively stimulate its economy and domestic demand, support local banks and exporters, and by the middle of spring the world may see a new wave of trade aggression from America.

"This is not the first time Washington and Beijing are announcing victory. So far, they have managed to avoid the worst scenario that could provoke a further collapse of stock markets, but the real deal is still far away," said Michael Pillsbury, a specialist at the Hudson Institute.

"If the Americans are consistent, they will need to push the sale of goods to the Chinese no less than $ 190 billion a year. However, it is not yet clear how and at the expense of what the Celestial can, in principle, be able to provide this amount, not to mention whether it wants to go for it at all," said Raoul Leering, analyst at ING Group.

"In reality, the parties were able to achieve insignificant progress in the negotiations. At the moment, it only looks like a release of tension. The announced three-month truce only prolongs the period of uncertainty. We estimate the likelihood that the United States and China will agree on the abolition of additional duties, only 20%." said Goldman Sachs spokesman Alec Phillips.

Despite the fact that many today do not believe that a truce will grow into an agreement, a pause in a trade war can be beneficial to risky assets, as well as to the stock and currency markets.

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          AUD / USD. Calm RBA meeting and Australian optimism      Cache   Translate Page      

Today, the last meeting of the Reserve Bank of Australia, the members of which did not present any surprises, took place. The regulator listed the existing risks and noted some progress, in particular in the labor market. But in general, the rhetoric was balanced, without any hints of a "hawkish" or "pigeon" character.

Nevertheless, the Australian dollar reacted positively to this meeting. In tandem with the American currency, it updated the multi-month highs, testing the 74th figure. In my opinion, such dynamics is only indirectly related to the December meeting of the RBA. The regulator retained the status quo, and for the development of the northern AUD / USD dynamics, more was not required of it. After all, the main locomotive of the growth of Aussie is China, or rather, the prospects for the American-Chinese truce.

The financial world reacted calmly enough to the outcome of the G-20 summit. Contrary to ghostly hopes, the United States and China did not make a trade deal, although the parties worked on developing it for several weeks. But in such a relatively short time, the working group failed to resolve large-scale contradictions, so the leaders of the superpowers had to hold a meeting at the G20 "in a warm friendly atmosphere", but without practical benefit. The fact that Trump agreed not to introduce new duties can be ignored, since he himself initiated them literally one week before the summit. In other words, the foreign exchange market reacted quite adequately to the results of the Argentine meeting, since the de facto parties only agreed to work on the draft transaction.

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The Australian dollar has become an exception in this context. Over the past ten years, China has been Australia's largest trading partner, both in export and in import. The second largest trading partner is the United States, bilateral trade between countries amounts to tens of billions of dollars. Therefore, many months of confrontation between the United States and China have a negative effect on the economy of the island nation, and the Australian dollar, in turn, painfully reacts to any manifestations of an escalation of a trade war. For example, when Trump announced his intention to introduce additional duties of $ 237 billion, the AUD / USD pair lost over a hundred points in a few hours.

Now that the light at the end of the tunnel was looming for AUD / USD traders, the Aussie shot overcoming strong resistance levels. This is despite the fact that negotiations at a high representative level (for example, the Chinese delegation will be headed by the Vice Premier of the PRC) will only begin on December 15, and now there is only the intention of the leaders of the countries to reach a compromise. Yesterday, US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, on one of the TV channels, said that the Chinese had expressed their willingness to open local markets for American business. He did not dwell on other details of the future deal, limiting himself to general phrases. Apparently, he himself is not sure about the results of the upcoming three-month negotiations and even more so he cannot know about specific compromise solutions. "Soon we will understand whether we can make a bargain," said Mnuchin.

But his "chief" Donald Trump was more optimistic in his assessments. Using the usual method of communication, Twitter, he said that the Argentine meeting with Xi Jinping was "just incredible." According to him, the Chinese will benefit greatly if the deal is concluded, and future relations will be built on equal terms.

Thus, the Australian dollar is growing "in advance", only on the optimism of the leaders of the United States and China, and also on the eve of bilateral negotiations. The position of the RBA allows the bulls AUD / USD to build up muscles. The regulator said today that it expects a gradual increase in wages and a gradual increase in inflation. In addition, the Central Bank stated that the labor market is still showing strong results, so the positive dynamics in this area will continue.

As a counterbalance to such optimistic estimates, the regulator added that household income growth rates are still low, while debt levels are quite high. This problem has already existed for a long time (at least a few years), but it does not bother the RBA enough to change the parameters of monetary policy towards easing. In other words, the weighted position of the Australian Central Bank against the background of the G20 totals allows Aussie to continue to demonstrate the northern mood.

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From a technical point of view, the situation is as follows. The price of AUD / USD is traded in an upward trend movement, which is confirmed by the fact that it is above the Kumo cloud of the Ichimoku Kinko Hyo indicator and all the lines of this indicator (on the daily chart). A confirmation of the bullish mood is the fact that the price is on the upper line of the Bollinger Bands indicator, which shows the expanded channel. In turn, the MACD and Stochastic oscillators also talk about the priority of the northern movement, as they are in the overbought area. Thus, the aim of the upward testing is the upper line of the Bollinger Bands indicator, which corresponds to the mark of 0.7450. The level of support is the Tenkan-sen line (on D1) and the mark of 0.7300.

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          In Year-End Review, Reddit Touts 1.4 Billion Monthly Native Video Views      Cache   Translate Page      

Reddit shared some updated video stats in its annual Year In Review blog post, where the content aggregation hub revealed that it now clocks 1.4 billion video views per month -- a 40% increase over the 1 billion monthly views that it last reported in October.

Reddit launched its native video player in Aug. 2017. And while it still allows embeds from other platforms, the company says that native videos are “now the dominant way people are viewing and posting video content.” Reddit users are also uploading 400,000 hours of native video to the site every day -- or 13 million hours per month, according to the company, marking an increase of 38% since the beginning of the year.

In its annual report, Reddit also revealed that the most-viewed video on the platform last year was Reddit, Thanos Has A Message For You -- an inside joke whereby a subreddit dedicated to the villain in the Avengers: Infinity War film (played by Josh Brolin) decided to randomly ban half of its members. The second most-viewed clip on Reddit in 2018, courtesy of user FootLoosePickleJuice, sees a tiny frog hopping into a water bottle cap.

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          The world's biggest shopping holiday is in China — not the US. Here's how Singles Day became No. 1      Cache   Translate Page      
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          The internet mocks Donald Trump's new superhero alter-ego 'Tariff Man'      Cache   Translate Page      
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Donald Trump's, uh, unique use of capitalization in his tweets has again become a gift for Twitter users. 

A day after "Scott Free" became something of a meme, Trump's Tuesday morning declaration of "I am Tariff Man" during a series of tweets about negotiations with China has taken on a life of its own across the internet. 

....I am a Tariff Man. When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. It will always be the best way to max out our economic power. We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN

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As many of you no doubt know by now, the the United States and China yesterday pressed the pause button in their trade dispute. As part of this pause, President Trump has agreed to hold off on increasing tariffs to 25% on $200 billion in Chinese-made goods in exchange for China purchasing a “very substantial”...
          NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid, its 1st visitor      Cache   Translate Page      

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years.

The robotic explorer Osiris-Rex pulled within 12 miles (19 kilometers) of the diamond-shaped space rock. It will get even closer in the days ahead and go into orbit around Bennu on Dec. 31. No spacecraft has ever orbited such a small cosmic body.

It is the first U.S. attempt to gather asteroid samples for return to Earth, something only Japan has accomplished so far.

Flight controllers applauded and exchanged high-fives once confirmation came through that Osiris-Rex made it to Bennu — exactly one week after NASA landed a spacecraft on Mars.

"Relieved, proud, and anxious to start exploring!" tweeted lead scientist Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona. "To Bennu and back!"

With Bennu some 76 million miles (122 million kilometers) away, it took seven minutes for word to get from the spacecraft to flight controllers at Lockheed Martin in Littleton, Colorado. The company built the spacecraft there.

Bennu is estimated to be just over 1,600 feet (500 meters) across. Researchers will provide a more precise description at a scientific meeting next Monday in Washington.

About the size of an SUV, the spacecraft will shadow the asteroid for a year, before scooping up some gravel for return to Earth in 2023.

Scientists are eager to study material from a carbon-rich asteroid like dark Bennu, which could hold evidence dating back to the beginning of our solar system 4.5 billion years ago. As such, it's an astronomical time capsule.

A Japanese spacecraft, meanwhile, has been hanging out at another near-Earth asteroid since June, also for samples. It is Japan's second asteroid mission. This latest rock is named Ryugu and about double the size of Bennu.

Ryugu's specks should be here by December 2020, but will be far less than Osiris-Rex's promised booty.

Osiris-Rex aims to collect at least 60 grams, or 2 ounces, of dust and gravel. The spacecraft won't land, but rather use a 10-foot (3-meter) mechanical arm in 2020 to momentarily touch down and vacuum up particles. The sample container would break loose and head toward Earth in 2021.

The collection — parachuting down to Utah — would represent the biggest cosmic haul since the Apollo astronauts hand-delivered moon rocks to Earth in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

NASA has brought back comet dust and solar wind particles before, but never asteroid samples. Japan managed to return some tiny particles in 2010 from its first asteroid mission , also named Hayabusa.

Both Bennu and Ryugu are considered potentially hazardous asteroids. That means they could smack Earth years from now. At worst, Bennu would carve out a crater during a projected close call 150 years from now.

Contact with Bennu will not significantly change its orbit or make it more dangerous to us, Lauretta stressed.

Scientists contend the more they learn about asteroids, the better equipped Earth will be in heading off a truly catastrophic strike.

The $800 million Osiris-Rex mission began with a 2016 launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Its odometer read 1.2 billion miles (2 billion kilometers) as of Monday.

Both the spacecraft and asteroid's names come from Egyptian mythology. Osiris is the god of the afterlife, while Bennu represents the heron and creation.

Osiris-Rex is actually a NASA acronym for origins, spectral interpretation, resource identification, security-regolith explorer.


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          Where Am I Saving My Photos?      Cache   Translate Page      
In yesterday's Mondays With Myrt webinar discussion, the question was asked:  "Where are you saving your family tree, family photographs, stories, videos, artifacts, etc.?"  

1)  I have stored my family "stuff" online in many places.  For my tree, photographs and stories, I think the best, most long-lasting place is the FamilySearch Family Tree.   I have my family photographs on:

iDrive, which adds new genealogy and photograph files every midnight hour, for a fee.  I can download them any time I need them.

*  Blogger, in thousands of Genea-Musings blog posts (541 in the "Wordless Wednesday" label).  Will they disappear at some time?  Perhaps.

Pinterest, in several Boards for specific family lines.  Will they disappear at some time?  Perhaps.

Flickr, in several albums for specific family lines.  Will they disappear at some time?  Probably.

Facebook, in several albums for specific topics.  Will they disappear at some time?  Probably.

For each of these, the webinar attendees suggested adding a family member to my account so that the account can be accessed after I pass away.

2)  Adding family tree data, family photos and stories to the FamilySearch Family Tree is more difficult than uploading a batch of photos to a photo sharing site or a blog.  In past years, I have uploaded a head shot photo to the profile of many of my recent ancestors in the "Memories" section.

After our discussion yesterday, I decided that I should add the best of my family photographs and family stories to the FamilySearch Family Tree profiles of my ancestors.  I started with my father, Frederick Walton Seaver (LH5L-4P9).  Here is his profile:


I added a "Life Sketch" several years ago for many of my ancestors.

Photographs, Documents, Family Stories, and Audio are sub-sections in the "Memories" section of the profile.  Here is the "Photos" sub-section for my father before I added another photo:


I wanted to upload another photo, so I clicked on the "Upload Photo" button on the screen above, went to my photo files, and selected the desired photo.  After I did that, the photo was added to the "Photos" page with a banner saying "Unprocessed:"

In order to process the photograph, I went through a series of steps to add a Title to the photo, tag the persons in the photo, add Details (event date, event place, and description), and add a Memory below the photo.  Here is the finished photograph entry:

I can edit any of the entries whenever I want.

This took about five minutes for each photograph, so it is not a trivial time investment for someone who has hundreds of family photographs.  But I think it is worth it.

3)  Why do I think this is the best place for me to upload my family tree data, family photographs, stories, etc.?

*  It is FREE to add content to profiles, and it is FREE to access for any person with a registration at FamilySearch.

*  FamilySearch should be around for decades if not centuries because of who they are - I sincerely doubt that any company will buy them, and I doubt that the interest of the LDS church in genealogy and family history will diminish over centuries.

*  FamilySearch has taken measures to save and preserve everything they own.  I doubt that they will stop doing this.

*  The FamilySearch Family Tree is the largest collaborative family tree - over 1 billion profiles of historical persons to date.  There are still duplicate profiles on the site, and there are millions of historical persons who have not been added to date, but thousands (millions?) of researchers are adding content to it every day.  I am.

4)  I encourage my readers to consider where they have stored their family photographs, to digitize  their family photographs, and to save them somewhere online.  Don't just leave them in the hard cover photo albums or loose piles, and don't just leave the digitized copies on your computer without backup in the cloud on a photo sharing site or in an online family tree like FamilySearch Family Tree.

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          UN appeals for record $4 billion to help the people of Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

The UN appealed Tuesday for $4 billion to cover humanitarian needs in Yemen in 2019 – its largest country appeal ever – and announced its first appeal related to Venezuela, calling for $738 million to help those who have fled the country’s economic meltdown and health crisis.

 

The UN appeal to help some 2.2 million Venezuelans living in neighbouring South American countries was one of 31 humanitarian response plans released for 2019 by the UN’s emergency aid coordination body, OCHA, in an overall $21.9 billion donor funding request.

 

The total price tag is swollen by Yemen, where the UN’s call to help 15 million people is the largest country appeal in the UN’s history. The equivalent appeal for aid within Syria was $3.64 billion in 2018, while costs for Syrian refugees across multiple countries was an additional $5.6 billion.

 

Intensifying conflict and displacement, hunger, irregular imports, and a macro-economic crunch have driven 24 million people – nearly 80 percent of Yemen’s population – into need, and half of those may require food assistance in the months ahead, according to the UN.

 

UN aid chief Mark Lowcock said “the extreme edge could get taken off the suffering” in Yemen if peace talks and the military outlook improve, but the UN planning is looking at “what the situation will actually be, rather than wishful thinking”.

 

Vittorio Infante, humanitarian advocacy advisor for the NGO Islamic Relief, said that given the scale of Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, especially in the province of Hodeidah where recent fighting has made conditions worse, the UN’s record ask was merited.

 

“$4 billion is a lot of money, but this pales in comparison to the dire need in Yemen, where [the majority] of the population are relying on humanitarian aid to survive,” Infante told IRIN.

 

“Our staff in Hodeidah are helping people with literally nothing left because they have sold all their belongings just to make sure that their families are fed. However, as long as this conflict continues, this amount will merely be a plaster on a fragile humanitarian situation.”

 

The Venezuelan appeal, meanwhile, is set to help Colombia and other host countries, but it does not cover needs inside Venezuela, where the government resists any labelling of events as a humanitarian crisis.

 

A UN-managed emergency fund released $9.2 million to UN agencies to step up humanitarian-related responses within Venezuela in November.

 

“People describe what’s going on in different ways,” Lowcock told IRIN, referring to Venezuela’s reluctance to term it a humanitarian crisis, adding that inside the country the UN is only “trying to scale up our support” and expand its “normal activity”.

 

Mixed picture

In Geneva to launch the package, dubbed the Global Humanitarian Overview, Lowcock said the UN and its NGO and governmental partners had drawn up plans to help 93.6 million people in 2019 – about one in 70 of the world population. The number of people in need and the value of total appeals would be about the same as in 2018, reaching a price tag of around $25 billion once Syria’s plan was completed, he said.

 

Syria’s response plan is as yet uncosted. Lowcock said finishing it was delayed until February while the UN attempts to gather fresh data on needs inside the country. The update will require Syrian government flexibility on in-country surveys and access to boost the credibility and data behind funding requests – a measure demanded by donors on which Lowcock has been seeking Damascus’ cooperation.

 

According to OCHA, a number of situations around the world have eased this year, including in Burundi, Iraq, and Somalia. Others have improved and no longer require emergency plans: Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Senegal.

 

But some situations have worsened. in Cameroon, the number of people in need has jumped 77 percent thanks to a brewing civil war, while Afghanistan’s appeal, due in part to conflict and drought, is 41 percent higher.

 

A third category contains countries where the situation remains serious but relatively unchanged: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Sudan.

 

 

UN-coordinated humanitarian response plans are a compendium of projects from UN agencies and NGOs on the assistance they will provide, such as supplying food, running clinics, providing clean water, and setting up shelter.

 

Even though they are presented as meeting only the highest priority needs, the plans are, on average, only 56 percent funded in 2018. Some emergencies struggle to capture donor interest (Haiti got only 11.2 percent of the requested funding), while others, like Afghanistan and Iraq, which command greater international attention, tend to do better.

 

Separately on Monday, the International Committee of the Red Cross announced its 2019 emergency appeal, for 2.1 billion Swiss Francs, for which Syria, South Sudan, and Iraq are the largest country operations.

(TOP PHOTO: Displaced families from Hodeidah receive UNHCR assistance in Bajil district, Hodeidah province, Yemen. CREDIT: Haitham al-Akhali/UNHCR)

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After two years and two months of travel across 1.2 billion mi (two billion km), NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft has reached the asteroid Bennu. At about 10:00 am PDT today, the unmanned probe fired its thrusters to place it in a parallel orbit at a distance of 11.8 mi (19 km) of the surface of its target, which it will spend the next year studying and mapping.

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Australia slashed plastic bag use by 80% in 3 months – here's how
Melissa Breyer
December 3, 2018

After a few big players entered the ring, the environment was spared some 1.5 billion plastic shopping bags in under 100 days.

This is remarkable, and a model for other countries around the world. After two of Australia's largest supermarket chains decided to nix single-use plastic shopping bags, the country saw an 80 percent drop in plastic bag consumption across the nation in the first three months of the ban, reports the Australian Associated Press (AAP).

According to The Guardian, Woolworths began prohibiting all single-use plastic bags from all stores nationwide on June 20th; their competitor, Coles, did the same on June 30th. It has been estimated that each chain was responsible for around 3.2 billion bags every year.

AAP says that the two supermarket giants stopped offering single-use plastic bags after years of campaigning by environmental groups and consumers. The press agency notes that while not all shoppers were on board (because, of course, heaven forbid the inconvenience of sparing the planet from being choked by plastic) (sorry) (not sorry), many other shoppers were in strong support of the initiative.

According to the National Retail Association (NRA), after just three months there was an 80 percent drop in the consumption of plastic bags across the country.

“Indeed, some retailers are reporting reduction rates as high as 90%,” said David Stout, Manager of Industry Policy, Research & Projects at the NRA.

Stout explained that the widespread prohibition also opened the door for smaller retailers to do the same, since the risk of losing customers over it has now been minimized. Noting that, “Obviously the best thing for smaller businesses is to either engineer out the bag completely or have the customer pay ... they should be able to consider that strategy without fear of backlash.”

Stout's words feel like they are coming from some kind of alternate universe, given the lobbying by industry associations in the U.S. to ban plastic bag bans. Stout goes on to say that he's hopeful that the big retailers continue to push for a more sustainable industry and to explore banning other single-use items.

“Everyone delivering things in a package need to take responsibility for what they deliver it in,” he said. “I think there’s going to be a lot more pressure on all of us to be more aware of what we consume.”

Given the success seen in Australia, may the rest of us follow suit.
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Stock Market Plunges as Wall Street Gives Trump’s China Deal Another Look
The president calling himself “Tariff Man” didn’t help.

By Emily Stewart
Vox.com
Dec 4, 2018, 4:07pm EST

President Donald Trump on a television monitor at the New York Stock Exchange in March 2018 discussing steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by his administration. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Stock market investors appear to be signaling they believe President Donald Trump’s trade compromise with China is a bit of a dud.

Wall Street was initially encouraged by Trump’s Saturday deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping in which both sides agreed to a 90-day timeout of the US-China trade war. Major United States stock indexes climbed on Monday amid optimism the US and China might strike a deal, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which Trump often touts, gaining nearly 300 points.

But after investors had a second day to think about US-China trade relations, they appear to have changed their minds on how optimistic they feel. The Dow plunged on Tuesday, falling nearly 800 points by market close, and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq saw deep declines as well. All three major indexes ended the day down by 3 percent or more.

Trump isn’t the only factor making markets edgy — there are concerns about a potential economic slowdown and the Federal Reserve’s interest rate path as well.

But Wall Street is sending a clear signal that, upon closer inspection, Trump’s trade war détente with China isn’t looking so hot — especially after a string of tweets from the president this morning indicated he has no problem going back to a trade war if a broader agreement isn’t reached in the next three months.

In one tweet, Trump referred to himself as a “Tariff Man.” The Wall Street Journal reports that after those tweets, the Dow fell by 200 points.

“The trade war between the United States and China has been put on hold for the holidays, but the respite will be brief given the 90-day deadline and inherent difficulty in addressing the fundamental factors driving trade tensions between the two countries,” Isaac Boltansky, an analyst at research firm Compass Point LLC, wrote in a note to clients ahead of the Trump tweets on Tuesday.

This China-US trade war pause doesn’t look so great in the light of day

On the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday, Trump agreed to hold off on increasing tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese-made goods in exchange for China purchasing a still-to-be-defined amount of American-made products. Trump said he would give China and Xi 90 days to fix the structural issues in US-China trade relations.

The president immediately took a victory lap, boasting on Twitter that China had agreed to reduce its current 40 percent tariffs on US auto imports to zero, and claiming that China would “start purchasing agricultural product immediately.”

The White House hasn’t been able to back up Trump’s claims, though, indicating the president is overselling what happened in Buenos Aires. National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow acknowledged in a call with reporters on Monday that there was no “specific agreement” on auto tariffs. Kudlow also said he couldn’t “specifically” answer questions about China’s agricultural product purchases, saying his “expectation” is that China would roll back tariffs on goods “quickly.”

There also appeared to be some confusion on the timeline from the US: Kudlow initially told reporters the 90-day clock started on January 1, but the White House later put out a correction, saying it was actually December 1.

There’s also a different story coming out of China about what happened. As the Washington Post notes, state media outlets on Monday made no mention of Trump’s 90-day time frame or reducing tariffs on US cars. They didn’t offer specifics on buying American-made products, either.

Michael Antonelli, a managing director at Robert W Baird & Co., told Bloomberg the market was acting like a “scorned lover” in relation to Trump’s trade deal. “It had believed, for whatever reason, that progress was being made at the G20 and that turns out to be murky — it feels lied to,” he said.

Trump isn’t the only thing making Wall Street anxious lately. Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at investment research firm CFRA Research, said in an email that investors are also worried because of movements in the bond market that could signal an economic slowdown is coming.

The November jobs report is also coming out on Friday. A solid report would provide more cause for the Fed to continue raising interest rates, and when that happens, it can spook markets.

But skepticism over Trump’s China trade talks is playing a part as well — especially as it becomes increasingly obvious that no one seems to know exactly what’s going on, and this temporary timeout is no guarantee of anything substantive happening in the future.

          Liquid Nitrogen Market is expected to cross USD 17 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of approximately 6% - MRFR      Cache   Translate Page      
Liquid Nitrogen Market is expected to cross USD 17 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of approximately 6% - MRFR Market Scenario: Liquid nitrogen is formed at very low temperature in a liquefied form. Liquid nitrogen allows to freeze in first instant and can be stored and transported in suitable environment. Liquid nitrogen is produced by simultaneously removing the heat and

          Churches and Coworking Spaces … Think Twice      Cache   Translate Page      
Maybe you have read business articles about the exploding billion dollar shared workspace industry, often called Coworking or Collaborative Space. Perhaps you have seen local articles or YouTube videos featuring churches innovative attempts to ride the wave. After all, churches are some of the largest owners of unused space during the workweek. It may [...]
          Global Flooring Market 2024 Growth & Regional Revenue By Top Players Tarkett, Gerflor, Mohawk Industries, Interface, Marazzi Group.      Cache   Translate Page      
Global Flooring Market 2024 Growth & Regional Revenue By Top Players Tarkett, Gerflor, Mohawk Industries, Interface, Marazzi Group. Global construction spending is anticipated to reach USD 16 Trillion by 2024. Flooring Market is estimated to exceed $ 450 Billion by 2024. Mohawk Industries, Tarkett, Shaw Floors, Armstrong, Beaulieu, Marazzi Group, Mannington Mills are the major industry players. China

          Vice President, Procurement and Supply Chain - Maxim Integrated - San Jose, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
Experience with JDA supply chain engine. Maxim Integrated is a highly successful, $2.31 billion company....
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          How Email Scammers Are Using Marketeer Methods to Target CFOs      Cache   Translate Page      
FBI estimates that targeted email fraud relieved companies of $12.5 billion in 2018.
          Doc inventor wins $113m in royalties spat with Medtronic      Cache   Translate Page      
A state court jury in Indiana last week reportedly awarded a $112 million decision to a local spine surgeon turned medical device inventor in his five-year royalties dispute with Medtronic (NYSE:MDT). Dr. Rick Sasso sued Medtronic in 2013, alleging that the world’s largest medical device maker shorted him on their royalties deal for the Vertex cervical spine system he helped develop, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal. Sasso licensed some of his early inventions to Sofamor Danek, about a year before its $3.3 billion merger with Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic in January 1999, the newspaper reported. Further deals for spine stabilization devices followed, including some that eventually hit the market under the Vertex brand. The company agreed to pay him 2% of net sales for ...
          GSK to divest Horlicks and other consumer healthcare nutrition products to Unilever      Cache   Translate Page      
currency_dollersDec 03, 2018 (LBO) – GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) today announced the divestment of Horlicks and other consumer healthcare nutrition brands to Unilever plc (“Unilever”) and the merger of GSK Consumer Healthcare Limited (“GSK India”) with Hindustan Unilever Limited (“HUL”). The value of the deal was approximately £3.1 billion based on the 15-day volume weighted average […]
          Will 'seasteading' create truly non-violent nations?      Cache   Translate Page      

Why do the nations rage? I don’t know. Maybe because they’re out of ammo culturally. As Joe Quirk, president of The Seasteading Institute calls them, “the 193 monopolies on government that control 7.6 billion people right now” could benefit from some peace-loving competition. More importantly, the existence of his planned seasteads, floating platform-based ocean communities, […]

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          Steve Bannon and a Fugitive Billionaire Target a Common Enemy: China      Cache   Translate Page      
“We both naturally despise the Chinese Communist Party,” the fugitive, Guo Wengui said, explaining his partnership with the former Trump strategist Stephen K. Bannon.
          Billionaire Retailer Wants to See Online Retailers Pay Extra 20% Tax      Cache   Translate Page      

“You have to grab the bully by the horns”, retail billionaire Mike Ashley said to the House of Commons’ Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee in the UK as he proposed a 20 percent tax for online retailers.

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          Wisconsin allocates $32M for dozens of new transit buses across state      Cache   Translate Page      
The Wisconsin Department of Administration is dividing $32 million to communities across the state for new transit buses. The funds come from a $2.9 billion federal settlement with auto manufacturer Volkswagen for violating the Clean Air Act. Volkswagen admitted to violating federal laws by selling diesel engine vehicles that used software designed to cheat on federal emissions tests, according to the Department of Administration. The 2017 Wisconsin Act 59 established a grant program to replace…
          Hope Restorations, Inc. awarded $550,000 grant      Cache   Translate Page      

Hope Restorations Inc awarded $550,000 grant from The Duke Endowment Kinston, NC: In support of Hope Restorations Inc., Sharon United Methodist Church has been awarded a $550,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to help fund its efforts to restore neighborhoods in east Kinston while helping adults learn marketable skills and find better, permanent employment. Hope Restorations is a nonprofit social enterprise serving the eastern North Carolina community of Kinston with employment and support for adults recovering from addiction or incarceration. Founded in 2015, the nonprofit organization provides paid employment, training, and support to adults recovering from addiction or incarceration through acquiring deteriorating houses in declining neighborhoods, restoring them to modern energy-efficiency and safety standards, thus creating affordable housing and home-ownership opportunities for lower-income families. The Endowment’s grant will be used to purchase much-needed building materials, tools, and equipment for renovation projects as well as provide wages and training for the organization’s  clients and employees over the next two years.  “Our goal is to invest and reinvest over $3 million into Kinston and Lenoir County by 2022, noted Chris Jenkins, Hope Restoration’s founder and executive pastor.  “This generous grant is a wonderful step in that direction and will encourage others to help us achieve our goal. We’re already witnessing life-changing impact as we strive to become a self-sustaining social enterprise, and over the next three years, we hope to have this unique model refined well enough to begin sharing and replicating it in other communities.”   “Sharon United Methodist launched this ambitious effort to address critical challenges in its community,” says Robb Webb, director of The Duke Endowment’s Rural Church program area. “Today, Hope Restorations has grown into an effective rehabilitation program that fosters human, community and economic development. The men who go through the program claim a new future that includes the dignity of a good job; the families that move into the homes experience hope and come to understand that their neighbors care about them; the congregations develop real relationships with neighbors they may not ever otherwise encounter.” Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3.6 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations. Hope Restorations offers “Tours with the Executive Pastor” most Tuesday mornings, giving those interested an opportunity to hear the whole story of how the organization began while seeing some of its work firsthand. Call the office to reserve your spot on the next tour. You can also watch video testimonials from some of Hope Restorations’ employees and board members by visiting the website at http://www.hoperestorationsnc.org For more information on Hope Restorations Inc. or how you can support this community effort, please call Hernika Cannon at 252-560-7507 ext. 101, or visit the website at http://www.hoperestoratiosnc.org

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          Tap Into The $62 Billion Beauty Marketplace With A Beauty Franchise      Cache   Translate Page      
Demand for beauty services is on the rise and numerous franchises offer a multitude of products and services.
          Common Testing Problems: Pitfalls to Prevent and Mitigate      Cache   Translate Page      
The National Institute of Standards &amp; Technology (NIST) reports that inadequate testing methods and tools annually cost the U.S. economy between $22.2 billion and $59.5 billion, with roughly half of these costs borne by software developers in the form of extra testing and half by software users in the form of failure avoidance and mitigation efforts. The same study notes that between 25 percent and 90 percent of software development budgets are often spent on testing. In this episode, SEI researcher Don Firesmith discusses problems that commonly occur during testing as well as his development of a framework that lists potential symptoms by which each can be recognized, potential negative consequences, and potential causes, and makes recommendations for preventing them or mitigating their effects. Listen on Apple Podcasts.
          YouTube’s biggest earners from Jake Paul to Conor Maynard and PointlessBlog      Cache   Translate Page      
MOST people would think it cruel for an eight-year-old to work. But YouTube’s highest-earner Ryan has the perfect job – reviewing toys – and pocketed $22MILLION last year from advertising revenue on his billions of views, according to Forbes magazine. Other’s cashing in – with merchandise, books and sponsorship adding more – include a former […]
          Grants Technical Specialist - Benevity - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Not to mention we’ve continued to build game-changing products while processing over $2 billion in donations and 10 million volunteer hours to 150,000 charities...
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          Morning Newscast for December 4, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Regional headlines from the KBIA newsroom, including: Appeals Court Rules that Activists Must Follow Lobbying Rules City Council Approves $1 Billion Stormwater Plan Key Missouri Departments are Working Toward a Turn-Around of State's Incarceration Rates Trump to Visit Missouri for Confrence on Crime
          City Council Advances $1 Billion Stormwater Plan      Cache   Translate Page      
A 20-year plan that will provide flexibility for the city of Columbia to manage wastewater and stormwater is one step closer to final approval. At Monday night’s meeting, the Columbia City Council unanimously approved the proposed Wastewater and Stormwater Integrated Management Plan, which could cost around $1 billion over 20 years, according to previous Missourian reporting. The plan now moves to the Department of Natural Resources. If the agency approves the plan, it can be officially adopted by the city. The plan will allow Columbia to create its own infrastructure approach to sewer and stormwater issues and will require utility rate increases over the next 20 years. The plan would also fulfill the necessary federal regulations in addition to addressing issues brought up by the community, namely issues with flooding. To read more on this story, visit our partners at columbiamissourian.com
          Customer Relationship Manager Barddhaman - Aditya Birla Group - Barddhaman, West Bengal      Cache   Translate Page      
Indian Rupee (INR). ABNL is a part of the Aditya Birla Group a USD 30 billion Indian business house operating in 31 countries across the globe....
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          Green Banks Mobilize US$41 Billion for Clean Energy Ahead of 2019 Target      Cache   Translate Page      
The sixth Green Bank Congress was held 29 November 2018 in Shanghai, China. Green Banks closed transactions that are expected to mobilize US$41 billion in financing for clean energy and sustainable infrastructure projects. According to internal analyses, members of the Green Bank Network, leverage on average 10 dollars in private funding for every dollar of public investment.
          A billion people without electricity ‘missing out on pledged climate funds’      Cache   Translate Page      

UN climate summit in Poland will hear public money available is not enough to provide clean energy for those living off-grid

The world’s 1 billion people who live without electricity are not benefiting from climate change money promised by governments to help them develop.

In theory, there has never been a better time for developing countries to install renewable energy such as solar or wind to combat climate change. The UN’s Green Climate Fund (GCF), along with the World Bank and regional development banks, have all said they intend to significantly increase their green energy financing, offering developing countries cheap loans and grants. Many donor countries like Britain and Japan have also pledged to help poorer nations switch to clean energy.

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          “Why are U.S. taxpayers funding billionaire ‘philanthropist’ George Soros...      Cache   Translate Page      
...and his highly politicized Open Society Foundations?” Judicial Watch Special ReportAs the Special Report, penned by JW Director of Investigations and Research Chris Farrell, painstakingly documents, Soros, his Open Society Foundations, and their affiliates are promoting and advancing: “… a radical, progressive agenda that seeks to destabilize legitimate governments, erase national borders and identities, target conservative politicians, finance civil unrest, subvert institutions of higher education, and orchestrate refugee crises for political gain.” The Special Report fully documents the hundreds of millions of dollars Soros-affiliated organizations have received from the United States government to implement their radical agenda.
          Alan Dershowitz ‘very proud’ of deal that got billionaire serial child molester Jeffrey Epstein one year in jail      Cache   Translate Page      

Trump defender Alan Dershowitz is “very proud” of the deal he cut on behalf of client Jeffrey Epstein, he tells the blog Law & Crime. Epstein pleaded guilty to felony solicitation of underage girls in 2008. He was accused of trafficking more than 40 underage girls for sex, and, as L...

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          (USA-CA-Los Angeles) APM OS to Fixed Facilities Integration Manager (Rail)      Cache   Translate Page      
Become Part of Our Team As an industry leader Balfour Beatty offers employees a comprehensive benefits package that includes competitive salaries, comprehensive medical, dental and vision benefits, paid time off, education assistance and much more including: + Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance + Health Savings Account + 401(k) with company match + Flexible Spending Accounts (Dependent & Medical Reimbursement) + Vacation Time + Sick Time + Holidays + Tuition Assistance Summary Balfour Beatty Rail (BBR), is seeking a APM OS to Fixed Facilities Integration Manager for the LAX Automated People Mover job-site. The Automated People Mover (APM) is an electric train system on a 2.25 mile elevated guideway with six stations total, for Los Angeles International Airport. The system is expected to be open for passenger service in 2023. The construction portion of the contract is valued at over $2 billion. Essential Functions Support interface management for all system interfaces, including with 3rd parties. Responsibilities include: + The candidate will be responsible for interface management and requirements fulfillment and will provide direction to project engineering teams in order to achieve Owner specified technical requirements and schedules. + Significant customer interface will be required in collaboration with Project Manager(s) in the project execution phase of work. + Assuring accuracy of the work produced by the design team and contractors, including plans, specifications and estimates. + Responsible for interfacing with the other disciplines to insure proper coordination of the systems aspects of the project. + The ideal candidate will have broad engineering skills and must have experience with the design and construction of rail infrastructure systems, integrating communications, train control and electrical systems. + The candidate must be able to evaluate design changes for impacts to interfaces. + Interface with the Systems Integration Manager to determine schedules, monitor design progress, support systems integration, and coordinate T&C activities. Minimum Requirements + Developing Systems Integration and Interface Management Plans. + Develop and coordinate Interface Control Documents. + 10+ years of related work experience is required. + Develop and Maintain Systems Interface Matrix. + Previous systems engineering and integration experience on large transit projects. + Track record of interface management, systems integration, system acceptance and rail safety certification. + Provide oversight of systems integration testing. + Provide oversight of systems acceptance testing. + Understanding of construction means and methods. + Familiarity with rail transit industry standards, practices, and regulations is required. + Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. + Must be proficient in the use of Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint. + Familiarity with Primavera P6 scheduling software. + Previous experience with CoreWorx Interface Mgmt package or similar. + Ability to interpret electrical drawings and schematic diagrams. + Willing to work 60 hours/week and weekends when necessary. + Willing to relocate to Los Angeles, California, if not local. Preferred Requirements + Experience in design and/or construction management of rail transit systems such as traction power substations, APM OS, signals/train control, and communications is preferred. + Knowledge of railroading, signaling, communications, vehicles, and other railroad technology including requirements management software is preferred. + Knowledge of the principles of traction power and signaling systems. In addition, knowledge of communications and central control facilities is desirable. + Professional Engineer registration is a plus. + Self-motivated and able to self-direct. + Potential to perform in a lead capacity and manage engineering staff. + Excellent written and oral communication skills. + Ability to work in a cooperative team environment. About Us Balfour Beatty is an industry-leading provider of general contracting, at-risk construction management and design-build services for public and private sector clients across the nation. Performing heavy civil and vertical construction, our teams build the unique structures and infrastructure that play an important role in how people live, work, learn and play in our communities. Our teammates have an instinctive passion for innovating that is fueled by a relentless curiosity, a drive to employ lean practices and processes and the determination to find a better way. Through Zero Harm®, we are challenging the construction industry’s assumptions about safety. We believe that no level of harm should come to anyone as a result of our business. Consistently ranked among the nation’s largest building contractors, by Engineering News-Record, our US business is a subsidiary of London-based Balfour Beatty plc (LSE: BBY). Balfour Beatty is an equal opportunity employer that recognizes the value of a diverse workforce. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other criteria protected by federal, state or local law.
          (USA-CA-Los Angeles) Systems Engineer (Power & Communications Rail)      Cache   Translate Page      
Become Part of Our Team As an industry leader Balfour Beatty offers employees a comprehensive benefits package that includes competitive salaries, comprehensive medical, dental and vision benefits, paid time off, education assistance and much more including: + Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance + Health Savings Account + 401(k) with company match + Flexible Spending Accounts (Dependent & Medical Reimbursement) + Vacation Time + Sick Time + Holidays + Tuition Assistance Summary Balfour Beatty Rail (BBR), is seeking a Systems Engineer (Power & Communications) for the LAX Automated People Mover job-site. The Automated People Mover (APM) is an electric train system on a 2.25 mile elevated guideway with six stations total, for Los Angeles International Airport. The system is expected to be open for passenger service in 2023. The construction portion of the contract is valued at over $2 billion. Essential Functions Serve as a Systems Engineer in the conceptual, preliminary and final design for complex rail transit projects. Responsibilities include: + Work with a team in coordinating systems engineering design and construction services for rail transit projects involving traction power, signaling and train control equipment, SCADA, APM OS, substations and signal buildings, public address equipment, voice and data communication, telephones, fiber optic, CCTV, security alarm, fire detection and suppression, computer systems, and systems integration testing and startup activities. + Responsible for assisting in the preparation of design drawings, specifications, and reports. + Assuring accuracy of the work produced by the design team and contractors, including plans, specifications and estimates. + Responsible for interfacing with the other disciplines to insure proper coordination of the systems aspects of the project. + Assures compliance of design with all applicable codes and regulations. + Interface with the Systems Contract Manager to determine schedules, monitor design progress, oversee field work, and coordinate T&C activities. Minimum Requirements + 6+ years of related work experience is required. + Understanding of construction means and methods with previous subcontract management experience desired. + Knowledge of the principles of traction power and signaling systems. In addition, knowledge of communications and central control facilities is desirable. + Familiarity with rail transit industry standards, practices, and regulations is required. + Bachelor's degree in Engineering. + Experience in design and/or construction management of rail transit systems such as traction power substations, APM OS, signals/train control, and communications is preferred. + Must be proficient in the use of Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint. + Familiarity with Primavera P6 scheduling software. + Willing to relocate to Los Angeles, California, if not local. Preferred Requirements + Professional Engineer registration is a plus. + Excellent written and oral communication skills. + Previous experience with CoreWorx Interface Mgmt package a plus. + Ability to interpret electrical drawings and schematic diagrams. + Ability to work in a cooperative team environment. + Willing to work 60 hours/week and weekends when necessary. About Us Balfour Beatty is an industry-leading provider of general contracting, at-risk construction management and design-build services for public and private sector clients across the nation. Performing heavy civil and vertical construction, our teams build the unique structures and infrastructure that play an important role in how people live, work, learn and play in our communities. Our teammates have an instinctive passion for innovating that is fueled by a relentless curiosity, a drive to employ lean practices and processes and the determination to find a better way. Through Zero Harm®, we are challenging the construction industry’s assumptions about safety. We believe that no level of harm should come to anyone as a result of our business. Consistently ranked among the nation’s largest building contractors, by Engineering News-Record, our US business is a subsidiary of London-based Balfour Beatty plc (LSE: BBY). Balfour Beatty is an equal opportunity employer that recognizes the value of a diverse workforce. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other criteria protected by federal, state or local law.
          (USA-CA-Los Angeles) Systems Interface Manager (Rail)      Cache   Translate Page      
Become Part of Our Team As an industry leader Balfour Beatty offers employees a comprehensive benefits package that includes competitive salaries, comprehensive medical, dental and vision benefits, paid time off, education assistance and much more including: + Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance + Health Savings Account + 401(k) with company match + Flexible Spending Accounts (Dependent & Medical Reimbursement) + Vacation Time + Sick Time + Holidays + Tuition Assistance Summary Balfour Beatty Rail (BBR), is seeking a Systems Interface Manager for the LAX Automated People Mover job-site. The Automated People Mover (APM) is an electric train system on a 2.25 mile elevated guideway with six stations total, for Los Angeles International Airport. The system is expected to be open for passenger service in 2023. The construction portion of the contract is valued at over $2 billion. Essential Functions Support interface management for all system interfaces, including with 3rd parties. Responsibilities include: + The candidate will be responsible for interface management and requirements fulfillment and will provide direction to project engineering teams in order to achieve Owner specified technical requirements and schedules. + Significant customer interface will be required in collaboration with Project Manager(s) in the project execution phase of work. + Assuring accuracy of the work produced by the design team and contractors, including plans, specifications and estimates. + Responsible for interfacing with the other disciplines to insure proper coordination of the systems aspects of the project. + The ideal candidate will have broad engineering skills and must have experience with the design and construction of rail infrastructure systems, integrating communications, train control and electrical systems. + The candidate must be able to evaluate design changes for impacts to interfaces. + Interface with the Systems Integration Manager to determine schedules, monitor design progress, support systems integration, and coordinate T&C activities. Minimum Requirements + Developing Systems Integration and Interface Management Plans. + Develop and coordinate Interface Control Documents. + 10+ years of related work experience is required. + Develop and Maintain Systems Interface Matrix. + Previous systems engineering and integration experience on large transit projects. + Track record of interface management, systems integration, system acceptance and rail safety certification. + Provide oversight of systems integration testing. + Provide oversight of systems acceptance testing. + Understanding of construction means and methods. + Familiarity with rail transit industry standards, practices, and regulations is required. + Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. + Must be proficient in the use of Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint. + Familiarity with Primavera P6 scheduling software. + Previous experience with CoreWorx Interface Mgmt package or similar. + Ability to interpret electrical drawings and schematic diagrams. + Willing to work 60 hours/week and weekends when necessary. + Willing to relocate to Los Angeles, California, if not local. Preferred Requirements + Experience in design and/or construction management of rail transit systems such as traction power substations, APM OS, signals/train control, and communications is preferred. + Knowledge of railroading, signaling, communications, vehicles, and other railroad technology including requirements management software is preferred. + Knowledge of the principles of traction power and signaling systems. In addition, knowledge of communications and central control facilities is desirable. + Professional Engineer registration is a plus. + Self-motivated and able to self-direct. + Potential to perform in a lead capacity and manage engineering staff. + Excellent written and oral communication skills. + Ability to work in a cooperative team environment. About Us Balfour Beatty is an industry-leading provider of general contracting, at-risk construction management and design-build services for public and private sector clients across the nation. Performing heavy civil and vertical construction, our teams build the unique structures and infrastructure that play an important role in how people live, work, learn and play in our communities. Our teammates have an instinctive passion for innovating that is fueled by a relentless curiosity, a drive to employ lean practices and processes and the determination to find a better way. Through Zero Harm®, we are challenging the construction industry’s assumptions about safety. We believe that no level of harm should come to anyone as a result of our business. Consistently ranked among the nation’s largest building contractors, by Engineering News-Record, our US business is a subsidiary of London-based Balfour Beatty plc (LSE: BBY). Balfour Beatty is an equal opportunity employer that recognizes the value of a diverse workforce. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other criteria protected by federal, state or local law.
          (USA-CA-Los Angeles) Systems Integration Manager (Rail)      Cache   Translate Page      
Become Part of Our Team As an industry leader Balfour Beatty offers employees a comprehensive benefits package that includes competitive salaries, comprehensive medical, dental and vision benefits, paid time off, education assistance and much more including: + Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance + Health Savings Account + 401(k) with company match + Flexible Spending Accounts (Dependent & Medical Reimbursement) + Vacation Time + Sick Time + Holidays + Tuition Assistance Summary Balfour Beatty Rail (BBR), is seeking a Systems Integration Manager for the LAX Automated People Mover job-site. The Automated People Mover (APM) is an electric train system on a 2.25 mile elevated guideway with six stations total, for Los Angeles International Airport. The system is expected to be open for passenger service in 2023. The construction portion of the contract is valued at over $2 billion. Essential Functions + Developing Systems Integration and Interface Management Plans. + Develop Integration Test and Acceptance plans including testing forms, procedures for testing, and approval steps. + Coordinate and integrate all System interfaces so that the System is properly integrated with itself, existing systems, and into the Project area, including the right-of-way, the surrounding communities, and all facilities, equipment, and data provided by others. + Establish and maintain a systematic, documented, comprehensive, and verifiable systems integration process to be applied throughout the duration of the Project. + Assuring accuracy of the work produced by the design team and contractors, including plans, specifications and estimates. + Responsible for interfacing with the other disciplines to insure proper coordination of the systems aspects of the project. + The ideal candidate will have broad engineering skills and must have experience with the design and construction of rail infrastructure systems, integrating communications, train control and electrical systems. + The candidate must be able to evaluate design changes for impacts to interfaces. + The candidate will be responsible for interface management and requirements fulfillment and will provide direction to project engineering teams in order to achieve Owner specified technical requirements and schedules. + Develop and coordinate Interface Control Documents. + Develop and Maintain Systems Interface Matrix. + Provide oversight of systems integration testing. + Provide oversight of systems acceptance testing. + Interface with the Systems Manager to determine schedules, monitor design progress, support systems integration, and coordinate T&C activities. Minimum Requirements + 15+ years of progressive experience in transit system designs or Systems Integration. + Previous systems engineering and integration experience on large transit projects. + Track record of interface management, systems integration, system acceptance and rail safety certification. + Understanding of construction means and methods. + Familiarity with rail transit industry standards, practices, and regulations is required. + Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. + Previous experience with CoreWorx Interface Mgmt package or similar. + Ability to interpret electrical drawings and schematic diagrams. + Willing to work 60 hours/week and weekends when necessary. + Must be proficient in the use of Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint. + Familiarity with Primavera P6 scheduling software. + Willing to relocate to Los Angeles, California, if not local. Preferred Requirements + Experience in design and/or construction management of rail transit systems such as traction power substations, APM OS, signals/train control, and communications is preferred. + Knowledge of railroading, signaling, communications, vehicles, and other railroad technology including requirements management software is preferred. + Knowledge of the principles of traction power and signaling systems. In addition, knowledge of communications and central control facilities is desirable. + Professional Engineer registration is a plus. + Demonstrated initiative, drive, leadership, communication, & interpersonal skills. + Potential to perform in a lead capacity and manage engineering staff. + Excellent written and oral communication skills. + Ability to work in a cooperative team environment. + Excellent organization and planning. About Us Balfour Beatty is an industry-leading provider of general contracting, at-risk construction management and design-build services for public and private sector clients across the nation. Performing heavy civil and vertical construction, our teams build the unique structures and infrastructure that play an important role in how people live, work, learn and play in our communities. Our teammates have an instinctive passion for innovating that is fueled by a relentless curiosity, a drive to employ lean practices and processes and the determination to find a better way. Through Zero Harm®, we are challenging the construction industry’s assumptions about safety. We believe that no level of harm should come to anyone as a result of our business. Consistently ranked among the nation’s largest building contractors, by Engineering News-Record, our US business is a subsidiary of London-based Balfour Beatty plc (LSE: BBY). Balfour Beatty is an equal opportunity employer that recognizes the value of a diverse workforce. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other criteria protected by federal, state or local law.
          (USA) Sr Mgr, Corp Affairs - US Gov't Agencies      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job DescriptionLocation(s)Govt Relations Office The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
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Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description Role Marketing is at the core of our world and at the heart of where we make our decisions. Marketers understand the consumer… really understand the consumer. They ask questions. Find answers. They take the extra step to work towards a vision for future success, while driving revenue and profit. As an Associate Brand Manager, you will be at the center for some of the biggest decisions we make. Associate Brand Managers are leaders in our business. You turn product ideas into iconic brands on the table. Your responsibilities will span across advertising, product development, packaging, and trade & consumer promotions, all the way to manufacturing. You’ll lead cross-functional teams of colleagues from sales, operations, research & development, and quality. You’ll build and execute plans to deliver on annual and longer term financial goals, all while managing the day-to-day needs of the business. And, to bring the brand plan to life for consumers, you will collaborate with our retailer partners to drive category growth. Key Components of the Role + Lead development of integrated marketing campaigns + Lead business analytics (share, volume and revenue drivers, competition) to drive business objectives + Advertising and consumer promotions budget management + Champion new products and package design + Advance consumer insights and brand strategy + Ensure efficient supply chain management + Collaborate with Sales to develop strategic customer partnerships Minimum Qualifications + Bachelor’s degree + Master’s degree in business administration preferred + Marketing emphasis ideal + Strong communication skills + Ability to synthesize data and form logical conclusions + Demonstrated ability to lead teams and excellent interpersonal skills + Strong time management skills + Enthusiasm for consumer marketing EEO Statement Kraft Heinz is an EO employer - Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled and other protected categories. Location(s)Chicago/Aon Center The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA-MI-Holland) Materials Supervisor      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description The Materials Supervisor is responsible for ensuring daily efficient, accurate, and timely warehouse Operations. These operations include worker's safety, receiving, storage, order picking, shipping, inventory management, and warehouse facility management. The Materials Supervisor works under the parameters as defined by precedent, safety, quality, cost, and time constraints. The incumbent is expected to lead and direct associates in warehouse procedures. Key Responsibilities of the Role + Lead materials improvement that relate to the overall cost savings plan for Kraft Heinz Champaign + Drive plant related productivity and improvements relating to productivity + Participate in the QRMP yearly audit and assist in the development of procedures and corrective + Lead the implementation of the QRMP (Quality Risk Management Process) system and operational standards as outlined in the plant accountability list in order to achieve targeted RCR.Assist in the overall efficiency of the operation of the plant by monitoring inventories. + Monitor operations to ensure inventory is properly handled in loading and unloading. + Partner with business leaders on implementation of process improvement (Six Sigma/Lean/Heinz Global Performance System (HGPS)), including leading change initiatives, planning, andComply with all applicable Environmental, Health and Safety regulatory requirements and Kraft Heinz Global Operational Risk Management (ORM) policies/procedures + Promote a performance-based culture that encourages continuous improvement and leverage Environmental, Health and Safety management excellence. + Other duties as assigned. Qualifications + Bachelor degree in Business Management or a Management related field preferred + Minimum of 5 years working experience in warehouse and shipping functions in a manufacturing + Knowledge of GMP and safe work practices + MRP experience preferred + SAP experience is preferred + Knowledge in using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook + Six Sigma Blackbelt experience desired + Detailed and meticulous with good organizational skills + Demonstrated ability to meet or exceed deadlines + Demonstrated ability to delegate and follow through + Excellent time and management skills + Excellent written and verbal communication skills Self-motivated with excellent problem solving skills Kraft Heinz is an EO employer – Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled and other protected categories Location(s)Holland Factory The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
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Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description Role / Title + This role position ensures effective implementation and execution of the Kraft Heinz Supplier Quality Management System across an assigned product category. The position provides visible quality leadership ensuring that KFG supplier quality standards are understood and met through on-site assessments. This position also ensures that best practices are replicated across the category. This position requires travel up to 70%. Key Components of the role + This role conducts on-site Audits at assigned suppliers + Review supplier HACCP plans and 3rd party audits for compliance to Kraft Heinz Supplier Expectations + Engage Procurement and Business partners to align on overall annual business goals for category + Monitor, track and report progress against supplier quality goals to key stakeholders (i.e. RDQI Leads, Quality and Procurement Directors, etc.) + Monitor industry Quality and Food Safety events and determine impact to Kraft Foods. + Support supplier related special situations fact finding and resolution. Ensure resolution of chronic and/or serious supplier quality issues and develop programs and strategies to prevent future issues Qualifications: + BS Degree in Food Science, Microbiology or other related field + Food safety and regulatory requirements + Supplier expectations in Food Safety, Regulatory and Quality + Fundamental statistics (DMAIC Process/DFSS/Lean/Metrology/MSA/Sampling Procedures) + 3-5 years of experience in food or CPG + Experience in plant and/or corporate quality + Experience in RDQI + Working knowledge of quality systems and policies, HACCP, and ISO/GFSI systems + Lean Six Sigma to support Supplier Integration + Understanding of the procurement processes EEO Statement Kraft Heinz is an EEO employer – Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled and other protected categories Location(s)Employee's Home - National, Glenview R&D Center The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
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Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job DescriptionLead eCommerce content strategy to continually innovate and improve processes to increase product discovery and drive conversion for our brands Work closely with content creators and syndicator(s) to design optimal flow and enable flawless execution of our shelf fundamentals.Manage and launch enhanced product pages for priority categories and optimized basic content increase search rankingDefine the top-priority KPI metrics and targets for content in order to measure effectiveness of our online product content in terms of search optimization, placement and accuracyCollaborate with brand teams on the brand conversation through content grounded in shopper insights tht address retailer and shopper needsDrive new innovation product launches with key eCommerce go to market strategiesOwn eCommerce fundamental for basic and enhance contentDrive organic share of search through the optimization of content Lead the team in capabilities in PIM & DAM platforms and coach the team members and share knowledge and key insights, platform releases & functionality with the wider team. Provide input into platform roadmaps as relevantManage the setup of new items and item maintenance on ecommerce platformsLead and manage a team including multiple direct reports and catalog specialists Qualifications Excellent communication and presentation skillsAbility to demonstrate individual, team, and project leadership skillsQuick learner and adapt to a professional and high performance work environment Strong attention to detail and quality of workStrong analytical skillsKnowledge of SEO and paid search a plusStrong personal motivation and ability to effectively work independently as well as collaboratively across multiple functionsProduct Information Management / Digital Asset Management System experience requiredStrong proficiency in MS Office tools EEO Statement Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is an equal employment employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, and disabled individuals. As an equal opportunity employer, Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact 847 646-6044 for assistance. Location(s)Chicago/Aon Center The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Sr. Mgr, Category Management eCommerce - Media      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description Responsibilities Lead category management and insights for the KHC E-Commerce organizationCreate and plan category leadership solutions that deliver profitable sales growth for customers. These solutions should include shopper and category insights across the four P’sIdentify and lead specific research opportunities (shopper, consumer, etc.) to bring new learning to category leadership solutions;Influence the customer by identifying specific opportunities, assist with any research and lead project to deliver category leadership solutions benefiting both customer and category Evaluate/ monitor all customer category leadership solutions, turn analysis into recommended actions and continually improve to be more effective and efficient for category and customerLeverage insights and resources through the utilization of a broad range of data sources, market research findings, tools, analyses, and technology to continually bring new shopper ideas to customer and company;Contribute to innovation sell-in by presenting shopper/category storiesOptimization of the digital shelf through assortment planning Qualifications Excellent communication and presentation skillsAbility to demonstrate individual, team, and project leadership skillsStrong analytical skillsStrong personal motivation and ability to effectively work independently as well as collaboratively across multiple functionsKnowledge of syndicated data via IRI, Nielsen syndicated data, household panel, market basket studies, etcStrong proficiency in MS Office tools EEO Statement Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is an equal employment employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, and disabled individuals. As an equal opportunity employer, Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact 847 646-6044 for assistance. Location(s)Chicago/Aon Center The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA) Intern European Marketing Operations      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description Internship Marketing Operations Job description Marketing Operations contributes to driving marketing return on investment (ROI) of existing portfolio via: + Efficient management of business processes + Efficient management of existing portfolio + Best practice marketing models + You actively participate in international marketing projects + You will be responsible to lead cross-country / cross-functional meetings for your particular projects Job requirements Student profile + Bachelor (Final stage)/Master's Degree in Business Administration or Marketing. Due to the cross-functionality of this role we are open to diverse backgrounds (Operations, Logistics, Engineering or similar disciplines) + Energetic- Enthusiastic - Problem Solving - Communication Skills - Analytical Skills - Attention to detail + Excel / Power point - Intermediate/Advance + Strong affinity with marketing and project management + English (Advanced) Notice that for all intern positions we only hire candidates that are currently registered as a student at a European university. Please kindly note that you need to have an EU Working Permit (Orientation Year Visa not included) to proceed for this position. Other information - Location: Amsterdam, Zuidas - Startdate: 01 - 01 - 2019 - Period: 6 months Contact info Are you interested in this position and do you meet the requirements? Great! Please upload your resume and cover letter and apply via the “apply” button on the website. You will receive a confirmation e-mail after completing the application. We will come back to you as soon as possible. Location(s)Amsterdam The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA) Revenue Management Manager      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description About the role Reporting to the Head of Commercial Planning & Performance and responsible for one direct report, the Revenue Management Manager drives sustainable and profitable revenues via pricing, promotion and mix. Key responsibilities include: + Assessing complex pricing, promotion and mix models including trade investment and SKU/brand assortment review + Translating findings into analytically-based recommendations and action plans to drive profitable growth strategies + Tracking implemented recommendations and analyzing post-promotion assessment of pricing and trade investment + Building out tools, processes, insights and systems capabilities associated with pricing, promotion and mix + Collaborating closely with cross functional partners including Commercial Performance, Category Development, and Field Sales About you + Minimum 5 years’ relevant experience performing heavy data analytics, including at least 2 years of revenue management/pricing experience + A Bachelor Degree (STEM or MBA are highly advantageous) + Extensive financial modeling and analytical skills to enable decision making + Exceptional interpersonal and negotiation skills to influence recommendations internally (customer-facing experience selling plans is highly advantageous) + Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel (additional system knowledge such as Nielson tools or SAP is highly advantageous) Make this your next career step! To apply for this position, please submit your CV & Cover Letter highlighting how your skills & experience would set you up for success in this role (applications without a cover letter will not be considered). Location(s)Freshwater The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
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Controller Apply now » Apply now + Start apply with Xing + + Start apply with Seek + + Apply Now + Start + Please wait... Date: Dec 4, 2018 Location: Johnson City, TN, US, 37601 Company: A. O. Smith Corporation About Us Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. As a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation is at the center of the trend. We are a $3 billion company with over 140 years of history and more than 16,000 employees worldwide. Our emphasis is on hot water and clean water; we are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment as well as a supplier of water purification products in a number of emerging countries. With manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, we have the global reach to serve customers worldwide. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement and maintaining a culture that values and respects our employees. Primary Function Our Controller in Johnson City will lead the financial control function for over 1,000 employees, multiple sites and sales of $450M. As an integral member of the plant leadership team, you'll have immediate responsibility for the organization's accounting practices, the maintenance of its fiscal records, and the preparation of its financial reports. We will seek your expertise in appraising operating results in terms of costs, budgets, policies, trends and increased profit opportunities. What is great about this opportunity? + Join a growing, stable organization committed to strong financial performance, strategic acquisitions and global expansion + Engage monthly with the broader AO Smith Controller's peer group - high visibility and ability to collaborate across the organization + Our persistent growth offers many opportunities for professional development and advancement Role Specific Responsibilities + Manage general cost, inventory and fixed asset accounting, accounts payable and month-end close process while accurately analyzing and reporting timely financial results. + Ensure effective and efficient system of internal controls including data integrity, asset protection, segregation of duties, budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting and adherence to corporate policies and government regulations while supporting the internal and external audit process. + Analyze product cost including materials, labor and manufacturing overhead and inventory / stocking valuation levels. (standards & variance analysis). + Manage and develop finance team members; develop finance acumen in cross-functional plant leadership across multiple sites. + Analyze and approve capital expenditures including payback and fit with strategic direction of the operation. + Advise plant leadership team on business risk and opportunities, develop contingency plans and provide recommendations + Support and/or lead strategic plant and company initiatives. Qualifications + More than 3 years of experience leading the plant controllership function in a manufacturing environment. + Strong analytic skills, with ability to clearly link finical results to operational performance drivers. + Ability to clearly communicate complex financial information in an easy to understand manner. + Demonstrated leadership as part of a cross-functional plant management team. + Proven ability to manage and develop your staff. + High level of proficiency in Excel and ERP systems. SAP & BPC/Hyperion experience a plus. + Advanced Knowledge of GAAP. SOX and other financial compliance standards is a plus. + Deep understanding and prior experience in cost accounting. + Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field. We Offer Great people make our organization great and because of that, we offer a competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short-term disability programs and tuition assistance. Nearest Major Market: Asheville Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Analyst, Sales Planning - Joint Venture      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description Primary Responsibilities/Accountabilities: + Become knowledgeable in Kraft Heinz’s system (Nielsen, Reveal trade planning, and SAP) + Aid in developing fact-based, insightful presentations around new item categories and performance in order to influence future strategies and tactics. + Track customer execution merchandising events and execute Post-Performance Evaluations + Lead the exchange of ideas between Internal Sales, External Sales and Marketing + Aid in influencing trade marketing plans to improve distribution expansion + Be a steward for our customers and the Field Sales organization + Support the sales planning team on various ad hoc analytical requests Qualifications: + Bachelor’s degree + Grit – a true and natural drive to deliver results with a positive attitude + Quick learner and self-starter + Strong decision‐making ability + Strong quantitative and analytical skills – data excites you + Team player: ability to work with Marketing and Sales in a supportive role to achieve business goals + Multi-tasker who can manage projects across multiple customers and categories simultaneously + Passion for learning and being challenged EEO Statement Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is an equal employment employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, and disabled individuals. As an equal opportunity employer, Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact 847 646-6044 for assistance. Location(s)Chicago/Aon Center The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA-IL-Granite City) Maintenance Supervisor      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description The Maintenance Supervisor will assist with all maintenance activities to ensure maximum operational potential is realized for the entire plant operation. This includes all functions in the areas of Maintenance Business Management, Maintenance Materials Inventory (MRO), Maintenance Recruit to Retire, Manufacturing Process Reliability and Equipment Reliability, e.g. departmental budgets, computerized maintenance management systems, preventive/predictive and corrective maintenance programs. Also, Technical Skills Management of electrical, electronics, controls programming, mechanical systems (process equipment, packaging equipment), waste treatment, stockroom, building and grounds, utilities systems including but not limited to boiler and ammonia refrigeration. Assistance with the development, coordination and execution of maintenance related capital budget items in concert with engineering. Key Responsibilities of the Role + Directs maintenance personnel to ensure that all systems operate at their highest capability to meet required production schedules, quality, costs and schedule priorities + Improves reliability, maintenance and processing methods to reduce cost and avoid loss of production as a result of equipment malfunction or failure time. + Determines equipment capabilities, safety and operational condition in coordination with the other Supervisors and technicians. + Develops preventative maintenance procedures that are cost effective and increase the operational life of the equipment. + Seek and implement the continuous improvement of the process through equipment improvement modifications. + Assist in the development of the system and operational standards and corrective actions. + Develops, implements and reviews regularly, site-specific maintenance logs for department. + Coordinates, arranges, and supervises, or provides for the completion of corrective and preventive maintenance in accordance with company operating procedures, practices and financial considerations. + Provide maintenance training to include the effective utilization of the maintenance logs, completion of routine maintenance specific to facility, equipment operations and support. + Assists workers in diagnosing malfunctions in machinery and equipment. + Studies production schedules and estimates worker hour requirements for completion of job assignment. + Assist with preparing requisitions to determine the number of spare parts to be kept in inventory. + Assist in maintaining departmental operating budget at a positive variance by effectively utilizing the workforce and equipment. + Assist with safety training, monthly safety meetings, member of safety committee, and provides technical support for all safety projects, and supports implementation of the 9-key element process. + Evaluates long-term needs in relation to major projects and factory improvements. + Ensures that equipment and facility are maintained in a safe, operable condition and/or arrange for replacement/upgrades. + Establishes procedures and contacts to ensure timely repairs of equipment. + Directs workers in electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic, and utility systems maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment. + Directs workers engaged in dismantling, assembling, and installing industrial machinery. + Assists with developing department employee relations by continued communication of all information affecting them and through the conduct of monthly departmental safety meetings. This is further enhanced by employee and personal participation in the Plant Safety and Ergonomics committees. + Analyzes production downtime reports, determines opportunities, and initiates action plan to increase efficiencies. + Participate in the QRMP yearly audit and assist in the development of procedures and corrective actions. + Oversee and lead the implementation of the QRMP (Quality Risk Management Process) system and operational standards as outlined in the plant accountability list in order to achieve targeted RCR. + Assist and partner with business leaders on implementation of process improvement (Six Sigma / Lean/Kraft Heinz Global Production System (KHGPS)), including leading change initiatives, planning, and facilitation. + Assist with the supervision of Maintenance staff including but not limited to performance management and employee development, etc. + Communicate with outside agencies i.e. contractors, equipment suppliers, technical consultants and vendors. + Continuous and close coordination with the Maintenance Manager, other Maintenance Supervisor(s), other Team Members, and Human Resource Qualifications + Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related Technical field is strongly preferred + Minimum of 1-5 years of related leadership experience in a Manufacturing environment is required + Experience implementing and maintaining TPM Systems is strongly preferred + Understanding of mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and utility systems including ammonia refrigeration and boiler systems is a plus + Must have the knowledge of good manufacturing practices. Be safety and quality minded and have the ability to make sound decisions. + Understanding of direct and overhead cost systems. + Experience using, trouble-shooting and programming Allen Bradley PLCs is a plus Must be able to work flexible schedule to include days, afternoons, midnights, and weekend work. Kraft Heinz is an EO employer – Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled and other protected categories Location(s)Granite City Plant The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA-FL-Jacksonville) Production Supervisor (3rd Shift)      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job DescriptionOur Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description The Production Supervisor is a member of the plant leadership team and plays a key role in providing management and leadership to deliver business results and operational improvements. Under direction of the Business Unit Manager, the Production Supervisor is responsible for the day-to-day manufacturing operations for an assigned area and shift. This role has responsibility to achieve productivity, efficiency, customer service, cost, quality, safety and employee engagement objectives through both individual and team contributions. Provides direction, leadership, development and support to direct reports through empowerment, teamwork, on-the-job assignments and continuous improvement projects and initiatives. Develops, implements and promotes safety programs and safe work practices through involvement in plant safety teams, programs and initiatives. Promotes sound employee & labor relations within the department by developing and maintaining an effective organization with qualified personnel. Develops, promotes, and supports continuous improvement and other cross-functional initiatives. Qualifications + BA/BS Degree in Business, Food Science, Engineering or related field is preferred + 1-5 years of experience in a manufacturing environment is required + Ability to lead, motivate and mentor large teams of hourly associates is required + Strong communication and leadership skills + Strong analytical/critical thinking + Strong accountability, consistency and follow-through skills Ability to work effectively with a wide array of plant personnel ranging from hourly employees to senior management Kraft Heinz is an EO employer – Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled and other protected categories Location(s)HPC - Jacksonville Factory The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA) Junior Business Development Manager      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description The Distributor & Export Business Unit is in charge of the Kraft Heinz business in more than 20 European markets, amongst which the Nordics, Baltics, Hungary, Czech, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Israel and others. It is the growth engine of Kraft Heinz’s European business with its fast-developing business and ambitious year over year growth. Joining the D&E team, you will be joining a family of highly entrepreneurial, ambitious and passionate team players, dedicated to reaching our goal of being the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world. D&E is located in 2 offices of Kraft Heinz, Malmö (Sweden) and Amsterdam (the Netherlands). The majority of the people is sitting in Amsterdam. We have an excellent opportunity available for a Junior Business Development Manager in our Distributor & Export Business Unit to make a difference at Kraft Heinz. The Business Development Manager reports to the Commercial Head and is responsible for creating and delivering the JBPs (Joint Business Plans) with our external partners (distributors and Key accounts supplied directly). He/She owns the relationship with the distributors, ensures the budget delivery, drives growth and is a true ambassador for our brands and products. The role will involve managing multiple countries, with frequent travel, that will give you the exposure to FMCG markets in different regions in the above countries. The role will engage in a variety of tasks including sales, successful launching of KraftHeinz products, forecast, coordination, strategic planning, relationship management, negotiation and most of all, development and drive growth opportunities. In brief, you will be responsible for: + Delivery of annual sales objectives + Distributor Management + Driving growth opportunities / listings via tenders + Ownership of the volume forecasts + Pricing implementation Hard SkillsPlease kindly note that you need to have an EU Working Permit (Orientation Year Visa not included) in order to proceed for this position. + Bachelor Degree; Master Degree is a plus; + 2-4 years’ experience in a Sales position. Experience in managing international clients/distributors will be considered as a plus; + Language skills: fluent in English both written and oral. A second/third European language is a plus; What we offer you + An ambitious employer; + A competetive salary and an excellent bonus structure; + A permanent contract; + Reimbursement for your commuting Location(s)Amsterdam The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          Comment on Corsi Files Complaint Against Mueller For Allegedly Pressuring Him To Lie by George      Cache   Translate Page      
Oh my, you must be correct. We want 6.3 billion enemies or adversaries and a homogeneous compound of only 700 million. That dudn't make any sense. The critical factor is the trend of a fertility rate in a "death spiral." America is vanishing. That can't be good except for nationally suicidal, anti-American, liberal globalists. The United States has 254 million Americans and 74 million hyphenates.
          (USA-NY-Avon) Maintenance/Engineering/CI Supervisor      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description The Maintenance Supervisor will assist with all maintenance activities to ensure maximum operational potential is realized for the entire plant operation. This includes all functions in the areas of Maintenance Business Management, Maintenance Materials Inventory (MRO), Maintenance Recruit to Retire, Manufacturing Process Reliability and Equipment Reliability, e.g. departmental budgets, computerized maintenance management systems, preventive/predictive and corrective maintenance programs. Also, Technical Skills Management of electrical, electronics, controls programming, mechanical systems (process equipment, packaging equipment), waste treatment, stockroom, building and grounds, utilities systems including but not limited to boiler and ammonia refrigeration. Assistance with the development, coordination and execution of maintenance related capital budget items in concert with engineering. Key Responsibilities of the Role + Directs maintenance personnel to ensure that all systems operate at their highest capability to meet required production schedules, quality, costs and schedule priorities + Improves reliability, maintenance and processing methods to reduce cost and avoid loss of production as a result of equipment malfunction or failure time. + Determines equipment capabilities, safety and operational condition in coordination with the other Supervisors and technicians. + Develops preventative maintenance procedures that are cost effective and increase the operational life of the equipment. + Seek and implement the continuous improvement of the process through equipment improvement modifications. + Assist in the development of the system and operational standards and corrective actions. + Develops, implements and reviews regularly, site-specific maintenance logs for department. + Coordinates, arranges, and supervises, or provides for the completion of corrective and preventive maintenance in accordance with company operating procedures, practices and financial considerations. + Provide maintenance training to include the effective utilization of the maintenance logs, completion of routine maintenance specific to facility, equipment operations and support. + Assists workers in diagnosing malfunctions in machinery and equipment. + Studies production schedules and estimates worker hour requirements for completion of job assignment. + Assist with preparing requisitions to determine the number of spare parts to be kept in inventory. + Assist in maintaining departmental operating budget at a positive variance by effectively utilizing the workforce and equipment. + Assist with safety training, monthly safety meetings, member of safety committee, and provides technical support for all safety projects, and supports implementation of the 9-key element process. + Evaluates long-term needs in relation to major projects and factory improvements. + Ensures that equipment and facility are maintained in a safe, operable condition and/or arrange for replacement/upgrades. + Establishes procedures and contacts to ensure timely repairs of equipment. + Directs workers in electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic, and utility systems maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment. + Directs workers engaged in dismantling, assembling, and installing industrial machinery. + Assists with developing department employee relations by continued communication of all information affecting them and through the conduct of monthly departmental safety meetings. This is further enhanced by employee and personal participation in the Plant Safety and Ergonomics committees. + Analyzes production downtime reports, determines opportunities, and initiates action plan to increase efficiencies. + Participate in the QRMP yearly audit and assist in the development of procedures and corrective actions. + Oversee and lead the implementation of the QRMP (Quality Risk Management Process) system and operational standards as outlined in the plant accountability list in order to achieve targeted RCR. + Assist and partner with business leaders on implementation of process improvement (Six Sigma / Lean/Kraft Heinz Global Production System (KHGPS)), including leading change initiatives, planning, and facilitation. + Assist with the supervision of Maintenance staff including but not limited to performance management and employee development, etc. + Communicate with outside agencies i.e. contractors, equipment suppliers, technical consultants and vendors. + Continuous and close coordination with the Maintenance Manager, other Maintenance Supervisor(s), other Team Members, and Human Resource Qualifications + Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related Technical field is strongly preferred + Minimum of 1-5 years of related leadership experience in a Manufacturing environment is required + Experience implementing and maintaining TPM Systems is strongly preferred + Understanding of mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and utility systems including ammonia refrigeration and boiler systems is a plus + Must have the knowledge of good manufacturing practices. Be safety and quality minded and have the ability to make sound decisions. + Understanding of direct and overhead cost systems. + Experience using, trouble-shooting and programming Allen Bradley PLCs is a plus Must be able to work flexible schedule to include days, afternoons, midnights, and weekend work. Kraft Heinz is an EO employer – Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled and other protected categories Location(s)Avon Plant The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA-IA-Muscatine) Production Supervisor      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description The Production Supervisor is a member of the plant leadership team and plays a key role in providing management and leadership to deliver business results and operational improvements. Under direction of the Business Unit Manager, the Production Supervisor is responsible for the day-to-day manufacturing operations for an assigned area and shift. This role has responsibility to achieve productivity, efficiency, customer service, cost, quality, safety and employee engagement objectives through both individual and team contributions. Provides direction, leadership, development and support to direct reports through empowerment, teamwork, on-the-job assignments and continuous improvement projects and initiatives. Develops, implements and promotes safety programs and safe work practices through involvement in plant safety teams, programs and initiatives. Promotes sound employee & labor relations within the department by developing and maintaining an effective organization with qualified personnel. Develops, promotes, and supports continuous improvement and other cross-functional initiatives. Qualifications + BA/BS Degree in Business, Food Science, Engineering or related field is preferred + 1-5 years of experience in a manufacturing environment is required + Ability to lead, motivate and mentor large teams of hourly associates is required + Strong communication and leadership skills + Strong analytical/critical thinking + Strong accountability, consistency and follow-through skills Ability to work effectively with a wide array of plant personnel ranging from hourly employees to senior management Kraft Heinz is an EO employer – Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled and other protected categories Location(s)Muscatine Factory The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA) Distributor Management Leader      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job DescriptionLocation(s)Guangzhou - Jinhui Building The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA-OH-Cincinnati) Category Leadership Analyst      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description The primary responsibility of the Category Leadership Analyst is to enable Kraft Heinz and the customer to grow category sales to provide objective category expertise and deliver the best possible product assortment, pricing, merchandising and shelving recommendations. This position develops solutions and activates Department/Category roadmaps at retail to drive the development and integration of consumer, shopper and retailer strategies. The Category Leadership Analyst leverages category, customer and market knowledge to localize the department/category standards to maximize category and Kraft Heinz sales. He/she gains customer alignment by developing and delivering insights-based category selling stories and maintains an on-going dialogue with the customer regarding results and recommended strategies. Leading Customer Category Activation + Understanding Category Roadmap + Provides input into customer category strategies and plan + Develops assortment, pricing, promotion, and shelving recommendations aligned to customer and Kraft Heinz strategies and plans + Collaborates with retailer and Kraft sales to deliver activation calendar + Identifies issues, opportunities, and recommended strategic actions by conducting 4P market analyses of category for retailer and account team + Develops recommendations based on consumer, supplier, marketplace and retailer assessments + Conducts annual category reviews and periodic assessments + Manages the planogram development and assessment of shelf performance against objectives /strategies Business Activations + Act as category, shopper and market expert to the Kraft sales team + Develops and utilizes category & shopper insights as the basis to drive Retailer and Kraft Category sales + Analyzes various types of data, including retailer, syndicated, panel, loyalty card data, to identify business issues & opportunities and relates them potential solutions for the category and Kraft Heinz + Supports new item plans and retail activation + Activates Category Roadmap with Sales team at the customer-level + Develops sales presentations for the sales team utilizing a category perspective + Collaborates with account management and shopper marketing team to deliver Roadmap activation + Provides Sales Team with analytical and technical support to develop insights into issues and opportunities Planogram Updating + Acts as the expert on Space Management software + Finalizes common planogram based on agreed upon project objectives and BU Standards + Develops and maintains alternate versions of common planogram + Revises planograms with optimal assortment to include new and discontinued items + Product Assortment + Identifies key metrics and methodology to conduct assortment analysis by category and brand + Targets items for deletion, addition, and retention based upon duplication/variety criteria + Develops the most effective product assortment based on agreed upon parameters + Confirms that assortment fits in planogram Other Job Related Activities + Responds to Sales team requests + Maintains data and product images + Engages customer on shelving strategies, planogram alignment and implementation details + Engage in the process of communication to 3rd party in regards to implementation + Conducts Annual Planning and Reporting + Develops Monthly Reports + Provides appropriate skill training development to improve the capability of the team Qualifications: + Bachelor’s degree required + 2 years experience as a Category Leadership or Sales Analyst, Shelf & Assortment Manager or other related job Kraft Heinz is an EEO employer – Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled and other protected categories. Location(s)Cincinnati Sales The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          Comment on Corsi Files Complaint Against Mueller For Allegedly Pressuring Him To Lie by PH      Cache   Translate Page      
George, we don't want a billion people. That would be bad for the environment. And for the record, the United States has 315 million people, not 225.
          (USA-IL-Champaign) CI Manager      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description The Continuous Improvement Manager will provide a full range of productivity services to Operations and direct cost reduction programs for the facility including leading lean events, implementing Manufacturing Operating Systems (MOS) throughout the facility, developing and measuring facility systems and developing and delivering continuous improvement training programs for the facility. Direction in disciplines of best business practices including, but not limited to, yield improvement, manpower utilization, overhead spend, capital utilization, indirect spend, plant utilization and efficiency, working capital both raw material and finished goods. Key incumbent will act as a coach for the KHGPS, Site Steering Committee helping to implement KHGPS. This person will work closely with KHGPS Task Force to drive greater utilization of processes and procedures and higher proficiency on the changes impacting employees in the organization such that business results are achieved. This person will provide direct support and coaching to front line managers, supervisors and team leaders as they help their direct reports understand and adopt KHGPS. Key Responsibilities of the Role + Continuous Development of the productivity decks. + Generate cost reduction opportunities and implement process improvement to reduce manufacturing costs. + Coordinate major initiatives across Supply Chain to insure optimum cost. This coordination will include, but not be limited to, purchasing, distribution, manufacturing, research & development, packaging and engineering. + Implement and train MOS & Lean / Six Sigma processes to plant location personnel. + Participate in the QRMP yearly audit and assist in the development of procedures and corrective actions. + Assist with the implementation of the QRMP (Quality Risk Management Process) system and operational standards as outlined in the plant accountability list in order to achieve targeted RCR. + Share and implement best practice initiatives across Supply Chain. + Coordinate the progression of KHGPS using TRACC as a tool. + Develop and maintain performance (KPI) visuals. + Ownership of the Priority One system; responsible to ensure all users are trained and that all projects are current. + Develop key performance indicators (KPIs) and tracking system (where needed). + Develop a waste analysis for all lines. + Lead and coordinate 5S initiatives plant-wide. + Develop and manage the department’s operating budget. + Manage and evaluate the Continuous Improvement staff including but not limited to performance management and employee development, etc. + Partner with business leaders on implementation of process improvement (Six Sigma / Lean) Qualifications + Bachelor degree is required; Preferably in Industrial Engineering or related discipline + 3-5 years of operations experience in a manufacturing environment is required + Production supervision experience preferred. Black Belt Certification preferred. Kraft Heinz is an EO employer – Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled and other protected categories Location(s)Champaign Plant The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA) Vendor Replenishment Planner      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description The opportunityBased onsite at Woolworths Bella Vista and reporting to the Customer Logistics Manager, the Vendor Replenishment Planner (VRP) ensures the successful delivery of our retail account objectives through: + Customer collaboration and resolving queries + Order replenishment and delivery scheduling + Assisting with promotional forecasting + Ensuring service level targets are maintained + Assisting with supply chain projects to improve efficiencies + Managing data integrity What we’re looking forThe ideal candidate will possess: + A tertiary qualification + Supply Chain, Merchandise or Sales experience, with VRP experience being highly advantageous + Strong communication and relationship building skills + Strong analysis skills and attention to detail + Ability to work autonomously whilst juggling multiple tasks Make this your next career step! To be considered for this position, please submit your CV by 9:00am Monday 17 December. Please be aware that candidates may be interviewed prior to the close date. Location(s)NSW The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          Comment on Corsi Files Complaint Against Mueller For Allegedly Pressuring Him To Lie by George      Cache   Translate Page      
The "reality" is that the invaders are pursuing complete conquest by any and all means. The barbarians are at the Tijuana gate. The "reality" is that American women were allowed to stop having babies. Americans are vanishing and America is vanishing. Ergo: Women in America have eliminated Americans and America. The question is will Americans allow the extinction of their population and nation. The American fertility rate is in a "death spiral." National suicide - a bizarre anthropological phenomenon. China - 1.4 billion Chinese. India - 1.3 billion Indians. America - 225 million Americans.
          (USA-WA-Seattle) Finance Manager - eCommerce      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description Role / Title + The eCommerce Finance Manager role provides financial counsel to the E-commerce sales team, concentrating on the Amazon business. The Finance Manager will drive the following activities: + Customer profitability analysis, trade forecasting, and revenue mix analysis + KHBM demand planning rituals and routines + Promotional planning and analysis of shopper marketing spend and in-market performance + Annual AOP process, monthly forecasting and month-end reporting, working closely with the Global Digital & Online Growth leadership team + Trade management projects and strategy implementation with revenue management and BU sales teams + Improvements to systems and methods of work/analysis, ensuring that the improvements are continuously adapted to business requirements + Ad-hoc analysis to support business needs + This role provides the candidate an opportunity to further develop planning, reporting and strategic thinking skills Qualifications: + Bachelor's degree in STEM, Finance or Accounting disciplines + Minimum 3-5 years of experience in Finance or related field + Strong analytical, interpersonal, and organizational skills and attention to detail + Strong understanding of internal systems and processes + Advanced Excel & PowerPoint skills + Comfortable working in fast-paced, energetic environment that is constantly evolving EEO Statement Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is an equal employment employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, and disabled individuals. As an equal opportunity employer, Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact 847 646-6044 for assistance. Location(s)Seattle - Sales Office The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          Leadership and Development Manager (Massillon, OH)      Cache   Translate Page      

Leadership and Development Manager


With $1.4 billion in revenue, and 5,300 employees, Shearer's Snacks is the largest producer of private label salty snacks, crackers and cookies in North America and the largest producer of kettle cooked potato chips in the world. Because of the unique business model and value proposition, Shearer’s Snacks has very few competitors that match its total portfolio of capabilities. Both the snacks category in which Shearer’s competes and the private-label business are high-growth in comparison to many food companies. 


 


The Manager of Leadership and Development is an integral part of Senior Management that provides organizational leadership in the design, delivery, and management of the Training and Development function for Shearer’s Snacks. This role is a specialist who has experience in developing impactful Leadership Development programs and solutions. The role requires expertise in leadership and management competencies combined with an ability to design and deploy world-class solutions across geographical boundaries. The Leader will report to the VP of HR.


 


What to expect in this role:



  • Partner with key stakeholders to proactively identify training needs through needs assessments, presenting recommendations and developing learning and performance solutions to address performance gaps.

  • Consultation. Identify and assess the capabilities required for our front-line leaders to be successful and establish a baseline of capability and develop a targeted leadership development for front-line leaders.

  • Design of in-house, and with expert third parties, solutions which included a blended approach to learning such as coaching, classroom training, action learning, and e-learning.

  • Program delivery and management. Develop deployment plan and all associated change management and communications. Ensure delivery of program in line with business expectations and agreed milestones. Establish facilitator network, including defining and maintaining facilitator quality frameworks. 

  • Reporting and analysis. Develop an evaluation strategy for each learning program and partner with HR and Operations to provide timely, meaningful and accurate reporting on learning effectiveness, individual and business performance. Analyze data to identify capability gaps. Provide regular monitoring, analysis and reporting of budget and spend. 


What you will need:



  • Bachelors Degree (HR, L&D, Business), or equivalent work experience

  • Curriculum design and development is a plus, must have deep expertise in performance management, leadership development, talent calibration and succession planning.

  • Must be a dynamic speaker, who is able to deliver programs from small groups to hundreds of individuals.

  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to work independently and manage, plan, and prioritize work.

  • Strong analytical acumen, strategic mindset and an ability to move forward with ambiguous information.

  • Training development, instructional design and facilitation experience.

  • Knowledge of adult learning theory and practice.

  • 25% travel will be required.


Shearer’s Snacks is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation


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          NFA buys 1M bags of palay from local farmers      Cache   Translate Page      

MANILA -- The National Food Authority (NFA) was able to procure a total of 1,012,172 bags of palay from local farmers from January to November this year with 926,854 bags or 92 percent bought during the months of October and November. This after the agency introduced an additional PHP3/kg buffer stocking incentive (BSI) on top of its support price of PHP17/kg last October 12.

NFA said the cumulative procurement total without BSI from January to September was only at 85,318 bags, but for November alone, it was able to buy a total of 630,934 bags of palay from the top palay-producing provinces of Mindoro Occidental, Batangas, Mindoro Oriental, Bukidnon, Isabela, Capiz, Iloilo, North Cotabato and Camarines Sur.

NFA OIC Administrator Tomas Escarez said the remarkable rise in procurement may be attributed to the agency’s additional PHP3/kg incentive on top of its PHP17/kg palay support price and up to PHP0.70/kg delivery, drying and cooperative incentives.

“This means that given the right price, the NFA will be able to buy more from our farmers,” he said.

The PHP3/kg BSI is given across-the-board based on the agency’s table of Equivalent Net Weight (ENW) parameters for moisture content and purity. For clean and dry palay, the total buying price of NFA can now reach as much as PHP20.70 per kilogram.

“With the additional PHP3/kg incentive, we were able to entice more farmers to sell their harvest to us. At a time when private traders were buying at P20.28 or lower than the NFA buying price, our farmers decided to sell to us instead,” Escarez said.

The NFA chief emphasized that the agency serves as buyer of last resort to provide a fair income for farmers.

“In fact, the NFA is here to encourage traders to buy high to the benefit of farmers,” he said.

Meanwhile, an estimated PHP6.22 billion was saved by the consumers from the marginalized sector from the more than 10.36 million bags of low-priced rice distributed by the NFA from January to November this year.

An ordinary consumer saves at least PHP12 per kilogram every time he buys NFA rice sold at PHP27 per kilogram compared to the lowest imported well-milled rice sold at PHP39 per kilogram based on suggested retail price.

According to NFA, this savings translate to bigger purchasing power for ordinary consumers that they can use to buy other food items and necessities.

Escarez said that the food agency has accredited a total of 19,231 rice retail outlets nationwide currently selling NFA rice.

“We are utilizing several platforms to make sure that NFA rice reaches our poor kababayans even in the remotest and farthest barangays and island provinces,” he said.

Aside from its network of dedicated and individual rice retail outlets in public markets, the agency has also accredited non-traditional outlets such as Barangay Bagsakan and Barangay Food Terminals and Bigasan sa Parokya.

It has also partnered with the Department of Agriculture’s TienDA Malasakit and the Department of Trade and Industry’s Tulong sa Bayan Suking Outlets on Wheels.

NFA is also deploying mobile stores through its “Tagpuan Day Rice Response Delivery” (TRRD) in partnership with the accredited operator and local government units in remote barangays and resettlement areas around the country to serve marginalized consumers including the indigenous people (IPs).

TRDD is a rice distribution strategy where the PHP27/kg NFA rice is sold directly to poor and marginalized beneficiaries in the area at an appointed time and place in close coordination with the local barangay.

Escarez, meanwhile, said the delivery of 297,000 metric tons (MT) rice shipments under the open tender scheme in the NFA warehouses is almost complete.

With these new fresh stocks, the food agency can continue to inject low-priced rice to make it accessible and available to more consumers through its network of accredited retailers. (PR)

          Retailers see China tariff delay as 'promising' move      Cache   Translate Page      
The news of a delay in the implementation of tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods imported by China, which were due to take effect Jan. 1, was welcomed by grocers and other retailers as a way to de-escalate the looming trade war that the industry fears that such tariffs will spark.
          Sales Associate - Famous Footwear - Famous Footwear - Sheridan, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
Famous Footwear is a retail division of Caleres, a $2.6 billion footwear company with a diverse portfolio of global footwear brands, which fit people’s lives....
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          (USA-FL-Jacksonville) Production Supervisor      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description The Production Supervisor is a member of the plant leadership team and plays a key role in providing management and leadership to deliver business results and operational improvements. Under direction of the Business Unit Manager, the Production Supervisor is responsible for the day-to-day manufacturing operations for an assigned area and shift. This role has responsibility to achieve productivity, efficiency, customer service, cost, quality, safety and employee engagement objectives through both individual and team contributions. Provides direction, leadership, development and support to direct reports through empowerment, teamwork, on-the-job assignments and continuous improvement projects and initiatives. Develops, implements and promotes safety programs and safe work practices through involvement in plant safety teams, programs and initiatives. Promotes sound employee & labor relations within the department by developing and maintaining an effective organization with qualified personnel. Develops, promotes, and supports continuous improvement and other cross-functional initiatives. Qualifications + BA/BS Degree in Business, Food Science, Engineering or related field is preferred + 1-5 years of experience in a manufacturing environment is required + Ability to lead, motivate and mentor large teams of hourly associates is required + Strong communication and leadership skills + Strong analytical/critical thinking + Strong accountability, consistency and follow-through skills Ability to work effectively with a wide array of plant personnel ranging from hourly employees to senior management Kraft Heinz is an EO employer – Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled and other protected categories Location(s)HPC - Jacksonville Factory The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          Seasonal Associate - Famous Footwear - Famous Footwear - Sheridan, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
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          'We want to grow': South Korean food giant CJCJ eyes US processed food market as it acquires 80 percent stake in Schwan's      Cache   Translate Page      
South Korean food giant CJ CheilJedang is to purchase 80 percent of Schwan’s Company for an estimated $1.8 billion.
          Sales Associate - Famous Footwear - Famous Footwear - Gillette, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Assistant Sales Manager - Famous Footwear - Famous Footwear - Gillette, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
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          (USA-IL-Chicago) Assoc Brand Mgr, Mktg BB - Cultured White Space      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description Role Marketing is at the core of our world and at the heart of where we make our decisions. Marketers understand the consumer… really understand the consumer. They ask questions. Find answers. They take the extra step to work towards a vision for future success, while driving revenue and profit. As an Associate Brand Manager, you will be at the center for some of the biggest decisions we make. Associate Brand Managers are leaders in our business. You turn product ideas into iconic brands on the table. Your responsibilities will span across advertising, product development, packaging, and trade & consumer promotions, all the way to manufacturing. You’ll lead cross-functional teams of colleagues from sales, operations, research & development, and quality. You’ll build and execute plans to deliver on annual and longer term financial goals, all while managing the day-to-day needs of the business. And, to bring the brand plan to life for consumers, you will collaborate with our retailer partners to drive category growth. Key Components of the Role + Lead development of integrated marketing campaigns + Lead business analytics (share, volume and revenue drivers, competition) to drive business objectives + Advertising and consumer promotions budget management + Champion new products and package design + Advance consumer insights and brand strategy + Ensure efficient supply chain management + Collaborate with Sales to develop strategic customer partnerships Minimum Qualifications + Bachelor’s degree + Master’s degree in business administration preferred + Marketing emphasis ideal + Strong communication skills + Ability to synthesize data and form logical conclusions + Demonstrated ability to lead teams and excellent interpersonal skills + Strong time management skills + Enthusiasm for consumer marketing EEO Statement Kraft Heinz is an EO employer - Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled and other protected categories. Location(s)Chicago/Aon Center The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA-CA-San Francisco) Finance Manager - eCommerce      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description Role / Title + The eCommerce Finance Manager role provides financial counsel to the eCommerce sales team, concentrating on the Walmart and Last Mile (Instacart, Shipt, etc.) businesses + The Finance Manager will drive the following activities: + Customer profitability analysis, trade forecasting, and revenue mix analysis + Promotional planning and analysis of shopper marketing spend and in-market performance + Annual AOP process, monthly forecasting and month-end reporting, working closely with the Global Digital & Online Growth leadership team + Trade management projects and strategy implementation with revenue management and BU sales teams + Improvements to systems and methods of work/analysis, ensuring that the improvements are continuously adapted to business requirements + Ad-hoc analysis to support business needs + This role provides the candidate an opportunity to further develop planning, reporting and strategic thinking skills Qualifications: + Bachelor's degree in STEM, Finance or Accounting disciplines + Minimum 3-5 years of experience in Finance or related field + Strong analytical, interpersonal, and organizational skills and attention to detail + Strong understanding of internal systems and processes + Advanced Excel & PowerPoint skills + Comfortable working in fast-paced, energetic environment that is constantly evolving EEO Statement Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is an equal employment employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, and disabled individuals. As an equal opportunity employer, Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact 847 646-6044 for assistance. Location(s)San Francisco - Market Center - Office The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA-WI-Beaver Dam) Engineering Manager      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description The Engineering Manager will lead the plant project engineering team to develop the annual capital plan; manage monthly capital cash flow; and develop/execute capital projects following the Kraft Heinz engineering playbook. The manager will insure compliance with Environmental Protection Agency regulations, sanitary design standards, Good Manufacturing Practices, Factory Mutual recommendations, the Occupational Safety & Health Act, and other regulations and standards. Key Responsibilities of the Role + Protect the environment, and the company's good name and assets from harm by meeting all applicable environmental regulations and responding immediately to potential violations. + Protect the company’s employees through focus on ergonomic issues and employee safety during both the planning and execution of capital projects, and enforcement of factory safety regulations such as lock out/tag out for outside contractors and company employees. + Develop, monitor and control the annual capital budget + Manage capital and facility maintenance projects and resources through timely equipment installation, service and repair. + Develop ideas and projects to reduce utility and energy costs. + Support the efficient operation of the Plant through effective utilization of Engineering and Facility Maintenance resources. + Research and develop new processing techniques to improve quality of product and production efficiencies. + Establish departmental goals that maintain focus on improving line efficiencies and product quality. + Determine equipment capabilities for new or revised factory layouts. + Evaluate production and packaging needs for Capital Equipment. + Participate on the Food Safety and HACCP Team. + Assist and partner with business leaders on implementation of process improvement, including leading change initiatives, planning, and facilitation. + Participate in the QRMP yearly audit and assist in the development of procedures and corrective actions + Support all facets of product quality and food safety processes to ensure that finished product meets or exceeds internal specifications and regulatory standards. Comply with standard operating procedures, audit systems, and record keeping systems to facilitate process conformance to requirements. Ensure that all factory personnel have been trained to follow all provisions of operating. Qualifications + Bachelor of Science in Engineering or related field is required + Minimum of 7 years of increasing responsibility in plant engineering and project management in manufacturing + Minimum of 5 years of experience with full cycle capital project management from appropriation preparation to field start up. + Minimum 5 years’ experience working with process and high speed/automation equipment. + Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices, OSHA safety regulations, EPA regulations, and other related codes and regulations applying to the operation of a food products factory. + Working knowledge of boiler and compressed air operations in order to evaluate operating efficiencies. + Clear understanding of engineering economics and project justification. Leadership skills gained through course work, seminars, and experience in supervisory positions in engineering, maintenance and/or supervising contractors on capital projects Kraft Heinz is an EO employer – Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled and other protected categories Location(s)Beaver Dam Plant The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA) Senior PAC Manager, Government Affairs      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description Job Highlights: We are currently hiring a Senior PAC (Political Action Committee) Manager to round out our Washington DC based Government Affairs team. This position reports to the Global Head of Government Affairs and Board Advisor of Kraft Heinz. Key Responsibilities: + PAC + Develop and execute plan to solicit all eligible employees including presentation tools + Meet with/present to or personally solicit 40% of eligible class annually + Own the transition of company to new PAC support system + Continuously ensure compliance in all PAC solicitations + PAC Compliance: + Responsible for all Company FEC filings for PAC + Public Policy: + Manage total portfolio of issues at the state level + Partner with other team members on issues at the federal level and globally. + Curate and own communications such as PPT presentations for internal updates and external meetings + GA Team + Assist Global Head of Government Affairs in various GA efforts necessary during critical situations + Partner with team on annual hunger project for the Foundation Key Competencies: + Operates as a partner to the Global Head of Government Affairs and as an integral part of the Government Affairs team. + Externally interacts with DC-based trade associations and consultants, Capitol Hill offices, and state and local officials as necessary. + Internally collaborates cross-functionally with key internal colleagues and content experts across the Company to identify, manage and update them on policy issues. + Takes a disciplined approach to government affairs, supplemented by good instincts as well as a proven track record for knowing what is needed and how to get it done. Has an ability to distill complicated issues into simple messages and key facts. + Has an informed point of view, and advocates for Kraft Heinz and our shareholders. + Espouses good for corporate and individual ethics. + Effectively uses a variety of communications tools and approaches to share our work internally. + Leads by example and models behaviors consistent with the Company’s vision and values. Previous Experience: + At least 7 years of experience in fundraising, government or government relations. + Broad understanding of policy issues, high learning agility, resourceful and flexible to handle different government affairs related tasks. + Ability to work both independently and as part of a small team in a dynamic, open and creative environment. + Capability to handle sensitive information and complex issues with discretion and good judgment. + Experience at the federal, state or local level of government affairs. + Knowledge of agriculture, food and nutrition preferable, but not required. + Strong project-management and organizational skills. + Bachelor’s degree required. + Ability to work under tight timeframes. EEO Statement Kraft Heinz is an EO employer - Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled and other protected categories. Location(s)Govt Relations Office The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Sr Analyst, eCommerce- Marketing & Media      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job DescriptionActivate holistic advertising and marketing campaigns that include retailer onsite and offsite traffic drivers (including targeted display ads, search, paid social, CRM, influencers, and acquisition emails)Manage day-to-day relationship with our media partnersInterface with both eCommerce sales teams and brand teams regarding search strategy and performance to meet campaign objectivesDefine search strategy and structure, including keyword development and content development. Integration of campaign efforts across media channelsOwnership of Media & Marketing planning/execution calendarsDevelop detailed media briefs for various initiatives to launch of programs comply with brand guidelines, align with business objectives, and exceed defined performance KPIsSynthesize campaign learnings and communicate data-driven recommendations and best practices to the sales and brand teams on an ad-hoc or regular basisCollaborate with the Consumer Insights and Category Management teams to identify growth areas and for the channelsDevelop a test and learn plan to support go-to-market plans by channelSupport strategic initiatives focused on high impact growth including: SEO, SEM, Voice Commerce, etc. Qualifications Exceptional communication skills, with experience managing multiple stakeholders expectationsAbility to demonstrate individual, team, and project leadership skillsExcellent analytical skillsStrong personal motivation and ability to effectively work independently as well as collaboratively across multiple functionsKnowledge of syndicated data via IRI, Nielsen syndicated data, household panel, market basket studies, etcStrong proficiency in MS Office toolsMedia buying experience, DSP, DMP and ad serving/tracking (DCM) understanding preferred Prior media agency experience preferred EEO Statement Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is an equal employment employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, and disabled individuals. As an equal opportunity employer, Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact 847 646-6044 for assistance. Location(s)Chicago/Aon Center The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA) SENIOR ANALYST IT - BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description BI System> Work with business team to analyze user requirements> Develop, design BI model and prepare data loading process.> Provides recommendation/ suggestion towards BI products to its stakeholders> Involve in BI system enhancement> Involve in succession of IT Global Projects Support and Assist user> Act as helpdesk for helping users in adapting the changes in BI.> Create and generating dashboard and report, make sure that the result is informative, ready on schedule, reliable and match with the requirements.> Provide support and actively participate in projects and initiatives which contributes to cost effective and efficient processes (for another team). Routines> Work together with admin and network team to make sure adaptation of best practices in network/connection area.> Review application setting and job > Ensure BI system is running well automatically> Continuously maintain the performance and service quality of BI Team> Ensure the accessibility, accuracy and reliability of its data. Location(s)Intiland The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
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Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description The Plant Manager will coordinate and direct all of the major plant functions, maintain good employee relations and meet all ZBB budgetary objects. Responsible for the execution of all manufacturing operations including Product, Planning, Quality Assurance, Sanitation, Maintenance, Purchasing, Safety, Shipping, Receiving and Materials Controls, all in conformance with Kraft Heinz policies and all applicable regulatory and legal requirements. Responsible for coordination and communication of the operations forecast, including the identification of key financial operating risks and potential offsets. Support all strategic efforts to generate new sales and maintain the existing customer base. Key Responsibilities of the Role + Guides department managers in the development of labor usage strategies to better the utilize resources, reacting to changes in production demands and deadlines. + Communicates to management and plant personnel Company changes in Kraft Heinz policies, procedures, and strategies. + Oversees the development and implementation of companywide policies and procedures + Ensures personnel adherence to Kraft Heinz policies, safety standards, and good manufacturing practices. + Actively supports all continuous improvement efforts throughout the plant. + Actively monitors and supports all safety projects and efforts throughout the plant + Consults with corporate offices and plant management team to develop annual operating budget & ZBB + Guides management team to ensure plant operates efficiently while meeting or exceeding corporate financial goals. + Reviews detailed labor standards by cost center to support annual budgeting process. + Actively works with the Human Resources Department in policy development, employee grievances, employee development issues, and employee motivation. + Work with Engineering and Maintenance departments to develop strategies to reduce production equipment downtime due to equipment failures. + Actively works with Continuous Improvement Coordinator, Engineering Manager, and Maintenance Manager on equipment process flows, optimization of plant layouts, coordination of shutdowns, and startups due to new production lines and equipment installations. + Oversees Cost Accounting on new products costing, developing standards, analysis of variances, and annual budget process. + Collaborates with department managers to identify and then recommends process improvements to reduce labor, ingredient, and packaging materials cost. + Analyzes plant daily/weekly/monthly spending to keep indirect and fixed cost within standards in order to + meet/exceed corporate financial goals + Supports the R&D team in developing of new products processes, supports production runs, costing of labor, and scrap standards for new products. + With department managers analyzes downtime data to develop downtime reduction strategies. + Analyzes manufacturing variances of ingredient, materials, and labor usage and works with management team to implement strategies to reduce them. + Oversees the preparation of operational schedules and manufacturing activities to ensure that production and quality of products meet specifications. + Identifies and implement continuous improvement initiatives such is labor reduction, waste reduction, and reduction of indirect cost to contribute to factory objectives. Qualifications + Bachelor’s Degree is required, preferably in Management or Engineering + Minimum of 5 years of progressive leadership experience is required, preferably within a manufacturing environment + Must demonstrate ability to effectively communicate with and influence large groups of employees + Minimum of 1 year of leadership experience in a Safety oriented environment is required Kraft Heinz is an EO employer – Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled and other protected categories Location(s)Albany Plant The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
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Military Communications Market Recent Developments 2018-2025 by Top Companies Like Rockwell Collins, Northrop Grumman Corporation, L-3 Communications Holdings, Raytheon Anschütz, Thales Group, Harris Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Alcatel-Luce The Global Military Communications Market was valued at USD 26.22 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 74.59 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 12.32% from 2017 to 2025. Verified Market Research has recently published a new

          (USA-IL-Granite City) Tech 1 - Production      Cache   Translate Page      
The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. Job Description Pay for the position starts at $25.90 an hour and has a lot of growth potential and wage increases!!! Job DescriptionSpecific Duties: + Work in an autonomous team to provide maintenance support in a high-speed manufacturing environment. + Perform preventative maintenance (PM) on equipment. + Troubleshoot and make necessary repairs/adjustments on equipment during production to minimize downtime and maximize equipment efficiency. + Create work orders in SAP to ensure accurate parts tracking and equipment spending. + Provide innovative solutions to resolve on-going breakdowns. + Perform mechanical work, including but not limited to conveyor bearing and chain replacement, motor/gearbox replacements, lube routes and bushing replacements. + Utilize a fluke meter to check electrical circuits. + Analyze equipment to improve efficiency, safety and quality. + Maintain legible, neat and accurate records, documentation, reports, etc. + Upgrade skills as required due to improvements and/or changes in technology. + Ensure good communication between different shifts. + Assist with new associate training. + Adhere to plant safety and quality requirements + Perform sanitation requirements as needed or required. + Perform other duties as assigned or required. Productivity Responsibility: + Actively participate in team goal setting/implementation to ensure that we are a low cost, high quality producer. Quality Responsibility: + Ensure the quality of our products and workplace by following all procedures and guidelines. + Comply with all established GMPs, HACCP guidelines, Housekeeping responsibilities and QCMS operating procedures. Safety Responsibility: + Actively participate in team safety efforts to achieve/exceed plant goals. + Required to perform all duties safely and use discretion to prevent injuries to self and/or others. Qualifications: + Previous maintenance experience and/or equivalent technical training. + Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment with people of varying skills and backgrounds. + Ability to read and Interpret schematics and equipment/operating manuals. + Ability to safely and effectively work on plant facilities and equipment. + Knowledge of safety policies and procedures (e.g. lock out / tag out, confined space entry). + Understanding of requirement and importance of documentation. + Ability to interpret, analyze, and write electrical and electronic diagrams or schematics preferred. + Ability to lift 50 lbs. + Ability to work off shifts, holidays, weekends, and overtime as necessary. Location(s)Granite City Plant The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          (USA-NC-Raleigh) Project Manager II      Cache   Translate Page      
Project Manager II + Job ID:331791 + Functional Area:Corporate + + Location:NC - Raleigh + Position Type:Full-Time + + Send This Job to a FriendSaveSaveApply withLinkedInApply Now We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class: We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class: Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both the professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. Advance operates approximately 5,100 stores, 126 WORLDPAC branches and serves approximately 1,300 independently owned CARQUEST branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance Auto Parts is currently looking for aChange Management Leaderto join theirCorporate Systems Teamin Raleigh, NC. TheCorporate Systems Teamis responsible for IT strategy, development and operations of Advance’s “back office” systems. Our financial systems enable billions of dollars of transactions with both our suppliers and customers annually. Transformation is the focus as we are replacing aged systems and embracing software-as-a-service (SaaS). As theIT Finance Transformation Change Manager Leaderyou will: + Bring your exceptional communication skills, mental agility, and vision to Advance Auto Parts. + You will interface with a broad scope of the AAP environment including HR, Finance, IT, and outward facing functions as we move forward in a multitude of high-profile transformational projects. + Appreciating and anticipating downstream impacts of both implementation plans and current state opportunities is invaluable. As this Change Manager you will be guiding and adapting business and IT team as the landscape evolves with the introduction of new Financial ERP across AAP + A willingness to roll up your sleeves and find answers to complicated questions is paramount. Key elements of this role will include: - Identifying stakeholders, assessing degree of impact, and determining communication methodologies. - Creation of concise, detailed, actionable change management plans as they relate to ongoing projects - Ability to communicate complex principals to a diverse audience - Adaptable with ability to pivot rapidly as project(s) demand and support multiple initiatives simultaneously - Experience with managing SaaS software implementation required. SaaS HR and ERP experience a plus. Qualifications: Required Technical and Professional Experience: + Minimum of 5 years prior change management experience + Understanding of all aspects of a change (awareness, training, communications, rollout etc. ) of large scale business and technology transformation covering areas such HR and Finance, GL, AP, AR, Purchasing, ePro, and Budgeting / Planning + Demonstrated, proven experience of understanding changes related to SaaS/finance cloud Preferred Technical and Professional Experience: + Demonstrated experience delivering change in business applications in the Distribution, Retail, eCommerce or Direct-to-Customer verticals + Prosci, Certified Change Management Professional or Change Management Specialist credentials are a plus. + Experience working in a product centric organization + Demonstrated experience working with Oracle Financials Cloud Platform/SaaS Required Education: + Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience Preferred Education: + Master’s Degree
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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
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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Dec. 4, 2018 

Machine learning masters the fingerprint to fool biometric systems 

Fingerprint authentication systems are a widely trusted, ubiquitous form of biometric authentication, deployed on billions of smartphones and other devices worldwide. Yet a new study from Michigan State University and New York University reveals a surprising level of vulnerability in these systems.CSE Professor Arun Ross and colleagues have learned that partial fingerprint-based systems on smartphones can be compromised by using strategically created fake prints.

Using a neural network trained to synthesize human fingerprints, the research team evolved a fake fingerprint that could potentially fool a touch-based authentication system for up to one in five people. 

Much the way that a master key can unlock every door in a building, these “DeepMasterPrints” use artificial intelligence to match many prints stored in fingerprint databases and could thus theoretically unlock a large number of devices. 

The work builds on earlier research led by Nasir Memon, NYU computer scientist, and Arun Ross, Michigan State University professor of computer science and engineering. They coined the term “MasterPrint” to describe how partial fingerprint-based systems can be compromised by using strategically created fake prints. 

“As fingerprint sensors become smaller in size, it is imperative for the resolution of the sensor to be significantly improved for it to capture additional fingerprint features,” Ross said. “If resolution is not improved, the distinctiveness of a user’s fingerprint will be inevitably compromised. The empirical analysis conducted in this research clearly substantiates this.” 

Devices typically allow users to enroll several different finger images, and a match with any enrolled partial print is enough to confirm identity. Partial fingerprints are less likely to be unique than full prints, and their earlier research demonstrated that enough similarities exist between partial prints to create MasterPrints capable of matching many stored partials in a database. 

In the new study, doctoral student Philip Bontrager and computer scientist Julian Togelius from NYU along with their collaborators, including Memon and Ross, took this concept further, training a machine-learning algorithm to generate synthetic fingerprints as MasterPrints. The researchers created complete images of these synthetic fingerprints, a process that has twofold significance. First, it is yet another step toward assessing the viability of MasterPrints against real devices, which the researchers have yet to test; and second, because these images replicate the quality of fingerprint images stored in fingerprint-accessible systems, they could potentially be used to launch a brute force attack against a secure cache of these images. 

The new study was presented at the IEEE International Conference of Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems by Philip Bontrager, the first author of the paper. 

“These experiments demonstrate the need for multi-factor authentication and should be a wake-up call for device manufacturers about the implications of artificial fingerprint attacks,” Bontrager said. 

Use your fingerprint to unlock your smartphone? Can you trust it?This research has applications in fields beyond security. Togelius noted that their Latent Variable Evolution method used here to generate fingerprints can also be used to make designs in other industries – notably game development. The technique has already been used to generate new levels in popular video games. 

A National Science Foundation grant supported the work. The research team also includes postdoctoral fellow Aditi Roy, who was lead author for the original MasterPrint paper.


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How the Mainstream Media Turn Villains into Saints



It is sickening the way the press eulogise dead war criminals and US Presidents in particular.  I can remember the BBC gushing over Ronald Reagan when he died and making a tribute programme to the man who unleashed the Contras in Nicaragua and supported the death squads in El Salvador. Ronald Reagan was seen as a beacon of hope for democracy even whilst he did his best to impoverish the poorest Americans.  But this is how our opinion makers work.
George Bush was the man who headed the CIA, a criminal organisation which subverted democratically elected governments in Latin America and brought the regimes of Pinochet and Videla to power in Chile, replete with their torture chambers and mass disappearances.  Bush represented all that was most vile in American politics and the fact that the Clintons are gushing all over his memory should teach us that when it comes to US politics there is no essential difference between Republicans and Democrats.

George Bush was the son of Senator Prescott Bush, a businessman and banker who made much of his fortune trading with Nazi Germany even after war was declared.  But as one of America's leading families, almost akin to  royalty, he escaped prosecution for aiding the enemy at a time of war despite financing Fritz Thyssen one of the largest steel and coal barons who organised finance for Hitler.
People won't remember the shooting down of an Iranian civil airliner Flight 655 by the USS Vincennes of the US Navy. 290 people, including 66 children, were murdered. George H W Bush was not the kind quirky, friendly soul that is made out today.  George H.W. Bush in 1988 responded to the mass murder by saying: "I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don't care what the facts are." was his Trumpian response. 
The USS Vincennes
Below is an article by Mehdi Hassan on Bush’s legacy.

Tony Greenstein

December 1 2018, 4:38 p.m.

President George H.W. Bush addresses the nation from the Oval Office on Jan. 16, 1991, after U.S. forces began military action against Iraq, code-named Operation Desert Storm. Photo: Charles Tasnadi/AP
The tributes to former President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday aged 94, have been pouring in from all sides of the political spectrum. He was a man “of the highest character,” said his eldest son and fellow former president, George W. Bush. “He loved America and served with character, class, and integrity,” tweeted former U.S. Attorney and #Resistance icon Preet Bharara. According to another former president, Barack Obama, Bush’s life was “a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling. And he did tremendous good along the journey.” Apple boss Tim Cook said: “We have lost a great American.”

In the age of Donald Trump, it isn’t difficult for hagiographers of the late Bush Sr. to paint a picture of him as a great patriot and pragmatist; a president who governed with “class” and “integrity.” It is true that the former president refused to vote for Trump in 2016, calling him a “blowhard,” and that he eschewed the white nationalist, “alt-right,” conspiratorial politics that has come to define the modern Republican Party. He helped end the Cold War without, as Obama said, “firing a shot.” He spent his life serving his country — from the military to Congress to the United Nations to the CIA to the White House. And, by all accounts, he was also a beloved grandfather and great-grandfather to his 17 grandkids and eight great-grandkids.

Yes I know this was written for his son but it is equally applicable  to the father
Nevertheless, he was a public, not a private, figure — one of only 44 men to have ever served as president of the United States. We cannot, therefore, allow his actual record in office to be beautified in such a brazen way. “When a political leader dies, it is irresponsible in the extreme to demand that only praise be permitted but not criticisms,” as my colleague Glenn Greenwald has argued, because it leads to “false history and a propagandistic whitewashing of bad acts.” The inconvenient truth is that the presidency of George Herbert Walker Bush had far more in common with the recognizably belligerent, corrupt, and right-wing Republican figures who came after him — his son George W. and the current orange-faced incumbent — than much of the political and media classes might have you believe.
Consider:
He ran a racist election campaign. The name of Willie Horton should forever be associated with Bush’s 1988 presidential bid. Horton, who was serving a life sentence for murder in Massachusetts — where Bush’s Democratic opponent, Michael Dukakis, was governor —  had fled a weekend furlough program and raped a Maryland woman. A notorious television ad called “Weekend Passes,released by a political action committee with ties to the Bush campaign, made clear to viewers that Horton was black and his victim was white.
As Bush campaign director Lee Atwater bragged, “By the time we’re finished, they’re going to wonder whether Willie Horton is Dukakis’s running mate.” Bush himself was quick to dismissaccusations of racism as “absolutely ridiculous,” yet it was clear at the time — even to right-wing Republican operatives such as Roger Stone, now a close ally of Trump — that the ad had crossed a line. “You and George Bush will wear that to your grave,” Stone complained to Atwater. “It’s a racist ad. … You’re going to regret it.”
Stone was right about Atwater, who on his deathbed apologizedfor using Horton against Dukakis. But Bush never did.
He made a dishonest case for war. Thirteen years before George W. Bush liedabout weapons of mass destruction to justify his invasion and occupation of Iraq, his father made his own set of false claims to justify the aerial bombardment of that same country. The first Gulf War, as an investigation by journalist Joshua Keating concluded, “was sold on a mountain of war propaganda.”
For a start, Bush told the American public that Iraq had invaded Kuwait without provocation or warning.” What he omitted to mention was that the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie, had given an effective green light to Saddam Hussein, telling him in July 1990, a week before his invasion, “[W]e have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait.”
Then there is the fabrication of intelligence. Bush deployed U.S. troops to the Gulf in August 1990 and claimed that he was doing so in order “to assist the Saudi Arabian Government in the defense of its homeland.” As Scott Peterson wrote in the Christian Science Monitor in 2002, “Citing top-secret satellite images, Pentagon officials estimated … that up to 250,000 Iraqi troops and 1,500 tanks stood on the border, threatening the key U.S. oil supplier.”
Yet when reporter Jean Heller of the St. Petersburg Times acquired her own commercial satellite images of the Saudi border, she found no signs of Iraqi forces; only an empty desert. “It was a pretty serious fib,” Heller told Peterson, adding: “That [Iraqi buildup] was the whole justification for Bush sending troops in there, and it just didn’t exist.”

President George H. W. Bush talks with Secretary of State James Baker III and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney during a meeting of the cabinet in the White House on Jan. 17, 1991 to discuss the Persian Gulf War. Photo: Ron Edmonds/AP

He committed war crimes. Under Bush Sr., the U.S. dropped a whopping 88,500 tons of bombs on Iraq and Iraqi-occupied Kuwait, many of which resulted in horrific civilian casualties. In February 1991, for example, a U.S. airstrike on an air-raid shelter in the Amiriyah neighborhood of Baghdad killed at least 408 Iraqi civilians. According to Human Rights Watch, the Pentagon knew the Amiriyah facility had been used as a civil defense shelter during the Iran-Iraq war and yet had attacked without warning. It was, concluded HRW, “a serious violation of the laws of war.”

U.S. bombs also destroyedessential Iraqi civilian infrastructure — from electricity-generating and water-treatment facilities to food-processing plants and flour mills. This was no accident. As Barton Gellman of the Washington Post reportedin June 1991: “Some targets, especially late in the war, were bombed primarily to create postwar leverage over Iraq, not to influence the course of the conflict itself. Planners now say their intent was to destroy or damage valuable facilities that Baghdad could not repair without foreign assistance. … Because of these goals, damage to civilian structures and interests, invariably described by briefers during the war as ‘collateral’ and unintended, was sometimes neither.”
Got that? The Bush administration deliberately targeted civilian infrastructure for “leverage” over Saddam Hussein. How is this not terrorism? As a Harvard public health team concludedin June 1991, less than four months after the end of the war, the destruction of Iraqi infrastructure had resulted in acute malnutrition and “epidemic” levels of cholera and typhoid.
By January 1992, Beth Osborne Daponte, a demographer with the U.S. Census Bureau, was estimating that Bush’s Gulf War had caused the deaths of 158,000 Iraqis, including 13,000 immediate civilian deaths and 70,000 deaths from the damage done to electricity and sewage treatment plants. Daponte’s numbers contradicted the Bush administration’s, and she was threatened by her superiors with dismissal for releasing “false information. (Sound familiar?)
He refused to cooperate with a special counsel. The Iran-Contra affair, in which the United States traded missiles for Americans hostages in Iran, and used the proceeds of those arms sales to fund Contra rebels in Nicaragua, did much to undermine the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Yet his vice president’s involvement in that controversial affair has garnered far less attention. “The criminal investigation of Bush was regrettably incomplete,”wrote Special Counsel Lawrence Walsh, a former deputy attorney general in the Eisenhower administration, in his final report on the Iran-Contra affair in August 1993.
Why? Because Bush, who was “fully aware of the Iran arms sale,” according to the special counsel, failed to hand over a diary “containing contemporaneous notes relevant to Iran/contra” and refused to be interviewed in the later stages of the investigation. In the final days of his presidency, Bush even issued pardonsto six defendants in the Iran-Contra affair, including former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger — on the eve of Weinberger’s trial for perjury and obstruction of justice. “The Weinberger pardon,” Walsh pointedly noted, “marked the first time a president ever pardoned someone in whose trial he might have been called as a witness, because the president was knowledgeable of factual events underlying the case.” An angry Walsh accused Bush of “misconduct” and helping to complete “the Iran-contra cover-up.”
Sounds like a Trumpian case of obstruction of justice, doesn’t it?

 A U.S. marshal, left, looking for a suspect, shows a mug shot to a man found allegedly using drugs in a crackhouse, according to police, in Washington, D.C., on July 18, 1989. The police raid was part of President George H.W. Bush’s war on drugs. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP
He escalated the racist war on drugs. In September 1989, in a televised address to the nation from the Oval Office, Bush held up a bag of crack cocaine, which he said had been “seized a few days ago in a park across the street from the White House . … It could easily have been heroin or PCP.”

Yet a Washington Post investigation later that month revealed that federal agents had “lured” the drug dealer to Lafayette Park so that they could make an “undercover crack buy in a park better known for its location across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House than for illegal drug activity” (the dealer didn’t know where the White House was and even asked the agents for directions). Bush cynically used this prop — the bag of crack — to call for a $1.5 billion increase in spending on the drug war, declaiming: “We need more prisons, more jails, more courts, more prosecutors.
The result? “Millions of Americans were incarcerated, hundreds of billions of dollars wasted, and hundreds of thousands of human beings allowed to die of AIDS — all in the name of a ‘war on drugs’ that did nothing to reduce drug abuse,” pointed out Ethan Nadelmann, founder of the Drug Policy Alliance, in 2014. Bush, he argued, “put ideology and politics above science and health.” Today, even leading Republicans, such as Chris Christie and Rand Paul, agree that the war on drugs, ramped up by Bush during his four years in the White House, has been a dismal and racist failure.
He groped women. Since the start of the #MeToo movement, in late 2017, at least eight different womenhave come forward with claims that the former president groped them, in most cases while they were posing for photos with him. One of them, Roslyn Corrigan, told Time magazine that Bush had touched her inappropriately in 2003, when she was just 16. “I was a child,” she said. The former president was 79. Bush’s spokesperson offered this defenseof his boss in October 2017: “At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures.” Yet, as Time noted, “Bush was standing upright in 2003 when he met Corrigan.”
Facts matter. The 41st president of the United States was not the last Republican moderate or a throwback to an imagined age of conservative decency and civility; he engaged in race baiting, obstruction of justice, and war crimes. He had much more in common with the two Republican presidents who came after him than his current crop of fans would like us to believe.

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          AntiVaxxers - Religious Views Gone Awry      Cache   Translate Page      
Rav Moshe Sternbuch (TLS)
Although I have dealt with the issue in the past, I have in large part ignored the current debate over measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccinations. Not because I didn’t think vaccinations were important. Of course they are. But because I did not believe that any sane person would disagree with that. The few that do, I basically wrote off as nut-job fringe conspiracy theorists.

Unfortunately, there are more than a few  conspiracy theorists. Some of them are not fringe at all. In fact some are quite prominent.

There is currently a deadly measles epidemic taking place both in Israel and here in America. Those affected are mostly in the Charedi community. The epidemic is so widespread that Yeshivas Mir is currently offering to vaccinate any of their students who think they might need it - at no charge. Measles is a highly contagious disease. So it is spreading rapidly.

In the United States  I am aware of communities in New York, Lakewood, Detroit, and Chicago that are affected. I’m sure that there are more. Considering that measles has for decades been pretty much eradicated as a disease, this is somewhat shocking.

How serious is this disease?  One or two out of every 1000 that contract it, will die. So the lack of protecting oneself via vaccination is a matter of Pikuach Nefesh. Those who refuse to be vaccinated or refuse it for their children are literally putting not only their own children at risk, but considering the high degree of contagiousness, are putting entire communities at risk.

What is behind this phenomenon? There are some people that think being vaccinated is more harmful than not being vaccinated. For example they point to now discredited studies that have linked vaccinations to autism in children.  

Part of the problem is that there are some misguided rabbis in positions of authority support these conspiracy theorists. How so? Well one example is what BMG (Lakewood) Rosh Hayeshiva R’ Malkiel Kotler has done. From YWN
According to his [Rabbi Kotler’s] words, on account of this, there are thousands of children in the New York and surrounding area that are sitting in their homes. This is because their parents are refusing to vaccinate them on account of a concern that the vaccination itself may be harmful to the child…
On the other hand, the administrations of the Talmud Torahs refuse to accept these students the entire time that they remain unvaccinated. This is on account of the danger that they will cause the spread of measles throughout the Talmud Torah.
According to his [Rabbi Kotler’s] view, “This is improper, since there is substance to the view that the vaccine may be damaging. There is also the matter that according to his [Rabbi Kotler’s] words, there are Gedolei Torah that agree with the view that parents cannot be forced to vaccinate.”
In a strongly worded letter to Rabbi Kotler, Rav Moshe Sternbuch said the following
(P)arents of vaccinated children can demand that those children that are not vaccinated not be allowed to enter into schools together with their children. For as it is known this disease is very communicable. The vaccination itself cannot completely prevent the spread of it [there remains a 3 percent chance of infection even after vaccination].
The children that are not vaccinated do not have a right to endanger the vaccinated children and to expose them to the disease – even though the mortal danger to them is remote and minimal, since there is a small chance that they can become sickened by the disease. The parents have the right to demand that their children not be exposed to the illness even with no mortal danger. 
That is the right thing to do. In a letter sent out last week by the primary Charedi religious schools here in Chicago, parents were advised that no child would be admitted to class that did not have an MMR vaccination.  

I wish that was the end of the story. But I was shocked by what I was directed to on Facebook

A teleconference was held - led by Rebbetzin Temi Kamenetsky (wife of Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky) designed to give Chizuk (her words) to the anti vaxxers. It is available on Facebook in both audio and transcribed form. There one will find the unbelievably shocking words spoken by the wife of a one of the most respected rabbinic leaders in America. Here are some of the things she said: 
Did you ever hear of Amalek? Hashem told to get rid of them because they're not good. They tried to destroy b'nei yisroel. And they're still trying. Merck is a German company, and they produce MMR. Worldwide a lot of terrible things have been happening. Autism is all over the world.
I know personally two babies who died, they were three months old. Right after, two and a half weeks after the shots. But the doctors don't believe it. They're taught, they don't know that they're taught by professors who are apikorsim or representatives of the medical, of the pharmaceutical companies.
This is a test min hashamayim. As everything is a test. We're told al tivtichi b'nedivim b'ben adam sheain lo teshuah. He could be the greatest person, the [unintelligible] the doctors, the lawyers, the Indian chiefs. But you can't trust anyone, any human being. And it says bitchu baShem, we are told we must trust Hashem…
We're being forced to choose between school or vaccinations. So we could just tell everybody, I'd rather trust Hashem than the doctors. It's mamesh a gezeira, it's a gezeima min hashamiyim. We're being tested…
They're even using v'nishmartem meod es nafshoseichem to say that this is hishtadlus, take the vaccination [laughs]. It's sheker, it has to do with money. Because they make, Amalekim make billions a year, it's coming up to trillions, and they spend millions to bribe the politicians... 
I encourage everyone to read or listen to the rest for themselves. And weep. 

What makes this even more perplexing is that I have been personally told by a distinguished member of the Kamenetsky family that all of her own children were vaccinated! What happened? How did she come to these absurd and dangerous conclusions?

I can only conjecture. But it has to be a combination a propensity towards conspiracy theories and religiosity gone awry based on bad information and in my view a gross misunderstanding of Halacha.

Rebbetzin Kamenetsky is not a Posek. I’m sure she will be the first to tell you that. But there are some people that consider themselves Poskim in this regard and have published Teshuvos (responsa) promoting the false notion that as a matter of Halacha one must refuse to be vaccinated. And that by doing so, you are in effect an Apikores - denying the very existence of God!

This is an extremely dangerous situation that seems to be affecting the Charedi world the most. The question is why? 

It is clear that both medical science and the vast majority of Charedi Poskim agree on the vital need for vaccinations. And the absolute right - or even obligation - by schools to bar any unvaccinated children from attending. But it is also clear that most of the antivaxxer crowd lies squarely in that community. Because with respect to Orthodox Jewry, that is where the epidemic seems to be centered

In my view this is a corruption of their understanding of what faith in God is all about. Yes, God is the true healer. But it is our obligation to do whatever we can in that regard. God clearly tells us that in the Torah itself: We must very much guard our lives.

That means that we do not rely on miracles. We do what we can and God does the rest. To say that listening to doctors is a denial of God is itself pure unadulterated Apikursus. Any rabbis (or Rebbetzins) that defend the rights of parents to send their unvaccinated children to school are in my view violating the fundamental Halachos of Pikuach Nefesh! And they should be ignored. Because the price of listening to them may be very costly.


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JD -- The elites are making a comeback? Where? How? Maybe this is true but I am not seeing it. There is not a single example or bit of evidence given? Who are you talking about? Some names? George H.W. Bush's funeral is happening right now. He was a genteel aristocrat. He tried to be a centrist and do what's right. Bill Clinton on the other other side was a centrist, getting tough on crime and cracking down on welfare. Where are the new elite like that? Among the elite, I see three types: (1) A few rebels, like the Trumps, who dare to rise above the parapet, in the name of preserving the life they have known, and get shot at like crazy. It should not be a rebellious act to try to preserve civilization but apparently it is. (2) A larger group of the politically correct, who censor politically incorrect speakers and hit at the first group for status. Macron in France is the archetype. He burnishes his politically correct status by attacking nationalism and global warming unbelievers but he cannot confront or fix actual problems. (3) A third large group? The cowards like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett who have built great things but who dare not confront political correctness in any meaningful way. I dunno if they are biding their time, but it seems pretty late in the game. I feel so desperate for more elite, and more billionaires, to risk something to preserve their civilization. And then finally one of them speaks and half the time they are crying about global warming and you realize that, holy crap, they don't SEE! In spite of big technology improvements, life expectancy has declined for three years in a row. That doesn't tell me we are headed to a pseudo-utopia. It tells me the wheels are slipping off the wagon.
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Over the weekend it seemed like a solid trade agreement – putting the trade war on hold for 90 days – had been made between the United States and China. And then Trump couldn't resist Twitter, where, over a few posts, he warned that if the deal didn't happen, he was a "Tariff Man." Following his toxic tweets, the Dow Jones industrial fell 705 points, or nearly 3%. The Nasdaq fell 3.1%.

According to The New York Times:

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From Sputnik News:

Epstein's teen sex trafficking ring worked like a pyramid scheme, according to victims, who say they were paid to give massages to Epstein, paid extra for sex acts and paid even more to recruit more girls between the ages of 13 and 16 into the ring. The girls were also, at times, allegedly offered up to Epstein's powerful friends.

Today Epstein spent another pittance to prevent his young victims from revealing in court how he'd sexually abused them. Epstein settled a lawsuit that he'd filed against attorney Bradley Edwards, who is representing several of Epstein's teen molestation victims in a civil suit against Epstein. By settling the suit, Epstein was able to stop his victims from telling the court just what a kind of person he is. Epstein didn't even have to apologize to Edwards face-to-face, instead he paid his lawyer to read an apology for him. Read the rest


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          In Bush coverage, the media finds another foil for Trump      Cache   Translate Page      

Shortly before midnight on Friday, George H.W. Bush died at home in Houston. He was 94. Bush’s death set the stage for a weekend of tribute. Although some media coverage of America’s 41st president (mostly in left-leaning outlets) was harshly critical, the majority was glowing and nostalgic. In between, nuanced depictions of a complicated life got crowded out. The tenor of the news cycle felt much as it did in August following the death of John McCain.

As the news filtered through, many outlets published their obituaries of Bush. Obituaries are a strange art—most big news organizations write them in advance then keep them in cold storage, particularly when subjects are advanced in years and/or have a serious medical condition (Bush announced, in 2012, that he was living with vascular parkinsonism, a mobility-limiting disease). Political obituaries, in particular, can thus feel suspended in time—infusing the historical period they cover with the assumptions and values of when they were written. When finally published, obituaries are updated to mirror the mood of the day—setting a narrative around a dead public figure that subsequent coverage tends to reinforce.

ICYMI: Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In Bush’s case, that coverage has been dominated by favorable comparisons to President Trump. Bush’s death, much like McCain’s before him, became a metaphor for the death of civility in politics. A warm letter Bush wrote his successor, Bill Clinton, was held up as an artifact of bipartisan comity, as BuzzFeed’s Anne Helen Petersen noted in an insightful post. Many outlets highlighted Bush’s broad public popularity—both during his presidency and now—as an example of rare national consensus. And on cable news, in particular, commentators portrayed Bush as an honorable man who did politics the nice way. On CNN, Colin Powell, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff under Bush, summed up much coverage when he said, “Politics need not be mean and nasty, and he lived by that.”

Obituaries and the coverage leading off of them are news stories, not historical scholarship, so it’s understandable that they plug into current events. It is ironic, then, that the press glossed over Bush’s failures and flaws when so many of them track closely with recent developments in our politics. Just last month, Bush’s racist 1988 Willie Horton spot—the low point of two highly divisive presidential runs—was explicitly compared to a Trump campaign ad painting migrants as bloodthirsty criminals. Likewise, the Brett Kavanaugh saga re-upped Bush’s appointment of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court—Bush stuck with Thomas, as Trump stuck with Kavanaugh, despite credible allegations of sexual misconduct against his nominee. And Bush’s decision, as he prepared to leave office, to pardon defendants in the Iran–Contra scandal to shield himself from further investigation chimes, at least in some small way, with Trump’s reaction to the Mueller probe: just last week, Trump refused to rule out a pardon for Paul Manafort.

None of this is to diminish Bush’s many achievements, nor is it to say he was similar to Trump: he was not. But the focus on Bush’s comparatively civil style—to the exclusion of almost everything else—made much coverage of his death feel hagiographic. Even mild negativity was given a wide berth. Bizarrely, the AP said yesterday that it deleted a tweet and revised a story on Bush’s death “because the tweet and the opening of the story referenced his 1992 electoral defeat and omitted his WWII service.” (Its initial tweet had attracted right-wing ire online.)

As the cliche goes, journalism is the first rough draft of history. In a clear-eyed assessment for Politico on Saturday, historian David Greenberg wrote that in media coverage, “respect for the dead must coexist with respect for the historical record.” Over the weekend, many obituaries and follow-up stories missed the opportunity to judge Bush’s presidency by those standards, rather than the diminished stature of the White House’s current occupant.

Below, more on the life and death of George H.W. Bush:

  • Available, accessible, and informed: On CNN’s Reliable Sources, Brian Stelter and guests discussed what it was like to cover the first Bush White House. “Bush was available, he was accessible, he was informed and gosh, that’s what journalists like,” remembered Charles Bierbauer, who covered his administration for CNN. “Access is the most important thing.”
  • More remembrances: The New York Times’s Peter Baker reconstructs Bush’s final moments. Also in the Times, Maureen Dowd reflects on her mutually respectful relationship with the president she covered, despite their very different backgrounds, while in The Washington Post, Thomas Boswell remembers how Bush would contact him for sporting tips.
  • “The last true WASP”: The Atlantic’s Franklin Foer writes that fawning media coverage of Bush reflects a deeper-seated mourning for the passing of the Establishment. “For more than a century, this Establishment resided at the top of the American caste system. Now it is gone, and apparently people wish it weren’t,” Foer writes. “But good manners are hardly the same as moral courage; prudence is sometimes hard-hearted. Those who are mourning the passing of the old Establishment should mourn its many failures, too.”
  • A #MeToo omission: Multiple women accused Bush of inappropriate touching late last year, but those allegations were largely absent from coverage of his death. “In its long and thorough obituary, The New York Times made no mention of the allegations. Nor did The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, or the Associated Press,” Slate’s Molly Olmstead writes.
  • World AIDS Day: World AIDS Day was also underplayed on Saturday—a cruel irony given Bush’s inaction in the face of the AIDS crisis, Steven W. Thrasher writes in The Nation. “Bush dangerously hid the vast nature of American violence beneath the seductive cloak of civility, that opiate of mass media that gets journalists and readers to let violence go unremarked,” Thrasher says.


Other notable stories:

  • In the UK, lawmaker Kate Osamor resigned from the opposition Labour Party’s leadership team following reports that she threw a bucket of water over a Times (of London) reporter at her home, then threatened to “smash [his] face in” with a bat. Osamor attracted scrutiny after her son—who she employs in her parliamentary office—was sentenced for taking $3,000 worth of drugs into a music festival. The Times reported that Osamor misled the public about when she found out.
  • In France, meanwhile, journalists nationwide have found themselves on the end of threats and physical violence as a wave of civil unrest sweeps the country in response to rising diesel taxes. For CJR, Martin Goillandeau and Makana Eyre report that a protester broke a photographer’s cheek bone in three places with a punch. Another journalist is under police protection.
  • In the hours immediately before and after dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in early October, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least 11 messages to the adviser overseeing the operation, The Wall Street Journal’s Warren P. Strobel reports. The call log underpinned the CIA’s assessment that MBS was likely responsible for Khashoggi’s killing—an assessment rejected by Trump.
  • Nexstar has agreed to buy Tribune for just over $4 billion—a deal which would make it the largest US operator of local TV stations, Reuters’s Carl O’Donnell and Liana B. Baker report. The move comes just three months after Tribune’s attempted deal with Sinclair fell through.
  • The editorial arm of Ceros, a creative software company, looked at the increasingly diverse covers of 10 glossy magazines since 2012. Over the last two years, more than half the covers of Allure and InStyle featured people of color, Ceros found. Nearly a third of Vanity Fair covers did likewise—up from just 9 percent over the prior four-year period.
  • On Friday, Canada’s Supreme Court ordered Ben Makuch, a national security reporter for Vice, to let police access materials related to his interview with an alleged ISIS recruit—settling a long-running legal battle. Makuch called the verdict a blow to press freedom, as did advocacy groups like the Committee to Protect Journalists.
  • After the Har-Ber Herald, a high school newspaper in Arkansas, published a lengthy investigation into the transfer of five football players to a rival school, its school district suspended it, then threatened to fire its faculty adviser, BuzzFeed’s Amber Jamieson reports.
  • And on Friday, Tavi Gevinson announced the closure of Rookie, the online magazine that grew out of a fashion blog she started when she was 12. The Cut’s Amanda Arnold writes that Rookie “changed the internet” for girls and women. “The publication was known for its explicitly feminist lens, refreshing approaches to classic teen magazine sections like ‘Dear Diary,’ and alt-90s nostalgia,” Arnold says.

ICYMI: Remembering John McCain and his relationship with the press


          Nigeria: ERGP - U.S.$4.73 Billion Investment Identified in Agric, Transport Focus Labs - FG      Cache   Translate Page      
[Vanguard] The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Budget and Planning has disclosed that through the Economic Recovery Growth Plan, ERGP initiated about one and half year ago, about $4.7 billion investment has been identified in agriculture and transport focus labs with a potential to create about 129, 000 jobs.
          UAE and India sign 35 billion rupees currency swap agreement      Cache   Translate Page      
India and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday signed a currency swap agreement to boost investment and enable direct trade without using dollars or other international currencies. The swap is for 2 billion dirhams or 35 billion Indian rupees ($496 million), depending on which central bank requests the amount, an Indian embassy statement said. "The bilateral currency swap agreement between India and the UAE is expected to reduce the dependency on hard currencies like the U.S dollar," the statement said, adding that the two central banks had agreed the deal. While giving a push to the two local currencies, the swap deal would also reduce the transmission costs arising from exchange rate risks, it added. The agreement was signed after the 12th India-UAE joint commission meeting co-chaired by India's External Affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj and the UAE's Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi. Bilateral trade between the two countries stood at around
          Drake tops Spotify’s 2018 list with 8.2 billion streams      Cache   Translate Page      
He also has the year’s most-streamed album.
          Nearly 132 Million People Will Need Help, U.N. Says in 2019 Appeal      Cache   Translate Page      
The U.N. is seeking about $25 billion, an increase of about 10 percent, even though relief agencies are becoming more efficient.
          'Will work everything out': US on India's S-400 deal      Cache   Translate Page      
​James Mattis brushed aside questions about India’s purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence system, saying, “We'll work everything out, trust me." ​The threat of US sanctions had loomed when India had signed the $5 billion S-400 deal with Russia in October.
          Tencent Music is moving ahead with its $1.2 billion IPO in the US      Cache   Translate Page      
Tencent Music, which commands a total domination over the music streaming industry in China, is moving ahead with its IPO in New York, seeking as much as $1.2 billion from investors. The IPO is back in motion after around two months since the company postponed it amid a global selloff. According to a regulatory filing accessed by The […]
          Audi will spend $16 Billion on electric vehicles and self-driving tech      Cache   Translate Page      
Massive investments from traditional automakers into future mobility tech is getting a major impetus today. Auto Union Der Inglostadt, popularly known as Audi(the Germany luxury automaker under VW Group), will invest 14 billion euros ($15.95 billion) over the next five years on future transportation technologies such as electric mobility, autonomous driving and digital services. The […]
          Mayor John Tory tells shrunken council that Toronto needs to be ‘thinking bigger’      Cache   Translate Page      

Mayor John Tory addressed a slimmed-down city council for the first time on Tuesday, facing two rows of councillors and a row of empty seats, urging them to think bigger, even though the new council is far smaller than planned.

“We’re having this great moment on the world stage right now, where we’re considered a cool, welcoming, respectful, caring place to be,” Tory told the city’s 25 councillors, grouped in the first and second rows of desks in chambers at city hall for the first time since being elected on Oct. 22.

The third row of desks was empty, the result of legislation passed this summer by the province — led by Premier Doug Ford, a former city councillor — that reduced the number of wards in the city to 25 from a planned 47. That legislation is still being challenged in the courts.

Tory said Toronto needs to be “thinking bigger,” and making progress on issues like affordable housing and transit.

“It means being prepared to make ourselves a bit uncomfortable on some issues so that we can make up for the fact we as a city have not kept up in a number of key areas,” Tory said, pointing to problems such as crowded subway platforms and subway cars and congested roads.

“No one should be frazzled and stressed before they get to work, and then spend the day dreading the trip home. It’s not productive or liveable. We can do better. And we will.”

Tory, who has promised no tax increase greater than inflation, pointed out that revenue from land transfer taxes is no longer growing and interest rates are rising.

“All of which suggest that we won’t simply be able to do things exactly as we have in the past,” Tory said.

He repeated his promise to hire 200 new police officers for 2018 and said he would, with council’s co-operation, close gaps in the city’s youth equity strategy aimed at helping youth vulnerable to involvement in violence and crime.

Tory and city councillors were ceremonially sworn in at the meeting, although Ward 12 Councillor Josh Matlow (Toronto-St. Paul’s), returning for a third term, did not pledge allegiance to the queen.

“My allegiance is to my country, my city and my community,” said Matlow, after the ceremony. “If I listen to my head and my heart, I just can’t honestly say I’m doing this for Queen Elizabeth II.”

At a reception after the meeting, Ward 17 Councillor Shelley Carroll (Don Valley North), said she thinks it may be easier to reach consensus with 25 councillors instead of 44, the number of councillors last term. Before Ford introduced legislation shrinking Toronto’s city hall, the number of councillors was set to rise to 47.

“I’m really cautiously optimistic that building consensus will become an easier matter because it can happen a little bit faster,” she said, while cautioning that it may not make a difference when council gets to thornier issues.

She feels that there is growing acceptance of the idea of affordable housing because even those who are well-housed see their children and grandchildren struggling to find places to live.

“We’re at a moment now when no matter how old you are, affordable housing is an issue because your children and your grandchildren are struggling to find housing,” said Carroll, who was first elected to council in 2003. “I’m going into communities where the homes are $2.5 million and couples who are in their twilight years and very well-pensioned, are saying ‘Yes, yes, we need affordable housing.’”

Ward 13 Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam said she’s not so sure fewer councillors will be able to reach consensus more easily, and she is concerned that there aren’t enough of them.

“I think there is going to be less accountability because you have fewer people reading those very important documents — we’re taking care of a $13-billion operating budget; a lot of things go flying across the floor of council and there’s not as many sets of eyes on it and that’s not good,” said Wong-Tam, who is starting her third term.

In a news conference after the meeting, Tory said whether council will work better with fewer members remains to be seen.

“The workability will depend entirely on the people in that room,” he said.

Council is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to debate how to reorganize key committees and agencies with fewer council members.

Francine Kopun is a Toronto-based reporter covering city politics. Follow her on Twitter: @KopunF


          MDs question motives, results of vote by specialists trying to break away from OMA      Cache   Translate Page      

A group of specialists trying to break away from the Ontario Medical Association is being called out by peers who charge that the discord is all about money.

“They don’t want to be the group that has to give up (some money) for other groups to increase their earnings,” general surgeon Dr. Nancy Baxter said in an interview Tuesday.

“Until the OMA started talking more about relativity, you didn’t hear about these specialty organizations wanting to break away,” continued Baxter, one of many doctors who has gone public with criticisms — many of them on social media — of a referendum the breakaway specialists held last week.

“Relativity” refers to big pay gaps between different medical specialties. The OMA, which represents Ontario’s 31,000 practising physicians in contract negotiations with the provincial government, has struggled recently to develop a recommendation on the issue for an arbitration panel charged with resolving a four-year-old contract dispute.

The stakes in the ongoing dispute are high. The arbitration panel must first determine how much extra money should be added to the physician services budget, which currently stands at more than $12 billion or 10 per cent of the entire provincial budget. The panel must then determine how the extra money should be divvied up between different specialties.

Radiologist Dr. David Jacobs, who is spearheading the breakaway efforts, served as an OMA board member until late September when he resigned and announced the need to form a separate specialist group. In an open letter critical of the OMA, Jacobs noted it was unable to reach a negotiated settlement with the new Ford government and charged its bureaucracy has grown while its accountability has waned.

He said 24 specialty sections recognized by the OMA (there are 49) had shown interest in forming a separate group, writing that they should be able to freely choose who represents them. He called for one bargaining agent to represent family doctors and another to represent specialists.

The timing of Jacobs’ resignation coincided with the release of a report from the OMA’s relativity advisory committee, which recommended narrowing pay gaps between medical specialties. It called for the pay of four top-billing specialties — radiologists, ophthalmologists, cardiologists and gastroenterologists — to be cut by up to 1 per cent annually for 11 years. Money saved would then be redistributed to lower-paid specialty groups.

Essentially, this means high-paid specialties would get a smaller piece of the pie and lower-paid specialties a bigger one.

While the word “relativity” was never mentioned in the letter, there was reference to an upcoming meeting of the OMA’s 250-plus member governing council at which a vote was to take place on whether to endorse the committee’s recommendation to narrow pay gaps. Jacobs, who is also vice president of the Ontario Association of Radiologists, warned the meeting would “further divide” the OMA and said he “cannot be party to this.”

Council members voted almost 80 per cent in favour of narrowing pay gaps.

But in an unusual move, the board then persuaded council to change its decision to one that would see each of the 49 sections make its own pitch to the arbitration panel on how to tackle relativity.

The OMA leadership then came under fire from doctors on Twitter, angry over what they called “copping out” on a difficult issue. Others interpreted the move as a strategic one aimed at weakening support for the formation of a separate specialist group.

Jacobs subsequently revealed the formation of the Ontario Specialists Association (OSA) and invited specialists to vote on a “referendum” in late November to secede from the OMA.

In releasing the results of that vote last week, the OSA issued a news release stating “Ontario Specialist Groups Vote Overwhelmingly to Leave the OMA.” The release stated the majority of voters from eight sections were in favour of separating, but there was very limited information released beyond that.

But upon further investigation by the OMA and others, it was learned that only 10 per cent of specialists and 5 per cent of all doctors voted in favour of a divorce.

The OSA also issued incorrect information, initially stating the majority of otolaryngologists (also known as ear, nose and throat doctors or ENTs) had voted to separate when in fact the opposite was true.

On Twitter, many opposing physicians are calling into question the motives and results of the vote.

Emergency medicine physician Dr. Ian Stiell, referring to why a majority of ER doctors opposed the split: “Emergency physicians are a very poor fit with the Ontario Specialists Association which wants to preserve income for the highest billing specialists without addressing relativity.”

Psychiatrist Dr. Javeed Sukhera: “Shame on (the OSA). Relativity is about valuing each and every physician. It is not about knocking each other down. If we help lift each other, we all win.”

Family medicine resident Ali Damji: “We are in an era where new money isn’t coming to us so we need to redistribute and invest in underfunded areas (primary care, mental health, elderly) … Which unfortunately also means that when we invest in that part of the pie, other parts become smaller. I don’t think doing so in an evidence-based and thoughtful way is a bad thing — and it’s needed.”

Baxter, adding to the growing chorus of female doctors calling for disparity in pay between male and female physicians to be addressed: “We need relativity within and across specialties to address the discrimination experienced by physicians in Ontario. (OSA) needs to figure this out as well.”

Pediatrician Dr. Mo Eltorki, questioning the results of the vote: “Sorry, please elaborate on your definition of success! This does not represent specialties in Ontario, not even close! You forgot to mention the large specialties that refused to split from the OMA: emergency medicine, dermatology, ENT, occupational therapy and plastic surgery.”

Asked earlier if the issue of relativity was behind the efforts of the OSA to separate, Jacobs would only say all doctors are facing fee cuts. He has repeatedly stated the Ford government is receptive to the idea of specialists forming their own organization.

The Medical Post last month quoted an unnamed Ford government source stating that the province would respect the results of the referendum. The source said if a “critical mass” of doctors voted to split, the government would be open to amending legislation to make that happen.

Since then, Health Minister Christine Elliott’s office has only said the government is seeking legal advice on how to proceed.

Theresa Boyle is a Toronto-based reporter covering health. Follow her on Twitter: @theresaboyle


          India expected to contribute $1.35B of growth: GroupM’S 2019 AD Forecast      Cache   Translate Page      
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GroupM updated its 2018 and 2019 ad investment forecasts. GroupM slightly downgraded 2018 growth expectations from 4.5% to 4.3%. 2019 growth projections are also whittled from 3.9% to 3.6%, with total new investment anticipated to reach $19B instead of the $23B earlier predicted. [Recent US dollar appreciation versus just about every other currency helped suppress this growth.] Stress on the auto category stood out in feedback from GroupM’s worldwide network, as did the absence of any rebound in CPG investment with traditional media. These views and more are discussed in This Year, Next Year, GroupM’s twice yearly look at worldwide media investment trends authored by Futures Director, Adam Smith. “GroupM’s still strong but slightly fraying 2018 view ties to macro questions: tighter money, China’s slowing growth, and the potential for pricey trade wars,” said Smith. “Real interest rates are edging up globally, but serious potential problems remain limited to a fragile five — Argentina, South Africa, Brazil, Turkey and Venezuela.” GroupM forecasts that ten countries will provide 83% of all 2019 growth. China remains the largest contributor, but 2019 will be its sixth successive year with single-digit ad growth and mark its lowest growth rate yet recorded. Still, its USD 90 billion ad market is second only to the USA, and has doubled since 2010. Despite rapid consumerization, China’s advertising intensity peaked at 0.78% of GDP in 2006 and has trended down to a prospective 0.67% in 2019. Also Read: Between 2018 – 2021, online video advertising to grow at average 18% a year Ranked second, the U.S. is experiencing good macroeconomic indicators like lower unemployment and improved consumer confidence, but increasing energy prices, rising interest rates, and low unemployment have many concerned about the potential for increased inflation on top of a yawning deficit. Marketers continue to scrutinize digital investment with emphasis on verification and value. Ranked third, India is expected to contribute $1.35B of growth. This is roughly the same as Australia’s, Russia’s and Brazil’s combined growth, even though India’s total ad economy is a mere quarter of the others’ combined heft. India’s 14% ad investment growth is rooted in 7% real consumer spending growth. Japan is fourth. Japanese advertising has tracked ahead of its GDP in the post-Lehman cycle with media spending per capita picking up sharply since 2016. The 2020 Olympics and a surge in biddable media are powering tailwinds, but a 2019 consumption tax rise from 8% to 10% and Japan’s belated confrontation with value, viewability and verification in digital supply chain are foreseeable headwinds. A resilient UK is fifth. Despite fears of Brexit calamity and consumer fatigue, advertising investment remains propelled by massive advertising digitization (61% of predicted investment in 2019), and GroupM’s UK forecast remains buoyant. This is partly because of the market’s characteristic flexibility. In an emergency, advertisers know they can turn off the tap. Concerning the new forecast, GroupM’s CEO, Kelly Clark said, “Worldwide advertising investment grows slowly but marketing has never moved faster. Automation proliferates; cycles accelerate; talent grows more mobile. The gap between the cost of failure and the value of success grows wider. For advertisers, this underscores the importance of a worldview and trusted partners who can help their brands perform where the growth can be found.”

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          How to growth hack your social media community      Cache   Translate Page      
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The article discusses the techniques and tools most valuable to any growth hacking strategy with reference to your social media community. In this blog post, we’ll be covering three main sections: What is growth hacking? How companies around the world have used growth hacking to improve their social media. How growth hacking can grow your exposure, customer base and bottom line. Is There a Difference Between Growth Hacking and Digital Marketing? One of the most prominent difference is that where general digital marketing refers to a set of activities, growth hacking is a science. Growth hacking doesn’t entail a set of tools that you can use, but rather how you utilise those tools. We can define it by breaking down this one funnel. The first step in the growth hacking funnel is acquisition – referring strictly to the right target audience. How do you get in front of the right people? This could be getting footfall into a physical store, or new visitors onto an ecommerce website. The second is activation, meaning your acquired audience has some sort of interest or engagement with your brand or business. You can define your own activation step for what exactly it is you’re trying to achieve – it could be having a customer of your target audience adding something to their cart on your ecommerce platform. The next important part is retention. You have retention when someone is repeating an action that is of specific business value to you. For example, repeat website visits, purchases or social shares. Then we have referrals. This is simply getting existing customers to get you more customers. Referrals can be measured in several different ways – perhaps you have a referral benefits program, where an existing customer gets a discount for referring someone who becomes a new customer. Or perhaps it’s organic referrals from social media and blog posts. Regardless, scaling this could result in an impressive jump in customers and revenue for your business. Top Tip: Dropbox, worth over $10 billion today, credits its success today to their successful referral program that incentivized both the referrer and referred to promote the product to others. All referrers were given extra storage space for each referral. In the first year and a half of the program starting, an astonishing 2.8 million referral invites were sent. Even today, 35% of Dropbox’s new users come from its highly successful referral program. Lastly, of course, we have revenue. Check that every step you’ve gone through in the funnel makes financial sense for the brand. Essentially, the revenue amount should be more than the amount you’ve spent on acquiring, engaging, retaining and referring. The best thing about this funnel is that you know its scalable. Once you’ve got it operating smoothly, you can 10X your resources and therefore 10X your revenue. Growth Hacking for Social Media When it comes to social media, it’s not just about the numbers anymore – it involves a certain level of creativity, engagement, content creation. At the top of the social media growth hacking funnel – attracting the right people to follow you, visit your app or website – would be social media traffic or organic followers (followers that naturally increase after putting out great content or social media campaigns, not followers that have been bought or paid for). The middle of the funnel focuses on engagement and retainment. This could be measured by engagement percentage – the number of visitors or followers that are engaging, engagement analysis – positive or negative sentiment analysis, or certain actions taken – consumers buying something from you or sharing your posts. Lastly, the bottom of the funnel relates to how much revenue is being generated. This can obviously be measured by sales and ROI – arguably the most important metric of any social media strategy. It can also be measured by brand mentions or brand recognition – how many more people starting writing or chatting about you. Try a social media listening tool to discover exactly what people are saying about your brand and how it might be changing over time. Also Read: #SAMMIE2018: Growth Hacking and how to win against hungry competition at large! Understanding the Pillars of Social Media Marketing Social media pillars are tied to the growth marketing funnel. Every one of these pillars as activities that add to and help with growth. Here, we break them down: Content Development How are you going to build and develop content that can help with business growth? Your audience has seen every product that is available for what they need. They do not care about your product, they care about your story. Connect with people at a deeper level: excite, scare or motivate them – something that your audience will feel connected to, will talk about and will buy into. This increases the “sharability” of your content. When designing content, how “sharable” it is should be your core value. This results in growth, and even virality. For example, Dove’s campaign “#SpeakBeautiful” uses hard-hitting stats to connect to women emotionally about something they can relate to. Their Tweet, “4 out of 5 negative beauty Tweets are from women talking about themselves,” doesn’t mention or hint at the product that Dove sells at all. One can’t speak about content development without mentioning video content. The rise and success of video content in recent years shows us everything that we need to know about it – it’s a trend that is here to stay. If you’re not yet using this impactful way of storytelling, you should get on it immediately. For instance, one of the most innovative brands on the planet, Airbnb, released a campaign known as “Don’t go there, live there.” This was a video presenting Paris, New York and Tokyo, among other global cities, that people can either simply “go to” – and do what tourists usually do – or they can get a more wholesome experience of the city by “living there” –  staying with locals, cooking the food and learning the language. Content Engagement How are you going to ensure that your content is engaging enough and not just there for the sake of it? To explore content engagement, it’s appropriate to use the example of Gary Vaynerchuk. Founder and CEO of VaynerMedia, best-selling author, investor, global speaker and Internet personality, Vaynerchuk is someone who puts out a lot of content, but never just for the sake of it. He has used his influence to build a strong, loyal community of people who he connects with, inspires and teaches valuable lessons in his daily posts and videos. Watch this video of his directed at inspiring entrepreneurs: Gary talks about the real “hands on” work in entrepreneurship: He is realistic and he says it how it is, which makes it easy for viewers to understand his sentiment and connect with him. The “growth factor” in his content is about how direct he is: Gary comes across as honest, authentic and direct. The average person can relate to him or, at the very least, be completely inspired by him. The “sharability” of his videos: The above video is one and a half minutes, making it quick to watch and easy to digest, as well as shareable – the community are inspired to share with their friends and business partners after watching his content. The social community that Gary has grown through videos like these has aided in him growing his personal brand, building successful businesses, writing and selling books, and more. Content Experiments: As with most marketing efforts, when it comes to content experiments, measurement is critical. The BuzzFeed content team is specialised in trying different headlines, content types and mediums, and measuring them all to discover which option to go with. After all, if you don’t try something new and measure the outcomes, you’ll never know what you’re missing and what you could be doing better. In growth hacking, content experiments are too good of an opportunity to miss. Here are the four main steps to follow: Launch Hypothesis Produce and deploy content Measure engagement Validate what works and scale it. And then, most importantly, repeat. Launch a new hypothesis weekly, monthly or quarterly – depeding on your business and goals – keep measuring and keep evolving. Community-Building Through Content Engagement We’ve broken it down into three main ways to look at building communities through content engagement: Conversational Content (Ask) This refers to brands asking the community for their opinions, ideas and input. This can be done with polls and quizzes and is usually fun (as opposed to a data-collecting survey) to ensure engagement. This is probably not right for you if you’ve just launched – because communities don’t know who you are yet. Conversational content is for providing value to your existing community, and falls right in the middle of the funnel, with pure engagement and conversation being the core goal. For example, Future Females, an organisation aimed at increasing the number and success of female entrepreneurs globally, hosts regular polls in their Facebook group to keep engagement and momentum high. Social media listening (Listen) Social media listening is about listening well in order to respond better, instead of starting conversations or asking questions. This can help you with a number of aspects such as crisis communications, trend predictions, product design, competitor benchmarking and so much more. Community growth and reaching out to people (How to Act Once You’ve Listened) – Where is the content shared the most? Check where your content has maximum sharability. Here, you need to validate based on shares and positive sentiment, and then move forward with what has worked best. – Which influencers produced the best results? If you don’t know how to find social media influencers in India yet, track which members of your community are your biggest fans or making the most positive noise about you online. Find a way to appreciate them in whichever way suits your brand so they maintain their high levels of enthusiasm and engagement. Top Tip: Watch this free on-demand webinar on How to Build an Influencer Marketing Strategy That Works for everything you need to know about creating an engaging campaign, building a strong brand-influencer relationship and impacting your bottom line with influencer marketing. – Next, look at which locations and products are gaining the most engagement. This might surprise you – sometimes customers are in remote places we would never have considered having a presence, but probably should, and sometimes there’s serious engagement on a certain product or feature that can show us what we need to focus more time and money on. Also Read: How to get SaaS-y on Social Media KPI’s That Matter to Social Media Growth A KPI (key performance indicator) is a quantifiable measure that can be used to determine how well a company’s goals are being met. A few of the many reasons why they’re important are: they support and influence business objectives, foster personal growth, critical for performance management and strengthen employee morale. These are some of the most effective KPIs that matter to social media growth depending on where you are in the funnel: “Whatever you can measure, you can improve.” Meltwater India Remember to record and measure your social media marketing efforts for better chance of growth. Growth hacking your social media communities has just as much to do with measurement as it does engagement and selling. Reach out the team if you have any unanswered questions about growth hacking, or would like to know more about how to improve your social media strategy with social listening and measurement. With inputs from Shivankit Arora, Founder of Marketing Masala.

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By Amanda Boston When most westerners think about India, visions of the Taj Mahal or perhaps the slums of Mumbai typically come to mind. Yet, 40 percent of India’s population is comprised of people groups who live in primitive villages. With 1.3 billion inhabitants, India has the most unreached people groups—meaning those who have never […]

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How the 2020 Democratic presidential contender helped a Republican billionaire rip off the middle class.
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WHERE does all our overseas aid money go? Direct Grants to Dr M’Bezzla at the Institute of Ubungme: £6.5million Sponsored Bunga Bunga Parties with Oxfam: £6.5billion Aid to French farming, Spanish fishermen and the German terrorism import industries: £39billion

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With a worldwide gross of $6 billion dollars (far more than box-office hits like Avatar, Jurassic Park, and Star Wars) and an attendance of over 17 million to date for the Broadway production alone, The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most iconic and beloved musical productions in history. The show has enjoyed […]

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CHANGZHOU, China, Dec. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Changzhou Qianhong Bio-pharma Co., Ltd. started construction of the phase two of pharmaceuticals production facility at Changzhou National Hi-Tech District on November 28. With an investment of 1 billion yuan, phase two adds 200 million...


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Bayer, the German drugmaker that bought U.S. seed company Monsanto earlier this year, announced on Thursday the sale of a number of businesses, around 12,000 job cuts and 3.3 billion euros ($3.8 billion) in impairments, Reuters reported.

Chief Executive Werner Baumann is under pressure to boost Bayer’s share price after a drop of more than 35 percent so far this year, dragged down by concern over more than 9,000 lawsuits it faces over the cancer-causing effect of Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer.

Sustainable Pulse Director, Henry Rowlands, commented on the shocking news on Thursday:

“This just shows what happens when a company doesn’t do its homework before making a huge investment. Bayer will struggle to recover from the Monsanto fiasco and investors in the company are obviously now very concerned. The only way out of this mess for Bayer is to stop selling glyphosate-based herbicides.”


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December 5–11 by Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21–April 19): When I write a horoscope for you, I focus on one or two questions because I don't have room to cover every single aspect of your life. The theme I've chosen this time may seem a bit impractical, but if you take it to heart, I guarantee you it will have practical benefits. It comes from Italian author Umberto Eco. He wrote, "Perhaps the mission of those who love humanity is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth." I swear to you, Aries, that if you laugh at the truth and make the truth laugh in the coming days, you will be guided to do all the right and necessary things.

TAURUS (April 20–May 20): You have a cosmic mandate and poetic license to stir up far more erotic fantasies than usual. It will be healthy for you to unleash many new thoughts about sexual experiments that would be fun to try and novel feelings you'd like to explore and people whose naked flesh you'd be interested to experience sliding and gliding against yours. But please note that the cosmic mandate and poetic license do not necessarily extend to you acting out your fantasies. The important thing is to let your imagination run wild. That will catalyze a psychic healing you didn't even realize you needed.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20): In my continuing efforts to help you want what you need and need what you want, I've collected four wise quotes that address your looming opportunities. (1) "What are you willing to give up in order to become who you really need to be?" —Elizabeth Gilbert. (2) "Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That's where the most important things come from" —Rebecca Solnit. (3) "You enter the extraordinary by way of the ordinary" Frederick Buechner. (4) "Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you" Nathaniel Hawthorne.

CANCER (June 21–July 22): I've called on author Robert Heinlein to provide your horoscope. According to my astrological analysis, his insights are exactly what you need to focus on right now. "Do not confuse 'duty' with what other people expect of you," he wrote. "They are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect. But there is no reward at all for doing what other people expect of you, and to do so is not merely difficult, but impossible."

LEO (July 23–Aug 22): What does "beauty" mean to you? What sights, sounds, images, qualities, thoughts, and behavior do you regard as beautiful? Whatever your answers might be to those questions right now, I suggest you expand and deepen your definitions in the coming weeks. You're at a perfect pivot point to invite more gorgeous, lyrical grace into your life; to seek out more elegance and charm and artistry; to cultivate more alluring, delightful magic.

VIRGO (Aug 23–Sept 22): You know the expiration dates that appear on the labels of the prescription drugs you buy? They don't mean that the drugs lose their potency after that date. In fact, most drugs are still quite effective for at least another 10 years. Let's use this fact as a metaphor for a certain resource or influence in your life that you fear is used up or defunct. I'm guessing it still has a lot to offer you, although you will have to shift your thinking in order to make its reserves fully available.

LIBRA (Sept 23–Oct 22): Libran rapper Eminem is renowned for his verbal skill. It may be best exemplified in his song "Rap God," in which he delivers 1,560 words in six minutes and four seconds, or 4.28 words per second. In one stretch, he crams in 97 words in 15 seconds, achieving a pace of 6.5 words per second. I suspect that in the coming weeks, you will also be unusually adept at using words, although your forte will be potent profundity rather than sheer speed. I encourage you to prepare by making a list of the situations where your enhanced powers of persuasion will be most useful.

SCORPIO (Oct 23–Nov 21): In May of 1883, the newly built Brooklyn Bridge opened for traffic. Spanning the East River to link Manhattan and Brooklyn, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. But almost immediately, people spread rumors that it was unstable. There was a growing fear that it might even crumble and fall. That's when charismatic showman P.T. Barnum stepped in. He arranged to march 21 elephants across the bridge. There was no collapse, and so the rumors quickly died. I regard the coming weeks as a time when you should take inspiration from Barnum. Provide proof that will dispel gossipy doubt. Drive away superstitious fear with dramatic gestures. Demonstrate how strong and viable your improvements really are.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22–Dec 21): Robert Louis Stevenson published his gothic novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 1886. It was a best seller and quickly got turned into a theatrical production. In the ensuing 132 years, there have been well over a hundred further adaptations of the story into film and stage productions. Here's the funny thing about this influential work: Stevenson wrote it fast. It took him three feverish days to get the gist of it and just another six weeks to revise. Some biographers say he was high on drugs during the initial burst, perhaps cocaine. I suspect you could also produce some robust and interesting creation in the coming weeks, Sagittarius—and you won't even need cocaine to fuel you.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22–Jan 19): A blogger on Tumblr named Ffsshh composed a set of guidelines that I think will be apt and useful for you to draw on in the coming weeks. Please study these suggestions and adapt them for your healing process. "Draw stick figures. Sing off-key. Write bad poems. Sew ugly clothes. Run slowly. Flirt clumsily. Play video games on 'easy.' OK? You do not need to be good at something to enjoy it. Sometimes talent is overrated. Do things you like doing just because you like doing them. It's OK to suck."

AQUARIUS (Jan 20–Feb 18): Aquarian athlete Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player who ever lived. He was also the first to become a billionaire. But when he was growing up, he didn't foresee the glory that awaited him. For example, in high school he took a home economics class to acquire cooking abilities. Why? He imagined that as an adult, he might have to prepare all of his own meals. His ears were so huge and ungainly, he reasoned, that no woman would want to be his wife. So the bad news was that he suffered from a delusion. The good news was that because of his delusion, he learned a useful skill. I foresee a similar progression for you, Aquarius. Something you did that was motivated by misguided or irrelevant ideas may yield positive results.

PISCES (Feb 19–March 20): The Bible does not say that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute or even a "sinner." There's no mention of her sexual proclivities at all. Delusional ideas about her arose in the Middle Ages, instigated by priests who confused her with other women in the Bible. The truth is that the Bible names her as a key ally to Christ and the crucial witness to his resurrection. Fortunately, a number of scholars and church leaders have in recent years been working to correct her reputation. I invite you to be motivated and inspired by this transformation as you take steps to adjust and polish your own image during the coming weeks. It's time to get your public and private selves into closer alignment.

Homework: Imagine that one of your heroes comes to you and says, "Teach me the most important things you know." What do you say? Testify at freewillastrology.com.

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          More than 7-in-10 California Immigrant Households Are on Welfare      Cache   Translate Page      
So now we know that illegal aliens are really coming to the US for free handouts and not just for jobs. At some point in the near future, the illegals will want to install a high-speed train to California from Mexico. More than 7-in-10 households headed by immigrants in the state of California are on taxpayer-funded welfare, a new study reveals. The latest Census Bureau data analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) finds that about 72 percent of households headed by noncitizens and immigrants use one or more forms of taxpayer-funded welfare programs in California - the number one immigrant-receiving state in the U.S. Meanwhile, only about 35 percent of households headed by native-born Americans use welfare in California. All four states with the largest foreign-born populations, including California, have extremely high use of welfare by immigrant households. In Texas, for example, nearly 70 percent of households headed by immigrants use taxpayer-funded welfare. Meanwhile, only about 35 percent of native-born households in Texas are on welfare. In New York and Florida, a majority of households headed by immigrants and noncitizens are on welfare. Overall, about 63 percent of immigrant households use welfare while only 35 percent of native-born households use welfare. President Trump's administration is looking to soon implement a policy that protects American taxpayers' dollars from funding the mass importation of welfare-dependent foreign nationals by enforcing a "public charge" rule whereby legal immigrants would be less likely to secure a permanent residency in the U.S. if they have used any forms of welfare in the past, including using Obamacare, food stamps, and public housing. The immigration controls would be a boon for American taxpayers in the form of an annual $57.4 billion tax cut - the amount taxpayers spend every year on paying for the welfare, crime, and schooling costs of the country's mass importation of 1.5 million new, mostly low-skilled legal immigrants. As Breitbart News reported, the majority of the more than 1.5 million foreign nationals entering the country every year use about 57 percent more food stamps than the average native-born American household. Overall, immigrant households consume 33 percent more cash welfare than American citizen households and 44 percent more in Medicaid dollars. This straining of public services by a booming 44 million foreign-born population translates to the average immigrant household costing American taxpayers $6,234 in federal welfare.
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Grandshores Technology Group is a public company affiliated with a 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) fund backed by the government of Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang Province. It is known to be developing a new stablecoin, which is now expected to hit the market by February 2019. Also Read: Paxful Completes Second School in […]

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          Clemson scientists measure all of the starlight ever produced by the observable universe      Cache   Translate Page      

map showing how the gamma-ray sky appears at energies above 10 billion electron volts

From their laboratories on a rocky planet dwarfed by the vastness of space, Clemson University scientists have collaborated to measure all of the starlight ever produced throughout the history of the observable universe. 


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Crypto markets and the underlying Blockchain technologies are flourishing.  As of this writing, daily transaction volume has reached $20 billion per day, with a market capitalization of over $1 trillion[1]. Blockchain’s ever-increasing value in varied use cases is ushering in a truly trustless economy by disintermediating exchange of goods and services. Despite these significant feats, […]

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Basically, the US is holding China to ransom with its trade war terrorism, threatening a 25% tariffs and all the nonsense of trade protectionism. China has to find a way to intimidate Trump's presidency. Trump is just a lame duck for the next 2 years. His support base is drying up. China's economy is stable and President Xi is signing 100s of billions of dollars with nation states in the past month from Philippines to Spain Argentina Panama Portugal etc .... in contrast to Trump he appears to be highly frustrated achieving hardly anything. Should China be extremely worried or is China quietly confident.
          Unlike a Globalized Food System, Local Food Won’t Destroy the Environment      Cache   Translate Page      
Our food system is linked to an economic system that is fundamentally biased against what’s good for people and the planet.

If you’re seeking some good news during these troubled times, look at the ecologically sound ways of producing food that have percolated up from the grassroots in recent years. Small farmers, environmentalists, academic researchers and food and farming activists have given us agroecology, holistic resource management, permaculture, regenerative agriculture and other methods that can alleviate or perhaps even eliminate the global food system’s worst impacts: biodiversity loss, energy depletion, toxic pollution, food insecurity and massive carbon emissions.

These inspiring testaments to human ingenuity and goodwill have two things in common: They involve smaller-scale farms adapted to local conditions, and they depend more on human attention and care than on energy and technology. In other words, they are the opposite of industrial monocultures — huge farms that grow just one crop.

But to significantly reduce the many negative impacts of the food system, these small-scale initiatives need to spread all over the world. Unfortunately, this has not happened, because the transformation of farming requires shifting not just how food is produced, but also how it is marketed and distributed. The food system is inextricably linked to an economic system that, for decades, has been fundamentally biased against the kinds of changes we need.

Put simply, economic policies almost everywhere have systematically promoted ever-larger scale and monocultural production. Those policies include:

  • Massive subsidies for globally traded commodities. Most farm subsidies in the US, for example, go to just five commodities — corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and rice — that are the centerpieces of global food trade.  At the same time, government programs — like the US Market Access Program — provide hundreds of millions of dollars to expand international markets for agriculture products.   

  • Direct and hidden subsidies for global transport infrastructures and fossil fuels.  The IMF estimates these subsidies and ignored environmental costs at $5.3 trillion per year—  the equivalent of $10 million every minute.

  • ‘Free trade’ policies that open up food markets in virtually every country to global agribusinesses. The 1994 NAFTA agreement, for example, forced Mexico’s small corn producers to compete with heavily-subsidized large-scale farmsin the US; the recent re-negotiation of NAFTA will do the same to Canadian dairy farmers.

  • Health and safety regulations. Most of these have been made necessary by large-scale production and distribution — but they make it impossible for smaller-scale producers and marketers to compete and survive.  In France, for example, the number of small producers of cheese has shrunk by 90%thanks in large measure to EU food safety laws.

These policies provide a huge competitive advantage to large monocultural producers and corporate processors and marketers, which is why industrially produced food that has been shipped from the other side of the world is often less expensive than food from the farm next door.

The environmental costs of this bias are huge. Monocultures rely heavily on chemical inputs — fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and pesticides — which pollute the immediate environment, put wildlife at risk and — through nutrient runoff — create “dead zones” in waters hundreds or thousands of miles away. Monocultures are also heavily dependent on fossil fuels to run large-scale equipment and to transport raw and processed foods across the world, making them a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, scientists estimate the greenhouse gas toll of the global food system at one-third of total emissions.

There are social and economic costs as well. In the industrialized world, smaller producers can’t survive, their land amalgamated into the holdings of ever larger farms — in the process decimating rural and small town economies and threatening public health. In the Global South, the same forces pull people off the land by the hundreds of millions, leading to poverty, rapidly swelling urban slums and waves of economic refugees. In both North and South, uprooted small farmers easily spiral into unemployment, poverty, resentment and anger.

There are also risks to food security. With global economic policies homogenizing the world’s food supply, the 7,000 species of plants used as food crops in the past have been reduced to 150 commercially important crops, with rice, wheat and maize accounting for 60 percent of the global food supply. Varieties within those few crops have been chosen for their responsiveness to chemical fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation water — and for their ability to withstand long-distance transport. A similar calculus is applied to livestock and poultry breeds, which are skewed toward those that can grow rapidly with inputs of grain and antibiotics in confined animal feeding operations. The loss of diversity even extends to the size and shape of food products: harvesting machinery, transport systems and supermarket chains all require standardization. The end result is that more than half of the world’s food varieties have been lost over the past century; in countries like the US, the loss is more than 90 percent. The global food system rests on a dangerously narrow base: without the genetic variety that can supply resilience, the food system is vulnerable to catastrophic losses from disease and the disruptions of a changing climate.

The Benefits of Local Food

The solution to these problems involves more than a commitment to ecological models of food production: it also requires a commitment to local food economies. Localization systematically alleviates a number of environmental problems inherent in the global food system, by:

  • reducing the distance that food travels, thereby lessening the energy needed for transport, as well as the attendant greenhouse gas emissions;

  • reducing the need for packaging, processing and refrigeration (which all but disappears when producers sell direct to consumers, thus reducing waste and energy use);

  • reducing monoculture, as farms producing for local or regional markets have an incentive to diversify their production, which makes organic production more feasible, in turn reducing the toxic load on surrounding ecosystems;

  • providing more niches for wildlife to occupy through diversified organic farms;

  • and supporting the principle of diversity on which ecological farming — and life itself — is based, by favoring production methods that are best suited to particular climates, soils and resources.

Local food provides many other benefits. The smaller-scale farms that produce for local and regional markets require more human intelligence, care and work than monocultures, thus providing more employment opportunities. In the Global South, in particular, a commitment to local food would stem the pressures that are driving millions of farmers off the land.

Local food is also good for rural and small-town economies, providing not only more on-farm employment, but supporting the many local businesses on which farmers depend.

Food security is also strengthened because varieties are chosen based on their suitability to diverse locales, not the demands of supermarket chains or the requirements of long-distance transport. This strengthens agricultural biodiversity.

Local food is also healthier. Since it doesn’t need to travel so far, local food is far fresher than global food; and since it doesn’t rely on monocultural production, it can be produced without toxic chemicals that can contaminate food.

Countering the Myths

Although local food is an incredibly effective solution-multiplier, agribusiness has gone to great lengths to convince the public that large-scale industrial food production is the only way to feed the world. But the fact is that the global food economy is massively inefficient.

The global system’s need for standardized products means that tons of edible food are destroyed or left to rot. This is one reason why more than one-third of the global food supply is wasted or lost; for the US, the figure is closer to one-half.

The logic of global trade results in massive quantities of identical products being simultaneously imported and exported — a needless waste of fossil fuels and a huge addition to greenhouse gas emissions. In a typical year, for example, the US imports more than400,000 tons of potatoes and 1 million tons of beef, while exporting almost the same tonnage of each. The same is true of many other food commodities, and many other countries.

The same logic leads to shipping foods across the world simply to reduce labor costs for processing. Shrimp harvested off the coast of Scotland, for example, are shipped 6,000 miles to Thailand to be peeled, then shipped 6,000 miles back to the UK to be sold to consumers.

The supposed efficiency of monocultural production is based on output per unit of labor, which is maximized by replacing jobs with chemical- and energy-intensive technology. Measured by output per acre, however — a far more relevant metric — smaller-scale farms are typically 8-20 times more productive.  This is partly because monocultures, by definition, produce just one crop on a given plot of land, while smaller, diversified farms allow intercropping — using the spaces between rows of one crop to grow another.  What’s more, the labor ‘efficiencies’ of monocultural production are linked to the use of large-scale equipment, which limitthe farmer’s ability to tend to or harvest small portions of a crop and thereby increase yields.

Making the Shift

For more than a generation, now, the message to farmers has been to “get big or get out” of farming, and a great number of the farmers who remain have tailored their methods to what makes short-term economic sense within a deeply flawed system. To avoid bankrupting those farmers, the shift from global to local would need to take place with care, providing incentives for farmers to diversify their production, reduce their reliance on chemical inputs and fossil fuel energy, and to seek markets closer to home. Those incentives would go hand-in-hand with reductions in subsidies for the industrial food system.

After decades of policy bias toward global food, some steps in this direction are being taken by local and regional governments. In the US, for example, most states have enacted “cottage food laws” that relax the restrictions on the small-scale production of jams, pickles and other preserved foods, allowing them to be processed and sold locally without the need for expensive commercial kitchens.

Several towns in the state of Maine have gone even further. Seeking to bypass the restrictive regulations that make it difficult to market local foods, they have declared “food sovereignty” by passing ordinances that give their citizens the right “to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing.”

In 2013, the government of Ontario, Canada, passed a Local Food Act aimed at increasing access to local food, improving local food literacy and providing tax credits for farmers who donate a portion of their produce to nearby food banks.

Even bolder action is needed if there is to be any hope of eliminating the damage done by the global food system. A crucial first step is to raise awareness of the costs of the current system, and the multiple benefits of local food. No matter how many studies demonstrate the virtues of alternative ways of producing and distributing food, the destructive global food system is unlikely to change unless there is heavy pressure from the grassroots to change the entire system. That needs to start now.

This article was produced by Earth | Food | Life, a project of the Independent Media Institute, and originally published by Truthout.

 

 

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Last week, two important meetings took place—one, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of the Group of 20 (G20) nations, and two, in Vienna, Austria, of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other oil producers. The two meetings did not produce any resolution to the major economic challenges in the world. But they did soothe the nerves of financial markets. At the G20, the United States and China dialed down the temperature over trade but did not settle the long-term grievances each side has of the other. At the OPEC+ meeting, Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to cut production and raise the price of oil despite pressure from the United States and others to keep oil prices low.

At neither meeting did the major powers find solutions to their problems. They are all caught in mazes from which there are no easy exits. But what calmed the world of finance was that the geopolitical tension between the major powers seemed to have lessened. What impact this reduced tension has for the world’s people, however, is not clear.

Trade

The “trade war” engineered by U.S. President Donald Trump against China began with tariffs and ended with a damp squib. At the G20, Trump told China’s Xi Jinping that the U.S. tariffs that would have gone up to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports will no longer be applied. China, for its part, said that it would import more goods from the United States. No specifics were announced, which is why the tensions over even this agreement spilled over onto Twitter (courtesy of Trump’s hyperbole) and into more sober statements from the Chinese government.

The more fundamental questions of intellectual property and currency valuation remain unsolved. The United States accuses China of theft of the intellectual property of U.S. firms, but the Chinese counter—as they have in the arbitration panels of the World Trade Organization—that they merely draw from technology transferred as a result of commercial agreements freely made by firms eager to use Chinese labor. It will be impossible to resolve these two problems, since neither side sees the issues in the same way. Their worldviews regarding intellectual property and currency valuation are utterly alien to each other. If the United States believes that China is unfairly valuing its currency, the Chinese point to the unfair advantage that the dollar has over every currency in the world since it is used as one of the major global currencies for facilitation of trade and for the storage of wealth.

Oil

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman offered each other a friendly hand slap at the G20. Everyone seemed happy to see Mohammed bin Salman, despite the clear evidence of his role in the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

But the real agreements between Russia and Saudi Arabia were not directly made in Buenos Aires. They were made more quietly in Vienna at the OPEC+ meeting. At Buenos Aires, Putin said, “yes, we have an agreement to prolong our accords.” He was referring to the deal between Russia and Saudi Arabia since 2016 to manage oil prices to their mutual benefit. The deal notwithstanding, Saudi Arabia has continued to pump itself into trouble—flooding the market with oil, driving prices down and depleting its own treasury as a result. Now Russia is eager to see oil production cuts and oil prices rise. Trapped by sanctions and by low oil prices, Russia has plunged into internal economic difficulties. The real issue was how much each country inside and outside OPEC should pump. That is why Putin said, “there is no final deal on volumes.” In fact, even after the deal has begun to emerge, there is no final deal. Saudi Arabia has not been a good partner here. It has pumped outside the numbers over the course of the past few years, largely under pressure from the United States.

There are two reasons why the United States wants low oil prices, despite the fact that the U.S. is now one of the world’s largest oil producers. First, low oil prices mean an immediate subsidy for the U.S. consumer and for U.S. manufacturing firms. There is no economic incentive to move to renewable energy when oil prices are low. Second, low oil prices hit adversaries of the U.S.-led world order that—as it happens—are major oil producers. The list includes Iran and Venezuela, two countries that have been sent into internal turmoil as oil prices have plummeted. But the United States has sufficient tools to hurt these countries without forcing oil prices down. For instance, even if oil prices rise, U.S. sanctions can be harsh enough to cut Iranian and Venezuelan oil out of the market. The lack of Iranian and Venezuelan oil operates as an effective cut in oil production, which will itself raise oil prices.

Saudi Arabia has already begun to pressure Libya and Nigeria to reduce oil exports, although both these African countries are reliant upon oil revenues. Saudi Arabia has succeeded in pushing Qatar out of OPEC on political grounds, but since Qatar only produces 2 percent of OPEC’s crude oil the departure, Qatexit is not meaningful. Inside the world of oil, there are those who are always pushed aside so that others can benefit.

Oil Buyers’ Club

In 2005, Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar assembled his counterparts from across Asia to start a discussion on a buyers’ club. The precise issue on the table was the “Asian Premium” charged by Saudi Arabia and other oil producers to Asian countries. The “Asian Premium” is substantial—close to $10 billion per year for the Asian consumers of Gulf oil. It is what bothered Aiyar and the other oil ministers. But they did not come to any agreement.

Asia is the largest importer of oil in the world. India and China, with the United States, are the three largest importers of oil. Right behind them are Japan and South Korea. If you add the oil imports by China, India, Japan and South Korea, then these four Asian countries import a full third of world oil imports. They are both reliant upon the oil exporters, but they also have power as a bloc of consumers.

In 2012, China’s premier Wen Jiabao said that there needed to be a counter-cartel to OPEC that should include Europe and the United States. Interest in his proposal was minimal. Oil had reached $100 per barrel. It stifled economic growth and did not move any of these industrial giants toward non-carbon renewable fuel.

The issue of a buyers’ cartel came back on the table in April this year at the International Energy Forum. The chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Sanjiv Singh and the chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Wang Yilin then met in Beijing to go deeper into the possibility. By June, China and India—which import 17 percent of the world’s oil—had begun to openly talk about a buyers’ cartel to help create “stable and moderate” oil prices, as India’s current Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan put it.

China and India have been upset by the U.S. sanctions on Iran. They have felt that these produce an adverse impact on Asian economies. They are joined by Japan and the European Union, who are also not pleased with these sanctions. It is now being said that if China and India establish a buyers’ club, Japan and Europe will join in.

Smell of Tear Gas

From the air-conditioned rooms of the oligarchy, we go to the tear gas of the streets.

Protests in Paris, France, have been the most violent in decades. The yellow vests (gilets jaunes) appeared as if out of nowhere to demonstrate against the French government’s hike in fuel prices. They make the case that the violence of the economy has destroyed their ability to function. Any violence on the streets is a reflection of the violence that structures their lives. The streets of Paris smelled of tear gas.

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, labor unions and political groups of one kind or another planned massive protests against the G20. They wanted to scream at their leaders, who have been deaf to their pleas. But the Argentinian government held the G20 meeting at the Costa Salguero convention center, on the magnificent Rio de La Plata. Police cordoned off the area, while the coast guard boats sailed up and down the river. No one could get near the site. None of the leaders were interrupted by the chants.

There were no protests in Vienna. The OPEC building was nonetheless surrounded by the elite WEGA units. No one knew that the meeting was being held. There is so little democracy in the institutions that structure our lives.

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

 

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So it would seem that Libertarians, who embrace key policy positions of both major parties, and tend to be hardcore gun rights supporters, should be able to win a fair number of elections. But they don't. Why?

It's true that both major parties rig the system against third parties, such as creating laws that limit access to state ballots. It's also true that a winner-take-all system of elections favors a two-party system, where citizens are hesitant to "waste" their votes on third-party candidates with a low probability of winning.

However, these structural hurdles are not why Libertarians lose elections. The answer is much simpler, more obvious, and considerably more distressing.

Before I reveal the answer, let me explain that while I am a registered Republican, I am just as displeased with my party as anyone else. In fact, I consider my political outlook to be libertarian, favoring smaller government, lower taxes, and greater individual liberty on all fronts. So I have no beef with the Libertarian Party on many matters of policy.

I believe it would be healthy for Republicans and Democrats to be challenged by third parties to move beyond simple partisan warfare and seek something more than tribal conflict and greater consolidation of power.

Unfortunately, I doubt this challenge will come from Libertarians anytime soon because of the nature of the candidates themselves.

Why don't Libertarians win elections? Because they don't want to. Let that sink in. Then let me explain what I mean.

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They enjoy the political process and take advantage of every civic opportunity available to them. When it comes time to run for higher office, they have a solid resume full of accomplishments and experience and a wide network of contacts and supporters enabling them to raise money and mount a campaign.

But when you look at the typical Libertarian candidate, you see something quite different. Most seem to hate politics and rant about the corrupt "system." They often show no interest in government or public service until they suddenly decide to run for office.

That means they have little or no political experience, few contacts, and no practical means of raising money. And what offices do they seek? President. Governor. U.S. Senate. Positions that are ridiculously out of reach.

To make matters worse, many Libertarian candidates lack the social skills necessary to garner support. They'll debate you all day long, but fail to recognize the difference between argument and persuasion, which is the key to winning any election. Voters cast their ballots for people they "like," not just for those they think are "right."

The old joke about Libertarians caring more about winning the argument than winning the election tends to be true. Far too many come across as somewhere between entitled and downright rude. And their supporters tend to relentlessly troll on social media, attacking anyone who doesn't support their candidate.

Every election season, Libertarian candidates or their supporters contact Buckeye Firearms Association. Do they ask for support? Do they suggest a meeting to discuss their campaign? Do they attend our events or spend time building relationships? Nope. Right out of the gate, they email, tweet, or troll on Facebook with confrontational messages: "You guys are idiots! You're establishment suck-ups! Why don't you support principled candidates?" Not exactly a great way to garner support.

And unlike major party candidates, who seek long-term relationships, and tend to stay in contact even when they're not running for office, Libertarians generally vanish after the election and are not heard from until they decide to run again.

Take for example this year's Libertarian candidate for Ohio Governor, Travis Irvine. According to his website bio, he's never held any public office. He says he interned in Washington D.C., though it's not clear if that was related to politics or something else. If it were for a Senator or Representative, you'd think he would specifically mention that.

His political accomplishments seem to be limited primarily to writing articles and making videos, and he appears to have no respect for "climbing the political ladder." Translation: I don't have public service experience and don't want to.

In addition, I looked at his financial filing with the Ohio Secretary of State before the 2018 general election, and his campaign had less than $2,000 on hand. Less than $2,000 for a gubernatorial campaign? I know Girl Scouts who raise more money selling Thin Mints.

Don't misunderstand. I'm not making fun of Irvine or any other Libertarian candidate. However, politics is serious business, and casting a vote is the most important civic act for any American citizen. 

It begs the question, does any of this sound like a serious candidate? Does it sound like someone who honestly wants to win an election or has the ability to run a state with 11.6 million residents and a budget of more than $70 billion?

Irvine got 1.8% of the vote for Governor (77,184) vs. 46.4% for Democrat Richard Cordray (2,005,627) and 50.7% for Republican Mike DeWine (2,187,619). That's about what you'd expect from a candidate with no political experience, few contacts, and no practical means of raising money.

But who do supporters blame for the loss? After pointing out that BFA could not waste an endorsement on someone with zero chance of winning, one Facebook troll echoed the earnest but unself-aware excuse I've heard election after election: "Well, if we had more people support us instead of establishment candidates, maybe we'd win elections."

Exactly. 

Libertarians tend to be highly intelligent people, so it can't be that they don't understand how elections work. It must be that they simply have no intention of winning.

Libertarian candidates seem content to play the role of contrarian, bash the political process, and wage verbal warfare from the safety of the sidelines. And that's the way it will remain until the party gets serious. They need candidates who embrace public service and commit to doing the work necessary to gain real-world experience, work their way up through the ranks, built broad support, persuade voters, and win elections.

After all, elections are tests of political viability. The skills necessary to win an election are largely the same skills necessary to govern. And if you can't win elections, you can't govern.

It's ironic that Libertarians so adamantly reject the idea of free riders and unearned handouts because that's exactly what they want from voters. Libertarians need to learn that they'll win only when they earn victories in the free market of politics.

Dean Rieck is Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association, a former competitive shooter, NRA Patron Member, #1 NRA Recruiter for 2013, business owner and partner with Second Call Defense.


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By Tony Guerrieri, Executive Director Joint Conservation Committee

Images have always meant something to our culture. When you think of any environmental event over the last century, chances are it calls to mind an image.
Environmentalism is defined by images: the 1930s Dust Bowl and soil conservation; the “Crying Indian,” who in 1971 shed a tear in response to litter and pollution; and, the cooling towers of Three Mile Island, site of the 1979 nuclear accident.
But who could have predicted that the Apollo moon missions would produce the first quintessential symbol of environmental idealism by offering a new perspective of Earth.
Fifty years ago, Apollo 8 succeeded as the first manned mission to the Moon. On December 21, 1968, three astronauts blasted off from Florida and left the earth’s low orbital confines. Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders were aboard the command service module that was headed towards the Moon.
The astronauts knew they were on an epic journey, but as it turned out, the image that would come to represent their journey was a single picture looking backwards.
Anders was the mission’s photographer and he captured the image on Christmas Eve 1968 that changed our view of the planet--  the now famous photograph known as “Earthrise.”
As the Apollo 8 spacecraft, flying 70 miles above the desolate lunar surface, emerged from behind the moon’s dark side, the astronauts saw something that nobody had ever seen before a splash of color rise above the gray lunar horizon.
Anders grabbed a handheld camera and began snapping pictures. Of the ten or so photos taken, Anders snapped the single iconic image of Earthrise-- a startling blue, startling fragile half-sphere-- hanging in the blackness of space above the pockmarked surface of the moon.
Later, speaking about the photo, Anders said, “We came all this way to explore the Moon and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.
After the mission, NASA released the color picture the astronaut had taken of Earthrise. Images don’t tell a whole story, imaginations do. Images just guide the way.
Artists, poets, philosophers and scientists were inspired by the photo.
In the New York Times, the American poet and three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Archibald MacLeish wrote that the image of the earth would create a paradigm shift: “To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together.”
Time magazine closed out 1968 with the Earthrise photograph on its cover, with a one-word caption, “Dawn.”
In Life’s 100 Photographs that Changed the World, Galen Rowell, the famed nature photographer, dubbed it “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.”
Earth seems so big and indestructible from our perspective, but yet so tiny and vulnerable when seen from space.
An inspiring image raises awareness of possibilities, of worlds beyond the one we directly experience and of other ways of living.