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Hoops Preview: Northwestern 2018 Brian December 4th, 2018 at 3:08 PM
[Marc-Gregor Campredon]

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT #5 Michigan (8-0) vs
#46 Northwestern(6-2)
WHERE Welsh-Ryan Arena
Evanston, IL
WHEN 9 PM
LINE Michigan –6 (Kenpom)
TV BTN

THE US

This is going very well!

Michigan is undefeated and if they can brave the new Welsh-Ryan there's a very good chance they get through the year unscathed. They've unleashed beatdowns on every opponent so far, but Northwestern provides a couple of potential roadblocks.

One: it's a road game. All basketball teams have weird road games where they shoot horribly and the refereeing seems absurdly tilted. Two: last year Northwestern bottled up Michigan's offense in two ugly  games by playing a lot of zone, and pretty much the last "oh no what if" left in this season is "what if they play a good zone D." As you'll see, the Wildcats have the length to make their zone annoying indeed.

At some point Michigan is going to look mortal, and this is a good candidate. Hopefully their defense carries them through even if that's the case. The alternative is more red flowers down below us.

THE LINEUP CARD

Projected starters are in bold. Hover over headers for stat explanations. The "Should I Be Mad If He Hits A Three" methodology: we're mad if a guy who's not good at shooting somehow hits one. Yes, you're still allowed to be unhappy if a proven shooter is left open. It's a free country.

Pos. # Name Yr. Ht./Wt. %Min %Poss ORtg SIBMIHHAT
G 11 Anthony Gaines So. 6'4, 200 58 15 93 Yes
Never shoots, for good reason. 43/27 last year and worse this year. TO rate of 28 is awful. Blocks a lot of shots for a 6'4" guard though?
G 14 Ryan Taylor Sr. 6'6, 195 79 20 112 No
Evansville grad transfer. Finding life in a major conference much more difficult but still a low-TO guy and shooting is shooting. Early scuffles (31% from three) probably a mirage, must check.
F 21 AJ Turner Jr. 6'7, 188 80 19 99 Maybe?
BC transfer. Decent numbers as a low-usage guy there two years ago; currently getting to the line a ton at 88% and missing all his threes.
F 4 Vic Law Sr. 6'7 200 78 26 117 No
Stretch four with low-ish TO rate shooting 48/45 is most Beilein player on NW roster.
C 5 Dererk Pardon So. 6'8, 250 77 22 125 Yes
I just learned that dude has an extraneous R in his name. WTF! Crushing it so far with top 20 OREB rate, 66% from floor with 22 usage early. Both are big steps forward.
C 22 Pete Nance Fr. 6'10 210 33 18 93 Maybe
Erstwhile M recruit chose poorly. Miniscule rebounding numbers on both ends, shooting too early to tell. Beanpole.
C 25 Barret Benson Jr. 6'10", 240 23 16 109 Yes
Just another backup C. JABC? JABC.
G 2 Ryan Greer Fr. 6'2, 185 21 18 65 Yes
Composite #341 is closest thing to PG on roster. Miserable in all facets so far after reclassifying to 2018.
F 23 Miller Kopp Fr. 6'7, 210 33 25 94 No
Composite #116 FR off to good start from three but miserable inside line, lot of TOs.

[Hit THE JUMP for the rest of the preview.]

THE THEM

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Positionless basketball is all the rage these days and it's not hard to see why. But it's not a great idea to do it on accident, and that appears to be the case in Evanston. Bryant McIntosh graduated, projected replacement Jordan Lathon had his admission mysteriously revoked by the school in May, and Absolutely Nobody stepped into the void.

The team that results from that abrupt about-face is a bunch of wings without a point guard. Everyone in the Northwestern starting lineup is between 6'4" and 6'8". They share the ball—nine different players have assist rates in double digits. But not very well—only two of those players have assist rates higher than their turnover rates.

Thus far things have been middling. Northwestern has a 22-point win over a Utah team that's just outside of the Kenpom top 100, a six-point win at home against #76 Georgia Tech, and some rote walkovers. They also have 19-point loss to #84 Fresno State. A two-point loss to Indiana at Assembly Hall is probably their best performance of the year, and it happened on Saturday.

The twin engines keeping this rickety boat afloat are Vic Law and Dererk Pardon. (Yes, "Dererk." Is it common knowledge that Pardon's got an extraneous R floating around his name? I am flabbergasted right now.)

Anyway: Law is a very Beilein player. He's 6'7" and an excellent three point shooter (39% on almost 400 career attempts) who's just as good at the line; he vacuums up defensive rebounds. His turnover rate is just meh. He's not just a shooter but he's a far worse player once he gets inside the arc. He was 45% from two last year and is at 48% this year despite an early-season schedule heavy on bad defenses. He's not much of an athlete, so he doesn't get to the rim much and when he does he's barely over 50%.

As a senior his usage has shot up; his efficiency has gone up as well as he's added a fair number of assists without bumping his TO rate; he's shooting more free throws and hitting 45% from deep. Michigan's going to test his ability to drive. It's probably not going go well for him, but he's hitting about half his Other Twos so he's got a good backup plan. Law has added a fair number of unassisted threes this year, so Michigan will have to be vigilant.

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holy cow check out the tiny cheerleader [JD Scott]

Pardon is a crafty center who's been an efficient, if low-usage, scorer for the duration of his career in Evanston. He's upped his usage annually once he emerged as a starter and he's up to 22% this year; given the supporting cast that should probably be higher. Pardon's been a top 100 OREB gent the last two years and has a ridiculous 17% in the early going; he's a decent shot blocker and gets to the line a lot. Historically he does not convert very well once there but he's at 67% this year and has steadily risen over the course of his career.

Pardon's most recent outing was a comprehensive clobbering of Indiana in which he went 11 of 15 from two with a series of post-ups usually on Juwan Morgan. Teske's obviously a different beast than the 6'7" Morgan. Last year Pardon struggled against Michigan, going 6 of 14 from the floor with one assist against four TOs. This year it's going to be mostly Teske instead of mostly Wagner, and that'll be a stiff test.

Evansville grad transfer Ryan Taylor is the other functional offensive player. Taylor took an astounding 41% of Evansville's shots last year, which was tops nationally. Despite being a 6'6" guy in a low-major conference, Taylor was allergic to the rim (12% of his shots). He's an excellent shooter both off the bounce and in spot-up situations, but he is very much Just A Shooter even if he took an ungodly number of twos last year. Those were all jumpshots. His sub-20 FT rate is evidence enough of that.

The rest of Taylor's profile is prototypical JAS. Few assists, fewer TOs, nonexistent as a rebounder. He's having some early issues from three (31%) but he was at 38% and 42% the last two years and should rebound to about that level—shooting is shooting.

Possessions used by anyone else on the roster are boons. The only other guy on the roster with an ORTG over 100 is little used backup C Barrett Benson, and he was at 96 last year.

BC transfer AJ Turner is yet another 6'7" wing who might have a case that his early issues are just bad three point luck. He's 5 of 27 on the season; two years ago he hit 37%. But his TO rate is extremely bad and his free throws, which are propping him up, were heavily concentrated in games against three sub-200 Kenpom opponents. Close out and if he wants to drive it's fine, like everyone else.

Sophomore Anthony Gaines is the final starter and is an abominable offensive player. He shot 43/27 last year in about half of Northwestern's minutes. Things have not improved this year; in fact his TO rate has shot up to 28. Gaines has gotten to the line an absurd amount and would otherwise be in the 80s in ORTG. The good news, such as it is, is that he blocks a lot of shots for a 6'4" guy. So he's got that going for him.

Northwestern's bench is mostly freshman Miller Kopp, yet another 6'7" wing. He's started his career hot from three but is shooting 32% inside the arc. Too many turnovers, as per usual for freshmen. The rest of it is Benson, a Generic Backup C, and one-time Michigan recruit Pete Nance. Nance has a lot of potential but is currently listed at 6'10, 210 and has the rebounding stats to match. Too early to say much about his abilities other than he should be redshirting and he's perfectly willing to take threes.

Guards Ryan Greer and Jordan Ash get scattered minutes in which they turn the ball over a third of the time they use a possession and don't do anything else to make up for it.

THE TEMPO-FREE

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Torvik overview

Billy Donlon heads up the D after he defected from Michigan and at least early it looks like his teachings have taken hold. The first inklings that Michigan would prevent opponents from launching threes came during the post-Maverick section of Donlon's lone year in Ann Arbor, and that's carried over: the Wildcats are 52nd at preventing launches and in the top 100 at defending those.

They've maintained a good two-point D while doing this, and in this they're a lot like Michigan's defense. Other things not so much: NW is currently a high-pressure, high-risk D that gets a lot of turnovers but also gives up a lot of free throws.

The offense is the clunky thing it usually is. They're getting a lot of offensive boards (61st) and free throws(44th) and hitting those free throws. Anything from the floor is a major struggle. NW hovers around 200th in eFG and has a turnover rate of almost 20. They are vulnerable to steals, as a large team with no point guard should be.

THE KEYS

Prep for zone. Northwestern played a bunch of 2-3 zone last year and had good success with it against Michigan, which put up 0.91 PPP in a loss and 0.98 PPP in a win. This year the Wildcats are shaped even more like a typical 2-3 zone team with a bunch of wings everywhere.

Michigan's early offensive struggles came against low major teams that threw a bunch of junk zones and forced bad threes up; Michigan did do some good work against Providence a couple weeks later. But Northwestern is on another level, defensively.

No help. The only Northwestern player who's able to do anything at the rim is Pardon, and if he goes off for 24 on 15 shots against John Teske I'll eat a lemon. The Villanova gameplan where there's absolutely no help for anyone should be effective.

Nobody is getting to the bucket on this team even against some not great defenses; Michigan should be able to stay in front and force a ton of tough contested jumpers. From two.

Sticky fingers. Michigan isn't a team that forces a ton of turnovers or gets a ton of steals but Zavier Simpson and, uh, John Teske should have some opportunities to pick some pockets against the series of high-TO, loose-handled wings Northwestern will throw at Michigan.

Michigan's transition offense (65% eFG) is deadly. Might be a good way to avoid Donlon's half-court D.

Get downhill on closeouts. NW will close out hard, giving Matthews and Iggy excellent driving opportunities. Pardon is a decent rim defender but not a game-changer.

THE SECTION WHERE I PREDICT THE SAME THING KENPOM DOES

Michigan by 6.

bronxblue

December 4th, 2018 at 3:32 PM ^

I think this will be a lot like the football game between these two schools.  Some ugly stuff early on as NW plays it's one card and Michigan has to adjust, but UM should be able to pull ahead simply because they can make NW move around on defense more than they'd like.  And defensively, I can't see NW getting anything going consistently.

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gosieg

December 4th, 2018 at 3:35 PM ^

I was worried about Michigan facing a zone in this game too, but I'm feeling pretty good after seeing this on UMHoops:

"Northwestern switched its defense to a matchup zone in a mid-season act of desperation last year, but Chris Collins has gone back to strictly man-to-man. Synergy Sports has logged 534 plays of man defense and 3 plays of zone defense."

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Bambi

December 4th, 2018 at 3:48 PM ^

As pointed out above, NW has only played 3 possessions of zone this year. Maybe they break it out today but that doesn't seem likely.

Also a minor point but Kopp starts over Gaines despite Gaines playing a lot more minutes.

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maizenblue92

December 4th, 2018 at 3:50 PM ^

I feel like 60 is the magic number. If Michigan can get above that number Northwestern is in trouble because it is hard to envision them scoring anything higher than that. It feels like a Northwestern win is a 57-55 sludgefart type of a game. 

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December 4th, 2018 at 3:52 PM ^

If Northwestern turns the ball over and misses a bunch of long twos its not going to matter what kind of D they play because Michigan will run them out of the gym.

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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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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.

slackbot: stupid ginger

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.

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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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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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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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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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1.Regulation

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  • The broker is adequately capitalized. This means that the broker will be in a position to handle trading losses.
  • The broker will keep all your funds in accounts that are both segregated and secure.
  • The broker has fair trading practices. The trader will make sure that all your trades get executed at the current prevailing market prices.

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2.Trade Execution

Your trades won’t get filled in a timely manner and at the best rates if you fail to make sure that the forex broker you choose has great trade execution practices. Basically, you can choose from two types of brokers. The 2 types of brokers are:

  • Market Makers – These brokers deal with desks.
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Dealing Desk Brokers/Market Makers

If you happen to enter into a trade with a market maker, the broker will be your direct counterparty. The broker will take the other side of all your trades. What this means is that every time you make gains on any of your trades, the gains will be a loss to the broker. If the broker makes any gains, these will be a loss to you.

This does not mean that the dealing desk brokers will be working against you. Their business model involves making bids when clients enter or exit trades. They usually offset your trades market risk with trades from their other clients and their liquidity provider. Dealing desk brokers usually offer fixed spreads. They determine the rates made available to the clients.

STP (Straight Through Processing) Brokers

These brokers will route any order you make to the interbank market. The interbank market is usually comprised of mutual funds, banks, hedge funds, etc. The STP brokers lack direct control over the quotes the clients see. They usually provide floating spreads. The spreads usually widen in case of market illiquidity and volatility.

Some STP brokers will let your orders interact with other orders. This happens within an ECN (Electronic trading Network). This gives you the chance to see the best price offered at that moment. This information can help you assess the market depth.

3.Data Security

When opening an account with any forex broker, you will have to transmit a lot of your financial and personal data. Some of the data the forex broker will require includes:

  • Utility bills
  • Bank account information
  • Your passport copies
  • Credit card numbers

If the trader does not take internet security seriously, your financial and personal data may end up being stolen. This can put you at the risk of your trading activities being disrupted and your identity being stolen. Before deciding to use a forex broker for trading, you will need to make sure that the trader uses the services of a reputable internet security company.

Also, make sure that the company has installed the SSL (Secure Security Layer) encryption. The SSL encryption makes sure that your data is encrypted during transmission over the internet. This denies the wrong parties a chance to intercept this data. Be sure to check the company’s Privacy Policy Statement to ensure that the broker confirms that the data they collect is kept private.

4.The Trading Costs

Trading costs can have a big impact on trade profitability. If you are a high-volume trader, you should never ignore the trading costs factor. Quality in the forex trading business does not have to be expensive. Before choosing a forex broker, take your time to find a broker who is committed to offering the clients high-quality services at a fee they won’t have to struggle to afford. It is important to avoid compromising on the quality because you want to save yourself some money. In some cases, cheap may end up being expensive.

5.Product Coverage

Nowadays, it is possible to use a single forex broker to trade more than just currencies. Some brokers will give you access to other important areas of the capital markets. All this can be done via a single forex account. A forex broker offering broad product coverage is much better. A good broker should offer you a chance to venture into:

  • Stock indices
  • Precious metals
  • Commodities
  • Cryptocurrencies, and much more

The more product coverage a broker offers, the more chances you have of making more profits.

6.Customer Service

Good customer service is useful for all traders. However, if you are a novice trader, you will find a helpful customer support team even more useful. The team will help you solve any issues you may have when opening your account. They will also help you learn forex trading and also figure out how to use the trading software.

Choose a forex broker who allows you to have access to the customer support any time you need it. A great broker will allow you to access support in different ways. These include:

  • Via the email
  • Via calling
  • Using the live chat
  • Using a contact form

Some great forex brokers will assign personal account managers to you to make things much easier for you. While this service may be subject to meeting certain minimum deposit thresholds, having a personal account manager is always a good thing.

Conclusion

Before choosing a forex broker, it is important to do a background check on the broker to ensure that you won’t regret your decision in the future. This article offers you some of the factors that you need to check in a broker. Choosing a great broker will allow you to enjoy the trading experience and also make more profit. 


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Researchers at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities have completed a retrofit of a 1924 home that makes it a "zero emission" energy-efficient building. HouseZero employs both solar and geothermal energy, but the amazing part is all the computerized parts that make the house fend for itself. Sensors through the building compute what systems to employ, and the windows open and close themselves. That in itself will make you fear the repair costs when one thing stops working. Natural ventilation will save you tons of money on air conditioning, but here in the humid South, you may also have to contend with mold on your organic furnishings: wood, leather, and cotton. Don't ask me how I know. (via Digg)




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Sphyramid, "Love We Share" (Care Package)

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I've got a review for Alfonso Cuarón's Roma coming up in our next issue, in which I join the ranks of monocle-polishing, deeply punchable critics everywhere by insisting that you just have to see it in a theater. Cuarón's film—at this point, the runaway contender for the best picture of the year—is being distributed by Netflix, but it'll also have a relatively small theatrical release starting on December 14, the same date it's available to stream. (Portland, we're lucky: The Hollywood Theatre's getting it.)

2018 marks the first year that Netflix and movie theaters (at least some of them) are cooperating on any sort of meaningful scale; in the past, many theaters have refused to show Netflix- or Amazon-produced films while they were also available to stream, out of fear that moviegoers would, you know, just stay home. Meanwhile, Netflix didn't seem terribly inclined to share its movies with theaters, because, hey, they've already got a more effective distribution service than any theater chain could offer.

But in light of a few new Netflix films with Oscar potential—Roma and the Coen brothers' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs—and with a newfound willingness to humor filmmakers who want their films shown theatrically, Netflix is starting to push a few movies into a few theaters, sometimes before they're available to stream, and some theaters are now willing to show Netflix movies, even if they're already available to stream.

It's just about impossible to see this as anything but a good thing. Hollywood's few remaining studios of relevance have almost entirely pivoted to franchise blockbusters, abandoning mid-budget and traditionally "arthouse" movies—so I'll take a new movie from the Coens or Cuarón however I can get it, even if that means dealing with soulless streaming giants. The tension—for me, at least—comes when theaters try to declare that all movies have to be seen in a theater, or when streamers insist it doesn't matter where you watch a movie.

Earlier this week, Netflix's head of content, Ted Sarandos, took a swipe at theatrical exhibitors, saying theatrical release windows have "disconnected people from movies" and that emotionally, it's the same to watch a movie on Netflix as it is to see it in a theater:

"I don't think it’s very consumer-friendly that consumers who don’t happen to live near a theater are waiting six months, eight months to see a movie," Sarandos said. "I don't disagree that going to the theater to see a movie is a great experience. I don't think emotionally it's a different experience than seeing a movie on Netflix. It is a different physical experience for sure."

Nobody but the shittiest of film snobs can argue with making movies more accessible—there is no downside to the fact everyone who has a Netflix login will soon be able to watch Roma, regardless of whether or not they live close to an arthouse theater that might book the film.

But I do wish Netflix would be honest about theatrical and streaming being as different as they are. It will be a different emotional experience to watch Roma in a theater—the same way seeing Dunkirk in a theater is different or, hell, Avengers: Infinity War is different. When you're watching a movie—an art form dependent on one's eyes and ears—there isn't a divide between the emotional experience and the "physical experience." Roma's striking sound mix, or Dunkirk's stunning visuals, or the bombast and scale of something like Infinity War all contribute to those films' stories, and they rely on the audience being enveloped in images and sound. Unless you've spent thousands of dollars on a home theater, these are the kind of stories with images brighter and bigger than your TV can offer, with sounds too complex or booming to be delivered via laptop speakers.

That's not to say one way of watching a movie is necessarily better than the other—a ton of films work just as well at home as they would in a theater. (Another Netflix-released film, Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), immediately comes to mind.) But again, and to use Roma as an example: When a movie looks and sounds as remarkable as Roma does, and when those sights and sounds are so deeply tied to the film's story, a viewer is going to have a very different experience seeing and hearing it in a decent theater than they would in their living room.

The physical affects the emotional. Which means as long as streaming services keep making great movies, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that theaters and streaming services will continue to at least sort of get along. Making films widely accessible is super important. But so is being able to choose how to watch those films. Those shouldn't need to be mutually exclusive.

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Una donna, medico dell'ospedale civile San Giovanni di Dio di Crotone, è stata vittima di un'aggressione nel piazzale antistante al nosocomio. La dottoressa, M.C., che presta servizio all'unità operativa complessa di Medicina dell'ospedale, aveva appena terminato il suo turno e si apprestava a lasciare il nosocomio, quando è stata avvicinata da un uomo che l'ha ferita al collo con un cacciavite. Da quanto è stato possibile apprendere, pare che l'uomo, con il volto travisato da un cappuccio e una sciarpa, le rimproverasse la morte della madre che era stata ricoverata nel suo reparto.

Proprio quando l'aggressore si apprestava a sferrare un secondo fendente al collo della vittima è intervenuto un ambulante di nazionalità marocchina che si trovava nei pressi e che ha bloccato l'uomo, di fatto salvando la vita al medico. Nel frattempo è intervenuta una Volante della Polizia di Stato che ha fermato l'aggressore e lo ha portato in Questura. Si tratta di un crotonese di circa 50 anni. La dottoressa è stata soccorsa dai sanitari del 118 che l'hanno ricoverata in codice rosso anche se non sarebbe in pericolo di vita.Esattamente tre mesi addietro, il 2 agosto, un altro medico in servizio all'ospedale di Crotone venne brutalmente aggredito da un intero nucleo familiare che rimproverava al professionista di non aver fatto abbastanza per salvare la vita di un loro congiunto. La vicenda aveva suscitata l'indignazione generale non solo dei colleghi del medico aggredito ma dell'intera città e nei giorni successivi erano state intensificate le misure di sicurezza all'interno e all'esterno dell'ospedale di Crotone.

É stato arrestato con l'accusa di tentato omicidio Luigi Amoruso, di 50 anni, l'uomo che davanti all'ospedale di Crotone ha aggredito con un cacciavite una dottoressa del reparto di Medicina generale, Maria Carmela Calindro, di 56 anni, colpendola ripetutamente con un cacciavite. La professionista é stata salvata dall'intervento di un venditore ambulante. Per l'aggressore, che é un disoccupato, il pm della Procura della Repubblica di Crotone Alfredo Manca ha disposto la custodia cautelare in carcere.

Chi è Mustafa El Aoudi, il marocchino eroe che ha salvato la dottoressa

È nato in Marocco quarant'anni, fa ma da oltre un ventennio vive nel Crotonese. È Mustafa El Aoudi, il venditore ambulante che oggi pomeriggio ha salvato la vita della dottoressa Maria Carmela Calindro, detta Nuccia, ferita gravemente da un uomo che le ha sferrato un fendente al collo. Mustafa abita in località Sant'Anna, ai confini tra il comune di Crotone e quello di Isola Capo Rizzuto, con la moglie e i tre figli che sono nati tutti a Crotone anche se lui non ha mai preso la nazionalita" italiana. Si guadagna da vivere facendo il venditore ambulante, come la maggior parte dei marocchini arrivati in Calabria quando ancora quello dei migranti non era diventato un fenomeno epocale. Con la sua bancarella di oggetti di ogni tipo staziona tutti i giorno davanti ai cancelli dell'ospedale San Giovanni di Dio. C'era anche questo pomeriggio, quando è scattata l'aggressione. La testa locale 'Il crotonese' lo ha intervistato poco dopo l'aggressione.

"La dottoressa passa sempre di qua e mi saluta. La conosco" racconta Mustafa. "L'ho sentita gridare e allora mi sono avvicinato. Ho visto quell'uomo che menava con il cacciavite allo stomaco, la voleva ammazzare". Mustafa spiega quindi come ha fatto a fermare l'aggressore: "Mi sono avvicinato e l'ho buttato giù, poi è scappato e sono andato appresso a lui fino al bidone della spazzatura, gli ho fatto lo sgambetto ed è caduto, allora l'ho tenuto finchè è arrivata la Polizia".


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"Salvini ha fatto un tweet mentre erano in corso degli arresti e, a quanto pare, qualcuno è riuscito a sottrarsi alla cattura". Roberto Saviano commenta su Facebook lo scontro tra il ministro dell'Interno e il procuratore di Torino, Armando Spataro e accusa: "Come è solito fare, non avendo conoscenze e argomenti, consapevole di aver fatto una enorme cazzata, invita al linciaggio, questa volta del procuratore Spataro". Lo scrittore ricostruisce la vicenda che ha visto come protagonisti il vertice del Viminale e il magistrato: "Il procuratore della Repubblica di Torino Armando Spataro dice che il ministro degli Interni, a causa della sua ossessione per la comunicazione, rischia di mandare all'aria un'importante operazione giudiziaria. Salvini ha fatto un tweet mentre erano in corso degli arresti e, a quanto pare, qualcuno è riuscito a sottrarsi alla cattura. Alla legittima e motivata reprimenda di Spataro, Salvini risponde con una nota scomposta: 'Si candidi. Vada in pensione"'.

Saviano poi chiede l'intervento del Csm: "È Il caso che il Consiglio superiore della magistratura si faccia sentire per difendere l'autonomia del potere giudiziario dagli assalti di un esecutivo tanto sgangherato quanto pericoloso", e chiosa: "La saggezza popolare insegna che è dei fessi che bisogna aver paura".

Dopo la nota dello scrittore arriva il commento del vicepresidente del Csm, David Ermini, che esprime: "Apprezzamento per il lavoro che sta svolgendo e pieno riconoscimento per l'alta professionalità e per l'impegno dimostrati in tutti questi anni" Armando Spataro. Il lavoro del magistrato, ha continuato, "non può e non deve essere utilizzato per scopi di propaganda".


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Se avete sempre voluto tentare il brivido di un bagno invernale senza rimanere assiderati e ricoperti di sale vi basterà andare a Riccione. Dal 2 dicembre è aperta la Spiaggia 86-87, stabilimento balneare che mette a disposizione uno spazio con lettini, docce, attrezzature sportive e sale relax per tutto l'anno (salvo maltempo, ovviamente). All'inaugurazione non poteva mancare un bagno collettivo, nonostante il freddo: per riscaldarsi è stato offerto del vin brulè di mele.

"Era un'idea a cui si pensava già da tanti anni, quella di destagionalizzare la nostra impresa. Ora, con il permesso del Comune e del demanio, è possibile rimanere aperti anche durante l'inverno e nel resto dell'anno", ha detto Davide Angelini a Vanity Fair, gestore della spiaggia insieme alla famiglia Gabellini. "Per adesso non abbiamo il permesso di somministrare alimenti, ma essendo solo l'anno zero, il prossimo inverno vorremmo coinvolgere il bar-ristorante vicino alla nostra spiaggia e realizzare cupole che proteggano le nostre piscine e vasche idromassaggio".

Il lido arriva dopo la prima sperimentazione dell'anno scorso, quando vennero installate delle cupole riscaldate a ridosso della spiaggia per un mese che permettevano ai clienti di cenare in riva al mare. L'idea di Angelini è quella di diventare un modello: "Speriamo che il nostro messaggio sia colto anche dai nostri colleghi, per far vivere la spiaggia 365 giorni l'anno e far visitare sempre di più Riccione, e il nostro entroterra". Non resta che provare, per vedere se ne vale la pena.


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Ο Δεκέμβριος, φέτος, σηματοδοτεί 125 χρόνια από την άφιξη των πρώτων πενήντα Ελλήνων μεταναστών στην πόλη του Πίτσμπουργκ (1893). Δεκαπέντε χρόνια αργότερα, το πρώτο σημαντικό κύμα Ελλήνων γυναικών θα φτάσει από την πατρίδα. 
Το Ελληνοαμερικανικό Ίδρυμα της Δυτικής Πενσυλβανίας (pahellenicfoundation.org), μαζί με την Ελληνική Επιτροπή του Προγράμματος Εθνικών Κτιρίων του Πανεπιστημίου του Πίτσμπουργκ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/249291292097966/), θέτει υπό την αιγίδα του τρεις εκδηλώσεις αυτό το μήνα, οι οποίες διασχίζουν τον Ιανουάριο του Νέου Έτους (2019). 
ΟΙ ΕΚΔΗΛΩΣΕΙΣ
Πρώτον, μαζί με τη Βυζαντινή Χορωδία της Ελληνορθόδοξης Μητροπόλεως του Πίτσμπουργκ, θα πραγματοποιηθεί μια πανηγυρική συναυλία σε αυτή την 125η επέτειο, η οποία επίσης συμπίπτει με την 20ή επέτειο της Χορωδίας (η οποία είναι η διαχρονικά μακροβιότερη βυζαντινή χορωδία στην ύπαρξη στις ΗΠΑ). Η συναυλία, εκτός από επετειακές ιστορικές αναφορές στην εποχή του 1893-1920, θα τιμήσει το Αναστασιματάριο του Ιωάννου Πρωτοψάλτου, ως είδος μουσικού μετανάστου το οποίο, δια την διορατικότητα της Μητέρας Εκκλησίας, ταξίδεψε παντού στον κόσμο, και είναι σήμερα το βασικό μουσικό βιβλίο από το οποίο παραδίδεται η μουσική παράδοση του Οικουμενικού Πατριαρχείου σε περισσότερες από 8 γλώσσες. Έτι δε, είναι και το κατ´εξοχήν μουσικόν βιβλίο από το οποίο ψάλλονται τα Κυριακάτικα αναστάσιμα τροπάρια του Εσπερινού και του Όρθρου.
Δεύτερον, το Ελληνοαμερικανικό Ίδρυμα της Δυτικής Πενσυλβανίας, την 9η Δεκεμβρίου, θα γιορτάσει την Διακήρυξη για την 125η επέτειο που εξέδωσε η πόλη και το Γραφείο του Δημάρχου για την 125η επέτειο στο εσωτερικό της Κεντρικής Εισόδου του Δημαρχείου. 
Τρίτον, στην Κεντρική Είσοδο του Δημαρχείου της Πόλης, θα αναρτηθεί έκθεση με πλούσιο φωτογραφικό υλικό το οποίο εικονίζει τους πρώτους μετανάστες της εποχής 1900-1930, στο τέλος του 2018 - έναρξη την Πρωτοχρονιά (29 Δεκεμβρίου 2018 - 6 Ιανουαρίου 2019).



Α) Πρώτοι μετανάστες από Ελλάδα και Μικρά Ασία στο Πίτσμπουργκ 
Σύμφωνα με τα αρχεία της Πόλης του Πίτσμπουργκ, οι πρώτοι Έλληνες μετανάστες άρχισαν να φτάνουν στην κομητεία του Allegheny στη δεκαετία του 1890. Μέχρι τον Δεκέμβριο του 1893 υπήρχαν περίπου 50 άντρες στην πόλη του Πίτσμπουργκ. Οι περισσότεροι ήταν ναυτικοί από διάφορα ελληνικά νησιά και ασχολήθηκαν αρχικά με χειρωνακτική εργασία. Σύντομα, πολλοί επένδυσαν στις επιχειρήσεις όπως π.χ. πωλητές, εστιάτορες, ιδιοκτήτες καφενείων ή ζαχαροπλάστες. Οι άνδρες συχνά απασχολούνται σε εστιατόρια που ανήκουν στον πατέρα ή τον αδερφό μέχρι να αναλάβουν είτε την επιχείρηση είτε να ανοίξουν ένα νέο. Το πρώτο ελληνικό εστιατόριο στο Πίτσμπουργκ βρισκόταν στην πλατεία Diamond στο Market District. Η κορυφή της ελληνικής μετανάστευσης στην κομητεία του Allegheny έφθασε μεταξύ το 1910-1912. Οι περισσότεροι μετανάστες προέρχονταν από τα νησιά του Αιγαίου, τη Μικρά Ασία (Κωνσταντινούπολη, Σμύρνη, Φώκιες) και την ηπειρωτική Ελλάδα. Οι κύριοι οικισμοί τότε ήταν η Βόρεια όχθη, το Όκλαντ, το κέντρο, το Ανατολικό Πίτσμπουργκ, το McKeesport και το Monessen. 
Ο Σεραφείμ Κανούτας αναφέρει ότι το 1908 ζούσαν περίπου 3.500 Έλληνες στην ευρύτερη περιφέρεια της κομητείας του Allegheny (“Ο Οδηγός των μεταναστών στην Αμερική”, Serapheim Canoutas, NY). Σύμφωνα με τις στατιστικές του πρώτου τόμου των «Εκθέσεων της 13ης Απογραφής του Πίτσμπουργκ», μεταξύ το 1908-1910 υπήρχαν: 816 Έλληνες από την Ελλάδα ως έλληνες μετανάστες, 130 Έλληνες μεικτών γάμων μεταναστών και αμερικανών, 37 οικογένειες ελληνικής μετανάστευσης που εντοπίστηκαν στο εσωτερικό του καταυλισμού του Greater Pittsburgh (κυρίως στην περιοχή Penn Ave.). 
Ο αριθμός των Ελλήνων φοιτητών στο Πίτσμπουργκ ήταν ο τρίτος μεγαλύτερος στις ΗΠΑ μετά τη Νέα Υόρκη και το Σικάγο, και το μεγαλύτερο κατά κεφαλήν από την άποψη της ελληνικής καταγωγής. Υπήρχαν 66 Έλληνες φοιτητές που παρακολουθούσαν μαθήματα σε δημόσια δημοτικά σχολεία και γυμνάσια το Δεκέμβριο του 1908, εκ των οποίων 60 ήταν στις πρώτες τρεις βαθμίδες. Ανεξάρτητα από το ποιο ήταν το κίνητρο να έρθουν στην Αμερική, οι παραδοσιακές αξίες και η ηθική καθόριζαν τη ζωή και τη συμβολή του Έλληνα μετανάστη στην αμερικανική κοινότητα. 
Η πρώτη ελληνική κοινότητα, ως επίσημη οργάνωση, ιδρύθηκε το 1905 και αποτελείται από 3.000-4.000 άτομα που κατοικούν στην πόλη του Πίτσμπουργκ και γύρω από αυτήν. Το 1909, η κοινότητα αγόρασε ένα κτίριο, 97 Fulton Street. Η θέση αυτή εξυπηρετούσε επίσης ένα ελληνορθόδοξο εκκλησιαστικό χώρο. Μέχρι το 1912 υπήρχαν δύο οργανωμένες εκκλησίες: Ευαγγελισμός, 10 Whiteside Road, και Άγιος Νικόλαος, 547 6η Λεωφόρος. ο τελευταίος λειτούργησε επίσης σχολή ελληνικής γλώσσας. Άλλες οργανωμένες ελληνικές κοινότητες ιδρύθηκαν στο Ανατολικό Πίτσμπουργκ, στη Λεωφόρο Μπράντοκ 803, στο Ambridge, στο Aliquippa και στη Βερόνα. Μετά από μια συγχώνευση με την Εκκλησία του Ευαγγελισμού τον Σεπτέμβριο του 1918, συμφωνήθηκε ότι οι προσκυνητές θα ενωθούν με την επωνυμία "Η Ελληνική Κοινότητα της Ελληνορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας του Allegheny County - Αγίου Νικολάου". Ο Άγιος Νικόλαος είναι η παλαιότερη ελληνορθόδοξη χριστιανική κοινότητα και εκκλησία στην κομητεία Allegheny (που σήμερα βρίσκεται στο 419 South Dithridge). Η μεγαλύτερες αδελφότητες βάσει του αριθμού των μελών ήταν αυτή των μεταναστών από το νησί της Ικαρίας στο Αιγαίο και εκείνων από το χωριό της Βλαχοκερασιάς (κοντά στην Τρίπολη της Πελοποννήσου). Το 1914, οργανώθηκε στο Πίτσμπουργκ ένα παράρτημα της Πανελλήνιας Ενώσεως (Ένωσης). Ο Ελληνο-Αμερικανικός Προοδευτικός Σύνδεσμος ΑΧΕΠΑ, που επικεντρώθηκε στη διατήρηση των ελληνικών παραδόσεων, του πολιτισμού και της γλώσσας, ιδρύθηκε στο Πίτσμπουργκ το 1923. Στη δεκαετία του 1910, ένα μεγάλο κινηματογραφικό θέατρο, μαζί με αίθουσα μπιλιάρδου στην Fifth Avenue, μεταξύ Smithfield και Wood, ανήκε στους Ελληνοαμερικανούς κ. Μπαζιώτη και κ. Αντωνόπουλο. Άλλες περιοχές της δυτικής PA με ελληνική μεταναστευτική παρουσία ήταν το Ambridge, Canonsburg, New Castle, McKeesport, Aliquippa και Monessen. 


Β) Βυζαντινός Χορός της Ιεράς Μητρόπολης του Πίτσμπουργκ, 20 έτη Διαχρονικής Διακονίας της Βυζαντινής Μουσικής και του Υμνογραφικού Πλούτου επί τα πρότυπα της Μητέρας Εκκλησίας στις ΗΠΑ. 
Η Κυριακή, 2α Δεκεμβρίου 2018, σηματοδοτεί ένα ορόσημο για τη Βυζαντινή Χορωδία της Ελληνικής Ορθόδοξης Μητρόπολης του Πίτσμπουργκ. Το Πίτσμπουργκ συγκαταλέγεται ως ένα από τα πέντε κέντρα των ΗΠΑ όπου η ψαλτική έκφραση των εκκλησιαστικών ύμνων εκφράζεται επί τη βάσει της Μητέρας Εκκλησίας, του πανσέπτου Κέντρου της Ορθοδοξίας, την Μεγάλη του Χριστού Εκκλησία. Η παράδοση δεν έχει μόνο εδραιωθεί, αλλά έχει μεταβιβαστεί στις νεότερες γενιές. Πριν από 20 χρόνια, σχεδόν όλοι οι ψάλτες της τότε Ορθοδόξου Επισκοπής του Πίτσμπουργκ συναντήθηκαν, κελεύσει του πολύ αγαπημένου κ.κ. Μαξίμου (Μητροπολίτου πρώην Πίτσμπουργκ) για να ιδρύσουν ένα επίσημο "σχολείο" βυζαντινής μουσικής καθώς και μια επίσημη επισκοπική βυζαντινή χορωδία. Αυτό που ξεχώρισε ήταν ότι για πρώτη φορά στην περιοχή, το βυζαντινό άσμα θα διδάσκεται συστηματικά, με βαθιά γνώση και με την αυστηρή παράδοση της Μεγάλης του Χριστού Εκκλησίας, που ήταν, είναι και θα είναι ο φάρος του Ορθοδόξου Χριστιανισμού. 
Σήμερα, 2α Δεκεμβρίου 2018, 20 χρόνια αργότερα, η σχολή και η χορωδία συνεχίζουν τη διακονία τους στη Μητρόπολη και στην ευρύτερη περιοχή της Δυτικής Πενσυλβάνιας, δια παρουσιάσεων και συναυλιών εντός αδελφών εκκλησιών (μη ορθοδόξων), πανεπιστημιακές έδρες και κέντρα, και καλλιτεχνικά πλαίσια, για να εκπληρώσει την εντολή του Χριστού "Πορευθέντες μαθητεύσατε πάντα τα έθνη (Ματθ. 28, 19)", για να αποκαλύψει την απαράμιλλη τέχνη και την ομορφιά της βυζαντινής ψαλμωδίας και της μουσικής επί τη βάσει της Μητέρας Εκκλησίας, πολλαπλασιάζοντας ταυτόχρονα τα ταλέντα που η μητέρα Εκκλησία παρείχε στην ιστορία της και συνεχίζει να παρέχει σήμερα. 


ΙΣΤΟΡΙΚΟ ΤΗΣ ΧΟΡΩΔΙΑΣ 
Κελεύσει του Σεβασμιώτατου Μαξίμου, πρώην Πίτσμπουργκ, η χορωδία ιδρύεται στις 5 Δεκεμβρίου 1998, και αποτελείται από σχεδόν όλους τους ιεροψάλτες της Δυτικής Πενσυλβανίας και του Ανατολικού Οχάϊο των ΗΠΑ. Από τότε, η χορωδία έχει υπηρετήσει το καλό όνομα της Μητρόπολης ποικιλοτρόπως. Η χορωδία έχει πραγματοποιήσει, προς υποστήριξη ακαδημαϊκών διαλέξεων, συναυλίες στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Michigan στο Ann Arbor, στο Πανεπιστήμιο Notre Dame, στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Οχάϊο (στο συνέδριο των Βυζαντινών Σπουδών του 2002), στο Πανεπιστήμιο St-Louis στο Missouri, στο Πανεπιστήμιο της Βιρτζίνια στο Richmond, και ήταν η πρώτη ορθόδοξη χορωδία στην Αμερική που παρουσίασε τον Βυζαντινό μουσικό πλούτο της Μεγάλης του Χριστού Εκκλησίας στο Ρωμαϊκό Καθολικό Πανεπιστήμιο Ave Maria στη Νεάπολη της Φλώριδας και μάλιστα μέσα στην βασιλική μετά από επίσημη πρόσκληση. Η χορωδία έχει προσκληθεί και παρουσιαστεί τρεις φορές στο τηλεοπτικό κανάλι του εθνικού δικτύου Cornerstone Broadcasting Network (δύο φορές στο πρόγραμμα "His Place" και δύο φορές στο πρόγραμμα "Real Life 360"). Πιο πρόσφατα, η χορωδία έχει παρουσιαστεί στη Ρωμαιοκαθολική Εκκλησία του Αγίου Μπερνάρντ, την Ρωμαιοκαθολική Εκκλησία του Αγίου Θωμά Μόρ (Catholic Church) και την στη Ρωμαιοκαθολική Εκκλησία της Σύλληψης στο Ιrwin της Πενσυλβανίας όπου παρουσίασε την πλούσια μουσική κληρονομιά του Βυζαντίου στις μεγαλύτερες αδελφές εκκλησίες της περιοχής. 
Το 2018 συμμετείχε σε ένα πρώτο σε είδος ιστορικό γεγονός στις ΗΠΑ όπου συγκεντρώθηκαν οι αφρικανοοαμερικανικές και ελληνοαμερικανικές κοινότητες του Πίτσμπουργκ για να τιμήσουν τη φιλία μεταξύ του Μεγάλου Δρ. Μάρτιν Λούθερ Κινγκ και του Μεγάλου Αρχιεπισκόπου Ιακώβου και την ιστορική συμπορεία τους στη Σέλμα Αλαμπάμα των ΗΠΑ το 1965. 
Η Χορωδία έχει υποστηρίξει πολλές θεολογικές και εκκλησιολογικές επιστημονικές διαλέξεις στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Πίτσμπουργκ και κάθε χρόνο (συχνά δύο φορές το χρόνο) προσφέρει διαλέξεις-συναυλίες σχετικά με την υμνολογία της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας σε θεολογικό, ποιητικό, μουσικό και μουσικολογικό πλαίσιο. Το 2014 προσέφερε ένα ιστορικό πρόγραμμα διάρκειας δύο ημερών για την 60ή επέτειο της ποιητικής ανθολογίας του Οικουμενικού Πατριάρχη Βαρθολομαίου, η οποία τελούσε υπό την αιγίδα του Μεταπτυχιακού Συλλόγου των Αποφοίτων της Μεγάλης του Γένους Σχολής. Η χορωδία έχει επίσης προσκληθεί να ψάλλει στις εορταστικές εκδηλώσεις πολλών ενοριών στις ΗΠΑ, όπως στη Φλόριντα, τη Βιρτζίνια, το Μίσιγκαν, το Οχάϊο, το Μισσούρι καθώς και περιφερειακώς σε όλες σχεδόν τις ενορίες της Δυτικής Πενσυλβάνιας και του Βορειοανατολικού Οχάϊο. 


Για την Βυζαντινή Χορωδία της Μητρόπολης του Πίτσμπουργκ υπάρχει σχετικό λήμμα στον τόμο της Εκκλησιαστικής Μουσικής της «Μεγάλης Ορθόδοξης Χριστιανικής Εγκυκλοπαίδειας», μνημειώδους και ιστορικό έργο υπο την Αιγίδα του Οικουμενικού Πατριάρχη κ.κ. Βαρθολομαίου. Επίσης, υπάρχει σχετική αναφορά στο πόνημα της Ούρσουλας Βρυζάκη "Eλληνικές Χορωδίες της Διασποράς" στον ειδικό τόμο-αφιέρωμα στην μνήμη της Ολυμπίας Ψυχοπαίδη-Φράγκου (έκδοση του Τμήματος Μουσικών Σπουδών του Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών, 2018). 
Εκτός από τέσσερις ψηφιακούς δίσκους CD («Ύμνοι της Πεντηκοστής», «Βυζαντινά Υμνολογικά Τοπία», «Ύμνοι της Μεταμόρφωσης», που παρουσιάζουν τον σολίστ Γιώργο Χατζηχρόνογλου, Άρχοντα Υμνωδό της Μεγάλης του Χριστού Εκκλησίας, μαζί με την μουσική ερμηνεία του έργου «Έως Υπάρχω-Aπόστολος Παύλος» για την 50ή επέτειο της χειροτονίας του ονομαστού και διακεκριμένου π. Ευάγγελου Κροντήρη (Παιανία, Αττική) και ένα DVD αφιερωμένο στην Παναγία Παμμακάριστο και τιμητικά στον Οικουμενικό Πατριάρχη κ.κ. Βαρθολομαίο, το έργο της χορωδίας εικονογραφείται ιστοτοπικώς στο Facebook και Youtube και παρουσιάζεται στις ιστοσελίδες www.ieropsaltis.com και psaltiri.org, οι οποίες παρουσιάζουν παραδοσιακές χορωδίες και χορογράφους της Ελλάδας και του εξωτερικού. 
Για την 20η επέτειο έχει διαμορφωθεί ειδική αναφορά στο pahellenicfoundation.org/Byzantine_Choir. 
Κελεύσει του Σεβασμιωτάτου κ.κ. Μαξίμου, πρώην Πίτσμπουργκ, η σχολή και η χορωδία είναι υπό την επίβλεψη και χοραρχία του Δρ Νικολάου Γιαννουκάκη, ο οποίος είναι και χειροθετημένος Πρωτοψάλτης του Καθεδρικού Ναού του Αγίου Νικολάου στο Πίτσμπουργκ και Πρωτοψάλτης της Ορθόδοξης Μητρόπολης του Πίτσμπουργκ. Ο Δρ. Γιαννουκάκης αναγνωρίζεται διεθνώς ως ένας από τους λίγους ιεροψάλτες και ερμηνευτές της αυστηρής παράδοσης της Μητέρας Εκκλησίας της Διασποράς, έχοντας σπουδάσει για πολλά χρόνια υπό την επίβλεψη και τη φροντίδα των ονομαστών και διακεκριμένων Μεγάλων Πρωτοψαλτών, Κωνσταντίνου Λαγούρου, Γεώργιου Σύρκα και Μανώλη Χατζημάρκου.


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          Comment on Leica T, TL and TL2 dynamic range and sensor measurements test results published online by John-F      Cache   Translate Page      
The Leica TL2 beat them all. Including the Fuji X-T3 and the EOS M6. Incredible! Sadly, many people scoff at Leica prices and think that the premium price is basically related to the name brand and the aura that surrounds the Leica name. I hope these tests will serve to convince them (or maybe some of them) that Leica is a serious competitor in the high-end world of digital photography. IMHO, Leica digital photography is a better option because it combines many unique advantages: superior optical engineering and knowledge of mirrorless design, superior manufacturing techniques, extensive Quality Control at every step of the manufacturing process (for both lenses and cameras), meaning no statistical (hypergeometric) sampling tests - every lens is tested and re-tested. Minimalist intelligent user interface, and no encryption of any part of the digital files are also important. Add to this one of the most modern and up-to-date ASIC chip (Maestro II) based on the same Milbeault architecture designed by Fujitsu (and also used by Nikon for its Expeed ASIC chips), the inclusion of a modern FPGA chip, the Xilinx Artix-7, to complement the work of the Maestro. And finally, a willingness to work with many different players in the world of digital photography, digital signal processing, digital sensor design, advanced physics, and university engineering faculties. Faculties and companies in the US, Belgium, France, Japan, Germany, Israel and China. All this from a “little“ company with only 1600 employees! Yes, Leica products are more expensive. But if you think that what you are buying is just a pretty box with a big name on it, you are making a big mistake. Leica cameras and lenses are a unique experience.
          The Triumphant Return of "I, Nomi"      Cache   Translate Page      

Peaches Christ Productions proudly presents I, NOMI. The unoriginal, original story of the girl...before and after the show. Starring Off-Broadway sensation April Kidwell

After a fabulously successful and totally sold out premiere I, Nomi triumphantly returns to Oasis Nightclub January 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Three performances only!

Advance Tickets at www.sfoasis.com/events/i-nomi119

"The coltish April Kidwell, as Nomi, is a wonder. She is tireless, fearless and performing circles around Elizabeth Berkley's portrayal in the movie. Her vibrant physicality and knowing humor are a potent riposte to the story's rabid misogyny." - Andy Webster, The New York Times

"Her energy fuels the show, and watching her, you get the feeling that she could power a city with her sweat. Her performance is a tour de force." - Rich Juzwiak, Gawker

"April Kidwell is a fearless comic performer, delivering her lines like an orc and dancing like an orangutan, even as the script dictates that her boobs be sent flying from the opening scene." - Lily Janiak, SFGate

(San Francisco, June, 2018) In any discussion of the all-time greatest female movie characters, there are certain names that are always guaranteed to come up: Dorothy Gale, Scarlett O'Hara, Holly Golightly...and Nomi Malone. And if you don't think she belongs on that list, let's just hope she doesn't find out-this one's got a temper.

As played by Elizabeth Berkley in Paul Verhoeven's immortal 1995 cult classicShowgirls, Nomi is an ambitious young woman of indeterminate origin who hitches a ride to Las Vegas with a single dream: to dance. And dance she does, first as a topless dancer at garish strip club The Cheetah, and then as a (still topless) dancer in the Stardust's glitzy hotel show, Goddess.

After bearing witness to Nomi's meteoric rise and abrupt departure at the height of her fame, we're left with many questions: who the hell was that woman? Where's her family? What "different places" did she come from? What exactly was her history with doggie chow? And what manner of destruction will she inflict upon her next location after fleeing Vegas?

You could ask Elizabeth Berkley these questions, but what does she know? She only played Nomi once! The real answers lie with the foremost theatrical interpreter of Nomi Malone and Berkley's other iconic role, Saved by the Bell's Jessie Spano: acclaimed actress/singer/comedienne April Kidwell.

After originating the role of Nomi in Bob and Tobly McSmith's Off Broadway musical Showgirls! The Musical! and reprising it for the show's west coast premiere run in San Francisco, Kidwell has played Nomi soooooo many times and knows every last thing there is to know about her. And now, she's ready to share that knowledge with the rest of us.

Written and produced by Kidwell and directed by Michael Phillis (of the cabaret smashBaloney), I, NOMI is Kidwell's raunchy, raucously funny one-woman imagining of the adolescence and life beyond Vegas of our favorite feral heroine. Featuring outrageous original songs and more than a few bombshells, this is a ferocious and empowering night of musical comedy for the #MeToo movement. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll paint your lips on way too big while having epileptic orgasms. And when all is said and done, you'll walk away saying, "Nomi? No. ME."

The show begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 3rd, and at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 4th, and Saturday, January 5th. Doors open 60 minutes before showtime.

ALL SEATS ARE GENERAL ADMISSION WITHIN THEIR SECTIONS. Advance Premium Seating: $30
Advance General Admission: $20
Tickets available online at sfoasis.com

DAY OF SHOW PRICES?
AT THE DOOR
$35 Premium Seating / $25 General Admission

Oasis Nightclub
298 11th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

 




          Vídeo: MMR Adrenaline SLD 2019      Cache   Translate Page      


En este vídeo MMR nos presenta la nueva  Adrenaline SLD 2019, una bicicleta de carretera para aquellos que quieran velocidad y ligereza.





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Bumblebee (2018)

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Bumblebee adalah film terbaru Hollywood bergenre aksi petualangan yang berasal dari Negara Amerika Serikat. Film Bumblebee sendiri akan disutradarai oleh seorang sutradara ternama bernama Travis Knight. Film Bumblebee merupakan film karya ke-2 Travis Knight menyutradarai film Hollywood. Setelah sebelumnya, ia menyutradarai film Kubo and The Two Strings yang berhasil menarik minat banyak penonton. Sementara itu untuk naskah film, akan diskenarioi oleh Christina Hodson.

Adapun sejumlah aktor dan aktris ternama Hollywood akan membintangi film Bumblebee, seperti Hailee Steinfield, Pamela Adlon, Justin Theroux, John Cena, Angela Bassett, Peter Cullen, Marcella Bragio, Kenneth Choi, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Gracie Dzienny, John Ortiz, Vanessa Ross, Glynn Turman, Rachel Crow, dan Ricardo Hoyos.

Rencananya film arahan rumah produksi Allspark Studios dan Laika Entertainment ini akan segera dirilis perdana pada 21 Desember 2018. Bagi penggemar film Transformers, kalian jangan sampai menyaksikan film solo dari karakter popular di film Transformer ini.

Jika kita menyaksikan keberadaan karakter Bumblebee pada serial film Transformers hingga yang terakhir kali, rasanya sudah cukup pas Bumblebee dibuatkan film sendiri. Sosok Bumblebee yang mudah bergaul dengan manusia, meskipun dia bisu. Membuat sang sutradara Travis Knight tertarik untuk membuatkan film dari salah satu karakter yang peranannya sangat penting ini.

Aktris cantik Hailee Steinfield akan berperan sebagai Charlie Watson yang merupakan pemeran utama di film ini. Sebagaimana diketahui, Hailee Steinfield adalah artis yang mutitalent. Sebagai penyanyi, aktris, dan seorang model. Ia dikenal luas saat membintangi film Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) dan 3 (2017) sebagai Emily.

Selain itu, akan ada kemunculan seorang pegulat tangguh bernama John Felix-Anthony Cena Jr, atau yang lebih dikenal dengan nama John Cena. Nama John Cena sudah taka sing lagi bagi penggiat gulat (WWE). Ia merupakan salah satu pegulat paling sukses di perusahaan industru tempat ia bekerja. 

John Cena juga sudah banyak membintangi film-film layar lebar, seperti The Marine, Trainwreck, Fred: The Movie, Sisters, Blockers, dan masih banyak lagi.

Film Bumblebee bercerita tentang kisah yang dimulai dari tahun 1987. Dimana autobot Bumblebee sedang dalam pemburuan. Tak lama berselang, ia berhasil menemukan tempat persembunyian di dekat kumpulan-kumpulan barang rongsokan. Yang berada di kota California, Amerika Serikat, lebih jelasnya di sebuah pantai kecil.

Seorang wanita berjalan entah kemana yang sedang berusaha menemukan jati dirinya yang sebenarnya dan untuk apa ia tinggal di dunia ini. Secara tak sengaja, Charlie menemukan sebuah autobot yang tengah rusak parah. Dan itu adalah Bumblebee. Ia pun memutuskan untuk membantunya dengan cara memperbaiki mobil Volkswagen Beetle klasik tersebut.

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          Pickerington boy diagnosed with rare cancer dies after battle with illness       Cache   Translate Page      

PICKERINGTON - A seven-year-old Pickerington boy who inspired a community has lost his battle with cancer.

Deany Bandavanis died on Monday, according to the Twitter account dedicated to posting updates on his condition. He had a rare brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

When Deany was diagnosed in March of 2017, he was given nine months to live. He survived well beyond that timeline, traveling to Mexico for treatments not offered in the United States.

The Pickerington community rallied around Deany during his battle. The police department made him an honorary chief. Just last month, the community held an early Christmas parade for him.

The police department made a post on Facebook expressing condolences to Deany's family.

Deany was a student at Sycamore Creek Elementary.



          CHARLES BRADLEY μεταθανάτιο άλμπουμ, με ανέκδοτα tracks (και άλλα διάφορα), από μια εντυπωσιακή soul φωνή       Cache   Translate Page      
Το τέταρτο άλμπουμ τού Charles Bradley είναι μεταθανάτιο, κυκλοφορεί από την εταιρεία που τον ανέδειξε, την Dunham / Daptone, είναι κάτι σαν συλλογή (που περιλαμβάνει και ανέκδοτα tracks όμως), ερχόμενο απλώς να (ξανα)επιβεβαιώσει τη φωνητική και συνθετική αξία αυτού του εκπληκτικού soulman. Ενός performer που μπορεί να έκανε μικροκαριέρα για χρόνια, βασικά μέσω διαφόρων παράπλευρων tribute projects στον James Brown, κατορθώνοντας, πάντως, να βρει τα δικά του πατήματα μετά τα 50 του, εκεί κάπου προς τις αρχές του αιώνα. Black Velvet (έτσι τιτλοφορείται το άλμπουμ) ήταν μάλιστα το παρωνύμιό του, όταν τον ανακάλυψε ο συνιδρυτής τής Daptone Gabriel Roth(BoscoMann), φέρνοντάς τον στο στούντιο για να γράψει το πρώτο δισκάκι του με τα κομμάτια “Take it as it come / Take it as it come (Part II)” το 2002. Θα ακολουθούσαν πολλά ακόμη 45άρια, κάποιες συνεργασίες και φυσικά τα τρία LP του, πριν ο Bradley φύγει από τη ζωή στα 69 χρόνια του (το 2017).
Στο “Black Velvet[Dunham Records, Daptone Recording Co. / Heathen Natives 2018] καταγράφονται δέκα tracks, από τα οποία τα τέσσερα είναι ανέκδοτα. Αυτά είναι τα “Cant fight the feeling” (από τα sessions του πρώτου άλμπουμ του “No Time for Dreaming” με τη Menahan Street Band), “I feel a change” (από τα sessions του δεύτερου άλμπουμ του “Victim of Love”), “Black velvet” (instrumental της Menahan Street Band – που μάλλον δεν έχει άμεση σχέση με τον Bradley, δεν φαίνεται δηλαδή ο ίδιος να συμμετέχει κάπου) και “Fly little girl” (από τα sessions του τρίτου LP του “Changes”). Για να τα δούμε καλύτερα…
Το “Cant fight the feeling” είναι το lead track τού “Black Velvet” και είναι ένα κλασικό soul άσμα, με sixties ηχοχρώματα (η Menahan Street Band κάνει άψογη δουλειά) και με τον Bradley να ερμηνεύει με δύναμη και αίσθημα. Το “I feel a change” είναι ένα από τα ωραιότερα τραγούδια του άλμπουμ, ένας soul-blues δυναμίτης, εντελώς πάνω στην James Brown-ική παράδοση, με τον Bradley να βρίσκεται φυσικά στο στοιχείο του. Άπιαστος! Τρομερό είναι, όμως, και το instrumental Black velvet”, που είναι γραμμένο από τους Menahan και αφιερωμένο, προφανώς, στον Charles Bradley. Η πνευστή γραμμή σε… κομματιάζει, με τα breaks από κιθάρες (Thomas Brenneck) και όργανο (Leon Michels) να φτιάχνουν συναρπαστικές καταστάσεις. Τέλος, το “Fly little girl” είναι ένα πολύ καλό soul / r&b, με τον Bradley να το σφραγίζει τόσο μ’ αυτή τη γεμάτη γρέζια φωνή, που βγαίνει κατ’ ευθείαν από την τρανή παράδοση της soul music, όσο και με το hammond του (χαμοντίστας εξάλλου, και μάλιστα τρανός, ήταν και το είδωλό του ο James Brown).
Από ’κει και κάτω το “Black Velvet” συμπληρώνεται με γνωστά και λιγότερα γνωστά κομμάτια, που απέδωσε ο Charles Bradley (πάντα από τη δισκογραφία του στην Dunham / Daptone) και που προέρχονται από διάφορα 45άρια ή και από limited edition 12ιντσα EP του. Λέμε για το εξαιρετικό “Luv Jones” (με την LaRose Jackson) από το 2014, τις διασκευές του στα “Ill slip away” (2012) του Sixto Rodriguez, “Stay away” (2012) των Nirvana και “Heart of gold” (2011) του Neil Young και ακόμη για τα “(I hope you find) The good life” και “Victim of love” του 2014.
Αν υπάρχουν άνθρωποι που δεν έχουν ακούσει ακόμη τον Charles Bardley, ας σπεύσουν. Κι ας ξεκινήσουν απ’ αυτό εδώ το εξαιρετικό LP/CD του.
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          Canada Follows Science and Endorses Undetectable = Untransmittable Campaign      Cache   Translate Page      

Canada’s Minister of Health Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor officially endorsed the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) campaign. As mentioned in hivplusmag.com, the Minister held a roundtable with citizens from across Canada to discuss life living with HIV, looking for a better understanding of their experiences and a possible way to lessen the sigma of HIV/AIDS as stigma leads to people not reaching out for treatment, support, prevention, etc.

Canada is committed to preventing new HIV infections and achieving our global targets. The courage of people living with HIV inspires me. The continued support of initiatives like the Undetectable = Untransmittable campaign are critical to ending HIV-related stigma. Ending stigma will also go a long way in helping us prevent new infections, reach the undiagnosed, and ensure that people living with HIV receive the care, treatment and support they need. - Minister Taylor

What is U=U?

Scientific advances have shown that antiretroviral therapy (ART) preserves the health of people living with HIV. We also have strong evidence of the prevention effectiveness of ART. When ART results in viral suppression, defined as less than 200 copies/ml or undetectable levels, it prevents sexual HIV transmission. Across three different studies, including thousands of couples and many thousand acts of sex without a condom or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), no HIV transmissions to an HIV-negative partner were observed when the HIV-positive person was virally suppressed. This means that people who take ART daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner. - CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention

Will this move of Canada signing on to support and educate about U=U lead to other federal health ministers worldwide following suit? If they had someone like Ginette Petitpas Taylor, they may.  Here she is in an interview from 2017 on World AIDS Day and what she feels Canada's Commitments would be for this year, 2018.

 

ABC7 Television / Digital Host & Producer, Karl Schmid (@karljschmid) is making a move to help U=U become more well known here in the US and Los Angeles as he shared the video below on his Instagram.

Congratulations #LosAngeles for making December 4th U=U Awareness Day! 

#stophivstigma #sciencenotstigma #uequalsu

Do you think U=U would ever be supported by the US Government?  Your nation's government?

Do you personally embrace U=U?  Or are you just not there yet?

h/t: hivplusmag.com


          The Trevor Project Raises $1.5 Million To Help LGBTQ Youth      Cache   Translate Page      

The Trevor Project celebrated its 2018 TrevorLIVE gala Sunday night at the Los Angeles Beverly Hilton Hotel raising over $1.5 million to help at risk LGBTQ teens.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

In addition to honoring producer/director Ryan Murphy (Pose, American Horror Story), the evening included performances by Lauren JaureguiDeborah Cox, and a surprise duet by POSE cast members Billy Porter and Mj Rodriguez.

Lauren Jauregui kicked off the show with a stripped-down performance of her debut single, “Expectations.”

 

 

Trans activist/author Janet Mock presented the Hero Award to Ryan Murphy and the cast of POSE.

In accepting the award Murphy shared: 

“When I was 19, in Indiana, I myself called a suicide hotline. Overwhelmed by the AIDS crisis, by the fact that I was the only ‘out’ person in my friend group, the only ‘out’ person I knew at the time, and alienated from my family, I felt profound despair. I made a call one late night in November. I made a connection, got some hope, and carried on. It’s powerful life saving work this organization does. In my roundabout way, I know this first hand.”

He also told the audience he will launch a multi-million dollar initiative in 2020, “Pose Gives Back,” to support and help elect pro-LGBTQ lawmakers.

He ended his speech announcing a $50,000 donation to The Trevor Project.

You can watch Murphy’s acceptance speech and announcement below from The Trevor Project’s livestream below. Mock introduces Murphy at the 124:00 mark.

 

The spectacular annual gala raises much needed funds to support The Trevor Project's mission to help LGBTQ teens in crisis.

Pose stars MJ Rodriguez and Billy Porter thrilled the gala audience with a reprise of their duet of “Home” from The Wiz. Watch below.

 

 

And pop/dance diva Deborah Cox performed “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” as well as a cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody:”

 

(h/t Variety)


          Las Vegas Gay Couple Say Violent Attack Was A Hate Crime      Cache   Translate Page      

A gay couple in Las Vegas, Nevada, were the target of a violent hate crime that sent them both to the hospital.

Charles Clements told local news affiliate FOX5 that when he picked his boyfriend Vincent up from work last Thursday night, they had no idea they were followed home.

As he was unlocking the front door of their home, Clements heard Vincent call his name. 

“I was about to unlock the door, the next thing I hear, he’s calling my name,” Clements said. “I come back, I see my boyfriend fighting with the guy.”

As two men attacked Vincent, the assault moved to the front porch of their home where a glass table was knocked over and shattered. It was then that one of the attackers reached for a shard of glass.

“He picked up the glass and I was like, ‘Don’t do that,’” says Clements. “He started stabbing my boyfriend in the back. The guy was kicking him in his ribs.”

According to Clements, the attack drew the attention of neighbors who watched from a distance but did nothing to intervene. “Neighbors, everybody just looking,” he said. “Nobody called the police.”

After the two men got in their car and drove away, Clements realized he was bleeding. At the hospital, they learned that the attackers had punctured Vincent’s lung and broken several ribs.

After calling 911, Vincent told police he recognized one of the men as someone who works with him at Walmart. 

“It was all about gay bashing,” Clements told FOX5. “The guy came up to my boyfriend’s job, calling him an abomination, calling him fag.”

“I never been through nothing like this in my life,” he added. “I was so scared.”

Clements is now frightened to continue living in their present home,  “I don’t want to be in this apartment no more because I’m afraid they’re going to come back.”

Clements’ uncle is currently helping the couple to find a new place to live.

Police are investigating the incident but no news on any arrests at this time.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help with the couple’s hospital bills and moving expenses.

 

 

(h/t FOX5 News)


          Quora network breach affects 100 million users      Cache   Translate Page      
Quora.com, a question and answer website, is the latest on a long list of companies to suffer a massive data breach. The network breach affected the personal data of about 100 million users. Information that was compromised included things like names, email addresses, encrypted passwords, data imported from linked networks when authorized by users, questions, [&hellip
          Quora Security Breach      Cache   Translate Page      
Just Received.

We are writing to let you know that we recently discovered that some user data was compromised as a result of unauthorized access to our systems by a malicious third party. We are very sorry for any concern or inconvenience this may cause. We are working rapidly to investigate the situation further and take the appropriate steps to prevent such incidents in the future.

What Happened

On Friday we discovered that some user data was compromised by a third party who gained unauthorized access to our systems. We're still investigating the precise causes and in addition to the work being conducted by our internal security teams, we have retained a leading digital forensics and security firm to assist us. We have also notified law enforcement officials.While the investigation is still ongoing, we have already taken steps to contain the incident, and our efforts to protect our users and prevent this type of incident from happening in the future are our top priority as a company.What information was involved

The following information of yours may have been compromised:-Account and user information, e.g. name, email, IP, user ID, encrypted password, user account settings, personalization data-Public actions and content including drafts, e.g. questions, answers, comments, blog posts, upvotes-Data imported from linked networks when authorized by you, e.g. contacts, demographic information, interests, access tokens (now invalidated)Questions and answers that were written anonymously are not affected by this breach as we do not store the identities of people who post anonymous content.

What we are doing

While our investigation continues, we're taking additional steps to improve our security:-We're in the process of notifying users whose data has been compromised.-Out of an abundance of caution, we are logging out all Quora users who may have been affected, and, if they use a password as their authentication method, we are invalidating their passwords.-We believe we've identified the root cause and taken steps to address the issue, although our investigation is ongoing and we'll continue to make security improvements.We will continue to work both internally and with our outside experts to gain a full understanding of what happened and take any further action as needed.

What you can do

We've included more detailed information about more specific questions you may have in our help center, which you can find here.While the passwords were encrypted (hashed with a salt that varies for each user), it is generally a best practice not to reuse the same password across multiple services, and we recommend that people change their passwords if they are doing so.

Conclusion

It is our responsibility to make sure things like this don't happen, and we failed to meet that responsibility. We recognize that in order to maintain user trust, we need to work very hard to make sure this does not happen again. There's little hope of sharing and growing the world's knowledge if those doing so cannot feel safe and secure, and cannot trust that their information will remain private. We are continuing to work very hard to remedy the situation, and we hope over time to prove that we are worthy of your trust.

The Quora Team

          Estimate all the {LWE, NTRU} schemes!, by Martin R. Albrecht and Benjamin R. Curtis and Amit Deo and Alex Davidson and Rachel Player and Eamonn W. Postlethwaite and Fernando Virdia and Thomas Wunderer      Cache   Translate Page      
We consider all LWE- and NTRU-based encryption, key encapsulation, and digital signature schemes proposed for standardisation as part of the Post-Quantum Cryptography process run by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In particular, we investigate the impact that different estimates for the asymptotic runtime of (block-wise) lattice reduction have on the predicted security of these schemes. Relying on the ``LWE estimator'' of Albrecht et al., we estimate the cost of running primal and dual lattice attacks against every LWE-based scheme, using every cost model proposed as part of a submission. Furthermore, we estimate the security of the proposed NTRU-based schemes against the primal attack under all cost models for lattice reduction.
          Efficient and Secure Outsourcing of Genomic Data Storage, by João Sá Sousa and Cédric Lefebvre and Zhicong Huang and Jean Louis Raisaro and Carlos Aguilar and Marc-Olivier Killijian and Jean-Pierre Hubaux      Cache   Translate Page      
Cloud computing is becoming the preferred solution for efficiently dealing with the increasing amount of genomic data. Yet, outsourcing storage and processing of sensitive data, such as genomic data, comes with important concerns related to privacy and security. This calls for new sophisticated techniques that ensure data protection from untrusted cloud providers and still enables researchers to obtain useful information. We present a novel privacy-preserving algorithm for fully outsourcing the storage of large genomic data files to a public cloud and enable researchers to efficiently search for variants of interest. To preserve data and query confidentiality from possible leakage, our solution exploits optimal encoding for genomic variants and combines it with homomorphic encryption and private information retrieval. The proposed algorithm is implemented in C++ and evaluated on real data as part of the 2016 iDash genome privacy-protection challenge. Results show that our solution outperforms the state-of-the-art and enables researchers to search over millions of encrypted variants in a few seconds. As opposed to prior beliefs that sophisticated privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) are unpractical for real operational settings, our solution demonstrates that, in the case of genomic data, PETs can represent very efficient enablers.
          Neal Wood For Cardinal Skateshop      Cache   Translate Page      

One of my best friends and favorite skaters, Neal Wood has a new one for Cardinal Skateshop. It's filmed in and around Washington DC by Smalls, one of the guys behind Stop Fakin.
          #264 Nick Sullivan: Cloudflare - The Internet's (De)centralized Security Blanket      Cache   Translate Page      

We enter dozens of trust relationships ever time we interact with the Web. Browsers, ISPs, DNS providers, cloud hosting companies, all the way down to the handful of people who control certificate root keys; we rely on the integrity of these intermediaries to serve reliable, and accurate information. The concentration of power by any one of these actors threatens to compromise the very foundational principles of the Web. Decentralized technologies, like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tor, and IPFS seek to reverse this trend.

We're joined by Nick Sullivan, Chief Cryptographer at Cloudflare. Founded less than 10 years ago, the company offers content delivery services (CND), DNS, and DDoS protection to over 12 million websites. The company contributes to open source cryptography libraries, some of which are used by Etherum. They recently launched an IPFS gateway and features which allow users to have strong guarantees as to the integrity of the content.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Nick's background as a cryptographer and previous position at Apple
  • The Internet's infrastructure and trust model
  • How Cloudflare is experimenting with IPFS
  • The challenges to hosting static websites with IPFS
  • Cloudflare's Onion routing service (Tor) and the benefits to users
  • The Roughtime protocol and encrypted SNI
  • Cloudflare's contribution to open-source cryptography libraries
  • The vulnerabilities of DNS and Cloudflare's free private DNS service (1.1.1.1)

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          12/5/2018: NEWS: Encryption laws compromise      Cache   Translate Page      
NEW encryption laws to catch terrorists and paedophiles secretly communicating will be passed this week after the Morrison Government and Labor came to an agreement. Negotiations between both parties broke down late last week but the two sides came to...
          PAUL ROGERS PROJECT :: Paris 1993 (remaster)      Cache   Translate Page      

As this great concert recording posted originally here by Andy back in 2016 sounded a bit deaf, after some time of trying and testing I did remastering work on it. I hope you will enjoy my version and thank you again, Andy, for sharing such gems. And anyway, let me know what do you think about actual sound...

PAUL ROGERS PROJECT - PARiS 1993 (remastered)

HARRY BECKETT - trumpet
JEAN-FRANCOiS CANAPE - trumpet
ELTON DEAN - saxello and alto saxophone
PAUL DUNMALL - tenor saxophone
SYLVAiN KASSAP - soprano and baritone saxophone
SOPHIA DOMANCiCH - piano
PAUL ROGERS - bass
TONY MARSH - drums

1. Fast 1 & 2                34:58
2. Riffiffi                      22:12
3. Three for Louis        33:42

Les Instant Chavires, Paris. 15 May 1993

Remastered 2oo8 by Miloš Latislav




          Government to read your WhatsApp messages under world-first legislation      Cache   Translate Page      
The Australian government can soon be spying on your personal messages as new national security laws dealing with encrypted communications are likely to pass parliament.
          Russian law enforcement 'blocks sick paedophile website masquerading as offering kids clothes'      Cache   Translate Page      
The sickening website was shrouded in secrecy - with deals done by encrypted messenger and payments made in cryptocurrency. It featured children as young as five and even offered home delivery.
          je marche dans la parole plurielle      Cache   Translate Page      

"Je marche dans la parole plurielle
d'un pays de haut vol
qui m'enveloppe au-delà de moi-même
dans l'ivresse des paluds et les vents

En ce théâtre de grèves et de dunes
aux rappels incessants des vents et des lunes
la mer ravale sa bave
dans une épilepsie de baleine

Errer, les sens et le corps en éveils
Bretagne que je cherche
avant de me perdre dans ce monde
d'antiquaires, de folkloristes

Sur la grève la nuit des veuves de marins
déambulent dans le silence, s'évaporent à l'aube
les marées emportent leurs pas
les vents leurs douleurs

La vie se mesure dans le hard rock permanent
des vagues au tumulte des talus bas
des chemins languissants
aux cahotements de charrette invisible

La coagulation de l'hiver
l'apoplexie des fermes retiennent le temps
avec la cornemuse des goélands
quand se taisent les grandes orgues des tempêtes

Les pierres imitent les animaux la  nuit
chaque taillis semble avancer sournoisement vers soi
les roseaux comme de fines flûtes de cristal
captent les vents dans un silence chantant

Une oie sauvage surgit des entrailles de la tourbe
pour filer droit dans un rai de lumière
ange facteur qui livre au ciel
la supplique des suicidés

Les mouvances des vagues ne sont-elles
que des prières perpétuelles?
revenir ici dans le vacarme sourd et continu
écouter la longue respiration du monde

Je marche dans la parole plurielle
d'un pays de haut vol
qui m'enveloppe au-delà de moi-même
dans l'ivresse des paluds et des vents"
Louis Bertholom "Bréviaire de sel"





"Nulla dies sine linea." Horace

Prendre (arracher) le temps
                         saisir (sauter sur) l'occasion
                                                  mettre en scène...
un cérémonial qui n'appartient qu'à moi m'aime
et qui d'ailleurs n'aurait aucune utilité chez mon Albert Régo.
Tant qu'il y aura de l'encre à couler dans l'armor
et ses peines
Askell!  Askell!
les ailes du vent debout.
Je veux m'écrire à la pluie noire des seiches,
au pollen des abeilles drapées de noir.
J'entends les murmures, les colères, l'aber
noster 
et je me demande
d'où vient le vent
qui cogne dans cette cornemuse
à filer le bourdon
le dimanche soir en demi-saison,
où je me demande
lec'h all
si  l'âme a toujours autant d'amertume ?
lec'h all
si le noroît courbe aussi les arbres ?

lec'h all






                   photos: Marc Racineux




          "Kinder and gentler than whom?"      Cache   Translate Page      
George H.W. Bush died, which is the one act a Republican performs that the media approves of. He was the last president from the Greatest Generation. In World War II he was a navy pilot. He narrowly escaped being captured by the cannibalistic Japanese. He paddled a raft for four hours until being rescued. As president, he wanted a kinder and gentler America. It is said that Nancy Reagan turned to Ronald and said, "Kinder and gentler than whom?" Reagan brought back the economy from Jimmy Carter's absolute disaster. Was Bush implying that Reagan was not kind or gentle? What is not kind about freeing millions of people in eastern Europe from Soviet Communism? What is not kind about getting our economy going again, freeing us from the long Jimmy Carter lines at the gas stations?

George W. did the same thing when he started talking about "Compassionate Conservatism," implying that regular conservatism is not compassionate.

Michael Knowles joined Andrew to talk about Christmas.

Lastly, Andrew talked about the Jeffrey Epstein character who sex trafficked underage girls and Bill Clinton flew on his Lolita Express 26 times. Miami District Attorney Accosta who is now the Secretary of Labor, signed off on a non-prosecution agreement, sealed so no one could see what his crimes were.



          TED-Ed Adds More Videos to the "Why Should You Read..." Series      Cache   Translate Page      
About six weeks ago I published a post about TED-Ed's series of videos that explain why students should read the classics. When I published that post there were five videos in the series. The series is now up to seven videos. Those videos are listed and embedded below.

Why Should You Read MacBeth?


Why Should You Read A Midsummer's Night Dream?


Why Should You Read Kurt Vonnegut?



Why Should You Read "Waiting for Godot?"



Why Should You Read "Don Quixote?"



Everything You Need to Know to Read "The Canterbury Tales."



Why Should You Read Edgar Allan Poe?

             

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The Wallet Hub has an email of the ten states with the best, and ten with the worst, eldercare protections, link back to this url that ranks all the states .   There is also a composite video link in the middle of the page. 

Virginia is in the middle of the pack on Prevalence and protection and low on resources.  Washington DC was second on resources. 


Most states have cities and counties operate “adult protective services” units.  It’s possible for adult children looking after elderly parents to get into trouble with these local regulatory enforcements.  For example, sometimes there are rules to the effect that people on certain memory medications should never be left home alone.

The state with the best overall score is Massachusetts, and the worst is South Carolina.


          Can Pensions Beat a 60-40 Portfolio?      Cache   Translate Page      
Julie Segal of Institutional investor reports, Not One Ivy League Endowment Beat a Simple U.S. 60-40 Portfolio Over Ten Years:
The performance of Ivy League endowments has trailed a passive portfolio of 60 percent U.S. stocks and 40 percent bonds over the past ten years — and has been more volatile to boot, according to a new report from research and analytics provider Markov Processes International.

MPI says this is the first time in the 16 years that it has been collecting data on all the Ivies that Yale, Harvard and the other elite colleges have lagged the indexed portfolio when looked at over a decade. The firm looked at performance for the period between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2018.

What’s more, MPI found that the volatility of the endowment model — which includes large allocations to private equity, real estate, infrastructure and other illiquid investments — is significantly higher than that of a simple mix of stocks and bonds.

The performance of Ivy League and other college endowments is closely watched by the industry, as other institutional investors have been adopting some version of the portfolio allocation model — often referred to as the Yale Model, pioneered by Yale CIO David Swensen — since the early 2000s. The perennial question has been whether the addition of expensive alternative investments, including hedge funds, is worth the trouble, given the cost, illiquidity, and underperformance of many of these funds.

“There’s a tug of war going on in endowments, as well as in asset management,” said Jeff Schwartz, president of MPI, in a phone interview. “A lot of people are hoping that there is no point in investing in these complex alternatives. Then you have devotees of the Yale model who want to show there is a payoff for putting so much of the portfolio into private equity, VC, and all the things we think of as sophisticated and expensive. This report shows that the reality is much more complex than either narrative.”

Over the most recent decade, Columbia and Princeton led the pack, both delivering 8 percent annually, according to MPI. Harvard turned in returns of 4.5 percent over the period, with Cornell at 4.8 percent. The 60-40 portfolio returned 8.1 percent.

The news wasn’t all bad for the Ivy endowments. Though the endowments didn’t beat a plain-vanilla portfolio over ten years, they did outpace it when looked at over the most recent 15-year period on an annualized basis. Results varied widely, however. On the low end, Cornell earned 8.01 percent annually during the time period, while Yale generated an 11.18 percent return, coming out on top.

And while the ten-year period measured by MPI wasn’t stellar for the schools, fiscal year 2018 was a good one. Every endowment, except Columbia University, had double-digit returns, and all outperformed the 60-40 portfolio. According to MPI’s returns-based analysis, private equity and venture capital investments were the primary drivers behind most endowments’ gains.

The returns this year were similar to 2017, with Harvard’s performance still far behind its peers, at 10 percent. Harvard has spent seven years at or near the bottom of this group. Princeton was the best performer in fiscal 2018, with returns of 14.2 percent. Columbia generated a 9 percent return, falling to the bottom from No. 3 last year.

Although MPI only has data for four schools going back 20 years, all of those — including Harvard — beat the 60-40 benchmark, MPI found.

The Ivy League endowments’ investments in alternative funds have remained high, according to MPI. Many are increasing their allocations, with Brown upping private equity investments faster than other endowments.

“We observe that the high endowment returns are accompanied by high risk. Ivy risks are noticeably higher than a 60-40 portfolio, with private equity and real estate contributing the most across the board,” wrote the report’s authors. “In fact, equity (public and private) and real estate risk are the two dominant sources of risk across the Ivies, indicating their portfolios are not as diversified as many believe them to be,” they continued.

The endowment returns were measured against a U.S. portfolio, which has generated extraordinary returns over the past ten years. Though this is the standard benchmark for all endowments, according to the report, investors that had any international holdings would have lagged a U.S-.only portfolio over the past decade.
This article generated a lot of discussion last week and gave ammunition to those who think pension funds following the Yale model are only wasting their time and money, they're better off indexing their portfolio to the US 60-40 benchmark.

Now, I shared this article with three pension heavyweights, Leo de Bever, Wayne Kozun and Andrew Claerhout. They all had senior roles at the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and Leo is the former CEO of AIMCo.

Let me begin with Leo's insights:
Any particular ten year timeframe for return and annual volatility is not necessarily indicative for how things will play out in the next ten years.

The Ivy League model has had its 10-year issues, i.e. getting squeezed in 2008 by over-committing to new funds assuming the old ones would pay out when they did not. We all make mistakes.

As the article observed, international diversification did not pay off over the last ten years for US equity investors. Again, that may not last.

The last decade in the US listed market was not kind to long term value investing, which is what private equity is supposed to be. The question is whether the value put on some of the growth stocks makes sense, and whether low corporate taxes are sustainable.

The private equity model may need to change as well: reasonably priced brownfield investments are harder to come by. Persistence of private equity managers is falling.

That may be because the participants have become too attached to what worked well for so long. Financial engineering alone may not be as powerful in a world where technological change is accelerating.
Next, Wayne Kozun, OTPP's former SVP Public Equities, shared this:
This is somewhat Monday morning quarterbacking as over the last decade US equity has done much better than the equity markets of any other country, fixed income has done very well, and the US dollar has gotten stronger. So a US 60-40 portfolio looks great as it has no foreign exposure, but no one know this ten years ago. In hindsight you can always find "simple" portfolios that will have done better than "sophisticated" portfolios. But that doesn't help unless you know for certain what the future holds.

This paper was done by MPI and the volatility numbers that they quote are based on their own proprietary technique of estimating the "true" volatility of private assets. I don't know if there methodology is good or bad, but they likely have a bias which may be coming through in this analysis. While I do believe that private assets are much riskier than what the annual volatility is measured at, there is some value to being able to smooth asset returns for entities like endowments and pension plans. So you can say that the "true" volatility of private equity is higher than public equities, but that is ignoring the value in being able to smooth returns.
Wayne's insights prompted this reply from Leo de Bever:
I did not say so explicitly but the grossing up of private asset volatility to equate it to listed assets is backwards.

A long term investor should not care what monthly or annual volatility is, even if you accept volatility as a measure of risk instead of using some measure of downside.

Long term investors would want to look at their long term volatility relative to the long term volatility of listed markets.

Long term investments are not a sequence of short term investments. They attempt to exploit the existence of superior long term returns not accessible to managers that do not control how long they have access to invested capital.
And Andrew Claerhout, OTPP's former senior managing director Infrastructure and Natural Resources,shared these insights:
I don’t disagree with anything either of you (Leo and Wayne) have said.

The US markets have done remarkably well since the GFC but what I find interesting is that few stock pickers in US public equities have been able to beat the index and as a result there is a greater and greater shift towards indexing by many institutional investors.

Private assets provide diversification benefits but unequivocally some of this is overstated due to a lagging and conservative (in good times) and aggressive (in bad times) mark to market process.

What will determine the quality of an investment program is how it performs through a variety of economic and financial market cycles. We’ve been spoiled in the last ten years as a rising tide raises all boats... some more than others... but let’s see what happens when the tide recedes.
Indeed, we have been spoiled and this reminds me of a famous quote from John Kenneth Galbraith: "In a bull market, everyone is a financial genius."

The last ten years were unbelievably strong for US stocks and bonds following the 2008 crisis, and we can all thank the Fed and other central banks for goosing up the financial system through their multi-trillion dollar balance sheet operations.

Moreover, while volatility is underestimated in private markets, as Leo de Bever states, a long-term investor shouldn't care about monthly or annual volatility (until it impacts their career risk).

On the question of how MPI calculated volatility, however, Richard J. Tomlinson, Deputy CIO at LPP, shared this on LinkedIn: 
I’m curious how they estimated volatility - not a simple task when you have a large weighting to illiquids. There’s also the point of volatility of capital value vs volatility of income, different institutions have different preferences depending on liability profile, contributions etc
What else? I remember Mark Wiseman and his successor Mark Machin telling me their portfolios are structured in a way that when there is a roaring bull market they will under-perform but outperform considerably during a bear market or when public equities are lackluster. "Over time, the benefits of diversifying into private markets all over the world are there and they add up as we have handily beat CPPIB's Reference portfolio over the long run."

"Bullocks! Just index their portfolios so we don't have to pay these guys outrageous compensation each year!"

Well, it's not that simple. First, you pay for performance, and you need to pay if you're hiring people with a particular skill set in private equity, real estate, infrastructure, private debt and natural resources. You also need to pay people competitively if you stand a chance to beat the S&P 500.

Second, indexing has worked extremely well over the last ten years but there are no guarantees it will continue to do so over the next ten years.

Moreover, the popularity of indexing has generated a whole set of issues. Last week, Vanguard's Jack Bogle, the father of indexing, sounded a warning on index funds:
There no longer can be any doubt that the creation of the first index mutual fund was the most successful innovation—especially for investors—in modern financial history. The question we need to ask ourselves now is: What happens if it becomes too successful for its own good?

The First Index Investment Trust, which tracks the returns of the S&P 500 and is now known as the Vanguard 500 Index Fund, was founded on December 31, 1975. It was the first “product,” as it were, of a new mutual fund manager, The Vanguard Group, the company I had founded only one year earlier.

The fund’s August 1976 initial public offering may have been the worst underwriting in Wall Street history. Despite the leadership of the Street’s four largest retail brokers, the IPO fell far short of its original $250 million target. The initial assets of 500 Index Fund totaled but $11.3 million—falling a mere 95% short of its goal.

The fund’s struggle for the attention (and dollars) of investors was epic. Known as “Bogle’s folly,” the fund’s novel strategy of simply tracking a broad market index was almost totally rejected by Wall Street. The head of Fidelity, then by far the fund industry’s largest firm, put the kiss of death on his tiny rival: “I can’t believe that the great mass of investors are [sic] going to be satisfied with just receiving average returns. The name of the game is to be the best.”

Almost a decade passed before a second S&P 500 index fund was formed, by Wells Fargo in 1984. During that period, Vanguard’s index fund attracted cash inflow averaging only $16 million per year.

Now let’s advance the clock to 2018. What a difference 42 years makes! Equity index fund assets now total some $4.6 trillion, while total index fund assets have surpassed $6 trillion. Of this total, about 70% is invested in broad market index funds modeled on the original Vanguard fund.

Yes, U.S. index mutual funds have grown to huge size, with their holdings doubling from 4.5% of total U.S. stock-market value in 2002 to 9% in 2009, and then almost doubling again to more than 17% in 2018. Even that penetration understates the role of mutual fund managers, as they also offer actively managed funds, and their combined assets amount to more than 35% of the shares of U.S. corporations.

If historical trends continue, a handful of giant institutional investors will one day hold voting control of virtually every large U.S. corporation. Public policy cannot ignore this growing dominance, and consider its impact on the financial markets, corporate governance, and regulation. These will be major issues in the coming era.

Three index fund managers dominate the field with a collective 81% share of index fund assets: Vanguard has a 51% share; BlackRock, 21%; and State Street Global, 9%. Such domination exists primarily because the indexing field attracts few new major entrants.

Why? Partly because of two high barriers to entry: the huge scale enjoyed by the big indexers would be difficult to replicate by new entrants; and index fund prices (their expense ratios, or fees) have been driven to commodity-like levels, even to zero. If Fidelity’s 2018 offering of two zero-cost index funds has established a new “price point” for index funds, the enthusiasm of additional firms to create new index funds will diminish even further. So we can’t rely on new competitors to reduce today’s concentration.

Most observers expect that the share of corporate ownership by index funds will continue to grow over the next decade. It seems only a matter of time until index mutual funds cross the 50% mark. If that were to happen, the “Big Three” might own 30% or more of the U.S. stock market—effective control. I do not believe that such concentration would serve the national interest.

My concerns are shared by many academic observers. In a draft paper released in September, Prof. John C. Coates of Harvard Law School wrote that indexing is reshaping corporate governance, and warned that we are tipping toward a point where the voting power will be “controlled by a small number of individuals” who can exercise “practical power over the majority of U.S. public companies.” Professor Coates does not like what he sees, and offers tentative policy options—some necessary, often painful to contemplate. His conclusion—“The issue is not likely to go away”—is unarguable.

Solutions to resolve the issues connected with the concentration of corporate ownership are not self-evident, but a number of tentative possibilities have already been advanced:
  • More competition from new entrants to the index field. For the reasons noted above, this eventuality seems highly unlikely.
  • Force giant index funds to spin off their assets into a number of separate entities, each independently managed. Such a drastic step would—and should—face near-insurmountable obstacles, for it would create havoc for index investors and managers alike.
  • Require index funds to hold just one company in any industry. Leaving aside the dubious ability of either academia or federal bureaucrats to define precisely what constitutes a given industry, such a drastic change would lead to the destruction of today’s S&P 500 index fund, by common agreement, the most beneficial innovation for investors of the modern age.
  • Timely and full public disclosure by index funds of their voting policies and public documentation of each engagement with corporate managers. This would take today’s transparent and constructive governance practices several steps further.
  • Require index funds to retain an independent supervisory board with full responsibility for all decisions regarding corporate governance. The problem with this idea is that it is not clear how such a board could add to the present scrutiny of the fund’s independent directors.
  • Limit the voting power of corporate shares held by index managers. But such a step would, in substance, transfer voting rights from corporate stock owners, who care about the long-term, to corporate stock renters, who do not... an absurd outcome.
  • Enact federal legislation making it clear that directors of index funds and other large money managers have a fiduciary duty to vote solely in the interest of the funds’ shareholders. While I believe that such a fiduciary duty is implicit today, making it explicit, with appropriate penalties for violations, would be a constructive step.
It is time for public officials to consider the pros and cons of these issues with indexers, the financial community, academia, and active managers alike—and develop national policies that support high standards of corporate governance. It will require their working together constructively and cooperatively.

But one thing seems crystal clear. Even if present trends continue (sometimes they don’t), the enormous value of index funds should not be ignored. First, index funds provide investors with the most effective stock-market strategy of all time: buy American business and hold it forever, and do so at rock-bottom cost. Second, index funds are among the few truly long-term owners of stocks—for all practical purposes, permanent owners of capital—an enormously valuable asset to society. The long-term focus of index funds is a much needed counterweight to the short-termism favored by so many market participants.

Prof. Coates agrees that nothing should jeopardize the existence of today’s index funds.

“Indexing has created real and large social benefits in the form of lower expenses and greater long-term returns for millions of individuals investing directly or indirectly for retirement,” he writes. “A ban on indexing would clearly not be a good idea.” I can only say, “Amen” to those words.
Take the time to read John Coates' paper here (h/t, Wayne Kozun).

Indexing in public markets is here to stay. There will be setbacks during bear markets and I too worry about what happens if it becomes even more popular than it already is (the great economist Paul Samuelson once praised Burton Malkiel's book, A Random Walk Down Wall Street, but also worried about what happens when everyone adopts this indexing approach).

Funny thing about markets, when everyone is doing the same thing, two things happen, great bubbles and great dislocations. The rise in indexing presents opportunities and risks.

But if indexing is here to stay, so are alternative investments at pension funds, endowment funds, sovereign wealth funds and other large asset allocators looking to diversify away from public markets into private markets.

Below,Vanguard Group Founder Jack Bogle discusses how the indexing business has changed over the years and the problem with index funds (June 2018). Here he discusses a different problem.

Also, Bogle explains why "if you hold the stock market, you will grow with America" and how we could avoid the financial crisis from 10 years ago. Great discussions, love hearing his wise insights.



          Bypass of Disabled System Functions      Cache   Translate Page      

Imagine that you discover an Unrestricted File Upload vulnerability and upload a web shell to the server. Or, you have a payload that allows you to execute commands on the system through Local File Inclusion (LFI) or Remote File Inclusion (RFI) vulnerabilities.

Bypass of Disabled System Functions

When you execute the command that’s expected to call system functions on the server side, you’re greeted by a surprise warning which states that you’re not allowed to execute the function because it’s disabled.

www.example.com/shell.php?cmd=whoami

Warning: system() has been disabled for security reasons in /var/www/html/shell.php on line 6

The disable_functions directive in the php.ini configuration file allows you to disable certain PHP functions. One of the suggested hardening practices is to disable functions such as system, exec, shell_exec, passthru, by using the disable_functions directive to prevent an attacker from executing system commands. However, a user named Twoster in the Russian Antichat forum announced a new bypass method to this security mechanism. In this blog post, we discuss the technical details of the bypass.

The Exploit Code of the Bypass

Last week, Anton Lopanitsyn shared the exploit code on Github after the announcement on the Antichat forum. In the exploit code, it’s clear that the bypass relies on the imap_open() function, which is activated after the installation of the imap extension on PHP.

<?php
# CRLF (c)
# echo '1234567890'>/tmp/test0001

$server = "x -oProxyCommand=echo\tZWNobyAnMTIzNDU2Nzg5MCc+L3RtcC90ZXN0MDAwMQo=|base64\t-d|sh}";

imap_open('{'.$server.':143/imap}INBOX', '', '') or die("\n\nError: ".imap_last_error());

The imap_open() function doesn’t readily exist in the PHP core. It’s a wrapper for imapd, designed by the researchers at the University of Washington. As stated above, PHP will have the imap_open() function defined only after you've installed the IMAP PHP extension. Let’s analyze each component in the exploit code.

The Parameters of imap_open Function

We’re going to take a closer look at the mailbox parameter the function takes, to understand how the imap_open function works in the exploit. Here is the syntax of the function:

resource imap_open ( string $mailbox , string $username , string $password [, int $options = 0 [, int $n_retries = 0 [, array $params = NULL ]]] )

The value for the mailbox parameter consists of the server name and the mailbox file path on the server. The name INBOX stands for the current user’s personal mailbox. This is how you set the mailbox parameter:

$mbox = imap_open ("{localhost:993/PROTOCOL/FLAG}INBOX", "user_id", "password");

Between the brackets, you can see the server name or IP address, the port number (after the colon) and the protocol name. After the protocol name, the user can choose to set a flag as the third parameter.

The warning in the official documentation of PHP about setting up the imap_open parameters is crucial.

This warning states that unless enable_insecure_rsh is disabled, the user data should not be directly transmitted to the mailbox parameter.

This warning states that unless enable_insecure_rsh is disabled, the user data should not be directly transmitted to the mailbox parameter. Let's take a look at  how the IMAP extension works to understand what the enable_insecure_rsh configuration option does, and why the warning prompts users to disable it.

The IMAP Server Types and SSH Connection

There are two Unix-based IMAP servers that are widely used. One is imapd, developed by the University of Washington, and the other is the IMAP server developed by Cyrus.

Cyrus stores the user emails in a built-in database. So, accessing Cyrus is only possible through the IMAP protocol. This is why when Cyrus is in use, there are no connections between user accounts on the Unix system on which the IMAP is installed and the IMAP accounts.

On the other hand, imapd stores the emails in files owned by the mail users on the Unix system, such as /var/spool/mail. User accounts and access privileges on imapd are directly related to the Unix server. If your mails are stored in a spool file to which you have authorization, you can login through SSH and verify your privileges on the files.

There’s no need for the entire procedure to establish an IMAP connection when there’s SSH. The imap_open function initially establishes an SSH connection and, if authorized, proceeds without an IMAP connection. This is called the IMAP preauthenticated mode. The warning given for passing the value in the mailbox parameter is based on this. The mailbox value will be passed on to the SSH command as a parameter while setting up an SSH connection.

Before the secure SSH protocol was widely used, there was a protocol called rsh. However, it's quite insecure by default, doesn't use encryption and shouldn't be used for connections outside (and even inside) the local network. The imap.enable_insecure_rsh configuration option deactivates both rsh and ssh for preauthentication.

The -oProxyCommand in the Exploit

One of the many parameters the SSH command uses is the -o parameter, which allows you to set the options available for use during the connection. ProxyCommand is one of the options that can be set right before commencing the SSH connection. For example:

ssh -oProxyCommand="touch tmp.txt" localhost

When you execute this command, you’ll realize that the tmp.txt file will be created even if an SSH connection is not made to localhost.

The -oProxyCommand in the Exploit

Due to all the components in the exploit code, a system which has functions such as system and passthru disabled will still be vulnerable to executing commands in RFI or LFI vulnerabilities.

Additional Measures Against the Bypass

There are two ways to protect yourself against the dangers of the imap PHP extension. The first is by checking for any special characters (such as forward slashes) whenever you pass user input to imap_open, which would prevent a Remote Code Execution vulnerability. We stated above that you can use certain flags within the mailbox parameter. The /norsh flag is one of these and you should set it in order to disable the IMAP preauthenticated mode.

In addition, an effective defence against the disable_functions bypass is to disable the imap.enable_insecure_rsh option by giving a '0' value in the php.ini file. However, in PHP version 5, this option isn’t available, so you should think twice whether you need the imap extension and whether you should add imap_open to your list of disabled functions.

Authors, Netsparker Security Researchers:

Ziyahan Albeniz
Sven Morgenroth
Umran Yildirimkaya


          Entrevista al Dr. Blas López Rueda y Mayca Carrillo Suárez en la Cadena Ser      Cache   Translate Page      

Entrevista al Dr. Blas López Rueda y Mayca Carrillo Suárez en la Cadena Ser sobre la charla de Intolerancias Alimentarias en la Universidad de Valencia.
29 de noviembre 2018, Alicante, España

Intolerancias alimentarias




00:43 - 00:44
...creo que es más seria de lo que piensan las autoridades sanitarias de este páramo...

01:44 - 02:20 ...hay una serie de personas que comen alimentos y cuando comen una serie de alimentos frutas verduras legumbres frutos secos y otras sustancias pues se ponen muy mal si te empiezan con una serie de síntomas digestivos y estrés digestivos que le condicionan su vida tanto que le condicionan su vida. Hay personas que no pueden estudiar hay personas que no pueden trabajar hay personas que llevan meses y meses sin salir de sus casas y todo esto que le condiciona quieren subir sus amistades sus relaciones sociales la familia no les comprende las parejas se separan y toda esta problemática...

03:31 - 04:05...porque yo creo que es la más complicada de tratar es la intolerancia a la fructosa. Pero lo importante que hay que decir es que la intolerancia a la fructosa en su proceso evolutivo se acompaña de otras muchas intolerancia como por ejemplo la lactosa,...mala absorción de carbohidratos, mala tolerancia a las grasas, se va a acompañar de una serie de otros tipos de intolerancias...lo más importante de todo esto es que bueno pues los médicos creen y piensan que estas intolerancia no existe...

04:26 - 04:38 ...la fructosa sola o acompañada de nuestra intolerancia no es una enfermedad es solamente un síntoma que le tiene que decir al médico que ese paciente puede tener 30 o 40 enfermedades diferentes que le están produciendo esa...

04:48 - 04:54 ...el problema de la intolerancia y es lo que hay que transmitir no es una enfermedad es un síntoma que lo produce mucha emfermedades...

05:04 - 05:15 ...ahora yo nosotros calculamos que hay unas 34 y entre la más importante aunque suene un poco raro...en paíz vanzado...

05:28 - 06:09 ...hay parásitos que cuestan mucho y muchas dificultades en quitarlo. Y siempre nos queda en el problema que una vez que los erradicamos como no sabemos cuáles son las fuentes que nos están contaminando, pues hacer una prevención. El sobrecrecimiento bacteriano y la enfermedad celíaca, que aunque es muy conocida aún nos se hacen las cosas bien, ahora últimas en técnicos temas que la H pilori, y la sensibilidad celíaca al gluten, y cuando estas cosas que son las más frecuentes son negativas pues que hay que buscar una enfermedad [por exceso] de cromo, una colitis ulcerosa, una colitis microcítico, intoxicaciones por metales pesados, trastorno de la metilación, es decir esto es un abanico muy amplio de posibilidades...

06:25 - 06:41 [Excepción] ... a veces la [intolerancia a la] lactosa es un caso muy especial porque hay una lactosa a qué vienes quizás por un déficit desde el nacimiento por una alteración genética...

06:48 - 07:07 ...pero hay otro tipo de intolerancia de las toses que se producen en una serie de procesos inflamatorios que afectan a nivel del intestino delgado porque al final todas estas enfermedades siempre afectan a lo mismo al argentino delgado que es donde hacemos la digestión y absorción de nutrientes...

07:15 - 07:21 ...y todo esto irá al intestino grueso, producirá procesos fermentativos, y los pacientes intolerantes se encontrarán muy mal...

07:57 - 08:04 ...nunca se le puede catalogar que sus causas son tres con un psicológico sin haberles buscado antes las 34 diferentes enfermedades que pueden producir una intolerancia...

08:15 - 08:28...problema vamos yo donde creo yo donde creo que están los problemas es en la cantidad de aditivos que se le están añadiendo a los alimentos en lo que llamamos hoy día alimentos procesados...

08:44 - 09:02...los fabricantes siempre me dicen domingo es que yo he hecho la mínima cantidad permitida pero como yo le digáis que es el paciente o la persona que compra no tomo su producto está marcado el día 10 o 12 productos que llevan muchas y muchos aditivos pequeñas cantidades de muchos aditivos empieza a hacer hacer aspectos negativos...


          New Captain Marvel trailer lands      Cache   Translate Page      
Richard Jordan
Dec 4, 2018

Brie Larson dishes out some intergalactic justice in the latest look at Marvel's next big hitter

The new trailer for Captain Marvel – the 21st entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – arrived overnight, giving us a closer look at what to expect from the origin story of one of the galaxy's most powerful heroes.

Kicking off with an extended version of the old lady fight glimpsed in the first trailer, this new look pretty quickly establishes the shape-shifting, pointy-eared Skrulls as "the bad guys". Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), meanwhile, identifies herself as a Kree – a race of "noble warrior heroes" and sworn enemies of the Skrulls.

Only, she's not a Kree; she's simply been "reborn" by them to "live longer, stronger, superior", as Annette Bening's mysterious scientist informs us in a crucial bit of exposition. Danvers is actually an Earthling. And so, along with fledgling SHIELD agent Nick Fury (an impressively de-aged Samuel L Jackson), she sets out to unravel the mystery of her past on her way to becoming the (hopefully) Thanos-beating hero we need right now. You can watch the trailer below…

So, there you have it. Mohawk Marvel! Space battles! Jude Law! And who knew Nick Fury was such a cat person?

For a more in-depth look at the trailer, check out the trailer breakdown.

Captain Marvel hits UK cinemas on 8 March 2019


          MemoryBank Review      Cache   Translate Page      

You can do just about anything online today, including all of your banking. If you can handle never going to the bank drive-up again, read on to see if MemoryBank is a good fit for you.

MemoryBank is a division of Republic Bank & Trust. They operate solely online. You can access your banking services on your computer, laptop, phone, or tablet - anywhere that you have an internet connection. Because they don't have the overhead of physical branches, they can pass the savings on to their customers with higher interest rates.

If you are comfortable depositing checks via your mobile phone, checking balances online, and talking with a banker over the phone rather than in person, then MemoryBank may be a good choice for you.

MemoryBank keeps things simple with only two accounts to choose from - one checking and one savings account. Keep reading to see if they are a good fit for you.

EarnMore Checking Account

You don't need a minimum opening balance or minimum average balance to keep the EarnMore Checking Account. There is no monthly fee and no minimum balances to worry yourself about each month. This account does earn interest (higher interest than many other banks) and you have the freedom of writing checks or using your MasterCard Debit Card to make purchases.

They do charge for some of their services, like most banks do for things like NSF, overdrafts, and stop payments. If you want to receive a paper statement in the mail, you'll pay a small fee for that as well.

Online Money Market Account

The Online Money Market Account gives you access to even higher interest rates with the same benefits. The only exception is the number of withdrawals you can make. Per FDIC rules, you may only make six withdrawals per cycle. If you make more withdrawals, you may have to pay an "excessive withdrawal fee."

Like the EarnMore Checking Account, the Online Money Market Account doesn't charge monthly service fees and you have 24/7 access to your accounts.

Contacting MemoryBank:

1-877-757-3400
Monday - Friday 7:30 AM to 8:00 PM E.T.

Reasons We Like MemoryBank

  • MemoryBank is FDIC insured. You don't have to worry about your money if MemoryBank goes out of business. The FDIC insures each individual's accounts up to $250,000.

  • MemoryBank has more than 92,000 network ATMs. You can use the MemoryBank app or the online ATM locator to find the ATM closest to you. In addition, MemoryBank doesn't charge a fee if you use an ATM outside of their network. But the third-party bank that you do use may charge a fee, so make sure you check ahead of time.

  • You can open an account from home in about 10 minutes. The entire application for either MemoryBank account is online. With just a few pieces of information, you can open an account and start earning interest.

  • You can live anywhere in the United States to open an account. Since the account is online, you don't have to worry about living near a branch. Everyone accesses their money electronically with these online accounts.

  • MemoryBank takes security seriously. MemoryBank uses many precautions to keep your information safe. They use 128-bit encryption, provide one-time passwords when you log in on a new device, and use chip technology to prevent credit/debit card fraud.

  • You can set up MemoryAlert notifications. You can choose the type of alerts you receive and the method you receive them. For example, you can set up alerts for a low balance threshold, transactions of a certain amount, or deposits. You can receive the alerts via text, email, or push notifications via the app.

  • You can earn Purchase Rewards. In the MemoryBank app or in your account online, you can activate offers available in your account. If you then make the purchase required to earn the reward with your MemoryBank Visa card, you'll earn the cashback. MemoryBank will deposit the rewards as cash in your bank account as stated in your account agreement.

  • You can set up a mobile wallet with your MemoryBank MasterCard Debit Card. MemoryBank is compatible with Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay. If you set up a mobile wallet, you can pay without taking your card with you.

  • You can get free online statements going back 18 months. You'll receive all of your bank statements online, but you can print them for free. MemoryBank gives you access to the statements for the last 18 months. This can be helpful during tax season or any other time you need to organize your finances.

  • You can deposit your money without leaving home. Since there aren't any branches, you must deposit your money electronically. You can do so with the app and mobile deposit. You just take a picture of the check and follow the instructions. You can also set up Direct Deposit with your employer.

Reasons You May Want to Look Elsewhere

  • You have limited choices. Many online banks have at least a few checking and savings accounts to choose from. MemoryBank has one checking and one savings account. Because they don't have many requirements, it's not the worst deal, but it is nice to have options when opening a new bank account.

  • You can't go into a physical branch. No one is able to go into a physical branch. If you like to be able to bank face-to-face or prefer making deposits in person rather than via the internet, this may not be the right bank for you.

  • MemoryBank doesn't have any options for business accounts. The only two accounts that MemoryBank offers are personal accounts. If you like to have your business and personal accounts at the same bank, you may want to look elsewhere.

How It Compares

  • MySavingsDirect As the name suggests, MySavingsDirect only offers online savings accounts. They have two options: the High Interest Savings and the CD. The savings account doesn't have minimum account balance requirements and it doesn't have a monthly service fee. You conduct your transactions online and don't have a physical branch to visit, just like MemoryBank.

Bottom Line

If you are ready to take the plunge into digital banking, MemoryBank could be a great place to start. Without complicated accounts to filter through and minimal fees, you can test the waters to see if digital banking is right for you.

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          Scott Morrison says he'll make school anti-discrimination bill 'a conscience issue' – politics live      Cache   Translate Page      

PM says ‘let’s take the parties out of’ bill delayed until next year; as government moves closer to passing encryption legislation after in-principle support from Labor. All the day’s events, live

Timing

This is my Bill to protect children from discrimination based on their sexuality, and to protect religious freedoms. Let’s get this done. pic.twitter.com/uhKTIMHenA

File this under quelle surprise:

Bill Shorten will shortly confirm Labor will NOT support conscience vote on discrimination against gay students.

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Αυτή η παίκτρια αποχώρησε από το GNTM! | Newsit.gr

GNTM: Αποχώρησε η Μικαέλα Φωτιάδη! «Είναι τραγικό που φεύγω και η Αμανατίδου είναι ακόμα μέσα»

Μικαέλα Φωτιάδη
Πώς αντέδρασαν οι υπόλοιπες παίκτριες;
Στη φωτογράφιση αποχώρησης τα κορίτσια του GNTM έπρεπε να αποδείξουν ότι η ταχύτητα και τα γρήγορα αυτοκίνητα είναι και γυναικεία υπόθεση, αφού βρέθηκαν ως συνοδηγοί, πλάι στον Κώστα Στεφανή, μέσα σε ένα Mustang, που ανέβασε επικίνδυνα στροφές.

Τα μοντέλα πόζαραν μετά από αυτή τη γεμάτη αδρεναλίνη βόλτα, ως δυναμικές και σέξι αμαζόνες της ασφάλτου, στον φακό του Μάριου Γκαβογιάννη. Οι κριτές αφού είδαν όλες τις φωτογραφίες, αποφάσισαν πως από το Greece’s Next Top Model πρέπει να αποχωρήσει η Μικαέλα Φωτιάδη.

Φώτο   Ρεπορτάζ   Ρεπόρτερ  Sakis 

          Δολοφονία Φοιτήτριας: Δίωξη και για Βιασμό στους Δύο Νεαρούς!      Cache   Translate Page      
Δολοφονία φοιτήτριας: Δίωξη και για βιασμό στους δύο νεαρούς! | Newsit.gr




Ραγδαίες εξελίξεις στην υπόθεση δολοφονίας της 21 ετών φοιτήτριας από τη Ρόδο, Ελένης Τοπαλούδη. Σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες, ο εισαγγελέας άσκησε δίωξη και για βιασμό στους δύο νεαρούς, που φέρονται να εμπλέκονται στην υπόθεση. Η κατηγορία βασίστηκε στα ευρήματα της ιατροδικαστικής έκθεσης…
Πρόκειται για έναν 19χρονο Αλβανό, ο οποίος ομολόγησε την εμπλοκή του στη δολοφονία και ένα 21χρονο Ροδίτη, ο οποίος σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες, αρνείται μέχρι τώρα τα όσα του καταλογίζονται και προσπαθεί να τα φορτώσει όλα στον φίλο του.
Και οι δύο θεωρήθηκαν ύποπτοι από την πρώτη στιγμή, με βάση το οπτικό υλικό από κάμερες ασφαλείας. Οι δύο νεαροί κατηγορούνται ότι σκότωσαν τη φοιτήτρια στο σπίτι του ενός εξ αυτών, επειδή εκείνη αρνήθηκε να δεχθεί τις ερωτικές τους προτάσεις και αντιστάθηκε. Στη συνέχεια, μετέφεραν το πτώμα της στην παραλία της Λίνδου και το πέταξαν στη θάλασσα, όπου και βρέθηκε.

Εθνική οργή και κατάρες για τους νεαρούς στα social media

Άνθρωποι που τους γνώριζαν αλλά και άλλοι, που δεν είχαν συναντηθεί ποτέ με τους δύο νεαρούς, μπαίνουν στα προφίλ τους στο facebook και… τα σχόλιά τους, ξεχειλίζουν από οργή!
Μάλιστα, πολλές είναι οι αναφορές για τον Έλληνα νεαρό, ο οποίος σύμφωνα με τα γραφόμενα, είναι γόνος πλούσιας οικογένειας. 

Καταγγελία – σοκ από δεύτερη κοπέλα

Ανάμεσα στα σχόλια στο Facebook, είναι και τα όσα αποκαλύπτει μία κοπέλα, για τους δύο νεαρούς που φέρονται να έχουν δολοφονήσει την φοιτήτρια στη Ρόδο. Η ίδια αναφέρει ότι μία εβδομάδα πριν το έγκλημα, είχαν στείλει και σε εκείνη μήνυμα για να την βγάλουν βόλτα. Εκείνη όμως αρνήθηκε και μάλιστα, μετά τη δολοφονία της κοπέλας έχει δώσει τη σχετική συνομιλία στην Αστυνομία.

Ραγίζει καρδιές η μητέρα της φοιτήτριας

Η μητέρα της αδικοχαμένης φοιτήτριας βρίσκεται στο Διδυμότειχο. Λίγο μετά τις 12.00 εμφανίστηκε μπροστά στις κάμερες και συγκλόνισε τους πάντες.

Πατέρας φοιτήτριας: Έτσι έμαθα ότι ομολόγησαν

Ο πατέρας της Ελένη Τοπαλούδη μιλάει, λίγες ώρες μετάτις ομολογίες των δραστών. Περιγράφει πως έμαθε τα τελευταία νέα από τον επικεφαλής λιμενάρχη: “Κάποια στιγμή προς το βράδυ διάβασα στο Ίντερνετ κάποια πράγματα και πήρα τηλέφωνο τον λιμενάρχη, που είναι ο συντονιστής.
Μου λέει κύριε Τοπαλούδη είμαστε σε πολύ καλό δρόμο. Του απάντησα πως θα έχω το κινητό μου ανοιχτό, όποτε προκύψει κάτι να με πάρετε τηλέφωνο. Και πράγματι ο άνθρωπος στις δυο παρά τέταρτο τα ξημερώματα με παίρνει και μου λέει κύριε Τοπαλουδη είναι αυτοί οι συγκεκριμένοι, ομολόγησαν. Δεν είπαμε κάτι περισσότερο. Τον ρώτησα τι ώρα θα πάει σήμερα (μετά τις 10.00 το πρωί) προκειμένου να βρεθούμε. Όποτε φεύγοντας από το ξενοδοχείο θα πάμε εκεί για να δούμε τι νέο μπορεί να μας πει.
Η άτυχη κοπέλα έχει καταγραφεί να μπαίνει στο λευκό βαν που ανήκει στον έναν από τους δύο και στη συνέχεια να απομακρύνεται από την περιοχή όπου βρίσκεται το σπίτι της. Στη συνέχεια τα στοιχεία από κάμερες αλλά και μαρτυρίες που έχουν συγκεντρώσει οι αρχές, λένε ότι το λευκό βαν με την κοπέλα και τον έναν από τους δύο δράστες έκανε στάση σε καφετέρια, όπου επιβιβάστηκε και ο δεύτερος δράστης.
Οι αξιωματικοί που ερεύνησαν την υπόθεση φαίνεται μάλιστα ότι εντόπισαν ίχνη της κοπέλας και σε ένα σπίτι, έναν χώρο που σχετίζεται με τον έναν από τους δύο και έτσι αποφάσισαν να τους καλέσουν για εξέταση

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Recorded in 1975,  featuring Derek Shulman (vocals, saxophone, recorder, bass, percussion), Ray Shulman (bass, violin, acoustic guitar, recorder, trumpet, vocals, percussion), Gary Green (guitars, recorders, vocals, percussion), Kerry Minnear (keyboards, cello, vibes, recorder, vocals, percussion), and John Weathers (drums, vibes, tambour, vocals, percussion).

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My Style Rocks
Την ανακοίνωση έκανε η Κωνσταντίνα Σπυροπούλου…
Εκτός My Style Rocks βρίσκεται η Ναντίν Ανζάουι, η οποία αποφάσισε να αποχωρήσει οικειοθελώς για προσωπικούς λόγους.
«Θα κάνω μια μικρή ανακεφαλαίωση. Την Παρασκευή αποχαιρετήσαμε ένα κορίτσι μας, την Φραντζέσκα, της ευχόμαστε ότι καλύτερο. Αυτή την εβδομάδα έχουμε καινούργιες αφίξεις, συγκεκριμένα θα υποδεχτούμε δύο κορίτσια σήμερα. Όπως βλέπετε, λείπουν δύο κορίτσια μας.
Η Χριστίνα είναι άρρωστη! Χριστινάκι, σου ευχόμαστε περαστικά, να γυρίσεις γρήγορα, καλή ανάρρωση. Επίσης, λείπει και η Ναντίν. Η Ναντίν για προσωπικούς λόγους δεν θα συνεχίσει στην παρέα μας στο My Style Rocks, της ευχόμαστε ότι καλύτερο και καλή συνέχεια στη ζωή της», είπε η Κωνσταντίνα Σπυροπούλου.
Οι δύο νέες παίκτριες που μπήκαν στο παιχνίδι είναι η Κωνσταντίνα Κωνσταντινίδη και η Ρόζα Κένταλα.

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Πολύ κοντά στην εξιχνίαση του εγκλήματος με θύμα την 21χρονη φοιτήτρια, βρίσκονται οι αξιωματικοί του Λιμενικού Σώματος που διενεργούν τις σχετικές έρευνες. Σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες,  στο ανακριτικό γραφείο της Λιμενικής Αστυνομίας, προσήχθησαν τρία άτομα, που εκτιμάται ότι γνώριζαν τη φοιτήτρια και μίλησαν μαζί της στο τηλέφωνο το τελευταίο χρονικό διάστημα.
Όπως μετέδωσε ο Alpha στα χέρια των Αρχών βρίσκεται και ένα βίντεο ντοκουμέντο από κάμερα ασφαλείας καταστήματος. Σε αυτό φαίνεται η άτυχη φοιτήτρια να μπαίνει σε ένα αυτοκίνητο που οδηγούσε άντρας και να απομακρύνονται. Η καταγραφή γίνεται την περασμένη Τρίτη. Το τελευταίο βράδυ της ζωής της. Η Ελένη Τοπαλούδη βρέθηκε νεκρή την επόμενη μέρα, στα βράχια απόκρημνης παραλίας.

Ο πατέρας της φοιτήτριας

Ο πατέρας της 21χρονης, Ιωάννης Τοπαλούδης, αντιδήμαρχος του Δήμου Διδυμότειχου, μίλησε για τον θάνατο της Ελένης. “Προφορικά μίλησα με τον ιατροδικαστή γιατί δεν είχε ετοιμαστεί η έγγραφη έκθεση του, θα την ετοιμάσει και θα την πάρουμε μετά. Ο ιατροδικαστής μου είπε ότι υπάρχουν σημάδια στραγγαλισμού στο λαιμό της, αλλά ο θάνατος της, προήλθε από πνιγμό. Κατά πάσα πιθανότητα την πέταξε στην θάλασσα. Τώρα περιμένω και τις τοξικολογικές εξετάσεις”, είπε.
Και συνέχισε: “Ό,τι παρέες έκανε και είχαμε τηλέφωνα, τα δώσαμε στο λιμεναρχείο. Αυτό που ξέρω από το Λιμεναρχείο είναι, ότι η κόρη μου μιλούσε με μια φίλη της στο facebook και η Ελένη είπε στη φίλη της, «θα σου κλείσω τώρα το τηλέφωνο γιατί κάποιος μου χτυπάει την πόρτα». Μάλλον σε κάποιον άνοιξε την πόρτα, δεν ξέρω. Από εκείνο το βράδυ, δεν ξαναμίλησε με κανέναν. Την ψάχναμε μαζί με την μητέρα της. Μετά ανέλαβαν οι αρμόδιες υπηρεσίες. Πραγματικά, θέλω να πω ένα μεγάλο ευχαριστώ στην αστυνομία, το λιμενικό, τον δήμαρχο και τον Αντιπεριφερειάρχη, σε όλους”.
Σε έρευνα που έγινε με την συνδρομή αστυνομικών της Υποδιεύθυνσης Ασφαλείας Ρόδου στο σπίτι της, δεν προέκυψαν στοιχεία που θα μπορούσαν να δώσουν απαντήσεις, ενώ κομβικής σημασίας για την πορεία των ερευνών αποτελεί η άρση του απορρήτου των τηλεφωνικών της συνομιλιών, που έχει ήδη παραγγελθεί.
Σημειώνεται εξάλλου ότι το κινητό της τηλέφωνο αν και ο θάνατός της προσδιορίζεται μέχρι και 48 ώρες πριν την ανεύρεση του άψυχου σώματός της, το πρωί της 28ης Νοεμβρίου 2018 στην θαλάσσια περιοχή Φωκίας στους Πεύκους κοντά στο φυλάκιο Γκίνας, σε δύσβατο σημείο, που επισκέπτονται κυρίως ψαράδες, έδειχνε να είναι online στο facebook, προχθές. Τονίζεται ακόμη ότι δεν έχουν βρεθεί τα ρούχα της, όπως και άλλα προσωπικά της αντικείμενα πέριξ της παραλίας, ενώ ένα μεγάλο ερώτημα για τις αρχές είναι γιατί βρέθηκε στο συγκεκριμένο σημείο. 

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Tried & Tasted 7 Hokkien Mee or Tai Lok Meen in KL and PJ

The black gooey lardy fat Hokkien mee known as tai lok meen in Cantonese (which is still the lingua franca of KL Chinese) is one of Kuala Lumpur's signature dishes. Every neighbourhood in KL and Petaling Jaya has at least one or two famous Hokkien mee stalls.

Tried & Tasted 7 Hokkien Mee or Tai Lok Meen in KL and PJ

One of the things that excite me about KL Hokkien mee is the spectacular fireworks leaping from the turbocharged charcoal stoves (yes you read correct, it's charcoal stove with an industrial blower blasting air over the hot embers). Sparks and leaping flames are so routine in KL and PJ that hardly anyone bats an eyelid to the daily artistry (which is uncommon elsewhere).

Tried & Tasted 7 Hokkien Mee or Tai Lok Meen in KL and PJ

I also like the heady aroma of caramelised dark soy sauce and the taste of crunchy lard cracklings which are essential elements of any good KL Hokkien mee. The unique thick, fat, spongy tai lok meen noodles infused with savoury sweet flavour by simmering in pork bone stock have a lot to do with its popularity too. A major weapon of the best Hokkien mee shops is grounded dried sole fish (powder) which gives an added layer of robust savouriness to the dish.

Tried & Tasted 7 Hokkien Mee or Tai Lok Meen in KL and PJ

We noticed two variations of KL Hokkien mee - at one end is the drier type, heavy on tacky lardy grease complemented by a savoury soy sauce blend. This was the tai lok meen of my memory and seemed harder to find nowadays. The more common variety these days is covered in a drippy wet blanket of dark savoury sweet sauce. Only a sprinkling of lard cracklings here and there reminds us of the presence of lard in the dish.

Tried & Tasted 7 Hokkien Mee or Tai Lok Meen in KL and PJ

KL Hokkien mee is a dinner and supper thing - almost all tai lok meen shops open in the evening and close around midnight. I have been eating KL Hokkien mee for decades - these are just the seven I've tasted since I started blogging in 2012.


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Tried & Tasted 7 Hokkien Mee or Tai Lok Meen in KL and PJ

👍 I start with Tong Lian Kee 东莲记 because this is the KL Hokkien mee that is today the closest to the old tai lok meen of my memory. Just a slight moistness, bold with the lard, dark soy sauce with layers of savouriness seared into the thick fat tai lok meen (which literally means fat noodles). I like the dingy corridor nostalgic dining ambiance at Tong Lian Kee in the gritty old heart of KL. My favourite old school, no holds barred lardy KL Hokkien mee.




Restaurant name: Tong Lian Kee 东莲记福建面 
Address: Intersection of Jalan Sarawak and Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
GPS: 3°08'16.3"N 101°42'35.9"E 🌐 3.137858, 101.709980 
Waze: Tong Lian Kee Hokkien Mee 
Hours: 8:00pm - 2:00am (Sunday off)

Tried & Tasted 7 Hokkien Mee or Tai Lok Meen in KL and PJ

Kim Lian Kee is the grand daddy of KL Hokkien mee - the dish was created by Ong Kim Lian in 1927. Kim Lian Kee have a large restaurant in KL Chinatown now but I prefer the quaint ambience of their dingy grimy little parent stall where Mr. Ong laboured and gave birth to KL Hokkien mee. It's just a stone's throw from the KLK restaurant, smack in the middle of KL's Chinatown at Petaling Street.

I consider Kim Lian Kee the dry lardy type of Hokkien mee but they seemed to have toned down on the grease and increased the dark sauce. The soy sauce blend had layers of savoury flavours. Kim Lian Kee is generous with their pork slices, crunchy baby squid, chicken liver, cabbage and lard cracklings.

Kim Lian Kee

We bumped into Ah Lee, one of Ong Kim Lian's third generation. I kept being drawn to this gritty old stall where the dimly lit kitchen sits below street level because it is the historic birthplace of one of KL's heritage food.



Restaurant name: Kim Lian Kee (Original) 金莲记
Address42, Jalan Hang Lekir, City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.144305, 101.697717 🌐 3°08'39.5"N 101°41'51.8"E
Waze: Restoran Kim Lian Kee
Hours: 6:00pm - 12:00 midnight

Tried & Tasted 7 Hokkien Mee or Tai Lok Meen in KL and PJ

👍 I feel Mun Wah was the best among the wet ones we tasted during this trip. The mound of noodles were wet but not drippy. The syrupy texture caramelised dark sauce had robust savoury flavours in layers with a mild underlying sweetness. The tender noodles wrapped smothered with dark sauce and grease were slurpy smooth. The mound of noodles was studded with crispy pork lard cracklings. Mun Wah's rendition is my benchmark for contemporary KL Hokkien mee.



Restaurant name: Mun Wah Hokkien Mee 文华福建面家
Address155, Jalan Maharajalela, Kampung Attap, Kuala Lumpur
GPS3°08'11.7"N 101°42'10.6"E 🌐 3.136580, 101.702947
Waze: Kedai Makanan Mun Wah Hokkien Mee
Tel03 2144 7404
Hours: 5:00pm - 12:00 midnight (Weds off)

Tried & Tasted 7 Hokkien Mee or Tai Lok Meen in KL and PJ

Ah Wah Hokkien Mee is in the second generation now (Ah Wah has retired). It's the wet type with more sauce and relatively sparing on lard. The dark soy sauce blend was relatively mild tasting with savoury flavour dominant and underlying sweetness. The pork slices, cabbage and lard cracklings embedded in the mound of wet noodles added flavour and texture to the mild tasting dish.



Restaurant name: Ah Wah Hokkien Mee in Restoran Millennium Eighty Six 亚华福建炒面 千禧百乐茶餐室
Address: Junction of Jalan 20/16a and Jalan 20/22, Taman Paramount, Sea Park, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia 
GPS: 3.108126, 101.624079 🌐  3°06'29.2"N 101°37'26.7"E 
Waze: Ah Wah Hokkien Mee
Tel: +6016 2512591 
Hours: 6:00pm till 12:00 midnight

Tried & Tasted 7 Hokkien Mee or Tai Lok Meen in KL and PJ

Peng Yuan's Hokkien mee is also the wet type. The dark soy sauce blend flavour was relatively mild. Peng Yuen serves the best lard cracklings in this list - they toss and crisp them in the hot wok just before laying it on top of the smoking noodles before serving.



Restaurant name: Peng Yuan Hokkien Mee 邴元炭炒福建面
Address42, Jalan 14/48, Seksyen 14, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3°05'51.1"N 101°37'45.4"E 🌐 3.097515, 101.62927
Waze: Peng Yuan Hokkien Mee
Tel: +6010 281 3382
Hours: 5:00pm - 12:00 midnight (Monday off)

Tried & Tasted 7 Hokkien Mee or Tai Lok Meen in KL and PJ

Ah Wa Hokkien Mee is at the opposite end of the same row of shop lots as Peng Yuan. Going by the crowd size at the large corner coffee shop, Ah Wa is surely one of the most popular Hokkien mee place in KL and PJ we've come across. Overall, the (mostly savoury) flavours were relatively mild (the mildest in this list) and flat. The mound of blackened noodles were studded very sparingly with pork slices, prawn, lard crackling, cabbage etc. Truth be told, we couldn't understand the reason for its huge popularity. I need to come back to appreciate the noodles better (because maybe tasting so many Hokkien mee in one go jaded our taste buds a little). P.S. We were groaning from overeating even before we got here (because tai lok meen wasn't the only thing we ate since day break 😂 ).



Restaurant name: Ahwa Hokkien Mee 新青山亚华福建面
AddressNo. 66, Jalan 14/48, Seksyen 14, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3°05'47.7"N 101°37'46.3"E 🌐 3.096578, 101.629539
Waze: Restoran Ahwa Section 14
Tel: +6012 212 0623
Hours: 5:00pm - 1:00am

Tried & Tasted 7 Hokkien Mee or Tai Lok Meen in KL and PJ

Tiong's Hokkien mee is served steaming hot with nice porky aroma rising up to our noses. The tongue scathing, piping hot noodles were enveloped in a black syrupy texture sauce with savoury porky flavours. The dark sauce was all on the surface, greasing the bouncy fat noodles making them slurpy wet. Lard was well represented but not in the death wish amount like at Tong Lian Kee. A handful of crispy lard cracklings were embedded here and there in the noodles. There were also pork slices, small prawns and pieces of cabbage in the noodles. (This was from a separate, earlier trip.)



Restaurant name: Tiong Hokkien Mee 新青山福建面 
Address: 101, Jalan 21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia 
GPS:  3°08'04.8"N 101°37'25.7"E 🌐 3.134654, 101.623794 
Tel: 013-334 5550 ☎ +6016-305 0444 
Hours: 6:00pm to 12:00 midnight



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La campanya converteix els passos en fons per a la recerca biomèdica de l’esclerosi múltiple.
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La campanya converteix els passos en fons per a la recerca biomèdica de l’esclerosi múltiple.

‘Jo Dono el Pas’, l’esclerosi múltiple camina amb una campanya inclusiva

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Qualsevol persona pot col·laborar-hi amb un gest tan senzill i quotidià com donar un pas, sense necessitat de fer un esforç econòmic.

La Fundació GAEM posa en marxa ‘Jo Dono el Pas’, una campanya que converteix els passos en fons per a la recerca biomèdica de l’esclerosi múltiple. El sistema per col·laborar-hi és molt senzill, consisteix en registrar els passos que una persona doni en el seu dia a dia i pujar-los a www.yodoymispasos.es. Els passos donats es traduiran en l’esforç que es necessita per realitzar aquests recorreguts, que no només depèn de la distància, sinó també de la dificultat de les rutes i l’estat físic de la persona.

D’aquesta manera, qualsevol persona pot contribuir a la recerca biomèdica de l’esclerosi múltiple sense cap necessitat de fer una aportació econòmica. Únicament cal que recompti cada pas quan corre, entrena o, simplement, passeja. Així mateix, també es podrà comparar l’esforç que li suposa realitzar el mateix recorregut a una persona amb i sense esclerosi múltiple, gràcies a la Taula de Conversió d’Esforç elaborada per IBP Índex i la mateixa Fundació GAEM.

Més enllà de captar fons per a la investigació, ‘Jo Dono el Pas’ té dos importants objectius més. Per una banda, conscienciar la societat sobre l’esforç afegit que suposa viure amb esclerosi múltiple i, per l’altra, implicar al públic en un estil de vida més saludable. Amb aquesta campanya, la Fundació GAEM pretén arribar a recaptar fins a 1 milió d’euros per finançar, principalment, dos projectes de recerca en fase clínica, els quals es volen concloure en els propers anys.

Les xifres de l’esclerosi múltiple

L’esclerosi múltiple és una malaltia neurodegenerativa, ara per ara incurable, que afecta prop de 8.000 persones a Catalunya i 50.000 a l’Estat espanyol. Es troba present arreu del món i és una de les malalties neurològiques més comunes entre la població de 20 a 30 anys. Tant és així, que actualment es calcula que al continent europeu hi ha fins a 600.000 persones que tenen esclerosi múltiple, una xifra que arriba a 2 milions i mig quan es comptabilitza tota la població mundial.


          أسهل طريقة معرفة هل الهاتف مراقب ام لا       Cache   Translate Page      

تطبيق كشف ملفات التجسس للأندرويد :


ان كنت تعتقد ان هناك من يتجسس على هاتفك او ان هاتفك مراقب سواء من شخص ما تعرفه او بواسطة برامج التجسس التجارية فدعني اخبرك بأن شكك في محله . حيث ان عملية مراقبة الهواتف ليست بتلك الصعوبة التي يعتقدها العديد من الأشخاص . حي توجد الان العديد من التطبيقات الان التي توفر خدمات مراقبة الهواتف عن بعد وبشكل قانوني . في الواقع هذه التطبيقات قانونية حيث أنه موجه في الأصل للآباء مراقبة هواتف أبنائهم ، حيث يستطيع الأب مراقبة جميع الرسائل و الصور وكذلك تشغيل الكاميرا عن بعد وغيرها من الامور الاخرى من اجل الحفاظ على سلامة ابنه . ولكن بعض ضعاف النفوس يستخدمونها في التجسس على هواتف اصدقائهم وكشف أسرارهم بواسطتها .

انك كنت تخشى ان تكون ضحية احد اصدقائك تشك انه يراقب هاتفك او يتجسس على الرسائل والكاميرا . فدعني اقترح عليك تطبيق وظيفته الأساسية وهي كشف التجسس . وهو تطبيق يدعى Incognito ، كل ما يتوجب الأمر منك وهو تثبيته ثم النقر على فحص ، ليقوم التطبيق تلقائيا بفحص جميع الملفات و التطبيقات في الهاتف و إخبارك ما اذا كان هاتفك مراقب أم لا .


شرح كيفية معرفة الهاتف مراقب ام لا :


في الدرس التالي شرح مفصل لكيفية تشغيل التطبيق واستخدامه في فحص ملفات الهاتف ، وكشف ملفات التجسس ان وجدت في هاتفك الاندرويد ، او اخبارك ان هاتفك نظيف وغير مراقب في حالة كنت لا تتعرض للتجسس .

رابط تحميل التطبيق : Incognito 

          (USA-DC-Washington) Supervisory Program Manager      Cache   Translate Page      
* Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This position is located in the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The incumbent serves as a Supervisory Program Manager and is responsible for the planning, developing and directing of programs and policies for the Foreign Agricultural Service. The incumbent provides high level officials within FAS and USDA with expert program advice on specific policies, program alternatives, and related issues. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities **The duties may include, but are not limited to:** * Assist high level officials in providing leadership and direction to the Agency, and to coordinate the development and implementation of FAS policies, program alternatives, and related issues. * Plan, organize, and direct team study work and to negotiate effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations, where the proposals involve substantial agency resources, require extensive changes in established procedures, or may be in conflict with the desires of the activity studied. * Plan, schedule, and carry out major projects concerned with the analysis and evaluation of programs or Agency effectiveness. * Analytical assignments involve efforts to develop and implement broad programs based upon new or revised legislation. The work typically requires efforts to develop new program objectives or legislative and regulatory initiatives to facilitate achievement of program goals and objectives. * Analyzes urgent problems and issues; calls attention to potential advantages or disadvantages of utilizing particular courses of action under varying situations; and recommends alternative actions as solutions to problems. * Conducts research, develops facts and, on the basis thereof develops courses of action to resolve special problems referred to the Deputy Administrator for objective executive determination. * Directs the formulation and development of recommendations for complex operating policies for the handling of all functions assigned. * Initiates and directs Division members in the preparation, issuance, and interpretation of procedural rules. In this connection, the incumbent must possess broad knowledge of FAS. ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Some foreign travel may be required. ##### Supervisory status Yes ##### Promotion Potential 15 * #### Job family (Series) 0340 Program Management * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * US Citizenship is required * Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 * Public Financial Disclosure Required (OGE Form 450) * Must be able to obtain/maintain a Secret security clearance **Special Conditions:** * Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. * Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period (if new hire to the Federal service). * Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expense associated with reporting for duty to this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee. * This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation in telework is at the discretion of the supervisor * Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probation period (unless prior service is creditable). New USDA Supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required new supervisory training program before the end of their probation period * In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent of this position will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter. ### Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience as defined below, etc. **TIME IN GRADE:**Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. **FOR THE GS-15 LEVEL:** Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-14 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: * Experience supervising an organization, including establishing and implementing goals, assigning work to subordinates, evaluating performance, resolving complaints and obtaining completed staff work from subordinates. * Skill in planning, directing, and organizing work, making administrative and expert decision, and evaluating work accomplishments. * Ability to explain and/or justify findings and recommendations to stakeholders and top level agency officials. * Developing and implementing policies, program alternatives and related issues. * Collaboration with stakeholders, other work units, and other government agencies to establish work priorities, develop policy options, and implement programs to fulfill the mission of the agency. (Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.) Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. ### Education This position does not possess an education qualification requirement. ### Additional information * Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. * Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). * Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period. * Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. * It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at: http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=6465 * E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. * More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below: * **Strategic thinking, judgment and decision making** * **Leadership, supervision and guidance** * **Oral, written and interpersonal communication skills** * **Project and resource management** * **Ability to guide qualitative and quantitative agricultural supply and demand analysis** * **Ability to formulate direct and review impact analysis of trade measures** Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred. **Note:** If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service To view the application form, visit: https://fas.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=3B00EB28-00CC-4620-A206-A9A500BD336C Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Secret ##### Drug test required No * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. * **Resume** that includes the following information: 1) personal information; 2) education; 3) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 4) supervisors phone number for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 5) other qualifications. * **College Transcripts** If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the education was evaluated by a credential evaluation service as being equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit http://www.naces.org/members.htm. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. Other required documents as applicable: * **Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional:** MUST submit a copy of an SF-50, non-award Notification of Personnel Action, which documents competitive civil service status and preferably shows your current grade/position. In order to demonstrate competitive civil service status, the "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2". If your current grade is not your highest permanent grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing your highest grade. * In addition, current and former Federal employees must submit their most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable (e.g., length of time in current position, etc.). Performance plans will not be accepted. * **Veteran Hiring Authorities:** (VEOA, VRA, and 30% Disabled Veterans): DD-214 (Member 4 Copy). DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions that is signed no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. The certification must be on the letterhead of the appropriate military branch and include the dates of military service. Veteran’s preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran’s preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted. * If claiming 10-point veteran’s preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/ * **Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities:**Schedule A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u). * **CTAP/ICTAP:** Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, or appropriate OPM/Agency certification; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position from which you will be separated. * **Other Special Hiring Authority**: If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, see the requirements for that authority and submit the required supporting documentation. Special Hiring Authorities * **Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act: **If eligible under the LMWFA, please see the documents required under "Special Conditions". #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin. The following instructions outline our application process. * You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. * We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. * This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact us if you are requesting this. **Step 1:** Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application. **Step 2:** Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement). **Step 3:** Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue. NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Read more ### Agency contact information ### Human Resources ##### Phone 612-336-3348 ##### Fax 612-336-3500 ##### Email FAS.HR.General@aphis.usda.gov ##### Address USDA APHIS FAS 250 Marquette Avenue, Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN, 55401 United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. We expect to make a final job offer within 40 days after the closing date of the announcement. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518110000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 11/30/2018 to 12/06/2018 *Service:* Competitive *Pay scale & grade:* GS 15 *Salary:* $134,789 to $164,200 per year *Appointment type:* Permanent *Work schedule:* Full-Time
          (USA-DC-Washington) International Program Specialist      Cache   Translate Page      
* Videos * Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This position will provide technical support in one or more of FAS’s areas coordinating and implementing agricultural, environmental and natural resource capacity building, providing science-based training and technical assistance and/or negotiating and coordinating agreements between USDA agencies and institutions. This is an excepted service, time-limited, term appointment for up to 2 years, with the possibility of extensions. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Following are the major, though not all inclusive, duties of this position: * Works with senior specialists and program assistants implementing/coordinating/evaluating agricultural technical assistance programs; * Provides project management and liaison services; * Develops, administers, and evaluates technical assistance and training programs; * Designs and implements policies for USDA international development and technical assistance programs and projects; * Directs the preparation of cooperative agreements, developing funding and budget documents and monitoring status of funding; * Negotiates technical assistance projects with funding agencies; and * Serves as a liaison between USDA and other federal agencies, universities, and the private sector for a wide variety of issues inherent to agricultural trade capacity building projects. ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Overseas travel may be required to underdeveloped areas ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 11 * #### Job family (Series) 0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * US Citizenship is required * Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 **Special Conditions:** * Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. * Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance. * Position may be eligible for telework. * Overseas travel will be me required to underdeveloped areas. Some physical hardship may be encountered, such as poor road conditions, unstable political settings, climate extremes, exposure to diseases prevalent in unhealthy environments, and significantly different cultural environments. ### Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level. **FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL: ** In order to qualify for this position applicants must possess one year or more of specialized experience that was equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) in the Federal service. Specialized experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors and is typically gained in the same field as the position being filled or another very closely related field. Applicants must show evidence in their resumes of possession of at least one year of the following specialized experience: * Experience participating in the management of international agricultural development, and/or capacity building programs; * Experience analyzing, investigating, and resolving complex international agricultural development problems and issues and making recommendations on solutions; * Experience applying sound agricultural development and trade capacity building principles; and * Experience communicating with others, verbally and in writing, to develop and present information to team leaders or senior managers. **Failure to provide evidence of this specialized experience in your resume will result in an ineligible rating. OR EDUCATION:**Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in international relations, international economics, international business, international trade, business administration or related degrees or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. **COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 GRADE LEVEL:** Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Administrative and Management Positions**** **TRANSCRIPTS** are required if: * You are qualifying for the position based on education. * You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education. * This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. ### Education ****Education Accreditation:** Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To verify your college/university accreditation, please visit: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. FOREIGN EDUCATION:** Education completed in colleges or universities outside of the United States may be used to meet the education requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating. ### Additional information * Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). * Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. * E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. * It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at: http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=6465 Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. This is a Schedule B Direct-Hire Authority position in the excepted service. All applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements, to include any selective placement factor(s), if applicable, will be referred to the selecting official. Before a certificate of eligible applicants is issued to the selecting official, applicant's resumes will be reviewed to ensure that they meet all of the minimum qualification requirements. A numeric rating will not be used. Attempts to falsify information; inflate your qualifications or providing inaccurate information may be grounds to not select you. Errors, omissions or providing inaccurate information may affect your eligibility. If selected providing inaccurate information could also be grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please follow all instructions carefully. To view the application form, visit: https://fas.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=4AE66C0A-67AA-4475-92B8-A99A00D46C6A Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Secret ##### Drug test required No * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. ** * A Resume that includes the following information required:** 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications. ** * College Transcripts required** if you are substituting education for specialized experience and/or if you are using education to meet the criteria for the quality category. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. ** * DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) required if claiming Veterans’ Preference.** Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days. The certification must be on the letterhead of the appropriate military branch and include the dates of military service. Veteran’s preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran’s preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted. ******NOTE:** If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. 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          Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN MARVEL - New Trailer & Poster Now Available! #Marvel #CaptainMarvel      Cache   Translate Page      

Have you checked out the new trailer and poster for Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL yet?

Movie Synopsis:

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.



About the movie:

The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman and Joe Shrapnel & Anna Waterhouse, and the screenplay is by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck and Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Jac Schaeffer.


Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN MARVEL arrives in theatres everywhere on March 8, 2019!! Be sure to check out the latest news by following them on the official Captain Marvel website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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¡El episodio de fin de año! Y para cerrar con broche de oro les traemos sus gustadas recomendaciones de qué ver en distintos servicios de streaming.

La transmisión se llevará a cabo el Martes 4 de Diciembre, a las 8 PM, en sus canales de confianza.

El video está disponible en YouTubeFacebook Live y en Periscope


 

Pueden descargar el audio aquí o escucharlo en el reproductor del lado derecho. También pueden escucharnos con sus aplicaciones favoritas como SpotifyiTunesPocket CastSound Cloud,  SpreakerStitcherTune InAcastPlayer FMMixCloudOvercastiHeart RadioHear This At, y hasta en iVoox.

Lista de Recomendaciones:


Los Adioses (disponible en Klic y eventualmente en Google Play). Versión dramatizada por Natalia Beristáin en donde vemos "el origen" de Rosario Castellanos, quien de ser una chica tímida llegará a convertirse en una de las escritoras más importantes de la literatura nacional. La versión de Klic incluye extras como detrás de cámaras

Por la Máscara (disponible en Space Go, piloto gratis en YouTube).
Brandon es un luchador con problemas de pánico escénico que busca iniciar su carrera. A regañadientes tiene que trabajar junto a su padre, el legendario Eclipse Vengador, quien está a punto de retirarse y quiere dejar un gran legado pero antes de hacerlo deberán confrontarse con la poderosa mafia de la lucha, narcos despiadados, junkies zombies y lo más peligroso de todo: esposas enojadas. 

Diablero (disponible en Netflix a partir del 21 de Diciembre).
Serie enfocada en el horror de lo sobrenatular y sigue las desventuaras del Padre caído en desgracia Ramiro Ventura, el Diablero Elvis Infante y Nancy, una mujer de grandes agallas.  En conjunto enfrentarán con amenazas que vienen del inframundo y ponen en riesgo nuestra realidad misma. Basada en el libro El Diablo me Obligó de F.G. Haghenbeck y el primer episodio es dirigido por Jose Manuel Cravioto (El Chapo, Sr. Ávila, Seguir Siendo: Café Tacvba, Los Últimos Héroes de la Península) 


Este episodio es traído a todos ustedes gracias al apoyo invaluable de:

Productora Ejecutiva: Blanca López
Productor Ejecutivo: Mauricio González


Co-Productor: Jaime Rosales 
Co-Productor: Román Rangel
Co-Productor: Titus Bondi
Co-Productor: Enrique Vázquez

Agradecimiento especial a nuestros Patreons: Álvaro VázquezDaniel Krauze,  Fernando TeodoroEdith SánchezAlejandro AlemánFernando AlonsoLuis MacíasLau Bermejo
Christian Guisa, Lulú Petite y Adriana Fernández.


Ellos reciben versiones especiales del programa con extras no disponibles para los mortales comunes y corrientes. En este caso, ¡más recomendaciones! ¿También quieren contenido extra? Apóyenos en Patreon y lo recibirán. 



          لغز الفراعنة السود.. حكايات شارلي بونيه تحت رمال السودان      Cache   Translate Page      

أنفق المنقب وعالم الأثار السويسري شارلي بونيه، نحو 50 عامًا من عمره في السودان وهو يبحث عن سر غامض تحت الدهاليز والدفوفة القديمة، حتى تمكن أخيرًا من فض لغز الفراعنة السود.

أنفق المنقب وعالم الأثار السويسري شارلي بونيه، نحو 50 عامًا من عمره في السودان يبحث عن أصول حضارته القديمة

في العام 1964 تسلل شارلي بونيه -وهو فتى غض الإهاب وقتها- إلى ضفاف النيل شمالًا، في مغامرة تاريخية امتدت عبر طرق وعرة وصحراء قاسية أشبه بحمامات الشمس، دون أن يستسلم إلى نصيحة أساتذته وقتها: "لا تضيع وقتك، لن تحصل على شيء في السودان".

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لكن تلك المغامرة أفضت بعد ذلك إلى أعظم كشف أثري في بلاد النيلين، أبهر العالم، وللدقة، جعل السودانيين يدركون قيمة البلاد التي يعيشون فيها. إذ لم يكن أحد يأبه له آنذاك، لكنه أصبح اليوم وجهًا بارزًا في مجلة الكشوفات السودانية، إلى درجة مطالبة رئيس الوزراء الأسبق الصادق المهدي، بتخصيص أحد الأهرامات السودانية قبرًا يدفن فيه بونيه، عرفانًا لجهوده.

العودة المفاجئة لمكتشف الفراعنة السود

قبيل ذلك تنبغي الإشارة إلى وجه الغرابة الأبرز في الشهر الماضي، حيث فاجأ المنقب السويسري شارلي بونيه ضابط الجوازات السوداني في مطار الخرطوم، وهو يطلب الإذن بالعبور إلى الداخل، بعد أن غادر البلاد في ظروف عصيبة. وكانت غيمة من الحزن غطت سماء السودان عندما واجهه الأطباء بمرضه المفضي للموت حتمًا خلال عامين، نتيجة تراكم البروتين في قلبه، لا سيما وأن عمره لا يسمح له بالجراحة التي استبعدها الفريق الطبي المعالج لاحقًا. 

وتمكن شارلي بونيه بإرادة قوية من التغلب على المرض، وكللت رحلة العلاج في سويسرا بالنجاح نسبيًا، والسماح له بالعودة واستئناف مسيرته إلى "دوكي جيل"، وفض لغز إرث الفراعنة السود ملوك كرمة العظماء، والتي انتبه لها العالم بأن الفترة من 2500 وحتى 1450 قبل الميلاد، شهدت حضارة عريقة.

نحن الآن في منطقة الكرو، أو ما يسمى بالمقبرة الملكية، وهي واحدة من الأماكن القليلة حيث يحفر شارلي بونيه بحثًا عن الأدلة الغامضة والتاريخ المجهول للشعب الكوشي.

في الأزمنة القديمة كانت مدينة نبتة، معقل الإمبراطورية الكوشية التي خضع لها الدلتا والشريط النيلي وكامل الجغرافيا المحيطة، وما يبدو الآن من صخور وكباش مصفوفة بين جبل البركل نحو النيل، ليست محض تلالٍ رملية، وإنما هي أطلال قبور الملوك الكوشيين الذين حكموا مصر ذات مرة، لكنهم الأن أصبحوا منسيين بالكامل تقريبًا، ويحاول شارلي بونيه نفخ الحياة في هذه الحضارة وإعادتها للأضواء مجددًا، وسط عاصفة من الجدل التاريخي.

كشوفات وجدل تاريخي

صور أزهار اللوتس على جدران المقبرة والنقوش الذهبية ومعبد الإله آمون رع ورأس الكوبرا المقدسة، وصور ملوك نبتة؛ كلها ترمز لحضارة باذخة منذ 300 سنة قبل الميلاد، تعرضت للتخريب وتغلبات الطبيعة ولصوص الآثار الذين سرقوا كنوز الملكات ودمروا كل شيء.

وقبل أعوام قليلة، أعلنت البعثة السويسرية الفرنسية السودانية المشتركة، اكتشاف بوابة نوبية أثرية كبيرة في موقع "دكلي قيل" بمنطقة كرمة بالولاية الشمالية. وهذه البوابة التي باتت حديث العالم، شُيدت من طوب اللبن بارتفاع 100 متر، ما يجعلها واحدة من أكبر البوابات المعروفة في التاريخ. 

وقالت البعثة إن ذلك الاكتشاف العظيم، سوف يُسهم في توضيح عمق الحضارة السودانية والأفريقية، ما يؤكد أن كرمة أول مملكة سودانية مستقلة تمكنت منذ القدم من توحيد كل كيانات الشعب السوداني بكل إثنياته، تحت تاج واحد.

البحث عن الفراعنة السود

البحث عن الفراعنة السود هو عنوان الرحلة التي دفعت شارلي بونيه لامتطاء ظهور الدواب والمراكب المتهالكة، من أجل الوصول إلى منطقة كرمة التاريخية في شمال السودان. وكانت بداياته قبل ذلك بكثير، حيث تحول من فلاح إلى عالم آثار بمحض الصدفة، بعد أن عثر على آثار رومانية في مزرعته العائلية. وانتقل ضمن ثلاثة أصدقاء جامعيين، قرروا مواصلة المغامرة الأكاديمية، بالقيام بأبحاث أثرية في مصر أولًا، ثم تطورت الفكرة للقيام بذلك في السودان، لكنه هو الوحيد الذي آثر البقاء.

الفراعنة السود
تماثيل الفراعنة السود السبعة

وغير بعيد عن تلك الدفوفة في المجمع السكني القديم، يعمل البروفيسور شارلي بونيه، الذي يؤمن بأن العلاقة بين الفراعنة والكوشيين ذات أعماق بعيدة، أملتها المصالح الاقتصادية والأمنية. وأكثر ما أدهش الرجل، أنه اكتشف جنبًا إلى جنب معاهد فرعونية مصرية وأخرى كوشية أفريقية، وهنا حاول شارلي بونيه أن يفض مسار الاشتباك، ليتضح له أن الفراعنة المصريين جاؤوا بحثًا عن الذهب والعاج، لكن الكوشيين اتجهوا بعيدًا حيث أسسوا مملكة نبتة، فازدهرت وقويت. 

وبعد ذلك عثر شارلي بونيه على التماثيل السبعة لأشهر ملوك نبتة "تهارقا" و"بعانخي" و"ألارا" و"كاشتا" و"تانوت أمون" و"أسبلتا"، مدفونة في الدفوفة القديمة، والتي اعتبرها شارلي بونيه شاهدًا على المقدرات العلمية والمعرفية والمعمارية لأهل تلك الحضارة. كما أشار إلى أن الدفوفة هي أماكن عبادة، تم بناؤها بطريقة دائرية الشكل، من الطوب اللبن.

الشغف بالحقيقة الضائعة

وقبل شارلي بونيه جرت محاولات عديدة لمعرفة أسرار الملوك الذين استخدموا الذهب والحصى لغزو مصر القديمة حتى دانت لهم. وعلاوة على الفجوات الزمنية الضائعة في تسلسل حقبة الحضارة النوبية، والتحديد القاطع لأصحاب القبور؛ كان ثمة شاهد بالفعل ينظر إليه المنقب السويسري، يتمثل في حجم وروعة المدافن الملكية، والتي تعكس ثراء تلك الحقب البعيدة، والإمكانيات الهائلة التي حازتها.

وفي عام 2014، أقامت إدارة المشروع القطري السوداني للآثار، التابع لهيئة متاحف قطر، حفلًا لتكريم شارلي بونيه في متحف الفن الإسلامي، بمناسبة مرور 50 عامًا على بدء عمله في السودان للتنقيب عن حضاراته العريقة، والكشف عن عمق إسهاماتها. 

قبل ذلك كان شارلي بونيه مدفونًا في الرمال، لا أحد يعبأ به، فقط يزوره الأهالي من منطقة مروي شمالًا، ويبذلون له الهدايا والمحبة، وهو بدوره ألِفهم وأتقن اللهجات المحلية ونسج شبكة صداقات حميمة. وفي الوقت نفسه أيضًا كان يبحث عن الشيفرة السرية لأجدادهم، ويعمل جاهدًا لإعادة الاعتبار لهذه البلاد، دون أن يتلقى أي دعمٍ من الحكومة السودانية، مكتفيًا بتمويل جامعة جنيف التي يعمل لصالحها.

التماثيل السبعة العظيمة

 ظل شارلي بونيه دائمًا يردد بين يدي الحضارة النوبية: "إنها حضارة أسطورية غير معروفة بما فيه الكفاية"، وهو يعلم تمامًا، أن النوبيين استطاعوا بسط نفوذهم على كامل منطقة النوبة وعلى مناطق في مصر، وصدوا هجمات الآشوريين.

كما أن شارلي بونيه ينقب في إحدى أكبر مقابر ما قبل التاريخ، ويحاول ما وسعه من جهد ترميم معالم نبتة القديم، ليحقق أكبر إنجاز في تاريخ السودان، وتاريخه الحافل بالمغامرات الكشفية، ساعة أن وضع يده على التماثيل السبعة لما عرف فيما بعد بـ"الفراعنة السود"، ليعود الآن ويكلل جهوده بالعثور على أكبر بوابات التاريخ، ما يؤكد أن كرمة، تلك القوة الضاربة، هي في الحقيقة أول مملكة سودانية مستقلة، أو بالأدق هي أصل السودان القديم. 

مدفوعًا بما يؤمن به وهو يبحث في آثار المنطقة، ظل بونيه يردد دائمًا أن الحضارة النوبية "حضارة أسطورية غير معروفة بما فيه الكفاية"

وبهذه الاكتشافات، والعودة الأخيرة يوم الخميس الماضي؛ يفصح شارلي بونيه عن وجوده المثير للجدل، ويفتح شهية المولعين بالمعرفة. فما الذي يبحث عنه بونيه بالتحديد هذه المرة، ولا يمل في سبيله من الغوص داخل أعماق الأحجار والرمال القاسية؟

 

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[Video] Gempar !!! Ustaz ini mendakwa perkataan melayu diambil dari Al Quran

Ustaz Husam yang gempar sebelum ini kerana dilarang berceramah di salah sebuah Masjid di Kedah tampil dengan satu video yang tular di media sosial menyeru orang melayu bersepakat. Beliau turut mendakwa perkataan melayu dipetik dari perkataan mala’ul a’la (yang sebenarnya merujuk kepada perkataan “malaikat” dalam Al Quran).

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          BLACK STAR RIDERS Tap Producer JAY RUSTON For Fourth Studio Album      Cache   Translate Page      
BLACK STAR RIDERS have demoed more than a dozen songs for their fourth studio album, which they will begin recording next month in Los Angeles. Speaking to Planet Rock ahead of this past weekend's appearance at Planet Rockstock, frontman Ricky Warwick and guitarist Scott Gorham said that the recent addition of guitarist Christian Martucci has re-energized the band. "We go into the studio in January with the new boy Christian Martucci from STONE SOUR, who we're absolutely delighted to have as part of our family," Ricky said. "We've already demoed 16 songs, and we start with Jay Ruston producing the album. And we're going to record in L.A. So it's a change all round because obviously we used [producer] Nick Raskulinecz for the last two records, which was great. But just with Damon [Johnson, guitar] leaving and Christian coming in — Jay's mixed the last two BLACK STAR RIDERS albums, so we just thought, 'Let's do the whole thing with Jay in L.A. this time.' Christian's worked with him before in STONE SOUR, so there's a relationship there. So, we're excited." Scott added: "I think it's gonna be a little bit different sound this time around too. You can already tell by the demos and the different instrumentation. It's gonna be a little bit of a departure from what we've been doing — not a lot, but you'll hear it." Johnson announced his exit from BLACK STAR RIDERS in September, but continued performing with the band until the end of the group's U.K. tour on December 3. Commenting on Damon's departure, Ricky said: "He's always part of the family. Right, Scott? We love him." Scott added: "We're still friends. We used to say, like when Marco [Mendoza, bass] wanted to fly off, I tell everybody, 'This is not a jail sentence. We do this thing and we have a lot of fun doing it, and then when it's time to go, it's time to go." Ricky said: "You get to our age, and everybody's situation is different at home, and you've got reasons, and everybody has to adapt to that. Damon wants to go off and work on his solo stuff and spend more time with his family, and we totally respect that and wish him all the best." Scott continued: "We're on the road all the time. When you've got kids, it gets a little tough." Last year, BLACK STAR RIDERS inked a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment, the label that has released all three of the band's albums so far: 2013's "All Hell Breaks Loose", 2015's "The Killer Instinct" and 2017's "Heavy Fire". "Heavy Fire" was a worldwide success, reaching position No. 6 on the U.K. chart, No. 11 on the German chart, and No. 91 on U.S. Current Top Albums chart.

          BREAKING BENJAMIN Frontman Explains 'Heavier' Sound Of 'Ember' Album      Cache   Translate Page      
In a brand new interview with the Rock 100.5 The KATT radio station, BREAKING BENJAMIN frontman Benjamin Burnley said that the band's latest album, "Ember", could very well be the group's heaviest release so far. "There's things that we have on all BREAKING BENJAMIN albums that are heavy, and I think we just a little bit more of that side of it on this album," he explained (see video below). "And there's really light things too — there's a song called 'The Dark Of You' that's really, really mellow and chill. But I think that it's just whatever the song calls for." He continued: "These guys that I have [in the band] now, when I did 'Dark Before Dawn' [2015], which is the last album, I had that about 95 percent written when I got them onboard; I wrote that mostly on my hiatus — when I took that hiatus. And so when they came into the band, it was kind of already done. There was a few things that they contributed on, but for the most part, it was done. And 'Ember' is the first album that they were there from the very start — when there was no material — so they all contributed a lot more to it. There were songs that I don't even know how to play, 'cause I didn't write the music; I just wrote the vocals and the lyrics, and they helped with the lyrics too, and some of the melodies and all that. So I was really able to kind of just take a step back — gladfully, because I had done most of the work, if not all of the work, on all of the BREAKING BENJAMIN albums before. And I'm ready — I always was; I just didn't really have anybody that I was playing with that was like-minded writers." Benjamin added: "I mean, I've always played with some really, really amazing musicians, but a musician and a writer are two totally different things, and we just didn't really mesh too well. These guys will send me an entire song that's done, with no vocals — and sometimes with vocals — but the whole thing is done, from the start to the finish, and all I have to do is either put my own lyrics or vocals on it, or whatever. And it's really awesome to just have that; I've never had that before — I've never heard a whole song. I've only heard, like, 'Here's this riff.' And all I would do is, I would have a song already, and the riff would be in the same… it would fit in there, if I just took mine out and put that in there, so that's what I used to do. I don't really consider that writing together; I just consider it taking a piece out and putting another piece in. So this time around, I think it's a little heavier, because that's where that music that they came up with sort of took me." BREAKING BENJAMIN's latest single, "Torn In Two", recently topped the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. "Ember" was released in April via Hollywood Records. Joining Burnley on the effort are guitarist Jasen Rauch (formerly of RED), guitarist/vocalist Keith Wallen (formerly of ADELITAS WAY), bassist/vocalist Aaron Bruch and drummer Shaun Foist.

          FREDDY CRICIEN Discusses MADBALL's Guitarist Situation      Cache   Translate Page      
MADBALL vocalist Freddy Cricien has spoken out about the band's guitarist situation, more than a year after the group parted ways with longtime axeman Brian "Mitts" Daniels. At the time, the New York hardcore veterans called the split "a very hard and heartbreaking decision for all involved." MADBALL's latest studio album, "For The Cause", saw the return of guitarist Matt Henderson, who laid down the guitar tracks in the studio but has not joined the band on tour. Speaking to Metal Underground on November 30 in Bristol, England, Freddy said (see video below): "Our current situation is we have Dom [Dominik Stammen] — he's from a band called BORN FROM PAIN. He's German, actually, and they're sort of a Dutch/German hybrid, 'cause Rob [Franssen], the singer, is from Holland. And some of the rest of the guys are from Germany. They've been around a long time — they've been around a good, long while, and they're a very, very strong presence for European hardcore, for sure. But they also happen to be our friends, and they also happen to work closely with us. Like, Rob tour manages for me for the last 10 years and Dom has worked with us as a guitar stage manager. So, just naturally, Dom came and jumped in on the European stuff. And then, as of recently, we have a guy named Mike, who's out of New Jersey, who's helping us out in the States. So right now we have two guys that are solid people and solid, solid guitar players. We're kind of lucky. And eventually we'll settle on someone permanently." Asked if MADBALL has anyone in mind for a possible "permanent" replacement for Mitts, Freddy said: "It'll probably be one of those two guys. But more than likely… Dom's just got too much on his plate. So it's gonna either be the other guy, or another guy." "For The Cause" was released on June 15 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014's "Hardcore Lives" was co-produced by Tim Armstrong (RANCID), who also makes a guest appearance on the song "The Fog". It was mixed and mastered by renowned producer Tue Madsen (MESHUGGAH, THE HAUNTED, SICK OF IT ALL) at Antfarm Studios in Denmark.

          Watch DEE SNIDER And TARJA TURUNEN Perform With Finnish Christmas Rock Project RASKASTA JOULUA      Cache   Translate Page      
Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER) and Tarja Turunen (NIGHTWISH) are among the guest musicians who performed with Finland's annual, all-star symphonic Christmas rock project RASKASTA JOULUA, which translates to "Heavy Christmas," earlier tonight (Tuesday, December 4) in Rauma, Finland. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. RASKASTA JOULUA started with an album in 2004 and the sequel in 2006 and has toured every year since 2005. Indeed, the accompanying tour is an event and a highlight on the annual holiday calendar for fans of all age groups. The project has progressed in size and scope each and every year, in both popularity and the prestige of the participants. The concert tour now runs for more than a month before the holiday season and plays to full arenas and ice stadiums. The project's producer/arranger and guitarist Erkka Korhonen is amazed by the popularity of the tour, saying: "Every year has been bigger for us and the show has become a tradition for so many people. Even people who haven't celebrated Christmas for several years have found its spirit again through what we do." RASKASTA JOULUA is inspired by TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and the participants view the project in serious fashion, which is not always true of Christmas-themed collections. There is nothing novelty or jokey about this project. Don't expect familiar holiday favorites to be given a weak makeover or merely amplified by distorted guitars that have been added to give the Christmas jams a "rock" feel. That would be a Christmas cop-out. Instead, the songs are carefully arranged and executed, with flawless musicianship and world-class vocal contributions.

          Watch MYLES KENNEDY Perform In Hartford      Cache   Translate Page      
On November 23, iRock Radio captured Myles Kennedy's solo performance at the Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut. Watch the footage below. Kennedy's debut solo album, "Year Of The Tiger", was released in March. On the disc, Myles embarked on his first venture as a solo artist by embracing musical elements and influences he hadn't explored previously in his career. Kennedy himself played banjo, lap steel, bass, and mandolin in addition to guitar throughout the album. The emotional journey and personal story of Myles is captured in a bluesy Americana album with a twist of country and rock, swirling and flowing around the incredible, soulful voice that the world has come to know. Myles told the "Nothing Shocking" podcast about the songwriting process for "Year Of The Tiger": "I knew what I didn't want to do, stylistically, was make another hard rock record, because I already have the luxury of playing in these two bands that have established a legacy and have put out multiple records, so to put out another album that just sounded the same, to me, I wasn't taking advantage of the opportunity of making a solo record in that case. I felt like it would dilute what I'm doing with the other projects. This was a really great opportunity for me to do something different, to challenge myself and make music that hopefully will really just kind of push me." Myles, not one to spend a lot of time at home, is touring the U.S. in support of "Year Of The Tiger". The 18-date run kicked off on November 13 in Chicago, Illinois and will wrap on December 16 in Seattle, Washington. The performances feature music from the album as well as selections from Myles's work with ALTER BRIDGE, THE MAYFIELD FOUR and SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS. WALKING PAPERS is opening all dates.

          SAXON Teases 'Largest, Loudest, Brightest' And 'Most Explosive Show Ever' For 40th Anniversary In 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
British heavy metal legends SAXON will celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2019 with what they promise will be the band's "largest, loudest, brightest, most explosive show ever!" The trek — the details of which will be announced soon — will see the group accompanied by 60 tons of light and sound, and 45,000 watts of power. A teaser video for the tour is available below. Earlier in the year, SAXON frontman Biff Byford told Moshpit Passion that the 40th-anniversary run would include "some festivals and maybe two or three special shows." Although SAXON was formed in 1977, the band's debut album didn't arrive until two years later. Byford and guitarist Paul Quinn are the sole remaining original members in the group's current lineup, which issued its 22nd LP, "Thunderbolt", earlier this year. Originally from South Yorkshire, England, SAXON has gone on to sell about 23 million albums and has produced such classic songs as "Denim And Leather", "Princess Of The Night", "Wheels Of Steel" and "Power And Glory". In addition to Byford and Quinn, SAXON's current lineup includes bassist Nibbs Carter, guitarist Doug Scarratt and drummer Nigel Glockler. SAXON is represented by X-ray Touring's Steve Strange, APA's Keith Naisbitt and Siren Artist Management's Adam Parsons.

          Watch STEEL PANTHER's Unique Interpretation Of 'Brokeback Mountain'      Cache   Translate Page      
"Cineminute", the new YouTube show from California party rockers STEEL PANTHER, premiered last month with the band's parody of the Bryan Singer classic "The Usual Suspects". The weekly episodic show has now returned with STEEL PANTHER's unique interpretation of 2005's Ang Lee Academy Award winner "Brokeback Mountain". STEEL PANTHER kicked off its latest tour on November 29 at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. The concert was the band's first with bassist Spyder, who is filling in for STEEL PANTHER's regular four-stringer Lexxi Foxx. STEEL PANTHER issued a statement on Friday (November 30) saying that Lexxi had voluntarily checked himself in to an undisclosed "sex rehab" after his "lifestyle of debauchery and proclivity towards random sexual encounters… finally caught up with" him. "We love Lexxi Foxx… and his mother," explained drummer Stix Zadinia. "We support his decision to enter sex rehab. We can't wait for him to get back on the road with us after he learns how to have better sex." STEEL PANTHER guitarist Satchel recently confirmed to Meltdown of the WRIF radio station that the band has commenced the recording process for its fifth album. The follow-up to 2017's "Lower The Bar" is once again being produced by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR and URIAH HEEP, among others. "Lower The Bar", was released in March 2017 via Kobalt Music Recordings. The disc included eleven songs recorded at studios in North Hollywood and Sherman Oaks, California, with an additional two tracks on a Best Buy deluxe edition.

          SLIPKNOT, ROB ZOMBIE, MINISTRY, BEHEMOTH Set For 2019's KNOTFEST MEETS HELLFEST In France      Cache   Translate Page      
Knotfest Meets Hellfest will take place on Thursday, June 20, 2019 in Clisson, France. The SLIPKNOT-curated festival will be held one day before the kickoff of the main portion of Hellfest. Joining SLIPKNOT at Knotfest Meets Hellfest will be ROB ZOMBIE, BEHEMOTH, SABATON, AMON AMARTH, PAPA ROACH, MINISTRY, SICK OF IT ALL, POWERWOLF and AMARANTHE. A statement from SLIPKNOT reads: "As you know, owners of three-day passes are more likely to come on Thursday in Clisson. Delighted by these 10 exceptional names, Hellfest has agreed to lend its main stages to allow fans to enjoy another mini-festival. Best of all, we hope that this bonus initiative will make you happy and that you will keep enough energy to follow the three days of Hellfest. All hope is not gone. See you in Hell!" Tickets for Knotfest Meets Hellfest go on sale on December 7. France is the fifth country to host Knotfest, with the event having previously been held in the United States, Mexico, Japan and Colombia. Knotfest began in 2012 as a two-city fest in the Midwest before moving to Southern California and eventually merging with Ozzfest. SLIPKNOT has headlined every festival except last year's Ozzfest Meets Knotfest event, which was topped by OZZY OSBOURNE on Saturday and ROB ZOMBIE on Sunday. SLIPKNOT's 2017 DVD, "Day Of The Gusano: Live In Mexico", was filmed in 2015 at the Mexican edition of Knotfest.

          THE NEAL MORSE BAND: Lyric Video For New Song 'Welcome To The World'      Cache   Translate Page      
THE NEAL MORSE BANDNeal Morse (lead vocals, guitars, keyboards), Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Randy George (bass), Bill Hubauer (keyboards, vocals), Eric Gillette (guitars, vocals) — will take fans on "The Great Adventure" with its latest double concept album, due out January 25, 2019 on Radiant Records via Metal Blade worldwide. It will be available in three formats: a two-CD package, two-CD/DVD special edition featuring behind-the-scenes video clips of the making of the album, and three vinyl LPs. The lyric video for the first single from "The Great Adventure", a song called "Welcome To The World", can be seen below. The follow-up to 2016's critically acclaimed "The Similitude Of A Dream" will be the ninth studio album with Morse, Portnoy and George, and the third as a true collaboration with this current lineup. Together, Morse and Portnoy have launched four bands, but the one that has endured the longest and thus with the most musical output has been THE NEAL MORSE BAND. "Let the great adventure now begin…" The closing line of "The Similitude Of A Dream" has proved to be strangely prophetic. The new album is exactly that: a perfect companion piece to "The Similitude Of A Dream"'s partial retelling of John Bunyan's "The Pilgrim's Progress". It has everything that fans would expect from an album by THE NEAL MORSE BAND, and more: rock, metal, classical and jazz elements appear throughout, as well as some killer melodies, all played faultlessly by some of the greatest rock musicians on the planet. As Neal Morse explains: "This band continues to amaze me! I have to say it was a little daunting to follow up 'The Similitude Of A Dream' as it was such a special album and it delivered every night at our concerts, but I believe that 'The Great Adventure' will have a tremendous impact as well. This new double album is everything that I hoped it would be! I listened through last night and I was in tears at the end!" Mike Portnoy emphatically agrees. He says: "How do you follow an epic double concept album??? Well, create another epic double concept album!! Hahaha. I always knew topping 'The Similitude Of A Dream' was going to be difficult, if not impossible, as I held it in such high regard, but alas, I am absolutely blown away with what we achieved here! We've created what is the ultimate companion to 'The Similitude Of A Dream'." "Sometimes there are things that you just can't mess with," Randy George continues. "On 'The Similitude Of A Dream', we tapped into something special. I was sure that the follow up should be something quite different, but you have to follow your heart and follow the music where it wants to go. 'The Great Adventure' is nothing short of a miracle. It's similar to 'Similitude' in concept and form, but yet it's tougher and deeper in its tone! This is a powerful work and I look forward to playing it live! True to the album's title, the creative process was indeed a "great adventure." Unlike many previous Morse albums, which have often been written and arranged within weeks, this time around these prolific and world-class musicians spent almost a year working on the end result, producing an abundance of top-quality material. This meant some ruthless decision-making: some already completed songs and characters had to go, and — with studio time running out–new links and ideas were being composed and recorded up to the eleventh hour. "A lot of work and re-work has gone into this," says Morse, "but I know that some of the most successful and far-reaching albums I've been involved with have been just like that. 'Sola Scriptura' and SPOCK'S BEARD's 'Snow' album come to mind." Another key question that had to be addressed in the studio was how to pull all the ideas together into a coherent whole. In the end, what unlocked this "adventure" for Morse was the realization that 'The Great Adventure' needed a new voice and perspective. This time, it is that of the Pilgrim's abandoned son, a younger, perhaps angrier, voice than was heard on "The Similitude Of A Dream". THE NEAL MORSE BAND will bring "The Great Adventure" to fans worldwide with a new round of headlining tour dates, which begin February 2, 2019 in Nashville at City Winery. Photo credit: Robert Smith

          STARBREAKER Feat. TONY HARNELL, MAGNUS KARLSSON: Listen To 'How Many More Goodbyes' Song      Cache   Translate Page      
"How Many More Goodbyes", a new song from STARBREAKER, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's third album, "Dysphoria", which will be released on January 25, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl. Tony Harnell, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and former vocalist of hard rock band TNT, and Magnus Karlsson, current PRIMAL FEAR guitarist extraordinaire, have rejoined forces for the release of "Dysphoria". The disc showcases everything the project has become known for: metal sensibilities, melodic songs with killer hooks, thought provoking lyrics, inventive, intricate guitar playing, occasional prog twists, and a crisp production. Along with explosive performances from Harnell and Karlsson, these are the trademarks which the listener will find in "Dysphoria" and that make this album so very unique and special. Of calling the album "Dysphoria", Tony states that the "title is simply a reflection of a state of mind and I thought it fit the lyrical theme of the songs. If I tried to summarize the lyrical theme of the album I would say it's beautifully sad, but infinitely hopeful. Life is always my biggest inspiration. It was an easy album to write lyrically for that reason. There was no writer's block and the themes are probably pretty obvious. I don't like to paint too clear a picture for the listener, it's best to let the words speak to them without guidance". On the first song released from the album, he says: "'Pure Evil' is the heaviest the album gets and not indicative of the album as a whole, although there are some metal overtones throughout." Of the music direction on the album, Magnus states: "Tony's voice gives me inspiration to write my riffs and melodies. I imagine his voice, so in my head, I visualize the finished songs with great production. The two first albums didn't take much more than a year from finish to start. This release was made over a much longer period because of our other bands and productions. It's the first time I worked on an album with breaks in the production. In the end, it came out much better. I'm really happy with the sound on a STARBREAKER album. Thanks to Simone Mularoni (DGM) who did a great job with the mix. And Jonni Lightfoot and Anders Köllerfors who really made the songs shine! Tony's voice sounds better than ever, just amazing! You can have the best songs, best production or fastest guitar solos, but if the vocals aren't top notch, you have nothing!" STARBREAKER started as Harnell's side project while he was still fronting TNT. He was initially working on a solo record, with Karlsson, former TNT drummer John Macaluso, and bassist Fabrizio Grossi, but they morphed into STARBREAKER, releasing their first self-titled studio album in 2005. In late 2007, Harnell flew to Sweden to write the bulk of the songs for the new album with Karlsson, and started recording the new songs at the end of that year. The group's second album, "Love's Dying Wish", was released in August 2008. It featured new bassist Jonni Lightfoot, who replaced Grossi, and was produced by Harnell and Karlsson, with Tommy Hansen (TNT, PRETTY MAIDS, HELLOWEEN) serving as the mixer. The songwriting for the new STARBREAKER album started back before Harnell rejoined TNT in 2016, but it was after his ultimate split from that band, in October 2017, that he and Karlsson put the pedal to the metal and quickly completed "Dysphoria". "Dysphoria" track listing: 01. Pure Evil 02. Wild Butterflies 03. Last December 04. How Many More Goodbyes 05. Beautiful One 06. Dysphoria 07. My Heart Belongs To You 08. Fire Away 09. Bright Star Blind Me 10. Starbreaker STARBREAKER 2018 is: Tony Harnell - vocals Magnus Karlsson - guitars, keyboards, backing vocals Jonni Lightfoot - bass Anders Köllerfors - drums

          DAVE MUSTAINE On Lyrical Inspiration For Next MEGADETH Album: 'I've Toned It Down A Little Bit With The Political Stuff'      Cache   Translate Page      
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has confirmed to Canada's The Metal Voice that he is working on material for the follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" album, tentatively due next year. Asked about the musical direction of the music he has written so far, he said (hear audio below): "Well, I don't know how to answer that, because if you want me to say what record it sounds like, it sounds like a combination of everything, because it's music that I've written. "Whenever I write a riff, if I don't like it, I don't record it," he explained. "If I do record it, I save it. And if I don't use it now, I'll use it at some point. So a lot of the stuff on the record… There's a complete finished song left over from 'Dystopia' that I forgot we did. "When you're in the studio and you're doing 16 songs and you're working your ass off every day, some things slip through the cracks," he said. "So we've got a huge head start on the record. Kiko [Loureiro, guitar] just came out. Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] was out before him. David Ellefson [bass] will be visiting me shortly to start playing some bass." According to Mustaine, MEGADETH is "doing things a little bit differently this time" around. He explained: "We're kind of approaching the songs a riff at a time and just kind of focusing on the riff. "If you play the riff and you listen to it, and it doesn't sound good on its own, then why put it in a song?" he continued. "A lot of people, when they write songs, they write a song, they'll start playing it, and they'll [a part] in there just because they need something in there. And for me, I don't like doing that. I don't like having a part in a song where there's a weak spot. 'Cause it's kind of like when we were kids and we used to play tug of war in school. Remember that? You had the rope and you pull it? You never wanted the weaklings on your side, 'cause who wants to get dragged through the mud? And that's kind of how it is with a great song — you never want any weak riffs in there. "A lot of bands have really interesting approaches to how they write, and I've tried just about every way to write a song over my career," Mustaine added. "And I found this way is probably the funnest, because if you have a riff and it's not carrying its own weight and it doesn't sound cool, how can it possibly sound cool if you put words over it?" Asked if he is drawing inspiration from the current political climate for the lyrics for the next MEGADETH album, Mustaine responded: "I think right now that the state of affairs in the world, it's so horrible — it's just so horrible. People are so mean to each other. There used to be a time in my nation where when people voted, they didn't tell anybody who they voted for, and now it's almost like a badge of honor. On the flipside of that, you're going around talking about somebody that you voted for and you're in the midst of people who don't like that person, and they're your friends, and they attack you because of a vote that you made? Then they're not really your friends. "America is a republic — it's not a democracy. It's run as a democracy, but a democracy… my understanding is just one leader; we have three branches of government," he continued. "And I don't wanna get into a history [lesson] or class of political science, but for me, I see that there's so many differences between my government… and even our wonderful neighbors, our Canadian neighbors — there's differences. So it makes us both unique and beautiful and wonderful to be individual. "But if I'm singing a song and I'm saying, 'Oh, yeah, I've got this problem, and I've got this problem,' and you're sitting over in, say, Kathmandu [the capital city of Nepal], you're saying, 'You know what? I don't understand what it's like to have a car, so what do I care that you have car problems?' Some of the kids that we play to in India, my heart just goes out to them — I love them so much, because I see how much they sacrifice to come see us play." Mustaine added: "We played in Brazil one time and we got a promoter that was a really bad guy, and he was charging the fans 275 dollars for a concert ticket, just to sit in one little spot there. And I found out and I came unglued. We fired the guy and we never worked with him again. 'Cause the cost of living down there, it was three months' work to pay for these tickets, and I figured that is so messed up — that is so messed up. "So I've kind of toned it down a little bit with the political stuff to where it's more about being a one-world kind of people, about the stuff that affects us as people, not so much as citizens of any government or nation. Why put an unnecessary wall up between us, right?" MEGADETH's next LP will be the first to feature Verbeuren (ex-SOILWORK), who joined the band more than two years ago.

          KORN Guitarist BRIAN 'HEAD' WELCH's 'Loud Krazy Love' Film To Premiere On SHOWTIME This Month      Cache   Translate Page      
A new trailer for "Loud Krazy Love", an unconventional new documentary chronicling the chaotic and unexpectedly uplifting life story of Brian "Head" Welch, best known as guitarist and co-founder of KORN, can be seen below. The 86-minute film directed by first-time feature filmmakers Trey Hill and Scott Mayo will premiere Friday, December 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. Featuring exclusive access on tour and at home, as well as in-depth interviews with Brian, his family and his KORN bandmates, "Loud Krazy Love" subverts the standard sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll narrative to explore his identity as a father and the complicated relationship he shares with his daughter Jennea. "The intimate details of Brian and Jennea's life during the years he was absent from KORN are turbulent," said Mayo. "'Loud Krazy Love' is really a backstage pass to heartache and triumph. You don't have to be a KORN fan to empathize with Brian's decision to sacrifice all his success in an attempt to be a good father." The sound Brian pioneered with KORN in the early '90s helped provide identity to a generation of misfits and made him a global rock star. Famous, wealthy and worshipped in the spotlight, a relentless self-loathing haunted him in the shadows. Until the day a tiny miracle reset the course of his life. "The day Jennea was born was like the most euphoric, miraculous, unconditional love — like total purity in the room," Brian says in a scene from "Loud Krazy Love". "But, I think deep down inside of me, I knew I was incapable of being what she needed and deserved." Seven years later, desperate to kick a devastating crystal meth habit, Brian walked out on a $23-million-dollar record deal and severed ties with the band. "Loud Krazy Love" takes viewers through a tumultuous coming-of-age journey filled with chaos, doubt, and unconventional faith. The story grapples with teenage depression, the quest for identity, and the dedication of an imperfect but present father willing to do anything for the one he loves. "In my life I've done so many things I regret and wish that I could change," said Brian. "It can feel haunting. But seeing my entire life with KORN and my family play out before my eyes in this film, and seeing the positive that has come from my most embarrassing and devastating failures — there are no words to express my gratitude. Our team created a very special film here, and I can't wait for the world to see it." Production of the film covered four years and includes two decades worth of never-before-seen material from Brian, his family and KORN. The result is a remarkable cinematic experience of amplified emotion, rock 'n' roll access and restorative love. "This film explores the way we, as human beings, need each other — warts and all," said Hill. "In that way, I believe every dad, mom or teenager that sees the movie will walk out feeling hopeful that the pain they've experienced or the hurt they feel guilty for causing won't be wasted. There's a purpose, restoration is possible, and if we hang in there the people we care for most can be healed." "Loud Krazy Love" is directed by Hill and Mayo, who also wrote and edited the film. It is produced by Samuel Ditore of Ditore Mayo Entertainment and John Humphrey of I Am Second Media. For additional information, visit LoudKrazyLove.com.

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A Amazon Studios divulgou um novo vídeo do remake de "Suspiria", mostrando a transformação dos atores para o terror. Confira:



Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson), uma jovem bailarina americana, vai para a prestigiada Markos Tanz Company, em Berlim. Ela chega assim que Patricia (Chloë Grace Moretz) desaparece misteriosamente. Tendo um progresso extraordinário, com a orientação de Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton), Susie acaba fazendo amizade com outra dançarina, Sara (Mia Goth), que compartilha com ela todas suas suspeitas obscuras e ameaçadoras.

O elenco é composto por Chloë Grace Moretz, Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Renée Soutendijk, Sylvie Testud, Angela Winkler e Ingrid Caven.

Suspiria estreia segue sem data de estreia.

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O Comic Book divulgou uma novo clipe de "Aquaman", mostrando Jason Momoa como Arthur tentando recusar a primeira missão. Assista abaixo:



Após os acontecimentos de Liga da Justiça, Arthur Curry, o governante relutante do reino subaquático da Atlântida, tem que lidar com os moradores da terra que estão sempre poluindo o globo e suas próprias pessoas que estão prontas para invadir a superfície. Ele deve equilibrar as duas nações e lidar com novos inimigos dentro do reino, enquanto descobre mais sobre sua herança.

Com a direção de James Wan, tem seu elenco composto por o elenco é composto por Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Randall Park ,Temuera Morrison, Ludi Lin, Nicole Kidman e Dolph Lundgren.

Aquaman estreia em 13 de dezembro.

          KPOP | Woohyun, membro do INFINITE, anuncia seu próximo lançamento digital      Cache   Translate Page      

Woohyun, do INFINITE, fará um novo lançamento solo!
Hoje (04), a meia noite (KST), foi lançado um novo vídeo para um novo álbum digital solo do Woohyun, "This Song Now”. O teaser mostra ele dizendo aos seus fãs em um concerto recente que está a ponto de cantar uma nova música e que esta música poderia ser um lançamento digital. O teaser incluem imagens dos bastidores dos seus primeiros concertos solo, que aconteceram em novembro.
Sua nova música será lançada dia 13 de dezembro, as 6 p.m (KST).
Confira abaixo o teaser:



          Vídeo mostra como é assistir "Aquaman" em uma tela IMAX      Cache   Translate Page      
O Collider divulgou um vídeo mostrando a diferença de assistir "Aquaman" em uma tela padrão e assistir em uma tela IMAX. Confira:



Após os acontecimentos de Liga da Justiça, Arthur Curry, o governante relutante do reino subaquático da Atlântida, tem que lidar com os moradores da terra que estão sempre poluindo o globo e suas próprias pessoas que estão prontas para invadir a superfície. Ele deve equilibrar as duas nações e lidar com novos inimigos dentro do reino, enquanto descobre mais sobre sua herança.

Com a direção de James Wan, tem seu elenco composto por o elenco é composto por Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Randall Park ,Temuera Morrison, Ludi Lin, Nicole Kidman e Dolph Lundgren.

Aquaman estreia em 13 de dezembro.

          Ścieżka dźwiękowa do filmu Miłość jest wszystkim, Dwupłytowy album już w sklepach!      Cache   Translate Page      
23 listopada kinową premierę miała fantastyczna komedia zatytułowana 'Miłość jest wszystkim'. Tydzień później w sklepach pojawił się dwupłytowy album z muzyką z tego filmu. Na krążkach usłyszeć można m.in. kompozycje, za które odpowiada Atanas Valkov oraz utwory nagrane specjalnie na potrzeby filmu autorstwa Igora Herbuta czy Patricii Kazadi.
          Nightclub singer who was given nickname Buddha by Frank Sinatra / TUE 12-4-18 / Brooke Shields sitcom set at trendy magazine       Cache   Translate Page      
Constructor: Peter Gordon

Relative difficulty: Easy for all of you, Medium for me 


THEME: S- S- — two-word phrases where both words start with "S" and the second letter of each word moves from "A" (in the first themer) through all the vowels to "Y" (in the last themer):

Theme answers:
  • SAMPLE SALE (17A: Clothing store event to get rid of excess merchandise)
  • SECRET SERVICE (22A: Government agency charged with protecting the first family)
  • SIMPLE SIMON (28A: Nursery rhyme character who met a pieman)
  • SOMEDAY SOON (40A: In the near future)
  • "SUDDENLY SUSAN" (47A: Brooke Shields sitcom set at a trendy magazine)
  • SYLVIA SYMS (57A: Nightclub singer who was given the nickname "Buddha" by Frank Sinatra)
Word of the Day: SYLVIA SYMS (57A) —
Sylvia Syms (December 2, 1917 – May 10, 1992) was an American jazz singer and actress.
She was born Sylvia Blagman in Brooklyn, New York. As a child, she had polio. As a teenager, she went to jazz nightclubs on New York's 52nd Street and received informal training from Billie Holiday. She made her debut in 1941 at Kelly's Stable.
In 1948, performing at the Cinderella Club in Greenwich Village, she was seen by Mae West, who gave her a part in a show she was doing. Among others who observed her in nightclubs was Frank Sinatra who considered her the "world's greatest saloon singer." Sinatra conducted her 1982 album, Syms by Sinatra.
She was signed to a contract by Decca Records, having her major success with a recording of "I Could Have Danced All Night" in 1956, which sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc.[2] Syms made regular appearances at the Carlyle in Manhattan. At times, impromptu, while enjoying a cocktail in the bar of the Carlyle, she would walk on stage and perform with the cabaret's other regular, Bobby Short. (wikipedia)
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I could tell this was mostly Really easy as I was doing it, but I made initial errors in two different places, and then just didn't know who SYLVIA SYMS was, so my solving time was quite normal. If I hadn't face-planted twice with dumb bad first guesses, I might be singing a different tune, but with B- at 25D: Nincompoop I went with BOOB and then that first "O" turned out to be right so I was like "woo hoo!" but then [Old Russian autocrat] had me thinking TSAR, which didn't work, so ... I went back to the "B" [Nincompoop] word and changed BOOB to BORE ... BOAR ... nope, it's spelled BOOR, and it's wrong anyway. Great. Cleaned up that mess, but lost many valuable seconds. Then fell into a worse mess at 37D: Blushed or flushed. Had RED-, wrote in -FACED. That pretty much killed any chance I had at a faster-than-normal time. I could survive having to hack my way through SYLVIA SYMS (who I think I've at least heard of), but misguessing twice, that was fatal. Hyperbolically speaking.


The theme ... was a theme. Here it is. Theming all over the place. I don't know. Seems like a placeholder. It works, but it doesn't exactly produce exciting results, and doesn't have any particularly entertaining elements. Theme is consistent, grid is clean, but it's pretty dull overall. Even the fill is a little subpar, now that I look it over. Not terrible by any means, but pretty heavily reliant on repeaters like APOP ATARI ORES PPS ERLE ASSN LTYRS NOELS SSE UHURA ENERO etc. The only truly remarkable thing about this puzzle is the clue on NRA (2D: Org. opposed by Everytown for Gun Safety). I still think constructors should delete NRA from their wordlists completely, but if you're gonna use it, yes, clue it as the ****ing villain. Because it is. Good day.

Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld

PS oh yeah I also floundered a bit trying to understand 64A: Hot Chocolate or Vanilla Fudge (BAND). These were, in fact, BANDs. They were popular 40 and 50 years ago, respectively. Older than "SUDDENLY SUSAN," not as old as Eva PERON. You are forgiven for not knowing them.

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          I'm going to the Indy 500!      Cache   Translate Page      
I just bought my plane ticket. Now I just have to scrounge up a decent seat at the race. I'm looking at Penthouse level at Sections A, B, and E next to Turn 1.

Hopefully, Alonso will win.

If anyone has tips on places to visit and eat for the weekend, please share!


          Gwennyn. « Inscrire la langue bretonne dans la musique actuelle, c’est toujours mon but… »      Cache   Translate Page      
Gwennyn. « Inscrire la langue bretonne dans la musique actuelle, c’est toujours mon but… »
Savoureux mélange de plébiscites du public, de ses propres coups de coeur et d’inédits, la chanteuse Gwennyn sort en cette fin d’année, un album Best-of trilingue (breton/français/anglais) de 18 titres.
Après plus de 10 années de scène, 500 concerts et 50 chansons, il s’agit de son 6è disque qui comprend deux inédits : New Andro et Océane. Et depuis ses débuts, l’artiste affiche une belle ambition : « Inscrire la langue et la musique bretonne dans la musique actuelle ». Et elle prévoit déjà la sortie d’un album inédit pour 2019 !

En audio.
Entretien avec Gwennyn. 

Pratique.
Best Of - New Andro. Sur le web, www.gwennyn.bzh
 



          Kommentar zu Freies Let’s Encrypt Zertifikat bei All-Inkl einrichten von Daniel Hüsken      Cache   Translate Page      
Hallo Sabine, das liegt daran das fünf Bilder nicht über https eingebunden sind. So wie ich das sehe, sind das die Bilder die unter "Entdecke die Vielfalt von Energetix-Produkten" kommen. Da die Bilder bei dir auf der Domain liegen, musst du eigentlich nur den Link der Bilder von http:// auf https:// ändern. Daniel
          Kommentar zu Freies Let’s Encrypt Zertifikat bei All-Inkl einrichten von Sabine      Cache   Translate Page      
Hallo Daniel, ich habe eine Domain bei All-inkl und habe ein Encrypt-Zertifikat für meine Seite erstellt. Das ging auch eine ganze Weile gut. Jetzt ist auf meiner Startseite nicht mehr das Schloss zu sehen, dafür aber auf den Unterseiten. Das irritiert mich sehr und ich weiß nicht, was noch machen soll, um das zu ändern. Ich habe das Zertifikat schon erneuert, das hat aber leider nichts gebracht. Es wäre sehr nett, wenn du mal einen Blick drauf werfen könntest. Herzlichen Dank Sabine
          Más de 3.000 motos han inundado Barcelona para defender la movilidad urbana. Próxima parada: Madrid       Cache   Translate Page      

Más de 3.000 motos han inundado Barcelona para defender la movilidad urbana. Próxima parada: Madrid #source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Este fin de semana hemos vivido un día de reclamaciones como pocos se han visto en España por parte del colectivo de las dos ruedas. Las motos han salido a las calles de Barcelona el 2 de diciembre a manifestarse en contra de unas medidas que restringirán duramente su uso en la Ciudad Condal.

En contra de esta iniciativa propuesta por el consistorio de Ada Colau, los motoristas de Barcelona se han dado cita en una mulitudinaria concentración que ha recorrido las calles de la urbe catalana reclamando que no se excluya a las motos como solución a la movilidad.

#BarcelonaEnMotoSí

Barcelona Moto

Entre 3.000 y 5.000 asistentes (dependiendo de las fuentes consultadas) han salido a las calles de Barcelona para protestar en contra de las políticas municipales que la ciudad está teniendo en contra de las motocicletas según Agrupación Motera Catalana y Unión Motera Internacional, organizadoras de la reclamación.

Ambas plataformas defienden la necesidad de que el Ayuntamiento de Barcelona abra sus miras y comience a considerar a las motos como un aliado en pro de la movilidad más que como un enemigo. Pese a que las motocicletas generan emisiones contaminantes, su uso beneficia a toda la ciudadanía tal y como defiende el portavoz Juan Carlos Toribio.

La clave de esta reclamación son las etiquetas medioambientales emitidas por la Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT). Estos distintivos se han empezado a utilizar en los automóviles para regular de forma efectiva qué coches pueden pasar por las ciudades en episodios de alta contaminación o circular por espacios con restricciones al tráfico como Madrid Central.

Esta aplicación se ha hecho de manera poco inteligente equiparando los etiquetados CERO, ECO, B y C de los coches a las motos, quedando repartidas de la siguiente manera:

  • Cero: Categoría para motocicletas eléctricas con autonomía eléctrica superior a 40 km.
  • Eco: Eléctricas con autonomía inferior a 40 km.
  • C: Motocicletas homologadas bajo las normativas Euro 4 y Euro 3.
  • B: Motocicletas homologadas bajo la normativa Euro 2.

Tomando como referencia esta clasificación de la DGT Barcelona ha iniciado un proceso de exclusión en la denominada Zona de Bajas Emisiones por la que todos los vehículos que no posean distintivo medioambiental quedarán excluidos. Esto incluye obviamente a las motocicletas anteriores a la normativa Euro 2.

Según los datos de la propia DGT, las motocicletas homologadas previamente a la Euro 2 no podrán circular por lo tanto por la Zona de Bajas Emisiones de Barcelona, sin tener en cuenta los beneficios de los desplazamientos en moto. Según el Informe de Movilidad del consistorio barcelonés del año 2016, los desplazamientos en moto en Barcelona supusieron un 48,8% dentro de la ciudad y un 14,7% con destino hacia o desde la propia capital.

Motos Barcelona

Además del clamor de los usuarios de motos, la Asociación Nacional de Empresas del Sector Dos Ruedas (ANESDOR) ya catalogó a la implantanción de estas medidas como poco acertadas ya que una motocicleta Euro 4 no se corresponde con un coche homologado bajo una normativa Euro 4. Se llaman igual, pero tienen exigencias completamente distintas y aplicaciones cronológicas dispares.

Precisamente ANESDOR llamó a la reinterpretación del etiquetado o al correspondiente uso razonado de las etiquetas aplicadas, señalando que las motocicletas generan menos atascos, reducen el tiempo de los desplazamientos en hora punta entre un 50% y un 70% y, además, contribuyen a la no saturación de las ciudades ocupando menos espacio tanto durante los desplazamientos como al quedar aparcados.

Pero este movimiento no es una cosa solo de Barcelona. Madrid también se va a ver afectado por la restricción al tráfico derivada de la aplicación de Madrid Central y las motos se van a ver discriminadas de una manera más o menos parecida, y por eso se ha convocado una manifestación para el próximo domingo 16 de diciembre bajo el lema #MadridEnMotoSí.

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La noticia Más de 3.000 motos han inundado Barcelona para defender la movilidad urbana. Próxima parada: Madrid fue publicada originalmente en Motorpasion Moto por Jesus Martin .


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          Mam kamerkę, mam to - chcę być sławny!      Cache   Translate Page      
Kamerka samochodowa, czyli wideorejestrator jazdy to narzędzie bardzo użyteczne i przydatne w razie wu. Bywa, że filmik jest dowodem w sprawie lub dzięki niemu udaje się szybko znaleźć winnego stłuczki, kolizji, wypadku itd. Przeglądając youtube odnoszę czasem wrażenie, że wiele osób chce być reżyserem na siłę.

Nie ważne jak, ważne że mówią - jest fejm!


O ile wrzucanie sytuacji niebezpiecznej ma jakikolwiek sens o tyle wrzucanie filmiku na którym widać jak nie ogarniamy podstawowej zasady i głównej przyczyny wypadków drogowych - niedostosowanie prędkości do aktualnych warunków pogodowych. Potem płacz, że nie posypali i ślisko. Na powyższym filmie widać wyraźnie, że tylko nagrywający miał z tym problem. Nie wiem, być może coś chciał sobie tym udowodnić - ciężko stwierdzić. Jest zima, filmik raczej o takiej porze dnia, że można by się spodziewać lekkiej ślizgawki na asfalcie, ale co tam. Wrzucę, jest fejm! Pozdrawiam fanów.


Kolejny filmik. Nagrywający mocno zirytowany Matizem, który bezczelnie łamie przepisy ruchu drogowego i zachowuje się jakby ustawa prawo o ruchu drogowym nie istniała nigdy. Zaraz jak Matiz zostaje strąbiony, kierowca Audi go wyprzedza po czym depta po heblach. Po co? Hm, nie szkoda mu tylnego zderzaka? Serio. Gdybym widział kogoś kto odwala takie numery Matizem to wcale bym nie chciał go ,,wychować" czy odpłacić mu się swoim tylnym zderzakiem. Dla mnie byłaby to po prostu strata czasu. Nagrywający można powiedzieć, że był czysty jak łza aż do momentu kiedy to wyprzedził Matiza i zaczął go ,,edukować". Szkoda. W filmie z początku brał udział tylko jeden pirat i wariat drogowy. Niestety końcówka filmu ewidentnie daje do zrozumienia, że piratów było dwóch.

          Боно и Эдж дали концерт в берлинском метро на ветке U2      Cache   Translate Page      

Солист U2 Боно и гитарист Эдж проехались по линии берлинского метро, которая называется U2, и сыграли мини-концерт на одной из станций.

Музыканты сели в специальный поезд и отправились от западного конца ветки под названием U2 до станции Deutsche Oper (Немецкая опера). Местная радиостанция Radioeins, которая раздавала билеты на небычную поездку с группой, заявила, что в путешествии приняли участие 120 человек.

Читайте также: U2 “Songs of Experience“: Опыт любви

Высадившись, Эдж и Боно исполнили несколько песен на станции в поддержку их нового альбома "Songs of Experience". Не были забыты и старые хиты, например, "Sunday Bloody Sunday" и "One". Увидеть исполнение последней можно ниже.


          Появился первый трейлер «Мира Юрского периода 2»      Cache   Translate Page      

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Студия Universal представила первый трейлер фильма «Мир Юрского периода 2». Хорошая новость в том, что старина тираннозавр живее всех живых, и у велоцираптора Блю тоже все в порядке. Плохая в том, что на острове Нублар вот-вот начнется разрушительное извержение вулкана. А что же люди? Люди будут спасать динозавров!

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Бывший менеджер парка Клэр Диринг (Брайс Даллас Ховард), дрессировщик рапторов Оуэн Грэйди (Крис Прэтт) и инициативная группа защиты динозавров возглавляют миссию по эвакуации динозавров с Нублара. У них на большой земле будет помощник (или оппонент?), который знает кое-что о Парке Юрского периода, созданного Джоном Хэммондом. Да-да, это именно он - математик-хаосолог Ян Малкольм, к роли которого вернется Джефф Голдблюм.

В частности, в трейлере можно услышать классическую фразу из «Парка Юрского периода», которую Малкольм произносит, выступая перед Конгрессом США на обсуждении, стоит ли спасать динозавров острова Нублар или позволить им умереть:

«Динозавры жили на Земле до нас. Если не одумаемся, здесь останутся только они. Жизнь не признает границ. Она вырвется на волю. Жизнь нельзя остановить».

Премьера фильма «Мир Юрского периода 2» состоится в России 7 июня 2018 года.

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          Самым популярным в 2017 году стал трек 17-летнего рэпера, подозреваемого в двух тяжких убийствах      Cache   Translate Page      

Издание The Fader составило список самых популярных треков 2017 года. В топ вошла 101 композиция, список составлялся на основе данных Apple Music и Spotify. Возглавил список 17-летний рэпер Tay-K, которому сейчас грозит казнь на электрическом стуле.

В заветной сотне можно обнаружить редкие поп-композиции от таких известных исполнительниц, как Лорд, Майли Сайрус, Лана Дель Рей или Селена Гомес, однако подавляющее большинство позиций занято рэп-трекам. Представляем вашему вниманию пятерых лидеров списка.

5. Frank Ocean, “Chanel”

“Chanel” - первый трек со времени выхода альбомов "Endless" и "Blonde". Это песня о том, каково иметь много бабок, о полицейском произволе, гомосексуализме и высокой моде. А также о том, каково колесить по Лос-Анджелесу, зная, что ты записал один из лучших альбомов десятилетия.

4. J Hus, "Did You See"

Мягкая смесь афро-попа и британского рэпа с искаженным, вибрирующим вокалом. J Hus называют последним поп-алхимиком. Когда-то в 2012 его с матерью выселили из дома, чтобы построить на этом месте стадион для Олимпиады 2012 года, теперь он гоняет на белом Мерседесе, а его концерты заканчиваются массовыми беспорядками.

3. Lil Uzi Vert, “XO Tour LIif3”

Песня о борьбе автора с наркозависимостью, о его боли, спрятанной за внешним рэперским пафосом. Это определенный вызов торжествующей рэп-индустрии, напоминание о том, что депрессивные, рефлексирующие треки также могут поднятся в чартах.

2. Phoebe Bridgers, “Funeral”

“Funeral” (Похороны) самый грустный и в то же время прямолинейный трек с дебютного альбома Фиби Бриджес. Девушка рассказывает о своих суицидальных мыслях, о том, как она жалеет маленькую себя, лежащую в детской кроватке и с ужасом понимает, что кому-то на этом свете еще хуже.

1. Tay-K, “The Race”

Ну а лидером списка оказался 17-летний рэпер Теймор МакИнтаер, более известный под псевдонимом Tay-K. Сейчас молодой человек ожидает вынесения приговора в тюрьме штата Техас за два убийства, разбойное нападение, ограбление и избиение 65-летнего старика. В своем интервью, которое он дал уже будучи в заключении, молодой человек оценивает свои шансы на вынесение смертного приговора с вероятностью 65%.

Клип на песню был снят, когда Tay-K находился в бегах.

Через своего адвоката музыкант настаивает на своей невиновности, но тяжкое обвинение, бегство, а также высокая вероятность вынесения смертного приговора добавили популярности его треку и возвели его чуть ли не в статус культа.

Отметим, что в этом году издание Fader не стало включать в список исполнителей, которые обвинялись в тех или иных преступлениях, объясняя это тем, что генерирование кликов на треки этих музыкантов будет равносильно соучастию в их преступлениях. Но, судя по всему, популярность "The Race" была и без того так велика, что изданию пришлось сделать исключение.


          Сиа представила пластилиновый клип на рождественскую песню "Candy Cane Lane"      Cache   Translate Page      

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Сиа представила свой новый мультипликационный клип на песню из праздничного альбома "Everyday Is Christmas" под названием "Candy Cane Lane".

"Candy Cane Lane" станет первым из трех праздничных анимационных клипов, которые будут выходить каждую пятницу перед рождеством. Следующие клипы выйдут на песни "Ho Ho Ho" и "Underneath The Mistletoe". Все эти композиции входят в состав альбома "Everyday Is Christmas", который вышел в ноябре.

Читайте также: Sia "Everyday is Christmas": Набор открыток

Главная героиня клипа "Candy Cane Lane" - девочка с красно-зелеными волосами, такими же, как у девушки на обложке альбома "Everyday Is Christmas". Девочка и ее собака замечают на крыше дома снежного монстра, который пытается испортить всем праздник, забивая снегом дымоходы в домах. Девочка с собакой заманивают монстра леденцами в ловушку из гирлянд, однако, ему удается вырваться. Пластилиновая Сиа с собакой пускаются в погоню за снеговиком и оказываются перед обледенелым домом, стоящим на заснеженной поляне. В воздухе появляется титр: «Продолжение следует».

Напомним, недавно Сиа выпустила клип на песню "Santa's Coming For Us" в котором снялись многие звезды кино и телевидения.


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          Нью-Джерси - Тампа-Бэй. Обзор матча      Cache   Translate Page      

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According to a study, a song constructed in collaboration with sound therapists resulted "in a striking 65 percent reduction in participants' overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates."

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          Luis Miguel, Luisito Rey, vendió su alma al diablo      Cache   Translate Page      


Mhoni vIDENTE se presentó en su sección La Ruleta Esotérica, que forma parte del matutino de Hoy, programa de Televisa. En él, Mhoni Vidente lanzó sus predicciones, pero la más sorprendente para el mundo del espectáculo es la que involucra a Luis Miguel, y su padre Luisito Rey

Mhoni Vidente dijo: “Luis Miguel nació el 19 de abril y en la carta del tarot es el sol, por eso su papá le puso “El Sol”. Él hizo un ritual muy fuerte cuando Luis Miguel tenía solo años, que involucra mucho a seres espirituales muy, muy fuertes. Y hace que Luis Miguel le ponga la carta del 19, la del Sol, pero -Luisito Rey- hace una combinación de vender su alma, y por eso acabó en tragedia -él papá- y la mamá de Luis Miguel –Marcela Basteri-. Ahí ves que Luis Miguel no ha podido ser feliz nunca, en cuestiones de estar cambiando de parejas, porque hay alguien, muy arriba, a nivel espiritual que lo domina. Ahí te das cuenta que el papá dominó completamente su vida, y vendió su alma”.




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          ▷El ángel de la muerte que azotaría a presidentes      Cache   Translate Page      

Mhoni Vidente, una de las grandes astrólogas en México, impacta con sus predicciones, las cuales tienen fama de cumplirse a cabalidad, pero esta vez dejó a los internautas sin palabras.

Todo comenzó cuando la astróloga Mhoni Vidente lanzó sus respectivas predicciones, entre las que se halló una perturbadora noticia sobre la Presidencia de México.

Mhoni Vidente reveló que durante la toma de protesta del presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador percibió mala vibra y explicó que vio cómo el ángel de la muerte descendió sobre los mandatarios, aclarando que AMLO no estaba implicado. Esto fue lo que dijo la especialista en artes místicas:


Cuando estaba viendo la toma de posesión, me di cuenta de cómo el ángel de la muerte descendía ahí donde estaban todos los mandatarios. Alguien de los presidentes o primeros ministros, alguien importante va a tener una tragedia en diciembre o a principios de enero”.


Mhoni Vidente invitó a tener fe en Dios y la Virgen María, así como encomendarse a los buenos espíritus, poniendo énfasis en que México tendrá muchos años de suerte.

De acuerdo con algunos especialistas, el concepto del ángel de la muerte se registra en muchas religiones y se relaciona con la oscuridad.


También hay casos de investigadores que creen que la muerte en realidad no es un ángel, por lo que ni un demonio, una persona o cualquier otro ser puede originar la partida de los seres humanos al otro mundo.

Sin importar lo que suceda, la realidad es que Mhoni Vidente lanza sus predicciones sin el fin de crear temor, buscando que las personas sigan el buen camino y tomen ciertas precauciones.



          Doorstop, Wamboin NSW      Cache   Translate Page      

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PRIME MINISTER: Well, it’s great to be out here today with Assistant Minister Reynolds and also the Commissioners from the New South Wales and the ACT Rural Fire Service. Doctor Fiona Kotvojs is the Liberal Candidate for Eden Monaro and it’s great to be here catching up with our firefighters from the Brigade here and all around these districts who’ve been up fighting fires in Queensland. It has been some relief to see the reports come in over the last few days, Linda has been up in Queensland last weekend and to see that those warning levels have come down and the worst of those events are now behind us. But we still remain active, there are still almost 90 fires still burning in Queensland but those alert levels have come down. But whether it was at Deepwater or other parts where we’ve had firefighters who have been up there supporting that effort. I want to thank them all very much for their service, their volunteer service, I stress, and the promptness in the way the NSW and the ACT Brigades responded to the call from the Queensland Government and to ensure we were able to deploy and address what was an incredibly serious situation. While there have been tragedies in Queensland at the same time what was able to be achieved and the risk that we’re able to mitigate, as Linda saw first-hand, was quite an extraordinary effort.

We're facing another very difficult season, right around the country in those conditions. We need Australians to focus on this. Yes, coming into Christmas we're thinking about holidays, our kids are finishing up school and there's a lot going on. But we need to be thinking as communities, as families, as individuals, about our state of preparedness for the fire season that is ahead. It will be a very difficult one and so the Minister and I are very keen to raise the awareness of these threats that are before us coming over the summer season.

It also means we need to be able to respond and we need to be able to continue to invest in the capability and that’s why I’m pleased today that we are investing $26 million in improving the capability nationally to fight these fires, but also in the systems and preparedness and communications backing that enables us to address this threat as well. So $11 million of that $26 million is going into the National Area Firefighting Centre, delivering more specialist large firefighting air tankers to communities across Australia. They’re the big tankers that were being used to drop on those fires up in Queensland and this is increasing the amount of capability we have in that area, to ensure that can be deployed. There’s also $2 million to support the national emergency SMS system and there is work being done, almost $6 million, for the National Fire Danger Rating System and Linda can take you through greater detail on that. $5 million to establish the Prepared Communities Fund, that’s to support high-priority state and territory initiatives that improve community preparedness, which is exactly what we’re wanting people to be doing as we’re going into the season and hopefully they already have. There’s $1.5 million to support the Public Safety Mobile Broadband trial and $750,000 to review new and emerging telephone-based emergency warning technologies.

So, we want to use all the assets and resources at our disposal to keep Australians safe. Our priorities as a Government; keep our economy strong, absolutely, that enables us to make these investments. To keep Australians safe and whether it’s safe from bushfires or safe from terrorism or safe from organised crime or any of these things, that is our objective and that is our mission as a Government. We do that with the volunteers that are represented here, the professional agencies around the country and one of the most rewarding things that we saw in responding to the Queensland fires was the teamwork. The teamwork between Commonwealth and state and territory agencies right around the country. So, I want to commend the Commissioners, particularly, for their leadership in coordinating that support and delivering that support.

Linda, I’ll ask you to make a few comments and then I’ll ask the Commissioners also.

SENATOR THE HON LINDA REYNOLDS, ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS:  Thank you very much, Prime Minister. What we saw in Queensland on the weekend is the absolute best of all Australians. When nature throws its worst at us, we always see the best in Australians and what has happened in Queensland is no different. I’d also like to extend my thanks to all of the 500 volunteers from around the country including some of the men and women here from the ACT and New South Wales who have just returned from Queensland.

But up in Queensland with the Deputy Prime Minister, we saw first-hand the importance of these programs. I’ll never forget the stories and seeing the look on the faces of people in Eungella whose homes and town was saved by the NSW 737 flying over and stopping the flames roaring up the mountain, the rainforest mountain. So these programs are very important. We’ve had 40 of our national aerial assets in Queensland ranging from helicopters through to the new 737. So as part of this package the Commonwealth will be providing $11 million to enhance the availability of aircraft around the country. We’re also providing $6 million for the National Fire Rating System which was developed in the 1960s and we’ve seen from the extreme bushfires again in Queensland that we do need to rethink our ratings systems so that will be a priority. We’re also putting money into communications, SMS and broadband messaging systems to make the best use of current technology and to make sure that we can get out as many messages as possible. We’ve got $5 million of that for local programs, priority programs for facilities like this here in Wamboin, for priority projects. So one stands in mind as an example – up at Eungella, we met the Queensland Remote Area Tracking Service. Two men had set up this organization to help and build telecommunications that can cope in emergencies in the mountainous area. So what we want to do is provide opportunities for local volunteer firefighters and also SES staff to get the equipment and the services that they need.

I’d finish off, Prime Minister, by saying to all Australians that firefighting and disaster management and relief is a shared responsibility. State and territory governments always have the primary responsibility for responding to these disasters but the Commonwealth is doing everything it can to make sure we assist state and territory governments and I think what we’re seeing here in the Queensland response is the very best of all of us, states, territories and the Federal Government working together. But I’d say this too to Australians; that you also have a responsibility. We saw in Queensland that householders got very little notice in areas where they were not expecting to be subject to bushfires so it is absolutely critical that every family in the country makes sure that the first conversation you have about emergency evacuation is not when you’re doing it for real. So, Members of Parliament have been given more information about disaster relief arrangements in Australia but every family needs to discuss what you’re going to do. Do you stay, do you fight, do you understand what the alerts mean and do you know what you’ll take with you? Thank you.

COMMISSIONER FITZSIMMONS: Thank you, Prime Minister, and look, we certainly are most appreciative and very much welcome today’s announcement. We know particularly with the large air tankers that it’s a bit like insurance. We want to have them here and we hope that we don’t have to use them during the fire season but as we’ve seen in recent years and as we’ve seen only in recent weeks, we’ve seen four of the large air tankers out of New South Wales rapidly deployed to assist our colleagues in Queensland. The good thing is they’ve got a capability and a capacity unparalleled to our historical firefighting environment. They were able to leave Sydney in less than two hours, they were integrated, fully loaded into firefighting operations up on the coast around Rockhampton in Queensland. Working in partnership with the Commonwealth and our interstate colleagues, accessing military bases, accessing funding, accessing personnel and expertise is very much a manifestation of the sorts of initiatives being announced here today by the Prime Minister. And we know that this funding boost will give us surety, give us confidence that we can have these high capacity assets here for the duration of what is continuing to be a longer season, right from the beginning of the season, right through to the end of the season and having a concentrated capability in the middle of the season. Working in partnership with the ACT and our colleagues around the country just in the last couple of weeks, we’ve sent just over 600 people into Queensland to provide assistance. We’ve sent eight aircraft, we’ve sent 24 firefighting trucks, we’ve got a few hundred personnel rotating through again over the coming days. With the conditions easing, it looks like a number of our crews might be stood down into the weekend, but it is an example of how investment and how commitment can make a big difference particularly to those who are finding themselves exposed to risk, like we’ve seen in Queensland in the last couple of weeks.

The outlook for the coming months as the Prime Minister indicated, is for a difficult fire season and much of the eastern seaboard through New South Wales is expecting above normal fire conditions as we head into the balance of this season and we know with the sort of assets available, with the sort of commitments around and the capacity to draw on our neighbors from right around the country, we’re going to be confident that whatever comes up, we’ve got the best-trained, the best equipped, better equipped and better trained than ever before in our history, to help respond to what mother nature might offer this season.

COMMISSIONER LANE: Thanks very much, Prime Minister, just to echo Commissioner Fitzsimmons’ comments there, it’s been a very challenging season already, at the commencement in Queensland and we’re going to see that across the rest of the nation. While some parts of the country have received welcome rain over recent weeks, there are plenty that are still in dire drought conditions and that will cross over into bushfire conditions as we come south, as the season continues from Queensland through New South Wales and into Victoria over this coming summer. So this announcement by the Commonwealth today is very welcome. Traditional funding for aircraft capability is always very helpful but on top of that, the additional money to support the ongoing research into improving our National Fire Danger Ratings and enhancements to funding to allow for even better warnings and alert systems are also very critical to us as a nation. So these are the things we work together as states and territories with the Australian Government on. It’s a welcome announcement here today. 

PRIME MINISTER: Thank you very much and we’re happy to take some questions on that and then deal with other matters if you’d like to but I won’t trouble the Commissioners with those questions. So questions? Well, it seems like we’ve been very comprehensive, that’s excellent, thank you very much, Commissioners. Happy to take other questions.

JOURNALIST: Prime Minister, on energy policy, your big stick policy is opposed by Labor, the cross bench and industry, what do you say to industry that is crying out for investment certainty?

PRIME MINISTER: What we’re delivering is a clear message which says electricity prices have to come down. We need to ensure that the laws balance things up for the consumer. We’re on the side of the customer and we want them to have lower electricity prices. And we believe that the laws and the powers should be in place so big electricity companies can’t do the wrong thing by them. That’s what this is about. We’re voting for it, Labor is voting against it. Labor’s voting against it. They’ve picked the side of the big electricity companies, we’ve picked the side of the consumer.

JOURNALIST: Are you confident the encryption laws will get done this week?

PRIME MINISTER: Well, I hope so, I said that was a key priority and overnight we’ve been able to make a lot of progress and I’m pleased that Labor is coming to their senses on this. I’m frankly surprised it’s taken this long but if they have, good.

JOURNALIST: Prime Minister, are you concerned and perhaps embarrassed to learn that Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten have been discussing energy policy to, you know, discussing the NEG?

PRIME MINISTER: I’m not aware of the content of their conversations other than to the best of my knowledge some well wishes to Malcolm from Bill after Malcolm left the job as Prime Minister. And I wouldn’t find a conversation like that extraordinary, just a personal well wish. In terms of any other type of conversation, I haven’t seen any suggestion that there’s been anything other than that.

JOURNALIST: Malcolm Turnbull has urged you to revive the NEG considering that you did support it. Can you rule out, even after the election, trying to pursue that policy once more?

PRIME MINISTER: Well, the NEG is not being pursued by the Government and it wasn’t being pursued by the Government prior to the change of Prime Minister. This is what the NEG is. The NEG, as the former Prime Minister said, it’s just a mechanism. It’s like a glass. What matters is what you put in it. Now, if you put a 45 per cent emissions reduction target in the NEG, it puts power prices up. What Bill Shorten wants to do is have a legislated 45 per cent emissions reductions target, and that will put power prices up and we don’t support that. We don’t support legislating that commitment. We will meet our 26 per cent commitment, that hasn’t changed. None of that has changed. We will have met Kyoto 1, we will comfortably meet Kyoto 2, and we will be on track to meet our 2030 target as well. So we’re committed to emissions reductions, we’re committed to getting greater contracted reliable energy into the market and that is the exact same policy we’ve pursued previously with the reliability guarantee through the states and territories. But the NEG is not the deal. What matters is what the emissions reduction target is, and a 45 per cent emissions reduction target is a job-destroying, economy crunching, reckless target that will make our economy weaker. And that’s why we don’t support it.

JOURNALIST: But why can’t you keep your 26 per cent target and still consider reviving the NEG framework?

PRIME MINISTER: Because it’s not necessary, it’s not necessary. And we’re not pursuing it and it’s not our policy.

JOURNALIST: Prime Minister, what do you make of the Energy Council of Australia saying that your energy policy is trying to push prices up? What do you make of those comments?

PRIME MINISTER: Well, I disagree with them. I’m not surprised that the energy sector would not be happy about the Government increasing the powers of the customer in the market which will hold them to account. I’m not surprised that the big energy companies are squealing because, as a Government, we’ve decided to stare them down. And that’s what I’m doing. That’s what our Government is doing, and the Labor Party is not standing up for customers. They want to line up with the big energy companies. Now, already as a result of staring the electricity companies down, around almost 500,000 Australians are getting a better deal. They’ve started to drop their prices. See, I think the laws are stacked against the customer in the energy market and that’s what has caused and allowed those prices to go up amongst many other factors. And I’m seeking to right that balance and to stand up for the customer, and if the Labor Party doesn’t want to support me, well, shame on them. Absolutely shame on them.

JOURNALIST: Prime Minister, why did you save Craig Kelly?

PRIME MINISTER: Good question. There were four incumbent members, four incumbent members that I believed it was important for the Party to re-endorse at the next election. As the leader of the Parliamentary Party, it is my job to maximise the Party’s chances and standing at the next election. And we’ve got four incumbent members, members who have been on the ground, members who are well respected by their communities. They present the best opportunity to ensure the re-election of the Government. And so as the Party Leader, I’ve made it pretty clear. I wanted them endorsed and I wanted them on the ground, fighting the next election, not getting distracted by anything else. That’s my main mission, that’s their mission, and as leader, I made a call, I said I want them endorsed and the Party backed me and I appreciate their support.

JOURNALIST: What about Jane Prentice and Jim Molan?

PRIME MINISTER: Well, I wasn’t the Prime Minister at the time of Ms Prentice’s preselection. So I can’t make any comment about that, that matter was dealt with many, many months ago. What we’re talking about with the four members I sought their immediate re-endorsement is they were lower House members. They were contesting lower House seats. Like Dr Kotvojs here, she’s contesting a lower House seat. You form Government by having the best members and candidates on the ground in the House of Representatives and that’s where my focus is to ensure the re-election of the Government. I know one or two things about elections, I’ve run a lot of campaigns myself and what you need is to have the best people on the ground and an incumbent member of Parliament who has been doing a great job, which all of those four members were, and are, is the best opportunity and the best foot forward we have to put at the election and that’s why they have my backing and that’s why I made it very clear to the Party that I wanted to see them endorsed so that we can just get on with it.

JOURNALIST: Prime Minister, just on submarine contracts quickly. Has Defence during negotiations offered the French submarine builder an extension on the time of the submarine project and also the cost of those submarines?

PRIME MINISTER: I discussed the SPA with President Macron when we were in the G20 and we are now very close to finalising those arrangements and so these things remain on track.

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