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          Number of pupils taught in ‘super-size classes’ increases, report shows      Cache   Translate Page      
The Scottish Government target is to reduce class sizes in the first three years of primary school to 18 pupils or less.
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Starting this month, Arlington Heights officials will begin ramping up their enforcement of the village vehicle sticker requirement that will target nearly a quarter of residents identified as scofflaws.
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          How the Rich Really Play, “Who Wants To Be An Ivy Leaguer?”      Cache   Translate Page      

My 2006 book, “The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges — and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates,” was intended as a work of investigative journalism.

But many of its more affluent readers embraced it as a “how to” guide. For years afterward, they inundated me with questions like, “How much do I have to donate to get my son (or daughter) into Harvard (or Yale, or Stanford)?” Some even offered me significant sums, which I declined, to serve as an admissions consultant.

They may have been motivated by a tale I told in the book about a youth whose admission to Harvard appears to have been cemented by a $2.5 million pledge from his wealthy developer father. The then-obscure Harvardian would later vault to prominence in public life; his name was Jared Kushner.

Those requests from people who misunderstood my aim in writing the book came back to mind on Tuesday when I heard about the latest and most brazen scandal involving upper-crust parents — including chief executives, real estate investors, a fashion designer and two prominent actresses — manipulating college admissions.

One would think that the rich and famous would care less than the rest of us about foisting their children on elite colleges. After all, their kids are likely to be financially secure no matter where, or if, they go to college. Yet they seem even more desperate — to the extent, according to a complaint, that dozens of well-heeled parents ponied up six or seven figures for bogus SAT scores and athletic profiles for their children to increase their chances at Yale, Stanford and other brand-name universities.

The parents allegedly paid anywhere between $200,000 and $6.5 million to William Rick Singer, who ran a college counseling business in Newport Beach, California. Singer in turn bribed standardized test administrators and college coaches in upper-class sports like crew, sailing and water polo, even staging photos of the applicants playing various sports, prosecutors said.

The parents “chose to corrupt and illegally manipulate the system,” Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, said at a press conference Tuesday. “There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy.”

Perhaps these parents were pining to boast at Hollywood cocktail parties about their Ivy League imprimatur. Possibly their offspring, like those of many successful families, lacked the motivation to strive and excel academically, and without a substantial boost would have been consigned to colleges of lesser repute.

In any event, such allegedly criminal tactics represent the logical, if extreme, outgrowth of practices that have long been prevalent under the surface of college admissions, and that undermine the American credos of upward mobility and equal opportunity. Although top college administrators and admissions officials were apparently unaware of the deception, their institutions do bear some responsibility for developing and perpetuating the system that made it possible.

I began looking into this issue in 2003, at a time when the U.S. Supreme Court was considering the fairness of affirmative action for minorities. I documented another form of affirmative action — for the white and privileged.

According to one poll after another, most Americans believe that college admissions should be based on merit, rather than wealth or lineage. Through their own intelligence and hard work, students with the best grades, the highest test scores, the most compelling recommendations and other hard-earned credentials achieve a coveted ticket to higher education — and with it, enhanced prospects for career success and social status. So goes the legend perpetuated by elite colleges, anyway.

But decades of investigating college admissions have led me to conclude that, for rich and famous families, it’s more like a television game show, “Who Wants to Be an Ivy Leaguer?” complete with lifelines for those who might otherwise be rejected. Instead of phoning a friend or asking the audience, the wealthy benefit from advantages largely unavailable to middle-class and poor Americans — what I described in my book as “the preferences of privilege.”

The best-known and most widespread of those preferences is conferred on alumni children, known as “legacies,” who tend as a group to be disproportionately white and well-off. But rich applicants whose parents didn’t attend the target university, like Kushner, still have a leg up.

Rich candidates can enhance their standardized test scores with test-prep and tutoring. They don’t have to rely for college recommendations and advice on an overburdened public high school guidance counselor with a caseload of hundreds of students. Instead, their parents can afford a private counselor who discreetly advises the desired university that the family has a history of philanthropy and, in case of acceptance, would be inclined to be especially generous.

Similarly, inner-city schools often don’t field teams in patrician sports like crew, squash, fencing and the like. But prep and suburban schools do, giving their affluent students an opportunity for the significant edge given to recruited athletes, even in upper-class sports limited to a relative few. Colleges favor recruits in these sports at least partly for fundraising reasons; they’re important to wealthy alumni and donors who played them in college or enjoy them as leisure activities.

So the parents charged in the current case followed customary practices of the entitled: hiring a private counselor, getting test help and participating in a patrician sport. The difference is that they allegedly took blatant short cuts: The counselor was unscrupulous, a stand-in secretly took the tests and the applicants didn’t actually play those sports. But, without the tilted system of preferences already in place, the parents would have had to choose a different route — or actually let merit determine their children’s college destiny.

          Distribution Centre Manager UK - Sports Nutrition eCommerce      Cache   Translate Page      
Distribution Centre Manager UK - Sports Nutrition eCommerce Colchester Competitive Salary Package Company Bonus Scheme (up to 15% of salary) Perks We are a global Omni Channel retailer business selling high quality sports nutrition products to consumers. The company was formed in 2005 and has grown rapidly since then. Not only did we rank 34 in the recent Sunday Times Fast Track league table, but was also placed as the 6th fastest growing online retailer in the UK. The Distribution Centre Manager UK Role : The Distribution Centre Manager is responsible for all aspects of the Distribution Centre including all activity across eCommerce, Wholesale and Retail fulfilment. Driving strategic and tactical continuous improvement plans with full budgetary responsibility for all aspects of the Distribution Centre. Distribution Centre Manager Key Accountabilities: Culture, must display the ability to lead people with tact, diplomacy & maturity and possess the personal drive to inspire others to reach the goals as set out in the strategic and operational plans. Accountable for the leadership and management of the Distribution Centre on a day-to-day basis Responsible for delivering the customer delivery proposition. Responsible for budgetary control and KPI delivery Resource planning across the Distribution Centre. Ensuring H&S regulations and good manual handling practice is adhered to create a safe working environment Leading and engaging the Distribution Centre Team to deliver continued business performance and ensure the Distribution Centre can support future business growth. Working alongside the Senior Operations team to create the strategic direction for the Distribution Centre translating this in to a working operational plan to create a "best in class" distribution operation. Be a brand ambassador with all internal and external stakeholders Be able to act on own initiative and engage senior leadership team and key stakeholders in the value and logic of strategic and tactical business proposals Distribution Centre Manager Ideal Candidate Specification: Strong management experience in a fast-paced distribution centre, eCommerce distribution experience is preferred A nature leader with proven track record of engaging and motivating teams in a fast pace warehouse environment Self-motivated, independent and target driven Strong Commercial acumen Exceptional communication skills Direct Reports: Assistant Distribution Centre Manager, Inventory Manager & Team Manager Trade. Benefits: Competitive Salary Package Annual Company Bonus Scheme - up to 15% Pension Company discount scheme Perk Box subscription with reduced price gym memberships, cinema tickets and free mobile phone insurance Casual dress code Career progression Interested? Apply here for a fast-track path to the Hiring Manager Application notice... We take your privacy seriously. When you apply, we shall process your details and pass your application to our client for review for this vacancy only. As you might expect we may contact you by email, text or telephone. Your data is processed on the basis of our legitimate interests in fulfilling the recruitment process. Please refer to our Data Privacy Policy & Notice on our website for further details. If you have any pre-application questions please contact us first quoting the job title & ref. Good luck, Team RR.
          Vizio wants next-generation smart TVs to target ads to households      Cache   Translate Page      
Smart TV manufacturer Vizio has formed a partnership with nine media and advertising companies to develop an industry standard that will allow smart TVs to target advertisements to specific households, the companies said Tuesday.

          Sample 3D Photos Part 13      Cache   Translate Page      
This weeks' post includes 3D photos in the interlaced 3D format.  It's a continuation of nature in the city.

To start with there are a pair of 3D photos of the ground showing the weather this time of year.

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The following shrubs caught my eye and seemed perfect for some 3D photos.

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Finally, my favorite target for 3D photography.  I think 3D pictures of rocks can be very calming and relaxing to view.

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          UPDATE 2-Germany's Verdi union opposed to Deutsche-Commerzbank merger      Cache   Translate Page      
FRANKFURT, March 12- Germany's Verdi labour union on Tuesday objected strongly to a possible merger between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, arguing that the merged group would be a more attractive target for a hostile foreign takeover. "We reject a merger," said Jan Duscheck, head of Verdi's banking division. It wouldn't create a truly big bank in the European...
          Mobile Video Optimization Market Estimated to Grow at a CAGR of 8.8% During Forecast Period 2018-2026      Cache   Translate Page      

The global mobile video optimization market is projected to be driven by an increase in the use of smartphones and tablets. The rise of mobile video adoption has been driven by a significant increase in the usage of smartphones. Smartphones have allowed the new trend of video consumption via screens. They make a significant volume of video content available. Cameras in smartphones also facilitate the creation of video content. Mobile video use continues to rise with the widespread use of tablets. The devices have improved the video-watching experience through a larger screen size. They have encouraged the consumption of new forms of content, including long-form content such as movies.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2019 -- Looking at the current market trends as well as the promising demand status of the Mobile Video Optimization Market, it can be projected that the future years will bring out positive outcomes. This research report added by MRRSE on its online portal delivers clear insight about the changing tendencies across the global Mobile Video Optimization Market. Readers can gather prime facets connected to the target market which includes product, end-use and application; assisting them to draw conclusions out of this intelligent research report.

The global mobile video optimization market has been segmented based on technology, end- user, enterprise size, and region. In terms of technology, the market has been classified into source optimization, network optimization, and client/device optimization. Based on end-user, the market has been divided into content providers, service providers, and network infrastructure. In terms of enterprise size, the market has been classified into small-medium enterprises (SMEs) and large enterprises. Based on region, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America. The report provides in-depth segment analysis of the global mobile video optimization market, thereby providing valuable insights at the macro as well as micro levels.

The report also includes competitive profiling of key players operating in the mobile video optimization market around the globe. The important strategies adopted by leading players, their overview, financials, business segments, and key developments have been identified in the research report. The competitive landscape section of the report provides an overview of the presence and activities of key players in regions/countries in order to strengthen their market position in the future.

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The research methodology is a perfect combination of primary research, secondary research, and expert panel reviews. Secondary sources such as annual reports, company websites, SEC filings investor presentations, internal and external proprietary databases, statistical databases, relevant patent and regulatory databases, market reports, government publications, World Bank database, and industry white papers are usually referred to for developing preliminary market understanding. Further, for this report, we have specifically focused on data from various industry bodies.

Primary research involves telephonic interviews, e-mail interactions, and face-to-face interviews for detailed and unbiased reviews on the mobile video optimization market across geographies. Primary interviews are usually conducted on an ongoing basis with industry experts and participants in order to obtain the latest market insights and validate the existing data and analysis. Primary interviews offer new and fresh information on important factors such as market trends, market size, competitive landscape, growth trends, etc.. These factors help to validate and strengthen secondary research findings. Moreover, the data collected and analyzed from secondary and primary research is again discussed and examined by our expert panel.

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Key players profiled in this study include Akamai Technologies, Cisco systems Inc., Citrix Systems Inc., Ericsson (MediaKind), Flash Networks Ltd., Nokia Corporation, Openwave Mobility, Qwilt, Vantrix Corporation., and Virtual Graffiti Inc. Details such as overview, business segments, financials, and key developments pertaining to these players have been provided as a part of the company profiles.

Market Segmentation: Global Mobile Video Optimization Market

Global Mobile Video Optimization Market, by Technology

Source Optimization

Network Optimization

Client/Device Optimization

Global Mobile Video Optimization Market, by End-user

Content Providers

Service Providers

Network Infrastructure

Global Mobile Video Optimization Market, by Enterprise Size

Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Larger Enterprises

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          Microseismic Monitoring Technology Market Key Insights and Booming Factor Supporting Growth Till 2026      Cache   Translate Page      

Microseismic monitoring provides detailed information about the microseismicity of an area and how a rock is responding to mining or oil & gas production activities. It leads to increased efficiency and optimized operations. It is a valuable tool in understanding what a hydraulic fracture is doing in real time. Microseismic technology is significantly used in reservoir monitoring and domestic mining production monitoring abroad.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2019 -- Looking at the current market trends as well as the promising demand status of the Microseismic Monitoring Technology Market, it can be projected that the future years will bring out positive outcomes. This research report added by MRRSE on its online portal delivers clear insight about the changing tendencies across the global Microseismic Monitoring Technology Market. Readers can gather prime facets connected to the target market which includes product, end-use and application; assisting them to draw conclusions out of this intelligent research report.

The report analyzes and forecasts the Microseismic monitoring technology market at the global and regional level. The report also comprises a detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global Microseismic monitoring technology market. Porter's Five Forces model has been included to help understand the competitive landscape in the market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein end-users are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

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The global microseismic monitoring technology market is driven by an increase in use of the technology in environmental and geotechnical engineering as it helps in the evaluation of the real-time location of underground rock fractures. Furthermore, microseismic monitoring technology can be applied to the precursor-monitoring of a volcano or earthquake disaster as well as in rock burst monitoring in the process of exploitation of mineral resources. Furthermore, rise in the adoption of microseismic monitoring technologies in the oil & gas exploration industry is anticipated to drive the global microseismic monitoring technology market over the forecast period. Furthermore, significant use of this technology in hydraulic fracture mapping and reservoir monitoring is likely to have propel the global microseismic monitoring technology market. However, the uncertain nature of oil prices is estimated to hamper the global microseismic monitoring technology market.  Additionally, a number of companies are entering into collaborations with other companies in order to enhance the development of their business. For instance, in April 2017, Schlumberger Limited signed an agreement with Pemex for a multi-client seismic survey in the southern Gulf of Mexico. The agreement additionally incorporates coordinated effort with WesternGeco in the seismic handling period of the task and for future innovation joint efforts.

This research study on the global Microseismic monitoring technology market provides a detailed cross segment and cross country analysis based on segmentation categories such as process, component, end-use, and region. Based on process, the market has been divided into data processing, data acquisition, and data interpretation. In terms of component, the market has been segmented into hardware, software, and services. Based on end-use, the market has been categorized into oil & gas, mining, and others. The others segment includes geotechnical applications such as underground storage facilities, which include LPG sites and nuclear waste repositories; vibration thresholds and blasting; and monitoring of structures such as dams, high-speed rail tracks, bridges, and tunnels.

Secondary research sources that are typically referred to include, but are not limited to, company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations, SEC filings, internal and external proprietary databases, relevant patent and regulatory databases, national government documents, statistical databases, market reports, news articles, press releases, webcasts specific to companies operating in the market, national government documents, statistical databases, market reports, Factiva, etc..

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The report highlights well-established players operating in the market such as Microseismic, Inc., Geospace Technologies Corporation, ESG Solutions, Halliburton Company, ION Geophysical Corporation, Landtech Geophysics Ltd, Schlumberger Limited, Weir-Jones Group, Guralp Systems Limited, and Fairfield Geotechnologies among others. Leading players are focused on alliances with other players to launch new projects across the globe. For instance, in October 2018, Schlumberger Limited and TGS announced a multi-client seismic project in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S.. Both companies will apply their full handling ability and deliver the project in first quarter 2020. Seismic data will be acquired with the use of Fairfield Geotechnologies. This project will enhance the company's current data coverage in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The global Microseismic monitoring technology market has been segmented as follows:

Global Microseismic Monitoring Technology Market, by Process

Data Acquisition

Data Processing

Data Interpretation

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Oil & Gas


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          Technical Illustration Software Market Assessment Covering Growth Factors and Upcoming Trends Till 2026 End      Cache   Translate Page      

The global technical illustration software market is expected to reach US$4,935.7 Mn by 2026, expanding at a CAGR of 4.7% from 2018 to 2026. North America held a prominent share of the technical illustration software market in 2017 and is projected to be at the forefront of global demand. The market in the region is expected to expand at a significant CAGR OF 4.4% during the forecast period, 2018-2026.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2019 -- Looking at the current market trends as well as the promising demand status of the Technical Illustration Software Market, it can be projected that the future years will bring out positive outcomes. This research report added by MRRSE on its online portal delivers clear insight about the changing tendencies across the global Technical Illustration Software Market. Readers can gather prime facets connected to the target market which includes product, end-use and application; assisting them to draw conclusions out of this intelligent research report.

The technical illustration software market is segmented on the basis of component, technology, and end-user. Based on component, the market is divided into software and services. The software segment is further bifurcated into on premise and cloud based. In terms of services,the market is further categorized into implementation, support & maintenance, and consulting services. Based on technology, the market is categorized in terms of 2D and 3D technology. On the basis of end-user, the market is divided into aerospace and defense, healthcare, energy & power, manufacturing, automotive, transportation, and others. The others subsegment includes media and entertainment and third party technical illustration service providers.Geographically, the report classifies the global technical illustration softwaremarketinto North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Middle East & Africa (MEA), and South America; the regions are analyzed in terms of revenue generation. Furthermore, region-wise prominent countries covered in the report include the U.S, Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Japan, China, India, GCC countries, South Africa, and Brazil.

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Global trends and drivers have been added in the technical illustration software study. Additionally, the report covers segment-wise market attractiveness analysis, and market share of key players for all regions covered in the scope of study. The report also includes historical trend analysis that provides market size of technical illustration software from the year 2012-2017. Furthermore, the report includes PESTLE analysis, technical illustration software analysis by various operating systems, pricing model analysis and concentration scenario, and trend analysis

Secondary research sources typically include, but are not limited to company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations, and SEC filings, internal and external proprietary databases, and relevant patent and regulatory databases, national government documents, vendorswhitepapers, statistical databases, and market reports, news articles, press releases, and webcasts specific to companies operating in the market.

Primary research involves e-mail interactions, telephonic interviews, and face-to-face interviews for each market, category, segment, and sub-segment across geographies. We conduct primary interviews on an ongoing basis with industry participants and commentators in order to validate the data and analysis. Primary interviews provide first-hand information on the market size, market trends, growth trends, competitive landscape, and outlook, etc. These help us to validate and strengthen secondary research findings. These also help develop the analysis team's market expertise and understanding.

Furthermore, the report includes competition landscape which comprises competition matrix, market share analysis of major players in the technical illustration software market based on their 2017 revenues, and profiles of major players. Competition matrix benchmarks leading players on the basis of their capabilities and potential to grow. Factors including market position, offerings, and R&D focus are attributed to a company's capabilities. Factors including top line growth, market share, segment growth, infrastructure facilities, and future outlook are attributed to a company's potential to grow. This section also identifies and includes various recent developments carried out by the leading players of the technical illustration softwaremarket.

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Company profiling includes company overview, major business strategies adopted, and market revenues between 2016 and 2018. The global players profiled in the global technical illustration software market include Autodesk Inc. Dassault Systemes , PTC Inc.,  Canvas GFX, Inc., Corel Corporation, Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc., QuadriSpace Corporation, Auto-Trol Technology Corporation, and Cyient. 

Market Segmentation 

Technical Illustration Software Market Analysis, by Component 






Support and Maintenance


Technical Illustration Software Market Analysis, by End-user 

Aerospace and Defense


Energy and Power





Technical Illustration Software Market Analysis, by Technology 



The Technical Illustration Software Market Analysis, by Country/Region

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          Brazil pension reform chief sticks to savings target and May vote      Cache   Translate Page      
BRASILIA, March 12- Brazil's government is sticking to its goal of having its pension reform bill, with promised public savings of more than 1 trillion reais over the next decade, ready for a vote in the lower house of Congress by the end of May. In an interview with Reuters in Brasilia on Tuesday, Rogerio Marinho, secretary of social security and labor at the Economy...
           Comment on 4 Simple Steps to Assess Reality & Make an Offer in a Seller’s Market by Sid Jones       Cache   Translate Page      
Thanks Scott for an article that really focuses on one of the biggest pitfalls for us beginners. It was a timely note for me, and also had some good practical tips. Understanding what works for you as an individual investor wayyyyy before you find that property on Zillow is what everyone talks about when they tell you that you're making your money on the front end of a deal and it's a good reminder. I am curious that while you focus on comparable sales near by that you don't also focus on what the rental market is asking and how fast things are renting in you target area? Maybe you know your neighborhoods well enough at this point? Thanks again-
           Comment on 4 Simple Steps to Assess Reality & Make an Offer in a Seller’s Market by Jessica Vincent       Cache   Translate Page      
I fully agree with your analysis and advice. As a newbie (3 months in), with 3 props under contract and in search of a flip, I struggled with working so hard to find and analyze a deal only to be beat to the punch. I have learned to understand my bottom line better as well as my target area. If you are not willing to play by the rules of the current market, you will be sitting on the bench perpetually.
          Re: Replacement for FutureAdvisor?      Cache   Translate Page      
I don't think you need a service to make decisions for you. You can make your own decisions.

Have you looked at the asset allocation of a Target Retirement fund such as the Vanguard Target Retirement 2040 fund? The asset allocation of those funds is found online, so that anybody can copy it and use it.
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My Target store professes to use Apple Pay but can’t get my Red Card to load in my iPhone — so I just use the card to get my 5% rebate.
          Re: Roth or tIRA for 25 y/o Daughter?      Cache   Translate Page      
Heymahn wrote:She has a 403(b) through Valic, all in Vanguard Target Retirement 2055; this is a Roth account. As she is nearly engaged and will soon be pursuing purchasing her/their first house, they have lots of expenses and are trying to preserve cash.

If they are trying to preserve cash she should switch her Roth 403b contributions to pre-tax 403b contributions for a larger take-home check.
          England ready to target Scotland players on the pitch, says George Ford      Cache   Translate Page      
Last season the fly-half was roughed up in the tunnel after the warm-ups.
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VW Increases Electric Vehicle Target by 50%The German manufacturer plans to produce 22 million electric cars over the next decade, after previously mapping out a goal of 15 million cars based on its main electric-car platform for compact and mid-size vehicles. VW’s pursuit of a dedicated format rather than a more flexible one emulates e-car pioneer Tesla Inc. Tesla’s approach “is right,” rather than building platforms for both electric and combustion engine cars as some traditional automakers have done, VW Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess told analysts during a capital markets day Tuesday.

          Comment on Democrats draft playbook for defeating Gardner, their top Senate target in 2020 by Jay      Cache   Translate Page      
I think Gardner's handlers have a tough job ahead of them. They'll have to figure out how to hide from the press while complaining about unfair coverage with a straight face. Meanwhile, the WH is holding it's first press conference in nearly a month and a half. They seem to be struggling with the same feat.
          Comment on Democrats draft playbook for defeating Gardner, their top Senate target in 2020 by Buford      Cache   Translate Page      
well...Gardner is not stupid...He is corrupt....
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Jimin a newly made detective for Seoul police becomes the new target for the famous serial killer 'alphabet killer'. Jimin is determined to catch him at any cost, even if that means getting caught himself. He begins discovering clues left behind a...
          Number of pupils taught in ‘super-size classes’ increases, report shows      Cache   Translate Page      
The Scottish Government target is to reduce class sizes in the first three years of primary school to 18 pupils or less.
          Bristol City Council smashes carbon target two years early      Cache   Translate Page      

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          New Mexico: Speed bump as 4 state Senators vote AGAINST protecting pre-existing condition coverage (UPDATE: Strike that!)      Cache   Translate Page      

(sigh) Well, it was a good run while it lasted. As I noted last week, New Mexico's new Democratic trifecta government has been on something of a tear in the first few months of 2019, either passing or advancing a number of positive healthcare policies, including:

In addition, there was one more important piece of legislation which looked like it was going to go through without too much fuss: HB 436, which would simply lock in protections for New Mexico residents with pre-existing conditions at the same level that the Affordable Care Act already does nationally:

HB436 won't technically change anything for New Mexicans now...but what it would do is protect state residents in the event the ACA is ever repealed or if its pre-existing condition protections are weakened or stripped away (see: the Texas Fold'Em lawsuit).

With just nine days left in the 60-day legislative session, Thomson is optimistic there's still enough time to get her bill up to the Governor's desk.

"To me, it's pretty much a no-brainer. We're not changing anything per se," she said. "We're just locking in what's in federal law so there's not going to be any increased costs because we're already doing it."

Now that the bill passed the House it heads over to the Senate for consideration.

Unfortunately, over at the state Senate, it looks like three Republicans and one Democrat took "no-brainer" to be a challenge, because this is what ended up happening yesterday:

We are disappointed to report that the bill to protect New Mexicans with pre-existing conditions did NOT pass Senate Corporations.

YES: Mary Kay Papen
YES: Michael Padilla
YES: Bill Tallman
NO: Clemente Sanchez
NO: Bill Sharer
NO: Gregg Fulfer
NO: Pat Woods

— Health Action NM (@HealthActionNM) March 11, 2019

Now, the last three names on this committee list aren't terribly surprising, since they're all Republicans. All 24 Republicans in the state House also voted against this common sense bill which doesn't cost New Mexico a dime and won't even have any impact on the state of any sort uniess the ACA's federal protections are ever repealed. It's a purely precautionary measure. I never expect Republicans to do the right thing, so this was disappointing but hardly surprising.

The first one, however, did sting: Clemente Sanchez, a Democratic state Senator.

Health Action New Mexico has issued the following press release in response:

NM Senate Corporations Committee votes against people with pre-existing conditions

On Monday, March 11th, on a 3-4 vote, the New Mexico Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee voted down a measure to protect people with pre-existing conditions. The legislation, House Bill 436, is sponsored by Representative Liz Thomson, 40 other House co-sponsors and Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino.

Senator Clemente Sanchez, the Committee Chairman, joined the committee's three Republicans to vote down the measure. The bill would have added pre-existing condition protections to state law. 332,000 New Mexicans under age 65 have at least one pre-existing condition, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), people with pre-existing conditions were denied coverage, charged exorbiant rates, and subject to coverage exclusions for their pre-existing conditions. The ACA ended those practices by reforming the insurance industry and ensuring people with pre-existing conditions are protected.

"This vote was unconscionable," said Representative Liz Thomson. "New Mexicans need to know that the state has their back no matter what happens at the federal level or in the courts. I believe that the vast majority of my colleagues agree with me. This is not over."

"As someone continuing to battle cancer, I am shocked that anyone would vote against pre-existing condition protections," said Lan Sena, a New Mexico resident and patient advocate. "It's just not right."

"We are incredibly disappointed in this vote," said Colin Baillio, Director of Policy and Communications at Health Action New Mexico. "New Mexicans shouldn't have to live in constant fear that they are going to be abandoned when they need critical health care. Frankly, New Mexicans deserve better than this."

A recent national poll found that strong, bipartisan majorities support pre-existing condition protections. Nine-in-ten say insurance companies shouldn't be able to deny people coverage or charge sick people more than healthy people. Four-in-ten said they are "very worried" they "will lose their coverage if the Supreme Court overturns these protections." President Trump's Department of Justice singled out pre-existing condition protections, calling them unconstitutional and refusing to defend those protections in court. That lawsuit suceeded in the lower courts and is expected to land in the Supreme Court.

UPDATE: Whoa! Hold the phone...Less than 5 minutes after I posted this, someone called attention to an update from less than an hour ago:

BIG NEWS: After further consideration, @SenCSanchez changed his vote on pre-existing condition protections! Thank you for giving this a closer look, Senator. Thanks to everyone who made their voices heard. The bill will now move to the Senate floor.

— Health Action NM (@HealthActionNM) March 12, 2019

Final vote:
YES: Mary Kay Papen
YES: Michael Padilla
YES: Bill Tallman
YES: Clemente Sanchez
YES: Benny Shendo
NO: Bill Sharer
NO: Gregg Fulfer
NO: Pat Woods

— Health Action NM (@HealthActionNM) March 12, 2019

Wow! I had no idea that they could change their votes on bills the next day! Not sure if this is a New Mexico thing, or a Committee thing (vs. the full Senate) or what, but whatever...this is great news for New Mexico and common sense!

(As for the Republicans, of course, that's a different story...)

          BIOS, EFI시스템 윈도우와 리눅스 멀티부팅 구성 - 리눅스 이미지 백업과 복원2      Cache   Translate Page      


원래는 BIOS 방식이라고 해야 맞으나, 디스크구조=부팅방식으로 굳어진 점이 있다보니, 이하 입에 익숙한 MBR이라 명하겠다.

에서는 리눅스 백업과, EFI시스템에서 리눅스(우분투) 복원에 대해 알아보았다.

EFI시스템에서 만든 베이스 이미지를 이번에는, MBR 시스템에 복원하는 과정을 살펴보겠다.

원본이미지를 다시 보자.

DISK 2에 우분투를 설치했던 이미지로 파티션 사이즈는 10G로 잡았었다. 그리고 이 디스크로 분기하는 부트로더는

DISK 1의 EFI파티션에 존재하고 있다. 

이 이미지를 복원할 MBR 시스템의 PC 구조를 보겠다.

MBR은 알다 시피 GPT 하드의 EFI시스템과 다르게, 

활성화 파티션이 존재해야하고 이 활성화 파티션으로부터 부팅 파일을 읽어들여 부팅하게 된다.

DISK1은 120G의 기존 MBR하드이다. 그리고 EFI 파티션이라 명한 첫번째 파티션은, FAT32 로 포맷된 파티션이며 활성화 된 파티션이라 보면된다. 

그냥 EFI라고 명시했을 뿐이다.

그럼 복원을 해볼까?

복원은 클론질라로 백업한 이미지를 위 DISK2( 1TB) 하드에 복원하면 된다. 물론 1TB 를 풀로 잡을 필요 없고, 원본 이미지의 파티션 크기(10G)  보다는 크게 잡아주면 된다.

복원후 문제가 생긴다 . 당연히.. 무슨 문제일까? 

앞 게시물에 설명했던, 우분투 부팅파일을 DISK1의 부팅파티션(EFI 파티션)에 넣어준다고 부팅이 되지는 않는다.

즉, MBR에서 부팅이 되도록 하려면 2가지 방법을 생각할 수 있다.

1) DISK 2에 MBR부팅 파일을 새로 만들어주고, DISK2를 메인디스크로 잡아서, 부팅하도록 하여, grub2에서 멀티부팅 (리눅스 - 윈도우부팅)

2) DISK1 윈도우의 BCD를 부팅 메인메뉴로 해서 멀티부팅 (grub2를 로딩하도록 하는 방법. (grub2는 그냥은 bcd에 등록되지 않는다) )

일단은 EFI GPT에서 만든 이미지라 MBR에 맞는 우분투 부팅파일을 생성해줘야한다.


설명이 길므로 차근차근 해보자.

1. DISK 2에 MBR부팅 파일을 새로 만들어주고, DISK2를 메인디스크로 잡아서, 부팅하도록 하여, grub2에서 멀티부팅 (리눅스 - 윈도우부팅)

1) 부팅파일 생성

참고 사이트.

이부분이 사실 복잡하다. 대개는 부팅파일이 깨졌거나 했을때도 이 방법을 쓴다

리눅스 라이브 USB 로 부팅한다.

터미널을 연다.

자, 여기서

sda 는 DISK1 (윈도우설치된, FAT32-활성 / NTFS 파티션 구조)

sdb 는 DISK2 (리눅스 복원한 )

우분투 파티션 마운트

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt

라이브시디의 루트전환용 폴더들 마운트

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ for i in /sys /proc /run /dev; do sudo mount --bind "$i" "/mnt$i"; done

이부분은 for 구문으로 했지만, 그냥 아래처럼 하나씩 해도 된다.

sudo mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys

sudo mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc 

sudo mount --bind /run /mnt/run 

sudo mount --bind /dev/mnt/dev

/mnt 루트전환 

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo chroot /mnt/

이제 /mnt는 dev/sda1 우분투 파티션이 마운트된 상태이다.

마운트한 우분투 디스크에 grub재설치를 해본다.

root@ubuntu:/# grub-install /dev/sdb

bash: root@ubuntu:/#: No such file or directory

root@ubuntu:/# grub-install: error: /usr/lib/grub/i386-pc/ doesn't exist. Please specify --target or --directory.

/usr/lib/grub/i386-pc/ 파일이 없다고 한다.

EFI에서 우분투를 설치했기 때문에 사실 /usr/lib/grub/i386-pc/폴더 자체가 존재하지 않는다. /boot폴더도없고 /efi폴더만 존재할뿐이다.

먼저, 라이브 우분투로부터 해당 라이브러리를 일단 다른 하드나 USB로 복사를 한다.

여기서 sda2는 SSD 윈도우 파티션이다.

파일매니저를 열고, 라이브 우분투의 /usr/lib/grub/i386-pc 폴더를 /dev/sda2 에 복사하거나, usb디스크에 복사한다.

cp -R /usr/lib/grub/i386-pc /dev/sda2

그리고 sda2를 chroot의 /mnt로 마운트하고

root@ubuntu:/# root@ubuntu:/# mount /dev/sda2 /mnt

sda2 (윈도우파티션)로 복사했던 i386-pc 폴더를 chroot ( dev/sdb1, 우분투 파티션이다. ) 의 /usr/lib/grub/ 에 복사

root@ubuntu:/# cp -r /mnt/i386-pc/ /usr/lib/grub/

이제 다시 우분투가 설치된 sda 디스크에 grub을 설치한다.

grub-install /dev/sdb


그리고 grub을 업데이트함.

root@ubuntu:/# update-grub

Generating grub configuration file ...

Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-4.15.0-33-generic

Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-4.15.0-33-generic

Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-4.15.0-20-generic

Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-4.15.0-20-generic

Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.elf

Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin

Found Windows 10 on /dev/sda1



gparted에서 우분투 디스크 (통으로 하였음)에 boot flag를 추가해줬다. 혹시나 하여.

그리고 부팅하면 로그인 못하고 쉘로 빠지게 될것이다.

이부분은 앞 게시글에서 언급했던 fstab 수정하는 과정을 거치면된다.

계정 암호를 넣고 엔터

blkid를 치면 efi(boot) 파티션(윈도우 부팅파티션)에 대한 uuid값이 나오는데 8자리 기억을 해두고,

vi /etc/fstab 를 쳐서 이 efi(MBR로 변경했지만 fat32로 그대로 유지됨) 에 대한 uuid를 위에 기억한 8자리로 정확히


이렇게 해서 EFI 시스템에서 설치했던 우분투 이미지를 손실 없이, 그대로 MBR 디스크를 갖춘 PC에 복원과정을 마쳤다.

2) 부팅디스크 순서 변경

CMOS에서 부팅순서를 DISK2가 먼저 부팅하도록 변경하고 부팅하면 우분투 grub2 멀티부팅메뉴를 만나게 된다.

윈도우로 부팅하려면 우분투 메뉴에서 윈도우 선택하면 된다.

2. DISK1 윈도우의 BCD를 부팅 메인메뉴로 해서 멀티부팅. (grub2는 그냥은 bcd에 등록되지 않는다)

1의 과정을 거쳐서 일단 MBR 부팅 파일을 만들어주는 과정이 반드시 필요하다.

이것이 되었으면, 이제 윈도우 BCD에 우분투 디스크로 부팅하도록 메뉴를 어떻게 만들어주면될까?

grub이면 어렵지 않으나, grub2 이기때문에 EasyBCD 프로그램을 통해 Neogrub2 를 만들어주면된다.

이부분은 유튜브 동영상에 잘 나와있으니 참고 바란다.

다시한번 말하지만, 윈도우에서도 프로그램, 세팅등을 갖춘 봉인(망고)이미지를 만들어 여러타기종에 설치시간을 대폭 줄이게 된다. 

우분투도 우분투 설치과정, 그리고 필요한 프로그램 설치, 세팅등등.. 을 새로이 하려면 너무 많은 시간이 소요된다. 이런 소요시간을 아끼고자, 리눅스 베이스 이미지를 만들고, 타기종 PC에 복원하는 과정을 하는 것이다.

이렇게 MBR 마스터본을 새롭게 만들었으면, 이제 나머지 100대의 MBR PC에 네트워크로 뿌려주자.

          Massachusetts: Highest ACA exchange enrollment AND effectuation in history; cites Individual mandate + navigator/outreach program!      Cache   Translate Page      

This press release is mostly of interest because it came from the Governor's office, not the MA Health Connector itself:

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Health Connector Completes Successful Open Enrollment with Highest-Ever Membership, Covering 282,000 People with Health Insurance

Governor Baker announced today that the Massachusetts Health Connector completed Open Enrollment with the highest membership in the 13-year history of the state’s health insurance exchange, covering 282,000 people with health insurance.

Heh. "13-year history" took a moment to register...but of course Massachusetts has had a health insurance exchange website since 2006, when "RomneyCare" went into effect.

“The Health Connector just completed its most successful Open Enrollment since the start of the Affordable Care Act, signing up more than 65,000 new people with health insurance coverage,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Massachusetts leads the way with the best insured rate in the country, with over 97 percent of our residents covered due in part to the Health Connector’s strong efforts to create a culture of coverage in the Commonwealth.”

“The Health Connector plays an important role in ensuring communities across the Commonwealth have access to affordable, high-quality health care,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Over the last four years, the Connector has worked tirelessly to transform the exchange into a functional and reliable service as is evident by its current milestone enrollment figures.”

The Health Connector held Open Enrollment from Nov. 1-Jan. 23, twice as long as the federal government’s Nov. 1-Dec. 15 open period, to ensure Massachusetts residents had as much time as possible to shop for affordable coverage. Throughout Open Enrollment, Massachusetts residents were encouraged to get covered or stay covered, to provide security for their health and financial well-being, and comply with the state’s individual mandate. Assistance was available through community based health Navigators around the state.

“Massachusetts shines as a model for the rest of the nation when it comes to getting people enrolled in health insurance–and maintaining coverage,” saidHealth and Human Services Secretary and Connector Board Chair Marylou Sudders. “That success is built off outreach and education efforts that effectively and efficiently target the state’s under-insured communities and get more people covered. This year the Connector made inroads in these tough-to-reach uninsured groups.”

As of March 1, 282,114 people were enrolled in health insurance, including 209,973 people in the ConnectorCare program. Through the state’s innovative affordability program, ConnectorCare, state subsidies are made available on top of federal tax credits, resulting in lower premium costs for members – including $0 premiums for the lowest-income enrollees – while also offering zero dollar or low co-pays and no deductibles. Overall, Health Connector membership rose 13 percent, compared to a 4 percent enrollment decrease through the federal platform. In addition, 18,000 individuals receive dental insurance through the Connector.

It's important to distinguish the 282,114 effectuated enrollee figure as of March 1st from the 300,085 people who selected QHPs by the end of the 2019 Open Enrollment Period. That's a net attrition rate of just 6% as of March, which means well over 94% of those who selected policies ended up paying for the first 1, 2 or 3 months (most started in January, some in February or March), which is extremely impressive.

“With stable operations and a clear message to get covered and stay covered, this was our most successful Open Enrollment to date, with high retention rates and strong new enrollment,” said Louis Gutierrez, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Connector. “We are going to keep working to ensure that everyone in Massachusetts is covered.”

Open Enrollment for Individuals

The Health Connector placed extra focus on outreach and public education about affordable coverage options in communities with higher rates of uninsurance and worked to raise public awareness about coverage generally. At the close of Open Enrollment, the Health Connector had enrolled more than 65,000 people who did not have Health Connector coverage at the start of Open Enrollment, about 22 percent more than last year. Nearly half of the new enrollments came from 21 communities targeted as under-insured through a data-driven strategy that included grassroots and creative enrollment and public awareness raising activities.

In a survey of more than 2,000 new members, more members who had been uninsured for significant periods signed up for 2019 coverage. In 2017, 20.2 percent of respondents said they were uninsured for six months or longer, and in 2019, 21.8 percent said they were uninsured at least six months.

This underscores the importance of the ACA navigator program, which offers personalized outreach, education and hand-holding throughout the process of enrolling in both exchange policies as well as Medicaid/CHIP, answering questions about how to use the insurance policy, how deductibles and co-pays work and so forth. The Trump Administration slashed both the marketing and outreach/navigator funding for the federal exchange by 90% and around 85% respectively, but exchanges like Massachusetts went the opposite way, with positive results.

The Health Connector finished Open Enrollment with a retention rate of 89.7 percent, about 2.7 percent higher than last year’s retention rate. Throughout Open Enrollment, the Health Connector engaged in a public social media campaign encouraging residents to #StayCovered, highlighting the continuing requirement that residents have health coverage that meets state standards, even as the federal individual mandate penalties end for 2019.

This proves my point from back in December, when I stressed that reinstating the individual coverage mandate penalty will only be effective if everyone KNOWS that there's a mandate penalty.

With stable premiums for 2019 (building off the Health Connector’s success of having the lowest exchange rates in the country in 2018, according to data from the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services), fewer renewing members switched plans in 2019, resulting in a stable membership experience moving into the new year.

Health Connector for Business

In response to the increasing costs of insurance for small businesses, the Health Connector reshaped its small-business platform last year to offer highly competitive, high quality and low cost health insurance coverage for companies with less than 50 employees. The Health Connector for Business currently helps 1,300 small businesses save money on premiums by offering health plan and coverage options to their employees. Currently nine health plans and more than 50 plan options are available for April coverage. Small businesses can compare premiums and save on average 20 percent than they might otherwise pay.

Additionally, small businesses can earn a rebate through the Connector’s new ConnectWell program,an online-based wellness program. The program offers employers a chance to save money while their employees improve their health and wellness. Employers can save up to 15% on the amount they contribute toward employees’ health insurance premiums if one-third of their employees’ successfully complete one of the program’s qualifying wellness activities. The average ConnectWell rebate for a business is $4,880. Employees enrolled in their group’s health plan will also have the chance to earn a $100 reward when they complete a qualifying wellness activity.

The Health Connector currently serves more than 1,300 business and 300,000 individuals and small-employer members with health and dental insurance. Access to affordable health coverage for individuals and small businesses can be found at the Health Connector’s website,

This last part about the "Health Connector for Business" is interesting. This refers to MA's "SHOP" program which, as I've noted before, has mostly languished nationally. Both California and New York have overhauled their SHOP program over the past few years, with impressive results, so perhaps there's hope for it after all. The PR doesn't break out MA's SHOP enrollment...282,000 indy medical enrollees + 18,000 dental plan enrollees adds up to 300K even. Assuming those 18K with dental coverage are already included with the 282K medical plan population, that means perhaps 18,000 SHOP enrollees as well, or roughly 14 employees/family members per business enrolled.

          New York: NYSoH releases carrier-level 2019 enrollment breakout      Cache   Translate Page      

This just in from New York State of Health...

Press Release: NY State of Health Releases 2019 Enrollment Data by Insurer
Mar 12, 2019

  • New Yorkers Value Choice of Plans
  • 2019 Enrollment is Spread Across NY State of Health’s 12 Qualified Health Plan Insurers and 16 Essential Plan Insurers

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 12, 2019) - NY State of Health, the state’s official health plan Marketplace today released 2019 health plan enrollment by insurer. Twelve insurers offer Qualified Health Plans (QHP) and sixteen insurers offer the Essential Plan (EP) statewide in 2019. Most consumers have a choice of at least four QHP and EP insurers in every county of the state. 

“We are pleased to once again offer consumers a broad choice of high-quality, affordable health plan options in every county of the state,” said NY State of Health Executive Director, Donna Frescatore. “And the wide distribution of enrollment across insurers shows us that consumers value this choice.”

Marketplace enrollment is at its highest point ever. More than 1 million (1,062,025) people enrolled in QHPs and EP as of January 31, 2019, an increase of 70,072 from 2018.

2019 Enrollment by Insurer: Qualified Health Plans

The 12 insurers offering individual QHP coverage in 2019 each participate in five to 56 counties.  Fidelis, which offers QHP coverage in 56 counties of the state, has the largest share (39 percent) of total statewide QHP enrollment followed by Healthfirst (15 percent), which offers coverage in seven counties including New York City; MVP (seven percent), which offers coverage in 48 counties; and Empire BCBS (seven percent), which participates in 17 counties.  The balance of statewide enrollment was spread across the remaining insurers, as shown in the table below.  

Note:  In this table, insurers are shown by their d/b/a (doing business as) and sum to more than 12.

Marketplace insurers each have different service areas comprising specific counties. Comparing enrollment by insurers’ respective service areas shows significant distribution of enrollment across plans. No one insurer has more than half of the enrollment in their service area and similar to 2018, most insurers have between five and 25 percent of the enrollment in their respective service areas.  Fidelis enrolled 40 percent of QHP consumers in its service area, followed by Excellus with 36 percent, HealthFirst with 25 percent, BCBS of Western NY with 23 percent, Independent Health with 22 percent, and MVP with 21 percent of enrollment in their respective service areas.  The remaining insurers each had less than 20 percent of enrollment in their respective service areas, as detailed below. 

2019 QHP Individual Market Share by Insurer

Note:  In this table, insurers are shown by their d/b/a, or “doing business as,” since they may differ depending on geographic region of the State, and sum to more than 12.

The Essential Plan

Sixteen insurers offered the Essential Plan (EP) in 2019 – the same 15 insurers that offered EP in 2018 with one addition, Capital District Physicians Health Plan (CDPHP) which offers EP in the Capital District. Statewide, 22 percent of EP enrollment was with Fidelis Care, 21 percent with Healthfirst, 15 percent with United Healthcare, 10 percent with MetroPlus, and the remaining 32 percent was spread across the remaining insurers.  

2019 Essential Plan Enrollment by Insurer

Note:  In this table, insurers are shown by their d/b/a (doing business as) since they may differ depending on geographic region of the State, and sum to more than 16.

Comparing EP enrollment by insurers’ respective service areas likewise shows significant distribution of enrollment across plans. Excellus, which provides Essential Plan coverage in a 31-county service area serving the Southern Tier, Central New York, and the North Country, is the only insurer with more than 50 percent of EP enrollees in its respective service area. Four insurers – HealthFirst, Fidelis, Independent Health, and MVP – each have between 22 and 26 percent of enrollment in their respective service areas.  All other insurers have between four and 16 percent of EP enrollment in their respective service areas. 

2019 Essential Plan Market Share by Insurer

Note:  In this table, insurers are shown by their d/b/a (doing business as) since they may differ depending on geographic region of the State, and sum to more than 16

Additional demographic and health plan specific information for the 2019 Open Enrollment Period will be available in the coming weeks.

           February 2019 CPI: Year-over-Year Inflation Rate Moderates to 1.5%       Cache   Translate Page      

Written by Steven Hansen

According to the BLS, the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) year-over-year inflation rate was 1.5 % year-over-year (lower than the 1.6 % last month). The year-over-year core inflation (excludes energy and food) rate moderated from 2.2 % to 2.1 %, and is marginally above the target set by the Federal Reserve.

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          KeVita Master Brew Kombucha $1.09 at Target!      Cache   Translate Page      

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          The Club (Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg)      Cache   Translate Page      
The most popular sports league in the world isn’t the NFL; it’s the Premier League in England. This group of 20 soccer (football to most of the world) clubs is viewed weekly in nearly every corner of the world to large audiences, making large sums of money for its member clubs. Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg’s The Club chronicles the rise of the Premier League over the past quarter of a century.

Prior to the Premier League’s start, English soccer was tied to a four-division setup, with the best teams in each division getting promoted and the worst getting relegated at the end of each season. With 92 different clubs and an array of disparity between historical powers and the local town’s side that wasn’t much more talented than the beer leaguers, English football was losing its competitiveness domestically and globally. The top clubs in England broke away from the others in the early 1990s to form their own league, where they could control TV rights and generate more revenue for themselves. Robinson and Clegg artfully describe the league’s evolution to global force, talking about the international invasion of money and talent that has fueled the league’s rise and also brought about a host of challenges to go with it.

For newly minted fans of soccer who want to learn more about the history of the sport, as well as those who are interested in learning the business side of global soccer, The Club strikes the target effectively. It’s an informative, smart, and witty look at a league that many Americans sort of know about but may not realize just how powerful it truly is in global sport. Just visit a random bar in some far-flung part of the world or a restaurant in the Caribbean on a weekend, and you’ll see just how popular it is. If you can’t do that, read this book and you’ll get that view.


          Mankiw on teaching economics, by Scott Sumner      Cache   Translate Page      

David Henderson directed me to a new paper by Greg Mankiw, which discusses principles of economics textbooks. Having taught for many years using Mankiw’s principles text, and then more recently writing my own (with Steve Rubb), I was naturally interested in taking a look.

While there is lots of good stuff, my favorite part discusses why the classical long run model should be taught before the short run (Keynesian) model. It’s too long to quote in full, but here are some highlights:

First, notwithstanding Keynes’s famous quip about asymptotic mortality, long-run issues are extraordinarily important for human welfare. Consider: In 1900, Japan had less than half the income per person of Argentina. Now Japan has more than twice the income of Argentina. . . . Second, classical macroeconomics is more closely linked to the lessons of microeconomics. After students have learned about how the forces of supply and demand govern market economies, they are ready to apply these tools to the questions of macroeconomics. . . . Third, the theory of short-run fluctuations is more easily understood after a solid grounding in the economy’s long-run equilibrium. According to standard theories, the business cycle represents a transitory deviation of the economy from its trend growth path. . . . Fourth, short-run fluctuations are more complex than long-run growth. This follows simply from the classical dichotomy—the theoretical tenet that nominal variables (such as the money supply and the price level) do not influence real variables (such as real GDP and unemployment). . . . Fifth, the macroeconomic theory of the short run is more open to debate than the macroeconomic theory of the long run. Although I believe that the traditional model of aggregate supply and aggregate demand remains the best framework for understanding the business cycle, not all economists concur.

I really like that summary.

I just finished writing a long paper on currency manipulation, although I assume I’ll have to spend time revising it after comments.  My next two projects are papers on “never reason from a price change” (NRFPC) and NeoFisherism vs. New Keynesianism.  Because I first need to find someone good at mathematical econ to help me with the second paper, my next project is NRFPC.

Previously I’ve argued that the Great Recession was caused by two types of reasoning from a price change.  One is the Phillips Curve, which sees high inflation (as in mid-2008) as a signal of economic overheating.  The second mistake was assuming that sharply falling interest rates (as in 2007-08) represent an easing of monetary policy.

At first glance these seem like very different mistakes.  But in each case the right approach was to look at NGDP.  And when you start to think about it, it becomes apparent that the economics profession missed a golden opportunity when they decided that NGDP would not become the central organizing principle in the education of our macro students.  Regardless of the question, the answer is often “NGDP”. Just think about the following:

1.  If we had taught the Phillips Curve model with NGDP growth (or more precisely the level relative to trend) rather than inflation, the model would have done far better after 1970.

2.  If we had used expected NGDP growth as a measure of the stance of monetary policy, then lots of the confusion would have been removed.  Why were rates so high in 1980?  High interest rates suggested tight money. Rapid NGDP growth suggested easy money.

3.  NGDP growth provides a near perfect way of talking about financial crises, which are generally correlated strongly with NGDP growth, but not as strongly with inflation.  And that can be explained by the fact that financial contracts are not indexed to either inflation or RGDP.  Or they can be explained by the fact that nominal income is the resource available to repay nominal debt.

4.  NGDP growth is a good way to think about labor market instability, given that wage contracts are generally in nominal terms.  Students can understand the musical chairs model.  Try explaining to students that low inflation hurts workers.  And we would have gotten far better results talking about nominal wages deflated by NGDP rather than deflated by the price level.

5.  Lender/borrower redistribution can be more easily explained with the idea that unexpected NGDP growth favors borrowers and an unexpected decline in NGDP favors lenders.

6.  The Fisher effect could have been taught with expected NGDP growth rather than expected inflation, as faster RGDP growth also tends to boost nominal interest rates.

7.  The aggregate demand curve could have simply been set equal to a given level of NGDP (i.e. a hyperbola, or unit elastic). This makes it super easy to explain its downward slope.  Instead our textbooks (including mine) have three explanations, which not one student in a thousand will understand.

8.  The classical dichotomy is super easy to explain with NGDP.  Nominal (monetary) factors determine NGDP, and real factors determine the P&Y split in NGDP growth.

NGDP is the proper way of thinking about the stance of monetary policy. It’s the right way to think about aggregate demand.  It’s the right way to think about nominal shocks.  It’s the right way to think about the welfare cost of inflation.  It’s the right target of monetary policy.  It’s the right way to think about recessions.  It’s the right way to think about financial crises. It’s the right way to think about the Phillips Curve.

Instead, we use a hodgepodge of different variables (interest rates, inflation, aggregate demand, real GDP, unemployment, etc.) most of which are not even the right variable for the thing we are trying to explain.  Normally you add complexity to make things more accurate.  We’ve added complexity and ended up making the model far less accurate.  That’s just appalling!

Macro should be the study of two things:

1.  The causes and consequences of long run economic growth, and its components like saving and investment.

2.  The causes and consequences of shocks to NGDP.

Plus a bit of international macro.

PS. Pat Horan and I have a new piece on MMT.

PPS.  Which correlates better with the business cycle?

          England ready to target Scotland players on the pitch, says George Ford      Cache   Translate Page      
Last season the fly-half was roughed up in the tunnel after the warm-ups.
          Drug-price-comparison site GoodRx has quietly started listing startups that prescribe and ship pills alongside CVS and Walmart      Cache   Translate Page      


  • GoodRx, a website that helps consumers shop around for lower cash prices for their prescription drugs, quietly started offering online pharmacy options in its price comparisons.
  • GoodRx shows prices for your prescriptions at stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. Now, users might also see options to get their prescription through online healthcare startups like Hims or Roman, which can prescribe and ship medication to your door. 
  • The company is still experimenting with the model, but GoodRx CEO Doug Hirsh told Business Insider that the move has been popular so far. 

GoodRx, one of the oldest websites that lets people compare prices for prescription drugs, is adding in online upstarts to its list of prices. 

Alongside options to pick up prescriptions at pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, people shopping around for lower cash prices for their medications via GoodRx may have started to see an option to get their prescription delivered by mail.

GoodRx CEO Doug Hirsch told Business Insider that the reason it added online options is to help consumer get a better picture of all the ways they can get their medicine.

"We spend a lot of time trying to decrease the cost of healthcare," Hirsch said. "But if someone can make available more convenient and affordable ways to get prescriptions, that’s music to our ears."

GoodRx is best known for its work pulling together cash prices for medications at different pharmacies so those who don't have insurance or have to pay high prices out of pocket can have a cheaper alternative. Three years ago, it started reaching out to some of the startups that are prescribing medications online to see if they could work together. As more startups have entered the market, the number of partnerships has grown. 

GoodRx's move to include online, mail-order pharmacies happening at a time when consumers are getting more and more used to shopping online for everyday items like groceries and clothes. In 2018, Amazon acquired online pharmacy PillPack, cementing itself in the market. At the same time, seemingly overnight a crop of companies have sprung up that can prescribe and mail you medications like birth control and Viagra, creating a market for people looking to get a particular medication without going to an in-person doctor's visit.

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Displayed alongside retail pharmacy prices, GoodRx users might see "mail order" options. For instance, a search for the generic form of Viagra in New York turns up three options at different price points, denoting which services can connect users to a doctor for a prescription. The idea is to present options side by side in a marketplace so consumers can make their own choices.

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Hirsch said GoodRx has been working with companies like Lemonaid, Nurx, Hims, Roman, HealthWarehouse,, and Truepill.

Read more: Meet the pharmacy quietly powering hot startups like Hims and Nurx that ship Viagra and birth control pills straight to your door

In some cases, the outside companies are able to prescribe medications by connecting patients to doctors, while in the cases of Truepill and, a prescription from an outside doctor is required. Truepill is the pharmacy that also powers many of the on-demand healthcare startups like Hims and Nurx.

While the program is still in the experimental phase, Hirsch said it's been catching on. 

"It's been very popular," Hirsch said. "We're driving traffic to each of these players now."

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          Meet the pharmacy quietly powering hot startups like Hims and Nurx that ship Viagra and birth-control pills straight to your door      Cache   Translate Page      

Truepill cofounders Umar Afridi and Sid Viswanathan

  • Meet Truepill, the pharmacy startup that has been quietly powering companies that prescribe and ship Viagra and birth control to customers' doors.
  • The startup, which describes itself as a "pharmacy API and fulfillment service," works with companies like Hims, Nurx, and Lemonaid by filling prescriptions and sending them out around the US.
  • With $14 million in funding from investors led by Alexis Ohanian's Initialized Capital, Truepill is plotting its international expansion.

Seemingly overnight, a crop of companies have sprung up that can prescribe and mail you medications like birth control and Viagra.

Each company has its own brand, its own website, and contracted doctors. But for many — including Lemonaid, the dermatology company YoDerm, Kick Health, Hims, and Nurx — there's a common thread: Their online pharmacies are powered by a little-known company called Truepill.

Founded by the pharmacist Umar Afridi and Sid Viswanathan, Truepill has quietly been gathering up pharmacy licenses across the US and amassing clients who have racked up hundreds of millions of dollars in funding. Since getting its start in 2016, Truepill has filled 1 million prescriptions.

Last year, Truepill raised $14 million from investors led by Alexis Ohanian's Initialized Capital. On Tuesday the company is formally announcing the funding, saying it'll use the money to expand internationally with plans to add facilities in New York, the UK, Australia, and Canada in addition to its center in San Mateo, California.

Read more: Investors are betting $660 million that companies that ship Viagra and hair-loss pills to your door is the future of medicine — but some doctors are worried

Afridi, Truepill's CEO, spent a decade working in retail pharmacies. Along the way, he started keeping track of some of the inefficiencies he saw as he filled prescriptions. In some instances, he'd have to use a fax machine to get a prescription from a particular doctor, with it difficult to get that doctor on the phone to check and see whether patients could use a lower-cost alternative.

The experience got Afridi interested in figuring out whether he could build an on-demand pharmacy. Eventually, the idea led him to start working on Truepill with Viswanathan, who serves as the company's president. While still doing shifts at CVS, Afridi was studying to become licensed in states across the US and started filling his first prescriptions in October 2016, shipping to homes in California for startups like Nurx and YoDerm.

TruePill Facility

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Then in 2017, Afridi and Viswanathan joined the summer class of Y Combinator. Eventually, Afridi became licensed in more states and Truepill added more customers. The pharmacy is now licensed in 50 states.

A new kind of pharmacy

Viswanathan and Afridi don't consider Truepill an online pharmacy like PillPack, which Amazon acquired last year. Instead, they've coined the term "pharmacy API and fulfillment service." Truepill isn't trying to directly compete against retail pharmacies or other online pharmacies. Instead, it's the layer behind the scenes powering startups that are going the direct-to-consumer route by treating particular health conditions.

A company that uses Truepill can connect its website or app directly to Truepill's service. That way, when a patient is prescribed a medication like generic Viagra through the company's platform, the prescription gets sent over to Truepill. When a prescription comes in, Truepill fulfills it and ships it out that same day, Viswanathan said. The company can choose the speed of delivery based on how much it's willing to spend on shipping.

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That company — which is charging the patient directly through its own site — pays Truepill for the cost of the prescription, the shipping, and then a service fee that's negotiated on top of that.

For startups looking to go directly to consumers by offering online doctor's visits and prescriptions that get sent to your door, Truepill isn't the only pharmacy option. Some startups have opted to build their own pharmacies, while others work with pharmacies similar to Truepill that have licenses to ship medication over the US.

The plan for Truepill's API and fulfillment service is to be as indispensable as Amazon Web Services is to companies. Because Truepill is focused on the pharmacy piece, the idea is that it might be able to get better rates for drugs based on volume and better shipping costs.

Eric Woersching, a general partner at Initialized, said that in addition to the size of the pharmacy industry (billions of prescriptions are written in the US every year), the firm was drawn to Truepill's API approach to pharmacy. 

"As engineers and hackers ourselves, we understand how powerful the APIs can be," Woersching said. He pointed to financial technology companies like Stripe and Plaid that have cemented themselves in the payments field, with successful companies built on top of their APIs. 

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The changing way Americans get prescriptions

The healthcare industry as a whole has been jockeying to stay competitive as companies realize that patients, used to the consumer experience they're getting from Amazon and Netflix, have higher expectations for their doctor's visit.

That's been a driving force behind megadeals like Amazon's acquisition of PillPack and CVS Health's merger with Aetna. On-demand, convenient healthcare options like urgent care and free-standing emergency rooms have gained in popularity too, as have same-day pharmacy delivery services like Capsule and Alto.

Read more: We got an exclusive look at the 2019 plans for Capsule, a pharmacy startup that could be Amazon's next takeover target and has plans to go national

Mailing out prescriptions isn't a particularly new phenomenon. Pharmacy benefit managers such as CVS Caremark and the Cigna-owned Express Scripts have been shipping medication to patients for years as an alternative to monthly visits to a pharmacy.

For now, Truepill is focused on pharmacy fulfillment for startups like Hims or Nurx that are going directly to consumers. Eventually, Afridi said, the plan is to enter other lines of business as well, potentially working with PBMs to serve as their online, mail-order service or by tapping into the $140 billion specialty pharmacy market.

Viswanathan said the conversations with PBMs had surprised both the incumbents and the Truepill team.

"It's shocking to think about this, but something as trivial as being able to provide a shipping-tracking URL is something breakthrough in the space," Viswanathan told Business Insider.

They're not the only piece of the pharma supply chain to be surprised by Truepill's model. Afridi said he provided a wholesaler an estimate of what volume of medication Truepill expected to dispense. But when Truepill hit that estimate, the wholesaler stopped supplying the pharmacy, convinced that Truepill couldn't possibly have filled that many prescriptions.

"We tend to very quickly outpace the volume of what our stage of pharmacy can do," Viswanathan said.

Truepill now works directly with drugmakers as well as the wholesaler to get its medications. Because Truepill is working with clients that are focused in specific disease areas, the pharmacy's volumes for drugs like generic Viagra or birth control can be much higher than a typical pharmacy would dispense.

As more and more prescriptions go online via a direct-to-consumer delivery model, Viswanathan said he's excited to be powering that with Truepill.

"There are so many things that can and will happen in telemedicine," Viswanathan said.

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          Electricity almost fully restored in Venezuela: Minister      Cache   Translate Page      

Caracas, March 13 (IANS) Venezuela's Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez has said that electricity has been "fully restored" nationwide after a massive blackout starting late last week affected most of the country.

"At this time, almost all the electric energy supply has been restored throughout the national territory," Efe news quoted Rodriguez as saying to reporters on Tuesday.

He called the power restoration a "victory" in the face of what he and the Nicolas Maduro government claim to be a "terrorist attack" perpetrated by the US on the "distribution system" and the "brain" of Venezuela's electricity grid.

However, he called upon the public to remain alert because, he said, the "electric war" continues.

The Maduro regime had said last week that the electricity distribution system had been sabotaged and was the target of a cyber-attack by the US, the target being the country's main Guri hydroelectric facility in southern Bolivar state.

Restoring electric service has been overseen by Maduro, who has been monitoring developments from a "situation room," according to what Rodriguez said on Tuesday, along with workers from the state-run electric company Corpoelec.

Because of the power outage, the supply of potable water across much of the country was also affected, although now that power has ostensibly been "almost fully" restored the water pumping systems are operating again.

Last Thursday, Venezuela experienced a massive power blackout that paralyzed the country, and the government suspended work and school classes, with communications and transportation services also being severely affected.

The blackout resulted in about a dozen states being completely without electricity, and looting occurred in the states of Zulia and Merida, while the NGO Doctors Health Organization reported that several hospitals had been significantly affected, resulting in at least 21 deaths.

Venezuela has been experiencing power failures for years but they have become more serious recently and the one that hit the country last Thursday was by far the longest in history.

The political crisis in Venezuela intensified on Jan. 23 when the head of the opposition-controlled Parliament, Juan Guaido, proclaimed himself the country's interim president and received the support of a majority of countries in the Western Hemisphere as well some 20 countries in Europe.

The Venezuelan opposition, which does not recognize Maduro's second six-year term in office, which began on Jan. 10, says that the country is going through a "complicated humanitarian emergency" - including a severe lack of both food and medicine - and has asked for the international community's help in dealing with it.



          A Whirlwind of an Update: October      Cache   Translate Page      
To the 3 of you who actually read this blog I will share a quick update on baby #2 and then proceed with October's post.

*****This is old news (obviously) but I wrote it and intended to post this before the baby came...less than a week later,,, "I went into my 38 week appointment yesterday (what!?! I wasn't supposed to make it this long!). We unfortunately found out that in the past week the baby has flipped and is now breech! What a naughty boy! The doctor scheduled me an ultrasound for Tuesday to check on the baby to make sure all is ok and that the cord isn't around or near his neck (I'm in tears by this point). He then said unless I go into labor naturally, we will talk at my 39 week appointment and possibly schedule a c-section. That had never crossed my mind and I am beside myself. I just want the baby here healthy and soon and so I'll ask anyone reading this to keep us in your prayers. I would love nothing more for the baby to flip back into position and to go into labor naturally but whatever we need to do to get him here safely, we will do. Thanks everyone." 11/15/14

On to an October update:
October consisted of more hanging with Hudson, playing with toys, reading books and attending Toddler Time at the library.
As I mentioned before, Bennett has had a lot of accidents as of late. This time we were at the duck pond at BYU. Bennett slipped and hit his head into the wooden beams, making his mouth bleed quite a bit. Another fat lip for Bennett and worries for mom.
We attended Aaron's mission reunion in Salt Lake with President Smith and his wife. It was fun for Aaron to see some old mission buddies, even though he has been home for 4 years! Crazy! Bennett loved it because there was Root Beer, pizza, donuts and cookies...
That was Conference weekend and Ethan, who just turned 16, got to come up to Utah to hang with us for a couple of days. We all stayed in Bountiful at Gma Wrays house and listened to conference. Carlie, Ethan and I were lucky to attend the Saturday afternoon session of Conference together. We then met up with the boys for a quick bite to eat and then Ethan, Aaron and Aaron all attended the Priesthood session. 
We all hung out that night and next day eating food and chatting. We attended the afternoon session at the Storys home and had a delicious dinner with them. Ethan stayed at our house that night and we played Pay Day. The next morning Ethan helped me with Hudson and Bennett and we went on a walk around campus and then I took him to the airport. It was fun having all of us siblings together.
Cousins that hold hands in the car together, stay together.
Bennett always comes in while I am going to the bathroom. I always ask him to shut the door and he does...but shuts himself in or he will look away and still talk to me until I am done. Haha.
The second week of October we got to head down to AZ to participate in Ethan's Eagle Court of Honor and being ordained to a Priest. We were excited to be with family and in warm weather.
Bennett somehow got his own seat on the flight which we were stoked about! We brought his carseat on the plane and strapped him in between us and he did fantastic!
And...he fell asleep right as the plane landed, of course!
From the airport we headed to Gpa and Gma Butler's house where Bennett loved playing with the toys and on the swing set.
But he was tired from missing his nap and it being late and so he plopped down on the rug in the kitchen and relaxed until we were ready to go home.
That next day we hung out at my house, the boys went shooting and us girls shopped for groceries, set up Halloween and talked. That night we had a spooky halloween dinner. Where we all wore crazy hats and ate delicious food.
The next day we had an "un-birthday" party for all of the birthdays in our family in October and September. We had a delicious breakfast and people opened up gifts. 
Bennett's favorite part of the trip was our dog Toby. He loved chasing him and we would find him hanging with him in his bed.
What a good Uncle Ethan is.
Here we are at Ethan's Eagle Court of Honor that night. He did so well and it was neat to be able to celebrate this big accomplishment with him!
We headed back to Utah early Monday morning. Aaron, Aaron and Carlie quickly headed to school and I took Hudson and Bennett home with me for the day. We don't have a double stroller so I just let Bennett walk and lead the way as Hudson and I followed.
The Provo Early Intervention program that Bennett is apart of had a Halloween Party in the park. I really wanted to take Bennett but had Hudson that day so I decided to be brave and take my 7 month pregnant self, a 5 month old and an 21 month old and brave it at the party.
Bennett didn't have much interest in the party but loved the park and running around with the other kids there.
Bennett loves swinging and so I was able to get Hudson to sleep in the stroller and then parked him while I pushed Bennett for a long time.
And then I would push Bennett, run back to feed Hudson and then run back to push Bennett. It was definitely a juggling act. 
Bennett came home with a pumpkin from the party and he was thrilled.
Modeling the shades...
I accidentally left the house to get in the car and locked the keys in the trunk of the car with the house key on it. We had a spare to get into the car but our trunk is broken and can only open with the button on the electric remote thing (I'm so technical and great at explaining things). Bennett and I luckily had the stroller and so we walked to meet Aaron at BYU (because he had the spare key and I couldn't get in the house). We then attempted to get the key out of the trunk for a while and then we found a way to "break" into our house through the front window. Once inside we got the other electric remote key and got our house key...not sure if that makes sense but I'm too tired to reread and fix it.
Bennett loved having the window open and screen gone. 
Mom and Dad Butler came into town and attended Homecoming Spectacular. We had tickets as well and it's crazy, out of the whole Marriott Center, our seats ended up being right behind each other. Afterwards we went to the creamery. The line was long and so we ended up just buying a carton, some spoons and bowls and sat down in booth and ate it that way. It was good to be with them and catch up. The next day we met them at Brick Oven for dinner and Bennett was not sad about that because it meant ROOT BEER which Bennett loves and could drink a whole lot of...Dad Butler even tried ordering Bennett his own refillable drink. After that we walked around BYU and saw where Aaron worked and hung out in the Wilk. We then came back to our apartment, talked and Dad Butler gave Aaron a nice blessing. 
The next day was the BYU homecoming parade. Aaron was participating in it with the BYU Alumni so Bennett and I decided to join too. We hung out at the Bush's apartment until we saw Aaron's float and then we jumped in with the Student Alumni, wearing our matching shirts, and helped to throw out candy and wave at people. It was so much fun!
Not sure what Bennett ate but it sure left a great mustache!
Carlie had a couple days of Fall Break and so we got together one day and went to Target with our boys. It was so much fun and trips are even better when you get a Slurpee.
We tried on hats. costumes and clothes as we browsed each isle.
We also went together to the Springville Pumpkin Patch with our boys. Bennett loved the animals, the corn kernel pit and just running around. Bennett enjoyed it so much that I took him back the next week to play some more. 
"I'm so glad when daddy comes home"...but seriously. With Aaron working on campus (his internship), being on the Student Alumni Board and taking a full load of classes, we rarely see him and so when he is home we both are very grateful.
Aaron went out of town for the weekend to participate in a triathlon (see below) and so Bennett and I tried some new trying to go see a move at the Dollar Theater. We lasted about 20 minutes. Thankfully it was a dollar. We than ran a bunch of errands to get our Halloween costumes ready to go. I can't sleep while Aaron is gone and so  I decided to stay up and make our Halloween costumes. Cheap shirts and duck tape and there you have it, our Halloween costumes for 2014. 
Aaron signed up to do a relay triathlon with  Aaron doing the swimming portion, my Uncle Jer doing the running portion and my dad doing the biking portion. With a busy semester Aaron didn't have much time to train but he got a fancy swimming wet suit and headed down to Nevada to participate. Here it how it went in his words:
"Five months ago, I signed up to swim a mile in a lake. Now, I’m aware that some of you may do that sort of thing in your sleep, but for others of us, signing up for a one-mile  swim is about the same as signing up for a hundred-mile swim—both are like unfathomable distances.  Up to that point, the longest swim I’d performed was whatever’s required for the swimming merit badge—three laps in  the pool. And I thought that was pretty far!   Then I realized a one-mile swim is about seventeen and a half football fields. And there’s no bottom of the pool for my toes to touch. I trained for a couple months and realized just how much of a beginner I really was. I knew I wouldn’t win this race, but I promised myself one thing: No matter what, I’m finishing. Before I knew it, it was race day and I found myself standing on the shore of Lake Mead in Nevada at sunrise, in the cheapest wetsuit I could find on Amazon. I waded into the lake waste deep and got into what I imagined would be a good starting position. As the race official slowly raised the starting pistol towards the sky, I looked around at the hundreds of other swimmers with me in the lake and experienced that moment, like in the movies, where all I could hear was my own pounding heart. Then, the pistol fired. We leapt into the water and I started to wildly stroke through the water. Then a few things happened: First, I couldn’t see. I put my face into the water and realized all I could see was green murkiness. Gone was the clear water and the familiar black line of my training pool.  And when I looked up, all I could see was splashing arms and feet. Either way, couldn’t see. Second, I couldn’t breathe. I turned to take my first breath and realized how constricting my new wetsuit was. I couldn’t  breathe and I started gasping for air. So, I put my head down and held my breath as long as I could. And third, I couldn’t swim. Any good swim form I had developed was gone, like my training never even happened. Then,  after holding my breath and staring into the murkiness, I looked up to see that I had veered off course at least 40 degrees and the other simmers were way ahead of me—like I was swimming a different course. The race was quickly turning into a disaster. And I was starting to experience actual panic. I grabbed hold of the nearest safety boat to take a rest and to reevaluate what was going on.
Thinking I had already conquered a good chunk of the race, I looked back and realized that I had only just begun. In terms of those seventeen football fields, I was one the 20 yard line of the first field. Maybe. Another girl swam up alongside me, gasping just like me. And I watched her battle with herself for a moment, and then turn around, heading back to the nearby shore.  Knowing I still had some more “umph” in me, I detached from the boat and continued along the course. But only after a minute more, I turned to my back, floating in the water, limbs dangling, my chest rising and falling with  each heavy gasp. I stared up into the sky and realized that everything was quiet. Both the spectators and the other competitors were out of earshot. I had reached the conclusion that it was literally impossible for me to finish this race and I had no hope of keeping that 
promise to myself. Then I started my own personal battle. “But, Aaron,” I thought to myself, “You’ve gotta do this! You made a promise to finish this thing.” But no was going to think any less of me if I turned back to the shore—plenty of swimmers were doing it. And, besides, I  couldn’t really see finishing as an option.  So, there I floated, out in the middle of the lake, battling with myself, when up paddled another safety kayak. “Hey! You can do this,” she shouted. I couldn’t help but think how wrong she was.  But she persisted, “You just focus on getting to the next buoy. Don’t worry about the rest.” And she was right. I kept my eyes on the next buoy and then nothing else. Then the next and the next. And 51 minutes later I was heading for finish line, the last person in the lake, with a whole fleet of safety boats behind me cheering me on. Did I win the race? Not even close. Was it a little embarrassing? Yeah, a little.  Was in over my head? Way over my head. But did I do what I said I would do? Absolutely.
I talked to Aaron afterwards and he explained it was the hardest thing he had ever done but it was awesome to complete something so hard! I was so proud of him and grateful he didn't drowned ;)

Aaron's flight was delayed coming home and so Bennett and I went with the Bush's and went to the Riverwoods Halloween Party. Bennett loved trick-or-treating at the different shops.
When Aaron got home we made caramel apples that were delicious and a Fall tradition.
Bennett and Huds.
Who doesn't love a goof trip to Hobby Lobby?
Love this sweet boy of mine.
On the 29th we attended a BYU Halloween Party for kids of students and staff. We all dressed up and Bennett absolutely loved all of the games. He was actually quite good at them and won lots of prizes and treats. 
In this particular game it was "mini golf" where you roll a ball down a hill, through a hole where there is a moving windmill and then it goes down a chute where you try to make it in the hole. Bennett randomly pushed it down, on his first try, got it past the windmill and made a whole in one! Boom baby!
Cosmo was there but Bennett wasn't too sure about him and kind of gave him a high five.
We had to keep returning to this game since Bennett loved it and did so well.
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After struggling with a Blogger upload problem for months I finally managed to figure out a way to post a few pics of a dinner I made months ago.  I got this crazy idea at a late night grocery store run that I just HAD to have a German Food Night. 

It started with a mix packet for Sauerbraten - I love Sauerbraten.  Or rather, I should say I loved the Sauerbraten that I used to get at a now closed cafeteria here in St. Louis.  Grone's Cafeteria made the most delicious roast beef (French dip sandwiches to DIE for) and twice a week they had thin sliced delicious Sauerbraten with potato pancakes and applesauce on the side.  Grone's closed suddenly one day without a clue to their customers (and rumor has it - even the employees) and I was shocked and saddened.  I tried to find another restaurant that made sauerbraten and the few that did just weren't anywhere near as good so I thought I'd never have it again.

Then, low and behold - one day I found an article online that had the family that owned the cafeteria saying that old customers wanted their recipes and they were willing to share!  Oh joy!  My only problem - I didn't have a Dutch Oven, apparently a neccessity to making delicious Sauerbraten.  So that night, standing in the grocery store looking at a mix for sauerbraten I decided - we NEED a German food night!  Bring on the roast beef, the applesauce, and hey, how about some pickeled red cabbage?  And while we are at it - I think we need German Chocolate cake, too!

My family thought I was crazy, but I was determined!  I bought a dutch oven from Target (not cheap) and then made up my menu and ta da!! 

My Lovely Sauerbraten:

Note:  I had always planned to share this meal on my blog, but wouldn't you know it, in my enthusiasm and hunger for the meal I nearly forgot to take a picture of the food!!  I jumped up mid meal and ran for my camera - took a picture of the only plate on the table that wasn't nearly finished (not mine - mmm...).  Pictured is a lovely sauerbraten, potato pancake, applesauce and red cabbage.

And this is my new dutch oven:

You can get one at Target.  A lovely addition to my kitchen.  I plan to make other meals out of it, but for now I'm already dreaming of a new sauerbraten...

Here's what it looked like as I was serving out of the dutch oven - the recipe was a 'reduced for family' recipe that was originally made in mind for cafeteria cooks.  I found half way throught it that it needed one major change, which meant I ended up with far more sauce than I needed.  But still!  Delicious!!

Here's a quick snap as we eat - the potato pancakes are not perfect, but they were crispy and still delicious...

So - if anyone is interested in the Sauerbraten recipe I will gladly share it or you can google Grone's Cafeteria recipe Sauerbraten, too.  I recommend cutting down on the flour in the recipe.  I used applesauce and red cabbage from jars - after all the fuss with the meat and potatoes I am glad I didn't make the rest of the sides.  Once you have the recipe down for the meat it is actually an easy meal to make and did I mention delicious?  :)  Just as good as the ones I remember.  Mmmm...  And the German Chocolate cake was good, too.  Out of a box, but if it tastes good, who cares? 

More posts to come now that I figured out a way to post pics again.

Happy Monday!
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Published 12 March 2019 | Journeys in Middle-earth

Defenders of Middle-earth

Preview the Heroes and Roles of The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth

“It is true that if these hobbits understood the danger, they would not dare to go. But they would still wish to go, or wish that they dared, and be shamed and unhappy. I think, Elrond, that in this matter it would be well to trust rather to their friendship than to great wisdom.”
Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring

A great evil is spreading across Middle-earth, and none—Elves or Men, Hobbits or Dwarves—are free from its vile touch. If they are to survive this menace, the Free Peoples must band together, combining their wisdom and might to stand against the shadow creeping across the land.

Order your own copy of The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth at your local retailer or online through our website today!

In The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth, you and your friends are invited to form your own Fellowship of legendary heroes and set off on a quest to rid the land of these evils. With six unique heroes available, who you choose to play reverberates throughout an entire campaign, shaping your approach to the challenges that come with each new adventure. But it does not fully determine your fate. As you hone your skills throughout your adventures, you’ll also have the chance to take on different roles in your group, developing new skills and discovering new ways to overcome the trials you’ll face.

Join us today as we preview three of the heroes found in The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth and three of the distinct roles they can play in your Fellowship!

Playing Your Part

With the fate of Middle-earth hanging in the balance, individuals from all of the Free Peoples have stepped forward to battle the evil forces threatening the land. As such, you have a variety of heroes to choose from when building your Fellowship, each with their own abilities and talents. As we revealed in our announcement, these talents are represented by a unique deck of skill cards that is used to determine the results of your battles and skill tests.

At the beginning of a campaign, a hero's skill deck consists of the basic skill cards, their personal hero skill cards, and the skill cards from their chosen role!

Every player begins with six basic skill cards and five skill cards unique to their hero. While these cards help establish your hero’s basic identity, you have the freedom to customize your character by choosing one of six roles at the outset of each adventure and adding the three skill cards for that role to your deck. With these cards in their deck, a hero becomes even more specialized, giving them a purpose within your group.

Whether you become your group’s Captain or support the others as a Musician, your role sets the tone for your hero from the very start of an adventure. Unlike your other skill cards, which are only revealed when your hero scouts or during a test, one of your three role skill cards is prepared before the adventure even begins, giving you access to its abilities right away. If you choose to become your group’s Pathfinder, for example, you also become a Trailblazer,  moving swiftly ahead and gaining inspiration for doing so.

Aragorn has opted to be the party's Pathfinder for this adventure, so he begins with the Trailblazer skill card prepared below his hero card!

While certain heroes have abilities and skills that are more in sync with certain roles, this doesn’t mean you have to pick the same role for the entire campaign. A hero selects a role in the Journeys in Middle-earth companion app at the beginning of each new adventure, giving you the freedom to experiment with new roles as you play. In fact, heroes gain experience within their chosen role during a given adventure, allowing them to master skills from a variety of roles as they proceed through their quest.   

We’ll take a closer look at your skill deck—including purchasing and selling skills—in a future preview!

Son of Mirkwood

Where many Elves of Mirkwood are skilled, Legolas excels: tracking down enemies, perceiving what others cannot, and moving without impediment or trace. With the world in motion, fueled by a spreading darkness, he stands ready to lend his superior talent and skill in the fight against the rising evil.

Legolas’s skill with both bow and blade make him an ideal candidate to attack for heavy damage as the group’s Hunter. Not only do his Keen Eyes allow him to target enemies an additional space away with his ranged attacks, they also let him shoot with pinpoint accuracy, ensuring that his arrows strike true. But if he is also your party’s Hunter, he can make a Precise Strike to add even more hits to his attack.

In addition to his prodigious attacks, Legolas can move swiftly to set up a well-timed ranged attack. As a Hunter, he is innately Resourceful,  granting him an inspiration token that he can immediately spend to use his ability and move one space. If that’s not enough, his Tireless nature lets him do even more on his turn. Finally, as an Elf, Legolas’s  Immortality affords him benefits not seen amongst other peoples, including the chance to heal his body and mind or make an even more forceful attack.

We’ll describe attacking enemies in more detail in a future preview!

Child of the Lhûn

Born in the great port city of Mithlond, Elena has watched for years as hosts of her kin take to the sea, retreating toward the Undying Lands. Nothing remains for her in these forsaken lands but the beauty of its fading. Having gathered the stories and songs of those who fled west, Elena now sets out to seek the tales of those who remain and perhaps, if she is fortunate, partake in one of her own.

As another playable hero in Journeys in Middle-earth, Elena carries the knowledge of the Elves with her wherever she goes, including all the benefits their long lives afford. This Elven Light gives her the unprecedented ability to see into her skill deck and perhaps change her fortunes in an upcoming test. This knowledge also extends to the many songs of the Elves, and as a Musician, she can inspire others to succeed at their tasks.

When performing a Travelling Song,  for example, Elena can grant inspiration to herself and up to two nearby heroes. Like Legolas, this inspiration can be used to fuel her hero ability. In this case, Elena can help spread even more inspiration after she spends her own. While any Musician can play a Travelling Song, only Elena has knowledge of the Lay of Twilight.  This song can put the entire party at ease, helping them recover from both the physical and mental strain of their quest.

These songs are valuable skills, of course, and it can be hard to choose the right time to play them. But the Endless Melody that seems to flow through all Musicians makes this choice a little easier, allowing someone like Elena to prepare a song directly from her discard pile. While she may not quite be the warrior Legolas is, Elena can also still be formidable in a fight. As a Child of the Lhûn,  she can make a swift attack against an enemy that enters her space—and disappear just as quickly.

Destined for Greatness

Though the Dúnedain of the North were nearly destroyed, they continue to watch and guard the lands that were once their kingdom. At their head is the Chieftain, Aragorn, descendent of Isildur. In this time of survival, with new dangers threatening the North in ever greater numbers, Aragorn must rally his people, and come to the defense of all Middle-earth.

A natural leader, Aragorn is ready to help the party prepare for any situation. His mere presence is enough to give the party more options when they scout during the rally phase. But as your Captain, he makes sure that you’re Well Provisioned,  giving himself and another hero a new opportunity to prepare skills. Aragorn is not one to enter new territory unprepared, and the skills he has learned as a Wanderer  help him to be ready for any dangers that may lurk ahead.

Though he is capable with all manner of weapons, Aragorn’s true power lies in wisdom. Unlike some other characters, he knows when it’s best to attack and when to maintain a low profile. Those who know him as Thorongil  will not be surprised that he can use his wisdom in place of another stat while in the midst of a test. As the Ranger Strider,  on the other hand, he can either make a powerful attack or guard against the blows of his enemies.

Like any good leader, though, Aragorn is not afraid to Lead the Charge,  often working together with the rest of the party to fight the strongest of enemies. No matter how skilled he is in battle, these acts of bravery will inevitably take their toll, but—thanks to the Gift of Men —Aragorn can easily shrug off his fear.

Stand Together

Your journeys through Middle-earth are about to begin. Legendary heroes rise, each ready to contribute to the quest in their own way. In the end, however, the path they take is in your hands.  

You can pre-order your own copy of The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth (JME01) at your local retailer or online through our website today! Look for Journeys in Middle-earth to arrive in the second quarter of 2019.

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Mackinac Bridge in Michigan; bridge monitoring sensors

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Researchers in the state of Michigan are planning to install up to 2,000 infrastructure sensors on the Mackinac Bridge in order to explore the logistics of a large-scale deployment and provide useful monitoring data to the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA). 


According to a press release from the MBA, the first 20 prototype infrastructure sensors were installed a few years ago on the bridge and were powered solely by vibrations from traffic. These devices have proven their durability and performed as intended. Researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) and Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) are ready to roll out the next phase of testing.


Beginning in 2016, MSU and WUSTL researchers started deploying prototype sensors beneath the bridge as part of a demonstration project sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Mackinac Bridge provided a high-profile testing ground for these self-powered sensors. Since then, the new and improved versions of the self-powered sensors have been developed as a part of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Cyber-physical Systems program and have been successfully deployed on the bridge.


The team of researchers view the sensing technology as a way to transform the process of bridge preservation and management, and to improve the serviceability of bridges. The aim of the large-scale deployment is to show that the system can autonomously monitor loading experienced on the bridge, and that the sensors can collect information without too much human intervention and at a lower cost.


Several of the sensors' features make them attractive to infrastructure managers. Because they have no external power source, the sensors eliminate the issue of requiring battery changes or wiring to power sources. They also do not need wires to access the data they collect, as staff can access that information wirelessly. 


MBA staff will assist with installation of the additional sensors, offering both equipment and access to the bridge. The MBA will retain ownership of the data gathered by the sensors, with WUSTL providing the sensor prototypes and MSU providing tools to analyze and interpret that data for bridge staff to use in guiding engineering and maintenance decisions. The research team can use the data for research publication with approval from the MBA. The team plans to start installation of the additional and improved sensors this summer. 



Source: Mackinac Bridge Authority

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Pendidikan merupakan sebuah proses penting dalam kehidupan manusia, karena melalui proses ini manusia dibentuk dan dilahirkan sebagai seorang manusia yang utuh dan sebenarnya.

Pendidikan semestinya bertanggungjawab terhadap proses pencerdasan bangsa dan berimplikasi kuat pada proses empowerment (pemberdayaan). Hal ini perlu ditegaskan kembali, karena tingkat mendidikan yang meningkat ternyata tidak selalu inheren dengan tingkat pemberdayaan, dan karenanya tidak inheren pula dengan tingkat kemandirian. Sebaliknya, kadang-kadang meningginya tingkat pendidikan malah berimplikasi pada makin meningkatnya ketergantungan kepada pihak-pihak lain.

Mencerdaskan kehidupan bangsa sebenarnya sudah menjadi tujuan utama bangsa kita yang termaktub dalam pembukaan UUD 45. Upaya ini ditempuh melalui pendidikan nasional.

Dalam upaya mencerdaskan bangsa pendidikan seharusnya dipandang sebagai alat perjuangan pencerahan manusia. Sebagai alat perjuangan pencerahan manusia maka minimal ada tiga aspek yang harus ada dalam sebuah proses pendidikan. Pertama, Aspek iman, yang berorientasi pada proses pembentukan keyakinan manusia akan penciptanya (spiritualitas). Kedua, Aspek kognisi, yang berorientasi pada perubahan pola pikir (intelektualitas). Ketiga, Aspek affeksi, yang berorientasi pada perubahan sikap mental dan perilaku (mentalitas).

Dengan dimilikinya minimal tiga aspek dalam wacana pendidikan kita, maka seseorang yang berpendidikan dipandang sebagai seorang yang telah mengalami peningkatan iman, ilmu dan mental. Proses ilmu adalah garis vertikal yang mengarah ke atas, proses moral adalah garis akar ke dalam jiwa, sementara proses mental adalah garis horisontal. Semakin meninggi ilmu akan semakin mendalam garis moral, serta semakin melebar garis mental. Inilah yang disebut dialektika antara ilmu, mental dan moral pada proses kepribadian seseorang.

Meningkatnya ilmu pengetahuan semestinya akan membuat yang bersangkutan semakin lapang jiwanya, semakin luas bathinnya dan semakin arif kepribadiannya. Namun ternyata tidak selalu demikian. Seseorang yang lebih tinggi kapasitas pengetahuannya belum tentu lebih bijak dan arif perilakunya. Pada kenyataannya sering kita temui seorang yang lebih tinggi kedudukannya yang notabene lebih mapan kapasitas intelektualnya, lebih tinggi strata keilmuannya menjadi lebih picik pikirannya, tidak lebih arif kebijaksanaannya dan menjadi otoriter kekuasaannya. Kita selayaknya gelisah, untuk apa kita himpun informasi dan ilmu sebanyak ini kalau ia malah meningkatkan akses kita ke kemungkinan dosa, karena yang kita ketahui itu -karena sesuatu dan lain hal- tidak bisa atau terpaksa tidak kita kerjakan.

Minimal ada dua permasalahan mendasar pendidikan kita, yaitu Pendidikan Spiritual dan Pengangguran Terdidik. Pendidikan spiritual permasalahannya adalah tidak seimbangnya antara porsi pendidikan spiritual dengan pendidikan intelektual dan mental. Akibatnya bisa kita lihat dengan semakin mengakar mendaunnya budaya korupsi, manipulasi, monopoli, oligopoli, kolusi dan segala macam kejahatan birokrasi dinegeri ini. Jika dikorelasikan dengan tingkat pendidikannya, pelaku kejahatan tersebut bukanlah orang-orang yang bodoh. Dari kualitas kejahatannya tentu pelakunya bukan orang sembarangan, pastilah orang-orang pintar, pandai dan minimal pernah mengenyam persekolahan modern.

Kenakalan remaja dan kenakalan orang tua yang semakin menjadi-jadi serta kejahatan fisik maupun moral bahkan gabungan keduanya semakin merajalela, merupakan bukti lemahnya kekuatan spiritual yang dimiliki sebagian masyarakat kita. Lemahnya kekuatan spiritual ini menjadikan masyarakat kita mudah putus asa dan cenderung menghalalkan segala cara demi kepentingan materi sesaat. Mereka tidak berpandangan jauh ke depan, dimana masa depan bukan berarti hanya masa dewasa dan masa tua tetapi menyangkut pula masa kematian dan masa pasca kematian. Dan yang cukup memprihatinkan adalah pendidikan kita belum mampu merubah sikap perilaku anak didik sesuai dengan target pendidikan yaitu mempertinggi budi pekerti dan ketaqwaan kepada Allah SWT.

Pengganguran terdidik merupakan masalah berikutnya yang cukup serius. Pengangguran ibarat hantu yang sangat menakutkan bagi masyarakat kita. Tidak peduli bagi mereka yang tidak mengenyam pendidikan ataupun bagi masyarakat yang mengenyam pendidikan tinggi. Masalah pengangguran selalu dikaitkan dengan masalah pendidikan. Dengan asumsi bahwa semakin tinggi tingkat pendidikan akan semakin dewasa dan semakin mampu berfikir alternatif. Sehingga sangat menjadi sorotan dan ironis jika sang penganggur itu adalah sarjana (intelektual) dimana seharusnya ia sudah mampu berfikir alternatif. Pendidikan yang semula diharapkan mampu mengangkat status sosial tetapi malah menjadi beban dalam pergaulan sehari-hari. Bahkan tak jarang para sarjana mengalami kegamangan dalam masyarakat.

Jika dicermati lebih lanjut jumlah pengangguran semakin tahun semakin meningkat, apalagi ditengah keterpurukan ekonomi seperti saat ini. Pola ini menjadi menarik untuk dikaji, karena sarjana yang seharusnya mampu berfikir alternatif untuk menjadikan dirinya mandiri ternyata tidak demikian adanya. Ini menunjukkan sistem pendidikan kita belum mampu menjadi rahim yang melahirkan lulusan berjiwa enterpreneurship. Akibatnya mereka cenderung untuk mengandalkan lowongan pekerjaan dibandingkan dengan menciptakan lapangan kerja. Dunia pendidikan kita terjebak pada kata “How to use”, sehingga melahirkan produk sarjana konsumtif tidak kreatif. Lembaga-lembaga pendidikan akhirnya berfungsi sebagai pabrik-pabrik penghasil tenaga kerja yang terampil dan terlatih. Kondisi ini diperparah lagi dengan penerjemahan tujuan pendidikan yang menyesatkan. Penerjemahan tujuan pendidikan secara tidak sadar selalu dibawa pada aspek / orientasi lapangan kerja, memperoleh kursi dimana, gajinya berapa, fasilitasnya apa, dan sebagainya. Dengan demikian ketika produk sarjana ini dihadapkan pada realita kesempatan kerja yang sempit mereka tidak mampu untuk berfikir alternatif memanfaatkan ilmu dan sumber daya yang ada menjadi sesuatu yang produktif.

Simpul dari tulisan ini bahwa memang tidak ada jaminan bahwa berkembangnya kepribadian seseorang menjadi sarjana akan paralel dengan perkembangan kepribadian dan tingkat moralnya. Tidak ada jaminan bahwa membengkaknya jumlah sarjana berarti semakin terawat dan eksis pula nilai kebenaran dalam kehidupan masyarakat. Jadi untuk apa melakukan pengembaraan intelektual dan pergulatan pemikiran menjadi sarjana jika membuat jarak semakin jauh dengan Al-Khalik, Sang Pencipta ?. Ironisme yang memprihatinkan.

Menjawab ironisme tersebut diperlukan langkah sistematik dan konsisten dengan melakukan reorientasi sistem pendidikan. Sistem pendidikan yang akan dikembangkan harus mampu mewadahi tiga dimensi dasar kehidupan manusia, yaitu dimensi ruhiyah (moralitas/spiritualitas/agama), dimensi fikriyah (intelektualitas) dan dimensi mental untuk dapat dimanage secara proporsional dan seimbang. Semoga dimasa yang akan datang semakin banyak dihasilkan sarjana-sarjana multidimensional, yaitu sarjana dengan kapasitas mental, moral dan intelektual. Wallahua’lam bishawab. ÿ

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Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar both graduated from college in 2011.  In less than a decade, campus anti-Semitism had made the great leap from campus to Congress.

2011 was a banner year for campus anti-Semitism in alliance with its progressive leftist allies.

Last year, the Trump administration reopened an investigation into campus anti-Semitism at Rutgers University in 2011 that had been shut down by Obama officials back in 2014. The shutdown of the investigation, like the similar shutdowns of terrorism investigations, were part of a pattern.  

The investigation was reopened by Kenneth Marcus, the new Assistant Education Secretary for Civil Rights, a Jewish civil rights leader whose appointment Senate Democrats had stalled for 8 months, and whose confirmation every single Senate Democrat voted against.  

“We don't care about anti-Semitism in this office." The Marcus confirmation battle had become infamous for a senior aide to Senator Patty Murray declaring. "We care about transgenders, we care about blacks, we care about Hispanics, we care about gays, we care about lesbians.”

The intersectional values of campus politics were being used to block the fight against anti-Semitism.

Murray and Senator Elizabeth Warren took the lead in attacking Marcus. Warren would make her own headlines, defending Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism by accusing Jews of faking anti-Semitism.

"Branding criticism of Israel as automatically anti-Semitic has a chilling effect on our public discourse," Warren ranted.

Even as the Democrats tried to change the topic, Marcus’ nomination was a referendum on campus anti-Semitism. Reopening the Rutgers investigation was exactly what Senate Dems had tried to block.

The years in which Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar were on campus saw the mass normalization of campus anti-Semitism led by hate groups like the Muslim Students Association.

Omar served as MSA president at North Dakota State University.

Boston University, Cortez’s alma mater, had become notorious for its anti-Israel campus activism.

Omar’s congressional anti-Semitism mirrors traditional MSA and other campus hate group tactics of provoking Jewish students with anti-Semitic harassment and then riding the backlash by claiming to be “people of color” who have fallen victim to a pro-Israel lobby trying to silence criticism of Israel.

Omar’s anti-Semitism brought campus politics to congress.

The House debate mirrored previous campus debates about anti-Semitism with a coalition of leftist and identity politics groups, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Progressive Caucus, defending anti-Semitism, and leaving Speaker Pelosi cast in the role of the hapless college administrator. Like so many college administrators, Pelosi inevitably dismissed Jewish complaints and bowed to the radicals.

The precedent for these tactics had been set on college campuses. Cortez and Omar just exported campus pressure tactics to congress. And, from her very first protest against Pelosi, a sit-in at the Speaker’s office, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez made it abundantly clear that her playbook came from the college campus, not the adult world of politics. And Pelosi had the same vulnerability as college administrators, a fear that radical protests would cut her off from her billionaire leftist backers.

Speaker Pelosi, like college administrators, has chosen to pick her battles with the socialist selfie club. That means defending her priorities, her office and the agendas of her special interests, not Jews. The average college administrator won’t pick a fight that might force him out of his cushy job over anti-Semitism. Neither will Speaker Pelosi who wants to move on to the big issues. Not anti-Semitism.

Faced with a coordinated assault by the Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, and anti-Israel leftists across the media, she did what so many administrators have done, offer a generic condemnation of bigotry without focusing on the specific anti-Semitism or naming names.

The 2020 candidates, at best split the difference, and at worst, like Warren, attacked the Jews.

In less than a decade, campus anti-Semitism had made the great leap from congress to campus. In a year, it might make the leap from campus BDS groups all the way to the White House.

Why did Senator Elizabeth Warren turn to anti-Semitism? 2020 Democrat primary demographics break down into three groups: minorities, elderly lefties, young lefties. Warren performs decently with elderly lefties, abysmally with minorities and poorly with young lefties. Her main competition is Bernie Sanders who had formerly been the most anti-Israel voice in the 2020 race. And he had quickly defended Omar.

Warren doesn’t seriously expect to make any headway with minorities. Black people don’t like either Bernie or Warren. There are already African-American candidates in the race. And the only white candidate who might make inroads with the minority vote is Joe Biden. Warren’s only play was going after the campus radicals who love Bernie. And she did it by allying with anti-Semites.

Campus politics are not only transforming the House, but they’re paving the way to the White House.

No Democrat candidate for the White House has been willing to express clear support for Israel. They, like Pelosi, have become subservient to an anti-Semitic campus lobby whose backing they want.

Conservatives and pro-Israel activists have been concerned about campus anti-Semitism, but they have spent too long thinking of it as a campus problem. The campus is the incubator for tomorrow’s leaders. And, for anyone who dismissed campus crybullies and their narcissistic safe space tantrums, Cortez and Omar are warning signs that campus politics is well on its way to defining our national politics.

 If we lose the battle for the college campus, we will be fighting the same battles in Washington D.C.

The college campus is where most of tomorrow’s elected officials get their first taste of politics. It’s where they learn what works and what doesn’t. Previous generations had leaders who were forged in the molten crucible of war. The closest thing that most of today’s Democrats have to a conflict is student politics. It sets the pattern of their views and their tactics as they climb the ranks of our political system.

Jewish Democrats who failed to confront campus anti-Semitism in the previous decade now find that they are losing to it in the Senate, the House of Representatives, and, eventually, the White House.

The same organizations that spoke out against the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s aggressive campaigns against campus anti-Semitism now wring their hands helplessly over Rep. Omar. Their statements indicate that they have absolutely failed to understand the lessons of the last decade.

The alliance of the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine, the coalition of Islamists and leftists that defined so much of campus life for Jewish students, is defining national politics. Jewish organizations that failed to stand up to either one are now losing out to both.

The SJP-MSA coalition had claimed that its anti-Semitic tactics, everything from disrupting Holocaust memorials to harassing Jewish students and spreading anti-Semitic materials, was just criticism of Israel. And that any effort to oppose it was really a conspiracy to muzzle any criticism of Israel.

Rep. Omar and her political allies have deployed that same argument nationally. And the Jewish Democrats did in the House exactly what they had done on campus, they offered some token protests. And then they folded, accepted a meaningless gesture from the boss, and learned their lesson.

Rep. Omar was able to get away with the anti-Semitic bullying of other House members in the same way that Jewish representatives and candidates were bullied out of student government. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s next target will be Rep. Elliot Engel and assorted other Jewish elected officials.

When Rep. Ilhan Omar ran for office, her donors included Hatem Bazian, the co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine. Bazian, who has a long history of anti-Semitism, had started out allegedly harassing Jewish students at San Francisco State University: including blocking a Jewish student from a spot on the Student Judicial Council. Bazian’s hateful politics have now gone national via Omar’s anti-Semitism.

The launch of Jexodus has occasioned sneers and smears from establishment organizations. But Jewish Democrats may want to consider what their future in a party defined by BDS supporters and anti-Semites who play the identity politics card while trafficking in anti-Semitism, looks like.

We are all on campus now.

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NFL free agency officially begins Wednesday afternoon. Here’s my advice to fans: Put on your Eagles green, flip on the NFL Network, order in a hoagie and get ready for the excitement.

Unlike baseball’s endless Game of Thrones winter, the NFL hot stove heats up fast. Prominent names will move in the first few days. Franchises will make dramatic changes.  

General manager Howie Roseman has been sharp at this game. He’s had some free-agent whiffs, no doubt (Chance Warmack, Haloti Ngata, Mark Sanchez), but his successes include guard Brandon Brooks, safety Malcolm Jenkins, linebacker Nigel Bradham, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, defensive end Chris Long and, of course, quarterback Nick Foles, who now departs.

The Birds already got off to a good start Monday, signing defensive tackle Malik  Jackson, who was released by Jacksonville. Jackson’s been a Pro Bowler and won a Super Bowl with Denver. He’ll look great lined up next to Fletcher Cox. 

But Roseman’s team has other needs, not all of which can be addressed in the April draft. And, after recent moves, he has $20 million in cap space. Here’s where I think he should spend it:

Running back: After Jay Ajayi’s injury last season, the Eagles rotation was a mess. No one on the current roster seems capable of playing the lead in this production. Le’Veon Bell would be an amazing addition, but there’s little shot the Eagles commit what it costs to sign him.

That means looking at the next level. Tevin Coleman of the Falcons is a productive, versatile 25-year-old. He had 1,076 yards last season on runs and receptions. And he’s averaged 4.4 yards per carry over his career. He’d be a great fit here — as well as many other teams. He’ll draw lots of interest.

Keep an eye, too, on the Saints' 29-year-old Mark Ingram, who can run with the ball (4.8 yards per carry over the past four seasons), as well as catch and pass block — always important with the Eagles. And I love Cleveland’s Duke Johnson, who’s not a free agent but rumored to be available. He’s among the best pass-catching backs in the NFL.


Wide receiver: DeSean Jackson’s divorce from Tampa Bay seems inevitable and many rumors have him returning here. With one year and $10 million left on his contract, it’s not a bad idea. Even at 32, Jackson averaged 18.9 yards per catch in 2018 — the third time in five seasons he’s led the league in that category.

It seems the Eagles have been searching for a speed receiver since Jackson left in 2014. If not him, I’d like to see them target John Brown. Playing in the Ravens’ pitiful passing game last season, Brown still averaged 17.0 yards per catch. And he fights for the ball.


Defensive line: The reshuffling is already underway with the signing of Malik Jackson and the trade of DE Michael Bennett to New England. Also, expect the departure of Tim Jernigan (who I think they should keep on a short-term deal).

Two sexy names: Pass rusher Ezekiel Ansah of the Lions, who would be an upgrade from Bennett, and DT Ndamukong Suh, who had his typical up-and-down season while making $14 million for the Rams in 2018. One hook here: Suh spent his first for seasons in Detroit playing for current Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

Oh, and don’t be surprised if DE Vinny Curry returns from Tampa under a short-term deal as Bennett’s replacement.

This much is sure: The team that opens this September will be vastly different from the one whose season ended in New Orleans last January. And the remake starts this week.

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CircleID CircleID: Want to be a cybersleuth and track down hackers?

It may sound ambitious considering that malevolent entities are extremely clever, and tracing them requires certain skills that may not be easy to build for the typical computer user.

But then again, the best defense is offense. And learning the basics of sniffing out cybercriminals may not only be necessary nowadays, it has become essential for survival on the Web. So where can you begin?

Place Honeypots

Hackers take great care to cover their tracks. So, it's important to catch them with their hand in the cookie jar. You can do so by setting up a bait — called a honeypot — to lure them out. It can take the form of a spammable domain or an easily hackable virtual machine which can appear as legitimate targets.

Once attacked, honeypots help you observe what intruders do to the system, know the tricks that they employ to infect devices, and subsequently find ways to counter them. Such forensic evidence enables law enforcers to track unsolicited access and then locate and catch perpetrators.

Reverse-Engineering Malware

Let's say that despite all the precautions, malware still succeeded in infiltrating your company's system. Instead of losing sleep, you can use the infection to understand how the malicious program operates and what it's been engineered to do, such as what vulnerabilities it's been designed to exploit.

This process is called reverse engineering. It involves disassembling the program to be able to analyze and retrieve valuable information on how it is used or when it was created. It is extremely helpful in finding substantial evidence such as encryption keys or other digital footprints that can lead investigators to the cybercriminals.

Leverage WHOIS Information

When a complaint is received over a dangerous website, the first step in the investigation is to identify the operator of the suspect domain.

This can be done by querying the domain name registry where the site has been registered. A whois database download service, for example, enables users to retrieve the WHOIS data that contains the name, location, and contact details of domain registrants. With this information in hand, security teams can report the matter to law enforcement agents who can then track down malicious operators and apprehend them on the spot.

Inspect Files' Metadata

Once in possession of files and devices from a suspicious entity, you can analyze the evidence that is saved in them and discover crucial details that can be followed back to the source.

Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files, for example, contain relevant information, called metadata, that can blow a hacker's cover. They include the name of the person that created the file, the organization, the computer, and the local hard drive or network server where the document was saved.

It is also important to analyze the grammar used in comments that are embedded in the software code. Socio-cultural references, nicknames, language, and even the use of emojis — all can reveal clues on the nationalities of the criminals or their geographical location.

Go On with Tracerouting

One of the best ways to catch perpetrators is by identifying their IP addresses. However, they usually hide these IPs by spoofing or by bouncing communications from different locations. Luckily, no matter how shrewd and clever these individuals may be, malicious addresses can still be identified through an approach called tracerouting.

The technique works by showing the hostnames of all the devices within the range of your computer and a target machine. More often than not, the last machine's hostname address belongs to the hacker's Internet Service Provider. With the ISP known, investigators can then pinpoint the geographical location and the areas where the culprit is probably situated.

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Every time you venture online, you're exposed to malevolent entities that can harm your system and disrupt business operations. Knowing how to trace the source of an attack can stop it in its tracks and prevent the intervention from happening again.
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Assalamualaikum, terima kasih admin kerana menyiarkan perkongsian aku ini. Aku nak cerita pengalaman aku beli rumah agar jadi sumber inspirasi kepada sesiapa yang nak beli rumah terutama rumah pertama.

Cerita aku mungkin tak sehebat pakar-pakar hartanah seperti Ija Syariza yang beli 14 buah rumah setahun, Faizul Ridzuan yang membeli lebih 50 hartanah, cashflow positif hampir ratusan ribu ringgit sebulan, dan pakar2 hartanah lain yang menjadi ikutan aku seperti Adlina MN, Rohaniah Noor, Muhd Farid, Syafieqah Alya, Harith Faisal, Meor Zaidi, Khairul Ezuwan, Redzwan Khairuddin, Anis Hafiza dan sebagainya. Boleh follow (see first) diorang semua kat facebook guys, diorang share ilmu percuma je. Insya Allah, korang terpengaruh dan segera beli rumah nanti.

Pengenalan ringkas diri aku, aku berasal daripada keluarga yang sederhana di Utara Semenanjung Malaysia. Selepas habis degree, aku berhijrah ke Kuala Lumpur untuk mencari rezeki. Aku bekerja sebagai eksekutif di sebuah syarikat swasta, gaji bersih aku ialah RM2325.

Start dari gaji pertama, aku buat simpanan dan perbelanjaan yang teliti. Secara ringkas perbelanjaan aku, sewa bilik ialah RM200 sebulan, duit makan RM500 sebulan, duit mak ayah RM300 sebulan, bas pergi balik kerja RM100, lain-lain perbelanjaan RM200. Alhamdulillah, aku dapat simpan lebih kurang sebanyak RM1000 sebulan. Agak susah nak kawal nafsu perbelanjaan ketika itu.

Selepas menyimpan selama 4 bulan, aku angkat motor modenas CT100 cash, best giler ada motor, boleh pakai motor pergi kerja, tak perlu naik bas dah. Minyak pun tak mahal, RM15 je sebulan. Selepas beli motor, agak mudah aku nak bergerak ke mana-mana, tak perlu naik bas lagi dah pergi kerja.

Selepas motor, target aku seterusnya adalah membeli rumah. Selama setahun, aku simpan duit untuk deposit rumah. Alhamdulillah, aku berjaya beli sebuah rumah lelong di Klang berharga RM32K. Deposit hanya RM3200, campur kos2 lain, dalam RM5K. Dengan modal RM5K, aku dapat sebuah rumah pada usia aku 24 tahun. Bayaran bulanan kepada bank hanya RM140. Kadar sewaan di kawasan rumah aku beli ni agak tinggi kerana ada kilang berhampiran. Sewa rata-rata RM900. Aku bagi sewa hanya RM700, hasilnya setiap bulan aku dapat lebihan duit sebanyak RM560 (RM700-RM140). Alhamdulillah, aku dapat penyewa dari syurga, bayar duit sewa on time.

gambar hiasan

Untuk rumah pertama aku ni, aku suruh penyewa bank in sewa dalam akaun bank setiap bulan. Supaya aku boleh guna surat perjanjian sewa & bank statement (duit sewa masuk) untuk pinjaman rumah seterusnya. Rumah kedua aku beli selepas 6 bulan beli rumah pertama iaitu sebuah rumah lelong berharga RM41K di Subang.

Aku beli rumah murah2 je. Member aku ketika itu kebanyakan semua beli rumah pertama RM400K ke atas, undercons. aku belum mampu. Aku beli rumah murah je, tapi aku tak tak pernah beli low cost ye. Sebab ada sekatan dan tak nak ambil hak orang susah. Aku cari rumah lelong murah2 je, area orang tak berminat sangat nak beli, tapi ada potensi sewa. Alhamdulillah, bermula kecil, lama-lama jadi bukit. Yang penting, kena rajin buat research, rajin belajar.

Ada juga member aku yang dari dulu sampai ke harini, dah 4 tahun kata nak survey2 beli rumah, tapi sampai ke harini tak beli beli. Apabila aku bagi suggestion, kata “tengok dulu macam mana, survey2 dulu”. Takpelah, cara masing-masing.

Alhamdulillah, sehingga ke hari ini. Aku dah memiliki 17 hartanah dan aku masih menyewa. Aku dah beli kereta, dah tak naik motor akibat faktor keselamatan. Aku pakai kereta biasa2 je, kereta saga baru. Aku target nak ada 20 buah rumah sebelum berusia 30 tahun. Lepas tu aku nak kahwin. Insya Allah. Kena banyak usaha keras lagi.

Gaji aku sebagai exec, setiap tahun naik RM20-30 sahaja, aku belum naik pangkat lagi. Hari ini gaji bersih aku belum mencecah RM2500. Tetapi Alhamdulillah, pendapatan daripada sewa yang membantu aku membeli banyak rumah. Alhamdulillah, rezeki Allah bagi. Yang penting kena usaha.

Aku target nak bersara nanti umur 35, nak jual beberapa rumah dapatkan cash dan nak pergi haji dan travel satu dunia. Aku akan simpan beberapa buah rumah sebagai mesin ATM (positive cash flow), dapatlah sikit sebanyak menampung hidup aku ketika persaraan nanti.

Nasihat aku kepada orang muda yang nak beli rumah, berusahalah kawal perbelanjaan dan belajarlah menyimpan. Sekarang lagi mudah nak beli rumah, ada loan 100% skim rumah pertamaku (Cagamas), ada rumawip (Residensi Wilayah), Selangorku, Pr1ma, Maybank Houzkey, House Ownership Campaign (HOC) dan sebagainya. Aku cemburu dengan korang. Usaha cari dan baca. Ambillah peluang wahai anak muda, keadaan seperti ini mungkin tak datang lagi.

Kalau nak bermula dari bawah seperti aku, followlah otai2 lelong kat facebook seperti Ija Syariza dan Adlina MN. Insya Allah, mereka sentiasa share cara beli rumah yang murah-murah tetapi gempak.

Akhir kata, hendak seribu daya, malas seribu alasan.

Sekian, terima kasih.

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Seo WebsiteIn February 2011, Google introduced the Panda replace, which penalizes web sites containing content material duplicated from other web sites and sources. This information is broken into numerous parts of natural WEB OPTIMIZATION; both On-web page and off-page SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION strategies that you want to use for spectacular natural traffic before embarking on intensive free or paid web site promotional methods for more site visitors and excessive conversion rate. Test them by inquiring about their providers in depth and hyperlink your concepts and must the dialog. Big Model campaigns are far, far completely different from small business SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION campaigns that don’t have any hyperlinks, to begin with, to offer you but one example.

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Tip: The fetch and render tool is also a great way to submit your web site and new content material to Google for indexing so that the page may appear in Google search outcomes. I’m very busy and I would like to save time and SE Ranking is perfect for that: Organising a site takes minutes and every part could be very straightforward and fast to find. Moreover, assuming you’re building links via content material advertising and marketing, like I like to recommend in SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION Link Constructing: The Final Step-by-Step Information , then you’re not solely dealing with Google catching your fishy anchor text; you are coping with real editors on the publications with whom you are working.

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Steph And Ayesha Curry Just Launched A New Scholarship

Steph and Ayesha Curry just launched their girl in STEM scholarship via their Steph and Ayesha Curry Foundation. The program is here to target girls who are interested in subjects surrounding

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We’ve all seen it, an ad or commercial where the main focus is a ditzy girl with large breasts and ill fitting clothes trying to sell you a product. Time and time again, companies use advertisements objectifying women by associating sex with their products. This ultimately lowers females’ self value and promotes male dominance. This is not a new concept and in fact, has been going on for a long time but do these companies think, or even care, about what they are really saying?

Group 1-Cars

Nice Headlamps." A Tangled Web. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.


This advertisement was a billboard campaign for the used car website They stated that it was a "use of humour and fun" and that the ad used "light-hearted slang, to what people of both sexes would regard as attractive attributes". Whether that statement is true or not, this billboard is really saying that, like a car, a woman’s body is something that can be processed and men are able to pick and chose only the best and highest desired features. In addition, the subject is faceless which supports the idea that it doesn’t matter how intellectual you are or what your personality may be like, it only matters that you have a nice physique, which includes a pair of “nice headlamps”. This idea is placed upon women and girls and as a result they categorize themselves accordingly. And on top of that, it’s not just the females that are affected by this, males are as well. The billboard is condoling men who think that females are objects to which they are able to use for themselves. The ad also projects this idea to boys and tells them that male dominance is a acceptable way to live in society. Now, while this used car company claims that this ad was made to be light-hearted and funny, I think its quite clear that rather selling used cars, in this billboard, they’re selling self confidence issues and male dominance instead.   

Group 2- Peta

"Peta." She Is Not A Thing. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Jan. 2015.

"Sheridyn Fisher PETA Ad." Huffington Post. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Jan. 2015.

To start off, Peta stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. It’s an organization that raises awareness for animal use and cruelty through blogs, videos, and events. Their main slogan is “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way”. Sounds like a pretty good organization right? In the advertisements above the target audience are males. I found this interesting because Peta can use sad, emotional ads of helpless creatures being harmed to target women but because men are thought to be tough, sex-craving animals, peta has to show naked women in order to be supported by the male gender. In the first ad it says “turn over a new leaf, try vegetarian” which, without seeing the ad, sounds like a clever phrase. But after seeing the photo, it is clear that turning over a new leaf has subtext that states: remove the subjects marginal clothing, and have uncommitted sex with her because she is sexually ready, as all females should be. The subject in the second photo is playboy model, Sheridyn Fisher, and the ad is saying “Be a bunny’s honey, go vegetarian”. In addition to the skimpy lettuce clothing, the advertisement is putting forth the idea that playboy models will want to be with you as a reward for becoming a vegetarian. When both of these ads are published, it is telling young girls that sexual readiness, big boobs, and a small waistline are what guys look for in a girl and that is how they should determine their self value. As a result, they compare themselves to the photoshopped, airbrushed version of Sheridyn Fisher and put themselves down because that is what they think the standards of being desired or attractive are. The two ads are also telling males that they should become a vegetarian so, as a reward, they can get with some girl, and not because they should legitimately care about animal safety. This further goes on to say that having sex with these ladies should be higher prioritized than having regards for the fair treatment of animals. All in all, Peta may be working to promote awareness for animal cruelty but a slogan that they should take into consideration would be  “Women are not ours to compare, exploit, hit on, use for entertainment, or take advantage of in any other way”.

Group 3- Body Wash And Fragrance

Pinterest. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Jan. 2015. <

The image above is three separate ads that have been cropped into one big picture but they all have the same blunt message. Use axe, get laid. They use the images of a woman squirting whipped cream on her bare chest, another woman lacing up a corset, and the last one of a woman holding a whip in relation to a man taking a shower to communicate their slogan, “The cleaner you are, the dirtier you get”. This targets men and uses an oxymoron to imply, in additions to getting laid, the more you use their product the dirtier your sex will be. But truthfully, it is not as simple as “I took a shower today, with axe body wash, therefore I'm going have kinky sex”. This executes huge male dominance because nowhere yet has it even been considered if the girl will even want to have sex. Added on to this male dominance, is the message that women should be okay with this due to the fact that a man's physical appearance/scent is the most important feature in someone.

Group 4- Beer

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"Beer Commercial." Youtube. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Jan. 2015.

When I saw this Guinness commercial, I knew I had to use it because it’s awful. To start, the female subject is being used not just for the pleasure of the men but also as a table. That sends a substantial and direct message that women are objects that men can dominate over and do whatever they want with, as stated in their slogan “Share one with a friend, or two”. That phrase clearly has a deeper meaning than just share some beer with your buds, because the “one” that they are sharing is indeed the female subject. In addition to her being used for sex and being used as a table, Guinness doesn't think it’s necessary to give her a personal pronoun because in the commercial, she’s not a person, she’s a thing. This delivers a message to the male viewers that when you drink, it is tolerable to objectify women, use them to your own advantage, and hey, why not share her because, clearly, it was uncommitted sex so she’s not important to you.

"10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits." Rant Lifestyle. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Jan. 2015.

This Budweiser ad depicts three women wearing the label, laying on a blown up image of what the front of a Budweiser’s beer bottle. It is illustrating that women like this beer, so men should drink it if they want to get laid. But don’t worry, it won’t be hard, because these women are attached to the bottle. Therefore wherever there’s Budweiser, there will be attractive females waiting to have sex with you. Which I know, and most other people know, is a false statement. But when you have this ad printed on a billboard for everyone to see, you get young girls who think that that image is what being a woman means and being sexually ready is what you have to do to be considered important in our society. Then, when they do these things to fit into this certain category, they are ultimately objectified. Anybody who has received that treatment, in anyway, can tell you that it feels like crap and doesn't raise your self worth at all. It's even harder for females to see that they’re more than an object when males have grown up thinking that treating women that way is fine.

To sum up, companies objectify women in their ads and commercials in order to sell their products. This tactic does more than just sell their product, it engraves messages in females' minds that they should only be an object that is there to serve men. In relation, it tells males that it is appropriate to dominate over females by treating them like they are temporary and disposable. This leads me to ask myself a question, So what? Why do I care? The answer is simple. I know that there’s more to me than just some object that can be thrown around and I know countless women and men who have influenced me in a way that made me realize that it’s a good thing to have self worth and respect. I am always around young kids, in the dance studio or at camp, who are highly influential and I've gotten to know these kids very well. And unfortunately, not everyone has someone to look out for them and when they are influenced by these companies, they grow up having low self esteem and low self worth. So next time you drive past a billboard or flip through a magazine, I encourage you to take a second and think about the subtext and the effect it has on you and the people around you.

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Additional security measures will be coming to Const. Daniel Montsion’s manslaughter and assault trial after his defence team said Tuesday they were the target of intimidation attempts and anti-Semitic slurs within the courthouse. Defence lawyer Solomon Friedman said he and Michael Edelson “refuse to be intimidated” in the face of the verbal assault from two […]
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It is my intention to begin a new blog next year, with the same structure and a target of trying 100 varieties of something else.

The idea behind this is not that experience is key and that everything should be targeted towards or that everyone should be striving for as many and diverse experiences as possible. I don't subscribe to the idea that a greater the breadth of experience enforces a greater quality of life. It's just about giving a structure to write.

In that respect, I could have written about 100 experiences of eating the same variety of biscuit, were I a better writer, but my limitations in the ability to successfully convey every feeling and perception make a more acceptably wide scope a more inviting prospect.
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Target is offering select bathroom rugs on clearance with prices marked down to 70% off. Note, these items are available in store only. Keep in mind that stock and clearance prices can vary by location.   Opalhouse Tasseled Diamond Woven Bath Rug Possibly only $7.48 (regularly $24.99) DPCI # 064-18-3722 Threshold Striped Accent Beige Linen Bath...

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After a rocket-fuelled start, I had settled into a steady and sustainable trajectory and was on course to achieve my goal with months to spare.

So what happened? A good question and one that I probably cannot find an entirely satisfying answer for. Exams and then a change of routine over the summer probably played a large part in my collapse and maybe overconfidence and a perceived lack of challenge in the target were also my undoing. Also, other challenges and targets I have taken on may have conflicted with it to a certain extent, for example the goal of getting my body fat percentage below 10% before winter (failed).

The last update was over 3 months ago. In that time, I won't claim not to have eaten biscuits - I know that to be untrue, but I've certainly had a fair degree fewer biscuits and when I have indulged in them there's been a tendency toward repetition of varieties. I have tried some new varieties in this time and have scraped together scanty records of three of these, with any remaining ones drifting into the nebulous abyss of time.

So, I shall endeavour to write up the details I have for those three varieties today, leaving me with 15 new varieties required in the remaining two and a half months of the year. On the face of it that shouldn't be too challenging, but it remains to be seen how easy it is to leap back up upon the baked goods wagon and rifle through the offerings for some inspiring and lesser seen biscuit delights.

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Happy Holidays from Our Pets to Yours!

The day the dogs took over Studio 125 was one to remember. We had planned a photo shoot to capture images of our Wit & Delight for Target Pet Collection and as we were planning out the shoot, we thought, how fun it would be to take images of dogs actually using and wearing the pet products, instead of the items just laying flat on paper?

So I called on some friends and colleagues to bring in their dogs for a quick photo shoot – we thought the day would fly by with ease – I imagined dogs napping by the windows while waiting for their turn to be photographed, while others quietly played with toys in the studio corners.

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          Shortstops to Target, 2019 Fantasy Baseball      Cache   Translate Page      
Some of the highlights of this post last year were Tim Anderson, Gleyber Torres, Amed Rosario and Marcus Semien.  Then there were guys like Addison Russell and Chad Pinder -- or simply Chaddison -- and *raspberries lips*  So they're not all winners, but 2nd basemen to target and the shortstops are necessary evils like changing your underwear.  Whether you want to or not, it is a good idea to take a flyer on a late middle infielder, and you should still expect to get crapped on.  That metaphor was like the yodeling guy in The Price is Right.  This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Lichtenstein) supplement to the top 20 shortstops for 2019 fantasy baseball.  The players listed have a draft rank after 200 on other sites.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2019 projections.  Anyway, here’s some shortstops to target for 2019 fantasy baseball:
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          Maintaining my target weight and somewhat managing back pain with a homebrew Peloton bike      Cache   Translate Page      

I've been holding steady at my target weight for over 5 months, despite numerous back injuries and setbacks. At the heart of my fitness routine is a homebrew Peloton cycle.

More often than not I forget that my Sunny Bike actually relieves back pain. When I'm sore or struggling with my lower back, the go-to impulse is to stop riding. A single ride can help release tension or trick some mildly spasming muscles into stopping. It also burns lots of calories, makes my body look a lot better and rapidly becomes addicting to the point I have to manage how many times a week I ride.

As part of local tradition, I was body shamed during a visit to Los Angeles last July. A friend pointed out that I had gained more weight than they had seen on me. I had gained about 15 lbs above where I had been comfortably sitting, pedaling away on my Sunny Bike and watching Dr. Lupo stream on Twitch 2-3 times a week. Affectionally I referred to those 15 lbs as "the Fortnite 15."

I decided I'd had enough and immediately went on a diet that I know works for me. I started hitting the bike! I gave up on Twitch and started riding along with 45-minute classes led by Dennis via the Peloton app. I also started a pretty serious regimen of abdominal workouts as prescribed during prior physical therapy. I felt great, lost tons of fat and built a lot of muscle! Read the rest

          One company bought all the retail outlets for glasses, used that to force sales of all the eyewear companies and jacked up prices by as much as 1000%      Cache   Translate Page      

If you wear glasses, you might have noticed that they've been getting steadily more expensive in recent years, no matter which brand you buy and no matter where you shop.

That's because a giant-but-obscure company called Luxottica bought out Sunglass Hut and Lenscrafters, then used their dominance over the retail side of glasses to force virtually every eyewear brand to sell to them (Luxxotica owns or licenses Armani, Brooks Brothers, Burberry, Chanel, Coach, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Oakley, Oliver Peoples, Persol, Polo Ralph Lauren, Ray-Ban, Tiffany, Valentino, Vogue and Versace); and used that to buy out all the other eyewear retailers of any note (Luxottica owns Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Sunglass Hut and Target Optical) and then also bought out insurers like Eyemed Vision Care and Essilor, the leading prescription lens/contact lens manufacturer.

Controlling the labs, insurers, frame makers, and all the major retail outlets has allowed Luxottica to squeeze suppliers -- frames are cheaper than ever to make, thanks to monopsony buying power with Prada-grade designer frames costing $15 to manufacture -- while raising prices as much as 1000% relative to pre-acquisition pricing.

It's even worse for lenses: a pair of prescription lenses that cost $1.50 to make sell for $800 in the USA.

LA Times columnist David Lazarus wrote a column about skyrocketing eyewear prices and was approached by Charles Dahan, who once owned one of the largest frames companies in America, Custom Optical, which supplied 20% of the frames sold at Lenscrafters prior to the Luxottica acquisition. Read the rest

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மடு வலய மட்ட பாடசாலைகளுக்கிடையிலான தடகளப்போட்டியின் இறுதி நிகழ்வு கடந்த ஞாயிற்றுக்கிழமை(10) மாலை அடம்பன் மத்திய மகா வித்தியாலய பாடசாலை மைதானத்தில் இடம்பெற்றது.

மடு வலயக்கல்விப்பணிப்பாளர் கே.சத்தியபாலன் தலைமையில் இடம் பெற்றது.

கடந்த 07 ஆம் திகதி ஆராம்பமான போட்டியின் இறுதி நிழ்வில் விருந்தினர்களாக வவுனியா கல்வியல் கல்லூரியின் பீடாதிபதி கே.சுவர்ணராஜா,வடமாகாண உதவி கல்விப்பணிப்பாளர் ஆர்.ராஜசீலன் ஆகியோர் கலந்து கொண்டிருந்தனர்.

மடு வலயக்கல்வி பணிமனைக்குற்பட்ட 51 பாடசாலைகளைச் சேர்ந்த மாணவர்கள் குறித்த போட்டியில் கலந்துகொண்டிருந்தனர்.

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சாய்ந்தமருது பிரதேச விளையாட்டுச் சங்கத்தின் தலைவராக சமுர்த்தி உதவி முகாமையாளர் றியாத் ஏ. மஜீத் தெரிவானார்.

சமுர்த்தி அபிவிருத்தி திணைக்களம் கிராமமட்ட விளையாட்டு அபிவிருத்தியை இலக்காக வைத்து சமுர்த்தி முகாமையாளர்கள் மற்றும் சமுர்த்தி அபிவிருத்தி உத்தியோகத்தர்களை உள்ளடக்கியதாக நாடளாவிய ரீதியில் பிரதேச செயலகங்கள் தோறும் பிரதேச விளையாட்டுச் சங்கங்களை அமைக்கும் வேலைத்திட்டத்தினை ஆரம்பித்துள்ளது.

சாய்ந்தமருது பிரதேச செயலக பிரதேச விளையாட்டுச் சங்க அங்குரார்ப்பன கூட்டமும் நிர்வாகத் தெரிவும் திங்கட்கிழமை (05) சாய்ந்தமருது பிரதேச செயலக கேட்போர் கூடத்தில் இடம்பெற்றது.

சாய்ந்தமருது பிரதேச செயலக சமுர்த்தி தலைமையக சிரேஷ்ட முகாமையாளர் ஏ.ஆர்.எம்.சாலிஹ் தலைமையில் இடம்பெற்ற இந்நிகழ்வில் சமுர்த்தி மகாசங்க முகாமைத்துவப் பணிப்பாளர் ஏ.எல்.யூ.ஜூனைதா, சமுர்த்தி திட்ட முகாமையாளர் ஏ.எம்.அப்துல் கபூர், சமுர்த்தி வங்கி முகாமையாளர் எம்.எஸ்.எம்.மனாஸ், சமுர்த்தி வலய உதவி முகாமையாளர் றியாத் ஏ.மஜீத், திட்ட உதவியாளர் எம்.எம்.எம்.முபாறக் உள்ளிட்ட சமுர்த்தி அபிவிருத்தி உத்தியோகத்தர்கள் என பலரும் கலந்து கொண்டனர்.

செயலாளராக சமுர்த்தி அபிவிருத்தி உத்தியோகத்தர் ஏ.எம்.நளீம், பொருளாளராக சமுர்த்தி வங்கி முகாமையாளர் எம்.எஸ்.எம்.மனாஸ், பிரதித் தலைவராக சமுர்த்தி அபிவிருத்தி உத்தியோகத்தர் யூ.எல்.ஜஃபர், உதவிச் செயலாளராக சமுர்த்தி அபிவிருத்தி உத்தியோகத்தர் எம்.எம்.ஜாபீர் ஆகியோர் தெரிவாகினர்.

பிரதேச விளையாட்டுச் சங்கத்தின் ஆலோசகர்களாக பிரதேச செயலாளர் ஐ.எம்.றிகாஸ் மற்றும் சமுர்த்தி தலைமையக சிரேஷ்ட முகாமையாளர் ஏ.ஆர்.எம்.சாலிஹ் ஆகியோர் செயற்படுவர்.

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உலகின் முன்னணி கால்பந்து அணிகளில் ஒன்றான ரியல் மெட்ரிட் அணியின் புதிய பயிற்சியாளராக மீண்டும் சினேடின் சிடேன் நியமிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளார்.

10 மாதங்களுக்கு முன்னதாக அணியின் பயிற்சியாளர் பொறுப்பை துறந்த, 46 வயதான சினேடின் சிடேன், தற்போது அணியின் நிலையை கருத்திற் கொண்டு அணியை மீள கட்டியெழுப்புவதற்காக பயிற்சியாளர் பொறுப்பை ஏற்றுள்ளார். இதற்கமைய சினேடின் சிடேன், எதிர்வரும் 2022ஆம் ஆண்டு வரை தனது பயிற்சியாளர் பதவியை தொடர ஒப்பந்தம் செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளார்.

மீண்டும் அணியின் பொறுப்பினை ஏற்றதனை எண்ணி மிகவும் மகிழ்ச்சியடைவதாக, சினேடின் சிடேன், இதன்போது கூறியுள்ளார்.

தற்போது அணியின் பயிற்சியாளர் பொறுப்பை ஏற்றுள்ள சினேடின் சிடேன், இதற்கு முன்னதாக 3 ஆண்டுகளாக ரியல் மெட்ரிட் அணியின் பயிற்சியாளராக செயற்பட்டுள்ளார்.

இவர் பயிற்சியாளராக இருந்த காலகட்டத்தில், ரியல் மெட்ரிட் அணி, யு.இ.எப்.ஏ. சாம்பியன் லீக் கிண்ணத்தை மூன்று முறையும், பீபா கழக உலகக் கிண்ணத்தை இரண்டு முறையும், யு.இ.எப்.ஏ. சுப்பர் கிண்ணத்தை இரண்டு முறையும், லா லீகா கிண்ணத்தை ஒரு முறையும், சுப்பர் கோப்பா கிண்ணத்தை ஒரு முறையும் வென்றது.

சம்பியன் கிண்ணத்தை வென்றுக்கொடுத்த கையோடு கடந்த ஆண்டு மே மாதம் சினேடின் சிடேன், ரியல் மெட்ரிட் அணியிலிருந்து விடைபெற்றுச் செல்ல, ஸ்பெயினின் ஜூலன் லோபெட்டிகுய், பயிற்சியாராக நியமிக்கப்பட்டார்.

எனினும் அவரது பயிற்சியில் திருப்தி இல்லாத ரியல் மெட்ரிட் அணி நிர்வாகம், அவரின் ஒப்பந்தத்தை இரத்து செய்து, ஆர்ஜன்டீனாவின் முன்னாள் வீரரான சன்டியாகோ சொலாரியை பயிற்சியாளராக நியமித்தது.

அதன்பிறகு சற்று எழுச்சிக்கண்ட ரியல் மெட்ரிட் அணி, சில வெற்றிகளை பதிவு செய்தாலும், பல அணிகளிடம் அவமான தோல்வியை சந்தித்தது.

குறிப்பாக அண்மையில் நடைபெற்ற அஜாக்ஸ் அணியுடனான சம்பியன்ஸ் லீக் இரண்டாவது லெக் போட்டியில், ரியல் மெட்ரிட் அணி, 1-4 என்ற கோல்கள் கணக்கில் அவமான தோல்வியை சந்தித்து தொடரிலிருந்து வெளியேறியது.

அத்தோடு லா லிகாக கால்பந்து தொடரில், பரம எதிரியான பார்சிலோனா அணியுடனான தோல்வி, கோபா டெல் ரே தொடரிலிருந்து வெளியேற்றம் என ரியல் மெட்ரிட் அணி படுதோல்வியை சந்தித்தது.

இதற்கிடையில், அதாவது சினேடின் சிடேனின் விலகலின் பின்னர், ரியல் மெட்ரிட் அணி கழகங்களுக்கிடையிலான உலகக்கிண்ணத்தை மட்டுமே வென்றது.

இத்தனை தோல்விகளை கடந்து வந்தாலும், இறுதியாக நடைபெற்ற அஜாக்ஸ் அணியுடனான தோல்வி, அணி நிர்வாகத்தை மட்டுமல்ல இரசிகர்களையும் கடும் அதிருப்திக்குள்ளாக்கியது.

இதனால், அணியை மீள கட்டியெழுப்ப வேண்டுமென்ற நோக்கோடு, தற்போது சினேடின் சிடேனை மீண்டும் பயிற்சியாளராக ரியல் மெட்ரிட் அணி நியமித்துள்ளது. ரியல் மெட்ரிட் அணியின் சொந்த கால்பந்து தொடராக பார்க்கப்படும் லா லிகா கால்பந்து தொடரில், ரியல் மெட்ரிட் அணி, 51 புள்ளிகளுடன் மூன்றாவது இடத்தில் உள்ளது.

ரியல் மெட்ரிட் அணியிலிருந்து நட்சத்திர வீரரான கிறிஸ்டீயானோ ரொனால்டோ விலகி சென்றாலும், கேரத் பேல், செர்ஜியோ ரமோஸ், பென்சிமா உள்ளிட்ட பல நட்சத்திர வீரர்கள் அணியில் உள்ளனர்.

ஆகவே சினேடின் சிடேன், இவர்களை சரியாக வழிநடத்தி, மீண்டும் ரியல் மெட்ரிட் அணியை மீள கட்டியெழுப்புவார் என அணிக நிர்வாகம் மற்றும் இரசிகர்கள் என பலரும் நம்பிக்கை வெளியிட்டுள்ளனர்.

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பங்களாதேஷ் மற்றும் நியூசிலாந்து அணிகளுக்கு இடையிலான இரண்டாவது டெஸ்ட் கிரிக்கெட் போட்டியில் நியூசிலாந்து அணி இன்னிங்ஸ் மற்றும் 12 ஓட்டங்களால் வெற்றி பெற்று மூன்று போட்டிகள் கொண்ட தொடரை 2--0 என கைப்பற்றியுள்ளது.

கடந்த 8ஆம் திகதி ஆரம்பமாகிய இப்போட்டி மழை காரணமாக முதல் இரண்டு நாட்களும் முழுமையாக கைவிடப்பட்டிருந்தது. போட்டியின் மூன்றாம் நாளான 10ஆம் திகதி நாணயச் சுழற்சியில் வெற்றி பெற்று பந்து வீசத் தீர்மானித்த நியூசிலாந்து அணி பங்களாதேஷ் அணியை 211 ஓட்டங்களுக்கு கட்டுப்படுத்தியிருந்தது.

தமது முதல் இன்னிங்ஸிற்காக பங்களாதேஷ் அணியின் துடுப்பாட்டத்தில் ஆரம்பத் துடுப்பாட்ட வீரர் தமீம் இக்பால் 74 ஓட்டங்களை பெற்றுக் கொடுத்திருந்ததுடன் ஏனைய வீரர்கள் குறைந்த ஓட்டங்களுடன் ஆட்டமிழந்தனர். பந்து வீச்சில் நீல் வெங்னர் நான்கு விக்கெட்டுகள் மற்றும் ட்ரென்ட் போல்ட் மூன்று விக்கெட்டுகள் என வீழ்த்தியிருந்தனர்.

பதிலுக்கு தமது முதல் இன்னிங்ஸில் துடுப்பெடுத்தாடக் களமிறமிறங்கிய நியூசிலாந்து அணியின் முதல் இரண்டு விக்கெட்டுகளையும் 8 ஓட்டங்களுக்குள் கைப்பற்றியிருந்தனர் பங்களாதேஷ் பந்துவீச்சாளர்கள். எனினும், மூன்றாவது விக்கெட்டுகாக அணித்தலைவர் கேன் வில்லியம்சன் மற்றும் ரோஸ் டைய்லர் ஆகியோர் இணைந்தனர். அணியின் ஓட்ட எண்ணிக்கை 38 ஆக இருந்த போது மீண்டும் மழை குறுக்கிட மூன்றாம் நாள் ஆட்டம் நிறைவுக்கு வந்தது.

நான்காவது நாளில் தமது இன்னிங்ஸை தொடர்ந்த நியூசிலாந்து மூன்றாவது விக்கெட் இணைப்பாட்டமாக 172 ஓட்டங்கள் பெற்றிருந்த போது கேன் வில்லியம்சன் 74 ஓட்டங்களுடன் வெளியேறினார். தொடர்ந்து சிறப்பாக விளையாடிய டைய்லர் தனது 18 ஆவது டெஸ்ட் சதத்தை பூர்த்தி செய்துடன் நான்காவது விக்கெட்டுக்காக டைய்லர் மற்றும் ஹென்ரி நிக்கலோஸ் ஆகியோர் இணைந்து 216 ஓட்டங்களை பகிர்ந்திருந்தனர்.

நிக்கலோஸ் 107 ஓட்டங்களுடனும் தனது மூன்றாவது இரட்டை சதத்தை பூர்த்தி செய்த டைய்லர் 200 ஓட்டங்களுடனும் ஆட்டமிழந்தனர். தொடர்ந்து நியூசிலாந்து அணி 221 ஓட்டங்களால் முன்னிலை பெற்று 432 ஓட்டங்கள் பெற்றிருந்த நிலையில் அணியின் 6 விக்கெட்டாக வொட்லிங்கின் ஆட்டமிழப்புடன் தமது இன்னிங்ஸை நிறுத்திக் கொண்டது.

பந்து வீச்சில் அபூ ஜாயித் மூன்று விக்கெட்டுகள் மற்றும் தைஜுல் இஸ்லாம் இரண்டு விக்கெட்டுகள் என கைப்பற்றியிருந்தனர்.

221 ஓட்டங்கள் பின்தங்கிய நிலையில் தமது இரண்டாவது இன்னிங்ஸிற்காக துடுப்பெடுத்தாடிய பங்களாதேஷ் அணி நான்காம் நாள் ஆட்ட நிறைவில் 3 விக்கெட்டுகளை இழந்து 80 ஓட்டங்கள் பெற்றிருந்தது.

மேலும் 141 ஓட்டங்கள் பின்தங்கிய நிலையில் நேற்று (12) ஐந்தாவது நாள் ஆட்டத்தில் தமது இரண்டாவது இன்னிங்ஸை தொடர்ந்த பங்களாதேஷ் அணி நியூசிலாந்து வேகப்பந்து வீச்சுக்கு ஈடுகொடுக்க முடியாமல் 209 ஓட்டங்களுக்கு சகல விக்கெட்டுகளையும் இழந்து இன்னிங்ஸ் மற்றும் 12 ஓட்டங்களால் தோல்வியை தழுவியது.

துடுப்பாட்டத்தில் அணித்தலைவர் மஹ்மதுல்லாஹ் 67 ஓட்டங்களையும் மொஹமட் மித்துன் 47 ஓட்டங்களையும் பெற்றுக் கொடுத்தனர். பந்து வீச்சில் வெங்னர் மற்றும் போல்ட் ஆகியோர் இணைந்து 9 விக்கெட்டுகளை கைப்பற்றியிருந்தது குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது.

இவ்வெற்றியின் மூலம் ஏற்கனவே முதலாவது போட்டியில் இன்னிங்ஸ் மற்றும் 52 ஓட்டங்களால் வெற்றியீட்டியிருந்த நியூசிலாந்து அணி மூன்று போட்டிகள் கொண்ட தொடரில் 2-0 என முன்னிலை பெற்று தொடரை கைப்பற்றியுள்ளது. போட்டியின் ஆட்ட நாயகனாக இரட்டை சதம் விளாசிய ரோஸ் டைய்லர் தெரிவு செய்யப்பட்டார்.

இரு அணிகளுக்கும் இடையிலான தொடரின் மூன்றாவது போட்டி எதிர்வரும் சனிக்கிழமை (16) ஆரம்பமாகவுள்ளது.

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அக்கரைப்பற்று கிங்ஸ்போ விளையாட்டுக் கழகத்தின் ஏற்பாட்டில் திறமைகாட்டிய வீரர்கள் கௌரவிப்பு நிகழ்வு கழகத்தலைவர் எம்.எம்.சஜீர் தலைமையில் அக்கரைப்பற்று கடற்கரை சலீம் வரவேற்பு மண்டபத்தில் நடைபெற்றது.

சுகாதார இராஜாங்க அமைச்சரின் இணைப்புச் செயலாளர் ஏ.எல்.தவத்தின் ஏற்பாட்டில் நடைபெற்ற இந்நிகழ்வில் முஸ்லிம் காங்கிரஸ் தலைவர் அமைச்சர் ரவூப் ஹக்கீம் பிரதம அதிதியாகவும்,நகர அபிவிருத்தி நீர்வழங்கல் மற்றும் உயர் கல்வி அமைச்சரின் ஒருங்கிணைப்புப் பாராளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர் ஏ.எல்.எம்.நஸீர் கௌரவ அதிதியாகவும் கலந்து கொண்டனர்.

இக்கழகத்தின் வளர்ச்சிக்காக அர்ப்பணிப்புகளுடன் செயற்பட்டுவரும் வீரா்கள் இதன்போது வருகை தந்த அதிதிகளினால் பதக்கம் அணிவிக்கப்பட்டு பாராட்டப்பட்டனர்.

கழகத்தின் செயற்பாடுகளுக்காக அமைச்சர் றவூப் ஹக்கீமின் சொந்த நிதி ஒரு இலட்சம் ரூபாவை கழகத்தலைவரிடம் வழங்கி வைத்தார். இந்நிகழ்வில் நகர அபிவிருத்தி நீர்வழங்கல் மற்றும் உயர் கல்வி அமைச்சரின் இணைப்புச் செயலாளர் றஹ்மத் மன்சூர், பிரதேச சபைன் உறுப்பினர் தமீம் ஆப்தீன்,கிங்ஸ்போ விளையாட்டுக் கழகத்தின் ஆலோசகர் என்.ரீ.முகம்மட் அஸ்மத் உட்பட பலர் கலந்து கொண்டனர்.

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215 அணிகள் பங்கேற்பு

நெஸ்லே அனுசரணையில் அகில இலங்கை பாடசாலைகளுக்கிடையிலான சிறுவர் மெய்வல்லுனர் போட்டி அண்மையில் கண்டி போகம்பறை மைதானத்தில் இடம்பெற்றது. இந்த போட்டிகளில் தரம் 3 மாணவர்கள் பங்கேற்றனர்.2544 மாணவர்களில் 215 அணிகள் பங்கேற்றன.இப் போட்டிக்கு பிரதம அதிதியாக மத்திய மாகாண கல்விப் பணிப்பாளர் திலக் ஏக்கநாயக்க கலந்து கொண்டார்.

ஆண்களுக்கான போட்டியில் முதலிடத்தை கினிகத்தேன்ன ஆரம்ப பாடசாலையும் இரண்டாம் இடத்தை ஜயவர்தனபுர குணசேர வித்தியாலயமும் மூன்றாமிடத்தை மாத்தறை ராகுல வித்தியாலயமும் தெரிவானது.

பெண்களுக்கான போட்டியில் முதலிடத்தை ஹோமாகம மஹகாக்க ஆரம்ப பாடசாலையும் இரண்டாமிடத்தை கண்டி பெண்கள் உயர்தர பாடசாலையும் மூன்றாமிடத்தை கேகாலை கலிகமுவ ஆரம்ப பாடசாலையும் தெரிவானது.

கலப்பு முறையில் இடம்பெற்ற போட்டிகளில் முதலிடத்தை ஹற்றன் அல்பியன் தமிழ் வித்தியாலயமும் இரண்டாமிடத்தை கொத்மலை ஆனந்த திஸாநாயக்க வித்தியாலயமும் மூன்றாமிடத்தை ஹற்றன் செலிவேட்டோ தமிழ் வித்தியாலயமும் தெரிவானது.

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'கிழக்கு கரையோரச்சமர்' என வர்ணிக்கப்படும் காரைதீவு விபுலாநந்தா மத்திய கல்லூரிக்கும் கல்முனை உவெஸ்லி உயர்தர கல்லூரிக்குமிடையிலான மாபெரும் கிரிக்கெட் போட்டி இன்று 12ஆம் திகதி செவ்வாய்க்கிழமை காரைதீவு விபுலாநந்தா மைதானத்தில் நடைபெறவுள்ளது.

வரலாற்றில் டெலிகொம் நிறுவன அனுசரணையுடன் நடைபெறும் முதலாவது கன்னிப்போட்டியாக இது அமைகிறது.

காலை 9 மணிக்கு காரைதீவு விபுலாநந்தா மைதானத்தில் இடம்பெறும் போட்டியை பிரதம அதிதி பாராளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர் க. கோடீஸ்வரன் அங்குரார்ப்பணம் செய்துவைக்கவிருக்கிறார்.

இருபாடசாலைகளின் அதிபர்களான தி.வித்யாராஜன், வ.பிரபாகரன் ஆகியோர் தலைமையில் அங்குரார்ப் பண வைபவம் நடைபெறவிருக்கிறது.

காரைதீவு விபுலாநந்தா அணியில் எம்.சஞ்சீவ்(தலைவர்) எ.தேவசாகர்(உபதலைவர்) எஸ்.அஜித்குமார் எஸ்.ஜனோஜ் கே.திலக்ஷன் ஜி.விதுசன்ன் எஸ்.சோபிதாஸ் எஸ்.புவேந்திரா ஜெ.ஜதுஷாகர் ஆர்.பிரபாதாசன் ஆர்.டிசாந் யு.சனுஷாந் ரி.சிருஸ்காந் எஸ்.கஜானந் எஸ்.கோசிகன் ஆகியோர் இடம்பெற்றுள்ளனர்.

கல்முனை உவெஸ்லி அணியில் ஜி.வினோஜித்(தலைவர்) என்.நிரோஸ்காந்(உப -தலைவர்) எஸ்.நிப்ராஸ் யு.எல்.எம்.பர்சாத் எம்.சதுஸன் எம்.நப்றிஸ் ரி.சுகேஸ் ரி.பிரவீன் கே.எம்.ஆசாத் எ.ஹரிசன் ஐ.டிசார்கன் ஜி.சன்ஜித் ரி.ஹரிஸ் எஸ்.மேஷாக் பி.தஷாஞ்ஜன் ஆகியோர் இடம்பெற்றுள்ளனர்.

முத்தமிழ்வித்தகர் சுவாமி விபுலாநந்த அடிகளார் பிறந்த மற்றும் கல்விபயின்ற இடங்கள் என்ற அடிப்படையில் காரைதீவு, கல்முனை அணிகள் தெரிவுசெய்யப்பட்டன என்று அனுசரணையாளர்களான டெலிகொம் நிறுவன பிராந்திய முகாமையாளர் பொறியியலாளர் பிரான்சிஸ் நியூட்டன் நிசாந்த் தெரிவித்தார்.

கௌரவ அதிதிகளாக கல்முனை வலயக் கல்விப் பணிப்பாளர் எம்.எஸ்.அப்துல்ஜலீல், பிரதேச செயலாளர்களான ஜே.அதிசயராஜ், வி.ஜெகதீசன், காரைதீவு பிரதேசசபைத் தவிசாளர் கே.ஜெயசிறில், ரெலிகொம் நிறுவனத்தின் வட-கிழக்குப்பிராந்திய பொதுமுகாமையாளர் பொறியியலாளர் எ.கிருபாகரன், பிரதிப்பொது முகாமையாளர் பொறியியலாளர் வை.கோபிநாத், சந்தைப்படுத்தல் பிரதிப்பொதுமுகாமையாளர் பொறியியலாளர் அனுருத்தசூரியாராய்ச்சி, பிராந்திய முகாமையாளர் பொறியியலாளர் நியுட்டன் நிசாந்த் , சந்தைப்படுத்தல் பொறியிலாளர் டி.எஸ்.பி.மாபா ஆகியோர் கலந்துசிறப்பிக்கவிருக்கின்றனர்.

சிறப்பு அதிதிகளாக கல்முனை பொலிஸ்நிலையப்பொறுப்பதிகாரி எஸ்.கே.ஜெயநித்தி, சம்மாந்துறை பொலிஸ் நிலையப் பொறுப்பதிகாரி எம்.கே. இப்னுஅசார், கல்முனை வலய பிரதிக்கல்விப்பணிப்பாளர் எஸ்.புவனேந்திரன், உதவிக்கல்விப்பணிப்பாளர் யு.எல்.மொகமட் சாஜித், ஆசிரிய ஆலோசகர் ஜ.எல்.எம்.இப்றாகிம், பாடசாலை அபிவிருத்திச்சங்க செயலாளர்களான ஜே.பத்தலோமியஸ், எம்.சிதம்பரநாதன் பழைய மாணவர் சங்கச் செயலாளர்களான டாக்டர்.என்.ரமேஸ், வி.விஜயசாந்தன், கிழக்கு மாகாண கிரிக்கெட் ஒன்றிய செயலாளர் சிதத்லியனாராய்ச்சி ஆகியோர் கலந்து கொள்வார்கள்.

வரலாற்றில் முதற்றடவையாக நடைபெறவிருக்கும் இப்பெருஞ்சமர் பார்வையாளர்களுக்கு விருந்துபடைக்குமென எதிர்பார்க்கலாம்.

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பங்களாதேஷ் அணிக்கு எதிராக 2-வது டெஸ்ட் போட்டியில் ரோஸ் டெய்லரின் இரட்டை சதத்தால் நியூசிலாந்து அணி 432 ஓட்டங்களை பெற்றது.

நியூசிலாந்து- பங்களாதேஷ் அணிகள் மோதும் 2-வது மற்றும் கடைசி டெஸ்ட் போட்டி வெலிங்டனில் நடைபெற்று வருகிறது.

முதல் 2 நாள் ஆட்டமும் மழையால் ரத்து செய்யப்பட்டது. பங்களாதேஷ் முதல் இன்னிங்சில் 211 ஓட்டங்கள் எடுத்தது. பின்னர் முதல் இன்னிங்சை ஆடிய நியூசிலாந்து 3-வது நாள் ஆட்டத்தின் முடிவில் 2 விக்கெட் இழப்புக்கு 38 ஓட்டங்கள் எடுத்து இருந்தது. நேற்று 4-வது நாள் ஆட்டம் நடந்தது. தொடர்ந்து விளையாடிய நியூசிலாந்து 6 விக்கெட் இழப்புக்கு 432 ஓட்டங்கள் குவித்து ஆட்டத்தை இடைநிறுத்தியது.

முன்னாள் தலைவர் ரோஸ் டெய்லர் அபாரமாக விளையாடி இரட்டை சதம் அடித்தார். அவர் 212 பந்துகளில் 200 ஓட்டங்கள் குவித்தார். அவரது 3-வது இரட்டை சதமாகும். நிக்கோலஸ் சதம் அடித்தார். அவர் 107 ஓட்டங்களும், தலைவர் வில்லியம்சன் 74 ஓட்டங்கள் எடுத்தனர். 221 ஓட்டங்கள் பின்தங்கிய நிலையில் 2-வது இன்னிங்சை ஆடிய பங்களாஷே அணி 4-வது நாள் ஆட்ட நேர முடிவில் 80 ஓட்டங்களில் 3 விக்கெட் இழந்தது.

இன்று போட்டியின் இறுதி நாளாகும்.

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Last week I showed you how to use WorkloadTools to analyze a workload. As you have seen, using SqlWorkload to extract performance data from your workload is extremely easy and it just takes a few keystrokes in your favorite text editor to craft the perfect .json configuration file.

Today I’m going to show you how to capture a workload and save it to a file. If you’ve ever tried to perform this task with any other traditional benchmarking tool, like RML Utilities or Distributed Replay, your palms are probably sweaty already, but fear not: no complicated traces to set up, no hypertrophic scripts to create extended events captures. WorkloadTools makes it as easy as it can get.

Saving a workload to a file might look superfluous when you think that WorkloadTools has the ability to perform replays in real-time (I’ll discuss this feature in a future post), but there are situations when you want to replay the same exact workload multiple times, maybe changing something in the target database between each benchmark to see precisely what performance looks like under different conditions.

Another scenario where saving the workload to a file comes handy is when the source and destination servers are on different isolated networks and cannot communicate directly: in this case, you will save the workload to a file, copy it to the network where the target server resides and perform the replay there.

Choosing a file format

Before I show you how to do it, please allow me to explain what type of file we are going to write to and why I decided to use this format. If you’re not interested in this kind of geeky stuff, you can skip to the next section, no offense taken.

As already mentioned in my previous blog post, SqlWorkload uses a Listener object that relies on the underlying technology to capture the execution events that form the workload, so we have specialized Listeners for SqlTrace and for Extended Events. However, the Listener reads the events from the underlying source and then discards the source immediately.

When the workload is captured with an Extended Events session and the events are processed with the streaming API for Extended Events, it is pretty obvious how this works and why there is no .xel file at the end of the capture: the events are never written to a file and they are processed on the fly. In the same way, when the workload is captured with SqlTrace, SqlWorkload makes sure to keep the trace files on the server’s file system as shortly as possible, so it reads the events from the tail of the active rollover file and forwards them to the Consumers immediately: again, at the end of the capture, there will be no trace file available.

Long story short: using one of the traditional capture formats would require to instruct SQL Server to leave the files on the file system, which is not what we want and often something we cannot do.

Moreover, choosing one of the traditional formats (SqlTrace or Extended Events) would be problematic: Extended Events only works with SQLServer 2012 and newer and SqlTrace can only be read and written with an old 32 bit COM API.

What I decided to use as the intermediate format for SqlWorkload is a SqLite database, that contains a handful of tables that persist all the queries captured by the Listener. Yeah, sure: when you’re a database professional it feels very natural to use a database to store information (if  all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail), but I can assure you that it is far from an unreasonable decision. Using a SqLite database allows you to inspect, modify and filter the workload data with extreme ease, using industry standard tools.

But enough talking about my decisional process: let’s go straight to the meat of this post.

Capturing a Workload

As you probably have guessed, capturing a workload is a matter of preparing a .json file with all the parameters and feeding it to SqlWorkload.

All you need is a Listener that captures the workload using SqlTrace or Extended Events and then a Consumer that takes care of writing to a SqLite file.

The .json file will be similar to this:

    "Controller": {

            // I'm using Extended Events here, but it could
            // be any type of listener
            "__type": "ExtendedEventsWorkloadListener",
                "ServerName": "(local)"
            "DatabaseFilter": "MyDatabase"

                // The File Writer consumer takes care
                // of saving the workload to a file
                "__type": "WorkloadFileWriterConsumer",
                "OutputFile": "C:\\temp\\SqlWorkload.sqlite"

Once the configuration file is ready, you just need to pass its path as a command line argument to SqlWorkload and the Listener will start to forward all the events to the File Writer Consumer. You will see an output similar to this:


When you are done capturing the workload, you can stop SqlWorkload by pressing CTRL+C and you will be left with a SqLite file containing all your workload. You can actually open that file with a SqLite client of your choice and see what it contains. SqLite Browser is one of the possibilities, but there are countless options in Windows, Linux and Mac.


Converting an existing SqlTrace or Extended Events file

You are probably wondering what to do if you already have a set of SqlTrace or Extended Events files that describe your workload perfectly: you probably don’t want to capture the workload again just for the sake of using it with SqlWorkload. Don’t worry: WorkloadTools also contains a command line tool to convert .trc and .xel files to the SqLite format understood by SqlWorkload.

All you have to do is run ConvertWorkload and pass the path to the source file and the path to the output file.


Again, it couldn’t get easier than that: SqlWorkload provides a Consumer to capture your workload to a file for later use, be it a replay or analysis. All you have to do is fill some info in a .json file and SqlWorkload takes care of the rest for you.

In the next post we will see how to replay a workload using WorkloadTools and we will see how one of the possible sources for the replay can be in fact one of these SqLite files produced by the File Writer Consumer.

Stay tuned!

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Sottosegretario, come è possibile, dice Stefano Buffagni, che lei sulla Cina non ha informato i vertici del suo partito?

Non so di cosa stia parlando. Il MoU è stato discusso con i vertici del partito e con vari ministeri. Comunque, è il Ministero degli Esteri competente per questo dossier.

Sta parlando della Cina. Lei si impegna su un accordo, poi Salvini cambia opinione.

Con il Ministro Salvini c'è totale sintonia d'intenti: stiamo lavorando su come sostenere il nostro export e, contemporaneamente proteggerci da possibili acquisizioni predatorie. Io stesso, da anni predico prudenza ed attenzione nei confronti di operazioni di M&A dall'estero, proprio a protezione del nostro tessuto industriale, della nostra forza lavoro e della tutela degli asset strategici.

Michele Geraci, sottosegretario al Mise, è colui che, più di tutti, ha lavorato alla firma del memorandum di accordo con la Cina: "Non c'è nulla di controverso". Lo disse anche al Financial Times. Poi c'è stato il viaggio di Giorgetti in America. E la posizione di Salvini, letta in primo luogo dagli alleati come un rallentamento. I maliziosi, dentro i Cinque Stelle, dicono che si voglia accreditare con gli americani, pensando a Palazzo Chigi.

Salvini ha detto: "Non ci faremo colonizzare".

Giustissimo, ci mancherebbe altro.

Quindi firmate o no?

La firma è tutt'altro che scontata.

Da che dipende?

Il documento è al Mise e siamo sicuri che vogliamo fare gli interessi dell'Italia. Valuteremo se questi sono compatibili con quelli del memorandum che è un documento non vincolante.

Parliamo del tema delle telecomunicazioni, forse il più delicato.

Le confermo che all'interno del Memorandum non esiste nessun riferimento al 5G. Cosa anche questa non di mia competenza.

Questo memorandum è il progetto di un nuovo ordine mondiale che guarda ai prossimi cinquant'anni, capace di mettere in sicurezza gli interessi cinesi e contrastare l'egemonia americana.

Questa nostra possibile firma non cambia in nessun modo la politica, la geopolitica, la nostra alleanza europea e con gli Stati Uniti. Questo è un MoU, non un trattato. L'Italia è interessata a sviluppare le infrastrutture per la connettività euroasiatica quale volano per la crescita economica e lo sviluppo sostenibile. In questo quadro l'Italia è disponibile alla collaborazione nella Belt and Road cosi come alla collaborazione con altre iniziative tra Asia e Europa, sfruttando il nostro potenziale commerciale.

Però lei votò contro il rafforzamento della golden power per bloccare le scalate cinesi sulle aziende tecnologiche.

Mai fatto una cosa del genere. Il Golden Power è competenza della Presidenza del Consiglio che non è mai stata messa in discussione. Anzi, mi batto e continuerò a farlo per rafforzare il meccanismo di protezione.

L'ex ministro Giulio Tremonti sostiene che questo accordo farà del nostro paese la porta d'ingresso dell'espansionismo commerciale della Cina in Europa.

Non credo. Anzi, noi stiamo portando avanti questa iniziativa esattamente per il motivo opposto: espandere il nostro export con la Cina e con il resto dell'Asia, come pure cogliere le opportunità che la BRI presenta in tutti i paesi che vi aderiscono.

Però avete rotto il criterio che della "One China policy" secondo cui con la Cina l'Europa tratti assieme sulle cose cruciali. Non sarà "tecnicamente" un trattato ma questo è un fatto che ha una rilevanza politica. O no?

La Ue è competente per la definizione delle politiche commerciali. Questo MoU cade invece tra le competenze degli stati membri, come dimostrato dal fatto che almeno una decina di paesi Ue hanno già firmato accordi simili e, attenzione, fatto spesso trascurato in questi giorni, tutti i paesi Ue hanno aderito alla AIIB (Banca Asiatica per Investimenti in Infrastrutture), mettendo mano al portafoglio e contribuendo quote di parecchi miliardi allo sviluppo proprio della via della seta, perché la BRI senza la Banca d'Investimento resta, come suggerisce la lettera "I" soltanto un'iniziativa, mentre è la banca il vero motore della Belt & Road, ma se ne parla poco. Ripeto, tutti e 28 i paesi Europei hanno firmato l'accordo con la AIIB.

Torniamo alle aziende. E ai vantaggi. Mi dà qualche numero?

In Italia 220mila aziende esportano. Dobbiamo far aumentare sia il numero di aziende esportatrici che il valore medio per aziende. Nel 2018, il nostro export e' cresciuto del 3%, equivalente ad un punto di Pil. Stiamo parlando del pilastro dell'economia economia italiana, un terzo circa. L'Italia, ad oggi, è un po' fanalino di coda dei paesi europei a fare affari con la Cina. Le do altri numeri.


L'Italia esporta 13, il Canada 16, Regno Unito e Francia 20, Svizzera 24, parliamo di miliardi di euro. La Germani 5 volte di piu', la Svizzera il doppio. Francia e Inghilterra 40 per cento in più.

Quale è la differenza tra l'approccio dei governi di centrosinistra e il suo con la Cina?

L'Italia ha cercato di fare un processo di riavvicinamento, ma non sono stati portati risultati, perché non ci siamo mai mossi bene come sistema. La Merkel è stata in Cina 11 volte, i ministri e sottosegretari tedeschi neanche si contano le volte che ci sono stati. La Francia, nel 2018, ha fatto quattro visite di Stato. Capisce?

Lei quante volte è andato, da quando è in carica?

Due volte come capo missione e due volte al seguito del ministro Di Maio. Contiamo di farne per promuovere il sistema paese, cosi come fanno altri paesi.

Però, dei paesi del G7 che lei ha nominato, nessuno ha firmato il memorandum.

Nemmeno noi lo abbiamo firmato.

Come spiega la contrarietà amministrazione americana?

Sono preoccupati che questi accordi siano un modo di aprirsi alla Cina, e invece il contenuto del memorandum porta la Cina più verso i nostri standard commerciali. Può essere un primo esempio, anche altri paesi possono seguire. E' un documento che appoggeremo solo se farà i nostri interessi.

Cosa c'è di sbagliato nella posizione americana? È evidente che la Cina non viene in Italia per il nostro mercato domestico, ma per quello europeo, o no?

Le do altri numeri: la Germania ha un surplus commerciale con la Cina, mentre noi un deficit che in passato non siamo riusciti a colmare.

Secondo lei, di fronte a una questione di tale rilevanza geopolitica, non ci saranno conseguenza nei rapporti politici con gli Stati Uniti?

Siamo in stretto contatto a vari livelli riaffermando la nostra alleanza agli Stati Uniti. Importante è stato dialogare e spiegare gli obbiettivi della nostra scelta.

Scusi la malizia: ci saranno, ma non li vuole prendere in considerazione.

Io credo fortemente nell'amicizia con gli USA, un paese dove ho lavorato, studiato per tanti anni e che è, non dimentichiamolo, uno dei paesi target del nostro piano promozionale. Sono già stato in tre città degli USA e torneremo a breve. Proprio in questi giorni, abbiamo lanciato un progetto di scambio tra startup italiane e americane per consentire ai nostri giovani di fare un'esperienza di qualche mese a Boston o New York per cominciare a meglio comprendere i mercati internazionali, sviluppo di prodotti adatti a quel mercato e per aver miglior accesso a canali di finanziamento. Tra qualche settimana vedremo una ventina di nostri giovani innovativi partire per un breve stage in America.

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77. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [c. 26 December 1793] ⁠* 

Tis come. een now the eternal course of Time
For ever round-revolving ends the year
Now to Existence dead
The year but lives to Fame.

Yet Grosvenor even now the merry bells
Ring round to welcome in the newborn day
Een now is heard the song
Een now the feast is spread.

Fond foolish man — whilst Pleasures bounteous hand
Fills even to the brim the cup of bliss
Whilst Fortunes cloudless sun
Illumes thy summer day

Whilst all around but wear one face of joy,
Canst thou rejoice — rejoice that Time flies fast
That swift the stream of years
Rolls to eternity?

If thou hast wealth high-heapd in endless store
To gratify each wish — if power be thine
Reflect that power must cease
That wealth be thine no more

Hast thou known Love? does Beauty bless <thy soul?>
Beam oer thy house in each domestic charm
And heighten every joy
And chear the wintry hour?

Remember that as fades the lovely rose
As falls the forest from the autumnal gale
So Times relentless hand
Must wither Beautys flower.

Remember Age must chill the palsied frame
That Love the friend of youth with youth expires
That soon thy pious grief
May wail a widowed bed.

Bedford does Fancy paint the future scene
In hues too dark? does sage Reflection wear
The fearful frowning form
That awes the shrinking soul?

Dost thou dislike the sable-vested maid?
Would Nature rather view the fairy form
In many colourd robe
Of rich etherial hue?

Shall Fancy sport in Hopes enlivening beam
Till the clear ray illumes her inmost soul
And turn the reckless eye
From Lifes bedarkend scenes?

Ah vainly does the Pilgrim whose long way
Leads oer the storm vext mountains barren height
With anxious gaze survey
The fruitful far off vale.

Yet hopeless sorrow hails the lapse of time
Rejoices when the fading orb of day
Is sunk in nights dull mists
That one day more is gone.

Yet calm Philosophy whose eagle eye
Look on intrepid to the future scene
Shall love the new-born year
And give to thought the hour.

And Friendship now shall spread the social board
Wear on his open face the honest smile
And prompt the earnest prayer
And pour the votive lay.

Shall pray for length of happiness & years
That Death may pierce ere Misery wound the heart
And Virtue welcome Death —
Such fate my friend be thine. [1] 


I take Milton to have introduced this kind of alcaics into the English language in his translation of Quis multa gracilis te puer in rosa &c. [2]  it is since used most elegantly by Collins [3]  Mrs Barbauld [4]  — in the gent. of Devon & Cornwalls poems [5]  — & by my favourite Dr Sayers [6]  — so here I have strong authority.

It is no less strange than true my dear Grosvenor that our disputes have more frequently been owing to a difference in terms than in opinion. when you speak of the mercenary motives to action you are but one step from the ground on which I build my principles. if virtue be sought for in the present system of things it must be for its own sake & its reward as being most pure is likewise abstract. riches titles places & pensions are the baubles that attract attention & “man being gregarious” [7]  & adopting the manners of the herd he associates with, is more likely to be pleased with the admiration of a wondering crowd who wonder at his equipage & envy his wealth than with the applause of that still small recompence <voice> the sole recompense of virtue upon earth. this lamentable prejudice is early inculcated & strongly supported. as you observe gain is the chief engine of education, & pride the first sentiment taught. my own experience tells me this. I was early warned not to play with dirty little boys & caressed & corrected with equal injustice. the catechise has given me many a weary hour. forgive egotism if I mention one circumstance which happened above twelve years ago. I was struck with the apparent falshood in “I believe in the holy catholic church” [8]  when my sixpenny history of England taught me I was a protestant. I mentioned it & was severely reprimanded for impiety, but the passage was never explained & I was silenced instead of convinced till Greek gave the information. fortunately I escaped utter ruin from such an education of which more particulars would be as tedious in recital as they were injudicious & unpleasant to me. but xxxxxxxxx the principles of present instruction are widely dfferent from the laws of Nature & <from> our maxim Be just & fear not. justice would teach us to pay respect only to merit — society to pay homage to superior rank & riches. do not thinking I am running out, when I object to the maxim Fear God. it is impious to fear him who is himself Love. the confused manner in which my sentiments are expressed is of great disadvantage I wish you could look into my mind & read it thro. perhaps you little think that what you say of laws is the echo of Tom Paine — but had you known that, I will do you the justice to believe you had still said it. “government is a necessary evil.” [9]  let me stop here. the master spring is touchd & my mind is filld with a thousand ideas which I cannot clearly express — could you but feel their force I would cut off a limb with pleasure. you must be struck as well as myself with the superiority of antient Greece over the rest of the world. perhaps this may in some measure be imputed to the philosophers but more I believe to the conscious dignity of independance. where abilities command more respect than wealth or titles — & virtue is more honourd than a long pedigree, it is morally impossible that the mercenary motives should prevail. Socrates did he live now would be treated as an itinerant field preacher & Plato would be transported for sedition. Athens as yet is unrivalld in the history of the world for astonishing virtue & as astonishing folly — yet it may be doubted whether its advantages did not counterbalance its defects.

Physiognomy oftener gives me pain than pleasure. I mingle in a crowd & behold a compound of vice & folly whose dress denotes affluence — the next bears a countenance which Lavater [10]  might love but has a leathern apron on. now for the soul of me cannot I but wish these men might exchange situation & had they been born in a country where merit was the standard of respect the one must have risen & the other as inevitably sunk. this is the inequality of Nature but we reverse it. but never does this pleasing study <give me> more pain than when I look at the women of the town — the momentary glance is worth a thousand sermons & gives me a stronger argument against the present state of things than all the republican writers from Moses [11]  down to Mackintosh. [12]  by the by is not Lovells face something like Hookes? I was hurt at first glance but I soon discovered something different from that compound of abilities & consummate libertinism, in short all the sense without the vice. shame to say I physiognomoze at church more than I can apply to the uniformity of prayer. oh Grosvenor I am ill-qualified to take orders — a sad weight presses on my heart when I give way to reflection upon the subject. where Edmund Seward is incapable of comprehending he imputes it to his own dullness — I am less diffident perhaps here it were right to follow him Grosvenor — but your maxim must be mine Nullus addictus &c. [13] 

perhaps few people spend the Xmas evening in this manner. to me all days are alike in this place. I have to make my own amusements & this is at least innocent. CC wrote to me very lately. he had no news & therefore was silent. this struck at our system of letter writing & I replied rather at large. he invited me to Maize Hill but I am from Bristol to Bath & Bath to Bristol till I see Balliol once again. & most gladly shall I see it. my recreations I always carry with me & society will add to these. Edmund Seward resides six months longer than he expected. much to my satisfaction you may suppose. poor George Burnett is alone there, mal-treated for his temperance.

How Rousseau would have exulted in the history of Pelew. [14]  Bedford if the death of Lee Boo [15]  was fortunate how must you execrate the new colony founding there when they have our luxuries, our creeds, our arts & distinctions, they will no longer preserve their characteristic excellencies — artificial vices will be introduced among them & the Xtianity we may teach will be worse than their present atheism — many a man would start at this assertion. but as no man would contract a distemper for the sake of being cured by an excellent physician — I am apt to think the virtuous irreligion of Pelew far above the degenerate Xtianity of Europe.

You may take this for a new years letter. as such I wrote the verses this evening to pass a heavy hour. at least antedating is preferable to a certain friend of ours who honourd St David [16]  always on the 2nd of March. you have plenty of time to send me a new years ode in return & your purposd visit to Ealing need not prevent you. has Lovell shown you any of his verses? I speak impartially when I say that they equal anythings production that have fallen under my judgement for elegance & delicacy. I will go to Bath for a few on his return chiefly to meet him. Sewards married sister is there now & Combe. direct however here as usual my stay will be short & my departure is uncertain. your friends I hope are all well. remember me to them kindly & respectfully. send me Tom Paine & believe me yours sincerely.


is not Elmsley a fellow of Oriel? if so I fear we are not destined to be friends. you know I am barely acquainted with Peter. [17] 


* Address: Grosvenor Charles Bedford Esqr/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster/ Single
Stamped: BRISTOL
Postmark: ADE/ 26/ 93
Watermarks: G R in a circle; figure of Britannia
Endorsement: Recd. Decr. 27 1793
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 22. ALS; 4p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Tis come ... be thine: Verse written in double columns. BACK

[2] John Milton (1608–1674; DNB), translation of Horace (65–8 BC), Odes, Book 1, no. 5, line 1 as ‘The Fifth Ode of Horace. Lib. I’ (1654). The Latin translates as ‘what slender youth [courts] thee amid so many roses?’ BACK

[3] William Collins (1721–1759; DNB), whose most famous experiment with alcaics was ‘Ode to Evening’ (1746). BACK

[4] Anna Letitia Barbauld (1743–1825; DNB), whose ‘Ode to Spring’ (1773) is written in alcaics. BACK

[5] For example see, ‘Ode to Fancy’ in Poems Chiefly by Gentlemen of Devonshire and Cornwall, 2 vols (Bath, 1792), I, pp. 71–77. Contributors to the collection included Richard Polwhele (1760–1838; DNB). BACK

[6] Frank Sayers (1763–1817; DNB), ‘Ode to Aurora’, in his Poems (Norwich, 1792), pp. 167–170. BACK

[7] Joseph Townsend (1739–1816; DNB), A Journey Through Spain in the Years 1786 and 1787, 2nd edn, 3 vols (London, 1792), I, p. 252. BACK

[8] English translation of part of the Apostles Creed of c. AD 300. ‘Catholic’ is a translation of the Greek word ‘Katholikos’, and refers to all Christians rather than the Roman Catholic Church. BACK

[9] A paraphrase of Thomas Paine (1737–1809; DNB), Common Sense (London, 1776), p. [1]. BACK

[10] Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741–1801), Swiss theologian, poet and physiognomist. BACK

[11] Leader of the Israelites, and believed to be author of the first five books of the Old Testament. After his death, Israel was ruled by judges rather than kings. BACK

[12] James Mackintosh (1765–1832; DNB), author of Vindiciæ Gallicæ: A Defence of the French Revolution and its English Admirers (1791). BACK

[13] Horace (65–8 BC), Epistles, Book 1, no. 1, line 14. The Latin can be translated as ‘I am not bound over’. BACK

[14] Probably The Interesting and Affecting History of Prince Lee Boo, a Native of the Pelew Islands, Brought to England by Capt. Wilson (1789). BACK

[15] Prince Lee Boo (c.1764–1784; DNB), first visitor to Britain from the Pelew Islands, became something of a celebrity. He died of smallpox during his visit and is buried at Rotherhithe, Kent. BACK

[16] Patron saint of Wales; his feast day is 1 March. BACK

[17] is not Elmsley...Peter: Written upside down on fol. 2 v. BACK

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I'm still not sure if that was a good attacking performance.

Which is weird, because Liverpool took 23 shots and had six clear-cut chances and scored four goals. Those are all good things! Mané both created and scored, Firmino scored, and Salah took more shots and created more chances than in any match since Bournemouth a month ago.

23 shots is Liverpool's most since taking 36 (!!!) in the 3-1 win over United back in December. And that's especially heartening considering the dearth of shots against Leicester, West Ham, United, and Everton over the last five weeks, although three of those four were away from home.

But ten of those 23 were blocked by Burnley defenders. Eight were off-target. Ten came from outside the box. Only one on-target shot didn't result in a goal: Salah in the 88th minute. It's not terrible accuracy, but it ain't great accuracy either.

More importantly, only three of those six clear-cut chances were created by Liverpool players: Robertson's cross for Wijnaldum's header in the 67th minute, Alexander-Arnold's low cross which Mané slammed into the crossbar, and Sturridge's assist for Mané's second goal deep into added time. The other three came off of Burnley players: Taylor's tackles on Salah falling for Mané and Firmino, Firmino's tap-in after both Tarkowski and Mee muffed Salah's byline pass.

Those, to be fair, were Liverpool's best three chances of the match. Those were Liverpool's first three goals. And they very much depended on a fortunate bounce of the ball, no matter Salah's good work in the build-up for the first or Lallana's pressing to start the second.

But, like Palace, like Bournemouth, like Watford, Liverpool have won yet another game while scoring bunches of goals at Anfield, even if I'm still not sure about the overall level of competence. Liverpool were better able to turn possession dominance into efforts at goal, Liverpool were better able to press the opposition in the opposition's half, Liverpool turned shots into goals.

And that's a good sign. Maybe that's almost something of a turning point. Liverpool struggled with deep defenders and blocked shots at both United and Everton, to say nothing of a handful of matches which came before. Liverpool still got shots on Sunday, still got clear-cut chances on Sunday – where they didn't against either United or Everton – and still got goals.

But the home versus away disparity remains stark as stark can be.

Liverpool's last eight home matches over the last three months? Three, four, five, four, one, three, five, and four goals scored. An average of 3.63 goals scored per game.

Liverpool's last six away matches over the last three months? Two, one, one, one, zero, and zero goals scored. An average of 0.83 goals scored per game.

On a related note, I certainly ain't worried about Burnley's goals. The first never should have stood, and Westwood would struggle to replicate it even with Alisson being fouled. The second was a gift, Liverpool shut off in injury time when up by two, and Burnley still needing a fortunate deflection of their own from Keïta's tackle. It is just the second time that Liverpool have allowed two or more goals in a league match at Anfield, after 4-3 Palace two months ago.

Liverpool have conceded nine goals in 15 home games, eight goals in 15 away games. They've nine clean sheets at home and eight clean sheets away.

The venue doesn't really matter for Liverpool's defense, the two goals conceded on Sunday not withstanding. It seems to very much matter for the attack. No matter whether Salah or Firmino are the striker, whether Liverpool play 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3, whether Liverpool are reliant on crosses or get help from the midfield.

Liverpool have had similar amounts of possession in pretty much all of these last 14 matches, the loss at City and romp over Arsenal the only real exceptions. It's where the possession's taken place: Liverpool remain far more active in the opposition half at Anfield, both in threading moves together, finding attackers with long passes out of defense, and, yes, an ability to press, this time led by Adam Lallana. They haven't gotten those chances away from home, for all the reasons above. Or not doing the things listed above. Both the way the opposition's played and how Liverpool has – and, I'm assuming, the opposition's comfort level on their own ground.

Liverpool have four matches away and four matches at home left. Fulham, Southampton, Cardiff, and Newcastle – sides that Liverpool scored two, three, four, and four against at Anfield. The home slate is harder over the next two months – Tottenham and Chelsea, as well as Wolves – but I suspect the away matches will be more decisive.

Beginning first with Bayern in the Champions League, then in London against Fulham on Sunday.
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  • It's more difficult to retire early if you start from zero savings or have debt.
  • That wasn't the case for Tanja Hester, who retired at 38. She had a head start with retirement savings and home equity, she told The Cut.
  • But it still took Hester six years to save enough to retire, which she did in part by moving to a city with a lower cost of living.

Tanja Hester began planning her early retirement at 32, she recently told The Cut.

She was driven to retire early by a demanding work life that put stress on both her physical health and her marriage, she said.

"Isn't the idea that you're supposed to achieve more to get a better lifestyle, not a worse one? It was like my work advancement came at the expense of the rest of my life," Hester, a blogger at Our Next Life, told The Cut.

Before they officially left their jobs, Hester and her husband had put away about 37 times their annual spending, but they weren't starting from scratch.

"It took us about six years to save up for our retirement, and we were not starting from zero. I want to be very clear about that," she told The Cut. "We had retirement savings and home equity before we began the process. I don't think most people can retire at 38 like I did."

Looking back, Hester said, she worked hard on her own as the child of a single dad on disability to eventually be able to retire early, but she was helped by at least some "luck and privilege," including graduating from college with very little debt. Still, Hester and her husband have "always been big savers," she said.

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Hester wrote in her book, "Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way," that there are a number of ways to fast-track yourself to financial independence and create support structures to stay on that path, Business Insider's Hillary Hoffower reported.

"There are two sides to the saving equation that affect how quickly you can save: how much you earn and how much you spend," Hester wrote. She outlines four steps to quick savings progress: underspend on housing, underspend on transportation, increase your earnings, and use your raises to increase your savings.

"What really helped us do it was that we moved from LA to Tahoe, which has a much lower cost of living," Hester told The Cut. "We bought a home here in 2011, when the housing market was in our favor, and telecommuted for years."

Ultimately, deciding how much money you need to retire early really depends on two factors: your cost of living and how much you expect to earn through investments or passive income during retirement. Once you've calculated that amount — which Grant Sabatier, a self-made millionaire who retired at 30, calls your "target number" — you can figure out how much you need to save monthly, weekly, or even daily to get there. 

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Anti-Semitism and Orthodoxy in the Age of Trump: How religious Judaism helps shield the American president's disparagement of globalism, cosmopolitanism, and other features of progressive secular Jewry from claims of anti-Semitism (Eliyahu Stern, March 12, 2019 , The Tablet)

In response to the Pittsburgh massacre, in which Robert Gregory Bowers gunned down 11 Jews praying in the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, all major Orthodox organizations condemned the attack in the clearest possible terms, but none was prepared to denounce the stated cause for the violence: white nationalism and the demonization of Jews as avatars for progressive and left-wing politics.

Why would the very group that was most noticeably targeted by white nationalism in the 20th century be the most reluctant to condemn it today? Some point to President Donald Trump and his allies' support for Israel's right-wing government, which itself has made common cause with some European anti-Semitic nationalist movements. Others such as the historian David Henkin claim that many of Trump's Orthodox supporters "are the descendants (literally, in many cases) of Jews to whom the white nationalism of the post-1965 Republican Party was already resonating 30 or 40 years ago in debates about affirmative action, segregation, colonialism, and law enforcement." Both theories, however, overlook Orthodoxy's own position on anti-Semitism and the crucible in which it was formed.

Orthodoxy's position on anti-Semitism was first theorized in the interwar period when Central and Eastern European rabbis and laypeople founded the first Orthodox political party, Agudath Israel. Like all political parties operating on the continent at the time, the Orthodox quickly found themselves choosing between the rock of Stalin on the left, and the hard place of Hitler on the right. Whereas Stalin posed a threat to Jews' religious institutions and observances, Hitler's target was Jews themselves and their involvement in German political and economic life.

The Orthodox, however, operated under the illusion that Hitler's wrath was directed only at certain kinds of Jews and that their own prohibitions against intermarriage and commitments to cultural difference could persuade the German chancellor that they were to be trusted allies. Stalin would destroy Orthodoxy, but Hitler, they figured, would only be bothered by those Jews who were Communists or Marxists. Many in the Orthodox community surmised that Jews who held fast to their spiritual heritage would pose no threat to Nazi Germany and it was therefore Stalin who was to be feared.

German Orthodox leaders directly appealed to the German chancellor (Hitler), arguing in 1933 that "Marxist materialism and Communist atheism share not the least in common with the spirit of the positive Jewish religious tradition, as handed down through Orthodox teachings obligatory on the Jewish People. ... We have," they recalled, "been at war against this religious attitude." Orthodox leaders sought to find common ground with Hitler by demonstrating their own virulent hatred for left-wing and progressive Jews. They proclaimed: "We have always combated the corrosive spirit of materialism with religious idealism."

In their attempt to curry favor with Hitler, Orthodox leaders not only stressed their own loyalty to the German people, but went out of their way to stress the structural similarities between Hitler's position. "We seek a Lebensraum within the Lebensraum of the German people," they maintained. [...]

Where Orthodoxy's position was unique, however, is the way in which it identified left-wing politics as a cancer from within the Jewish collective, something internal to Judaism itself. The fight against Marxism and a materialist theory of the world was not only to be waged against gentiles, but first and foremost against other Jews who played integral roles in founding these new movements.

Wasserman identified Judaism's primary present-day enemies as Jews who held leadership positions in the left; those he considered to be descendants of both the biblical "mixed multitude" as well as the tribe of Amalek. The "mixed multitude" referred to those Egyptians that followed Israelites when they left Egypt only to cajole them into worshiping the Golden Calf in the desert. Amalek was the first group to attack the Israelites in the desert; its descendants were deserving of death by biblical mandate. Wasserman employed the category of Amalek to describe leaders of the Yevsektsiya, the Jewish section of the Communist Party, as well as Zionists residing in Palestine (most of whom were then aligned with the left) and around the world. He advised his flock "to physically fight against them with arms. To prepare oneself to kill." [...]

Whereas the anti-Semite described the Jew as an egoist who hoarded goods and resources, the Jewish materialist claimed that Judaism promoted the fair and equal distribution of resources in society. Whereas the anti-Semite claimed that the Jew was a lesser race, the Jewish materialists argued that Jews were a distinct ethnic group. [...]

Orthodoxy's vigilance in combating anti-Judaism mirrors the Janus-faced relationship of the American Christian right's stance toward Jews. It is precisely their staunch support for certain kinds of Jews and certain forms of Judaism that makes possible their attacks against, or at the very least disregard for, defending the rights of other types of Jews. Their assaults against globalists, progressives, and boundary-crossers are not, they claim, directed at Jews, because real Jews also oppose globalists, progressives, and subversives. If progressive Jews are not really Jews and if left-wing Jewish values are not really authentically Jewish, then it follows that opposing these types and values does not indicate any particular anti-Jewish animus.

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PRIME MINISTER: Well thank you very much for that very kind introduction. I want to come back to Josh in a sec, but first let me begin by also acknowledging our traditional owners the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation here in Melbourne. Can I also particularly acknowledge the servicemen and women who are here with us today and any veterans today. I simply say to you, thank you for your service. There are few things that I have greater pride in than saying to an ex serviceman or woman or veteran around the country, to simply offer them appreciation for their services wherever they happen to be and I know those in this room certainly share that view, as many do and I’d say all Australians do around the country. Can I start particularly by welcoming Michael McCormack the Deputy Prime Minister here today.


Is there anyone who knew better than Sir Robert Menzies the importance of a Coalition partnership to deliver good government to Australia? No one knew that better than Sir Robert Menzies and in fact when he went to Albury and to other places when he would speak, he’d say that was the key to good government in Australia and the partnership that we have with our colleagues in what was then the Country Party, today is the National Party. And can I tell you, the relationship I enjoy with Michael is a strong one, but importantly it’s one based on our shared values and our shared passion for our country and our absolute commitment to ensure that Bill Shorten never sets foot in the Prime Minister’s shoes in this country.

In the same way that Ming and Black Jack worked so well together over all of those years, I can tell you that ScoMo and Big Mac over here –


We’re doing exactly the same thing today. It’s a strong bond and it’s a partnership that is important for our nation and for the things that we hold dear as Liberals. To Josh, yes, you will get to deliver that surplus Josh and you deserve to, the way you’ve applied yourself as Treasurer, the way you’ve gone about the task. I know what that task involves and I know that you’ll deliver in just under a month’s time, what will be the first time this country has seen a surplus Budget in a decade and more.

To all my other colleagues who are here, there are too many to mention so I won’t do that today. But I do want to acknowledge all the tremendous work that you are doing as we prepare for what will be the battle of battles, that is the next election. It will be just that, it will be just that. I know it, I’ve known it from the day I stepped into this job just over six months ago. I knew what was riding on it, I know what is at stake and I never take on a task that I don’t believe I can accomplish. I’ve had experience in politics where there have been people telling me that; “This can’t be achieved and that can’t be achieved.” I go quietly about the business and on the other side, I remind them of what they’ve said before.

To Ron Wilson and Members of the Sir Robert Menzies Lecture Trust thank you very much for what is a very humbling invitation to come and to join you all here today as Prime Minister, to deliver what is an important address in the history of our movement and in the life of our movement. Feel free to book me in for next year so I can match John’s two in a row.


I’m sorry John can’t be here because I suppose between Josh and I we bring together the finest of the Menzies and Howard traditions as a partnership as we look to our heroes in the Party. It’s great to have Menzies family members represented here today and one of the finest and loveliest moments I’ve had as a Prime Minister is one day when I was with my daughter Abbey at the Federal Secretariat in Canberra, Heather was there and they got to meet each other. They told wonderful stories to each other about her time when she was the Prime Minister’s daughter the first time around, because they were about the same age at that time. They talked about the room they stayed in and things like that, it was a beautiful moment for a father and daughters bring tremendous joy to fathers. My daughter’s name is Abigail which mean’s ‘father’s joy’ and that’s certainly the case, as is Lily.

To Gerard, thank you very much for hosting us here at EY today. You’re a great partner in these events and we thank you for it. To Nick Cater of course and the Menzies Research Centre, I congratulate you on your announcement today about the establishment of the Robert Menzies Institute located at Melbourne University. That’s a tremendous step forward and well done. So thank you again for the invitation to give this lecture during what is the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Liberal Party and the 70th Anniversary of Sir Robert Menzies’ historic win in 1949. I intend to repeat that in the true Liberal tradition.

In the history of nations there are always giants. They are the handful of men and women who through their courage, their perseverance, their intellect, passion and will, they change the course of their nation. In the life of Australia, Sir Robert Gordon Menzies certainly fits that bill. He is one of our greatest, if not our greatest giant when it comes to the history of modern Australia.

For those interested in records; thirty years on the front bench. Almost twenty five years as a party leader. Eighteen and a half years as Prime Minister of Australia. These are records that will never be broken.

But for others and I suspect all of us here, myself included, the significance of Sir Robert is not the records he broke – because that’s not what it was about, I believe for him – it’s the Party he built, the movement he founded and the values he championed that we have inherited and now have the privilege to steward and I do, as the party leader today and as Prime Minister.

Menzies did not name the Party after himself, that’s for populists, that’s for those who don’t look out into the future. Instead, he reached out and built a Party based on enduring truths; the truths of liberalism and liberal democracy that outlive any one individual or the fashion of any one time, truths that unite a rich breadth of thought across our community. He understood, as Margaret Thatcher said in her Menzies Lecture almost forty years ago that; “Pragmatism is not enough”. Unlike Labor, we are not the party of shallow deals, transacted by vested interests to favour some, in order to punish others. That’s not how we roll, that’s not what we are about. Our Party is based on the individual beliefs that guide the decisions that we make in our own lives, that we make in our own families and our communities. Our values and our beliefs come from the ground up, they are proven in our own individual experience, they’re not appropriated from above. They come from in here and then they come together with others.

Our foundation is the personal responsibility and unique worth of the individual, drawing meaning, purpose and strength for life, for our families and for our participation in the community.

Our families and the homes we live in are the scaffolding of our character and the values that will sustain our lives. It’s why Menzies spoke of; “Homes material, homes human and homes spiritual”.

From this sure foundation, comes civic mindedness, mutual respect, personal responsibility and a people that understand that the most satisfying thing is to contribute in life, rather than take.

As my parents taught me, they said; “Scott, life is not about what you accumulate, it’s about what you contribute.”

This is the wonderful, civilising tension that Sir Robert understood - that people need incentive, reward and opportunity to carve out their own path. But equally, that nations are not just the sum of individual efforts, they are also the result of the ties that collect us all up together. It is these ties that responsible political parties always seek to strengthen.

It’s why, Liberal and National Coalition Governments govern - in the words of John Howard - not for some of us, but for all of us. Our nation is named after that very pact, known as the ‘common wealth’ of Australia. A Commonwealth is a shared future, it’s a commitment to each other.

When individuals grow and prosper, we all benefit.

When one excels, we all cheer, because it lifts all of us.

We know that effort, work, drive, enthusiasm and risk-taking is the foundation for all human progress and when individuals face lifes’ trials, we support each other. Because lending a hand is the foundation of what it means to be genuinely human.

We understand that a strong economy is the foundation by which we can provide Australians with the essential services they rely on and they need. That the prosperity we are creating lifts all and we keep faith with each other and with future generations by focusing on this.

Under our Government, over 1.2 million new jobs have been created in the last five and a half years. These demonstrate the values that Sir Robert gifted to us. The women’s workforce participation rate is at an all time high. Women are in 712,500 jobs that they weren’t in when we came to Government, that’s how many jobs for women have been created under our Government. That’s over 55 per cent of all the jobs created under the term of our Government.

Participation by Australians over the age of 65 is also at a record high. Australians are living longer and healthier and this is also a positive sign reflecting a better view of ageing in our workplaces. As we remember Menzies today, it’s worth recalling that when he retired at 71, he handed the reins to a man he called “young Harold” who was 57. Seeing more older workers remain in the workforce, because they choose to, is a trend that will continue. As well, young people - a lot younger than “young Harold” and me - are benefiting absolutely from this jobs growth. Nothing brings me greater joy, previously as a Treasurer and now as Prime Minister, than seeing a young person get a job, because it transforms a life and indeed can transform a generation.

Last financial year, young people aged 15 to 24 filled more than 100,000 jobs in this country, which is the strongest level of youth jobs growth in Australia’s economic history. Of all the things our Government has achieved, I can’t nominate one of greater importance than that.

Because we have the right settings on taxes, trade, skills, small business and infrastructure, we can confidently set a target based on our track record of performance, of delivering 1.25 million new jobs over the next five years, by sticking to the economic plan that has delivered so handsomely for Australia over the last five and a half years.

“The strivers, the planners and the ambitious ones”; this is what Menzies described when he referred to the mums and dads, the small business people and workers that our country relies on. That’s why we are against Labor’s taxes – higher taxes on your electricity, taxes on your property, taxes on your retirement and more taxes on your income. Because it’s an attack on the true strength of Australia; ordinary Australians having a go, who should be able to keep more of what they earn.

A fair go for those who have a go, I’ve described it as. We do understand these “strivers, planners and ambitious ones,” as Sir Robert described them, that they are standing beside millions of small businesses that are propelling Australia forward and providing these jobs and they’ll continue to under the policies of our Government. But it’s at great risk under the polices of the alternative in Labor.

We are a great nation of entrepreneurs and may it always be. Under this Government, 230,000 additional small businesses have been created. In coming years, our country’s 3.3 million small and medium businesses, employing around seven million people – that’s more than half the workforce in Australia - will benefit from tax cuts that we’ve introduced and have brought forward recently by five years.

Tens of thousands of Australian businesses export overseas and they are being strengthened by export agreements with countries such as China, Japan, Korea and the 10 other nations of the Trans Pacific Partnership. As of last week, you can add Indonesia to that, with an export agreement signed by the Minsters for Trade both in Australia and Indonesia just last week. A deal that Labor are threatening even as we speak, on their hit list for their abuse of power should they ever be elected to government. Under this Government, the coverage of our trade agreements has increased from 26 per cent of our two-way trade, to nearly 70 per cent. That is transformational. That has taken place in only five and a half years.

With more jobs, more businesses and more trade, we are bringing the Budget back into balance. We have maintained our AAA credit rating under extreme international pressure and we are providing much needed tax relief to Australian households - legislated - and Australian small businesses. In addition to tax cuts for Australia’s small businesses, our Personal Tax Plan will see 94 per cent of taxpayers pay no more tax than 32.5 cents in the dollar, by 2024/25. We are abolishing an entire schedule in the tax system. There are Australians who will enter a decade under this plan, who will never face bracket creep throughout their entire working life, because of our reform to the tax system.

Now, this is not a goal that Labor shares. They have actually rejected it. They have taken a $144 billion plan and they say they will reverse, that they will abolish, they will rescind this plan if they are elected to Government. They’ll strip out $70 billion in tax relief to hard-working Australians. They don’t share our views and that’s what they will do. 

Unlike the false promises of higher taxes, the prosperity of a stronger economy is what guarantees the essential services that Australians rely on. That’s what enabling us to keep our Commonwealth compact to look after each other. Labor thinks higher taxes deliver hospitals. No, it just slows your economy down so you can’t afford hospitals. Under our plan for a stronger economy, we have the highest level of hospital funding in Australia’s history.

Under our Government, our pharmaceutical benefits scheme has listed 2,000 new life-changing medicines worth over $10 billion, helping countless Australians who are facing illnesses and sicknesses of almost every kind. And it was under Labor that they didn’t list medicines, because their Budget couldn’t support it. That is the cost of the alternative set of values which drives our opponents.

Bulk billing rates are at record levels and we’ve committed to a new hospitals agreement, providing around $30 billion in additional funding over five years. Medicare has never been stronger than under this Government, quite contrary to the lies Labor told at the last election.            

We’ve fully funded the National Disability Insurance Scheme, without an increase in the Medicare levy. We’ve backed in the system because we know the NDIS is all about enabling people living with disabilities, for them to realise their potential.

We are keeping our compact with future generations of Australians with $37.6 billion in additional funding for schools.

And we are supporting Australians suffering from drought and flood all around the country - I’ve met with them, I’ve walked with them and I’ve held them - with record funding and urgent action, most recently up in far north Queensland where the livestock industry has been almost literally washed away.

We are providing over $5.7 billion – and I acknowledge Michael McCormack – from day 1, as a team, $5.7 billion to help combat the unrelenting pressures of drought. That includes the $5 billion drought future fund, which we passed through the House of Representatives - and the Labor Party, amazingly, voted against - for the formation of a future drought fund.

We have kept faith with what it means to be a Commonwealth, by reforming the GST distribution system that was corroding our federation, to ensure a fair go for all States and Territories. We did what other governments hadn’t dared to do. We got in there and we fixed it.

I have said many times in recent months that this Government will keep our economy strong, keep Australians safe and keep Australians together.

The strength of Australia is in our economy, it’s in our security and it’s in our cohesion as a society well. Sir Robert understood this; the social fabric of a country matters. It’s a foundation as much as our economy and our security. It is real and we understand the role that schools, sporting clubs, environmental groups, service clubs and suburban churches play in strengthening the bonds between us all. Keeping Australians together is about the values and beliefs we hold, together as a community.

Ensuring older Australians are treated with dignity and respect and can maintain their independence and choices in retirement, including accessing the care they need – which is why I initiated the Royal Commission into Aged Care soon after becoming Prime Minister.

Raiding their savings, the savings of retirees and pensioners, through Labor’s retirees tax, defiles these principles.

Keeping Australians together is also about listening to and encouraging young Australians. Now, having a Budget under control and that won’t rack up debt in into the future, that means future generations are not saddled with maintaining our way of life, maintaining our services and dealing with our cost of living. Keeping our intergenerational compact with a cleaner environment, meeting our responsible commitments – not the reckless targets of others - but the responsible commitments to reduce our carbon emissions by 2030, without denying future generations the economic opportunities we have enjoyed. That’s really what Labor’s 45 per cent emissions target does; it steals the opportunities of future generations that we ourselves have enjoyed. How is that fair? That we have been able to enjoy our prosperity and opportunity in life, but they want to deny to future generations? This is why we have responsible targets and we’re not drawn to extremes.

Our liberalism is about strengthening the bonds between all of us and in lifting all Australians, no matter their age, their gender, their religion, class or sexuality. Our approach is not to pitch one Australian against another, to punish one in order to reward another. We do not believe one Australian has to fail for another Australian to succeed.

This is a fundamental difference between the movement that Sir Robert Menzies started in the Liberal Party and our opponents in the Labor Party - that is the politics of envy, to see one Australian fail, so another can succeed.

Our Party, the Party that Sir Robert started, is the Party of aspiration, not the Party of envy.

Our Party understands that mums and dads who are investing in property are not rorting the system, but providing for their future out of their own hard work and effort.

Labor will deny them this opportunity at the next election if given the chance. It’s another one of their envy taxes. They aren’t wealthy these Australians who are doing this, they’ve paid their own way and their investments support the supply of much-needed rental accommodation without which rents – as the Treasurer, as Josh will tell you – will only rise.

As Liberals we see a champion in every Australian, regardless of their abilities and regardless of their life’s circumstances.

By contrast, Labor sees only victims and oppressors, ensnaring Australians in a prison of want and envy, unable to see their true potential and worth.

That’s why I say under our movement, which I know is shared in the National Party, we see a champion in very single Australian regardless of what age they are, whatever level of ability they are, whatever challenges they face. There is a champion in every single Australian and it’s our job as custodians of the movement which Sir Robert started, to ensure those champions are realised.

Labor thrives on conflict, with policies designed to turn Australian against Australian. Menzies called this the class war, a false war. It’s why he warned us against those who focus on sectional interests, rather than national interests. So we aren’t about turning retirees against pensioners; or setting parents of students at state schools against those at independent schools; or Catholic schools against other schools; or small businesses against large businesses, or people from one suburb against someone from another. Unless it’s about AFL, same as the NRL I assume.


Or the city against the bush, which our great partnership with the Nationals demonstrates, that this is a common project.

The class war has no place in Australia Bill Shorten, no place whatsoever and we stand here to defy that thinking, as Menzies did. It was not right in Menzies time and it is not right today. To extend, as Labor seek to do – Margaret Thatcher had that great saying about socialists; eventually, their problem is they run out of other people’s money. I’ll extend that; under this politics of envy, you run out of other people to blame. That’s  what it means; Labor will run down this hole, they’ll want to blame anyone for people’s life circumstances. Our tradition is different. Our tradition begins with the personal responsibility of every single Australian. That’s where you start and when you set Australian against Australian, as Labor propose, all you do is make our country weaker.

I’d like to finish today and I appreciate your patience, by sharing my experience during my most recent annual summer break which is a wonderful time I get to spend with Jenny and the girls. We’ve been going down the south coast of New South Wales for many, many years to different places. There we were, locals, holiday-makers staying at local caravan parks, small business people from western Sydney – we were staying at a house just outside of town - members of the local surf and fishing clubs were there, as well as the rural fire service. There were professionals, kids, mums, retirees, pensioners. You find yourself at these little village communities on the coast of New South Wales, as I know you do across Victoria. There we all were, enjoying the flathead and chips at the Heads Hotel overlooking the wonderful Shoalhaven River, raising money for a whole bunch of charities and organisations. All of those people, Sir Robert called the forgotten people, I call them quiet Australians.

You won’t find them among the angry, shouty voices on the fringes, pretending to speak for all Australians. You won’t find them there, those shouty voices telling us all what we’re supposed to be angry and outraged about every single day. They haven’t got time for that. They’re too busy paying taxes, raising kids, helping with homework, running their businesses, going to work, paying power bills, caring for their parents, looking after their grandkids, putting out the soccer nets on a Saturday morning, doing their patrols for the local surf club or working at the roster at the RSF, or working at the school canteen, the list goes on. That’s what they’re busy doing. They haven’t got time for armbands and all the rest of it, trolling people on Twitter and all of that nonsense. They’re too busy creating a very strong Australia.

And you know, while confronting their own challenges in life, those I met, that wonderful group of people, they all had their challenges, but they maintain a refreshing and positive outlook on life, thankful that whatever they’re facing, they know they are ahead because they’re facing it as an Australian in Australia, which is what gives them the advantage. As I have travelled this country, not just in my role as Prime Minister but as I have in other roles, I have listened to and I’ve heard the stories of quiet Australians all around this country. 

Here’s what they’ve been telling me.     

They say; “We want secure jobs and to be treated fairly and with respect at work.

We want our economy to be strong.

We want our incomes to keep up with the cost of living and even better, allow us to get ahead. But we know that money doesn’t just fall from the sky and governments can’t just produce money from nowhere for people’s wages.”

They understand that the company they work for has to actually do well in order for them to do well. That’s why they work so hard, they know someone has to pay for it.”

“We get,” they say to me, “that we have to pay taxes, but you know, politicians should be keeping their spending under control and not waste money, so those taxes can be as low as possible.”

They say; “We want the services we rely on like Medicare and affordable medicines through the PBS taken care of, no excuses, full stop. That’s your job.” 

They’re more than happy to pay for a welfare system. Australians are generous, but they’re not mugs. They know they need a system that looks after those who are less fortunate and they’re always quick to recognise those who are doing it tough. But welfare should never be a free ride, there’s a mutual obligation. There should rules and obligations at the end of the day, because they know the best form of welfare is a job.

They say; “We reckon small and family businesses and farmers deserve a fair go,” because they know how hard they work, the risk they take and the sacrifices they make.

“We want to take care of our environment” they say, “especially locally.” That’s where they play and live with their families. “So we’re sympathetic to the big global environmental challenges, because we owe that to our kids. But we also know the need to get the balance right.” So let’s just have a sensible plan and get on with it. “But please, can we do it without being asked to pay higher and higher and higher taxes, or shell out unaffordable taxpayer funded subsidies for the privilege?”

“Of course we want our schools and hospitals to be well-funded. That’s what the Government is supposed to do”, they say, and fair enough. But they also say; “Surely we can do this without having to raise taxes all the time to do it, that just makes it harder on all of us. Get the spending under control and make sure the economy is running well and we can have the schools we need.”

“And we’ve been around long enough,” they say, “to know that it’s not only about the money in education. Give me a good teacher for my kids over a new school hall any day of the week. We want our kids to be safe and not get bullied at school and to spend time with them as a family as often as possible. We just want to see a smile on their face.” Gold.

That said, I’m a parent, Josh is a parent, we talk about this a fair bit – we really worry about the world our kids are going to live in. It’s all much more complicated now. Of course we worry about their education, the skills they need and jobs that will be there for them, but we have all know kids and families who haven’t been able to cope - eating disorders, depression and the tragic and devastating impact this has on families - it scares the hell out of us.

“And we have nothing at all,” they say, “against migrants. We understand that migrants helped build this country. Seriously, just because we are frustrated with traffic jams or crowded trains, does not mean we want to shut the place down or insult our neighbours. Just get the migration settings right,” they say, “make sure we build the houses and roads we need and get migrants into jobs and not onto welfare.”

Sounds like a plan. That done, how good is it in Australia, that we all get along as well as we do? With so many people from so many different backgrounds, starting with our Indigenous Australians who were here first and we deeply respect.

“And we want to be kept safe. Whether it’s our kids at school or predators online, women and older Australians from the cowards who abuse them, or when we’re out and about at the beach, the local park or mall with our families, to be kept safe from terrorists.”

This is the Government’s most important job.

“We expect all those we ask to do the job of protecting us, our police and our defence forces, to get the resources they need and the respect they deserve.” That includes our veterans. Thank you for your service.

“We know,” they say, “that Australia is not perfect. But we’d rather be here than anywhere else in  the world. Sure, there are things we could have done better,” we are an honest people, “but we’d rather be here than anywhere else in the world. There are things we must do better in the future, but there is no place like Australia and we want to keep it that way.”

That’s what they’ve told me. That’s what I believe, that’s what my team believes. I said it in my maiden speech to Parliament eleven years ago:

“My vision for Australia is for a nation that is strong, prosperous and generous. Strong in our values and our freedoms, strong in our family and community life, strong in our sense of nationhood and in the institutions that protect and preserve our democracy. Prosperous in our enterprise and the careful stewardship of our opportunities, our natural environment and our resources. And above all, generous in spirit, to share our good fortune with others, both at home and overseas, out of a compassionate heart and a desire for justice.” I think Sir Robert would have approved of those words.

There will be a clear choice at this election, between aspiration and envy.

Between a stronger economy with lower taxes under our Government, or a weaker one with higher taxes under Bill Shorten and Labor.

A safer Australia under the Coalition, or a nation with weak borders under Bill Shorten and Labor.

A Party that understands that the strength of our country is best found in a united people, or a Labor Party under Bill Shorten that thrives on conflict and division, setting Australians against each other.

It’s a choice between a stronger Australia and a weaker Australia.

Our Government has the record and the plans to keep our economy growing, to keep Australians secure, to keep Australians together.

To keep Australia strong, staying true to our Menzian tradition.

Thank you so much.


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L'Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) è l'ente italiano di ricerca dedicato allo studio dei costituenti fondamentali della materia e delle leggi che li governano. Sotto la supervisione del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca (MIUR), l’INFN promuove e svolge attività di ricerca teorica e sperimentale nel campo della fisica nucleare, subnucleare e delle astroparticelle.
La realtà virtuale nella fisica delle particelle
Target 14 - 18 anni
 Un modo per indagare l’universo è quello di “scomporlo” in mattoni fondamentali, osservando e studiando le particelle prodotte nei grandi acceleratori e rivelate grazie a immense “macchine fotografiche”. Per analizzare i dati dell’esperimento Belle II - un rivelatore costruito nell’acceleratore SuperKEKB, a Tsukuba, in Giappone - è stato sviluppato un software che permette all’utente di immaginarsi all’interno della sala sperimentale che ospita il rivelatore dell’esperimento e di seguire gli elettroni e i positroni accelerati. 
A cura di Antonio Budano, INFN
          Offer - Manufacturer high elongation copper cathode 99.999%~99.9999% purity at the cheap price - CHINA      Cache   Translate Page      
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Fablab for Kids è la piattaforma educativa nata al Fablab Torino dedicata a bambini e ragazzi. In ognuno può nascondersi un grande inventore, la nostra missione è tirarlo fuori! I nostri metodi? Creatività, sperimentazione e tanta pratica. I corsi e i laboratori che proponiamo sono perfetti per muovere i primi passi nel mondo Makers: robotica, elettronica, programmazione e tanto altro!  
Le macchine di Leonardo
Target 6-14 anni
L'ingegneria è molto più divertente di quanto sembra. In questo percorso/competizione costruiremo alcune delle celebri macchine di Leonardo Da Vinci (fine XV secolo).  Lavoro di squadra e coordinazione saranno centrali per la riuscita della costruzione, ogni tassello della squadra e della struttura è infatti fondamentale e insostituibile. I nostri strumenti saranno kit di legno e plexiglass prodotti attraverso la tecnologia del taglio laser.
Tapigami - Partecipa alla costruzione di una città evento!
Target 6-11 anni
In collaborazione con
Introduzione all’urbanistica e alla co-creazione attraverso la metodologia Tapigami!
Molto interessante alla fine della settimana vedere la mega-città creata, rappresentazione di più approcci urbanistici e architettonici.
La corsa più pazza del mondo
Alle prese con la forza di gravità e l’inventiva             
Target 6-14 anni                                                     
Una pista con tre corsie, una serie di tavoli con delle scatole con elementi minimi per la costruzione di una macchinina in grado di scendere giù per la discesa. Tanti team e voglia di stare insieme. Calcolo della velocità e ovviamente premi per lo stile! Questo e altro è la corsa più pazza del mondo!
Introduzione all’aerodinamica attraverso gli aerei di carta
Target 6-14 anni
Il grandi classici non tramontano mai, anche se ci aggiungiamo un pizzico di tecnologia, come per esempio usare una camera del vento portatile (costruita seguendo le linee guida della NASA) che ci permetta di testare uno a scelta dei 40 modelli di Fold&Fly
Atterriamo sulla luna!   Realizza un videogioco con Scratch!
Il modo migliore per imparare a programmare
Target 7-14 anni
Scopriamo il coding attraverso un linguaggio pensato per i più piccolini! Scratch JR ci aiuterà a creare  storie interattive, cartoni animati e videogiochi in modo semplice e divertente.
Introduzione alla robotica con OTTO DIY
Target 9-14 anni
Evento organizzato in collaborazione e con il supporto di Campus Store
Come prende vita un robot? È un lungo viaggio e noi lo affronteremo insieme, passo per passo... una curva dopo l'altra! Il robottino mblock è DIY (Do It Yourself) in tutto e per tutto: impareremo a costruirlo ed a guidarlo in diverse attività, come un rover lunare.
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          Omer Akram: Using Your Ubuntu Server As Telegram Proxy (MTProxy Snap)      Cache   Translate Page      
Telegram is great, especially because it helps one stay away from the distractions that WhatsApp brings with it. Its unfortunately blocked in Pakistan, due to unknown reason but likely not related to censorship, given WhatsApp, Signal and every other messaging app works just fine.

The good news is Telegram upstream have their own proxy protocol and an implementation (, which seems to work well. I published MTProxy as a snap ( yesterday, so thought it would make sense to share how others could setup their own proxy. This guide, will of course help me as a future reference as well.

So lets get started by installing MTProxy

$ snap install mtproxy

Due to security reasons, mtproxy drops privileges (if run as root) by calling setuid(), something a strictly confined snap does not allow due to security reasons, so my workaround was to create a new user on the server, so that mtproxy does not try to drop privileges.

So lets setup a new user and download proxy configurations from Telegram servers, more details:
 useradd mtproxy -m  
su - mtproxy
mkdir proxyconfig
curl -s -o proxyconfig/proxy-secret
curl -s -o proxyconfig/proxy-multi.conf

Now lets exit the mtproxy user shell and create a secret to be used later by Telegram client apps
head -c 16 /dev/urandom | xxd -ps

Now we create a systemd service so that our proxy runs in the background and starts automatically whenever the server is restarted. Open the below file for editing using nano (or the editor of your choice) and paste the below configuration.
Note: you must replace the random string that was generated in previous step with "my_secret" in below config.

$ sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/mtproxy.service

ExecStart=/snap/bin/mtproxy -u mtproxy -p 8888 -H 8000 -S my_secret --aes-pwd proxy-secret proxy-multi.conf -M 1

Lets now start the service
 systemctl enable mtproxy  
systemctl start mtproxy

That's it, we are done, you now have the Telegram proxy setup and (hopefully) working.

NOTE: This was only tested on DigitalOcean droplet, so your mileage may vary.
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(University of Texas at San Antonio) The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will launch a new program aimed at boosting student engagement and retention. The Biomedical Engineering Research for Active military and Veterans (BRAVe) program will target undergraduate students, including those at two-year colleges or who haven't declared majors, and place them in a 10-week summer research lab program to work on projects including: regeneration of damaged tissue, non-invasive tissue recovery, and/or treating soldiers in the battlefield.
            Video Marketing Works Like A Summary If You Think That Writing Is Not Right For You, You Can Always Look For Alternative Ways.      Cache   Translate Page      

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Get over yourself, get in front of the camera, customers want to business products or services in a unique and clever way. There are several reasons that companies avoid making videos: They think marketing videos are unnecessary They don’t think they are qualified to make them They’re camera shy Which one are you? By leveraging some marketing collateral you already have, you might find that is not right for you, you can always look for alternative ways.   Article Marketing Sparks Interest Article marketing is a can contribute the success of various sites to social bookmarking. Below are beneficial tactics you can use Video Marketing Can Be Your Friend You They don’t think they are qualified to make them They’re camera shy Which one are you?

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Canada's top health professional says “campaigns that target parents on social media and the internet” are planting “seeds of doubt” about vaccines, and she's ...

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git clone

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West Ham were heavily interested in signing Maxi Gomez during the January transfer window, but the deal didn’t materialise in the end. However, the Hammers still retain interest in signing him, and they could in fact land him on a cut price deal, according to the latest reports from Spain. With Celta Vigo facing the strong possibility of relegation from La Liga this term, the future of Gomez looks increasingly uncertain. The 22-year-old striker has a release clause set at €50 million (£42.9 million), but according to Spanish media outlet Diario Sport, he would be available for half the price if Celta are

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Real Madrid have reappointed Zinedine Zidane as their manager after Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari both disappointed during their short spells in charge of the job. The news is a huge one for Tottenham Hotspur, as it means manager Mauricio Pochettino, a reported target of the La Liga giants will get to remain at the north London club. At least that’s what former Manchester United and ex Madrid striker Michael Owen expects, and he also reckons the Red Devils’ interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will soon be given the job on permanent basis. Here is how the Balon d’Or winner

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Volkswagen ID hatch
The Volkswagen ID hatch will launch later this year
Group will now launch almost 70 full electric models by 2030, and says they will comprise around 40% of total vehicle sales

Volkswagen Group say it wants to sell 22 million fully-electric vehicles over the next ten years and has 70 different models in the pipeline, up from the 50 models it had previously planned.

The VW Group, whose brands include Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Seat, Skoda, Porsche and Volkswagen, had set the initial target of 50 EVs by 2030 as part of its 2017 ‘Roadmap E’ initiative. It now says that, by 2025, VW’s fleet CO2 footprint will be 30% lower than in 2015 with the total investment in ‘electrification’ reaching €30 billion (£25.6 billion) by 2023.

The first two electric vehicles out of the traps will be the Audi E-tron and Porsche Taycan. VW says that it has received around 20,000 ‘expression of interest’ for each of those vehicles.

These will be followed by the mainstream models based on the new MEB bespoke dedicated electric architecture, including three VWs (the ID hatch, Crozz, and Buzz) the Seat el-Born and production version of the Skoda Vision E. The MEB family models will have a maximum range of 340 miles. 

Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess said expanding the number of electric models means the projected number of full electric vehicles the group will build by 2030 will increase from 15 million to 22 million, comprising around 40% of the group’s vehicle fleet. He added that the new goal was part of an effort to make the VW Group CO2-neutral “in all areas from fleet to production to administration” by 2050.

Car firms are facing increasingly tough CO2 targets, and Diess said the VW Group’s goal was in line with those set out in the Paris Agreement on climate change to make Europe CO2-neutral by 2050.

Diess said that "VW is changing fundamentally", adding: "this supertanker is picking up speed and is becoming faster and more agile. VW is evolving from carmaker to software company." 

He added that in order to meet the cost of the VW Group’s electrification programme the group “must make further improvements in efficiency and performance in all areas”.

VW says that by 2022, it will have 13 factories - eight in Europe, four in China and one in the US - on three continents producing electric cars. The first MEB-based VW ID hatch will roll off the line at the re-fitted Zwickau plant at the end of this year.

VW says that wants the new MEB platform to become the "new standard for industry", although it has not yet found a major carmaker partner. However VW has secured a cooperation deal with Ford on building future vans and pick-ups, including the next-generation Amarok pick-up.

Other joint venture deals include Microsoft for the creation of the VW Automotive Cloud. VW Group Components has been established as an independent business which will cover battery life production from the mineral purchased to end-of-life recycling. The new division will also offer electric drive units ‘to third parties’.

VW also says that it wants to become more like a mobile phone company, with drivers ‘buying into’ the VW connected network. In the near future all VW cars will get an individual ID, allowing VW to be in direct connect with drivers.

The group has secured agreements with LG Chem, SKI, CATL and Samsung for supplies of battery cells, but is also looking at establishing a battery cell manufacturing facility in Europe. It is also working with QuantumScape on solid-state battery technology.

The VW Group says it has received more than 20,000 reservations each for the Audi E-tron and Porsche Taycan EVs that will launch later this year. Following the ID hatch, other brands will launch models based on MEB, including the Seat el-Born and production version of the Skoda Vision.

The VW Group is also investigating partnerships with other firms to help expand the use of the MEB platform, starting with a tie-up with e.Go mobile announced at the Geneva show recently.

VW Group: 2018 a success despite hit from WLTP changeover

Covering the VW Group's financial health last year, Diess described it as having "operative strength". He said: "2018 was a successful year despite the strong headwinds. We delivered 10.8m vehicles globally, up from 10.77m in 2017, which included 17 new models.

"VW’s total 2018 sales revenue was up slightly at 235bn (£200.7bn) with 17.1bn (£14.6bn) was profit. This was 7.3% return on sales, at the upper end of the Group’s target corridor’.

Diess said that VW’s biggest challenge in 2018 was the shift to the new WLTP fuel economy test regime in Europe: "This change over caused a downturn in sales and loss of market share, because numerous vehicles were delayed in coming to market. Having a complex product portfolio hit us and hit Audi very hard."

Diess predicted that it would be the end of April this year before all the Audi brand model variants would be in available at dealers.

The WLTP shock meant that the Group’s engine developers "were working around clock". As well as building more vehicle test cells, the VW brand reduced the number of model variants it offers by a massive 25%. Audi’s range reduction was even larger, by some 30% . Diess said these range simplifications also reduced fixed and manufacturing costs. 

He said that "WLTP will still be a challenge in 2019", adding that 99% of German market VW diesels have been "fixed".

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The legislation demands accountability for the slaying of a Russian opposition leader and calls for investigations of Russian President's finances
          Yemen Humanitarian Update Covering 1 - 13 December 2018 | Issue 34      Cache   Translate Page      
Key Issues Recent IPC analysis indicates that over 20 million face severe food insecurity in Yemen. The upsurge in Yemen’s migrant arrivals exceeds 2018 arrivals to Europe via the Mediterranean Seaw. Polio campaign reaches 4.6 million children, 84 per cent of target. The trend of suspected cholera cases remains stable. UN URGES ACTION TO AVERT HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE IN YEMEN On 7 December, the preliminary results of the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) Food Security Analysis were released, indicating that without humanitarian food assistance over 20 million people in Yemen, representing two thirds of the population, would face severe food insecurity (IPC Phase 3+, that is people in crisis and above on the IPC five phase scale). Alarmingly, for the first time during the conflict in Yemen IPC Phase 5 (people in catastrophe) is observed, meaning that 63,500 people currently in this phase and are barely surviving. However, without large-scale food assistance, the number would be 238 000, three times higher. Only one other country in the world - South Sudan - has people suffering catastrophic food insecurity and even then, the number of people at Phase 5, at 47,000, is much smaller. Overall, 17 per cent of the Yemeni population (about 5 million people) are in IPC Phase 4 (Emergency) and 36 per cent (about 10.8 million people) are in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis). Ongoing hostilities remain the main driver of worsening food security, IDPs and those hosting them are the most vulnerable. The people most at risk of starvation are in Hajjah, Al Hudaydah, Sa’ada ad Taizz governorates. The economic crisis and resulting high food prices, disrupted livelihoods and high levels of unemployment also affects those not in conflict areas - the cost of the minimum/survival food basket is 150 per cent higher than before the conflict. As a result, large numbers of households in most districts across the country are forced to engage in negative coping strategies, including reducing the number of meals or size of food portions, consuming less preferred foods and prioritizing children’s consumption. In addition, households have also resorted to practices that will undermine their longer-term food security, such as selling animals and household items. In response to the situation, WFP is scaling up its food aid operation to target 12 million people per month with food and nutrition assistance next year, up 50 per cent from the 8 million targeted every month this year. The 12 million figure represents 10 million people severely food insecure and 2 million displaced people in acute need. Food aid alone will not be sufficient to end hunger. To do this, much more is needed. The five priorities to prevent more people sliding into IPC Phase 5 and possible famine are: Stop attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure; Allow all imports of food, fuel and medicine; Provide more foreign exchange and pay civil servants; Support the scale up of the humanitarian response; and Support the UN Special Envoy’s efforts to end the conflict. UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit  
          Yemen Humanitarian Update Covering 16 - 23 January 2019 | Issue 2      Cache   Translate Page      
  Key Issues - WFP is scaling up to reach 12 million people with life-saving food rations and commodity vouchers in January; 10 million severely food insecure people will receive in-kind food rations and 2 million will receive commodity vouchers. - Humanitarian partners continue to provide rapid response assistance to people displaced by conflict in Al Hudaydah Governorate, reaching 105,846 displaced families with rapid response assistance as of 16 January. - On 25 January, a fire at the Red Sea Mills in Al Hudaydah City damaged wheat stored in two silos. On 26 January, a collective centre for IDPs was shelled in Haradh District, Hajjah Governorate, killing 8 people and wounding 30 others. - OCHA has launched a new online platform to help humanitarian partners submit deconfliction notifications to the Evacuation and Humanitarian Operations Committee in Riyadh. - Five deminers were killed in an accident on 20 January. In 2018, Emergency Mine Action released around 6.3 million square metres of land through survey and clearance activities. Monthly food assistance target raised to 12 million people The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is in the process of scaling up to reach 12 million people with food assistance each month across Yemen. The scale up plan includes 8.2 million people who will receive in-kind food assistance, 2.8 million who will receive commodity vouchers and eventually a further one million people to will benefit from receiving cash-based transfers. Food assistance has played a critical role in preventing Yemen slipping into famine. The current scale up is in response to increased needs caused by the ongoing conflict and exacerbated an economic decline that has resulted in food prices 66-162 percent higher than before the crisis. About 20.1 million people are food insecure, an astonishing two-thirds of the population and an increase of 13 per cent from 2018. Nearly 10 million people are suffering from extreme hunger and close to 240,000 people are experiencing catastrophic food consumption gaps. An estimated 7.4 million people require services to treat or prevent malnutrition, including 3.2 million people who require treatment for acute malnutrition – 2 million children under 5 and more than one million pregnant and breastfeeding women. Currently, the people of Yemen are more vulnerable and hungrier than at any time since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015. Overall, 230 out Yemen’s 333 districts are at risk of famine. An estimated 18.5 million people live in these districts, including 7.1 million who need life-saving food and livelihoods assistance, 6.6 million who need WASH support and nearly 8 million who need healthcare. With two-thirds of the population food insecure, Yemen is the world’s largest food security crisis. UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit
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          RussiaGate As Organised Distraction      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Prof. Oliver Boyd-Barrett, via Organisation for Propaganda Studies,

For over two years RussiaGate has accounted for a substantial proportion of all mainstream US media political journalism and, because US media have significant agenda-setting propulsion, of global media coverage as well. The timing has been catastrophic.

The Trump Administration has shredded environmental protections, jettisoned nuclear agreements, exacerbated tensions with US rivals, and pandered to the rich.

In place of sustained media attention to the end of the human species from global warming, its even more imminent demise in nuclear warfare, or the further evisceration of democratic discourse in a society riven by historically unprecedented wealth inequalities and unbridled capitalistic greed, corporate media suffocate their publics with a puerile narrative of alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.

The RussiaGate discourse is profoundly mendacious and hypocritical. It presumes that the US is a State whose electoral system enjoys a high degree of public trust and security. Nothing could be further from the truth. The US democratic system is deeply entrenched in a dystopian two-party system dominated by the rich and largely answerable to corporate oligopolies; it is ideologically beholden to the values of extreme capitalism and imperialist domination. Problems with the US electoral system and media are extensive and well documented.

US electoral procedures are profoundly compromised by an electoral college that detaches votes counted from votes that count. The composition of electoral districts have been gerrymandered to minimize the possibility of electoral surprises. Voting is dependent on easily hackable corporate-manufactured electronic voting systems.

Right-wing administrations reach into a tool-box of voter-suppression tactics that run the gamut from minimizing available voting centers and voting machines through to excessive voter identification requirements and the elimination of swathes of the voting lists (e.g. groups such as people who have committed felonies or people whose names are similar to those of felons, or people who have not voted in previous elections).

Even the results of campaigns are corrupted when outgoing regimes abuse their remaining weeks in power to push through regulations or legislation that will scuttle the efforts of their successors.

Democratic theory presupposes the formal equivalence of voice in the battlefield of ideas. Nothing could be further from the reality of the US “democratic” system in which a small number of powerful interests enjoy ear-splitting megaphonic advantage on the basis of often anonymous “dark” money donations filtered through SuperPacs and their ilk, operating outside the confines of (the somewhat more transparently monitored) ten-week electoral campaigns.

Regarding media, democratic theory presupposes a public communications infrastructure that facilities the free and open exchange of ideas. No such infrastructure exists.  Mainstream media are owned and controlled by a small number of large, multi-media and multi-industrial conglomerates that lie at the very heart of US oligopoly capitalism and much of whose advertising revenue and content is furnished from other conglomerates.

The inability of mainstream media to sustain an information environment that can encompass histories, perspectives and vocabularies that are free of the shackles of US plutocratic self-regard is also well documented.

Current US media coverage of the US-gestated crisis in Venezuela is a case in point. The much celebrated revolutionary potential of social media is illusory. The principal suppliers of social media architecture are even more corporatized than their legacy predecessors. They depend not just on corporate advertising but on the sale of big data that they pilfer from users and sell to corporate and political propagandists often for non-transparent AI-assisted micro-targeting during ‘persuasion’ campaigns.

Like their legacy counterparts, social media are imbricated within, collaborate with, and are vulnerable to the machinations of the military-industry-surveillance establishment. So-called election meddling across the world has been an outstanding feature of the exploitation of social and legacy media by companies linked to political, defense and intelligence such as – but by no means limited to – the former Cambridge Analytica and its British parent SCL.

Against this backdrop of electoral and media failures, it makes little sense to elevate discussion of and attention to the alleged social media activities of, say, Russia’s Internet Research Agency. Attention is being directed away from substantial, and substantiated, problems and onto trivial, and unsubstantiated, problems.

Moreover, in a climate of manufactured McCarthyite hysteria, RussiaGate further presupposes that any communication between a presidential campaign and Russia is in itself a deplorable thing. Even if one were to confine this conversation only to communication between ruling oligarchs of both the US and Russia, however, the opposite would surely be the case. This is not simply because of the benefits that accrue from a broader understanding of the world, identification of shared interests and opportunities, and their promise for peaceful relations.

real politik analysis might advise the insertion of wedges between China and Russia so as to head off the perceived threat to the USA of a hybrid big-power control over a region of the world that has long been considered indispensable for truly global hegemony.

Even if we address RussiaGate as a problem worthy of our attention, the evidentiary basis for the major claims is weak. The ultimate unfolding of RussiaGate discourse now awaits the much-anticipated report of Special Counsel and former FBI director Robert Mueller. Mueller’s indictments and investigations have to date implicated several individuals for activities that in some cases have no connection whatsoever to the 2016 Presidential campaign.  In some other instances they appear to have been more about lies and obstructions to his investigation rather than material illegal acts, or amount to charges that are unlikely ever to be contested in a court of law.

The investigation itself is traceable back to two significant but extremely problematic reports made public in January 2017. One was the “Steele dossier” by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele. This is principally of interest for its largely unsupported allegations that in some sense or another Trump was in cahoots with Russia. Steele’s company, Orbis, was commissioned to write the report by Fusion GPS which in turn was contracted by attorneys working for the Democratic National Campaign.

Passage of earlier drafts of the Steele report through sources close to British intelligence, and accounts by Trump adviser George Papadopoulos concerning conversations he had concerning possible Russian possession of Clinton emails with a character who may as likely have been a British as a Russian spy, were instrumental in stimulating FBI interest in and spying on the Trump campaign.

There are indirect links between Christopher Steele, another former MI6 agent, Pablo Miller (who also worked for Orbis) and Sergei Skripal, a Russian agent who had been recruited as informer to MI6 by Miller and who was the target of an attempted assassination in 2018. This event has occasioned controversial, not to say highly implausible and mischievous British government claims and accusations against Russia.

The  most significant matter raised by a second report, issued by the Intelligence Community Assessment and representing the conclusions of a small team picked from the Director of Intelligence office, CIA, FBI and NSA, was its claim that Russian intelligence was responsible for the hacking of the computer systems of the DNC and its chairman John Podesta in summer 2016 and that the hacked documents had been passed to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. No evidence for this was supplied.

Although the hacking allegations have become largely uncontested articles of faith in the RussiaGate discourse they are significantly reliant on the problematic findings of a small private company hired by the DNC. There is also robust evidence that the documents may have been leaked rather than hacked, and by US-based sources.

The fact that the documents revealed that the DNC, a supposedly neutral agent in the primary campaign, had in fact been biased in favor of the candidature of Hillary Clinton, and that Clinton’s private statements to industry were not in keeping with her public positions, has long been obscured in media memory in favor a preferred narrative of Russian villainy.

Why then does the RussiaGate discourse have so much traction? Who benefits?

First, RussiaGate serves the interest of a (1)corrupted Democratic Party, whose biased and arguably incompetent campaign management lost it the 2016 election, in alliance with with (2)powerful factions of the US industrial-military-surveillance establishment that for the past 19 years, through NATO and other malleable international agencies, has sought to undermine Putin’s leadership, dismember Russia and the Russian Federation (undoubtedly for the benefit of western capital) and, more latterly, further contain China in a perpetual and titanic struggle for the heart of EurAsia.

In so far as Trump had indicated (for whatever reasons) in the course of his campaign that he disagreed with at least some aspects of this long-term strategy, he came to be viewed as unreliable by the US security state. While serving the immediate purpose of containing Trump, US accusations of Russian meddling in US elections were farcical in the context of a well-chronicled history of US “meddling” in the elections and politics of nations for over 100 years. This meddling across  all hemispheres has included the staging of coups, invasions and occupations on false pretext in addition to numerous instances of “color revolution” strategies involving the financing of opposition parties and provoking uprisings, frequently coupled with economic warfare (sanctions).

A further beneficiary (3)is the sum of all those interests that favor a narrowing of public expression to a framework supportive of neoliberal imperialism. Paradoxically exploiting the moral panic associated with both Trump’s plaintive wailing about “fake news” whenever mainstream media coverage is critical of him, and social media embarrassment over exposure of their big data sales to powerful corporate customers, these interests have called for more regulation of, as well as self-censorship by, social media.

Social media responses increasingly involve more restrictive algorithms and what are often partisan “fact-checkers” (illustrated by Facebook financial support for and dependence on the pro-NATO “think tank,” the Atlantic Council). The net impact has been devastating for many information organizations in the arena of social media whose only “sin” is analysis and opinion that runs counter to elite neoliberal propaganda. The standard justification of such attacks on free expression is to insinuate ties to Russia and/or to terrorism.

Given these heavy handed and censorious responses by powerful actors, it would appear perhaps that the RussiaGate narrative is increasingly implausible to many and the only hope now for its proponents is to stifle questioning. These are dark days indeed for democracy.

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          Georgia Woman Arrested And Accused Of Aiding ISIS Cyber Group That Made 'Kill Lists'       Cache   Translate Page      

A woman in Georgia has been arrested and charged with conspiring to provide material support for ISIS.

Kim Anh Vo, 20, was arrested Tuesday morning in the town of Hephzibah.

Federal prosecutors in New York allege that Vo joined an online group called the United Cyber Caliphate, which had sworn allegiance to ISIS and encouraged followers to attack Americans.

As part of the group's work, members assembled "kill lists" with names, addresses and other identifying details of U.S. soldiers and State Department officials. They called on followers to "murder thousands of American citizens through so-called 'lone wolf attacks,' " according to the complaint.

One list alone, posted in April 2017, contained information on some 8,000 people.

Vo allegedly went by such names as "F@ng," "Miss.Bones" and "Kitty Lee." She primarily recruited people to join in a hacking effort and to create ISIS propaganda, including a "depiction of the decapitation of a kneeling man."

She has also been accused of recruiting a minor living in Norway to help threaten a New York nonprofit organization that was trying to confront extremist ideologies. Norwegian law enforcement detained the minor in March 2017.

It was not immediately clear whether Vo had a defense attorney.

The 29-page complaint outlines messages she exchanged with other adherents to the cyber group, using emoticons and common ISIS phrases.

Around March 22, 2017, when a terrorist attack in London killed four and injured dozens more, Vo allegedly stated that she had an idea to use the "recent success attack" to target more countries.

Three times between July 2017 and Aug. 2018, Vo contacted the FBI and spoke with agents in voluntary, recorded interviews. Why she contacted the FBI is not explained in the complaint.

She apparently believed the first leader of the United Cyber Caliphate was living in Iraq. After that person "ultimately disappeared," she was nominated by some members to lead the group but declined.

If convicted, Vo faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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          Colorado baker asks for true tolerance, and an end to the spotlight      Cache   Translate Page      

Denver, Colo., Mar 12, 2019 / 02:20 pm (CNA).- A Colorado baker who became the focus of legal battles over religious freedom and same-sex marriage hopes his time in the spotlight is over after a Supreme Court victory last year and a resolution to a subsequent case.

“I hope this is the end of my legal battles, and that I can return to my quiet life as a cake artist,” said Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., a Denver suburb. “I love creating my cake art for all people. What I can’t do is create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events in conflict with my religious beliefs.”

In a March 8 Denver Post opinion essay titled “Can I just be a cake artist again?”, Phillips said this “should be OK because a truly tolerant society tolerates different convictions. The First Amendment protects the peaceful exercise of my beliefs, and it protects my choice of what not to say and what not to celebrate. It protects you as well.”

Philips said he opened Masterpiece Cakeshop in 1993 and focused his talents on artistic cakes. He developed his talents through “countless art classes and years of practice.” He believes his cakeshop has become an “art gallery of cakes.”

In 2012, he said, he became the target of state officials who were “unabashedly hostile to my faith.”

That year, Phillips declined a same-sex couple’s request to make a wedding cake for their union on the grounds that doing so would violate his religious beliefs, although he did offer to create a different cake. Colorado law did not recognize same-sex unions as marriages at the time.

The couple filed a lawsuit against Phillips and in 2013, a Colorado judge sided with the plaintiffs. He ordered Phillips to receive anti-discrimination training and to serve same-sex weddings or stop serving weddings altogether. He chose to stop serving weddings.

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission then ruled that by declining to make the cake, the baker had violated the state’s anti-discrimination law categorizing sexual orientation as a protected class.

In the commission’s unanimous 2014 vote against the baker, then-Commissioner Diane Rice said: “Freedom of religion and religion has been used to justify all kinds of discrimination throughout history, whether it be slavery, whether it be the holocaust, whether it be—I mean, we ... can list hundreds of situations where freedom of religion has been used to justify discrimination. And to me it is one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use—…to use their religion to hurt others.”

In Phillips’ view, Rice “blasted my (and your) constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom as a ‘despicable piece of rhetoric’.”

“She and her colleagues forced me out of the wedding industry, costing me 40 percent of my business. In their eyes, it seemed, my religious beliefs were incompatible with participation in a tolerant society,” he said in the Denver Post. “In other words, my beliefs were intolerable.”

Rice’s words were later cited in arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Anthony Kennedy commented that tolerance is “essential in a free society” and said Colorado officials had been “neither tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips’s religious beliefs.”

In June 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Phillips with a 7-2 decision in the case, known as Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. It said the officials had shown “clear and impermissible hostility” towards Phillips’ religious beliefs and had acted inconsistently in other cases where bakers had refused to create cakes with messages to which they objected.

After that decision, Phillips thought he was “vindicated,” saying, “I hoped that I could return to being just a cake artist.”

But another case was pending.

In June 2017 lawyer Autumn Scardina ordered a cake to celebrate the anniversary of a “gender transition,” pink on the inside and blue on the outside, and Phillips declined on the grounds of his religious beliefs.

He was again put before the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which issued a formal complaint against the cakeshop in October 2018 on the grounds he had discriminated on the basis of gender identity.

Phillips said he decided to “push back” because “no one should be driven out of business because of their religious beliefs.” Represented by attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom legal group, he filed a legal challenge against the commissioners, the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and other state officials.

“Those legal proceedings revealed an even deeper hostility toward my faith than previously known,” he said. One state commissioner had called him a “hater” on Twitter, while two others had publicly endorsed Rice’s “anti-religious” statements.

In January, U.S. District Court Senior Judge Wiley Daniel had said the lawsuit could proceed, given there is evidence of unequal treatment of Phillips “sufficient to establish they are pursuing the discrimination charges against Phillips in bad faith” motivated by his religion. Phillips “adequately alleged his speech is being chilled by the credible threat of prosecution.”

The judge allowed departing Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to be dropped from the suit because he was leaving leaving office. Gov. Jared Polis was not added to the suit.

State officials later agreed to drop the case.

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said March 5 that both parties agreed “it was not in anyone’s best interest to move forward with these cases.”

“The larger constitutional issues might well be decided down the road, but these cases will not be the vehicle for resolving them,” he said, adding “equal justice for all will continue to be a core value that we will uphold as we enforce our state’s and nation’s civil rights laws.”

In his essay, Phillips said he hoped that the United States can “learn to tolerate and respect our differing beliefs” and that “governments stop harassing people whose faith they dislike.”

“If that happens, then maybe, just maybe, I can go back to being just a cake artist.”

The Supreme Court case came amid increased advocacy from influential LGBT groups and others against broad religious freedom protections.

The case was a focus of the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, a San Francisco-based private family foundation with half a billion dollars in assets, which gave at least $500,000 to LGBT-supportive groups on advocacy and public relations campaigns related to Masterpiece Cakeshop in 2017 and 2018. The fund is one of several large funders which have committed nearly $10 million in various anti-religious freedom grants, according to CNA reports.

The Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling on Masterpiece Cakeshop was one of several recent cases involving the collision between legal recognition of same-sex marriage and the freedoms of speech and religion. Florists, photographers, and other wedding industry professionals have been involved in lawsuits about whether they can be required to create works of art for same-sex weddings to which they hold religious objections.  

The rise of same-sex marriage and strict anti-discrimination laws and regulations have helped to close Catholic adoption agencies and others that decline to place children with same-sex couples.

          EBSCO PRODUCTS BEING UPGRADED!       Cache   Translate Page      

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13, EBSCO, one of PCDL's digital product vendors, will be upgrading a key part of product infrastructure, which will bring improved stability to PCDL’s ordering and content delivery systems. During the upgrade, the EBSCO eBooks, EBSCO Audiobooks, and Flipster digital magazines will be unavailable.

Library users will not be able to check out, download, or place holds on any EBSCO eBooks, audiobooks, or read Flipster digital magazine titles in both the desktop and mobile formats during this upgrade period. Unfortunately, PCDL does not know how long this upgrade period will last, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

          포트나이트, 듀오 토너먼트 실시 ‘테스트 매치에도 총 10만 달러 상금’      Cache   Translate Page      
[자료제공: 에픽게임즈] - ‘포트나이트 월드컵’ 예선 테스트 위해 10만 달러 상금이 걸린 듀오 토너먼트 ‘말썽꾼 듀오 컵’ 진행 - 플레이어들에게 큰 사랑을 받았던 기간 한정 모드 ‘도주’ 재오픈 - Xbox One-PS4, 모바일-닌텐도 스위치 크로스 플레이 지원 - 신규 아이템 ‘볼러’ 추가 및 크리에이티브 업데이트 진행 총 10만달러(한화 약 1억 1,300만원)의 상금이 걸린 포트나이트 듀오 토너먼트 ‘말썽꾼 듀오 컵'이 3월 16일 시작된다. 세계적인 게임 개발사이자 게임엔진 개발사인 에픽게임즈의 한국법인 에픽게임즈 코
          ‘GPM’, ‘몬스터VR’에서 신규 VR 게임 2종 서비스 시작      Cache   Translate Page      
[자료제공: GPM] - ‘몬스터VR’, 캐나다 <스노우 포트리스>, 한국 <이상하고 기묘한 박물관> 등 신규 서비스 시작 - 직관적인 플레이 방식과 전략적인 게임성으로 VR 게임만의 색다른 즐거움 전달 - ‘GPM’, 게임, 영상, 웹툰 등 고품질 VR 콘텐츠 서비스로 이용자들의 만족도 향상 가상현실(VR) 플랫폼 개발 및 몬스터VR 테마파크 운영 기업 ㈜GPM(대표 박성준)이 자사가 운영하는 VR 테마파크 ‘몬스터VR’에서 신규 VR 게임 2종의 서비스를 시작한다고 밝혔다. 이번 새롭게 추가된 신규 게임은 캐나다와 한국의 유명
          같은 캐릭터라도 다른 개성! 마스터 탱커 8종의 클래스      Cache   Translate Page      
웹젠 모바일 MMO <마스터 탱커> 클래스 스크린샷
지난 11일 정식 출시한 웹젠의 모바일 MMORPG <마스터 탱커>는 독특한 특징을 가진 8개의 클래스를 가지고 있다. 게임 내 캐릭터는 워리어, 샤먼, 위저드, 프리스트, 어쌔신 등 총 8가지 직업으로 구성되어 있다. 탱커의 경우 워리어와 가디언이 있으며 워리언은 메인 탱커를, 가디언은 힐 스킬을 보유하고 있어 서브 탱커를 맡는다. 힐러로는 단일 힐 중심인 프리스트와 파티 전체 힐을 맡는 샤먼이 있다. 이외 근/원거리 딜러로 위저드, 어쌔신, 레인저, 다크메이지 등 4종이 있다. <마스터 탱커>는 한 캐릭터마다 2개의 외형을 보유
          포르테 - 리플 스프링, 게임 업계 블록체인 도입 가속화를 위한 1억 달러 자금 조성      Cache   Translate Page      
[자료제공: 포르테] 게임 산업을 위한 블록체인 플랫폼 기업 포르테(Forte)와 리플(Ripple)의 개발자 생태계 지원 프로젝트 스프링(Xpring)이 게임 개발자 지원을 위해 1억 달러(한화 약 1,130억 원) 규모의 자금을 조성했다. 해당 자금은 포르테의 플랫폼 기술 운영에 사용되는 한편, 게임 산업 내 블록체인 기술 채택을 가속화하기 위해 리플과 공동으로 설계한 오픈 소스 솔루션에 사용될 것이다. 블록체인 기술은 게임 개발 환경을 개선하고 개발자들이 더 성공적이며 발전된 게임 경제를 운영하도록 지원할 잠재력을 가지고 있으
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[자료제공: 전남 광주 글로벌 게임센터] 광주·전남 지역 기업이 개발한 게임 고유의 컨셉트와 IP(지적재산권)가 국내외 업계 관계자들에게 호평을 받으며, 다양한 시장과 플랫폼으로 뻗어나갈 수 있는 작품성·독창성을 입증해보이고 있다. 광주정보문화산업진흥원(원장 탁용석)과 전남정보산업진흥원(원장 김명원)은 ‘전남·광주 글로벌게임센터 비즈&쇼케이스(BIZ&SHOWCASE)’를 지난 3월 2~3일 전북 군산에서 개최했다. 참가사들은 총 73건, 2,442만 달러 규모의 비즈니스 상담 성과를 달성하며 VR과 모바일 게임 시장에서의 경쟁력을
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[자료제공: 레드불] - 레드불, 2019년 3월부터 e스포츠팀 킹존 드래곤X 공식 후원 계약 - 킹존 LoL 팀의 국내외 e스포츠 대회 참가 지원 및 e스포츠 관련 콘텐츠 제작 예정 레드불은 e스포츠팀 ‘킹존 드래곤X(KING-ZONE Dragon X, 이하 킹존)’와 스폰서십 계약을 체결하고 <리그오브레전드>(League of Legend, 이하 LoL) 선수단을 공식 후원한다고 밝혔다. 이번 후원으로 레드불은 킹존 LoL 팀의 국내외 e스포츠 대회 참가를 지원하게 된다. 대회에서 좋은 성적을 낼 수 있도록 금전적 지원을 진행한
          넷마블문화재단, 미래 게임 인재 교육 제공 위한 ‘게임아카데미’ 4기 모집      Cache   Translate Page      
[자료제공: 넷마블문화재단] - 오는 4월 12일까지 게임개발에 대한 관심과 역량 보유한 만 14세~18세 청소년 대상 - 게임아카데미 게임개발 스튜디오에서 약 8개월간 실무 교육 및 멘토링 등 다양한 프로그램 진행 - 창작 게임 경진대회 및 전시회 진행, 우수 작품에는 시상 및 상금도 수여 넷마블문화재단(이사장 방준혁)은 ‘게임아카데미’ 4기 참가 청소년을 4월 12일(금)까지 모집한다고 금일 밝혔다. ‘게임아카데미’는 미래 게임 인재를 꿈꾸는 청소년들을 대상으로 실제 게임개발 과정 교육을 제공하고 차세대 게임 산업 리더로의 성장
          한빛소프트, ‘오디션’ IP 활용한 모바일 퍼즐게임 연내 론칭 계획      Cache   Translate Page      
[자료제공: 한빛소프트] 올해 서비스 15주년을 맞은 장수 인기 PC 온라인 게임 <오디션>의 IP(지적재산권)를 활용한 신규 모바일 퍼즐 게임이 나온다. 한빛소프트는 아이오넷을 통해 <오디션 with 퍼즐>(가칭)을 개발 중이며 연내 론칭할 계획이라고 13일 밝혔다. 아이오넷은 한빛소프트 출신 개발자들을 중심으로 지난해 설립한 회사로 이 게임을 통해 시장에 데뷔하게 된다. 이날 공개된 영상에 따르면 <오디션 with 퍼즐>은 전통적인 매치3 장르(같은 종류 블록 3개를 연결하는 퍼즐게임류)에 오디션 특유의 리듬액션과 소셜 기능을
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Killer Lawyer
Jake Wolfe Book 3
by Mark Nolan
Genre: Thriller

Attorney by day, assassin by night.

Jake Wolfe is a young lawyer who leads a secret life. Trained by the CIA, he now wants peace and quiet, practicing law and living on a boat with his war dog. But when his city is shocked by a serial killer and he’s framed for the murder of a friend, Jake must race against time to find the killer before he strikes again.
Drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse; at every step Jake and his loved ones are being hunted by the clever, twisted madman. As the city is gripped in fear of the seemingly random shootings that could strike anybody, Jake investigates and uncovers ominous clues until a shocking reversal of fortune changes everything.
With the clock ticking and lives at stake, will Jake be able to find and stop the killer in time, or will he become the next victim?
Buckle up for a wild ride as Jake Wolfe and his exceptionally intelligent dog, Cody, return to action in this page-turning thriller in Mark Nolan’s bestselling series that has earned thousands of 5-star ratings on Amazon and Goodreads.

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Vigilante Assassin
Jake Wolfe Book 2

Every marriage has a secret, but this one is deadly.

Lauren Stephens wakes up to find her husband, Gene, has vanished during the night. His phone is dead. Desperate, she hires Jake Wolfe and his war dog, Cody. They search the house and discover something so disturbing that Jake won’t allow Lauren near it. “No, if you see this, there is no unseeing it.”

Lauren thought she had it all: a loving partner, two great kids, a successful business, and a beautiful home in the San Francisco hills. But all of that is about to come crashing down, due to a missing husband, a hidden past, and a frightening secret that will shock a trusting wife to the core. Gene has enemies, and now they want something from Lauren.

Jake Wolfe is a flawed man who has a habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He wants to leave his secret, violent past behind him, but when Lauren and her children are threatened, his protective instinct takes command. Jake soon finds himself involved in a dangerous conspiracy, targeted for death, and engaged in battle with a powerful, unseen group who will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Jake’s going to have to think fast and fight hard to protect Cody, Lauren and her kids.

Vigilante Assassin is “Jake Wolfe book two” in the ongoing series. It can be read as a stand-alone, or you can start with book one, titled: Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie.

Both of these Kindle Unlimited books in the Jake Wolfe mystery thriller novel series are available to read for free with your subscription to Kindle Unlimited.

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Dead Lawyers Don't Lie
Jake Wolfe Book 1

A mysterious killer who calls himself The Artist is assassinating wealthy lawyers in San Francisco. When war veteran Jake Wolfe accidentally takes his picture during a murder, The Artist adds Jake to his kill list and he becomes a target in a deadly game of cat and mouse that only one of them can survive. How far would you go to protect your loved ones from a killer? Jake wants to leave his top secret, violent past life behind him. But the reluctant, flawed hero can't ignore his duty and his personal moral compass.

This gripping thriller is full of suspense, plot twists and surprises. It features a cast of interesting characters, including several strong-willed women, two wise-cracking San Francisco Police Homicide Inspectors, one highly intelligent dog, and a philosophical killer who shares Jake's admiration for Van Gogh paintings but still plans to kill him anyway. As Jake gets closer to unraveling a merciless conspiracy, his life gets turned upside down and the danger level increases, adding to the growing suspense. This entertaining page-turner starts out as a murder mystery and then shifts gears into a high-speed action thriller that takes you on a roller-coaster ride to the riveting ending. A good read for those who enjoy mysteries, suspense, action and adventure, vigilante justice, unique characters, witty dialogue and a little romance too. Now on sale in over a dozen countries around the world. Be the first among your friends to read it.

Fans of new Kindle Unlimited novels will be happy to know this book is one of the best financial thrillers in kindle unlimited books.

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Mark Nolan is the author of Dead Lawyers Don't Lie, the sequel titled Vigilante Assassin, and book 3 in the series: Killer Lawyer. He's currently writing book 4. Mark also tries to make time every day to answer emails from readers. You can reach him and subscribe to his newsletter at

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Clinique | Clinique iD™ Custom-Blend Hydrator Collection: Review
In hopes of optimizing my skincare, I love mixing serums, oils, and creams to create the ultimate combination. So imagine my excitement when Clinique released the new Clinique iD™Custom Blend Hydrator Collection ($47 CAD for 125 ml). Housed in a unique, patent-pending packaging that keeps the active concentrate in a separate cartridge from the moisturizer base to ensure freshness and integrity, the Clinique iD™ offers 15 different custom blends that target various skin needs and concerns. I've got reviews of a few options from the collection to share with you today. To read on, click......
Clinique | Clinique iD™ Custom-Blend Cartridges: Review
Clinique iD™| Active Cartridge Concentrates
The Clinique iD™ Custom Blend Hydrator is available in 15 different variations. To start, select from the three available moisturizer bases (115 ml): the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+™, the Dramatically Different Oil-Control Gel, and the Dramatically Different Hydrating Gel (reviewed here). Next, select from one of the five Active Cartridge Concentrates (10 ml): Irritation (Green), Pores & Uneven Texture (Blue), Uneven Skin Tone (White), Fatigue (Orange), and Lines & Wrinkles (Purple).
Clinique | Clinique iD™ Custom-Blend Cartridges: Review
Clinique iD™| Active Cartridge Concentrate for Fatigue
It's worth noting that although all the moisturizer bases are part of the core collection at Clinique and can be purchased on their own, the Active Cartridge Concentrates are not for individual sale. When you buy your Clinique iD™ Custom Blend Hydrator, the base and the cartridge are packaged separately and easily assembled. The packaging for the moisturizer base features an extra-wide opening to accommodate the screw-on cartridge so even if you happen to have an original Dramatically Different Hydrating Gel or Lotion at home, it won't be compatible with the Active Cartridge Concentrate.
Clinique | Clinique iD™ Custom-Blend Cartridges: Review
Clinique iD™| Active Cartridge Concentrate for Fatigue
I'm a sucker for cool packaging so the Clinique iD™ Custom-Blend Hydrator bottle immediately captured my interest. As you can see in the images above, each cartridge contains a sealed compartment wherein the active concentrate is stored. An extra straw extends from the pump so when the dual-nozzle is pressed, the moisturizer base and the active concentrate is dispensed at the same time. I had some trouble getting the active concentrate to dispense properly at first. However, after a few test pumps, both sides came out smoothly. I've not finished any of these to see whether or not the ratio of concentrate to moisturizer is appropriately matched but by the looks of it, a small amount of concentrate is dispensed per pump so the cartridge should last until the very last drops of the moisturizer base.
Clinique | Clinique iD™ Custom-Blend Hydrators | Dramatically Different Jelly + Lines & Wrinkles Cartridge: Review
Clinique iD™| Dramatically Different Hydrating Gel + Lines & Wrinkles Cartridge
As all three moisturizer bases (Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+™, Oil-Control Gel, and Hydrating Gel) are pre-existing products, I'll focus mostly on the three cartridges I received here, starting with the Active Cartridge Concentrate for Fatigue (Orange). Formulated with glycolic acid, caffeine, salicylic acid, green tea extract, Lactobacillus ferment, and taurine (amino acid), the Fatigue Concentrate has a thin runny texture and is tinted orange. I paired mine with the lightweight Hydrating Gel for daytime use and the two offers a brightening, non-greasy hydration that works great as a base for makeup.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Caffeine, Sodium RNA, Salicylic Acid, Glycerin, Adenosine Phosphate, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Acetyl Carnitine HCL, Phospholipids, Lactobacillus Ferment, Caprylyl Glycol, Taurine, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Stearic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4 (Ci 14700), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140).
Clinique | Clinique iD™ Custom-Blend Hydrators | Dramatically Hydrating Gel + Fatigue Cartridge: Review
Clinique iD™| Dramatically Different Hydrating Gel + Fatigue Cartridge
Next up is the Active Cartridge Concentrate for Uneven Skin Tone (White). Designed to reduce discoloration and provide a smoother, more even skin tone, this concentrate contains ascorbyl glucoside (a stable form of vitamin C), caffeine, extracts of Japanese Angelica root, apple, cucumber, and a handful of other botanical extracts. The formulation is texturally similar to the other two concentrates with the exception that it is untinted. I paired it one with the Oil-Control Gel and it is hands down my favorite out of the three. I'm not sure if it's just the Dramatically Different Oil-Control Gel that's so awesome or if it's the concentrate that makes the difference but either way, the combination of the two provides a dreamy texture and ample hydration that last all day. Especially since the weather has been dry, the nourishing formulation provides that extra bit of moisturization without feeling heavy or greasy.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Caffeine, Angelica Acutiloba (Japanese Angelica) Root Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Molasses Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Salicylic Acid, Phospholipids, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Stearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Taurine, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol.
Clinique | Clinique iD™ Custom-Blend Hydrators | Dramatically Different Oil-Control Gel + Uneven Skin Tone Cartridge: Review
Clinique iD™| Dramatically Different Oil-Control Gel + Uneven Skin Tone Cartridge
Last but not least is the Active Cartridge Concentrate for Lines & Wrinkles (Purple). With whey protein, extracts of sweet almond seed, caffeine, and red algae extract, the Lines & Wrinkles concentrate is runny, lightweight, and purple-tinted. This version promises to instantly smooth the look of skin and help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles with long-term use. I paired mine with the Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly and I have to say that out of the three, this one provided the least noticeable result. The concentrate didn't seem to add much to the already great moisturizer base but its result may be better exemplified with a heavier base such as the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+™.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Whey Protein, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Citrate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Caffeine, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Micrococcus Lysate, Pullulan, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Taurine, Hexylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Red 33 (Ci 17200).
Clinique | Clinique iD™ Custom-Blend Hydrators | Dramatically Different Jelly + Lines & Wrinkles Cartridge: Review
Clinique iD™| Dramatically Different Hydrating Gel + Lines & Wrinkles Cartridge
Overall I like this collection quite a bit. I'm all for mixing boosters and concentrates with my moisturizers so the fact that the Clinique iD™ system has everything built-in makes things easy and convenient. If you are already a fan of one (or all) of the three Clinique moisturizers, then it's definitely worth trying as the price difference is only $11 CAD. My personal recommendation is the Dramatically Different Oil-Control Gel + Active Cartridge Concentrate for Uneven Skin Tone (White) for the ultimate lightweight hydration that also works great as a makeup base. Have you spotted this collection in stores? Are you a fan of skincare boosters? Share with me in the comments below!

Clinique is available at Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Hudson's Bay, and

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          (DEU-Hamburg) Hill's Pet - Key Account Manager - eCommerce & Pet (m/w/d)      Cache   Translate Page      
Hill's Pet - Key Account Manager - eCommerce & Pet (m/w/d)Apply now » Apply now + Start apply with Seek + + Apply Now + Start + Please wait... Apply now ×Apply for Job × × × Enter your email to apply Date:12-Mar-2019 Location:Hamburg, HH, DE Work that matters, fuelled by passion for pets! At Hill’s we have a purpose. Every day around the world, we transform the lives of millions of pet families through pioneering innovation, amazing nutrition, and the best and brightest people. Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet nutrition, Hills' mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. HILL'S® Prescription Diet® therapeutic pet foods, HILL'S® Science Diet® and HILL'S® Ideal Balance™ wellness pet foods are sold worldwide. Hill’s is a division of Colgate-Palmolive, a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, with sales of products in more than 200 countries. To learn more about Hill's and Colgate, please visithttp://www.hillspet.comand, or find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Location: Hamburg, Hamburg, GermanyRelocation Assistance Offered Within Region# 72482 Key Account Manager - eCommerce & Pet (m/w/d) The primary purpose of the Key Account Manager DACH role is to drive accelerated growth and superior customer engagement within our critical eCommerce channel and lead the strategic direction for our direct to consumer eShop business model. The purpose of the role also extends to managing the decline in our Pet B&M channel through prioritization and focus on critical customers. Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities: eCommerce: + Prioritize key eCommerce customers we will target for customer engagement + Lead the negotiation for our eComm customers, together with the Assoc. KAM, build comprehensive business development plans to drive our growth. + Establishing and maintaining strong relationships within organization of key eComm / Omni challenge customers + Achievement of sales, volume and SOM targets through excellence in 6P plan execution + Implements the agreed eCom customer execution and grids though partnership with Marketing. + Demonstrate a ‘Do and Learn’ approach to experimenting and optimizing growth drivers for our eCom business eShop: + Provide strategic direction on our direct to consumer eShop business model. + Provide input to the Assoc.KAM eComm/eShop, to build growth strategies to significantly accelerate both penetration and loyalty. + Provide guidance to the cross functional team for eShop, including finance and customer service and logistics. + Deliver the eShop P&L, while driving margin improvement. Pet: + Manage the Pet Channel Key Accounts with a focus on our prioritized customers. + Focus on critical execution points to win on the ground with core assortment. + Be a key point of contact for our relationship with our 3rd party sales team Combera + Work to optimize our 3rd Party field team and win on the ground where we focus. Develop a High Performing Team: + Provide coaching and development for your team: Assoc.KAM eComm/eShop and eComm Analyst + Work closely with the European eCommerce Centre of Excellence to grow our overall eComm business, including strengthening plans to drive centrally run accounts Education/ Experience Requirements: Basic qualifications include: + University Degree + At least 5+ years of experience in Customer Development/Sales, out of which minimum 1-2 years’ experience of managing Key Accounts (preferably eCommerce and indirect trade experience) + Fluency in German AND English Expected Areas of Skills + Proven track of successful commercial skills + Knowledge of Pet Food Specialty Channels is a plus + Analysis/Decision Making Leadership Competencies (Should match the Colgate Global Competencies) + Exceptional communicator with strong relationship building skills. + Influence/Negotiation + Consumer/Customer Focused + Foster Experimentation + Effective Execution Functional Competencies (Should match the Colgate Global Competencies) + Understanding our environment + Category Development + Financial Proficiency Working Relationships (Key partnerships and reporting relationships) + Does this position supervise: Yes + Peers: + Reports to: General Manager Hills DACH Travel Requirements Expected percentage of travel: Up to 40% Place of work – Hill’s Germany Office; Hamburg Are you interested in working for Hill's Pet Nutrition? You can apply to work with us using this online application. Attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by email are not considered in the selection process.Become part of our team. We look forward to your application. Equal Opportunity EmployerColgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law. . Job Segment:Account Manager, Social Media, Business Development, Manager, Marketing Manager, Sales, Marketing, Management
          (DEU-Hamburg) Hill's Pet - Key Account Manager - eCommerce & Pet (m/w/d)      Cache   Translate Page      
Hill's Pet - Key Account Manager - eCommerce & Pet (m/w/d)Jetzt bewerben » Jetzt bewerben Start + Bitte warten... Jetzt bewerben ×Für Stelle bewerben × × × Geben Sie Ihre E-Mail-Adresse ein, um sich zu bewerben. Datum:12.03.2019 Standort:Hamburg, HH, DE Ein Job, der einen Unterschied macht und durch Tierliebe geprägt ist! Bei Hill's haben wir ein Ziel. Mit wegweisenden Innovationen, hochqualitativer Tiernahrung sowie den engagiertesten Mitarbeitern verändern wir tagtäglich das Leben von Millionen Familien mit Haustieren auf der ganzen Welt. Seit über 75 Jahren engagiert sich das Unternehmen Hill's in der Herstellung von Tiernahrung unermüdlich für höchste Qualität und setzt sich dafür ein, die besonderen Beziehungen zwischen Menschen und ihren Haustieren zu bereichern. Das tierärztliche Spezialfutter HILL'S® Prescription Diet®, die Wellness-Tierfutter HILL'S® Science Diet® und HILL'S® Ideal Balance™ werden weltweit verkauft. Hill's ist eine globale Sparte von Colgate-Palmolive, einem weltweit führenden Konsumgüterhersteller, der sich insbesondere auf die Bereiche Zahnpflege, Körperpflege, Haushaltspflege und Tiernahrung spezialisiert hat und seine Produkte in über 200 Ländern verkauft. Mehr über Hill's und Colgate erfahren Sie aufhttp://www.hillspet.comund Sie finden uns auch auf LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter und YouTube. Arbeitsort: Hamburg, Hamburg, DeutschlandUmzugsunterstützung durch das Unternehmen innerhalb der Region# 72482 Key Account Manager - eCommerce & Pet (m/w/d) The primary purpose of the Key Account Manager DACH role is to drive accelerated growth and superior customer engagement within our critical eCommerce channel and lead the strategic direction for our direct to consumer eShop business model. The purpose of the role also extends to managing the decline in our Pet B&M channel through prioritization and focus on critical customers. Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities: eCommerce: + Prioritize key eCommerce customers we will target for customer engagement + Lead the negotiation for our eComm customers, together with the Assoc. KAM, build comprehensive business development plans to drive our growth. + Establishing and maintaining strong relationships within organization of key eComm / Omni challenge customers + Achievement of sales, volume and SOM targets through excellence in 6P plan execution + Implements the agreed eCom customer execution and grids though partnership with Marketing. + Demonstrate a ‘Do and Learn’ approach to experimenting and optimizing growth drivers for our eCom business eShop: + Provide strategic direction on our direct to consumer eShop business model. + Provide input to the Assoc.KAM eComm/eShop, to build growth strategies to significantly accelerate both penetration and loyalty. + Provide guidance to the cross functional team for eShop, including finance and customer service and logistics. + Deliver the eShop P&L, while driving margin improvement. Pet: + Manage the Pet Channel Key Accounts with a focus on our prioritized customers. + Focus on critical execution points to win on the ground with core assortment. + Be a key point of contact for our relationship with our 3rd party sales team Combera + Work to optimize our 3rd Party field team and win on the ground where we focus. Develop a High Performing Team: + Provide coaching and development for your team: Assoc.KAM eComm/eShop and eComm Analyst + Work closely with the European eCommerce Centre of Excellence to grow our overall eComm business, including strengthening plans to drive centrally run accounts Education/ Experience Requirements: Basic qualifications include: + University Degree + At least 5+ years of experience in Customer Development/Sales, out of which minimum 1-2 years’ experience of managing Key Accounts (preferably eCommerce and indirect trade experience) + Fluency in German AND English Expected Areas of Skills + Proven track of successful commercial skills + Knowledge of Pet Food Specialty Channels is a plus + Analysis/Decision Making Leadership Competencies (Should match the Colgate Global Competencies) + Exceptional communicator with strong relationship building skills. + Influence/Negotiation + Consumer/Customer Focused + Foster Experimentation + Effective Execution Functional Competencies (Should match the Colgate Global Competencies) + Understanding our environment + Category Development + Financial Proficiency Working Relationships (Key partnerships and reporting relationships) + Does this position supervise: Yes + Peers: + Reports to: General Manager Hills DACH Travel Requirements Expected percentage of travel: Up to 40% Place of work – Hill’s Germany Office; Hamburg Haben Sie Interesse an einer Tätigkeit bei Hill's Pet Nutrition? 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          Open borders activists target private prison finances – to make it harder to hold illegals      Cache   Translate Page      
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          (USA-CO-Aurora) Global Household Goods Coordinator      Cache   Translate Page      
**Global Household Goods Coordinator** **Tracking Code** 3032-263 **Job Description** Job Summary: Join the Graebel team to build or expand your new career. We provide talent mobility and relocation solutions to Global 1000 firms and their employees. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional customer service, and believe that happy and fulfilled employees make it happen. They innovate, take ownership of their work, and as a result, take great care of our internal and external clients. We value truth, love and integrity where you help foster an environment of respect, honor, and caring for those that interact with us. If you are ready to make a career move, please get in touch with us. We are looking for exceptional people who want to make a difference in the world. Anticipate and plan the household goods move portion of a customer's international relocation. Provides superior and proactive customer service to our customers, partners and internal teams. Performs all necessary logistical functions including planning, securing transportation and problem resolution. CUSTOMER SERVICE: Acts as the primary point of contact for all customer service throughout move process. LOGISTICS: Initiate, coordinate and monitor move services to ensure successful logistical coordination of each household goods move. PROFITABILITY: Maintain profitability target of 20% retained revenue on all moves. CASH FLOW: Accurately processes billing paperwork within specified department time frames. DATA INTEGRITY: Maintains real time and accurate move information in the electronic move management system **Required Skills** Skills and Abilities: + Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, technical procedures and numerical data. + Ability to write simple reports and general business correspondence. + Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, customers and employees. + Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume. + Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. + Ability to perform proficiency in Microsoft Office products including Outlook, Word and Excel. **Required Experience** **Required Experience:** **Education:** High School Diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor's Degree in International Business, Business Administration or Mathematics preferred. Three years of relevant experience acceptable in lieu of formal education.. **Knowledge/Experience:** Must have sufficient understanding of business principles. Prior International Forwarding experience is desired **Licenses/Certifications/Specialized Training:** Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook). **_Graebel Companies, Inc. is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet_** **Job Location** Aurora, Colorado, United States **Position Type** Full-Time/Regular
          (USA-CA-Irvine) SR Developer ERP PSJH      Cache   Translate Page      
**Providence is calling a Senior Developer ERP - PSJH to Providence Health & Services in one of the following regions: Renton, WA, Portland OR, Torrance or Burbank CA.** We are seeking a Senior Developer ERP to provide technical development services throughout the System Development Lifecycle (SDLC) including requirements gathering, design specification, code development, unit, integration, and acceptance testing and implementation support. The products produced by the Business Applications Senior Developer broadly apply to application customizations and enhancements, integration and interfaces, conversions, reporting and business/technical automated workflows. The Business Applications Senior Developer possesses a functional business process knowledge in one or more areas of Finance, Human Resources, Payroll, and Supply Chain. The Business Applications Senior Developer works with a solid knowledge of IT architectures including cloud technologies, applications, database, networking, and security. **In this position you will have the following responsibilities:** + Identify and analyze operational and business requirement and systems issues and opportunities to develop and deliver effective business solutions. + Collaborate with business partners and IS peers to gather, validate and deliver products meeting business requirements. gathering and test planning. + Participate all levels of testing from peer code reviews to individual unit testing, integration and user acceptance testing. + Develop accurate, complete, comprehensible, and useable documentation of products and services. + Analyze, troubleshoot and resolve system functional and technical errors including issues of overall system performance. Troubleshoot on systems and data, and generate solutions which may include systems modifications enhancements or new procedures. + Report, track, and resolve application related issues with the multiple vendor support organization + Consulting with functional departments to identify necessary definition or changes to systems to address new or revised business requirements. + Participate in customer feedback sessions on product usability and acceptance to identify opportunities to improve product functionality, features, and overall customer acceptance. + Apply tools to analyze products to improve performance, responsiveness, and end-user productivity. + Proficient in User interface design and developing visually appealing user interfaces + Develop scalable, low latency, reliable and efficient interfaces that meet the business requirements. + Maintain current knowledge of industry trends and standards. + Create detailed functional and technical design documents + Apply software development tools to improve product quality, reliability, availability, and maintainability + Collaborate with team members and demonstrate willingness to lend support and help. + Communicate effectively orally and in written form with multiple stakeholders within and across IS teams and business counterparts. + Demonstrate whole systems thinking + Execute and deliver work thoroughly and with high quality; learn from mistakes and apply learning. Understand and manage inter-dependencies of work + Interpret and apply complex technical instructions and specifications. + Demonstrated ability to provide solutions considering applications beyond installed footprint. + Organize work, set priorities and meet critical deadlines. + Regularly demonstrate empathy and positive attitude in performing work and in working with others. + Share knowledge, insights and work among team members and partners. + Work effectively and professionally with all caregivers and leaders. + Organizational, interpersonal, and communications skills and the ability to manage shifting priorities. **Required qualifications for this position include:** + Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Business Management, Information Services or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience + Two years experience with Workforce Integration Manager (WIM) + Report writer software experience (e.g. Oracle BI Publisher) + Expert knowledge of System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) + Expert knowledge of SQL both extract and query + Working knowledge of Oracle cloud applications. Oracle Cloud tool set including fast formulas, Oracle data import and export, and hierarchies and dimensions, enterprise structures and offerings + Thorough and detailed knowledge of database processing to include data extraction, transformation, and loading to different target data sources including databases and flat files. + Aptitude and ability to assimilate and apply knowledge of new technologies and apply to product development + Expert knowledge of Kronos Workforce Integration Manager (WIM) + Expert knowledge of Kronos Workforce Central application (Timekeeper, Advanced Scheduler, Attestation, Analytics), v7 and above. + Expertise in Service-Oriented Architecture SOA (REST, SOAP, JSON, XML, etc.) + Expertise in web technologies such as HTTP, JavaScript, AJAX, HTML, DHTML, CSS, etc. + Experience in production-quality Java Server preferably in Enterprise or Cloud Software product companies. + Strong experience with Java Enterprise (JEE) programming + Application server experience (Weblogic, Tomcat, etc.) + Experience with two or more of the following technologies: Oracle ADF, MAF, JET, OCS containers, microservices **Preferred qualifications for this position include:** + Master's degree in Information Services, Business Administration, Healthcare Administration, Public Administration, or a related IS or healthcare field + Three years experience with supporting Oracle Cloud/e-business HCM, Payroll, Supply Chain and/or Finance is highly + Four years experience supporting Kronos workforce management applications + Two years experience with custom Kronos report development (SSRS) **About the department you will serve.** Providence Strategic and Management Services provides a variety of functional and system support services for all eight regions of Providence Health & Services from Alaska to California. We are focused on supporting our Mission by delivering a robust foundation of services and sharing of specialized expertise. St. Joseph Health (SJH) is an integrated healthcare delivery system sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry and organized into three regions: Northern California, Southern California, West Texas/Eastern New Mexico.SJH provides a full range of care from facilities including 14 acute care hospitals, home health agencies, hospice care, outpatient services, skilled nursing facilities, community clinics, and physician organizations.SJH maintains a 'continuum of care,' matched to the diverse needs of the urban centers, smaller cities and rural communities in three statesFor the third year in a row in 2009, the Gallup Organization awarded St. Joseph Health its highest honor - the Great Workplace Award.SJH provides exceptional benefits, opportunities for advancement and relocation within the system.St. Joseph Health is comprised of four core values: Service, Excellence, Dignity, and Justice are the guiding principles of all we do.Excellent compensation program and benefits provided.St. Joseph Health (SJH) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.In addition to federal law requirements, St. Joseph Health (SJH) complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.Positions specified as “on call, per diem” refers to employment consisting of shifts scheduled on as “as needed basis” to fill in for staff vacancies. Company: SJH System Office
          (CAN-QC-Montréal) Frederic Malle Counter Manager- Montreal, QC      Cache   Translate Page      
**Frederic Malle Counter Manager- Montreal, QC** **Brand:** Estée Lauder - Brand **Description** Position Summary: Responsible for the overall operation of their Store / Counter comprising business planning, leadership and development and operational excellence. Key Responsibilities: Business Planning (Executes with Excellence and Demonstrates Learning Agility ) + Creates and implements a flexible business plan to achieve all sales and customer services targets leveraging and incorporating: all Brand sales, marketing, education, CRM, Visual Merchandising assets, tools and resources + Utilizes local insights (consumer transactions/demographic profiles, competitor activity) to drive granular growth through local relevance + Superior knowledge of latest beauty, lifestyle and consumer shopping trends (both brick and mortar and online) to deliver a high touch consumer journey across all channels + Provides personalized after sales service to the customer with recommendations / event invitations in line with their interests to increase customer loyalty + Identifying merchandise assortment opportunities and issues + The creation of impactful on-counter animation on an ongoing basis to create excitement and attract new customers + Effective target setting, tracking performance against target throughout the day, week and month to ensure a timely action plan to address any sales deficit + Optimizes staff scheduling in line with fluctuating customer traffic ensuring relevance to local consumer base + Collaborates with other departments in the department store or for freestanding stores other local stores / businesses (fashion, bridal, non-competing sister brands) to recruit new customers + Collaborates with corporate business partners ( Field Executives, Head Office) to ensure regular business updates Leadership and Development (Develops Talent & Capabilities, Aligns & Engages the Team in the Vision) + Recruits new team members with the skills and behaviors required to achieve sales and customer service targets + Manages time effectively, establishes priorities and delegates effectively to meet goals and objectives + Sets clear accountabilities for Store / Counter Management Team to ensure alignment on how the management team will work together to lead and develop the team + Conducts regular formal / informal meetings with each team member to discuss and provide coaching on performance goals, opportunities, challenges and development needs + Plans and executes daily, weekly and monthly briefings with the team to cover brand updates, performance to goals, consumer insights, competitor activity, beauty industry trends and news + Recognizes and celebrates success + Creates and maintains an environment of open and positive communication, professionalism and creativity at all times + Performs thorough and timely staff reviews and initiates increases, promotions, disciplinary action and terminations, as directed, with Field Executive and Human Resources approval + Adopts an open and honest approach emphasizing fairness and integrity Operations (Executes with Excellence) + Completes all store/counter HR administration and sales reporting on time and to a high standard + Communicates all schedules on a timely basis + Ensures compliance with attendance and timekeeping, grooming and merchandising standards + Prepares, coordinates and ensures a complete and accurate physical inventory as required + Executes all visual merchandising updates to align with the marketing calendar, window changes, primary/secondary table set-ups, new launch displays, signage placement etc. Freestanding stores only + Controls all store expenses within budget guidelines + Manages cash loss prevention procedures and established security policies + Prepares, coordinates and ensures a complete and accurate cycle count and physical inventory as required + Ensures all Store Operations procedures are adhered to Customer Service (Builds Collaborative Relationships) + Ensures that each customer receives a personalized high touch experience + Resolves internal and external Customer issues and requests, in an efficient and timely manner + Ensures that the store / mall management team are aligned and engaged in the brand’s strategy and key business focuses/events + Builds and maintains excellent working relationships with colleagues, peers, management, host retailer / mall management and all internal and external stakeholders + Treats others with dignity and respect **Qualifications** Qualifications + A minimum grade 12 education + College degree preferred + Cosmetic experience preferred + Ability to work in a fast paced environment including evenings and weekends. + Professional demeanor and ability to be flexible and handle change in a positive manner **Job:** Retail - Store **Primary Location:** Americas-CA-QC-Montréal **Job Type:** Standard **Schedule:** Full-time **Shift:** 1st (Day) Shift **Job Number:** 194762 We are an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
          (USA-MD-WINDSOR MILL) Client Executive - Watson Health - Federal Gov. - CMS - Baltimore/DC      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** **Location:** You can reside anywhere in the greater Baltimore, MD, VA, or Washington DC area. It’s time to transform health with new ways of working to improve approaches to care, productivity and well-being. Watson Health’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) and machinelearning technology understands, reasons and learns – helping to translate information into knowledge that can help drive more informed decision-making. With cognitive computing, we can see and analyze more data than ever before – and achieve more than we ever thought possible. The Client Executive is an experienced, motivated consultative sales executive responsible for IBM Watson Health sales to the US Federal Government Agency-CMS. This role requires a thorough understanding of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) programs including but not limited to Medicare, Medicaid, the Marketplace as well as its focus on innovation. Applicant should also have familiarity with CMS’s priorities from both a clinical and policy perspective andhow its business and technology needs can become opportunities and procurements for IBM Watson Health. This role will lead sales within CMS and any additional assigned agencies; and leverages the full spectrum of IBM Watson Health’s resources, including consulting services, to deliver value to CMS and other government agencies thereby enabling these agencies to achieve their business objectives. **Responsibilities** : + Build relationships within CMS and any of your additional target agencies, departments and executives in to identify needs, map to Watson Health offerings and close sales. + Focus on continual development and progression of a pipeline of new business opportunities with state government agencies in the assigned territory especially as it relates to CMS’. + Build and execute strategies to drive sales in assigned sales region and effectively and strategically qualify and win opportunities. + Deliver sales to meet or exceed annual quota within assigned geography. + Working with Client Services counterparts, assume responsibility for the total customer relationship during the sales cycle. + Follow an established sales pursuit process, government capture process and, when assigned, work collaboratively with a capture manager. + Effectively build relationships, collaborate and partner with a cross-functional Watson Health team to strategize and meet with prospective clients to understand business challenges and to deliver compelling presentations, solution demonstrations, proposals and orals that result in new business revenue. + Develop and execute strategic and tactical sales plans (in conjunction with sales leadership, capture, client services, and sales support groups) to identify and shape new opportunities. + Effectively engage in complex negotiations with prospective clients, and with teaming partners around business commitments and the details of each proposal. + Maintain regular contact with senior and executive-level decision makers – utilizing both on-site sales visits and remote communication for assigned prospects. + Promote IBM thought leadership and represent Watson Health at industry conferences and meetings. **Required Technical and Professional Expertise** + 8years sales experience managing complex solutions sales in a healthcare-related sales role with a demonstrated track record of exceeding business objectives and sales quota + 5years experience selling solutions to the Federal Government market, preferably to agencies with a healthcare and/or human services mandate + Experience selling to executive-level decision makers and leadership to influence them to position company solutions as the preferred solutions + Experience developing calls plans and relationship maps to understand an organization’s power structure, individuals’ roles, influence, and relationship to Watson Health and ability to use the plans as a strategic and tactical tool to build pipeline and close deals + Demonstrated networking capabilities among various communities, e.g., acquisition officials/leads in the government agencies, CMS contractors, and a variety of small businesses and others to grow business and the brand of Watson Health in CMS and it’s. **Preferred Tech and Prof Experience** + Excellent business strategy instincts – able to function well in a competitive, changing environment. + Ability to partner, collaborate and influence others in a highly matrixed organization on a cross-functional team to achieve goals. + Experience selling technology solutions, especially business intelligence solutions. + Experience working with value-added re-sellers and/or channel partners. **EO Statement** IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.
          (USA-NC-RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK) Product Marketing Manager - DevOps and Hybrid Cloud      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** The Hybrid cloud and DevOps Product Marketing Manager for IBM Z exhibits a deep understanding of markets and buyers to devise and lead a product’s marketing strategy that drives pipeline and revenue. As such, the Product Marketing Manager must have an expert understanding of the enterprise hybrid cloud and DevOps market, the product, the product’s buyers and needs, the competition, and collaborate with offering management, sales, business partners, other business units, and various marketing disciplines to ensure success. Their expertise is at such a level that they could demo the product to customers and sellers, as well as position the product with analysts, influencers, and agencies. As businesses continue to digitally transform to accelerate time to market for d