Banking and healthcare robots for SEQ? City leaders on tech tour   

The introduction of robots, autonomous vehicles and improved cyber security in south-east Queensland will be discussed by city leaders during a three-day international venture. On Sunday, representatives from seven councils will head to Singapore on a three-day mission to explore the country's smart technology and find out if and how it could work in south-east Queensland.


          Haflong meet expresses concern over bandh culture   
HAFLONG, June 30 - In a bid to maintain peace, tranquillity and brotherhood among the various tribals and non-tribals in the tiny but the most beautiful district of Assam, the Dima Hasao district administration organised a peace meeting involving the representatives of apex bodies of different communities, the NC Hills Autonomous Council, NGO's etc., at the Circuit house conference hall on Wednesday.
          And 500 Other Things   
Self-driving cars fans live in environments which have basically been built for cars and not in somewhat older areas where car-centric environments were retrofitted slowly over time. Roundabouts are hard, but so are hundreds of other non-standardized things.

"Roundabouts are considered to be very challenging for automated vehicle technology," says Helen Kourous, a Ford engineer. "They are very unstructured. No two are alike. You can find many different configurations. Human drivers can sometimes get confused in them," she says.


In geofenced areas, such as the parking lot at Walt Disney World, a gated community, or a college campus, Level 5 self-driving vehicles make perfect sense, and they will work. I can see Level 3 vehicles in a few years where vehicles can drive themselves on highways but must hand off to the human driver if they can't figure out a situation. And that's about really all we can expect in the next 25 years.

This is correct, though I think it also misses the point. While there will be uses for this technology, they'll be so limited as to be almost pointless. Great, self-driving shuttle buses in Disney World to get people from the parking lot to the park gate. I mean, cool, I guess, but...




           Al Shabaab militants executed in Somalia's Puntland for bomb plots, killings    
BOSASSO, Somalia, June 30 (Reuters) - Authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region on Friday executed seven people it said were Islamist...
          Field Service Engineer (Agriculture / Industrial )   
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          barista - Store# 52249, Victoria - Starbucks - Victoria, BC   
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          Waymo’s Autonomous Chrysler Van Takes A Road Trip To Vegas   

Waymo’s autonomous Chrysler van is taking a road trip to Vegas according to a recent post from the company on Twitter, which mentions that it’ll also be heading out to Death Valley to test the self-driving vehicle in the extreme heat that can be found in the region. This will be a big departure from […]

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          AEE 225: 3 Secrets to Getting a Job in the United States   

How do you get a job in the United States?

What do employers want and expect?

Today, Lindsay and Kristy talk about 3 things an employer in the U.S. might look for in a job candidate!

 

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If you’re applying for a job, it’s important to know what your potential employer is looking for.  Like any other country, the U.S. has a professional culture which places more value on some individual qualities than others.  These qualities may be very different from what employers look for in your home country!

 

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Some qualities American employers seek in employees:

  • Proactive attitude: Show that you are autonomous and energetic – the opposite of passive.  It means to show up early, confirm the time you will meet, and say thank you.
  • Positive attitude: Americans like smiles.  But it’s also important that you get along with others and not be pessimistic.
  • Communication: When you actively communicate it shows you are engaged.  A big part of this is simply that you let the boss know what is going on.
  • Be a “Giver”: Show that you believe in the vision of the company and are personally invested in its success.  In other words, it’s more than a job to you.

 

Are these the same traits that employers look for in your country?

Do you have them?

Let us know in the comments section below!


          NIGERIA: IT'S TOO LATE TO RESTRUCTURE NIGERIA – Ankko Briggs   
IT'S TOO LATE TO RESTRUCTURE NIGERIA  – Ankko Briggs

Prominent resource control crusader, Ankko Briggs, has backed down on her call for the restructuring of the country.
Briggs said making such move at this time in the life of the nation was too late.

She rather called for the parting of ways by the different sections of the country. In a position made known on Wednesday amid the call for restructuring by several prominent individuals and groups, Briggs said the restructuring of the country should have been long done before the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan or the National Conference held in 2014.
She said at the time, nobody understood why she stood on the side of restructuring the country.
Ankko Briggs

Now Briggs said that call is coming too late. She said what will work for the country at this time is for the different regions to go their separate ways. Briggs said: “Going by the figures, the North is getting over 60 per cent of the total local government allocations and even when we come to the states as well they also receive far more than the Southern states.

“Again, if you go to the National Assembly, they are far more in numbers, especially in the House of Representatives, and so by the time there is a motion or bill, which they are not in support of, ends up being frustrated or not being passed at all.
“A good example is the PIB that had to spent over 10 years in the National Assembly.

“How can this continue?”

According to the renowned advocate for resource control in the Niger Delta, the time for restructuring Nigeria was long gone owing to the fact that it had become another political tool in the hands of the ruling elites, whose plan is to increase revenue allocation to some parts of the country currently agitating, but then retain the same form of governance, which has bred institutional injustice in the country.

Briggs said: “For me, calling for restructuring now is too late we want to go our separate ways because you see what they are calling restructuring is not what restructuring is.
“Restructuring to them is that the status quo should remain and perharps a little increase in revenue to agitating regions, but the real restructuring is when everybody keeps what you have, even if it is only water that you have, and if you can sell it, sell it.

“So anything apart from that is not restructuring.
“What is federalism?
“This is where you have the states, which are the federating units.
“So a federation means that every component is autonomous to itself within that nation.
“So how can the Federal Government be interested in building hospitals in Abia State or building a university in Rivers State?
“Nigeria is a good example of how impossible to run a government.

“How can one man alone, who is of a different culture, language, religion run or oversee the rest of the people of over 400 ethnic groups as if he is overseeing his own personal property or estate?
“He cannot do it right because he doesn’t know my culture and so how can he make decisions that will be 100 per cent appealing to me because the things I would put into consideration if I am to make the same decisions will be totally different.

“People even say that I don’t fight other people’s battle, but that is not true.
“I can fight the Igbo man’s battle because I understand his way of life and culture to a very large extent because my grandmother is Igbo and I can speak Igbo language well too, I can understand them, I can work with them and if I am working with them and I make decisions for my people and Igbo people, I won’t go wrong because I know what to do.

“Now reverse the case and ask me to make decisions for the Hausa-Fulani man or the Muslim man, I will make a terrible decision and this is because I don’t understand them.
“So this is what we are saying that someone who doesn’t understand a people cannot make any good decision for them.

“If this simple conditions are not met, governance will fail and that is what has happened in the real sense, it has failed in Nigeria.
“The then military leadership under General Abdusalami Abubakar had a rare opportunity of gathering Nigerians together to come up with a document meant to be the constitution, but it was bungled because what happened was that one man just sat down and made sure that the document was written to favour a particular section of the country and he called it the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Nigerian constitution is the only constitution in the world that tells a lie against itself and its people, when its first sentence says: ‘We the people.’
“That statement is a lie.

“There was never a gathering of any people or group of persons to discuss any constitution.
“Do you also know that the constitution was designed to work against people who are not Muslims as the word Islam, Muslim, Sharia or Mosque was mentioned over 200 times, while the word Christian or Church was never mentioned in the constitution?
“And you say that same constitution is me
          Aerospace Program Manager and Supply Chain   
P3-Group - Montreal, QC - QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor in Mechanical or Aerospace engineering 5-10 years experience in the aerospace industry within Project Management and Supply... working autonomously and can be the face of the company to the customer; You have aerospace industry experience and knowledge ideally...
          PSA Slow To Catch Up, Planning Level 3 Autonomous Cars After 2020   

While the PSA Group is committed to developing Level 3 "hands off" autonomous vehicles, it will happen while other automakers suggest they will move directly to Levels 4 and 5.
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          Comment on Transportation as a “Service” by Mark Bahner   
Hi, A lot of libertarian wisdom there. :-) "Don’t get me wrong, I love having my own car(s) and wouldn’t give them up, but it IS kind of sad that they spend most their time sitting around aging in the sun, not doing anything useful." Yes, consider that most cars spend more than 90% of the day parked. They're depreciating, the owner is paying for insurance on them, they require a garage or parking lot/parking deck, they need to be warmed up or cooled down to be comfortable on a cold or hot day, etc. Now imagine an autonomous vehicle...most likely full electric. It arrives when needed...no need for a garage or parking lot/parking deck on either end of the trip. Door-to-door service. It could easily do 60,000+ miles per year...500,000 miles in a lifetime. It always arrives warm on cold days or cool on hot days. No range anxiety, because the company providing the service makes sure the car has enough battery power left for the journey. No need to charge the car yourself. Finally, the car is perfectly suited to your needs. Just one person? Why not get a single-seat vehicle? "I see these upcoming services as a good thing, another set of options for people to choose from. Are they a springboard from which control freaks may try to force us to give up private automobiles? Of course, but that’s a reason to denigrate the control freaks, not the new options." Yes, haters gonna hate. Control freaks gonna try to control. Maybe most people on this site don't know about it (yet) but concern about not being able to drive is a huge issue for people who are elderly. Not to mention people who are blind or otherwise can't drive cars. And then there are kids/young teens. Transportation as a service provides *more* options. There's no legitimate reason why there could not also be individual ownership for those wanting to pay the likely higher expense per mile traveled.
          A Real RoboCop? Dubai Police Will Deploy Mini Self-Driving Patrols Equipped With 360-Degree Cameras, Drones   
Dubai, the Future City, recently announced its plans to debut self-flying taxis this year. Now, Dubai Police is taking its force to the next level with small autonomous patrol cars equipped with drones, according to Gulf News (via The Verge ).
          Decision Tools Manipulating Assent: Rational Persuasion, Paternalism and Trust   
Tweet Autonomous systems, Situation Awareness Tools and Operator Decision Aids are increasingly used to improve strategic and operational effectiveness with better data, models and scenarios (Defense Science & Technology Group, 2017). To gain the trust of users, tools are designed
          Apple to Make Self-Driving Cars?   

Making self-driving cars has been a trend among automobile manufacturers nowadays. Tesla is at the head of the pack with its production cars that come with with autonomous driving technology, and Ford, BMW, and other companies trail closely behind. However, it seems that are car manufacturers aren’t the only ones who are eager to enter […]

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          (USA-MI-Battle Creek) Dialysis Registered Nurse Hospital RN   
Position DescriptionWork autonomously as an Acute RN in an intense hospital environment - without the typical hospital routine. Provide the highest level of care across one or more of our hospital units and ensure your patients' safety, comfort, and well-being with a patient to nurse ratio typically not more than 2:1. As an Acute Hospital Services Registered Nurse at DaVita you are on your toes working in a fast-paced, constantly evolving environment with new challenges to trouble-shoot and overcome daily. Your sense of purpose and accomplishment at the end of each day is powerful.You are the dialysis expert and the hospital staff relies on your expertise. As an Ambulatory Health Care RN you will be held to the highest standards ('The Gold Seal' by The Joint Commission) of patient safety and quality of care. What can you expect as an Acute Dialysis Staff RN at DaVita? Patients - Help your patients, when they need it the most. Patient care is our top priority and we look for teammates who share our commitment to Service Excellence as well as Continuous Improvement. You can build your career in nephrology and practice multiple therapies (Peritoneal, CRRT, Apheresis, etc.) as an Acute Nephrology RN at DaVita. Independence - Manage your patients on your own in a hospital setting.As a teammate in an acute setting, you will typically be the only dialysis nurse in the hospital during your shift. You are not alone though. You will work very closely with the hospital staff each day to assess, troubleshoot, and make sound decisions for critically ill patients. Intensity - Expect the unexpected.No two days are ever the same for an acute dialysis nurse- long days and on call are required. The setting is dynamic and each patient's needs are unique. (Be sure to ask your recruiter about the commute range for this position.) When you walk in the door each day you don't know what patients you might have, their condition, when you will get them or when you will be done for the day. "I love problem solving and the challenge of the role of acute nursing. I get a lot of respect from the doctors and my team." - Ginny E.Additional Details:•The schedule for this position is 4 days per week | 10 hour shifts•We cover 3 separate modalities within these hospital systems•There is on call; however, the team self-schedules•New graduates are welcome to apply!•Prior RN or healthcare experience a plus! QualificationsThe shining star for an Acute Hemodialysis Registered Nurse will have:•Current and valid Registered Nurse (RN) license in the state where practicing required•Willingness to work a flexible schedule with mandatory overtime required due to the nature of the acute treatment you are providing. Long days without notice also required.•Hemodialysis nursing experience- preferred•Medical/surgical (Med/Surg), Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Critical Care Unit (CCU), and/or Emergency Room (ER) experience - preferred•Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN), Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN) and/or Certified Hemodialysis Nurse (CHN) - preferred•Graduate of an accredited nursing program required; Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN), Bachelors of Science in Nurse (BSN) and/or Masters of Nursing (MSN)•Current Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification required; Advanced CPR certification - preferred•Basic Life Support (BLS) and/or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) - preferred•Experience assessing, trouble shooting and making sound recommendations in stressful situations•Physical Requirement: nurses often have to pushull large hemodialysis machines around the hospital with little or no assistance•Excellent communication skills to listen and communicate with patients and teammates•Mu
          Uber’s new autonomous trucks get total upgrade amid Waymo lawsuit   
Uber has a new fleet of autonomous trucks, deploying a new version of self-driving hardware and sensors that won’t be impacted by the ongoing legal battle with Alphabet’s Waymo. Though the company may be best-known for its passenger ridesharing service – or, more recently, most infamously for its controversial former CEO – Uber has also been working on modernizing haulage, … Continue reading
          Dubai is getting miniature self-driving police cars later this year   
Dubai is upgrading its police force with a bit of machine intelligence, announcing plans to deploy robotic, self-driving patrol cars later on this year. Assuming the police department follows through with the plans, this will mark the first time a city has utilized autonomous vehicles as part of its daily patrols, a reality that won’t rest easy with everyone. The … Continue reading
           New Constitutional Law to Define Adjara’s Powers   
The Autonomous Republic of Adjara will have more freedom to carry out its functions.
          AI Just “Landed” a Boeing 737 for the First Time By Itself   
It’s going to take us a healthy dollop of faith in technology to accept autonomous vehicles at some point on our roadways. But what about in our skies? The thought of robot-driven planes ferrying hundreds of people overhead to their…
          Globetouch acquires Indian startup Teramatrix to leverage its IoT apps to support connected cars, autonomous driving   

This complements Globetouch’s global connectivity suite and IoT platform which manages the intersection of Big Data, Machine Learning and autonomous systems for enterprise customers Globetouch, a California-headquartered company which provides global connectivity solutions and IoT platforms, has acquired Gurgaon-based IoT solutions firm Teramatrix Technologies. The transaction details were not disclosed. Globetouch will leverage and integrate Teramatrix’s xFusion platform […]

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          IS AMAZON/WHOLE FOODS THIS CYCLE´S AOL/TIME WARNER - A SIGN THAT THE PARTY IS OVER? / DOLLAR COLLAPSE   
 Is Amazon/Whole Foods This Cycle’s AOL/Time Warner – A Sign That The Party’s Over?  
Towards the end of the 1990s tech stock bubble, “new media” – i.e., the Internet — was ascendant and old media like magazines, newspapers and broadcast TV were yesterday’s news.

This was reflected in relative stock valuations, which gave Internet pioneer AOL the ability to buy venerable media giant Time Warner for what looked (accurately in retrospect) like an insane amount of money.

Now fast forward to 2017. Online retailing is crushing bricks-and-mortar, giving Amazon all the high-powered stock it needs to do whatever it wants. And what does it want? Apparently to run grocery stores and pharmacies via the acquisition of Whole Foods, the iconic upscale-healthy food chain.

The two deals’ similarities are striking, but before considering them here’s a quick AOL/Time Warner post-mortem:

15 years later, lessons from the failed AOL-Time Warner merger
(Fortune) – The landscape of mergers and acquisitions is littered with business flops, some catastrophic, highly visible disasters that were often hugely hyped before their eventual doom. Today marks the 15th anniversary of one such calamity when media giants AOL and Time Warner combined their businesses in what is usually described as the worst merger of all time. But what happened then will happen again, and ironically for the exact same reasons. 
A lot of people thought that the merger was a brilliant move and worried that their own companies would be left behind. At the time, the dot-coms could do no wrong, and AOL (AOL) was at the head of the pack as the ‘dominant’ player. Its sky-high stock market valuation, bid up by investors looking for a windfall, made the young company more valuable in market cap terms than many blue chips. Then CEO Steve Case was already shopping around before the Time Warner opportunity came up. 
On the other side, Time Warner anxiously tried, and failed, to establish an online presence before the merger. And here, in one fell swoop, was a solution. The strategy sounded compelling. Time Warner (TWC), via AOL, would now have a footprint of tens of millions of new subscribers. AOL, in turn, would benefit from access to Time Warner’s cable network as well as to the content, adding its layer of so-called ‘user friendly’ interfaces on top of the pipes. The whole thing was “transformative” (a word that gets really old really fast when reading about this period). Had these initial assumptions been borne out, we might be talking today about what a visionary deal it was. 
Merging the cultures of the combined companies was problematic from the get go. Certainly the lawyers and professionals involved with the merger did the conventional due diligence on the numbers. What also needed to happen, and evidently didn’t, was due diligence on the culture. The aggressive and, many said, arrogant AOL people “horrified” the more staid and corporate Time Warner side. Cooperation and promised synergies failed to materialize as mutual disrespect came to color their relationships. 

A few scant months after the deal closed, the dot com bubble burst and the economy went into recession. Advertising dollars evaporated, and AOL was forced to take a goodwill write-off of nearly $99 billion in 2002, an astonishing sum that shook even the business-hardened writers of the Wall Street Journal. AOL was also losing subscribers and subscription revenue. The total value of AOL stock subsequently went from $226 billion to about $20 billion.

Now back to Amazon/Whole Foods. Amazon is going to apply its advanced technology – online ordering, fast delivery, drones, autonomous cars, whatever – to the quintessentially meatspace business of selling groceries. And it’s paying $13 billion to find out if this is a good idea.

Whether it is or isn’t is less important than what this type of M&A says about the mindset of a given cycle’s favored companies. When undreamed-of amounts of money start pouring in (as with the dot-coms of old and today’s Big Tech) it changes the perception of risk. $13 billion is a terrifying amount of money to bet on a new and untested idea – except in the context of a near-trillion dollar market cap, where it seems downright modest.

When the next bear market hits, though, that kind of money might seem a bit hubristic.

As with so many other extraordinary recent market events (record-high stock prices combined with record-low volatility, negative yields on government bonds, soaring debt/GDP combined with falling inflation), Amazon/Whole Foods might or might not be the bell that rings at the top. But when the history of this time is written, there’s a good chance that it will be somewhere on the list.

          SmartPool: Practical Decentralized Pooled Mining, by Loi Luu and Yaron Velner and Jason Teutsch and Prateek Saxena   
Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are operated by a handful of mining pools. Nearly $95\%$ of Bitcoin's and $80\%$ of Ethereum's mining power resides with less than ten and six mining pools respectively. Although miners benefit from low payout variance in pooled mining, centralized mining pools require members to trust that pool operators will remunerate them fairly. Furthermore, centralized pools pose the risk of transaction censorship from pool operators, and open up possibilities for collusion between pools for perpetrating severe attacks. In this work, we propose SmartPool, a novel protocol design for a decentralized mining pool. Our protocol shows how one can leverage {\em smart contracts}, autonomous blockchain programs, to decentralize cryptocurrency mining. SmartPool gives transaction selection control back to miners while yielding low-variance payouts. SmartPool incurs mining fees lower than centralized mining pools and is designed to scale to a large number of miners. We implemented and deployed a robust SmartPool implementation on the Ethereum and Ethereum Classic networks. To date, our deployed pools have handled a peak hashrate of 30 GHs from Ethereum miners, resulting in $105$ blocks, costing miners a mere $0.6\%$ of block rewards in transaction fees.
          CRYPTOLINK: Russian lake monster   
A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.

Forget Nessie...it's Ness-ski! Nature lovers spot Loch Ness monster in a Russian lake

  • Supposed mythical sea creature was captured on camera by a morning jogger
  • The photographs were taken at Lake Khanto in the city of Noyabrsk in Russia
  • Pictures show what appears to be a white head and part of a body of a sea beast 
The supposed Russian Nessie - the mythical sea creature - was captured on camera in photographs showing what appears to be a white head and part of a body of a sea monster coming from the water.
The photographs were taken at Lake Khanto in the city of Noyabrsk in north-central Russia's Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug region by a man out for his morning run.
The white head of what nature lovers claim to be a Russian version of the legendary Scottish Loch Ness monster
The white head of what nature lovers claim to be a Russian version of the legendary Scottish Loch Ness monster
Dmitry Kim was on his morning run when he saw what looked like a white neck and a part of a body sticking out of the water
Dmitry Kim was on his morning run when he saw what looked like a white neck and a part of a body sticking out of the water

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4646648/Nature-lovers-spot-Loch-Ness-monster-Russian-lake.html

          Ancient viral 'fossils' reveal evolutionary mechanisms   
[NEWS] Studying DNA fragments left by ancient viruses in their host's genome has shown even non-autonomous viruses could prosper by helping each other. By analysing ancient viral footprints in the rice genome, Hokkaido University researchers have discovered different virus species infecting the same plant helped each other by exchanging DNA. Many viruses including “pararetroviruses (PRVs)” have the ability to insert their DNA into their host's genome. I…
          Stability of a fixed point in a system of ODE   
Stability of a fixed point in a system of ODEThis worksheet is designed for students to study how to analyze the stability of a fixed point in a system of ODE. Especially, a system of autonomous ODE with two variables are considered. When ODE are input by students, following calculation is performed: seek fixed points, linearize original ODEs, calculate eigen values of coefficient matrix, determine a kind of fixed point, draw a direction field, animate of solution curves.
          New Kernels and Linux Foundation Efforts   
  • Four new stable kernels
  • Linux Foundation Launches Open Security Controller Project

    he Linux Foundation launched a new open source project focused on security for orchestration of multi-cloud environments.

    The Open Security Controller Project software will automate the deployment of virtualized network security functions — such as firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, and application data controllers — to protect east-west traffic inside the data center.

  • Open Security Controller: Security service orchestration for multi-cloud environments

    The Linux Foundation launched the Open Security Controller project, an open source project focused on centralizing security services orchestration for multi-cloud environments.

  • The Linux Foundation explains the importance of open source in autonomous, connected cars

    Open source computing has always been a major boon to the world of developers, and technology as a whole. Take Google's pioneering Android OS for example, based on the open source code, which can be safely credited with impacting the world of everyday technology in an unprecedented manner when it was introduced. It is, hence, no surprise when a large part of the automobile industry is looking at open source platforms to build on advanced automobile dynamics.


          Arizona getting ahead of autonomous vehicle industry by stepping aside   

Location

United States
Date published: 
June 23, 2017

"“Arizona is in a nice spot because of the combination of weather, generally good roads and appropriate density,” said Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant law professor at the University of South Carolina who has taken up autonomous vehicles as a specialty.


          The Latest: Syrian fire hits Golan during Netanyahu visit   

This frame grab from video released Wednesday June 28, 2017, by ANHA news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria, that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows Brett McGurk, left, the top U.S. envoy for the international coalition combatting the Islamic State group, leaving after a visit to Ayn Issa, Syria. McGurk met with members of a local council expected to administer the city of Raqqa in Syria following its capture from the militants.


          Amazon Echo Show Ushers in Smart Home Transformation   

We are closer to having autonomous homes, with advances in video, compute, and data processing capabilities being added to consumer products. This week marks the general availability of the Amazon Echo Show, which is notable not only for its popularity but … Read more >

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          Uber shows off its upgraded fleet of autonomous trucks   
Uber's interest in self-driving vehicles doesn't begin or end at taxis, which is why it's developing a platform for autonomous trucks, too. A year on from the company's, er, controversial purchase of Otto, and Uber has unveiled its second-generation...
          Uber ATG upgrades its self-driving truck fleet with new tech   

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          Baidu, 30 other Chinese companies working on self-driving in Silicon Valley   

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Their goal: Get those vehicles on the roads in China, the world's biggest auto market - then conquer the United States.

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          Dubai deploying RoboCop autonomous car that will scan 'undesirables'   

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          Would-be Tesla rival LeEco's billion-dollar troubles 'far worse than expected'   

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It may not pose a threat to Tesla anytime soon.

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          The Future Of Health Care Could Be Humans, Robots — Or Both   

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At the well-funded startup Omada Health, coaches teach patients to prevent diabetes by eating better and exercising. They don’t meet face-to-face, but communicate over the internet — and the coaches are increasingly aided by a machine-learning-powered software that provides cues for interacting with the patients.

Since the San Francisco company was founded in 2011, these coaches were a mix of full- and part-time staffers. But in November, Omada let go of all the part-timers and instructed the remaining coaches to rely more on the software, the company told BuzzFeed News.

CEO Sean Duffy insists that his long-term goal isn’t to replace people with software. “The thesis is that we don’t think we’ll ever be at a point in Omada’s trajectory where we’ll ever take people or coaches out of the equation,” he told BuzzFeed News. “But they’ve got really smart systems to help them.”

Like many other tech-enabled health care services that connect patients with experts — coaches, therapists, nurses, doctors — over video chat, email, and text, Omada is trying to navigate a fundamental shift in labor. People are expensive — at least compared to automated, data-driven chatbots that could give advice and diagnose diseases without needing a salary or a college degree. But bots aren’t nearly as good at holding conversations, perceiving emotions and subtext, and delivering sensitive information like, say, a cancer diagnosis. If they want to grow, startups will have to figure out whether their patients and businesses alike will be best served by man, machine, or some blend of the two.

“There’s a spectrum of totally autonomous machine learning and the other side is totally human-driven,” said Mike McCormick, principal at Comet Labs, a venture capital firm that invests in artificial intelligence startups. “And then there’s every shade of gray in the middle of that.”

The previously unreported cuts at Omada last fall were small, and affected 10 to 12 part-time coaches, according to a spokesperson. It has about 60 to 70 full-time coaches and 250 employees overall. In another set of layoffs that Duffy said were unrelated, the startup also laid off roughly 20 workers last week, saying it “had to focus on Omada’s core business and expertise, while orienting the company for long-term success.” Omada has raised $125 million in venture capital, including $50 million this month in a round led by the health insurer Cigna.

“There’s a spectrum of totally autonomous machine learning and the other side is totally human-driven.”

Duffy said that as Omada has treated more patients and collected more of their data, it’s trained an algorithm to detect important behavioral changes. For example, if a person weighed in on a digital scale every day consistently, then stopped weighing in for three days, the system would flag the coach. It’d then “suggest messages they might send to a participant that might result in an outcome” — in this case, to find out how a person is doing and why they’re skipping weigh-ins, Duffy said.

The CEO was quick to note that the machine isn’t prewriting messages down to the word, but rather suggesting a gist to convey. He said that users could tell when a nominally human-written message is computer-generated, and that this makes them lose trust in the system.

Coaches can also say no. “If we get enough coaches declining these suggestions and saying, ‘That violated my intuition as a human being,’ it trains the system to get better and better and give better and better suggestions,” he said.

The part-timers had access to this technology, but Duffy said that the company benefited more from having full-timers who are constantly involved and invested in improving it.

Omada isn’t the only company exploring how to use AI to improve health care. Startups like Babylon Health, HealthTap, and Remedy are developing chatbots to assess patients’ symptoms. Big Health has an entirely automated program called Sleepio, which stars a cartoon professor and is designed to help people with severe insomnia. But these nascent technologies are too new to definitively prove that machines can improve health more than humans can.

To survive, any kind of virtual health service will have to prove that it can get people to sign up, stay involved, and actually improve their health, said Liz Rockett, director of Kaiser Permanente Ventures, which has invested in both Omada and Big Health. “Doing the work of proving efficacy and reach is the best way to define that line of what works and what doesn’t – including on the question of using coaches in the delivery or having an all-virtual offering,” she wrote in an email to BuzzFeed News.

For now, there are way more people-to-people telemedicine services. Ginger.io initially tried to infer behavioral patterns and mental health problems from passively tracked smartphone data, but switched to a text and video-chat model with human therapists.

So in 5 to 10 years, will patients be more likely to interact with a human or a chatbot when they open up a health app? It’ll largely depend on how high stakes the situation is, McCormick said. You’d want to hear that you have cancer from a trained expert with an extremely high degree of accuracy and emotional sensitivity. But for, say, nutrition coaching, he said, “maybe people are ready now ... It has to be nuanced.”


          Ancient viral 'fossils' reveal evolutionary mechanisms   
(Hokkaido University) Studying DNA fragments left by ancient viruses in their host's genome has shown even non-autonomous viruses could prosper by helping each other.
          Book Review: Digital Apollo   

We love David Mindell's Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight. Mindell's book tells the story of "human pilots, of automated systems, and of the two working together to achieve the ultimate in flight." From our perspective, the book explains the link between what rocket scientists in the 1950s called "systems engineering" and what the cool kids in skinny jeans now call "design thinking."

Whether we're designing the first spacecraft to land on the moon, or the first phototherapy device intended for use in a low-resource hospital, the key is to start with a very clear idea of success. In the case of a rocket, the system is only successful if it brings the astronauts all the way home. In the case of a medical device, the system on works if people are willing to use it and able to successfully treat patients with it. There is no partial credit!

Another similarity is the role that we as designers imagine for the users. In the Apollo program, the two primary metaphors for the astronauts were "cowboys or cargo." Would astronauts serve as the pilots of "dumb rockets" or as passengers in an autonomous vehicle?

As pilots, the early astronauts expected to have lots of instrument data and full control of the vehicle. Rocket engineers, on the other hand, were more comfortable developing fully autonomous systems. They realized that rockets could develop problems too quickly for the human response time.

Initially, [software engineer Alex] Kosmala pictured the spacecraft with one button: "The astronaut goes in, turns the computer on and says 'Go to moon' and then sits back and watches while we did everything." Another version has the computer running two programs—"P00" to go to the moon, and "P01" to return home. [David Mindell, Digital Apollo, p. 161]
MIT Instrumentation Laboratory cartoon showing the extremes of automation. Too much automation leaves the astronauts bored, awaiting an abort, while too little overwhelms them with work. (Draper Laboratories/MIT Museum)

The Apollo system was ultimately a synthesis that combined autonomous systems with human inputs. It serves as an excellent metaphor for healthcare. Do we imagine caregivers in low-resource hospitals as "cowboys" who need lots of options and the ability to override medical device settings, or do we imagine them as "cargo," overloaded with too many patients and not enough training and grateful for machines that can reduce their workload?

As designer thinkers, we see two options for guaranteeing our desired social impact outcomes with a given medical device: provide lots of training and incentives for appropriate behavior, or create product features that make a device intuitive and easy to use.

One framework for evaluating our choices in achieving design outcomes. 

DtM's overall philosophy of making medical devices "hard to use wrong" is really a statement about our expectations for users. In the same way Apollo rocket scientists realized that too little automation would place unrealistic demands on the astronauts, we see how medical systems that expect significant amounts of prior training and user expertise are poorly suited to the needs of rural hospitals in developing countries. 

Mindell's book includes loads of other ideas that have applications in social impact design. One is Apollo's approach of "all-up testing": only investing in tests of complete systems, rather than individually testing subsystems that might not work as well together.

Another is what the Apollo team called "configuration discipline": the rigorous documentation of system changes. The logic of any given design modification has a very short half-life. What seemed like an obvious improvement on Monday can be a total mystery by Wednesday. We want to manage the product development process like a disciplined experiment. To quote Adam Savage, "Remember kids, the only difference between Science and screwing around is writing it down!"

Fantastic book, check it out! And if you buy the book through the links in this email, Amazon will send part of the proceeds to DtM! [Digital Apollo]

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This "Design Experience that Matters" series is provided courtesy of Timothy Prestero and the team at Design that Matters (DtM). As a nonprofit, DtM collaborates with leading social entrepreneurs and hundreds of volunteers to design new medical technologies for the poor in developing countries. DtM's Firefly infant phototherapy device is treating thousands of newborns in 21 counties from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. In 2012, DtM was named the winner of the National Design Award.



          Top 10 environmentally friendly products   
Top 10 environmentally friendly products

1. Most Eco Friendly Toilet in the World

Saniflo Sanicompact toilet was awarded a 6 Star Wels Rating making it the most environmentally friendly toilet currently on the market today.  It has been praised for it’s amazing economical water consumption.

This particular toilet is capable of using 1.8 litres of water per dual flush compared to a standard toilet which uses 4 litres per 6 litres of dual flush.

The toilet itself does not have a cistern to flush itself so it is a great choice where space is at a premium.

 cross section image of Saniflo eco toilet

The system is really easy to install as it comes as one unit.  There is no cutting into wooden floor boards, having to cut through concrete blocks or digging up the ground to get to the sewer pipes.

The Sanicompact toilet uses macerator technology which means it uses a pumping system that reduces solids into small pieces and then forces the liquid and small pieces through a small diameter one way pipe.  The pipe includes a non return valve that ensures any macerated waste from returning back to the system.

The toilet is mounted to the floor using a 40mm pipe, you can also connect your basin to an inlet at the rear of the unit which means you only need one product to create a second toilet anywhere in the home for a fraction of the cost.

You get to choose between 1.8 Litre or 3 litre flush so in other words the most environmentally toilet currently available on the market.

Learn more about it here http://www.saniflo.com.au/

 2.Worms farms 

 

In the last few years worm farms have picked up in popularity as a home composting solution.

A worm farm can help minimise food waste by transforming it into liquid fertiliser.  The worms eat all the organic food waste and expel nutrient rich matter and worm castings which are organic material that has been previously digested by worms.

person shows dirt and worms in his hand for eco worm far,

Worm liquid can be used to completely replace your normal fertiliser. This liquid requires dilution with water before you can apply it to your garden and indoor plants.  Once the liquid is the colour of a mild tea it is ready to use on your plants.  This solution will not burn your plants at all.

Worm farms are relatively low maintenance once you have completed the initial set up process.

In order to thrive worms need a moist environment. You can create this using old newspaper and keeping it wet.  You will need to create a moist paper or hessian base layer and also a moist paper or hessian cover layer.

Organic food waste suitable for a worm farm

Most scraps can go into your worm farm including egg shells, coffee grinds and tea leaves.  Beware of too much acidic scraps such as citrus fruits and onions as the worms aren’t too keen on them so keep these scraps to a minimum - no more than few pieces is enough.

Other things to avoid include tough heavy garden clippings as it will take the worms ages to get through them  Believe it or not dog hairs and cauum ckleaner bags are ideal for your worm farm.

After setting up your worm farm you can expect to harvesting fertiliser from the bottom after approx. four or five months.

 

Close up picture of worm used in eco worm farm

Worms are very clean creatures.  They don’t have any diseases and their digestive system is capable of destroying pathogens.

An interesting fact: If everyone had a worm farm then our compostable waste would be reduced by 1 tonne per person per year.

Bunnings have a whole range of worm farm products available to get you started. Learn more here:

https://www.bunnings.com.au/our-range/garden/gardening/maintenance/worm-farms.

 

3. Rheem Air and Water

 

The Rheem air and water integrated EcoNet system is an Australian product and the first integrated system that is capable of handling your homes heating, cooling and water heating all in one.  

\\One of the great features of this products is the ease of changing temperature.  There is an easy to read and operate large digital screen which allows you to control everything via a touchscreen.

 

A Rheem Eco water heater

 

You can also set up, monitor and change everything via an app for your phone.  So if you are taking a holiday and you forgot to turn off your heater you can do so via an app on your phone whilst you lay on the beach.

http://www.rheem.com/EcoNet/Home

 

3. Water Sprinkler System

 

Following on from the Australian water conservation theme we move onto a product that can help save outdoor water consumption.

Rachio allows you to have full control over the watering of your garden by using an app.

 

screen shot of Rachio app

 

One of the clever features is how the system utilises a network of thousands of local weather stations.   Once it checks whether or not it is raining it  automatically adjusts the settings accordingly.

The phone app is available for Android and ios and is also compatible with the majority of home connected devices such as Amazon Echo, Google Assistant, Alarm.com and Nest.

Another great feature is how you can customise your watering to suit your lawn type. For example by type of grass and plant, amount of sun exposure, angles of the landscape etc.

This allows you to optimise your outdoor watering to be as efficient as possible which is not available with traditional water sprinkler systems.

http://rachio.com/

4.Lamps To Grow Plants In Windowless Spaces

 

More and more people are living in apartment buildings these days.  There are various benefits for living in apartments including less maintenance, financial benefits, shared amenities, proximity to shops and services, safer and better sense of community.

 

Clear eco lamp with plant

 

There are some drawbacks when it comes apartment living - often you won’t have your own outdoor space, possibly more noise and often a lack of sunlight which can make growing plants difficult.

Over 80% of all Australians reside in urban areas, they also spend 90% of their time indoors either at home or work.  NSW health has estimated that urban air pollution causes up to 2000 deaths per year in the Sydney metropolitan area alone.

Another surprising fact is indoor air pollution is between 2 to 10 times more higher than the outdoors.  Pollutants expelled from man made materials used in furniture, fixtures and electrical equipment can cause loss of concentration, headaches, sore, itchy red eyes. Indoor plants have been proven to have various health benefits some of which include  reducing stress and tiredness which in turn can lead to improved productivity.

 

A large lamp containing a house plant by Nui Studios

 

If you are not inclined to put in the effort required to having house plants or you simply do not have enough light to successfully grow indoor plants you may want to consider the Lamp Mygdal from Nui.

It utilises intelligent design that allows plants to flourish in rooms without windows.  The lamp allows a completely autonomous ecosystem which allows plants to photosynthesise in the harshest of environments.
 

Glass eco lamp with plant by Nui Studio

The clever design incorporates electrically conductive glass coating which creates an invisible connection between the power source and the LED.

Nui Studio prides itself on preserving and retaining long forgotten crafts these lamps are created with mouth blown and hand finished glass.

5. Spiky Shower Curtain

 

Being the driest continent on the planet Australia has understandably always had issues with water conservation.

There are a few things people can do at home to help the water conservation effort, for example using bore water for gardening,  water saving shower heads and storm rain water tanks.

Elisabeth Buecher has created a concept for the shower that might be able to prevent people taking longer than the recommended 4 minutes to shower.

It is a shower curtain that has a  series of inflatable spikes that stand to attention and force the person in the shower to get out as soon as the four minutes are up.

It uses a small air inflator which starts up using a sensor once your four minutes are up.

It is currently just a concept but may be available to the public who want a cheap novel way of reducing water consumption in their bathrooms.

http://www.elisabethbuecher.com/

Eco shower curtain saves water by using inflatable spikes to push you out of the shower

6. Tiles for growing mini gardens

 

Urban living has exploded in  recent years.  A problem of this growth has been a loss of green space and trees.  

Grey to Green tries to reduce some of the negative impact of this loss of greenery while combining the added benefits of recycling.

Grey to Green creates paving stones that have small spaces within them where you can grow plants and herbs.

Eco tiles  with holes to grow vegetation

They have four paving stone designs available ranging from one to eight holes to grow the plants and herbs from.

 

Close up of an eco green tile by Caroline Brahme

The could be used in backyards or integrated into our towns and cities as part of the normal urban landscape allowing the introduction of a greener and more natural urban environment without compromising on space.

The tiles were designed by Swedish designer Caroline Brahme who has other interesting designs you can learn about here.

http://cargocollective.com/carolinebrahme/

7. Tiny Homes

The tiny homes movement refers to the social and architectural movement that encourages and promotes living in small houses.    There is a distinction between small and tiny.  Dwellings considered small are between 37m2 and 93m2.  To qualify as a tiny house the building should be less than 37m2.

Tiny eco house on wheels

Due to the space restrictions of smaller homes the design has to be clever and well thought out

The movement is gaining popularity as people are priced out of the traditional housing markets, more people are interested in simpler, more sustainable living.

It really started to take off due to the global financial crisis of 2007. As well as financial reasons other factors that seem to be fuelling this boom include environmental concerns and the desire for a freer, healthier lifestyle that allows for more outdoor leisure time.

In some parts of the world such as Europe the tiny house trend has had a positive impact on homeless people as they are used as shelters.  In 2005 following Hurricane Katrina a designer set up a initiative to re home people affected by the disaster using 28 m2 hurricane proof houses which went on to win awards.  These can be purchased in the U.S in kit form.

 

Inside an eco tiny house

Small and tiny homes have the advantage over their counterparts as being cheaper to build, cheaper heating repairs and maintenance.

Other benefits could also be that living in a smaller area allows for a much less cluttered lifestyle. With only the essentials required to live, the smaller space discourages hoarding.

 

kitchen and stairs of a tiny house

Small and tiny houses also appeal to those people who want a cheap holiday home or retirement house.

Here are some of the top  tiny house companies in Australia

http://designerecohomes.com.au/

http://www.tinyhousecompany.com.au/ 

http://fredstinyhouses.com.au/

8.Environmentally friendly and socially conscious toilet paper: Who Gives a Crap

 

Who Gives a Crap toilet paper was started when the three founders learnt that 2.4 billion people from around the worlds do not have access to a toilet, this means that diarrhoea related diseases cause sub saharan hospital beds to eb over half full and over 500 children undere th age of five die every day.

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Who Gives a Crap does not use trees to produce the paper just 100% recycled paper fibres, sugar cane or bamboo. In  addition they do not have any dyes or added scents either.

The great thing about this company is that they donate 50% of all their profits to help build toilets where they are badly needed. This is a good enough reason on it’s own to  switch to this brand let alone the added environmental plus points.

Eco toilet paper Who Gives a Crap

https://au.whogivesacrap.org/pages/our-impact

9.Water Pebble

The Water Pebble is small, simple and effective.  You place it in your shower and it memorises your standard amount of water used.  After that it will indicate using a traffic light system if you are exceeding the water consumption during your shower.

The Water Pebble effectively trains you to spend less time in the shower.

http://waterpebbleus.com/

water-pebble

10. RavenWindow

Raven windows can help with savings on ventilation, air-con and heating.  They do this by using a patented themochronic filter in the space between the double glazed glass of the window.  This allows for control the amount of heat and light you allow into your home.

Raven Windows claim you can save up to 30 % annually on your heating  and cooling costs.  They work a bit like transition glasses where they will automatically transition from clear to dark but they use heat to action the change, filtering out strong light but keeping your visibility in tact.

http://www.raven.com.au/domino/raven/ravenweb.nsf

Eco double glazed windows that transition darker when sunny


          Volvo Cars, Autoliv e NVIDIA formam parceria para desenvolver tecnologias autônomas   
Volvo XC90 Drive Me (Foto: Divulgação)

A Volvo Cars, a Autoliv, líder global em segurança automotiva, e a NVIDIA, empresa de computação visual e inteligência artificial (AI), se juntaram para desenvolver softwares e sistemas avançados para veículos autônomos. As três marcas vão trabalhar com a Zenuity, empresa criada este ano pela Volvo e pela Autoliv, com foco na criação de de softwares de condução autônoma e sistemas de assistência ao motorista.

O objetivo da parceria é desenvolver tecnologias que serão utilizadas na próxima geração de carros autônomos. A Volvo traçou a meta de comercializar veículos com autonomia nível quatro - que dispensam a necessidade de um motorista humano - até 2021. A montadora pretende ser mais rápida do que a Honda, que planeja introduzir o nível 4 em sua frota de carros apenas em 2025

"Cérebro" autônomo do Volvo XC90 Drive Me (Foto: Divulgação)

A plataforma de computação de carros com inteligência artificial da NVIDIA será usada como base para os novos sistemas. A tecnologia AI pode ajudar o veículo a reconhecer objetos ao seu redor, antecipar ameaças potenciais e rodar com mais segurança segurança.

“A inteligência artificial é uma ferramenta essencial para resolver os desafios dos carros autônomos. Usamos como base nossa colaboração anterior com a Volvo Cars para criar veículos prontos que tornarão a condução mais segura, deixando as cidades mais verdes e reduzindo o congestionamento nas vias”, disse Jensen Huang, CEO da NVIDIA. 

As tecnologias que serão desenvolvidas pela parceria podem comparar a situação em tempo real com um mapa em alta definição. Isso permite que o carro planeje uma rota segura e dirija precisamente por esse percurso, se ajustando às circunstâncias que podem mudar. O sistema autônomo também é capaz de reunir imagens de câmeras instaladas no veículo para criar uma visualização completa em volta do carro.

 

 


          Pema Khandu Resolves to Restructure Sports Authority of Arunachal   

SSA

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday resolved to restructure the Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA), which is a registered body functioning under a Memorandum of Association since 2005, by an Act to be passed by the state legislative assembly.

Chairing a meeting of the SAA Governing Body in Itanagar on Friday, Khandu directed the sitting Chairman of SAA, Bamang Tago, in consultation with the department of Sports and Youth Affairs, to frame a blueprint of the Act and place it before the government for further perusal. This he said is required to give a distinct shape, role and responsibility to the autonomous body so that it can work constructively in the field of promoting sports and nurturing sportspersons from across the state.

Going through the roles and functions of the existing SAA set-up, Khandu lamented that the sports body has not been able to live up to expectations because of various flaws in guidelines under which it was constituted.

He lauded Tago for bringing it to the notice of the Governing Body, which incidentally met today after a gap of 5 years, and admitted the need to give greater autonomy to SAA. He also appreciated Tago for referring the Mizoram State Sports Council Act 2002 as an example that could be replicated in Arunachal Pradesh.

“If Mizoram can bring an Act to successfully run an autonomous sports body, we can too. Hence, I request SAA and the department of Sports and Youth Affairs to properly study the Mizoram Act and frame one keeping in consideration the requirements of Arunachal Pradesh for placing it in the Assembly as a bill,” Khandu advised.

Khandu observed that with an Act in place the autonomous sports authority will have its role, responsibility and power in clear terms and all confusions with its relation vis a vis the department of Sports and Youths Affairs and state level sports associations will be cleared.

The Chief Minister also appreciated the initiatives taken up by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for promotion of games and sports in the state. While thanking SAI Regional Director from Guwahati, Dr Subhash Basumatary for his presence in the meeting as a co-opted member, Khandu assured state government’s support in his endeavours in the state.

He expressed happiness that SAI has agreed in principle to establish SAG centers at Roing, Aalo and Miao besides the ones at Itanagar and Rupa. Further, he accepted the proposal put in by Dr Basumatary to utilize existing badminton infrastructure in the state capital to temporarily run the Dorjee Khandu Badminton Academy till the time its permanent infrastructure comes up near Naharlagun.

When informed that sportspersons after getting employed in government departments under sports quota are forced to leave their playing profession, Khandu viewed that they should be allowed to practice and participate in competitions as they used to before employment till their age permits. He asked the department to come up with a guideline to ensure it.

Sports and Youth Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Nyamar Karbak informed that a state sports policy is in the making and after its finalization and implementation the road ahead will be crystal clear. He however emphasized on starting from ground zero and move upward instead of planning from the top. Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Laisam Simai, a co-opted member of the Governing Body, suggested that impartiality of the highest level should be maintained in giving opportunities to budding sports talents so that only the best of the best can go ahead to represent the state and the country in competitions.

Other issues like requirement of coaches, physiotherapists, instructors, administrators as well as budgetary allocation were discussed in the meeting.

The 2nd Governing Body meeting of SAA was also attended by the SAA Vice Chairman, Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs, Secretary APP Sports Board, Directors of Sports, Youth Affairs and State Plan, Member Secretary SAA, representatives of SBI, NEEPCO and NHPC and distinguished sportspersons Gumpe Rime, TadangMinu and TamatGamo.

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          Journeys toward Sustainable Development: Policy Entrepreneurs and the Rise of the Green State in Chile and Peru   

Project by Jose Carlos Orihuela (completed thesis):

Journeys inquire why and how mineral-rich Chile and Peru joined in the international trend of good green governance. Behind formal governance convergence hides effective institutional divergence: a relatively strong and autonomous green state in Chile and a relatively weak and captured green state in Peru. The “green state” [...]

          Abstraction in reverse: how Latin American Modernists changed how we see   
Hélio Oiticica with Nucleo 6 (1960-63, left) and Nildo of Mangueira wearing Oiticica's P15 Parangolé Cape 11, I Embody Revolt (around 1968) (© César and Claudio Oiticica)
The art historian Alexander Alberros new book, Abstraction in Reverse, which has just been published by the University of Chicago Press, offers a fresh perspective on how Latin American artists have altered our perceptions of Modern art. The central argument of the book is that abstract artists like Julio Le Parc, Toms Maldonado and Jess Rafael Soto, among others, made works that granted viewers a fuller stake in interpretation, which was no longer a matter of passive reception.


These artists "get rid of the 're-' in representation," Alberro says. "The dynamic of connection is between the spectator and the object, who now takes a greater role." Importantly, Alberro says, the artwork was no longer made in advance and then exhibited; rather, it was produced at the very site where the art object and spectator meet, where object and subject come together.



Latin American artists did not always have direct access to works by painters like Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich, whom they admired. Often, works by artists like these were only available in black-and-white reproductions, which led to productive misreadings. In the first issue of the short-lived journal Arturo, which was founded in Buenos Aires in 1944, the artist Lidy Prati manually coloured in the reproductions of Mondrian's work. "When Soto finally saw a Mondrian, he realised he had it all wrong," Alberro says. "He thought Mondrian's work was completely smooth, with no visible brushstrokes and all straight lines meeting the edge of the canvas."



One of the keys to Alberro's book is that he takes a comparative approach to artists from various Latin American countries, which is a shift from the traditional narrative. "Artists like Le Parc in Argentina and Soto in Venezuela were dismissed or couldn't find a place in their national context," he says. "So Modernism, rather than an imposition, gave these artists the ability to speak and be heard in their own national contexts."



The below excerpt is taken from Alberro's introduction to the book.



During the mid-20th century, Latin American artists working in several different cities altered the nature of Modern art in ways that have never been fully appreciated. In this critical transformation, arts relation to its public was reimagined, and the spectator was granted a more significant role than ever before in the realization of the artwork. These developments unfolded in the context of a complicated mediation of the particular form of abstract art that European Modernist artists Theo van Doesburg, Max Bill, and others referred to as Concrete art. This type of abstraction resonated in Latin America not only as a result of European Modernisms hegemony but also because it articulated an experience of Modernity that, despite all cultural differentiation, was becoming increasingly global. Initially, in the 1940s, Latin American artists with Modernist ambitions faithfully adopted Concretism, following their European predecessors in banishing all categories of description and imitation in favor of an emphasis on the sheer inventiveness of a simple operation generated entirely from the mind of the artist and communicated lucidly to the spectator. The task of the spectator in turn was to avoid any particularities that might obstruct her deindividualized gaze and to subordinate herself entirely and without interference to the logic of the art object, enabling the artworks import, its meaning, to be comprehended fully. Vision was the primary means for this model of spectatorship, and any phenomenological aspect of the experience was to be avoided.

But Latin American artists would soon push Concrete art considerably beyond its established boundaries. Indeed, most of the artists whose work is central to Abstraction in Reverse created their distinctive identity by rejecting the a priori generalizations of pictorial or sculptural Concretism and offering an alternative to it. In their effort to imagine art as an integral aspect of an intellectual life that responded to their own particular concerns, they put aside the Concretist notion that the meaning of an artwork is established prior to its experience by the spectator in favor of a concept of artistic signification (as much as of consciousness and subjectivity) that assumes that meaning can be produced only in the site where the art object and spectator meet, where subject and object come together. I call the site of this intersection the aesthetic field of the artwork, defining it first and foremost as an area of possibility through which the spectator constructs meaning, and I focus this study on the structuring of artistic signification according to the interrelationship of subject and object within this aesthetic field. Consistent with their negation of idealist aesthetics, Latin American post-Concrete artists interwove the specificities of the material object and the context of its exhibition and display with the spectators subjective experience within the aesthetic field in ways that thread the work of art back into the fabric of the world.

By reshaping the aesthetic field to posit the spectator not as a disembodied receptor of optical stimuli but as an active subject engaged in a new kind of attentiveness and tactile encounter, post-Concrete artists opened the way for new modes of consciousness and experience, as well as new models of subject-object relations. My thesis, in brief, is that in breaking in various ways with the core dictums of Concrete art, Latin American artists in the mid-twentieth century reimagined the relationship of art to its public and produced artworks to challenge prevailing notions of the interconnection between subject and world, perceiver and perceived, objective reality and subjective experience. In this new con-ceptualization, art was no longer considered entirely autonomous and internally coherent but relationally dynamic, prompting the imaginative engagement of the spectator and producing meaning through this very relationality. The rationales underlying the generation of this art varied, as did the degrees and conditions of subjective agency it actualized, but the new post-Concrete art in Latin America fundamentally reconfigured the aesthetic field and Modernist spectatorship more generally, and the particular forms these new modes of sensibility took are the primary concern of this book.

Along with a realignment of the aesthetic field and the development of new conventions of spectatorship, ambitious mid-20th-century Latin American art manifested a new type of artistic subjectivity. For reasons that are as much political and cultural as they are aesthetic, these artists discarded the traditional, artisan-like exercise of manufacturing the artwork in favor of presenting catalytic objects or ensembles that encompass, and in fact require, the spectator for their completion. If, as noted a moment ago, Concrete arts form of spectatorship closed the art object in upon itself, conveying an idea or act carried out by the artist at an earlier moment, then the importance of the new post-Concrete work lies in the context of spectatorship. Henceforth the artist performs no longer as a creator for contemplation, but as an instigator for creation, as Brazilian artist Hlio Oiticica put it. In this new condition, the function of the artist is limited to the presentation of formal elements or situations to be constructed into artworks in the context of the aesthetic field. This process of configuration and the link between forms of artistic signification and forms of spectatorship are central theoretical concerns of this book. My argument is that meaning does not reside in the intent of the artist, nor in the essence of the art object, nor in its site of display, nor even in the consciousness of the spectator engaging with the work. Meaning is constructed in the aesthetic field, a space that includes all of these elements as well as writings and statements made by the artists and others about the work. In this respect, the aesthetic field differs from the logic of what philosopher Jacques Rancire refers to as an emancipatory practice of art in which the centered subject is fully capable of seizing hold of aesthetic experiences, and constitutes instead something similar to what philosopher Michel Foucault describes as an apparatus of a system of relations that is established among a set of components. My goal in what follows is to study what Foucault called the interplay of shifts of position and modifications of function among the elements that structure the work of mid-20th-century Latin American artists, keeping in mind that with each shift or modification the hierarchy of these constituent parts is readjusted or reworked. Moreover, insofar as the aesthetic field as an apparatus is always inscribed in what Foucault refers to as a play of power, it will be important to comprehend some of the reasons that led to this reconfiguration in the mid-20th century.

Then, too, the aesthetic field as an apparatus implies a process of sub-jectification; that is to say, it produces its subject, it orients the gestures, behaviors, opinions, or discourses of living beings into subject positions. This is what separates it from sociologist Pierre Bourdieus framework of a field of cultural production. Although both concepts theorize a field as hierarchical, the goal of Bourdieus analysis is to understand the ways in which the subjects and institutions that specialize in creating, displaying, distributing, and evaluating art interact, and in particular how the fully formed subject negotiates the social and economic context of art at a given time and in a particular place. The ensemble of relations that structure the aesthetic field that I propose includes the context singled out by Bourdieu. But I understand the spectatorial subject as a position that is itself formed in the aesthetic field. This approach requires paying greater attention than does Bourdieu to the way the dynamic system of relations established among the elements of the aesthetic field are configured, as well as to the spectators interaction with the formal or material techniques that actually make art.

The turn to action and participation in the context of spectatorship in Latin American art also marks a shift to an entirely different mode of social engagement of the artwork. The model of spectatorship that develops as artists attempt to reintegrate art into the social realm by asserting its relationship with the viewing subject turns outward into the third and fourth dimensions. This, in essence, is at the core of what I refer to as abstraction in reverse. To quote a 1960 text by Ferreira Gullar, a Brazilian critic whose early writings are important to my investigation, post-Concrete artists, in their attempt to reconnect the picture plane with paintings need for spatialization, invert traditional perspective and create an outward three-dimensional virtual space powerful enough to break away from (even abstract) representation. The gap between the ostensible permanence of the art object and the ephemerality of the spectators interaction with it accordingly narrows and in some cases collapses altogether. The artwork ceases to be a stationary object accessible to immediate and exhaustive viewing (that is, seen in its entirety) and invites an embodied reception located in space and time. The artistic experience becomes a transitional phenomenon, prompting the spectator to relate with others and with an environment that surrounds and envelops her. But rather than rest in the moment of desublimation, the spectator is induced by some of the artworks produced in this manner to see herself both as an integral subject and as an object of the perception of others, creating new, liberating spaces of sociability. Gone is the myth of the singular artist in absolute control of her creative production. Gone too is the traditional understanding of the ontology of art in which the artwork and its conceptualized essence stand apart from the world and unchanging for all time. In place of these singularities, these artworks posit a relational identity and set of processual operations that are not atavistic but disjointed, having multiple roots, facets, and directions. The subjective agency and creativity of the spectator become paramount in the realization of the artwork.

Alexander Alberro is the Virginia Bloedel Wright Professor of Art History and Department Chair at Barnard College
          Raptors will reload or rebuild on Ujiri’s watch: Arthur   

And just like that, the crisis is over. One crisis, anyway. As in life, there is always another crisis, another explosion, another decision in the NBA. It’s the nuttiest league there is.

On Wednesday, New York Knicks officials were confidently predicting that Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri was coming to New York. The chatter made its way around: agents, league officials. Tim Leiweke, man of action, was leading the charge. He could craft a contract that would tempt Ujiri, surely. There was a genuine sense of possibility, even as Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment was equally confident that their star executive would not leave.

Something changed. Late Thursday night, word began filtering through the league that the Knicks would not pursue Ujiri after all. It was a reversal from their initial plan, which had been toyed with for over a year. It was first reported by Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, who added that the Knicks might chase former Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin instead; Ujiri would stay with the Raptors. There was never a formal call to MLSE to ask for permission to talk. This one arose and dissipated in the in-between corridors of the NBA.

And like that, the Knicks had moved on. The barriers set up by MLSE — elevating Ujiri to team president as part of his five-year deal, and likely making it clear that New York would have to pony up hefty compensation, including a first-round pick or more — held.

Make no mistake: there was genuine temptation here. Leiweke could have crafted a contract that was designed for Ujiri, and to get some revenge on the men who let him go as the president and CEO of MLSE two years ago. Start with huge support for Ujiri’s charity, Giants of Africa; add the contractual ability to root out the toxic architecture of Madison Square Garden and create an autonomous kingdom within a kingdom; and to all that, add a hefty raise on Ujiri’s top-five executive compensation.

You can simply do more in New York than Toronto if you have grand ambitions, and Ujiri didn’t become the only African-born general manager in the NBA — and someone who spends part of every summer trying to do something positive in Africa, whatever he can — without ambition. Imagine what he could have done for Giants of Africa if he worked within driving distance of the United Nations.

But there was always the dark side of the bargain, too: James Dolan. You could hardly write a more dilettante heir of a rich man, and you can bet that fresh stories of Dolan’s absurd stewardship reached Ujiri once New York’s interest became known. It’s not an accident that the Knicks have been the best comedy in New York for over a decade running, and it’s not an accident that the Knicks have made laughingstocks — sad, incinerated laughingstocks — of a long string of middling to good basketball men. It never ends well in New York. Ujiri must have known that.

Taking on the Knicks is a little like going to basketball hell, and hoping you defeat the devil and come back with a soul. Plus you get a parking spot.

But that seems to be over, and now the Raptors can return to the mere challenge of a franchise-defining free-agency period, which opens at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday. Kyle Lowry has been the big question since the season ended. The point guard can be a complicated man, but he’s also the biggest reason Toronto has experienced its four highest win totals in the past four years, and has its only three best-of-seven series wins in the franchise’s history.

So, what now? Doors systematically closed for Lowry over the past two weeks. Houston traded for Chris Paul. According to league sources, San Antonio is not interested. And then Minnesota sent point guard Ricky Rubio to Utah to clear cap space on Friday. Sources say Lowry has been very interested in the Timberwolves, who added star shooting guard Jimmy Butler last week to a core that includes Canadian Andrew Wiggins and fellow former No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns.

But multiple reports said Minnesota was interested in point guard Jeff Teague, who would presumably come at a lower price. Lowry’s the better player, though. As of mid-May other teams were being told that Lowry had zero interest in returning to Toronto; at the same time, he was telling the Raptors a different story. It always made sense that Lowry keep a door open in case things fell through elsewhere.

In the end, it may be best for the Raptors for Lowry to return to Toronto, and for his partnership with DeMar DeRozan to be given another shot. That committing to a 31-year-old point guard who has never been great in the playoffs, alongside another all-star whose playoff resume is checkered at best, tells you something about where they are. One of the most compelling reasons for Ujiri to go dance with the devil was that he had his own unappetizing range of choices here at home.

But if Lowry lands elsewhere, the possibility of the Raptors rebuilding will be in play, which could go as far as trading DeRozan. It always was. Either way, heading into the crossroads, it was Masai Ujiri at the helm. That part of the Raptors, at least, was settled ground.


          Now 815 Steps In: +Bruno Has Gone Too Far   
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop of ECUSA, has now interposed his pastoral authority in the Title IV disciplinary proceedings against Bishop J. Jon Bruno, diocesan of Los Angeles, about which I wrote most recently here.

He has issued, effective immediately today, the following "Partial Restriction" on the ministry of Bishop Bruno:
Partial Restriction on the Ministry of a Bishop

In recent days, I have learned of actions that, in my view, may threaten the good order and welfare of the Church. I have learned that, earlier this year, the Rt. Rev. Jon Bruno, Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles, entered into a contract for sale of property (the “St. James property”) that is central to a disciplinary matter now pending under Title IV of the Canons of The Episcopal Church, in which Bishop Bruno is the Respondent. According to Bishop Bruno’s submissions in that disciplinary matter, the contract for sale of the St. James property sets the closing date as July 3, 2017.

Bishop Bruno’s actions and intentions regarding an earlier attempted sale of the St. James property are currently under review in the pending disciplinary matter. I am deeply concerned that his act of entering into a new contract for sale of the same property, while his approach to the earlier sale is still under review, has the potential to undermine the integrity of the Church’s disciplinary process. The secrecy with which the recent sales contract was undertaken adds to the potential for undermining the integrity of the Church’s disciplinary process.

Accordingly, in order to protect the integrity of the Church’s disciplinary process and, thereby, the good order and welfare of the Church, and pursuant to Canons IV.7(3), (4), and IV.17(2), I hereby place the following partial restriction on the exercise of his ministry until the pending Title IV matter has been finally resolved:
During the period of the restriction, the Bishop, acting individually, or as Bishop Diocesan, or as Corporate Sole, or in any other capacity, is forbidden from closing on the sale of the St. James property, or otherwise selling or conveying the property or contracting to sell the property, or, in any way assisting in the sale or conveyance of the property.
This restriction is effective immediately. Nothing in this restriction is intended to express any opinion about the merits of the pending Title IV proceeding.

This document shall be served upon Bishop Bruno today and shall inform him of his right to have any objections to this restriction heard pursuant to Canon IV.7.

(The Most Rev.) Michael Bruce Curry

XXVII Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
It would appear that this restriction moots +Bruno's rather cheeky appeal of the Hearing Panel's sanctions order of June 17 (see the update to this earlier post), because now it does not matter whether his appeal is upheld or denied by the full Disciplinary Board: +Bruno cannot close escrow on the St. James the Great property in Newport Beach without subjecting himself to new disciplinary proceedings and sanctions instituted by the Presiding Bishop.

At the same time, knowing +Bruno's stubbornness and refusals to yield to authority (he was a former policeman), I would not be surprised if he goes ahead and closes escrow anyway (assuming the buyer does not back out in light of these developments). His corporation sole is in law the record owner of the property (thanks to the fecklessness of the diocesan Board and Standing Committee). Therefore in the eyes of California civil law, +Bruno is on paper, at least, capable of conveying good title to the property, whether his doing so violates an ecclesiastical order or not.

Caveat: While he may be able to sign a deed conveying title, the holding of the California Court of Appeals in the first Bishop Schofield case may give ECUSA the right to sue for the return of the property, since by now the proposed developer in Newport Beach is fully aware of the proceedings against +Bruno, and could not be treated as an innocent, bona fide purchaser without notice. That is why any sensible title attorney knowing that case would urge extreme caution on the buyer's part.

Bishop Bruno also has, reportedly, a further $25 million or so of property in escrow which is not affected by either the sanctions order or the Partial Restriction. (See the earlier post linked above for details.) There is no telling at this point just what he may stand to realize personally if one or more of these escrows closes, because he has refused to disclose (in violation of his duties as a fiduciary to his Diocese and its governing bodies) any particulars of any pending deal.

Which is why ECUSA's attorney leading the prosecution of disciplinary charges against +Bruno, Jerry Coughlan, has called for a "forensic audit" of +Bruno's corporation sole in his 16-page response to +Bruno's appeal of the sanctions order (link downloads a .pdf). The response makes for very colorful and interesting reading. It outlines the same primary case for protecting ECUSA's disciplinary jurisdiction over +Bruno that the Partial Restriction does, and in the process characterizes +Bruno as a "rogue bishop", the role of which he certainly has acted until now.

[UPDATE 06/29/2017: Church Attorney Coughlan has now filed an amendment to his earlier response in which he calls for the Panel to apply its extreme sanction, and depose +Bruno from his see outright. If the Panel were to do so, it should probably exercise its prerogative to make the deposition effective retroactively, as of the date it noticed the public hearing on the complaint against +Bruno, since it was after that date that +Bruno entered into his secretive contract for sale. Removing +Bruno from his office as of that date would cancel and render invalid any contract he entered into subsequently.]

So, as foreseen long ago on this blog, we may be coming to the ultimate showdown -- a contest of authority between an ostensibly autonomous diocesan bishop and the national body's presiding bishop, who in 2009 was given pastoral authority for the first time ever over other ECUSA bishops by the changes adopted in that year to Title IV at General Convention. (Those changes to the disciplinary rules were one of the reasons Bishop Mark Lawrence and his Diocese of South Carolina cited for their decision to withdraw from ECUSA.)

It is too early to say how this matter will play itself out, because there are now very strong forces gathering on both sides. I will update further as I believe appropriate.
          Arizona getting ahead of autonomous vehicle industry by stepping aside   

Location

United States
Date published: 
June 23, 2017

"“Arizona is in a nice spot because of the combination of weather, generally good roads and appropriate density,” said Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant law professor at the University of South Carolina who has taken up autonomous vehicles as a specialty.


          Apple is suspiciously interested in Fisker’s electric car   

Apple is suspiciously interested in Fisker’s electric car

Earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the unusual step of confirming Apple's interest in developing self-driving car technologies. During a recent interview with Bloomberg, Cook was asked about Apple's aspirations in the automotive space. Responding quickly, Cook said: "We’re focusing on autonomous systems. It’s a core technology that we view as very important. We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects." Notably, there have also been reports that Apple's interest in designing and manufacturing their own branded car have subsided amid a number of technical hurdles.

Curiously, a Fisker Emotion -- an EV with 400 miles of range that will presumably take on Tesla -- was recently spotted at Apple headquarters in Cupertino today. And interestingly enough, the Emotion's appearance came about after Apple engineers indicated that they wanted to take a look at the car's underlying technology.

The Detroit Bureau reports:

The likelihood of a sightseeing tour is slight. And while Henrik Fisker declined to comment – with Apple not yet responding to a request for comment – some of those sources say the Emotion was there for some very practical, rather than emotional, reasons.

Members of the Apple development team apparently wanted a closer look at the Emotion, and a better understanding of its unusual driveline technology, so they asked the Fisker crew to bring one up from that company’s headquarters in Southern California.

Additionally, Henrik Fisker tweeted out the following yesterday evening. As anyone who has been to or even seen Apple's current headquarters, it's clear that Fisker was over at 1 Infinite Loop.

https://twitter.com/FiskerOfficial/status/879934037204193280

Range aside, the Fisker Emotion appears to be a technical marvel, with a fast-charging system that enables the vehicle to charge up in just nine minutes. As we noted a few weeks back, the Emotion's impressive battery system is based on supercapacitors using graphene as opposed to the more traditional lithium-ion batteries used in vehicles like the Tesla Model S.



          Four architecture teams envision NYC’s driverless transit future   
queuey, driverless future challengeWith NYC residents owning fewer personal vehicles than any other city in the U.S., it’s no surprise that it may soon become a major hub for autonomous transportation. To ensure the future efficiency of driverless vehicles in such a densely populated area, Blank Space and the City of New York created a Driverless Future Challenge to solicit visions for the future of autonomous transit. According to Archinect, participants from over 25 countries sent proposals, which have now been narrowed down to four finalists. Their ideas include a plug-and-play public square, curbside pickup system, a rideshare platform for the outer boroughs, […]
          Three Companies Changing The Autonomous Driving Landscape   
Last month, we were part of the first AutoSens Detroit event at the M1 Concourse. AutoSens is, in a nutshell, a gathering of the world’s finest engineers, researchers, and other authority figures in the arenas of vehicle perception technology and autonomous driving. It is a place where those working on the technology can converge to […]
          New approach to an autonomous tractor   
A Canadian engineer and inventor rethought the idea of a farm power unit to create a new way to maximize labor-free farm work. Video included.
          Catalonia OKs Cannabis Legalization, but Will Spain Let It Fly?   

After a petition drive that gathered 67,500 signatures, the autonomous Spanish region of Catalonia has legalized the cultivation, consumption, and distribution of cannabis.

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          BMW 2 Series to drop manual transmission option – report   

It appears BMW’s relentless manual transmission killing spree is still underway, with news that the BMW 2 Series sports coupe and convertible are next on the firing line in the U.S. Reuters reports that as more funds are being diverted into electric and autonomous vehicle development, the manual transmission is seen as an unnecessary cost and is fast becoming a casualty of tighter emissions requirements. China’s massive push for electric cars as the government frantically deals with the country’s pollution problem is also a massive driving force behind these changes. PerformanceDrive contacted a BMW dealership in New South Wales to […]

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          From robocops to robocars, Dubai takes crime-fighting seriously   

Dubai’s enthusiasm for cutting-edge crime-fighting technology continues unabated, with autonomous police cars soon to appear.

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          Autonomous grocery trucks could be the future of shopping   

In our increasingly connected world, a few lucky Londoners will get their groceries delivered by an autonomous van.

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          Amazon Echo Show Ushers in Smart Home Transformation   

We are closer to having autonomous homes, with advances in video, compute, and data processing capabilities being added to consumer products. This week marks the general availability of the Amazon Echo Show, which is notable not only for its popularity but … Read more >

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          Market Researcher - Hard-Line - Greater Sudbury, ON   
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          Software Developer/Project Manager - Hard-Line - Greater Sudbury, ON   
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          New approach to an autonomous tractor   
A Canadian engineer and inventor rethought the idea of a farm power unit to create a new way to maximize labor-free farm work. Video included.
          Books: Autonomous Language Learning with Technology   
This book looks beyond the classroom, and focuses on out-of-class autonomous use of technology for language learning, discussing the theoretical frameworks, key findings and critical issues. The proliferation of digital language learning resources and tools is forcing language education into an era of unprecedented change. The book will stimulate discussions on how to support language learners to construct quality autonomous technology-mediated out-of-class learning experience outside the classr
          Uber’s new autonomous trucks get total upgrade amid Waymo lawsuit   
Uber has a new fleet of autonomous trucks, deploying a new version of self-driving hardware and sensors that won’t be impacted by the ongoing legal battle with Alphabet’s Waymo. Though the company may be best-known for its passenger ridesharing service – or, more recently, most infamously for its controversial former CEO – Uber has also been working on modernizing haulage, … Continue reading
          Dubai is getting miniature self-driving police cars later this year   
Dubai is upgrading its police force with a bit of machine intelligence, announcing plans to deploy robotic, self-driving patrol cars later on this year. Assuming the police department follows through with the plans, this will mark the first time a city has utilized autonomous vehicles as part of its daily patrols, a reality that won’t rest easy with everyone. The … Continue reading
          Honda CRV 2.2 i-DTEC EX 4 WD 6 Speed Manual Road Test Review   


Honda CRV “ CRV stands for Compact Recreational Vehicle or Comfortable Runabout Vehicle”

I must admit that I am going to find it difficult to be critical of any Honda, I’ve been in the Motor Trade for over 40 years I’ve sold hundreds of them, and I honestly can’t remember having a disappointed customer or ever having to carry out any rectification other than routine servicing.

Although I noticed from my Press Pack that the Honda CRV had won numerous awards over the years, I think the highest accolade that I can give them comes from one of the customers I had at my used car sales pitch, it turned out that the guy had been given a few months to live and he wanted a second hand value for money car “that he knew would be reliable, and would give his Wife no trouble when he was gone” he had come to see a 10 year old Honda.

After he agreed to buy the car I reassured him that he had made the right choice and gave him my personal guarantee that the car would be reliable, if it wasn’t I gave him my mobile number and assured them both that they could call me at any time should they have any problems with the car in the future, that was 3 years ago and I have heard nothing. Oh and just in case you’re wondering, I’m not a Lay-by dealer, my phone is not a weekly changed pay as you go, and yes I still have the same number!

Since the launch in 1995, Honda have sold over Five Million CRV’s, production of the European version was switched to Britain in 2000 and has remained at their Swindon plant ever since. The New 4thgeneration CRV will be offered with a choice of 2 and 4 wheel drive for the first time, I suspect that the majority of the 5 million already in use will never have been off road in their life, but from what I can see there doesn’t seem to be a huge advantage gained by choosing the 2 wheel drive version.

The 2.0 i-VTEC S (2WD) costs £21,395 and has CO2 emissions of 168g/km Tax Band H and a combined MPG of 39.2 where as the 2.0 i-VTEC S 4 wheel drive model costs £22,495 it has CO2 emissions of 173 g/km which means it is still within the 166 – 175 g/km Tax Band H £200 per year Road Tax band width and a combined MPG of 38.2, so for £1100 and a reduction of 1 MPG you get to be able to drive it when it’s snowing and tow your caravan of a muddy field.

Honda supplied me with the very well specified CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC EX 4 WD manual to road test, it costs £31,495 has CO2 emissions of 154 g/km Tax Band G  £175.00 per year Road Tax and a combined MPG of 48.7 the car was finished in Twilight Blue Metallic and had Black Leather Upholstery.

All the switchgear was easy to hand  I can’t think of any extra equipment that I would have found beneficial that wasn’t already fitted as standard to this car, first job as usual was to sync my phone to the blue tooth hands free, erm after I had pulled over to the side of the road where it was safe to do so (cough, because the Honda won’t let you or your passenger do it when you are on the move)  this also gives you the option to play and control any music that you have stored on your phone wirelessly through the Honda’s i-Mid or intelligent multi function display, which has a 5” Touch Screen and incorporates, the CD/Radio, telephone, and HDD navigation system.

The car is equipped with an Economy Mode button (which is hidden behind the steering wheel and I didn’t discover for a couple of days) when its activated it controls the throttle response, engine programming, and the air conditioning compressor, it decreases the voltage to the fan drive, reducing the load on the engine and optimising it for maximum fuel efficiency.

When I selected Econ Mode I can’t say that I noticed any difference in the cars performance, but the Eco Assist system illuminates a green light which resembles a cannabis plant on the dash and and an arc on either side of the speedo which glow green when you’re driving economical, I’m pretty sure that responding to the visual signals and trying to do my best to drive within the tolerances needed to keep the pleasant glow on the dashboard was the actual reason my MPG went up, and was nothing to do with the engine mapping, this seems to be the conclusion reached by Honda engineers when they discovered that different driving styles could cause as much as a 15 percent variance in fuel economy, according to the MPG display by the time I gave the car back I was achieving 50.5 MPG which is pretty good for a big 4 Wheel Drive car.

The only thing I really didn’t like but isn’t unique to the Honda, is fitted to pretty much every car these days and that is the Idle Stop technology, you come to traffic lights or standing traffic and the car cuts out then starts again when you’re ready to move forward and you depress the clutch. No matter how many times it does this, after decades in the motor trade driving cars that had flat batteries, dirt in the carburettor or were so low on fuel that you were driving on a wing and a prayer expecting to breakdown at any second, the slightest hint that the car is going to stall or cut out without me turning the key and I slam the clutch through the cars bulkhead and floor the accelerator pedal thereby causing the engine to burst into life revving till it hits the limiter and frightening the life out of the Lollypop Lady and the kids on the school crossing.

I really couldn’t see the benefit of this feature, as I was convinced the constant stop starting in traffic would put unnecessary strain and wear on the clutch, flywheel, starter motor, engine mountings, possibly clog the cat or Diesel Particulate Filter it may lead to replacing them a lot earlier than would previously be needed and would add somewhere in the region of £1500 to £2000  to the whole life cost of the car.

For £1500 you would be able to buy enough diesel to cover approximately 11,000 miles, Argh, but what about the CO2 emissions that you would save by not burning the diesel I hear you asking?, well I can’t really calculate the exact offset between the two, but what about the CO2 and Green House gasses that are produced when the replacement parts are being manufactured, when the old parts are disposed of, recycled, melted down or Dave Clark Design turns them into a fancy clock, http://www.daveclarkdesigns.com/

ps. keep up the good work Dave!


The cabin of the EX is EX-tremely luxurious, roomy, and has great all round visibility. The blind on the panoramic tinted glass roof opens like a magic trick and I can’t understand how the disappears into such a small space, there’s just too much material to stow away, for me it will remain one of life’s mysteries, I really wanted to dismantle it but decided that the good folk at Honda wouldn’t be best pleased if I couldn’t put it back together again and gave them their car back in pieces.

When the blind opens the interior of the car is transformed and on a sunny day it’s like driving around in your conservatory. It took me seconds to adjust the driver’s seat using the electric adjustment, dropping the steering wheel using the manual adjustment so I had a clear view of the instruments and I was ready for off. The car was comfortable and easy to drive from the get go, once you’ve input your destination postcode into the Nav System and set your desired temperature on the dual zone climate control, apart from snicking into the next gear (manual version) or switching the heated seats on, there’s no reason to take your hands off the steering wheel.

I felt like the car had been built round me, it was so easy and relaxing to drive and the gearbox on the Honda is so slick that if you use more than one finger to change gear you’re wasting energy, you don’t even have to use your brain as the car has a Shift Indicator Light on the drivers display which tells you when you should change gear. With your hands at the twenty to eight or quarter to three position on the steering wheel, you can cover the radio control, fuel computer display, telephone controls and indicator with your left hand, while your right hand covers the cruise control.




I’m not big on reading instructions or asking for help, so when i eventually gave up and asked the Honda Delivery driver where the ignition key went, he said I usually leave it in my pocket, then he pointed to the start button on the dashboard. Neither did I read the Press Pack till I had waived goodbye to the car, and now I am kicking myself because I don’t know whether the car was actually fitted with 3 of Hondas optional extras ACC, LKAS and CMBS if it had have been I would have loved to try an experiment.





This is how Honda describe these three incredible safety systems

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

Buttons on the steering wheel operate the ACC system, allowing the driver to choose both their speed and their preferred distance from the vehicle in front. Using a millimetre-wave radar in the front grille, ACC monitors the distance to the car in front and can apply up to a quarter of the maximum braking force autonomously when needed to maintain the set speed and distance. If more braking is required,



the system provides a visible and audible warning. ACC operates between speeds of 19mph and 112mph.
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
This is the first time that LKAS has been available on the CR-V. Designed for dual carriageway or motorway use, Honda’s Lane Keeping Assist System detects the lane markings using a camera mounted at the top of the windscreen and helps the driver to stay within its boundaries. If the driver indicates, the system will switch to standby mode, but if it calculates that the car is about to leave its lane without the driver activating the indicators it will automatically apply corrective steering, while issuing a visual and audible warning. The system applies up to 80 per cent of the steering force required, with the driver providing the final 20 per cent.
LKAS maintains the position of the car in its lane by providing steering torque when necessary, significantly reducing driver fatigue and helping to prevent accidents. For the system to work, the driver has to keep contact with the steering wheel - if the system fails to recognise the driver's input on the steering, it will switch itself off. LKAS can operate between 45mph and 112mph on roads with clear and visible left and right lane boundary markings and where there are no sharp bends.
Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
The innovative Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) is a sophisticated system that works to prevent or mitigate the severity of accidents. It works by monitoring the following distance and closing rate between your vehicle and the car directly in front via radar. If the system calculates that a collision is likely it provides an audible and visual warning to the driver. Should the driver take no action to prevent the collision the system provides three sharp tugs to the driver’s seat belt and some autonomous braking is applied. Finally, if a collision is unavoidable, CMBS tightens the front seat occupants’ seatbelts and applies a high level of braking force. This braking force can be supplemented by the driver, up to the CR-V’s maximum capability. CMBS works at speeds above 9mph, detecting stationary and moving vehicles along a path up to around 100-metres ahead of the CR-V.
So in lay mans terms,
(ACC) keeps the car at a constant speed, allowing you to take your foot of the accelerator, but still keeps you a predetermined distance from the car in front.
(LKAS) steers the car and keeps it in the same lane unless you indicate.
(CMBS) slams the anchors on and stops you crashing if you fall asleep with the other two systems switched on and you hit a traffic jam before you wake up.






As soon as you select reverse gear the 5 inch screen of the i-Mid system displays the view behind the car, and a kind of yellow rugby goalpost virtual best parking approach, there is no excuse for scuffing the 18 Inch alloys on the kerb, or for going tailgate first down the 1000 foot mountain that you just tried to parallel park on.



I was mightily impressed by the attention to detail in the CRV and when I was reading through the specification I saw that the standard equipment included “Duck sensing Auto Lights” such is the level of the safety equipment I wasn't surprised in the slightest, I just thought "Wow, Honda think of everything" however on further inspection I discovered that it actually said “Dusk” and when I come to think about it, that makes a lot more sense ;-) but just on the off chance that you do total a Duck out of season, a quick flick of the extremely powerful High Pressure Headlight wash and there won’t even be enough Duck DNA left for Horatio Caine from CSI Miami to find.




There are other things that really stand out, for instance the filler cap is an integral part of the fuel flap, and the filler neck of the diesel tank seems to be made to the same technical specification and tolerances that is necessary for the Eurofighter to refuel from an A330 Airbus mid flight without both aircraft turning into a giant fire ball, when you insert the petrol pump nozzle into the CRV’s filler neck it slides into place and is held in position with a click that would comfort a fighter pilot.




On most other cars every time I go over a speed bump my phone charger springs out of the  cigar lighter as if it’s red hot and has just been ejected like a spent cartridge from a shotgun, not so in the Honda as the cigar lighter or “Power Outlet” as its labelled has a spring loaded flap which holds the charger firmly in place no matter how rough the road gets.







I was left with the overall impression that the Honda CRV is suitable for all occasions, with its elevated seating position, although it is a big car it doesn’t feel like it. I was as comfortable driving it through the narrow winding roads of the Lake District, as I was with the cruise control set and the car eating up the Motorway tarmac. It’s quiet, smooth, and easily holds 5 people it also has a cavernous boot. The Honda is Ideal for the school run, and it doesn’t matter what terrain you have to cross to get there.





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The truth is, the renewed sense of confidence that dawned in early July (about me leaving tomorrow for Shambhala Mountain Center for nearly 2 weeks, away from Opal and Jesse) has not gone anywhere. It's still there.
And yet.

This week, weeds of doubt have grown up and through the ok-ness, like madness desperate for air. Sleep has been lost, tossy and disjointed. I've got a gas bubble like an angioplasty in my belly and a deviant little troll-well of a canker sore beneath my tongue, which forces me to talk with a lisp and chew with my mouth open. I've cried at work and been attacked by wretched mounds of self-critism like getting unexpectedly buried in sawdust on the walk home.

Also. I am more than a little excited.
I'm curious about what it will feel like to pack for a trip without concern for endless baby paraphernalia. And what will it feel like to be completely autonomous for nearly half a month? Will it be disorienting, like when amputees feel as if the limb is still there—the phantom limb—to even go so far as to scratch at the hollow space? Will I feel Opal's presence in a tug on my pants or hear her little footsteps clomping behind me and then turn in spite of myself to find that she's, of course, not there? Will I have hallucinations the way I did on the fifth and final day of being away from her last January?
What will it feel like to feed myself meal after meal after meal without having to get up from the table to get more applesauce, to wipe up a spill, to grab a knife to cut the bites smaller?
What will it be like to have only Big People Conversation day in and day out for 11 cycles of 24 hours? Will I be rusty when I get home, as if I'd neglected my native language?

And.
How will Opal fare without me? Will she cope by snuggling closer to daddy and grammy? Will she busy herself more than she already does, unaware of the fact that she's avoiding tears? Will she ask daddy where mama go? only here and there or enough to make Jesse go secretly crazy? Will she ask him again when there is a noise or a song or a smell that makes her think of me and will Jesse sweetly repeat the phrase no honey, mama is not home yet, but she loves you sooo much. (He will shine.)

Also.
I haven't been able to sit my butt on a (meditation) cushion for more than 15 minutes, a few times a week, over the last many months. So I'm quite curious how it will unfold to sit on a cushion with 150 other people, morning to night, day after day. No different from a woman who has refused to diet who then suddenly chooses to go on a strict, albeit short-lived, cleansing fast. I'm bound to feel a bit remodeled come Wednesday, one way or another.

I feel giddy in anticipating the magic that is inherent in these kinds of programs. The alchemy of people and minds is glossy, intoxicating, transformative. The late night talks over sake outside the tents, the long, meandering walks through the Ponderosas to get to the meditation hall, the slow, steady excavation and buffing of the walls within the mind.

At the moment, it's all tossed up inside, with emotions feeling a bit like the arcade game with the claw that grabs at wide-eyed, cheaply-made stuffed animals. I'm doing my best not to lurch too far forward because time-do-pass no matter how much shoving I feel compelled to do.

Who the hell knows— I may get there and be shocked to find that I want to linger with my fingers in the honey all afternoon. I may make a count-down calendar from post-it notes. I may cry and cry and then be done—the way Opal stops dead in her tears and announces Opal all done kying!— ready to celebrate the fact that life must be pretty damn good at home to feel such heartache, even before I walk out the door.


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This podcast features an interview with Jonah Casebeer, a 17 year old family friend and rising senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ) in Alexandria, Virginia. Jonah and three of his classmates entered the annual "Battlecode" Artificial Intelligence Programming Competition at MIT along with about 400 other teams in the fall of 2014. Their team was selected among 16 finalists to fly to MIT for the live, final competition, which was livestreamed on Twitch.TV. They were the only team comprised of high school students in the 2015 competition. All the other teams (ranging from 1 to 4 members) included undergraduate and graduate students, along with adults out of college. According to the Battlecode.org website, "The 6.370 Battlecode programming competition (also 6.147) is a unique challenge that combines battle strategy, software engineering and artificial intelligence. In short, the objective is to write the best player program for the computer game Battlecode. Battlecode, developed for 6.370, is a real-time strategy game. Two teams of robots roam the screen managing resources and attacking each other with different kinds of weapons. However, in Battlecode each robot functions autonomously; under the hood it runs a Java virtual machine loaded up with its team's player program. Robots in the game communicate by radio and must work together to accomplish their goals. Teams of one to four students enter 6.370 and are given the Battlecode software and a specification of the game rules in early January. Each team develops a player program, which will be run by each of their robots during Battlecode matches. Contestants often use artificial intelligence, pathfinding, distributed algorithms, and/or network communications to write their player. At the final tournaments, the autonomous players are pitted against each other in a dramatic head-to-head tournament. The final rounds of the MIT tournament are played out in front of a live audience, with the top teams receiving cash prizes. The total prize pool is over $50,000." In this podcast interview, Jonah tells about his experiences in the 2015 Battlecode competition as well as about the preparatory courses he took at TJ which prepared him and his teammates for this extremely fun and challenging activity. Check out the podcast shownotes for links to referenced sites, videos and resources. In the 3.5 hour video of the 2015 Battlecode Tournament, Jonah's team "Puzzle" takes the stage at 26:05.
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(Stockholm, Sweden, June 30, 2017) – Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV and SSE: ALIVsdb), the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, today announced that it will make a $15 million investment in Autotech Ventures, the digital ground transport venture capital fund. Autoliv’s investment in Autotech Ventures, a fund focused broadly on the automotive industry complements Autoliv’s own innovation strategy, particularly in the areas of active safety and autonomous driving. Autoliv’s Electonics segment has grown rapidly and today represents more than 20% of the company’s annual revenues. It was
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          Northern China: Officials say they are suffering from the worst drought on record   
The drought is affecting the northeastern and eastern areas of the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, which is near Beijing.
          Boris Johnson: UK foreign minister urges democratic progress in Hong Kong   
UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday urged democratic progress in Hong Kong, 20 years after Britain returned the semi-autonomous city to China.
          Edenia: a lost Yiddish utopia for Ukraine and its afterlife in modern-day Kharkiv   

Kalman Zingman’s 1918 Yiddish-language novella In Edenia, a City of the Future imagines a new world of tolerance and culture in eastern Ukraine. Now the region is war-torn and the Jewish population decimated. A new exhibition in Kharkiv — the site of Zingman’s utopia — aims to bring his vision to bear on a divided modern nation

Edenia: a lost Yiddish utopia for Ukraine and its afterlife in modern-day Kharkiv

A design by Jewish avant-garde artist El Lissitsky from his 1922 version of the Yiddish folk tale Four Billy Goats

At one point in Kalman Zingman’s 1918 Yiddish novella In Edenia, a City of the Future, the protagonist Zalman Kindishman stands admiring a monument on the titular city’s Freedom Square:

A young girl with an ardent glance, her hair in loose curls, stepping with her feet on a snake, which is completely wrapped around her. In one hand she holds a blood-red flag and in the other — a black one. On the bottom of the red side is a bas-relief depicting high barricades, flattened faces — a war is going on. There is also a bas-relief on the other side, under the black flag, of the victims after the war, of those who were shot: a Russian, a Ukrainian, a Pole, a Jew, a Georgian, et cetera — all dead. The inscription reads: “They fought together, they died together.”

Edenia is a utopian future version of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, projected forward from the 1910s into the 40s. Now there’s another war going on nearby, this time between Russia and Ukraine; that, and the sickening disjunction between Zingman’s Yiddish fantasia and what actually befell the region’s Jews in the Second World War, might seem to discredit the author’s vision of cooperation and reconciliation.

For Russian-American artist Yevgeniy Fiks and American-Ukrainian curator Larissa Babij, however, the peculiar world of Zingman’s Edenia is worth remembering. Together, they have created a new exhibition named after his novella, currently on display in Kharkiv’s Yermilov Centre. In the novella, Kindishman visits Edenia’s art museum; Fiks and Babij have invited an international group of artists — the participants include Babi Badalov (Azerbaijan), Ruth Jenrbekova and Maria Vilkovisky (Kazakhstan), Aikaterini Gegisian (Greece/Armenia), Haim Sokol (Russia/Israel) and Nikita Kadan (Ukraine) — to contribute artworks towards a reconstruction of this imaginary space. In the process, they are posing many of the same questions of multiculturalism and futurism that occupied Zingman almost a century ago. What might a better future for Ukraine look like? And what position might religious and ethnic minorities hold within it?

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Kharkiv in the 1900s

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A demonstration in support of the February Revolution of 1917 in central Kharkiv

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Kharkiv synagogue. Image: Vladimir Lisitsin under a CC licence

“Utopian or futuristic Yiddish literature is not common,” Fiks tells me. “Most often Yiddish literature either talks about the present or remembers the past.” In Zingman’s text, Zalman Kindishman comes to Edenia to visit his old friend Yugendboym. Here, there is no money — every citizen has their material needs provided for. National communities — Jews, Ukrainians and others — live in complete harmony and are free to set their own laws. There are flying “aerotrains”, an artificially regulated climate, abundant gardens with children celebrating Jewish holidays by their thousands. Edenia is not a Jewish-only city, but one where questions of anti-Semitism have been superseded. 

Zingman’s vision of a peaceful existence for Ukraine’s Jews clashes horribly with the country’s history. The post-revolutionary, short-lived Ukrainian People’s Republic (1917-1921) was the first modern state to have a Ministry for Jewish Affairs, and Yiddish was made a state language. But pogroms continued unabated, and between 1918, when Zingman’s book was written, and 1920, at least 31,000 Jews were killed in Ukraine — the real number may be as high as 100,000. The great majority died at the hands of nationalists and anti-Communists, many of whom saw Bolshevism as a sinister Semitic plot. Even greater horrors were to come in the Second World War, when the country was occupied by the Nazis and Ukrainian collaborators. An estimated one million Jews were murdered in Ukraine during the Holocaust; 70 per cent of the country’s Jewish population was killed or displaced.

The Drobitskiy Menorah, a memorial at Drobitskiy Yar, a ravine outside Kharkiv where over 16,000 Jews were murdered during the Holocaust

“Personally, I feel that the Yiddish question is precisely the question that should be raised when we talk about the present and future relationship between Ukraine and Russia,” Fiks says. “Perhaps the silence of Yiddish in the streets of both Ukraine and Russia, if acknowledged and contemplated, cries the need, the hope for a better world, a word of multiculturalism and autonomy.” For Babij, this is a question of both national and personal significance. “While working on this exhibition I could not help but notice how the site of multi-ethnic or inter-national coexistence has shifted to the scale of the individual,” she says. Hence the exhibition acts “not only as a reminder of Ukraine’s rich multicultural landscape of the past, but also as an attempt to present and enact a more complex understanding of cultural identity.”

What might a better future for Ukraine look like? And what position might religious and ethnic minorities hold within it?

The question of Ukraine’s past and its impact on the future is a live one; in Fiks’s words, the country is reinventing itself “with forces of multiculturalism on the one side and extreme nationalism on the other in a state of constant flux.” In its attempts to wrench itself free from Russian influence and plant its feet firmly in the western European community, post-Maidan Ukraine has not always trod delicately: from the controversial programme of “decommunisation” to the nationalist historical retrofitting promoted by Volodymyr Viatrovych’s Institute of National Memory and the uncritical public lionisation of wartime figures like nationalist militia leader Stepan Bandera. The reappraisal of Zingman’s novella and an attention to Ukraine’s historical hybridity is timely, even if, as Babij admits, the Kharkiv exhibition represents a “relatively small, bounded space”.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Zingman’s work is its combination of futuristic technologies with a lingering, “old world” devotion to eastern European Yiddish cultural tradition. Edenia is dotted with memorials exalting Jewish artists and writers: Yitskhok Peretz, Roza Fayngold, Sholem Aleichem, El Lissitsky. Its citizens are avid readers to the extent that the literary scholar Professor Shvartsvald is treated like a rock star, his lectures on Peretz overflowing onto the street.

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El Lissitsky

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Yitskhok Peretz (second left), a great of early twentieth-century Yiddish literature

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A page from El Lissitsky’s illustrated version of the Yiddish folk tale Had Gadya

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A page from El Lissitsky’s illustrated version of the Yiddish folk tale Had Gadya

For Babij, Zingman “maintains a separation between the realms of everyday activity, where technological advancements have increased the comfort and ease of residents’ lives, and the sphere of culture. It’s interesting to contrast this vision with that of the early Soviet avant-garde, which envisioned art and its formal possibilities as a means to transform out-dated ways of living, to shape and prepare society for new forms of organisation, often through a violent break with and obliteration of past cultural traditions.”

The exhibition itself jumps across time and space, its contributing artists turning their hands to themes of migration, religion and repression. Curandi Katz embroiders textiles with the borders of territories unrecognised by international law — including Russia-annexed Crimea, an open wound in the Ukrainian national psyche. Ruth Jenrbekova and Maria Vilkovisky have created a video guide to their own utopian projection: a world in which the Central Asian states have formed into a federation of autonomous tribes. Perhaps the most pointed commentary on the erasure and resurfacing of history is provided by Nikita Kadan’s Viewers (2016). The great Constructivist designer Alexander Rodchenko produced a series of portraits of Soviet leaders in Uzbekistan in 1934; when these figures were repressed a few years later, Rodchenko blacked out their faces in his copy of the album. Kadan reproduces these disfigured portraits, labelling them “the faces of the spirits of history… History (in other words, the accumulation of ruins) happens under their watchful gaze.”

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Nikita Kadan, Viewers (2016) (left); Repetition of Forgetting (2016) (right). Image: Sergey Solonskij

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Photo-collage of exhibition view (with Nikita Kadan’s Viewers) and Yiddish text from In Edenia, a City of the Future. Image: Sergey Solonskij

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Yuri Leiderman, Self-portrait in Ukrainian Costume (2013). Image: Sergey Solonskij

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Haim Sokol, Testimony (2015). Image: Sergey Solonskij

Zingman’s novella ends abruptly with Zalman Kindishman’s mysterious disappearance and death. The Jewish culture Zingman so cherished was brutally cut down a few decades later. Many Ukrainians are now no clearer as to the future they are headed towards than their predecessors of the early twentieth century. What place does utopian thinking occupy in the modern nation state? “I think the term utopia, especially after the events of the twentieth century, is loaded and politicised,” Fiks concludes. “I think hoping and seeking happiness is a very basic, very human thing. But we must be very wary and very conscious about our methods.” For Babij, Ukraine today is “carried away by visions of a better future, whether in the shape of an idealised image of the European Union or the soothing promises of a strong, authoritarian neighbouring ruler or the hope that current Ukrainian politicians will miraculously change the way this country has been run for the past 25 years.” Hence the importance of history: “the past is really the only thing we can look at and talk about concretely.”

Edenia is governed by two sects. The Heavenly Ones “renounce all earthly pleasures, all the enjoyments that life can bring. They maintain that there is an even higher world, a more beautiful one.” The second sect are the “Earthly Ones, who say: enrich and improve life, so that heaven can be on earth.” This practical, materialist message is what is picked up and translated for modern Ukraine in Fiks’s and Babij’s exhibition. Our best bet might be to follow the advice given by Yitskhok Peretz, one of the Yiddish writers celebrated in Edenia, in one of his poems: “Don’t think the world is a wasteland — created/For wolves and for foxes, for spoils and for booty… Oh, don’t think the world is a wasteland.”

In Edenia, a City of the Future is on display at the Yermilov Centre in Kharkiv until 9 July.


          Xavier Mertens: BSides Athens 2017 Wrap-Up   

The second edition of BSides Athens was planned this Saturday. I already attended the first edition (my wrap-up is here) and I was happy to be accepted as a speaker for the second time!  This edition moved to a new location which was great. Good wireless, air conditioning and food. The day was based on three tracks: the first two for regular talks and the third one for the CTP and workshops. The “boss”, Grigorios Fragkos introduced the 2nd edition. This one gave more attention to a charity program called “the smile of the child” which helps Greek kids to remain in touch with tmosthe new technologies. A specific project is called “ODYSSEAS” and is based on a truck that travels across Greek to educate kids to technologies like mobile phones, social networks, … The BSides Athens donated to this project. A very nice initiative that was presented by Stefanos Alevizos who received a slot of a few minutes to describe the program (content in Greek only).


The keynote was assigned to Dave Lewis who presented “The Unbearable Lightness of Failure”. The main fact explained by Dave is that we fail but…we learn from our mistakes! In other words, “failure is an acceptable teaching tool“. The keynote was based on many facts like signs. We receive signs everywhere and we must understand how to interpret them or the famous Friedrich Nietzsche’s quote: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger“. We are facing failures all the time. The last good example is the Wannacry bad story which should never happen but… You know the story! Another important message is that we don’t have to be afraid t fail. We also have to share as much as possible not only good stories but also bad stories. Sharing is a key! Participate in blogs, social networks, podcasts. Break out of your silo! Dave is a renowned speaker and delivered a really good keynote!

Then talks were split across the two main rooms. For the first one, I decided to attend the Thanissis Diogos’s presentation about “Operation Grand Mars“. In January 2017, Trustwave published an article which described this attack. Thanassis came back on this story with more details. After a quick recap about what is incident management, he reviewed all the fact related to the operation and gave some tips to improve abnormal activities on your network. It started with an alert generated by a workstation and, three days later, the same message came from a domain controller. Definitively not good! The entry point was infected via a malicious Word document / Javascript. Then a payload was download from Google docs which is, for most of our organizations, a trustworthy service. Then he explained how persistence was achieved (via autorun, scheduled tasks) and also lateral movements. The pass-the-hash attack was used. Another tip from Thanissis: if you see local admin accounts used for network logon, this is definitively suspicious! Good review of the attack with some good tips for blue teams.

My next choice was to move to the second track to follow Konstantinos Kosmidis‘s talk about machine learning (a hot topic today in many conferences!). I’m not a big fan of these technologies but I was interested in the abstract. The talk was a classic one: after an introduction to machine learning (that we already use every day with technologies like the Google face recognition, self-driving card or voice-recognition), why not apply this technique to malware detection. The goal is to: detect, classify but, more important, to improve the algorithm! After reviewing some pro & con, Konstantinos explained the technique he used in his research to convert malware samples into images. But, more interesting, he explained a technique based on steganography to attack this algorithm. The speaker was a little bit stressed but the idea looks interesting. If you’re interested, have a look at his Github repository.

Back to the first track to follow Professor Andrew Blyth with “The Role of Professionalism and Standards in Penetration Testing“. The penetration testing landscape changed considerably in the last years. We switched to script kiddies search for juicy vulnerabilities to professional services. The problem is that today some pentest projects are required not to detect security issues and improve but just for … compliance requirements. You know the “checked-case” syndrome. Also, the business evolves and is requesting more insurance. The coming GDP European regulation will increase the demand in penetration tests.  But, a real pentest is not a Nessus scan with a new logo as explained Andrew! We need professionalism. In the second part of the talk, Andrew reviewed some standards that involve pentests: iCAST, CBEST, PCI, OWASP, OSSTMM.

After a nice lunch with Greek food, back to talks with the one of Andreas Ntakas and Emmanouil Gavriil about “Detecting and Deceiving the Unknown with Illicium”. They are working for one of the sponsors and presented the tool developed by their company: Illicium. After the introduction, my feeling was that it’s a new honeypot with extended features.  Not only, they are interesting stuff but, IMHO, it was a commercial presentation. I’d expect a demo. Also, the tool looks nice but is dedicated to organization that already reached a mature security level. Indeed, before defeating the attacker, the first step is to properly implement basic controls like… patching! What some organizations still don’t do today!

The next presentation was “I Thought I Saw a |-|4><0.-” by Thomas V. Fisher.  Many interesting tips were provided by Thomas like:

  • Understand and define “normal” activities on your network to better detect what is “abnormal”.
  • Log everything!
  • Know your business
  • Keep in mind that the classic cyber kill-chain is not always followed by attackers (they don’t follow rules)
  • The danger is to try to detect malicious stuff based on… assumptions!

The model presented by Thomas was based on 4 A’s: Assess, Analyze, Articulate and Adapt! A very nice talk with plenty of tips!

The next slot was assigned to Ioannis Stais who presented his framework called LightBulb. The idea is to build a framework to help in bypassing common WAF’s (web application firewalls). Ioannis explained first how common WAF’s are working and why they could be bypassed. Instead of testing all possible combinations (brute-force), LightBuld relies on the following process:

  • Formalize the knowledge in code injection attacks variations.
  • Expand the knowledge
  • Cross check for vulnerabilities

Note that LightBulb is available also as a BurpSuipe extension! The code is available here.

Then, Anna Stylianou presented “Car hacking – a real security threat or a media hype?“. The last events that I attended also had a talk about cars but they focused more on abusing the remote control to open doors. Today, it focuses on ECU (“Engine Control Unit”) that are present in modern cars. Today a car might have >100 ECU’s and >100 millions lines of code which means a great attack surface! They are many tools available to attack a car via its CAN bus, even the Metasploit framework can be used to pentest cars today! The talk was not dedicated to a specific attack or tools but was more a recap of the risks that cars manufacturers are facing today. Indeed, threats changed:

  • theft from the car (breaking a window)
  • theft of the cat
  • but today: theft the use of the car (ransomware)

Some infosec gurus also predict that autonomous cars will be used as lethal weapons! As cars can be seen as computers on wheels, the potential attacks are the same: spoofing, tampering, repudiation, disclosure, DoS or privilege escalation issues.

The next slot was assigned to me. I presented “Unity Makes Strength” and explained how to improve interconnections between our security tools/applications. The last talk was performed by Theo Papadopoulos: A “Shortcut” to Red Teaming. He explained how .LNK files can be a nice way to compromize your victim’s computer. I like the “love equation”: Word + Powershell = Love. Step by step, Theo explained how to build a malicious document with a link file, how to avoid mistakes and how to increase chances to get the victim infected. I like the persistence method based on assigning a popular hot-key (like CTRL-V) to shortcut on the desktop. Windows will trigger the malicious script attached to the shortcut and them… execute it (in this case, paste the clipboard content). Evil!

The day ended with the CTF winners announce and many information about the next edition of BSides Athens. They already have plenty of ideas! It’s now time for some off-days across Greece with the family…

[The post BSides Athens 2017 Wrap-Up has been first published on /dev/random]


          Boys of Tech 373: I’d love to be a beta tester   
Inventor of email dies aged 74, drones that autonomously follow you, the National Day of Unplugging.
          Boys of Tech 366: Journey through the Nevada Desert   
CES booth raided by US marshals and stock confiscated, programming a drone to land autonomously on a moving vehicle, Germany gets Google, Facebook and Twitter to agree on removing hate speech, hackers break fuel discount voucher algorithm.
          Boys of Tech 364: Only four sleeps to go   
US law requires drone owners to register their drones, draft legislation in California would ban completely autonomous vehicles, TechRadar puts five smartphones to the test, pre-paid duty free orders delivered by robotic arm at Auckland Airport.
          Boys of Tech 357: A petrol-powered iPhone   
Researchers develop a new lithium-air battery with energy density comparable to petrol, talking technology in vehicles can be a distraction, Motobot is the Yamaha robot that can autonomously ride an unmodified motorcycle.
          English-Speaking Nanny, Live-In, London + Travel, £50,000 Py   

A busy active jet-setting family in London are looking for their forever nanny to join their crew. Great opportunity for a British Citizen / National to grow with a family. The family have 4 wonderfully busy children ranging from 6-13 and primarily live near Portobello Road in London.

The family someone that can travel extensively (Easter, Summer, Christmas, Half Terms). They would love the nanny to live-in, you will have your own private living quarters with separate access; you won't need somewhere else to live on weekends, would belong to you 7 days a week.

Typical working hours are 7a-7p Monday – Friday.

Their perfect nanny would be somebody highly experienced with live-in nanny duties, a clean driving record, and a car. They are also looking for someone that has extensively with families in the past, can take initiative, work autonomously and effectively; while staying calm and composed. It is not a fully staffed home, they like to keep things a very laid back family environment. It is important that you’re able to help with homework, be a great cook and have energy and enthusiasm for days. Reading sheet music and possessing another language are both huge plusses. You will also be responsible for the schedules of each child, navigating the school runs, extracurricular activities, doctor/dentist visits and everything in between.

Family would like to pay £50,000 per annum

Being autonomous, proactive and enthusiastic is key, this family is fantastic for a kind, genuine, professional person.

Caregiver must:

  • be aged 18+
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  • be able to drive
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  • have outstanding references
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  • have a clean criminal record and motor vehicle record
  • hold a current CPR, First Aid/AED Certificate (or complete upon hire)
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All applicable candidates will be contacted.

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          Book Review: Digital Apollo   

We love David Mindell's Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight. Mindell's book tells the story of "human pilots, of automated systems, and of the two working together to achieve the ultimate in flight." From our perspective, the book explains the link between what rocket scientists in the 1950s called "systems engineering" and what the cool kids in skinny jeans now call "design thinking."

Whether we're designing the first spacecraft to land on the moon, or the first phototherapy device intended for use in a low-resource hospital, the key is to start with a very clear idea of success. In the case of a rocket, the system is only successful if it brings the astronauts all the way home. In the case of a medical device, the system on works if people are willing to use it and able to successfully treat patients with it. There is no partial credit!

Another similarity is the role that we as designers imagine for the users. In the Apollo program, the two primary metaphors for the astronauts were "cowboys or cargo." Would astronauts serve as the pilots of "dumb rockets" or as passengers in an autonomous vehicle?

As pilots, the early astronauts expected to have lots of instrument data and full control of the vehicle. Rocket engineers, on the other hand, were more comfortable developing fully autonomous systems. They realized that rockets could develop problems too quickly for the human response time.

Initially, [software engineer Alex] Kosmala pictured the spacecraft with one button: "The astronaut goes in, turns the computer on and says 'Go to moon' and then sits back and watches while we did everything." Another version has the computer running two programs—"P00" to go to the moon, and "P01" to return home. [David Mindell, Digital Apollo, p. 161]
MIT Instrumentation Laboratory cartoon showing the extremes of automation. Too much automation leaves the astronauts bored, awaiting an abort, while too little overwhelms them with work. (Draper Laboratories/MIT Museum)

The Apollo system was ultimately a synthesis that combined autonomous systems with human inputs. It serves as an excellent metaphor for healthcare. Do we imagine caregivers in low-resource hospitals as "cowboys" who need lots of options and the ability to override medical device settings, or do we imagine them as "cargo," overloaded with too many patients and not enough training and grateful for machines that can reduce their workload?

As designer thinkers, we see two options for guaranteeing our desired social impact outcomes with a given medical device: provide lots of training and incentives for appropriate behavior, or create product features that make a device intuitive and easy to use.

One framework for evaluating our choices in achieving design outcomes. 

DtM's overall philosophy of making medical devices "hard to use wrong" is really a statement about our expectations for users. In the same way Apollo rocket scientists realized that too little automation would place unrealistic demands on the astronauts, we see how medical systems that expect significant amounts of prior training and user expertise are poorly suited to the needs of rural hospitals in developing countries. 

Mindell's book includes loads of other ideas that have applications in social impact design. One is Apollo's approach of "all-up testing": only investing in tests of complete systems, rather than individually testing subsystems that might not work as well together.

Another is what the Apollo team called "configuration discipline": the rigorous documentation of system changes. The logic of any given design modification has a very short half-life. What seemed like an obvious improvement on Monday can be a total mystery by Wednesday. We want to manage the product development process like a disciplined experiment. To quote Adam Savage, "Remember kids, the only difference between Science and screwing around is writing it down!"

Fantastic book, check it out! And if you buy the book through the links in this email, Amazon will send part of the proceeds to DtM! [Digital Apollo]

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This "Design Experience that Matters" series is provided courtesy of Timothy Prestero and the team at Design that Matters (DtM). As a nonprofit, DtM collaborates with leading social entrepreneurs and hundreds of volunteers to design new medical technologies for the poor in developing countries. DtM's Firefly infant phototherapy device is treating thousands of newborns in 21 counties from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. In 2012, DtM was named the winner of the National Design Award.



          China's SAIC Motor can start testing autonomous vehicles in California   
China's SAIC Motor's is the latest automaker to get permission to test self-driving cars in California.
          AN ANTI-COLONIALISM TRIUMP?   
NiLP Guest Commentary A Triumph for Puerto Rican Anti-Colonialism? By Victor Vazquez-Hernandez The NiLP Report On a beautiful sunny Sunday on June 11th, in San Juan, the rest of the Island, New York City and the rest of the Diaspora more than a million Puerto Ricans across the political divide expressed, in one way or another, their disdain for the colonial status of Puerto Rico. Whether one agrees or not with the last plebiscite (because of its low turnout and the boycott by independence and autonomous forces), half a million people did turn out to vote. In New York City, more than 250,000 Puerto Ricans from throughout the Diaspora turned out to march at the National Puerto Rican Day Parade and many others watched on television. These events generated an unprecedented amount of media coverage throughout the United States. Although the participation in both events was not as high as it could have been, they nonetheless placed the colonial status of the…
          Autonomous public transport systems one step closer   
Take a ride on Scania’s self-driving city bus, the first step towards a fully autonomous public transport system.
          Lionfish-killing robots? Startup’s drone would target invasive species   
A quartet of engineers is developing drones to autonomously detect and collect lionfish at depths beyond the scope of human divers.
     
 
 

          AutonomouStuff finds the perfect candidate from Udacity’s Self-Driving Car Nanodegree program   
AutonomouStuff just hired a Udacity graduate for an important self-driving car engineer role. Find out why they're partnering with Udacity to find great talent.
          The Latest: Carrie Lam sworn in as Hong Kong’s new leader   
HONG KONG — The Latest on the swearing-in of Hong Kong’s new leader (all times local): 9:15 a.m. Carrie Lam has been sworn in as Hong Kong’s new leader on the city’s 20th anniversary of its handover from British to Chinese rule. Lam became the semi-autonomous Chinese region’s chief executive Saturday in a ceremony presided […]
          The infant Islamic-bond industry faces a crisis   

DANA GAS, an exploration business listed in Abu Dhabi, seems in a spot of bother. Ten years after sealing a landmark production deal with Iraqi Kurdistan, it is struggling to recover $900m it is owed by the autonomous region and the Egyptian government. So it faces a liquidity squeeze. That is not, however, why it says it wants to restructure $700m-worth of Islamic bonds maturing in October 2017. Rather, it says it has received legal advice that the bonds are no longer compliant with sharia—rules based on Islamic scripture.

The bonds were deemed compliant in 2013, but Dana cites evolution in the “interpretation” of Islamic financial instruments. It is seeking to have them declared invalid in a United Arab Emirates court. Its domestic assets are shielded from creditors under UAE law; it has also obtained injunctions in Britain and the British Virgin Islands protecting it from claims until the case is settled. Hearings are not due to start before December, months after the bond’s next payment-due dates.

Islamic law forbids the generation of money from money—interest. Sukuk, or Islamic bonds, thus differ from their conventional peers. They are backed by assets and instead of lending the issuer money, the holder owns a nominal share of what the cash was spent on and receives an agreed ratio of the profit...


          Able to rework your    
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          Band 8A Speciality Business Manager   
Band 8A Speciality Business Manager Where: Preston Duration: 12 weeks Hours: Monday - Friday (normal office hours) The Specialty Business Manager is responsible for the patient pathways within the Specialty units ensuring that all operational performance targets are monitored, tracked and delivered. In doing so, they provide leadership to, and management of, the performance and capacity teams. The post holder will work in line with the Trust’s corporate objectives and will be expected to make a positive contribution to the provision of health services. The post holder will be expected to work in line with the Trust values and behave in a manner that facilitates the development of autonomous teams and individuals that are empowered, engaged and committed to continually delivering excellent care with compassion. Duties: To lead and manage the patient pathways within the Specialty business units (SBU) ensuring the best use of available resources to provide efficient and effective delivery of all services in line with best practice, quality standards and performance targets To manage the clinical specialtiesproductivitysothat demand for services matches with available capacity To demonstrate improvement against a range of defined performance indicators ensuring that clinical services aresafe, clean and personal. To ensure the Specialty business unit consistently achieves all performance standards including both national and local targets including access targets To investigate and respond to complaints and clinical/non-clinical adverse incidents in line with Trust policies and timescales. To provide anappropriate working environment for all staff inaccordance with H&S regulations using agreed riska ssessment processes To develop and implement actions plans for improvement where any aspect of SBU performance falls below expected standards To ensure that annual capacity and demand reviews of service provision and organisation are conducted so that best value for money is achieved and access targets can be continually met. To develop a culture that encourages the use of initiative, individual and team responsibility and open communications. To ensure appropriate two-way communication channels are in place within and across teams and to personally communicate in a way that motivates and inspires staff To ensure that team leaders consistently behave in a manner that reinforces the priorities and values of theTrust, addressing performance where it falls short of expectations. To develop effective teamworking across areas of responsibility to ensure the effective delivery of the service To inspire staff towards continuous improvement and the delivery of excellent care through encouraging and supporting individual ideas and initiative To provide effective line management To ensure the maintenance of adequate staffing levels within established resource. To ensure that teams have clear roles and responsibilities and work as a team to support service deliveryand patient care. To address keywork forceissues, including recruitment and retention, training and development, theneedfor flexible working as required. To ensure all HR policies are adhered to including the scheme of delegation To ensure all staff are given the opportunity to develop their potential through the appropriate implementation of appraisal and staff development policies and the application of a talent management philosophy To ensure that all staff comply with Trust’s policiesas relevant to their role and that staff receive the training required to maintain competence to execute their role To effectively manage the Directorate’s budget and finance To authorise expenditure in line in standing financial instructions To ensure that appropriate protocols are in place control expenditure within the budget To monitor expenditure and ensure timely identification of budget variances, taking appropriate action to rectify such discrepancies To manage self and workload in a way that ensures the continued support of others To plan and prioritise own work to ensure effective support to all areas and the delivery of key objectives. To have regard to the general duty of care for health & safety(H&S)in the normal course of the role. To use all equipment in accordance with safe operating procedures and Trust’s codes of practice. To undertake mandatory training as required by the Trust To maintain own continuing professional development To take Trust-wide responsibility for effective service delivery as part of the Directors’ on-call rota. Essential Diploma in NHS Management or equivalent clinical qualification Appropriate professional management qualification Participation in continuing professional development to improveand update specialist knowledge Experience of operational management in NHS Detailed understanding and experience of the operation of acute hospital services and performance targets Experience of managing a budget Experience of successful project management Well-developed analytical & problem solving skills IT literate with well-developed skills for the use and application of systems including file management, safe and effective internet use, Outlook, Word processing, PowerPoint, Access and Excel Proven ability to achieve targets and objectives within a demanding and pressured environment against challenging deadlines Well-developed leadership and motivational skills to facilitate working within and leading a large team Proven ability to manage large groups of staff and implement human resource strategies Ability to empower, coach and support staff. Well-developed written and verbal communication skills together with influencing and negotiating skills for interacting with individuals across the organisation and conurbation Required to work underpressure to meet deadlines and targets. Complex interpersonal and multidisciplinary working
          Swift Navigation, maker of high-accuracy GPS hardware for autonomous vehicles, announces $34M round, bringing total raised to $47.6M (Bérénice Magistretti/VentureBeat)   

Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat:
Swift Navigation, maker of high-accuracy GPS hardware for autonomous vehicles, announces $34M round, bringing total raised to $47.6M  —  Swift Navigation, which provides global navigation satellite solutions (GNSS), announced today funding of $34 million, in a round led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA).


          Geek News Central Podcast: Windows 10 Combats Ransomware #1210 - Geek News Central Audio   

The latest update allows Windows 10 to Combat Ransomware in a pretty significant way. Microsoft is doing everything in their power to battle this ongoing issue with Ransomware threat that is taking companies out on a weekly basis. For those companies that do not update their software on a regular basis maybe this will be the incentive they need. Be safe over the 4th, no show on Monday back with you a week from today.

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          Geek News Central Video: Windows 10 Combats Ransomware #1210 - Geek News Central (Video)   

The latest update allows Windows 10 to Combat Ransomware in a pretty significant way. Microsoft is doing everything in their power to battle this ongoing issue with Ransomware threat that is taking companies out on a weekly basis. For those companies that do not update their software on a regular basis maybe this will be the incentive they need. Be safe over the 4th, no show on Monday back with you a week from today.

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          Applanix and the University of Waterloo Collaborate on Advanced Guidance and Control Technologies for Autonomous Vehicles   
RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, June 29, 2017 — (PRNewswire) —  Applanix, a Trimble Company, announced today that it is collaborating on …
          Partners with Business -   
Looking to find a new platform to support your practice in 2015?
Act-1 Legal Solutions is assisting one of its longstanding clients in expanding its current roster of talent with new partners for its downtown Los Angeles office. The law firm is looking to expand in various practice disciplines with its current areas of concentration in Litigation, Business, Entertainment and Intellectual Property .

The primary criteria for consideration is that the attorney has a current book of business of at least $300,000. The firm is less focused on years of experience than it is on the partner's entrepreneurial spirit and ability to contribute to the overall success of this thriving firm.

The firm will provide a handsome salary, but, more importantly, allocate a generous percentage from the attorney's book to the attorney's compensation package. The firm prides itself on providing its attorneys with an autonomous work environment, while providing every resource imaginable so that an attorney may build their book of business and generate a larger client base.

The managing partner is open to meeting with candidates and discussing the numerous perks in detail for the qualified applicant.

All inquiries are held confidential. Please contact ACT-1 Legal Solution's Division VP for immediate consideration. We are an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates without regard to disability or protected veteran status.
          Partners with Business -   
Looking to find a new platform to support your practice in 2015?
Act-1 Legal Solutions is assisting one of its longstanding clients in expanding its current roster of talent with new partners for its downtown Los Angeles office. The law firm is looking to expand in various practice disciplines with its current areas of concentration in Litigation, Business, Entertainment and Intellectual Property .

The primary criteria for consideration is that the attorney has a current book of business of at least $300,000. The firm is less focused on years of experience than it is on the partner's entrepreneurial spirit and ability to contribute to the overall success of this thriving firm.

The firm will provide a handsome salary, but, more importantly, allocate a generous percentage from the attorney's book to the attorney's compensation package. The firm prides itself on providing its attorneys with an autonomous work environment, while providing every resource imaginable so that an attorney may build their book of business and generate a larger client base.

The managing partner is open to meeting with candidates and discussing the numerous perks in detail for the qualified applicant.

All inquiries are held confidential. Please contact ACT-1 Legal Solution's Division VP for immediate consideration. We are an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates without regard to disability or protected veteran status.
          Marketing Coordinator -   
Seeking an energetic Marketing Associate that can grow into a Marketing Coordinator.

Marketing Role
Assist in coordinating and producing proposals including: writing, editing text, and effective design layout.
Responsible for the overall quality of work and work to improve the quality.
Team player that is willing to perform any task in order to help the department.
Marketing Responsibilities
Prepare and Coordinate Proposal Submitals.
Organize and maintain the marketing database.
Develop customized marketing materials from an established template.
Coordinate and maintain marketing materials.
Desired Skills
Ability to translate ideas into easy to understand language or graphics.
Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.
Excellent grammar, written and communication skills to develop technical proposals.
We are an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates without regard to disability or protected veteran status.
          Engineer - Caterpillar - Mossville, IL   
Design machines that dig, load and haul autonomously. Communicate results to customers, suppliers, team members, and other business units....
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          Mitsubishi Electric повысит точность определения местоположения робомобилей   
Компания Mitsubishi Electric продемонстрировала высокоточный модуль определения местоположения транспортного средства, рассчитанный на использование в самоуправляемых автомобилях. Локатор состоит из двух основных блоков — Multi GNSS Positioning и 3D Autonomous Navigation. Первый использует сигналы сразу нескольких спутниковых навигационных систем для максимально точного определения координат.
          LG обеспечит немецкие премиум-автомобили передовыми ADAS-камерами   
Компания LG Electronics (LG) будет поставлять камеры для бортовых систем автомобилей премиум-класса одного из крупных немецких производителей. Камеры предназначены для работы в составе передовых систем оказания помощи водителю (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, ADAS) и платформ автономного вождения (Autonomous Driving, AD). Помимо собственно аппаратных модулей, LG будет отвечать за сопутствующее программное обеспечение.
           Indian Stamps, Philately (Lifestyle)   

Indian Stamps, Philately 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Lifestyle
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Stamps App India collects all the stamps of India from all over history.
It is the first virtual catalog to be able to take your collection on your mobile device or tablet.
It includes all the data of the stamps sold in India from 1850 to the present time.
The application is completely autonomous. No internet connection is required to use.

The application allows you to control the stamps you have, you can count the stamps you have and their value.
Look for years (1, 5, 10, 25 50, 75).
You can search by themes.
Look for series.
Look for free text.

Look for different filters:
Color, Emission, Format, Print, Score, Theme, Series, Year. Currency, Weight...
Multi - language application (Hindi, English).
Includes real-time news of what philatelic people and stamps are talking about.
Store applications with stamps from new countries.
Search the map and points of interest for Stamps and Philatelic Places of Interest (Shops, Exchange Sites, Museums).
Possibility to send your friends the stamps found through your messaging programs.
Whithout ads.

=== HINDI===========================
टिकटों अनुप्रयोग भारत सभी इतिहास भर से भारत की सभी टिकटें एकत्र करता है।
यह पहली आभासी सूची अपने मोबाइल डिवाइस या टैबलेट पर अपने संग्रह लेने के लिए सक्षम होने के लिए है।
यह डाक टिकट 1850 से वर्तमान समय के लिए भारत में बेचे जाने वाले सभी डेटा शामिल हैं।
आवेदन पूरी तरह से स्वायत्त है। कोई इंटरनेट कनेक्शन का उपयोग करने की आवश्यकता है।

आवेदन आप टिकटों आपके पास नियंत्रित करने के लिए अनुमति देता है, आप डाक टिकट आप की है और उनके मूल्य भरोसा कर सकते हैं।
साल के लिए देखो (1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 75)।
आप विषयों से खोज सकते हैं।
श्रृंखला के लिए देखो।
मुक्त पाठ के लिए देखो।

अलग अलग फिल्टर के लिए देखो:
रंग, उत्सर्जन, स्वरूप, प्रिंट, स्कोर, थीम, श्रृंखला, साल। मुद्रा, भार ...
मल्टी - भाषा आवेदन (हिन्दी, अंग्रेजी)।
डाक टिकट लोगों और टिकटों के बारे में क्या बात कर रहे हैं की वास्तविक समय समाचार भी शामिल है।
नए देशों से टिकटों के साथ दुकान अनुप्रयोगों।
मानचित्र और टिकटें और डाक टिकट ब्याज (दुकानें, एक्सचेंज स्थलों, संग्रहालयों) के स्थान के लिए ब्याज की अंक खोजें।
संभावना अपने मित्रों को टिकटों अपने संदेश कार्यक्रमों के माध्यम से पाया भेजने के लिए।
Whithout विज्ञापन नहीं।



टिकटें, टिकट, टिकट एकत्रित करना, एकत्रित, भारत, सीरीज, चेहरे मूल्य, Postages, Stampapp।

Indian Stamps, Philately


           Sellos Mexico, Filatelia (Lifestyle)   

Sellos Mexico, Filatelia 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Lifestyle
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Stamps App Mexico collects all the stamps of Mexico from all over history.
It is the first virtual catalog to be able to take your collection on your mobile device or tablet.
It includes all the data of the stamps sold in Spain from 1850 to the present time.
The application is completely autonomous. No internet connection is required to use.

The application allows you to control the stamps you have, you can count the stamps you have and their value.
Look for years (1, 5, 10, 25 50, 75).
You can search by themes.
Look for series.
Look for free text.

Look for different filters:
Color, Emission, Format, Print, Score, Theme, Series, Year. Currency, Weight...
Multi - language application (Spanish, English).
Includes real-time news of what philatelic people and stamps are talking about.
Store applications with stamps from new countries.
Search the map and points of interest for Stamps and Philatelic Places of Interest (Shops, Exchange Sites, Museums).
Possibility to send your friends the stamps found through your messaging programs.
Whithout ads.



Stamps, Stamp, Stamp collecting, Collecting, Spain, Series, Facial value, Postages, Stampapp.

Sellos Mexico, Filatelia


           Stamps App Philippines (Lifestyle)   

Stamps App Philippines 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Lifestyle
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Stamps App Philippines collects all the stamps of Philippines of all time.

It is the first virtual catalog to be able to take your collection on your mobile device or tablet.
It includes all the data of the stamps sold in Philippines from 1850 to the present time.
The application is completely autonomous. No internet connection is required to use.

The application allows you to control the stamps you have, you can count the stamps you have and their value.
Look for years (1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 75).
You can search by themes.
Look for series.
Look for free text.

Look for different filters:
Color, Emission, Format, Print, Score, Theme, Series, Year. Currency, Weight ...
Includes real-time news of what philatelic people and stamps are talking about.
Store applications with stamps from new countries.
Search the map and points of interest for Stamps and Philatelic Places nearby (Shops, Swap Places, Museums).
Possibility to send your friends the stamps found through your messaging programs.
Whithout ads.



Stamps, Stamp, Stamp collecting, Collecting, Philippines, Series, Facial value, Postages, Stampapp.


====== FIL ==================

Selyo Pilipinas App nangongolekta ng lahat ng mga hallmarks ng Pilipinas sa lahat ng oras.

Ito ay ang unang virtual catalog upang dalhin ang iyong koleksyon sa iyong mobile o tablet device.
ang lahat ng data ng mga selyo ibinebenta sa Pilipinas mula 1850 hanggang ngayon ay kasama.
Ang application ay ay ganap na autonomous. Hindi mo kailangan ng koneksyon sa internet upang gamitin.

Ang application ay nagpapahintulot sa iyo upang subaybayan ng mga selyo na mayroon ka, maaari mong bilangin ang mga selyo na mayroon ka at ang halaga nito.
Maghanap para sa taon (1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 75).
Makakahanap ka ng ayon sa paksa.
Maaari kang maghanap sa pamamagitan series.
Maaari kang maghanap sa pamamagitan ng libreng text.

Maaari kang maghanap sa pamamagitan ng iba't ibang mga filter:
Kulay, broadcast, format, i-print, ng Kalidad, Paksa, Serye, Year. Currency, Timbang ...
Kabilang dito ang real-time na balita ng kung ano ang mga tao tungkol philately at mga selyo.
App tindahan na may mga selyo ng bagong bansa.
Maghanap sa mga punto na mapa ng interes mapagtipon ng selyo at selyo malapit sa iyo (Mga tindahan, pagbabahagi ng mga site, mga museo).
Kakayahang upang magpadala ng iyong mga kaibigan ang mga seal na natagpuan sa pamamagitan ng iyong mga programa messaging.
Walang advertising.



Stamps, Seal, Stamp, Stamp Collecting, Pagkolekta, Pilipinas, Serye, Halaga Face, Postages, Stampapp.

Stamps App Philippines


           Vaticano francobolli Filatelia (Lifestyle)   

Vaticano francobolli Filatelia 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Lifestyle
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Stamps App Vatican collects all the stamps of Vatican from all over history.
It is the first virtual catalog to be able to take your collection on your mobile device or tablet.
It includes all the data of the stamps sold in Vatican from 1850 to the present time.
The application is completely autonomous. No internet connection is required to use.

The application allows you to control the stamps you have, you can count the stamps you have and their value.
Look for years (1, 5, 10, 25 50, 75).
You can search by themes.
Look for series.
Look for free text.

Look for different filters:
Color, Emission, Format, Print, Score, Theme, Series, Year. Currency, Weight...
Multi - language application (Italian, English).
Includes real-time news of what philatelic people and stamps are talking about.
Store applications with stamps from new countries.
Search the map and points of interest for Stamps and Philatelic Places of Interest (Shops, Exchange Sites, Museums).
Possibility to send your friends the stamps found through your messaging programs.
Whithout ads.



Stamps, Stamp, Stamp collecting, Collecting, Vatican, Series, Facial value, Postages, Stampapp.

Vaticano francobolli Filatelia


           Stamps App Croatia (Lifestyle)   

Stamps App Croatia 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Lifestyle
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Stamps Croatia Application collects all brands of Croatian all time.

This is the first virtual directory to be able to take your collection on your mobile device or tablet.
This includes all information on the stamps sold in Croatia from 1850 to today.
The application is completely autonomous. No internet connection is required for use.

The application allows you to control your brand, you can count on the brand and have their value.
Look old (1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 75).
You can search by topic.
Look for the series.
Look for the free text.

Look for different filters:
Color, shows, format, Print, scores, themes, series, year. Currency, weight ...
Multi - language applications (Croatian, English).
Includes real-time news about what people philatelic stamps and talking.
Store applications with stamps from the new countries.
Browse the map and points of interest in stamps and philatelic Spots nearby (trade, swap places, museums).
The possibility to send your friends find stamps through messaging programs.
Whithout ads.



Stamp, stamp, stamp collecting, collecting, Croatia, series, face value, postages, Stampapp.

============ HR ===============

Poštanske marke Hrvatska Aplikacija prikuplja sve marke Hrvatske svih vremena.

To je prvi virtualni katalog biti u mogućnosti uzeti svoju kolekciju na mobilnom uređaju ili tabletu.
To uključuje sve podatke o markicama prodaju u Hrvatskoj od 1850. do danas.
Aplikacija je potpuno autonoman. Nema internet priključak je potrebno za korištenje.

Aplikacija omogućuje vam da provjerite marke imate, možete računati marke imate i njihovu vrijednost.
Tražiti godina (1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 75).
Možete pretraživati ​​po temama.
Potražite serije.
Potražite slobodnog teksta.

Potražite različite filtere:
Boja, emisija, format, Ispis, rezultat, teme, serija, Godina. Valuta, težina ...
Multi - jezik prijava (hrvatska, Croata).
Uključuje realnom vremenu filatelističku vijesti o čemu se priča i marke o tome.
Spremite nove aplikacije s markicama iz zemlje klubova.
Pretraživanje karte i točke od interesa za marke i filatelistička Mjesta u blizini (trgovine, zamijene mjesta, muzeja).
Mogućnost poslati svojim prijateljima markice naći kroz messaging programa.
Whithout oglase.



Poštanske marke, pečat, pečat Prikupljanje, prikupljanje, Hrvatska, serije, lica vrijednosti, Postages, Stampapp.

Stamps App Croatia


           Stamps App Estonia Philately (Lifestyle)   

Stamps App Estonia Philately 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Lifestyle
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Stamps App Estonia collects all the stamps of Estonia of all time.

It is the first virtual catalog to be able to take your collection on your mobile device or tablet.
It includes all the data of the stamps sold in Estonia from 1850 to the present time.
The application is completely autonomous. No internet connection is required to use.

The application allows you to control the stamps you have, you can count the stamps you have and their value.
Look for years (1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 75).
You can search by themes.
Look for series.
Look for free text.

Look for different filters:
Color, Emission, Format, Print, Score, Theme, Series, Year. Currency, Weight ...
Includes real-time news of what philatelic people and stamps are talking about.
Store applications with stamps from new countries.
Search the map and points of interest for Stamps and Philatelic Places nearby (Shops, Swap Places, Museums).
Possibility to send your friends the stamps found through your messaging programs.
Whithout ads.



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Margid App Eesti kogub tunnuseid Eesti kogu aeg.

See on esimene virtuaalne Kataloog võtta oma kollektsiooni oma mobiiltelefoni või tablett seade.
Kõik andmed tihendid Eestis müüdud 1850 kuni käesoleva lisada.
Taotlus on täiesti iseseisev. Sa ei pea internetiühendust kasutada.

Rakendus võimaldab teil jälgida templitest sul on, siis võib loota templid sul on ja selle väärtust.
Otsi aastat (1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 75).
Võite otsida teema.
Võite otsida seeria.
Võite otsida vaba tekstiga.

Saate otsida erinevaid filtreid:
Värv, saade, vormi, print, Score, Teema Series, aasta. Valuuta, kaal ....
See sisaldab reaalajas uudiseid, mida inimesed räägivad filateelia ja templid.
App Store templitega uutes riikides.
Otsi kaardil huviväärsusteks Filatelistide ja tempel lähedal (kauplused, jagades, muuseumid).
Võime saata oma sõpradele tihendid leitud läbi oma sõnumside programmid.
Ei reklaami.



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           Stamps United Kingdom (Lifestyle)   

Stamps United Kingdom 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Lifestyle
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Stamps App United Kingdom and Ireland collects all the stamps of United Kingdom and Ireland from all over history.
It is the first virtual catalog to be able to take your collection on your mobile device or tablet.
It includes all the data of the stamps sold in United Kingdom and Ireland from 1850 to the present time.
The application is completely autonomous. No internet connection is required to use.

The application allows you to control the stamps you have, you can count the stamps you have and their value.
Look for years (1, 5, 10, 25 50, 75).
You can search by themes.
Look for series.
Look for free text.

Look for different filters:
Color, Emission, Format, Print, Score, Theme, Series, Year. Currency, Weight...
Multi - language application (English, Spanish).
Includes real-time news of what philatelic people and stamps are talking about.
Store applications with stamps from new countries.
Search the map and points of interest for Stamps and Philatelic Places of Interest (Shops, Exchange Sites, Museums).
Possibility to send your friends the stamps found through your messaging programs.
Whithout ads.

Stamps United Kingdom


           Timbres Canada, Philatélie (Lifestyle)   

Timbres Canada, Philatélie 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Lifestyle
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Stamps App Canada collects all the stamps of Canada from all over history.
It is the first virtual catalog to be able to take your collection on your mobile device or tablet.
It includes all the data of the stamps sold in Canada from 1850 to the present time.
The application is completely autonomous. No internet connection is required to use.

The application allows you to control the stamps you have, you can count the stamps you have and their value.
Look for years (1, 5, 10, 25 50, 75).
You can search by themes.
Look for series.
Look for free text.

Look for different filters:
Color, Emission, Format, Print, Score, Theme, Series, Year. Currency, Weight...
Multi - language application (France, English).
Includes real-time news of what philatelic people and stamps are talking about.
Store applications with stamps from new countries.
Search the map and points of interest for Stamps and Philatelic Places of Interest (Shops, Exchange Sites, Museums).
Possibility to send your friends the stamps found through your messaging programs.
Whithout ads.



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Timbres Canada, Philatélie


           Stamps Pakistan, Philately (Lifestyle)   

Stamps Pakistan, Philately 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Lifestyle
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Stamps App Pakistan collects all the stamps of Pakistan from all over history.
It is the first virtual catalog to be able to take your collection on your mobile device or tablet.
It includes all the data of the stamps sold in Pakistan to the present time.
The application is completely autonomous. No internet connection is required to use.

The application allows you to control the stamps you have, you can count the stamps you have and their value.
Look for years (1, 5, 10, 25 50, 75).
You can search by themes.
Look for series.
Look for free text.
Look for different filters:
Color, Emission, Format, Print, Score, Theme, Series, Year. Currency, Weight...
Includes real-time news of what philatelic people and stamps are talking about.
Store applications with stamps from new countries.
Search the map and points of interest for Stamps and Philatelic Places of Interest (Shops, Exchange Sites, Museums).
Possibility to send your friends the stamps found through your messaging programs.
Whithout ads.



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Stamps Pakistan, Philately


           Stamps Australia, Philately (Lifestyle)   

Stamps Australia, Philately 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Lifestyle
Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Stamps App Australia collects all the stamps of Australia from all over history.
It is the first virtual catalog to be able to take your collection on your mobile device or tablet.
It includes all the data of the stamps sold in Australia from 1850 to the present time.
The application is completely autonomous. No internet connection is required to use.

The application allows you to control the stamps you have, you can count the stamps you have and their value.
Look for years (1, 5, 10, 25 50, 75).
You can search by themes.
Look for series.
Look for free text.

Look for different filters:
Color, Emission, Format, Print, Score, Theme, Series, Year. Currency, Weight...
Multi - language application (English).
Includes real-time news of what philatelic people and stamps are talking about.
Store applications with stamps from new countries.
Search the map and points of interest for Stamps and Philatelic Places of Interest (Shops, Exchange Sites, Museums).
Possibility to send your friends the stamps found through your messaging programs.
Whithout ads.



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Stamps Australia, Philately


           Postzegels Nederland, Filateli (Lifestyle)   

Postzegels Nederland, Filateli 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Lifestyle
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Stamps App Netherlands collects all the stamps of Netherlands from all over history.
It is the first virtual catalog to be able to take your collection on your mobile device or tablet.
It includes all the data of the stamps sold in Netherlands to the present time.
The application is completely autonomous. No internet connection is required to use.

The application allows you to control the stamps you have, you can count the stamps you have and their value.
Look for years (1, 5, 10, 25 50, 75).
You can search by themes.
Look for series.
Look for free text.

Look for different filters:
Color, Emission, Format, Print, Score, Theme, Series, Year. Currency, Weight...
Includes real-time news of what philatelic people and stamps are talking about.
Store applications with stamps from new countries.
Search the map and points of interest for Stamps and Philatelic Places of Interest (Shops, Exchange Sites, Museums).
Possibility to send your friends the stamps found through your messaging programs.
Whithout ads.



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Postzegels Nederland, Filateli


           Stamps Bulgaria, philately (Lifestyle)   

Stamps Bulgaria, philately 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Lifestyle
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Stamps App Bulgaria collects all the stamps of Bulgaria from all over history.
It is the first virtual catalog to be able to take your collection on your mobile device or tablet.
It includes all the data of the stamps sold in Bulgaria from 1850 to the present time.
The application is completely autonomous. No internet connection is required to use.

The application allows you to control the stamps you have, you can count the stamps you have and their value.
Look for years (1, 5, 10, 25 50, 75).
You can search by themes.
Look for series.
Look for free text.

Look for different filters:
Color, Emission, Format, Print, Score, Theme, Series, Year. Currency, Weight...
Includes real-time news of what philatelic people and stamps are talking about.
Store applications with stamps from new countries.
Search the map and points of interest for Stamps and Philatelic Places of Interest (Shops, Exchange Sites, Museums).
Possibility to send your friends the stamps found through your messaging programs.
Whithout ads.



Stamps, Stamp, Stamp collecting, Collecting, Bulgaria, Series, Facial value, Postages, Stampapp.


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Печати App България събира всички белези на България на всички времена.

Това е първият виртуален каталог да вземе вашата колекция от мобилен или таблет вашето устройство.
всички уплътнения на данни, продавани в България от 1850 до наши дни са включени.
Приложението е напълно автономен. Не е нужно интернет връзка, за да използвате.

Приложението ви позволява да следите на печатите, които имате, можете да разчитате на печатите, които имате и нейната стойност.
Потърсете години (1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 75).
Можете да търсите по темата.
Можете да търсите по серия.
Можете да търсите по свободен текст.

Можете да търсите по различни филтри:
Color, излъчване, формат, печат, рейтинг, Тема, Series, Година. Валути, Тегло ...
Тя включва новини в реално време от това, което хората говорят за филателия и печати.
магазин App с печати на новите страни.
Търсене на точките картата на интерес филателна и печат, близо до вас (магазини, сайтове за споделяне, музеи).
Възможност за изпращане на вашите приятели, намерени чрез програмите ви съобщения уплътненията.
Без реклами.



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           Sellos España, Filatelia (Lifestyle)   

Sellos España, Filatelia 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Lifestyle
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Stamps App Spain collects all the stamps of Spain from all over history.
It is the first virtual catalog to be able to take your collection on your mobile device or tablet.
It includes all the data of the stamps sold in Spain from 1850 to the present time.
The application is completely autonomous. No internet connection is required to use.

The application allows you to control the stamps you have, you can count the stamps you have and their value.
Look for years (1, 5, 10, 25 50, 75).
You can search by themes.
Look for series.
Look for free text.

Look for different filters:
Color, Emission, Format, Print, Score, Theme, Series, Year. Currency, Peso ...
Multi-language application (Spanish, English).
Includes real-time news of what philatelic people and stamps are talking about.
Store applications with stamps from new countries.
Search the map and points of interest for Stamps and Philatelic Places of Interest (Shops, Exchange Sites, Museums).
Possibility to send your friends the stamps found through your messaging programs.
Whithout ads.

Sellos España, Filatelia


           Stamps Egypt, Philately (Lifestyle)   

Stamps Egypt, Philately 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Lifestyle
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Stamps App Egypt collects all the stamps of Egypt from all over history.
It is the first virtual catalog to be able to take your collection on your mobile device or tablet.
It includes all the data of the stamps sold in Egypt to the present time.
The application is completely autonomous. No internet connection is required to use.

The application allows you to control the stamps you have, you can count the stamps you have and their value.
Look for years (1, 5, 10, 25 50, 75).
You can search by themes.
Look for series.
Look for free text.

Look for different filters:
Color, Emission, Format, Print, Score, Theme, Series, Year. Currency, Weight...
Includes real-time news of what philatelic people and stamps are talking about.
Store applications with stamps from new countries.
Search the map and points of interest for Stamps and Philatelic Places of Interest (Shops, Exchange Sites, Museums).
Possibility to send your friends the stamps found through your messaging programs.
Whithout ads.



Stamps, Stamp, Stamp collecting, Collecting, Egypt, Series, Facial value, Postages, Stampapp.

Stamps Egypt, Philately


           Stamps Poland, Philately (Lifestyle)   

Stamps Poland, Philately 1.0


Device: iOS Universal
Category: Lifestyle
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Stamps App Poland collects all the stamps of Poland from all over history.
It is the first virtual catalog to be able to take your collection on your mobile device or tablet.
It includes all the data of the stamps sold in Poland to the present time.
The application is completely autonomous. No internet connection is required to use.

The application allows you to control the stamps you have, you can count the stamps you have and their value.
Look for years (1, 5, 10, 25 50, 75).
You can search by themes.
Look for series.
Look for free text.

Look for different filters:
Color, Emission, Format, Print, Score, Theme, Series, Year. Currency, Weight...
Includes real-time news of what philatelic people and stamps are talking about.
Store applications with stamps from new countries.
Search the map and points of interest for Stamps and Philatelic Places of Interest (Shops, Exchange Sites, Museums).
Possibility to send your friends the stamps found through your messaging programs.
Whithout ads.


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Stemple App Polska zbiera wszystkie znaczki Polski wszechczasów.

Jest to pierwszy wirtualny katalog, aby móc zabrać swoją kolekcję na telefonie komórkowym lub tablecie.
Obejmuje ona wszystkie dane pieczęci sprzedawanych w Polsce od 1850 roku do chwili obecnej.
Aplikacja jest całkowicie autonomiczne. Brak połączenia z Internetem jest wymagane do korzystania.

Aplikacja pozwala na sprawdzenie stempli masz, możesz liczyć znaczków masz i ich wartości.
Sprawdzić lat (1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 75).
Można wyszukiwać według tematów.
Sprawdzić serii.
Spójrz do swobodnego tekstu.

Spójrz na różnych filtrów:
Kolor, emisja, Format, Drukuj, wynik, motywy, Seria, rok. Waluta, waga ...
Aplikacja język (Polandn, Inglés) - Multi.
Zawiera w czasie rzeczywistym filatelistycznego wieści o tym, co ludzie mówią i stemple o.
Przechowywać nowe aplikacje ze znaczkami z klubów krajowych.
Szukaj mapę i interesujące miejsca dla druku i Filatelistycznych miejsc w pobliżu (sklepy, miejsca wymiany, Muzeów).
Możliwość wysyłania znajomych znaczków znalezione przez swoich komunikatorów.
Whithout reklamy.



Znaczki, pieczęć, pieczęć zbierania, gromadzenia, Polska, seria, wartość twarzy, opłaty
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          Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the Handover of Hong Kong    

Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the Handover of Hong Kong

Chairs Express Concern Regarding the Long-Term Viability of the “One Country, Two Systems” Model Promised at the Handover

June 29, 2017

(Washington, DC)—Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Chris Smith, the chair and cochair respectively of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), issued the following statements on the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1997.  

“Twenty years ago, China promised Hong Kong would remain autonomous under ‘one country, two systems,’ but in recent years Beijing has systematically worked to undermine this promise,” said Senator Rubio. “Elections in Hong Kong are still tightly restricted and controlled by pro-Beijing forces seeking to stifle the voice of the people.   As Hong Kong’s press freedoms deteriorate, the independence of the judiciary—the guarantor of the rule of law—is also under assault.  We will closely watch how authorities in Hong Kong and the mainland handle the 20th anniversary, especially government responses to any peaceful protests in connection with the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.  The city appears to be on lockdown with a significant deployed security presence, and police have reportedly received orders to remove any signs or placards that risk ‘embarrassing’ Xi, including mentions of the Tiananmen Square massacre or calls for universal suffrage and direct elections.  I call for the immediate release of recently arrested pro-democracy protesters.  China’s assault on democratic institutions and human rights is a clear and present danger to the people of Hong Kong and to the city’s status as a free market, economic powerhouse, and hub for international trade and investment. Looking ahead to the remaining 30 years of ‘one country, two systems,’ we cannot allow Hong Kong to go the way of Beijing’s failed authoritarianism.”

 “Twenty years ago, China promised to guarantee Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms for 50 years, promises which have been needlessly strained and calling into question the viability of a ‘One Country, Two Systems’ model that has provided great benefits to China and the world.  It is unfortunate that Xi Jinping will largely see a ‘’Potemkin’’ Hong Kong this week, kept away from the city’s vibrant pro-democracy sentiment and relish for free expression,” said Representative Smith.  “Beijing increasingly views Hong Kong as a problem to be handled not as a model for China’s future—this is a major concern for those of us who see the resilience of authoritarianism in China as a troubling indicator of unwanted conflict and competition.  The preservation of Hong Kong’s autonomy will be a bellwether for U.S.-China relations, demonstrating Beijing’s commitment to fulfill international obligations.  Under President Xi, the Chinese government has conducted an extraordinary assault on civil society and the rule of law, efforts which have spilled over into Hong Kong through abductions of booksellers, interventions in Hong Kong’s legal system and Chief Executive election, and efforts to stifle the pro-democracy movement and a free press.   The genius of Hong Kong and its people has always been their ability to expertly navigate between the interests of Western nations and mainland China—Hong Kong’s unique vitality, creativity, and entrepreneurship rooted in the embrace of freedom, the rule of law, and democratic openness.  If Beijing recognizes that the Hong Kong way of life is essential for China’s own future prosperity and stability then the city’s future is bright.  If that is not the case, and Hong Kong becomes just another Chinese city, subdued by the heavy hand of repression, the United States will have to reassess whether Hong Kong warrants special status under U.S. law.”          

Background:

CECC Statements on Hong Kong:  The CECC has held public hearings and events and the Chairs have issued public statements on political and rule of law developments in Hong Kong, including the cases of the abducted booksellers.  Disappeared Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai’s daughter testified at a CECC hearing in May 2016. The CECC’s 2016 Annual Report has a chapter on human rights and rule of law developments in Hong Kong.   The Chairs have also expressed concern about the growing influence of the Chinese central government in Hong Kong and infringements on the city’s promised “high degree of autonomy,” including through the disappearance, abduction, and detention in mainland China of five Hong Kong booksellers, and the unprecedented intervention of the Chinese government in Hong Kong’s legal system leading to the disqualification of democratically elected Legislative Council members.  The Chairs have also expressed concern about the Chinese central government’s interference in recent Chief Executive elections and the prosecution of pro-democracy leaders Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, and others associated with the 2014 pro-democracy protests. 

CECC Hearing on 20th Anniversary of the Handover: The CECC held a hearing “Will the Hong Kong Model Survive?: An Assessment 20 Years After the Handover” which featured “Umbrella Movement” leader Joshua Wong, veteran democracy advocate and legislator Martin Lee, former British Governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten, and forcibly disappeared bookseller Lam Wing Kee. 

Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act:  Senator Rubio introduced the bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act  (S. 417) in February 2017 in order to reaffirm the United States’ historical commitment to freedom and democracy in Hong Kong at a time when its autonomy is increasingly under assault.  An earlier version of this legislation was introduced in the 114th Congress by Representative Smith in the House of Representatives. 

CECC Analysis of Chief Executive (CE) Election: CECC analysis of the March 2017 CE election concludes that Chinese central government officials sought to determine the outcome of the already highly restricted CE election by pressuring Election Committee members to vote for Carrie Lam.  

 

 


          e-Mosquito – Autonomous Biting Blood Glucose Monitor   
A team at the University of Calgary has taken a queue from the mosquito and made a wrist based diabetic blood testing device. This autonomous tester will “bite” at set periods throughout the day taking blood sugar readings. Besides monitoring glucose levels this sort of technology could one day be used for DNA testing or […]
          House Bill 1637 Printer's Number 2182   
An Act amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in operation of vehicles, providing for autonomous vehicles; and establishing the Fully Autonomous Vehicle Advisory Committee....
          Staff Nurse RMN - Acute Mental Health Ward   
APPOINT GROUP VACANCY Position: Staff Nurse RMN - Acute Mental Health Location: North London Salary: £24,000 - £28,000 per annum + enhancements for nights, weekends and bank holidays (negotiable depending on experience) Hours: 37.5 hours per week Contract type: Permanent Job details : A new and exciting opportunity has arisen for a substantially motivated, experienced and skilled RMN to work for one of the UK's leading providers of private mental health care. This service has an outstanding reputation both for the service they deliver and for the investment that they make in their people and their environment. This service specialises in the management and treatment of mental health problems including addictions and eating disorders. We are looking for nurses to work within the hospitals Acute Mental Health Ward Person Specification: You must have the ability to manage a busy ward environment on an on-going basis and be committed to providing the highest quality of care to patients, carers and purchasers of our client's service. You must have interpersonal skills of the highest order to liaise with numerous professionals. You must also be able to demonstrate the ability to work autonomously whilst ensuring the highest quality standards are achieved at the ward level. You must have good knowledge of the Mental Health Act, patient centric and commitment to delivering high quality care and fine-tuned decision making skills. Applicants must be qualified as a Mental Health nurse ( RMN ) and must hold a valid PIN. All applicants should be eligible to live and work in the UK without restriction. Employee Benefits : Our client offers an excellent benefits package which includes an annual payment of £1,000 for continuous service for the first three years, 25 days annual leave plus Bank holidays, and extra leave after 5 and 10 years' service, enhancements for unsocial hours (20% extra for weekends and nights and 50% extra for bank holidays), subsidised meals on shift, preceptorships for newly qualified nurses, pension scheme with employer contribution, SMART pension options, SMART childcare vouchers, cycle scheme, Just drive scheme, Benefits for you - offering a wide range of discounts, high street vouchers and gift cares, online vouchers and cash back offers. The hospital offers nurses to diversify (clinical specialisms and management courses), clinical professional development - nurse-led panel, career development and intranet resources. The hospital is committed to the development and well-being of all staff and provides regular supervision, on-going training and access to company-wide career opportunities. Further to this is the opportunity to work within a leading brand of independent mental health care providers, and to work in a friendly environment. For more information or to apply for the position please contact Erin Banner on . Alternatively, please send your CV to
          3 Intrinsic Elements Of An Efficient Net Marketing Strategy   
In request to modify money online, you requirement a stampede of reciprocation to your position. More importantly, you require an internet marketing strategy that produces results and generates targeted reciprocation to your position that leave be ready and ready to purchase when they get there. Here are 3 thing elements of an useful internet marketing strategy that gets results and complex to create income.

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          Catman Jobs : Supply Chain Analyst | Home Counties | Private Label | Chilled   
Up to £35,000 plus benefits: Catman Jobs : Our client enjoys the benefits of being an autonomous and highly focused business famed for delivering quality. Home Counties & London
          From Fiction to Reality: Flying Taxis Are Finally Here   
(ANTIMEDIA)  — Technology is once again pulling us further into a world we used to think was impossible, a world previously experienced only through science-fiction novels and movies. By the end of this year, autonomous air taxis will be carting travelers around the city of Dubai. That’s right — flying cars are here. German aviation startup […]
          INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW   
International trade law includes the appropriate rules and customs for handling trade between countries; However, it is also used in legal writings as trade between private sectors, which is not right. This branch of law is now an independent field of study as most governments has become part of the world trade, as members of the "World Trade Organization" (WTO). Whereas "International Commercial Law" deals with transactions between companies and individuals. Since the transaction between private sectors of different countries is important part of the WTO activities, this latter branch of law is now very important part of the academic works and is under study in many universities across the world;(Such as the University of Allameh Tabatabaee in Iran).

International trade law should be distinguished from the broader field of international economic law. The latter could be said to encompass not only WTO law, but also law governing the international monetary system and currency regulation, as well as the law of international development.

The body of rules for transnational trade in the 21st century derives from medieval commercial laws called the lex mercatoria and lex maritima — respectively, "the law for merchants on land" and "the law for merchants on sea." Modern trade law (extending beyond bilateral treaties) began shortly after the Second World War, with the negotiation of a multilateral treaty to deal with trade in goods: the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).

International trade law is based on theories of economic liberalism developed in Europe and later the United States from the 18th century onwards.
In 1995, the World Trade Organization, a formal international organization to regulate trade, was established. It is the most important development in the history of international trade law.

The purposes and structure of the organization is governed by the Agreement Establishing The World Trade Organization, also known as the "Marrakesh Agreement". It does not specify the actual rules that govern international trade in specific areas. These are found in separate treaties, annexed to the Marrakesh Agreement.
Since there are no international governing judges (2004) the means of dispute resolution is determined by jurisdiction. Each individual country hears cases that are brought before them. Governments choose to be party to a dispute. And private citizens determine jurisdiction by the Forum Clause in their contract.

Besides forum, another factor in international disputes is the rate of exchange. With currency fluctuation ascending and descending over years, a lack of Commerce Clause can jeopardize trade between parties when one party becomes unjustly enriched through natural market fluctuations. By listing the rate of exchange expected over the contract life, parties can provide for changes in the market through reassessment of contract or division of exchange rate fluctuations.

No European Union (EU) member state has ever chosen to withdraw from the European Union, though some dependent territories or semi-autonomous areas have left. Of these, only Greenland has explicitly voted to leave, departing from the EU's predecessor, the European Economic Community, in 1985. The only member state to hold a national referendum on withdrawal was the United Kingdom in 1975, when 67.2% of those voting voted to remain in the Community.

Before the Treaty of Lisbon entered into force on 1 December 2009 no provision in the Treaties or Law of the European Union outlined the ability of a state to voluntarily withdraw from the EU. The European Constitution did propose such a provision and, after the failure to ratify the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, that provision was then included in the Lisbon Treaty.

The Treaty introduces an exit clause for members who wish to withdraw from the Union. Under Article 50, a Member State would notify the European Council of its intention to secede from the Union and a withdrawal agreement would be negotiated between the Union and that State. The Treaties would cease to be applicable to that State from the date of the agreement or, failing that, within two years of the notification unless the State and the Council both agree to extend this period. The agreement is concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council and shall set out the arrangements for withdrawal, including a framework for the State's future relationship with the Union. The agreement is to be approved by the Council, acting by qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament. A former Member State seeking to rejoin the European Union would be subject to the same conditions as any other applicant country.

Article 311a, introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon allows the status of French, Dutch and Danish overseas territories to be changed more easily, by no longer requiring a full treaty revision. Instead, the European Council may, on the initiative of the member state concerned, change the status of an overseas country or territory (OCT) to an outermost region (OMR) or vice versa.

Greenland is the only territory to have chosen to leave the EU or its predecessors without also seceding from a member state. It initially voted against joining the EEC when Denmark joined in 1973, but because Denmark as a whole voted to join, Greenland, as a part of Denmark, joined too. When home rule for Greenland began in 1979, it held a new referendum and voted to leave the EEC. After wrangling over fishing rights the territory left the EEC in 1985, but remains subject to the EU treaties through the EU Association of Overseas Countries and Territories. This was permitted by the Greenland Treaty, a special treaty signed in 1984 to allow its withdrawal.

By precedent, then, if a country wanted to withdraw from the EU it probably could, but special treaties and conditions would need to be agreed on. This is because of pre-existing commitments that any member state would have towards the EU and its fellow members.

Some former territories of European Union members have left the EU when they gained independence from their ruling country. The 1962 secession of French Algeria, which was an integral part of France and hence of the then-European Communities, was the only such occasion on which a territory subject to the Treaty of Rome has seceded. Most other territories - Hong Kong and Macau - were not classed as part of the EU and EC laws were not in force in these countries.

As of January 2010, there are no countries positioning themselves to withdraw from the EU, but there are numerous political movements campaigning for withdrawal. Although usually minor parties, in the more eurosceptic states of the EU there are the occasional electoral victories. In the UK, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) campaigns for British withdrawal, achieving third place in the UK during the 2004 European elections and second place in the 2009 European elections – that time gaining the same number of seats as the governing Labour Party. Polls show that support for withdrawal going from 9% to 55%, depending on the wording of the question. In October 2009 a Daily Mail survey revealed that 58% of those polled wanted a referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the EU. As of January 2010, the Liberal Democrats are the only major party in the UK parliament advocating a referendum on the EU membership, although they would be supporting a positive vote and presented it as an alternative to one on the Lisbon Treaty.
          ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND CRITERIA FOR LAW   
In the 18th century Adam Smith presented a philosophical foundation for explaining the relationship between law and economics. The discipline arose partly out of a critique of trade unions and U.S. antitrust law. The most influential proponents, such as Richard Posner and Oliver Williamson and the so-called Chicago School of economists and lawyers including Milton Friedman and Gary Becker, are generally advocates of deregulation and privatisation, and are hostile to state regulation or what they see as restrictions on the operation of free markets

The most prominent economic analyst of law is 1991 Nobel Prize winner Ronald Coase, whose first major article, The Nature of the Firm (1937), argued that the reason for the existence of firms (companies, partnerships, etc.) is the existence of transaction costs. Rational individuals trade through bilateral contracts on open markets until the costs of transactions mean that using corporations to produce things is more cost-effective. His second major article, The Problem of Social Cost (1960), argued that if we lived in a world without transaction costs, people would bargain with one another to create the same allocation of resources, regardless of the way a court might rule in property disputes. Coase used the example of a nuisance case named Sturges v Bridgman, where a noisy sweetmaker and a quiet doctor were neighbours and went to court to see who should have to move. Coase said that regardless of whether the judge ruled that the sweetmaker had to stop using his machinery, or that the doctor had to put up with it, they could strike a mutually beneficial bargain about who moves house that reaches the same outcome of resource distribution. Only the existence of transaction costs may prevent this. So the law ought to pre-empt what would happen, and be guided by the most efficient solution. The idea is that law and regulation are not as important or effective at helping people as lawyers and government planners believe. Coase and others like him wanted a change of approach, to put the burden of proof for positive effects on a government that was intervening in the market, by analysing the costs of action.

Sociology of law
Sociology of law is a diverse field of study that examines the interaction of law with society and overlaps with jurisprudence, economic analysis of law and more specialised subjects such as criminology. The institutions of social construction and legal frameworks are the relevant areas for the discipline's inquiry. At first, legal theorists were suspicious of the discipline. Kelsen attacked one of its founders, Eugen Ehrlich, who sought to make distinct the differences between positive law, which lawyers learn and apply, and other forms of 'law' or social norms that regulate everyday life, generally preventing conflicts from reaching lawyers and courts
Around 1900 Max Weber defined his "scientific" approach to law, identifying the "legal rational form" as a type of domination, not attributable to people but to abstract norms. Legal rationalism was his term for a body of coherent and calculable law which formed a precondition for modern political developments and the modern bureaucratic state and developed in parallel with the growth of capitalism. Another sociologist, Émile Durkheim, wrote in The Division of Labour in Society that as society becomes more complex, the body of civil law concerned primarily with restitution and compensation grows at the expense of criminal laws and penal sanctions. Other notable early legal sociologists included Hugo Sinzheimer, Theodor Geiger, Georges Gurvitch and Leon Petrażycki in Europe, and William Graham Sumner in the U.S

Legal institutions
The main institutions of law in industrialised countries are independent courts, representative parliaments, an accountable executive, the military and police, bureaucratic organisation, the legal profession and civil society itself. John Locke, in his Two Treatises of Government, and Baron de Montesquieu in The Spirit of the Laws, advocated for a separation of powers between the political, legislature and executive bodies. Their principle was that no person should be able to usurp all powers of the state, in contrast to the absolutist theory of Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan. Max Weber and others reshaped thinking on the extension of state. Modern military, policing and bureaucratic power over ordinary citizens' daily lives pose special problems for accountability that earlier writers such as Locke or Montesquieu could not have foreseen. The custom and practice of the legal profession is an important part of people's access to justice, whilst civil society is a term used to refer to the social institutions, communities and partnerships that form law's political basis.

Judiciary
A judiciary is a number of judges mediating disputes to determine outcome. Most countries have systems of appeal courts, answering up to a supreme legal authority. In the United States, this is the Supreme Court; in Australia, the High Court; in the UK, the Supreme Court; in Germany, the Bundesverfassungsgericht; in France, the Cour de Cassation. For most European countries the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg can overrule national law, when EU law is relevant. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg allows citizens of the Council of Europe member states to bring cases relating to human rights issues before it.

Some countries allow their highest judicial authority to over-rule legislation they determined as unconstitutional. In Roe v Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Texas law which forbade the granting of assistance to women seeking abortion. The U.S.'s constitution's fourteenth amendment was interpreted to give Americans a right to privacy, and thus a woman's right to choose abortion.

A judiciary is theoretically bound by the constitution, much as legislative bodies are. In most countries judges may only interpret the constitution and all other laws. But in common law countries, where matters are not constitutional, the judiciary may also create law under the doctrine of precedent. The UK, Finland and New Zealand assert the ideal of parliamentary sovereignty, whereby the unelected judiciary may not overturn law passed by a democratic legislature. In communist states, such as China, the courts are often regarded as parts of the executive, or subservient to the legislature; governmental institutions and actors exert thus various forms of influence on the judiciary. In Muslim countries, courts often examine whether state laws adhere to the Sharia: the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt may invalidate such laws, and in Iran the Guardian Council ensures the compatibility of the legislation with the "criteria of Islam

Legislature
Prominent examples of legislatures are the Houses of Parliament in London, the Congress in Washington D.C., the Bundestag in Berlin, the Duma in Moscow, the Parlamento Italiano in Rome and the Assemblée nationale in Paris. By the principle of representative government people vote for politicians to carry out their wishes. Although countries like Israel, Greece, Sweden and China are unicameral, most countries are bicameral, meaning they have two separately appointed legislative houses. In the 'lower house' politicians are elected to represent smaller constituencies. The 'upper house' is usually elected to represent states in a federal system (as in Australia, Germany or the United States) or different voting configuration in a unitary system (as in France). In the UK the upper house is appointed by the government as a house of review. One criticism of bicameral systems with two elected chambers is that the upper and lower houses may simply mirror one another. The traditional justification of bicameralism is that an upper chamber acts as a house of review. This can minimise arbitrariness and injustice in governmental action.

To pass legislation, a majority of Members of Parliament must vote for a bill (proposed law) in each house. Normally there will be several readings and amendments proposed by the different political factions. If a country has an entrenched constitution, a special majority for changes to the constitution will be required, making changes to the law more difficult. A government usually leads the process, which can be formed from Members of Parliament (e.g. the UK or Germany). But in a presidential system, an executive appoints a cabinet to govern from his or her political allies whether or not they are elected (e.g. the United States or Brazil), and the legislature's role is reduced to either ratification or veto.

Executive
The executive in a legal system serve as a government's centre of political authority. In a parliamentary system, as with Britain, Italy, Germany, India, and Japan, the executive is known as the cabinet, and composed of members of the legislature. The executive is chosen by the Prime Minister or Chancellor, whose office holds power under the confidence of the legislature. Because popular elections appoint political parties to govern, the leader of a party can change in between elections. The head of state is apart from the executive, and symbolically enacts laws and acts as representative of the nation. Examples include the German president (appointed by the Parliament); the Queen of the United Kingdom (a hereditary title), and the Austrian president (elected by popular vote). The other important model is the presidential system, found in France, the U.S. and Russia. In presidential systems, the executive acts as both head of state and head of government, and has power to appoint an unelected cabinet. Under a presidential system, the executive branch is separate from the legislature to which is not accountable.

Although the role of the executive varies from country to country, usually it will propose the majority of legislation, and propose government agenda. In presidential systems, the executive often has the power to veto legislation. Most executives in both systems are responsible for foreign relations, the military and police, and the bureaucracy. Ministers or other officials head a country's public offices, such as a foreign ministry or interior ministry. The election of a different executive is therefore capable of revolutionising an entire country's approach to government.

Military and police
While military organizations have existed as long as government itself, the idea of a standing police force is relatively modern concept. Mediæval England's system of traveling criminal courts, or assizes, used show trials and public executions to instill communities with fear to maintain control. The first modern police were probably those in 17th-century Paris, in the court of Louis XIV, although the Paris Prefecture of Police claim they were the world's first uniformed policemen.

Weber famously argued that the state is that which controls the legitimate monopoly of the means of violence. The military and police carry out enforcement at the request of the government or the courts. The term failed state refers to states that cannot implement or enforce policies; their police and military no longer control security and order and society moves into anarchy, the absence of government.

Bureaucracy
The etymology of "bureaucracy" derives from the French word for "office" (bureau) and the Ancient Greek for word "power" (kratos). Like the military and police, a legal system's government servants and bodies that make up its bureaucracy carry out the directives of the executive. One of the earliest references to the concept was made by Baron de Grimm, a German author who lived in France. In 1765 he wrote,

The real spirit of the laws in France is that bureaucracy of which the late Monsieur de Gournay used to complain so greatly; here the offices, clerks, secretaries, inspectors and intendants are not appointed to benefit the public interest, indeed the public interest appears to have been established so that offices might exist.

Cynicism over "officialdom" is still common, and the workings of public servants is typically contrasted to private enterprise motivated by profit. In fact private companies, especially large ones, also have bureaucracies. Negative perceptions of "red tape" aside, public services such as schooling, health care, policing or public transport are a crucial state function making public bureaucratic action the locus of government power. Writing in the early 20th century, Max Weber believed that a definitive feature of a developed state had come to be its bureaucratic support. Weber wrote that the typical characteristics of modern bureaucracy are that officials define its mission, the scope of work is bound by rules, management is composed of career experts, who manage top down, communicating through writing and binding public servants' discretion with rules.

Legal profession
A corollary of the rule of law is the existence of a legal profession sufficiently autonomous to be able to invoke the authority of the independent judiciary; the right to assistance of an advocate in a court proceeding emanates from this corollary—in England the function of barrister or advocate is distinguished from legal counselor (solicitor). As the European Court of Human Rights has stated, the law should be adequately accessible to everyone and people should be able to foresee how the law affects them. In order to maintain professionalism, the practice of law is typically overseen by either a government or independent regulating body such as a bar association, bar council or law society. Modern lawyers achieve distinct professional identity through specified legal procedures (e.g. successfully passing a qualifying examination), are required by law to have a special qualification (a legal education earning the student a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Civil Law or a Juris Doctor degree), and are constituted in office by legal forms of appointment (being admitted to the bar). Most Muslim countries have developed similar rules about legal education and the legal profession, but some still allow lawyers with training in traditional Islamic law to practice law before personal status law courts. In China and other developing countries there are not enough law-trained people to staff the existing judicial systems, and, accordingly, formal standards are more relaxed.

Once accredited, a lawyer will often work in a law firm, in a chambers as a sole practitioner, in a government post or in a private corporation as an internal counsel. In addition a lawyer may become a legal researcher who provides on-demand legal research through a library, a commercial service or through freelance work. Many people trained in law put their skills to use outside the legal field entirely. Significant to the practice of law in the common law tradition is the legal research to determine the current state of the law. This usually entails exploring case-law reports, legal periodicals and legislation. Law practice also involves drafting documents such as court pleadings, persuasive briefs, contracts, or wills and trusts. Negotiation and dispute resolution skills (including ADR techniques) are also important to legal practice, depending on the field.

Civil society
Classical republican concept of "civil society" dates back to Hobbes and Locke. Locke saw civil society as people who have "a common established law and judicature to appeal to, with authority to decide controversies between them." German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel distinguished the "state" from "civil society" (burgerliche Gesellschaft) in Elements of the Philosophy of Right. Hegel believed that civil society and the state were polar opposites, within the scheme of his dialectic theory of history. The modern dipole state–civil society was reproduced in the theories of Alexis de Tocqueville and Karl Marx. Nowadays in post-modern theory civil society is necessarily a source of law, by being the basis from which people form opinions and lobby for what they believe law should be. As Australian barrister and author Geoffrey Robertson QC wrote of international law,

... one of its primary modern sources is found in the responses of ordinary men and women, and of the non-governmental organizations which many of them support, to the human rights abuses they see on the television screen in their living rooms.

Freedom of speech, freedom of association and many other individual rights allow people to gather, discuss, criticise and hold to account their governments, from which the basis of a deliberative democracy is formed. The more people are involved with, concerned by and capable of changing how political power is exercised over their lives, the more acceptable and legitimate the law becomes to the people. The most familiar institutions of civil society include economic markets, profit-oriented firms, families, trade unions, hospitals, universities, schools, charities, debating clubs, non-governmental organisations, neighbourhoods, churches, and religious associations.
          Market Researcher - Hard-Line - Greater Sudbury, ON   
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          Software Developer/Project Manager - Hard-Line - Greater Sudbury, ON   
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          Self driving cars – privacy points to ponder   
Cars collect a significant amount of information about our driving. That data will increase dramatically as we move to autonomous vehicles – and with more data comes more ways to use it. This information can be used now to find fault in an accident or convict us of driving offences. Some insurance companies offer discounts … Continue reading Self driving cars – privacy points to ponder
          Développeur Senior / Senior Developer (C++ / Java) - Montréal   
English description below

Notre client, le leader mondial en mati&#232;re de communication et technologie de l'Information dans le domaine a&#233;roportuaire et qui compte 200 employ&#233;s &#224; Montr&#233;al, est &#224; la recherche d'un D&#233;velopeur senior C++ et Java pour se joindre &#224; une &#233;quipe compos&#233;e de 4 personnes qui travailleront en &#233;troite collaboration au d&#233;velopement du produit.

Notre client se d&#233;marque par les nombreux avantages qu'il offre:

* Un programme complet d'assurances collectives;
* Une contribution de l'employeur au REER pouvant atteindre jusqu'&#224; 7%;
* Un boni annuel attribu&#233; en fonction de la performance;
* Des horaires flexibles et un horaire de 35 hrs/semaine;
* 3 semaines de vacances et 5 journ&#233;es mobiles d&#232;s l'embauche.

Le D&#233;veloppeur senior devra assurer la conception, le d&#233;veloppement et la maintenance de logiciels de supervision de r&#233;seaux et des syst&#232;mes d'information pour le service AIRCOM.

Responsabilit&#233;s:

* Contribuer &#224; l'analyse, la conception et le d&#233;veloppement d'application de gestion du r&#233;seau et des services du d&#233;partement AIRCOM en conformit&#233; avec les standards interne de d&#233;veloppent de logiciels;
* Maintenir et faire &#233;voluer les applications de gestion de r&#233;seau pour supporter l'introduction de nouveaux services ou pour r&#233;pondre aux besoins clients;
* Offrir un support technique aux usagers;
* Produire la documentation n&#233;cessaire au d&#233;veloppement, au support et &#224; la maintenance des applications en conformit&#233; avec les processus internes.
* Participer aux tests, &#224; l'installation et au d&#233;ploiement en production des applications;
* Pr&#233;parer et supporter l'installation et le d&#233;ploiement des applications d&#233;velopp&#233;es.
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Our client, a global leader in the matter of communication technology and information in the airport area and has 200 employees in Montreal is looking for a senior C ++ and Java Developer to join a team of 4 people who will work in close collaboration in the development of the product .

Our client is distinguished for the many advantages it offers :

* A comprehensive group insurance program;
* An employer contribution to an RRSP up to 7%;
* An annual bonus awarded based on performance;
* Flexible hours and a schedule of 35 hours / week;
* 3 weeks' vacation and 5 mobile days upon hiring.

The Senior Developer will perform the specification, the development and the maintenance of the Network Management and Information Systems operated by the Aircraft Communication Services.

Responsabilities:

* Perform the development, the maintenance and the evolution of the Network Management and Information Systems to meet AIRCOM Services department requirements in terms of performance, usability, accuracy and maintainability;
* Produce the functional and design specification for new monitoring and information systems in line with internal documentation standards;
* Provide application and technical support to the AIRCOM Users;
* Ensure adequate documentation is produced and maintained, in line with internal processes and practices, for the design, specification, development, unit testing, integration and deployment phases of delivered applications;
* Perform unit and qualification testing of software applications, including functional and performance tests;
* Prepare and support the installation and the deployment of new releases.

Comp&#233;tences recherch&#233;es:

* Baccalaur&#233;at en informatique ou &#233;quivalent;
* Minimum de 8 ans d'exp&#233;rience en programmation en C++ et Java sous Linux/Unix;
* Minimum de 6 ans d'exp&#233;rience en analyse, conception et d&#233;veloppement de logiciels;
* Bonne exp&#233;rience de d&#233;veloppement avec HP OpenView (NNMi, OMU, SiteScope) et SNMP;
* Bonne exp&#233;rience en base de donn&#233;es Oracle, Shell et Perl;
* Bonne connaissance en d&#233;veloppent gestion de r&#233;seaux,
* Bonne habilit&#233; interpersonnelle et de travail d'&#233;quipe ;
* Bonne habilit&#233; de communication verbale et &#233;crite en Fran&#231;ais et en Anglais;
* Exp&#233;rience avec la suite Oracle BI Enterprise ou avec Essbase Hyperion;
* Exp&#233;rience de travail dans un environnement de t&#233;l&#233;communications;
* Habilit&#233; &#224; s'adapter rapidement aux changements;
* Bonnes aptitudes interpersonnelles avec un bon esprit d'&#233;quipe;
* Organis&#233;, pragmatique et autonome.

Vous avez envie de relever un nouveau d&#233;fi? Appliquez d&#232;s maintenant sur le poste de D&#233;veloppeur Senior C++ / Java. Vous pouvez &#233;galement envoyer votre cv par courriel &#224; l'attention de Carine Boh&#233;mier &#224; laval@adecco.qc.ca
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Skills required:

* University degree in Computer Sciences or equivalent;
* Minimum of 8 years of programming experience in &quot;C++&quot; and Java under Unix/Linux;
* Minimum of 6 years experience in functional analysis, software design and application;
* Good development experience with HP OpenView (NNMi, OMU, SiteScope) and SNMP;
* Very good experience in Oracle Database
* Very good experience in Shell and Perl scripts, Web development;
* Good understanding of Network Management concepts;
* Good experience in Web development (HTML, Java);
* Ability to take relevent initiative to resolve assigned issues efficiently;
* Good English and French communications skills (oral and written) are essential;
* Oracle BI Enterprise Suite or Essbase Hyperion experience;
* Software development experience in telecommunications environment;
* Ability to adapt quickly to changing business environments;
* Good inter-personal skills with team work ability;
* Organized, pragmatic and autonomous.

Would you like to raise a new challenge? Apply now on the Senior C++ / Java Developer position.You can also send your resume by email to the attention of Carine Boh&#233;mier at laval@adecco.qc.ca

Adecco Laval
3246 Avenue Jean-B&#233;raud
Laval, Qc
H7T 2S4
          Comment on Catalina Alvarez is Conducting the First Occupational Psychology Study on Autonomous Motivation and Burnout in the WordPress Community by Catalina Alvarez   
Thank you, Alec! That is nice to hear :)
          Comment on Catalina Alvarez is Conducting the First Occupational Psychology Study on Autonomous Motivation and Burnout in the WordPress Community by Catalina Alvarez   
Oh thank you very much, Tom! In fact I was able to speak (very quickly) with Matt Mullenweg at the WCEU after his interview to let him know about my research project. He seemed quite interested and told me to send him the link for the survey. Thank you for your understanding, efforts and good wishes!
          Product Manager   
<span><span style="color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-family:Times New Roman;font-size:12pt;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;">Modis is in search of an innovative Product Manager who isn&#39;t afraid of a challenge and wants to redefine the expectations of enterprise usability. This is a Direct Hire opportunity for a client located in San Francisco. The right candidate will help integrate in-house system to build easy-to-use, concise, and well-designed mobile applications is no small task. Building a tool to build those mobile applications is even larger. <br></span><br><span style="color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-family:Times New Roman;font-size:12pt;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;">Please contact Shilpi Karan if you are interested at (Email Address Withheld by Request)</a></span> or call 408-367-2580.&nbsp;<br><span style="color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-family:Times New Roman;font-size:12pt;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;"><br>Responsibilities: <br>* Strong communication skills (oral and written) as customer interaction is required. <br>* Cursory knowledge and understanding of how Java applications are deployed. <br>* Ability to work both with a team and autonomously depending on project requirements. <br>* Work closely with the product owner, engineering, and customers to ensure requirements are captured and well documented. <br>* Be the point of contact for engineering during development. <br>* Verify completed features and improvements to ensure work has met product and customer expectations.<br>&nbsp;<br>Qualifications: <br>* Bachelors in Computer Science or in related field preferred. <br>* Cursory experience in any programming language. <br>* 2+ years as a product manager of enterprise software. <br>* Experience with mobile applications and UX is preferred. <br>* Experience with agile workflows and continuous integration. <br>* Experience with JIRA is preferred.</span><br>&nbsp;<br></span>
          Accounts Payable Specialist (Temporary)   

GENERAL PURPOSE

Ensuring accurate and timely record keeping of financial information and transactions.



SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

Works under the supervision of the Accounts Payable Supervisor or Accounts Payable Manager



SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None



ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

•Receive and verify invoices for goods and services

•Verify invoices comply with Finance department policy and procedures

•Ensure accurate entry of invoices, credit memos or check requests

•Review and process employee expense reports (T&E)

•Resolve invoice hold exceptions

•Reconcile vendor accounts

•Respond and resolve internal customer and vendor inquires

•File vendor invoices and related payments

•Prepare vendor payments for mailing

•Assist with annual 1099 processing

•Perform other duties as required



PERIPHERAL DUTIES

•Daily mail pick up



DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

(A) Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a degree in business management, or

(B) 2 years of experience in accounts payable or related accounting field, or

(C) Any equivalent combination of education and experience.



NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

•Understand accounting aspects of accounts payable

•Understanding of the procure to pay process

•Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral)

•Attention to detail and high level of accuracy

•Effective time management and stress management skills

•Ability to work in both an autonomous or team environment

•Proficient with Microsoft Applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, XP, Internet Explorer)

•Familiar with using Oracle eBusiness Suite (R12.1.3)

•Must be proficient and fluent in the English language

•Must have the ability to regularly communicate in a manner that is respectful, professional and collaborative



SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

•May need to work over-time as needed based on departmental needs

•Minimal to rare occurrences for travel based on business needs (less than 5%).



TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED

Personal computer, including word-processing, database and spreadsheet programs; calculator, telephone, copy and fax machine.



PHYSICAL DEMANDS

ï?¸The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

ï?¸While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.

ï?¸The employee will spend 90-95% of the time sitting at a desk, looking at a monitor and using a keyboard.

ï?¸The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.



WORK ENVIRONMENT

ï?¸The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

ï?¸The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.



The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.



The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.




          Network/Systems Administrator - Great Work Environment   
This Network/Systems Administrator Position Features:
? Great Work Environment
? Growing Company
? Benefits Package
? Great Pay to $85K

Immediate need for Network/Systems Administrator seeking great work environment, growing company and benefits package. Microsoft Certification. Proven expertise in ERP with fully integrated modules including Finance, Purchasing, Inventory, Production and Shipping will be keys to success in this well-known, stable organization. Will be responsible to work autonomously for Manufacturing company. Develop, implement and continuously improve our IT Systems and infrastructure consistent with the business plan objectives. Server administration for Windows 2003 Server, Exchange 2003 Server, Terminal Services, Microsoft Share Point Services, Citrix Meta-frame and the Epicor Vantage ERP system. Provide desktop and network help desk type support to all clients on the Network. Report writing (Crystal, Report Builder, etc) for all departments based on individual requirement. Great benefits. Apply for this great position as a Network/Systems Administrator today! We are an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates without regard to disability or protected veteran status.
          Network Systems Administrator - Great Compensation Package   
This Network Systems Administrator Position Features:
? Great Compensation Package
? Great Work Environment
? Stable Company
? Great Pay to $60K

Immediate need for Network Systems Administrator seeking great compensation package, great work environment and stable company. Must have worked autonomously, knowledge of ERP system and Microsoft certifications a must will be keys to success in this growing, well-known organization. Will be responsible to develop, implement and continuously improve our IT infrastructure. Server administration for Windows 2003 server, Exchange 2003 Server, Terminal Services, Microsoft Share Point Services, Citrix Meta-frame and the ERP system. Experience with VPN Connectivity, Routing, TCP/IP, MPLS and network security protocols. Extensive experience with Database Management and report creation tools such as Crystal Reports for Manufacturing company. Great benefits. Apply for this great position as a Network Systems Administrator today! We are an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates without regard to disability or protected veteran status.
          CCWF helps in discovery of the Uniting of the THEOLOGY OF BODY with the THEOLOGY OF LOVE   
This morning the Vatican Information Service, VIS news, published a summary of the talk Pope Benedict XVI gave to the participants of the meeting sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Studies on Marriage and Family. 
http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/

I want to highlight this phrase in the text, which popped out at me in such a beautiful way:

"Benedict XVI noted a few points of reflection to the members of the institute for  'uniting the theology of the body with the theology of love in order to find the unity of the path of humankind'".

This is what we are doing with our CD production of Tota Pulchra! Truth meets beauty!
Mary is the symbolic foundation stone of our work in authentic personhood, in particular the new feminism www.totapulchra.net. 

In my previous post of May 5 I note that "this is our job - to help eyes to see and ears to hear the Good News that is Our Lord, Jesus Christ so as to build a civilization based on love." 
Mary helps us.

Blessed Pope John Paul II placed his trust with all the might he could muster, and that was a lot, on the lap of his divine mother. Quoting Pope Benedict XVI
"He who at an early age lost his own mother, loved his divine Mother all the more. He heard the words of the crucified Lord as addressed to him personally, 'Behold Your Mother'. And so he did: he took her into his own home. Totus Tuus." (from CD dedication to JPII www.totapulchra.net)

John Paul dedicated his Theology of the Body to the Tota Pulchra, handwriting at the top of the first page of manuscript a verse from the Song of Songs, 
"Tota pulchra es, amica mea, et macula non est in te - You are all beautiful, my beloved, and there is no spot, no macula, in you" (4:7) dated December 8, 1974, the feast of the Immaculate Conception (see May 5 post)

With this we know that the path of the California Catholic Women's Forum is providentially merging with the thought of Blessed Pope John Paul II through the all beautiful, the Tota Pulchra. It is a message timely for the world.

God is love!
It is through Mary that we may most easily approach Jesus, her Son, who is Love.
To achieve a lasting peace on earth, we must pray to Jesus through Mary. 

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Fatima where she told us to pray the rosary. From Tota Pulchra's final song, Sobre Os Braços da Azinheira, a song of Fatima,
"she went to the Iria cove . . . where she prayed the rosary while the midday bells invited the people to pray . . . Ave, Ave, Ave Celestial Mother! Ave, Ave, Ave sing Portugal!"

The peace that always seems to evade us can be had through a thorough understanding of who we are and why we are here. Blessed Pope John Paul II gave us the tools to understand the meaning of our bodies through the Theology of the Body and in this way discover the meaning of Love. From today's talk by Pope Benedict, 

"God offers humans a path of redemption to the body, whose language is preserved in the family ... where the theology of the body and the theology of love are intertwined. Here the gift of self in one single flesh is lived in the conjugal love that unites spouses. Here the fruitfulness of love is experienced and life is joined with that of other generations. In the family, humans discover their relationality, not as autonomous individuals who are self-made but as child, spouse, and parent whose identity is based on being called to love, to receiving another's self and to giving oneself to others".

"'The body', he explained, 'speaks to us of an origin that we haven't granted ourselves. ... It is only when recognizing the original love that has given them life that human beings can accept themselves, only then can they be reconciled with nature and with the world'".

We are called to learn the truth of our bodies in love, and in TOB we have the tools to do it. CCWF is taking the challenge to help humankind come to grips with who it is and why it is here. "Christ is Truth and Christ gives us Life and through our feminine genius we can bring others to Life through Truth", (Michele Coldiron, 2009)We began by helping women "acquire in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved" (Vatican II). How? by utilizing their strength in the feminine genius, defined by Pope John Paul II as the special gift of self-giving ingrained in the heart of every woman in a special way. Our dignity and vocation as described in Mulieris Dignitatem has been broken down into a series of forums, copies of which are available from our website, www.ccwf.org.

Read this blog to keep updated on the educational tools we are using to help in the New Evangelization and understanding of our bodies and our vocation. Why are we here, anyway?

Michele Coldiron
Executive Director, CCWF
"We know that we cannot respond alone to our basic need to understand. For however much we think we are self-sufficient, we experience that we do not suffice . . . We must go out of ourselves and go toward the One who is capable of satisfying the width and breadth of our desire". BXVI, May 11 General Audience, Prayer Respond's to Human Being's Desire for God.


          Information in Friday.    
Other information is important to know about the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement was diverse. Some black Americans believed in nonviolence. Some followed the Black Power movement. Some believed that activism should go slower. Others believed that issues within the black community should be addressed. Some believed that law and order would bring about change. Rev. Joseph H. Jackson supported the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1956, but he was a conservative and told his denomination to not be involved in civil rights activism involving civil disobedience by 1960. He allied with Mayor Richard J. Daley of Chicago and the Chicago Democratic machine against the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who wanted housing rights. He denounced Dr. King, SNCC, and the SCLC, because of them using social activism via the means of social resistance. He wanted civil rights to be done by “law and order.” The problem is that much of the laws then and now are without logic and promotes disorder against the lives of black people. An unjust law is no law at all. The law is never infallible therefore resistance to unjust laws is necessary in order for freedom to be reached. Jackson opposed the sit ins and the movement using civil disobedience (although, the early Americans centuries ago used civil disobedience and outright insurrection against the British Crown to form the American nation that he so loved). He rejected Black Power.

Ironically, Dr. King appealed to the Constitution and love of country in organizing his actions. Dr. King wanted the whole society to be changed radically instead of just focusing on patriotism. Rev. Jackson (who believed in a conservative black patriotism) was from an older generation who in many cases believed that self-help alone could make change. He believed in a patriotism that had faith in the system. So, Rev. Joseph H. Jackson focused on more individual means while Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. focused on more collective means in establishing justice for humanity. The movement wasn’t headed by one man. Sociologist Doug McAdam has stated that, "in King's case, it would be inaccurate to say that he was the leader of the modern civil rights movement...but more importantly, there was no singular civil rights movement. The movement was, in fact, a coalition of thousands of local efforts nationwide, spanning several decades, hundreds of discrete groups, and all manner of strategies and tactics—legal, illegal, institutional, non-institutional, violent, non-violent. Without discounting King's importance, it would be sheer fiction to call him the leader of what was fundamentally an amorphous, fluid, dispersed movement." Some black people were in favor of legal segregation (who wanted the white power structure to control their lives. Church ministers, businessmen and educators were among those who wished to keep segregation and segregationist ideals in order to retain the privileges they gained from patronage from whites, such as monetary gains), which is treason in my eyes. These proponents were different than the Black Nationalists. Black sellout defenders of segregation wanted the status quo while black nationalists disagreed with both NAACP-style integration and Jim Crow. Black nationalists wanted autonomous all-black institutions controlled solely by black people without Jim Crow oppression. They believed in self-determination in a nationalist fashion. The overall scope of the black freedom movement wanted freedom and justice for black people. The Civil Rights movement was slandered as heavily controlled by Communists by Hoover and the John Birch Society including other far right extremists. On December 17, 1951, the Communist Party–affiliated Civil Rights Congress delivered the petition We Charge Genocide: "The Crime of Government Against the Negro People", often shortened to We Charge Genocide, to the United Nations in 1951, arguing that the U.S. federal government, by its failure to act against lynching in the United States, was guilty of genocide under Article II of the UN Genocide Convention.  The petition was presented to the United Nations at two separate venues: Paul Robeson, concert singer and activist, to a UN official in New York City, while William L. Patterson, executive director of the CRC, delivered copies of the drafted petition to a UN delegation in Paris. William L. Patterson was a Communist. He helped the black freedom movement in defending the Scottsboro boys in Alabama in 1931. The Communist Party was very influential among many African Americans from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. The 1950’s was the time of McCarthyism and some Communists made the mistake of supporting the Stalin-Hitler agreement (which turned many people off of Communism along with the totalitarianism of Stalin).

As earlier Civil Rights figures such as Robeson, Du Bois and Patterson became more politically radical (and therefore targets of Cold War anti-Communism by the US. Government), they lost favor with both mainstream Black America and the NAACP. The NAACP was overtly anti-Communist, especially by the 1950's. Roy Wilkins and Thurgood Marshall were key anti-Communist pro-NAACP leaders. The mainstream of the Civil Rights Movement distanced themselves from Communists. According to Ella Baker, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference adopted "Christian" into its name to deter charges of Communism. J. Edgar Hoover used surveillance of the movement too. This action was challenged by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (or SNCC). SNCC embraced people who people who were Communists and non-Communists for a person’s political views should never be used as an excuse for political persecution. The NAACP disagreed with this move. The American Jewish community supported the Civil Rights Movement heavily. Many Jewish students and Jewish adults funded CORE, SCLC, and the SNCC. Many Jewish people were volunteers. Unfortunately, we live in a time now that many Hoteps and white racists are anti-Semitic and I condemn anti-Semitism as evil and wrong period. Jewish people were about half of the white northern volunteers involved in the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer project and approximately half of the civil rights attorneys active in the South during the 1960’s. Jewish leaders were arrested while heeding a call from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in St. Augustine, Florida, in June 1964, where the largest mass arrest of rabbis in American history took place at the Monson Motor Lodge—a nationally important civil rights landmark that was demolished in 2003 so that a Hilton Hotel could be built on the site. Abraham Joshua Heschel, a writer, rabbi, and professor of theology at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, was outspoken on the subject of civil rights. He marched arm-in-arm with Dr. King in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march. In the 1964 murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner, the two white activists killed, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were both Jewish. Brandeis University, the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored college university in the world, created the Transitional Year Program (TYP) in 1968, in part response to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination. The faculty created it to renew the university's commitment to social justice. Recognizing Brandeis as a university with a commitment to academic excellence, these faculty members created a chance to disadvantaged students to participate in an empowering educational experience. The American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, and the ADL promoted civil rights.

Jewish people were active in the civil rights movement in the South. Many Jewish individuals in the Southern states who supported civil rights for African-Americans tended to keep a low profile on "the race issue", in order to avoid attracting the attention of the anti-Black and anti-Semitic Ku Klux Klan. However, Klan groups exploited the issue of African-American integration and Jewish involvement in the struggle to launch acts of violent antisemitism. As an example of this hatred, in one year alone, from November 1957 to October 1958, temples and other Jewish communal gatherings were bombed and desecrated in Atlanta, Nashville, Jacksonville, and Miami, and dynamite was found under synagogues in Birmingham, Charlotte, and Gastonia, North Carolina. Some rabbis received death threats, but there were no injuries following these outbursts of violence. African Americans and Jewish people in the South didn’t experience a massive strained relationship. The North is a different story. There was a more strained relationship among American Americans and Jewish people in the North. Many communities of the North had white flight, urban decay, police brutality, anti-black racism, and rebellions. Many Jewish Americans were often the last remaining whites in the communities.

Black Power grew by the late 1960’s. Many black people believed in justice for Palestinian people back then. This was not anti-Semitism. Palestinians deserve human liberation and independence just like anyone else. SNCC members did in many cases supported the Palestinian liberation movement as early as the 1960's. Other activists were outright anti-Semites. In New York City, most notably, there was a major socio-economic class difference in the perception of African Americans by Jews. Jewish people from better educated Upper Middle Class backgrounds were often very supportive of African American civil rights activities while the Jews in poorer urban communities that became increasingly minority were often less supportive largely in part due to more negative and violent interactions between the two groups. Black people suffered economic exploitation by many capitalists in urban communities of the North (these capitalists were both non-Jewish people and Jewish people). This exploitation is based on class oppression, discrimination, racism, and other issues. It has nothing to do with every single Jewish person on Earth. Black people are victims of the policies of the 1%. Black Power was taken to another level inside prison walls. In 1966, George Jackson formed the Black Guerrilla Family in the California San Quentin State Prison.  The prison rights movement did receive its origin from the 1960’s. Back then, black people were tortured, murdered, raped, abused, and disrespected in prisons. Many Freedom Rides in Mississippi’s prisons were heavily punished. Many black prisoners developed a militant consciousness while being in prison. The Cold War existed during the Civil Rights Movement. Many people criticized America’s hypocrisy of promoting democracy overseas while racial discrimination and violence existed among American citizens domestically. This reality influenced civil rights legislation to be passed. The Third World was struggling for liberation from colonialism and imperialism. Many in the Black Power Movement allied with anti-imperialist movements overseas. This is why the Black Power Movement included Black Panthers who opposed the Vietnam War and supported revolutionary movements overseas at the same time.


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          Kraken Receives ThunderFish Alpha AUV   
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          Global warming turns up the heat on glacial lake risk in the Himalayas   

The roof of the world is melting.

As the Earth’s temperature rises, many glaciers atop the Himalayas are in retreat. That can cause disaster for mountain communities, as melting ice feeds glacial lakes that overflow and wash out everything in their path – a phenomenon known as Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs for short).
 
As awareness has grown, so have local fears, and governments in the region have been taking increasing measures to prevent such disasters. But there are major challenges to working at such high altitudes.
 
Nepal recently managed to lower the level of the Imja glacial lake by 3.4 metres. The results of the project are shown in the photos below.
 
“It’s extremely cold there and it’s a high-altitude area,” said Rishi Ram Sharma, director general at Nepal’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology. “Even for healthy people, just to reach Imja Lake is a great challenge.” 
 
The lake sits at 5,100 metres above sea level and there’s no road access, so materials had to be flown in by helicopter. Work on Imja Lake finally wrapped up at the end of November, but only after it had taken six months for the army and about 100 volunteers from nearby communities to dig a channel to divert some of the water in order avoid the risk of a GLOF.
 
It was Nepal’s second such project. In 2000, the government lowered the level of the Tsho Rolpa glacial lake. It had increased from 0.23 square kilometres to 1.53 square kilometres over the course of five decades. 
 
Sharma said Nepal plans to lower the water level of at least five more lakes, but stressed that his department is working with old data so researchers may find more areas at risk of GLOF.
 
“Now our next plan is to identify the risks posed by glacial lakes by investigating geophysical conditions of the lakes in Nepal,” he said. “If we find that the lake poses a threat to the people living downstream, then the lake-lowering will be done.”
 
Of course it’s not just Nepal at risk. Glaciers throughout the Himalayan region are melting. This means the volume of water in glacial lakes increases, but it also means that the natural barrier walls of the lake may crumble. Many barriers are formed from rocks and sediment fused to an internal core of ice, which is itself melting in some cases.
 
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, based in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, has documented 35 GLOF events in Nepal, Bhutan, and the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet over the past few decades. In Pakistan’s Hunza Valley, there were five GLOF events in the first half of 2008 alone, according to ICIMOD.
 
In one of the most deadly GLOF events in the Himalayan region, Bhutan’s Lugge Tsho Lake burst in 1994. At least 20 people were killed, along with livestock critical to the economic survival of the people who live in the mountainous region. The flood also damaged more than a dozen houses and other infrastructure. 
 
Most GLOF events in the Himalayas take place in remote areas where there are few if any people, and they may even go unnoticed. But with global warming, the threat has increased greatly. Imja Lake did not even exist a few decades ago, but it started to grow rapidly in recent years and was deemed a serious threat by Nepali authorities.
 
Part of that risk was its location. Imja Lake is in the Everest region, an area popular with trekkers, as well as a home to villagers who survive partly on the tourism dollars they bring. 
 
The government has installed an early warning system in six highly vulnerable settlements on the Everest trekking trails. An automated sensor has been installed in the lake itself, which can transmit any mass water movement to the warning system. 
 
Karma Sherpa, who lives below Imja Lake in the village of Dangboche, said he and his family fled their homes twice last summer when small floods occurred, because they were afraid a GLOF might follow. He said the government’s initiative to drain the lake and set up a warning system has brought peace of mind.
 
“Now I am assured to some level that I do not have to run in emergency, leaving my home,” he said. “It has also secured my investments in a hotel, for the timebeing."
 

Nabin Baral/IRIN
A young woman looks down to the town of Namche Bazaar, which is a gateway to the Everest region

 

The controlled exit channel built to lower the level of Imja Lake
Nabin Baral/IRIN
The controlled exit channel built to lower the level of Imja Lake

 

The controlled exit channel built in 2000 to lower the level of the Tsho Rolpa Glacial Lake
Nabin Baral/IRIN
The controlled exit channel built in 2000 to lower the level of the Tsho Rolpa Glacial Lake

 

Sherpa women in traditional attire take part in a ceremony to celebrate the completion of a project to lower the water level in Imja Lake
Nabin Baral/IRIN
Sherpa women in traditional attire take part in a ceremony to celebrate the completion of a project to lower the water level in Imja Lake

 

Imja Lake has become one of the biggest glacial lakes due to glacial melt over the past few decades. It's now 1.28  square kilometres with a depth of 150 metres.
Nabin Baral/IRIN
Imja Lake has become one of the biggest glacial lakes due to glacial melt over the past few decades. It's now 1.28 square kilometres with a depth of 150 metres.

 

An early warning system installed in Phungithanka Village, which will receive an automated warning if there is a risk that the Imja Lake will overflow
Nabin Baral/IRIN
An early warning system installed in Phungithanka Village, which will receive an automated warning if there is a risk that the Imja Lake will overflow

 

Tourists trek through Solukhumbu District in the Everest region
Nabin Baral/IRIN
Tourists trek through Solukhumbu District in the Everest region

 

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(TOP PHOTO: Buddhist monks perform a ceremony after a successful project to lower the level of the Imja Glacier Lake. CREDIT: Nabin Baral/IRIN)

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          Al Shabaab militants executed in Somalia's Puntland for bomb plots, killings   

Authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region on Friday executed seven people it said were Islamist militants who plotted to carry out attacks, including bombings. Awil Ahmed Farah, chairperson of the region's military court, said the accused were members of the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militant group fighting to overthrow the government in Mogadishu.


          Poll: Americans Want States, Not The Feds, To Have Final Say Regarding Marijuana Policies   
By a margin of more than six to one, Americans say that individual states should be autonomous with regard to laws governing the use and...
          Global Autonomous Vehicles Market – On Auto Pilot Mode – Swift To Cover US $65.3 Billion by 2027   
Global Autonomous Vehicles Information, by Sensor (Ultrasonic, Radar, Lidar, Image Sensor), by Hardware & Software (Cameras, Communication Systems, GPS systems), by Type (Semi-Autonomous and Fully Autonomous) - Forecast 2016-2027
          MacGregor, ESL Shipping Test Autonomous Feature on LNG Bulk Carriers   

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, and ESL Shipping Oy, part of Aspo Plc, have agreed to jointly develop and test an autonomous discharging feature on MacGregor bulk handling cranes, which will be fitted on board ESL Shipping’s two new liquefied natural gas-powered handysize bulk carriers. “Our new environmental friendly LNG-fueled ships will be operated in very […]

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          NADA Headlines June 30, 2017   

This Issue's Headlines:

Used Car Sales to Keep Dealers Afloat During New Vehicle Sales Slide Despite a drop in the sales of new vehicles during the first half of 2017, American car dealerships are still expected to sell more cars and trucks this year thanks to robust demand for used vehicles, which indicates the auto industry is nowhere near slipping into a recession.
GM Confirms, Sales Drop This Year Is Mostly Fleets; Retail Sales Intact “We have been very purposefully reducing our daily rental business, and we have continued to do that this year,” GM CFO Chuck Stevens said in a conference call earlier this week. “The retail side of the business continues to be strong.”
Autonomous Car Rollout May Be Slowed by Trump Appointee Speed Bump

Dozens of companies, including Ford Motor Co. and Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo, are rushing to develop and test fully-autonomous vehicles. Several have announced that the technology needed to put the first models in dealerships will be ready by 2020 or 2021.

High-Tech Dashboards Signal Big Changes for Auto Parts Suppliers Teaser here
BMW, Competing With Tesla, to Introduce Electric 3 Series Teaser here
NADA's Mark Scarpelli and Steven Szakaly to Discuss State of Auto Retailing With six months of U.S. auto sales for 2017 in the books, NADA Chief Economist Steven Szakaly and NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli – during a quarterly economic briefing via conference call – will highlight the current trends impacting both the new- and used-vehicle markets as well as discuss the state of auto retailing—from incentives, inventory levels and financing trends, etc. Szakaly will also provide an outlook for the rest of 2017.
 
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June 14, 2017

MSU and the University of Michigan team up to advance the state’s autonomous vehicle research 

This year’s recent Mackinac Policy Conference (MPC) served as the backdrop to show off some of what Michigan has to offer in autonomous vehicle technology and research.Team effort -- Greg McGuire of University of Michigan Engineering and Spartan Engineer Garrick Brazil were among those who showcased Michigan's autonomous tech at the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference in May.

Autonomous vehicles from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, and some of the engineering students working on them, were under a tent on Shepler’s Ferry dock May 30-31 as visitors headed to the 2017 MPC on Mackinac Island. 

The event was hosted by Michigan Planet M, a statewide effort to elevate Michigan as the national hub of mobility innovations. Planet M, which was launched at last year’s MPC, is part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). 

State officials attending this year’s MPC visited the tent en route to the Mackinac’s Grand Hotel. One of them was Kirk T. Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, who said the focus is on how people and goods move around the state, country, and world. 

“The technology being developed right here in Michigan will be the center of it all,” Steudle said. “It will morph into the entire world in ways that society interacts with machines, and moving goods and products.” 

Steve Arwood, MEDC chief executive officer, said the state’s newest round of mobility innovations are just beginning. 

“When you think about what mobility means in Michigan, it’s our legacy in the auto industry obviously, and our future,” Arwood said. “That’s only one part of it. But when you think about all the different ways that mobility is going to change civil engineering for our roads, legal, insurance, and all the opportunities for people who might not have mobility -- it’s very exciting.” 

To hear more on this mobility conversation, visit the website of the Michigan PBS TV show: Under The Radar. 

Here's a sampling of some of the Twitter tweets that promoted events on the dock at Mackinaw City: 

#MSU #SpartanEngineer Saif Imron explains some of the intelligent #autonomous devices featured at @MichiganPlanetM @sheplersferry, #mpc17.

@michiganstateu leads in #autonomous computer vision, radars, antennas & hi-assurance computing. Pleased to rep at #MPC17 w/ @UMichMcity

• From Shepler’s Ferry: There's our own Andrew M. - maintenance extraordinaire and security chief for our @MichiganPlanetM guests. It's a great day on the Straits!

• From PlanetM: "#AutonomousVehicles also open up a whole new world for people with disabilities - and for our seniors." - @onetoughnerd #MPC17 #mobility 

Michigan's two largest universities had autonomous tech on display on Shepler's Ferry dock in Mackinaw City, each drawing loyal alums -- like Spartan Patty Shepler.

More on autonomous research at MSU
Autonomous or self-driving vehicles take a warehouse full of technology – cameras, radars and other sensors, security and recognition technology, and a trunkful of computers – to make it happen. 

MSU’s autonomous research technology is part of a project known as CANVAS – Connected and Autonomous Networked Vehicles for Active Safety. Spartan scientists are focusing on the key areas of recognition and tracking objects such as pedestrians or other vehicles; fusion of data captured by radars and cameras; localization, mapping and advanced artificial intelligence algorithms that allow an autonomous vehicle to maneuver in its environment; and computer software to control the vehicle. 

“Much of our work focuses on technology that integrates the vehicle with its environment,” said Hayder Radha, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of CANVAS. “In particular, MSU is a recognized leader in computer vision, radars and antenna design, high-assurance computing and related technologies­­–all areas that are at the core of self-driving vehicles.”

CANVAS is part of the larger MSU Mobility Studio initiative, consisting of CANVAS, plus smart infrastructure and mobility management vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. Another important aspect of a future connected-and-autonomous vehicle is its ability to communicate with other vehicles and the infrastructure surrounding it. Such communications will, for example, enable a car to detect other vehicles that are approaching an intersection and recognize whether the other vehicle is going to stop in time. 

On the dock -- the tent set up gave MSU Engineering a chance to show off its autonomous advances in computer vision, radars, antennas, and high-assurance computing, along with a very cool green and white car!

AutoDrive Challenge
The growth of connected technologies will spread into the undergraduate student population this fall when General Motors donates a Chevrolet Bolt EV to MSU as part of a new Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International team competition called AutoDrive Challenge.

MSU is among eight North American universities selected for the new autonomous vehicle design competition to create a fully autonomous passenger vehicle. The technical goal is navigating an urban driving course in an automated driving mode.

“This competitive program represents an intriguing intersection of research and education in autonomous vehicle engineering," Radha said. "And this intersection of research and education is becoming quite essential for the emerging area of autonomous driving." 

Radha noted that all of this summer’s events are to resolve the urgent need to train the engineers and scientists who will lead this new era in automotive engineering. 

"One of our core missions here at MSU, and especially under the CANVAS initiative, is to address both the research and education aspects of autonomous vehicle engineering. The AutoDrive Challenge is an example of a compelling program that enables us to achieve this mission," he added.

More at: 

MSU Mobility Studio

AutoDrive Challenge begins 

Photo gallery - MSU autonomous vehicle

MSU contributes to autonomous-vehicle research


          (FRA-Grenoble) Software Development Engineer - 6061   
- - - # Software Development Engineer \- 6061 - - - # Description ## Company: Mentor Graphics Job Title: Software Development Engineer \- 6061 Job Location: France – Grenoble Job Category: R&D/Software Engineering **Job Duties:** The open position is in charge of the development of analog circuits simulators & RF analog engineering group: Spice \(eldo\), FasterSpice \(eldoPremier\) and RF \(eldoRF\)\. The person will contribute to the architecture, design, delivery and verification of products in a team whose work focuses on the development of the simulator tests\. This includes the drafting of technical specifications, documents design, algorithmic descriptions and test plans\. The position is based in Grenoble \(France\) in a very dynamic area, especially in the semiconductor industry with a major IDM, many public universities, research organizations and engineering schools and a rich ecosystem EDA\. **Job Qualifications:** Engineer/Master 2 or PhD in mathematics applied with a strong component software\. At least 3 years of experience in the programming of algorithms, sophisticated in the field of simulation and numerical analysis\. Must show curiosity to: • develop expertise of the algorithms used in circuit simulation, and in particular issues related to the resolution of systems of linear and linear equations; • understand the operation of integrated circuits\. Rigorous and disciplined during the development of software according to high quality standards\. Reactive, autonomous, creative, will be able to invest to become proactive\. Good communication and team spirit\. Skills required Resolution of non\-linear systems of type DAE\. Knowledge of direct or iterative resolution methods for systems of linear equations\. Extensive experience programming in C or C\+\+ under Linux\. Would be a plus: Algorithms of analogue circuit’s simulation training or experience in the development of modern Spice simulators\. Knowledge in circuit design\. Knowledge in algorithmic / parallel programming\. Knowledge of Matlab\.
          (SGP-Singapore) Sales Operations & Strategy Analyst, Sales Development (12 month contract)   
LinkedIn was built to help professionals achieve more in their careers, and every day millions of people use our products to make connections, discover opportunities and gain insights. Our global reach means we get to make a direct impact on the world s workforce in ways no other company can. We re much more than a digital resume – we transform lives through innovative products and technology. Searching for your dream job? At LinkedIn, we strive to help our employees find passion and purpose. Join us in changing the way the world works. As a Sales Strategy & Operations Analyst you will act as an adviser to executives in the global sales strategy and operations team. You will be responsible for cracking the most important strategic issues facing our talent solutions business and running normal operational reporting for the region. You will also be responsible for designing and setting sales policy, sales incentives and planning new market/territory development. LinkedIn s Sales Operations & Strategy team is searching for an analyst who is passionate about operations and driving business growth using data-driven insights. This role will work with LinkedIn s APAC Sales Development leadership on key operational initiatives to make LinkedIn THE leading sales acquisition engine. This position is a fantastic opportunity for a candidate with experience in sales operations and analysis or corporate strategy to transition into an instrumental operating role with LinkedIn. Sales Development drives the sales pipeline for LinkedIn s four corporate business lines: Talent Solutions, Marketing Solutions, Sales Solutions and Learning Solutions. **Responsibilities:** + Work with LinkedIn senior leadership to help drive continued operational excellence in the APAC region and across global sales development teams + Partner with marketing and technical teams to ensure the operational success of our demand generation engine with focus on projects around optimized lead assignment, prioritization, and quality assurance + Use CRM tools to drive technical analysis of sales and activity performance to determine insights that drive sales development business decisions + Lead evaluations and implementations of changes to our processes and sales technology that result in improved sales, productivity and reporting + Establish strong cross-functional working relationships with business operations, marketing, sales leadership, compensation, finance and systems teams to achieve objectives + Travel may be required in the APAC region **Basic Qualifications:** + Degree qualified + 1+ years experience in management consulting, operations, sales analysis, investment banking or tech company corporate strategy group **Preferred Qualifications:** + Experience with SQL, Tableau; knowledge of Salesforce.com + Command of Excel (lookups, pivots, formulas) and facility with file formatting and manipulation + Command of Powerpoint + Deep experience in data analysis and the ability to use data to drive insights and decision-making + Experience working in high-growth, performance-focused and always changing environments + Strong written and verbal communication skills including experience with senior management + Passion for and experience in the Internet industry + Results driven + Demonstrates ability to work autonomously and where necessary problem-solve with limited guidance + Takes ownership of responsibilities + Navigates complexity + Proactive + Demonstrates strong service orientation + Project management skills + Ability to manage multiple demands, prioritize and multi-tasks where required + Has attention to detail
          (USA-MI-Metro Detroit) New Business Manager   
**Job Description:** **Basic Purpose\-** Responsible for sourcing and developing profitable new business that can be transitioned to a Territory Manager\. Pursues highest potential Sales Leads for conversion into a US Foods customer in order to achieve annual sales and profit operating plans\. Provides strategic support to Territory Managers by capturing and penetrating high potential growth opportunities and developing market share\. **Description\-** Develop a sound business plan to capture and penetrate market share within the Distribution Center footprint, focusing on Distribution Center customers with sales potential >$0\.5m annually\. Responsible for producing new account revenue in line with current organization and individual targets and quotas \(minimum of $2 million in first year, $4million annually in following years\), or annual target agreed with Distribution Center President and VP Sales\. Utilizing Key Performance Indicators \(KPIs\), focus on opening highest potential new accounts, sales dollars, and gross profit dollars of all new accounts\. Responsible for sourcing, pursuing, securing and developing highest potential new business that can be transitioned to a Territory Manager \(TM\) in order to achieve annual sales and profit operating plans; maintain a pipeline of new, emerging high potential clients\. Research potential customer requirements, menu design, business size, current suppliers, etc\.; analyze current trends within the market and remain informed of market conditions, product innovations, competitors' products, prices, and sales; share information with customers, along with new menu ideas and products, as part of value\-added services provided\. Work with Category and Segment Specialists to create order\-guide/pricing for prospective accounts; develop and present compelling offering to prospective accounts\. Complete new customer credit application forms; work with Customer Solutions Coordinator, Sales Coordinator and TM to ensure an effective on\-boarding process as well as to facilitate a smooth handover of the new account to the TM and Sales Coordinator, including any AR responsibility while in development\. Maintain full understanding of company IT tools to identify high potential opportunities and update progress; utilize Company\-approved data base for lead generation; communicate with District Sales Managers on field intelligence and observations\. Selective involvement in the SOS process, only for accounts recently opened by NBM where they are at\-risk of churn\. Visit customers, understand concerns and change offerings, pricing as required; maintain contact with new accounts as required; conduct Customer Business Review \(CBRs\) with critical customers upon request\. Maintain ongoing relationships with key decision makers; leverage industry contacts to "follow" decision makers as they move Attend sales meetings, food shows, and vendor, marketing and industry events to network with prospective accounts Share skills and experience with TMs in at 1 – 2 sales meetings/year i\.e\. how to on\-board, do account research, penetration, warming and closing techniques **\#IND** **\#LI\-MN1** **# EOE Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Protected Veteran/Disability Status  ** **Qualifications\-** ***Education/Training:*** High School diploma or equivalent; Bachelors Degree preferred\. ***Related Experience:*** Minimum of 5 years sales experience required; Minimum of 3 years food service distribution industry experience preferred; Minimum 5 years experience opening accounts greater than $0\.5m, preferred; exceptional sales and interpersonal skills and proven ability to warm, convert, and close high\-potential new street accounts required\. Overnight travel may be required to participate in trainings, meetings, or other company events\. ***Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:*** + Excellent communication and negotiation skills required, as well as strong interpersonal skills and ability to successfully build relationships internally and externally, leveraging relations to achieve business goals\. + Able to present in front of large groups of people utilizing creative presentation skills\. + Highly motivated, results\-driven and able to work autonomously; detail\-oriented, ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines\. + Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required\. **Primary Location:** Metro Detroit\-MI **Schedule:** Full\-time **Shift:** Day Job **Job Function:** Business Development **Job Level:** Individual Contributor **Travel:** Yes, 50 % of the Time
          (USA-MN-St Paul) Territory Business Manager - Twin Cities   
Baxter provides a broad portfolio of essential renal and hospital products, including home, acute and in-center dialysis; sterile IV solutions; infusion systems and devices; parenteral nutrition; surgery products and anesthetics; and pharmacy automation, software and services. The company’s global footprint and the critical nature of its products and services play a key role in expanding access to healthcare in emerging and developed countries. Baxter’s employees worldwide are building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of healthcare innovations that enable patient care. Baxter International Inc. assists healthcare professionals and their patients with the treatment of complex medical conditions, including cancer, kidney disease and trauma. Baxter applies its expertise in medical devices and pharmaceuticals to make a meaningful difference in patients' lives. Baxter offers a broad portfolio of intravenous (IV) solutions and nutritional therapies, drug delivery systems and administration sets, premixed and other injectable drugs, as well as inhalation anesthetics and hospital-based BioSurgery products, includingproducts used for hemostasis and tissue-sealing in surgery. *Essential Duties and Responsibilities: * We are looking for a BioSurgeryTerritory Business Manager who will be responsible for selling products used to promote hemostasis and sealants in surgery. Primary call points are surgeons, nurses, operating room staff and hospital administration. The BioSurgery Territory Business Manager will be responsible for: * Achieving sales quotas through the direct sale of all of the BioSurgery products and services. * Increasing awareness and educating physicians on the proper use of our products in on label surgical procedures, as well as the features and benefits of our products. * Calling on prospective customers, providing technical and administrative product information and/or demonstrations. * Monitors sales against forecasts and participates in the determination of market potential for the territory. * Coordinating with hospital administration, supply chain management, materials management, purchasing and pharmacy. * Providing feedback to immediate supervisor and marketing personnel for the development of marketing programs, recommended products and product line revisions as well as pricing changes. * Must be able to work autonomously to achieve established goals while proactively remotely communicating with management. * Position will have an assigned geographic territory which may span several states. * At least 50% travel is required and may involve visits to remote or urban areas either individually or with other personnel. * Individuals must live within the current geography or be willing to relocate to it. Familiarity with posted territory is strongly desired. * Proven sales performance * Collaboration and Teamwork - Defines success in terms of the whole organization; can develop vertical and horizontal team effectiveness; demonstrates support for other people and teams; willing to share resources; willing to participate & contribute to efforts beyond own scope of responsibilities; seeks and gives feedback and input. * Business Acumen - knowledgeable about products and processes; is aware of how sales strategies and tactics work in the marketplace; knows the competition. * Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; promotes a free flow of information through the organization; proactively shares information within and across organization; listens actively. * Customer Focus - maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect; Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers. #LI-LG1P *Equal Employment Opportunity* Baxter is an equal opportunity employer. Baxter evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic. EEO is the Law EEO is the law - Poster Supplement Pay Transparency Policy */Reasonable Accommodations/* Baxter is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, please send an email toCorporate_Staffing_Deerfield@baxter.comor call 877-229-4748 (877-BaxHR4U) and let us know the nature of your request along with your contact information. **Job:** **Sales* **Organization:** **Advanced Surgery* **Title:** *Territory Business Manager - Twin Cities* **Location:** *Minnesota-St Paul* **Requisition ID:** *170005LX*
          (USA-TX) Territory Business Manager - Corpus Christi   
Baxter provides a broad portfolio of essential renal and hospital products, including home, acute and in-center dialysis; sterile IV solutions; infusion systems and devices; parenteral nutrition; surgery products and anesthetics; and pharmacy automation, software and services. The company’s global footprint and the critical nature of its products and services play a key role in expanding access to healthcare in emerging and developed countries. Baxter’s employees worldwide are building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of healthcare innovations that enable patient care. Baxter International Inc. assists healthcare professionals and their patients with the treatment of complex medical conditions, including cancer, kidney disease and trauma. Baxter applies its expertise in medical devices and pharmaceuticals to make a meaningful difference in patients' lives. Baxter offers a broad portfolio of intravenous (IV) solutions and nutritional therapies, drug delivery systems and administration sets, premixed and other injectable drugs, as well as inhalation anesthetics and hospital-based BioSurgery products, includingproducts used for hemostasis and tissue-sealing in surgery. *Essential Duties and Responsibilities: * We are looking for a BioSurgeryTerritory Business Manager who will be responsible for selling products used to promote hemostasis and sealants in surgery. Primary call points are surgeons, nurses, operating room staff and hospital administration. The BioSurgery Territory Business Manager will be responsible for: * Achieving sales quotas through the direct sale of all of the BioSurgery products and services. * Increasing awareness and educating physicians on the proper use of our products in on label surgical procedures, as well as the features and benefits of our products. * Calling on prospective customers, providing technical and administrative product information and/or demonstrations. * Monitors sales against forecasts and participates in the determination of market potential for the territory. * Coordinating with hospital administration, supply chain management, materials management, purchasing and pharmacy. * Providing feedback to immediate supervisor and marketing personnel for the development of marketing programs, recommended products and product line revisions as well as pricing changes. * Must be able to work autonomously to achieve established goals while proactively remotely communicating with management. * Position will have an assigned geographic territory which may span several states. * At least 50% travel is required and may involve visits to remote or urban areas either individually or with other personnel. * Individuals must live within the current geography or be willing to relocate to it. Familiarity with posted territory is strongly desired. * Proven sales performance * Collaboration and Teamwork - Defines success in terms of the whole organization; can develop vertical and horizontal team effectiveness; demonstrates support for other people and teams; willing to share resources; willing to participate & contribute to efforts beyond own scope of responsibilities; seeks and gives feedback and input. * Business Acumen - knowledgeable about products and processes; is aware of how sales strategies and tactics work in the marketplace; knows the competition. * Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; promotes a free flow of information through the organization; proactively shares information within and across organization; listens actively. * Customer Focus - maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect; Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers. #LI-LG1P *Equal Employment Opportunity* Baxter is an equal opportunity employer. Baxter evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic. EEO is the Law EEO is the law - Poster Supplement Pay Transparency Policy */Reasonable Accommodations/* Baxter is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, please send an email toCorporate_Staffing_Deerfield@baxter.comor call 877-229-4748 (877-BaxHR4U) and let us know the nature of your request along with your contact information. **Job:** **Sales* **Organization:** **Advanced Surgery* **Title:** *Territory Business Manager - Corpus Christi* **Location:** *Texas* **Requisition ID:** *170005DU*
          (USA-AR-LITTLE ROCK) RN-Population Health Coach (SV INFIRMARY), POPULATION HEALTH, FULL TIME, DAYS   
**RN-Population Health Coach (SV INFIRMARY), POPULATION HEALTH, FULL TIME, DAYS** **Description** JOB SUMMARY : Works collaboratively with physicians, staff and other health care professionals within his/her clinically integrated network (CIN), Arkansas Health Network, to provide care management across the health care continuum for members within the CIN. Is an integral member of the health care team who works to ensure safety, best practice and high quality standards of care are maintained. Coordinates a wide range of self-management support and disease registry activities for members and works with physicians and staff in various settings to address specific quality improvement/performance improvement initiatives. Collaborates with the CIN Population Health Care Management team on system-wide quality improvement/performance improvement initiatives. HIPAA SECURITY COMPLIANCE: Security Access: High “Incumbent has access to restricted or confidential patient information and must comply with the terms of the CIN and delivery system Security Policies as it applies to their job role.” **Qualifications** MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED : Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing required; Masters of Science in Nursing preferred Licensure: A current unencumbered RN license to practice in the State of Arkansas is required. Certification as Healthcare Coach or obtained within two years of hire. Certification in case management (CCM), public health and/or community health preferred. Experience: Five years of clinical and case management/health coach experience required. Clinic/Physician office, home care, public health and/or social service experience preferred. Experience in patient education preferred Skills: Must have strong organizational (time management) skills, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to handle multiple priorities. Knowledge of and practical use of good business English, spelling, arithmetic, practices and the ability to communicate effectively using written and verbal skills. Proficient in email communications and internet usage along with basic use of Microsoft Excel and Word. Knowledge of information technology to evaluate care effectiveness (care process, outcomes and cost) for individual users of health care and patient populations. Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider certified or obtained by the end of the orientation period (approximately six (6) weeks). Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within three (3) months of hire. Ability to work autonomously within matrix environment without direct supervision or support. Demonstrates a wide theory base and sound clinical skills to function as a nurse generalist. **Job** Nursing - RN **Primary Location** ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK-ST VINCENT INFIRMARY **Daily Schedule** DAYS **Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period** 80 **Weekends Required** Occasional **Req ID:** 2017-R0119196
          (USA-AR-HOT SPRINGS) RN-Population Health Coach (SV HOT SPRINGS), POPULATION HEALTH, FULL TIME, DAYS   
**RN-Population Health Coach (SV HOT SPRINGS), POPULATION HEALTH, FULL TIME, DAYS** **Description** JOB SUMMARY : Works collaboratively with physicians, staff and other health care professionals within his/her clinically integrated network (CIN), Arkansas Health Network, to provide care management across the health care continuum for members within the CIN. Is an integral member of the health care team who works to ensure safety, best practice and high quality standards of care are maintained. Coordinates a wide range of self-management support and disease registry activities for members and works with physicians and staff in various settings to address specific quality improvement/performance improvement initiatives. Collaborates with the CIN Population Health Care Management team on system-wide quality improvement/performance improvement initiatives. HIPAA SECURITY COMPLIANCE: Security Access: High “Incumbent has access to restricted or confidential patient information and must comply with the terms of the CIN and delivery system Security Policies as it applies to their job role.” **Qualifications** **MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED** **:** **Education:** **Bachelor of Science in Nursing required; Masters of Science in Nursing preferred** **Licensure** **: A current unencumbered RN license to practice in the State of Arkansas is required. Certification as Healthcare Coach or obtained within two years of hire. Certification in case management (CCM), public health and/or community health** **preferred.** **Experience:** **Five years of clinical and case management/health coach experience required.** **Clinic/Physician office, home care, public health and/or social service experience preferred. Experience in patient education preferred** **Skills:** **Must have strong organizational (time management) skills, strong interpersonal skills** **and the ability to handle multiple priorities. Knowledge of and practical use of good business English, spelling, arithmetic, practices and the ability to communicate effectively using written and verbal skills. Proficient in email communications and internet usage along with basic use of Microsoft Excel and Word. Knowledge of information technology to evaluate care effectiveness (care process, outcomes and cost) for individual users of health care and patient populations.** **Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider certified or obtained by the end** **of the orientation period (approximately six (6) weeks). Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served** **within three (3) months of hire. Ability to work autonomously within matrix environment without direct supervision or support. Demonstrates a wide theory base and sound clinical skills to function as a nurse** **generalist.** **Job** Nursing - RN **Primary Location** ARKANSAS-HOT SPRINGS-CHI HOSPITAL HOT SPRINGS **Daily Schedule** DAYS **Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period** 80 **Weekends Required** Occasional **Req ID:** 2017-R0119191
          (USA-AR-HOT SPRINGS) RN-Population Health Coach (SV HOT SPRINGS), POPULATION HEALTH, FULL TIME, DAYS   
**RN-Population Health Coach (SV HOT SPRINGS), POPULATION HEALTH, FULL TIME, DAYS** **Description** JOB SUMMARY : Works collaboratively with physicians, staff and other health care professionals within his/her clinically integrated network (CIN), Arkansas Health Network, to provide care management across the health care continuum for members within the CIN. Is an integral member of the health care team who works to ensure safety, best practice and high quality standards of care are maintained. Coordinates a wide range of self-management support and disease registry activities for members and works with physicians and staff in various settings to address specific quality improvement/performance improvement initiatives. Collaborates with the CIN Population Health Care Management team on system-wide quality improvement/performance improvement initiatives. HIPAA SECURITY COMPLIANCE: Security Access: High “Incumbent has access to restricted or confidential patient information and must comply with the terms of the CIN and delivery system Security Policies as it applies to their job role.” **Qualifications** MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED : Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing required; Masters of Science in Nursing preferred Licensure: A current unencumbered RN license to practice in the State of Arkansas is required. Certification as Healthcare Coach or obtained within two years of hire. Certification in case management (CCM), public health and/or community health preferred. Experience: Five years of clinical and case management/health coach experience required. Clinic/Physician office, home care, public health and/or social service experience preferred. Experience in patient education preferred Skills: Must have strong organizational (time management) skills, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to handle multiple priorities. Knowledge of and practical use of good business English, spelling, arithmetic, practices and the ability to communicate effectively using written and verbal skills. Proficient in email communications and internet usage along with basic use of Microsoft Excel and Word. Knowledge of information technology to evaluate care effectiveness (care process, outcomes and cost) for individual users of health care and patient populations. Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider certified or obtained by the end of the orientation period (approximately six (6) weeks). Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within three (3) months of hire. Ability to work autonomously within matrix environment without direct supervision or support. Demonstrates a wide theory base and sound clinical skills to function as a nurse generalist. **Job** Nursing - RN **Primary Location** ARKANSAS-HOT SPRINGS-CHI HOSPITAL HOT SPRINGS **Daily Schedule** DAYS **Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period** 80 **Weekends Required** Occasional **Req ID:** 2017-R0119192
          (USA-WA-FEDERAL WAY) Senior Project Manager   
**Senior Project Manager** **Description** General Summary This role is responsible for the successful completion of very large projects with complex components or a program of interrelated projects, ensuring integration, coordination, scheduling and consistency of process throughout the program/project lifecycle. This role leads both business and technical programs and projects originating from multiple areas of the company. Principal Duties and Responsibilities * Provides leadership to projects in the following areas: o Project governance and planning o Project activities, schedule and responsibilities o Communication Management o Quality Management o Risk and Issue Management o Resource Management o Scope Management o Vendor/Contract Management – ordering of vendor products/services as needed o Benefit Management o People Change Management * Manages moderate programs & complex projects. * Works autonomously with guidance from Program Managers and/or PCOE leadership to resolve project escalations and major project issues. * Enforces project management standard practices. * Assembles reports on project status, including progress and resource deployment. * Monitors all project linkages, dependencies, and enablers. * Identifies, monitors, and tracks risk. * Monitors resource utilization. * Monitors and coordinates all project related communications. * Travels as required to manage phases of projects. * Ensures the quality and success of the project deliverables and is accountable for managing risks and issues that come up. * Focuses on delivering projects on time, within budget and within planned scope. * Provides feedback on project learnings and best practices from projects. * Leads post-project audits with PCOE staff and management. * Other duties as assigned. Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities * Ability to work closely with senior leaders to sure delivery expectations are developed, managed, and met. * Demonstrated ability to build high-performing project teams by effectively leading and providing work direction for others. * Ability to read communication styles of team members and contractors who come from a broad spectrum of disciplines. * Ability to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of sources, including upper management, clients, and other departments. * Demonstrated ability to conduct business impact and cost/benefit analysis and recommend the appropriate course of action for assigned projects. * Adept at conducting research into project-related issues and products. * Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment. * Experience with Microsoft Office products including Microsoft Project, Word and Excel. * Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written. * Must be able to work independently and in a team environment. * Ability to define, scope, and link project deliverables to strategic objectives. * Must have the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks. * Can manage risk, identify and influence necessary course corrections, creatively solve problems, and communicate program status and activities across multiple levels of management **Qualifications** Education and Experience * Must have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field. * Must have at least 6 years of experience using project management methodologies working on projects in a health care setting or in a setting requiring these same skills and ability. * Must have at least 6 years of experience working in an information technology environment. * Experience in all of the project management disciplines described in the “Duties & Responsibilities” section of this profile is required. * Must possess understanding different project management methodologies – Agile, Waterfall, Six Sigma, Kanban etc. * Must possess a proven track record of successfully completing and meeting the objectives of enterprise level projects with a large number of stakeholders. * Experience managing implementations of multiple projects concurrently. + Experience leading project teams is required. Licensure/certification requirements * Must possess or be working toward PMI certification. **Job** Information Technology **Primary Location** WASHINGTON-FEDERAL WAY-FEDERAL WAY-HERON BLDG **Daily Schedule** Days **Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period** 80 **Weekends Required** None **Req ID:** 2017-R0119333
          Israel-U.S. Foundation Commits $7 Million to Hi-Tech R and D Partnerships   
(Jerusalem Post) Sharon Udasin - The Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) will invest $7 million in eight new Israeli-American ventures involving autonomous vehicles, biotechnology, digital health, homeland security and nanotechnology, the foundation announced Wednesday. The projects include Israel's Atvio and the Telford, Pa.-based Secant Group, which will be creating a three-dimensional culture platform of therapeutic cells manufactured using biomaterials. Israel's Check-Cap and Marlborough, Mass.- based GE Healthcare will be developing a new colon cancer screening system for high volume manufacture. Nutrino Health and Denver, Colo.-based Welltok will be establishing personalized nutrition recommendations for employers and health plans, while Pill Tracker and New York-based Target Health will be working on a mechanism for medication tracking and drug compliance. Over its 40-year history, BIRD has invested more than $340 million in joint projects, yielding more than $10 billion in direct and indirect revenue.
          Hr2: Rover AI, Vax Patch, Gastrophysics   
From color to crunch, there are subtle cues that make our food taste better. Plus, a new autonomous system lets the Mars rover conduct research even while offline. And an experimental vaccine patch would deliver influenza vaccine via an array of dissolvable, microscopic needles.
          Volkswagen Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication Coming In 2019   


working alongside the autonomous car technology push is inter-vehicle communication, and volkswagen says its customers can expect to see it as soon as 2019. dubbed v2v (vehicle to vehicle) and v2i (vehicle to infrastructure) - or increasingly, v2x - the technology is viewed as vital as cars increasingly drive themselves. among the benefits is communication with traffic signals, enabling vehicles to know whether vehicles around traffic lights or level crossings will be moving once it a...

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          Senior QA Analyst - SQS Group - Rivonia, Gauteng   
Leads the test design plans, establishing the test scenarios and determines the entrance and exit criteria. Works autonomously and acts as a senior providing...
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          Interstellar ‘GPS’, Demonic UFOs and ‘Chinese’ Assets   
An interstellar ‘GPS’ for future probes? Pulsars have huge advantages. A deep space satellite network to fix position is a costly option — it doesn’t scale well as we expand deeper into the Solar System and beyond it. Autonomous navigation is clearly preferable, tying the navigation system to a natural reference frame like pulsars. The […]
          Advantage: humans, but for how long?   
A group of architects, robotics researchers, material scientists and digital fabrication specialists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich are putting several new digital building technologies into practice. For the first time, a house is being built, from planning to construction, entirely using digital techniques. The aim is to make future construction technologies more sustainable and efficient, while increasing creative potential. It starts with so-called 'Mesh Mould' technology, using a two-metre high robot. The 'In situ Fabricator' moves autonomously via caterpillar tracks, then welds together a wire mesh that is filled with concrete. The work is taking place at NEST (Next Evolution in Sustainable Building Technologies), a research construction site by the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, known as Empa, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, or Eawag. By the time the construction is completed ...
          Comment on Back to the future for Maersk in the wake of Petya attack by Ed Enos   
And yet in the midst of all this, there are those who continue to push ahead with the autonomous ship concept, in spite of this glaring issue. Even again today, SPLASH has an article on the autonomous ship cargo operations, the self unloading ship? So in very basic terms, we all recognize the maritime industry as a whole has a long way to go to ensure their internal security while still maintaining a connection to the rest pf the world. Developing a concept where a ship is driven by itself, overseen from a remote location, half way around the world, begs for a secure means to ensure this can be accomplished without fault, safely and securely, every second of the day. Without interruption. Not only is that NOT possible yet, it is likely NOT to be ready for prime time for a while longer. Rolls Royce and others involved with the autonomous ship concept would serve the industry best by furthering their efforts of ensuring cyber security FIRST before developing remote control of ships.
          Web 3.0 will not be on the web   
It’s Saturday 7pm. A pretty airline hostess friend of mine was in San Francisco for the night, wanting to do drinks. What to do? I was knocking on the door of a home in Palo Alto that had a Guy Fawkes mask on a Christmas reef. As for why, it was to attend the first ever Decentralized Autonomous Society Meetup, an event […]
          New approach to an autonomous tractor   
A Canadian engineer and inventor rethought the idea of a farm power unit to create a new way to maximize labor-free farm work. Video included.
          Carrie Lam sworn in as new Hong Kong chief executive   
HONG KONG (AP) — Carrie Lam was sworn in Saturday as Hong Kong’s new leader on the city’s 20th anniversary of the handover from British to Chinese rule, in a ceremony presided over by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Lam’s inauguration as the semi-autonomous Chinese region’s fifth chief executive was partly overshadowed by harsh remarks from ...
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          2018 Nissan Leaf confirmed for September 6 reveal   
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The next Nissan Leaf will be the brand's most advanced electric and partially autonomous model when it is revealed on the 6 September.

Confirmed to feature single-lane semi-autonomous Propilot technology and predicted to offer more than double the range of its predecessor, the all-new model looks on course to reinstate Nissan's lead in mass-production EVs.

In the run up to the car's world reveal, Nissan has released a new preview picture that shows a three-dimensional pyramid design within the car's grille. This new feature will come as part of the new Leaf's more aggressive exterior design.

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Along with its new look, the next-gen zero-emissions electric hatchback will also have an improved electric drivetrain that’s predicted to have a range of up to 340 miles – more than double the current car’s range.

This is around 90 miles further than the latest Renault Zoe can offer, making the Leaf a likely class leader by some margin.

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Creating a city owned fleet of Autonomous Vehicles in Edinburgh would mean being able to summon a driverless car from our phone whenever we need one, and have it arrive within a short space of time (possibly 5 minutes). It would relieve car owners of all of the responsibilities, costs, and demands that come with traditional car ownership. Are people ready for this change? The electric cars transformational technology will ensure that they replace the fossil fuel cars. And if we allow only the consumer market to determine the response to driverless technology, then fleet owners like Uber will expand while private car ownership will shrink[4] as city dwellers become less inclined to purchase their own cars. Thus change would happen slowly and the most promising and important benefits to the environment and Public Safety will either be missed out on or delayed substantially. There is a strong case for the city to be proactive in a quest to gain the full benefits of this technology. 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          Can’t Stop the Chaos: Autonomous Resistance to the 2007 G8 in Germany    

From CrimethInc.

Ten years ago, Hamburg, Rostock, and the woods around the tiny German town of Heiligendamm witnessed massive confrontations as anarchists and other rebels attempted to interrupt and delegitimize the summit of the world’s eight most powerful nations. As the 2017 G20 Summit looms in Hamburg this July, we revisit the demonstrations that took place against the G8 summit in 2007—to seek strategic insights, study how the terrain has changed, and illustrate what it is like to lead lives of passionate resistance.

This is a revision of a text that originally appeared in Rolling Thunder #5, augmented with additional resources.


Typical German black bloc.


Hamburg, May 28: Preludes to Summits

Finally, something was happening.

After linking arms in flanks for five hours straight in a huge permitted march, we were getting antsy. This was the first major demonstration in the buildup to the G8 summit in Heiligendamm, and everyone wanted to start it off right. The city of Hamburg needed to send a message to the world that they had the “violent demonstrators” under control. The protesters wanted to tear the city apart, to show the G8 leaders that they were not welcome and that anyone who tries to host them will have to pay. With a thousand black-clad anarchists in the front and thousands of others behind, the tension was thick. Screaming “fight the system, fight the state, fight capitalism, fight G8,” the demonstrators were not willing to compromise their vision or momentum. But who would provoke whom first? Would the cops use the water cannons? Would the anarchists break through their lines and go off the script?

For two years, the German autonomous movement and the Dissent Network in particular organized from the USA to Turkey for one week of action. The stakes had never been higher: the “War on Terror” had cast a deathly pall over the worldwide struggle against capitalism and the state, but at the 2007 G8 anarchists and autonomists hoped to seize the stage of history by scoring a decisive victory against capital.

The modern incarnation of the Autonomen1 in Germany is distinctly anarchist, mostly young, and very, very punk. Even though the movement had been in disarray over the preceding years, the arrival of the G8, combined with the police raids in early May on anti-G8 centers of activity, united the usually divided and overly self-critical autonomist movement. To the chagrin of the police, the raids also backfired in the popular press; most of the media and even much of the public came over to the side of the dissidents. Furthermore, in “Red” Hamburg, the home of insurrections, pirates, and the world-renowned anti-fascist football league St. Pauli, it is hard to distinguish locals from the Black Bloc in the streets.

Move swiftly. Stop. Fight a bit. Grab something. Then run. Turn around. Watch out for the Snatch Squad. Which ones are they? Wearing all black with red diamonds on their back. Damn, there they are. They’re gonna try and grab us. Move! But who are those pigs? Don’t worry, it’s just the green team. Green team? Yeah, green uniforms, they’re like the National Guard. They won’t arrest you, they’ll just tussle a bit. And them? Who? The darker green and dark blue. Oh them, well, they’re here to stop you. Be careful—Shhhhhhh. What? Be quiet, they’re looking for us. OK, hold it… hold it… NOW!



The police were nervous, and rightfully so. For months, cars belonging to German officials related to the G8 had been burned in the streets. As the mobilization got going, internationals were streaming into the well-run convergence center in Hamburg, the two-decade-running squat Rote Flora. The police wanted nothing more than to release their inner fascists and ruthlessly clear the streets of all protesters. But due to factors such as public opinion and their brutality backfiring on them in the courts, the police could not simply beat protesters without pretext. Instead, they could only vent their frustration with an anal-retentive attention to detail about the smallest of the rules regarding banner size, demonstrators masking up, and so on: like a hybrid of the SS and school-crossing guards, they stopped demonstrations for up to thirty minutes or more for the most minor infractions of their rules.

This causes almost any march in Germany, including the march in Hamburg, to be an exercise in frustration, a chess game in which both sides try to bend, but not break, the rules through a strict process of negotiation—that is, at least until breaking the rules is advantageous. While marching, German anarchists more or less engage the police in careful negotiations until the permitted demonstration gets as close to the desired location as possible—such as a financial district, a fascist demonstration, or in this case the EU-ASEM Summit meeting in the town hall—and then all bets are off. After that, they often charge police lines, attempting to escape off the official route as a bloc or break into small affinity groups to build barricades and attack police cars—which is precisely what the march in Hamburg did.

As the melee between protestors and cops spread down the street, people started to hop a small fence into the parking lot of the soccer stadium. Soccer in Hamburg is a big deal; St. Pauli, the local team, is world-renowned for drawing some of the most anti-fascist hooligans in the world. I looked around and saw that we were in an enclosed space with few exits. It seemed only a matter of time before the police trapped us in this parking lot and beat us until we could be mass-arrested—so I hopped the fence into the stadium.

I’m short, so the climb was a little difficult, and I fell ungracefully over the fence—but when I looked up I found myself in a German teen anarchist’s dream-come-true: I’d escaped a police riot into the caring arms of the St. Pauli soccer team! Imagine running around Seattle during the WTO protests, air full of tear gas and the anguish of protestors being beaten by police, and opening a door to find yourself safely inside Rage Against the Machine’s practice studio.

The team was finishing up a daily soccer practice when they were interrupted by my hooded, masked fall from the heavens. We looked at each other in silence before I asked… “ummm, can I stay here for a bit?”

“Of course—would you like something to eat?” They introduced themselves to me and told me to make myself at home. So I took off my mask and chowed down on their vegetable platters.

At the end of the march, Black Bloc affinity groups rampaged throughout the town, fighting police and wrecking cars; when the police chased everyone back to the convergence center at Rote Flora, even the locals began fighting back against the hated riot police. A giant banner reading “Total Freedom”—as opposed to any supposed freedom democracy or the State can offer—had sailed above the march. At the end, there were eighty-five arrests, but the rest of us were totally free.

They’ve surrounded the Rote Flora. What? The convergence center, you know, that huge squat. Are they going in? Not likely, I think they’ll get a beating if they try. Barricades are going up, let’s get behind them. The water cannons are coming out. Well, move. Down this alley! OK. Wait, are we all together? Close, too close. I know. We were gonna go back and get you. What? That’s insane, they would’ve grabbed you too. Hey look, they’re sending in more. Did they declare a state of emergency? I heard that too. Shit, there’s waves and waves of them. Back to the Flora? No, it’s not safe. OK, then disappear. Thousands of us in the march. Hundreds rampaging in the streets. About eighty-five arrested. Not bad for a start. No, not bad at all.

At one point in Hamburg, a police officer who had taken off his helmet and armor was caught alone outside his van as the riots closed in. In a moment reminiscent of the murder of Carlo Giuliani by a police officer at the G8 in Genoa, the officer drew his gun—but just as he raised it in the air, the back window of the van behind him exploded, struck by a projectile, and he retreated. Thrown bricks save lives.

Rostock June 2: Nocturnes for Capital

In 1998, at the very beginning of the so-called “anti-globalization” movement, the G8 met in Birmingham only to find themselves surrounded by 70,000 activists organized by various NGOs and a raging Reclaim the Streets party downtown. In fear, they fled Birmingham to a more tranquil manor. In 2001, the NGOs under the umbrella of the Genoa Social Forum organized a march straight to the forbidden Red Zone where the summit was taking place, and the whole city hosting that year’s G8 was consumed in flames.

But the powers that be learn from their mistakes; unable to beat the demonstrators, they joined them instead, to lead them astray. In Scotland in 2005, the bizarre menage-a-trois of Bono, Tony Blair, and “anti-globalization” NGOs created the “Make Poverty History” march. In this guise, they tricked the vast majority of protesters into showing up in white—the color of surrender!—and marching in a parade through the half-empty downtown of Edinburgh, far from the summit. The theme of the parade was begging the G8 leaders to take action on their behalf, the opposite of direct action. This government-organized farce was the symbolic inversion of their defeats in Birmingham and Genoa.

A mere two years later, the slogan was no longer “Make Poverty History,” but “Make Capitalism History”—and the team colors had changed to from white to black. The march in Rostock was organized by a broad alliance of groups ranging from the Interventionist Left to ATTAC, anarchists and reformists united. In stark contrast to the “Make Poverty History” march that attempted to provide a safe and legal alternative to direct action, “Make Capitalism History” explicitly endorsed blockading the G8. The fact that popular sentiment among the protesters was in favor of direct action was a triumph of organization and outreach by the Dissent Network, reflecting the delegitimization of the G8 in the popular imagination.

Like some strange suburban guerrilla army, the bloc gathered itself in the trees in front of the shopping center. At first, it was so small I could barely find it. After a few minutes, as I found one friend after another after another, it became clear there were thousands of us. We put on our masks—a mundane act elsewhere, but a tremendous step in Germany. In Scotland, all the white clothes had reminded me of the Scottish sheep our good shepherd, Capital, was fattening for slaughter. From the moment our black masks went up in Germany, we were not sheep but a pack of wolves.



However, pointless marches are still fundamentally pointless even if they endorse direct action and encourage their entourage to stop marching and start blockading the G8. Unlike the march to the Red Zone in Genoa, this was not a militant march, but a stroll to an anti-capitalist rock concert featuring musicians such as Tom Morello and Die Toten Hosen. The Nazis had been planning their own “anti-G8” rally in Schwerin, but the police canceled both the Nazi event and the anti-fascist counter-protest at the last minute—so most of the Black Bloc ended up in the middle of the Rostock march.

Neither the police nor the Black Bloc seemed to be expecting anything to happen at this march, as most people had thought the street battle was to going to be either later during the G8 itself or against Nazis in Schwerin. That gave the day a genuine element of surprise. Unlike Hamburg, where the police “kettled” the demonstration and contained it right up to the last minute, in this demonstration the police kept a safe distance from the march, instead massing on the streets paralleling the demonstration.

The march ends, and my elation drops into disappointment as, yet again, nothing has happened. My arms are locked with the members of my affinity group, ranging from an incredibly lanky and calm North American man to a small yet fierce Bulgarian woman. All armed with black flags, we’re at least making good pictures for the spectacle. In a second, everything changes. A line of cops charges the Bloc, batons swinging. The lines in front of us turn and run, nearly trampling us. If there’s one thing German anarchists are good at, it’s running from cops. Our black flags are useless in the face of the cop onslaught, and a few of us throw them at the cops. Separated from the rest of the affinity group, myself and my remaining partner join the fray. More well-prepared than myself, some clever anarchists begin using chisels to tear up the paving stones. It’s not what’s beneath the paving stones that counts sometimes, it’s the paving stones themselves.

At the end of the demonstration, the Bloc found itself running more or less without incident into the middle of the “Make Capitalism History” concert and merging with the crowd. What precisely happened next is unclear, but an altercation broke out with one of the small squadrons of Rostock cops that were being sent in at seemingly random intervals to maintain order. The tactic of keeping the main forces hidden on the side streets served the purpose of protecting downtown Rostock from being destroyed, but failed utterly in controlling the Bloc.

Every time a squadron of Polizei were sent in, little clusters of black would form and move towards the squadron, like the attraction of iron fillings to a magnet. When the squadron attempted to arrest someone or attack the crowd, the clusters of the Black Bloc would rain cobblestones and empty glass bottles upon the cops. The cops then blindly rushed into the crowd, resulting in the Bloc dispersing rapidly, a reversal of their earlier magnetic attraction to the cops. Then the bloc would slowly reform to rain projectiles onto the cops until they retreated, unable to weather such a torrent of rocks and empty beer bottles. After all, the riot was at a rock concert!

Scattered, the Bloc slowly regroups at the kiosk to prepare for a second charge. My partner is exhausted, but excited by the chance to try yet another attack we rush forward with the Bloc. Around me, I hear the sounds of windows smashing. Then, someone—a civil cop, I think—screams “Police!” The crowd panics, and in the chaos we lose each other. I look desperately for my partner. No luck. I begin pelting the cops with glass bottles, in attempt to drive them back so we can rejoin the rest of the Bloc. Gotta love German beer, or at least the bottles.

Did the crowd reject the Black Bloc, pushing them out and sacrificing them to the cops? While some pacifists tried to “de-escalate” the situation by raising their hands in front of the cops, for the most part the crowd was angered by the police and merged with the Black Bloc. As the bands played on, one singer got up and said over the microphone “This is not the spirit of Scotland, this is the spirit of Genoa!”—a statement of somewhat dubious value out of context, but clearly the speaker thought this “Spirit of Genoa” was a good thing and intended to express support for those fighting the cops. Cars were overturned and set afire, cops retreated, water cannons came out, and the bands played on as the crowd repulsed line after line of police charges—this was no Bono playing to complacent crowds at Live8. This was the redemptive spirit of Genoa—the spirit of resistance in the face of state violence, spreading like a virus through a crowd everyone had expected would just listen peacefully to the bands. The battle in Rostock was a victory like the inaugural protest against the G8 in Birmingham, and the spell that had been cast in Scotland to assimilate and pacify the “anti-globalization” movement was broken.

I step around a corner and see a line of cops standing guard next to the broken windows—so I hurl a glass bottle into the face of the closest officer. My bottle leaves my hand a few seconds too late, as the cops are already beginning a charge—although I do hear the satisfying shatter of the bottle against his helmet. Panicking, I turn to run, but a baton hits the nape of my neck and I fall to the asphalt.

Batons are beating my back and legs, gloved hands twisting my fingers and joints. I wrest my joints and hands free again and again, resolving to stay put as the cops pull my head up by my hair to take my picture. After some indeterminate amount of time, I see rocks and bottles soaring overhead. Black out. Darkness. Light. Then the impossible: there are no cops on top of me! The crowd has forced them to retreat! I stand up and run at breakneck speed away from the police and into the crowd, aiming for the only safe place within reach: the deck of the Greenpeace ship parked near the waterfront. Where’s my partner? Was she arrested? Hurt? Due to my reckless charge? I feel my soul collapse. Those who are not behind bars have to live with the consequences of their actions, and for the first time in my life I wish I had been caught.


Preparing to confront police in Rostock.


Heiligendamm, June 6-7: Blockades Without End

After Genoa, the next G8 summit was moved the literal summit of a mountain in Evian, far from the urban terrain protesters have been accustomed to since the Paris Commune. This tactic of placing the meeting in a rural location inspired a new counter-tactic: spreading the blockades across miles and miles of difficult rural terrain. The summit site was hopelessly walled off, so the idea was to block the roads leading to and from it, so reporters and other sycophants couldn’t reach the gates.

Anarchy always has at least two faces: one of chaos and one of self-organization. If the streets of Hamburg and Rostock exemplified the beautiful chaos of our movement, the self-organization of Camp Reddelich showed the other. Transforming an empty field of grass next to a slaughterhouse into a thriving village in less than a week, anarchists of every stripe proved that they are capable of running their own lives without governments or capitalists, police or prisons. Antifascist, Queer, Yellow, and Internationalist barrios sprouted organically as if from the earth. Kitchens dotted the fields along with security towers, tool-making workshops, Indymedia centers, training tents, info-booths, trauma tents, anti-sexist spaces, and thousands of other tents, all providing the physical and emotional spaces for people to organize, strategize, evaluate, share, dance, and live free. This autonomous zone, mirrored by two other rural camps and multiple urban convergence centers across Germany, was the birthplace of a million secret plans.


Camp Reddelich, set up to house demonstrators during the 2007 G8.


Rural blockades require putting protesters in the countryside, so protest camps developed as a necessary prerequisite for large-scale rural direct action. In a step above the single camp at Stirling during the 2005 G8, hearkening back to the multiple camps at the 2003 G8 in Lausanne and Annemasse, the Dissent Network and the Interventionist Left set up three different camps. The first, Camp Rostock, was nearest to the city and held innumerable communists and NGO organizations—not to mention quite a few punks too drunk to get to other camps and a few clever anarchists who wanted some cover. The second, Camp Reddelich, was the closest to the “Red Zone,” and accordingly held almost entirely anarchists. The third, Camp Wichmannsdorf, was the domain of the more traditionally non-violent anti-nuclear blockaders—though in Germany, the line between the Black Bloc and non-violent civil disobedience against nuclear weapons is thin.

The camps were all incredibly well-functioning, with security shifts on watch-towers, self-organized canteens feeding thousands, anarchist-run bars (not serving the day before the blockades!), tents to deal with mainstream press, mobile Indymedia centres on wheels, endless conspiratorial meetings—and even showers! There was only one component missing: in the aftermath of Rostock, the alliance between the Interventionist Left and the autonomous movement started fraying, and the Dissent Network—perhaps having last minute qualms as the day of action approached—did not convene a public meeting about plans.

Raids were a constant worry at the camp and defensive measures were prepared in case of attack: barricades of scrap wood and metal, trenches to stop police vehicles, piles of bottles and rocks. The alarm was sounded one night at 3:30 a.m. when six vans pulled up to the front entrance and police in riot gear stepped out. The night watch rang the alarm and within three minutes a large black bloc had formed at the front gate. The vans left as quickly as they’d arrived and the camp returned to sleep.

From the helicopters’ perspective, we must have looked quite threatening. Groups of eight to twelve all over the camp were huddling in circles, poring endlessly over topographical maps and transportation routes. Whispers circulated in thirty languages from barrio to barrio about which intersections to target, how to get there, when to move on, whether to join the official blockades or form a suicide bloc to charge the gates. The bars and kitchens swarmed with international anti-capitalists debating past summit strategies, victories and failures, similarities to the present and new challenges. How would the sixteen thousand cops respond to a direct attack on the fence? To an attack on the police themselves? Which roads are still open? How can we get there? How will we hold them? Block G8 had a plan, but the insurrectionary anarchists didn’t—or if any of them did, at least no one would discuss it publicly. Paranoia filled the air and meetings got more and more clandestine, finally to a point at which the decentralization of knowledge was almost debilitating. Fuck it, we have to try something.

Earlier rural blockades in both Evian and Gleneagles had failed because they didn’t last more than a few hours and so could not actually “shut down” the summit. As one popular poster in Germany put it, Bewegen, Blockieren, Bleiben—“Move. Block. Remain.” That critical “remain” had been left out of previous summit attempts. The strategic change was not to blockade as either mobile blocs or small groups jumping in and out of the road, as at previous summits, but to mass as many people as possible in the roads near the main entrances to Heiligendamm to blockade them in a non-violent manner, staying until the police literally dragged people off. While previous blockades had aimed for small numbers and offered virtually no training, the “Block G8” campaign returned to the mass non-violence civil disobedience that was so crucial to success in Seattle but curiously and detrimentally absent at almost all subsequent summit protests. While the pacifist nature of this approach caused many of the “more-militant-than-thou” anarchists to mock it, the simplicity and accessibility of this approach enabled thousands of untrained Germans to join in the blockades.

Due to their long history of anti-nuclear Castor blockades, the German autonomous movement—unlike autonomous movements in places like Greece and the US—is experienced both at throwing rocks and erecting peaceful blockades. Internationals were bewildered as the Autonomen changed tactics from throwing rocks to sitting in streets for the day of blockades. When Block G8 moved into action on Wednesday, the cops more or less permitted it happen, much to the surprise of all—as they had quashed all demonstrations in the area after the riot in Rostock. Perhaps now that the G8 had officially begun, the police had to prove Germany was a civilized country without a near-fascist police force. Combined with Rostock, it was like a left punch of Black Bloc aggression followed by a right hook of colorful and effective blockades.

It wasn’t until I saw the multi-colored array of 5000 people marching in the bright green fields under a soft blue sky with helicopters above and police below that it hit me: we shouldn’t have underestimated the official blockades. Although the international anarchists and autonomists had decided against forming a militant presence at these blockades due to pressure from Block G8 organizers to remain nonviolent, there were still a number of us in black ready to throw down if necessary. As we tore through fields evading police lines, you could feel the growing excitement and power of the crowd. Breaking up into different columns to get past the police, we succeeded again and again in reaching the streets. Finally we saw it, the fence, with six layers of cops protecting it. Many hopped onto the main street and laid down immediately. The autonomous bloc started tearing down a barbed wire fence next to a forest that would serve as our escape route if necessary. The official organizers were scared and tried to dissuade us while the media captured their sexy images. The clowns played their games, the cops stood their ground, and everyone just sat there, waiting, for days.


Blockading the way to Heiligendamm.


Since the Block G8 campaign organized openly, it’s possible that the police knew the locations of the blockades and funneled all important delegates down another road, letting the protesters blockade the “main gates” to Heiligendamm. This raises the disturbing possibility that the G8 leaders are happy to allow the spectacle of a blockade to happen so long as it remains colorful, non-violent, and does not interrupt their actual operations. While the Block G8 plan and non-violence guidelines were mostly respected on Wednesday, on Thursday all bets were off.

Protesters swept across the fields of Heiligendamm and tried to blockade nearly every road. The day started off with a nearly comic attempt to repeat the “Suicide March” Black Bloc that was so successful at Gleneagles during the 2005 G8. Only a few hundred people, the Bloc barely got out of Camp Reddelich before being assaulted by cops and fleeing back in; in retaliation, the cops surrounded the entrance to the camp, preventing the 6 am Dissent Bloc from leaving. At the same time, mostly German groups struck with a series of decentralized blockades on major roads, achieving varying degrees of success. The paranoia and tight-lipped nature of the German autonomous movement left many of the internationals at the camp isolated, frustrated, and surrounded by cops, with only the all-knowing and all-seeing “Infopoint” to help them—although the Indymedia dispatch line ended up being invaluably useful for those who knew about it.

As the police left the front of the camps, the internationals formed a “rolling blockades” march that left camp at 9 am. In two hours they reached the gates of Heiligendamm itself, blockading the roads and using the “five fingers make a fist” strategy when confronted by the police: breaking into smaller groups and reforming on the other side of police lines. At one point, in a moment of long-overdue poetic justice, the Russian delegates were blocked by Eastern Europeans who smashed their car! By the end of the day, the blockades had so disrupted the summit that the police began clearing them with unusual ferocity, using water cannons to shoot water mixed with tear gas. Some blockaders refused to leave and continued to resist, turning Block G8 blockades into autonomous blockades. In the end, what started as colorful blockades of clowns and pacifists gained the air of a battlefield, and what had seemed certain defeat became apparent victory.

At the West Gate, a car carrying Russian delegates attempted to pass protesters. It was stopped and the wheels were deflated and the exhaust pipe broken. Activists then opened the trunk and removed the belongings of the delegates, just as the G8 removes the freedom of those it claims to represent. Once the trunk was opened the car drove into people, resulting in its windows being smashed.

“A few days a go the BBC reported that Tony Blair was ‘concerned’ about the lack of democracy in Russia. The Russian government doesn’t give a fuck if he is concerned or not. Hopefully they will listen to this act of resistance.” -From a communiqué posted to Indymedia


The car carrying Russian delegates to Heiligendamm; a blockade on the way to Heiligendamm; the aforementioned police officer who was dissuaded from waving his gun around by a judicious use of projectiles.


Berlin, June 8: Anticlimax

Our hopes weren’t dashed yet. The next morning our rural fun was to begin. We started early, around 3 am. First decision: suicide march or autonomous blockade? We chose the latter and moved slowly into position. Cars were dropping off packs of people by the woods. Affinity groups disappeared into the forest as endless lines of cop vans appeared. It seemed like the setting for a Wild West shootout, with both sides building up their arsenals and waiting for the other to move first. Seventy-five of us made it safely inside, transformed into a black mob, and moved like a guerrilla army through the brush, dodging under tree cover when helicopters swooped by. Camouflage would have been better than black—but hey, we’re city folks; black’s our forte.

With saws and combustibles in hand, ready to light up the morning with a spectacular blockade, we called a last minute meeting. Speaking in four languages through our masks in the black forests of northern Germany, we called it off. It was a trap. Other blockades on the same road happened and all were arrested immediately with no effect. Disappointed yet feeling good about our judgment, we dispersed into our casual clothes and headed for Berlin, where the final show was about to begin.

Some of the internationals were frustrated with the entire “Plan A” of the blockades. Coming out of a year-long analysis of previous mass mobilizations, Genoa in particular, various insurrectionists decided that it was time to take the initiative and try something new. Instead of following the lead of the traditional Left, using its large marches and demonstrations as cover for breaking windows and burning cars, they decided to see if they could launch a strategic attack by themselves, one that would violate the traditional set-piece roles of mass mobilizations. With the help of some of the German Autonomen, a secretive “Plan B” was organized in case the blockades failed. While the blockades appeared successful, on the final day of action a banner appeared on the two decrepit cement towers overlooking Camp Reddelich: “Plan B: Burn Berlin!”

Plan B resembled the idea behind the Seattle Black Bloc, when an autonomous bloc took advantage of police being distracted by blockades to wreck the shopping district—but instead of happening outside the summit, it was to take place in the nearest large city. Tactically, it was attractive, since on the day when a thousand Berlin police would be distracted by dealing with the blockades a Black Bloc could more easily strike the heart of financial capital in Berlin. However, only a few hundred people showed up, surrounded by riot police and infiltrated with undercover civil cops. A piece of paper went from hand to hand notifying protesters they should move to Rosenthal Place to begin a riot, but by the time the crowd got there the police were already there. Strangely enough, there were almost no Germans at the Reclaim the Streets, and it ended without any more incident than a few destroyed cars.

While the Berlin police may not have known about Plan B, many anarchists did not either. Perhaps the vast decentralized infrastructure of three separate camps made communication impossible; it takes more than a good idea to get people involved. Also, there was a real lack of support from many Berlin autonomists, who originally seemed to pledge their support. This might be understandable: their primary social center, Køpi, is threatened with eviction, and a major riot in Berlin would have brought harsh repression upon them. It would have been far better for all involved if locals had been more upfront about their doubts instead of simply not showing up.

The idea of separating aggressive demonstrators from pacifists by giving each their “own” day of action divides the movement tactically and temporally, which plays perfectly into the hands of the police. It’s far better to divide spatially if numbers allow, but to act all at once on the same day. Dividing the movement spatially over Rostock, Berlin, Hamburg, and Heiligendamm definitely stretched the police to their breaking point, but made coordination difficult at best. In hindsight, doing anything new and dangerous requires not only an adequate assessment of your numbers and strength but also truly believing it will work. Plan B failed on account of a crisis of faith.

We sat in the darkness, Berlin far from in flames and only the ghosts of our dreams to haunt us. Slightly drunk, a comrade from Greece muttered, “In Greece, you are welcome in my house. In Greece, all of us will make bottles together, and throw them at the fascists, and…” He was almost choking. He turned to me and said, “Now is time for that most sad of moments, the emptying of the Molotovs.”


Confrontations in Rostock.


Tentative Conclusions

When revolutionary movements take the historical stage, as the “movement of movements” did at the end of the last century, there inevitably follows an equal and opposite wave of counterrevolution.2 As the curtain falls upon the reaction to “anti-globalization” known as the “War on Terror,” it becomes ever more urgent for a new rupture to reorient the world for another revolutionary moment. Today, the crises of migration, climate change, and the failure of global capital are far more important than the bankrupt narrative of terror. Despite the hype of the Dissent Network, the 2007 G8 was not the rupture we were waiting for—but it was a strategic realignment of the global movement, positioning us to strike and tear the seems of history apart to create that much-needed rupture. As any martial artist can tell you, the positioning for the strike is as important as the strike itself.

Movements decline, dissolving into fragments and micro-parties, failing to grasp the imaginations of even their own most dedicated adherents. Movements rise, consolidating new assemblages, spreading hope to even the most forlorn hearts. After Seattle, there was a rapid if unarticulated consolidation across completely unexpected boundaries, leading to the christening of the “movement of movements.” Through avenues such as the radical “fringe” of the social forums and endless gatherings, a coherent critique of capitalism, most vocal in the Global South, began slowly but surely penetrating the movements in the West and North. After September 11, 2001, the movement fractured: the “center,” organized labor and NGOs, fled back to the welcoming arms of the State—or, in parts of the Global South, actually took over the State apparatus. This left only a ragtag bunch of anti-capitalists throwing themselves from defeat to defeat in the streets, reaching a nadir in the United States with the FTAA protests in Miami 2003.

After September 11, suddenly everyone in the streets was “against capitalism”—not because of the growth or radicalization of the movement, but because its collapse had left what was once its periphery as its center. The anarchist critique of global capitalism incubated in these summits spread to many people outside the anti-globalization movement, and what was a defeat in the streets became a victory in the battle of ideas.

Starting at Evian, moving through Gleneagles, and reaching its apex at Heiligendamm, the true miracle of post-Genoa G8 protests was that what appeared to be the dying gasp of the movement in Europe has effectively reconstituted a growing “movement of movements” with anti-capitalism as its center. Everyone from the Interventionist Left to the Dissent Network put aside petty politics to work together to increase the momentum of the movement as a whole. Due to the work of the Interventionist Left, most NGOs of note endorsed blockading the G8—something still unimaginable in the US and Britain. Unlike the 2005 G8, reformist NGOs and political parties that tried to organize “alternative summits” and “rock concerts to fight poverty” met with low attendance, for the “hip” thing to do was direct action. The enemy—global capitalism—was identified far more clearly than it ever was in Seattle or Genoa. Thousands of people participated in their first direct action in the streets of Rostock and fields of Heiligendamm. The climate is changing: it’s becoming anti-capitalist.

One question for the new manifestation of the “movement of movements” is how to deal with those other “anti-capitalists,” the resurgent fascists—who took advantage of the G8 to articulate their own warped “Third Position” against capitalism by marching against the G8 in Berlin and Lueneberg. Luckily, the fascists were marginalized by the “movement of movements,” whose act of blockading and fighting police stole the show. The distinction between the “movement of movements” and the fascists in Germany is that “the movement of movements” is fundamentally invested in open space, while the fascists want to reconstitute a closed world based on mythical ethnicities. It may be the battle between these two forces that takes the stage once the G8 is in the grave.

There is a logic to blockades and open space. Humans are creatures of habit, socially imprisoned by millennia-old closed systems of despair and discipline. To even begin to hear the voices of our desires that are otherwise muted by the hustle of everyday life under capitalism, we need open space. Here lies the paradox: today, the only way to create open spaces is through acts of closing, acts that blockade the circuits of capitalism. By blockading the flow of traffic, guilt, property, greed—whatever flows enable the growth of capital at the expense of the living—we create space for the living to flourish. These blockades may shut down roads or railways, but they open up space for new types of social relationships. During the blockades, we find ourselves accidental revolutionaries. By blockading the summit, our desire for safety is magically superseded, and our other desires flow naturally into the gap to become an unexpected reality. In a world enclosed, opening space this way allows us to shed our skins as workers, as students, as women, as men, as Germans, as members of this faction or that, and experience ourselves as part of something greater. These moments of freedom burn themselves into our memories, and it is our quest for such moments that causes us to keep coming back, summit after summit, regardless of the odds.


The black bloc in Rostock, June 2007.


This is the secret of the rock thrown at the cop—and yes, the Black Bloc did throw the first stone! It is only through such a moment of negation, through the blockading of the police beneath a hail of stones, that we could create an open space, one that reflects the magnitude of what is at stake in these summits. Had the marches passed in peace, it would have been the tragic peace of the graveyard. Far better for us to throw our cobblestones—if trees and polar bears and the human beings marginalized in the ghettos of the global capitalism could, they would be going after the police with a lot more than cobblestones. It doesn’t hurt to bring the violence that lies beneath the veneer of capital in Western countries up to the surface, either. The real question can no longer go unspoken: “What is the appropriate response to a world of capitalist violence?”

All anarchists are comrades in a new sort of international brigade, and we must set our sights beyond battles like the one in Rostock. The networking that happens before the blockade, before the battle with the cops, lays the foundation for all our future blockades and battles and gives us our ultimate chance for decisive victory over capital. The real international summit was not at Heiligendamm—that was just a PR stunt for a few would-be leaders, and the fact that they needed 16,000 mercenaries to protect them from the rest of us reveals the worthlessness of power. The real international summit took place in the convergence centers and camps where thousands of brave, unshaven, and driven men and women whose names will never appear in history books organized their own daily lives, found unexpected friendships, hatched hopelessly idealistic conspiracies, and took to the streets and fields together. Regardless of the outcome of any particular demonstration, our international brigade will return home to the snows of Siberia and the strip-malls of America to share stories with those who could not go and e-mail newfound friends. The international brigades grow, the network beneath the network, the hidden roots that will blossom into the open space our world so desperately needs: a world outside the death-grip of the G8, a world we have glimpsed in the convergence centers, the camps, and—in our better moments—ourselves.


From 2007 to 2017, from G8 to G20, the struggle continues.



Appendix: Two Narratives from the 2007 G8

The march came to a standoff with the cops on a bridge over one of Hamburg’s downtown canals. The organizers called off the march at this point, letting everyone know that if they stayed it was no longer a permitted action. This was not so much a way to separate themselves from the “bad” unpermitted demonstrators or to encourage people to leave, but rather a license for those participants who wanted to throw down to go ahead and do so. Roughly 500 in black bloc stuck around, milling about in AG’s and figuring out what to do. In front of the march was a line of cops backed by water cannons, behind the march was an intersection we turn from, the two sides of which that weren’t walked by demonstrators marked off by rows of police and water cannons. The bloc made an offensive on the cops, but could not push through. The police made a few offensives on the demonstrators, and arrested a few. As time passed and passivity persisted, the chances were looking worse and worse for the few hundred demonstrators left. The only ways out were back the route we marched, lined with police, or down a walkway that traced along the side of the canal. Our AG started to file out down the pedestrian walkway, expecting to leave the demonstration. But as we turned up a street that paralleled the road to City Hall (where the ASEM meeting was occurring), we saw that the demonstration was following us! A sea of black began to emerge behind us. And much to our delight, as we continued to look back, the cops had chosen to stay on their bridge and leave our slowly building mass alone.

We walked for a few humble, residential blocks in total silence, total anonymity. On a few occasions someone would attempt to start a chant, but those nearby would hush them back to our stealthy silence. We turned up a hill, and as I secured my bandana and hoodie, I heard a comrade greet me. It was an Italian I had shared the kitchen with a few days before at the Rote Flora. His English was not very good, so we joked by sticking vegetables in each other’s pockets. It was exciting to see someone I had shared such a humble experience of international protest insanity with in another light, ready to cook up something different that day. The bloc came to a halt in a courtyard around the corner from the main strasse north of the City Hall. We rested for a moment, everyone silent.

People exchanged looks and picked up cobblestones. After a day of reacting and defending ourselves from the police, it was a bit alien to be in a position to act. But soon enough, someone called out “What are we waiting for?” and we charged into the street. Police were already chasing a few stray demonstrators up the road, and were swarmed by our group. For a few blocks the crowd dispersed and converged, attacking the police along the way. For an American like myself, it was a little strange that people weren’t seeking out banks or property, content with focusing on fighting the cops as a target rather than an obstacle.

As the melee between protestors and cops rolled down the street, people started to hop a small fence into the parking lot of the soccer stadium. Soccer in Hamburg is a big deal; St. Pauli, the local team, is world-renowned for having some of the most anti-fascist holligans (and for that matter, hooligan antifas) in the world. But these anarchists weren’t rushing to get tickets for the game (St. Pauli righteously defeated Nazi-fan-based team Bremen two days prior), it was just a quick escape from the police. I looked around and saw that we were in an enclosed space, with really only a few exits… it seemed like a matter of time until the police trapped us all in this parking lot and beat us until we could be mass arrested. So I hopped the fence into the stadium.

Being short, the climb was a little difficult, and I had an ungraceful fall over the fence… but when I looked up I found myself before any German teen anarchist’s dream-come-true… to have escaped a police riot and be delivered into the caring arms of the St. Pauli soccer team! Truly, a comparison cannot be drawn to an American context for how cartoonishly fantastic this fate was. Imagine running around Seattle in ’99, air full of tear gas and the anguish of protestors being beaten by police, and then opening a door to find yourself safely inside Rage Against the Machine’s practice studio. The team was finishing up a daily soccer practice when they were interrupted by my hooded, masked fall from the heavens. We looked at each other for a bit before I asked, “Ummm… can I stay here for a bit?”

“Of course—would you like something to eat?”

“Uh… sure.”

They introduced themselves to me one by one, and told me to make myself at home. So I took off my mask and hoodie, and chowed down on their vegetable platters.

Once things had calmed down, I said farewell to my athletic caretakers and headed back to the reconvergence point my affinity group had chosen earlier, near the Rote Flora. Each of us couldn’t believe the others were OK, but my story took the cake. As we walked around we saw hordes of punks, anarchists, and other black-clad people just chilling on street corners… while cops were across the street! We were sketched out as hell, but as we walked on it just did not seem like mass arrests were a German police phenomenon. There were some small riots around the Rote Flora, and in front of it to defend it from getting raided (which it was not!), and this is what made the nightly news. But for those of us who were there for the action earlier in the day… we knew real revolution wouldn’t be broadcast, mass arrested, or in the context of a large, liberal march. It set the tone for the rest of the G8.




Brigada Flores Magon were the last band to play in Camp Reddelich the evening before the blockades. They played a solid set with rowdy anarchist skinhead anthems for Latin America, solidarity, Carlo Giuliani, and resistance. During their last song four hooded figures wearing balaclavas emerged from behind the stage, each with two of the G8 nations flags. They perched themselves on the barrier between the crowd and band, and held the flags high for all to see. A fifth black mask emerged, this one with a torch. They parted the crowd and proceeded to burn each of the G8 nation’s flags. BFM ended their set shouting, “See you at the blockades! Block G8!” before the final cymbal crash. Mmm, it really got me pumped. I took the train back to Camp Rostock and got barely three hours of sleep before waking up for our Bike Bloc to the blockade rally point.

Only a few people responded to our bike bloc call, and we got controlled on our way to the rally point. On our way we encountered another group of cycling German radicals coming our direction. They shouted to us to turn around, because a polizei van was hot on their trail. So we turned around, and as the polizei van sped up to close off the path ahead of us, the German bicycle squad shouted “OK! Now turn back!” and then darted off into a trail that the van could not follow—they tricked the police! It was going to be a good day!

We got to the rally point and people were handing out water, food, bags of hay to sit on, and there was a festive soccer game happening. The rally point was a soccer field in the middle of a very rural area. My partner and I fell asleep for what felt like hours, but must have been only thirty minutes or so. We awoke to the march from one of the camps converging on our site, which was the signal to form into our fingers. We lined up, parallel to the police line, but much further extended. I saw the yellow finger, all the way at the end of the line, starting to hop the local farmer’s fence and trod into the field. No sooner did this happen than someone shouted out “Here we go!” and our blue finger began to move.

To my surprise, the tactic was working. The police just stayed on the road, at this point not even attacking any of the demonstrators. Strategic insight: if you know the police department where you are demonstrating does not have the jail capacity to arrest and hold your numbers, there is only so much they can use physical force to accomplish. This was important in Seattle, where the police vastly underestimated the numbers they needed, and was true in Germany as well. We can also see this as a need for us to focus our direct action strategies to smaller towns where we can have a larger impact.

The march through the fields was somewhat surreal. For years, I’ve heard rhetoric thrown around about how protests have the significance of battles for our movement(s). For the first time, the imagery I saw matched my idea of “battle.” Files of demonstrators marched on the horizon, on hills so that the morning sun silhouetted them. At one point in the march, we passed a cattle farm. The cows, seeing what they recognized as a large herd, started to herd alongside us on the other side of the fence, the vegans in the march were delighted and erupted in animal liberation jargon.

Finally, we were getting closer to the road we needed to block. It was the designated emergency access/exit road for the G8 summit, not the main roads that delegates, corporate lobbyists, caterers, and media planned to arrive on—but the back up plan for if those roads were blocked… as they obviously were going to be. We had to cross two roads to get there. I don’t know if this was the feeling of every finger that day, but it sure seemed like we were always the ones sent in first to push through the cops. As we got closer, the police got meaner. Helicopters circled around us and dropped off more police to block the road with. Water cannons roamed back and forth on the streets, and then they started to fire. As one pointed its gun at me, I froze. I definitely had not prepared myself for the possibility of being shot by a water cannon.

So I got squirted. At first I thought it wasn’t so bad… after all it was a hot day and I welcomed being soaked in water. But soon afterwards the chemical weapons (mace, pepperspray, tear gas, something like that) laced into the water started to burn. This was happening all over the field, and a group of people started to get encircled further away. Some of the younger, inexperienced folks in our affinity group began to condemn the march, proclaim we were doomed, that we should just give up now. Being so close, and having walked so far through stinging, wet, gross cropfields—I knew there was no turning back. My partner and I walked up to the police line after recovering from my burning sensations. We pushed each other to dare to break through the line.

“Come on, there’s a break, we can do it!”

“No, no one’s through, they’ll nab us—”

“Someone has to be the first!”

“But what about—”

“COME ON!”

I’m really glad I had a partner who could push me without making me feel unsafe. I recommend being in affinity groups with people who you feel safe with, but who encourage you to be daring outside of your comfort level. So… we outran a Bulgarian water cannon that was speeding down the road, and once we were on the other side… unscathed, not arrested, we saw others had broken through as well, and then more, and more, and more, until everyone was through safely.

At the second line, a large number of people lined up parallel to the police. In our affinity group we were preparing for more spraying, and even some clubbing at this point; but as we were scanning the line for a break in police, one officer just waved his hand authoritatively, as if to say “come on, just walk through.” My partner and I looked at each other in disbelief. We took some unsure steps, and then walked through to the other side. The police admitted powerlessness… at least a few did, and their line was only as strong as their weakest link. We made it through to the access road, which was in the middle of a residential area.

The Block G8 coalition decided on a strategy of nonviolence, so their tactic for self-defense was to encourage and escort as much media as possible through to stick around the blockades. This, combined with the fact that it was a residential neighborhood brought up some strategic questions… Should we let residents of the neighborhood be able to drive through? How far down the blockade could media go?

Most of the neighbors just used bicycles to get through, for it was still pretty troubling to get a car through. After the first day of seeing fancy rental cars with out of town tags be let through, media come through on motorcycles and bicycles, people started to question the effectiveness of the blockade. The conflict was between having an effective blockade and being kind and respectful to residents of the neighborhood our blockade was situated in. In my opinion, we should have been an uncompromising blockade. To prioritize not wanting to look “bad” over the effectiveness of our action, logically, made it at times ineffective. Largely, we shut down the road from media, corporate lobbyists, and food being delivered—and absolutely no delegates would come through our blockade. At one point, in a comical turning of tables, the police trapped between the blockade and the summit begged us to let them drive their van out—for they were hungry and tired. We decided not to let them leave and for them to figure out another way.

In one outrageous situation, on the morning of the second day of the summit and blockades, the sleeping mass of the blockade was awoken by people on the security team—a group of people who said they would work as liaisons to pass on the decisions from the spokescouncil to people trying to get through with cars. They shouted “Get up, clear the way, the firetruck needs to get through.” somebody else responded, “What business does a fire truck have here at 5 in the morning?” The security team responded, “There is a burning blockade down the way, it needs to be put out.” It turned out to just be a rumor anyways, but that the security people would allow fire trucks to be let through to shut down a fucking blockade was outrageous. In our affinity group, we decided to go to the front of the blockade to make sure nothing else like this happened. We told the AG of Danes in front of us, so they would know that there would be a gap behind them that needed closing—but they too were angered and came along to the front. We pissed off the security team a few times by not letting certain cars through, but in the end this gave them more leverage to say, “Sorry, but these crazy assholes just wont move… there’s nothing I can do.”

Strategic insight: All in all, the effectiveness of a blockade is measured by its disruption. It should be explained as an important tactic in shutting down whatever evil matter is at hand. To frame it as a measure used to control people and make sure they are not whatever category of “bad guys” we happen to be protesting (delegates, cops, ambassadors, etc.) turns the blockaders into an occupying force, regulating the flow of traffic. Inspirational and radical possibilities of social interaction that did not replicate police but rather cooperation did occur during our blockade. Demonstrators aided in carrying groceries to residents’ homes, helped fix bicycles that had not left the garage in months, and exchanged conversation and respectful debate with people in the neighborhood. The mutual aid was indeed reciprocal, with neighbors providing gallons upon gallons of water to thirsty blockaders, and at times giving us some heads up of police activity up the road.


Beneath the concrete, the paving stones: tearing up concrete in Rostock to prepare projectiles.


Further Reading

David Zlutnick: NO G8: Heiligendamm Report Back

  1. “Autonomen” is the German word for participants in autonomous movements, including Autonomous Marxists (see this issue’s glossary of terms) and anarchists; one can trace the European roots of these movements back to Italy in the 1970s. 

  2. These words ring all the more true ten years later, in 2017, when the worldwide wave of uprisings and occupations of 2008-2013 has given way to a worldwide wave of reaction, from Ukraine and Brazil to the the US and France. 

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          Individualist Anarchism vs. Social Anarchism   

From C4SS by Wayne Price

This piece is the fifteenth essay in the June C4SS Mutual Exchange Symposium: “Anarchy and Democracy.” It is written in reply to this contribution by Grayson English.

This C4SS discussion about anarchism and democracy has been intriguing—even though I am one of only two writers who have regarded them as compatible concepts. The brief essay by Grayson, “Demolish the Demos,” is especially useful. It clarifies what is at the root of the disagreement among anarchists about democracy. The basic issue, I believe, is not what we mean by “democracy” but what we mean by “anarchism.” It is the commitment to an “individualist” interpretation of anarchism which lead to a rejection of radical democracy. I believe that this leads, contrary to anyone’s intentions, in an authoritarian direction.

Social Philosophy

Grayson writes:

“…All should be equal in having…absolute authority over themselves….We…wish for a world…in which all are kings….The demos is the original enemy for an anarchist….It presupposes the annihilation of the individual in the collective….This antagonism [is] between individual sovereignty and democracy….The social should make room for the individual and not vice versa….Individuals act…Collectives do not act….The society we want is one that continually dissolves itself into individuals and only exists as a springboard for unique individuals to interface with each other…”

Of course, Grayson does not deny the existence of society or societies, large or small. But he regards them as secondary to individuals: something to be tolerated and used as little as possible, until they can be (periodically?) dissolved. (I do not know whether Grayson is a disciple of Stirner or other individualist anarchists, but he clearly fits this category.)

As a description of reality, this is false. There are and can be no individuals without society. Grayson could not think without using language—a social product. A child’s sense of self is developed through his or her interaction with others, from infancy onwards. Grayson’s vision is like saying that a waterfall does not really exist because it is composed of water drops: the drops do the falling, but supposedly not the river’s water. He says that only individuals act, but not collectives. But take the famous example of a group of men moving a piano. Who is moving the piano? If each one acts completely autonomously, will the piano be moved? This is a model for any sort of productive activity from hunter-gathering on to today, no matter how decentralized or crafts-like an anarchist technology would be.

Compare Grayson’s views with those of Bakunin (passages quoted in Brian Morris, Bakunin: The Philosophy of Freedom, 1993):

“…Natural society [is] the real starting point of all human civilization and the only medium in which the personality and liberty of man can really be born and grow….Man…only realizes his individual liberty or personality by integration with all the individuals around him and virtue of the collective power of society….Man in isolation can have no awareness of his liberty. Being free for man means being acknowledged, considered and treated as such by another man and by all the men around him. Liberty is therefore a feature not of isolation but of interaction, not of exclusion but rather of connection…”
(pp. 88—89; note use of “man” to mean “humanity”)

I will not quote from Kropotkin on mutual aid/cooperation as the foundation of his vision of anarchism. You get the idea. This is the basis of social anarchism, of anarchist-socialism. It is quite distinct from individualist anarchism.

Actual Politics

Grayson agrees that the collective does exist, even under anarchism, in between its dissolving into isolated individuals, when serving as a “springboard” for human atoms. Therefore it is reasonable to ask him, how will the collective be organized during these periods? How will individuals control how these (unfortunately necessary if temporary) collectives function? Down through the millennia, hunter-gatherer groups, villages, clans, and other associations have often used communal discussions, consensus, voting, choosing specialists by lot or group decision, or similar methods—democracy. But Grayson rejects democracy. What then?

He does not tell us what he would do. He does say he rejects democracy and wants “kings” and that he regards the “demos” (the collective people) as “the enemy.” Of course he does not advocate dictatorship. But what then? If no one can tell me what to do, not even the most radically-democratic socialist people, then I must be the king. It is the logical conclusion of rejecting democracy, even if it contradicts the very goals which Grayson wants to achieve.

In brief, Grayson comes up against the same problem that all the other anarchists who reject democracy (leaving aside the many who advocate democratic procedures but do not use the term “democracy”) encounter. Given that people do live in society, that cooperation is a necessary part of living, that production and consumption of necessary goods requires group activities—then there has to be some way of organizing these procedures that provides the maximum of individual freedom and control from below. Those anarchists who reject democracy generally remain on a high and abstract level of philosophy. They do not say what they would actually do! What could this be but some sort of radical democracy?

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          The Challenge of Eagle and Empire   
What are some similarities and differences between our context and Paul's context?

A strong similarity one could identify are the various power structures (government, military, mass brands) that still loom large and have a substantial grip upon the lives of many human beings. The Roman Eagle has, however, been replaced by a more tempered red, white, and blue flag. Coupled with this is the hierarchy of humanity, a division between the upper and lower classes with an economic context. Also of note are the various gods and religious centers within Paul’s own metropolitan context. Couple this with cultural idolatry (sex, consumerism, etc.), and it seems that this similar sociopolitical cocktail is blended to perfection.

In the areas of dissimilarity, the “corporate” versus “individual” mindset does seem to be reversed. Here in the States, the individual human is seen as autonomous and is able to function outside of the larger corporate body of people. An example would be the ‘unchurched’ Church, those who have left their faith communities. In the advent of technology, this is made possible. In Paul’s world, it seems that a human being was seen more in light of a proverb I once heard: “we are, therefore I am.” These days, it seems that the idiom is more “I am, therefore I am.” Some of the challenges the modern church must face include (and are not limited to!) our schismatic environment involving economics and race, notions of empire and imperialism, and assimilation by means of compromise. I suspect Paul could help guide us through his and our frame of reference.

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          06/30 Links Pt2: Phillips: Denial: the Labour Party's antisemitism; Glick: Who cares about Jewish unity?   
From Ian:

Melanie Phillips: Denial: the Labour Party's antisemitism
David Hirsh’s must-see video, Whitewashed: Antisemitism in the Labour Party (which you can view below) starts with a truly shocking clip of Jeremy Corbyn speaking. Having referred to the profoundly anti-Jewish, murderous terrorist organisations Hezbollah and Hamas as his “friends”, he says (of either or both): “The idea that an organisation that is dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people and bringing about long term peace and social justice, and political justice, in the whole region should be labelled a terrorist organisation by the British government is a big, big historical mistake”.
Hirsh’s film not only highlights examples of the antisemitism in the Labour party, but observes the appalling way in which Jews who draw attention to this are dismissed as “lying for Israel”. It states what so many on the left deny: that while in theory it is possible to be anti-Zionist but not anti-Jew, in practice the distinction is meaningless.
As one speaker observes, the Labour Party cannot call itself an anti-racist party if it denies the existence of left-wing antisemitism. Through interviews with Jewish people whose evidence to Baroness Chakrabarti’s vacuous “inquiry” into the issue was ignored, it shows how a report that was supposed to point to solutions to anti-Jewish attitudes in the party ended up as just another manifestation of the problem.

Former Senator Joseph Lieberman Speaks To The Daily Wire About The Left’s Anti-Semitism Problem
On Friday, The Daily Wire spoke with former Democratic vice presidential candidate and former Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman about the rising tide of anti-Semitism on the Left. Acknowledging the political divisions within the Democratic party itself following a contentious primary election battle between the centrist wing of the party, represented by Hillary Clinton, and the left-wing of the party, represented by Bernie Sanders, Lieberman suggested that the anti-Semitism on the Left is inherently intertwined with controversies surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“There are areas where there is a rising opposition [to Israel] but it’s not based on reality,” said Lieberman following a panel discussion in Paris about Iran’s expansionist policies.
But to Lieberman, this anti-Israel sentiment remains confined to the political fringes.
“I think America remains, by every public opinion poll I’ve seen, very pro-Israel,” he said.
When asked directly about the Bernie Sanders movement, and its disturbingly anti-Israel sentiments, Lieberman said he was hopeful about the future of the Democratic party’s relationship with Israel, however, it was impossible to deny that “an element” within the party had moved away from the American political establishment’s traditional bipartisan support for the Jewish State.
“I’m concerned about that,” said the former vice presidential candidate. “When I became active in politics the Democratic party [during the Kennedy era]” was very supportive of Israel.
But things have changed, noted Lieberman.
Caroline Glick: Who cares about Jewish unity?
But what was Netanyahu’s alternative? If the American Jewish community flies off the handle and declares war against the government, threatening to blackball the elected leaders of the Jewish state when they adopt measures that while impolite have little substantive effect on their positions, then why should Israel take their views into account? If everything that the government does is terrible, then dialogue is reduced to recrimination. Sitting with progressive Jewish leaders from America means being subjected to a lecture about how terrible Israel is by people who do not live here and are not interested in having a serious discussion about what is actually on the table.
The fact that they are not interested in having that sort of discussion, and that they have no interest in making Israel their home, is demonstrated by their indifference to the real implications of the draft conversion law. Leaders truly invested in the future of both their communities and of their communities’ ties with Israel would be appalled by the retention of monopoly control over conversions by rabbinic authorities who refuse to recognize the difference between children of intermarriage and non-Jews with no relation to Judaism and the Jewish people.
They would insist that religious-Zionist rabbis be reinstated in the state rabbinate, and work avidly to ensure that conversions once approved cannot be overturned.
The real problem here is that while everyone involved speaks of the need for Jewish unity, no one involved in the conversation seems to be motivated to work toward that goal.
Jewish unity isn’t achieved by mutual recrimination.
And it isn’t achieved by one-upmanship. It is achieved through compromise based on mutual respect and love for fellow Jews. Absent that, nothing good will come from negotiations or laws or agreements. Absent that, nothing good will come at all.



Russia yet to grapple with past crimes, says Knesset speaker, an ex-refusenik
Russia has not engaged in soul-searching about its dark past, Knesset speaker and former refusenik Yuli Edelstein said Thursday, expressing concern over local admiration for the murderous Soviet-era dictator Josef Stalin.
During Edelstein’s three-day official visit to Moscow this week — marking 30 years since his release from Siberian labor camps for the crime of teaching Hebrew — there was no explicit acknowledgment in his high-level meetings of his past personal suffering, he said.
There were, however, some private conversations, including at a courthouse, where local officials expressed sympathy and admiration for his experiences, and a historic speech he delivered in the Russian parliament that provided powerful closure. Ultimately, he said, he didn’t need an apology, and felt he had “won.”
“I don’t think there is soul-searching here. This is one of the problems, because — and this is something that must be said — the ideology of that period is still considered legitimate in this country.” That, Edelstein continued, is exemplified by the active communist political party, and the fact that “recently, you hear voices talking about the need to recognize Stalin as a great leader.”
Wrapping up his trip, Edelstein spoke three days after the annual Levada independent poll showed that Stalin, who is considered the architect of millions of deaths, remains the most popular figure among Russians, ahead of President Vladimir Putin.
'Churches may not sell land to Jews or Zionists'
Islamic Christian Council member and former Gaza Latin Church head Manuel Musallam blamed churches in Judea and Samaria for helping the "Israeli occupation."
In an interview with Hamas newspaper Palestin, Musallem said that there is a large number of unsupervised churches in the Palestinian Authority, and that there is no information on why they were founded.
Before the establishment of the State of Israel, European countries and the Greek and Russian Orthodox churches, as well as other Christian denominations, purchased land in many parts of the country.
After Arutz Sheva exposed a deal in which the Greek Orthodox Church signed 140 year leases basically selling large portions of its land in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Talbieh and Rehavia to the "Nayot" company owned by the Ben David family, Musallam said that selling even one grain of the Church's dirt given to the "Israeli occupation" is "a severe betrayal of the Palestinian nation and of all the Christians in Palestine." (h/t Elder of Lobby)
UK pro-Palestinian event to go ahead despite fears of terrorist links
A pro-Palestine event due to be held in London will go ahead, despite government threats to ban it over alleged links to terror group Hamas.
The Palestine Expo is expected to draw around 10,000 people to the Queen Elizabeth II Centre (QEII) in London, on the weekend of 8 and 9 July.
Earlier in the week, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid wrote a letter to organisers, Friends of Al Aqsa, to express concerns over their links to terror groups.
He is quoted in the Guardian as citing “concerns that your organisation and those connected with it have expressed public support for a proscribed organisation, namely Hamas, and that you have supported events at which Hamas and Hizballah – also proscribed – have been praised”.
Speaking to Jewish News on Tuesday, Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said: “We have worked with the QEII Centre to carry out checks following concerns raised about the Palestine Expo 2017. Following these checks, we have agreed the event can take place as planned.”
The event is billed as “the biggest social, cultural and entertainment event on Palestine to ever take place in Europe”, and will feature speakers including anti-Zionist Israeli-born speakers Ilan Pappe and Miko Peled, journalists Ben White and Peter Oborne, and controversial former National Union of Students president Malia Bouattia.
Jewish Londoners need their mayor to do his job
‘Will you, Mr. Mayor, look after the interests of the Jewish population of London and write to the home secretary to ask for the clarification of the rules on what is a banned organization?” That is the very simple request that I made of London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, at our meeting last week.
When terrorist flags are being flown openly in your city and antisemitic slogans are being shouted from street corners – as they were during the recent al-Quds Day march in London – any mayor worth his salt should want to do something about it. Whilst freedom of speech is precious, nobody should have to feel intimidated walking around their own city, or put up with racist abuse being hurled at particular groups.
The problem here is that British law is unclear about whether the Hezbollah flag is legal or not – due to a bizarre distinction between the “military” and “political” wings of this terrorist group. Therefore, police were unable to arrest people who openly displayed what is generally agreed to be a terrorist flag.
So I asked our mayor to do something very straightforward, which was to take this up with the government so that this issue can be clarified. This would be helpful to the police – of which the mayor is in charge – in doing their job to protect Londoners and keep public order. And the protection of Londoners is an important part of the mayor’s job description.
Complaint filed against Al-Quds Day speaker
The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) has filed a hate speech complaint with the Toronto police against a speaker at this year’s Al-Quds Day rally at Queen’s Park.
In his speech at the June 24 event, Maulana Syed Mohammad Zaki Baqri of the Council of Islamic Guidance and the Al Mahdi Centre said, in English and Arabic, that, “Israel, Zionism, should and must know … it is the law that whoever oppresses, he has to be eliminated. One day or the other,” the FSWC alleges in its complaint.
The organization has provided police with a video of the statements.
In a letter to Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, the FSWC alleges that Baqri’s speech violates Sections 318 and 319 of the Criminal Code, “Advocating Genocide and Public Incitement of Hatred.”
Violations of both sections can lead to imprisonment, the FSWC pointed out in a press release.
“Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center is disheartened by the vilification of Jewish Canadians and Israel on Toronto’s streets,” the group’s statement said.
The annual Al-Quds Day march and rally in Toronto made its way from Queen’s Park to the American consulate. Members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) organized a counter-protest directly across from the consulate.
Al Quds Day - Toronto - 2017 - Maulana Syed Mohammad Zaki Baqri


Jewish Student Leadership Calls SJP ‘Hate Group’ After It Supports ‘Dyke March’ Expulsion of LGBTQ Zionists
The leadership of pro-Israel student groups in Illinois and Ohio both called Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) a “hate group” after two chapters of the notorious organization supported the expulsion of LGBTQ Zionists from a Chicago pride march last weekend.
Elan Karoll, president of the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign’s (UIUC) IlliniPAC, and Sophia Witt, who recently stepped down as president of Students Supporting Israel (SSI) at Ohio’s Kent State University, spoke with The Algemeiner on Thursday after the SJP groups at their respective colleges applauded the Dyke March’s ejection of two Jewish women who came to the event holding pride flags with Stars of David on them. March organizers said the symbol made Palestinians feel “threatened.”
A couple of hours after IlliniPAC issued a statement on Facebook condemning the Dyke March organizers’ decision, SJP UIUC wrote on social media, “IlliniPAC cannot claim to respect the rights of all races, religions, nationalities, sexualities, and genders while supporting an occupation that systematically targets people of an entire ethnicity by denying them their lands, safety, and dignity.”
SJP UIUC also insisted that it was “committed to the liberation of all oppressed people.” It later added that “groups with an agenda have falsely accused [march organizers] of being motivated by antisemitism.”
Karoll said that SJP’s endorsement of the Dyke March has erased any doubt of the anti-Israel group’s true motives.
EXCLUSIVE - Gay Porn Kingpin Compares Anti-Israel ‘Dyke March’ Organizers to Nazis
The Chicago Dyke March’s decision to boot three women carrying Jewish pride flags from their event last weekend was “deeply ignorant” and “ridiculous,” Michael Lucas, a gay pornographic film actor and director, told Breitbart Jerusalem in an interview.
Lucas is founder and CEO of Lucas Entertainment, New York’s largest gay adult film company and one of the biggest gay porn production companies in the world.
He compared the Dyke March’s actions to anti-Semitic policies carried out by Nazi Germany.
“One of the first things the Nazis did was claim that Jews were a threat, and exclude them from participating in public events and gatherings,” Lucas stated. “Eventually they required Jews to wear the Star of David on their clothing, the ultimate symbol of the persecution of the Jews.”
“And now these women say the Star of David is a ‘trigger,’ is threatening to them? These are deeply ignorant people who are turning history on its head.”
Lucas criticized the lack of significant response on the matter from major LGBT organizations. “What happened in Chicago was despicable, and it certainly does not represent the thinking of all LGBT people, who should be outraged by this hateful moment. All gay organizations talk about diversity and inclusion, so where are the condemnations now from those groups?”
International artists shun exhibition in northern Israel
The third Mediterranean Biennale in the northern Arab town of Sakhnin opened Thursday evening, but missing were several works whose creators asked to have them removed from the exhibition because it is taking place in Israel.
The exhibition, which is also being shown in the nearby Arab and Jewish towns of Misgav, Arrabeh and Deir Hanna until December 15, features works by 60 artists from 25 countries, including some who hail from Arab nations that have no diplomatic relations with Israel, such as Kuwait, Morocco, Algeria and Lebanon.
The artists who asked to have their works removed are of Algerian, Moroccan and Lebanese descent, though they currently reside in France and England. Some said they hadn’t been informed that their pieces were to be shown in Israel.
According to a spokesperson for the Mediterranean Biennale, the works in question are part of the collection of the FRAC Museum in Marseilles, which has been working with the Biennale for the past year and a half.
In adherence with the standard operating protocol, the museum forwarded the Biennale’s loan request to its art committee, which agreed to lend the works from the collection. The Biennale was required to pay a standard fee for the loan.
But the artists didn’t learn their works would be appearing in Israel until earlier this week, and several said they wouldn’t cooperate with an Israeli institution due to their support of the Palestinian cause.
BBC Blasted for Claiming the Holocaust is “Sensitive” for Muslims Because of Israel
The BBC has come under fire for publishing a news article on Wednesday stating that “The Holocaust is a sensitive topic for many Muslims because Jewish survivors settled in British-mandate Palestine, on land which later became the State of Israel.”
The British Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), a volunteer-led charity dedicated to exposing and countering anti-Semitism through education and law-enforcement, demanded on its website that the BBC “immediately and unequivocally apologise” for the line.
“The Holocaust is indeed a sensitive topic for many reasons, not least because six million Jews were systematically massacred. It should not be a sensitive topic to Muslims, or anybody else, because of the foundation of the State of Israel,” CAA stated. “Zionism, the movement to create the modern State of Israel began decades before the Holocaust, and had the country existed at the time of the Holocaust, millions of innocent Jewish civilians may have lived.”
CAA claimed that the line published by the BBC was anti-Semitic in nature: “For the BBC to lend credence to the notion that it is legitimate to be ‘sensitive’ about the Holocaust because of the existence of the State of Israel invokes antisemitic notions that the existence of the State of Israel is in some way racist, and it is offensive to tar ‘many Muslims’ in this way.”
The line appeared in a BBC News article about German Muslim schoolgirls who went to visit concentration camps in Poland and suffered racist abuse from locals. The BBC has since removed the controversial statement.
BBC Continues to Whitewash Hamas, Human Shields and War Crimes in Gaza
The program closes with Bowen opining that Hamas — the terror organization whose activities and abuses he has downplayed throughout the whole report — should be party to negotiations.
Until matters change in Gaza there will be more wars between Hamas and Israel. Change means a new attempt at peace with the participation and consent of all sides. Right now, there is no chance of that happening.
Perhaps one of the more disturbing points emerging from this series of programs by the BBC’s Middle East editor is the fact that the passage of time has done nothing to alter Bowen’s opinions and analysis.
Having publicly claimed that he did not come across human shields in the few days that he was in Gaza in the summer of 2014, three years later Bowen cannot accommodate the ample evidence that shows otherwise. Having promoted his own pseudo-legal interpretations of the Law of Armed Combat in his 2014 reporting from Gaza, he is incapable of subsequently adjusting that view in line with the facts.
That, of course, is what happens when the agenda takes precedence over the actual story.
Expert in Nazi Propaganda Omits James Wall’s Affiliation With Neo-Nazi Publication in Wikipedia Article
It is almost impossible that a historian would miss this controversy (even after a quick Google search), and no responsible historian would omit it from an article, but Bytwerk did. After the controversy broke, National Vanguard, a neo-Nazi publication came to Wall’s defense, as did Veterans Today, another racist publication affiliated with Veterans News Now. (No links.)
What makes Bytwerk’s omission even more astounding is that he is an expert on Nazi propaganda and is the curator of Calvin College’s online archive of German Propaganda. Veterans News Now, where Wall served as associate editor, traffics in many of the antisemitic tropes that the Nazis used and would be familiar to Professor Bytwerk.
Did Randall Bytwerk not know about the controversy surrounding James M. Wall’s affiliation with Veterans News Now and his unwholesome enmity toward Israel and its supporters which manifested itself as his career progressed and came into full bloom in his retirement?
How could he miss it?
In any event, CAMERA supporters can be glad because Wikipedia can be edited by its readers. It may take some effort, but the information about James M. Wall’s transformation from a respected mainline Protestant journalist into a purveyor of hate can be inserted into the Wikipedia article by anyone with a computer and a modem.
It is a sad subject, but the fact is, James M. Wall tarnished his legacy all by himself and no encyclopedia article about his life can legitimately ignore the issue.
Why does the BBC describe the Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack as ‘suspected’?
Similar conclusions were reached by additional parties including the US, Turkey and the UK as well as Human Rights Watch – an NGO usually considered by the BBC to be an impeccable source.
Is it possible that the BBC is not aware of those reports and hence is still describing the attack as “suspected” and amplifying Assad’s propaganda on the topic? That possibility is ruled out by the fact that included in the related reading at the bottom of this article is a link to a BBC report from April 26th titled “Syria chemical ‘attack’: What we know” that informs readers of the results of the investigations carried out by the OPCW, Turkey and France.
And yet despite that, visitors to the BBC News website still find plenty of content relating to that story which is presented using language and punctuation which suggests to audiences that there is reason to doubt whether an attack took place, what type of weapon was used and who carried it out.
This is of course far from the only case of false balance in BBC reporting that obstructs audience understanding of a story. The BBC News website, for example, still carries a report amplifying inaccurate Hamas claims concerning a 2014 incident in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza despite the fact that the circumstances have been repeatedly clarified over the last three years. The practice of promoting false balance clearly hampers the BBC’s purpose of providing the public with accurate and impartial reporting that enables understanding of global issues.
Social media to blame for growing antisemitism, German president says
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier denounced growing antisemitism in his country on Wednesday, German newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine reported.
Speaking at the 100th anniversary of the Augsburg synagogue, the president noted that while most Germans stand against antisemitism, a growing trend of anti-Jewish hatred is being spread on social media, in part due to some Muslim immigrant groups.
"Social media often propagates the spread of hate messages and antisemitic provocation," he said, noting the trend is growing across Europe.
Despite this, however, Steinmeier noted that, in comparison to France, Germany's Jews are staying put, rather than immigrating to Israel. He affirmed his hope that Germany "can once again be the home of which the Jews were robbed."
Germany gears up to fine social networks for Holocaust denial
German lawmakers are poised to pass a bill designed to enforce the country’s existing limits on free speech — including the long-standing ban on Holocaust denial — in social networks. Critics including tech giants and human rights campaigners say the legislation could have drastic consequences for free speech online.
The proposed measure would fine social networking sites up to 50 million euros ($56 million) if they fail to swiftly remove illegal content, including defamatory “fake news.”
It’s scheduled for a vote in parliament Friday, the last session before summer recess and September’s national election, and is widely expected to pass.
The U.N.’s independent expert on freedom of speech, David Kaye, warned the German government earlier this month that the criteria for removing material were “vague and ambiguous,” adding that the prospect of hefty fines could prompt social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter to delete questionable content without waiting for a court to rule it’s unlawful.
Thieves exhume Holocaust victims from Crimean killing trench
Police in Russia-annexed Crimea are investigating the desecration of a mass grave of Holocaust victims near the city of Simferopol.
The investigation opened Tuesday following the unauthorized exhumations performed last week at the site of a firing trench where Nazis and their collaborators killed hundreds of Jews, the Russian TASS news agency reported. Russia annexed the territory from Ukraine in 2014.
“A local resident saw at night strangers digging and immediately informed us,” Anatoly Gendin, head of the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Crimea, told the news agency. His organization also complained to police about the dig, which he said was likely the work of robbers looking for precious items.
The incident, the second case of its kind in five years in Crimea, came amid preparations for enclosing known burial sites with concrete.
“There is a preliminary decision of the Crimea State Committee and Jewish community organizations on setting up concrete enclosures and establish there a surveillance system,” Grigory Ioffe, a deputy speaker of the parliament of Crimea, one of Russia’s semi-autonomous regions, told TASS.
The Germans captured Simferopol in November 1941 when it had approximately 12,000 Jews, including many Krymchaks — a nearly extinct ethnic group of Jews of Turkmen descent who had lived in Crimea for many centuries before the Holocaust.
Top Catholic cleric in Palermo honored for returning ancient synagogue land to Jews
“This is the first step on a long path,” Archbishop of Palermo Corrado Lorefice said Thursday upon receiving the Raoul Wallenberg Medal for having transferred to the Jewish community a churchowned facility built atop the ruins of the Great Synagogue of Palermo.
Addressing the audience at a celebratory event at his residence, Lorefice was moved to tears as a he delivered a heartfelt speech.
“This is the first step on long path that we are called to together, to reach God on the day when all the people will be together in paradise,” he said.
He described the medal as “a sign of friendship that warms my heart, and warms the heart of all the Christians of Palermo, and particularly this archdiocese.”
Technion, Hong Kong VC Launch $200 Million Fund for Israeli Startups
Students, professors and alumni of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology now have a new way to finance their cutting-edge projects: a $200 million venture capital fund focused on creating companies out of the research conducted at the Haifa-based university.
The new fund is a joint venture between the Technion Research & Development Foundation (TRDF) and UG Capital Management (UGC), a fund management company based in Hong Kong.
The management team for the joint venture will be based in both Israel and Hong Kong. It includes Jonathan Mitchell, CY Lau and Thomas Lau of UGI, and Eddy Shalev, Dr. Eyal Kishon and Gary Gannot, the founders of the Genesis venture capital fund, who are joining the new Technion group.
“The Technion has been increasing its commercialization activities in recent years and we have already noted many successes in this field, including more than doubling the number of startup companies set up at the Technion through the new Technion DRIVE Accelerator,” said Prof. Wayne D. Kaplan, executive vice president for research and director general of TRDF.
UGI’s Jonathan Mitchell praised the new venture and team as a kind of “alchemy.”
A Gas Pipeline Connecting Israel to Italy Could Change the Near East
Since January of last year, Greece, Israel, and Cyprus have been working to create a pipeline that could transport natural gas to Europe from the reserves in Israeli coastal waters; Italy joined the negotiations two months ago. If this initiative, which is technically difficult and expensive to implement, does not pan out, Israel will be forced to choose between the less desirable options of cooperating with either Egypt or Turkey. George Tzogopoulos writes:
Turkey will not be considered a reliable partner by Israel for as long as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dominates the political sphere, despite the rapprochement achieved last summer. Israel also has reservations vis-à-vis Egypt: the growing Russian role in Egypt’s energy sector cannot be ignored.
If the EastMed project, [as the proposal is being called], develops, it will certainly improve Israel’s relationship with the EU. Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete has said construction of this pipeline would contribute to the reduction of Europe’s dependency on Russian energy, a potential result also viewed with favor by the U.S.
The traditional division among EU member states regarding their view of Moscow can work in EastMed’s favor. While Germany is looking favorably toward the Nord Stream 2 [pipeline], which will complement Nord Stream 1 in the transporting of Russian gas to Europe under the Baltic Sea, the EU might well emphasize energy security instead and push (with the support of the U.S.) for the realization of EastMed.
New Israeli Diagnostic System Enables Customized Antibiotic Treatments
A diagnostic system developed at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology enables rapid and accurate customization of the antibiotic to the patient. The system makes for faster diagnostics, earlier and more effective treatment of infectious bacteria, and improved patient recovery times. The findings were published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Antibiotics are one of the most effective ways to treat bacterial infections. However, the widespread use of antibiotics accelerates the development of bacterial strains that are resistant to specific antibiotics. In 2014, infections with antimicrobial resistance (AMR) claimed the lives of more than 700,000 people worldwide, in addition to a cumulative expenditure of $35 billion a year in the US alone.
For patients with threatening infections, urgent treatment is required for their health. According to established estimates, for every hour that effective antibiotic treatment is delayed, survival rates drop by ~7.6% for patients with septic shock. Therefore, in order not to leave the patient without adequate protection while awaiting the results, many doctors will prescribe an antibiotic with a broad spectrum of activity in large doses. This phenomenon facilitates the emergence of AMR and also affects the microbiota - the population of "good bacteria" found in the human body that protects it.
Tom Jones brings his brand of old school charm to Tel Aviv
Sir Tom Jones, in his performance in Tel Aviv, proved to the audience that despite being 77 and gray-haired for several years now, he is still a successful singer who has the endurance to hold a crowd captive for a 90-minute show. Jones is still able to hit the standard of professionalism he’s set for himself for the past five decades.
The consummate performer showed up on time, without delay. He began with a big bow to the huge crowd that greeted him at Tel Aviv’s Menorah Mivtachim Arena. He earned brownie points with the crowd after mentioning that he visited Jerusalem for the first time and enjoyed his visit to the Holy City very much.
He began to sing his songs when the audience joined him in applause, with the third song earning him a standing ovation.
The legendary singer did not forget to mention Leonard Cohen, who recently passed away, and performed one of his songs.
In the middle of the performance, he sang to the audience “Yiddishe Maman” followed by his big hit “Delilah.” With the audience’s average age leaning towards an older crowd, most in attendance were able to follow along easily with these old classics . With his booming voice, which may not even need a microphone at all, and his hips, which were constantly in motion, he made sure the audience got their money’s worth.
'Ariel University's medical school reflects our universal mission'
The cornerstone laying ceremony for Ariel University's new School of Medicine and Health Sciences, named after Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, was held on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the Adelsons, who donated $5 million to the project, saying, "You are not only great friends, you are great patriots of the Jewish people and the Jewish state."
Netanyahu said the school reflects Israel's values.
"We will live with our universal mission to provide medical care and relief, but we will simultaneously continue fighting terrorism and lead the global efforts to counter terrorism," he said. "The School of Medicine and Health Sciences will leave a lasting imprint and will serve as a hub for true excellence, and attract great doctors and the sharpest minds. It will train generations of students to come."
Education Minister Naftali Bennett lauded the establishment of a medical school in Ariel. Like Netanyahu, he also thanked the Adelsons.
IsraellyCool: Philip Noel-Baker: I Was Converted to Zionism By Emir Faisal And Lawrence of Arabia
Another absolute pearl from part one of Pillar of Fire (which I posted here): Listen to former British politician and diplomat Philip Noel-Baker explaining how he was converted to Zionism.


Look, but don’t touch: Moscow’s Schneerson Collection goes online
In 1922, a few years before he fled the Soviet Union, the sixth Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson petitioned the Russian government to return 35 crates of books they had seized years earlier.
The books had been passed down to his father, Rabbi Shalom DovBer Schneerson, by his grandfather and had belonged collectively to generations of Lubavitch Hasidim going back to Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady, who began the collection in the 18th century.
There was an illustrated haggadah, published in 1712 in Amsterdam, its pages stained by wine that was spilled at Passover seders hundreds of years ago. There was a book printed in 1552 in Venice, not long after the printing press was invented, with a handwritten inscription in cursive Hebrew reminiscent of Arabic. There was a Torah from 1631, with comments in Latin, written in pencil by Christian scholars who had studied the Jewish holy book.
The Soviet government did not return the books, and for almost a century they remained on the shelves of the Lenin public library in Moscow. But this month the Russian State Library will finish scanning and putting online the more than 4,500 books in the Schneerson Collection, making them accessible to everyone in the world at the click of a mouse.
“We have about 10 to 20 books left to scan. They’ll be on the site in a month,” said Svetlana Khvostova, the Russian State Library employee in charge of the Schneerson Collection at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow.



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          Natural Human-Drone Interaction   

1-month graduate project // Royal College of Art & Imperial College// May 2017

Taking inspiration from the interaction between falconers and their birds of prey, as well as from common daily gestures, cybernetics, dance, and robotics, several themes were explored, namely:
- a gesture-based interaction scheme that attempts to create a more intuitive and natural way to communicate with aerial robots
- ways in which aerial robots can become more autonomous by interpreting their environment in richer ways
- ways in which they can communicate their intentions and give feedback
- ways in which an aerial robot can understand and react to human emotions and eventually influence our behaviour

Parrot AR Drone, Node js, Javascript, Affectiva Emotion analysis SDK

contact: eirini.malliaraki@network.rca.ac.uk

Cast: Eirini Malliaraki

Tags: Affectiva, gesture, Parrot AR Drone, design, interaction, control, drone, node.js, emotion analysis and aerial robot


          Validation Technical Integration Engineer - Autonomous Driving Systems - ENG0035371 - Warren, MI   
**Validation Technical Integration Engineer \- Autonomous Driving Systems** How is one of the most complex technological leaps forward of our time validated when the...
          Rs 37.5 Crore Facelift For Ernakulam Maharaja’s College!   

Photo Credit: Online ManoramaSoon Maharaja’s College in Kochi will get a facelift at a cost of Rs 37.5 crore. University Grants Commission (UGC) has allotted a sum of Rs150 crore to four autonomous colleges, including Maharajas. Rs 37.5 crore has been allotted for the college to improve its infrastructural and academic developmental projects. Rs 37.5 crore has been […]

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          Lionfish-killing robots? Startup’s drone would target invasive species – USA TODAY   
Lionfish-killing robots? Startup’s drone would target invasive speciesUSA TODAYA quartet of engineers is developing drones to autonomously detect and collect lionfish at depths beyond the scope of human divers. The team, a startup called American Marine Research Co., arrived in the Florida Panhandle on June 9. By the end of July …Pensacola-based startup aims to […]
          Mobileyes Autonomous Car (Herstellervideo)   
Das isrealische Unternehmen Mobileye wurde 2017 von Intel aufgekauft.
          Fahrerloser Schwerlaster - Komatsu   
Das Innovative Autonomous Haulage Vehicle ist ein fahrerloser Muldenkipper für den Schwerlasteinsatz. Entwickelt wurde das Fahrzeug vom japanischen Baumaschinenhersteller Komatsu. Das Video stellt das Fahrzzug vor, das ohne Fahrer auskommt.
          MOM   
(Message Oriented Middleware) Software plumbing. Message-oriented middleware is the term for software that connects separate systems in a network by carrying and distributing messages between them. The messages may contain data, software instructions, or both together. MOM infrastructure is typically built around a queuing system that stores messages pending delivery, and keeps track of whether and when each message has been delivered. Most MOM systems also support autonomous publish-subscribe messaging. MOM products frequently use proprietary messaging technologies -- well-known examples include IBM MQSeries, MSMQ from Microsoft and Tibco Rendezvous -- but emerging standards specifications such as JMS and WS-ReliableMessaging are now enabling standards-based MOM infrastructures.
          AUVSI Autonomous Surface Vehicle Journal Paper (Diponegoro University Roboboat Team)   
Tri Bagus Susilo, TBS and Adi Prima Yudhistira, ADY and Ogi Tridho Maroghi, OTM and Ahlan Zulfakhri, AZ and Fatih Khamdani, FK and Mohamad Ansori, MA and Andi Pratama, AP and Iwan Setiawan, ST. MT;, IS and Hartono Yudo, ST.MT, HY and Eko Sasmito Hadi, ST.MT, ESH AUVSI Autonomous Surface Vehicle Journal Paper (Diponegoro University Roboboat Team). 4th International RoboBoat Competision .
          A Bougainville Sing Sing | Papua New Guinea   

Video | There was no shortage of traditional attire, energy, passion, hypnotic beats and dancing at a recent Bougainville Sing Sing in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea – it was a pleasure to experience this special event. Follow Me | Travel Inspired Website: https://www.travelinspired.co.nz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/travelinspir… Instagram:… Read More

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          The Majestic Lake Billy Mitchell in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville   

Video | As I approached the summit of the volcano, a thick blanket of fog covers Lake Billy Mitchell/Eruovi in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. All of a sudden it lifted to reveal plunging crater walls, landslides, thickets of vivid green ferns and the majestic lake itself.… Read More

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          Fancy Snorkeling in Papua New Guinea?   

Video | A short glimpse into the underwater world of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea – offering an abundance of colourful fish, intricate coral and crystal clear water. Not so long ago I had snorkeled maybe half a dozen times, however since arriving in the Autonomous Region… Read More

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          Does Snorkeling Get Any Better Than This?   

Video | Does Snorkerling Get Any Better Than This? Join me for an underwater adventure of snorkeling in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. A place of natural beauty and marine life like no other I have experienced throughout the world, offering an abundance of fish of all… Read More

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          Introduction to Autonomous Robots   
This book introduces concepts in mobile, autonomous robotics to 3rd-4th year students in Computer Science or a related discipline.
          Driver Killed In Tesla Accident Ignored Automated Warnings To Pay Attention   

"Bryant Walker Smith, a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, who devoted his career to studying semi-autonomous technology like Tesla uses, echoed Eustice’s sentiments, telling reporters that Tesla owners will likely have to decide between safety and convenience."

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          Ford Accelerates Robotics and Artificial-Intelligence Development   
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When Ford hired Jim Hackett as its new chief executive officer last month, he delivered a mandate: In a rapidly changing industry, the automaker no longer could afford to take a plodding approach to making decisions. Ford needed to move faster.

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The company took a step in that direction Thursday, consolidating its artificial-intelligence and robotics researchers into a single new team that will explore using those technologies on a broad range of transportation projects.

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The team will report to Randy Visintainer, Ford’s director of autonomous-vehicle development and controls. While self-driving vehicles will be a significant focus, they won’t be the lone one. Ford expects the researchers will evaluate artificial-intelligence applications for drones, mobility projects, and the technical requirements for entry into global markets

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“I can tell you there’s so much going on in the world of advanced engineering, it’s imperative that we maintain a crystal-clear focus on the most important elements to help us achieve our vision of changing the way the world moves,” wrote Ken Washington, Ford’s chief technology officer, in a Medium blog post.

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Some of those visions are well documented, with the company’s recent investments in artificial-intelligence and high-definition mapping companies. Others, Washington noted, haven’t yet been revealed.

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Perhaps he hints at some of the more secretive projects, saying the team will also explore “aerial robotics to enhance first- and last-mile travel.” Whether Ford will follow with plans for a contraption similar to the likes of Uber’s flying taxi or the Airbus self-flying Vahana concept, well, that’s an intriguing thought. For the time being, Ford is focused on the process of discovering and refining its next innovations.

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The new research team will work with Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based artificial-intelligence company that Ford made a $1 billion investment in last year. Argo will continue to do the bulk of the work developing the virtual driver system for Ford’s first generation of autonomous vehicles, a company spokesperson said, while the new team concentrates its efforts on more fledgling technologies.

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“This means you’ll likely see at least two separate fleets of self-driving vehicles on the road—one led by the Ford team conducting advanced research, and another by Argo AI, developing and testing our virtual driver system for production,” Washington wrote.

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In his introductory remarks, Hackett stressed that the company needs to match the speed of the ever-changing industry. But in terms of autonomous vehicles, the company’s approach hasn’t necessarily been lacking. An independent report issued earlier this year by Navigant Research found that Ford’s autonomous strategy and execution ranked as the most effective out of the 18 companies examined.

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· Ford will Expand Autonomous Vehicle Testing to Europe
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· Why Ford, Lincoln, and Lexus Vehicles Rule the Self-Driving Roost
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· How Silicon Valley Spurred Bill Ford Jr. to Replace His CEO
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Ford has previously stated its intent to put Level 4 autonomous vehicles—those that never require input from drivers when the system is active but might have limitations on the conditions in which they operate—into production by 2021. Combining the AI and robotics teams may show that Hackett and others are starting to make plans for what happens beyond that first autonomous launch.

- Reported by Car and Driver 4 hours ago.
          With More Partnerships, Nvidia Solidifies Its Grip on Self-Driving Tech   
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From its roots as a provider of graphics processing power for video games, Nvidia has risen to become one of the most important Silicon Valley companies developing technology for self-driving vehicles. This was underscored recently when the company announced further collaborations with two major OEMs—Volvo and Volkswagen—and top global automotive supplier ZF. Together, the announcements signal that automakers are using Nvidia’s technology for a broad range of autonomous systems, some of which are tilting from research-and-development projects into firm production plans.

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Chief among them: Volvo will use Nvidia’s Drive PX computing platform, pictured above, to develop advanced software and artificial-intelligence applications for autonomous vehicles. The two companies had already collaborated on the XC90 SUVs used in Volvo’s Drive Me project, and this announcement entrenches their relationship as Volvo plans to launch autonomous vehicles by 2021.

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“On the platform side, Nvidia is clearly dominating
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Speaking at the Automobil Elektronik Kongress in Germany, Nvidia chief executive officer Jensen Huang further announced the company will continue developing deep-learning technology with Volkswagen at the automaker’s Silicon Valley laboratory and that it will deepen its partnership with global supplier ZF Group.

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The announcements come at a time when competitors such as Intel are investing billions in self-driving technology and the race to provide chips, platforms, and artificial intelligence is ramping up. Tesla Motors was the first to use the Drive PX in production vehicles, and Nvidia has a long-standing relationship with Audi. More recently, it has inked deals with Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, and global supplier Bosch.

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“On the platform side, Nvidia is clearly dominating in the development and early-implementation phases of autonomous vehicles based on the announcements that have come so far,” says Mike Ramsey, research director at Gartner, a global technology consulting company. “These recent announcements extend their lead.”

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At Volvo, Nvidia will be developing both hardware and software while working with the Swedish automaker’s top supplier, Autoliv, as well as Zenuity, a new subsidiary of both companies formed earlier this year to focus on software development. Some of the work will remain proprietary to Volvo, while in some cases, Autoliv will be free to market products to other automakers.

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“This is significant, because a lot of the development work we’re doing can be leveraged by other automakers,” said Danny Shapiro, senior director of Nvidia’s automotive business unit. “You’re starting to see the industry welcome these type of collaborations.”

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Look no further than ZF, which also announced a deal with German lighting and sensor component supplier Hella. The companies plan to work together on camera and radar ventures that could help OEMs meet upcoming European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) standards being developed for the mass deployment of semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles. Nvidia is now a piece of that puzzle. Drive PX will underpin the efforts of ZF and Hella to create artificial-intelligence software that optimizes camera and radar data for autonomous or semi-autonomous functions. Stefan Sommer, CEO of ZF Group, says perfecting the combination of that artificial-intelligence information with mechanical systems is vital.

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With Volkswagen, the fruits of Nvidia’s collaboration are a bit further down the road. The two companies are working at VW’s Silicon Valley Data Lab to explore how vehicular information stored in data centers can be gleaned for insights, such as how traffic flow can be improved in particular cities. They’re using artificial intelligence in data centers instead of in the cars themselves, but in many ways, Nvidia’s Shapiro said, that’s just as important.

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· Bosch and Nvidia Bank on Self-Driving Collaboration Paying Off, Eventually
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· Intel’s Blockbuster Acquisition Reshapes the Self-Driving Race
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· We Ride in Audi and Nvidia’s Self-Driving Q7
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“AI is having a transformative effect on the auto industry in general, and a lot of this means focus on the Drive PX in the car, and running deep-learning algorithms in the vehicle, but there are lots of other implications for vehicles and connected cars,” he said.

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- Reported by Car and Driver 5 hours ago.
          AMCS Technology Complementing Volvo’s Autonomous Waste Truck   
The truck also houses the AMCS certified Vehicle Data Hub (VDH) solution on the two compartment vehicle with the in-cab AMCS On Board Computer.
          Sharia a subset of Millet sectarian law. Christians need ghettos they control.   
Millet law in the Ottoman Empire allowed Jewish and the various Christian sects to run their own local courts, for lower than national and international jurisdictional matters. Compares with the Brehon system of Keltic customary law in occupied Ireland, which for instance in cases of manslaughter assessed a fine from each member the killer's clan rather than individual punishment. Christians already headed for the Benedict Option need to envision establishing their own semi autonomous jurisdictions to defend their communitites
          Solar-powered robot weeds gardens autonomously   

American firm Franklin Robots is working on a small robot that lives in gardens and spends its time roaming around chopping down weeds.

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          Comment on The Danger of Obedience: Fake Police Crime Spree by autonomous   
When laws become codified personal preferences, law enforcement also becomes personal preference. Law abiding is always a personal preference. Neither courts nor police can be more than a little more lawful than the average citizen. If laws are not considered appropriate by citizens, they won't be considered appropriate by those set in place to enforce them.
          Howarth Morris: Management Accountant   
£30000 - £35000 per annum, Benefits Bbonus to 12%, Pension (8%), 25 da: Howarth Morris: Our client is a UK subsidiary of a household name, pioneering super-brand, with revenues of over €10 Bn worldwide. Operating as the No 2 in Finance for this autonomous division - based in impressive offices in Liverpool city centre - this role has been cr Liverpool
          Zanzibar Call To Prayer: Islam In Tanzania   
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania, one of the earliest adopters of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa.

          Air Force Working on AI Brains for Jets   
The U.S. Air Force has commissioned a "brain-inspired supercomputer" powered by IBM's TrueNorth neuromorphic 64-chip array for potential application in aircraft and other embedded, mobile, autonomous systems with size, weight and power constraints. With more than 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses, the e-brain's neurosynaptic array will perform real-time pattern recognition and sensory processing faster and more accurately than a human brain while requiring just 10 watts of power.
          7/1/2017: Business Beat: Dewa wins three awards for use of smart technology   

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) won three awards in the third .Gov Awards for use of IT by government organisations. Dewa won the Smart City Initiative of the Year Award for a pilot project that combines autonomous robots with virtual...
          Google’s Self-driving Truck Spotted For The First Time   

After successfully developing the self-driving car, Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle division, is now made headway into developing self-driving long-haul trucks. Here’s a first sneak peak into how they would look. The pictures of these trucks are the first ever public appearance of the vehicles and are released by Gizmodo thanks to an anonymous source while...

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          Apple, Google, and Autonomous Driving: Way Mo’ to This Than Meets the Eye?   

Earlier this month, Apple and Google both announced plans to kill off their self-driving car projects in favor of focusing on developing the underlying technology. But it’s a little weird that one announcement came so close on the heels of the other. Apple’s Project Titan, formerly a self-driving car project, will presumably continue to compete […]

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          TOP TIPS TO HELP MANAGERS SUCK LESS   

No-one wants to work for a sociopath. Although, according to P Babiak and the article Corporate Psychopathy: Talking the Walk,” Behavioral Sciences & the Law (March/April 2010)it’s likely that some of us will (or have).  

When you’re the manager of a corporate team, you invariably find yourself in meetings/conversations focused on “building high-performing teams” or “fostering a culture of trust and collaboration”.

I’m currently preparing for a meeting where I’ll be leading a discussion on how to build a culture of trust and collaboration… it got me thinking—how do I do that? Literally. How I personally do that? What are the behaviors that I try to exhibit consistently to do that?

I started writing a list that combines things I strive to do, that I have appreciated in managers I have had or that I respect in other managers I see.

Even if you aren’t a manager yourself—the principles are largely based in leadership qualities. You can help your manager improve by modelling the type of behavior that you expect of them.

So here it is, my top tips to help you suck less as a manager:

HONESTY & INTEGRITY

Set a standard and hold yourself to it. Honor commitments, don’t make promises you can’t keep, be fair, give your people pride in working with someone who does what they say they will and who others enjoy working with. No-one wants others to feel sorry for them because their manager awful or embarrassing.

  • Be honest and give people the opportunity to make their own interpretations. People can only do the best, with the information they have. By withholding information that you think might be “unfavorable”, your attempt to save the other person from hurt or disappointment, robs them of the opportunity to make decisions with all of the facts.
  • Be honest about your feelings. Don’t whine. But if you are hurt or offended, communicate it clearly with honesty and dignity—there is lots of strength in self-awareness and acceptance.

HUMANITY

Being human and empathetic isn’t a weakness, it’s a strength. Commit to focusing on the integrity that you bring to your work and the way you interact with others. That cold and dissociative personality that some people associate with strength and leadership—stop that.

  • Treat everyone with respect and dignity. No matter who they are.
  • Listen & avoid distraction. When you’re talking to someone, be present, make eye contact, listen actively and make sure people feel heard. Don’t look at your computer the whole time.
  • Show that it’s safe to disagree with you. Demonstrate respect for differences of opinion and do not punish opposition.
  • Be empathic. You might not feel or think the same as someone else, but acknowledge that you hear them and understand where they are coming from is important.
  • Focus on individuals and manage to their strengths. Find out what they like to do and where possible, align their work to that—if you are unable to do that—be honest about it and have discussions about whether it’s the right team for them to be in.
  • Invite people to give you feedback. Let people see that you are open to learning and self-correction, and set an example of non-defensiveness.

FAIL & LET OTHERS FAIL

If you only win 7 out of 10 times—you’re still winning. So start acting like it.

If you or your team is too paralyzed by the fear of failure. How are you supposed to tick all of your corporate buzz words and reach the nirvana of “entrepreneurial spirit” and “innovation”? An environment that punishes failure drives deception, inhibition and kills creativity.

  • Set people up for success, support them—but give yourself permission to let them fail.
  • Let your people see that it's safe to make a mistake—focus on asking yourself and others what you can learn. Don’t limit yourself to corrective feedback OR limit yourself to praise. Look for the lessons in both success and failure.
  • If you don’t know something, be honest say "I don't know, but I will find out".
  • If you make a mistake in the way that you interact with someone, for example you are unfair or short tempered—admit it and apologize.

EMPOWERMENT

Micromanaging is the enemy of autonomy and creativity.

Don’t assume that the passive person wants to be that way. Ask what they would need to feel more proactive and in control of their work. Then (if possible) give it to them. Empowering people gives them permission to be autonomous, to get excited and chase goals more vigorously.

  • Openly approach problems as challenges and opportunities, not as unsurpassable barriers. Great managers should have and encourage, a healthy disrespect for the “impossible”.
  • Give your people opportunities to practice self-responsibility. Give them space to take the initiative, volunteer ideas, attempt new tasks, expand their range.
  • Delegate “Problems”, not “Solutions”. By asking for assistance in solving a challenge and shifting responsibility to someone else, it gives them the space to take initiative, expand their range and feel a sense of accomplishment. People like to know you trust them.
  • Assign responsibilities beyond what people think they can achieve—and let them know you believe in them. There is huge personal accomplishment in succeeding in an area you never knew you could. Warning: Don’t do this in a way that sets people up for failure.
  • Don’t play the victim. If your people constantly see you in a passive, un-empowered state—how do you think that makes them feel?
  • Resource empowerment. Don’t ask people to be innovative and then tell them that there is no budget or other resources—their enthusiasm and creativity will dry up and they will be demoralized and probably feel like you’ve wasted their time. People need information, resources and authority to do what is asked of them.

CLARITY

Take responsibility for the understanding of others. Strive for consistency and clarity. If you have a problem with people not delivering on what you asked for—look at yourself and see if you’ve been clear enough.

  • Give reasons for rules and guidelines. Don’t hand down order or say things like “this is the way we’ve always done it”.
  • Describe undesirable behavior without blaming. You don’t have to tear someone down to honestly point out the consequences of their behavior. Let people know what you want instead.

RECOGNITION

It isn’t the responsibility of a manager to come up with all of the super-dooper amazing ideas and then hand out the execution of them. It’s to coach and remove barriers.

  • If your team wins, you win. Don’t take credit for their successes. Stand beside them during failure.
  • Say thank you.
  • Don’t just reward passive people who conform. Reward intelligent risk taking and people who are action oriented.
  • Recognize publically, correct in private.

You might read these and say “Thanks Captain Obvious—this isn’t rocket science”. However, I find the trick isn’t in knowing what to do, it’s actually doing it—consistently.

I’m not going to pretend that I’m the world’s greatest manager or leader—every day I learn something and am presented with an opportunity to improve. One thing I do know, is that it’s helpful if you start from a position of genuinely caring about what kind of person you are and a healthy awareness for the impact you may have on others.

My final comment is one about managing yourself. Don’t just seek out roles as a people manager because you think it’s the only way you can achieve your career goals. Do it because you genuinely care about helping others be successful.


          แอปเปิลเซ็นสัญญายืมรถจาก Hertz ผู้ให้บริการเช่ารถ มาทดสอบระบบไร้คนขับ   

เราเห็น Waymo จับมือกับ Avis ผู้ให้บริการรถเช่าในเรื่องของการซ่อมบำรุงไปแล้ว ล่าสุดมีการจับขั้วคล้ายๆ กันอีกคู่คือแอปเปิลและ Hertz แต่เป็นดีลการยืมรถมาทดสอบระบบไร้คนขับแทน

ข้อมูลนี้ถูกเปิดเผยออกมาจากเอกสารของกรมการขนส่งแคลิฟอร์เนีย ที่ระบุว่าแอปเปิลยืมรถ SUV ยี่ห้อ Lexus RX450h ซึ่งออกมาวิ่งบนถนนซักระยะแล้ว ซึ่งเมื่อครั้งทีแอปเปิลได้รับอนุญาตให้วิ่งทดสอบบนถนนในเดือนเมษายน เอกสารอนุญาตดังกล่าวก็ระบุเอาไว้ด้วยว่าแอปเปิลจะยืมรถจาก Hertz

Hertz ประสบปัญหารายได้และกำไรลดลงมาอย่างต่อเนื่องซักระยะแล้ว กระทั่งหุ้นของ Hertz เองก็ตกลงกว่า 75% ตลอดระยะเวลา 12 เดือนที่ผ่านมา แต่ข่าวการเซ็นสัญญากับแอปเปิลครั้งนี้ ทำให้หุ้นของ Hertz เพิ่มขึ้นมาราว 18%

ที่มา - Bloomberg


          Pep Subiros, kind guardian spirit for good causes: in memoriam   

Pep Subirós, who died in early May, was an important political and cultural figure of post-Franco Spain: philosopher, editor, author, cultural organizer. 

Pep Subiros. writer and philosopher

These tributes to Pep’s extraordinary personality trace the features of a public intellectual who our world will sorely miss:

Ash

Pep was a friend and admired colleague. We met about a decade ago in a Woodrow Wilson international venture on cities. We immediately took to each other and knew that we would work together. For me, the first draw was Pep's smile, light laugh, and his quiet but formidable intellect. Next was his resolute commitment to inquiry, social justice and real democracy. Every time we met, we talked for ages, rarely disagreed, looked for ways of developing a language of hope out of our turbulent present. 

We worked together on various projects. One high point for me was him bringing the South African sculptor Jane Alexander's magical exhibition, Bom Boys to the magnificent Durham Cathedral.  One of our annual themes at the Institute of Advanced Study was ‘Being Human’ and Jane's human-animal sculptures gave a powerful insight into that. The exhibition was a great public success and with Pep we put together a beautiful catalogue. Then, we met on many occasions at the Centre for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona (CCCB), to work on the contemporary city, on a Europe of the migrant, on a plural future. We co-presented, we talked, and we wrote together, including for openDemocracy. Any joint project was easy - we could sit at the computer and simply type away, as thinking and expressing together did not require much labor. It is rare to find someone with whom you can write so effortlessly. At root lay our friendship, of course. At times, I sought his advice on how best to deal with turbulent teenage children. He knew; he had a dear, precious, close family. The loss we all feel now is political, intellectual, and personal. 

Pep indicated a solution of how we can negotiate our near totalitarian times. That it is not enough to persevere steadfastly with critical writing, but that we must also work at making a fairer future tangible and desired. That we also need a profound ethical commitment to others and to the world at large. These qualities shone through Pep's personality and his work - his novels, philosophical reflections, art exhibitions, books on Apartheid, essays on the open city and on open Europe. They will linger through indelible memories, and indelible words scripted by a fine mind.

Bashkim

When someone dear to you passes away, your thoughts inevitably tend to bring him back. Or at least so it happens to me. And it is so with Pep. My souvenirs of Pep inexorably highlight his deeply civic commitment in life. When I arrived at Barcelona, my hometown for almost two decades now, Pep was among the first persons I met. In fact, my arrival was largely made possible thanks to him. I was hosted by the Asylum Cities Network of the International Parliament of Writers. Pep played a key role to making Barcelona part of that network and I was the first writer they received. We frequently met at that time. Then, for several years, life took us to different paths. Our meetings became less frequent, but I was surrounded by things created by him, by cultural institutions he had founded and then he went on his way looking for new things, leaving them as a precious legacy for our city.

Then, at a certain moment, our paths met again. Pep had the leading role in launching the Forum of Concerned Citizens of Europe and its webzine Living in diversity, and I started to collaborate with this project. The last stage was an event in Tirana, my hometown prior to Barcelona.

Shortly afterwards, Pep’s health deteriorated. And now I cannot meet him. However, for me he is always here somewhere in Barcelona, and although we cannot meet as we almost didn’t for several years after I came here, time will come when I will see him again. Our paths will meet again somewhere as they did in the past. I feel this and so my memory tells me. Pasternak was right when he said that you are always in the life of those who keep remembering you.

Blair

Pep Subiros was a bright force of nature streaming through the universe lighting up everyone and everything he touched.  He remained in numerous profound ways a man of his time and place. Yet, his insatiable curiosity and boundless imagination propelled him across all political, social and intellectual boundaries. No single concept can communicate who Pep was. He became a philosopher, a writer, a scholar, a politically-engaged administrator, a curator, an urbanist, a husband, a father, a colleague, a friend; and so much more; roles in life which he defined but never let define him. 

No one who came in contact with his thinking about cities, as I did, ever approached the urban condition quite the same way again.  Most of all, Pep was a humanist who was deeply devoted to the dignity of every human being; a commitment that was reflected in everything that he did. Unsurprisingly, he touched the lives of people from Johannesburg to Perm, from Quito to New York and many places in between. Pep Subiros, in short, defined the meaning of human being.

Jane

Pep Subirós made it possible to create and present art in rare and valuable ways, allowing artwork an interdisciplinary and engaged 'social life' it cannot have in the art world of successful commerce. 
 
I am most privileged and grateful to have had the exceptional opportunities he made possible for the preparation, exhibition and consideration of my work, always with consultation and respect, and for the insight I gained from his understanding of the social and political world through conversation, writing and the many significant individuals and their work that he introduced me to.
 
His passing is a great loss, not only for those of us who miss him, but for the impossibility of the projects he had in mind not yet realised. 

Josep

Pep Subirós has always been a kind of activist. An activist of life, I could say, who expressed himself primarily through various forms of culture. Through his origins, he had anarchist impulses that explained his difficulties in fitting in to suffocating structures. And, undoubtedly, he carried the marks of his left-wing political activism of the 1970s that were like a superego, pushing him towards the public and the collective, even against the spontaneous leanings of his character (..)

(…) he constructed his wide-ranging intellectual personality on three pillars: insatiable curiosity that manifested itself among others in his travels - hence his discovery of Africa; engagement with artists and intellectuals with whom he felt affinity, like Miquel Barceló or Jane Alexander; and a capacity to create links with people and institutions of different countries to launch projects that had the virtue (some would say, weakness) of lasting as long as they had a soul and ending before they became ossified. The last one, that his illness stopped, was creating the European group of Concerned Citizens that anticipated our continent’s current crisis. (..) he was always anxious about the world closing in again.

Laura

Pep has been a “colleague”, a dear friend also. The first time we met I was in Barcelona for a conference, in 2005. Someone told him that we shared experiences and interests. He came to meet me: it was the beginning of several encounters. He suggested we organize an international event at the CCCB to build a project with participants from different parts of Europe to share and discuss our contexts and experiences. To look at the future not as citizens in different social and political backgrounds, but from a “shared” European perspective. In March 2010 the Conference “Living with Diversity. For a Politics of Hope in Europe” took place. He had built these opportunities.  We never had the opportunity to work together again.

Yudit

According to the calendar, I first met Pep in 2012, at a symposium about the demise of democracy in Europe that turned out to be the last event he organized at the CCCB, the extraordinary cultural institution he helped to establish. But according to my internal calendar that measures subjective time, I met him in the mid1970s, during my first trips to a Spain that was slowly awakening from the long decades of dictatorship. Practically every person I visited read El Viejo Topo, a leftist politico-cultural journal, edited by Pep Subirós. Those people today are all over the political spectrum, but Pep used to be their companion of route during a crucial period of their life.

I came from behind the Iron Curtain; I understood right away the importance of that publication. So decades later, when I met Pep, it felt like finding a long not-seen close friend.

Pep was the kind of intellectual our world badly needs, a rare species on the way to extinction. Deeply rooted in the local context of his beloved Catalonia, he had a universal sensibility and was always looking for global solutions. A man with a big culture and solid theoretical knowledge, he was also able to act, to organize, to create networks and to talk to people from every possible corner of life. His curiosity, his eagerness to learn and share, his deep conviction that we are here to make this planet a better place, took him to diverse activities from university lecturer to political actor who shaped his city’s cultural profile, from a writer to a humble reporter who gave voice to the voiceless marginal. He went to Africa to understand where many of his country’s immigrants came from and returned as an ambassador of that world, writing about it and curating major exhibitions to show its treasures. He was a modest, generous, open-minded person, a wonderful, warm human being, with a good dose of often self-derisory humor. His premature death is a huge, painful loss. 

Vyjayanthi

On the gloomy May morning when I learned of Pep’s passing, I was already in a melancholic mood.  And earlier that week, I had been thinking of Pep as I prepared a lecture on immigration and the European refugee crisis. I had only met him a handful of times - in Barcelona and, for the last time, in Cairo six years ago. In Cairo, for the first time, we were able to have some long conversations.  In the midst of those distinguished scholars with long commitments to Africa, brought together by Edgar Pieterse of the African Center for Cities at the University of Cape Town, I was definitely an outsider and an interloper. But the conversations with Pep helped ease my way into the event. That is how I remember him, gentle, patient and caring. But above all, kind. While talking about our families, I discovered that his partner was Lali Bosch. I imagined some of the conversations they may have had, joined by their mutual, cosmopolitan interest in the world beyond Europe and its essential contributions to European culture. 

At the time I met him in Cairo, Pep was completing his essay on belonging and immigration. When he later sent it to me I understood what a rare voice he represented amongst European public intellectuals. Like an anthropologist, he based his work on direct contact with those he was writing about, discovering facets of immigrant life in Barcelona and other places that may not have come to light otherwise. Above all, he framed the issue, allowing the reader to view the question of belonging from the migrant’s point of view rather than the host’s.  Asking "who am I?" and "how am I treated?” rather than “who are you?” and “do you belong?”  turned the debate that has been increasingly focused on encroachment and discrimination into one about cosmopolitanism and exile.     

Even as I regret that this voice has now fallen silent, my hope is that his work will become ever more relevant. I’d been thinking of Pep during the week he passed away while I was working on a book on the Rio Olympics and their potential legacy. And I really wish Pep were here to read the book, make suggestions and offer insights from his own experiences from another Olympic city, connecting near and far as always. RIP, dear friend.

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Miquel Barceló. Homage to Pep. Courtesy of the artist. Miquel Barceló. Homage to Pep. Courtesy of the artist.Pep Subirós (1947-2016) was a Spanish philosopher and author. He taught philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the University of Glasgow and New York University. He was the editor of two key political journals of the post-Franco period, El Viejo Topo and Transición. Between 1985 and 1997 he was in charge of cultural affairs of the city of Barcelona, launching such important cultural projects as the Cultural Olimpics, the Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. As an independent curator, he organized major exhibitions in Spain, England and Japan. He wrote several volumes of essays, novels and travel diaries.  

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Contributors:

Ash Amin, Professor of Geography, Cambridge

Bashkim Shehu, Writer, Tirana/Barcelona

Blair A. Ruble, Political scientist, Washington, D.C.

Jane Alexander, Sculptor, South Africa

Josep Ramoneda, Philosopher and author, Barcelona

Laura Balbo, Professor of Sociology and politician; Italy

Miquel Barceló, Painter, Spain

Yudit Kiss, Economist and author, Budapest / Geneva

Vyjayanthi Rao, Professor of Anthropology, Mumbai/ New York

 

Thanks go to Yudit Kiss for gathering these testimonies.

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Contributors:

Ash Amin, Professor of Geography, Cambridge

Bashkim Shehu, Writer, Tirana/Barcelona

Blair A. Ruble, Political scientist, Washington, D.C.

Jane Alexander, Sculptor, South Africa

Josep Ramoneda, Philosopher and author, Barcelona

Laura Balbo, Professor of Sociology and politician; Italy

Miquel Barceló, Painter, Spain

Yudit Kiss, Economist and author, Budapest / Geneva

Vyjayanthi Rao, Professor of Anthropology, Mumbai/ New York

 

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          China sends aircraft carrier to Hong Kong for anniversary   

China sends aircraft carrier to Hong Kong for anniversaryA Chinese aircraft carrier is steaming towards Hong Kong for celebrations marking 20 years since Britain gave back the former colony, in a clear display of China's military might. China's national defence ministry said Thursday that the Liaoning was part of a flotilla on a "routine training mission" and would make a port of call in Hong Kong. The Liaoning, a secondhand Soviet ship built nearly 30 years ago and commissioned in 2012, will arrive at a time when fears are growing that Beijing is tightening its grip over the semi-autonomous city.



          Senior Robotics Systems Architect - (Boston)   
Job Description As a Senior Robotic Systems Architect you will work with GE Global Research and GE Business teams to design and architect commercial grade robotics inspection solutions for industrial assets. You will: Develop, lead and grow new technology concepts with strategic impact focused on robotics, autonomy, cyber-physical systems, and the Industrial inspection Lead projects, relationship building, and the development of new autonomous and robotic systems technology Interface with business leaders and provide direction and guidance for technology roadmaps Identify key technical issues and focus resources to produce cutting-edge technical breakthroughs in the area of cyber physical systems technology Actively participate in design, architecture, and development efforts of robotic inspection solutions for industrial assets Guide robotics researchers on the principals of software design and architecture Qualifications/Requirements Master's Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline with minimum of 10 year experience in enterprise system design, architecture, and integration. Minimum 5 years of experience in design and development of distributed cyber-physical systems, autonomous systems, robotic systems, simulation environments, and human-robot interfaces Strong track record as a thought leader and influencer Experience developing autonomy solutions for a diverse set of problems (eg planning, positioning, perception, etc.) and domains Familiarity with core robotics and autonomy concepts including path planning, kinematic and dynamic modeling of robots, perception, graphical simulation, and GUIs Possess superior problem solving skills, and independent decision making abilities, all while operating in an extremely demanding, fast-paced team setting Significant experience in C/C++/Python/Java programming Experience with the ROS or other robotics middleware and OpenCV, OpenCL, PCL, and CUDA Desired characteristics Experience in an industrial domain (eg oil & gas, energy, transportation, etc.) Experience with embedded robotics platforms developing online algorithms Well connected with external thought leaders, technology providers, and users of robotic and autonomous systems Experience with wireless sensor networks, and wireless communication protocols Familiarity with industrial control systems Experience with Continuous Integration & Continuous Deployment (CI-CD) Experience with Agile/SCRUM methodologies Demonstrated ability to convert high-level customer needs into a technical development strategy Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
          A revolução da mobilidade já começou   

MovinOn CommunAuto.jpg MONTREAL - No ano passado, Christiane Eid deu seu Mini de presente ao mecânico. Jovem executiva, mãe de dois garotos, ela não quer mais saber de carro próprio. Cansou das depesas com manutenção e de perder tempo em busca de vagas.

Hoje, Christiane se move de bicicleta pela bela e civilizada Montreal. Quando o uso de automóvel se faz inevitável, ela simplesmente aluga um carro híbrido, rapidamente e sem qualquer dificuldade, por meio dos sistemas de compartilhamento que existem na cidade.

— Gasto uns 3 dólares canadenses por hora (o equivalente a R$ 7,50). É tão barato que nem consigo acreditar — diz.

Christiane já vive o início do que será a mais profunda transformação no conceito de automóvel desde que Karl Benz funcionou seu Patent-Motorwagen pela primeira vez, em 1885. Nas próximas duas décadas, nos países do primeiro mundo, os carros particulares cederão cada vez mais lugar a veículos elétricos, autônomos e compartilhados.

Esta é uma das conclusões da maratona de palestras do Movin'On, fórum internacional de mobilidade promovido pela Michelin. A primeira edição deste seminário que se anuncia anual aconteceu há duas semanas em Montreal, no Canadá.

O próprio tipo de evento já dá pistas da revolução. Por 20 anos, a Michelin promoveu o Challenge Bibendum, misto de encontro e rali mais voltado para a parte técnica de automóveis “limpos”. Agora, o que há são discussões mais gerais sobre transporte e urbanismo.

— Evoluímos o conceito e decidimos trocar o nome para Movin'On. Queremos reunir empresas, governos, ONGs e clientes para discutir como aumentar a mobilidade sem gerar danos ao ambiente — explica Claire Dorland-Clauzel, membro do comitê executivo da Michelin.

Da conferência fazem parte políticos e figuras eminentes como Jean Todt. Engana-se quem imagina que o lendário chefão da Ferrari na Fórmula-1 (e presidente da Federação Internacional de Automobilismo desde 2009) acha que os temas em debate são coisa de ecologistas chatos.

— Quando pensamos no futuro da mobilidade, é preciso fazer uma distinção entre países ricos e pobres. Nos ricos, o mais urgente é a gestão racional do espaço, dividir o carro. E esses veículos compartilhados são híbridos, elétricos ou até, dependendo do país, não-motorizados. Nos pobres, a questão mais urgente é a segurança viária. Nesses lugares, que vivem uma motorização rápida, mas ainda têm uma infraestrutura viária sofrível, os acidentes de tráfego são a principal causa de mortes violentas dos homens e a quarta entre as mulheres — afirma Todt.

Compartilhados, autônomos e elétricos, os SAEV (sigla de Shared Autonomous Electric Vehicles) chegarão em breve e estima-se que terão custos de operação 60% inferiores aos dos carros convencionais.

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Ex-astronauta e atual ministro dos Transportes do Canadá, Marc Garneau, compara a rapidez do processo que estamos vivendo ao ritmo das transformações do século passado.

— Meu avô só andava a cavalo, e eu viajei ao espaço. Em 1900 ninguém podia imaginar as modificações que o automóvel traria. Em 1908, a província canadense de Prince Edward Island baniu os carros por causa do barulho, do cheiro e dos acidentes. Os veículos motorizados só tiveram liberdade por lá a partir de 1919 — conta.

Hoje o Canadá aposta na automatização, nos sistemas integrados e em compartilhar carros e bicicletas por meio do smartphone. Os planos para 2030 visam modernizar o setor de transporte, favorecendo a infraestrutura. Veículos conectados e com pouca intervenção humana reduzirão as chances de acidentes, congestionamentos e poluição. Segundo o ministro, comboios de caminhões autônomos permitirão reduzir em 14% o consumo de combustíveis no transporte de carga.

— O desafio, agora, é manejar a transição dos carros atuais para os autônomos — explica Garneau.

Hoje, um em cada 200 carros no Canadá é 100% elétrico. O país está investindo na instalação de pontos de recarga de eletricidade (e até em postos de hidrogênio) para pôr mais veículos emissão-zero na estrada.

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Jovens de cidades como Londres, Berlim, Tóquio, Barcelona e Paris vêm perdendo o interesse em tirar carteira de motorista. Marcas de automóveis começam a se converter de fábricas a provedoras de serviços de mobilidade para não tomarem o mesmo caminho de Kodak e Olivetti.

Grégoire Olivier, vice-presidente de serviços de mobilidade da PSA Peugeot Citroën, fala sobre essa sinuca enfrentada pela indústria:

— Os engarrafamentos e a redução dos espaços para estacionar são um problema global e já estamos no meio desse tsunami. Os fabricantes precisam encontrar novos parceiros e se transformar em fornecedores de sistemas de compartilhamento.

Olivier explica que usar o car sharing deve ser sempre mais barato do que andar em táxi. Um exemplo são os 500 Citroën C0 (elétricos) que já são compartilhados em Madri.

— Menos gente comprará carros, teremos mais compartilhamento — prevê Olivier. Nesse novo mundo e diferente, a “inteligência das coisas” será fundamental. — Todos os carros terão que se tornar mais ou menos autônomos na próxima década. Imagine 2 milhões de carros conectados, conversando entre si. Quando o ABS de muitos veículos entrar em ação em algum ponto da estrada, saberemos que há um problema de infraestrutura viária ali — exemplifica o francês.

Guillaume Gerondeau, diretor de transporte e mobilidade da Dassault Systèmes na Ásia, é outro que diz que já estamos em meio a uma mudança sem precedentes.

— O automóvel é grande demais para um veículo que fica sem uso 95% do tempo, mas ainda é o modo mais eficiente de transporte, pois nos leva diretamente de um ponto a outro no momento desejado. Parafraseando Churchill, o carro é o pior meio de transporte, exceto todos os outros — brinca Gerondeau.

Para ele, o carro sobreviverá, ainda que de uma forma bem diferente. A experiência de andar neles também mudará bastante. Os autônomos nível 4, bem automatizados, começarão a chegar ao mercado em 2020. À medida que se tornarem comuns, mais pessoas adotarão os serviços dos autônomos compartilhados: — Creio que esse novo tipo de mobilidade se dará, inicialmente, nos subúrbios de países desenvolvidos. O Japão terá vans autônomas sob demanda no campo. Nos grandes centros de países menos desenvolvidos será mais complicado, dada a alta densidade populacional. Cada local precisará de uma solução.

Para Gerondeau, com o passar do tempo, o cidadão comum não comprará mais carros. E se o compartilhamento é inevitável, os fabricantes terão que aderir.

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A Daimler AG, por exemplo, já tem sua própria a subsidiária de compartilhamento de carros: é a car2go, cuja filial em Montreal aluga pequeninos Smart por toda a cidade. Pagamento, busca de carros disponíveis, abertura de portas: tudo é feito por meio de um aplicativo no smartphone.

Pode-se levar o Smart do ponto A ao B, sem retorná-lo ao lugar de partida. Os preços podem ser de 41 centavos de dólar canadense (R$ 1) por quilômetro ou 15 dólares canadenses (R$ 37) por hora. O estacionamento é grátis.

Mas a mais popular empresa do ramo em Montreal é a Communauto, que hoje hoje só trabalha com automóveis elétricos ou híbridos. São, quase todos, Nissan Leaf e Toyota Prius, e sua conservação é muito melhor que a dos Autolib' parisienses.

Os carros prateados da Communauto estão por toda Montreal. São 1.500 automóveis (contra 4.500 táxis convencionais na cidade), que podem parar em vagas proibidas a carros particulares. Os preços para associados começam em 2,20 dólares canadenses por hora (R$ 5,50). Os pagamentos podem ser feito com uma espécie de Riocard local e, em breve, a tarifa poderá ser combinada à das bicicletas compartilhadas Bixi, também muito populares e fáceis de se usar.

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Os aplicativos são citados por vários palestrantes como solução para o transporte.

— Plataformas que concentrem informações reduzirão congestionamentos e poluição — imagina Susanna Zammataro, diretora da Federação Internacional de Estradas (IRF), com sede em Genebra.

E há a vertente do finlandês Sampo Hietanen, CEO da MaaS Global, tido como pai do conceito de “mobilidade como serviço”. Com uma taxa mensal, o usuário poderá usar todos os tipos de transporte compartilhado: carros, táxis, ônibus, bondes, metrôs, trens e bicicletas. Um aplicativo mostrará quais são as combinações ideais e mais rápidas para se ir de A a B. Nessa visão, as pessoas não terão mais carros particulares, mas sim seu operador de mobilidade preferido.

— O mundo hoje está completamente errado: maus governos, poluição, qualidade de vida ruim. Quando vemos caminhões engarrafados, jogando emissões de diesel no ar, sabemos que temos um problema. Algo tem que ser feito já. Não há essa opção do "e se não der certo?" — sentencia o suíço Bertrand Piccard, que foi aplaudido de pé após sua palestra no Movin'On. Balonista e psiquiatra, ele deu a volta ao mundo no Solar Impulse 2, um avião com quatro motores elétricos movidos a energia solar. — Todos diziam que era impossível, mas conseguimos fazer a aeronave mais eficiente da história da aviação.

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O setor de transportes está sendo atingido por um tsunami digital que apenas começamos a perceber. Muitas questões, contudo, ainda precisam ser respondidas.

— Nos países emergentes, sempre houve o sonho do carro próprio. Agora, simplesmente, como dizer não? — pergunta o português José Viegas, secretário-geral do Fórum Internacional de Transportes (ITF), organização que reúne 59 países em discussões sobre mobilidade.

O compartilhamento acabará com a necessidade de compra de um automóvel. Os custos serão muito menores, bem como a percepção de tempo perdido com abastecimento, manutenção e vistorias. Tanta facilidade poderá multiplicar o uso do carro, criando “engarrafamentos verdes”. — A solução? É preciso que cada carro leve múltiplos ocupantes. Acredito no uso de pequenos ônibus autônomos sob demanda (“taxibus”), sem baldeações e por preços baixos. Com isso, teremos menor volume de tráfego, sem congestionamentos e com melhora no acesso ao transporte. Podemos fazer isso com apenas 4% dos veículos existentes hoje, reduzindo radicalmente o espaço usado como estacionamento — imagina Viegas. — Tudo muito diferente do que temos hoje. São mudanças em massa com muitos obstáculos.


           How Building Baseline Video Analytics via Crowdsourcing Can Lead to Safer Streets    

Teaching computers object recognition has become a goal for many in recent years. Breakthroughs in facial recognition have infiltrated smartphone apps that give people in regular selfies animal ears and noses, glasses, or a digital beard (among many other things). Other uses for object recognition include programs for augmented reality apps and for use by autonomous vehicles, helping them to recognize other vehicles, pedestrians and/or cyclists.

In a partnership among Bellevue, Wash.; Microsoft; the University of Washington; and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, researchers are hoping to use object recognition through video analytics to recognize collisions and near-misses on roadways. Called the Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero, the initiative strives to eliminate collisions on roadways around the world by training a program to spot near-misses in intersections and understand the road conditions that led to the outcome.

The project is based on a study that used GoPro cameras to recognize dangerous traffic corridors in Montreal. Bellevue Principal Transportation Planner Franz Loewenherz knew it would be impractical as a wide-scale strategy for municipalities, but he realized there was an entire trove of video streams in intersection cameras.

“What if we could use our existing infrastructure and take raw video footage from those cameras and translate it into real data that we can then make smart decisions on?” he told Government Technology. “We already have hundreds of cameras."

The program looks at various road users, cars, cyclists and pedestrians in incremental clips to understand what their behavior looks like. The more input the system has, the better the program will be at recognizing the different roadway elements. So they opened it up to the public to help teach the algorithm what a pedestrian "looks like" versus a motor vehicle or cyclist.

Anyone can visit the site, watch a short clip, and manually categorize the various objects passing through their frame. Through the collective action, the input builds a baseline knowledge for the computer to automatically determine what it sees more accurately across multiple contexts. In approximately one month, 500 people have volunteered to annotate existing traffic footage via the crowdsourcing platform.

Loewenherz is hoping the increased input via crowdsourcing will help the tool identify dangerous situations and give planners the chance to make proactive changes in order to improve an intersection’s safety before people are hurt.

While the original project began as a relatively small partnership between Microsoft and Bellevue, it was always intended to grow larger and have a bigger impact than just within city limits, explained Loewenherz.

“One of the things that was important to me, both when I did the [Americans with Disabilities Act] work and the work I’m doing now, is that it be transferrable,” he said. “I’d never want this to be just about Bellevue. I wanted this to be available to cities small and large in the U.S. and elsewhere.”

Partners now include New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Vancouver, B.C., among others.

So far the program can recognize motor vehicles accurately more than 95 percent of the time, but struggles more with pedestrians. This is because of the “boxy” nature of motor vehicles and their more predictable travel patterns. A computer has a harder time trying to understand the differences in pedestrians due to the variety of forms.

“The pixel pattern [for vehicles] is easily identifiable,” said Loewenherz. However, the “nuance between a person in a wheelchair or person on a bicycle is much harder.”

While Bellevue continues to serve as the “test-case,” Loewenherz said he hopes this program will eventually get to a place where multiple cities can access the tool, understand where problematic corridors are and proactively fix them. The ultimate vision, he said, “would take the form of a trusted data collaborative.”

“This would be a nonprofit organization," he added. "Early thoughts are that the University of Washington would take on this role, they would serve as the trustee. They would onboard municipalities that are interested in generating the kinds of data that we’re talking about. … Each city would then have their own unique data vault.”

While this model would not only allow municipalities to understand their own traffic system, the data could also be mined to draw greater insights into transit systems across cities. And cities would be able to keep certain data private if they requested.

The project will launch a beta dashboard for its partners in July. The program is already “able to take raw video footage, translate that to data points for turning movements at intersections,” said Loewenherz. And by winter of 2017, a full beta that can predict more than motor vehicles is expected to be released.

Loewenherz explained that this work melds well with the work in the autonomous vehicle space, but goes beyond that. This is a public health crisis. As the ninth leading cause of death, worldwide, reducing traffic fatalities needs to be tackled with everything possible.

“We need to get more ways to get people interested in this," he said, "and not have it limited to transportation geeks like myself.”


           Vegas, D.C. Showcase Their Smart Cities Approaches In Austin, Texas    

AUSTIN, Texas — At this week's the Smart Cities Connect Conference, officials have acknowledged that the next iteration of the smart city should focus more on people and less on infrastructure; the National Science Foundation highlighted three ways it's supporting the greater gov tech movement; and five new cities joined the Smart Gigabit Communities program.

But not all attendees took to the stage to share their smart city approaches. On the show floor, Don Jacobson, IT business partner with the city of Las Vegas, told Government Technology that about 18 months ago, the City Council designated the downtown area as an Innovation District "where we can take and make that a proving ground — a demo area test bed if you will — for all sorts of smart cities technologies," he said, calling out the Internet of Things, connected and autonomous vehicles, and sensors that gather environmental data.

Jacobson mentioned the Innovate.Vegas website, which offers details on news events and activities happening in the larger innovation space, and also links to an interactive map of the Innovation District that displays the connected corridors along with locations of sensors being installed.

Across the country, Washington, D.C., has two big projects that Mike Rupert, communications director for the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, was highlighting at the conference.

"The first one is called PA2040, which is a nine-square-block project that we have installed Gigabit Wi-Fi, which is ubiquitous throughout the area — it's very busy from about 9 to about 4, and it's pretty empty after that," he said. "And so we want to kind of activate the area, provide that Wi-Fi to activate parks, to keep people moving and walking, instead of either hiding in their cars ... or hiding in their offices."

The city also just wrapped up a pilot in which 76 intelligent street lights were configured with motion sensors, Rupert said, so each is 30 percent lit until someone comes within 100 yards of it.

"It also allows us to control them remotely for special events or in the event of an evacuation — God forbid something happens — we're able to turn it on 100 percent, or blink them to point people in the right direction," he added, "so that was the really exciting pilot, which has led to an RFP to actually go start doing this throughout the entire city."

One of our GovTech 100 companies — AppCityLife — also was at Smart City Connect, and CEO Lisa Abeyta told Government Technology that AppCityLife was selected as one of the six presenters for the Innovation Challenge for Infrastructure. While it may seem rather odd to have a platform as a service that is focused on data as part of infrastructure, she noted that that's where it needs to start.

"The thing that the judges said made them decide that we should be part of that is the fact that we are platform agnostic, and that we are integrating artificial intelligence, chatbots, normalizing data, have native mobile apps that have more advancements for ADA compliance," she said, adding that these advancements are not for the just visually impaired, but also can now bring in natural language so that people who are illiterate or non-native English-language speakers can use technology that they previously couldn't. "So it expands the breadth of reach for a city that allows more people to use the technology"


          Comment on Lorenzo Montanà : phase IX (CD) by Reviews Editor   
From <a href="https://www.ambientblog.net/blog/2017-06-14/2017-14/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ambient Blog</a> Italian composer Lorenzo Montanà‘s work dates back to 2009. Besides releasing his solo-albums, he has collaborated with artists like Pete Namlook and Alio Die. Apart from creating and releasing his own music, he is also a soundtrack composer (perhaps you know the song Deep Shadow from the Hunger Games movie trailer which he composed together with Tying Tiffany as T.T.L.). As a producer/arranger his name is tied to more that 40 albums in various genres. <strong>Phase IX</strong> is his first American release: it is released on the Projekt label. But of course it’s available worldwide through the usual channels. The “translations of internal thought currents into autonomous sonic spheres” have a nice 70’s atmosphere, through the use of sequencer patterns of course (Dhalg Fu), but they are not strictly electronic: ‘natural’ ingredients are added by using instruments like the hang drum, cello and piano. Overall, this music fits perfectly next to that of Robert Rich or Steve Roach.
          Brown Goes Green – Fleets Push High Tech Envelope   
UPS wants a quarter of its vast vehicle fleet to be using batteries, CNG, hybrids, even hydrogen, by 2020. And it's not alone. Both to improve the environment, and their bottom lines, a number of fleet operators are looking at alternate powertrain tech. They're also exploring other cutting-edge technologies, such as autonomous and self-driving vehicles, reports TheDetroitBureau.com.
          Teamsters Pushing for Role in Shaping Autonomous Truck Laws   
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is zeroing in on federal legislation regarding 'self-driving' technology, looking to ensure the safety and security of truck drivers in the U.S. For details, go to TheDetroitBureau.com.
          BMW Expected to Reveal All-Electric 3-Series at Frankfurt Motor Show   
It’s been one of the Bavarian maker’s worst-kept secrets. But BMW now is expected to reveal an all-electric version of the 3-Series at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, the first in a wave of new battery cars. To help pay for its electric, autonomous and connected R&D, however, expect BMW to make big cuts elsewhere, reports TheDetroitBureau.com.
          Safety groups seek hands-on regulation of autonomous vehicle testing   
Safety groups are mounting opposition to a new House Republican legislative package governing self-driving vehicles, saying the proposals give automakers too much of a free hand to test new technology on public roads.
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          Northern Ireland power-sharing talks miss deadline   
BELFAST: Northern Ireland's squabbling political parties missed a deadline on Thursday (Jun 29) to form a power-sharing government after three months of petty wrangling. Talks to restore a semi-autonomous administration in Belfast missed the 4pm (1500 GMT) deadline, with the two main parties, the ...
          100 Days of the Resistance: One Action for Every Day of Trump's Presidency   
From the Women's March to rogue Twitter accounts, US citizens are fighting back one day at a time. by Stranger Staff

Day 1: More people seem to protest than attend Donald Trump's inauguration. The stands in DC, normally filled with fans, are eerily empty. A limo is set on fire. Also: White nationalist Richard Spencer is punched during an interview near the inauguration.

Day 2: More than three million people wear pussy hats and attend the Women's Marches around the world. In Seattle, 175,000 people march, the biggest protest in the history of the city.

Day 3: The euphoria of the previous day has dwindled. People realize that Trump is actually fucking president. They start drinking all the beer in the house until they've finished that and then move on to the whiskey.

Day 4: White House staffers begin leaking to the press.

Day 5: For the past few days, a mysterious pirate-radio broadcast has been interrupting radio signals across the country—an oldies station in Texas, a community radio station in Kentucky, and others in Indiana and South Carolina, including local Voice of Vashon's 101.9 FM—airing (the uncensored version of) YG and Nipsey Hussle's "Fuck Donald Trump" continuously on repeat.

Day 6: Six days in. Drinking all the vodka in the universe.

Day 7: @RoguePOTUSStaff, an anonymous Twitter account claiming to be "the unofficial resistance team inside the White House" sends its first tweet: "Pres. Trump is already making waves at the office. Wants to be 'the President who will be remembered as a King.' His words, not ours."

Day 8: Dozens more "rogue" accounts show up on Twitter, people somehow believe they are all real, Twitter becomes an even more insufferable website than it already was.

Day 9: Fueled by rage (and possibly by post-inauguration binge drinking), more than 3,000 protesters demonstrate at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after six people were detained in response to Trump's first executive order, which sought to ban refugees and immigrants from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen—all Muslim-majority countries—from coming into the United States.

Day 10: Amid protests over Trump's travel ban, the American Civil Liberties Union announces that it received a record $24 million in donations over a single weekend. In just January alone, the organization saw a 1,900 percent increase in donations from the same month in 2016.

Day 11: Washington becomes the first state to sue Trump over the Muslim-majority country travel ban, arguing it's unconstitutional. In doing this, Washington State attorney general Bob Ferguson becomes a national heartthrob.

Day 12: It has been only 12 days of the Trump presidency, and everyone we know has aged 1,000 years.

Day 13: Everyone is talking about the Budweiser pro-immigration ad. Set in the 19th century, it has a young German man arriving in the US. He gets yelled at by drunk Americans, who want him to go back to his country. He doesn't listen to them and instead settles in the heartland and starts a brewery that will grow into a massive corporation that creates lots of American jobs. The commercial made it clear that corporate America does not like the Muslim ban.

Day 14: Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz's proposed bill HR 621—which aimed to sell off 3.3 million acres of federally-owned land—is withdrawn due to public outcry and backlash from hunters, sportsmen, and conservationists on both the left and the right. Turns out, people don't like the idea of privatizing public land.

Day 15: Washington proves that we aren't going to take any unconstitutional bullshit when Seattle-based US District judge James Robart grants Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson's request for a temporary restraining order against Trump's (first) Muslim-nation travel ban, prohibiting federal employees from enforcing it and spurring collective 'Fuck yeahs!' and high-fives around the nation.

Day 16: Former Chumbawamba member Danbert Nobacon—now living in Twisp, Washington—pens an anti-Trump song titled "Revolution 9.01" that champions science and disdains the incoming ignoramus-in-chief. It's off his Stardust to Darwinstuffalbum, which you can buy now.

Day 17: The New England Patriots win a big sports game, which, because of tradition, grants them access to the White House. But shortly after their victory, six Patriots players announce they won't be attending the visit for political reasons. When the visit happens in April, more than two dozen players skip.

Also: Melissa McCarthy plays Sean Spicer and it enrages Trump, who more than anything hates that a woman has portrayed his moronic press secretary.

Day 18: Ninety-seven companies—including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter—file an amicus brief opposing Trump's travel ban.

Day 19: Two sterling indie-rock comps from the Northwest—Battle Hymns

out of Portland and SAD! A Barsuk Compilation for the ACLUout of Seattle—come out, earnestly striving to raise funds for organizations (Planned Parenthood and the ACLU) necessary in the fight to thwart Trumpism.

Day 20: Rosie O'Donnell impersonator Sean Spicer says that Nordstrom dropping Ivanka Trump's brand of shoes and handbags is an attack on the president, erasing whatever little respect anyone had left for him.

Day 21: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to reinstate Trump's travel ban, writing a stinging rebuttal of the idea that the judiciary has no role in mitigating presidential power. Trump tweets: "SEE YOU IN COURT!" to the court.

Day 22: Protesters in DC block newly appointed secretary of education Betsy DeVos from entering a public school. "Shame, shame," they shout as DeVos drives away in a black SUV. No bears were sighted at the demonstration

Day 23: Protesters gather at Cal Anderson Park (and across the country) for an LGBTQ Solidarity Rally after word that an executive order is in the works aiming to allow organizations to use religious beliefs to deny services to gay and transgender people.

Day 24: Seattleites hold the Seattle-esty event ever by flocking to Optimism Brewing on Capitol Hill to send Valentine's Day–themed postcards expressing their values to their political representatives.

Day 25: Michael Flynn quits as the national security adviser just before midnight. He had admitted to misleading VP Mike Pence regarding contacts with a Russian envoy.

Day 26: Love is dead, but the Resistance isn't.

Day 27: Victory! A Trump cabinet member goes poof! Andrew Puzder withdraws as labor secretary nominee after Mitch McConnell says the Republicans will withhold support for the CEO of CKE Restaurants (which owns Hardee's and Carl's Jr. fast-food chains) after Puzder came under fire for allegedly hiring an undocumented immigrant.

Day 28: Across America and in Seattle, workers take the day off for A Day Without an Immigrant. Some restaurants close in solidarity.

Day 29: The White House sends out a very slanted e-mail questionnaire, "Mainstream Media Accountability," about "media bias." Non Trump supporters fill out the form and troll him.

Day 30: Don Lemon grows balls, stands up to Trump defender/commentator Paris Dennard, tells him to shut it on referring to reporting on Trump and Mar-a-Lago as "fake news."

Day 31: Nation realizes it's barely been a month since Trump was inaugurated. Doesn't get out of bed.

Day 32: Milo Yiannopoulos is booted from his keynote speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Old interviews on YouTube resurface of him talking about how he thinks sex between older men and younger boys is A-okay. Cue sudden conservative outrage.

Day 33: Stranger

staffers pick at the stale leftovers of Heidi Groover's birthday sheet cake, which had Alex Jones's (of Infowars) face printed on it. He was crying.

Also: Milo Yiannopoulos resigns as editor of Breitbart. Other conservatives, including Richard Spencer, have turned on him, deciding that racist and sexist remarks are fine, but man-boy love is a bridge too far. Milo goes into exile.

Day 34: The Washington Post has no chill and changes its motto to "Democracy Dies in Darkness."

Day 35: Trump gives his first address to Congress to some fanfare, but Lindsey Graham says Trump's draconian budget cuts will be DOA.

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Also: In response to Congressman Dave Reichert's (WA-8) failure to hold public meetings for his constituents, silver-haired boomers and youthful residents of the district hold the first of many protests outside Reichert's Issaquah office. A mandola player leads the crowd of 100 in song: "Hangin' around his office in town, / waitin' for my congressman. / Just wanted to tell him my concerns, / what I want from Washington. But I can tell you now, Dave's not here, / he sure don't want to listen to me."

Day 36: Leaked details of the Republicans' Obamacare replacement plan reveal that said plan would cover fewer people, despite Trump's promise that, somehow, everybody would have insurance. This foreshadows weeks of town-hall meetings with angry constituents who need Obamacare to, you know, live.

Day 37: Even Fox News anchor Shepard Smith belatedly realizes that the administration his network elected into office is dangerously incompetent, or incompetently dangerous. After White House press secretary Sean Spicer bars CNN, Buzzfeed, Politico, the Hill, the BBC, and the LA Times

from a White House press gaggle, Smith defends CNN on air.

Day 38: During the Oscars, the New York Times

runs an ad titled "The Truth Is Hard." Also, some celebs air their feelings about the ad's target audience, a man who almost certainly watches the ceremony from the comfort of his own bathrobe.

Day 39: Noble defender of civil liberties George W. Bush tells NBC's Matt Lauer that the media is "indispensable to democracy." This from the former president whose administration leaked bad intelligence to the New York Times' Judith Miller, who printed said intelligence, intelligence that would be used to justify the invasion of Iraq. Yanks!

Day 40: The sixth iteration of #ResistTrumpTuesday kicks off outside the Federal Building in downtown Seattle. For the first 100 days of Trump's reign, a group of resisters led by local Indivisible chapters hold mid-morning rallies before heading up to the offices of Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. In groups of four or five, organizers then meet with congressional staff in order to praise the senators for correct action or encourage them to stand firm against Trump's agenda.

Day 41: Sixty-one police chiefs and sheriffs from all over the country—including deep red states Trump won—tell the administration in a letter that they refuse to turn their precincts into mini ICE enforcement agencies.

Day 42: Attorney General Jeff Sessions temporarily joins the Resistance by recusing himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. This comes after the revelation that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador during the run-up to the election. Wow, Jeff! Stick it to the man!!!!

Day 43: Briefly considered calling Trump "45," but didn't want to sully the reputation of those little vinyl records that people care about for some reason.

Day 44: Double-checked the plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty, mother of exiles, as Trump signs a new executive order banning immigration from six Muslim-majority countries.

Day 45: Responding to Trump's lie about President Obama putting "wiretaps" on his phone, former director of national intelligence James Clapper flatly denies any such monitoring.

Day 46: Nation takes day off work, goes to a spa. Decides they are worth it.

Day 47: Standing in the lobby of Trump Tower, Jeff Bergman reads from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail." The arts administrator and inadvertent activist began solitary read-ins at the tower during his lunch hour, and has now formed a group called Learn as Protest and a syllabus. On the list: Rebecca Solnit's Hope in the Dark, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, and Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism, among others.

Day 48: Organizers with the Women's March dub this International Women's Day "A Day Without a Woman." Women are encouraged to eschew paid and unpaid work to show the might of the women's workforce. Those who can't afford to take the day off work are encouraged to wear red in solidarity and to support women- and minority-owned businesses. Scores of think pieces are written about the privilege of skipping a day of work.

Day 49: Trumpcare passes through the House Ways and Means Committee. The Resistance begins to seriously worry about its health.

Day 50: One month after Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren's speech criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, impassioned members of the Resistance are still getting "Nevertheless, she persisted" stick-n-poke tattoos.

Day 51: Today is Sydney Brownstone's birthday. She does not cry in public.

Day 52: After Trump moves to purge Obama-era US attorneys, New York's Preet Bharara refuses to submit his resignation. Shortly after, Bharara gets fired.

Day 53: The GOP's replacement for the Affordable Care Act gets eviscerated by the Congressional Budget Office. It finds that 24 million people would lose insurance under the GOP's plan.

Day 54: Rachel Maddow's scoop on Trump's tax returns is met with criticism. Maddow loves a long lead, and people unaccustomed to her show whined about the 25-minute wind-up to the less-than-blockbuster findings, which were from a 2005 return. While more complete than the previous leak from the 1990s, it still didn't reveal the full extent of Trump's possible financial and political entanglements.

Day 55: Trump survives his first Ides of March.

Day 56: A Hawaiian federal judge freezes Trump's travel ban. It is also shut down in Maryland.

Day 57: Northwest Film Forum and film distribution company Abramorama announce "The Seventh Art Stand," a film series featuring movies from countries affected by the travel ban, to screen in more than 30 venues across the country. Included is The Salesmanby Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian filmmaker who won an Oscar in February but did not attend, issuing a statement that said: "Dividing the world into the 'us' and 'our enemies' categories creates fears... Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy which we need today more than ever."

Day 58: Took ecstasy and went dancing at Re-bar.

Day 59: The deputy director of the NSA mocks Trump's claims that England had anything to do with "spying." Calls the assertion "just crazy."

Day 60: The left cheers when FBI director James Comey tells the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI has found no evidence of Obama wiretapping the Trump Towers but it is investigating connections between Trump and Russia.

Day 61: Liberals wake up in bed next to the House Freedom Caucus, who vow not to vote for Trumpcare/Ryancare unless more benefits are removed from the bill.

Day 62: Trump and Ryan slash more benefits from the AHCA in an attempt to appease the Freedom Caucus, but they remain unmoved. You cannot kick enough people off of health care to satisfy this recalcitrant bunch of Tea Partyers. Meanwhile, Democrats say the bill has no chance in the Senate. Many credit their new, steely spines to calls from constituents.

Day 63: As a cocktail of one part national resistance and two parts Republican Party infighting threatens to kill the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Washington's own congressman Dave Reichert (R-Auburn) appears to get cold feet. Though Reichert is one of few Republicans who has already voted for the bill, his spokesperson tells the Seattle Timeshe's undecided the day before a final vote is expected.

Day 64: Trumpcare/Ryancare is dead. After it becomes clear the bill doesn't have the votes to pass, House leadership pulls it, delivering Trump an embarrassing defeat and saving insurance coverage for millions.

Day 65: An estimated 8,000 people in Moscow protest against corruption and Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the president of the Russian Federation. Some commentators even wonder if the man who runs the White House, Putin, is facing his Arab Spring or Green Revolution.

Day 66: In an attempt to shine a light on the shadowy figures visiting Trump at the White House and the "winter White House," Democrats introduce the adorably titled "Mar-a-Lago Act," an acronym for "Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act."

Day 67: The Resistance's target shifts as Jared Kushner becomes president of the United States of America. As head of the "White House Office of American Innovation," Kushner is suddenly in charge of fixing America's opioid crisis, dealing with China on trade, brokering peace between Israel and Palestine, overseeing Trump's internal personnel, and criminal justice reform.

Day 68: Millions briefly consider giving up porn in response to the passage of a bill that allows internet providers to sell a client's browsing history to advertisers. Though the bill is complete bullshit, it would have been "nice" if lawmakers waited one more day to pass it. ;)

Day 69: Seattle sues Trump. After Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasts "sanctuary" cities and counties, and the Trump administration threatens to strip funding from those jurisdictions, Seattle mayor Ed Murray and the city attorney announce a lawsuit against the Feds. In making their announcement, city leaders focus on Sessions's claims that cities and counties that label themselves "sanctuaries" for undocumented immigrants make the country less safe. "We know, anecdotally, just from what people themselves have told us, that they don't want to come forward because they're afraid, and they know other people in the community who won't come forward and report crimes because of fear," Deputy Chief of Police Carmen Best told The Stranger. A decision has not yet been reached in the case.

Day 70: Former national security adviser Michael Flynn offers to testify in exchange for immunity. Some people think this is a huge deal.

Day 71: Michael Cox, a Bainbridge Island resident, resigns from the Environmental Protection Agency after serving as a climate-change adviser for the Pacific Northwest region for nearly 30 years. In a letter to Trump-appointed EPA head Scott Pruitt, Cox cited proposed budget cuts and climate-change denial within the department as his reasons for leaving.

Day 72: The NYT's Nicholas Kristof points out in his excellent post "In Trump Country, Shock at Trump Budget Cuts but Still Loyalty" that there is no real hope for Trump voters, many of whom live in rural areas. They still support him, still believe he is going to return greatness to them and their America, even as he is threatening to deprive these supporters of life-improving and even life-saving federal services. The Resistance needs to be sober to this fact and move on.

Day 73: A poster that says "!NO¡ ¡A EXPULSAR AL REGIMEN DE TRUMP Y PENCE!" is spotted on First Hill.

Day 74: Senate Democrats officially gather the 41 votes needed to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch, an extremely conservative jurist who consistently favors corporations over human beings in lawsuits.

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Day 75: Democratic Socialists of America reaches 20,000 members.

Day 76: Two things today: One, Stephen Bannon, the lord of darkness, gets booted out of the Principals Committee of the US National Security Council. Two, many on the left spend the day panning and blasting a Pepsi ad that shows Kendall Jenner joining a Black Lives Matter–type protest, and then leaving it to give a Pepsi to a cop who is preparing to crack some millennial skulls. The cop accepts the Pepsi, takes a sip, and everything is solved.

Day 77: It's the first day of class for students of the Resistance School, founded by a group of Harvard graduate students to teach the art of taking a stand against Trump. Classes include how to mobilize your community, communicating political advocacy, and how to sustain the Resistance in the long term. More than 200 students show up for the class on campus, while 15,000 people from 50 states and 20 countries tune in via the livestream.

Day 78: After months of complaints about bots and fake news, Facebook finally does something about it and posts "fake news tips" at the top of its users' feeds.

Day 79: The radical left and alt-right unite in their opposition to Trump's strikes on Syria. Well, at least until they meet in the same spot. In another test of our perception of reality, white nationalist Richard Spencer adds a Syrian flag to his Twitter bio and leads an anti-bombing protest in front of the White House. He's met by antifascists who throw glitter in his face and attempt to pull him out of a cab.

Day 80: Alec Baldwin's SNLskit of Trump meeting his supporters and shitting on them is circulated on social media.

Day 81: About 100 immigrant detainees at Tacoma Northwest Detention Center launch a hunger strike to protest conditions at the lockup, which has seen a surge in inmates since the Trump administration implemented a plan to ramp up deportations. That number would grow to 750 within three days, according to activists.

Day 82: A Kansas special election nearly flips for the Democrats. The close race had Republicans panicking, with Trump and Pence flying in to hold impromptu rallies.

Day 83: The first protest in space (as we know it) occurs when the Autonomous Space Agency Network (ASAN) tapes a printed tweet to a weather balloon. The tweet is based on a remark made by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who said: "From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, 'Look at that, you son of a bitch.'"

Day 84: After Seattle filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, Portland follows suit and sues over withholding grants from sanctuary cities. Portland mayor Ted Wheeler tells the Oregonian: "Five years ago, I never would have envisioned myself suing a president of the United States on an issue that I believe is an issue of morality, and yet here we are. It's very important that we're taking this action."

Day 85: Hundreds of Jewish activists hold a Passover "Seder in the Streets" rally in New York City to call attention to the city's policing policies and to force Mayor Bill de Blasio to "give New Yorkers a real sanctuary city," in the words of a protester. Six were arrested.

Day 86: Dan Savage's ITMFA (Impeach the Motherfucker Already) raises $100,000 for the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the International Refugee Assistance Project. Also, people across the US take to the streets in support of the national Tax March movement. They demand to see Trump's tax returns and for the country to adopt a fairer tax system.

Day 87: We turn off push notifications from @RealDonaldTrump.

Day 88: Teen Vogue, a newly woke magazine in the age of Trump, reports that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos's pick for acting head of the department's Office for Civil Rights, Candice Jackson, is not only a woman who once claimed that she was discriminated against because she is white but also "dismissed those who have accused Donald Trump of sexual violence as 'fake victims.'" She is a piece of work.

Day 89: Upstart Jon Ossoff nearly wins his House race in Georgia outright. He's just short, but he forces a run-off in June, giving Democrats another opening to flip the House.

Day 90: Another one bites the dust: Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the "powerful" Republican congressman, announces he won't run for reelection in 2018. #Winning. Also: Bill O'Reilly gets fired from Fox News.

Day 91: After two hopeful political events, Democrats roll a fat blunt and celebrate on 4/20.

Day 92: Trump is still sucking at the polls with a 39 percent approval rating.

Day 93: Hundreds of thousands of people around the country fill the streets for the March for Science. Trump once called climate change a myth created by China.

Day 94: Badass writer Ijeoma Olou hosts "This Is What Resistance Looks Like" at Northwest Film Forum. Presenting "short films, political talks, and comedy with Seattle movers and shakers like mayoral candidate/activist/poet/boxer Nikkita Oliver and local-politics-related humorist Brett Hamil."

Day 95: California Democratic US representative Ted Lieu calls Attorney General Jeff Sessions a racist and a liar.

Day 96: After two California jurisdictions sue the Trump administration for withholding funds from sanctuary cities, a US District judge halts Trump's executive order blocking funding.

Day 97: "Let's Make America Gay Again!" is held at Coastal Kitchen. "Coastal Kitchen will join in the 'Decline to Sign' effort, which exhorts citizens not to support I-1552, a proposed initiative that would impose hardships on trans people trying to use public bathrooms."

Day 98: The Factory hosts a benefit for Planned Parenthood: "Stand with PP Poster Show" featuring "14 prints by artists who have depicted how the sexual-health organization benefits everyone."

Day 99: "SLAY: A Hiphop Party for LGBT+, POC, and Open-Minded People" is held at Chop Suey.

Day 100: Trump is impeached. (Not yet, but we won't stop trying.) recommended

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          Waymo & Apple Partner With Rental Agencies in Self-driving Car Industry   
Old-school rental-car agencies may have a road map to prosper in the age of self-driving taxis after all. Avis Budget Group agreed to manage a fleet of 600 self-driving Chrysler minivans for Alphabet’s Waymo autonomous technology division. In addition, Hertz... Continue Reading →
          Safety groups seek hands-on regulation of autonomous vehicle testing   
Safety groups are mounting opposition to a new House Republican legislative package governing self-driving vehicles, saying the proposals give automakers too much of a free hand to test new technology on public roads.

          Fisker EMotion EV   
Fisker’s curvaceous electric performance sedan wants to take on the Tesla Model S, with a 400+ mile driving range, quick charging, all-wheel drive, autonomous driving tech, and luxury inside and out. We don’t have performance specs yet, but we bet it’ll be quick off the line.
          Dubai will police streets with autonomous patrol cars   
Earlier this year, Dubai announced that it would begin flying passenger taxi drones this summer. Now, it's putting autonomous cars on the road as well; by the end of the year, the Dubai police plan on deploying a fleet of self-driving police cars...
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          thisistheverge: Self-driving trucks tested in Japan, form a...   


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Self-driving trucks tested in Japan, form a close-knit convoy for fuel savings

As Google and others ramp up their plans to develop self-driving cars, one government-funded corporation in Japan is already making headway with autonomous heavy duty trucks. In order to save fuel, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has programmed a convoy of four trucks to drive just four meters (about 13 feet) apart. That cuts down on air resistance, reducing drag (and thus improving fuel efficiency) similar to drafting with a race car.

Autonomous vehicles are going to create massive change. Love seeing this stuff.


          Human Resources Coordinator - DMC Mining Services - Saskatchewan   
Assist in ad-hoc HR projects, like collection of employee feedback. The incumbent should be able work autonomously and efficiently to ensure the end-to-end...
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          COMMENT: Careering into the autonomous age   
Out of nowhere it seems the maritime industry has arrived at the threshold of a new age, one as potentially radical as the shift from sail to steam or from breakbulk to container.
           Stamps United States Philately (Lifestyle)   

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           Stempel Danmark, Filateli (Lifestyle)   

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          Comment on Paris to host on-demand driverless vehicle service by Adam   
I watched a TV program about "AI transport" last night & they were saying how "lag" was causing issues.The delay frequently caused the "AI" vehicles to need human intervention.I can't see any way to cure this issue with present technology,so there will be trials of autonomous vehicles continuously long into the future.
          Comment on Autonomous food delivery trials begin in London by mike blamey   
Time was when a boy on a bicycle with a basket at the front performed this function. Ah, there's progress for you!
          Summarization of ICU Patient Motion from Multimodal Multiview Videos. (arXiv:1706.09430v1 [cs.CV])   

Authors: Carlos Torres, Kenneth Rose, Jeffrey C. Fried, B. S. Manjunath

Clinical observations indicate that during critical care at the hospitals, patients sleep positioning and motion affect recovery. Unfortunately, there is no formal medical protocol to record, quantify, and analyze patient motion. There is a small number of clinical studies, which use manual analysis of sleep poses and motion recordings to support medical benefits of patient positioning and motion monitoring. Manual processes are not scalable, are prone to human errors, and strain an already taxed healthcare workforce. This study introduces DECU (Deep Eye-CU): an autonomous mulitmodal multiview system, which addresses these issues by autonomously monitoring healthcare environments and enabling the recording and analysis of patient sleep poses and motion. DECU uses three RGB-D cameras to monitor patient motion in a medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The algorithms in DECU estimate pose direction at different temporal resolutions and use keyframes to efficiently represent pose transition dynamics. DECU combines deep features computed from the data with a modified version of Hidden Markov Model to more flexibly model sleep pose duration, analyze pose patterns, and summarize patient motion. Extensive experimental results are presented. The performance of DECU is evaluated in ideal (BC: Bright and Clear/occlusion-free) and natural (DO: Dark and Occluded) scenarios at two motion resolutions in a mock-up and a real ICU. The results indicate that deep features allow DECU to match the classification performance of engineered features in BC scenes and increase the accuracy by up to 8% in DO scenes. In addition, the overall pose history summarization tracing accuracy shows an average detection rate of 85% in BC and of 76% in DO scenes. The proposed keyframe estimation algorithm allows DECU to reach an average 78% transition classification accuracy.


          Considerations about Continuous Experimentation for Resource-Constrained Platforms in Self-Driving Vehicles. (arXiv:1706.09628v1 [cs.SE])   

Authors: Federico Giaimo, Christian Berger, Crispin Kirchner

Autonomous vehicles are slowly becoming reality thanks to the efforts of many academic and industrial organizations. Due to the complexity of the software powering these systems and the dynamicity of the development processes, an architectural solution capable of supporting long-term evolution and maintenance is required.

Continuous Experimentation (CE) is an already increasingly adopted practice in software-intensive web-based software systems to steadily improve them over time. CE allows organizations to steer the development efforts by basing decisions on data collected about the system in its field of application. Despite the advantages of Continuous Experimentation, this practice is only rarely adopted in cyber-physical systems and in the automotive domain. Reasons for this include the strict safety constraints and the computational capabilities needed from the target systems.

In this work, a concept for using Continuous Experimentation for resource-constrained platforms like a self-driving vehicle is outlined.


          Towards Monocular Vision based Obstacle Avoidance through Deep Reinforcement Learning. (arXiv:1706.09829v1 [cs.RO])   

Authors: Linhai Xie, Sen Wang, Andrew Markham, Niki Trigoni

Obstacle avoidance is a fundamental requirement for autonomous robots which operate in, and interact with, the real world. When perception is limited to monocular vision avoiding collision becomes significantly more challenging due to the lack of 3D information. Conventional path planners for obstacle avoidance require tuning a number of parameters and do not have the ability to directly benefit from large datasets and continuous use. In this paper, a dueling architecture based deep double-Q network (D3QN) is proposed for obstacle avoidance, using only monocular RGB vision. Based on the dueling and double-Q mechanisms, D3QN can efficiently learn how to avoid obstacles in a simulator even with very noisy depth information predicted from RGB image. Extensive experiments show that D3QN enables twofold acceleration on learning compared with a normal deep Q network and the models trained solely in virtual environments can be directly transferred to real robots, generalizing well to various new environments with previously unseen dynamic objects.


          Particle Swarm Optimization for Generating Interpretable Fuzzy Reinforcement Learning Policies. (arXiv:1610.05984v4 [cs.NE] UPDATED)   

Authors: Daniel Hein, Alexander Hentschel, Thomas Runkler, Steffen Udluft

Fuzzy controllers are efficient and interpretable system controllers for continuous state and action spaces. To date, such controllers have been constructed manually or trained automatically either using expert-generated problem-specific cost functions or incorporating detailed knowledge about the optimal control strategy. Both requirements for automatic training processes are not found in most real-world reinforcement learning (RL) problems. In such applications, online learning is often prohibited for safety reasons because online learning requires exploration of the problem's dynamics during policy training. We introduce a fuzzy particle swarm reinforcement learning (FPSRL) approach that can construct fuzzy RL policies solely by training parameters on world models that simulate real system dynamics. These world models are created by employing an autonomous machine learning technique that uses previously generated transition samples of a real system. To the best of our knowledge, this approach is the first to relate self-organizing fuzzy controllers to model-based batch RL. Therefore, FPSRL is intended to solve problems in domains where online learning is prohibited, system dynamics are relatively easy to model from previously generated default policy transition samples, and it is expected that a relatively easily interpretable control policy exists. The efficiency of the proposed approach with problems from such domains is demonstrated using three standard RL benchmarks, i.e., mountain car, cart-pole balancing, and cart-pole swing-up. Our experimental results demonstrate high-performing, interpretable fuzzy policies.


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          Essay of the Day: Makers as a New Work Condition between Self-employment and Community Peer Production   

An article by Massimo Menichinelli, Massimo Bianchini, Alessandra Carosi and Stefano Maffei, published at the Journal of Peer Production: Abstract “Peer production has emerged as a new and relevant way of organising the work of distributed and autonomous individuals in the production and distribution of digital content. Increasingly, the adoption of peer production is taking... Continue reading

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          Feds May Save Driverless Cars From Patchwork State Regs   
For years, a disconnected smattering of states has been slowly driving toward regulations for autonomous vehicles, but the federal government appears poised to finally take the wheel and save the industry from a patchwork of contradictory and unsustainable...(read more)
          Can Robots Surpass Humans in Helping Kids With Autism?   

The development of robot-enhanced therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is taking a step forward thanks to research from the University of Portsmouth and the DREAM project. DREAM is designing robots that can operate autonomously and help human therapists improve autistic children’s social interaction skills. Children with ASD seem to engage more readily […]

The post Can Robots Surpass Humans in Helping Kids With Autism? appeared first on Growing Your Baby.


          Caribbean Diving: Caribbean Netherlands   

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The Caribbean Netherlands consists of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba - they are often referred to as the BES-islands and enjoy the benefits of being special municipalities of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Since October 2010, the Caribbean islands of Curacao and Sint Maarten became autonomous countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Bonaire and the uninhabited sister island Klein Bonaire are the furthest south in the Caribbean – just 50 miles north of Venezuela. Saba and St. Eustatius are in the northern Leeward Islands, with Saint Maarten lying further to the northeast.

Bonaire and Saba are considered to be scuba diving Meccas, although St. Eustatius and Sint Maarten have good diving too. All of the islands have a good infrastructure for tourism and travel and they are known for being well managed. Cruise ships regularly call at Bonaire and Sint Maarten.

Bonaire is regarded as the “Shore Diving Capital of the Caribbean” and has world-class reefs that are also accessible by boat. Divers who visit Saba will experience dramatic volcanic topography – stunning pinnacles and seamounts characterize this island. St. Eustatius is also a volcanically formed island, and the underwater scenery is reflective of this. Spur and groove reefs and coral-encrusted lava flow canyons are typical of the “Golden Rocks” diving. Sint Maarten sits on a shallower plateau than Saba and St. Eustatius, and the diving is centered on coral-encrusted boulder formations with some pleasant wreck dives.

All of the islands have a great reputation for varying species of marine life – this is probably due to the National Marine Parks that have been established around the islands. Each island has a different point of interest in terms of marine life - large pelagic fish in Saba, critters in Bonaire, sharks in Sint Maarten, and turtles and reef life in St. Eustatius.

Bonaire's Salt Pier Dazzles

The climate throughout this region is tropical and generally stable; average air temperature throughout the islands is 80 °F. Average water temperatures range from 75-85 °F – short or long 3mm wetsuits are generally worn throughout the Caribbean region.

Dive Sites and Marine Life

There are over 60 officially listed dive sites on the leeward coast of Bonaire, and 20 sites around Klein Bonaire – all with amazing corals, sponges and marine life. Visibility averages 80-100ft, and surface conditions are generally calm. The fringing reef starts just 30ft (10m) from shore and generally slopes down to a sandy bottom.

The northern end of the leeward coastline has a dramatically sloping reef and the southern end has a double reef system. Top dive sites to visit are Karpata, La Machaca, the Hilma Hooker Wreck, Vista Blue, and Jerry's Reef. Marine life is healthy and abundant across all of the well-protected dive sites and turtles, eagle rays, eels, frogfish, and seahorses are common to see.

Saba has 30 dramatic dive sites around the island. The volcanic formations teem with diverse marine life and lucky divers will get the chance to see larger pelagic visitors too. The dive sites range from pretty patch reefs, that are suitable for novices, to advanced, deep dives with thrilling blue descents. The pinnacles and seamounts are not to be missed. The dive sites can be categorized into five main areas: The Pinnacles, The Windwardside, Tent Bay, Ladder Bay, and Well's Bay/Torrens Point.

Giant Hard Corals Dominate at the Marine Park

Sint Eustatius has around 36 marked dive sites. There are distinct topographical areas to be seen underwater: In the north, lava blocks, boulder slides, and shallow lava flows (called lava fingers) create interesting formations that are covered by colourful sponges and corals.

Spur and groove lava formations characterize the southern area. These coral reefs are home to a good selection of Caribbean reef fish and creatures. The most interesting being flying gurnards, eels, frogfish, seahorses, spotted drumfish, octopus, various rays, sharks, and turtles.

Sint Maarten has a nice range of dive sites where divers can experience shark diving, wreck diving, and see coral-encrusted boulder formations. Sitting on a shallow plateau, the dive sites average 18 meters (60 feet) and visibility depends on weather conditions – normally averaging 18-25 meters (60-80 feet).

A popular dive is Shark Hotel, named for the amount of sharks that divers encounter at this site. Reef sharks and nurse sharks are common species that divers will see. Turtles, stingrays, eagle rays, and barracuda are some of the other larger inhabitants.

Dive Shops and Travel Logistics

Bonaire's regional and international gateway is called The Flamingo International Airport (BON). Inter-island flights arrive via Aruba or Curacao. There are direct flights from North America and Europe, but not from South America.

The Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) is the major airport on Sint Maarten. Direct flights come from North America. Inter-Caribbean flights operate to many of the other islands, with connections to Saba and Sint Eustatius.

1000 Steps... To Heaven!

All flights to Saba's Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (SAB) connect through Sint Maarten. Winair operates five flights a day from Sint Maarten to Saba. Winair also runs five flights from Sint Maarten to St. Eustatius on a daily basis. The airport code for Statia is EUX.

There are 20 dive operators on Bonaire, representing all the major recreational diving agencies. Nitrox and trimix are available and guided diving trips, from boat or shore, run daily from each center. Drive 'n' Dive vehicles are available to hire. Buddy Beach & Dive Resort and Divi Dive Bonaire are two good dive centers. Cruise ship guests can pre-book diving excursions with many of the dive centers.

Saba has three dive shops – Saba Deep Dive Center, Saba Divers, and Sea Saba Dive Center. Saba's dive centers have international diving teams, and very good safety records. The instructors are multilingual with the main languages being Dutch, English, German, and Spanish. Nitrox is available.

There are also only three dive operators on Sint Eustatius - Golden Rock Dive Center, Subaqua Dive Center and Dive Statia. Similarly to Saba, they are multi-lingual and offer the full range of certification courses from the major training agencies. Rental equipment and nitrox are offered.

Sint Maarten has seven registered PADI dive operators, including a liveaboard that departs from the island. All of the centers have equipment rental for diving and snorkeling and nitrox. The Caribbean Dive College and Ocean Explorers Dive Center are highly recommended operators in online reviews.

Explorer Ventures Liveaboard also has its base on Sint Maarten - a luxury dive boat, it accommodates 18 passengers and visits the surrounding islands. Many cruise ships visit Sint Maarten and diving can be pre-booked with the dive centers.


Further Reading

Here Be Dragons (or Rockmovers)

State of the Reef: An Introduction

My Best Dive Ever Was With A Snorkel

How to Become a Better Buddy in 8 Easy Steps


          Ethics Commission Creates World's First Initial Guidelines For Autonomous Vehicles   
The ethics commission on automated and networked driving has developed initial guidelines for policymakers and legislators, permitting automated driving systems, but, with a view to safety, human dignity, personal freedom of choice and data autonomy, setting special requirements.
          2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS: FWD, CVT, Semi-Autonomous, Five-Seat Sports Crossover Marketed with Earth Dream Emojis   

If you’re going to spend $294,250 on a 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, revealed today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, you undoubtedly are a Porschephile with high expectations. That’s why Porsche, having already jettisoned the six-speed manual transmission for a faster-shifting, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, has removed the concept of shifting altogether. What can shift faster […]

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          DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals 2015: B-ROLL- Robots in Action   
Robots on display at exposition, disaster relief robots moving through obstacle course, Atrias the jogging robot, and international team working in garage. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hosts the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals 2015 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. Twenty-five teams from around the world enter their autonomous robot designs to compete for a two million dollar grand prize. The goal for each robot is to accomplish a series of tasks that could aid response efforts during a man-made or natural disaster.
          DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals 2015: Interview-John Seminatore   
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hosts the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals 2015 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. Twenty-five teams from around the world enter their autonomous robot designs to compete for a two million dollar grand prize. The goal for each robot is to accomplish a series of tasks that could aid response efforts during man-made or natural disasters. Interview: John Seminatore, Team VALOR Program Manager
          DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals 2015: B-ROLL Opening Ceremony   
Main Event opens to public at the grandstands. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hosts the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals 2015 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. Twenty-five teams from around the world enter their autonomous robot designs to compete for a two million dollar grand prize. The goal for each robot is to accomplish a series of tasks that could aid response efforts during man-made or natural disasters.
          AMAS Capabilities Demonstration II   
Autonomous Mobility Applique' System Demo at the Savannah River Site, SC on May 29, 2014. The AMAS kit can transform ordinary military trucks into optionally-manned vehicles. Available in high definition.
          2014 Autonomous Mobility Appliqué System – Capabilities Advancement Demonstration II (AMAS CAD II)   
AMAS CAD II is a demonstration enabled by Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration (JCTD) that will showcase innovative technology that has led to advanced operational feasibility for autonomy-enabled vehicle systems. The demonstration will include a fully unmanned convoy featuring unmanned lead vehicles that are able to negotiate traffic, follow rules of the road, recognize pedestrians and avoid obstacles as they lead the larger vehicle convoy at higher speeds. Autonomy-enabled future vehicles will provide warfighters a distinct technological advantage on the battlefield and the flexibility to adapt to tomorrow’s ever-changing and evolving threats by creating greater stand-off distance from danger, making supply distribution more efficient and decreasing logistics burdens for the Army of 2025.
          The Mysterious Tanker Full Of Kurdish Oil Reappears Off Canada   
The oil tanker loaded with crude from Kurdistan and thought to be headed to the U.S. before it turned off its tracker after exiting the Strait of Gibraltar a week ago has reappeared 300 miles off Halifax, or around 600 miles from Boston, the FT reported on Friday, citing satellite ship tracking data. The tanker Neverland was thought to be headed for the United States, further buttressing the semiautonomous region’s economic independence as Erbil prepares for a referendum on political independence later this year. An estimated 650,000…
           Solar-powered Lightyear One EV promises 500-mile range    

The Lightyear One in render form

The idea of a solar-powered car has been floated a number of times over the last few years, but past attempts have generally fallen into the basket of good ideas that just don't work in the real world. According to the Netherlands-based Lightyear, that's all set to change. The company says its first car, called the One, will be an electric four-wheel drive with a range of 800 km (497 mi) .

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          Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) HEFFX Summary   

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) HEFFX Summary Ford, which recently replaced CEO Mark Fields with Jim Hackett, is hoping new technologies like self-driving cars can help revive the struggling company. Fields said in January that Ford planned to develop a completely autonomous vehicle by 2021, and Salesky confirmed that the auto company is sticking with that […]

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          (USA-NV-Las Vegas) Security Officer   
Security Officer Full-time Flexible schedule to work after hours and weekends, as necessary. Employer conducts pre-employment background check and drug test. Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent. No religious affiliation is required. Minimum two years of prior security, law enforcement or related work experience. Ability to understand directives and carry them out to completion. Bilingual a plus. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective security operations for the protection of people, data, and property. Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer service, including customer needs assessment, and referral to the proper program for further guidance. Ability to actively listen by giving full attention to what people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Ability to verbally convey information effectively. Sound judgment to ability to work autonomously. Ability to comprehend and execute basic instructions Possess average oral and written communication as well as management skills. Ability to prioritize work and meet necessary deadlines. Ability to record information and transfer to the report writing authorities. Ability to utilize critical thinking, by using logic, policies and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Summary: The Campus Security Officer's primary duties are to provide a physical security and policy enforcement program that promotes a safe and secure operating environment for all CCSN employees, clients, volunteers and guests that arrive on the main campus. Will observe report and document on activity pertaining to safety and security in support of the more than twenty social service programs conducted by CCSN. Operates in close coordination with the Surveillance Operations Center (SOC) for both gathering and disseminating important information. Will also conduct the processing, monitoring and area control for campus "Hot Spots, the campus community areas, the campus exterior perimeter, as well as campus buildings and lobby areas, and the activities of the Residential Services Division. Employer is a drug free and equal opportunity employer. All employees must successfully complete a drug test and background check prior to employment.
          (USA-NV-Las Vegas) Client Services Coordinator   
EXPRESS REFERRAL Client Services Coordinator Full-time Shift: Flexible schedule to work after hours and weekends, as necessary. Salary: DOE Requirements: High School Diploma or equivalent and one year experience in office setting. Bilingual in English and Spanish is preferred. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: - Possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work well with people of different nationalities and languages. - Ability to work in fast past environment and handle stressful situations effectively. - Must be able to operate a multi-line phone. - Sound judgment to ability to work autonomously with minimum supervision. - Prioritize work and meet necessary deadlines. - Proficiency in computers and software including Microsoft Office. Ability to use multiple databases. Summary: The Coordinator is responsible for greeting all clients and visitors in a professional and courteous manner while initiating the process for receiving Client Services resources. The Client Services Coordinator will assist Case Management staff with client supportive tasks and Management with administrative tasks. The primary clients served by this position are chronically homeless men and women seeking supportive services. Responsibilities: - Direct walk-ins and scheduled clients to waiting area and notify appropriate staff of their arrival. - Direct clients to locations throughout the campus based on basic knowledge of programs. -Refer clients to different agencies; provide them with the best resource(s). - Enter clients into the Bridges Case Management system (database) for tracking services. - Answer incoming calls in timely, polite and professional manner and assist them in what they need. - Enter data into HMIS/Clarity systems. Print Clarity cards for clients. - Flag clients as requested by Case Managers. - Accurately document case notes using proper English. - Maintain client files. - Assist with event planning. - Protect all confidential information, Agency property and electronic data. Comply with safety rules. - Other related duties as directed.
          (USA-NV-Las Vegas) Housekeeping Steward   
Housekeeping Steward Full-time Shift varies, must have flexible schedule. Wage: $9.00/hour Employer conducts pre-employment background check and drug test. Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent, or combination of education and experience. Minimum of two years of work experience in housekeeping/janitorial. Possess excellent oral communication skills; must possess basic reading skills. Sound judgment to ability to work autonomously. Ability to prioritize work and meet necessary deadlines. Must have physical strength to perform housekeeping/janitorial duties. Ability to continuously sit and/or stand. Ability to climb stairs as needed. Position is generally standing. Walking, bending, reaching and lifting are required throughout shift. Must be able to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as gloves as required. Regularly lifts 20 pounds and push/pull up to 100 pounds; may occasionally lift up to 50 pounds. Ability to work in environmental factors that include extreme heat and cold, dirt or dust. Description: Under the supervision of the Housekeeping Supervisor, this position is responsible for assisting in the cleaning and upkeep of the campus. Essential Responsibilities: - Reports to Housekeeping Supervisor for work assignments. - Responsible for clean up at any of the properties. - Monitor small teams of volunteers that help with clean up. - May be assigned to Property or Maintenance Departments for special projects (moving, painting, carpet cleaning or yard work). - Reports any cleaning needs not assigned to supervisors. - Reports any repairs or damaged items that need maintenance attention to supervisors. - Must protect all confidential information, company property and electronic data. Comply with safety rules. - Other related duties as directed.
          (USA-IL-Crete) Chemist - 3   
This job was posted by https://illinoisjoblink.illinois.gov : For more information, please see: https://illinoisjoblink.illinois.gov/ada/r/jobs/5063264 Apex Life Sciences is looking for a 1st shift GC/MS ChemistnLocation: Harvey, ILnJob Responsibilities:nPerforms high end analyses with instrumentation (GCMS, LCMS, HS-LCMS, etc.) autonomouslynUtilize various instruments such as LCMS, GCMS, HPLC, ICP, ICPMS, and GC to determine concentration of desired balances in the food sample.nThis position has the responsibilities and authority to identify departures from the quality system or test procedures and document such observation accordance with the prescribed complaint system.nProvide guidance to departmental personnel on analysis procedures and correct preparation of sample.nRead, calculate and record analysis data to produce a report for the client. Responsible for correcting any discrepancies that occur.nEvaluate current methods and recommend modifications to laboratory personnel and management as new procedures become available. Educate and train technicians on correct procedures and new analysis methods.nThis position has the responsibility and authority to initiate action to prevent or minimize departures from the quality system or test procedures.nBe able to perform method validations and verifications without input from supervisor.nCommunicate procedural and operational difficulties and delays to client service personnel as required.nProvide courteous client service and communicate any emerging client requirements to the laboratory as needed.nMaintain knowledge of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) that is required to complete job responsibilities.nPrepare materials and sample for analysis by drying glassware to rid container of moisture, cooling in desiccator if necessary, and defat or dry certain sample in the appropriate oven before processing.nPrepare standards or reagents that are needed for the analysis procedure.nMaintain laboratory instruments in working order and make any minor repairs that are necessary.nExperience:n5+ years of experience in Chemistry lab environment, or equivalent Chemistry degree. This position requires a general knowledge of chemistry to perform analyses. An advanced knowledge of instrumentation and theory including, but not limited to, HPLC, GC, and AA is helpful. Basic knowledge of food science is helpful to analyze the chemical content of sample.nLab Support is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics. If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation in using our website for a search or application, please contact our Employee Services Department at 866-612-2739.nEEO EmployernApex is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apex will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law. If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation in using our website for a search or application, please contact our Employee Services Department at employeeservices@apexsystemsinc.com or 844-463-6178.nVEVRAA Federal ContractorWe request Priority Protected Veteran & Disabled Referrals for all of our locations within the state.We are an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability veteran status, or any other protected characteristic. The EEO is the Law poster is available here.
          Cadillac Super Cruise First Drive: Trusting the machine   
It was, conservatively, 90 seconds before I was satisfied Cadillac’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system wasn’t going to kill me. By that point, a combination of cameras, super-accurate maps, and a fancier-than-usual GPS system were keeping me dead-center at 65 mph on California’s 280, headed north toward San Francisco. As the CT6 eased its way around the corners, I spent … Continue reading
          The digital tools that designed the Tesla Model 3 and crash-tested your Honda minivan   
Enlarge (credit: Tesla ) Understandably, the focus of a lot of our car coverage here at Ars has been on things like hybrid and electric powertrains, autonomous vehicles, and the rise of the connected car. But there are other interesting technology stories in the auto industry that are a little more hidden from the average driver
          The digital tools that designed the Tesla Model 3 and crash-tested your Honda minivan   
Enlarge (credit: Tesla ) Understandably, the focus of a lot of our car coverage here at Ars has been on things like hybrid and electric powertrains, autonomous vehicles, and the rise of the connected car. But there are other interesting technology stories in the auto industry that are a little more hidden from the average driver. Take Gordon Murray's iStream idea, for example.
          Comment on This Is How Google’s Self Driving Car Works by Google's Self-driving Truck Spotted For The First Time   
[…] successfully developing the self-driving car, Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle division, is now made headway into developing self-driving […]
          Senior Radiographer - Bankstown Imaging Centre   
NSW-Bankstown, Fantastic opportunity is now available for a driven Senior Radiographer who wants to step up and shine in an autonomous Sole Radiographer role! Healthcare Imaging Services (HIS) currently operates over 140 imaging centres in Australia, performing more than 2.2 million examinations annually. HIS provides a full variety of imaging centres including public hospitals, private hospitals and community b
          Brevets de la maison en béton, 1892-1923: visions d'une construction monolithique, d'Edison à Le Corbusier   
Looking back at the history of concrete houses around 1900, we can discover how reinforced concrete, initially tied to construction systems of renowned inventors (and other less known), is gradually becoming autonomous and a material on its own, highlighted for its aesthetics and malleability. Also, studying the different experiments by businesses, designers, developers, engineers or architects and linked to the interpretation of the structure, yields novel ideas. The research process focuses on construction technic in North America, Western Europe as well as Australia. It is shown that the first applications of reinforced concrete, at the domestic scale (excluding the raft foundation), apply to fire-resistant lightweight floors and walls. It appears that the problem of fireproof structures remains one of the primary concerns of inventors and manufacturers during this timeframe while other constraints such as earthquakes, post-war reconstruction or portable houses for settlements will follow. In the United Kingdom, the first patents relating cements were filed by the end of the eighteenth century. In the nineteenth century, those were followed by a proliferation of patents, spreading across many countries, involving multiple building materials such as plastics, conglomerates and, finally, reinforced concrete. Usually these patents solely focus on techniques and processes for the material development. However, around 1900, substantial changes in their content occur: the arrival of construction systems arising from abundant empirical research, material science experiments, development of calculation methods and, above all, technical solutions. Whether innovative or utopian, those solutions will help shape and define a new concrete construction theory, unveiling new fields of applications. Based on such inventions, the domestic industry, as opposed to large-scale industrial projects becomes a place for experimentations and small-scale prototyping. These projects experimented with usually individual, non-industrial dwellings built according to a ¿system¿. The period of interest, from 1892 to 1923, sees the use of concrete spreading throughout domestic architecture and is defined by two revolutionary systems. The first one is the fireproof floors of François Hennebique, followed by the weaving metal reinforcements in the Textile-Block of Frank Lloyd Wright. The research examines a series of inventions relating to different housing construction elements, from framing systems to prefabricated blocks to the single casting monolith house of Thomas Alva Edison and the standardization utopia of Le Corbusier for creating maisons en séries.
          10 Cool New Points From CES 2016   

At instances nowadays, there may perhaps be some controversy on certain inventions and innovations in the healthcare field. In the close to future we count on to see Chinese gadget companies catch up closer with large brand technologies firms in terms of component good quality, device speed, and high quality of supplies. Certainly, the non-neutrality of technologies is frequently associated with an emphasis on the non-neutrality of its social usage rather than the non-neutrality of technical constraints on our purposes. Or in some cases we even pretend we are solving 1 issue when, in fact, the purpose for developing and employing a new technologies is altogether various. Really expertly-written hub… you’ve laid it all the advantages and disadvantages of the use higher-tech gadgets in classes.

But for the moment, laptop or computer technology functions more as a new mode of transportation than as a new indicates of substantive communication. The technologies of mankind in the age of acoustic space, the technologies from which writing, print and telegraph developed, was speech. Ultimately, humanity can advantage from science and technology or it can be detrimental to our planet.

It is astounding how contemporary man has backed-off from interrogating technologies and strategy, and has turned about and surrounded himself totally with technologies, and is in a preset compliant mode. Closely linked with reification is another function of technological determinism whereby technologies is presented as autonomous (or occasionally ‘semi-autonomous’): it is observed as a largely external – ‘outside’ of society, ‘supra-social’ or ‘exogenous’ (as opposed to ‘endogenous’). The truth can’t be denied that the gadgets have made points much easier not only for the teachers but for the frequent man as well.

It is playable with the fundamental game system, but you unlock all sorts of cool characters and powers by getting new action figures, which in turn unlock alternatives and playable characters in the game. In the past few years we could witness a wonderful improvement in technologies during the final decade almost every year brought a new gadget , which can be effortlessly applied for teaching purposes. Third, no matter if a medium is hot or cool can also depend on how it is applied in a particular society, and that can modify over time. According to my twenty anything years old daughters these are the gadgets that their guys like to be noticed with.

The CES Preview gave attendees a appear at some trends and technologies that will take the floor at CES 2016. The HairMax Laserband, a hands-free of charge device promoted to treat hair loss, is demonstrated at the opening event at the CES 2016 consumer electronics show in Las Vegas Jan. Critics of the notion of technological autonomy argue that technology is itself shaped by society and is subject to human handle. Verify out your favored colour Furby under to uncover out extra about these special and great youngsters gadgets and toys, that may perhaps be the hit of this coming Christmas season.… READ MORE


          JTA approves autonomous vehicle pilot program   
Jacksonville Transportation Authority CEO Nat Ford received authority Thursday to lease autonomous vehicles, up to $200,000 per lease. The JTA Board of Directors approved the Autonomous Vehicle Pilot Program without objection or discussion. Ford was charged with finding a vendor. In December, JTA announced plans to revamp the Skyway for use by autonomous vehicles. “We saw the rapidly developing tech in the world of autonomous vehicles,” Thoburn told the Business Journal at the time. “Every…

          Waymo Enlists Avis to Maintain Self-Driving Cars   

Waymo's autonomous vehicles can drive themselves, but they can't change their own oil or rotate their own tires. To keep its driverless fleet in tip-top shape, Waymo has partnered with the rental car fleet specialists at Avis Budget Group.


          China’s Xi: No tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong   
HONG KONG – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday said any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China’s sovereignty and stability would be “absolutely impermissible,” employing some of his harshest language yet toward pro-democracy activities in the territory. In a speech marking 20 years since the city became a semi-autonomous Chinese region after its […]
          Sounds that send shivers up your spine   
Whispers, rustles, and clicks can create a sense of euphoria or calm in some people. It's called Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. Some music can do it too.
          X-47B First to Complete Autonomous Aerial Refueling   
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (NNS) -- The X-47B successfully conducted the first ever Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) of an unmanned aircraft April 22, completing the final test objective under the Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration program. While flying off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, the X-47B connected to an Omega K-707 tanker aircraft and received over 4,000 pounds of fuel using the Navy's probe-and-drogue method. "What we accomplished today demonstrates a significant, groundbreaking step forward for the Navy," said Capt. Beau Duarte, the Navy's Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager. "The ability to autonomously transfer and receive fuel in flight will increase the range and flexibility of future unmanned aircraft platforms, ultimately extending carrier power projection." During the test, the X-47B exchanged refueling messages with a government-designed Refueling Interface System (RIS) aboard the tanker. The aircraft autonomously maneuvered its fixed refueling probe into the tanker's drogue, also known as the basket, the same way a Navy pilot would refuel a manned aircraft. "In manned platforms, aerial refueling is a challenging maneuver because of the precision required by the pilot to engage the basket," Duarte said. "Adding an autonomous functionality creates another layer of complexity." This testing helps solidify the concept that future unmanned aircraft can perform standard missions like aerial refueling and operate seamlessly with manned aircraft as part of the Carrier Air Wing, he said. "This segment of the X-47B demonstration program allowed us to further mature AAR technologies and evaluate the government tanker RIS," said Barbara Weathers, X-47B deputy program manager. "We used similar command-control and navigation processes previously demonstrated during the X-47B landings aboard the aircraft carrier." Over the last few years, the Navy accomplished several significant firsts with the X-47B that showcased the Navy's commitment to unmanned carrier aviation. With the completion of this program, the service continues to develop its future unmanned carrier-based platform, known as UCLASS.
          Digitimes Research: Japan government boosts development of high-precision 3D maps   
The Japan government, in line with the goal of realizing autonomous driving in Japan before the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, is promoting development and production of high-precision 3D digital navigation maps through directing establishment of Dynamic Map Planning (DMP), a company specifically for the purpose, in June 2016, according to Digitimes Research.


          Acute Dialysis Registered Nurse ( RN ) Training Provided. Covers Robert Wood Johnson Hospital   
DaVita - South Plainfield, NJ - New Jersey, NB - Work autonomously as an Acute RN in an intense hospital environment - without the typical hospital routine. Provide the highest level... of care across one or more of our hospital units and ensure your patients' safety, comfort, and well-being with a patient to nurse ratio typically...
          (USA-UT-Salt Lake City) Grants/Contract Officer   
### Details **Open Date** 06/30/2017 **Requisition Number** PRN14679B **Job Title** Grants/Contract Officer **Working Title** Grants/Contract Officer **Job Grade** E **FLSA Code** Administrative **Patient Care Job Code?** No **Standard Hours per Week** 40 hrs/wk **Full Time or Part Time?** Full Time **Shift** Day **Work Schedule Summary** Monday – Friday 8:00 a\.m\. to 5:00 p\.m\. **VP Area** Health Sciences **Department** 01100 \- Pediatric Research Enterprise **Location** Other **City** Salt Lake City, UT **Type of Recruitment** External Posting **Pay Rate Range** $39,300 \- $54,000 DOE **Close Date** **NOTE:** **May close at anytime\.** **Open Until Filled** **NOTE:** **May close at anytime\.** Yes **Job Summary** The Pre\-Award Office in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine has an immediate opening for a Grants/Contract Officer\. The Grants/Contract Officer assists Principal Investigators within the Department of Pediatrics by performing administrative and technical functions associated with grants and contracts from external funding sources\. The Pre\-Award Grants/Contract Officer will provide professional guidance to Principal Investigators through the Pre\-Award process including funding opportunity eligibility, proposal preparation, budget development, submission, post\-submission actions, and award transition\. **Responsibilities** •Administers Pre\-award activities related to sponsored projects to maximize funding opportunities and limit financial deviations\. •Works closely with Department of Pediatrics Faculty and Project Teams as well as the other Pre\-Award Office Team members to implement the pre\-award grant application processes, including regulation and compliance analysis, subcontract processing, proposal coordination, and criteria development and review\. •Works closely with Division\-specific Pediatrics Post\-Award Financial Management teams to ensure that funded grants and contracts transition effectively from Pre\- to Post\-Award\. Provides compliance\-related guidance to the Post\-Award Financial Teams and Project Teams through the lifetime of the award or contract\. •Ensures proper internal and external documentation is maintained, organized, and accessible for all projects\. •Serves as a liaison between the Investigator and Research Administration entities throughout the University, including the Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of Sponsored Projects, Clinical Trials Office, Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Technology & Venture Commercialization, etc\. •Maintains current knowledge of expanding and changing federal, state, and University laws and requirements governing externally funded grants and contracts\. **Minimum Qualifications** Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, or a related field; two years experience working with federal or private funding agencies on grants, contracts, or other agreements \(preferably within an academic or higher education complex\), or equivalency; the ability to work effectively and efficiently under extreme pressure; and demonstrated communication and organizational skills required\. Eight years of work experience in administration, accounting and/or general office supervision can be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree\. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description\. **Preferences** •Experience working with federal or private funding agencies on grants, contracts, or other agreements, preferably within an academic or higher education complex\. •Previous Pre\-Award specific experience\. •The ability to work effectively and efficiently to meet deadlines\. •High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office\. •Demonstrated ability to work effectively autonomously and in a team environment\. •Demonstrated communication and organizational skills\. **Type** Benefited Staff **Special Instructions Summary** **Additional Information** _The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce\. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information\. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply\. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law\._ _To inquire about this posting, email: employment@utah\.edu or call 801\-581\-2300\. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities\. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S\. Presidents Cr\., Rm 135, \(801\) 581\-8365 \(V/_ _TDD_ _\), email: oeo@umail\.utah\.edu \._ _The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems \(“URS”\)\. To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit\-eligible position\. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the_ _URS_ _retirement plan and other employees with prior_ _URS_ _service, may elect to enroll in the_ _URS_ _within 30 days of hire\. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit\-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from_ _URS_ _must notify the Benefits Department upon hire\. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at \(801\)366\-7770 or \(800\)695\-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at \(801\)581\-7447 for information\._ _This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen\._
          iRobot Builds Leading Robotic Portfolio; Tallies 100th US Patent   
Bedford, Mass. -  iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, has been awarded its 100th United States patent, an important attainment reflecting the company's ongoing attention to building strategic intellectual property. The 100th U.S. patent (U.S. 8,108,092) protects robotic ‘retrotraverse’ technology, which gives the iRobot 510 PackBot® with User Assist Package (UAP) the unique capability to autonomously return to its operator should wirel...
          iRobot Enters Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Market   
License with UW TechTransfer Secures Sole Rights to the Seaglider(tm) Vehicle and Technology (Bedford, Mass., June 10, 2008) -- iRobot Corp. (Nasdaq: IRBT) today announced a sole licensing agreement with UW TechTransfer at the University of Washington to commercialize Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Seaglider technology previously supported by the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation. The agreement with both the Applied Physics Laboratory and School of Oceanography...
          (USA-CO-Schriever AFB) Systems Engineer   
The Boeing Company has an exciting opportunity for a Systems Engineer (Level 2) to join the dynamic team at Schriever AFB, CO. Our employees’ dreams go beyond Planet Earth. They are innovative, agile, creative, and challenge the status quo. They work well in teams while also having the ability to work assignments autonomously. Here at Satellite Systems, our employees collaborate with leaders in space innovation and pave the way in creating the world’s best satellite systems. We strive to grow our employees to be the most successful in the industry. *This position requires an active Secret U.S. Security Clearance (or higher).*(A U.S. Security Clearance that has been active in the past 24 months is considered active.) The Systems Engineer (Level 2) for the On-Orbit Operations Support Team supports the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIA and IIF satellite constellation with primary responsibility for the Nuclear Detonation Detection Subsystem (NDS). Specific emphasis is on development and/or review of NDS commanding requests, participating in NDS commanding activities, performing subsystem trending and performance analysis, on-call support for anomaly resolution and coordinating activities with other NDS agencies for routine and special requests. Requires general knowledge of the NDS and crosslink subsystems, satellite anomaly recovery and root cause corrective action process and a systems engineering background with ability to understand cause and effects and interrelationships within satellite subsystems. The roles and responsibilities of the position may include, but are not limited to: * Applies an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to plan, design, develop and verify basic lifecycle balanced system of systems and system solutions. * Evaluates customer/operational needs to define system performance requirements, integrate technical parameters and assure compatibility of all physical, functional and program interfaces. * Performs analyses to optimize total system of systems and/or system architecture. * Performs analyses for affordability, safety, reliability, maintainability, testability, human systems integration, survivability, vulnerability, susceptibility, system security, regulatory, certification, product assurance and other specialties quality factors into a preferred configuration to ensure mission success. * Supports the planning, organization, implementation and monitoring of requirements management processes, tools, risk, issues, opportunity management and technology readiness assessment processes. *This position requires an active Secret U.S. Security Clearance.*(A U.S. Security Clearance that has been active in the past 24 months is considered active.) Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. *Typical Education/Experience:* Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's and 2 or more years' experience or a Master's degree with experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. * * *Basic Qualifications:* * *This position requires an active Secret U.S. Security Clearance.*(A U.S. Security Clearance that has been active in the past 24 months is considered active.) * Experience working in Systems Engineering * Requires a Bachelor's degree (or higher) education *Preferred Skills:* * Experience working with military customers and processes * Direct experience with Satellite Systems Engineering groups * Experience with NDS and crosslink subsystems **Job:** **Systems Engineering Engineer* **Organization:** **S&MS Engineering* **Title:** *Systems Engineer* **Location:** *Colorado-Schriever AFB* **Requisition ID:** *1700008901*
          (USA-CO-Colorado Springs) Software Quality Engineer   
The Boeing Company has an exciting opportunity for a Software Quality Engineer (Level 3). Our employees’ dreams go beyond Planet Earth. They are innovative, agile, creative, and challenge the status quo. They work well in teams while also having the ability to work assignments autonomously. Here at Satellite Systems, our employees collaborate with leaders in space innovation and pave the way in creating the world’s best satellite systems. We strive to grow our employees to be the most successful in the industry. *Position requires current Top Secret Clearance (TS/SSBI or SCI access) or higher level clearance.* This position is a Software Quality position on a fast pace, challenging and highly rewarding software development program for the United States Air Force. It offers the right person a key role in supporting a large scale software development program with over 70 developers and engineers applying their experience and knowledge to enterprise space system management, command and control. The successful candidate will be comfortable working in an agile development environment as part of a multi-discipline team and ready to have significant impact on the user experience for Boeing’s space system product line. *Primary Responsibilities will include*: * Developing, maintaining and implementing processes and procedures for software quality engineering processes * Preparing, analyzing and presenting information for formal program review * Planning and conducting audits of software engineering processes * Participating and supporting Configuration Management activities * Participating in software test process and verification of test results * Helping identify non-conformances and development of corrective actions *Position requires current Top Secret Clearance (TS/SSBI or SCI access) or higher level clearance.* Applicants MUST include their security clearance level, investigation type and investigation date clearly on their resume. Position requires a current Top Secret/SSBI or SCI clearance. *The position is contingent upon clearance verification and program/customer concurrence* Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. *Typical Education/Experience*: Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's and 5 or more years' experience, Master's degree with 3 or more years' experience or PhD degree with experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. *Basic Qualifications:* * This position requires an active (or the ability to obtain) U.S. Security Clearance, for which the U.S. Government*requires U.S. Citizenship.* * Position*requires current Top Secret Clearance*(TS/SSBI or SCI access) or higher level clearance. * Bachelor's Degree (or higher) education. * Experience in software test procedure development, test execution, and test reporting. *Preferred Skills:* * Experience interfacing directly with the United States Air Force (USAF) * Experience on space programs **Job:** **Software Quality Engineer* **Organization:** **Satellite Capabilities* **Title:** *Software Quality Engineer* **Location:** *Colorado-Colorado Springs* **Requisition ID:** *1700006417*
          (USA-NV-Las Vegas) Security Officer   
Security Officer Full-time Flexible schedule to work after hours and weekends, as necessary. Employer conducts pre-employment background check and drug test. Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent. No religious affiliation is required. Minimum two years of prior security, law enforcement or related work experience. Ability to understand directives and carry them out to completion. Bilingual a plus. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective security operations for the protection of people, data, and property. Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer service, including customer needs assessment, and referral to the proper program for further guidance. Ability to actively listen by giving full attention to what people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Ability to verbally convey information effectively. Sound judgment to ability to work autonomously. Ability to comprehend and execute basic instructions Possess average oral and written communication as well as management skills. Ability to prioritize work and meet necessary deadlines. Ability to record information and transfer to the report writing authorities. Ability to utilize critical thinking, by using logic, policies and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Summary: The Campus Security Officer's primary duties are to provide a physical security and policy enforcement program that promotes a safe and secure operating environment for all CCSN employees, clients, volunteers and guests that arrive on the main campus. Will observe report and document on activity pertaining to safety and security in support of the more than twenty social service programs conducted by CCSN. Operates in close coordination with the Surveillance Operations Center (SOC) for both gathering and disseminating important information. Will also conduct the processing, monitoring and area control for campus "Hot Spots, the campus community areas, the campus exterior perimeter, as well as campus buildings and lobby areas, and the activities of the Residential Services Division. Employer is a drug free and equal opportunity employer. All employees must successfully complete a drug test and background check prior to employment.
          (USA-NV-Las Vegas) Client Services Coordinator   
EXPRESS REFERRAL Client Services Coordinator Full-time Shift: Flexible schedule to work after hours and weekends, as necessary. Salary: DOE Requirements: High School Diploma or equivalent and one year experience in office setting. Bilingual in English and Spanish is preferred. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: - Possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work well with people of different nationalities and languages. - Ability to work in fast past environment and handle stressful situations effectively. - Must be able to operate a multi-line phone. - Sound judgment to ability to work autonomously with minimum supervision. - Prioritize work and meet necessary deadlines. - Proficiency in computers and software including Microsoft Office. Ability to use multiple databases. Summary: The Coordinator is responsible for greeting all clients and visitors in a professional and courteous manner while initiating the process for receiving Client Services resources. The Client Services Coordinator will assist Case Management staff with client supportive tasks and Management with administrative tasks. The primary clients served by this position are chronically homeless men and women seeking supportive services. Responsibilities: - Direct walk-ins and scheduled clients to waiting area and notify appropriate staff of their arrival. - Direct clients to locations throughout the campus based on basic knowledge of programs. -Refer clients to different agencies; provide them with the best resource(s). - Enter clients into the Bridges Case Management system (database) for tracking services. - Answer incoming calls in timely, polite and professional manner and assist them in what they need. - Enter data into HMIS/Clarity systems. Print Clarity cards for clients. - Flag clients as requested by Case Managers. - Accurately document case notes using proper English. - Maintain client files. - Assist with event planning. - Protect all confidential information, Agency property and electronic data. Comply with safety rules. - Other related duties as directed.
          (USA-NV-Las Vegas) Housekeeping Steward   
Housekeeping Steward Full-time Shift varies, must have flexible schedule. Wage: $9.00/hour Employer conducts pre-employment background check and drug test. Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent, or combination of education and experience. Minimum of two years of work experience in housekeeping/janitorial. Possess excellent oral communication skills; must possess basic reading skills. Sound judgment to ability to work autonomously. Ability to prioritize work and meet necessary deadlines. Must have physical strength to perform housekeeping/janitorial duties. Ability to continuously sit and/or stand. Ability to climb stairs as needed. Position is generally standing. Walking, bending, reaching and lifting are required throughout shift. Must be able to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as gloves as required. Regularly lifts 20 pounds and push/pull up to 100 pounds; may occasionally lift up to 50 pounds. Ability to work in environmental factors that include extreme heat and cold, dirt or dust. Description: Under the supervision of the Housekeeping Supervisor, this position is responsible for assisting in the cleaning and upkeep of the campus. Essential Responsibilities: - Reports to Housekeeping Supervisor for work assignments. - Responsible for clean up at any of the properties. - Monitor small teams of volunteers that help with clean up. - May be assigned to Property or Maintenance Departments for special projects (moving, painting, carpet cleaning or yard work). - Reports any cleaning needs not assigned to supervisors. - Reports any repairs or damaged items that need maintenance attention to supervisors. - Must protect all confidential information, company property and electronic data. Comply with safety rules. - Other related duties as directed.
          2018 Subaru Crosstrek Coming to NY Auto Show   

Subaru announced today that the all-new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will debut at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. The all-new Crosstrek is built on the new Subaru Global Platform and offers enhanced performance, safety, capability and comfort. The fun-to-drive Crosstrek combines a bold new design with a new highly capable chassis for versatility in both off-road and city driving.

 

The more spacious 2018 Crosstrek is the second vehicle built with the brand's new design language of "Dynamic x Solid." Multimedia features include standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and Near Field Communication to simplify Bluetooth pairing. Active Torque Vectoring Active, first introduced on the WRX and WRX STI, is now standard on all trim levels. The system helps reduce understeer and keeps the vehicle on the driver's intended cornering path. The new Crosstrek will be available in base, Premium, and Limited trim levels when it arrives at Subaru retailers this summer.

 

Sporty Yet Rugged Styling
The Crosstrek's new exterior design incorporates the brand's signature hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlights onto a more sculptural body, its rugged stance is accentuated by prominent wheel arches and flowing lines. Black side- and wheel-arch cladding, lower rocker panels and roof rails provide a sharp contrast to the body color.

 

The dramatic new look carries into the cabin, with an outward-flow design that follows the front of the car. The 2018 Crosstrek rides on a 104.9-in. wheelbase, up 1.2-in. over the last generation Crosstrek. Just 0.6-in. longer than the outgoing model and 0.9- in. wider, the Crosstrek retains its nimble size but adds an even roomier cabin. With 60/40 split flat-folding seat seats and wider rear gate opening, the 2018 Crosstrek has a larger cargo area for greater utility. The Crosstrek delivers excellent all-around visibility, high ground clearance (8.7-in.), 17-in. alloy wheels and class-leading interior volume is a nimble compact SUV package.

 

Ready for the Next Generation SUV
The new Subaru Global Platform, together with the SUBARU BOXER engine; Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD); and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, represent the brand's core technologies and constitutes the foundation of the next generation of Subaru vehicles. Crosstrek's new platform integrates new framework with optimized cross sections and highly stiffened joints between structures to significantly enhance straight-line stability, agility, and ride comfort while suppressing noise, vibration, and harshness to a degree not seen before in the small SUV class. Specifically, the new platform increases rigidity of the unitized body structure by over 70 percent.

 

All trim levels with the Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) now come standard with driver-selectable X-Mode to provide better wheel control on slippery surfaces and steep inclines.

 

A lower center of gravity and revised suspension systems contribute to the biggest-ever leap in Subaru's performance evolution. The double-wishbone independent rear suspension mounts its rear stabilizer bar directly to the body, which significantly improves body stiffness and stability compared to the outgoing model. Greater hazard-avoidance capability is another benefit of the Subaru Global Platform's inherent handling agility. In addition, the resolute straight-line stability that makes the 2018 Crosstrek more relaxing to drive is also an important constituent of the autonomous driving capability this platform can support in future Subaru vehicles.

 

New Direct Injection for Higher Performance and Efficiency
A revised version of the FB 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine gains direct fuel injection and other enhancements to boost both performance (now 152-hp vs. 148 before) and drivability. The 2.0i base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual transmission and are available with the Lineartronic CVT. The Limited trim come standard with the CVT featuring a 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters that allow the driver to control the transmission via seven pre-set ratios.

 

Advancement in Vehicle Safety
Subaru designed the 2018 Crosstrek to provide even higher levels of safety than the outgoing model, which was named an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK for six years running (when equipped with available EyeSight). The new platform underpinning the 2018 Crosstrek improves crash energy absorption by 40 percent over present models.

 

The EyeSight system includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure and Sway Warning. Blind Spot Detection with Lane Keep Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also available. Also new are available Steering Responsive Headlights, which can illuminate curves as the vehicle steers into them, and High Beam Assist, which automatically activates and deactivates the high beam headlamps based on driving conditions. All 2018 Crosstrek models include, as standard equipment, front seat side impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag.

 

The 2018 Crosstrek offers additional driver-assist technologies, including Reverse Automatic Braking and the display of steering lines for the standard rear vision camera. Reverse Automatic Braking can apply the vehicle's brakes if an obstacle is detected while reversing. A new 4-way Tire Pressure Monitoring System can detect pressure drops at individual wheels is available.

 

Three Trim Levels
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will be offered in three trim levels: 2.0i base, Premium and Limited. The 2.0i base starts with an extensive roster of standard features that includes a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen; Android Auto and Apple CarPlay; power windows with auto up/down on both driver and passenger sides; 60/40-split fold-down rear seat; power door locks and side mirrors; multi-function display with fuel economy information; tilt and telescoping steering column; security system with engine immobilizer; 17-inch machine finish alloy wheels; standard integrated roof rails; carpeted floor mats; and privacy glass. The 2.0i base and Premium come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission or available CVT equipped with X-Mode with hill-descent control.

 

The Premium trim adds leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter, shark fin antenna, SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security features, the All-Weather Package featuring heated front seats, windshield, and exterior mirrors as well as automatic headlights. Stepping up to the Premium trim also brings wider option availability, including a power moonroof and driver assist technology systems. The Premium's interior is available in either black or new high-contrast gray cloth interior with orange double stitching.

 

The top of the line Limited trim looks more upscale with LED headlights, distinctive "Konoji" LED daytime running lights (DRL) and standard 18-inch machine finished alloy wheels. The Limited Crosstrek also has Steering Responsive Headlights, which can illuminate curves as the vehicle steers into them. Exterior chrome trim and turn signal side mirrors add a touch of elegance. The Limited also comes standard with the CVT equipped with X-Mode with hill-descent control.

 

The Limited's interior features black or new high-contrast gray leather with orange double stitching on the seats, door armrests and instrument panel. Standard amenities include an automatic climate control system, leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter, Keyless Access & Push-Button Start and 8-inch color display. A 6-way power driver's seat, which is the first ever in a Crosstrek, is also standard equipment for the Limited. The exclusive instrument panel features white gauge cluster illumination, and new harman/kardon premium audio is available in the Crosstrek for the first time. Models equipped with EyeSight also include High Beam Assist. Lastly, the available navigation system now features maps provided by TomTom.

 

SUBARU STARLINK In-Vehicle Technology
SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia systems offer the latest in digital music playing, Bluetooth wireless capability, iPod control, smartphone integration and more. The display screen acts as the display for the standard rear vision camera, and the top-level system includes navigation.

 

SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services comes with the Safety Plus package that offers SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report, and Diagnostic Alerts. This package can be upgraded to the Safety Plus & Security Plus package that adds Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator.

 


          FORD EXPANDS U.S. PLANT TO ADD 700 JOBS TO MAKE EVS, AUTONOMOUS CARS   

Ford today detailed seven of the 13 new global electrified vehicles it plans to introduce in the next five years, including hybrid versions of the iconic F-150 pickup and Mustang in the U.S., a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van in Europe and a fully electric SUV with an expected range of at least 300 miles for customers globally.

The automaker also announced plans to invest $700 million to expand its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan into a factory that will build high-tech autonomous and electric vehicles along with the Mustang and Lincoln Continental. The expansion will create 700 direct new jobs.

The moves are part of a $4.5 billion investment in electrified vehicles by 2020, offering customers greater fuel efficiency, capability and power across Ford's global vehicle lineup. The plans are part of the company's expansion to be an auto and a mobility company, including leading in electrified and autonomous vehicles and providing new mobility solutions.

"As more and more consumers around the world become interested in electrified vehicles, Ford is committed to being a leader in providing consumers with a broad range of electrified vehicles, services and solutions that make people's lives better," said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. "Our investments and expanding lineup reflect our view that global offerings of electrified vehicles will exceed gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 15 years."

Ford is focusing its EV plan on its areas of strength - electrifying its most popular, high-volume commercial vehicles, trucks, SUVs and performance vehicles to make them even more capable, productive and fun to drive.

The seven global electrified vehicles announced today include:

  • An all-new fully electric small SUV, coming by 2020, engineered to deliver an estimated range of at least 300 miles, to be built at the Flat Rock plant and sold in North America, Europe and Asia
  • A high-volume autonomous vehicle designed for commercial ride hailing or ride sharing, starting in North America. The hybrid vehicle will debut in 2021 and will be built at the Flat Rock plant
  • A hybrid version of the best-selling F-150 pickup available by 2020 and sold in North America and the Middle East. The F-150 Hybrid, built at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant, will offer powerful towing and payload capacity and operate as a mobile generator
  • A hybrid version of the iconic Mustang that will deliver V8 power and even more low-end torque. The Mustang Hybrid, built at the Flat Rock Plant, debuts in 2020 and will be available in the North America to start
  • A Transit Custom plug-in hybrid available in 2019 in Europe engineered to help reduce operating costs in even the most congested streets
  • Two new, pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicles. One of the two new hybrid police vehicles will be built in Chicago, and both will be upfitted with their police gear at Ford's dedicated police vehicle modification center in Chicago
  • In addition, Ford announces that its global utility lineup will be the company's first hybrids powered by EcoBoost® rather than naturally aspirated engines, furthering improving performance and fuel economy.
  • The company also plans to be as aggressive in developing global electrified vehicles services and solutions. These include EV fleet management, route planning and telematics solutions.

Building the Future

To support the new era of vehicles, Ford is adding 700 direct new U.S. jobs and investing $700 million during the next four years, creating the new Manufacturing Innovation Center at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant. Employees there will build the all-new small utility vehicle with extended battery range as well as the fully autonomous vehicle for ride-hailing or ride-sharing - along with the iconic Mustang and Lincoln Continental.

"I am thrilled that we have been able to secure additional UAW-Ford jobs for American workers," said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department. "The men and women of Flat Rock Assembly have shown a great commitment to manufacturing quality products, and we look forward to their continued success with a new generation of high-tech vehicles."

This incremental investment in Flat Rock Assembly Plant comes from $1.6 billion the company previously had planned to invest in a new plant in Mexico.

Ford today announced it is cancelling plans for the new plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. It also announced that, to improve company profitability and ensure the financial as well as commercial success of this vehicle, the next-generation Focus will be built at an existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico. This will make way for two new iconic products at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, where Focus is manufactured today - safeguarding approximately 3,500 U.S. jobs.

Unique ElectrificationTechnology

Building on two decades of experience, Ford is applying lessons learned to deliver patented technology, software and services to appeal to truck customers, SUV owners, performance enthusiasts, high-volume commercial fleets and everyone in between.

"Ford's global EV strategy is to build on our strengths," said Raj Nair, executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer. "While some others seem to be focused on marketing claims and numbers, we're focused on providing customers even more of what they love about their Ford vehicles. This means more capability for trucks, more productivity for commercial vehicles and more performance for sports cars - plus improved fuel economy."

This year, Ford begins testing its new generation of EV technology. In Europe, Ford will put the Transit Custom plug-in hybrid on the road later this year, along with a new set of mobility services, telematics and connectivity solutions.

In addition, in New York and several major U.S. cities, Ford is testing a fleet of 20 Transit Connect hybrid taxi and van prototypes in some of the world's most demanding traffic conditions.

These Transit Connects build on the success of the world's first hybrid taxi - the Ford Escape Hybrid - which also was the world's first hybrid SUV and the first North American-built hybrid. Many Escape Hybrid taxis are still on the road, moving passengers for more than 350,000 miles each and still using their original batteries.

Today, Ford is America's top-selling plug-in hybrid brand and second in overall U.S. electrified vehicle sales.

New Services

Applying approximately two decades of leadership in EVs and commercial vehicles, Ford also is working on a suite of services to make EVs even easier to live with.

"Innovative services can be as important to customers as the electrified vehicles themselves," said Hau Thai-Tang, group vice president of Purchasing and Ford's EV champion. "We are investing in solutions to help private customers as well as commercial fleet owners seamlessly incorporate these new vehicles and technologies into their lives."

Ford already has a memorandum of understanding with several other automakers in Europe to create an ultra-fast charging network projected to be significantly faster than the most powerful charging system deployed today. An initial target of about 400 sites in Europe is planned. By 2020, consumers should have access to thousands of high-powered charging points.

Ford also is piloting wireless technology on company EVs in the U.S. and Europe that make recharging as easy as pulling into a parking spot so drivers never forget to recharge. Wireless recharging extends electric-only range for short distance commuters, even during quick stops. FordPass® also can help consumers reserve charging times.

Understanding customers

Ford has been extensively studying how past and current EV owners use their vehicles. The company has sold more than 520,000 electrified vehicles in North America since 2005 and 560,000 globally.

In studying 33,000 Ford EV owners that have made 58 million unique trips, Ford has learned:

 

  • 88 percent of customers' habitual daily driving distance is 60 miles or less. For plug-in hybrids, the average refueling distance is 680 miles, making gas station trips rare
  • Customers want as much electric range as possible, but range anxiety drops over time as they become more comfortable and familiar with the technology
  • 80 percent of Ford EV customers charge once a day; 60 percent during evenings
  • Ford EV customers collectively have plugged in their vehicles a total of 9.4 million nights

An overwhelming majority of Ford EV owners expect to replace their current EV with a new one, additional Ford research shows. Specifically:

 

 

  • 92 percent of battery electric car customers say they will purchase another battery electric vehicle as their next purchase
  • 87 percent of plug-in hybrid customers want another plug-in for their next vehicle

 

 


          Utilise Chinese ties, companies told   
Innocent Ruwende Senior Reporter Government has urged private and public institutions to take advantage of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Harare metropolitan province and the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of China, to meet the goals and objectives of the country’s economic blueprint, Zim-Asset. Speaking at a business breakfast meeting aimed at informing the business community...
          Russian ‘prosecutie’ Natalia Poklonskaya back in the news   

Natalia Poklonskaya first gained fame in 2014 as an internet Japanese anime character. It goes without saying that the Japanese went ga-ga for the Russian government’s Crimean court prosecutor, despite the fact that the Russians recently invaded the same sovereign Ukrainian soil. With the official title of The Prosecutor General of the Autonomous Republic of

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          Robots to Help Children With Autism   

The DREAM project will design autonomous robots aimed at helping a therapist improve the social interaction skills of children with an autism spectrum disorder.


          Vikram Deb Autonomous College B.Ed Selection/Merit List 2017-18. www.vikramdebcollege.ac.in   


Vikram Deb Autonomous College Published Admission Notification For B.ED Programme of the Academic Year 2017-18. Now Interested Candidates Can Apply through Official Website.  


Programme- B.Ed

Course Duration- 2year



Qualification- Any Graduation Can Apply this Course.

Last Date for Submitting Application Form- 11.07.2017

Selected Candidates List Will Publish On Official Website. Candidates Need to Check Official Website Regularly.





          Vikram Deb Autonomous College B.ED Admission Notification 2017-18.    


Vikram Deb Autonomous College Published Admission Notification For B.ED Programme of the Academic Year 2017-18. Now Interested Candidates Can Apply through Official Website.  


Programme- B.Ed

Course Duration- 2year

Qualification- Any Graduation Can Apply this Course. 




Last Date for Submitting Application Form- 11.07.2017

Selected Candidates List Will Publish On Official Website. Candidates Need to Check Official Website Regularly.





          DHE Odisha +3 Second Selection Cutoff Marks Out 2017-18. www.dheodisha.gov.in   
Department Of Higher Education (DHE) Odisha Published +3 Degree College E-Admission 2ndSelection Merit List & Cutoff List for Various Govt & Semi Govt Autonomous Colleges.


DHE Odisha +3 Degree College E-Admission 2nd Selection Cutoff Marks & Selection List 2017-18.

First Selection Merit List Already Published On 29th June 2017. Now Second Selection Merit List Will Publish On 7th July 2017. Those Candidates are Not Satisfied with their 1st Selection Allotted Colleges then Can Check their 2nd Selection Allotment.

2ndSelection Candidates Can Take admission 10th July – 11thjuly 2017.


01. Publication of the 2nd Round selection merit list         07th -July-2017  (11:00 AM)

02. Admission of the applicants selected in 2nd Round & admission data updation along-with Annexure-7 by the colleges in their e-Space.     10th to 11th July-2017 (05:00 PM)

03. Publication of the 3rd Round Selection merit list 16th-July-2017 (11:00 AM)

04. Admission of the applicants selected in 3rd Round & admission data updation along-with Annexure-7 by the colleges in their e-Space      17th to 18th July-2017 (5:00 PM)

05. Classes start for (+3) 1st year students         19th-July-2017









          Odisha +3 Admission 2nd Selection Merit List Out 2017-18. www.dheodisha.gov.in    
Department Of Higher Education (DHE) Odisha Published +3 Degree College E-Admission 2ndSelection Merit List & Cutoff List for Various Govt & Semi Govt Autonomous Colleges.


DHE Odisha +3 Degree College E-Admission 2nd Selection Cutoff Marks & Selection List 2017-18.

First Selection Merit List Already Published On 29th June 2017. Now Second Selection Merit List Will Publish On 7th July 2017. Those Candidates are Not Satisfied with their 1st Selection Allotted Colleges then Can Check their 2nd Selection Allotment.

2ndSelection Candidates Can Take admission 10th July – 11thjuly 2017.


01. Publication of the 2nd Round selection merit list         07th -July-2017  (11:00 AM)

02. Admission of the applicants selected in 2nd Round & admission data updation along-with Annexure-7 by the colleges in their e-Space.     10th to 11th July-2017 (05:00 PM)

03. Publication of the 3rd Round Selection merit list 16th-July-2017 (11:00 AM)

04. Admission of the applicants selected in 3rd Round & admission data updation along-with Annexure-7 by the colleges in their e-Space      17th to 18th July-2017 (5:00 PM)

05. Classes start for (+3) 1st year students         19th-July-2017