Indonesia's Gay Community Driven Underground After Police Raids   

When an angry mob of Islamists threatened to burn down a place hosting a gay and lesbian film festival in Jakarta in 2010, Indonesian police came to protect those staging it. A volunteer at the festival, Adi, 28, now fears that instead of safeguarding their rights authorities are targeting his community, forcing them to hide their lifestyles or even consider moving abroad.

          Indonesia's gay community driven underground after police raids   

A bath is seen on the second floor of the club where police detained 141 men for what they described as a gay prostitution ring, in Jakarta, Indonesia May 23, 2017. Pic: Reuters WHEN an angry mob of Islamists threatened to burn down a place hosting a gay and lesbian film festival in Jakarta in 2010, A volunteer at the festival, Adi, 28, now fears that instead of safeguarding their rights authorities are targeting his community, forcing them to hide their lifestyles or even consider moving abroad.

          Community Clinic Re-opening Is Reminder of Importance of Health Care ‘Safety Net’   
Andres and Rosa Garcia sat patiently waiting for the grand re-opening program to begin, quietly recalling that it had been over 15 years since they turned to the Arroyo Vista Family Medical Center in Highland Park for their health care. The temperature was rising and just a couple of hours earlier news broke that the […]

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          MAGLITE Declares July "National Roadside Traffic Safety Awareness Month"   

ONTARIO, Calif., June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- MAGLITE wants motorists and pedestrians to be extra vigilant to save lives during the "vacation months" – July through October – which are the most dangerous months the year for traffic fatalities. So MAGLITE is launching a dedicated...

          Fireworks Safety: 3-Step Guide to a Safer Celebration   


According to a new CPSC report of fireworks incidents in 2016, 11,100 consumers were injured and treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms and four died as a result of direct … Click here to read more...

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          Delays in updating of owner data   
New owner data of a vehicle is not visible in the e-service, if the change of owner has been made 28 June after 8 PM. The changes in ownership have however been correctly updated into the Vehicular and Driver Data Register. It is safe to make changes in ownership in the e-service, even though the updating of owner data is not visible in the e-service. We are searching for the cause of the delays.
          It Appears..   
That some in Europe have the right idea about safety… This would be where Dad’s side of the family came from back in the 1800’s. Through Ellis Island before setting by Wadena Mn… Smart folks… Source: Open Season: Ordinary Czechs Get Right to Shoot Terrorists on Sight – Sputnik International
          ‘I Thought It Was Empty.’ Dad Fatally Shoots Daughter During Gun Safety Lesson   
An Indiana man has been charged with fatally shooting his 9-year-old daughter in the head while teaching his two sons about gun safety
          Students Scared After Distracted Driving ‘Drill’   
Every now and then, official government entities launch campaigns and other efforts to fight distracted driving. But other groups are also part of the effort, attempting to promote safety within their circles and make sure that safety comes first. While many of these efforts happen in other states, anyone who lives in Washington will agree […]
          ‘I don’t feel safe’: African American man quits job after finding noose at work   
Preview An African American man in Louisiana quit his job after management dismissed his concerns over finding a noose strung up near his break area.
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          В Хайфе несколько тысяч человек приняли участие в "Параде гордости"   
В Хайфе несколько тысяч человек приняли участие в "Параде гордости"
- Вместе с активистами ЛГБТ-общины в шествии участвовали политики, представители религиозной общины, а также известные раввины ...

          Частную школу в Лондоне закрыли за нежелание преподавать детям тему ЛГБТ   
Частную школу в Лондоне закрыли за нежелание преподавать детям тему ЛГБТ
- В то же время представители ЛГБТ-сообщества сетуют на то, что власти по-прежнему оставляют «лазейки» для религиозных школ в этом ...

          Радужный перекресток стал символом единения   
Радужный перекресток стал символом единения
- Перекресток Пьемон Авеню и Тен стрит считается центром ЛГБТ сообщества, поэтому Рид решил, что здесь нужно поместить радужный ...

          ‘No-Go Zone’ app allows Parisians to report & locate aggression, other crimes   
Preview Parisians worried about safety in the French capital can download an app which allows them to report, locate and avoid "hazardous locations." It comes as France remains at the highest possible terrorism alert.
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          Германия узаконила однополые браки   
Германия узаконила однополые браки
- которые отметили, что ранее канцлер на протяжении десятка лет высказывалась в защиту ЛГБТ-сообщества, в том числе и поддерживала ...

          " Skoler ikke ønsker læreverk som er for radikale   
" Skoler ikke ønsker læreverk som er for radikale
- Det vil derfor være ganske tilfeldig om denne typen oppdatert undervisningsmateriell blir brukt i skolen, sier Røthing til Utdanning. Lærebøkene som er ...

          Mente de som hørtes homofile ut, var mindre kompetente   
Mente de som hørtes homofile ut, var mindre kompetente
- Menn og kvinner som høres homofile eller lesbiske ut møter diskriminering på grunn av måten de snakker på, ifølge en ny studie fra University of ...

          Miljoner till förlossningsvården   
Miljoner till förlossningsvården
- Förlossningsvården i Blekinge får 4,7 miljoner kronor i statsbidrag. Pengarna kommer bland annat gå till att förhindra psykisk ohälsa hos gravida.

          Familjeperspektiv saknas när föräldrar drabbas av psykisk sjukdom   
Familjeperspektiv saknas när föräldrar drabbas av psykisk sjukdom
- När en förälder drabbas av psykisk ohälsa påverkar det hela familjen. Men trots det drar sig hälso- och sjukvårdspersonal för att ställa frågor om ...

          Ottawa funds mentorship network to support indigenous health researchers   
Ottawa funds mentorship network to support indigenous health researchers
- Ottawa announced Wednesday it intends to spend $8 million over five years to establish a mentorship network for First Nations, Metis and Inuit health ...

          Systemic oppression of Indigenous peoples is no reason for celebration   
Systemic oppression of Indigenous peoples is no reason for celebration
- I don't remember learning much about First Nations, Inuit or Metis peoples at school. I know for a fact, I learned absolutely nothing about treaties, the ...

          Recession is 'a real risk' Scotland's economy now falling further behind rest of UK   
Recession is 'a real risk' Scotland's economy now falling further behind rest of UK
Scotland plunged into the red in the final three months of last year, and a ... Should the Brexit negotiations go badly or the UK economy slows down ...

          Tory Government limps over line on Queen's Speech as Labour rebels defy Corbyn on Brexit   
Tory Government limps over line on Queen's Speech as Labour rebels defy Corbyn on Brexit
- THERESA May's Government limped over the line at Westminster to pass its first major parliamentary test but only after making a major concession on ...

          Forget everything else - Brexit is now the only show in town   
Forget everything else - Brexit is now the only show in town
- The reality is that Ms Sturgeon miscalculated the impact of last year's Brexit vote. Because the Remain vote in Scotland was 62 per cent, she assumed ...

          SNP's big Brexit problems   
SNP's big Brexit problems
- Sturgeon can legitimately say Brexit has been forced on to the agenda by others, Scots are not keen and the Scottish Government have a duty of sorts ...

          Joyce McMillan: SNP faces its biggest problem in 25 years   
Joyce McMillan: SNP faces its biggest problem in 25 years
- Even leaving party considerations aside, the implications of Brexit for Scotland's economy, and for the future of its people, are so grave that it would ...

          10 key challenges facing the ailing Scottish economy right now   
10 key challenges facing the ailing Scottish economy right now
- Regardless of whether Brexit and possibly Scottish independence will ultimately prove best in the long run, both are undoubtedly deflecting focus from ...

          Июль в Европе. Мадрид, Барселона и Берлин поднимают радужные флаги   
Июль в Европе. Мадрид, Барселона и Берлин поднимают радужные флаги
- Особенностью же июльского календаря являются гей-парады. .... Еще более масштабным является прайд-парад в Мадриде. Гей-прайд в ...

          Меркель шокировала однопартийцев сменой отношения к гей-бракам   
Меркель шокировала однопартийцев сменой отношения к гей-бракам
- «У Германии полно других проблем, но руководство ХДС заботит только то, как разрушить последние консервативные ценности», — заявил ...

          Американские протестанты постепенно проникаются гей-идеологией   
Американские протестанты постепенно проникаются гей-идеологией
- 62% американских респондентов одобряют однополые браки, в то время как два года назад, когда Верховный Суд разрешил подобные браки во всех штатах, за их легализацию выступало 57% и всего 37% в 2007 году.

Однополые браки вызывают все большее одобрение в американском обществе, особенно в среде демократов и молодых американцев, рожденных после 1980 г. Республиканцы оказались поделены поровну в этом вопросе, 48% против и 47% за однополые браки. Еще десятилетие назад уверенное большинство выступало против (73%). В американской глубинке негативное отношение ощущалось не только к гомосексуалистам, но даже штатам, где подобные браки были разрешены. 

          Sommaren är sämst för oss psykiskt sjuka   
Sommaren är sämst för oss psykiskt sjuka
- Och jag säger ”man” istället för ”jag”, för folk blir så obekväma när man trycker upp sin psykiska ohälsa i ansiktet på dem. Folk har förvånansvärt lite ...

          Enkelt blodprov ska hitta ungdomar som ligger i riskzonen för psykisk ohälsa   
Enkelt blodprov ska hitta ungdomar som ligger i riskzonen för psykisk ohälsa
- Det finns ett stort behov hos ungdomar att vända sig till barn – och ungdomspsykiatrin men sjukvården har stora problem med att diagnosticera och ...

          Quebec invests $147 million in five-year plan to help First Nations and Inuit   
Quebec invests $147 million in five-year plan to help First Nations and Inuit
Quebec is investing $147 million to help the social and cultural development of First Nations and Inuit in the province. With the five-year ...

          It's finally being recognized': Indigenous adoption practices now acknowledged in Quebec   
It's finally being recognized': Indigenous adoption practices now acknowledged in Quebec
- Quebec's new custom adoption bill could fix ID issues for Inuit ... and Elena Labranche, director of Inuit Values and Practices for the Nunavik Board of ...

          This Report Says It's "Highly Possible" Scotland Is About To Enter A Recession   
This Report Says It's "Highly Possible" Scotland Is About To Enter A Recession
Scotland's economy is on the brink of recession and will take a "sharp turn for the worse" if the Brexit negotiations go badly, according to a new report ...

          It would be stupid to say what's going to happen next in world of politics and it's almost impossible ...   
It would be stupid to say what's going to happen next in world of politics and it's almost impossible ...
- As the First Minister keeps telling us, she wants to give Scots a choice between Brexit Britain and an indy Scotland. So it's clearly not in the interests of ...

          Comment on Ontario Set to Criminalize Amateur BJJ And Grappling Competition As Of July 1, 2017 by Kurt   
As they say in my State of Texas: "Neither life, limb or property is safe while the Legislature is in session."
          Using design to keep children and their families safe.   

On February 8, Wyong’s new multi-agency centre was opened- signalling brighter outcomes for children at risk in the Central Coast.  The innovative centre brings together government health and education representatives, caseworkers and NGOs in one physical space, making the process from call for help to the delivery of assistance, smoother. We’re extremely proud to have […]

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Glad you and yours are safe. Fire must be so scary, I've experienced floods and that was bad enough.
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Glad to hear you're safe missus. I must return now to cursing and glaring at the project I'm working/not working on.
          Mixing Booze and Pot Is Serious Threat To Traffic Safety, New Research Shows   
Drivers testing positive for concurrent use of alcohol and marijuana are more than five times more likely to be responsible for causing fatal two-vehicle crashes than drivers who used neither substance, according to a new study.
          Rachael Murphey posted a blog post   
Rachael Murphey posted a blog post

5 Health Problems Mechanics Should Be Concerned About

It is no secret that working as a mechanic is a difficult occupation that requires strenuous labor. Doing repairs on heavy vehicles and putting constant strain on their muscles and back are all things that workers face every day. However, there are some less obvious health risks associated with this type of job.  Exposure to Carbon Monoxide Running vehicles produce a gas called carbon monoxide, and in shops that are not well-ventilated, this can prove deadly to mechanics. Furthermore, the gas is both odorless and tasteless, and toxic levels of it may be impossible to detect until workers are already presenting with physical symptoms.  Eye InjuriesThose who work in body shops or are more at risk for eye injuries because they work with many small, metal parts. Parts may fly off and unexpectedly become lodged in a worker's eye if they are not wearing safety glasses. Bench grinders are well- known for launching pieces of metal with some regularity. Approximately 7% of all workplace hazards to mechanics are eye injuries. Hearing Loss Regular exposure to loud noises, especially in enclosed spaces such as a repair shop, can cause devastating effects to hearing function. Hearing loss due to car horns, power tools, grinders, and other equipment is sometimes irreversible. Like damage to vision, hearing loss does, in some cases, get worse over time. Experts say that noise levels over 90 decibels is harmful to the ears and should be avoided by wearing proper hearing protection. Asbestos ExposureMechanics often risk exposure to asbestos in the workplace. When replacing the clutch or break, sanding and grinding occurs and sometimes creates asbestos dust, which is extremely difficult to avoid breathing. There are many dangers related to being exposed to asbestos for long periods of time, and doing so can cause life-threatening pulmonary diseases and even a deadly type of cancer called mesothelioma.  Exposure to ChemicalsThere are a variety of volatile chemicals in repair shops that cause injuries to the mechanics working in them. Regular exposure to degreasers, solvents, and oil can cause skin burns, irritation to the lining of the lungs, and eye damage. A skin condition called hand dermatitis is commonly found in patients who work in auto body shops and is the result of regular exposure to various chemicals. While these problems have the potential to be quite serious, the likelihood of them occurring can be drastically decreased by using proper safety gear and adhering to all health and safety regulations. References More

          GM/HBC Clerk (11065) Starbucks - Albertsons - Bakersfield, CA   
Provides superior customer service. Orders, stocks and displays non-food merchandise in accordance with company standards regarding merchandise presentation,
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          Stories That Deserve To Be Told   
Robert LeBlanc spent last Wednesday in a boat, helping to pull people to safety. Here's some of what he has to say.
          For sale - Polaris Ranger 700 Crew 08-09 Ignition Switch w/... - $6   

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          A Small Word Of Caution   
There is a palpable sense of relief in the air. The supplies are finally getting though; the buses are bringing the long-suffering residents of the New Orleans 'shelters' to a place of safety and calm. Things are getting better now.
          For sale - Polaris Ranger 500 efi 4x4 2010 Driven Secondary... - $124   

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          The Pet Parade Blog Hop #202 with Rascal & Rocco Co-Hosted by Basil & Barking from the Bayou   

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Welcome to another Friday on the blog.  Well we've come to the end of our regular programming schedule fur a while, Mandalas on Monday and Amber's Wordy on Wednesday will return in the Autumn or as our fabulous furriends offur the pond say; Fall.  

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          Campsite Baked Apples   

Summer times are all about enjoying the outdoors, be it in the garden, out camping or for the more adventurous hiking holidays. I adore hazy summer days and alfresco cooking and the first chance I get to go out doors, I am happy to pack a picnic basket, a blanket and a portable barbecue and set off for the day.
The smell of the charcoal on a hot summers day brings distance memories of brownie camp and girl guides where we we went on our annual camping trips. In those days putting up our antiquated tents was painstakingly difficult, not in this day and age with all the new easy to put up waterproof tents and camping equipment that are now readily available, making camping and outdoor holidays so much more fun and civilised.

As a brownie, I remember trying to cook veggie sausages and baked beans on the trangia cooking stove in the aluminium pans, which proved to be a challenge in it self. I have strong memories of surviving on a packet of biscuits that I used to sneak into my rucksack. As an adult, my outdoor cooking skills have improved by far and I love barbecuing a variety of fruits and vegetables and making homemade mushroom and veggie burgers on the barbecue. Most of all I love cooking desserts on the barbecue, charcoal roasted bananas in their skins, toasted marshmallows sandwiched between two digestive biscuits and cinnamon baked apples. Nothing beats opening a baked apple foil parcel and adding dollops of Greek yoghurt before devouring the whole thing. My baked apple recipe is fail safe and drool worthy which would be perfect to create on any camping holiday or home barbecue.

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Campsite Baked Apples
Cinnamon spiced apples baked on charcoal and served with greek yoghurt.

  • 4 Braeburn apples
  • 2 tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Crushed walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon Sultanas
  • 1/2 tablespoon Butter
  • 4 tablespoons Fat free Greek Yoghurt

1. Light the barbecue.2. In a bowl add the brown sugar, cinnamon and crushed walnuts and sultanas and mix together and keep aside.3. Wash the apples and remove the core.4. Fill the cavity of the apples with the walnut, brown sugar mixture packing it tightly.

5. Get a double piece of foil square and place the filled apple on it. Add a dollop of butter on the top of the apple and wrap the foil parcel up securely.

6. Place the apple parcels on the barbecue and cook for 30 minutes, turning them with tongs to ensure an even bake.

7.Remove the parcel from the barbecue and open it, sprinkle the apple with the remaining walnut and sugar mixture and serve it with a dollop of fat free Greek yoghurt.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: serves 4

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          Donald Trump says 'the era of patience is over' with North Korea   
'The North Korean dictatorship has no regard for the safety and security of its people,' says Mr Trump
          Price Drop: Tangible Things   
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You value your property. That’s why we’ve created the Tangible Things™ Home Inventory application. A useful, simple to use and fast tool that will allow everyone to quickly create an inventory of all your items and easier to protect it. In the unfortunate event that you experience a loss, you’ll usually need to document what’s missing or damaged in order to get the most out of your insurance coverage. Remembering everything can be surprisingly difficult, not to mention the serial numbers, model numbers, defining characteristics, purchase prices, and other details that are all important in processing your claim. Tangible Things™ allows you to create and manage a virtual inventory of your property. If you experience a loss, you can export your virtual inventory to an email to send it to your insurance carrier, or even share it with police to help them locate your property in the event of a theft. If you enable iCloud storage, you can rest assured that even if your phone or tablet is lost or damaged, you inventory is still safe and can be restored to your new device. Inventorying your home is crucial, whether your home is owned or rented - apartment, condo, or house alike. Start your inventory now before you need it. With the Tangible Things™ Home Inventory application, you can: • Quickly take/add multiple photos of your belongings • Add item details (UPC, EAN, Serial, Model, Product numbers, etc.) • Catalog each item by room and/or by category • Assign purchase price, pur...
          Licensed Sales Assistant - BMO Nesbitt Burns - BMO Financial Group - Toronto, ON   
Follow security and safeguarding procedures and apply appropriate due diligence for the prevention of loss due to fraud, counterfeiting, money laundering or...
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          Sr. Service Representative - BMO Financial Group - Toronto, ON   
Follow security and safeguarding procedures and apply appropriate due diligence in accordance with Bank policy for the prevention of loss due to such things as...
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          Service Representative - BMO Financial Group - Toronto, ON   
Follow security and safeguarding procedures and apply appropriate due diligence in accordance with Bank policy for the prevention of loss due to such things as...
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          Fund Accountant - BMO Financial Group - Toronto, ON   
Follow security and safeguarding procedures and apply appropriate due diligence in accordance with Bank policy for the prevention of loss due to such things as...
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          Administration Forester - Clusko Logging Enterprises Ltd. - Clearwater, BC   
Forest Safety Council. Clusko Logging Enterprises has a position open for a Junior level / FIT Administration Forester to assist the Operations Manager with...
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          Technicien D'alarme Incendie - Troy Life & Fire Safety Ltd. - Témiscamingue, QC   
Inspecter et vérifier anuellement les systèmes d'alarme incendie. Noter des recommandations ou lacunes à partir d’inspection incendie basé sur les normes ULC....
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          Fire Alarm Technician - Troy Life & Fire Safety Ltd. - Témiscamingue, QC   
Inspecter et vérifier anuellement les systèmes d'alarme incendie. Noter des recommandations ou lacunes à partir d’inspection incendie basé sur les normes ULC....
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          Manager, Quality and Patient Safety - North Wellington Health Care - Ontario   
Create a robust patient relations process that supports and strengthens relationships between patients, families and the healthcare team as well as the...
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          Kids Driving Your Crazy? Here's a Safe Way to Make Slime!   
You may have heard about the new homemade slime craze sweeping the nation. Elmer's Glue even had to up production to meet consumer demands! Most of the recipes call for Borax but local doctors are warning against it... Continue reading…
          CABINETMAKER / WOODSHOP TECHNICIAN - Flying Colours - Canada   
Trimming off veneer using router in a table jig / hand router. To safely, and efficiently build and finish various cabinets, galleys, lavatories, wardrobes,...
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          Mourning the Passing of Friends: Forthcoming Funeral Services    
“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.  All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” ~ Helen Keller

Forthcoming funeral services are planned for the following friends from our community. Complete versions of these obituaries may be found in The Payson Chronicle and on our website at

Michelle Hone Hulet
An angel on earth is now an angel in Heaven.  
Michelle Hone Hulet of Payson, Utah returned home to her Father in Heaven June 28, 2017. Her family finds comfort in knowing she is welcomed by loved ones on the other side of the veil.
Michelle was born November 22, 1960. She was the seventh of eight children born to Clyde LeRoy and Geraldine Francom Hone. Michelle married Chad Hulet on September 2, 1994 in the Manti, Utah temple. They have one son, Tyler Chad Hulet.
Michelle will always be remembered as being unselfish and kind.  She was very talented and made many gifts for family and friends that will be cherished always. Michelle had a contagious laugh, and always made everyone around her feel special and loved. She loved her nieces and nephews and cherished her relationships with them. She loved working as a librarian at Taylor Elementary. She was overjoyed when children from the school would light up and give her a hug when they would see her around town. 
Michelle is a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She obediently served in various callings throughout her life. She has especially loved her time serving in the Payson Temple. She knows and loves her Savior, Jesus Christ. 
Michelle is preceded in death by her mother, her brother, Joel Hone, step-mother, Dixie Jarvis Hone, and her mother-in-law, Leah Pauline Hulet. She is survived by her husband, son, father, and her brothers and sister: Lee (Linda) Hone, Craig (Kathy Lee) Hone, Michael (Lana) Hone, Annette (Craig) Draper, Scott Hone, and Kent (Sue) Hone. She is also survived by her step siblings, her father-in-law, Carlisle Hulet, and brothers and sisters-in-law.
A viewing will be held Sunday, July 2, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West in Payson. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Payson 2nd Ward Chapel, 274 South Main Street. A viewing at this location will be held from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be at the Payson Cemetery. 
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          Field Professional Assoc-II - MWD - Halliburton - Nisku, AB   
Must possess relevant on and offshore safety certificates. We are looking for the right people — people who want to innovate, achieve, grow and lead....
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          Arborist Climber - USA-CT-Simsbury   
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LONDON (Reuters) - WPP, the world's biggest advertising agency, said on Thursday that some of its operations continued to be affected by a ransomware attack that went around the world earlier in the week, but that services were gradually being restored.

On Tuesday a major global cyber attack disrupted computers at a range of multinational firms, including WPP, Russia's biggest oil company and Ukrainian banks, with a virus similar to the ransomware that infected more than 300,000 computers last month.

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          6/30/2017: BUSINESS NEWS: Central Bank to strengthen protection for online banking   
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On a certain level, the decision by BLM activists to single out policing as a major obstacle to black advancement has always defied comprehension. Police shootings have fallen dramatically in recent decades. In New York City, for example, cops shot 314 people in 1971, 93 of them fatally. In 2015, New York police shot 23 people, killing eight. Which means that police shootings and fatalities in the nation's most populous city have declined by more than 90% over the past 4½ decades. A 2016 paper released by Harvard economist Roland Fryer examined the use of force by police since 2000 in some of the country's largest urban areas and found that "blacks are 23.8 percent less likely to be shot at by police relative to whites." In theory, there is no reason these activists couldn't play a more useful role in helping blacks overcome obstacles and take advantage of opportunities that were unavailable to previous generations. But that would mean abandoning nonsensical narratives that scapegoat law enforcement for high black crime rates and instead picking more substantive fights with fellow progressives. Why not side with the hundreds of thousands of black children nationwide who linger on waiting lists for charter schools that have a proven record of narrowing the achievement gap? Why side with progressive politicians who stunt the growth of charters out of deference to powerful teachers unions that oppose school choice? ...Of course, improving educational and employment prospects for the black underclass would lower black crime rates and thus go a long way toward reducing encounters with police, the goal that is so near and dear to the Black Lives Matter movement. It's a win-win, but first the activists have to decide whether the real goal is to help black people or to help themselves.
Important point there at the end -- one I think few people consider (thanks to how race issues are now the third rail of discussion and debate today). I sometimes get hundreds of retweets and shares of a blog post, but never those about race. At least a few of those must be at least a little interesting to people, but again, major no-go area. Oh, and on the job-killing regulations, consider how the government is trying to put moms who earn money caring for others' children in their homes out of business. As I blogged previously:
Mothers have taken care of other mothers' children throughout human history, usually without death or horrible things happening. There should be no reason why a mother cannot be the judge of whether the person she wishes to leave her child with is a safe bet, rather than having the state intervene. This regulation also keeps poor women who are mothers from having an income by taking in children and caring for them. Again, women have done this throughout human history. Yes, there's always a chance a child will be injured -- maybe in the parent's own home. But a child can still be injured in that *perfectly regulated* hothouse of government regulation. Regulation is mostly keeping the childcare "industry" safe from those who'd like to enter without going to college and jumping through 26 hoops.

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          A Significant Contribution to Human Happiness   
Andrew Dalby, "Dining with the Caesars," in Food and the Memory: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2000, ed. Harlan Walker (Totnes: Prospect Books, 2001), pp. 62-88 (at 76; footnote omitted):
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          Charting Russia’s most dangerous cities for LGBT people   

Here are the towns where it’s dangerous to be gay in Russia. A culture of silence and a law “against propaganda” are keeping them that way. Русский

An LGBT pride parade in St Petersburg, 2014. Photo CC BY-NC-ND 2.0: Maria Komarova / Flickr. Some rights reserved.

It’s become a tradition across the globe to celebrate LGBT Pride in the last days of June. Usually, such events are held on the weekend closest to the 28 June, as it was on that day that the modern LGBT movement in the USA began in earnest. It was an initiative that inspired strategies and tactics of human rights advocacy in many other countries. Although it takes different forms across the world, LGBT pride raises issues of freedom of expression, human rights, and healthcare for LGBT people. In some cities Europe and the USA it has turned into something of a commercial event or cultural festival for the wider public. In other locations, LGBT people march under the threat of police brutality.

In Russia, the first LGBT pride march was held in 1991 on the square before Moscow’s Bolshoi theatre as part of the Soviet Union’s first LGBT festival. The more modern history of LGBT parades in Russia began in 2006 when LGBT activist Nikolay Alekseyev attempted to officially organise a pride march in Moscow. Years passed, and the city authorities still haven’t found the guts to permit a march for LGBT human rights through the capital’s streets and provide security for its participants. However, other banned marches have been successfully challenged in the European Court for Human Rights and Alekseyev has generated support in other regions of the country. He and his colleagues have applied for permission to hold pride marches in Blagoveshchensk, Cherkessk, Cherepovets, Kazan, and Nizhny Tagil among many other cities across Russia, though they have always been rejected and sued city governments in response. A notable exception came in 2013, when the governor of St Petersburg did not forbid the city’s LGBT pride parade, although it did encounter violently homophobic protesters who tried to obstruct the march.

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In fact, these violent far-right groups keep close tabs on LGBT activists in Russia and the events they hold – or try to. While the government fights some homophobic campaigners and inciters of hatred, it supports others. After all, instigating violence against LGBT people is essentially the Russian state’s official policy towards sexuality. For example, the 2013 law banning “propaganda” of “non-traditional sexual orientations” sparked a wave of hatred against LGBT people across the country. As we discovered from court decisions last year, after the “propaganda” bill was signed into law, the number of hate crimes against lesbians and gay men doubled. 

In 2012, we found 33 examples of such hate crimes, while 2013 saw 50 hate crimes against LGBT citizens. By 2015 there were 65. We registered not only a common rise of LGBT hate crimes, but also the rise of homicides: following the enactment of the “propaganda” bill, there were more and more murders of people simply for being LGBT.

The growth in hate crimes against LGBT people across Russia. Image courtesy of the authors.

Of course, these are only the recorded crimes – many LGBT people may not dare approach the authorities after harassment, humiliation, or worse. These data are based on official court statistics, though we had to dig through the results ourselves. Nobody officially collects information on violence against LGBT people in Russia. On the contrary, the authorities pretend that nothing is happening. This attitude sometimes reaches absurd extremes when government officials claim that LGBT citizens simply do not exist.

After facts came to light about the systematic torture of gay men at secret detention camps in Chechnya, the republic’s press secretary immediately retorted that “you cannot repress those who are not and cannot be here in the Chechen Republic.” Despite the justified focus on Chechnya, these claims are hardly specific to one culture or region within the Russian Federation – officials in other regions speak in much the same manner. For example, the mayor of Svetogorsk in Leningrad Region declared his city “free from gays.” He subsequently argued that LGBT issues and rights are irrelevant there, neither an LGBT community nor LGBT people exist in the small city.

This imagined absence of LGBT people constitutes an active policy of silencing and excluding some citizens from the wider national community on the grounds of their sexuality

This imagined absence of LGBT people constitutes an active policy of silencing and excluding some citizens from the wider national community on the grounds of their sexuality. These comments certainly reinforce existing prejudices and reproduce violence against vulnerable groups. But what is the real picture? Let’s say that the authorities of a Russian city actually permitted an LGBT march to go ahead? Would these violent protectors of a false morality then take to the streets to fight those marching, to stop their fellow citizens expressing their point of view and standing up for their rights?

It depends on where you are. In other words, how dangerous is it to be gay in different Russian cities?

A “sexual stratification” of Russian cities

Media doesn’t simply inform society about current affairs; it also provides frames for understanding social problems, rendering some topics more important than others by virtue of generating discussion around them. Violence against LGBT people may be a key cause for concern in the human rights movement, but that urgency is lost in public discussions.

But media can also remedy societies from oblivion by sharing stories which are otherwise forgotten or ignored, and spark positive change. For example, the murder of gay teen Matthew Sheppard was one of the most publicised hate crimes in the US history. The furore in the press eventually led to changes in hate crime law.

One of the effects of Russia’s “propaganda” law was not simply the rise in violence against LGBT people. It also led to more frequent ewspaper publications on LGBT topics, hence public discussion on a topic which still remains taboo for many people. This was not entirely what legislators intended. We benefitted from this situation by researching the details and contexts of violence against LGBT in Russia as they were reported in media. The Sexuality Lab studied almost 4,500 media publications about violence against LGBT people in Russia between 2011 and 2016. We categorised all newspaper articles in accordance with the sexuality of the victims reported and the locations of crimes committed. All cities were then classified by population, making it possible for us to calculate an index of safety for every urban settlement.

The data reveal that the most dangerous places for LGBT people are villages in the countryside and small towns with a population below 100,000: they are characterised by the highest rates of violence against LGBT people per 1,000 persons. The safest locations are the largest cities (Moscow and St Petersburg): despite the greater number of crimes against LGBT in these cities, their relative indexes are actually the lowest. This can be explained by understanding the circumstances of these hate crimes.

Statistically, a gay person is safer in St Petersburg than in a smaller city like Nizhnevartovsk

Very often, hate crimes are committed as soon as perpetrators learn about the victim’s sexuality, which is usually revealed in a conversation in a private space over a drink or meal. These social gatherings occur more frequently in smaller settlements, because that way of life is simply more common there: there are fewer bars to go to, fewer crowds to blend into, and more free time to kill. People drink alcohol and talk about their personal lives as there’s no other way to spend one’s spare time. Alhough many people in Russia actually do not give a damn about LGBT issues, some still react violently to a person’s coming out – and such reactions are more common in smaller towns and cities.

The graph below shows incidents of violence against LGBT people in different towns and cities of Russia. We compare capital cities, big cities (of 500,000 people and above) and smaller cities (of between 100-500,000 people). This graph shows that the smaller a city, the bigger the probability of violence against LGBT people. Statistically, a gay person is safer in St Petersburg than in a smaller city like Nizhnevartovsk. This could explain why the mayor of Svetlogorsk thinks there are no gay men in his town – anybody with half a mind in that position would leave the place as soon as they felt threatened. 

Violence and hate crimes against LGBT people across Russia, by city size. Image courtesy of the author.

These results aren’t surprising; they just prove once again that homophobia is on the rise in Russia and that hate crimes are supported in its remote regions. We have based our claims on a survey of media publications, which limits the whole picture only to material in the public domain. As a result, there will be many hate crimes which went unreported, and some remote regions not covered in our media survey. However, it is no exaggeration to say that there are parts of the country which are simply not safe for LGBT citizens.

One of the ways to protect oneself is to keep silent about one’s sexuality, concealing it from the public in order not to become a victim of violence. So this secrecy around the existence of homosexuals is reinforced not only by political decisions, but also by individual moves as many LGBT people opt to hide their sexuality. While their response contributes to a culture of silence, they cannot and must not be blamed for it – simply put, they fear for their lives.

The LGBT pride parades pursue a radically different approach: a public and full-throated political demand to recognise that LGBT people exist. Do our data confirm that Russian cities are not ready to host such events on their territories? If our goal is to fight the silence, the data show exactly the contrary: as long as anybody suffers and is killed because of their sexuality, it is important to shout at the top of our voices to try and stop the murders and political climate in which they are tacitly tolerated. Human rights marches across towns and cities of all sizes are one way of articulating this; a means to make violence visible and demand that it stop.

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          Reform Roundup: June 30th, 2017   

Catch up on the week’s electoral reform news with our round up of folks across the country writing and talking about FairVote reform vision. This week, Congressman Don Beyer introduced the Fair Representation Act (FRA), H.R. 3057.

  • Congressman Don Beyer wrote for The Washington Post about needing to change how we elect the House of Representatives. “Applied nationally, we would have more moderate Democrats from districts leaning Republican, and vice versa, creating a type of politician — now nearly extinct — known as a ‘bridge builder.’ Many members would share constituents with members of the other major party, creating incentives to work together on legislation affecting the district.”

  • Anita Earls wrote for The Nation about how the Fair Representation Act would put an end to gerrymandering and improve representation for communities of color. “There is a way forward. If we want to stop gerrymandering, and move beyond constant litigation over how lines are drawn, we must rethink the way we do districting itself. That’s why the Fair Representation Act creates such an exciting path forward. In states like Texas, for example, where black and Latino populations live close together, those communities are often pitted against each other for the one majority-minority seat. A multi-winner district, and a genuine multi-racial slate, would decrease tension between racial minorities, while increasing their voice.”

  • FairVote Executive Director Rob Richie and Board Chair Krist Novoselic spoke to Pedro Echevarria of the Washington Journal C-SPAN about FairVote’s 25th Anniversary year and the introduction of the Fair Representation Act. “With multi-member districts, you don’t need to receive 50% of the vote, which is what you do when you’re just electing one person like president. You can lower that share to whatever is proportionate to the number of seats, so if you have 5 seats it will take about a 5th of the vote. And by doing that, it opens up every single corner of every single state to meaningful engagement and participation and representation. One party would not sweep all of the seats anywhere.” 

  • The American Prospect reported on the Fair Representation Act and its potential to end Congressional Dysfunction. "The bill would not only institute nonpartisan redistricting commissions and a new voting system designed to create a proportionally representational Congress, but also aims to dramatically reduce the number of safe seats for each party and eliminate the unopposed re-election of representatives. In 2014, 31 congressional representatives were re-elected unopposed."

  • Lanae Erickson Hatalsky and David De la Fuente of ThirdWay wrote in U.S. News & World Report about why voters need the Fair Representation Act. “If policymakers don’t offer solutions to fix our electoral system and restore faith that our representative democracy is working the way it should, voters will continue to react with anger and deliver wave elections where they “throw the bums out” every other year. As we’ve seen over the past few election cycles, these reactive waves make it even harder to govern, further contributing to the cycle of frustration that led to them in the first place.”

  • The Alexandria News reports on the introduction of the Fair Representation Act, introduced by Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia’s 8th district. “The Fair Representation Act is the most comprehensive approach to improving congressional elections in American history,” said Rob Richie, the executive director of FairVote. “It creates an impartial, national standard that gets at the core of FairVote’s mission: Giving voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans.”



          The Fair Representation Act has been introduced to Congress   

I’m sponsoring the Fair Representation Act because Congress is broken. It is hyper-partisan. It is far too polarized. The FRA creates a structure where members of Congress are incentivized to work together. This is the right thing to do to give voters the strong voice that they deserve in our elections.

--Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08)

On June 26, 2017, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced H.R. 3057: The Fair Representation Act. He was joined by co-sponsors Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Ro Khanna (D-CA). This is a historic moment. The Fair Representation Act is the most comprehensive approach to reforming congressional elections in United States history. It would truly realize the vision of the House of Representatives as “The People’s House.”

The Fair Representation Act

FairVote has called for expanding the use of multi-winner ranked choice voting in United States elections since its founding 25 years ago. Ranked choice voting can replace the broken, zero-sum, winner-take-all system - in which the biggest group of voters in a district are the only ones earning representation - with fair representation for all. In this era of fierce partisan divisions, nowhere needs this change more than the House of Representatives.

RCV-ballot-09.pngUnder the Fair Representation Act, every state would use ranked choice voting to elect its Representatives. Voters would be free to rank their choices without fear of “spoilers.” Instead of only one candidate winning with the most votes, several candidates would win based on how many votes they earn. For example, in a state like Oklahoma or Connecticut that elects 5 winners, 17% of voters can elect 1 of the 5 winners; 34% of voters can elect 2 of the 5 winners; and so on. A majority of voters can always elect a majority of seats, and everyone earns their fair share.

States that elect up to 5 winners will not need any districts at all. Larger states will use districts, but the districts will elect 3, 4, or 5 winners each. That means that a state like Massachusetts that elects 9 Representatives will divide into equal thirds, with each of the three districts electing 3 winners with ranked choice voting. To adopt a district map, these states will form independent redistricting commissions composed of ordinary state citizens (not politicians or lobbyists) who will operate transparently and hold hearings around the state to find the district map that makes the most sense for their state.

The use of ranked choice voting in multi-winner elections will transform the House of Representatives. The current system only allows the biggest group of voters in each district to win representation, all other voices are silenced. As a result, there are millions of voters who prefer Democrats stuck in safe Republican districts and millions of voters who prefer Republicans stuck in safe Democratic districts, women and people of color are under-represented, and everyone has too few choices. The Fair Representation Act can elevate those voices, giving them more power to elect candidates they support and who will go to Congress to work for them.

A Historic Moment

Under the Constitution, Congress has the responsibility to act when our federal elections are not working. It has acted on that responsibility many times in the past, passing laws changing how we elect Congress in 1842 (requiring single-winner districts), 1872 (equal populations per representative), 1901 (requiring that districts be “compact”), 1929 (repealing the requirement to use districts), and 1967 (re-imposing the requirement to use districts). It has been 50 years since Congress has acted in this arena, even as the current system fails to deliver on the promise of a representative House.

Representative Beyer has shown tremendous leadership in holding Congress to its constitutional responsibilities. The attention it attracted from the public demonstrates the hunger that voters have for a more empowering system. FairVote livestreamed Rep. Beyer’s press conference, which was viewed over 44,000 times and ultimately reached over 554,000 people.;overflow:hiddenno0truetrue

The day after the bill’s introduction, Rep. Beyer published an opinion piece in the Washington Post explaining why he introduced the Act. It begins “Democracy is in crisis. Even as the country is deeply divided along class and ideological lines, it seems to be unified in its frustration with our current brand of politics.” Other voices have also weighed in on the need for the Fair Representation Act, including:

As more media coverage happens in the coming days and weeks, we'll add it to the list on our website.

You Can Help the Fair Representation Act Gain Momentum

Now that the vehicle for transforming elections to the U.S. House of Representatives is a bill in Congress, you can help to move the conversation forward. Contact your Representative today to ask them to support the Fair Representation Act. You can find your Representative here, and email them a letter supporting the Fair Representation Act. A sample letter is provided here. You also could consider calling your Member, which increases their likelihood of responding. Better still would be to form a group to have a meeting with your Member and their district office staff. 

Finally, we want to keep adding names to our petition in support of the Act. We currently have over 1500 signatures. Please consider sharing the petition online and drawing people’s attention to our new video and our public resources, at

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          1/550 RMS Titanic   
1/550 RMS TitanicThis is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.

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           PW-6906 Safety & Medical Information Officer    
Salary: Competitive (GBP)
Benefits: Comprehensive including flexi time
Location: England, London
Company: AXESS
Posted: 30 June 2017 16:29:44
Expiry: 30 July 2017 16:19:51
          Machines VS. Free Weights II   

Machines are bad, there I said it again. How many of us join health clubs or purchase expensive home exercise equipment under the notion that the machine will protect our back, make the exercise easier or guarantee your results quicker. In sports and life for that matter if you are sitting on your butt or laying flat on your back you lost! , so why do we insist on exercising that way. We spend way too much of our existence sedentary, sitting, driving, typing, talking etc..

Has anyone noticed that the commonality of back problems from doing nothing (a traumatic), joint replacements and other injuries of non-traumatic origins continue to escalate?. Did anyone ever put two and two together and realize that maybe the way we have and are exercising is precipitating the problem. My last article went into some specifics on the traumatic forces that the joints experience using common machines. Research continues to emerge validating that most machines place the body and joints in such horrible positions that injury is inevitable.

So what is a health conscious exerciser to do, well, life moves so we better learn to exercise that way. Try performing your current exercise routine standing. That's right, chest presses, shoulder presses, arm exercises, rows all performed standing. This will enable you to engage all of your 'core' muscles, work on balance and lower extremity joint stability.

When was the last time you performed a standing squat, on one leg, on a ball or foam disk? What if you tried training the whole workout using an adjustable cable machine, standing?. Wait, I said machine, yes some machines or good. There are a few pieces out there that I like. If it has an adjustable cable or articulating arms, that we like. Why, simple it forces you to stand and that engages almost all of the core muscles, and as I've stated if you are standing you are using many more muscles than if your were sitting down. Machines that do not force you to remain in a set joint position and allow you to move as biomechanics dictate will by default give you a better and safer workout.

Lunges are one of the best exercises to do, anyone can argue for or against this, but combined with proper hip and leg stability / flexibility they are among the best. Try combining with shoulder presses, abduction, scaptions. You can also combine with bicep curls, torso rotations, stabilization movements, as you can tell the combinations are almost endless.

Dumbbells, almost beyond the scope of this article the amount of exercises you can perform. A ball, BOSU tm, floor and an adjustable bench is all you need.

Bands, yes almost as good as cables, they travel better and the exercises are almost endless. One word on bands, they are easier in the beginning and harder at the end of the movement. This changes the firing of the muscle slightly but they are still an excellent adjunct for fitness, and yes they force you to stand while using them.

What about the floor, generally there is very little floor space in a gym, got to fill it with machines. For the last few years the popularity of Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi and other movement techniques have become popular. Thanks to the baby boomers looking for alternatives for fitness these regimens have become mainstream. They all require a balance of breathing, flexibility, strength, postural awareness and muscular endurance. The message with these techniques is performed by themselves they are good, add strength training and aerobic conditioning and the package is complete.

Does this mean never train on a machine, absolutely not, many still provide a good isolation workout and for some with medical conditions machines allow a degree of safety. My point is that so many of us have spent so much time training wrong and placing our bodies in bad positions that we need to spend much of our time correcting the imbalances and injury that are already there. I tell a lot of my clients that people do not feel there arteries clogging but they sure know when the crushing chest pain starts. We spend much of our lives denying that injuries, both musculoskeletal and internal, will never happen to us, yet we consistently do things to encourage that damage to occur. Let's change how we think and exercise or you may end up laying flat on you back.


          Senior Safety Specialist - Central and Eastern Europe    
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Company: INC Research
Posted: 30 June 2017 11:35:34
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          Keeping an eye on Alibaba Cloud, Aliyun – Part 1   
Alibaba's Jack Ma made headlines across the world last week by laying out a plan for rapid global expansion of China's e-commerce behemoth. In an Investor Conference held at the company's Xixi headquarters in Hangzhou, China, Ma made the bold claim that Alibaba could reach $1 trillion in gross merchandise value by 2021 by becoming the primary online store for 2 billion people, as well as by expanding into new areas, one of which is the international public cloud services business. While Alibaba's investor event was overshadowed somewhat by the news that Amazon will spend $13.7 billion in cash to acquire Whole Foods, the premium U.S. grocery store chain, Jack Ma unveiled a strategy with clear potential to disrupt the cloud market.

Meanwhile, business at Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) is 'fantastic' and is only going to get better this year, according to the company CFO. For the most recent fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2017, the company reported revenue of RMB 38,579 million ($5,605 million), an increase of 60% year-over-year, including:

•   Revenue from core commerce of RMB31,570 million ($4,587 million), up 47% year-over-year.

•   Revenue from cloud computing of RMB 2,163 million ($314 million), up 103% year-over-year.

•   Revenue from digital media and entertainment of RMB 3,927 million ($571 million), up 234% year-over-year.

Growth at the parent company is primarily being driven by the steady increase in active buyers on its ecommerce platforms, both in numbers and in the value of goods and services being transacted. Annual active buyers reached 454 million, an increase of 31 million from the 12-month period ended on March 31, 2016. Mobile monthly active users (MAUs) on Alibaba Group’s China retail marketplaces reached 507 million in March, up 97 million over March 2016. Gross merchandise volume (GMV) transacted on Alibaba’s China retail marketplaces in fiscal year 2017 was RMB 3,767 billion ($547 billion), up 22% compared to RMB 3,092 billion in fiscal year 2016.

Alibaba Cloud, or Aliyun as it is known in Chinese, is firmly established as the leading infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud in mainland China and is moving rapidly to become a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provider and a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) retailer. Some important Aliyun metrics emerged from the Investor presentation, including (with additional commentary):

·         Public cloud is growing: based on Gartner's figures from March 2017, Aliyun estimates the global public cloud market will amount to $245 billion in 2017, growing to $436 billion in 2021, a 15.9% CAGR.

·         China’s public cloud market is growing even faster, with Gartner figures showing China’s public cloud market, valued at $14 billion this year, growing to $25 billion in 2021, a 17.2% CAGR; by 2021, China’s share of the global public cloud market would still be under 6%, which seems odd given the country's share of global GDP is much higher and that ecommerce, social media and mobile technologies are booming in China - why so low versus the U.S. market?

·         Aliyun cited figures from IDC Tracker 2016 H1/H2 Global Cloud Market (IaaS), indicating it currently is the No.4 player in public cloud services worldwide, but with only a 3.2% share; No.1 was AWS, $8.4 billion, 46.1% share; No. 2 Microsoft, $1.4 billion, 7.6% share; No.3 IBM, $1.0 billion, 5.8% share; No.4 Alibaba, $0.57 billion, 3.2% share; No.5 Google, $0.519 billion, 2.9% share.

Clearly, AWS is dominating the public cloud market, especially in the U.S. The other U.S. public cloud players are investing aggressively to catch up and they too seem to have ambitions that reach to the sky. Alibaba's Jack Ma has previously been quoted in the press as saying that Alibaba would catch and surpass Amazon. When it comes to cloud services at least, this will be extremely difficult given its current 3.2% share versus AWS’ 46.1% share, and a capex budget that appears decisively smaller.

In its home market of China, Aliyun's IaaS revenue is equivalent to the next seven players combined. The numbers cited in IDC Tracker 2016 H1/H2 Global Cloud Market are as follows:

·         No.1 – Alibaba Group, $587 million, 40.7% market share

·         No.2 - China Telecom, $123 million, 8.5%

·         No.3 – Tencent, $106 million, 7.3%

·         No.4 – Kingsoft, $87 million, 6.0%

·         No.5 – Ucloud, $79 million, 5.5%

·         No.6 – Microsoft, $72 million, 5.0%

·         No.7 – China Unicom, $67 million, 4.6%

·         No.8 – AWS, $55 million, 3.8%

In addition, as of March 31, 2017 Aliyun had 874,000 paying customers, had 15 data centres worldwide and had 186 cloud service offers. It also claims a 96.7% retention rate amongst its top paying customers in Q1 2017 compared to a year earlier.

Over one-third of China’s Top 500 companies are on Alibaba Cloud, including China's Public Safety Bureau (PSB), CCTV, Sinopec, Sina Weibo, Xinhua News Agency,Toutiao, Geely, Mango TV, CEA, Quanmin Live, Panda TV and DJI, while two-thirds of Chinese Unicorn companies are on Alibaba Cloud. Global Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) now available on Aliyun include Accenture, SAP, Docker, here, SUSE, Haivision, Wowza, AppScale, AppEX, Hillstone, Checkpoint Software Technologies, Hitachi Data Systems and Red Hat.

Aliyun’s Computing Conference 2016 was attended by over 40,000 developers in person, with more than 7 million viewers online. At its investor conference, Aliyun also disclosed a number of major international brands that are now using its services, including Schneider Electric, Shisheido, Philips, Nestle and Vodafone, which is a good start. Nevertheless, attracting international companies will be harder, first, because Alibaba has only just recently begun building data centres outside of China, and two, they will be much less known and trusted than established brands such as IBM.

          Security bug bounty programs are a nice little earner for hackers   

Safe to assume the money will keep getting better

Some security-conscious organizations award hackers up to $900,000 a year, according to what's touted as the biggest bug bounty industry report to date.…

          Nearly 150 UK buildings fail safety tests after Grenfell Tower fire   

Nearly 150 high-rise buildings fail safety tests introduced after a deadly tower block fire in west London, a spokeswoman for UK Prime Minister Theresa May says.

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          B.J. Foster Snapshot   
The No 1 safety prospect in America announced his intentions to play for the Texas Longhorns on June 5th, 2017. Checking in from Angleton (Texas) B.J. Foster will no doubt end up as a five-star prospect.
          Rossair plane hit ground 'nose first' moments after take-off   

A light plane that crashed killing three men near Renmark was "almost vertical" when it hit the ground nose first, according to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau's preliminary report.

          Adopt Royce a Australian Shepherd (Royce (   
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          CN AB: Column: Pot Legalization: Get Answers To Your Questions   
The Calgary Sun, 22 Jun 2017 - The legalization of marijuana is just around the corner and many questions still have to be studied and answered to make sure it's going to be done responsibly, and more importantly safely, so the benefits can be highlighted for those still questioning the decision. The National Access Cannabis (http:/ is doing the largest-ever harm reduction study for opioids using cannabis(http:/
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          Bio2 touts pivotal data on Angel catheter-filter combo   

Bio2 Medical touted data yesterday from the pivotal study of its Angel catheter in 163 critically ill patients with high risk of acute pulmonary embolism and contraindications to anticoagulation. The study met its safety endpoints and demonstrated a significant reduction in clinically significant and fatal pulmonary embolism, according to the company. The trial evaluated patients […]

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          Education assistants question students with autism in mainstream classes   

Perth education assistants speak out about safety concerns over "anxious and frustrated" children with autism being in mainstream schools, following Pauline Hanson's comments regarding segregation.

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          Millions of Americans will be driving for Independence Day. Police will be watching for drunk drivers.   
Holiday travel, combined with holiday drinking, results in hundreds of deaths and injuries every Fourth of July weekend.Over the four-day-long weekend alone, the National Safety Council estimates that nearly 600 deaths and 66,900 injuries requiring medical attention may occur because of crashes. Experts and law enforcement officials say drunk drivers may be a big contributor.That's why law enforcement officials are [...]
          Albany Officials Push Fireworks Safety   
Heading toward Independence day, officials in the city of Albany are promoting fireworks safety.
          The Month in Review - The Most Popular Posts   
It's the end of the month and as I always do, I've put together a list of the most popular posts of the last 30 days. Take a look at the list and see if there is anything neat that you missed this month.

The Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp starts in three weeks. There is still time to register. If you're a Mainer, email me for a special discount only available to schools in Maine.

Here are the most popular posts of the month:
1. New Grading Options in Google Forms
2. Six Types of Video Creation Projects - And 18 Video Creation Tools
3. 4 Good Formative Assessment Tools for Classrooms That Aren't 1:1
4. Be Internet Awesome - Google's New Internet Safety Curriculum
5. Track Progress Toward Goals With This Google Sheets Template
6. Make Stop Motion Videos On Your Chromebook
7. Grade Items in G Suite Side-by-Side With Otus
8. How to Create a Word Cloud in Google Docs
9. How to Move from Google Drive to One Drive
10. 12 Sites and Apps for Learning to Code

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          Plastic Headgear Market, Trends, Size and Forecasts   

Reports and Intelligence adds a new report titled, “Global Plastic Headgear Market to 2017 - Market Size, Growth and Forecasts in Nearly 70 Countries”

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Report provides the market share of plastic headgears in the overall global market and further segments the plastic headgear market on the basis of product. The product segment includes Safety headgear and other headgears of plastic.

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          Global Automotive Market Is Expected to Reach over $245 Billion by 2020   

Automotive Refinish Coatings Market 2012-2020, report published by Allied Market Research at ReportsandIntelligence

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/22/2014 -- The automotive refinish coating market provides for coating of automotives. The global automotive market is expected to reach over $245 billion by 2020; therefore, the market for refinish coating can expect good revenue. The key driver for the market is increase in the number of vehicles in operation. It is expected that the number of car users in developing countries would reach around three to four billion in the next 30 years.

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However, the North American and European market is expected to be flat due to the economic downtimes and enhanced road safety parameters. The automotive market is not expected to grow in these regions until the recession settles down; therefore, the automotive refinish market is dependent on developing economies. The major challenge for companies in the market is to overcome the refinish coating requirements of two-wheelers and heavy commercial vehicles as the market is largely dependent on car markets.

The key companies profiled in the report are DuPont Performance Coating, Axalta Coating Systems, BASF SE, Kansai Paint Co. Ltd, Akzo Nobel N.V, KCC Corp, Noroo Paint Coatings Co. Ltd., PPG Industries Inc., and Matrix System Automotive Finishes.


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          TS291: LGBT Pride Month, Theresa May, Tony Awards, Guest Dave Holmes   
This week Bryan shares the importance of rehearsed speeches while Erin shares about the Arizona jaywalking epidemic. Also, Theresa May may have lost her Conservative party hold but she’s still sticking around to try and bulldoze through more social safety nets, and the Trump administration still has yet to acknowledge LGBT Pride Month but manages to talk about literally anything else.  Plus guest Dave Holmes is here to discuss Cher’s reggae medley, cheese-themed rating scales, and his book Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs. Follow Dave on Twitter @daveholmes
          Organic Meats are Healthy to Eat   
The organic meat is made in accordance with definite production standards. Nowadays the use of non-organic insecticides, herbicides and pesticides is largely restricted. The production of organic food is becoming greatly a regulated industry. The processed organic contains only organic ingredients. People believe that organic meat is free from all the chemicals and is vital to good health. Organic meats are birthed also organically. The feed that is fed to the animals should be organic like the hay, grains and even pastures. Its approved by the naturopathic physicians that the organic meat is always better than the commercially available meat.

An organic meat is very cautiously scrutinized and it is also tested for the purpose of food safety. Animals which are organically grown are naturally healthy and do not get sick very often. The nutrient content in organic food is more than that in commercially produced meat like selenium which protects against heart diseases and also cancer is 390% more in organic meat.

Calcium along with Boron is around 63% more in organic food. Lithium which prevents depression is 188% more in organic meat. Organic meat also tastes better. When you are buying an organic meat you are not only assured that you are buying a meat which is practically free from residues but you are also getting the meat of an animal which was robust throughout its existence. Organic meats are grass-fed which will result in more content of the acid called the Conjugated Linoleic. It is said that it is a fatty acid in meats which reduces the bad less-density lipoprotein, which is cholesterol and also prevents cancers. Organic animals are provided with a stress-free environment in order to maintain their health. Though you have to pay more for an organic meat but you will be satisfied that the meat you are eating is very safe than all other meats.

The organic meats have more amount of fat content as compared to conventional meat but that definitely have lesser impurities. It is suggested that pregnant women, children and lactating women should specially have organic meats because they are more sensitive to chemical residues than others. You can also get more information about organic meat online also. You can even order the meat online. But it is recommended that customers should double check the addresses they give. So ordering organic meat online is a very convenient way of buying. offers great deals on organic meat. Get the tastiest natural meat from Niman Ranch. Art Gib is a freelance writer.

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          It Was Only One Little Thing   
“I’ve heard there was a time when this village was a nice, quiet, and safe place to live.” The man’s voice was distant, as though he was trying to remember something. The group of villagers in the small pub all looked his way. Though he had spoken quite softly, everyone heard. It was that quiet […]
          Global Synthetic Biology Market (Products, Technologies, Applications and Geography) - Reports and Intelligence   

Global Synthetic Biology Market (Products, Technologies, Applications and Geography) - Size, Share, Global Trends, Company Profiles, Demand, Insights, Analysis, Research, Report, Opportunities, Segmentation and Forecast, 2013 - 2020

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/03/2014 -- Synthetic biology is a novel field that finds its origin at the intersection of biology and engineering. It's a multidisciplinary effort made by scientists to understand the functioning of biological organisms, cells & genes and implementation of artificial genetic processes to give specific characteristics to an organism. It can even be used to develop a completely new biological system. Global synthetic biology market was valued at $3.0 billion in 2013 and it is estimated to reach $38.7 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 44.2% during the forecast period.

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Synthetic Biology Technology market is segmented into enabling technology and enabled technology. Synthetic Biology Enabling technologies segment is growing at a faster rate, and growing at a CAGR of 48.6% during the forecast period.

Synthetic Biology Application market is segmented into research & development, chemicals, agriculture, pharmaceuticals & diagnostics, biofuels and others (biotechnology and biomaterials). Biofuels is the fastest growing segment at a CAGR of 85.2% during the forecast period.

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Synthetic Biology product market is segmented into enabling products, enabled products and core products. Enabling product is the fastest growing segment at a CAGR of 53.7% during the forecast period.

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          10 Classic New Jersey Attractions You Should Revisit   
What comes to mind when you think of classic New Jersey attractions? Chances are, the places in your memory are still in existence today. New Jersey is filled with classic attractions that families and visitors have enjoyed for decades. Why not make some plans to revisit them this year?

1. Land of Make Believe - Hope, NJ

I asked a few friends on Facebook if I could borrow their photos from Land of Make Believe (lovingly referred to as LoMB) and so many people came forward with pictures of their fun times that I had trouble choosing which shots to use! This classic New Jersey attraction, located in Hope, New Jersey, has been in business for over 60 years. Featuring rides, roller coasters, a water park, picnic area and more. Families have loved this place for generations. Cleanliness, location, family-friendly activities and good value are just some of the reasons why LoMB has been a classic staple in New Jersey family travels for so many years!

Photo cred thanks to L. Soos, S. Ho-Tai, S. Wright, H. Sherwin and J. Augustine

2. Space Farms Zoo & Museum - Sussex, NJ

Ask most New Jersey residents if they have been to Space Farms Zoo and Museum, and they usually answer with a smile. Space Farms had its humble beginnings in 1927, and the Space family has maintained it ever since. I can still vividly remember our first class field trip there in the mid-1980's, when Goliath the bear was still alive. Visitors will find it largely unchanged since the past, featuring acres of animals, picnic areas, a museum, classic cars and so much more. Check out their website or read my blog post review about this unforgettable New Jersey location.

3. Turtle Back Zoo - West Orange, NJ

Turtle Back Zoo opened in 1963, and it was also a favorite field trip location for many children back in the 1970's and 80's (and still, today!). The zoo has come a long way since its early days, with expansions, aquariums, additions and play areas included for children. You can still find giant turtles in their midst, as well as their famous wandering peacocks (but leave them alone, please!). You also can't forget family favorites like the train ride, pony rides, and the beautiful carousel. Turtle Back Zoo is open year round, and in my opinion, is one of the best classic New Jersey attractions out there. Read my blog post all about the zoo, or visit their website to find out more information.

4. Wild West City - Stanhope, NJ

What I remember most about Wild West City is the TV commercial (or radio commercial) that played over and over again during the late 1970's and early 80's. It featured the voice and piano playing of New Jersey's own Uncle Floyd, if you remember him. They still use this song on Wild West City's website, if you feel the need for a flashback! Like most New Jersey classic attractions, it hasn't changed much since you last visited! It has been family owned and operated on and off since 1956, and features live-action shows, stagecoach rides, pony rides, train rides, panning for gold, mini golf, and a whole lot more. Guests should know that they still reenact legendary western gunfights in a safe manner (you can read all about their gun policy here). One of the best things about Wild West City is that there really isn't anything else like it in New Jersey, so catch it while you can.

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5. Lucy the Elephant, Margate, NJ

There are classic lighthouses and monuments in New Jersey, but Lucy the Elephant takes the cake. Built in the 1800's, you can purchase a guided tour to see what's inside this cheeky elephant. If you prefer to walk around outside of her and take photos, you can do that for free (there is also a gift shop, which I hear has some adorable memorabilia), but I recommend the tour as you get to see some great views from Lucy's height! It's right by the ocean and there is a little snack shop and outdoor seating, too. Check their website for operating hours and ticket info.

Photo cred S. Wright

Photo cred S. Wright

6. Storybook Land - Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Storybook Land has been operational since 1955. That's over 60 years of entertainment in The Garden State! Visitors fondly recall its whimsical statues of fairytale friends, and get a kick out of posing their children next to familiar sites from their own childhood. Everything at Storybook Land seems to have a cute, retro feel to it, from snack shops shaped like a watering can to colorful trains picking up passengers. They are open Fall and Winter, too, with wonderful displays at Christmastime. At Storybook Land, you pay one admission price for unlimited rides, and their location nestled in the trees keeps you cool in the summertime, too.

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7. Christmas Ice Caverns - Fairfield, NJ

The Christmas Ice Caverns in Fairfield are near and dear to my heart. This adorable, animated Christmas display has been entertaining visitors since 1972. Generations of families return every season to see the new additions and to throw their pennies into its magical wishing waters. Guests walk through an indoor 'cavern' (a path, basically) to view all of the displays, and can even meet Santa at the end of the journey. Admission cost is ridiculously low, and kids of all ages seem to enjoy what it offers. Read all about this classic Christmas display in my blog post, or visit the Ice Caverns website for more information about their operating hours.

8. Sterling Hill Mining Museum - Ogdensburg

Let's face it, rocks are cool. Mines are even cooler. Rocks, minerals, and mines in our own state with a rich history are the coolest of all. The history of Sterling Hill Mining Museum is so long and complex that I would fail to do it justice here. So I urge you to read all about its history on their website and then plan your own visit here. There's so much to do and see, including a tour of the mine, a museum, an observatory, memorials, fossils, collections and more. There's a snack bar and panning, as well as a cool museum store and fluorescent rocks.

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9. Waterloo Village - Stanhope, NJ 

Waterloo Village in Stanhope is open to the public for walking, hiking and exploring. If you've visited before, you might remember this little restored village, featuring a 400-year old Lenape establishment and a little port along the Morris Canal. There's a blacksmith shop, general store, sawmills, gristmills and even historic houses. It's still a popular site for field trips, and they hold many educational workshops and events throughout the year. Check their Facebook page for more information!

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10. Bowcraft Amusement Park - Scotch Plains

Bowcraft Amusement Park may be small, but it's a fun place to spend your day. The history of the park dates back to 1946, and even included a miniature golf course in the 1980's (that was later removed to add more parking). Classic, fun rides and a convenient location to the highway make this a favorite spot for kids and families. Bowcraft is a great location for birthday parties and events, and they even hold special seasonal activities like Easter egg hunts and a Sukkos spectacular for Jewish guests.

photo cred M. Augustine

One last thing to note is that the New Jersey shore is filled with classic attractions. When I asked friends and family about their favorite vintage New Jersey sites, many of them mentioned shore arcades, rides, piers and boardwalks. There were so many, I figured they deserve a post of their own. So stay tuned for classic New Jersey Shore attractions, coming soon!
          RCMP Detention Guard - Commissionaires - Barriere, BC   
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          TS239:Latin Night at a Gay Club,Orlando,Stanford,Guest Gabe Liedman   
The largest mass shooting in US history occurred this weekend at a gay club in Orlando on Latin night during Pride Month. It was a pointed attack on LGBT people that claimed 49 lives in Pulse nightclub, a place of congregation, celebration and safety. In addition to Orlando, we discuss human dumpster Brock Turner of Stanford and then thank god the hilarious and delightful Gabe Liedman joins us to throw a little bit of light on a lot of shade. To our brothers and sisters in Orlando...we love you, we are you, we will never forget you. 
          Antu Barva by P. L. "PuLa" Deshpande   
Fourteen years ago today, Purushottam Laxman Deshpande, arguably the most influential and beloved person from Maharashtra, died at the age of 81. He left behind a gargantuan legacy in the form of his books, plays, songs, movies, essays, social work, but more than that, the lasting impact he has had on Maharashtra. Every couple of years, I translate one of his essays or short stories on this blog. This time, I have chosen Antu Barva, a fictionalized life sketch that he created as an amalgam of several people he knew in Konkan. It is not exactly LOL funny, but is light-hearted while still tugging at your heart-strings. It is meant as a depiction of the tough life in Konkan in the middle of the 20th century, and the sort of complex and poignant characters such a life spawns.

But as somber as the basic subject matter is, PuLa manages to inject humor into it, even if the humor is dark. When I first read Antu Barva, I just read it as a slightly humorous life sketch. As I have re-read it and re-heard its narration over the years, I have come to recognize it as something beyond just that. It is one of PuLa's best allegorical social commentaries in my opinion. He was duly recognized for Vyakti Aani Valli, the book that this sketch appears in, with a Sahitya Akademi Puraskaar. In that book, I think this is THE most impressive and multi-layered sketch.

For years, I considered translating Antu Barva here but was too intimidated given how nuanced it is. PuLa gave Antu a specific Konkani "voice" (in text form as well as when he narrated the sketch for TV) that is impossible to translate. No matter how well I tried, I thought I would end up doing injustice to the original work. This is in addition to the usual difficulties in translating PuLa's wordplay and nuanced observations. So it is with a great sense of trepidation that I am even attempting this today. A LOT will get lost in translation. But I hope PuLa's fans will forgive me any errors. Because I think this particular piece is one of the greatest literary achievements from an Indian and it deserves a wider audience.

Miss you, PuLa. Bhool-chook maaf kara.

Ratnagiri's middle lane has been home to some towering personalities over the years. God used a unique formula when creating these people. These people tend to be a metaphorical amalgam of Ratnagiri's most famous products - sweet mango, rough jackfruit, hard coconut, irritating colocasia leaves, and intense betel nuts whose one bite will make your heart jump up your throat.    

It is in this unique Ratnagiri soil that Antu Barva grew and ripened. Actually, Antu's age doesn't really justify people casually calling him just "Antu". When I first met him 12-14 years ago, not just his stubble, but even the hair on his ears and chest had turned white. His teeth had mostly gone "Annu Gogtya".

Going Annu Gogtya = falling.

This is an idomatic phrase that Antu Barva coined. A lawyer from Ratnagiri named Annu Gogte has been standing in the local elections for many years. Standing and then falling. Repeatedly, without even coming close to winning. So even if a bucket falls in a well, Antu asks "has the bucket gone Annu?"

When someone is talking about old Antu, they just refer to him in the singular casual "Antu". As it is, characters from Konkan are quite singular. But no one calls Antu just "Antu" to his face.  They call him Antu sheth!

True blue Brahmin Antu got this trader caste suffix "sheth" decades ago. After all Antu himself had committed a sin justifying this demotion. During the first world war, Antu started a shop near the docks. It failed spectacularly even before the Treaty of Versailles. But that short-lived stint as a shopkeeper was enough to turn Antu into Antu sheth.

After that, no one remembers Antu doing anything specific to make a living. He manages to somehow score at least two square meals a day from somewhere. He has a little plot of land with a garden that has a couple of dozen coconut and Alphonso mango trees, sprinkled with the odd jackfruit and tamarind tree. He has a little single-room shack on that land. He has the right to draw water from the nearby well. Antu sheth manages to get by on all this.

I first met Antu at Bapu Hegishte's store. I had gone there to buy some cigarettes when Antu's face peered out from behind a newspaper. He slid his reading glasses up his forehead and said,

"You're Lawyer saheb's son-in-law, right?"

"Yes" I replied.

"Ahha! I recognized you right away! Please, have a seat, please. Bapu, some tea for our jawaibapu (a respectful term for son-in-law)!"

I had no idea who this guy was, suddenly acting so familiar. Antu sheth himself explained,

"Your father-in-law is a good friend of mine. Tell him Antu Barva said hello."


"Hmmm....when did you come from Pune?"

"Two days ago."

"Of course....the first Diwali after you got married....haha...ask him for a Ford car!"

"He is your friend. Why don't you tell him?"

"Haha, you're from Pune after all. Can't get the last word with you." he laughed. "So...staying long or just a flying visit?"

"Just a short trip. I'm leaving in a couple of days."

"Excellent! It's always good to keep such visits short. Familiarity breeds contempt and all that. Don't end up like that Kasopkar's son-in-law. He set up camp for six months. Finally Kasopkar lost his patience and made him plow his land! When a son-in-law stays with you for too long, he starts feeling like a pain in the neck, right?"

"You're right." I nodded.

"Bapusheth, I hope you recognized our lawyer's son-in-law. We are both your father-in-law's clients, jawaibapu."

Bapu Hegishte smiled and folded his hands in greeting.

"Welcome. Would you like to have some tea?" he asked.

"No, it's okay. It's really hot right now."

"Of course, it's always going to be hot in Ratnagiri!" Antu jumped in. "You can't sleep in a cowshed and then complain about the stink of cow piss! If Ratnagiri had cool weather, they'd have called it Shimla, not Ratnagiri!"

Before I could say anything, Antu continued,

"But the heat is way worse in your neighborhood with all those houses next to each other. Come to my garden near the beach. My garden do you say...."aircondition"!"

Antu sheth said the last words in English and laughed, and then added,

"That's our country joke, jawaibapu!"

Then he addressed Hegishte again.

"Bapusheth, did you know our jawaibapu here is a writer? Writes plays and movies and what not. Behave properly when he is around or he'll write a hilarious farce about you."

The pride I felt on my fame having spread even to someone like Antu Barva was dashed by Bapu Hegishte's next question. Bapusheth looked me up and down carefully for a few seconds and said,

"What do you do?"

"What the hell do you mean what does he do?" Antu thundered. "Are you insane, Hegishte? Take out that pile of raddi old newspapers and open them. You'll see his name and picture in dozens of places! He makes movies!"

"Movies!!?? Really??" Hegishte's expression changed to one of wonderment and he looked at me as if I was God.

"Jawaibapu, speaking of movies, can I ask you a question if you don't mind?"

I could see the naughty expression on Antusheth's face as he asked me this.

"Sure, go ahead."

"How much money do you make from one movie?"

This wasn't my first trip to Konkan. So by now, I had gotten used to dealing with such intensely personal questions.

"That really varies from movie to movie." I deflected.

"But still....I mean I have read that you get like a million or a million and a half."

"No way! There isn't nearly that kind of money in Marathi films."

"Yeah, but still. Even if you don't get fistfuls, you must be getting at least 2-3 pinchfulls?"

"You get it sometimes, and also lose it sometimes." I stuck to being vague.

"Well of course, it's a business after all. When it comes to business, you win some, you lose some. It's all part of the game."

Antu sheth got philosophical. But only for a moment.

"Can I ask you one more question? Only if you don't get angry."

"What's there to get angry about? Go ahead."

" know....whatever we read about these film actresses in magazines and that real or is it fake like Gangadhar Basthe's "real" Belgaum butter?"

"What do you mean all this about film actresses?" I kept a straight face and pretended to not get what he was saying.

"Quite a skillful guy you are, jawaibapu. Skillful! You'll make a great witness in court!" Antu sheth was having none of it. "All this about film actresses as in...the whole index finger nostril thing."

I didn't immediately get what he meant by the whole index finger nostril thing. So Antu sheth gently tapped his index finger against his nostril and winked. Fortunately, before I had to say anything, a waiter arrived with the tea Hegishte had ordered.

"Looks like all the cows in Ratnagiri are still pregnant, Jhampya!" Antu made a sarcastic remark to the waiter on the color of the tea. And then he poured the tea in the saucer and started slurping it.

Actually, Antu sheth could have just said to the waiter in plain words that the tea was low on milk. But he preferred the "all the cows are still pregnant" phrasing. Why just Antu sheth? Almost everyone from that middle lane in Ratnagiri spoke in that sarcastic obtuse way.

By now, Antu sheth and I have become good friends. In the last decade or so, whenever I have gone to Ratnagiri, I have spent time with him. He always included me in his group of friends, taught me the ganjifa card games they played. And over the years, I heard a lot monologues on the odd philosophy of life that those men in their 60s had developed.

I even learned all the idiomatic phrases the group had come up with. They all dressed similar. A cotton loincloth from the waist below, a small cotton scarf on the shoulder, worn-out sandals, one hand holding a walking stick, and the other holding a jackfruit. Dressed like that, Antu sheth would roam around in the neighborhood calling his friends to join him every afternoon.

"Govindbhat! Wanna play a couple of hands?"

"Paranjape? Are you awake or have you turned into a python?"

I too became a part of their card game gang. If once in a while, the card game wasn't really panning out well, Antu would put the cards down and say to me,

"Jawaibapu, why don't you sing a Malkauns or something? Godbolya, bash a little tabla with our guest. Khaju sheth, open your decrepit harmonium."

And then we'd have an impromptu jam session for a bit at Antu sheth's orders.

"Jawaibapu, your pipes are kick-ass!" he'd compliment my singing in his unique way.

Every other year or so, I'd visit Ratnagiri and attend Antu sheth's court. But with each visit, the court seemed to be getting smaller.

"Antu sheth, haven't seen Damu kaka around." I asked once.

"Who? Damu Nene? He is living it up! I am told Rambha is rubbing oil on his bald head, and Urvashi is airing him with a fan!"


"What do you mean what? Damu Nene got transferred from Ratnagiri!" and Antu Sheth pointed to the sky.

"Oh!" I finally understood what he meant. "I am so sorry. I had no idea."

"Why would you have any idea about it? Do you think that they're going to announce on the radio that Damu Nene has croaked? His family did pay for an obituary in the newspaper though. Heh, they wrote he was loving, caring, friendly, pious, and what not. What do the newspaper folks care? As long as you are paying, they will publish any nonsense."

Antu continued in his characteristic manner.

"Damu Nene and loving? Hmpf! Even when he was lying dead on the pyre, the furrow on his brow was intact! One day he decided to sleep outdoors because it was too hot. They found him dead the next morning. Lucky bugger. Died on Ashadhi Ekadashi too! So there were two processions from Ratnagiri that day. One for Lord Vithoba and another for Damu Nene. Damu died on Ashadhi. And then on Dussehra, Dattu Paranjape crossed the border and did seemolanghan. The first guy croaked, the second guy waiting for the third. They say things happen in three."

Antu looked at me mischievously and shrugged.

And that's the essence of Antu Barva for you. Standing at less than 5 feet, bronze-fair complexion, small pockmarks on his face, small gray eyes, creased skin belying his advanced age, half his teeth fallen....or "gone Annu"...leading to a new habit of poking his tongue through the gaps while talking.... and with all this, weighing in at barely 100 lbs.

Every aspect of Antu Barva's earthly existence was getting worn out with each passing year except for two - the nasal booming voice and the slick intelligence fed by decades of rubbing coconut oil on his head.

It wasn't just Antu sheth. Almost all the men his age from that part of Ratnagiri were of a similar bent....which was a crooked bent. Their language was unnecessarily complex and their attitude exceedingly cynical. They didn't feel happy if someone did well, and didn't feel sad if a tragedy befell someone. There was no joy for births, no mourning for deaths. Most of them apart from Antu didn't really like music, but didn't dislike it either. And when it came to food, the taste and flavors didn't matter, as long as their belly got filled. The engine of their life never really faltered when it ran out of steam, nor did it go fast when it did have some steam. But the road their lives took was like every road in Konkan- serpentine.

That's the hand life had dealt them. Even though their lives were full of the wholesome coconut tree, their fates and thus their tastes leaned less towards the sweet creamy inside of the coconut, and more towards its tough shell.

One summer, a second-rate theater company from Mumbai was touring Ratnagiri staging Ram Ganesh Gadkari's famous play Ekach Pyala. I went to watch it. The production was barely competent in the first act. At intermission, I walked outside to the hissing clinks of soda bottles being opened. Under a Kitson lamp, I saw Antu sheth's diminutive form. He was talking to the fur-cap clad manager of the theater company.

"'s the attendance?" Antu sheth asked.

"Not bad." the manager gruffly replied.

"Not bad? Most of the chairs seem empty. Why don't you let me in for half price?"

"No way!" the manager shook his head rudely.

"Why are you brushing me away like a lizard? I heard the first act from out here anyway. The guy playing Sindhu doesn't seem to be very good."

[aside - in the early-to-mid 20th century in orthodox Maharashtra, it was taboo for women to perform on stage. So much like in Shakespeare's days, female parts were usually played by men. The legendary Bal Gandharva excelled at this and one of his most famous roles was playing Sindhu in the first staging of Ekach Pyala.]

"The guy playing Sindhu doesn't seem to be very good." Antu sheth said. "He sang 'lage hridayi hurhur' like a squeaking mouse. Did you ever hear how Bal Gandharva sang it?"

The manager got pissed off.

"I'm not begging you to come watch it!" he thundered.

"But the town is full of your advertising boards begging us to come watch it." Antu sheth instantly replied. "And yesterday your people were going door to door with fliers. As it is, it's mainly empty chairs you are showing this play to. How about four annas?"

"Four annas? What is this? A monkey performing on the street?"

"That's better than this! They perform first and then circulate a plate for money. Why don't you try that? If the next act is better than the first one, I'll pay you an extra four annas!"

The people standing around them started laughing and the manager got even more upset. That's when Antu sheth noticed me.

"Namaskar, jawaibapu! How's it going? How's Ekach Pyala?"

"It's okay." I said.

"I'm sure you got a complimentary pass. You're from the same community. I have heard that barbers don't charge each other for shaves."

"No, nothing like that. See, I bought a ticket."

"Then why a wishy-washy response like "it's okay"? You've paid hard-earned money for this, haven't you? Assert your rights as a paying customer. Call it what it is. Utter crap. Especially that guy playing Sindhu is totally useless!"

"What do you mean the guy playing Sindhu? It's a woman playing the role." I told him.

"WHAT??" Antu sheth looked genuinely shocked. "You're kidding me! That voice and that built! If she decides, she can lift Sudhakar up like a baby! Sindhu indeed.......more like Sindhudurg!"

"So you watched the play after all?"

"For a few minutes. Moved the curtains from the window and had a peek. Hmpf! Even gypsy performers are better than these idiots."

Antu sheth spat out another unsolicited opinion and walked away.

But that's pretty much what his life was - spitting out unsolicited opinions. I knew Antu for so many years, but I never found out much about his family situation. Once Anna Sane from Antu's court had let slip a mention of his son.

"What? Antu sheth has a son?" I asked.

"Of course he has a son. Not only that, his son is a Collector!" Anna Sane nonchalantly said.


"Yup. He's in charge of collecting tickets on Byculla station." he deadpanned without letting a single muscle move.

"Doesn't look like he helps out his father financially."

"He does sometimes. When he can. He has his own family. Besides, a Western Railway compartment has been attached to a Central Railway train."

A PhD student could do a dissertation on those guys' peculiar idioms and phrases. I was well-versed in the language by now but it took me a few moments to realize that this was code for an inter-religion marriage.

"So you see, Antu sheth has trouble with his post-bath rituals at his son's place. Plus apparently his son is also into some other Anglicized habits if you know what I mean. So how can Antu sheth spend too much time there? Still, once Antu sheth swallowed all the insults and went to Mumbai to see his grandson. Came back looking like he had messed up a math problem."

"Every Dussehra and Diwali, Antu gets his son's love in the form of a money order. Not much, maybe 5-10 rupees. For a few days after that, Antu acts like he's won the lottery and splurges as much as he can. Which isn't much."

"Understandable." I said. "After all, how much can a ticket collector's pay be?"

"Yeah, the pay is pretty meager. But one hears that a ticket collector can also make a little more on the side, especially in holiday season if you know what I mean." Anna said. "Nothing wrong with it of course. If he has an opportunity to make some money, why shouldn't he? You know how it is in this country. If you get caught taking a ten rupee bribe, they put a striped cap on your head and send you to prison. But if you get caught taking a million rupee bribe, they put a Gandhi cap on your head and send you to Parliament! Democraticaly elected people's representative!"

Politics was the most favorite topic for Antu sheth and his buddies to express their unique opinions on. They had profound thoughts on every politician and party. One year, there was a famine in Konkan. Konkan is always facing a famine as it is. But this particular one was so bad that in Antu sheth's words it had "been approved under the Famine Act".

Nehru was touring the famine-hit parts of Konkan. He visited Ratnagiri for a speech and the whole town was caught up in Nehru-mania. One evening, someone asked Antu sheth,

"Antu sheth, I didn't see you at the speech?"

"Whose speech? Nehru's? Hmpf!" Antu sheth's disdain was obvious. "What nonsense. There's a famine here. Stop giving speeches. Give us food! This is like seeing a man drowning and instead of saving him, reading from the Quran to ensure that he doesn't end up in hell. Utterly useless. But everyone else is stupid. Oh, Nehru is here? He is giving a speech? He gives great speeches! Let's go! Bloody lemmings!"

"And now that Nehru is in Ratnagiri, what did they do? Idiots took him to show the house, room, and bed where Lokmanya Tilak was born! Morons. Tell me, did god appear in Gangadhar Tilak's dreams and tell him that your wife is going to give birth to a great leader? How would anyone even remember what bed Tilak was born on? But who cares? They just showed Nehru some random room and bed and bluffed - this is where Tilak first went WAAAAAAAAAA."

"Morons! Where's the proof? Where's the proof? Did they get the midwife from Tilak's birth to certify the bed? Hmpf! Forget Tilak. It's been a 100 years since he was born. You tell me. Can your own mother confidently identify the room and the bed where she gave birth to you? Go ask her and then tell me about Nehru and Tilak."

And so ended the rant.

I always wondered if there was anything or anyone in the world that Antu sheth and his friends had respect for. If they ever had a polite dignified response for anything at all.      

Somebody's son became a Professor. And Antu's response,

"Professor? In a circus?There used to be this Professor Chhatre in circuses performing magic tricks."

Someone opened a new store. And Antu's response,

"Tell him to have a bankruptcy form ready. It'll save time when the inevitable happens."

Who knows what school of philosophy these guys followed. More than half of them survived on money orders from children and relatives. They saved money from that and file lawsuits for the strangest reasons. Every lawsuit is stuck in delayed hearing dates. These guys have a big beautiful sea coast, coconut trees, gardens, everything you could reasonably hope for to be happy. But that apparent prosperity gets punctured by an occasional bout of misfortune and all that remains is an impenetrable shield of gallows humor.

Somehow the topic of Gandhi came up. And Antu sheth got on his soap box.

"Gandhi? What Gandhi? Traveled all over the world, but never came to Ratnagiri! Because he was smart. He knew that here, no one gives a damn about his loincloth or his walking stick. We are all just as naked and just as skinny. And his obsession with spinning khadi. It's all useless. Our own Shambhu sheth. All his life, he followed Gandhi's teachings and spun khadi for his clothes. Forget the British government, even Ratnagiri's Collector Gilligan didn't fear his "civil disobedience". And you're talking about Gandhi."

"Then there are all his hunger strikes and fasts. Half of Konkan is hungry and fasting, and not by choice. Someone who is well-fed will find something remarkable about hunger strikes. What do we care? Don't get me wrong. I am not saying Gandhi wasn't a great man. He was. But in our books, under what column should we make an entry for his greatness? And if you are talking about independence, then that had nothing to do with Gandhi, or Tilak or Savarkar."

"So did independence just fall out of the sky?" I asked him.

"It's up to you to find out where it fell out of." Antu replied. "One thing I am sure of is that the Brits left because they got bored. What more was left for them to loot? Their Raj business started making a loss, so they effectively declared bankruptcy and went home. The potter left with his pottery, and we sit here cradling his leftover broken pieces. This is all just a cycle of life and bigger than anything we can comprehend. It's not British rule, nor is it Nehru's rule, nor people's rule, nor anyone's rule. It's the creator's rule."  

"So how did your creator end up siding with the British?" I asked.

"Don't be silly. The creator is sitting pretty on his throne. He just played a small game."

"A game that translated into 150 years of slavery?"

"It's 150 years for you and me." Antu sheth was steadfast. "The almighty's wrist watch doesn't move forward by even one second unless a thousand years go by for us. In his eyes and on his scale, all this is just a minor game that lasted barely a millisecond."

When these emaciated old men started spouting this philosophy on the front yards of that impoverished middle lane in Ratnagiri, with dark shadows formed by the dim light of their age-worn oil lamps dancing on their wrinkled faces, my heart couldn't help but shudder.

"Socialism? What socialism? All nonsense, I tell you. Not even two mango leaves are alike. And these guys want to pretend all men are equal. In the creator's eyes, each individual is unique. How are they going to have equal opportunities or equal outcomes? But everyone is just blabbering....socialism is coming. Just like that Ratnagiri's legislator is saying...Konkan Railway is coming, Konkan Railway is coming. Sure, Konkan Railway is coming. And it's tracks are going through where one-armed Pandu Gurav's toilet used to be. Even if it does, is it going to make Pandu's shoulder stump sprout an arm? What difference will it make?"

"And without an arm to plow his field or pick his crops, no matter what you do with that damn railway, what good is it going to do him? He is still the same. Just because India became independent, does not mean that Hari Sathe's lazy eye got fixed. Nor did Mahadev Godbole's paunch disappear.  Nothing really changed. Even in the fabled Ram Rajya, Ram didn't uproot Hanuman's tail and attach it to his own ass. No. Ram stayed a man, and Hanuman stayed a monkey."

At such times, it almost seem like the Goddess of Wisdom Saraswati is sitting on Antu sheth's tongue.

"You're right." I said.

"Don't just say I am right for the heck of it to be polite. If I am wrong, say that and correct me. You might be younger than me when it comes to age, but when it comes to education, you are my elder, jawaibapu!"

Once in a while, Antu sheth will say something genuinely from his heart, without any sarcasm. But there is always some burning issue close to his heart underlying what he says.

The last few years, I could not go to Ratnagiri as often as I used to. In the meanwhile, Ratnagiri finally got electricity, its own college, tar roads, and all other features of 20th century life. When I met him after that, I said,

"Antu sheth, your Ratnagiri has now become posh! Electric lights and everything. Did your house get an electric connection?"

"No, not yet. But it's good that it's dark. Tomorrow even if I do get electricity, what is there to look at in that bright light? A penniless life? Who needs electricity to look at chipped walls and leaking shingles? It's better that my poverty stays hidden in darkness."

And then he laughed loudly for a full minute like it was a joke.

This time I saw that his teeth had gone almost completely Annu Gogte. I also learned that a couple of more friends of his had passed on and that the card game court was emptier than ever. For a change, I spotted a sense of love, longing, and kindness in the way Antu sheth spoke. I guess the empty seats at his card games were starting to make a place in his heart.

"Joglekar's son got a big promotion and moved to Delhi!" Antu sheth voluntarily shared some pleasant news without his customary sarcastic rejoinder. "Took his old man to Kashi, Haridwar, Vishweshwar, Hrishikesh and all. Fed a 100 brahmins there. Old man Joglekar was thoughtful enough to get me a small sealed pot with water from the Ganga. When you come visit next time, jawaibapu, you'll probably see that the seal has been broken and the water was poured down my throat if you know what I mean."

The next time I visited Ratnagiri, fortunately Antu sheth's Ganga water pot was still sealed.

"Wow, jawaibapu, wow! Congratulations! I heard you're going to England! Congratulations! Have a great trip. Just one "request" for you. Now I have to speak with you in English. So a "request"."

"What request?"

"Go see the Kohinoor diamond once. For some reason, it's an obsession I have always had, the Kohinoor diamond. I can't go see it, but you do it on my behalf. And then come back and tell me how it looks. See all the sights in London and Paris and everything!"

For some reason, I was overcome with a desire to touch his feet, something I had never done before. Right there on the street, I bent down and touched his feet.

"Live a long life!" Antu sheth touched my head gently. "You are a good person, which is why you are so successful."

I said goodbye and started to leave. I had barely gone four steps when I suddenly heard the familiar


"Yes, Antu sheth?" I turned around.
"Forgot to ask you one thing. Are you going alone or with your wife?"

"Both of us are going."

"That's good. Don't mind me, I just had a nagging doubt, so I asked. You are going far away to learn something new. So I was reminded of Devayani's tale from mythology. Hahaha. Convey my blessings to your wife too. I am telling you, your good fortune is all because of her. That's all life is eventually about - the right woman."

Antu sheth paused and continued.

"Let me tell you something. Just between us. My wife passed away 40 years ago. Since then, the alphonso mango tree near my door has stopped flowering. When she was around, the tree yielded hundreds of mangoes every year. But since she know....fate can take really strange turns. Sorry, I am rambling. Anyway, safe travels. So when are you leaving from Ratnagiri?"

"Tomorrow morning by bus."

"Direct Ratnagiri to Mumbai?"


"Good call. Once someone completes that journey, then even traveling around the world seems easy in comparison. The other day Tatya Jog made the trip. He is still trying to locate all his bones.  Told me some 7-8 bones are missing!"

And he started laughing hard with his mouth wide open. I noticed that there was only one tooth remaining that hadn't gone Annu Gogte.

The next morning at 5 AM at the bus stand, I again heard the familiar cry,


Antu sheth approached me and gave me a small paper pouch.

"I know you don't believe in god, jawaibapu, but do me a favor and keep this in your pocket. It is holy ash. It will keep you safe. You are going to London by air, so this small pouch shouldn't add too much weight to your luggage."

I put the pouch in my pocket. As the bus got going, I saw Antu sheth lift his shirt and gently wipe tears from his small blinking gray eyes. In that dim dawn light, seeing his bony chest and his concave stomach which had all but touched his back suddenly tugged at my heart.

Just like Konkan's jackfruit, it's people taste sweet only when they ripen for a long time.


          Typology of the Indian Fan in the context of the FIFA World Cup.    
I don't really follow soccer*. So I don't know much about soccer. But I follow a lot of Indian soccer fans. I view them with mild amusement mixed with scientific curiosity. I study them. I try to find patterns in their bizarrely enthusiastic behavior. And I love doing pop-socio and pop-psych analysis of their behavior and their attitudes towards a game where India ranks even lower than countries smaller than my apartment building in Pune.

So I present here a typology of the Indian Fan in the context of the upcoming World Cup. The typology is arranged according to which country they support or bet on to lift the cup.

BRAZIL: This one is a no-brainer really, so let's get it out of the way. Everyone loves Brazil. It's a country that has won the cup the most often. They always have some of the best players, a style of play which is considered exciting, and wear really eye-catching yellow-and-green colors. So even someone with or without the most rudimentary knowledge of the game feels comfortable saying "Brazil of course!" when someone asks "Which team do you support?" It's like picking the Patriots at the beginning of the NFL season.

But it goes beyond just how good the team is on average (here comes the pop-socio and pop-psych). Brazil is "nice". Brazil is "safe". Other than soccer, what is Brazil associated with? Carnivals, pretty people, beaches, being part of the fashionable BRIC block, and again, carnivals. If countries were brands, Brazil would be like Linux - not really that relevant to your life but easy to love. It's the kind of country that if you visit as an Indian, you expect to love.

So might as well support them. Plus they are the hosts this time. Western media is being mean to them just like they were mean to India in the run-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games. They have messy social inequality issues just like us. Yes, Brazil is safe to support.

BEST 2 EUROPEAN UNION TEAMS: At any given time, at least 2 of the 3 objectively best teams in the world are from the EU. So the self-proclaimed "knowledgeable" soccer fan from India will be telling anyone willing to listen that one of those two teams is SURE to win. One of the two is always ALWAYS Germany. And the other is some country whose economy Germany has bailed out or will be bailing out soon. Right now it's Spain. A decade ago, it was France. In between, Italy took a break from electing Caligula-esque Prime Ministers to occupy that spot.

So Germany and "Another EU country" are the best bets for Indian soccer pundits who want to set themselves apart from the bandwagon Brazil supporters and maintain a chance for gloating when the dust settles.

ARGENTINA: Ah, Argentina! The most bizarre underdog-favorite combinations in the history of sport. I say this because some of my friends who support Argentina are genuinely convinced that Argentina is THE best team, regardless of the FIFA rankings. These verbose justifications start with "Messi is...." and then meander into incomprehensibility. Other friends supporting Argentina are steadfast about the team's underdog tag. "I always support an underdog, yaar!"

The media helps in whipping up support for Argentina too, given that Argentina is to FIFA what Notre Dame is to college football in America. Every damn year when the college football starts, there will be pundits in the media saying "OH NOTRE DAME HAS A FINE FINE TEAM THIS YEAR!". Most years, they stay in the rankings for three weeks before dropping out. Once in a couple of decades, in the vein of a stopped clock being right twice a day, Notre Dame will indeed have a great season. And then the pundits preen. And Hollywood makes an atrociously weepy movie starring a hobbit. But I ramble.    

So it goes with Argentina. Call it the continuing halo effect of bad boy Maradona. Or maybe the current halo effect of some guy named Messi who's done diddly-squat in two World Cups, but apparently does great in domestic soccer matches in Europe.

HOLLAND: The Dutch team is for true-blue underdog supporters. Again, I don't know much about soccer. But from what I am told, this team has choked more times than the South African cricket team, the 1990s Buffalo Bills, and Ivan Lendl combined. Which makes them particularly alluring for people who just love supporting an underdog in the faint hope that they will be proven right. Last time, these fans were rewarded by having to wait as long as the finals to have their hearts broken.

But still, for these folks, it is HUP HOLLAND HUP. A friend of mine says that the bright orange jerseys appeal to the latent Hindutva tendencies in some Indian fans, but we'll put a pin in that for now.

ANOTHER EU TEAM: The previous four categories take care of 90% of Indian soccer fans. Which brings us to self-proclaimed "knowledgeable" fans of the game who don't like being lumped with the conventional wisdom. They need to cogently claim that a different underdog is actually going to take home the cup, but the heathen masses are too blinded by media tropes to see it. So they pick a team which is ranked somewhere from 4th to 8th in the FIFA rankings and which has a player they have watched in one of the domestic soccer leagues from Europe.

"Of course it'll be Portugal yaar! That Cristiano Ronaldo I tell you...."

For the last 3 World Cups, the top choice for these people has been Portugal, thanks to this Ronaldo fella. Never mind that he and his team have shown the poor judgment of associating themselves with the New York Jets to practice for the World Cup. That anyone can think that a guy who voluntarily decided to learn something from Rex Ryan has any chance of winning anything shows how little soccer fans know about real football. But I troll. And I digress.

When it's not Portugal, it is some other European country that yes, Germany will also have to bail out.  

ENGLAND: Don't ask me why. Seriously don't. I know very little about soccer but even I know enough to know that the chances of England winning the cup are only negligibly higher than an Indian winning the Olympic 100 meter gold. And yet a few Indians will be steadfast in their support of England.

One guy I knew used to base his support on the supposedly "under-appreciated talents" of David Beckham. This was before Beckham became known as the guy who sells underwear on giant hoardings in Times Square. These days, I suspect the support for England is driven by the fact that so many Indians spend so much money on low quality made-in-Bangladesh jerseys of teams from the EPL, that they feel obliged to go all the way.

But seriously Indian supporters of England soccer, what are the chances that an England cricket team will win an ICC title AND a notionally English guy will win the Wimbledon AND England will win the FIFA World Cup, all within 5 years?

USA: The only Indians who support the US are a) Indians who live in the US, and b) follow only cricket and/or American sports. Yes, this includes me, ok? The rest of the time, we are happy with our WillowTV subscription, our NFL fantasy football leagues, out March madness brackets, our opinions on LeBron and the Heat, our love or hate for the Yankees or the Red Sox. We look at MLS ads and go "lulz". We see European soccer matches on our cable guide menu and go "WTF?".

But then once every four years, this damn World Cup thing comes along. And everyone is talking about it. Not just CNN, who will usually talk about the most vapid things. So what do we do?


We google furiously to find out who our players are. We try to figure out what the hell "Group of Death" means. We practice our pronunciation of Klinsmann. And we set a countdown clock to the start of the NFL season.

* "SOCCER? IT'S FOOTBALL BRO!!!" you say? Read this.  

          TS218:DWP,Tap shoes,Luxury Periods,David Daleiden   
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          Australia - Walkin' on Sunshine in Barbados   
Every once in a while, test cricket says to other sports "Who's your daddy? I am!" Today is one such time.

Five days ago, if you had said to me, "Australia will win the Barbados test", I'd have responded, yeah, probably...for sure... so?

The beauty of test cricket is its ability to engineer the most bizarre dramas, replete with unexpected reversals, and above all, often making the the audience switch their loyalties.

Five days ago, I was sure that Australia, the side that whitewashed the kinda-mighty Indians, would make mincemeat of West Indies. It didn't even seem like a test series worth following on Cricinfo. But follow it I did. Once you love test cricket, you can't help but follow test cricket, no matter how foregone the conclusion might seem.

Then came the first major twist in the tail. The Windies, marshaled by that old fox Chanderpaul, posted a 400+ score. It's not often that a team loses after scoring 400+ in the first innings. Even better, the Windies bowlers got rid of the Aussie top and middle order fairly soon.

Holy crap! The Windies were set to get a substantial first innings lead. And even win the test! Go West Indies, I thought. Yessss! Schadenfreude is a cool-sounding word, but it truly finds its meaning when the Australian cricket team is losing. Go Windies!

And then test cricket showed why it's everyone's daddy. The Aussies, reverting to a sickening old habit, fought back. Their tail wagged, chipping away at the deficit. Their 10th wicket partnership was going strong, reducing the deficit to a mathematical factoid. Heck, they might even wipe off the deficit.

And then.... huh! Clarke decalred! What!??! He declared, with his 10 wicket pair going strong and the deficit still 43! He declared to, ostensibly and obviously, have enough time to actually win the test.

I have generally disliked the Aussie team. And I don't like Michael Clarke. But this decision won me over. What a declaration! True, his 10th wicket was at the crease, so to posterity, it might not seem like much. But in the context of the match, it was quite a doozy.

Turns out Clarke shocked not just us fans, but the Windies batsmen too. They promptly collapsed in a heap. And suddenly, it seemed like Australia might win this. It wasn't easy. Sure, it seemed easy - 192 in 60-odd overs. But the fading April light meant there was no chance to get more than 50 overs. On a 5th day pitch.

Then came the inevitable sad flashback. India at Dominica last year. The #1 test team in the world. Set 180 in 47 overs. And India decided to play it safe and accepted a draw after a half-hearted attempt. As an Indian, the whitewashes in England and Australia hurt, but didn;t come close to the shame and outrage I felt for the Dominica cop-out.

Surely Clarke with his brave declaration wouldn't pull a Dhoni and play it sickeningly safe? He better not. Aussies better win this.

And that's the weird journey I made in a handful of days. From "Oh, Aussies will definitely win" to "Wow, WI are batting well." to "WI may get the lead! Wow! WI can win this!" to "Oh no! Oh damn! Aussies might save the test" to the final leap "Please please please Australia, win this!"

For that is the beauty of test cricket. It can shake your convictions and loyalties. The action in the middle can make you forget your prejudices and switch sides to support the side playing truly in line with the game's true character. If you've seen Rocky 4, you might remember how the Russian spectators stop cheering for Ivan Drago and start cheering for Rocky, going against all their loyalties and convictions. Well, that was a (rather badly) scripted movie. This is the reality of test cricket.

By the 3rd session on day 5, I found myself, for the first time in well over a decade, cheering for an Australian win. It may seem like an odd, even fickle reversal to cheer the side that I was so dead set against just 5 days ago.

But that's what test cricket does. And did. To me. My heart raced as I groaned at every Australian wicket and cheered every big hit from the Aussies. I kept trying to calculate how long sunshine would last before the umpires closed the proceedings for bad light. And I kept hoping the Aussies would make it.

Aussies - the pre-match favorites, and Windies the underdogs. But test cricket when it is in its element, can make you cheer for the favorites as if they're the underdogs.

Finally, Australia won. They walked on sunshine. And have most likely ushered in another era of self-belief and dominance that will be the bane of other teams in the next decade.
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          The Biggest Dravid Myth   
Rahul Dravid has retired. The end of an era. A lot is being written about him, and will be written about him. I am not interested in writing a comprehensive tribute to his illustrious career. I want to address the biggest Dravid myth that keeps cropping up in most tributes.

In an otherwise well-written article on Dravid at The Guardian, Rob Smyth writes

Though Dravid was technically beautiful, his often weary face
betrayed the fact that batting rarely came easy to him. He did not
have the brutal audacity of Virender Sehwag, the poetic elegance of
Laxman, the unfathomable, enduring genius of Tendulkar or the sublime
cover drive of Ganguly.

I could not disagree more. Dravid had loads of natural flair, and all this talk of his technique trumping all else, making him out to be a dour but determined grifter is the result of cricket fans wanting to neatly pigeonhole batsmen into pre-conceived slots. Lazy cricket fans think of those slots as Richards or Boycott, and put Dravid quite unfairly in the Boycott slot. I also think his "technique" was vastly exaggerated, and is the result of people forgetting what the copybook actually says and equating a slow scoring rate and a solid defense with textbook technique.

I am not saying he was a technique maverick and mostly freakish natural ability like Laxman or Sehwag. But his success wasn't all technique or even mostly technique. He had a few shots, especially in the 90s, that would have made an orthodox coach cringe, but looked absolutely beautiful. His drives square of the wicket on the off side were essentially similar to Sehwag's - no foot movement, and taking a chance against balls in or just outside the corridor of uncertainty, and relying mainly on balance and hand-eye co-ordination. Most other batsmen most of the times would have nicked those to slips or scooped them to gully. He got away with those shots, with a few lives during his 148 in SA and 190 in NZ in his early years. But he batted pretty much the same way in Aus in 99 and failed miserably, because luck wasn't on his side. His swivel pull shots looked beautiful too, but he very often fetched balls way outside the off stump line, something a technical coach would have been aghast at. I even remember him losing his wicket, when very close to a century, to Greg Blewett of all people, to such a pull shot. He often played almost compulsively against the spin, something that got him into trouble against Shane Warne for a while, because Warne's line was often so far away from the stumps. But helped him attack other spinners with relative ease.

And his timing was phenomenal! That was sheer natural talent. I remember watching him once against Pakistan, when he had let his hair down by his standards and was going for his shot. Orgasmic batting that was! I remember texting Amit Varma that this was the most beautiful attacking innings I had ever seen him play. It was his 110 in the 1st innings against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in 2005. He truly must have been at the top of his game, because he followed it up with a vital century in the 2nd innings. But that 110 was REALLY enthralling to watch! Dravid playing purely on instinct, without inordinate fear of losing his wicket,

The thing is, Dravid curbed his natural flair more than the average natural flair Indian batsman. He defended and played it safe more often than he needed to. Not that there's anything wrong with that. That helped him convert several possible 75 off 110 balls into 125 off 250 balls. And his "technique" evolved through the years, like any quality batsman's technique should. He consciously became more solid in defense as the years went by. Often exactly when the team needed him to, but also occasionally when him playing with gay abandon would've given us a better result. So the only reason Dravid is seen as this guy to whom "batting didn't come easy", is that he consciously cut down on his easy shots in the 2000s, when he was at his peak. I know he himself has said that batting didn't come easy to him. But that might have to do with his own lofty standards of ease and strict quality control when it came to shots, than anything else. And it made perfect sense, given that he was in the same team as Sehwag, Tendulkar, and Laxman for those years. With all those aggressive stroke makers in the team, it made sense for him to be the circumspect one.

But batting did come easily to him. He just chose, almost always, to not give in to his natural instincts, and instead relied on his judgment. But the rare occasion when he did give in to his instincts could be brutal. I remember watching with awe an ODI against New Zealand back during my MBA days (2003 or so) when he came out to bat in the slog overs after centuries by Sachin and Sehwag. He absolutely mauled the Kiwi bowling line-up and got to a half-century in 24 balls or so. The friends I was watching the match with kept saying "Who is this guy? this isn't Dravid!" And my response was, "this IS the real Dravid. He just chooses not to be that most of the time."

To sum it up, I think "Though Dravid was technically beautiful, his often weary face betrayed the fact that batting rarely came easy to him." is IMHO the worst and most inaccurate insult you can heap on Dravid on the day of his retirement.
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          AARP Presents Technology Education Knowledge (TEK - Spanish)   
Event date: July 14, 2017
Event Time: 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
301 NW 103rd Avenue
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
Join us for an AARP technology workshop in Spanish.
Únete a nosotros para un taller de AARP sobre tecnologia en Espanol.

Introduction to the iPad / Introducción al iPad
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Online Safety / Seguridad en las redes
11:30am and / y 3:30pm

Devices will be provided for practice.
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          Laing freed in Beetham   

After 14 hours of intense prayers and a massive operation by police and army for the safe return of San Fernando businessman Gregory Laing, he was set free by his captors in the Beetham Gardens last evening.

The T&T Guardian learned that Laing was released following the payment of a ransom and was picked up by the Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU) on the roadside around 5.05 pm. ACP Irwin Hackshaw said Laing was then taken to the Eric Williams Medical Science Complex in Mt Hope for a check-up. Investigators said he had minor bruises to the face and was to be interviewed and taken back to his home in St Joseph Village, San Fernando, last evening.

Up to last night, there was a large contingent of police and soldiers combing the Laventille and Beetham Garden districts searching for suspects.

Laing, 54, whose family owns the popular Puff N Stuff Bakery along Circular Road, Vistabella and the Trade Winds Hotel in St Joseph Village, was the latest of three south business owners to be kidnapped in recent years. Designer Kirby Mohammed and produce importer Caroline Katwaroo were both kidnapped 2015 while hair stylist Ria Sookdeo was taken in 2016. Those three victims were never found and ransoms were not demanded.

Yesterday around 3 am, police said Laing went to open the bakery so staff could begin preparations for the 6 am opening. Around 3.10 am, one of his employees arrived and saw his Mercedes Benz at the side of the building with a cell phone and a bunch of keys on the ground. One of his brothers reported to police that around 4 am he received a phone call from someone demanding a ransom of $270,000 for his safe return. The call was said to have originated from the Beetham Gardens area.

A party of officers from the San Fernando CID and Mon Repos Police Station, led by Insp Don Gajadhar, responded and statements were taken from a few people. Laing’s car was taken to the Mon Repos Police Station for processing. There were no CCTV cameras nearby and police said they were not able to get a description of possible suspects or the vehicle used in the kidnapping. They suspect he was held up at the business and taken away.

Following the kidnapping, DCP Harold Phillip called a meeting of senior officers, which included Snr Supt Boxhill, ASP Ajit Persad, Snr Supt Mohammed, Insp Gajadhar and officers from the Port-of-Spain Division, Southern Division, AKU and the T&T Defence Force.

There were several social media reports that Laing was found earlier in the day, but Hackshaw confirmed he was only found around 5.05 pm. He said police had aggressively pursued all leads in an effort to safely return Laing to his family. Relatives and staff declined to speak about his disappearance earlier in the day, saying it was at a sensitive stage. However, it was business as usual as the bakery remained open. San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello, however, condemned the “reprehensible actions” by Laing’s kidnappers.

Regrello said while the city has mostly avoided the brunt of criminal activity in T&T, the kidnapping further galvanized the need for all citizens to take back the city. He called on citizens who may have information regarding the kidnapping to contact the San Fernando police and pass on any information.

“Mr Laing is one of San Fernando’s model business owners and is noted for providing employment to many of the citizens of San Fernando, while the charitable contributions of his company are a testament to Mr Laing’s dedication towards the city of San Fernando,” Regrello said.

          Start the mas...   

As we move into the month of July, just the seventh month of the year, it is safe to say that Carnival 2018 has started. The first mas band to launch its presentation for next year was Jus Wee and Friends and its unveiling was held last Sunday at 16 Newbury Extension, Glencoe. Next year Jus Wee and Friends, a past Band of the Year winner, will be playing Wee Taking Flight.

Wee Taking Flight will consist of 14 sections and among the band’s designers are Michel Huggins, Janelle Greaves, Devon Jerome, Marcus Gooding, Dominique Mitchell and Marion George. The band’s camp is at Newbury Hill Extension. Bandleader Annmarie Placide revealed that the band’s costumes are reasonably priced at $1,000-$2,750, and the band is all-inclusive.

She added that one of the band’s attractions on Carnival Monday is that live road music will be supplied by Pelham Goddard & Roots. Playing with Roots on Monday, DJ Mr Desmond will provide road music on the Tuesday.

Potpourri of arts this weekend

This weekend’s entertainment fun list actually begins at 6 pm this evening when Pan Trinbago holds an After Work Jam at bpTT Renegades Pan Theatre, Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain. Supplying live music will be Massy Trinidad All Stars, Fusion Steel, Pan Jammers, Sapophonics and DJ KC Klass is Klass.


Another Friday evening steelband jam also begins at 6 pm when Phase II Pan Groove with Hadco opens up its yard at Hamilton Street, Woodbrook for Friday Night Live—band arranger Len “Boogsie” Sharpe says it will be “an odyssey of pan.” Aside from Phase II and lots of food and drink, there will also be entertainment by Martin Cain & Road Block Steel Orchestra, featuring Deja and DeJan Cain.

This evening also sees the eagerly awaited opening of Uppa Level Club at Cascadia Hotel, 67 Ariapita Road, St Ann’s, by Elegant Promotions. Wall-to-wall music can be expected all night by H2O Phlo, Kevon Cartar, Oscar B, plus old school Uper Level DJ Darryl, and his partners in crime DJs Richard Simply Smooth, Scoobie and Billy J.

Kaiso Blues Cafe is also on tonight with its Passing Thorugh Jazz Cuatro Concert, featuring Jeanine Ruiz, Kennth Clarke, Michel Germain, Raul Landaeta and more, from 9 pm.


At the theatre

Not to be left out tonight there’s much theatre in a big way with Kingdom Arts & Performances staging Reba, Rachel, Ria...Their Story at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, at 7.30 pm; RJ Productions, in collaboration with Urban Jungle Entertainment, by overwhelming public demand, staging Eileen & Me at Little Carib Theatre, White Street, Woodbrook, at 8.30 pm; and Raymond Choo Kong Productions premiering Choose Your Partner Wisely, at CLR James Auditorium, Cipriani College, Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Valsayn, at 8 pm.

RS/RR is premiering Man Callaloo, starring Nikki Crosby, Richard Ragoobarsingh, Debra Boucaud Mason, Sunny Bling and Aaron Schneider, tomorrow, at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Port-of-Spain, at 8.30 pm. The show will be repeated on Sunday evening at 6.30 pm, at the same venue.

Tomorrow’s action continues when St Ann’s RC Church stages its Tea Oneness Style Tea & Concert at Lions Civic Centre, Fitz Blackman Drive, Port-of-Spain, from 3 pm. Wall-to-wall entertainment will be by David Bereaux, Errol Fabien, Jason “Fridge” Seecheran, Wendy Sheppard, Krystal Khayne, Stephen Marcelle, Frenz in Muzik and more.

There’s also the Sangeet Opera, at Central Bank Auditorium, Lower St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, featuring Neval Chatelal and John Thomas, at 7.30 pm.


Dance events

Dance is also on the weekend’s agenda with Abeo Jackson’s farewell performance – Dance Fuh Yuh Life – being staged at The Big Black Box, Murray Street, Woodbrook, at 8 pm, and Malick Folk Performing Company and OrigiNation Cultural Arts Centre of Boston premiering Just The Two Of Us II, at La Joya Auditorium, EMR, St Joseph at the same time. Both events are billed for tomorrow.


Pan in Diego Martin and Tacarigua

Tomorrow also sees Panatics Steel Orchestra celebrating its 30th anniversary by staging Pan Jamboree at the Waterwheel Compound, Diego Martin, at 7 pm. Steelbands to perform include Phase II Pan Groove in association with HADCO, CAL Invaders, Ice Water Pan Ensemble, Sapophonics Steel Orchestra and host band Panatics Steel Orchestra.

One of this weekend’s big shows takes place on Sunday evening in the east at Rush Sports Bar & Night Club, located on the Eastern Main Road, Tacarigua. On a show themed Live in Love & Music, crackshot pan musician Kern Summerville and musicians he has selected will be performing. Summerville’s band will include Kyle Peters (guitar); Kevin Fraser (keyboards); BJ Saunders (bass); Gerion Williams (drum); Jamie Ghany (alto saxophone); Nicholas Jones (tenor saxophone); and Barry Homer (trumpet).

Guest performers for Live in Love & Music are vocalists Marisa Diaz and Kay Alleyne, violinist Anna Clair Roberts, guitarist Kashiff Wilson, Spoken Word artiste Askala George and Keishon Jack.


Riddim in the north

Action galore is promised on Sunday night, from 8 pm, at Howdy Dan’s Restaurant, located in MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain, as LA Records launches its RIIbirth Riddim. Artistes on the label billed to perform are Crazy, Fireball, Jamelody, King David, Blessed Messenger, Tobago’s Kervern Carter, Marley Palmer, Jah Disciple, Jaron Nurse, Zion Nurse, Zion Starr, Brittany Gonzales, Dre Star, Frankie Dan and Linelle Hamilton.


In memory of Brigo

Across the seas, calypso is also holding centre stage tomorrow as the children of the late Brigo will celebrate his birthday in a special way in New Jersey, USA. The children are being joined by Brigo’s Cultural Theatre Roots & Branches to hold a free show and fair from noon.

Brigo’s daughter Janeel Keisha Abraham said this week: “Our mission is to protect the legacy of passion my father had for calypso as well as to celebrate the numerous young artistes he helped nurture. We are celebrating the life he lived and the lessons and values he taught us.

“Beside lots of music and BBQ on sale, we will also be giving food and clothing to the poor. We are determined to keep my father’s music and legacy alive here in North America, in T&T, and across the Caribbean.”


A deed deserving of mention

Full kudos are well deserved by the past and current student body and staff of Presentation College (San Fernando) for going above and beyond to assist the needy. In four short days they raised approximately $50,000 in cash and supplies for those adversely affected by Tropical Storm Bret.

A spokesman for the group told Pulse this week: “We have acquired mattresses, pillows, mops, brooms, flashlights, disinfectants, canned goods, rice, flour, legumes, snacks, water, tarpaulins, garbage bags, new and clean used clothing (folded and sorted by gender and size), disposable diapers and sanitary napkins.

“These items will be given to people living in the Siparia and Penal/Debe regions and we will be guided by their regional corps as to who receives supplies.”

Also assisting the less fortunate were the delegates ion this year’s Miss TT World Pageant. On Friday, at the Tea Party, Talent and Top Model Competition, auctioned a bottle of champagne for $8,600 and donated the proceeds to the San Fernando City Corporation for distribution to the flood victims.


Party for a cause

Come July 8, a fund-raising party for stroke victim Wendy Hector will be held at All Out Sports Bar, Queen’s Park Oval, Woodbrook. In addition to some foot-stomping DJ music, there will be a live performance by The Malcontents, Chris Mouttet, Richard Law, Gary Hector, Stuart “Fowl” Abraham, Paul Amar and Phil Hill.

This is a dress up/costume party and guests are invited to don the Hippy, funky and groovy styles of the 60’s and 70’s.

Tickets cost $150 advanced and $200 at the door and they are limited tickets and already going like hot bread.

There will be drinks specials all night long door prizes for the Best Dressed Couple and Best Dressed Hippy.

          PM shaken by gruesome attack   

The gruesome murders of 13-year-old Videsh Subar and his 56-year-old sitter Rose Mohammed have impacted on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, so much so that it has left him very disturbed and shaken.

Speaking at yesterday’s post-Cabinet media briefing, Rowley said he hoped the T&T Police Service can bring the perpetrators of the killings before the courts expeditiously.

The throats of Subar and Mohammed were slit by their killers at Mohammed’s Ajim Baksh Street, Malabar home on Wednesday during a home invasion.

Yesterday, Rowley said there were some new developments taking place in the country, some of which were not uplifting and disturbing.

“I am very, very shaken and disturbed with what happened in the East with that child and its guardian who were so brutally murdered, and it makes us wonder what kind of people we have become,” said Rowley, his voice dropping as he spoke.

Saying it is now standard practice that when violent and heinous crimes are committed there is a public demand that the Government do something about crime, Rowley said “that demand is understandable because people want to feel safe, people want to feel secure and people want to know that their families and their communities are protected from these things.”

The PM said the interventions by individuals who make a decision to carry out such activities “shock us all the time.” He said whatever the Government has in place, be it prison, police or court “we are always surprised by these kinds” of murders.

In extending condolences to the family of the victims, Rowley said just looking at the grief on television as a citizen, he was quite “shaken by this kind of thing and I trust that the law enforcement authorities would find the perpetrators of such heinous and disturbing action.”

Asked about the TTPS’ ineffectiveness in its battle against the criminal elements and he could do to fill the gap, Rowley replied, “That is one area where you do not have an alternative. There is no alternative but to keep working and improving the ability of law enforcement in the country. And law enforcement in our country under the Constitution is largely the Police Service.”

In the area of national security, Rowley disclosed that Cabinet took a decision not to pay $200 million to maintain for one year four of the country’s helicopters.

“This is a cost that has been negotiated downward I was told. US$34 million I was told. We just can’t afford that! If we can’t afford it then the helicopters would stay on the ground… much as we would like to have them in the air. If we have $200 million dollars, the question that arises is that the best way to spend $200 million in the fight against crime?”

He said selling the helicopters was one option the Government may look at.

          School rallies around family of missing Chinese student   

Twenty days after University of Illinois graduate student Yingying Zhang disappeared from the Urbana-Champaign campus, her family called on the community Thursday to hold on to hope for her safe return.

"She's always a brave girl and she never easily gives up on anything," Zhang's boyfriend, Xiaolin Hou, told a crowd of well-wishers gathered at the school Thursday night.

"She never gives up as long as there's a glimmer of hope ... so we cannot give up either," he said.

Hou and members of Zhang's family led a procession of hundreds of well-wishers through the streets of the Urbana-Champaign campus Thursday night. They waved flags with her name on them and carried her picture as they chanted "let's find Yingying."

The family flew from China to the United States earlier this month to search for the 26-year-old visiting scholar. And they say they're not going home without her.

Zhang's father issued a plea earlier Thursday to those responsible for his daughter's disappearance: Let her go and I'll forgive you.

"The family hopes the kidnappers would not hurt her and know she is really well loved by family and friends," her father told CNN through a translator Thursday. "Let her go, let her come back as soon as possible."

Last seen June 9

Zhang had a yearlong position at the university's department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. She graduated from Beijing's prestigious Peking University in 2016 with a master's degree in environmental engineering.

Zhang is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds, the FBI said. She was last seen wearing a charcoal-colored baseball cap, a pink and white top, jeans and white tennis shoes. She carried a black backpack.

The last known sighting of Zhang was on the afternoon of June 9. Security camera footage shows her entering the passenger side of a black Saturn Astra hatchback that day.

University police said Zhang had just gotten off a public bus before the four-door hatchback approached her on the north end of the university campus. The FBI announced that investigators found the car on Tuesday, but provided no further details.

The FBI is treating the disappearance as a kidnapping, but campus police, in a recently released update, say they are calling it a missing persons case.

Support from around the world

Zhang is one of more than 300,000 Chinese students and scholars attending US universities. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the most popular universities for Chinese students, with more than 5,600. They make up a sizable community both on campus and in the small town of 207,000.

Her disappearance has triggered widespread concern in China, with groups set up on messaging app WeChat to share information about the case.

A crowdfunding campaign set up to help Zhang's family with expenses as the search continues has raised more than three times its $30,000 goal, with many donors leaving messages of support in Chinese.

'Twenty days is a long time'

Her disappearance has struck a nerve on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

Supporters who joined Thursday's rally echoed her family's hopeful tone.

"I'm praying as I walk," said Champaign resident Donald Baker. "We're hoping we can bring her back home to her family and to this campus."

Another woman said she joined the rally to support Zhang's family. She has a daughter close to Zhang's age who travels internationally, and sometimes she doesn't hear from her for days, she said.

"It was important to me as Americans that we show love and care to this family," she said.

"I want to be optimistic that we will find her," she added. "Twenty days is a long time."

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In its adventurous happenings–its abductions, duels, and sexual intrigues–A Hero of Our Time looks backward to the tales of Sir Walter Scott and Lord Byron, so beloved by Russian society in the 1820s and ’30s. In the character of its protagonist, Pechorin–the archetypal Russian antihero–Lermontov’s novel looks forward to the subsequent glories of a Russian literature that it helped, in great measure, to make possible. This edition includes a Translator’s Foreword by Vladimir Nabokov, who translated the novel in collaboration with his son, Dmitri Nabokov. READ an excerpt here:

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          Bridging the Mind-Body Gap in Health Care   
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After the birth of her youngest son nearly 20 years ago, Elay Nantz of Colorado developed carpal tunnel syndrome in her right hand, sank into post-partum depression, and attempted suicide. After a three-month stay at a Colorado psychiatric hospital, she endured a carousel of specialists who only wanted to know “What do you want?” or “What do you need?” and then wrote countless prescriptions. If she stood her ground and said the pills weren’t working, they would refer her to another doctor. Two of her four psychiatrists even fell asleep during her counseling sessions. Eventually, she stopped seeking treatment.

Nantz has struggled with depression for most of her life and has bounced in and out of doctors’ offices. She felt that the mental health system just saw her as a wallet to rifle through. “None of them gave a crap about me,” she says.

After she had surgery on her hand in 2009 and began physical therapy, her health improved. But after Nantz got divorced in 2010, she lost her private insurance and went on Medicaid—which her physical therapist did not accept. Her hand grew weak and shook so much that she could not hold a fork. It would tumble to the ground and stay there until one of her three children picked it up. A bad day would lead to deeper depression. She felt worthless.

The combination of depression and carpal tunnel meant she could not work and provide for her children. Her thoughts turned to suicide again: “I felt like the only exit I could see was me dying—my head was a mess—like I was in a cave and I couldn’t get out,” she told The American Prospect. “I was getting ready to kill myself.”

Nantz believed that the health-care system simply viewed her as a depressed woman with shaky hands rather than a 45-year-old mother of three who wanted to work and care for her family. But after running out of other options, she decided to try counseling one more time. In 2015, she met Dr. Yaira Oquendo-Figueroa, a staff psychologist at a Salud Family Health Center in Denver.  

Oquendo-Figueroa took an “integrated care” approach to Nantz’s problems that focused on breaking through the institutional barriers that separate mental and physical health care.  In integrated care settings, behavioral health specialists work together with primary-care doctors to treat individual patients. An ongoing relationship between physicians and a patient is the basis of primary care, and it provides a pathway for coordinating mental health treatment.

Oquendo-Figueroa listened carefully to Nantz’s problems and helped her develop the mental “tools” to steer her thoughts in a positive direction. She also connected her with an acupuncturist to treat her carpal tunnel. “She changed my life and the perception of everything,” Nantz says of Oquendo-Figueroa. “I think she’s a magician.”

Mental and physical care have long occupied distinct silos in the American health-care system. However, if Congress has its way, the treatment gulf between these two areas could become even wider, particularly for poor and low-income people who rely Medicaid, the largest health insurer in the United States.

Medical professionals like Oquendo-Figueroa have redoubled their efforts to offer a program of treatment that addresses psychological issues and physical ailments in tandem—which can go a long way to helping patients like Nantz. “You can’t separate the head from the body,” the doctor says.

Primary-care physicians see the majority of patients with mental health problems in the United States, but they are not trained to provide specialized treatment for mental illnesses. According to Benjamin Miller, a University of Colorado’s School of Medicine psychologist who specializes in linking mental and physical care, fewer than 4 percent of primary-care physicians accurately screen for depression. There has been little change in the percentage of adults who use mental health services, or who report an unmet need for mental health services. Two-thirds of doctors say that they can’t get their patients access to outpatient mental treatment because of a shortage of workers, lack of coverage, or inadequate coverage.

Meanwhile, suicide rates in America have risen by nearly 25 percent over the past 15 years and, of the 20 percent of Americans who suffer from mental illness, only about one-fifth get treatment. “The U.S. health-care system [has] two cultures of care that isolate the mind from the body, and mental health has fallen victim to that,” says Miller.

In the 1970s, Salud Family Health Center opened in northeast Colorado to serve patients who were historically underserved or completely uninsured, like the state’s migrant farm workers. In 2013, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognized Salud as a “patient-centered medical home,” a health-care delivery model that promotes strategies like integrated care. This model upends the traditional health-care system by providing mental health care in primary-care settings, where it is most accessible.

For many people, primary-care clinics and doctors’ offices are a safe haven. “People want an [ongoing] relationship with someone, they want to feel connected [and] to know you’re they’re for them,” Miller says. He believes that nurturing these relationships provides patients with an avenue to discuss and manage mental health issues before they become serious.

The Colorado health center includes a mobile legal team that advocates for patients, especially undocumented immigrants or Medicaid recipients who live paycheck to paycheck. The center also sends behavioral health professionals around the clinic to meet patients in other departments. “Let’s say that a patient is coming for a dental cleaning, and the hygienist concludes that the patient may be anxious or depressed,” says Oquendo-Figueroa. “I go there and do a consult right there in the dental area.”

While that practice may seem invasive to people who have health-care plans that cover behavioral therapy, a dental clinic might be the only time that some Medicaid or Medicare recipients can talk to a mental health professional.

Washington State’s Mental Health Integration Project features telepsychiatry to help treat low-income patients on Medicaid and Medicare. Encouraging patients to stay in touch with care managers and consulting psychiatrists over the phone allows those health centers to reach more people, and not just during regular visits.

Anne Shields, the associate director of the University of Washington’s Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions program sees e-medicine as one possible solution to a shrinking, aging workforce of psychiatrists, especially in rural areas of the country where there were never many specialists to begin with. From 1995 to 2014, while the total number of physicians in the United States grew by 45 percent, the number of psychiatrists only increased by 12 percent. In 2010, 59 percent of psychiatrists in the United States were 54 years old or older. “Primary-care settings are very diverse, small practices,” Shields says. “Rural health centers have no more than three people working and they’re not going to be able to hire a behavioral health-care manager.”

While health-care staffing often determines the number and types of services a hospital provides, integrated care relies on coordination between doctors to identify the specific treatments that will work for an individual patient. Using this approach, a small rural health center can strive to provide the same high-quality integrated care that an urban hospital system does.

Yet despite the health benefits that integrated care provides, the American health-care system continues to rely on traditional strategies. Treating mental and physical conditions separately has not only prevented vulnerable populations from accessing treatment, but it has also driven up those costs. Miller has calculated that, on average, physical conditions cost twice as much per person per month to treat when there is a mental illness present as well.

Moreover, mental health crises often play out in emergency rooms, which are the least efficient and most expensive care locations. Integrated care has reduced the patients’ reliance on emergency room treatment by focusing on preventative services, and targeting mild or moderate symptoms before they become severe.

The Cherokee Health System in Tennessee found that integrated care patients used emergency services 68 percent less than the regional average; specialty care 42 percent less; and hospital care 37 percent less. These savings amounted to a 22 percent discrepancy between CHS’s total cost and the regional average.

Most health-care networks prioritize people with serious mental illnesses over patients with mild or moderate symptoms, which prevents people from getting the help they need earlier. “The bulk of mental health services are in the public system, but people can’t get those services until they have had many crises,” says Debbie Plotnick, a vice president of Mental Health America, one the nation’s leading mental health advocacy groups.

Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress could tear wide open the existing gap between having insurance that covers mental health treatment and having access to that treatment with their plans to undo the Affordable Care Act. The ACA repeal proposals fail the two-step process Miller of the University of Colorado uses to evaluate potential reforms: “Does this continue to further fragment our experience with health?” he says. “And does this limit my patient’s ability to get access to mental health treatment where they want it?”

Moreover, transforming Medicaid into a block grant program means that mental health programs would take a significant hit as state officials search for savings to offset the federal cuts. Miller believes that integrated care programs would be the first to go, forcing medical professionals to make difficult decisions about whether they can marshal the resources to help people like Nantz. Repealing the ACA would simply take programs designed to bridge the gap between mental and physical illnesses backward—states, Miller says, “can’t take a chance on this right now.” 

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          Trump's Appointment to Gender Equality Office Has Hateful Anti-Trans Record    
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Adding to his record of appointing people to posts they are fundamentally unqualified to hold, Donald Trump has named an anti-trans activist as a senior adviser to the office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. Bethany Kozma, who held positions in the White House and Homeland Security under George W. Bush, vehemently opposed guidelines issued by President Obama's administration that advised schools to let trans students use their preferred names and pronouns and use the restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity, Buzzfeed reports. And to Google the woman who will advise on gender equality in the office that is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is to uncover a treasure trove of hateful, woefully misguided anti-trans propaganda. 

“A boy claiming gender confusion must now be allowed in the same shower, bathroom, or locker room with my daughter under the president’s transgender policies,” Kozma wrote in a 2016 piece about the Obama administration guidelines. “When I learned that predators could abuse these new policies to hurt children in school lockers, shelters, pool showers, or other vulnerable public places like remote bathrooms in national parks, I realized I had to do something.” 

In a disgusting attempt to equate trans women with sexual predators, Kozma’s story included a video of women sharing their stories of how they were sexually assaulted by cisgender men in spaces like bathrooms and locker rooms. 

While naming Kozma, who clearly doesn’t believe that trans women are equal to cisgender women, as an adviser at the office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment is a slap in the face to all women, her position in the office is further complicated by the fact that USAID has a long history of supporting programs that advance LGBT equality around the world, including a program that leverages financial contributions to support “LGBTI human rights and development in 14 countries around the world,” HIV and AIDS prevention efforts, and an initiative to empower Asia’s LGBT people, according to its website.

A spokesperson for USAID said Kozma’s appointment does not mean there has been a change in policy in terms of its commitment to LGBT rights, according to Buzzfeed. 

"USAID is committed to promoting a work environment that is free from sexual-orientation and gender-identity discrimination, in accordance with existing federal law," the spokesperson said. 

But Kozma's anti-trans crusade did not end with her campaign to oppose Obama’s protections for trans students in 2016. Earlier this year she wrote a piece for The Daily Signal (part of the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation) in which she patted herself on the back for being a part of the movement that she believes helped influence the Trump administration to rescind those protections.  

“Trump’s decisiveness on this issue shows that he cares more about people than political correctness — that all our children deserve a safe and respectful learning environment, not just a very small minority, and that privacy and free speech are rights that American parents hold dear,” Kozma wrote this February. 

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          The Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy is nostalgia done right - and that includes the irritations   

This one comes at you in waves. On first loading the Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy, my initial thought was: Oh, this is definitely how they should reissue old games. N Sane Trilogy, which bundles the first three Crash Bandicoot games into one package, adding quality of life stuff like a decent save and checkpoint system alongside time trials, online leaderboards and the chance to play most levels as Coco, has had a lot of work put into it. The soundtrack's been remastered, the cinematics have been entirely redone, the whole thing cruises by at 30fps. The elbowy channels of this trench platformer are still rather poky, but they're fringed with glorious wildlife and delightful texturing as a complete art overhaul has taken place. Ice is gemlike and wonderfully glossy, tar pits are filled with thick black goop, and the jungles! You never saw such jungles! Big fat rubbery leaves, the fraying trunks of palms, the ruffle of a breeze as you race past, smashing crates and collecting fruit.

That's the first wave. The second is quite different. After initially firing the collection up, I poked around in the original game for an hour or so. It's cludgy and fiddly and rather unforgiving. Years after making this, Naughty Dog would perfect the unmissable ledge: the ledge that you leap towards and absolutely cannot avoid connecting with, as Nathan Drake is drawn towards cinematic just-made-it safety as irresistibly as dust bunnies disappearing down the spout of a Dyson DC32 (The Animal - never bettered IMHO). Here, though, if you misjudge a jump by a millimeter, Crash falls into the abyss. No mantling. No hedging. It's actually kind of reassuring: games used to demand this kind of perfection. Through its overuse, the unmissable ledge is one of the more annoying artefacts of modern gaming, but away from the odd pitfall the supremely missable platform of the first Crash game is also kind of annoying. N Sane Trilogy swaps out the graphics but seems to retain the original geometry and the original character of the controls - even though it now supports analogue sticks. This means you get a lavish looking game that often plays in a very rickety manner. Race a tiger over the Great Wall in Warped, for example, and the whole scene is so bright and crisp and lively-looking that it's just weird the way the camera bucks and stumbles behind you, the way you move in humpty, weighty lurches, the way that dragons, who will swoop across the map as you pass, are visibly waiting in the wings as you approach, like soap actors having one last cigarette before nailing their walk-on. Reworking the surface of these games so laboriously but leaving the sometimes-jumbled guts intact feels a little like cruelty on occasion.

But there is a third wave, thankfully, and the third wave crested slowly as something kind of amazing happened to me. As I played through the Crash games on the big 4K telly in the office, the PS4 Pro whirring nobly underneath, people started to gather behind me. This almost never happens. "Oh man, I love Crash," said someone who shall remain nameless. And then another person said: "Go back a few steps, there's a secret crate you missed." This is the kind of game where people remember where the secret crates are kept.

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          iMobie PhoneRescue Can Now Download and Restore iCloud Backups in iOS 10.3 or Later, Even for Latest iOS 11   
LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 30, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- iMobie Inc., a leading iOS and Android software developer, today announced its top-notch data recovery software PhoneRescue now is able to download and restore iCloud backups in iOS 10.3 or later, even for the latest iOS 11. With its minimalistic yet refined UI, users can choose to only download what they need for recovery, and all data will be kept 100 percent safe and secure.
          Comparing Trump’s Tweets with the Words of Abraham Lincoln   

President Donald Trump and President Abraham Lincoln have a lot in common, they are both presidents, Republicans, and they both have lots of famous quotes attributed to them. But it’s safe to say they may be remembered a bit differently. While Lincoln wrote about preserving the Union, fighting and winning the Civil War, and

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          Free Cab Rides Over July 4th Weekend   

Had one too many beers, shots or mixed drinks this Independence Day weekend? Don’t even think about driving. The Sawaya Law Firm is offering FREE cab rides from Saturday, July 1 to Tuesday, July 4. (We think it’s better to be safe than sorry. Even if you have just a drink or two, you...

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          Comment on Swedes save more lives with policy of keeping kids in rear-facing car seats for longer by Tom   
Road safety education is a big (understated) problem in Germany. They have no patience at all and don't know how to deal with (race)bikes on roads. Not to speak about old people who clearly should not be on roads anymore. But the biggest problem is safety distance at high speeds. It's sheer irresponsible and incredible how most drivers driving > 150 km/h behave, leaving maybe 3m distance when being blocked by a slower car which is overtaking. What do you expect with such a big car lobby, leaving roads unsave for the "sake of economy".
          Comment on Renault Twizy crash test shows sustainable mobility needs to be safer by Clive Neal-Sturgess   
Safety adds mass unless expensive materials are used.
          Comment on Alto K10 crash test highlights how India car industry neglects safety by Tristan Honeywill   
Hmm. If that table is correct, then you'd think that standards have somehow been introduced but aren't being applied/enacted. I'm really no expert on India's regulatory system though. I'll see if I can pick that up for a future post. That is pretty confusing
          Comment on Alto K10 crash test highlights how India car industry neglects safety by Edward   
Thank you for your quick reply! But I'm still a little bit confused. Looking at this table, it seems that AIS standards are similar to ECE regulations and others. What do you think?
          Comment on Alto K10 crash test highlights how India car industry neglects safety by Tristan Honeywill   
Hi Edward. The Alto must comply with Indian standards, but I'm not sure what those standards are. Judging by the poor results in the Global NCAP tests, which subjected the Alto 800 and others to an R94 test at 56kmh, it's clear that local requirements are much lower than in other markets.
          Comment on Alto K10 crash test highlights how India car industry neglects safety by Edward   
Hi Tristan, do you know if the Suzuki Alto complies with Indian standards (Automotive Industry Standards) or they are not compulsory?
          Mazda recalls 228,000 cars to check parking brakes   
Mazda North America in Irvine is recalling almost 228,000 cars over parking brake issues that could cause two models to roll and crash. Water could enter the brake causing its “actuator shaft to corrode and possibly bind,” according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents. This could cause the cars to move unexpectedly and increase the risk […]
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          Driver - Queens Village, NY   
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          Greven: Kayef und der Spielmannszug   

Kayef (22) heißt eigentlich Kai Fichtner, ist Rap- und Pop-Musiker aus Düsseldorf. Und er betreibt den Youtube-Kanal Kayef TV mit 445  000 Abonnenten und bisher über 56 Millionen Aufrufen. Mit seinem Album „Chaos“ landete er 2016 auf Platz vier der deutschen Charts. Am Samstag tritt Kayef beim Hansafest in Greven auf. Vorher macht er einen Workshop mit Jugendlichen des Spielmannszuges Einigkeit Greven.

          Center Administrative Assistant - Inspire Development Centers - Royal City, WA   
Tasks include processing, verifying and maintaining accurate and legally compliant documentation relating to personnel, safety and financial information....
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          In Home Child Caregiver - The Punny Family - Brampton, ON   
Prepare and serve nutritious meals to children. Maintain a safe and healthy environment in the home in the absence of parents.... $12.75 an hour
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          Swindon - SIA licensed Door Supervisors   
SW-Swindon, Phoenix Security are now recruiting SIA licensed Door Supervisors to work in Swindon. As a Door Supervisor you will be an essential part of the venue safety team, maintaining order, customer care and safety. Your responsibilities will involve supervising customer arrivals, carrying out identification checks, screening and searching individuals, controlling entry and exit routes, crowd control and
          Child Care - Master Solutions Inc. - Brampton, ON   
Prepare and feed nutritious meal. Maintain a safe and healthy environment for child. We are looking for Full time/Permanent _*LIVE OUT*_ nanny for our two years... $13.50 an hour
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          Live -Out Nanny - Master Solutions Inc. - Mississauga, ON   
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          nanny - Harpreet Bhatti - Brampton, ON   
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          nanny - Emie Tugade - Brampton, ON   
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          Head of HSQE   
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          Client Service Volunteer - Canadian Red Cross - Dawson Creek, BC   
This short term loan service offers mobility, independence and safety to seniors and those recovering from illness or surgery in their own homes....
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          2017 is almost here   

JUNE 25 - 1:30 AM UTAH Time - (UTC 07:30)

Our beta test results are in and while they are still being analyzed, it’s already clear that the new build is safe and ready for current test drivers who’d like to do more than just kick the tires.

If you are already a test driver (build 207) you have a red Weather Report sync window up at the moment. Please have a look at it (go to Sync Now) and you’ll see we have changed the message there to provide instructions on how to get on the road with Test Drive 2.0 so you can get syncing again. Send us a postcard when you get there.

The rest of the world’s drivers will not be far behind. We’re still hoping to give every qualified driver who wants to take a test drive an opportunity to do that this weekend. That depends on how it goes. So far so good. We will post updates here whenever there is news, and on social media pages as well. Stay tuned.


If you have not purchase your released FTM 2017, you should do it soon as the end of the pre release price is drawing near.

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          You May Wear Pants   

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Cardinal George Pell is the third-most powerful official in the Catholic Church as head of the Vatican’s finances. And he’s just been charged multiple sexual assaults in his native Australia. I think it’s time to play this song again.

Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky signs into law a bill allowing Bible classes in public schools. I’m sure that not far behind are classes on the Qu’ran, the Bhagvat Gita, Dianetics, and the Books of Bokonon. Any day now.

ProPublica reveals “a trove” of Facebook’s internal documents showing its secret guidelines for determining what is and is not hate speech, and thus able to be censored. And some of it is frankly disturbing:

One document trains content reviewers on how to apply the company’s global hate speech algorithm. The slide identifies three groups: female drivers, black children and white men. It asks: Which group is protected from hate speech? The correct answer: white men. ... White men are considered a group because both traits are protected, while female drivers and black children, like radicalized Muslims, are subsets, because one of their characteristics is not protected. 

Adi Robertson at The Verge notes that Facebook’s task is more or less impossible:

If the company decides to promote a positive social environment without taking clear political sides, it will trend toward a faux neutrality where “hate” is any negative opinion, punishing people who criticize the status quo. But if it admits to an ideological bent, it will have to start formulating political stances on which groups worldwide deserve the most protection from hate. The more social responsibility it accepts, the more liable it is for failing to police its users, and the more power it has to control speech — not just comments to other users, but personal timeline posts or photographs. 

Oh, hey hey hey, make sure you dig the latest Cause & Effect newsletter. It’s got international news, SCOTUS news, and not all of the news is bad!

CFI’s Benjamin Radford is on the panel for a discussion about psychics (along with a bunch of alleged psychics) on WNPR’s Colin McEnroe Show.

Another “psychic,” Michelle Marks of Dixon, Illinois, is arrested for “exploitation of an elderly person and multiple weapons charges.” Wow she was busy!

Researchers at the Catholic University of Louvain wanted to see if atheists in Western Europe were more or less closed-minded than the religious. And that’s what they found, more or less:

Atheists tended to show greater intolerance of contradiction, meaning when they were presented with two seemingly contradictory statements they rated one as very true and the other as very false. They also showed less propensity to be able to imagine arguments contrary to their own position and find them somewhat convincing.

A group of scientists and other figures sign on to an initiative called Mission 2020, intended to get greenhouse gas emissions to “curve downward” by 2020, because failing that, the goals of Paris become unattainable. While it’s noble, I am skeptical. Especially after my Point of Inquiry interview with Elizabeth Kolbert earlier this month.

Undaunted by my kind of despair, a “global covenant of mayors” pledging to meet the goals of the Paris accord has brought on board more than 7400 cities.

Cleve Wootson at WaPo introduces us to Michael Tate Reed, the guy who keeps ramming his car into Ten Commandments monuments, as he did in Arkansas yesterday:

[In 2014] He was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and released under an agreement that required him to continue treatment. He sent a rambling letter to the newspaper apologizing and describing the voices in his head and his attempts to recover from mental health issues. 

Speaking of which, Joseph Frankel at The Atlantic looks at how the phenomenon of “hearing voices” in one’s head—which is sometimes what makes people think they’re psychic, and others say they’re psychotic—may be more common than once thought, and also may be more controllable:

These experiments suggest that auditory hallucinations are the result of the mind failing to brand its actions as its own. Watching what the brain does during these hallucinations may clarify how that works, and what differences in the brain create these experiences. ... Drawing a parallel with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the [researchers] are interested in the extent to which the psychics they saw “might occupy the extreme end of a continuum” of people who hear voices. 

The Mormon Church is taking bold strides into the latter half of the 20th century, offering paid maternity or parental leave to church employees and (hold on to your butts) allowing women to wear pants.

A California health department report says that 111 people have chosen to take their own lives in the first six months of the state’s right-to-die law. 

Uranus isn’t just odd because its name makes you chuckle (which is why I must pronounce it “YURen-uss,” not, you know, the other way). It’s on a crazy 98-degree axis, and its magnetic shield is all wobbly.

When there’s somethin’ strange…in the neighborhood…who you gonna call? The Royal Thai Police Force! They ain’t afraid o’no phi pob. 

Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter is a fun, scientific, educational museum experience for the whole family! Oh wait, the city wants them to pay a “safety assessment fee”? I meant to say, it’s a ministry. So, sorry. Exempt. Phew! I mean, “amen.”

My home state of Maine gets its first case of measles in 20 years. Oh god I hope it’s not me! 

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          Worship Calls Vanderbilt Best Fit For Him   
Cardinal Gibbons (FL) safety Maxwell Worship had been at the top of Vanderbilt's target board for a long time and before the 3-star recruit headed off for a 10 day mission trip, the South Florida safety wanted to anchor down with the Commodores and he discussed his reasons for choosing Vanderbilt and how excited he is about the future of football in Nashville.
          ‘I just want to know my wife is safe’, says husband of missing Tina Satchwell   

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          New Forests Company company must address safety concerns of Uganda land grab community   

Oxfam is launching a campaign calling for the New Forests Company to respond to concerns that have been raised for the safety of people who were evicted to make way for the British company’s forestry plantations in Uganda.

Oxfam has felt obliged to go public with its concerns following reports that the affected communities in Mubende and Kibogo districts are feeling harassed and intimidated by NFC staff.

Oxfam published a report on 22nd September on international land grabs that included a Ugandan case study detailing  how at least 22,500 people were evicted – some violently and all without compensation to make way for the NFC plantation.

Since publication, the international aid agency has received reports that individuals who have spoken to media about their evictions have been approached by NFC staff for questioning. Community members have also been asked to take company staff to the sites of violent evictions. One man has reported that NFC staff took his cattle and only returned the livestock when he paid for their return, although he has since been refunded by the company.

New Forests Company has previously announced it will launch an independent investigation into Oxfam’s allegations yet these actions by company workers undermine confidence in NFC's commitment and ability to do so. Oxfam is calling for the investigation to be led by an independent chairperson, who has the power to select the investigatory body and who can ensure that the input and protection of the communities is guaranteed in the process.

Oxfam GB’s Chief Executive Barbara Stocking said: “Many people in these communities are clearly feeling intimidated by the actions of NFC, which are totally at odds with the principles of an independent and transparent investigation. They have already lost their homes and land and many have been subjected to violent behaviour. They need a credible investigation not further pressure.

“NFC must show that they are serious about the allegations that have been made by setting up a truly independent investigation.”

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Oxfam is asking people to send an email to Robert Devereux, Chairman of the New Forests Company, demanding he take immediate action, against any harassment and intimidation and to set up a truly independent investigation.

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For more information contact Lucy Brinicombe / +44(0)7786110054 / +44 (0)1865 472192 /

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Uganda land case update, 8 July 2013

In September 2011, Oxfam profiled a land deal in Uganda in which villagers were being evicted to make way for timber plantations. Read an update about the case.

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          Oxfam warns that modern day land rush is forcing thousands into greater poverty   

Oxfam calls for British company to investigate the forced eviction of more than 20,000 Ugandans to make way for its plantations

Oxfam today launches a major new report highlighting the growing pace of land deals brokered around the world, often to the peril of poor communities who lose their homes and livelihoods – sometimes violently – with no prior consultation, compensation or means of appeal.

In the report Land and Power, the international agency reveals preliminary research indicating as many as 227 million hectares have been sold, leased or licensed in large-scale land deals since 2001, mostly by international investors. Lack of transparency and the secrecy that surrounds land deals makes it difficult to get exact figures but to date up to 1,100 of these deals amounting to 67 million hectares have been cross checked. Half of these deals are in Africa, and cover an area nearly the size of Germany. (1)

Oxfam warns this modern day land rush follows a drive to produce enough food for people overseas, meet damaging biofuels targets or speculate on land to make an easy profit. However, many of the deals are in fact ‘land grabs’ where the rights and needs of the people living on the land are ignored, leaving them homeless and without land to grow enough food to eat and make a living.

This is likely to get worse as the increasing demand for food, the gathering pace of climate change, water scarcity and non-food crops like biofuels compete for land. Already, nearly three billion people live in areas where demand for water outstrips supply.

Land grabs: devastating vulnerable communities

Oxfam International’s Executive Director Jeremy Hobbs said: “The unprecedented pace of land deals and the increased competition for land is leaving many of the world’s poorest people worse off. In the scramble for more land, investors are ignoring the people who currently live on the land and depend on it to survive.”

Oxfam’s report profiles the devastating effect land grabs in Uganda, South Sudan, Indonesia, Honduras and Guatemala are having on vulnerable communities. The report is part of Oxfam’s GROW campaign which aims to secure a future where everyone has enough to eat. Women, who produce up to 80 per cent of food in some poor countries, are usually most vulnerable as they have weaker land rights.

In Uganda, Oxfam’s research indicates that at least 22,500 people have lost their homes and land to make way for a British timber company, the New Forests Company. Many evictees told Oxfam how they were forcibly removed and have been left destitute, without enough food or money to send their children to school. There were court orders in force which named the company but eye-witnesses say that company workers took part in some of the evictions anyway. NFC denies that it was involved in any evictions. (2)

Evicted without consultation or compensation

Christine, a farmer in her mid 40s, who lived in Kiboga district before the Uganda land grab said: “All our plantations were cut down – we lost the banana and cassava. We lost everything we had. The company’s casual laborers would attack us – they beat and threatened people. Even now they won’t let us back in to look for the things we left behind. I was threatened – they told me they were going to beat me if we didn’t leave.”

Hobbs said: “The Uganda case clearly shows how land grabs are slipping through the net of existing safeguards which are intended to ensure the protection of vulnerable people. Thousands of people are suffering because they have been evicted without meaningful consultation or compensation.

“The New Forests Company describes itself as an ethical company, adhering to international standards. It needs to investigate these claims urgently. It’s not acceptable for companies to blame governments. They must respect the needs and rights of poor communities affected by their investment.”

Prioritize existing land use rights

Oxfam is calling for investors, governments and international organizations to prioritize putting a stop to land grabbing by fixing the current policies and regulations which all too often fail to ensure that, when investors negotiate deals, local people are consulted, treated fairly, and that all relevant international standards are respected. These include the World Bank's International Finance Corporation Performance Standards and the Forest Stewardship Council’s standards.

Governments should avoid pandering to investors’ wishes, and prioritize existing land use rights – not just where legal land title or formal ownership rights are held. Governments should recognize that women have equal rights over land and ensure that all agricultural investments benefit local communities who rely on the land to survive. While governments and companies get their house in order to stop future land grabbing, there is an urgent need to remedy the damage done by existing land grabs, including in the case of the Uganda international investment.

Flawed biofuels policies

Perverse incentives such as the flawed biofuels targets, like the EU’s target of obtaining 10 per cent of transport fuels from renewable sources by 2020, should be scrapped to curb the rush on land to meet biofuel demand.

Meanwhile, the UN’s Committee on Food Security in Rome could take an important first step when it meets in Rome next month, by adopting credible pro-poor, pro-women guidelines on land tenure.

Hobbs said: “Land investment should be good news for people in poverty but the frenetic scramble for land risks putting development in reverse. We need urgent global action so that local people with relatively little do not lose everything for the benefit of a few, and to secure a future where everyone has enough to eat.”

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  1. This data is compiled by the Land Matrix Partnership, a coalition of academic, research and non-governmental organisations. The 227 million figure is based on information on land deals over 200 hectares from a whole range of different sources including government reports, academic research, company websites, media reports and the few contracts that are available. The coalition is currently cross checking the records of land deals it has identified.  It is calling for increased transparency among companies and governments so that the true scale of the problem can be accurately understood.
    The Land Matrix Partnership includes the International Land Coalition, the universities of Bern and Hamburg, the French research institute CIRAD, the German agency for technical cooperation, GIZ and Oxfam.
  2. The evictions took place between 2006 and 2010. One High Court order was granted on 24 August 2009 and remained valid until 18 March 2010. The other was granted on 19 June 2009 and remained in force until 2 October 2009. Both were to restrain evictions by the company.
    The New Forests Company stated that the majority of local residents had no legal right to the land, that they had left peacefully and that the process was the sole responsibility of the Ugandan National Forestry Authority.  It told Oxfam that it had brought jobs and amenities to local communities and that its activities had been approved by the Forestry Stewardship Council and International Finance Corporation.

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  • The global economy, which is expected to triple in size by 2050, will demand ever more scarce natural and agricultural resources
  • Palm oil has become the world’s most consumed edible oil and can be found in up to half of all packaged food and hygiene products. Production is expected to double by 2050, increasing the land area under cultivation worldwide by 24 million hectares – six times the size of the Netherlands
  • In Guatemala, eight per cent of farmers account for 78 per cent of the land in production. Of the smallholders who control the remaining land, just eight per cent are women.

Oxfam’s GROW campaign is calling for global action to fix a broken food system where 925 million people already go hungry every day. This could get worse in the face of dwindling natural resources, like land, the gathering pace of climate change and increasing food price volatility. Find out how we can help prevent this from getting worse at

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          Today’s Most Innovative Car Audio Features   

Technology feels like it’s constantly changing. Computers have evolved from taking up an entire room to fitting in the palm of your hand. Car audio is no different. What started out as a simple AM receiver is now more versatile than most of us ever imagined. These days, there are not only a number of different ways to play music through a car audio receiver, but a nice selection of accessories you can get for your stereo. Bluetooth Streaming and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Depending on your age, you might remember a time when cassette tapes, and later CDs, were the only options for listening to music in your car, aside from AM/FM radio. While AM/FM radios and CD players are still common functions of car stereo systems, stereos today commonly have built-in Bluetooth, which allows you to connect your smartphone wirelessly and stream music from apps such as iTunes, Spotify or Pandora directly to the stereo. All aftermarket stereos will offer an auxiliary input with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, to plug in sound from any device. Most also offer USB inputs to allow charging devices, as well asl playing music from a phone or USB flashdrive. With the right equipment, you can gain access to over 150 radio stations with SiriusXM satellite radio, many commercial free. These channels cover every genre of music, sports, news, traffic, weather, and talk radio. Even better, your stereo can receive signal anywhere as long as it has access to the satellites, and with terrestrial repeaters it will be extremely rare to lose signal, even thru tunnels and overpasses. Apps, Maps and More In addition to these fantastic new ways to listen to music through your stereo, technology has brought us great safety features to help you get where you’re going without incident. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connect your smartphone to the car stereo and allow you to access features from your device like maps, texts and other apps, directly through your stereo’s touchscreen or voice control. This allows you to keep your eyes on the road, and driving safer, not digging for your phone to get the info you need. Another great feature available in many stereos is the ability to add a backup camera that feeds directly to the screen, giving you a better view while backing out of your driveway or any other spot. Many car manufactures are adding stereo controls into the steering wheel, providing quick access to volume, play/paus, and skip controls without taking your hands off the wheel. Even better, if you want to replace the factory stereo, you can keep your steering wheel controls working with the addition of a Steering Wheel Control Interface available with the install. Audio Express Come out to one of our many Audio Express locations and chat with one our Car Audio Professionals to learn more and find the right stereo for you.

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START YOUR TINY ENGINES AS ‘MICRO MACHINES WORLD SERIES’ LAUNCHES TODAY  Celebrate the Miniature Multiplayer Mayhem Larkspur, Calif. – June 30th, 2017 – Codemasters and Deep Silver have today unleashed miniature multiplayer mayhem on the gaming world with the release of Micro Machines World Series on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system by Microsoft, and PC via Steam. To celebrate the launch and showcase the fun and carnage you’ll be experiencing in Micro Machines World Series. The iconic series makes a triumphant return with a mixture of fan-favorite and all-new content that will delight players of all ages. Classic game modes Race and Elimination are complimented by an all-new Battle mode, which ramps up the carnage to the highest end of the miniature scale. Supporting up to 12 players for online multiplayer and one to four players locally, Micro Machines World Series gives you 12 amazing customizable vehicles to race and battle across 25 classic locations including the kitchen table, garden, workshop and game room. With spy cars, hovercrafts, dump trucks, tanks and more, Micro Machines World Series lets you equip a unique loadout and collect a range of crazy NERF power ups and collectibles such as blasters, mines, hammers and bombs to get the best of your opponents. Micro Machines World Series combines gaming nostalgia with incredible visuals and endless party replayability, making it a hit for players old and new. Follow updates from the Micro Machines studio on Facebook ( # # # ABOUT CODEMASTERS: Codemasters, the award winning video game developer and publisher, has a 30 year heritage. With titles distributed globally, Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of driving and racing entertainment games including DiRT, GRID and the official BAFTA award-winning FORMULA 1 series of videogames. The company is fully controlled by Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL). For more information on Codemasters’ product portfolio, please visit Join in the conversation with @codemasters on Twitter or Like us on Facebook at ABOUT DEEP SILVER: Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all gamers who have a passion for thrilling gameplay in exciting game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires. Deep Silver has published more than 200 games since 2003, including its own brands like the open world extravaganza Saints Row, the zombie action franchise Dead Island, and the grim post-apocalyptic future of the Metro series. Upcoming highlights from Deep Silver include Dead Island 2 and Agents of Mayhem. Deep Silver also owns the development studios Deep Silver Dambuster Studios in Nottingham, UK; Deep Silver Fishlabs in Hamburg, Germany, and Deep Silver Volition based in Champaign, IL, USA. For more information please visit ABOUT HASBRO: Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences, by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF and TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive lifestyle licensing program, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection for children and families around the world. The Company’s Hasbro Studios creates entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film and more. Through the company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews). MICRO MACHINES, NERF and all related names are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. ©2017 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. All copyrights or trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are being used under license. Developed and published by Codemasters. “PlayStation”, “PLAYSTATION” and “PS” Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Trademarks are property of their respective owners. 
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          Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey - Buoyancy (2016)   

Artist: Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey
Title: Buoyancy
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Relative Pitch Records
Genre: Jazz, Free Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 43:10 min
Total Size: 190 MB
1. Buoyancy
2. Twenty Lanes
3. The Museum Of Human Achievement
4. Thunderbird

In baseball it's called "small ball." That might be the best way to describe the improvising duo of saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey. Small ball baseball teams win, not by home run blasts, but by putting runners in scoring position, bunting, and stealing bases. Flamboyant rarely wins the series. Confident, often understated play, is what connoisseurs of both baseball and improvised music seek.
The partners in music here are also partners in life. Maybe that explains their agreeable interplay. Rainey, a longtime fixture in the jazz world, has been the foundation of diverse bands led by Tim Berne and Fred Hersch. Since he began collaborating with Laubrock, he can be found in her bands Sleeptheif, Anti-House, Ubatuba, and the Ingrid Laubrock Octet. The saxophonist joins Rainey in his trio with guitarist Mary Halvorson, and have released three stellar discs.
This live recording follows the partners initial studio session And Other Desert Towns (Relative Pitch, 2014). It continues to build upon a solid infrastructure where simple gestures carry the day. The title track doesn't so much announce itself as back onto the stage. Rainey's whispered cymbal work begets the hushed tones of Laubrock's tenor. The pair build, not so much tension, as an edge. Rainey mixing his complex rhythms against the ultra-supple agility of the saxophonist's tone. As the piece hits it's zenith, you understand they will deliver your ears back, safe and sound. The longest piece, "Twenty Lanes," begins with brushes and, is that crinkled paper? The momentum inches toward sticks, then the drum, and Laubrock juxtaposes some Evan Parker-sounding lines against Rainey's off-centered sounds. Let's call this music, the capture and release of beautiful creatures.


          New Java Champions: Holly Cummins, Aleksey Shipilev, and David Heffelfinger   

Welcome three new Java Champions: Holly Cummins, Aleksey Shipilev, and David Heffelfinger

Holly Cummins has been a Java engineer since 2001. She was one of the core engineers on the IBM J9 JVM working on Garbage Collection (GC) and Just in Time (JIT) compilation. She is currently a technical lead for IBM BlueMix Garage.   

Holly is also a committer and PMC member on the Apache Aries project, which melds the OSGi and Java EE programming models. She created several wearable projects connected to a backend server to demonstrate the low power requirements of modern application servers, and the suitability of Java for embedded application servers.

Holly is the co-author of Enterprise OSGi in Action (Manning). She has published on a range of subjects, from performance myths, garbage collection tuning principles, enterprise OSGi, Java on Raspberry PIs, microservices, automation, and the importance of fun in a development culture. She is a frequent speaker at conferences including Devoxx and JavaOne. Follow her on Twitter @holly_cummins

Aleksey Shipilev is a principal software engineer at Redhat. He is the author of the Java Microbenchmarking Harness (JMH), a project to examine the performance of Java coding constructs.  Prior to JMH, programmers wrote their benchmarking harnesses fraught with errors.  He wrote JCStress, a toolkit for testing concurrency code. He also developed a Java-Object-Layout, JOL, which uses Unsafe, JVMTI, and Serviceability Agent (SA) heavily to decode the actual object layout, footprint, and references. 

Aleksey is now a committer to the new GC project Shenandoah. He is very active on mailing lists like Java Concurrency Interest, JMH, and OpenJDK projects. Follow him on Twitter @shipilev

David Heffelfinger is an independent consultant based in the Washington, DC area. He is a member of the NetBeans Dream Team and is part of the JavaOne content committee. 

David has written 7 books on Java EE, application servers, NetBeans, JasperReports, and Wicket. His titles include Java EE 7 Development with NetBeans 8, Java EE 7 with GlassFish 4 Application Server, and JasperReports 3.5 For Java Developers. 

David has been speaking at JavaOne every year since 2012. He is a frequent speaker at NetBeans Day in San Francisco, showcasing NetBeans features that greatly enhance the development of Java EE applications. Follow him on Twitter @ensode

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          Fox & Friends ignores WSJ report suggesting possible Russia collusion   

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President Donald Trump’s favorite morning news show, Fox News’ Fox & Friends, completely ignored a Wall Street Journal report about a Republican Party operative who sought former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers and who may have been working with then-Trump senior adviser Michael Flynn.

On June 29, the Journal (which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fox News) reported that before the 2016 presidential election, GOP operative Peter Smith “mounted an independent campaign to obtain emails he believed were stolen from Hillary Clinton’s private server, likely by Russian hackers.” Smith “implied that he was working” with Flynn during his “conversations with members of his circle and with others he tried to recruit to help him,” according to the report. The FBI has previously said that it could not find definitive proof that Clinton’s server had been hacked.

Media Matters searched SnapStream for “wall,” “street,” and “Flynn” on morning shows of Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN that aired on June 30 and found that Fox & Friends did not mention the story even once. By contrast, CNN’s New Day covered the story in multiple segments, and MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosted the Journal reporter who broke the story to discuss it.

Fox & Friends has repeatedly dismissed the investigation into Russian interference in the election and whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and tried to delegitimize the FBI Russia probe, claiming there's "no evidence" of collusion. Their failure to report the story is yet another effort by the hosts to cover for Trump, who regularly watches and praises the show and has drawn upon it as a source for numerous policy and other ideas.

          Vice highlights one hate group’s assault on LGBTQ youth   

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A recent Vice report detailed Alliance Defending Freedom’s (ADF) stealth years-long effort to chip away at the separation of church and state in public schools and take away the rights of LGBTQ students. Most recently, as Vice reported, ADF was a “major force” behind the Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer case in which the Supreme Court ruled that the state of Missouri violated the church’s First Amendment rights by denying it access to government grants meant for secular use. Trinity v. Comer was viewed as a “major First Amendment decision” in terms of the separation of church and state.

Media Matters identified ADF as the anti-LGBTQ hate group leading the national campaign against transgender students in November 2015. Since then, ADF has kept up its assault on the rights of transgender students to access a fair and equal education: It has drafted a model policy to deny transgender students equal protection in school, repeatedly sent representatives to testify at school board meetings to advocate against protecting transgender students, and even sued school districts for implementing transgender-inclusive policies.

Vice reported that ADF has “an army of over 2,600 private attorneys and assets of around $40 million” to work on clawing back the rights of LGBTQ youth in schools:

Why has the organization dedicated so much attention to schools in recent years? According to [Angelo] Carusone at Media Matters, maintaining control of the country's education system is part of ADF's long view of the fight to control public policy.

“They see this as a generational fight, and you target kids when you're fighting a generational war,” he said. “They think they can turn the tides of culture, and they're willing to fight this for decades... They're not fighting individual skirmishes over individual policies. They see this as a battle in a decades-long, multi-generational effort to make sure every member of the LGBT community is not just pushed back into the closet, but put in jail.”

The report also highlighted efforts by LBGTQ organizations and coalitions, such as the Eliminate Hate campaign, to push back against ADF’s actions:

That the ADF has taken such an active role in manipulating educational policy has not gone unnoticed by LGBTQ organizations. Recently, a coalition of LGBTQ advocacy groups launched a campaign called “Eliminate Hate,” dedicated to exposing ADF interference in school districts and bringing attention to other anti-LGBTQ hate groups.

“It's bad enough when you're not accepted at home,” said Sara Grossman, communications manager at the Matthew Shepard Foundation (MSF), which advocates for an end to violence against LGBTQ people. “Sometimes school is your safe space. To take that away is atrocious. They're just kids.”

Besides media outreach, coalition partners are also placing op-eds in major news outlets, and working to connect supportive parents with school officials so that their voices can't be ignored.

But it’s going to be difficult to counter the ADF’s vast legal and financial resources, particularly now that they've been successful in the Trinity case. With a sympathetic administration in the White House, it’ll be easier than ever for states to reduce funding for public schools and increase funding for discriminatory private schools.

          Media Matters responds to the latest setback for 21st Century Fox’s bid to take over Sky   

Media Matters for America President Angelo Carusone released the following statement after U.K. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley announced that she was “minded” to refer 21st Century Fox’s bid to take over Sky PLC to the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority on grounds of media plurality:

The government should not approve 21st Century Fox’s bid to take over Sky. It’s alarming that the company’s demonstrated culture of malfeasance and governance deficiencies borne out of Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch’s commitment to advancing his personal political agenda has not already been sufficient to warrant outright rejection.

The soft touch to which the government is treating Murdoch’s bid is also revealing -- it seems to come in part because of the disproportionate amount of political power and influence that Murdoch wields. As Secretary Bradley accurately notes, this takeover will give Murdoch even more power and influence. That kind of disproportionate control, especially in the hands of an already destructive entity, is not in anyone’s interest except Murdoch’s.

Beware Murdoch’s promises and assurances. As we have noted, he has made an awful lot of them in the past in order to a secure a deal, only to swiftly disregard his word once the deal was finalized.

In mid-June, Media Matters for America President Angelo Carusone sent a letter to the U.K.'s chief broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, highlighting a number of recent developments -- all of which concern Fox News -- that are pertinent to Ofcom’s investigation into the potential takeover of Sky PLC by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, Fox News’ parent company.

The recent developments detailed in Media Matters' letter to Ofcom further underscore that Murdoch and his sons fail to satisfy the conditions necessary to acquire British satellite broadcasting company Sky in full and expose dangers that the bid for Sky would pose to the British public and media landscape.

The letter from Carusone follows a March 30 report Media Matters submitted in partnership with global activism group Avaaz to Ofcom that detailed the risks Murdoch’s desired takeover of Sky poses to British broadcasting standards.

Before that, Media Matters and Avaaz submitted a report to Secretary Bradley of the U.K. Department for Culture, Media and Sport that demonstrated that the risk of Foxification is too great to simply rubber-stamp a Murdoch takeover. On March 16, Bradley referred Murdoch's takeover bid to Ofcom for a thorough investigation on the grounds of "media plurality and commitment to broadcasting standards." The findings of the Ofcom investigation are due by June 20.

21st Century Fox already owns 39.1 percent of Sky. Murdoch abandoned a previous bid for full ownership in light of an investigation into mass hacking at his U.K.-based newspapers. Following an investigation, a parliamentary report found that Murdoch was “not a fit person” to run a major corporation and that his son James (who at the time ran the parent company of News Of The World and The Sun; he is now the CEO of 21st Century Fox) showed “wilful ignorance” of the industrial-scale hacking. In September of 2016, it was reported that Fox News had engaged in similar tactics, hacking the phone of Media Matters reporter Joe Strupp.

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          POWERFUL VIDEO - Freedom's Safest Place "The Violence Of Lies"   
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          Scary moment for Jamie Dick in Iowa practice   
Piece of lead off another car damages No. 55 ride, hits driver in helmet Photo credit: @JasonToy1 NEWTON, Iowa – Talk about a welcome back gift.   Jamie Dick , driver/owner of the No. 55 Viva Motorsports Chevrolet, returned to competition at Iowa Speedway on Saturday for the first time since being diagnosed with new onset diabetes in March. It started off with a bang -- literally.   While coming back onto the track from pit road, a piece of lead came off of the No. 4 car driven by Ross Chastain , impaling Dick's Camaro in the upper left portion of its windshield. The hit was so hard, it destroyed the laminated windshield and protruded through, hitting and leaving a noticeable dent in Dick's helmet. "It was a rough return (to the track)," Dick joked in between practice sessions for Sunday's NASCAR XFINITY Series 3M 250 (2 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). "I was following another car out and when we pulled off pit road and got on the race track, I saw a piece of something; I thought it was a brake deck hose because it was silver and cylindrical. When we got down into the corner, I saw another piece of that fly out and I kind of dodged it. "Then a split second after that, the lead hit the windshield. I don't know if it was lead or tungsten, but whatever it was, it hit the windshield. I didn't even see it before it hit, I just saw the windshield cave in and I felt it. I didn't even realize it hit me (in the helmet) until we came in. I might've felt it, but everything happened so fast you don't know exactly when you feel it."   Dick was checked for concussion symptoms and cleared in the infield care center and he said he felt "fine." His car, on the other hand, not so much. Aftermath of Jamie Dick getting hit with a piece of lead on the race track. Dented his helmet. #NASCAR #3M250 — Pat DeCola (@Pat_DeCola) May 16, 2015 The single-car No. 55 team (which also employs Jeffery Earnhardt as a part-time driver) was forced to use a backup car for the second session and planned on replacing the backup car's engine with a separate backup engine after an oil issue cropped up in the replacement.   For a driver that's already conquered a mountain of adversity already this season in the form of his new disease just to get back to racing, Saturday's events certainly didn't make things any easier. Dick immediately received plenty of support from his peers, as Ty Dillon and several other drivers came over to his garage stall after practice ended to check on him.   Chastain and team owner Johnny Davis did come by to apologize to Dick and make sure he was OK. While it wasn't necessarily his fault, Chastain also tweeted a full apology shortly after the incident. — Ross Chastain (@RossChastain) May 16, 2015 NASCAR officials were also quick to the scene. "NASCAR was there right away inspecting and seeing what happened," Dick said. "The laminated windshield did its job, which is the good part, and that's something they implemented a year ago or so. That held up or else it would've been a much worse day."   While Dick said it isn't really for him to say whether or not the No. 4 team should be penalized for what happened, he mentioned he "would be very surprised if there wasn't one."   NASCAR XFINITY Series director Wayne Auton addressed the situation Saturday afternoon and indicated the issue would be brought up during Tuesday's debrief at the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina.   "Number one, safety is our biggest concern out of anything that we do in motorsports," Auton said. "It's a sport that there’s 10,000 revolving pieces 24/7 when vehicles are on the race track or they're sitting here in the garage area.   "Notoriously, penalties are discussed on Tuesdays and that will definitely be discussing that one Tuesday. Any time that we have found weight coming out of race cars on the race track, we've been pretty harsh about it. We have to be. That's part of it. People are sitting up here in the grandstands and drivers sitting inside these race cars. We'll discuss it Tuesday … pretty confident something will come out of that." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
          HR Drivers - Immediate Start   
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WA-Perth Region, Calling all Forkies! Programmed Skilled Workforce are currently seeking experienced Forklift Drivers for various casual and ongoing assignments in the Perth Metro Area. Our clients span across a range of industries, including Transport & Logistics, Warehousing, Production and Manufacturing. All levels of experience will be considered, but you must hold a Worksafe Licence (Class LF). We are seeking
           Commentary: Seeking the truth, not the tragedy, in journalism    
By John LloydJune 30 (Reuters) - London´s Grenfell Tower fire victims aren´t furious just with local authorities for ignoring safety concerns raised before...
          From Human Rights to Biological Threats, 25th National Security Law Institute Covers U.S. Safety   
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Prominent national security scholars and other experts, including former and current government officials, convened at the University of Virginia School of Law for the 25th National Security Law Institute earlier this month to discuss the nation

           Beyonce joins forces with UNICEF for children's water project in Burundi    
By Ellen WulfhorstNEW YORK, June 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pop icon Beyonce is throwing her superstar power behind a new effort to bring safe,...
          Buzz Honeypot Wasp Trap With Bait   
Buzz Honeypot Wasp Trap With Bait

Buzz Honeypot Wasp Trap With Bait

Stv International Ltd Buzz Honeypot Wasp Trap With Bait. Key Benefits. Redesigned of a classic favourite to allow easy baiting and safe usage. Lightweight but strong ABS plastic. Threaded base-section for easier baiting and clean up. Screw-top closure with integral wire hanger in-built. Add bait to lure wasps away from barbecue, patio and play areas. Trapping tips included for effective use. No chemicals. No sprays. Supplied in a variety of colours as illustrated. Keep wasps away from play areas,patios and the barbecue. Key Benefits. Easy to bait & clean out. No chemicals. No sprays. Attractive design and colours.  

          Air Pollution a Concern at Levels Currently Accepted as "Safe"   
The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) warns today that government agencies must not become complacent in the effort to provide clean air to all citizens.
          Twitter’s Prager: Video Gives Advertisers Premium Safety   
CANNES — Twitter says it wants to help down-play shady user-generated content (UGC) in the advertising offerings it serves up to big agencies. in this video interview with Beet.TV, Twitter agency development director Stephanie Prayer says the network is trying to soothe brands’ concerns over the safety of environments in which ordinary folk publish their own [...]
          All about Care for an Acrylic Aquarium Kit   
The practice of keeping aquariums came about in the late 1800's. They were fairly crude. Usually these ancient aquariums only had one side that was made of glass, with the other three sides being made of metal or wood. Most aquariums consisted of fish that were native to the region of its owner simply because of availability. Also most old school fish tanks contained only fresh water fish. The reason being that salt water would corrode the metal frame that held the aquarium together.

Aquariums drastically changed in the 1960's with the invention of silicone adhesive. Metal frames became obsolete and more people started to keep salt water fish and invertebrates. More recently glass tanks have become less frequently used due to the flexibility of acrylic. Literally flexibility! Acrylic aquariums are far more for forgiving than there glass counterparts. If a heavy object strikes a glass tank, it will almost certainly break. The flexibility of an acrylic tank will prevent this catastrophe from happening. In addition, acrylic offers more flexibility in design than glass. Acrylic aquariums have been made into everything from coffee tables to gum ball machines.

That being said, there is a short downfall to owning an acrylic aquarium. They do scratch more easily than glass. When cleaning your aquarium, be careful not to use paper towels, and harsh or abrasive chemicals, as they can scratch the acrylic surface of the aquarium. Always use a cleaner specifically labeled safe for acrylic. Use plastic or rubber scrubbers, rather than metal to clean the sides of an acrylic tank. Be careful not to accidentally pick up a piece of substrate or gravel while cleaning the inside of the tank. However, if you do happen to scratch an acrylic aquarium, all is not lost. The tank can be repaired, unlike glass. There are acrylic repair kits available at specialty pet stores, your local hardware store and of course online.

When purchasing an acrylic aquarium kit, there will be many different options to choose from, at many different price points. Aquarium kits can be purchased at places such as specialty aquatic pet stores, from huge retail chains, or again online. A fish lover can choose from small cylinder shaped tanks that can double as a coffee table lamp to wall huge wall sized aquariums. While, there are some basic things that will be included in most kits, such as, a filter, some substrate or coral and sometimes lighting, the kits themselves can vary greatly. It really doesn't matter where you buy your starter kit, but keep in mind that it is extremely important to buy your fish from a reputable dealer. Don't buy fish that are hovering near the surface, or that are located in a tank with other dead fish. Fish diseases are extremely communicable. Be weary of a fish dealer that refuses to catch a specific fish out of the tank for you. After all this is going to be your fish and you have a right to choose.

Tristan Andrews is a freelance author who writes articles about pet health and pet supplies.

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          It is our duty and it is our responsibility to help the poorest people in the world'   
It is our duty and it is our responsibility to help the poorest people in the world'
Irish people have long been known for their global generosity too – whether in response to humanitarian crises like famine or the ongoing refugee ...

          People need skills to see through fake news, conference hears   
People need skills to see through fake news, conference hears
- Propaganda and inaccurate news has always existed but the mass dissemination of fake news through the internet is a new manifestation of an age ...

          The power of the personal: what Ireland can teach politicians   
The power of the personal: what Ireland can teach politicians
- Most notably, when they studied how attitudes in Ireland towards the gay community have evolved over the past decade, they realised that one key ...

          The power of the personal: what Ireland can teach politicians   
The power of the personal: what Ireland can teach politicians
- But two years ago, Ireland became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote. And these days, as one of my relatives observed, ...

          May narrowly wins confidence vote   
May narrowly wins confidence vote
-  it will be practically and legally “extremely difficult” to find ways to maintain an open border with Northern Ireland after Brexit.

          Wage growth is good for society, Paschal Donohoe says   
Wage growth is good for society, Paschal Donohoe says
- Principal among those was the possibility that the Brexit outcome could lead to a more sustained negative impact on Irish economic growth than was ...

          At least 12 banks are moving operations from London to Dublin after Brexit   
At least 12 banks are moving operations from London to Dublin after Brexit
Irish authorities have clinched deals with more than a dozen London-based banks to move part of their operations to Dublin in preparation for Brexit, ...

          Irish punters could face big hit in their pockets if UK leaves EU with no exit deal – as we reveal how ...   
Irish punters could face big hit in their pockets if UK leaves EU with no exit deal – as we reveal how ...
Irish punters could face big hit in their pockets if UK leaves EU with no exit deal – as we reveal how hard Brexit could impact each Irish food sector.

          May Survives Key Parliament Vote After Abortion Concession   
May Survives Key Parliament Vote After Abortion Concession
- Her Brexit-dominated agenda for the next two years won the backing of the ... There are stricter limitations on abortion rights in Northern Ireland, unlike the rest ... of Britain remaining in the European Union's single market after Brexit.

          UK lawmakers pass May government's 2-year agenda   
UK lawmakers pass May government's 2-year agenda
- Abortion is far more tightly restricted in Northern Ireland than in the rest of the U.K., ... the Conservative government's plans for a Brexit-dominated parliamentary ... But the government is likely to get its way thanks to Northern Ireland's ...

          Hospitality Industry To Take €100m Hit This Year Post-Brexit   
Hospitality Industry To Take €100m Hit This Year Post-Brexit
- The Irish hospitality industry could face a loss of around €100 million this year on the back of a dip in UK tourists visiting Ireland in the wake of last ...

          A property crash in London would have significant effects on Ireland   
A property crash in London would have significant effects on Ireland
Brexit has led people and firms to reassess their future in Britain, with the ... Brexit, particularly if it involves leaving the Single Market and Customs ...

          Hard Brexit' could mean higher prices for Irish consumers   
Hard Brexit' could mean higher prices for Irish consumers
- The Government has warned that Irish consumers will have to pay higher prices for goods and services if the UK leaves the European Union with no ...

          Labour are as pro-Brexit as the Tories": what do Sinn Fein's MPs really want from Westminster?   
Labour are as pro-Brexit as the Tories": what do Sinn Fein's MPs really want from Westminster?
- In the meantime, however, its priority is a Brexit deal that gives Northern Ireland – where 56 per cent of voters backed remain – designated status ...

          Who is Caitríona Perry - the Irish journalist Donald Trump is fixated with   
Who is Caitríona Perry - the Irish journalist Donald Trump is fixated with
- “The Trump victory isn't that unbelievable,” she told the Irish Examiner. “Whole swathes of people here are very enthusiastic about him. And he's now ...

          Bank of China seeks to 'Brexit-proof' new Dublin unit   
Bank of China seeks to 'Brexit-proof' new Dublin unit
- Bank of China's decision to set up a base in Ireland pre-dates the UK's ... Dublin branch will support the vision and determination of the Irish people,” ...

          Sinn Fein say public service workers are 'first victims' of DUP and Tory deal   
Sinn Fein say public service workers are 'first victims' of DUP and Tory deal
- for a hard Irish border and increase the ease of doing business after Brexit, ... Labour will challenge MPs to back a "jobs first" Brexit that delivers the ...

          Falling UK visits further calls for Irish 'Brexit Budget'   
Falling UK visits further calls for Irish 'Brexit Budget'
- British tourist numbers to Ireland fell by 6.8% for the first five months of 2017, prompting the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland to add its voice to those ...

          May prepares to make embarrassing Queen's Speech climbdown to avoid defeat on abortion rights ...   
May prepares to make embarrassing Queen's Speech climbdown to avoid defeat on abortion rights ...
- But an amendment put forward by Labour backbencher Stella Creasy threatens to cause trouble for Mrs May by driving a wedge between the Tories and her allies the DUP.
It insists that women subject to tough abortion laws in Northern Ireland should have access to free treatment in England. 
After Speaker John Bercow announced he had selected Ms Creasy's proposal for debate, Commons leader Andrea Leadsom signalled that the government is considering accepting it to avoid an humiliating defeat. 

          Northern Ireland leaders race against time on power-sharing   
Northern Ireland leaders race against time on power-sharing
- Northern Ireland could face the prospect of direct rule from ... Northern Ireland's power-sharing arrangement means nationalists and .... There are also differences over Brexit, with the DUP in favor of leaving the ...

          040141 Suspension Small MZL   
040141 Suspension Small MZL

040141 Suspension Small MZL

Rycote 040141 Suspension Small (MZL) Suspension Medium (MZL) is suitable the Sennheiser MKH 8060 in a Windshield 1 when used with its MZX XLR module removed. Connecting via the MZL connbox offers a more compact and lightweight setup.   Main Benefits: Patented Lyre suspensions provide complete isolation against handling noise whilst safely gripping the microphone Our new small and medium modular bars are now more durable and less prone to wear and tear. Comfortable pistol-grip handles allow handheld use, but also have a 3/8" boom adaptor in the base for quick transfer boom operation Our suspensions provide complete isolation against handling and cable-borne noises, by supporting the microphone in a cradle arrangement using Lyre suspension webs. The patented Lyre are extremely robust, and virtually unbreakable, as they do not use elastic or rubber components which are prone to wear and tear. These completely backward compatible Lyre have replaced the original silicone O-rings suspension, and can be bought separately to upgrade older suspensions. Lyre suspension webs come in five varieties, please see Kit Contents Tab for details. Small, Medium and Large Modular Suspensions are available, each with corresponding length bars. All other components are shared, including Rycote Pistol-grip with integral XLR MarkII holder and boom adaptor (with 3/8" adaptor) for handheld or boom operation. A Connbox is fitted as standard to Small, Medium and Large Suspensions (Windshield Kits 1- 11), for maximum reduction in unwanted noise. Using a Connbox breaks the transmission path of the cable-borne noise, and significantly reduces handling noise. For the best performance we only use ultra soft/flexible Mogami cable and gold pin Neutrik 3-pin XLR's Contents: 1 x XLR Holder MK II  Product Code: 048493  The XLR Holder Mk II fits between any 3/8" male threaded boom pole or mic stand and any 3/8" female microphone shock-mount or windshield system 1 x Boom Poles Adaptor  Product Code: 048402 1 x Pistol Grip Handle with Lever  Product Code: 048401  1 x Connbox CB9 (MZL)  Product Code: 016917  Connbox MZL is suitable for single Sennheiser MKH 8020, 8040 or 8050 in a WS 9 Kit 2x Single Lyre 62 (19/25)  1 x Small (1-Module) Bar 1 x Hex Head Key  

          040143 Suspension Medium MZL   
040143 Suspension Medium MZL

040143 Suspension Medium MZL

Rycote 040143 Suspension Medium MZL Suspension Medium (MZL) is suitable the Sennheiser MKH 8060 in a Windshield 2 when used with its MZX XLR module removed. Connecting via the MZL connbox offers a more compact and lightweight setup. Main Benefits: Patented Lyre suspensions provide complete isolation against handling noise whilst safely gripping the microphone Our new small and medium modular bars are now more durable and less prone to wear and tear.   Comfortable pistol-grip handles allow handheld use, but also have a 3/8" boom adaptor in the base for quick transfer boom operation Our suspensions provide complete isolation against handling and cable-borne noises, by supporting the microphone in a cradle arrangement using Lyre suspension webs. The patented Lyre are extremely robust, and virtually unbreakable, as they do not use elastic or rubber components which are prone to wear and tear. These completely backward compatible Lyre have replaced the original silicone O-rings suspension, and can be bought separately to upgrade older suspensions. Lyre suspension webs come in five varieties, please see Kit Contents Tab for details. Small, Medium and Large Modular Suspensions are available, each with corresponding length bars. All other components are shared, including Rycote Pistol-grip with integral XLR MarkII holder and boom adaptor (with 3/8" adaptor) for handheld or boom operation.   A Connbox is fitted as standard to Small, Medium and Large Suspensions (Windshield Kits 1- 11), for maximum reduction in unwanted noise. Using a Connbox breaks the transmission path of the cable-borne noise, and significantly reduces handling noise. For the best performance we only use ultra soft/flexible Mogami cable and gold pin Neutrik 3-pin XLR's Contents: 1 x XLR Holder MK II  Product Code: 048493  The XLR Holder Mk II fits between any 3/8" male threaded boom pole or mic stand and any 3/8" female microphone shock-mount or windshield system 1 x Boom Poles Adaptor  Product Code: 048402  1 x Pistol Grip Handle with Lever  Product Code: 048401  1 x Connbox CB9 (MZL)  Product Code: 016917  Connbox MZL is suitable for single Sennheiser MKH 8020, 8040 or 8050 in a WS 9 Kit 2x Single Lyre 62 (19/25)  2x Single Lyre® 72 (19/25) (as spare) 1 x Medium (2-Module) Bar   1 x Hex Head Key

          040152 Suspension Medium ORTF MZL   
040152 Suspension Medium ORTF MZL

040152 Suspension Medium ORTF MZL

Rycote 040152 Suspension Medium ORTF (MZL) Special order - Delivery 1-2 weeks Suspension Medium ORTF (MZL) is suitable for a matched pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020/40/50 in ORTF Stereo configuration in an AE Windshield. Includes a MZL stereo Connbox. Main Benefits: Patented Lyre suspensions provide complete isolation against handling noise whilst safely gripping the microphone Our new small and medium modular bars are now more durable and less prone to wear and tear.   Comfortable pistol-grip handles allow handheld use, but also have a 3/8" boom adaptor in the base for quick transfer boom operation ORTF stereo recording was pioneered by the engineers at the French state broadcaster in the 1960s, and is defined as using a stereo pair of microphones with the capsules spaced 17cm apart, and at an angle of 110 degrees to each other.     A specially designed Rycote mounting adapter bar keeps the microphones at the correct spacing and angle for ORTF recording, and the Lyre suspension  provide a solution that is extremely resistant to unwanted vibrations such as cable-borne and handling noise.    The 5-pin XLRm output Connbox uses detachable Binder cables, with 130 mm tail - with MZL connectors. Includes: 1 x 016926 Connbox CB11 (2MZL Detachable) 1 x 048493 XLR Holder MK II 1 x 048402 Boom Poles Adaptor 4x Single Lyre 62(19/25) + risers 1 x Medium (2-Module)  Bar  

          040153 Suspension Medium ORTF LEMO   
040153 Suspension Medium ORTF LEMO

040153 Suspension Medium ORTF LEMO

Rycote 040153 Suspension Medium ORTF (LEMO) Suspension Medium ORTF (LEMO) is suitable for a matched pair of Schoeps CCM in ORTF Stereo configuration in an AE Windshield. Includes a LEMO stereo Connbox. Main Benefits: Patented Lyre suspensions provide complete isolation against handling noise whilst safely gripping the microphone Our new small and medium modular bars are now more durable and less prone to wear and tear.   Comfortable pistol-grip handles allow handheld use, but also have a 3/8" boom adaptor in the base for quick transfer boom operation ORTF stereo recording was pioneered by the engineers at the French state broadcaster in the 1960s, and is defined as using a stereo pair of microphones with the capsules spaced 17cm apart, and at an angle of 110 degrees to each other.   A specially designed Rycote mounting adapter bar keeps the microphones at the correct spacing and angle for ORTF recording, and the Lyre suspension  provide a solution that is extremely resistant to unwanted vibrations such as cable-borne and handling noise.  The 5-pin XLRm output Connbox uses detachable Binder cables, with 130 mm tail - with Lemo connectors. Includes: 1 x 016927 Connbox CB12 (2 LEMO Detachable) 1 x 048493 XLR Holder MK II 1 x 048402 Boom Poles Adaptor 2x Single Lyre 62 (19/25), 2 x Single Lyre 62(8) + risers 1 x Medium (2-Module)  Bar

          040248 Suspension XX-Small XY/MS   
040248 Suspension XX-Small XY/MS

040248 Suspension XX-Small XY/MS

Rycote 040248 Suspension XX-Small XY/MS Suspension XX-Small XY/MS is suitable for Schoeps CCM microphones and Sennheiser MKHC 8040/50 microphones in an AC Stereo Windshield. Half module bar, hoop & band suspension with XY/MS mount and 20mm clips. No Connbox included Main Benefits: Patented Lyre suspensions provide complete isolation against handling noise whilst safely gripping the microphone Our new small and medium modular bars are now more durable and less prone to wear and tear.   Comfortable pistol-grip handles allow handheld use, but also have a 3/8" boom adaptor in the base for quick transfer boom operation This Suspension setup for XY/MS stereo arrangement with two compact condenser microphones in an AC Windshield features the traditional metal hoop and rubber band arrangement with an adjustable XY/MS mount allowing four different angle positions for the microphones. The mount is suspended centrally in the hoop via the four rubber O rings. Includes: 1 x 048493 XLR Holder MK II 1 x 048401 Pistol Grip Handle with Lever 1 x 048402 Boom Poles Adaptor '2 x Duo-Lyre 72 (19/34) + risers + spacers  x X Small (3/4 module) Bar 1 x Hex Head Key Compatibility: Neumann AK20/AK40 Schoeps CCM CCM41/CCM8 (Compact Mics)      

           Safety board: Mariners need better tropical storm forecasts    
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Mariners need better tropical weather forecasts, according to federal safety investigators examining the sinking of the cargo ship...
          Comment on The Biggest Shift in Supercomputing Since GPU Acceleration by jimmy   
@Rob, the deep learning algorithms for object recognition by far surpass anything that people were able to with classical deterministic models. That's why they are being used for self-driving cars; they have been proven to increase driver safety by a good margin. You can mention the one-off cases in the early days of self-driving, but that's not an interesting statistic at all. Deep learning is essentially an attempt to make sense of tons of noisy data, and many of the models today are not understood by their authors: "hey we did this and now we got this awesome result", very ad-hoc. In the end though, it's all statistical-mathematics, it's just that at the moment the slightly theoretically challenged CS folks are playing with this new toy, and mathematical understanding is inevitable.
          Immigrants apply for Chanceless Asylum to commit Crimes   
The Telegraaf daily has requested from the police all documents concerning the arrest of migrants. The request was based on a law which makes this possible. The paper has been supplied with thousands of pages. Part of the migrants from countries which are considered safe apply for asylum knowing that there is hardly any chance of it being granted. While their application is investigated they commit crimes using the asylum-seeker centers as a base for that. The paper writes that the number of such crimes is always far bigger than what the police reports.

          Quality Dent Surgico At a Glance   

The Company:
Almost a decade back, after completing the university education 2 close friends, belong to the famous industrial city of Pakistan “Sialkot”, joined the forefathers business of surgical and dental instruments manufacturing that was running as a local business since decades back by the forefathers. After spending initial time in the local industry as an experience, an export company Quality Dent Surgico came into existence.

After the practical manufacturing experience, the company took part in supplying and managing its products into the international market place. Initially it wasn’t quite easy to make a name in international market, but the rigorous struggle, efforts, and the help of most experienced elders made it possible to penetrate into the international market place and leave a positive impact and quality recognition.

Now, the company Quality Dent Surgico is enjoying its well reputation internationally and locally as well in terms of its commitment, service and quality products. In Quality Dent Surgico, it is believed that the business partners are the strength of the company and its team is the back bone.

Quality Recognition:
All QDS’ instruments are produced with high standard stainless steel and are carefully checked and inspected during all production operations and processes to ensure that they meet the international standards. All operations are carried out by qualified personnel with the aim of providing high quality and complete customer satisfaction.
In this connection, Quality Dent Surgico has already been certified and approved by the international bodies in the following scopes:
  • ISO 9001:2000 by QAI with Accreditation of UKAS - UK
  • ISO 13485:2005 by QAI with Accreditation of UKAS - UK
  • CE by Blue Star Company – UK
  • cGMP by FDA – USA
Corporate Social Responsibilities:
Quality Dent Surgico feels great pride to have an extra-ordinary and dynamic environment, and being socially responsible company it gives all benefits and facilities to its employees from worker to manager, which are admissible under the laws of our country.

Quality Dent Surgico takes care of health and safety matters of its employees, as it is believed in QDS that its team/employees are the backbone of the company and they are the people success is associated with. The company, on itself alone, is nothing more than a name, but the team makes the Quality Dent Surgico a complete company with the environment that is continuously filled with the skilled workers and management the company in real belongs to.

QDS' Values:
Quality Dent Surgico believes in fair trade, the secret of QDS’ success comprises on its core values that have always been ahead to do business with customers/buyers. The values which are the basis to develop un-breakable relations, to make a solid and trustful co-ordination, to initiate the huge progress mutually, to win the confidence for products and service, to strengthen the relations on the long term basis and to make the Quality Dent Surgico as one of the most wanted suppliers.

QDS’ core values consist of:
  • Fair Trade
  • Truthfulness
  • Best Possible Moral and Product Support
  • Understanding the Customer’s Behavior to the Best Appropriate Extent
  • Following the Ethical Laws
  • Following and Honoring the National and International Laws, Rules and Regulations

QDS' Vision:
Quality Dent Surgico’s vision is not less than a mission that is always highlighted in the quality policy. Behind every successful mission there is always a vision through which an organization runs and operates.

QDS’ vision comprises on:
  • To maintain the best quality control on the products always
  • To leave the most positive image of its products throughout the world
  • To simplify the trade with the competitiveness of advanced trade methods
  • To enhance the capabilities and technology in accordance with the new eras and modernizations
At Quality Dent Surgico, there is always been a tradition since its commencement, a tradition that purifies and integrates the level of mutual developments. QDS does not believe on one sided progress as it provides all essential and required assistance, maximum opportunities, utmost moral and technical support that its business partners expect from it, so they could progress and develop more and more with QDS.

This tradition is always on top priority to make equal progress, growth and development at both sides, Quality Dent Surgico and its Business Partners, with the aim to serve the humanity at its maximum approach.

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          Relief Pharmacist - Boots - Woodchurch   
Conducting regular reviews, audits and risk assessments to protect patient and public safety. We are the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer....
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          Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist - CooperVision - Juana Díaz Municipio, PR   
Interface with EH&S regulatory agencies. Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist....
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          Offshore Fire Alarm Technician - Total Safety - Broussard, LA   
Interface with various fire systems through computer. Inspect, test and maintain various types of fixed fire systems, fixed gas systems, Aids-To-Navigation...
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          Comment on DMCA Safe Harbor Doesn’t Protect Zazzle’s Printing of Physical Items–Greg Young Publishing v. Zazzle by Susan   
Zazzle and other similar companies have designed their businesses to promote copyright infringement. The companies should personally get to know and vet each and every designer that is allowed to sell a design to the company. The only way such companies will ever be run responsibly is through giant lawsuits that financially force them to identify and know they are dealing with real designers, rather than art thieves. I applaud the artists and designers who are suing these rip-off companies.
          Research Data Storage on Campus and Beyond   
Default thumb Thu, Jul 27 02:00 PM until 03:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
During this workshop, we will cover strategies, tools, and computational solutions to ensure the availability, the safety and the security of your research data and documents.
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          Chicago Police, Feds Team Up On New Effort To Curb Violence   

Chicago police, federal agents and prosecutors are launching a new initiative Friday to stem the flow of illegal firearms in the city as part of efforts to curb rampant gun violence that President Donald Trump says is at “epidemic proportions.” Trump’s remark on Twitter came ahead of an announcement by Chicago police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about the formation of the Chicago Crime Gun Strike Force. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office acknowledged that an additional 20 ATF agents have been sent to Chicago. State police, intelligence analysts and state and federal prosecutors will target illegal guns and repeat gun offenders, Chicago police said. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement Thursday night that “we are foundationally changing the way we fight crime in Chicago.” Trump tweeted Friday morning that “Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help.” In January, he warned Chicago about its high number of homicides, saying on Twitter that he is ready to “send in the Feds.” Adam Collins, spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said the city wants federal help. “Six months ago we made it clear that we would welcome additional federal support, and six months later we appreciate the 20 new ATF agents that are now arriving,” Collins said in an email. But as the police department released figures that show the number of homicides, shooting incidents and shooting victims has dropped, Collins said “the progress CPD has made this year has happened without any of the new resources from the federal government we requested.” In fact, earlier this week, officials announced that the ATF had loaned the city a van outfitted with ballistic testing equipment to help police more quickly solve gun crimes. Trump’s latest tweet said there have been 1,714 shootings in Chicago this year. According to the police department, there have been 1,703 shooting victims. There were 1,935 shooting victims in the city during the same period last year. Also, there have been 1,360 shooting incidents so far this year — 224 less than were reported during the same period in 2016. So far this year, there have been 320 homicides compared to 322 by this time last year, according to the police department. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking Friday on the Fox News Channel’s morning show, “Fox & Friends,” said the Justice Department is “sending in additional gun investigators” to Chicago and that he has urged the U.S. attorney’s office to prosecute gun cases aggressively. “The police have been demoralized in many ways,” he said. “In many ways, the policies in Chicago have not been working. Murders are way, way too high. It is critical for the people of Chicago’s public safety that we begin to work together here and deport violent criminals that have been convicted. They need to not be a sanctuary city, they need to be protecting the people of Chicago from violent criminals.” Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement late Thursday that federal and Cook County prosecutors plan to develop new strategies to prosecute gun crimes and offenders. Sessions last week pledged federal assistance to 12 cities to help them develop individualized, long-term strategies to fight violence. But Chicago was not among them. The Justice Department said that’s because Chicago was already […]

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          Global Cyberattack Seems Intent On Havoc, Not Extortion   

A cyberattack that caused indiscriminate economic damage around the world was apparently designed to create maximum havoc in Russia’s neighbor and adversary Ukraine, security researchers said. While the rogue software used in the attack was configured as extortionate “ransomware,” that may have just been a ruse. “It is clear that this was targeted indiscriminately at Ukrainian businesses, and the Ukrainian government,” Jake Williams, president of the security firm Rendition Infosec and a former member of the U.S. National Security Agency’s elite cyberwarfare group, told The Associated Press in an online chat. “The ‘ransomware’ component is just a smokescreen (and a bad one).” UKRAINE IN PAIN Although the attack was global in its reach, Ukraine bore the brunt. Computers were disabled at banks, government agencies, energy companies, supermarkets, railways and telecommunications providers. Many of these organizations said they had recovered by Thursday, although some experts suspected that work was incomplete. “There is still a lot of damage, especially in banks,” said Victor Zhora, CEO of the Kiev cybersecurity firm InfoSafe. “ATMs are working (again) but some bank operations are still limited.” He estimated damage in “the millions of dollars, perhaps tens of millions.” And that’s just in Ukraine. Microsoft said the malware hit at least 64 nations, including Russia, Germany and the United States. “I expect that we will see additional fallout from this is the coming days,” said Williams. In Ukraine, suspicion immediately fell on hackers affiliated with Vladimir Putin’s regime, although there is no direct, public evidence tying Russia to the attack. Relations between the two nations have been tense since Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Pro-Russian fighters are still battling the government in eastern Ukraine. Experts have also blamed pro-Russian hackers for major cyberattacks on the Ukrainian power grid in 2015 and 2016, assaults that have turned the eastern European nation into the world’s leading cyberwarfare testing ground. A disruptive attack on the nation’s voting system ahead of 2014 national elections is also attributed to Russia. THE MOSCOW CONNECTION The malicious program, which researchers are calling NotPetya, initially appeared to be ransomware. Such malware locks up victims’ files by encrypting them, then holds them hostage while demanding payment — usually in bitcoin, the hard-to-trace digital currency. But researchers said the culprits would have been hard-pressed to make money off the scheme. They appear to have relied on a single email address that was blocked almost immediately and a single bitcoin account that collected the relatively puny sum of $10,000. Firms including Russia’s anti-virus Kaspersky Lab, said clues in the code indicate that the program’s authors would have been incapable of decrypting the data, further evidence that the ransom demands were a smoke screen. The timing was intriguing, too. The attack came the same day as the assassination of a senior Ukrainian military intelligence officer and a day before a national holiday celebrating the new Ukrainian constitution signed after the breakup of the Soviet Union. “Everything being said so far does point to Russia being a leading candidate for a suspect in this attack,” said Robert M. Lee, CEO of Dragos Inc. an expert who has studied the attacks on Ukraine’s power grid. What’s most worrisome and reprehensible, said Lee, is that whoever was behind the attack was unconcerned about the indiscriminate, collateral damage it […]

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          Report: Facebook Hate Speech Rules Protect White Men   

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In recent months, Facebook has found itself in near-constant trouble over its rules on privacy and speech. The furor only grew when, last month, The Guardian published the site’s guidelines for removing content. Some of the rules were both confusing and controversial, like one that allows videos of self-harm to be livestreamed. Well, Facebook can…

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          (Charlotte) INSURGENT TACTICAL SPECIAL PURPOSE RIFLE (SPR) - $ 1,499   
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Insurgent Tactical 18" SPR-profile barrel made from 416R stainless steel with bead-blasted finish and a rifle-length gas system. Barrel is chambered in .223 Wylde and features a 1:8 twist, 11 degree recessed target crown, and M4 feed ramps. Barrel has been Magnetic Particle Inspected (MPI) and High Pressure Tested (HPT). Sub-MOA accuracy guarantee with match grade ammunition.

GAS BLOCK: 4140 gun quality steel with a QPQ Nitride finish.

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RAIL: Insurgent Tactical's slim, free float rail machined from 6061-T6 billet aluminum with a Mil-Spec Type III hard coat anodizing finish. Full length 12 o'clock rail with machined rails at the 3-6-9 o'clock positions on the front of rail. T-marks are provided on all rail sections. Designed with both anti-slip and anti-rotation features. Magpul M-Lok attachment system throughout the rail for mounting accessories. 4x QD sockets throughout the rail.

UPPER RECEIVER: Mil-Spec 7075 T-6 aluminum with Type III, Class II anodizing finish. T-marks on top rail. Dry film lube interior finish

Mil-Spec 7075-T6 aluminum with Type III, Class II anodizing finish, beveled magwell.

BCG: Insurgent Tactical AR15/M16 Carrier manufactured from 8620 steel and bolt from 9310 Vac-Arc Carburizing Steel for increased hardness and fatigue strength. 4340 steel cam pin. 4140 steel gas key. Tool steel extractor. Nitride finish. Shot Peened. Magnetic Particle Inspected (MPI). High Pressure Tested (HPT). Properly staked gas key to Mil-Spec standards. Grade 8 hardened fasteners. Extractor insert with upgraded Crane O-ring. Power spring kit.

TRIGGER: HIperfire EDT3. Trigger is designed featuring a “duplex” trigger bow- curved trigger for high placement or flat trigger for low finger placement. Comes with two user-adjustable trigger weights manufacturer rated at 4+ pounds (green) and 6+ pounds (red). Rifle is assembled with the "green" hammer spring. Our testing routinely shows the green hammer spring breaking around 3.5 pounds when using the flat portion of the trigger.

Rifle buffer with chrome silicon spring which is heat treated and stress-relieved providing increased resistance to heat and high-stress cyclic rates. Chrome silicon spring is rated to provide approximately 750,000+ cycles while eliminating that noticeable "twang" associated with standard Mil-Spec buffer springs.

FURNITURE/HARDWARE: LUTH-AR MBA-1 stock with adjustable comb height and length of pull; Magpul MOE+ rubberized pistol grip; ambidextrous safety; 7075 billet aluminum, oversized trigger guard with Mil-Spec hard coat anodizing; A2 flash hider

Rifles comes packaged in our durable, hard-plastic case which features: pre-cut Mil-Spec high density 2.2lb polyethylene foam, two layers of HDPE foam in the bottom of the case with thick "egg foam" in the lid, six holes placed around the case for multiple options for attaching locks, cut-outs in the foam can accommodate the rifle with optic, 4-6 magazines, suppressor, and several accessory slots. One Magpul PMAG is also provided.

Rifle weight: 7 LB 14 OZ.

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          (Charlotte) INSURGENT TACTICAL ENHANCED DUTY CARBINE (EDC) - $ 1,299   
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Insurgent Tactical is a Special Forces veteran owned and operated AR15 manufacturer demonstrating that quality can be affordable.

Insurgent Tactical 16" barrel made from 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium (CMV) steel with QPQ Nitride finish and a mid-length gas system. Barrel is chambered in 5.56 NATO and features a 1:7 twist with M4 feed ramps. Sub-MOA accuracy guarantee with match grade ammunition.

GAS BLOCK: 4140 gun quality steel with a QPQ Nitride finish. Installed with knurled tip set screws.

GAS TUBE: Stainless steel mid-length gas tube and features a Melonite finish for increased heat and corrosion resistance along with a subdued appearance

RAIL: Insurgent Tactical's slim, free float rail machined from 6061-T6 billet aluminum with a Mil-Spec Type III hard coat anodizing finish. Full length 12 o'clock rail with machined rails at the 3-6-9 o'clock positions on the front of rail. T-marks are provided on all rail sections. Designed with both anti-slip and anti-rotation features. Magpul M-Lok attachment system throughout the rail for mounting accessories. 4x QD sockets throughout the rail.

UPPER RECEIVER: Mil-Spec 7075 T-6 aluminum with Type III, Class II anodizing finish. T-marks on top rail. Dry film lube interior finish

Mil-Spec 7075-T6 aluminum with Type III, Class II anodizing finish, beveled magwell

BCG: Insurgent Tactical AR15/M16 Carrier manufactured from 8620 steel and bolt from 9310 Vac-Arc Carburizing Steel for increased hardness and fatigue strength. 4340 steel cam pin. 4140 steel gas key. Tool steel extractor. Nitride finish. Shot Peened. Magnetic Particle Inspected (MPI). High Pressure Tested (HPT). Properly staked gas key to Mil-Spec standards. Grade 8 hardened fasteners. Extractor insert with upgraded Crane O-ring. Power spring kit.

TRIGGER: ALG Defense QMS. The ALG Defense QMS trigger pull is significantly smoother than a stock trigger. This is accomplished by honing the sear surfaces smooth while not removing metal below the valleys of the stock surface finish. The majority of the associated grittiness of the stock trigger pull has been removed while the well known reliability of a stock trigger remains. The pull weight is not lower than the M4/M16 minimum weight specification of 5.5 lbs.

Carbine buffer (3 oz) with chrome silicon spring which is heat treated and stress-relieved providing increased resistance to heat and high-stress cyclic rates. Chrome silicon spring is rated to provide approximately 750,000+ cycles while eliminating that noticeable "twang" associated with standard Mil-Spec buffer springs.

FURNITURE/HARDWARE: Magpul MOE carbine stock; Magpul MOE+ rubberized pistol grip; Primary Weapon System (PWS) ratchet lock QD sling mount end plate and castle nut; ambidextrous safety; 7075 billet aluminum, oversized trigger guard with Mil-Spec hard coat anodizing; A2 flash hider

Rifles comes packaged in our durable, hard-plastic case which features: pre-cut Mil-Spec high density 2.2lb polyethylene foam, two layers of HDPE foam in the bottom of the case with thick "egg foam" in the lid, six holes placed around the case for multiple options for attaching locks, cut-outs in the foam can accommodate the rifle with optic, 4-6 magazines, suppressor, and several accessory slots. One Magpul PMAG is also provided.

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          Kensington and Chelsea council leader quits in wake of Grenfell disaster   

Nicholas Paget-Brown and his deputy step down after criticism of response to fire and chaotic scenes at council meeting

The Tory leader of Kensington and Chelsea council is to step down along with his deputy after weeks of criticism over the response to the Grenfell Tower fire, culminating in a bungled attempt to hold a meeting about the blaze in private.

Nicholas Paget-Brown, who became the focus of protests over the Conservative-run authority’s actions before and after the deadly inferno, said he was departing to accept some responsibility for “perceived failings” by the council.

Related: Grenfell fire: Guardian puts council on notice over secret meetings

Related: Tower block cladding could be safe despite failed tests, experts say

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          Grenfell bungling and the democratic deficit | Letters   
David Nowell argues for local electoral reform in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, while Leigh Daynes highlights the plight of ex-residents too frightened to get medical help

The extraordinarily inept way in which Kensington and Chelsea council has handled the Grenfell Tower disaster (Public barred as leader of council gives his apology for failings, 30 June) has been exacerbated by first-past-the-post elections and Blairite local government reforms. Before the introduction of streamlined cabinet decision-making, the old committee-based system at least ensured that any opposition councillors’ constructive comments and objections had to be minuted before key decisions were made, and not after the event.

Even if within the Royal Borough more than half still wish to vote Tory next May, at least the introduction of the single transferable vote would ensure much more diversity. Instead of four-and-a-half Labour wards confined to Kensington, including Grenfell Tower, there would be less geographic polarisation without any safe seats. STV has transformed Scottish local elections so that it is even possible for a Conservative to squeak into the last elected place to represent one of Glasgow’s poorest wards. So why can’t the wealthiest wards in Chelsea use it to replace their worst Tory councillors with some real representatives?
David Nowell
New Barnet, Hertfordshire

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          A lack of safe havens | Lidové noviny - Czech Republic   
           States cut safety checks as coal dwindles, upsetting critics    
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kathy Bartlett watched helplessly this spring as Kentucky lawmakers cut back on mine safety inspections and replaced them with...
          Oil train legislation sent back to committee after criticism   
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- State lawmakers sent a proposed oil train safety bill back for more work Friday after growing concerns that an amendment favoring the railroad industry had watered down key provisions on public oversight and financial accountability....
          ZUS Smart Tire Safety Monitor hands-on review   

The ZUS Smart Tire Safety Monitor intelligently tracks your tire's pressure and temperature to give an early warning for slow leaks that could become bigger issues.

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          Letter Carrier (Delivery Agent) - On-call - Temporary Assignment - Canada Post - Arnprior, ON   
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          Customer Service Agent 1-Renfrew - Serco Canada Inc. - Renfrew, ON   
To safely drive the observation car while the Driver Examiner administers a class M road test with the applicant.... $15.41 an hour
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          Rural and Suburban Mail Carrier (RR- 12 or less RMB) - Canada Post - Balmertown, ON   
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          Teams with fast card - Explosives Transport - Taiko Trucking, Inc. - Dawson Creek, BC   
*Two Tanker Qualified Drivers Needed for Dedicated Team Runs from Dawson Creek Area to British Columbia, Yukon, Alaska and Return - Highest Safety and $100,000 - $150,000 a year
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          HuntSAFE Classes Open For Registration   
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          Gildan Releases Its 2016 CSR Report    

(Marketwire) Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL; TSX and NYSE) has released its 2016 corporate, social and environmental responsibility (CSR) report on the Company’s dedicated CSR website The report is aligned with the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, offering a comprehensive online review on the progress of Gildan’s commitments to its people, communities, the environment and products. 

“As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of apparel and socks, we understand that operating responsibly and integrating sustainable solutions drives our success and enables our future growth,” said Glenn Chamandy, President and CEO, Gildan. “Providing good working conditions for our employees, improving the communities where we operate and pursuing continuous improvements to reduce our impacts on future generations is at the foundation of our commitment.”

Making Apparel Better™

As a large scale vertically-integrated manufacturer, Gildan is able to maintain strict control over the conditions under which its products are manufactured. Close to 90% of Gildan’s revenues are derived from products that are manufactured in Company-owned and operated facilities. “Gildan was founded on the vision that owning its factories, investing in technology and pursuing continuous improvements was the best way to operate and to make better products,” said Glenn Chamandy. “Our continued investments in our vertical integration are at the foundation of our business strategy and the key to our ability to positively influence every part of the overall production process including all activities across our four CSR pillars: People, Environment, Community and Product,” he added.

Navigating the road towards Gildan’s 2020 environmental goals

In 2016, Gildan demonstrated good progress towards its 2020 environmental goals which call for a 10% reduction in energy, water, GHG emissions and landfill waste intensity, per kg of product, from owned operations, when compared to the 2015 baseline year.

In 2016, Gildan’s efficiency initiatives resulted in a reduction of its energy intensity by 10% and water intensity by 5%. The Company increased its industrial and domestic recycling programs globally to now recycle or repurpose 86% of total waste. Additionally, the Company powered 32% of its energy needs by renewable resources.

The Company is continuing to integrate manufacturing capacity from recent acquisitions and is firmly committed to meeting its 2020 GHG goal, by pursuing various initiatives including increasing its use of renewable resources such as biomass. The Company has a number of projects in research and development that hold promise to help meet its 2020 goals, and propel it along the next phase of its environmental journey.

Investments in Local Communities

As part of its commitment to Making Apparel BetterTM, Gildan has contributed close to $2 million towards projects in local communities in the U.S., Canada and Latin America in 2016. Some of these projects include:

  • The construction of a new infant ward for the Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital in Honduras which provides care and services to more than 3,000 infants annually. The newly expanded ward will not only reduce overcrowding at the hospital, but also help to lower mortality rates.

  • A partnership with World Vision Honduras for the “Building Safe and Healthy Environments for Children” program. In addition, Gildan made a commitment with the Ministry of Education to fully sponsor renovation projects for 10 schools in the Sula Valley, improving the school conditions for approximately 4,000 children.

  • Over 450 scholarships awarded to Gildan employees and community members to attend professional and vocational schools in Canada, the U.S. and Latin America.

  • Relief to communities in need due to several weather-related disasters that created difficult situations for residents:

    • Gildan donated to UNICEF and Americares for the relief efforts in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew, as well as provided food and water kits to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
    • During the Fort McMurray, Alberta wildfires, the Company donated clothing items, including sweatshirts, t-shirts, underwear and socks to the over 88,000 evacuees. 
    • Gildan responded to the call for basic necessities for the families displaced by the Louisiana, USA floods, with the distribution of products including t-shirts, socks and underwear though the St. Vincent of Paul Society.

Recognition and Awards

In recognition of Gildan’s efforts to distinguish itself in the apparel industry through its CSR efforts, Gildan was again included on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World Index) for the fourth consecutive year.  The Company remains the only North American company in the Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods industry group listed in the DJSI World Index. 

In Latin America, Gildan was recognized with a Distintivo ESR 2016 award for the first time, presented by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (Cemefi) and the Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility (Aliarse).  This award is presented to companies that are considered leaders in their corporate social responsibility efforts.   

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          Happy Fourth!   

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          Изменивший жизнь людей. К юбилею iPhone    

СМИ обсуждают юбилей «Айфона», который впервые появился на рынке в 2007 г. Многие авторы, пользуясь случаем, вспоминают первый «Айфон» и говорят о том, как далеко с того момента шагнули технологии. Десять лет назад он казался технологическим чудом, а сейчас им почти невозможно пользоваться.

Очередь за "Айфоном" в Пало-Альто, Калифорния, 29 июня 2007

Wall Street Journal пишет, что Apple, у которого в последнее время снизились продажи, вынашивает большие планы по дальнейшим разработкам, чтобы впечатлить аудиторию. Но большие планы связаны и с большими рисками. В частности, большие планы подразумевают, по всей видимости, и более высокие цены, а это само по себе может не понравиться пользователям. Также большое количество нововведений может привести к задержкам в выпуске продуктов на рынок, и это, в свою очередь, может привести к маркетологическому ущербу.

The Economist пишет, что из недавно появившихся технологий «Айфон» больше всех изменил жизнь людей. Автор имеет в виду стремительный обмен данными (фотографиями, текстовыми сообщениями) между пользователями и, как следствие, стремительный рост бизнесов, разрабатывающих соответствующие мобильные приложения.


Есть и менее очевидная, но очень важная особенность. В отличие от прочих технологических гигантов с ориентированными на массовую аудиторию продуктами, бизнес-модель Apple не полагается на сбор и использование личных данных пользователей. Сейчас большое распространение получила схема, когда производитель получает доход от целевой рекламы, которая адресуется пользователям на основании их предпочтений, а предпочтения определяются на основе его личных данных.

Apple так не делает. Собственно, этот момент Apple представляет своей аудитории в качестве своего существенного достоинства. Они всё время подчеркивают, что уважают право человека на неприкосновенность частной жизни. Какой бы ни была риторика, подход к обращению с пользовательскими данными действительно имеет большое значение и, скорее всего, станет определяющим фактором в том, как сложится дальнейшая судьба Apple. А между тем, здесь могут возникнуть проблемы.

Магазин фирмы Apple

Дело в том, объясняет автор, что эпоха обособленных электронных устройств подходит к концу. Им на смену приходят технологии с использованием искусственного интеллекта и, следовательно, машинного обучения. Для машинного обучения требуются большие объемы пользовательских данных, чтобы продукт их учитывал и учился действовать правильно. Это значит, что личные данные уже нельзя будет законсервировать на пользовательском устройстве, потому что для создания качественного продукта разработчикам понадобится доступ к ним.

Один из ранних примеров использования искусственного интеллекта в мобильных устройствах Apple – это Siri. Из-за меньшего количества доступных данных Siri по своим возможностям уже сейчас начинает существенно уступать аналогичным продуктам, предлагаемым менее щепетильными компаниями Google и Amazon. Это значит, что использование личных пользовательских – вопрос конкурентоспособности.

Apple SIRI


Но и здесь могут быть варианты. Теоретически, считает автор, у Apple есть шанс оказаться одним из создателей этичного подхода к использованию пользовательских данных. Под этичностью понимается, прежде всего, прозрачность, когда пользователь сам принимает решение, какие данные он готов предоставить компании, а какие хочет сохранить при себе.

          Fusion Lifestyle: Lifeguard/Recreation Assistant - Edmonton   
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          Safety Personnel openings in HPL Haldia Petrochemicals limited   
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          ONE (1) Track DISTANCE or EVENT Pendant Only - 100 m - 10,000 m or Sprints, Relay, Hurdles, Distance, Steeple, Jumps, Throws, Pole Vault by TheRunHome   

4.50 USD

One (1) 1/4 x 1 inch long TRACK DISTANCE or EVENT hand hammered, hand stamped nickel silver pendant to add to your purchased RUN TRACK Necklace from The Run Home.

NEED A TRACK or FIELD EVENT NOT PICTURED? Please go ahead and purchase this pendant and CHOOSE OTHER LEAVING NOTE and please leave me a Message to Seller on the Etsy checkout page letting me know what TRACK OR FIELD Event you would like me to hand stamp on your pendant. Please note, some EVENT Pendants might be slightly longer than 1 inch.

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TRACK DISTANCE or EVENT pendant is available as an individual purchase. Add a TRACK DISTANCE or EVENT to your previous purchase from The Run Home! If purchased without the RUN TRACK Necklace, your TRACK DISTANCE or EVENT pendant will arrive to you with a gunmetal jump ring in a small organza bag shipped in a manila bubble mailer for safe shipping.

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          PRINCESS CROWN Sterling Silver Charm - Add On Charm - Crown Charm - Diva Charm - Princess Charm - Queen Charm - Princess Bracelet Charm by TheRunHome   

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One (1) Sterling Silver 12 x 11 mm Sterling Silver Princess Crown to add to your purchased item from The Run Home.

Sterling Silver PRINCESS CROWN Charm is available as an individual purchase. Add a PRINCESS CROWN Charm to your previous purchase from The Run Home! If purchased without another item from The Run Home at the same time, your Sterling Silver PRINCESS CROWN will arrive to you tucked inside a small organza bag then placed inside a manila bubble mailer for safe shipping.

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          ONE (1) Piece of 3 Feet Micro Fiber Suede Lace - Water Proof - Sweat Proof - Wrap it around your Wrist, Neck or Shoe then Tie - Faux Leather by TheRunHome   

10.00 USD

ONE (1) Piece of Micro Fiber Suede cut to 3 Feet. Water proof and Sweat Proof, this 3 foot piece of 3mm wide x 1mm thick specially treated soft, velvety microfiber faux suede looks like leather only better! It will not crack, weather or smell and it washes easily with warm, soapy water.

Your ONE (1) Piece of 3 Feet Micro Fiber Suede will arrive without knots on the end and in a tiny organza bag for safe shipping.

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          6/30/2017: BUSINESS: Bangladesh safety program extended   

DHAKA, BANGLADESH— Leading global fashion brands and trade unions agreed Thursday to continue a safety program involving thousands of garment factories in Bangladesh for another three years. Two Switzerland-based global trade unions — IndustriALL...
          6/30/2017: MOVIES & LIFE: An intensive (care) love story   

Comedy writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon could have come up with a safer title than The Big Sick for their funny/scary movie of how their love very nearly turned tragic. Hollywood convention insists they should have, since negative words...
          Safety, Health and Environmental Manager - Praxair - Inver Grove, MN   
Support all accident/incident investigation, reporting and facilitation of Root Cause Analysis. We are currently seeking a Safety, Health and Environmental...
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          Truck Driver - Western Pride Transport Ltd. - Marsden, SK   
Must have experience, upto date safety tickets and first aid. Please attatch current drivers abstract and employer references....
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          Hundreds of New York Times employees stage walkout to protest copy editor cuts   

For those in the business of words, copy editors are considered the "safety nets," the meticulous proofreaders who catch everything from spelling mistakes to major factual errors.

And in the era of "fake news," averting error is more important than ever.

For these reasons and others, employees...

          House GOP backs bills to crack down on illegal immigration; Trump hails passage   

Warning of threats to public safety and national security, the Republican-led House on Thursday approved two bills to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for President Donald Trump.

One bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed "sanctuary" cities that shield residents...

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          The Polish example   
This speech in Poland by the God-Emperor sounds promising.
President Trump will ask other European nations to “take inspiration” from Poland, which has rejected refugee resettlement, in a speech later this week.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters Thursday that President Trump will deliver a speech in Warsaw’s Krasinski Square, which symbolizes Polish heroism. He is flying to Poland next Wednesday and stopping there before he attends the G20 summit in Hamburg.

McMaster said that Trump will deliver a “major speech” in which he will “praise Polish courage” and its “emergence as a European power.” The nation is currently ruled by a nationalist Christian party that has rejected refugee resettlement and mass immigration.
Of course, the President's message would be more meaningful if he would follow the Polish example and reject refugee resettlement and mass immigration in the USA too.

The Czech example isn't bad either:
The Czech parliament is working to liberalize the country’s gun laws, allowing people to better defend themselves. The reason for this new policy is safety, as well as practicality; in light of recent attacks in neighboring countries, the Czech government recognizes that disarming people puts them in danger, and that broad European gun control policies are ineffective. The Interior Minister said it best when he asked parliament to “show [him] a single terrorist attack in Europe perpetrated using a legally-owned weapon”.

          Sleeper Berth Planning   

Finding a safe place to park for the evening is part of our daily routine.  Planning ahead for this is an important part of the daily trip plan.  All of us must take a 10 hour sleeper berth break every day and taking the welfare of our equipment into consideration needs to play a big...

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          Libertarianism is dead   
The Cato Institute embraces equalitarianism:
It is not enough to be passively “not racist.” We must be actively anti-racism.

Libertarians tend to think of freedom as either a means to an end of maximum utility—e.g., free markets produce the most wealth—or, in a more philosophical sense, in opposition to arbitrary authority—e.g., “Who are you to tell me what to do?” Both views fuel good arguments for less government and more personal autonomy. Yet neither separately, nor both taken together, address the impediments to freedom that have plagued the United States since its founding. Many of the oppressions America has foisted upon its citizens, particularly its black citizens, indeed came from government actors and agents. But a large number of offenses, from petty indignities to incidents of unspeakable violence, have been perpetrated by private individuals, or by government with full approval of its white citizens. I would venture that many, if not most libertarians—like the general American public—haven’t come to terms with the widespread, systemic subversion of markets and democracy American racism wreaked on its most marginalized citizens. Consequently, libertarians have concentrated rather myopically on government reform as the sole function of libertarian social critique without taking full reckoning of what markets have failed to correct throughout American history.

Take, for example, the common libertarian/conservative trope: “We believe in equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.” Most people, outside of the few and most ardent socialists, should believe that is a fair statement. But to say such a thing as a general defense of the status quo assumes that the current American system offers roughly equal opportunity just because Jim Crow is dead. Yet, that cannot possibly be true.
I left libertarianism because I concluded that it is a hopelessly utopian ideal that is practically impossible in a fallen world of real human beings, libertarianism did not leave me. But this is not libertarianism, this is the convergence of libertarianism and its cooption by equalitarians.

At this point, it's safe to say that libertarianism is as intellectually dead as communism. That doesn't mean it won't retain any number of dogmatic adherents, but at this point, it can no longer be considered conceptually viable. And this new Cato-endorsed variant is little more than a farcical parody.
          Woods aims to perfect his craft to make Cowboys roster   
Former Louisiana Tech safety Xavier Woods expects to land a spot on the Dallas Cowboys' 53-man roster come the start of the 2017 season on Sept. 10.

          Woods looks ahead to training camp with Cowboys   
Xavier Woods, former Louisiana Tech standout safety, tells what he's learned so far and what he expects in his first season with the Dallas Cowboys.

          NSFW (Not Safe From Williams?)   
Be warned – this post features nudity. I wasn’t intending to post any of these images to my blog originally, but they seemed to take on a life of their own as you shall see. A couple of years ago a woman I met on a date contacted me later to commission me to shoot […]
          Burt’s Bees Baby Coveralls Recalled   
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the snap at the crotch of the coveralls can detach and become a choking hazard.
          Holiday drunken driving dangers   
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association 40 percent of all highway deaths between 2007 and 2011 were caused by drunken driving over the 4th of July weekend.
          5 best malware tracker maps to see security attacks happen in real-time   

The Internet used to be a safe place when it was first launched. Fast forward 30 years later to present day, the situation has dramatically changed. To put is plain and simple: malware is everywhere. Antivirus and antimalware solutions are now compulsory in order to avoid getting your computer infected with malicious code. Unfortunately, the […]

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          RECORDS/INMATE TRUST CLERK - Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services - Brantford, ON   
Maintaining offender trust accounts and processing offender orders, receipts and payments. You have demonstrated organizational skills to carry out clerical... $22.76 - $26.46 an hour
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          Cardinals | Budda Baker not too far behind   
Arizona Cardinals S Budda Baker said he doesn't feel too far behind despite his college schedule preventing him from attending OTAs. 'The first couple days I was dying, but I got acclimated to it and now it's what, it's 100 out here right now, and I'm thinking it's cool,' Baker said. Footballguys View: A second-round pick out of Washington this year, Baker had to sit out the offseason program due to the NFL rule requiring players to sit out until finals if their school is on a quarters system. Baker can be moved around from slot corner to roaming as a free safety, and his skill set was regularly compared to Tyrann Mathieu.
          Shimmer 'n Sparkle Sew Crazy Machine   
If your little ones fancy taking up a new hobby to kick start the year, sewing is a great way to get their creative juices flowing. It's ideal for anyone that likes fashion or art in particular too, just like Minxy and I.

We've been putting the Shimmer n Sparkle Sew Crazy Machine to the test recently and we've had plenty of fun with fabric, making a variety of items.

Aimed at children aged 8+ this is an ideal stater machine for tweens and teens that want to give sewing a go, without parents breaking the bank in the process on equipment, and before buying a costly professional/adult alternative. The set comes with 2 small pieces of material, patterns, thread, needles and a useful storage caddy to pop all of the bits and pieces in to. All of the essentials that you require although it would've been nice to have more or larger pieces of cloth for additional projects.

The machine is also pre-threaded for convenience and has two speed settings which can be altered via the pedal or machine itself. It doesn't however come with the 4 AA batteries that are needed to operate it or an mains adapter (we would recommend getting one as it can be frustrating when turning the machine upside-down to remove batteries mid project). 

You need to think safety first when needles and children are combined so the guard is a great feature to have, even if it makes it slightly more difficult to replace a needle or thread if they snap which we discovered does happen. It does protect little fingers however so it is probably worth the short delay when unscrewing it each time.

Minxy found the machine relatively easy to use after a little practice and assistance to begin, and she was able to make a pocket for her mobile phone. She is looking forward to making gifts for her friends in the upcoming month as her confidence with Sew Crazy increases.

You can watch the machine in action here:

The Shimmer 'n Sparkle Sew Crazy Machine has a RRP of £29.99 and is available from a variety of stores including Amazon.

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          Little Live Pets My Dream Puppy Review   
With Christmas fast approaching now is the ideal time to pop together those wish lists for Santa and discover what your little ones would love to receive this year. Character Options have always had a great variety of interactive products so I wouldn't be surprised if Snuggles My Dream Puppy takes the top spot!

Little Live Pets My Dream Puppy Snuggles Review

The 'Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy' is aimed at children aged 4+, although I'm sure younger children would also appreciate and be able to use this toy with ease as there aren't any small pieces to worry about. Initially it is set to demo mode within the box, which nicely resembles a pet carrier, but you can set it to 'on' or 'off' with a click of a switch on the back right paw. 4 AAA batteries are required which were included so it was ready to go from the moment the packaging was removed.

Little Live Pets My Dream Puppy Snuggles Review

As soon as this arrived Minxy was very keen to get it unboxed to play. With a love of animals and a dream of becoming a vet it's a great way for her, or any child, to learn about the importance of pets and how to care for them without the ongoing expense!

Snuggles has 6 play modes and makes over 35 sounds when activated via the nose and mouth buttons or the petting sensors situated on both the head and tummy. It was quite fascinating to see its tummy move to simulate breathing when turned on its side or back, it's eyes open and close when patted and to hear the slurping and burping noises when fed via a bottle. 

If you're not keen on getting a real animal, or don't have space for a proper dog, this is a lovely alternative. 

Little Live Pets My Dream Puppy Snuggles Review

Little Live Pets My Dream Puppy Snuggles Review

Snuggles certainly has the cute factor and it has been well looked after by both Minxy and Jamster over the past few weeks. They really like the fact that there is a space on the tag to write on a name and an adoption certificate to make it even more personal - they decided to call him Spartan after our own poochie!

Little Live Pets My Dream Puppy Snuggles Review

You can watch Snuggles in action here:

The instructions provided are very informative and describe the different modes, safety precautions and care details. Minxy particularly liked the attention mode where Snuggles will randomly cry out for something so she had to offer love and care to it before being rewarded by secret phrases!

Snuggles has an RRP of £49.99 and is available from a variety of stores including Amazon. It is a great size for younger children at 31cm x 16cm x 30cm and the mechanisms inside means it has some weight to it which aids sitting. If left unattended it will go into sleep mode which is great for saving power too.

So far we haven't found anything negative to say about it! 

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          Slow down for turtles!   
If you're like me, leaving the turtle to meet a messy fate on the street is not an option, but sometimes it isn't safe to transport a tenacious terrapin when there's traffic or distracted drivers.

          Warehouse Supervisor - Toromont Industries Ltd. - Ontario   
Overview The Warehouse Supervisor will effectively manage all central warehouse functions on a daily basis to operate a clean, efficient, safe and secure parts...
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          Full Time Dishwasher - Whole Foods Market - Victoria, BC   
Operate and sanitize all equipment in a safe and proper manner. Maintain cleanliness of floors, mats, drains, walls, and shelves in the kitchen areas....
From Whole Foods Market - Wed, 10 May 2017 20:59:31 GMT - View all Victoria, BC jobs
          1st Year Electrical Apprentice - Western Canada Fire Protection - Victoria, BC   
Class 5 Drivers License with clean drivers abstract. Responsible for Asbestos abatement carried out as per Work Safe BC standards.... $16 an hour
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          Heavy Equipment Operator - Sivott - Vancouver Island, BC   
Valid driver’s license and a clean driving record; Operate all heavy equipment in a safe and efficient way according to all relevant legislation, policies and...
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          Processor Operator - S.D.N Contracting - Lake Cowichan, BC   
The applicant must have a strong safety and environmental focus, a valid driver's licence, Level 1 F/A and good knowledge of Coastal species and processing for...
From Indeed - Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:09:46 GMT - View all Lake Cowichan, BC jobs
          Ask Stacy — 10 Simple Steps to Prevent Rip-Offs, Ransomware and Cyberattacks   
While it may seem that big companies would be better able to protect themselves than us little guys, keeping us safe is actually much easier. Here's all you have to do.
          Yes, Your Dog Can Sunburn — Here’s How to Keep Canines Safe in Summer   
Follow these seven expert tips to protect your canine during the dog days of summer.
          Nokia to supply Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group with advanced wireless networking technology for smart city services   

Nokia is to supply a LTE network in the 700 megahertz spectrum band to the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group, a diversified broadcasting, media, manufacturing and real estate company. The deployment will transform Shanghai's fast-growing former industrial district of Hongkou through a range of new smart city services, for which Nokia will supply advanced wireless communications based on FDD-LTE technology for smart city and public safety applications.  Nokia Shanghai Bell, Nokia's JV company i...

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          T-Fal Ultimate Hard Anodized Scratch Resistant Titanium Giveaway   

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          Small Business Payroll Challenges: Top 10 Things to Consider   

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  1. Payroll Conditions

There are many conditions and requirements that come into play when working with successful payroll. It is also important to remember that you must include all salaries, bonuses, deductions, and other contributions to your payroll tax, such as the ones you would make to the employee’s superannuation fund. By working with a professional payroll service, you’ll be able to run your payroll system much more smoothly.

  1. Safety

By utilizing a third-party service, your employees will no longer have direct access to …

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          Alkermes needs to prove safety to succeed with 3831   

The biotech has shown its anti-psychotic is effective, but it needs stronger safety data to unseat the market leader in the space. 

          Buy your vehicle from a Mechanic… not just a guy in a tie. Buy from me, Barry Jackson.   

At JACKSON MOTORS & MARINE, we are regular people like you and we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars, trucks and SUVs every day. We want to be sure there is enough room for your family and for the weekend gear, the hockey bags and figure skates and whether or not your favourite drink or Timmie’s fits the cupholder. We want to help you make the best decision on a vehicle that fits your life. We sell safe, reliable, excellent quality used vehicles at affordable prices.  Our vehicles are hand-picked by me, Barry Jackson and I drive every vehicle I buy.  I am a Class “A” Licensed Mechanic, OMVIC Certified Dealer & Salesperson and a proud member of the UCDA (Used Car Dealers Association). Each Jackson Motors vehicle goes through a rigorous inspection and is thoroughly reconditioned.

Our vehicles are guaranteed to be clean and come with a CarProof history [...]

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          Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator - Denison Environmental Services - Elliot Lake, ON   
Valid class G driver’s licence. Develop and offer training programs to community business, schools, governments and the general public....
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          CV-63 Kitty Hawk pt.3 - railings & safety nets 1/350 41,25 €   
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          A Hungry Squirrel Gives Himself a Tiny Green Mustache While...   

A Hungry Squirrel Gives Himself a Tiny Green Mustache While Gobbling Down Some Avocado

          Deli Clerk (11005) - - Albertsons - Homedale, ID   
As a Deli Clerk, some of your duties will includes slicing deli meats and cheeses to order, frying and baking chicken and other products, preparing sandwiches,...
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          Sioux Falls Bomb Squad: Felony Charges Come With Altering Fireworks   
Sioux Falls Police want to remind residents that altering fireworks is illegal. Police say manufacturers make fireworks in such a way that they’re safe. They’re not meant to be altered in any way. A member of the bomb squad says typically what they see is people bundling them together to make them louder. If police suspect that a firework is...
          100 Years of Beauty in Vietnam Shown Decade by Decade in a...   

100 Years of Beauty in Vietnam Shown Decade by Decade in a Two-Minute Timelapse

          Teams with fast card - Explosives Transport - Taiko Trucking, Inc. - Dawson Creek, BC   
*Two Tanker Qualified Drivers Needed for Dedicated Team Runs from Dawson Creek Area to British Columbia, Yukon, Alaska and Return - Highest Safety and $100,000 - $150,000 a year
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          Deli Clerk (11005) - - Albertsons - Broussard, LA   
As a Deli Clerk, some of your duties will includes slicing deli meats and cheeses to order, frying and baking chicken and other products, preparing sandwiches,...
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          Service Deli Clerk (16477) - - Albertsons - Broussard, LA   
Maintains deli case cleanliness, visual appeal and inventory levels. Ability to frequently do repetitious arm movements necessary for slicing, cutting and...
From Safeway - Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:09:10 GMT - View all Broussard, LA jobs
          The Daft Punk Song ‘Get Lucky’ Recreated Through a...   

The Daft Punk Song ‘Get Lucky’ Recreated Through a Fascinating Variety of Historic Classical Styles

          Kristen Wiig and Jimmy Fallon Play Doctor in Hilarious Mad Lib...   

Kristen Wiig and Jimmy Fallon Play Doctor in Hilarious Mad Lib Theater Sketch

          A Persistent Tuxedo Cat Repeatedly Flushes the Toilet After...   

A Persistent Tuxedo Cat Repeatedly Flushes the Toilet After Figuring Out How to Do So on His Own

          The First Trailer for Marvel’s Inhumans Reveals the New...   

The First Trailer for Marvel’s Inhumans Reveals the New ABC TV Series

          Rick Becomes a Pickle in the Delightfully Dark Season 3 Trailer...   

Rick Becomes a Pickle in the Delightfully Dark Season 3 Trailer for Rick and Morty

          A Choir of 6,500 Kids Perform an Amazing Version of...   

A Choir of 6,500 Kids Perform an Amazing Version of ‘Birdhouse in Your Soul’ by They Might Be Giants

          A Hilarious Compilation of Bloopers From Various Seasons of the...   

A Hilarious Compilation of Bloopers From Various Seasons of the Mary Tyler Moore Show

          An Adorable Two Year-Old Scottish Boy Politely Identifies...   

An Adorable Two Year-Old Scottish Boy Politely Identifies Dinosaur Toys With His Mother

          A Pair of Overwhelmed Teenage Colorblind Brothers Take Turns...   

A Pair of Overwhelmed Teenage Colorblind Brothers Take Turns Seeing Color for the Very First Time

          Why Toothpaste Ruins the Taste of Orange Juice   

Why Toothpaste Ruins the Taste of Orange Juice

          Four Pool Safely Steps for July Fourth Celebrations   

4 Steps to Pool Safely Over 4th of JulyWASHINGTON, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The July Fourth holiday is synonymous with red, white and blue and the chance to celebrate America's patriotic heritage with a backyard barbeque or...

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The documentary negatively portrays the entire organic food movement.

The trailer of the new documentary "Food Evolution," which negatively portrays both me and the organic food movement, fails to acknowledge the reality of American mothers. Our families are sick and struggling. And yet, when we remove GMOs and related toxins from our diet, we get better. The trailer implies that the movie will focus on the so-called noble promises of GMOs, yet fails to present reality in a noble manner.

In the last paragraph of the description of the film on its website, filmmakers Trace Sheehan and Scott Kennedy say, "And as we take in the scientific process at work, let's do our best to put aside bias so we can have more productive conversations and make the most informed decisions we can."  

Yet, in the trailer—before the movie is even out—they take my words out of context, misrepresenting what I say with heavy editing and belittling the experiences of thousands of American families. That doesn't look like putting bias aside; it looks like an advertisement for GMOs.

In fact, Scott Kennedy’s crew misrepresented their intentions in order to interview food movement proponents Jeffrey Smith, Vani Hari and myself. Claiming that the film would be a balanced representation of both sides of the food movement was misleading and ignoble.

Vani Hari told me she did not grant permission for her image to be used in the film, yet it was used anyway. Jeffrey Smith and I granted permission for one interview with first right of refusal. The filmmakers failed to honor that agreement and never showed us the first cut. Marion Nestle and I have asked for our interviews to be removed from the film, with no response.

A few months after the interview with Jeffrey Smith and Vani Hari, I was surrounded by GMO proponents Kavin Senapathy and Karl Haro Von Mogel at the March Against Monsanto in Chicago. They shouted at me in order to try to antagonize me into appearing like a hysterical activist. I told them they did not have my permission to use my image, but they did anyway. The filmmakers are more interested in appeasing the chemical companies that sell GMOs and pesticides than of accurately portraying concerned Americans.

In the film they edited my interview in order to make it look like I said, “I trust social media more than scientists.” What I actually said was that I trust the mothers who are seeing their children get sick after consuming GMOs and related toxins and are courageously sharing their new reality on social media, more than the scientists who are conducting isolated experiments funded by Big Ag.

I said that when I see my child get sick after consuming GMOs and toxins, and then see him get better when he eats organic foods, I don’t need another scientific study to tell me we should avoid GMOs and toxins. Thousands of moms agree with me and they are sharing their experiences as well. I trust the moms who are sharing their truth. Apparently Scott Kennedy does not.

This film is not only blatantly pro-GMO, it is patronizing. The filmmakers are trying to make the issue look like it’s an issue of emotional moms vs. science. The fact is, GMO proponents are nervous because we have the truth and we have sound science to back us up. The filmmakers would not be trying to invalidate us if we did not have something valid to say.

The film attempts to discredit the organic food movement by belittling the power of social media, but the world knows that social media is now the dominant way to reach people with a message. (Just ask President Trump.) Social media is filled with honest stories of sick children, desperate families and skyrocketing medical costs. Unfortunately, pro-GMO proponents are pushing cherry-picked scientific data from short-term studies, while failing to disclose their funding.  

Their perspectives are limited by their lack of real-world experience and their motivations are questionable. It’s no coincidence that the point the film is trying to make aligns with huge profits for chemical companies.

In the New York Times review of the film, the reviewer writes that while it's true there is an increased use of pesticides with GMOs, "those pesticides are far less toxic."  

What degree of food toxicity is acceptable for you to give to your children? Maybe science doesn't know the answer to that question, but mothers do.


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          4 Hidden Dangers of Pork   
Pork is the most commonly consumed meat in the world, but may also be one of the most dangerous.

Among foods that inspire a cult-like following, pork often leads the pack, as evidenced by the 65% of Americans eager to name bacon the country’s national food.

Unfortunately, that popularity comes at a cost. Along with being the most commonly consumed meat in the world, pork may also be one of the most dangerous, carrying some important and under-discussed risks that any consumer should be aware of (1).

1. Hepatitis E

Thanks to the revival of nose-to-tail eating, offal has redeemed itself among health enthusiasts, especially liver, which is prized for its vitamin A content and massive mineral lineup.

But when it comes to pork, liver might be risky business.

In developed nations, pork liver is the top food-based transmitter of hepatitis E, a virus that infects 20 million people each year and can lead to acute illness (fever, fatigue, jaundice, vomiting, joint pain and stomach pain), enlarged liver and sometimes liver failure and death (23).

Most hepatitis E cases are stealthily symptom-free, but pregnant women can experience violent reactions to the virus, including fulminant hepatitis (rapid-onset liver failure) and a high risk of both maternal and fetal mortality (4). In fact, mothers who get infected during their third trimester face a death rate of up to 25% (5).

In rare cases, hepatitis E infection can lead to myocarditis (an inflammatory heart disease), acute pancreatitis (painful inflammation of the pancreas), neurological problems (including Guillain-Barré syndrome and neuralgic amyotrophy), blood disorders and musculoskeletal problems, such as elevated creatine phosphokinase, indicating muscle damage, and multi-joint pain (in the form of polyarthralgia) (678).

People with compromised immune systems, including organ transplant recipients on immunosuppressive therapy and people with HIV, are more likely to suffer from these severe hepatitis E complications (9).

So, just how alarming are pork’s contamination stats? In America, about 1 out of every 10 store-bought pig livers tests positive for hepatitis E, which is slightly higher than the 1 in 15 rate in the Netherlands and 1 in 20 rate in the Czech Republic (1011). One study in Germany found that about 1 in 5 pork sausages were contaminated (12).

France’s traditional figatellu, a pig liver sausage that’s often consumed raw, is a confirmed hepatitis E carrier (13). In fact, in regions of France where raw or rare pork is a common delicacy, over half the local population shows evidence of hepatitis E infection (14).

Japan, too, is facing rising hepatitis E concerns as pork gains popularity (15). And in the UK? Hepatitis E shows up in pork sausages, in pork liver and at pork slaughterhouses, indicating the potential for widespread exposure among pork consumers (16).

It might be tempting to blame the hepatitis E epidemic on commercial farming practices, but in the case of the pig, wilder doesn’t mean safer. Hunted boars, too, are frequent hepatitis E carriers, capable of passing on the virus to game-eating humans (1718).

Apart from total pork abstinence, the best way to slash hepatitis E risk is in the kitchen. This stubborn virus can survive the temperatures of rare-cooked meat, making high heat the best weapon against infection (19). For virus deactivation, cooking pork products for at least 20 minutes to an internal temperature of 71°C (160°F) seems to do the trick (20).

However, fat can protect hepatitis viruses from heat destruction, so fattier cuts of pork might need extra time or toastier temperatures (21).

Summary: Pork products, particularly liver, frequently carry hepatitis E, which can cause severe complications and even death in vulnerable populations. Thorough cooking is necessary to deactivate the virus.

2. Multiple Sclerosis

One of the most surprising risks associated with pork — one that’s received remarkably little airtime — is multiple sclerosis (MS), a devastating autoimmune condition involving the central nervous system.

The robust link between pork and MS has been known at least since the 1980s, when researchers analyzed the relationship between per capita pork consumption and MS across dozens of countries (22).

While pork-averse nations like Israel and India were nearly spared from MS’s degenerative grips, more liberal consumers, such as West Germany and Denmark, faced sky-high rates.

In fact, when all countries were considered, pork intake and MS showed a whopping correlation of 0.87 (p<0.001), which is much higher and more significant than the relationship between MS and fat intake (0.63, p<0.01), MS and total meat intake (0.61, p<0.01) and MS and beef consumption (no significant relationship).

For perspective, a similar study of diabetes and per capita sugar intake found a correlation of just under 0.60 (p<0.001) when analyzing 165 countries (23).

As with all epidemiological findings, the correlation between pork consumption and MS can’t prove that one causes the other (or even that, within MS-stricken countries, the most enthusiastic pork consumers were the most diseased). But as it turns out, the evidence vault goes much deeper.

Earlier, a study of inhabitants of the Orkney and Shetland Islands of Scotland, a region teeming with unusual delicacies, including seabird eggs, raw milk and undercooked meat, found only one dietary association with MS — consumption of “potted head,” a dish made from boiled pig’s brain (24).

Among Shetland residents, a significantly higher proportion of MS patients had consumed potted head in their youth, compared to healthy, age and sex-matched controls (25).

This is particularly relevant because — per other research — MS that strikes in adulthood might stem from environmental exposures during adolescence (26).

The potential for pig brain to trigger nerve-related autoimmunity isn’t just an observational hunch, either. Between 2007 and 2009, a cluster of 24 pork plant workers mysteriously fell ill with progressive inflammatory neuropathy, which is characterized by MS-like symptoms such as fatigue, numbness, tingling and pain (2728).

The source of the outbreak? So-called “pig brain mist” — tiny particles of brain tissue blasted into the air during carcass processing (29).

When workers inhaled these tissue particles, their immune systems, per standard protocol, formed antibodies against the foreign porcine antigens.

But those antigens happened to bear an uncanny resemblance to certain neural proteins in humans. And the result was a biological calamity: confused about who to fight, the workers’ immune systems launched a guns-blazing attack on their own nerve tissue (3031).

Although the resulting autoimmunity wasn’t identical to multiple sclerosis, that same process of molecular mimicry, where foreign antigens and self-antigens are similar enough to trigger an autoimmune response, has been implicated in the pathogenesis of MS (3233).

Of course, unlike pig brain mist, hot dogs and ham aren’t literally inhaled (teenage boys notwithstanding). Could pork still transmit problematic substances through ingestion?

The answer is a speculative yes. For one, certain bacteria, particularly Acinetobacter, are involved in molecular mimicry with myelin, the nerve-sheathing substance that becomes damaged in MS (3435).

Although the role of pigs as Acinetobacter carriers hasn’t been exhaustively studied, the bacteria has been found in pig feces, on pig farms and in bacon, pork salami and ham, where it serves as a spoilage organism (36373839). If pork acts as a vehicle for Acinetobacter transmission (or in any way increases the risk of human infection), a link with MS would make sense.

Two, pigs may be silent and under-studied carriers of prions, misfolded proteins that drive neurodegenerative disorders like Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (the human version of mad cow) and Kuru (found among cannibal societies) (40).

Some researchers suggest MS itself could be a prion disease, one that targets oligodendrocytes, the cells that produce myelin (41). And since prions — and their associated diseases— are transmitted by consuming infected nerve tissue, it’s possible that prion-harboring pork products could be one link in the MS chain (42).

Summary: A causative role of pork in MS is far from a closed case, but the unusually strong epidemiological patterns, biological plausibility and documented experiences make further research imperative.

3. Liver Cancer and Cirrhosis

Liver problems tend to trail closely on the heels of some predictable risk factors, namely hepatitis B and C infection, exposure to aflatoxin (a carcinogen produced by mold) and excessive alcohol intake (434445).

But buried in the scientific literature is another potential scourge of liver health — pork.

For decades, pork consumption has faithfully echoed liver cancer and cirrhosis rates around the world. In multi-country analyses, the correlation between pork and cirrhosis mortality clocked in at 0.40 (p<0.05) using 1965 data, 0.89 (p<0.01) using mid-1970s data, 0.68 (p=0.003) using 1996 data and 0.83 (p=0.000) using 2003 data (4647).

In those same analyses, among the 10 Canadian provinces, pork bore a correlation of 0.60 (p<0.01) with death from liver cirrhosis, while alcohol, perhaps due to an overall low intake, showed no significant link.

And in statistical models incorporating known perils for the liver (alcohol consumption, hepatitis B infection and hepatitis C infection), pork remained independently associated with liver disease, suggesting the association isn’t just due to pork piggybacking, as the case may be, on a different causative agent (48).

Beef, by contrast, remained liver-neutral or protective in these studies.

Liver cancer, too, tends to follow in the hoof steps of the pig. A 1985 analysis showed that pork intake correlated with hepatocellular carcinoma deaths as strongly as alcohol did (0.40, p<0.05 for both) (49). (Considering liver cirrhosis is often a prelude to cancer, this connection shouldn’t be surprising (50).)

So, what’s behind these eerie associations?

At first glance, the most likely explanations don’t pan out. Although pork-transmitted hepatitis E can lead to liver cirrhosis, this happens almost exclusively in immunosuppressed people, a subset of the population that’s too small to account for the global correlation (51).

Relative to other meat, pork tends to be high in omega-6 fatty acids, including linoleic acid and arachidonic acid, which may play a role in liver disease (525354). But vegetable oils, whose polyunsaturated fatty acid content blows pork out of the water, don’t dance the same liver disease tango that pork does, calling into question whether fat is really to blame (5556).

Heterocyclic amines, a class of carcinogens formed by cooking meat (including pork) at high temperatures, contribute to liver cancer in a variety of animals (57). But these compounds are also readily formed in beef, according to the same studies that indicated pork has no positive relationship with liver disease (5859).

With all that in mind, it’d be easy to dismiss the pork-liver disease link as an epidemiological fluke. However, some plausible mechanisms do exist.

The most likely contender involves nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic compounds created when nitrites and nitrates react with certain amines (from protein), particularly in high heat (60). These compounds have been linked to damage and cancer in a variety of organs, including the liver (61).

One of the biggest dietary sources of nitrosamines is processed pork, which, along with being a frequent visitor to the frying pan, typically contains nitrites and nitrates as curing agents. (Vegetables are also rich in naturally occurring nitrates, but their antioxidant content and dearth of protein help thwart the process of N-nitrosation, preventing them from becoming cancer-causing agents (62).)

Significant levels of nitrosamines have been found in pork liver pâté, bacon, sausage, ham and other cured meats (636465). The fatty portion of pork products, in particular, tends to accumulate much higher levels of nitrosamines than the lean bits, making bacon a particularly abundant source (66).

The presence of fat can also turn vitamin C into a nitrosamine promoter instead of a nitrosamine inhibitor, so pairing pork with veggies might not confer much protection (67).

Although much of the nitrosamine-liver cancer research has focused on rodents, where certain nitrosamines produce liver injury with remarkable ease, the effect appears in humans as well (6869). In fact, some researchers suggest humans may be even more sensitive to nitrosamines than mice and rats (70).

In Thailand, for instance, nitrosamines have been strongly linked to liver cancer in areas where other risk factors are low (71). A 2010 analysis of the NIH-AARP cohort found red meat (including pork), processed meat (including processed pork), nitrates and nitrites to be positively associated with chronic liver disease. Rubber workers, occupationally exposed to nitrosamines, have faced extremely high rates of non-alcohol-related liver disease and cancer (72).

Do nitrosamines prove a chain of causation between pork, liver-harming compounds and liver disease? The evidence is currently too patchy to make that claim, but the risk is plausible enough to justify limiting nitrosamine-containing (or nitrosamine-producing) pork products, including bacon, ham, hot dogs and sausages made with sodium nitrite or potassium nitrate.

Summary: Strong epidemiological links exist between pork consumption and liver disease. If these links reflect cause and effect, one culprit might be N-nitroso compounds, which are found abundantly in processed pork products cooked at high temperatures.

4. Yersinia

For years, pork’s precautionary motto was “well-done or bust,” a consequence of fears about trichinosis, a type of roundworm infection that ravaged pork consumers throughout much of the 20th century (73).

Thanks to changes in feeding practices, farm hygiene and quality control, pig-borne trichinosis has dropped off the radar, inviting pink pork back onto the menu.

But pork’s relaxed heat rules may have opened the doors for a different type of infection — yersiniosis, which is caused by Yersinia bacteria. In the US alone, Yersiniacauses 35 deaths and almost 117,000 cases of food poisoning each year (74). Its chief entry route for humans? Undercooked pork.

Yersiniosis’s acute symptoms are rough enough — fever, pain, bloody diarrhea — but its long-term consequences are what should really ring alarm bells. Victims of Yersiniapoisoning face a 47-times higher risk of reactive arthritis, a type of inflammatory joint disease triggered by infection (75).

Even children become post-Yersinia arthritis targets, sometimes requiring chemical synovectomy (the injection of osmic acid into a troubled joint) to relieve persistent pain (7677).

And in the less-common instances where Yersinia doesn’t bring the typical feverish, diarrheic unpleasantries? Reactive arthritis can develop even when the original infection was asymptomatic, leaving some victims unaware that their arthritis is a consequence of food-borne illness (78).

Although reactive arthritis usually subsides on its own over time, Yersinia victims remain at higher risk of chronic joint problems, including ankylosing spondylitis, sacroiliitis, tenosynovitis and rheumatoid arthritis, for years on end (798081).

Some evidence suggests that Yersinia can lead to neurological complications (82). Infected individuals with iron overload may be at higher risk of multiple liver abscesses, potentially leading to death (838485). And among people who are genetically susceptible, anterior uveitis, inflammation of the eye’s iris, is also more likely following a bout of Yersinia (8687).

Lastly, via molecular mimicry, Yersinia infection could also raise the risk of Graves’ disease, an autoimmune condition characterized by excessive thyroid hormone production (8889).

The solution? Bring on the heat. The majority of pork products (69% of tested samples, according to a Consumer Reports analysis) are contaminated with Yersiniabacteria, and the only way to safeguard against infection is through proper cooking. An internal temperature of at least 145°F for whole pork and 160°F for ground pork is necessary to decimate any lingering pathogen.

Summary: Undercooked pork can transmit Yersinia bacteria, causing short-term illness and raising the risk of reactive arthritis, chronic joint conditions, Graves’ disease and other complications.

In Conclusion

So, should health-savvy omnivores scrap pork from the menu?

The jury’s still out. For two of pork’s problems — hepatitis E and Yersinia — aggressive cooking and safe handling are enough to minimize the risk. And due to a shortage of controlled, pork-centric research capable of establishing causation, pork’s other red flags spring from epidemiology — a field rife with confounders and unjustified confidence.

Worse, many diet-and-disease studies lump pork together with other types of red meat, diluting whatever associations might exist with pork alone.

These issues make it hard to isolate the health effects of pig-derived products and determine the safety of their consumption.

That being said, caution is probably warranted. The sheer magnitude, consistency and mechanistic plausibility of pork’s connection with several serious diseases make the chances of a true risk more likely.

Until further research is available, you might want to think twice about going hog-wild on pork.

This article was originally published by Authority Nutrition.



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          Author Shaberia Kirk’s New Book “Gabby Walks To School” is a Charming Story About a Little Girl Walking to School With Her Friend for the First Time   

Recent release “Gabby Walks to School” from Page Publishing author Shaberia Kirk is a sweet tale of newfound independence as a young girl learns to walk to school safely with her friend.

(PRWeb July 06, 2017)

Read the full story at

          Forest officials urge recreationists to stay safe   
SHERIDAN — If your plans for the Fourth of July include a visit to the Bighorn National Forest, forest officials have offered a few important safety reminders to help you enjoy the holiday. The Bighorns have many challenging trails for hiking or riding in remote areas. For your safety, check the weather forecast and be [...]
          NRA Declares War on Liberals.    
I've been writing about the Republican authoritarian movement for some time now along with their sheepishly devoted voters. They've been vilifying liberals, progressives and Democrats for years. Not coincidentally, I've also noticed my conservative friend in Milwaukee has made the attacks more personal, with an arrogance rooted from one party rule. After all, they "won" and will never lose power again. And according to my friend, with the appointment of conservative judges, liberals will lose in the courts as well.  

NRA Ad Warning: What I've seen from tweets and blog commentary is perfectly summed up in the recent NRA ad. It is literally all there, with the added call to arms of course. Trump's blatant attack on the First Amendments very clear protections of the press, the rise of right wing media, and the many years of vilifying  "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances," the NRA ad may be the marker right wing authoritarians have been waiting for. Especially after the way this ad hit the fan:

"They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse “the resistance.”

All to make them march. Make them protest. Make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia. To smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding — until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness.

And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth.

I’m the National Rifle Association of America. And I’m freedom’s safest place."
As Vox's Zack Beauchamp put it:
This chilling NRA ad calls on its members to save America by fighting liberals: A liberal insurgency is destroying American society. The “only way” to protect yourself from this surge in left-wing violence (a made-up threat, to be clear) is to donate to the NRA.

In a 2013 op-ed, for example, NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre argued that a lawless America was inevitable if the liberals succeeded in their nefarious plan to take your guns … it functions as a kind of anti-politics — casting the NRA’s political opponents as devious enemies who can’t be opposed through normal politics. Republicans control all three branches of government and a large majority of statehouses nationwide. There is literally zero chance that any kind of major gun control passes in America in the foreseeable future.

The threat, instead, is from a kind of liberal-cultural fifth column: People who are acting outside of legitimate political channels to upend American freedoms, through protest and violence. It’s a paranoid vision of American life that encourages the NRA’s fans to see liberals not as political opponents, but as monsters.
The ad features right-wing pundit Dana Loesch, who seems determined to turn everything in our country beet red:

The NRA made the mistake of using "blue" as their background, making it ripe for parody, like this...

          Elementary-Level PBL   
There are incredible project-based learning examples online, but few are from elementary level and even fewer are from primary grades. To make a very small impact on this lack of examples, I am sharing a collection of projects my sons, Ryan and Spencer, have completed for their classes during their elementary years. For information on more PBL options appealing to elementary-level students, please visit Tech-Based PBL for the Young Learner? Yes!
  • Scorpion Movie: When in first grade, Spencer made this video by using iTunes to record his narration and iPhoto to make a slideshow with Internet-selected pictures. He combined the two within iPhoto.
  • Spencer Toy's Commercial: Spencer and his friend, Spencer, created this commercial for their fourth grade entrepreneurship project. They wrote the script, practiced, and were recorded using a camera with video capabilities.
  • Mixed-Up Book Report and Safety Notebook: Ryan created a book report on the book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and a safety brochure for his Cub Scout project while in fourth grade. He used Microsoft Word tri-fold brochure templates for each.
  • Hatchet Report: Using ComicLife, Ryan prepared this fourth grade book report on the book Hatchet.
  • Caravel Mini-Book: In fifth grade, Ryan prepared a mini-book report on caravel ships (those used by Columbus). He used "Make a Booklet" software to enable proper folding, and he created a cover using tea-stained paper sent through a Laserjet printer.
  • Audio Interviews: When in fourth grade, Ryan had to do a book report for a fantasy/science fiction book. He chose The Riddle of the Gnome: A Further Tales Adventure by P.W. Catanese. For the project, he had to write and answer ten interview questions for the main character. Ryan chose to deliver his project in audio format (Listen here). He used Audacity and its voice modification feature to make it sound like there were two individuals in the interview room. Spencer had to replicate this activity when he was in fourth grade. He used the book Flyte by Angie Sage (Listen here).
  • Iroquois Virtual Museum: For his fifth grade project on Native Americans, Ryan chose to study the Iroquois by reading ...If You Lived With The Iroquois. He used PowerPoint templates and techniques from Educational Virtual Museums.
  • Spencers' Toys Marketing Display: Spencer Keeler and Spencer Coombs created this poster during an entrepreneur project in fourth grade. They manufactured and sold cars, trucks, and planes. The display board included a section where they projected a commercial they made using a digital camera.

          Surviving the Desert: A Lesson Plan   
Surviving the Desert
Developed Christy G. Keeler, Ph.D.
Geographic Alliance in Nevada

Grade Level: 7-12
Time: 100 minutes separated into two days (plus homework reading requirements)
Overview: Using Grand Canyon as a case study, this lesson introduces students to desert survival issues by having them read about desert survival, evaluate possible hiking routes given Grand Canyon maps and related data, and develop a safety pamphlet for use by those visiting and planning to hike in Grand Canyon region. The lesson concludes by having students compare their instructional pamphlets with actual safety and hiking pamphlets of Grand Canyon.

Connection to National Geography Standards
The World in Spatial Terms
(1) How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information.
(3) How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface.
Places and Regions
(4) The physical and human characteristics of places.
(5) That people create regions to interpret Earth's complexity.
(6) How culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions.
Physical Systems
(7) The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface.
Human Systems
(9) The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth's surface.
(12) The processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement.
(14) How human actions modify the physical environment.
Environment and Society
(15) How physical systems affect human systems.
The Uses of Geography
(17) How to apply geography to interpret the past.
(18) How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.
• Computers for every six students (with printer access)
• A classroom computer with a projector
• Photocopied excerpts of the book chapters (See “Procedures”—“Before the Lesson)
• Topographical maps of Grand Canyon
• Hiking guides produced and distributed to all visitors by the National Park Service about Grand Canyon (i.e., the information provided at the entrance to the national park)—Enough for each group of six students to have a copy of each circular AND the below trail maps of Grand Canyon (one of each for each group of six)
• Grand Canyon Trail Guide: Bright Angel (
• Grand Canyon Trail Guide: Havasu (
• Students will identify geographic structures of desert regions with specific attention to Grand Canyon.
• Students will identify dangers associated with desert survival.
• Students will prepare cohesive plans for surviving desert climates and physical geographical structures.

Day One
Project a topographical map of Grand Canyon ( and, in their journals, have students propose routes for hiking from the rim to the river, justifying their choices, and stating issues they might face when making the trek.
1. Discuss student responses during their review of the topographical map, focusing on the abrupt elevation changes common in Grand Canyon. Next, in lecture format, briefly explain the geography of the region by addressing the history, geology, flora, and fauna of the region while addressing the broader issue of deserts. The following resources may prove helpful:
2. Ask students what issues they feel may be important when hiking in Grand Canyon, recording their answers on the board.
3. Place students in groups of six and have each group begin to design a pamphlet that could be given to travelers to Grand Canyon who intend to hike in the park’s region. Specific attention should address dangers of the Canyon and safety recommendations. Groups should choose their design and begin input basic information before the end of class.
**Have students use pre-made pamphlet templates (available in the Project Gallery of Microsoft Word) to save time on design, therefore allowing more time to focus on content.
Inform students that for homework they will read information about dangers affecting individuals either hiking in deserts or visiting Grand Canyon. They must come prepared with their homework for class tomorrow.
Distribute copies of the following chapters and book sections to students to read for homework. Provide each student with a different reading to ensure the class completes all readings. Every student in each group of six should have a different reading and both the Desert Survival and Death in Grand Canyon books should be represented in each group. Student must prepare a brief assignment including the following items:
• The name of their reading
• A brief description of what they read
• Five tips for hiking in desert regions or Grand Canyon extrapolated from their reading

The readings include:
1. Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey—“Water” and “The Heat of Noon: Rock and Tree and Cloud” [Note: The “Water” chapter includes some inappropriate language. Additionally, both chapters require high reading levels and may include adult content.]
2. Desert Survival: Tips, Tricks, and Skills by Tony Nester—Assign each of the following sections, one for each student:
--“Physiology of Humans in the Desert”
--“Desert Hazards”
--“Anatomy of a Survival Situation”
--“The Basic Skills of Survival”
--“Outfitting Your Vehicle”
--“Obtaining Water in Arid Regions”
--“Desert Survival Shelters”
--“Firemaking Skills”
--“Knife Uses and Safety”
--“Signaling for Rescue”
3. Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon by Michael Ghiglieri and Thomas Myers—Assign all chapters EXCEPT those on suicide and murder. Assign at least one student to each of the following book sections:
--Chapter One (Falls): Chapter Introduction AND “Falls from the Rim,” “Falls within the Canyon”
--Chapter Two (Environmental Deaths): Entire chapter
--Chapter Three (Flash Floods): Entire chapter
--Chapter Four (Killer Colorado): Chapter Introduction AND “Lethal Errors Made While Running the River,” “River Crossers Who Didn’t,” “Swimmers Who Drowned Elsewhere in the Colorado,” “Swimmers Who Drowned between Phantom and Pipe Creek” AND “Swimmers Who Drown Elsewhere in the Colorado,” “Accidental Swimmers Who Fell in from Shore” AND “Mysterious Disappearances Who Drowned from Camp,” “Lessons of Safety & Survival from the Grand Canyon Colorado”
--Chapter Five (Air): Entire chapter
--Chapter Six (Freak Errors and Accidents): “Rock Falls,” “Venomous Creatures,” “Freak Errors and Accidents”
--Epilogue (Lessons): Entire section

*In larger classes, have multiple students read the same passage, but limit the number of students per passage to ensure an even distribution of readings.
* If there are not enough books for students to take home to complete the readings, copy chapters or chapter sections for each student. In some cases, it is possible to copy two pages on a single side of paper, for a total of four pages per piece of paper. Require students return their reading passages for use with future classes.
Day Two
As students enter the classroom, have each student choose one tip for hiking in desert regions or Grand Canyon from their homework assignment and write it on the board. [For smaller classes, have each student write two tips on the board.]
1. Have students continue on their pamphlets. Halfway through the class period, have students print out their pamphlets. (They will turn these in for grading after class.)
2. Provide each group with hiking guides from Grand Canyon (see “Materials”) and have them review these to identify hiking and survival tips. Each group will create a T-chart titled “Pamphlet Comparisons.” On the left, they will write “Recommended Improvements for Our Pamphlet” and the right will write “Recommended Improvements to Their Pamphlets.” Student groups will complete the T-chart and turn it in along with their pamphlet.
Have a brief discussion about what students learned through this two-day unit.
1. Provide credit based on student ability to actively collaborate with a group to complete the pamphlet and their ability to collaborate in the whole class group for the project analysis.
2. Grade the quality of student responses on their homework assignment.
3. Grade students on the quality of information included in the pamphlet and their T-charts, taking into account the collaborative nature of the assignments.
Extending the Lesson
• Have students replicate this lesson for a national park in another region and ecosystem of the United States.
• Have students evaluate their group pamphlet and create a new pamphlet on their own. The pamphlet should combine content from the original group-generated pamphlet, class discussions and lecture, and official park documents.

This lesson is available at
or in downloadable Microsoft Word format.
          NECC 2008 Notes   
ISTE’s NETS•T Refreshed Roll-Out

We need real world, relevant assignments because we’ve already done well moving from the sage on the stage to the guide on the side. At this point we need to re-inspire teachers.

The new teacher standards include:
Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Design and develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments
Model digital-age work and learning
Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility
Engage in professional growth and leadership

There is a new tool available through ISTE’s website that will assist administrators in determining the level of technology integration occurring with their teachers.

Check out fact flippers:

Dan Edelson, Getting out of the Classroom with Technology

Volunteer Geography: A variant of citizen science. For example, students can make and share field observations and analyze and provide interpretations of that data. The concept is that students collect data by taking measurements, thy submit the data via a web form, they visualize it using interactive maps, they analyze patterns based on the data and visualization, and they may report back to others in their classes. One problem with this is that students will only be able to see small amounts of data if they are involved during the start if the project. An example of this was students testing soil samples following use of salt on icy roads. Students get to experience the full spectrum of the scientific process. In this case, students used probes and collected data in the classroom and submitted information via a website.

NGS FieldScope allows students to collect real world data. NGS chooses a region to study and invites teachers and students to participate. The teachers must purchase the equipment which costs about $1,000.

Chris Dede, Ubiquitous Computing

Goal: Repurpose common items for educational purposes (e.g., using cell phones for augmented learning).

Cheryl Lemke

We need to recognize that adolescent learning includes the home, school, peers, work, distributed resources, and communities – not just school. Our goal at this point is scalability of using technology tools for 21st century teaching, not just focusing on use in our own classrooms.

She suggests we use research-based methods to develop lessons and units that serve as “sheet music.” The teachers base their instruction on the sheet music, but also improvise.

A good teacher blog including student podcasts is “Learning on the Go.” The teacher sets up her class as a fictional consulting agency and the students solve real world algebra problems. Another teacher uses authentic travel agent activities to teach about Greek history.

SimCalc: (teaches about perspective)

Media multi-tasking: We can only do one thing at a time, but we can quickly move from one thing to another. Kids are better at multi-tasking than adults. When learning, students are distracted when multi-tasking (except for things like music without lyrics in the background).

Universe: (identifies what is going on online in real time using a visual perspective)

Venezuela started teaching critical thinking to their elementary and middle school students 10 years ago. Now, they are finding increased average adult IQs across the country.


Alan November, “Designing Rigorous and Globally Connected Assignments”

This presentation is available from the “Archive of Articles” on This presentation is available at Digital Farm.

Students are connected to everyone in their lives – except their teachers because schools block everything. “Schools are the learning police.” There is more freedom in Chinese schools in terms of the Internet than here. We are so worried about their safety that we block their learning.

Vocabulary of the Web: Students need to learn information resources. This type of information is available on

By adding site:en to Google searches, you will only get sites with an English country code. To get Turkey-based sites, type site:tr.

Adding view:timeline to a search, you can access the most recent information about a given search term.

Type link: to find out how many links exist to that particular site.

Hall Davidson, “It’s in Your Pocket: Teaching Spectacularly with Cell Phones” (How kids use video on a daily basis)

Every classroom should have a student-designated web researcher. The teacher should never have to answer a factual question, they should only have to respond to higher-order thinking questions.

There is a Google feature that allows you to create your own search engine. November believes teachers and students should jointly build search engines. This will give students less stimuli when they do searches.

It would be nice if students could develop resources that teach content and then future students review these tutorials before class. Students, then, are responsible for learning their own content and class time is replaced with problem solving. When there’s not a lot of Internet access, students could have a DVD with all the information at home (because DVDs are more common in the home than Internet connections).

The is a downloadable application that allows you to create screencasts.

Instead of teaching teachers to use technology, November jokes that we should send two of our students to the training and one of the students should be the biggest trouble-maker in the class.

Wikipedia isn’t an encyclopedia, it’s a publishing house. Third grade students were told they would visit the Pitot House and write an article they would submit to the largest encyclopedia in the class. The students wrote and published their Wikipedia article and now they follow the RSS feed for the article and critique what other people write. Organizes donations to small business entrepreneurs. The donors get their money back and they get reports on their projects. You can also tal