Google’s Triangle app lets you manage your Android’s data life   
In countries where Internet connection is stable and not so expensive, managing your device’s data consumption is not that problematic. But for some of the emerging markets in the rest of the world, that is a big concern. That’s why Google is experimenting with a new app called Triangle, which gives users granular control over […]
          Fall-applied herbicides: Which weed species should be the target?   

Herbicides applied in the fall often can provide improved control of many winter annual weed species compared with similar applications made in the spring.  Marestail is one example of a weed species that is often better controlled with herbicides applied in the fall compared with the spring.  An increasing frequency of marestail populations in Illinois are resistant to glyphosate, and within the past year we have confirmed that resistance to ALS-inhibiting herbicides also is present in Illinois populations. 

Targeting emerged marestail with higher application rates of products such as 2,4-D in the fall almost always results in better control at planting compared with targeting overwintered and often larger plants with lower rates of 2,4-D in the spring.

One question typically posed is whether or not a fall application needs to include one or more herbicides that provide residual control of winter annual weed species. Typically, the earlier the fall application is made (say, early October) the more benefit a soil-residual herbicide.

However, delaying the herbicide application until later in the fall (say, mid-November) often diminishes the necessity of a soil-residual herbicide since most of the winter annual weeds have emerged and can be controlled with non-residual herbicides.  

Applying a soil-residual herbicide late in the fall in hopes of having a clean field prior to planting is akin to gambling on the weather.  Cold winter conditions (similar to last winter) can reduce herbicide degradation in the soil and increase herbicide persistence.  This might not always be favorable since, depending on the residual herbicide, increased persistence also can cause injury to the following crop.  A more moderate winter and early spring warming will increase herbicide degradation, which could result in the need for a burndown herbicide to control existing vegetation before planting.

We recommend fall-applied herbicides target fall-emerging winter annual species, biennials, and perennials.  We do not recommend fall application of residual herbicides for control of any spring-emerging annual weed species. 

We are aware that some products have 2(ee) recommendations that suggest the product will control certain summer annual weed species following application in the fall.  Particularly concerning to us is that “pigweed species” are listed on at least one product label.  The extension weed science program at the University of Illinois does not recommend fall-application of residual herbicides to control Amaranthus species the next spring for the following reasons:

1)      Inconsistent performance: as previously described, the performance consistency of soil-residual herbicides applied in the fall is greatly dependent on weather and soil conditions after application.  Our data suggest the greatest and most consistent control of Amaranthus species either at planting or several weeks after planting was achieved when residual herbicides were applied in the spring, not in the fall.

2)      Increased selection for herbicide-resistant biotypes: soil-applied herbicides are not immune from selection for herbicide-resistant biotypes (please see the April 16, 2013 article titled: “Herbicide Resistance: Are Soil-Applied Herbicides Immune?”).  Following a fall application, the concentration of herbicide remaining in the spring when Amaranthus species begin to germinate will be much lower compared with the same product rate applied closer to planting.

Populations of several of the most challenging summer annual broadleaf weed species in Illinois demonstrate resistance to herbicides from more than one site-of-action herbicide class.  Their effective management requires an integrated approach that often includes soil-residual herbicides.  Applying these herbicides when they will be most effective against these challenging summer annual species is a critical component of an integrated management program.

Originally posted by the University of Illinois Extension. 


          How late can herbicides be applied to corn?   

The labels of most postemergence corn herbicides allow applications at various crop growth stages, but almost all product labels indicate a maximum growth stage beyond which broadcast applications should not be made, and a few even a state minimum growth stage before which applications should not be made. 

These growth stages are usually indicated as a particular plant height or leaf stage; sometimes both of these are listed.  For product labels that indicate a specific corn height and growth state, be sure to follow the more restrictive of the two. Application restrictions exist for several reasons, but of particular importance is the increased likelihood of crop injury if applications are made outside a specified growth stage or range.

Table 1.  Postemergence herbicide application timings based on corn growth stage(s).


Maximum corn heights and growth stagesa


Broadcast before corn exceeds 8” tall; use drop nozzles when corn is taller than 8”.

Accent Q

Broadcast up to 20” tall or through the V6 stage.  Apply with drop nozzles when corn is 20–36” tall or before the V10 stage.

Anthem Maxx

Apply from corn emergence through the V4 (visible fourth leaf collar) stage.

Armezon Pro

Apply from corn emergence to the 8-leaf stage or 30” tall.


Apply before corn exceeds 12” tall.


No height specified on label.

Basis Blend

Apply to corn from spike through 2 collar stage. Do not apply to corn having 3 fully emerged collars or over 6” tall.


Broadcast when corn is 4–20” tall.  After corn is 20” tall or exhibits more than 6 collars use directed applications up to tassel emergence.


Apply until corn is 48″ tall or prior to tasseling.

Callisto/Callisto GT

May be applied to corn up to 30” tall or up to the 8-leaf stage.

Callisto Xtra

Apply before corn exceeds 12” tall


Broadcast applications must be made to corn from the 1-leaf collar stage through the 5-leaf collar (V5) stage.

Clarity or Banvel

Apply between corn emergence and the 5-leaf stage or 8” tall; apply 0.5 pt/A rate when corn is 8 to 36” or if 6th leaf is emerging, or if 15 days prior to tassel emergence.  Do not apply when soybean are growing nearby if: 1) corn is more than 24” tall, 2) soybean are more than 10” tall, 3) soybean have begun to bloom.

DiFlexx/DiFlexx Duo

Apply broadcast when corn is at the spike through 6-leaf collar (V6) growth stage, or 36” tall, whichever occurs first.

Glyphosate (glyphosate-resistant corn)

Apply broadcast through the V8 stage or until corn reaches 30” tall.  Use drop nozzles for applications to corn 30–48” tall.

Halex GT (glyphosate-resistant corn)

Apply to corn up to 30″ tall or the 8-leaf stage.

Harmony SG

Apply to 2–6 leaf corn with 1–5 collars or up to 16” tall.

Hornet WDG

Apply broadcast until corn reaches 20” tall or V6 stage.  Apply with drop nozzles to corn up to 36” tall.


Can be applied up to 45 days before harvest.  Do not apply Armezon past the V8 growth stage.


Apply up to the V8 growth stage.

Liberty (glufosinate-resistant corn)

Broadcast until corn is 24” in height or in the V7 growth stage (7 developed leaf collars).  Use drop nozzles for corn 24–36” tall.


Apply between corn emergence and the 5-leaf or 8” height stage.


Apply prior to tassel emergence.


Broadcast applications are made when corn is between 4 –20” tall (V2–V6).  Use directed applications when corn is 20–36” tall.


Can be applied from spike through layby.

Realm Q

May be broadcast applied to corn up to 20” tall or exhibiting 6 leaf collars.

Require Q

Apply to corn 4–20” tall.  Do not apply to corn exhibiting 7 or more leaf collars.

Resolve Q

Do not apply to corn taller than 20” or exhibiting 7 or more leaf collars.


Apply to corn from the 2-leaf through 10-leaf stage.


Broadcast applications to corn up to 4 leaves or 8” tall; directed applications for 5-leaf or 8–11 ¾” tall corn.


May be applied broadcast up to the V8 growth stage or 30” tall.


Broadcast applications to corn 4–20” tall.  Use drop nozzles when field corn is 20–24” tall or exhibits more than 6 collars (V6).

Starane Ultra

Apply broadcast to corn with up to 5 fully exposed leaf collars (V5).


Do not apply to corn taller than 36” or past the V10 stage.

Steadfast Q

Apply to corn up to 20” tall or exhibiting 6 leaf collars.


Apply to corn from emergence through 24” tall.


Apply broadcast or with drop nozzles to corn from spike to 36” tall.  Drop nozzles are recommended when corn exceeds 20”.


May be applied after corn emergence until plants reach 30” tall or up to the V8 stage.

When maximum application timings are indicated by two corn growth stages, follow the most restrictive of the two.

Originally posted by University of Illinois.

          5 tips for fall herbicide application to control marestail   

The University of Illinois Extension has received many questions about applying herbicides post-harvest to control emerged marestail plants.  Fall-applied herbicides often provide more effective and consistent control of emerged marestail as compared with spring-applied (i.e., burndown) herbicides, says Aaron Hager, weed specialist with U of IL Extension. Here are tips from the Extension service for fall-applying herbicide to control emerged marestail.


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1.     We suggest applying 2,4-D (1.0 lb acid equivalent per acre) anytime between mid-October and late November to control emerged marestail.  This treatment should not be expected to provide much soil-residual activity, so marestail plants that emerge after application will most likely not be controlled. 

2.     Do not rely solely on glyphosate (either in the fall or spring) to control emerged marestail. 

3.     Do not simply assume that fields treated with fall-applied herbicides will be free of marestail next spring.  Be sure to scout fall-treated fields before spring planting and take appropriate measures (i.e., supplemental herbicides, tillage, etc.) to control any existing marestail plants. 

4.     Do not plant soybean into an existing marestail population.  Residual herbicides should be applied close to soybean planting to control summer annual species, including spring-emerging marestail.

5.     If a soil-residual herbicide will be part of a fall herbicide application, we suggest selecting an application rate that will provide control of winter annuals throughout the remainder of 2013, and recommend against increasing the application rate in hopes of obtaining control of summer annual species next spring.

Read more from the Extension about controlling marestail in the fall.


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          Inovasi Pengendali Gadget via Pikiran Dikembangkan   

Cukup memerintah otak, pengguna mematikan perangkat tanpa disentuh.

Otak (ilustrasi)

 Samsung terus mengembangkan pengalaman menggunakan gadget dengan inovasi terbaru. Desas-desus yang beredar, para peneliti Emerging Technology Lab Samsung tengah mengembangkan perangkat mobile yang dapat dikendalikan pikiran pengguna. 

Slashgear melansir, 22 April 2013, inovasi ini akan menjadi lompatan besar bagi Samsung untuk memenangkan kompetisi. Sebab, inovasi ini dianggap bermanfaat bagi orang yang merasa menderita berbagai gangguan ponsel dan akan mengubah peta game dalam industri teknologi di sisi lain.

Teknologi yang dikembangkan perusahaan asal Korea Selatan ini memungkinkan pengguna menjalankan aplikasi, musik, menghidupkan dan mematikan tablet, serta banyak hal lainnya.

Saat menguji, peneliti Samsung menggunakan topi yang dilengkapi dengan elektroda monitoring EEG guna menyampaikan tindakan pengguna.

Topi itu memanfaatkan sinyal pendeteksi otak EEG untuk merespons perintah. Di sisi lain, peneliti memantau pola aktivitas otak yang sangat dikenali saat orang menunjukkan pola visual yang berulang.

Dengan hanya berfokus pada ikon berkedip di frekuensi tertentu, peneliti dapat melakukan berbagai tindakan seperti meluncurkan aplikasi, mematikan atau menyalakan musik. 

Soal kecepatan respons, pikiran pengguna akan memproses tindakan dalam lima detik, dengan tingkat akurasi 80 sampai 95 persen.

Kepala peneliti Samsung, Insoo Kim mengatakan, peneliti masih memerlukan beberapa langkah penelitian lebih lanjut untuk membuat fitur ini inovatif dan benar-benar jadi kenyataan. 

"Inovasi baru dalam berinteraksi dengan gadget itu mengubah cara inovasi sebelumnya. Dari keypad kecil jadi pusat mengendalikan ponsel, kini berubah cukup hanya menggunakan suara, sentuhan hingga gestur tubuh pengguna," kata Kim.

Sementara itu, Robert Jacob, peneliti Human-Computer Interaction Researcher pada Universitas Tuft, Amerika Serikat mengatakan, proyek inovasi ini bisa menjadi alternatif interaksi dengan gadget mereka, meski gadget berada di kantong atau saku pengguna.  

Namun, untuk tahap awal, ketika fitur baru ini tersedia untuk perangkat bergerak, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering dari University of Texas, Roozbeh Jafari mengatakan, kemungkinan pengguna harus mengenakan topi EEG untuk menggunakannya.

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          Re: Top Performing Newsletters   
Taylor Larimore wrote:Hi Bogleheads:
My favorite newsletter is "Hulbert's Financial Digest." This is a highly respected newsletter that has been tracking newsletter recommendations for over 26 years.

In the January 2008 issue (page 1 of 23 pages) Mr. Hulbert has a table showing each year's top performing newsletter gain along with its gain (or loss) in the next year:

1981..+24.2%..+22.8%.......The Zweig Forecast
1082..+85.1%....+6.9%.......On Markets
1983..+59.0%....-4.6%........The Addison Report
1984..+95.2%..-19.5%........Bernie Schaeffer's Option Advisor
1985..+99.3%..+55.3%........McKeever Strategy Letter
1986..+55.3%..-43.6%........McKeever Strategy Letter
1987.+663.7%..-94.8%.......Puetz Investment Report
1988.+133.4%..-55.8%.......McKeever Strategy Letter
1989.+367.9%..-70.1%.......The Granville Market Letter
1990.+111.1%..+12.5%.......Your Window into the Future
1991.+148.7%..+12.2%.......OTC Insight
1992..+63.4%...+52.6%.......The Turnaround Letter
1993..+54.6%...-28.1%.......Mutual Fund Technical Trader
1994.+118.5%..-90.4%.......Seasonal Trade Portfolio
1005.+107.7%..+17.2%.......Medical Technology Stock Letter
1996..+58.1%..+42.9%.......The Prudent Speculator
1997..+89.4%..-31.9%........The Granville Market Letter
1998..+83.8%..+56.1%.......The Pure Fundamentalist
1999.+157.0%..-34.8%.......Technology Investing
2001..+77.7%.....-5.7%.......Coolcat Explosive Small Cap Growth
2002..+32.8%..+23.8%.......Buyback Premium Portfolio
2003.+137.3%....-4.0%.......BI Research
2005..+64.2%..+26.0%.......Outstanding investments
2006..+75.5%..+64.8%.......Cabot China & Emerging Markets Report

26-year annualized "next year" loss: -27.9%
26-year annualized gain of Wilshire 5000: +12.6%

Mr. Hulbert's conclusion: "Calander-year returns are an exceedingly poor basis for choosing between investment newsletters."

Best wishes.

Sure, but to be complete and fair, you didn't include the annualized "this year" gains.

Of course, trying to capture that is next to impossible as it would require knowing exactly which newsletter to hop to next, but we should at least compare apples to apples.
          The Wave of a New AI   
Nice, non-technical overview in CACM look at emerging technologies that are supporting advances in AI.  Useful with management to consider areas of interest.   Will this push us over the hype edge for real intelligent value?

Artificial Intelligence Poised to Ride a New Wave    By Gary Anthes 
Communications of the ACM, Vol. 60 No. 7, Pages 19-21

Artificial intelligence (AI), once described as a technology with permanent potential, has come of age in the past decade. Propelled by massively parallel computer systems, huge datasets, and better algorithms, AI has brought a number of important applications, such as image- and speech-recognition and autonomous vehicle navigation, to near-human levels of performance.

Now, AI experts say, a wave of even newer technology may enable systems to understand and react to the world in ways that traditionally have been seen as the sole province of human beings. These technologies include algorithms that model human intuition and make predictions in the face of incomplete knowledge, systems that learn without being pre-trained with labeled data, systems that transfer knowledge gained in one domain to another, hybrid systems that combine two or more approaches, and more powerful and energy-efficient hardware specialized for AI. .... " 
          Technology change, wifi, and Library Needs   
Well that’s a lame-o title. Anyway … I’m teaching a 4-week online class on emerging technology trends over at Infopeople. They do some really nice online classes (mine included 🙂 ). Check them out if you haven’t. I needed to read through some of my students assignments last night. But of course, that was right […]
          California Drought: Strengthening El Niño Could Mean Wet Winter   

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The chances that California will begin clawing its way out of the drought with a wet winter got a bump Thursday with a federal report showing an El Niño weather pattern continuing to strengthen in the Pacific.

The U.S. Climate Prediction Center reported that telltale signs of El Niño -- which include warming sea surface temperatures and emerging equatorial winds -- bore close resemblance to conditions preceding some of the strongest El Niños in recent history.

El Niños carry no assurances for forecasters, but big ones have correlated with increased rainfall across much of California, such as in the winters of 1982-83 and 1997-98, which were among the state's wettest years.

More: California Drought: Strengthening El Niño Could Mean Wet Winter - SFGate

          Contemporary Phytomedicines   
Contemporary Phytomedicines by Amritpal Singh Saroya English | 2017 | ISBN: 1498773559 | 366 pages | PDF | 4 MB The term phytomedicine was coined by French physician Henri Leclerc in 1913. Till recently phytomedicine has remained in the background. But due to emerging challenges to the conventional pharmaceutical industry (cost effectiveness and potency of the drugs), phytomedicine has made a dramatic comeback. Phytomedicine has witnessed several changes and several new concepts have ...
          Research Analyst - Academic Impressions - Denver, CO   
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          bird damage?   

Something has damaged my lupins. The most recent leaves emerging have been cut off, nibbled off, I don't know what and the leaves have been left in the pots. Would a bird bite it off and leave it there? Otherwise the plants are ok. Intriguing. (New leaves left in the pot below to the bottom left in the pic.) Thanks for any ideas. BTW this has happened to 2 of my 3 lupins.

          Developing and Evaluating Digital Interventions to Promote Behavior Change in Health and Health Care: Recommendations Resulting From an International Workshop   
Devices and programs using digital technology to foster or support behavior change (digital interventions) are increasingly ubiquitous, being adopted for use in patient diagnosis and treatment, self-management of chronic diseases, and in primary prevention. They have been heralded as potentially revolutionizing the ways in which individuals can monitor and improve their health behaviors and health care by improving outcomes, reducing costs, and improving the patient experience. However, we are still mainly in the age of promise rather than delivery. Developing and evaluating these digital interventions presents new challenges and new versions of old challenges that require use of improved and perhaps entirely new methods for research and evaluation. This article discusses these challenges and provides recommendations aimed at accelerating the rate of progress in digital behavior intervention research and practice. Areas addressed include intervention development in a rapidly changing technological landscape, promoting user engagement, advancing the underpinning science and theory, evaluating effectiveness and cost-effectiveness, and addressing issues of regulatory, ethical, and information governance. This article is the result of a two-day international workshop on how to create, evaluate, and implement effective digital interventions in relation to health behaviors. It was held in London in September 2015 and was supported by the United Kingdom’s Medical Research Council (MRC), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Methodology Research Programme (PI Susan Michie), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of the United States (PI Kevin Patrick). Important recommendations to manage the rapid pace of change include considering using emerging techniques from data science, machine learning, and Bayesian approaches and learning from other disciplines including computer science and engineering. With regard to assessing and promoting engagement, a key conclusion was that sustained engagement is not always required and that for each intervention it is useful to establish what constitutes “effective engagement,” that is, sufficient engagement to achieve the intended outcomes. The potential of digital interventions for testing and advancing theories of behavior change by generating ecologically valid, real-time objective data was recognized. Evaluations should include all phases of the development cycle, designed for generalizability, and consider new experimental designs to make the best use of rich data streams. Future health economics analyses need to recognize and model the complex and potentially far-reaching costs and benefits of digital interventions. In terms of governance, developers of digital behavior interventions should comply with existing regulatory frameworks, but with consideration for emerging standards around information governance, ethics, and interoperability.

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           Nokia To Supply Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group With Advanced Wireless Networking Technology For Smart City Services    
Friday 30 June, 2017
Nokia to deploy LTE in 700 MHz band to support smart city and public safety applications in Hongkou district of ShanghaiNokia's first commercial LTE 700 MHz contract in China intended to make city services smarter in fast-growing area of China's largest city

30 June, 2017

Shanghai - 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 in China will provide the deployment and services.

The LTE network is being deployed to provide broadband connectivity for city services, specifically high-speed wireless links to video from cameras used for traffic control, video monitoring and analysis, and additional services in future. The network is based on Nokia's FDD-LTE solution and offers the data capacity needed to support a variety of bandwidth-intensive video formats, including high-definition and ultra-high definition 4K, 3D and more. This deployment marks Nokia's first for LTE technology in the 700 MHz spectrum band in China.

In addition to network infrastructure, Nokia Shanghai Bell's global services team will provide services including systems integration, network planning and implementation.

The project builds on Nokia's strong track-record supporting smart city initiatives worldwide. It also highlights the progress of Nokia's strategy of expanding its customer activities outside of the traditional telecommunications sphere, a key focus of the company.

Ding Yong, General Manager of Oriental Pearl Digital TV, said: 'Nokia has been an excellent partner for these new smart city initiatives. Their LTE 700 MHz technology performed extremely well in testing and the strong local support from Nokia Shanghai Bell has been very beneficial as well. We look forward to our continued close cooperation to bring smart city services to the people of Shanghai.

Jin Jian, head of Enterprise & Public Sector at Nokia Shanghai Bell, said: 'This collaboration with Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group is an important first step in efforts to bring smarter services to China's largest city and critical business and innovation hub. As a leading provider of wireless connectivity solutions, Nokia is honored to play a key role in such an important project.'

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LTE currently serves more than two billion subscribers globally today and is expected to reach 75% of the world's population by 2020.Low frequency bands, such as the 700MHz, allow for excellent coverage with a reduced number of base stations.With technology enhancements, LTE not only serves mobile broadband users but also delivers efficient and reliable connectivity for the Internet of Things and critical applications needed for public safety networks.


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          Last Train to Paris (Deluxe Edition)   
DIDDY - DIRTY MONEY: Last Train to Paris

We're abroad on tour when I meet her, the woman of my dreams. We spend the night together, but I never get her name. When I wake up, she's gone.

I'm infatuated with her, really blown away. A couple of months go by, and I bump into her again on tour overseas. We get together, and we're inseparable for three months. We go to New York, Miami, all the places where I get it poppin'.

Then, suddenly, we have a misunderstanding and she just breaks out on me. But absence makes the heart grow fonder. We're in two different parts of the world and she's remembering all the good times while I'm thinking if I had another chance I wouldn't lose her again. One night in London, I get offstage at 9:45pm and I hear that she's in Paris. It's one of the foggiest nights, so I can't take my plane, I can't drive. The only way I can get to her is the last train to Paris...

This episode, inspired by a real-life encounter from his past, is the starting point of the new album Last Train to Paris by the Sean "Puffy" Combs' new group Diddy-Dirty Money. With dark, atmospheric beats and a cinematic back story, the new project represents an entirely new side of the rap impresario. Fans may think they know him, but as he prepares to unleash his latest smash, they are about to experience an entirely new Combs, and an entirely new sound. Diddy-Dirty Money is about to redefine dance music for the new decade.

Europe didn't just provide an evocative backdrop for the story that is Last Train to Paris, it also inspired the sound. Though Combs is known for his contribution to hip hop, he is also a passionate fan of dance music, often traveling to global hot spots like Ibiza and Berlin to take in the new sounds emerging from the techno scene. Blending elements of UK grime, Mediterranean techno and the 808s of American hip hop, the album represents a new sound that Combs calls "train music."

No stranger to the finer things, Combs amassed a crew of some of the top names in music to help him bring his vision to life. TI, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne all lend guest vocals, but the biggest contribution comes from band members Dawn Richard and Kalenna. "Dawn and I aren't background singers simply standing next to Diddy," says Kalenna. "Diddy-Dirty Money isn't just more of the same. It's an organic group that grew out of a shared passion for music."

Kalenna started writing songs at 11, when she would accompany her father--a rapper and army man--into the studio. As a military daughter, she moved often, living in diverse locations including Alaska, Germany and Hawaii. In music, she found a home for herself even as "home" was constantly changing. "Growing up, I understood how music can take you away and help you escape," she says. "At the same time I began learning how music brings people together; how it can heal and comfort." She eventually channeled her talent for songwriting into a successful career penning hits for Jill Scott, Jennifer Lopez, Timbaland and multi-platinum producer Rodney Jerkins.

Dawn Richard will be recognizable to fans as a member of the group Danity Kane, formed via the MTV series Making the Band 3. The New Orleans native grew up watching her father perform. A musician, choir director and former member of R&B group Chocolate Milk, he instilled in her a love of music, even as her tastes evolved. "I was more into alternative music," she says, naming influences including The Cranberries, Sheryl Crow and Green Day. "I saw myself as the leader of a rock band with pink hair, singing the music I love."

When Combs paired Richard and Kalenna together to write songs for Danity Kane in 2009, he knew immediately that he had a powerful new songwriting team, describing them as "kindred spirits." With so many far-reaching influences between them, combining forces as Dirty Money is nothing less than "divine intervention," says Richard. "We mirror each other. We're all perfectionists with a strong work ethic. We push and challenge each other."

The trio's unmatched creative chemistry reveals itself in the latest blockbuster single "Hello Good Morning". The group premiered the single in front of 25 million viewers on American Idol on March 31st. The high-energy track, with its urgent, atmospheric beats, was perfectly suited to an explosive performance with spectacular special effects. Idol producers even issued a warning to viewers about the intense strobe lights used onstage.

Ross, who also lent vocals to the lead single "Angels", is just another member of the extended Dirty Money family. Lil Wayne was passionate about the new sound being crafted, and dropped verses on "Strobe Lights", a teasing, funky club banger, and "Shades", a trippy track also featuring Bilal. Mario Winans produced the 80s-influenced "Give My All To You" while Rodney Jerkins produced the international party jam "I Want Your Love".

"I'll even take off my shades," sings (yes, sings) Combs on "Twisted", hinting at a new, emotional core to his sound. The multilayered track represents some of the many influences of Last Train. With a soaring synth riff that reflects the head-trip that is falling in love, he recalls a post-millennial Prince. Other tracks veer from tribal drums to church organs to gritty instrumentals, all combining to form the new sound.

While Combs has had unsurpassed success in many different realms, from fashion to spirits to film, the lush soundscape of Last Train represents a renewed commitment to music from the multitalented impresario. By opening up a chapter of his own life to tell the story, he's crafted an album that is expressive and exciting. Sure, this album will make you dance, but Dirty Money is more than just dance music. It's a movement.

          From Cyborgs to Hacktivists: Postfeminist Disobedience and Virtual Communities   
Carolyn Guertin

For many the term postfeminist might call to mind the vanilla pleasures of metrosexuality, webcams, online soaps, and blog culture, but, for me, a 40-something cyberfeminist scholar, curator and some time activist, the politically-minded feminist texts I work with are in fact dyed-in-the-wool postfeminist ones that occupy a different place on the postfeminism continuum from those more loudly-lauded, lighter confections. Usually given a bad rap by the media, postfeminism has been accused of being antifeminist, whereas it is instead what the next wave of second wave feminism has become. Its name is not a marker or movement that intends to imply that feminism is dead and gone, any more than Donna Haraway’s “postgender” and N. Katherine Hayles’ “posthuman” mean the death of those old shoes. As Ann Brooks puts it in Postfeminisms, “the concept of `post’ implies a process of ongoing transformation and change” (1). Postfeminism is that indicator that shows us the organism formerly known as feminism has grown into something far more complex than its liberal origins would lead us to expect.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, second wave feminism, which had spoken predominantly from and to a position of white middle class privilege, began to fracture to include a broader chorus of voices, classes, and races. Postfeminism or, more exactly, postfeminisms have expanded to include a multitude of situated perspectives within the context of postmodern thinking, and have swelled to embrace the new emphasis on what Michèle Barrett identified in 1992 (the year that the World Wide Web was born) as “fluidity and contingency” - features that are the trademark stock in trade of the cyber age. Barrett believed feminism’s paradigm shift to be the result of a new interest in culture that in turn gave rise to a whole new collectivity of subjectivities. It is no accident that this shift coincided with the advent of a technology that foregrounded networked communications. It was only a few years earlier, in the fledgling days of the personal computer back when the Internet was still a vehicle predominantly for hackers and technogeeks, that Haraway first articulated a politics of connectivity for women in the context of these new technologies. In her “Cyborg Manifesto” Haraway’s half-woman, half-machine revels in the confusion of body boundaries and fractures all sense of an originary unity or simplex gender through embracing the cyborg as a model: a being who revels in discursivity, multiplicity, hybridity, and perversity. As the Web has evolved, it has become something of a gene pool for creative explorations of sexualities, subjectivities and identities - and has proved to be as liberating for men as for women in that regard. Cyberfeminist scholar Sadie Plant even argues for the feminizing influence of technology in a connected age. Without a doubt, though, this new technology’s most important role has been that of facilitating communication.

 “cyberfeminism is post-feminist” (76) Cyberfeminism was born at a particular moment in time, 1992, simultaneously at three different points on the globe. In Canada, Nancy Paterson, a celebrated high tech installation artist, penned an article called “Cyberfeminism” for Stacy Horn’s Echo Gopher server. In Australia, VNS Matrix (Josephine Starrs, Julianne Pierce, Francesca da Rimini and Virginia Barratt) coined the term to label their radical feminist acts and their blatantly viral agenda: to insert women, bodily fluids, and political consciousness into electronic spaces. That same year, British cultural theorist Sadie Plant chose the same term to describe her recipe for defining the feminizing influence of technology on western society and its inhabitants.

-Judy Wajcman

Connectivity has been called the genius of feminism by theorist Robin Morgan (53), and this genius is being realized in electronic spaces and texts in more complex ways than in any other medium to date. Connectivity is the poster child of the postfeminist universe, which is why the first cyberfeminist collective, VNS Matrix, chose the image of the matrix - the cosmic womb - as its symbol The Australian collective VNS Matrix announced its inception with a rallying cry called the “Cyberfeminist Manifesto”:
We are the modern cunt
positive anti-reason
unbounded unleashed unforgiving
we see art with our cunt we make art with our cunt
we believe in jouissance madness holiness and poetry
we are the virus of the new world disorder
rupturing the symbolic from within
saboteurs of big daddy mainframe
the clitoris is a direct line to the matrix
terminators of the moral code
mercenaries of slime
go down on the altar of abjection
sucking the visceral temple we speak in tongues
infiltrating disrupting disseminating
corrupting the discourse/we are the future cunt
Its separatist nature bears a resemblance to philosophies put forward by hackers.
. Another cyberfeminist collective, the Old Boys’ Network, defined its local chapters as “nodes” that “collide, disintegrate, regenerate, engage, disembody, reform, collapse, renew, abandon, revise, revitalize, and expand” (OBN FAQ 7). These structural and mechanical concerns are not accidental. Postfeminisms do not inhabit a network; they are the network of feminist discourse in virtual space and they are at their best when they are helping to forge communities of practice. In its incarnation most familiar to ebr ‘s readers, the electronic, hyperlinked text is both a narratological structure and the means of navigation in space and time. In the webbed space of hyperlinked fiction, the pregnant gaps between the nodes are at least as important as the textual nodes themselves. The nodes exist in conjunction with the dynamic space of the journey and cannot be discussed in isolation. So with the newest literary forms of the postfeminist universe. They cannot be separated from the communities and material praxes that they both engender and nurture on and off the Web.

In the cyberfeminist corner of the postfeminist universe, girl gamers such as Brenda Laurel and Mary Flanagan immediately spring to mind; so too do techno-performers such as Laurie Anderson and Coco Fusco, and new media artists such as Mez or Olia Lialina, but the most important and distinctive Web-native postfeminist form is, I would argue, hacktivism. The term was first coined in 1998 The rallying cry of hackers has long been “information wants to be free.” to describe an emerging hybrid form that united the best attributes of peaceful social protest - activism - and tech-savvy online civil disobedience - hackerism The term “hacktivism” has been attributed to a Toronto-based hacker who goes by the handle of Oxblood Ruffin.. It is a solution-oriented form of political action that inserts bodies and media-based dissent into real time material concerns. It should not be confused with its adolescent and illegal cousins, cractivism - code cracking, vandalism, data blockades (DDos) and the loss of digital data - or cyberterrorism - acts and agents of wanton destruction including worms and viruses. One of its trademark features is that the Web cannot contain hacktivism’s flows, allowing it to spill out into the world in the form of political protest at WTO and G8 events, for example, and in books, pamphlets,, and performance art.

Hacktivism as a praxis was born in December 1997 when Critical Art Ensemble Critical Art Ensemble has been very much in the news lately since one of its members, Steve Kurtz, a professor in the Department of Art at SUNY Buffalo, was arrested on 12 May 2004 and charged with bioterrorism under the American Anti-Terrorism Act. These trumped up and widely protested charges have resulted in the FBI appropriating CAE’s materials and equipment used for testing for the presence of genetically- modified DNA - the tools CAE uses in creating their political art. member and software engineer Carmin Karasic was so appalled by the events of the Acteal Massacre - 45 Zapatistas were murdered at the hands of the Mexican government - that she set out to create a Web interface that would perform political protest as an aesthetic act. Three other Critical Art Ensemble members joined her in forming a new collective they named the Electronic Disturbance Theatre. (The group’s name is drawn from the concept of civil disobedience first proposed by Henry David Thoreau.) Their electronic civil disobedience engine is named FloodNet; funded by RTMark and launched in September 1998, it is Karasic’s brainchild in her war against injustice. Filling the browser page with the names of the dead, this activism tool “would access the page for Mexico’s President Zedillo seeking bogus addresses, so the browser would return messages like “human_rights not found on this server” (Cassell). Unlike the attacks launched by cracktivists, no damage is done by this software agent. When the Electronic Disturbance Theatre alerts its “online activists to `commence flooding!’” they visit EDT’s website and click on FloodNet’s icon (Harmon). The software then directs their browser to the target, and cues the same page to load over and over again.

As a postfeminist work, it is no accident that FloodNet must function as a community-based performance:

FloodNet’s action only drew its validity from the number of people showing support. “It was only actualized through thousands and thousands of participants,” she remembers. “It was meaningless without the masses.” Popular support transforms a random act of vandalism into a show of presence, Karasic argues. “This is an important difference between the single hacker/hacktivist who takes down a server with a single script” (qtd. in Cassell).

Similar to the disruptive aestheticization of codework by the Dutch trio, Karasic sees her collectivity interface as something more closely akin to “conceptual art” than to cyberterrorism (Harmon). No one and no data are harmed in these `attacks,’ but websites are effectively shut down while the protest is being transmitted.

Advancing human rights through the electronic media is also the purview of another collective, a cyberfeminist one called subRosa. It is currently comprised of Laleh Mehran, Hyla Willis, Steffi Domike, Lucia Sommer, and Faith Wilding. It was also formed in the fall of 1998 - around the same time that Karasic was vowing to respond to Mexican excesses with FloodNet. Donna Haraway was the first to identify science as one of the most insidious cultural forms women needed to address to regain control of their bodies; subRosa follows in that tradition. subRosa uses its art to critique “the relationships between digital technologies, biotechnologies and women’s bodies/lives/work” (Griffis). The goal of these hacktivists, akin to the Electronic Disturbance Theatre’s, is the creation of communities, what they call “female affiliations that respect difference and create productive projects in solidarity with others who are working on similar ones” (Griffis).

Embracing bell hooks’ definition of feminism as that which seeks to eradicate ideologies of domination (qtd in Griffis), subRosa undertakes projects of activism and public education on topics as wide-ranging as eugenics, Frankenfoods, stem cell and cloning research, and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). Seeing their purpose as a pedagogical one, they launch inclusive electronic campaigns, publish pamphlets and books, and travel out into (particularly third world) communities to perform their topical art. These are what they call resistant projects, tactical cyberfeminist ones, and situational information theatre: “As cyberfeminists and artists we are using the framework of participatory performance as an information theatre of pedagogical art that models various tactics for intervening and commenting on the seductive representations of the flesh machine” (subRosa). One of the keys to their successful distribution of information is their willingness to mix media and cross boundaries, producing their art and materials in a plethora of formats contextually situated for their audiences. Like FloodNet’s participatory form, subRosa’s mode of information distribution is reproducible, for it argues “[i]n the digital age, resistant cultural producers can embrace recombinance for subversive ends” (subRosa).

All of this may seem somewhat removed from the electronic book and literary traditions, but when postfeminisms meet the new media they encourage these kinds of pleasures in the confusion of boundaries between bodies, texts, technologies, politics, and cultures. In a hyperlinked age when the only true path through a text is a personal journey, the many roads of postfeminism show that comminglings of radical politics and material concerns are alive and well in both the virtual and real worlds. How effective these hacktivist actions are is difficult to measure, but they are remarkable as tools for global mobilization and peaceful protest. It is clear that they are very effective at allowing women’s voices to be heard.


Postfeminist Artists and Groups

Electronic Disturbance Theatre.

Flanagan, Mary. The Adventures of Josie True.

Fusco, Coco. Coco Fusco’s Virtual Laboratory.

Karasic, Carmin. FloodNet.,, and Karasic’s Homepage:

Lialina, Olia.

Mez. The Data][h!][Bleeding Texts.



Works Cited and Consulted

Barrett, Michèle and Anne Phillips, Eds. Destabilizing Theory: Contemporary Feminist Debates. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1992.

Brooks, Ann. Postfeminisms: Feminism, Cultural Theory and Cultural Forms. London and New York: Routledge, 1997.

Critical Art Ensemble.

Critical Art Ensemble Defense Fund.

Cassel, David. “Hacktivism in the Cyberstreets.” AlterNet. 30 May 2000. 16 June 04.

Griffis, Ryan. “Tandem Surfing the Third Wave: Part 3, interview with subRosa.” YOUgenics. 2003. 16 June 04.

Haraway, Donna. “The Cyborg Manifesto.” Simians, Cyborgs and Women. New York: Routledge, 1991. [1985] 149-181.

Harmon, Amy. “`Hacktivists’ of All Persuasions Take Their Struggle to the Web.” New York Times on the Web. 31 Oct 1998. 16 June 04.

Hayles, N. Katherine. How We Became Posthuman. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1999. 17 June 04.

metac0m. “What is Hacktivism?” Dec 03. 16 June 04.

Morgan, Robin. Demon Lover: On the Sexuality of Terrorism. London: Methuen, 1990.

Old Boys’ Network (OBN). “FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions.” 16 June 04

Plant, Sadie. Zeros and Ones. New York: Bantam, 1997.

subRosa. “Tactical Cyberfeminism: An Art and Technology of Social Relations.” 16 June 04.

VNS Matrix. “Cyberfeminist Manifesto.” 1992. 17 June 2004.

Wajcman, Judy. TechnoFeminism. Cambridge and Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2004.

Wray, Stefan. “Electronic Civil Disobedience and the World Wide Web of Hacktivism: A Mapping of Extraparliamentarian Direct Action Net Politics. Nov 1998. 16 June 04.



          Emerging Markets: What has Changed   
(from my colleague Dr. Win Thin)

  • Chinese President Xi visited Hong Kong for the first time.
  • The US has proposed $1.3 bln of arms sales to Taiwan.
  • The Egyptian government raised fuel and cooking gas prices. significantly as part of the IMF program.
  • South Africa’s parliament has scheduled the no confidence vote on President Zuma.
  • Brazil’s central bank lowered its inflation target.
  • Brazil after President Temer was charged with corruption.

In the EM equity space as measured by MSCI, Brazil (+2.9%), Russia (+1.5%), and Turkey (+0.9%) have outperformed this week, while Czech Republic (-3.0%), Hungary (-1.2%), and Chile (-0.9%) have underperformed.  To put this in better context, MSCI EM fell -0.1% this week while MSCI DM fell -0.3%.

In the EM local currency bond space, Brazil (10-year yield -13 bp), Colombia (-6 bp), and China (-5 bp) have outperformed this week, while South Africa (10-year yield +27 bp), Philippines (+17 bp), and Hungary (+17 bp) have underperformed.  To put this in better context, the 10-year UST yield rose 14 bp to 2.28%. 

In the EM FX space, ILS (+1.3% vs. USD), BRL (+1.0% vs. USD), and SGD (up 0.8% vs. USD) have outperformed this week, while ARS (-2.5% vs. USD), ZAR (-1.4% vs. USD), and COP (-1.0% vs. USD) have underperformed. 

Chinese President Xi visited Hong Kong for the first time.  The visit commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong handover. Xi stressed that the “one country, two systems” framework remains successful.  USD/HKD traded at its highest level since January 2016.

The US has proposed $1.3 bln of arms sales to Taiwan.  The package would reportedly contain early warning radar, anti-radar missiles, and naval torpedoes.  It was approved by the Defense Department and will move forward unless Congress blocks it within 30 days.  Of course, Chinese officials objected.

The Egyptian government raised fuel and cooking gas prices significantly as part of the IMF program.  Prime Minister Ismail said inflation (29.7% y/y in May) was likely to accelerate 4-5 percentage points as a result of the price hikes.  After a 300 bp hike in conjunction with the EGP float, the central bank remained on hold until it hiked 200 bp more to 16.75% in May.  

South Africa’s parliament has scheduled the no confidence vote on President Zuma.  After several delays, the vote will be held on August 3.  Parliament added that it has not yet decided on whether the vote will be done via secret ballot.

Brazil’s central bank lowered its inflation target.  The central bank will now target inflation at 4.25% in 2019 and 4.0% percent in 2020, down from the 4.5% target that has been in place since 2005.  The tolerance band was kept at +/- 1.5 percentage points, which came into effect this year.  
Politics is taking center stage again in Brazil after President Temer was charged with corruption.  This is connected to the recent secret recordings of an alleged conversation between Temer and Joesley Batista.  The charges now need to be approved by two thirds of the lower house in order to proceed.  Even if he survives the vote, the reform agenda will be delayed, if not derailed.   


          John Wasik on "Lightning Strikes: Nikola Tesla, New York Finance and the History of Everything"   

Author John Wasik will speak about his book and how Tesla's relationships with Thomas Edison, J.P. Morgan, Wall Street and emerging technology in the early 20th Century shaped our modern era.

          Top 3 Emerging Trends Impacting the Global Tortilla Chips Market from 2017-2021: Technavio   
Top 3 Emerging Trends Impacting the Global Tortilla Chips Market from 2017-2021: Technavio
          Pop Style 1965    

In this exuberant year of crazy haircuts, above-knee skirts and giddy stockings, the fashion designers in search of something even further out have turned to pop art. A dozen Junior Miss firms are busily running up little sleeveless shifts to serve as human canvases for the carefully delineated mundane objects which pop artists love to glorify. The dresses display a man's waistcoat and watch, beads and zippers, and for a real clincher, that famous can of soup. Pop fashions already have it made in the U.S. where teenagers are collecting them as avidly as their elders collect painted classics by pop masters like Warhol and Lichtenstein. According to visiting Londoner Jill Stuart, who poses here, they are a threat to those invading far-out styles, the French Yé-Yé's and her hometown Chelsea look.

Jill Stuart wears a simple cotton dress (Crazy Horse, $15) printed in pop art style. Her vest a parody of real ones worn by the British singing pair, Chad and Jeremy. Chad is Jill's husband.

Bold polka dot collar and tie and out-sized hip belt are screen printed on above-the-knee shifts each $15, Bandbox Junior Petites. (*The dress on the right was yellow with a red printed belt). They are worn here by Jill (right) and American teenager Paula Feiten with no other accessories but their swinging, shoulder length hair, black stockings or boots.

Giant zipper pretends to fasten front of dress (Crazy Horse, $15) - kidding, in pop fashion, about one of the most practical and unglamorous parts of apparel. (Real zipper in back doesn't show.)

Glamourous beads cover most of facade of dress (Kelita $15) contrasting with Orphan Annie black stockings. 

Another example of the printed bead dress by Kelita (above), in colour this time round, for the full 'Pop Art' effect! 

Some of the most famous pieces of pop art are Andy Warhol's paintings of Campbell's soup cans. He has made 32 oils of this familiar first course, and has sold them for $1,500 each. He also autographs actual 12¢ cans of tomato soup, selling them at $6 each. But this dress by Crazy Horse costs only $15.

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All images scanned By Sweet Jane from LIFE magazine 26th February 1965. All photographs by Fred Eberstadt. All information courtesy of the original article. Except colour example of the Kelita printed bead dress which I scanned from Sixties Fashion - from 'less is more' to Youthquake by Jonathan Walford. How Warhol's work influenced our wardrobes here. Discover more about The Fabric of Pop Exhibition at the V&A in 1974 here.  Examples of Geometric Pop Designs by John Kloss here. Read about Chad & Jeremy’s Double Life here and view some more examples of Jill Stuart modelling in 1965 on Mini Mad Mod 60s here and also Ford Model Paula Feiten here. You'll find Cathy McGowan & Ready Steady Go - a key component in the emerging British pop and fashion scene here Some New York Pop Fashion from 1971 here. Pop Goes the Easel-A portrait of pop artists Peter Blake, Derek Boshier, Pauline Boty & Peter Phillips (documentary 1962) here. And finally, view Andy Warhol-The Complete Picture (a documentary) here.

          Swop Shop - Jo Brocklehurst 1970   

                                                                        SWOP SHOP
                                    FASHION IS FOR HIM AND HER

I think a lot of us can identify with this one, most couples have probably borrowed an item or two from each others wardrobe at some point in a relationship or failing that, will have at least shopped for ourselves in the clothing departments of the opposite sex on occasion..either way, I love these illustrations from The Boyfriend book (1970). But what really interests me about them is the illustrator's name! It's signed as Brocklehurst, the signature runs vertically up along the girl's right trouser leg, it's pretty small print, so i've enlarged it in the third scan for your perusal...because the only artist that I am familiar with who worked under that name is Jo Brocklehurst - most widely acclaimed as chronicler of subcultures and nightclub life in the 1970s & 1980s. Anyone who is aware of her output from that period will know that the work is completely different to what you see here, it's much rawer and in a similar vein to that of Egon Schiele. I can actually remember the first time that ever I saw it, I was still in school at that stage, but from one singular image I knew instantly that whoever this person was they definitely had their finger on the pulse of life outside the mainstream and immediately wrote the name on the inside of my art folder for future reference (I still have it btw, see final photograph). If you google search Jo Brocklehurst online, the only images which regularly show up are the drawings from the punk & club scene crowd of the 1980s even though she had a long career ever since graduating from art college as a teenager, first working as a commercial artist before moving into fashion illustration & then lecturing later in life, while continuing to work on personal projects throughout. According to her close friend and muse Isabelle Bricknall, she had in fact documented the emerging bohemian/counter culture scene in London as far back as the 1960s and had been drawing people in clubs since the 1950s before then. I've never actually seen examples of any of it, these illustrations from 1970 are the earliest representation of her 'other' work that I am personally aware of to date. Apparently, she was in the process of curating a museum of her own work at her home in Westbere Road towards the end of her life, but since her death in 2006 the ownership of much of it has been the subject of an ongoing legal dispute and the rest are scattered amongst friends. As a prolific artist who worked constantly over a 50 year period, documenting subculture from within the epicentre of each scene as it was actually happening from decade to decade, I think this unknown work sounds like it has the makings of a really interesting retrospective on many levels, now more so than ever before, much has changed in London over the past ten years and we increasingly move further away from the uniqueness of these eras in all respects with each passing day. While researching material for this post, the same information turned up time after time, she was a very private individual judging by any of the accounts given, and mostly they were obituaries written shortly after her death with the exception of one in depth article by Tom Jenkins for Vice UK last year (see links). However, I decided to have a last look for current news articles and i'm pleased to say that i've found one! There is a forthcoming exhibition at The Gallery Liverpool featuring the work of Jo Brocklehurst and photographer Sheila Rock later this year, it's called Typical Girls and runs from the 19th of August - 4th September 2016.

She will borrow...his knee-length socks, his watch, his black trousers, his tie (worn squaw-like round her head), his troubadour shirt, and in mad moments, will dab his aftershave behind her ears. 

                                                                  The artist's signature (1970).

Jo Brocklehurst's signature on the front of a poster advertising an exhibition of her London Drawings in 1984. Almost identical to the example from 14 years earlier. I can also see some traces of similarity in the execution of the features between this girl and the chap below.

He will borrow...her hairdryer, her rollers, her belt with enormous buckle, her waistcoat, her boots, and no one will recognize it as being hers!

                                 Jo Brocklehurst in Rome, 1966. Photo courtesy of Fershid Bharucha.

My old school art folder with insert of Jo's name in bottom right corner, written on the inside on the day that I first discovered her (as mentioned earlier). The folder itself is in pretty shabby condition these days, it's falling apart, there's a lot of Bowie still on there though, along with David Sylvian, Mick Karn, Steve Strange, Edwyn Collins & Eddie Cochran, among others.

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Images scanned for the Sweet Jane blog from the Boyfriend book 1970 with thanks to Brad Jones, all illustrations by Jo Brocklehurst. Art Folder photo by Sweet Jane. Remembering Jo Brocklehurst, the Artist Who Documented London's 1980s Anarcho-Punk Squatters here, Discover more about the artist Egon Schiele here, Read an excerpt from Sex and Unisex: Fashion Feminism, and the Sexual Revolution by Jo B. Paoletti on Pop Matters here & visit the author's blog here, The New York Dolls rocking some outfits from Biba in 1973 here, The white dress Mick Jagger wore for the 1969 Rolling Stones' Hyde Park concert epitomised the swinging Sixties, says Mick Brown hereYou'll find fashion & anti-fashion, street style and much more on the excellent Ted Polhemus in the 21st Century website here, and Shapers of the 80s - British youth culture at its finest here, His and Hers - the 2010 exhibition exploring the relationship between gender and fashion over the past 250 years is still available to view on the FIT archive here. and finally, Where Were You? Dublin Youth Culture & Street Style 1950-2000 by Garry O'Neill here & here.

          Smart Move: Economic Development Group Encourages Young Professionals to Move to F-M Area   
Kyle Anderson was nervous about moving to Fargo just as his software startup PHR Plus was becoming established in Mesa, Ariz., but his wife, Meagen, had just received a dream job offer from Sanford Medical Center here.

The couple is originally from the area. Anderson is a native of Grygla, Minn., and a graduate of North Dakota State University. His wife's family is from Grafton, N.D. She also attended NDSU. They moved to Mesa when she was accepted into a physician's assistant program there.ADVERTISING"We thought we'd end up staying down there," Anderson said. "We loved the weather, obviously, and loved being there, but we felt it was a good time to get back. We have a couple of kids and missed this area."

His friend, Andrew Christensen, director of Fargo-based Arthur Ventures, suggested Anderson reach out to John Machacek, senior vice president of finance and entrepreneurial development with the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp., for help establishing PHR Plus here.

Machacek provided him with information about the North Dakota Development Fund and other local programs designed to help startups.

Anderson said Machacek's help made the decision to move a lot easier.

"They (the GFMEDC) don't just have a mission statement on their website," Anderson said. "They're actually executing what they're trying to accomplish. It was kind of a scary decision for me to uproot our company, but they really helped to alleviate my concerns."

A mission to 'grow and diversify'

The mission of the GFMEDC is to "grow and diversify the economies in Cass County, N.D., and Clay County, Minn., communities by attracting, retaining and expanding primary-sector businesses."

The organization is known for its efforts to attract new businesses to the area, Smart Move marketing and initiatives like the F-M Ambassador program. It's also responsible for the FM Welcome Parties where new residents can learn about what makes Fargo-Moorhead a great place to live.

What the economic development agency is probably less known for are the one-on-one behind-the-scenes interactions that occur every day.

For example, Machacek is also helping Andrew Scott and his wife, Alexis, move back to Fargo.

Scott, a native of West Fargo, was working for Goldman Sachs in New York City as its director of population health when he told his friend Greg Tehven he was interested in moving back.

Tehven, executive director and co-founder of Fargo-based Emerging Prairie, and Machacek shared Scott's resume with local employers. This led to Scott being hired as manager of Dakota Medical Foundation's new corporate wellness initiative.

Machacek has also been reaching out to organizations that may benefit from Alexis Scott's experience using her bilingual skills in social work settings.

He doesn't only devote his time to North Dakota and Minnesota natives. This fall, Machacek helped Callie Klinkmueller of Acton, Mass., find a job as the communications and program coordinator at NDSU's Research and Technology Park.

Klinkmueller, a graduate of High Point (N.C.) University, spent two summers in North Dakota as assistant volunteer coordinator for the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. When she wanted to stay in North Dakota permanently, her supervisor directed her to Tehven, who once again enlisted Machacek's help.

When she met Machacek for coffee, he invited her to attend that evening's Business After Hours chamber event with him. There, he spent two hours introducing her to people who helped her land a job at NDSU.

Workforce shortage

A workforce study conducted by TIP Strategies of Austin, Texas, in 2015 reported there were 6,700 open positions in Fargo-Moorhead and that a workforce shortage was likely to continue here over the next several years.

That's why it's important to be proactive in attracting people to live here, said Lisa Gulland Nelson, the GFMEDC's vice president of marketing and public relations.

She recently followed Machacek's example when she was impressed by several summer intern candidates. She was only able to hire one, so she asked others for permission to share their resumes with companies she thought would make a good fit.

It was something that required little time and effort. She hopes everyone will stop and think about how they can do something similar.

"We all have connections," she said. "We could all take the time to say, 'I'm going to devote 30 minutes to this person to see what they need and who I could connect them to.' "

Gulland Nelson said Fargo-Moorhead natives should also remember what makes this area so special: The economy is good. People have access to good schools and health care. The people are friendly.

"It's important to remember all the things we have to be proud of here," she said.

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          Northern Plains UAS Test Site Announces Beyond Visual Line of Sight Capabilities for UAS in North Dakota   
By ND Commerce
The Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site announces the approval to execute a phased approach to operate large unmanned aircraft beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in North Dakota using ground-based sense and avoid technologies. This authorization, granted under the FAA’s authorization process, outlines the path for unique testing and flight operations that are not widely available in the national airspace.

 “North Dakota will be the first state to implement this phased approach to unmanned aircraft beyond visual line of sight, reinforcing its well-deserved reputation as a national leader in aviation and UAS research,” says Governor Doug Burgum. “The state’s significant financial commitment to UAS research and development continues to pay dividends as we strive to diversify the economy through innovation and emerging technologies."

The authorization allows for a large-platform UAS to take off from the Grand Sky UAS Business Park at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, with defined conditions to remove the need for a chase manned aircraft.

“Defining the requirements to remove the need for a chase aircraft to conduct long range flights at higher altitudes is another step closer to fully integrating UAS into the National Airspace System,” said Nick Flom, executive director of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site. “This approval signifies how the Test Site program, in collaboration with the FAA, is supporting industry development and enables North Dakota to continue to be the premier location for industry to conduct research related to UAS.”

The approval was based on a concept of operations that was developed in collaboration with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, industry partners, local and regional air traffic community, and the FAA.

“Low traffic and population density, along with state of the art radar makes our location ideal for BVLOS testing,” said Flom.

The safety of the location and of the operation were assessed as part of the FAA’s approval process. The FAA recognizes the industry’s needs to research methods for integrating UAS into the NAS safely and efficiently, and this approval demonstrates the FAA’s commitment to the industry.

The Northern Plains UAS Test Site works to collaborate with the FAA and industry partners to develop equipment, systems, rules and procedures to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System without negatively impacting existing aviation. 

North Dakota has invested over $37 million to advance UAS research and development and is collaborating with organizations statewide to build this emerging industry. 

For more information about the Northern Plains UAS Test Site or to inquire about gaining access to our airspace, go to NPUASTS.COM or call us at 701-777-6100.  


Grand Sky is a 217-acre business and aviation park focused on supporting the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry in North Dakota and the U.S. It is a development executed in partnership with Grand Forks County, N.D., and is located on Grand Forks Air Force Base. Grand Sky offers 1.2 million square feet of hangar, office, shop, laboratory and data center space available on a build-to-suit basis with financing available. For more information, visit

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          Northern Plains UAS Test Site Supports Advanced Testing at Denver International Airport   
By ND Commerce
The Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site recently supported the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in their assessment of techniques and technologies to detect Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in and around airports as part of its Pathfinder Program – UAS Detection and Mitigation at Airports and Critical Infrastructure. The collaborative assessment, which occurred on Nov. 11-18, was hosted at the Denver International Airport with a dozen different flights conducted under an FAA-issued Certification of Authorization or Waiver (COA) granted to the Northern Plains UAS Test Site. 

“Our ability to support the FAA’s assessment demonstrates the maturity and trust that the FAA has in our safety processes and procedures.”  Nicholas Flom, Executive Director of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site said.  “Our team traveled to Denver with our fleet of unmanned aircraft, and conducted the assessment under the oversight and procedures of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site successfully.” 

Vendors CACI International, Liteye Systems Inc. and Sensofusion participated in the event to evaluate procedures and technologies designed to identify UAS operations around airports. The Northern Plains UAS Test Site flew four different models of unmanned aircraft within Denver International Airport’s airspace while the FAA evaluated the technologies operated by the vendors. 

“North Dakota continues to advance UAS integration into the National Airspace System, and our partnership with the FAA for this assessment is another major accomplishment for the industry,” Flom said. 

The Northern Plains UAS Test Site works to collaborate with the FAA and industry partners to develop equipment, systems, rules and procedures to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System without negatively impacting existing aviation.  

North Dakota has invested over $37 million to advance UAS research and development and is collaborating with organizations statewide to build this emerging industry. 

For more information about the Northern Plains UAS Test Site or to inquire about gaining access to our airspace, go to NPUASTS.COM or call us at 701-777-6100.   

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          New Enchanted Highway Piece in the Works   
By The Bismarck Tribune
 A new edition to the Enchanted Highway is in the works. However, it won’t be a giant spider web like many who donated to a Kickstarter campaign expected last year.

Gary Greff, the creator of the Enchanted Highway, is working on a knight and dragon sculpture that will be placed in front of the Enchanted Castle in Regent. It'd be the first sculpture of the tourist attraction to actually be in the town.

“I thought that sort of fits the castle theme and also kids love knights and dragons,” Greff said. “I just thought that’s a great sculpture for probably at the end of the Enchanted Highway.”

Greff had originally planned to construct a 70-by-70-foot spider web when he started a Kickstarter online fundraising campaign with the help of Jackson Ridl, an intern for Emerging Prairie in Fargo. The campaign had 411 people who donated money to the Enchanted Highway and raised more than $20,700 in just over a month.

But the spider web project hit a roadblock not too long after when Greff said he couldn’t find a piece of land for the web to be placed between the deer and the grasshopper.

“I’m sort of at the mercy of the landowners,” Greff said. “I don’t want their best land. Just give me a piece of land and I can fill it in if it’s a low piece, if it’s a hill or whatever. I just need it near the highway though.”

Enchanted Castle restaurant manager Bill Anderson said it can be a bit frustrating to find locations for the sculptures.

“It’s become increasingly hard to find places where you can put these sculptures and it (the knight and dragon sculpture) will help our traffic as well,” he said.

Kickstarter encouraged Greff to find a way to still use the money that he was given for the spider web. He said the backers just wanted to see something get built. So, he decided to construct the knight and dragon.

“If you do nothing, they’re going to say, ‘What did we give the money for? I mean we gave it for nothing and it’s still waiting,’” Greff said.

The knight will stand at 35-feet tall, while holding a sword, and the dragon will be about 40-feet tall. Greff said he hopes to have the knight set by the end of the fall, but it ultimately depends on how much material he can get and what sort of help he can get to put the whole thing together.

Greff said the money he received from the Kickstarter campaign won’t be enough to cover the entire project, but he said it will give them a nice start.

Looking for legislative help

Greff has been working on the Enchanted Highway for more than 28 years and has self-funded a majority of it, including the upkeep that comes along with maintaining all of the sculptures. He said the money from a gift shop on Regent’s Main Street hasn’t been able to raise enough funds to cover many of the costs maintaining all of the Enchanted Highway sculptures.

Greff said he isn’t sure how much longer he can continue to do the project and is worried that he may have to tear down pieces just to save himself money in the long run. He said he plans to go to the state Legislature in January to see if lawmakers would be willing to find ways to help the project’s longevity.

“I know the oil is not good right now, but in the same token if they think I can make it on my own, I can’t make it on my own right now,” Greff said. “It’s going to have to be either a state project to help me out, or else I’m going to have to -- all I can think of is I’ll have to cut some of them down to keep it within my budget.”

Greff said he has talked with many state agencies, including the North Dakota Department of Tourism and the state Department of Commerce. He said it’s all just a matter if any department says it would be willing to pick the project up.

“It’s not state-run,” he said. “It’s Gary Greff-run and I don’t have enough to make it happen anymore. It’s gotten bigger than what I anticipated being.”

New Enchanted Highway Piece in the Works - The Bismarck Tribune

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          Study Finds North Dakota has Most Per Capita Startups in the Nation   
By Prairie Business
North Dakota’s economy supported more business startups last year on a per capita basis than any other state in the nation, according to the 2016 Kauffman Index for Growth Entrepreneurship. The Kauffman Index reports that in 2015 North Dakota was home to 245 new business startups for every 100,000 residents, the strongest startup activity in the nation.

The state’s business startups also grew at a rate of 86 percent as measured by changes in new business employment last year, the strongest growth in a comparison of the nation’s 25 smallest populated states, according to the Kauffman Index.

“Growing our state from within is one of the most effective strategies and we have a very positive business climate for startups,” says Alan Anderson, North Dakota Department of Commerce commissioner, in a statement. “Programs like Innovate ND and Research North Dakota have continued to foster our state’s entrepreneurial spirit and help people get businesses off to a good start.”

The 2016 Kauffman Index ranked North Dakota fourth overall in entrepreneurship growth among the nation’s 25 smaller states, moving up seven places from last year’s report. North Dakota’s rate of startup growth rose to 86.49 percent in the 2016 ranking, up from 56.51 percent in the 2015 ranking. Rate of startup growth measures changes in employment on average from the time of founding the business through the fifth year of business.

South Dakota ranked No. 25 on the same list, while Minnesota ranked No. 15 among the 25 larger states.

“This is a good recognition for the entrepreneurs in the state as well as our entrepreneurial ecosystem,” Justin Dever, co-deputy commissioner of the Department of Commerce, tells Prairie Business. “Rankings like this validate what we’re doing at the Department of Commerce.”

The Department of Commerce’s programs provide assistance to entrepreneurs through education, boot camps, coaching, mentoring and some financial support. Dever says organizations like Emerging Prairie in Fargo and Start Bismarck have also helped nurture the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The 2016 Kauffman Index top 10 smaller states are:

1- Utah

2- New Hampshire

3- Delaware

4- North Dakota

5- Oklahoma

6- Rhode Island

7- Kansas

8- Nevada

9- New Mexico

10- Mississippi

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          UAS Prepares for Takeoff in Hillsboro, North Dakota    
By Grand Forks Herald
Rising several stories above the surrounding farmland, a crane topped off a stack of metal shipping containers with a military-grade antenna and radar dish Monday.

The structure makes for an odd sight but will serve a vital function in an upcoming agricultural research project as it will receive data collected and transmitted by an unmanned aircraft.

That aircraft, accompanying ground control station and other equipment were shipped from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Hillsboro Regional Airport for the project and assembled by a crew with Elbit Systems, an Israeli unmanned aircraft manufacturer.

The project aims to compare imagery of farmland taken by Elbit's Hermes 450 aircraft to pictures of the same land photographed by satellites and smaller unmanned aircraft models.

If all goes according to plan, the aircraft could start collecting data at the end of this week.

"That's our goal. We looked out in the field, and there's corn coming up and we want to do stand counts," said John Nowatzki, lead researcher and an agricultural machine specialist at North Dakota State University. "Right now is the time to do it."

Data collected by the aircraft will be analyzed and potentially used to uncover nutrient deficiencies in crops, frost damage to plants and conducting stand counts, which involves counting the number of plants emerging per acre and comparing it to the number of seeds planted.

The Hermes will photograph an area 4 miles wide by about 40 miles long from various altitudes between 3,000 and 8,000 feet. Smaller unmanned aircraft will be flown at lower heights.

As a mid-size aircraft, the 20-foot-long Hermes requires a runway for takeoff. The aircraft has the capability to spend long periods of time flying, with flights lasting 20 hours or more possible. It can reach a maximum speed of 109 mph and can fly as high as 18,000 feet.

The aircraft's ground control station will be staffed by two pilots during flights. As the Federal Aviation Administration requires all unmanned aircraft flights to be within the line of sight of an observer, a chase plane will be used to keep an eye on the Hermes from the air.

The project is headquartered at the Hillsboro Regional Airport, which splits the difference for research partners from NDSU and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site headquartered at UND.

The research project is paid for in part by a grant from the North Dakota Department of Commerce, which accounts for half of the overall $715,000 allocated toward the project. Elbit covers the rest of the amount.

Property owners who do not want their land photographed can contact Nowatzki at or (701) 231-8213 with their field boundaries or a legal description of their land.

UAS Prepares for Takeoff in Hillsboro, North Dakota - Grand Forks Herald

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          Dalrymple Highlights State's Economic Strength, Opportunities   
By ND Governor's Office
Gov. Jack Dalrymple kicked off the first annual Demographics Conference in Bismarck today by highlighting North Dakota’s economic strength and how the state’s diversified economy is helping to weather fluctuations in the energy and agriculture industries.
The focus of the conference was to help participants understand important socio-economic and demographic trends in North Dakota and how those trends impact citizens, businesses and communities. The inaugural event was a collaborative effort between the North Dakota Department of Commerce, the North Dakota Compass at North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota Department of Economics, and was held at the
National Energy Center of Excellence on the Bismarck State College campus.
“For more than a decade, we have worked hard and strategically to diversify our economy and expand our target industries and those efforts have produced real results with increased economic production, job growth and rising wages,” said Dalrymple. “Despite a downturn in commodity prices impacting the state’s two leading industries, our diversified economic base is strong and growing, with many exciting advancements occurring in the technology, manufacturing and aviation sectors. Our economy is strong and North Dakota continues to be a great place to do business.”
During his remarks, Dalrymple stated that North Dakota’s continued economic growth stems from nearly every business sector across the state and that no single industry tells the whole story of North Dakota’s progress. He highlighted the state’s economic strength relative to production growth, unemployment, job openings and per capita personal income.
  • The state’s Gross Domestic Product through 3rd quarter 2015 is still performing well above the 2012-2013 levels.
  • North Dakota continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation at just 2.9 percent for February 2016.
  • As of March 2016, North Dakota has more than 15,000 job openings across the state.
  • North Dakota has one of the fastest growing populations in the nation. Up until 2008, North Dakota was losing population. In 2013 alone, more than 18,000 new residents moved to the state. Between 2010 and 2014, North Dakota’s overall population increased 9.9 percent.
  • North Dakota continues to be one of only a few states whose populations are getting younger, with 9.6 percent of residents between the age of 20 and 24 compared to 7.1 percent nationally.
  • Since the fourth quarter of 2007, North Dakota’s personal income has led the nation in growth at an annual rate of 5.1 percent. In 2015, even with the economic slowdown, the state still ranked in the top 10 for per capita personal income at number 9 in the nation. 
The Governor also highlighted some of the advancements and opportunities emerging from North Dakota’s target industries and cited examples of businesses throughout the state that are reporting job and revenue growth.
  • North Dakota is well positioned in the energy industry as Bakken Shale is shown as the best cost value oil in the U.S. oil plays. Efficiencies in the industry are lowering the break-even point for companies to make a profit.
  • The state’s technology-based business sector is growing and diversifying, and leading the nation in innovative advances. The state’s technology industry payroll has grown to more than $1 billion a year, providing an average wage of $79,500. Companies like Microsoft and Amazon have long called North Dakota home. They, together with other high-tech companies like NISC, Intelligent Insites and Appareo, have shown growth in the state and continue to expand.
  • North Dakota is home to a growing cluster of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) research, business and military interests. Partnerships among private businesses, universities and state government strengthen North Dakota’s position as a leader in UAS. The state is one of six Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS test sites conducting research to determine how to best integrate UAS into the national airspace. The FAA certified the Northern Plains UAS Test Site as the first site ready for operations in April 2014. Northrop Grumman and General Atomics — world leaders in aviation and aerospace — are investing millions in North Dakota.
  • Manufacturers in North Dakota account for 5.8 percent of the total output in the state and employ 5.6 percent of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $3.25 billion in 2014. In addition, there were 25,900 manufacturing employees in North Dakota in 2015, with an average annual compensation of $55,754.

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          North Dakota UAS Test Site Announces Approval of New Aircraft for Testing   
By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today that the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site has been given an additional operational approval to expand testing capabilities for the UAS industry. The new testing, approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), includes the use of the Hermes 450 unmanned aircraft for research flights in cooperation with North Dakota State University to be conducted from the Hillsboro Municipal Airport.

“This new aircraft will be used to support a precision agricultural research project between Elbit Systems of America and researchers at North Dakota State University,” said Robert Becklund, executive director of the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site.

The Hermes 450, manufactured by Elbit Systems of America, LLC, is a larger aircraft that will be accompanied by a piloted chase plane following behind to ensure safety beyond the ground observers' line of sight. Research using the aircraft will be conducted in cooperation with the North Dakota State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department and the North Dakota Extension Service.

 “Governor Dalrymple and I are excited to welcome Elbit Systems of America to North Dakota, and we eagerly anticipate the commencement of this groundbreaking testing,” Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley said. “We are confident that this partnership will bolster precision agriculture research and expand economic opportunities for our producers.”

 “Elbit Systems of America is proud to be a part of this exciting new initiative which enables the use of a UAS for precision agriculture research and other commercial applications,” commented Raanan Horowitz, president and chief executive officer, Elbit Systems of America. “Elbit Systems is a global leader in UAS systems and applications. We are honored to cooperate with capable partners such as the Northern Plains Test Site and North Dakota State University as we plan to develop innovative solutions for this emerging market."

 North Dakota has invested more than $34 million to establish a national UAS test site, to establish the Grand Sky UAS Business Park and to advance North Dakota’s position as a hub for the nation’s growing UAS industry.

            North Dakota is a leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). On December 30, 2013, North Dakota was selected as one of six FAA test sites that will conduct crucial research that will assist the FAA in developing regulatory standards to foster integration of UAS into the national airspace. The Northern Plains UAS Test Site became the first site to begin flights in May 2014. As a FAA UAS Test Site location, North Dakota positions itself at the forefront of the burgeoning UAS industry.

 For additional information contact Brian Opp at the North Dakota Department of Commerce at (701) 328-5300 or by email at

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          North Dakota Receives Innovation Champion Award   
By ND Commerce
North Dakota was been named an “Innovation Champion” by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). The CTA named North Dakota in its annual “Innovation Scorecard,” an innovation performance index based on 10 criteria.
The Innovation Scorecard assesses the progress of state policies intended to advance innovation and improve business climates, while also tracking states’ responsiveness to disruptive innovation. Using established economic, educational and legislative data, the report issues grades across ten categories, including: right-to-work laws; policies that support new business models; tax friendliness; Internet speed; and size of the tech workforce.
“This index is more confirmation that our strategies to foster innovation, create jobs and grow our economy are paying off in major ways,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said. “North Dakota’s innovators are yielding world-class results, which in turn lead to more jobs and a stronger, more diversified economy.”
The CTA award is based on conduciveness of the state’s legal, regulatory and overall business environments to welcome and encourage innovation in 2015. The complete Scorecard, featuring category rankings, state-by-state profiles and an explanation of CTA’s methodology can be found at

North Dakota supports innovation and entrepreneurship through a number of programs including: 

North Dakota Umanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Industry - North Dakota has invested over $34 million to advance UAS research and development and establish the state as a national hub for the emerging UAS industry. 

Research North Dakota - Matching dollars to ND universities to assists private partners/companies in performing research, development and commercialization of specific projects. 

Centers of Research Excellence  - Hubs of research and development on the campuses of North Dakota's colleges and universities, partnering with private companies to generate new business opportunities. 

Innovate ND - Provides online entrepreneur education, coaching and mentoring from proven business owners to help entrepreneur’s successfully launch new businesses. 

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          Inside Fargo, America's Most Undervalued Tech Hub   
By Fortune
Editor's Note: Congratulations to the many Fargo-area businesses mentioned in this article. Many of them have participate in ND Commerce programs such as Innovate ND, Centers of Excellence and Centers of Research Excellence, Research ND and the North Dakota Development Fund.

It gets 50 inches of snow a year and is so cold that its bikeshare moves inside for the winter. But its homegrown tech community is on fire.

The morning of Nov. 12, 2014 was well below freezing in Fargo, the largest city in North Dakota. By the time Shawn Muehler took the stage before an audience of 150, the theater, located just a few blocks west of the Red River, had warmed up. Entrepreneurs, students, professors and business leaders shuffled down the aisles with free cups of coffee. For the audience, it was time for Fargo’s 1 Million Cups, a robust startup community-building initiative from the Kaufman Foundation that’s a kind of church for entrepreneurs. For Muehler, it was time to talk about drones.

Standing on stage with one of his drones, Muehler—a Fargo native, Air Force officer, and seasoned pilot—had six minutes to present his business idea, the result of several months of white-board calculating, late-night brainstorming, and endless code tinkering. He described the collision risks found in an airspace that is increasingly crowded with aircraft and drones. The software that he and his small team of pilots, developers, and engineers wanted to build, he explained, would create a safety net for drone pilots, enabling them to track their unmanned vehicles in real time using existing cellular networks.

Muehler’s presentation was followed by vigorous applause and a round of questions. As is tradition at 1 Million Cups, the entrepreneur was asked one final query: “How can we as a community help you succeed?” And so he answered. Within five days, Muehler tells Fortune, he had five funding opportunities from people in the community. The ensuing $500,000 seed investment allowed him to double his workforce and move to a larger office downtown.

Last spring the company, now called Botlink, launched the beta version of its drone-tracking application, which it says is the world’s first commercially available drone safety and control platform. In June, Botlink announced a joint venture with Fargo’s power management company, Packet Digital, to raise $15 million on the same day that it co-hosted Fargo’s inaugural Drone Focus Conference. By this fall, the company had launched its first product: a piece of data-processing hardware that’s compatible with every drone on the market.

When I visited the Botlink office in September, the staff had just returned from a drone conference in Las Vegas where they’d run out of brochures the first day and flummoxed some West Coast startups who didn’t realize they had competitors in Fargo. Half-empty containers of drones now littered the floor around the reception desk, making the office look like the home of a robot family unpacking from a long trip. In the workshop down the hall, a plane with a 14-foot wingspan sat on a desk, and Muehler, wearing a Batman t-shirt, was one of the first to tell me what makes Fargo special.

Well before I arrived in Fargo, I’d heard about Silicon Prairie—the Heartland’s version of Silicon Valley—with noteworthy startup activity in larger cities like Omaha, Des Moines, and Kansas City. I knew Fargo was on the eastern border of the state, far from the oil activity in the Bakken region. I’d read that it’s home to the country’s third-largest Microsoft  MSFT 0.65% campus and nearly 30,000 college students. The average age of Fargo residents is 31. Its unemployment rate is among the lowest in the nation. I had already grasped enough about this city of 105,000 to easily dismiss the Siberia-esque picture painted in the 1996 Coen brothers film of the same name. I envisioned a burst of Technicolor popping from a vast expanse of plains.

The tech scene that I visited in September was markedly different from the one I had first heard about in 2013. Two years ago Emerging Prairie, a startup news and events organization, was beginning to establish itself; today it co-organizes wildly popular events such as 1 Million Cups, TEDxFargo, and a monthly gathering called Startup Drinks. Thanks to local startup Myriad Mobile, which spun out of a student-run incubator, Fargo has begun hosting the annual Midwest Mobile Summit. A nonprofit has started offering coding classes for women. Meetups have launched for hackers, gamers, developers, geeks, and even bitcoin enthusiasts.

Fargo companies are also beginning to appear in the national spotlight. Intelligent InSites, which provides tracking real-time operational intelligence for the healthcare industry, is experiencing explosive growth. So is Appareo Systems, a leader in electronic and computer products for the aerospace and defense industries. A handful of gaming companies have surfaced in the area; one is developing a virtual reality horror game and another is building a woodland survival adventure game called On My Ownfor Xbox One. A team from North Dakota State University has engineered an affordable, 3D-printed prosthetic arm. Two locals have started a funeral webcasting service. Another startup has developed an autonomous tractor.

With all of this activity, how does a place like Fargo end up as one of the most undervalued, overlooked tech communities in the United States? That’s why I wanted to meet Greg Tehven, the executive director and co-founder of Emerging Prairie and affectionately known as Fargo’s ambassador, when I visited the city this fall. On a warm Sunday afternoon, I found him at a community lunch for new Americans, set up for several hundred on a basketball court on the west side of town. Characteristic of the region, the wind blew like it was trying to prove something; strong guests sent naan cartwheeling across curry vegetables and off paper plates. Young Bhutanese girls danced barefoot on the asphalt in sequined dresses the color of Gerber daisies.

Tehven is a soft-spoken, dyed-in-the-wool millennial, a fifth-generation Fargoian who grew up on a farm and came of age during the Buffalo Commons era, when people debated a proposal to let buffalo take over the Great Plains. Tehven left Fargo for college, wandered around, felt unfulfilled and returned, determined to build the type of community he wanted to call home. Today, he travels around the country speaking about community-building and teaches social entrepreneurship in India.

“Barriers are being eliminated to contribute to the community here,” he told me. “People who have moved away know they can come back here and do things quickly.” He talked about a radically inclusive culture that has an extraordinary speed of trust. In economic terms, what’s happening in Fargo is that a magnetic downtown is attracting and retaining talent. But Tehven contends that it’s really about love.

“It’s about increasing the amount of love in our community,” he said, noting that it’s hard to be successful on your own. “There’s a co-dependence here.” He said people need each other, whether it’s for harvesting crops or recovering from a flood. If emotional support is absent, innovation will falter.

The next morning, I met Tehven at Prairie Den, a new coworking space in the center of town, above a Chinese restaurant called King House Buffet. Until this summer, it was run by Minneapolis-based CoCo, but they didn’t last a year, Tehven said, because they didn’t embrace the philosophy of giving before getting. Shortly after they left, the space was resurrected as the Den, a funky, art-filled workspace that’s home to Emerging Prairie and a couple start-ups. Hearing the story of this rebirth made me think of the new growth that quickly emerges in forests after controlled burns.

One of the reasons Emerging Prairie was created was to act as a publicity machine for locals who think it’s uncouth to celebrate one’s own achievements. The organization, which is in the process of becoming a nonprofit, now has a staff of four, including a writer, Marisa Jackels, who produces daily stories about the startup scene. She never runs out of content. Tehven has each new staff member read Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City by Foundry Group co-founder Brad Feld.

If Fargo had to limit itself to a single story, it would be that of Great Plains Software, a fledgling startup built by North Dakotan Doug Burgum over nearly two decades and acquired by Microsoft in 2001 for $1.1 billion. Today, Microsoft is located on the south side of town and has grown to four buildings with more than 1,500 employees—the company’s third-largest campus in North America.

Burgum went on to found Kilbourne Group, a downtown redevelopment company, and co-found Arthur Ventures, a venture capital group that’s investing in software companies out of a $45 million fund raised in 2013. He’s as close to a godfather as the humble Fargo community will allow. Incidentally, it wasn’t until well after a conversation with a community leader named Joe—who started a downtown farmer’s market, worked on Uber-friendly legislation and is now building a giant mobile sauna—that I found out he was Burgum’s son.

Burgum said Great Plains employees focused on service and had a lot of humility and gratitude; he sees that today in the dozens of startups that employ Great Plains alumni. Like others, he told me that the region’s land and history play a role in today’s technology growth.

“Every farmer and rancher is an entrepreneur and tinkerer and inventor,” he said, “and there’s some of that DNA here. You wouldn’t have ended up here if you weren’t a risk-taker—moving your family from Sweden to a new land with no electricity and very little infrastructure.”

Shane Waslaski, president and CEO of Intelligent InSites, also grew up in the state and said the strong tech community in Fargo can be attributed to a pioneering spirit and an “altruistic desire to nourish each other.” Tenaciousness and perseverance are rooted in the heritage, he said.

From Prairie Den, Tehven and I walked around downtown, popping into offices and meetings unannounced and intercepting folks on Broadway and Roberts Street—as was his plan. I was reminded of the familiarity and ease with which students can have impromptu and rich conversations while walking across a college quad. Time and again, talking to Muehler and other entrepreneurs, I heard stories that made it easy to root for the underdog that is Fargo. I found a level of enthusiasm typically reserved for young political candidates offering hope and promising change. More than once, I saw someone get choked up talking about the place they call home.

We ran into Drew Spooner, a baby-faced serial entrepreneur who started the Hammock Initiative and speaks deadpan about the health benefits of swaying. He now has sponsors and a national following. Then we ran into the woman behind Unglued, a shop selling locally made crafts; and one of the brewers behind Fargo Brewing Company, which makes Wood Chipper India Pale Ale. Much of the day, Tehven, wearing jeans and flannel, walked around with a cup of coffee in his hand. He told me there’s a sense in Fargo that if you talk about something enough, it will become real—whether it’s a hammocking craze or a spontaneous tailgate party.

Among the challenges in a town with so much startup activity is making sure the entrepreneurs have enough support to get over the first-generation hump and maintain momentum even when the initial spotlight fades.

“In cities like San Francisco, Boston, New York, there’s a lot of experience and expertise,” said Miguel Danielson, another Emerging Prairie co-founder. “That’s great for entrepreneurs because it’s scary to do alone. So a lot of what we do at Emerging Prairie is try to bring these folks together.” He lovingly describes Fargo—remote, hundreds of miles from Minneapolis and Winnipeg—as a Gilligan’s Island of sorts. “You’re stuck with the folks you’ve got in the immediate vicinity, so you better be nice to them,” he said, adding that in a small place, he feels especially blessed when he finds others with common interests.

Danielson grew up in Fargo and left for college and Harvard Law School. If it weren’t for the startup culture—which is helping Midwestern communities fight brain drain–he may never have returned. After practicing in Cambridge for several years, he opened Danielson Legal in Fargo, specializing in technology law, and he created Fargo Startup House, where entrepreneurs can live for free.

In the next five years, Danielson predicts a more robust Fargo tech scene, with a few wild successes and some wild failures. When the city sees its first exit success story of this new era—someone who starts with nothing and ends up with hundreds of millions of dollars—he said that will be “one that looms in the minds of people forever.”

At the end of my day in Fargo, I returned to Prairie Den. Spooner was setting up hammocks for an evening event. An Emerging Prairie Tweet read, “We sway while we work.”

That night, I watched a video of Tehven’s TEDxFargo talk. He was speaking at the Fargo Civic Center in 2014, outside of which sits a stone slab with the Ten Commandments.

“The Coen brothers were wrong,” he told the audience. “It isn’t a place of barrenness. It isn’t a place of cold. It’s a place of the most amazing people in the world.”

The following week I had dinner back home with a friend who works in the technology industry, and I told him I thought he should move to Fargo. Yes, it’s a place that gets an average of 50 inches of snow a year, and it’s so cold that the bikeshare moves inside for the winter. But there’s a lot going on there, I told him. Shortly thereafter, I woke up from a dream in which I was on my way back to Fargo. In it, I was with someone—perhaps my tech friend—and felt a sense of urgency. Eager to find housing, I sped westward, not wanting to miss out.

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          Dalrymple Highlights North Dakota's Economic Growth, Vision for Future at Economic Summit in Fargo   
By ND Governor's Office
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple, along with the Greater North Dakota Chamber and Valley Prosperity Partnership, today hosted the Governor’s Summit on Economic Growth to showcase the state’s economic diversity and generate ideas for future growth. The one-day event was held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Fargo and brought together business leaders and entrepreneurs from across the state.
Dalrymple kicked off the summit by touting North Dakota’s historic economic success and laying out his vision for future growth and opportunity. He highlighted the economic development strategies that over the past decade have fueled the state’s economic growth and diversification, including an emphasis on job creation, building a strong business climate and targeting key industry sectors such as value-added agriculture, technology, advanced manufacturing and aviation. 
The Governor cited North Dakota’s leadership position in several national rankings and studies, including best-run state, growth performer, housing growth and best state for young adults. He stated how North Dakota’s economic growth outpaced all other states in 2014, according to information released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), a position the state has held for four of the past five years. He also focused on North Dakota’s low unemployment, population growth and how the state’s median age is getting younger.

“North Dakota’s economic growth stems from nearly every business sector, with no single industry telling the whole story of our state’s progress,” said Dalrymple. “We have worked hard to diversify our economy and grow our targeted business sectors, while capitalizing on emerging technologies and industries. This summit is a great opportunity to showcase our strengths and successes, and identify visionary and innovative ideas that will chart a course for North Dakota’s future growth.” 
During his remarks, Dalrymple spelled out his vision for future growth that includes building on the state’s economic development efforts and focusing on three key themes: people, places and opportunities. This vision will take North Dakota’s progress to the next level with an emphasis on quality of life and livability of communities, attracting a workforce to drive the state’s economic growth and making the state an obvious choice for those seeking diverse opportunities.
The Governor’s vision for growth includes such focuses as child care, affordable housing, education, outdoor recreation, Main Street revival, infrastructure enhancements, access to colleges and universities, and capital for business start-ups.
In addition to Dalrymple, the summit featured speakers and panelists covering topics such as attracting and retaining a workforce, accessing capital, and fostering innovation and entrepreneurial activity. Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley moderated a panel of business executives outlining a vision for building a workforce for tomorrow’s industries. The event also included a keynote by Joel Kotkin, an internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends. He is the author of the widely praised new book, The New Class Conflict, which describes the changing dynamics of class in America.
Other statistics Dalrymple cited detailing the state’s economic progress included:
  • During the 2015 Legislative Session, Dalrymple signed into law an additional $397 million in tax relief. Overall, since 2009, he has worked with the Legislature to reduce property and income taxes by more than $4.2 billion. 
  • Over the past five years, North Dakota’s per capita personal income has increased nearly 42 percent, bringing North Dakota to 121 percent of the national average, according to the BEA.
  • North Dakota had $5.3 billion worth of exports in 2014, an increase of $4.3 billion since 2004 when the total value of exports was $1 billion.
  • Since 2004, North Dakota has created 123,600 net new jobs, an increase of 36.6 percent.
  • North Dakota is ranked first in growth in the number, employment and revenues of women-owned firms since 1997. 


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          Dalrymple Announces $5.6 Million in Additional State Funding for Grand Sky UAS Park   
By ND Governor's Office
Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced that Grand Forks County will receive $5.6 million in additional state funding to support the continued development of the Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Business and Aviation Park.
“I am pleased to announce that an additional $5.6 million in state funding is available for the continued development of Grand Sky, the nation’s first UAS business park,” Dalrymple said.  “North Dakota’s leadership in the growing UAS industry is attracting national attention and we remain committed to developing our expertise and assets into a national hub for UAS manufacturing, research and development.”
Of the $5.6 million in state funding, the state is providing $2.5 million following Grand Sky’s success in securing its first park tenant - global aerospace giant Northrop Grumman.  An additional $3.1 million in state funding is also available to upgrade a flight tarmac and other infrastructure that will support UAS testing and flight operations. The 2015 Legislature appropriated another $4.4 million contingent upon Grand Sky’s further development.
North Dakota has provided more than $30 million to advance UAS research and development and is collaborating with organizations statewide to build this emerging industry. Within its borders, North Dakota already has all the components needed to support UAS education, training, research and commercialization.
The Grand Sky UAS Business and Aviation Park, located on the grounds of the Grand Forks Air Force Base, is under construction and will provide state-of-the-art facilities for UAS development, testing and training, sensor technology development and data analysis and management. It capitalizes on the state’s UAS test site, the expertise of regional academic institutions such as the University of North Dakota's UAS Center of Excellence. Grand Sky’s facilities are expected to accommodate companies, educational institutions, government contractors and public agencies involved in the UAS sectors.
Dalrymple announced the state’s latest funding commitment for Grand Sky at the Grand Forks County Office Building.  Those joining Dalrymple included members of the Grand Forks County Commission, Grand Forks County Regional Economic Development President and CEO Klaus Thiessen, Grand Sky Development President Tom Swoyer and North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson.
Officials with Grand Sky and the North Dakota Department of Commerce have actively recruited Northrop Grumman, General Atomics and other aviation companies to establish a UAS presence at Grand Sky and to utilize the nation’s first UAS test site. Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer are meeting with General Atomics executives in Grand Forks today.
Dalrymple has led the state’s efforts to establish a national UAS test site in North Dakota and to develop a national hub for UAS manufacturing, research and development. Working toward those goals, some of the state’s notable achievements include:
  • May 2013 - Dalrymple established the Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems Authority.  The six-member authority, chaired by Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, has worked ever since to develop a national UAS test proposal, to earn a test site designation and to develop a test site operation that meets FAA certification.  The authority is charged with overseeing the operations of North Dakota’s UAS test site, including the development of public safety protocols,  privacy safeguards and UAS research and development opportunities. Former 119th North Dakota Air National Guard Commander Col. Robert Becklund serves as director of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site. 
  • December 2013 - The Federal Aviation Administration selects North Dakota to operate one of only six national UAS test sites. The FAA cited North Dakota’s strong proposal, its national standing in aviation and aerospace sciences, university research and development capabilities as well as the state’s diverse climate and open airspace. 
  • April 2014 - North Dakota’s Northern Plains UAS Test Site was the nation’s first to be FAA certified as ready to begin the work of integrating unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace.  
  • February 2015 - The U.S. Air Force and Grand Forks County officials signed an enhanced use lease agreement, paving the way for the development of the Grand Sky UAS Business and Aviation Park. 
  • February 2015 - North Dakota lands its first UAS manufacturing venture when Wahpeton-based ComDel Innovation and Altavian begin manufacturing unmanned aerial systems and UAS components at ComDel’s plant in Wahpeton. 
  • April 2015 - Northrop Grumman Corporation becomes Grand Sky’s anchor tenant. 
  • Since 2013, North Dakota has invested more than $30 million to establish a national UAS test site, to establish Grand Sky and to advance North Dakota’s position as a hub for the nation’s growing UAS industry. 

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          CNBC Ranks North Dakota 6th Best State for Business   
By ND Commerce
North Dakota ranks #6 on the CNBC America's Top States for Business list. The CNBC ranking scores all 50 states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness, developed with input from a broad and diverse array of business and policy experts, official government sources, the CNBC Global CFO Council and the states themselves. 
“North Dakota's business climate has continued to gain a reputation for supporting emerging businesses, entrepreneurs and expansions,” Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson said “The state's growing manufacturing, technology-based businesses, agricultural and energy industries, enhanced with numerous incentives, are drawing some of the world's most recognized companies into the state. Combined with a legendary work ethic and a highly educated workforce, North Dakota has become a dynamic place to live, work and be in business.”
North Dakota ranked #1 in workforce and business friendliness. Minnesota took the top ranking in the study, followed by Texas and Utah.
The full report is available at
The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services.
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          There’s a New Silicon Valley of Drones, and it Isn’t in California   
By MW Market Watch
The “Silicon Valley of drones” is taking shape in a place you probably wouldn’t expect.

With the most open airspace in the country, vast tracts of farmland, infrastructure to test on and the nation’s first unmanned aircraft degree program, it makes sense that North Dakota would be the place for drone technology to spread its wings, and it’s now expanding at an unprecedented rate.

The U.S. has previously been circumspect about allowing companies to commercialize drones; murky rulings from the Federal Aviation Administration and the haphazard enforcement of laws have made it challenging for drone companies to operate in the U.S. — so challenging, in fact, that many operators, including Amazon Prime Air, have expressed an intention to leave the U.S. to work in other countries.

But it’s a different story in North Dakota.

This summer, the nation’s first unmanned airport, the Grand Sky Development Park, opens at the state’s Grand Forks Air Force Base. The project, which has 1.2 million square feet of hangar, office and data space, is being developed by Grand Sky Development Co. A runway will allow for traditional and vertical takeoffs by drones.

The airport is expected to generate about 3,000 jobs by its 2016 completion, including 1,000 permanent jobs on site, 1,000 jobs around the community and 1,000 jobs outside the state, said Tom Swoyer, the project’s developer. Pilots would be able to control drones launching at the site from anywhere in the world.

“It’s going to touch a lot of places,” Swoyer said. “A pilot could be in Southern California and pilot the plane launched from North Dakota.”

It’s an appealing proposition for companies like Northrop Grumman NOC, -0.62%  , which has signed on as the site’s anchor tenant but has its aerospace-systems headquarters in Redondo Beach, Calif.

North Dakota committed $5 million to help bring infrastructure to the site as part of its 2015-17 executive budget and another $7.5 million in grants for runway improvements. With the project expected to cost about $25 million in total, the balance will be covered by private investment, said Swoyer.

“This project evolved here in North Dakota with the right combination of political will and an economy that was growing,” Swoyer said. “It’s a state that is investing in the industry. It’s a community willing to raise their hands and say, ‘Let’s try something completely different.’ ”

A community ‘all focused on unmanned aviation’
In 2005, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) considered closing the Air Force base.

“Our performance and safety record in fighter aircraft was unprecedented, but despite that our aircraft were getting old and weren’t going to get replaced,” said Robert Becklund, then commander of the North Dakota Air National Guard.

To avoid a drastic action by BRAC, the base made a bold move — replacing its KC-135 Stratotankers with drones.

“This was a dramatic change going from a single-seat manned fighter aircraft to unmanned aircraft,” Becklund said. “But it was the right thing to do for the nation.”

The base is now the site of the Global Hawk and MQ-1 Predator drone aircraft.

At about the same time, the University of North Dakota established a “center of excellence” for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), offering the nation’s first undergraduate degree program in unmanned aviation. Five students received degrees in 2011, the program’s first graduating class. Today, more than 100 students are enrolled, and the program is one of more than 30 similar degree programs at universities throughout the country.

“We have academia, our military, the Department of Homeland Security and industries in the region all focused on unmanned aviation,” Becklund said.

In 2014, North Dakota was one of six states allowed to develop a test site for commercial drone applications: the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in Grand Forks. The site is part of an FAA program looking toward the safe integration of unmanned aircraft into airspace.

North Dakota’s test site was the first to earn operational designation from the FAA and the first to fly under the agreement. The site covers more than half the state, boasting 45,000 square miles of authorized airspace — the largest such volume of any single state.

“If North Dakota hadn’t been selected as a test site, I would have questioned our country’s decision making,” said Becklund, who now serves as the executive director of the test site.

The state budget allocated $4.2 million in its 2015-17 budget for operating the test site. Of that, $1.2 million goes directly to drone companies in the form of a dollar-for-dollar matching program for those opting to partner with one of North Dakota’s research universities on a project. A related but separate program, Research North Dakota, provides up to $300,000 in matching funds for qualified firms.

But there’s a catch. For major companies to fly at the test site, they have to lease their unmanned aircraft to the site so that they can fly under public domain. That caveat is what may have driven companies like Amazon to explore drone-delivery testing outside of the U.S.

“There is no way these companies will lease their airplanes to us,” Becklund said. “It’s a proprietary machine. Any company developing their own aircraft will not lease that to anyone outside their company.”

That restriction has posed a major problem for test sites trying to attract corporate research.

“The FAA says they are here to support industry, but to [participate at a test site] companies have to lease their aircraft to us,” Becklund said.

Companies could get around the requirement by applying for an experimental certification, but that still restricts them to research — not commercial — applications.

A vibrant startup scene
Despite the challenges, other (often smaller) drone companies benefit from the test site.

Most of those companies are based in Fargo, a city that entrepreneurs say bursts with an energy that’s akin to that of the startup scene in San Francisco. But this scene is dominated by drone-based industries.

“We’re becoming a robust startup community,” said North Dakota’s lieutenant governor, Drew Wrigley. “They are the geek squad over in Fargo. You’ve got technical companies and young, energetic entrepreneurs.”

Appareo Systems builds flight-data recorders and ADS-B, a type of aircraft tracking system. Since 2001, that startup has worked on a project in partnership with NASA and the University of North Dakota to build, design and manufacture the ADS-B equipping the airplanes.

Another company, Packet Digital, combines high-speed power electronics with advancements in solar to double drone flight times. The ultimate goal is to provide drones with unlimited flight.

“Once you extend flight time, you open up the possibility of many more types of applications and uses for drones,” said Terri Zimmerman, Packet Digital’s CEO. Those applications could include agriculture, allowing farmers to fly drones over farmland to monitor their crops.

And as more drones fill the airspace, there’s a company working on technology that gives pilots situational awareness of other drones in the area. Botlink allows operators to control a drone from a tablet and detect other drones flying nearby.

The company was founded by Shawn Muehler. He’s the guy behind DroneFocus, a meet-up group in Fargo that grew to 50 members, including Becklund, local startups and public officials. “We’re bringing the government, the private sector, the commercial side together to cut through the red tape,” Muehler said. “It’s the only meet-up where we get every industry player in one room.” Lt. Gov. Wrigley has been known to attend.

Indicative of the group’s attitude, the whole thing is organized through That means anyone is welcome; you just click a button to join. When the group huddles, the gathering feels more like a block party than a rigid policy meeting with a strict agenda, according to attendees.

“We just have a different personality out here,” Muehler said. “It’s not about how we can beat our competitors. It’s how we can help each other out to propel this industry forward.”

North Dakota’s drone sector has already blown away industry predictions. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) released an economic report in 2013 (before North Dakota was chosen as a test site) predicting the economic impact of drone integration in the U.S. The data were based on airspace activity at the time the report was created.

They forecast that between 2015 and 2017, California’s drone industry would have the largest economic impact in terms of dollars, and North Dakota’s would have the third lowest.

North Dakota’s Department of Commerce revised those predictions in 2013 based on the assumption that the state would become a test site. Its data showed that North Dakota would have the greatest percentage of drone-related jobs (relative to population) of any state.

“Obviously, California has a number of aerospace companies as well as companies that develop sensors, payloads, software and a variety of different products that fit within this industry,” said Paul Lucy, a director at the North Dakota Department of Commerce. “They underestimated the potential for companies to come here and do R&D work with our test site.”

Still, Becklund doesn’t believe North Dakota is a complete replacement for Silicon Valley, he said. There just aren’t enough people working in engineering and technology to fill jobs in a state that already has one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates, he said. North Dakota’s unemployment rate in May was 3.1% versus the national average of 5.5%.

“But if those engineers who developed the technologies in Silicon Valley are looking for a place with a low cost of living, a highly educated workforce and a cooperative community — whether that’s the government or financially — probably this is the best place to do that,” he said.

But even if the jobs get filled, there’s still the issue of funding.

“We can’t get funding because the people in the state tend to be fiscally conservative,” Botlink’s Muehler said. His company received $500,000 in seed funding from local investors. But that’s a paltry figure if the state is going to compete with such venture-backed Silicon Valley drone startups as Airware, which has raised over $40 million in five funding rounds, or 3D Robotics, which has more than $100 million in venture capital.

“We’ve been searching for Series A on a local level because we want to keep the money in the state, so we’re looking for funding sources within North Dakota,” said Muehler.

But where these startups lack private capital, the state is trying to foot the bill. Since 2006, North Dakota has allocated $32.5 million in grant funding to companies interested in commercial drone development through 2017. In addition, the state’s Research North Dakota program offers $5 million biannually in grants from research and development to organizations and companies involved in UAS research through state universities.

Those business incentives have drawn companies from around the U.S. to the state. Florida-based drone manufacturer Altvavian announced in February a $3.2 million agreement to manufacture drones at a plant in North Dakota, the first official UAS manufacturing project in the state.

Wrigley said he sees his state as the Silicon Valley of drones. “People look to North Dakota and say they want to emulate this,” the lieutenant governor said. “We’re blessed with the natural conditions that make it easy to expand drone technology, industries that are keen to tie in UAS technology — and on top of that you have people passionate for aviation and emerging technologies. It’s a part of our pioneering culture.”

There’s a New Silicon Valley of Drones, and it Isn’t in California - MW Market Watch

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          Hoeven Introduces Legislation to set Interim UAS Rules   
Grand Forks Herald
Senator John Hoeven, R-N.D., introduced legislation Tuesday to set temporary guidelines for operating small commercial unmanned aircraft systems while the Federal Aviation Administration develops more permanent rules for the new technology.ADVERTISEMENTHoeven introduced the Commercial UAS Modernization Act with Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., in an effort to speed up the development process for an industry some see becoming a major part of the North Dakota and national economy. The FAA largely bans commercial use of UAS, but companies can receive an exemption.

"The sooner we allow the broader use of this technology, the more quickly the U.S. will realize the many societal and economic benefits of UAS," said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, in a statement.

The bill would allow UAS operators to certify aircraft and pilots with six federally designated test sites, one of them being in North Dakota, Hoeven said. Operators would have to fly under proposed FAA rules for small commercial UAS, which limit flights to daylight hours, to within an operator's line of sight, and under an altitude of 500 feet.

Hoeven said it could be a couple of years before the FAA rules are finalized.

The bill is "an effort to expedite the process because we're falling behind other countries," Hoeven said in an interview with the Herald. "This uses the test sites to speed up the process so that our companies can move forward with developing unmanned aircraft."


The six FAA test sites were set up to research integrating unmanned aircraft safely into the national airspace. North Dakota was named one of the sites in late 2013.

AUVSI estimates that the UAS industry will create more than 100,000 new jobs within 10 years of airspace integration. Small UAS are expected to be used in a variety of industries, including agriculture and energy.

The FAA announced its proposed rules for small UAS in February, but some worry that the government is moving too slowly to regulate the industry.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., joined Hoeven in writing a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta last year in part to express concern about delays operators face in getting permission to fly.

"These delays force those manufacturers and operators who play by the rules to sit on the sidelines while they wait for approval while others chance fines and operate without any certification from the FAA, which raises serious concerns about public safety," Heitkamp, Hoeven, Booker and two other senators wrote in November.

Hoeven's and Booker's bill also creates a deputy FAA administrator responsible for the integration of UAS into the national airspace and "builds a reasonable framework for the registration and use of UAS," according to Hoeven's press release. It also requires operators to report crashes to the FAA.

The FAA doesn't comment on pending legislation, a spokeswoman said Tuesday evening.

"The Commercial UAS Modernization Act sets up clear and immediate rules of the road, helping to lay a foundation that will allow us to make cutting-edge progress in a rapidly emerging field," Booker said in a statement.

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          North Dakota Ranks #2 in Business Survival Rates   
By ND Commerce
North Dakota ranked 2nd in the nation for business survival rates according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Business Employment Dynamics data series. The study assessed the states in which new businesses were most likely to survive.
“We are very pleased that North Dakota continues to outpace the nation with one of the best business survival rates in the country,” North Dakota Department of Commerce Economic Development & Finance Division Director Paul Lucy said. “This study is additional proof that our business climate is one of the top in the nation for supporting emerging businesses, entrepreneurs and expansions.”
In 2003, there were 1,094 business establishments born in North Dakota. Nearly half of these businesses (47.1 percent) survived until 2013. Nationally, 610,082 businesses were established in the United States in 2003. Of these businesses, 226,809 (37.17percent) survived. Overall, California had the highest survival rate.
The number of limited liability companies registered in North Dakota increased 130 percent during the past four years from 12,459 to 28,657, according to North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger. “This number of new businesses along with this recent top ranking survival rate shows the continued strength of North Dakota.”
The complete Bureau of Economic Analysis report is available at
The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services.
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          Fargo 2.0: It’s Not Like the Movie   
By Seattle Times

Growing up here, Greg Tehven heard all the jokes.

“When I’d tell people I was from Fargo, I would get laughed at. It was almost as if other cities bullied us,” said Tehven, 29, a self-appointed community booster and co-founder of Emerging Prairie, a network of local entrepreneurs and startups.

It was bad enough when the movie “Fargo” came out two decades ago. Now it’s back as a TV show, and this time, the gap between the Fargo on screen — the one with the woodchipper — and the city that surrounds him is galling.

Tehven’s Fargo is the five-block radius of downtown; a vibrant community of artists, tech entrepreneurs, college kids and possibilities. Once hollowed out, the downtown is now crowded with coffee shops, restaurants and quirky shops that draw in crowds of strolling pedestrians and cyclists.

Tehven’s Fargo is one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities.

Newcomers are pouring into the Fargo-Moorhead region, pushing its borders outward, filling the schools to capacity, but still not filling all its 5,700 current job vacancies.

Neighboring West Fargo has built so many new schools, they hold contests to come up with names. Fargo itself, population 109,000, now sprawls across 48 square miles, a footprint the size of Boston.

“You feel like you died and went to heaven,” said James Gartin, president of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp. — the man in charge of encouraging economic growth in a place now ranked as the best place in America to find a job, the country’s third-safest community and its fourth-fastest growing metro region.

“It’s electric,” Gartin said. “It’s just an incredible time to be in this market. Not only with the business growth, but we have this incredible entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

These are boom times for all of North Dakota, as western oil fields bring in money and jobs at a staggering rate. The unemployment rate is near 2 percent and there’s so much revenue rolling in, the Legislature has cut taxes by $2.4 billion since 2009, yet the state still has a $500 million surplus.

The Bakken oil fields are 400 miles northwest of here, and while the region benefits from the oil boom, most of its prosperity is coming from within. The largest employers in town are the health-care companies, the region’s many universities, the banks and the tech companies, led by Microsoft.

Beyond the five-block core of downtown, Fargo levels out into a sprawl of neighborhoods and businesses, with more going up every day; 2,700 new housing permits have been issued this year.

Plenty of towns talk about revitalizing their downtowns. Fargo is actually doing it, thanks to the happy combination of a good economy, a thriving business climate and motivated residents.

“We’re building the kind of city we want to live in,” Tehven said.

The rebirth of Fargo started with one building, and one man determined to save it.

When Doug Burgum sold his Great Plains Software to Microsoft more than a decade ago, he turned his time and resources to invest in the neglected downtown.

He started with a dilapidated old school-supply building that was about to be razed for a parking lot. In 2000, the city paid Burgum $100,000 to take it off its hands.

Burgum refurbished the building and donated it to North Dakota State University. Today, it’s Renaissance Hall and houses the university’s architecture department.

Other developers stepped forward to renovate other buildings.

“People ask, ‘What’s left to do?’ ” Burgum said. “I tell them we’re just getting started.”

The downtown is an attractive city center with amenities that can make the difference in attracting new businesses and workers.

“Value what makes your community distinctive. Don’t try to look like everyone else,” said Thomas Fisher, dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota.

The two largest demographic groups in America today are the baby boomers and the millennials, born between the 1980s and 2000s.

Both groups, Fisher said, are being drawn to downtown living, often for the same reasons — they want the entertainment, shops and amenities you can walk to, unlike the sidewalk-free sprawl of the suburbs.

Fargo is a city of networkers. One person will notice that the downtown alleys could use some sprucing up, and in short order Alley Fair gets created, with volunteers fanning out over town to fill vacant alleys with art, plants and light. It can feel like the city has a downtown-improvement flash mob.

“Fargo is filled with really talented, creative, hardworking people that care,” Tehven said. “And we’re having the time of our lives.”

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          UND Center for Innovation Announces New UAS Tenant   
by ND Commerce
The UND Center for Innovation Foundation’s technology incubator announced today that Virginia-based software company, VirtualAgility, has signed on as one of the first Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) tenants.
“We are extremely impressed by the UND Center for Innovation’s commitment to emerging technology, and the breadth and depth of the talent pool available in North Dakota,” Stuart Rudolph, President and CEO of VirtualAgility, said. “As we expand our UAS offerings, North Dakota provides the necessary infrastructure to support our plan to become the premier provider of UAS information management.”  
“Stuart Rudolph is a seasoned entrepreneur who quickly assessed the significant opportunity in North Dakota with his technology in one of the nation’s first UAS Test Sites, “ Bruce Gjovig,  CEO & Entrepreneur Coach of the UND Center for Innovation Foundation said. “ While at the UAS  Industry Summit he met with other UAS companies in our tech incubator, and  they immediately identified synergy that was possible in the incubator.”
North Dakota is home to a growing cluster of UAS research, business and military interests. Partnerships among private businesses, universities and state government strengthen North Dakota's position as a leader in UAS. 
“It is exciting to see VirtualAgility recognizing new business opportunities with UAS in North Dakota and taking steps to establish a presence here,” Brian Opp, Manager of Aerospace Business Development at the North Dakota Department of Commerce said.    
The signing occurred following the Northern Plains UAS industry day held earlier this month in Grand Forks. This event, coordinated by the North Dakota Department of Commerce, focused on attracting companies interested in partnering with the test site.
Last week, Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and the state’s congressional delegation in announcing that North Dakota’s test site for UAS is the nation’s first to be certified ready for operations.
VirtualAgility provides a user-configurable platform that allows persons who are not specialists in information technology to create sophisticated, integrated applications. U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Defense utilize VirtualAgility technology in mission-critical applications requiring high degrees of security, accessibility, usability and breadth of functionality. Virtual AirBoss™ is designed to simplify the process of capturing, sharing and reporting on UAS activities.
The UND Center for Innovation Foundation is one of the premier venture development organizations in the United States, and has been ranked as one of the top entrepreneur centers in the nation by such entities as NBIA, SSTI, EDA and SBA. The foundation’s mission is to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and access to entrepreneur capital as well as provide vital entrepreneur infrastructure such as the Ina May Rude Entrepreneur Center, a tech incubator. 

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           Teaching and Learning Activities: expanding the repertoire to support student learning    
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           Near-infrared spectrometry for the measurement of central nervous system activation: a brief demonstration of an emerging behavioral assessment tool    
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           Finding Information for your Teaching and Research Work in Teaching and Learning    
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          CIOsynergy Announces Crowe Horwath LLP as an Official Sponsor for its SecureCIO Chicago Event   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at secureCIO Chicago.

(PRWeb July 13, 2015)

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          CIOsynergy Announces Palerra as an Official Sponsor for its secureCIO Chicago Event   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at secureCIO Chicago.

(PRWeb July 13, 2015)

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          CIOsynergy Announces iland as an Official Sponsor for its CIOsynergy New York Event   

iland joins 150 CIOs and IT professionals to address emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy.

(PRWeb June 22, 2015)

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          Polycom, Inc. Will Participate at CIOsynergy New York on June 25, 2015   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy New York.

(PRWeb June 22, 2015)

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          Unify Square Invited to Participate at Exclusive CIOsynergy New York   

The company will represent the unified communications market in a gathering of 150 CIOs and IT professionals to collaborate on emerging trends in enterprise IT.

(PRWeb June 22, 2015)

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          Carousel Industries, will Participate at CIOhealth New York on June 25, 2015   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy New York.

(PRWeb June 19, 2015)

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          CIOsynergy Announces EST Group as an Official Sponsor for secureCIO Dallas Event   

150 CIOs and IT professionals to focus on emerging trends in enterprise IT and the impact on efficiency and cost effectiveness

(PRWeb June 08, 2015)

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          Aruba Networks to Participate at CIOsynergy Chicago   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness.

(PRWeb May 21, 2015)

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          CIOSynergy Announces Zensar Technologies as an Official Sponsor of CIOsynergy Chicago on May 28, 2015   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Chicago.

(PRWeb May 21, 2015)

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          Mozy Will Participate at CIOsynergy Chicago on May 28, 2015   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Chicago.

(PRWeb May 16, 2015)

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          CIOsynergy Announces Blue Jeans Network as an Official Sponsor for its CIOsynergy Chicago Event   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Chicago.

(PRWeb May 16, 2015)

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          STEALHbits to participate at CIOsynergy Chicago on May 28, 2015   

Leading Data Security Software Company will join 150 CIOs and IT professionals to explore emerging enterprise security threats and how to counter them.

(PRWeb May 16, 2015)

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          CIOsynergy Announces Service Express Inc. (SEI) as an Official Sponsor for Its CIOsynergy Chicago Event   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Chicago.

(PRWeb May 14, 2015)

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          CIOsynergy Announces T5 Data Centers and Carpathia as Official Sponsors for its CIOsynergy Los Angeles Event   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Los Angeles

(PRWeb April 14, 2015)

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          CIOsynergy Announces ESI Technologies as an Official Sponsor for its CIOsynergy Toronto Event   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Toronto.

(PRWeb March 26, 2015)

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          CIOsynergy Announces Infolaser Canada as an Official Sponsor for its CIOsynergy Toronto Event.   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Toronto.

(PRWeb March 25, 2015)

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          NCI and Websense will participate at CIOsynergy Toronto on March 26, 2015.   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Toronto.

(PRWeb March 25, 2015)

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          CIOsynergy Announces Pluribus Networks as an Official Sponsor for its CIOsynergy Toronto Event   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Toronto.

(PRWeb March 24, 2015)

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          CIOsynergy Announces Palerra as an Official Sponsor for its CIOsynergy Atlanta Event   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Atlanta.

(PRWeb February 23, 2015)

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          CIOsynergy Announces NetIQ as an Official Sponsor for CIOsynergy Atlanta   

150 CIOs and IT Professionals Will Discuss Emerging Trends in Enterprise IT and Their Impact on Business Efficiency

(PRWeb February 19, 2015)

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          EasyVista will Participate at CIOsynergy Atlanta on February 26, 2015.   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Atlanta.

(PRWeb February 16, 2015)

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          MOZY will participate at CIOsynergy Atlanta on February 26, 2015.   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Atlanta.

(PRWeb February 16, 2015)

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          CIOsynergy Announces Unisys as an Official Sponsor for its CIOsynergy Atlanta Event   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Atlanta.

(PRWeb February 16, 2015)

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          CIOsynergy Announces Carpathia and T5 Data Centers as Official Sponsors for its CIOsynergy Atlanta Event   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and how to achieve greater efficiencies and cost savings.

(PRWeb February 11, 2015)

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          Stonebranch will participate at CIOsynergy Atlanta on February 26, 2015   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Atlanta.

(PRWeb February 11, 2015)

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          CIOsynergy Announces AppSense as an Official Sponsor for its CIOsynergy Atlanta Event.   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Atlanta.

(PRWeb February 11, 2015)

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          WinMagic to Participate at Upcoming CIOsynergy Calgary Event   

Leading Data Security Vendor WinMagic will Join Industry Peers to Discuss Emerging Trends in Enterprise IT

(PRWeb February 05, 2015)

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          APPTIO, The Leading Provider Of Technology Business Management Solutions, Will Participate At CIOsynergy Calgary   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness on February 5

(PRWeb February 04, 2015)

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          APPTIO, The Leading Provider Of Technology Business Management Solutions, Will Participate At CIOsynergy Dallas   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness on January 29, 2015.

(PRWeb January 28, 2015)

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          AppDynamics Will Participate at CIOsynergy Dallas on January 29, 2015   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Dallas.

(PRWeb January 26, 2015)

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          CIOsynergy Announces Nativeflow as Official Sponsor for its Dallas Event.   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency at CIOsynergy Dallas.

(PRWeb January 24, 2015)

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          CIOsynergy Announces APN Consulting Inc. as an Official Sponsor for its Dallas Event   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Dallas.

(PRWeb January 23, 2015)

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          ShoreGroup Will Participate at CIOsynergy Dallas on January 29, 2015   

150 CIOs and IT professionals will focus on the emerging trends in enterprise IT and their impact on greater efficiency and cost effectiveness at CIOsynergy Dallas.

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          Future Google Pixel phones may feature curved screens   
Future Google Pixel phones may feature curved screens

Tech giant Google Inc. has plans to introduce a curved screen on the follow-up to its Pixel flagship smartphone that was launched in 2016, according to emerging media reports.

A report from South Korea’s Electronic Times claimed that Google has offered to invest $880 million (1 trillion won) in LG Display Co. in order to secure a stable supply of flexible OLEDs for its next handset.

While many may be surprised by this piece of information, experts said it is not that much astonishing as it seems to be the popular flavor of the year in smartphone design.

For instance, Korean electronics giant Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 smartphone sports a curved screen. Cupertino-based Apple Inc. has reportedly signed a deal with a company to get 160 million curved screens for its next iPhone.

However, it may take some time for Google to get curved screens as its offer is still under consideration by LG Display. Google mayn’t have many other options as Samsung will likely not be able to accommodate additional demand after signing a deal with Apple.


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          The Impact Of The 'Summer Of Love' Still Reverberates   
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967 became a soundtrack for an emerging counterculture.
          Manager, Digital Audio - CBS Radio - New York, NY   
This person should be passionate about the emerging podcast space and all aspects of podcasting such as production, content development, talent relations,...
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          Global LTE Advanced and 5G Market Report 2017 - By Technology, Spectrum, Releases, End User & Geography - Increasing Demand for High Speed Internet - Research and Markets   
...prominent players • Growth prospects among the emerging nations through 2025 • Market opportunities and recommendations for new investments Companies Mentioned • Alcatel-Lucent ( News - Alert ) • AT&T Inc. • China Mobile • Deutsche Telecom AG • Ericsson Inc. • Huawei Technologies Company Ltd • Motorola Solutions Inc. • Nokia ...

          Fred with Tires: The Iconic West Hollywood Photograph   
This is one of the iconic photos of West Hollywood.  Nearly everyone I knew had a print in their living room or bedroom.  It was a fixture in our homes, like the family photos that heterosexuals keep on their mantles:

A buffed young man carrying tires through an auto shop, his male-model face and expensive hairstyle contrasting with his working-class surroundings, a sweaty, macho, implicitly heterosexual grease monkey emerging from his closet, transformed into an object of homoerotic desire.  

He represented all of small-town joys that we left behind in the Straight World, and the much greater joys we found with our friends and lovers in our new home.

I didn't know where it came from until yesterday: it's "Fred with Tires" by fashion photographer Herb Ritts (1952-2002).

He grew up in a wealthy household in Los Angeles (his next door neighbor was Steve McQueen), and attended Bard College.  His photography career began in 1978, when he and buddy Richard Gere had car trouble on a road trip, and he began photographing the future star in front of their jalopy -- not shirtless but sultry, bulging, a canny evocation of working class machismo combined with pretty boy sensitivity.

The next year, a photo of John Voight made it to Newsweek.

Pleased with the critical reaction, Ritts began photographing other celebrities, such as Brooke Shields and Olivia Newton-John.  He specialized in female supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford.  He published a number of books on fashion photography, and became a renowned expert in the field.

He was also a well-known commercial photographer, with work for Levis, Revlon, Brut, Chanel, Maybelline.

Although he was gay, out since college, in a committed relationship with partner Erik Hyman, his artistic emphasis was always on the feminine.  There are only a few male celebrities in his archive, and those few are rarely shirtless, displaying a sensuality but not overt eroticism.  This color photo of Justin Timberlake is an exception.

So how did we get "Fred, with Tires"?  In 1984, Herb hired a UCLA undergrad named Fred for a raincoat ad in the Italian magazine Per Lui.

 He hated the raincoats, so he had Fred pose in jeans instead.  The editor hated the photos -- too sultry, too erotic, too gay -- but ran them anyway.  And the last, taken when Fred was tired, sweaty, and little annoyed, anxious to finish up and go home -- perfectly captured the West Hollywood moment.

The original hangs in the Getty Museum, and prints became fixtures in our apartments, emblematic of home.

          A Kashmiri  young talented Actor/Model #Aadil #Khan turned a Film producer in Bollywood Film industry   
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          Backend Software Engineer - Toronto - TribalScale - Toronto, ON   
Our teams create world-class products and digital experiences across Web, Mobile, and Emerging Technologies for high profile brands, such as ABC News, AAA and...
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          Marketing Manager, Toronto - FocusHub - Toronto, ON   
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          Account Executive - TribalScale - Toronto, ON   
Our teams create world-class products and digital experiences across Web, Mobile, and Emerging Technologies for high profile brands, such as ABC News, AAA and...
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          WatchGuard Technologies Recognized as a Visionary in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for the Unified Threat Management (UTM) Market   
Gartner singled out WatchGuard for its ability to quickly respond to emerging needs from midmarket organizations with new software options

          WatchGuard Named as a CRN Emerging Tech Vendor   
New WatchGuard SSL 1000 and WatchGuard SSL 500 VPN Appliances Recognized by CRN

          Business Development and Partnership Manager   
Business Development and Partnership Manager Salary: £40k - £45k per annum Location: Islington, London, N7 9DP The role of the Business Development and Partnership Manager The post holder will also be responsible for developing, managing and delivering a range of activities including managing the our client’s Partnership Network newsletters and activities, supporting Capacity Building services for our Supply Chain Partners, developing proposals for new business and supporting our clients to deliver contracts in the BD&PM division. Duties of the Business Development and Partnership Manager Primarily to work with the Business Development Function and write tender documents as required according to agreed specifications and deadlines. To form relationships with innovative Supply Chain Partners with required track records and expertise to produce winning bids To form partnerships with leading Prime organisations and to market our client’s experience and expertise for delivering services to enable subcontractor offers To identify and lead on the development of new revenue streams as a direct result of partnership working and tender development To take a leading role in delivering our client’s Marketing & Communications activities and services Manage the Partnership Network tool and work with SMT staff to ensure contract Performance, track record, Delivery Models are up to date and can inform PQQ & ITT responses Represent our client on a range of local borough Boards/Panels to highlight their contract activities in the local area, and give feedback on local strategic priorities and challenges Report and present findings on polices, papers and plans as they relate to employability, learning and training Requirements of the Business Development and Partnership Manager Primarily has a proven, successful track record in writing and winning tenders across a variety of funding streams. A proven track record in winning industry tenders is essential. Has a proven knowledge of a variety of niche, public and private Supply Chain Partners with expertise and track records which will add value to tender responses Has technical knowledge of key government agencies and their specific funding streams (DWP, GLA, London Councils and SFA) Has the ability to manage internal tools to aid tender development work Experience of communicating and working with Prime organisations Experience of representing an organisation at external Boards and Panels A high level of professionalism with clients, partners and other networks An understanding and experience of programme and finance management gained in public programmes Excellent bid writing, delivery and financial modelling skills Can adapt and is responsive to changing economic markets, government policies and emerging agendas Good understanding of procurement and tender management practices Ability to produce marketing collateral which communicates Company best practice Business Development, Partnership & Marketing Managers are expected to possess at least a bachelor’s degree. It is also essential for them to have active knowledge and experience of writing successful tenders, understanding key industry developments and trends & of producing collateral which can be used as part of an organisation’s marketing function. If you meet the requirements and feel that this Business Development and Partnerships Manager role is right for you then please apply today!
          Why Albania embraces Bush - The Christian Science Monitor   
The largely Muslim country, one of Europe's poorest, sees the visit Sunday by President Bush as a reward for its support of the war on terror.

By Nicole Itano | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

TIRANA, Albania
Dogged by protest for much of his European tour, President Bush received a warmer welcome Sunday in Albania, a former communist country eager to show that it remains one of America's staunchest allies.

Tirana, the capital, was festooned with giant American flags and the president was greeted by Albanians in red-white-and-blue Uncle Sam top hats. Mr. Bush, the first sitting president to visit Albania, traveled down a boulevard renamed in his honor.

"We have come to give our hearts to America and to President Bush to say that we are with them in the war on terrorism and we appreciate what they have done for Kosovo and for Albanians," says Arjanit Iljazi, a nurse who waited for hours to catch a glimpse of Bush in a central square Sunday morning.

Albanians see this weekend's visit, the second-to-last stop on the president's Eastern European tour, as a reward for their country's staunch pro-American sentiment and its support of US antiterrorism efforts. It's sent troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, frozen the assets of suspected terrorist-financiers, and taken in eight former Guantánamo Bay detainees whom no other country would take in.

"There is a strong feeling of gratefulness that the Albanian people nourish towards the United States, whether it be their politicians or people," says Ferit Hoxha, secretary general of the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Roots of pro-American sentiment

The roots of Albanian pro-American sentiment, people here say, date to Woodrow Wilson's support of the country's independence after World War I and were cemented during the 1999 NATO intervention in Kosovo, a majority ethnic Albanian province of Serbia. Albanians also see the US as the strongest advocate for the independence of Kosovo, whose status is due to be reviewed by the UN Security Council this month.

Although Albania's contribution to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are numerically small – 120 troops in Mosul, and 30 in Afghanistan with an additional 110 to come soon – they have a symbolic importance for the US. The US sees Albania as a model of moderate Islam and religious tolerance. Officially 70 percent Muslim, the country has a strong secular ethos after nearly a quarter of a century of state-enforced atheism under communism.

"I appreciated the fact that Albania is a model of religious tolerance," Bush said in a press conference with the Albanian prime minister. "And I appreciate the fact that Albania is a trusted friend and a strong ally."

Even in mosques, they love US

Pro-American sentiment is widespread here, even among Albania's Muslim faithful. At the historic Ottoman-era Ethem Bey mosque in central Tirana, the worshipers emerging from midday prayers last week said they welcomed President Bush.

Few of the men were bearded and many of the women's heads were uncovered; during prayers they borrowed scarves from a plastic bag near the entrance.

"We want better relations between the two countries," says the mosque's imam, Shaban Saliaj, who is also the mufti – the highest Sunni Muslim leader – of Tirana and looks very much like the professor of geophysics he once was. "Everyone is grateful for what the Americans did in Kosovo."

Mr. Saliaj does not support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – the Koran forbids killing, he says – but still supports the US.

On the streets, other Albanians expressed mixed opinions about the military campaigns there. But there is little public debate in Albania about their government's support of the wars, and it's difficult to find anyone in Tirana, politician or ordinary person, who has anything bad to say about America.

"I think the sentiment is pro-American rather than pro-Bush," says Endri Fuga, director of communications for Mjaft! Movement, one of Albania's largest activist organizations. For many Albanians who remember communism, he says, America still represents the ideal of freedom and democracy.

Poor country with high hopes

During the communist era, Albania was perhaps the most isolated and underdeveloped country in Europe. The country is still one of the poorest on the continent, but since the end of communism in 1992 it has allied itself closely with America and Western Europe.

The country hopes to gain NATO membership in 2008 and, eventually, to win a place in the European Union.

Bush reiterated the United States' support of Albania's NATO bid and emphasized that he is committed to Kosovo gaining its independence.

Seremb Gjergjaj, who drove more than six hours from Kosovo with friends in hopes of catching a glimpse of the president, says he came to thank Bush for America's support and that Kosovars would be patient.

"We have a saying in Kosovo that good things come slow."
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The American withdrawal from the Paris Agreement to fight climate change came as the bunk about impeachment and collusion of the Trump campaign with the Kremlin dies down, and on a day when the United States moved to all-time stock market highs as measured by Dow-Jones, NASDAQ, and S&P, and the Commerce Department posted stunning 3.8% annual economic growth figures.In the same week, the British election suddenly went wobbly, Canada elected a new federal opposition leader, and curiosity about...
          Global Soap and Cleaning Compounds Market Report 2017; New Report Launched   

Market Research Reports, Inc. has announced the addition of “Soap And Cleaning Compounds Market Global Report 2017” research report to their website

Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/29/2017 -- The global soap and cleaning compounds market is expected to reach over $350 billion in 2020. New technologies are expected to drive the soap and cleaning compounds market growth. The introduction of new products varying in terms of fragrance, shape and cost will drive growth. Many companies will increase their R&D spend to capitalize on these new opportunities.

Soap And Cleaning Compounds Market Global Report 2017 from The Business Research Company provides the strategists, marketers and senior management with the critical information they need to assess the global soap and cleaning compounds market.

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The report covers market characteristics, size and growth, segmentation, regional and country breakdowns, competitive landscape, market shares, trends and strategies for this market. It traces the market's historic and forecast market growth by geography. It places the market within the context of the wider chemicals market, and compares it with other markets.
- The market characteristics section of the report defines and explains the market.
- The market size section gives the market size ($b) covering both the historic growth of the market and forecasting the future. Drivers and restraints looks at the external factors supporting and controlling the growth of the market.
- Market segmentations break down market into sub markets.
- The regional and country breakdowns section gives an analysis of the market in each geography and the size of the market by geography and compares their historic and forecast growth. It covers all the regions, key developed countries and major emerging markets. It draws comparisons with country populations and economies to understand the importance of the market by country and how this is changing.
- Competitive landscape gives a description of the competitive nature of the market, market shares, and a description of the leading companies. Key financial deals which have shaped the market in recent years are identified.
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- The soap and cleaning compounds market section of the report gives context. It compares the soap and cleaning compounds market with other segments of the chemicals market by size and growth, historic and forecast. It analyses Expenditure Per Capita, Soap And Cleaning Compounds Indicators Comparison, Soap And Cleaning Compounds Enterprise And Employee Comparison, Energy Consumption In The Soap And Cleaning Compounds Industry, Soap And Cleaning Compounds Industry International Trade And Production.

Markets covered: Soap and other detergent manufacturing, polish and other sanitation goods manufacturing, and surface active agent manufacturing
Companies mentioned: Procter & Gamble Co., Unilever, Colgate-Palmolive Co., Ecolab Inc., and S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Countries: China, India, Japan, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, USA, Brazil
Regions: Asia, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Middle East, Africa, Oceania.
Time series: Five years historic and forecast.
Data: Ratios of market size and growth to related markets, population, GDP, Expenditure Per Capita, Soap And Cleaning Compounds Indicators Comparison, Soap And Cleaning Compounds Enterprise And Employee Comparison, Energy Consumption In The Soap And Cleaning Compounds Industry, Soap And Cleaning Compounds Industry International Trade And Production.
Data segmentations: country and regional historic and forecast data, market share of competitors, market segments.

Spanning over 250 pages "Soap And Cleaning Compounds Market Global Report 2017" report covers Soap And Clean Compounds Market Characteristics, Soap And Clean Compounds Market Size and Growth, Soap And Clean Compounds Market Trends And Strategies, PESTLE Analysis, Soap And Clean Compounds Market Customer Information, Soap And Clean Compounds Market Segmentation, Soap And Clean Compounds Market Regional And Country Analysis, Global Soap And Clean Compounds Market Comparison with Macro Economic Factors, Asia Soap And Clean Compounds Market, Asia Soap And Clean Compounds Market: Country Analysis, Western Europe Soap And Clean Compounds Market, Eastern Europe Soap And Clean Compounds Market, North America Soap And Clean Compounds Market, South America Soap And Clean Compounds Market, Middle East Soap And Clean Compounds Market, Africa Soap And Clean Compounds Market, Oceania Soap And Clean Compounds Market, Soap And Clean Compounds Market Competitive Landscape, Key Mergers And Acquisitions In The Soap And Clean Compounds Market, Market Background: Global Chemicals Market, Appendix. This report Covered Companies - Procter & Gamble Co., Unilever, Colgate-Palmolive Co., Ecolab Inc., and S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

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          Global Plastic Materials and Resins Market Report 2017; New Report Launched   

Market Research Reports, Inc. has announced the addition of “Plastic Materials And Resins Market Global Report 2017” research report to their website

Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/29/2017 -- Plastics materials and resins manufacturing industry comprises establishments involved in manufacturing resins, plastic materials, non-vulcanizable thermoplastic elastomers, customized mixing and blending of resins, and manufacturing of non-customized synthetic resins.

Plastics Materials And Resins Manufacturing Market Global Report 2017 from The Business Research Company provides the strategists, marketers and senior management with the critical information they need to assess the global plastics materials and resins manufacturing market.

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The report covers market characteristics, size and growth, segmentation, regional and country breakdowns, competitive landscape, market shares, trends and strategies for this market. It traces the market's historic and forecast market growth by geography. It places the market within the context of the wider chemicals market, and compares it with other markets.
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- The market size section gives the market size ($b) covering both the historic growth of the market and forecasting the future. Drivers and restraints looks at the external factors supporting and controlling the growth of the market.
- Market segmentations break down market into sub markets.
- The regional and country breakdowns section gives an analysis of the market in each geography and the size of the market by geography and compares their historic and forecast growth. It covers all the regions, key developed countries and major emerging markets. It draws comparisons with country populations and economies to understand the importance of the market by country and how this is changing.
- Competitive landscape gives a description of the competitive nature of the market, market shares, and a description of the leading companies. Key financial deals which have shaped the market in recent years are identified.
- The trends and strategies section highlights the likely future developments in the market and suggests approaches companies can take to exploit this.
- The plastics materials and resins manufacturing market section of the report gives context. It compares the plastics materials and resins manufacturing market with other segments of the chemicals market by size and growth, historic and forecast. It analyses Expenditure Per Capita, Plastics Materials And Resins Indicators Comparison, Plastics Materials And Resins Enterprise And Employee Comparison, Energy Consumption In The Plastics Materials And Resins Industry, Plastics Materials And Resins Industry International Trade And Production.

Markets covered: Polypropylene (PP) high-density polyethylene (PE-HD), Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyurethane (PUR), low-density polyethylene (PE-LD), polystyrene (PS) and other
Companies mentioned: Albemarle Corporation, Bayer Corporation, Dow Chemical Company, DSM and Dupont
Countries: China, India, Japan, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, USA, Brazil
Regions: Asia, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Middle East, Africa, Oceania.
Time series: Five years historic and forecast.
Data: Ratios of market size and growth to related markets, population, GDP, Expenditure Per Capita, Plastics Materials And Resins Indicators Comparison, Plastics Materials And Resins Enterprise And Employee Comparison, Energy Consumption In The Plastics Materials And Resins Industry, Plastics Materials And Resins Industry International Trade And Production.
Data segmentations: country and regional historic and forecast data, market share of competitors, market segments.

Spanning over 250 pages "Plastic Materials And Resins Market Global Report 2017" report covers Plastic Material And Resin Market Characteristics, Plastic Material And Resin Market Size and Growth, Plastic Material And Resin Market Trends And Strategies, PESTLE Analysis, Plastic Material And Resin Market Customer Information, Plastic Material And Resin Market Segmentation, Plastic Material And Resin Market Regional And Country Analysis, Global Plastic Material And Resin Market Comparison with Macro Economic Factors, Asia Plastic Material And Resin Market, Asia Plastic Material And Resin Market: Country Analysis, Western Europe Plastic Material And Resin Market, Eastern Europe Plastic Material And Resin Market, North America Plastic Material And Resin Market, South America Plastic Material And Resin Market, Middle East Plastic Material And Resin Market, Africa Plastic Material And Resin Market, Oceania Plastic Material And Resin Market, Plastic Material And Resin Market Competitive Landscape, Key Mergers And Acquisitions In The Plastic Material And Resin Market, Market Background: Global Chemicals Market, Appendix. This report Covered Companies - Albemarle Corporation, Bayer Corporation, Dow Chemical Company, DSM and Dupont.

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          New details emerge about the doctor who opened fire at Bronx hospital   
New details are emerging about the deadly shooting rampage at a New York City hospital that left one dead and six others injured. The alleged suspect, a disgruntled former hospital worked identified as Henry Bello, died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. NBC's Stephanie Gosk reports for TODAY.
          In Case You Missed It: U.S. Oil Exports Double, Reshaping Vast Global Markets (The Wall Street Journal)   

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Wall Street Journal today… ‘U.S. Oil Exports Double, Reshaping Vast Global Markets’… “American oil exports are emerging as a disruptive new force in global markets. The U.S. exported 1 million barrels of oil a day during some months so...

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          Research Analyst - Academic Impressions - Denver, CO   
The Role In Brief At Academic Impressions, we have our hand on the pulse of emerging issues and trends in higher education. We offer employees extraordinary...
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          Research Analyst - Academic Impressions - Denver, CO   
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          Comment on Emerging from the shadow of the Holocaust – my three transitional moments by The Most Significant Health Study Ever – Consciousness & Health   
[…] survivors. “Fascist violence was not an abstract concept to me in my early twenties,” he wrote in a blog post about his experience. “Believers in it were turning up at the rock concerts I was […]
          Age of cheap money must end: BIS   
RISING labour costs in emerging countries threaten to set off a global inflationary spiral similar to the one triggered in the 1970s.
          NIGHT SINS - New Grave LP - €13.00   
AV!020 NIGHT SINS New Grave LP (2012) A1 Playing Dead A2 Shoot Me Up A3 Spectral Bliss A4 The Stranger A5 Knell B1 The Eternal Giver B2 Wild Eyes B3 Winged Thing B4 Knife to the Sky Born by members of hardcore bands Salvation and Mother Of Mercy, Night Sins is the aural proof that life does not walk so dark all over Europe alone. Emerging sometime around 2011 under the oppressive skies of Philadelphia, these overcast malcontents are fitly connected to a city engrossed in shadow-soaked vices and dilapidated architecture. Not to imply that there isn't a comforting sort of gloominess in this musical malaise as Night Sins frolic down a musical path originally cut by The Sisters of Mercy and Clan of Xymox, with enough hints of Pink Turns Blue, The Mission, and other extensions into 80's darkwave to produce memorable songwriting that stands on its own. Bass and drums punch through the mist thick as thieves, guitar lines circle like falcons overhead, minimal synths street clean some of the residual dirt, and singer-songwriter Kyle Kimball's vocals confidently press through an intimate fog. There is a brilliant light in the midst of dimness, and Night Sins is carrying the torch. There’s also a cool video for the opening track Playing Dead that lotsa people seem to like, watch it HERE Comes on black vinyl with insert with band pics and lyrics.
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          Jungle Disk Chief Financial Officer Announced as Winner of the 8th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards 1998, The M&A Advisor was the first dedicated media company to offer insights and intelligence on mergers and acquisitions. As the world's premier think tank and leadership organization for M&A, restructuring and corporate finance professionals, the firm ...

          4D Printing Market - Global Economic Impact, Shares, Consumption Analysis, Growth Opportunities and Forecast to 2022   
4D Printing Market - Global Economic Impact, Shares, Consumption Analysis, Growth Opportunities and Forecast to 2022 Market Highlights: 4D printing is still an emerging technology which is an advancement to 3D printing. 4D printing allows the components to transform into another shape when exposed to heat or humidity or any other environmental stimuli. This technology advances the

          FMCG industry’s first truly open, cloud-based and highly scalable technology platform.. Nielsen   
Nielsen has unveiled a ‘Connected System’ to help FMCG and retail companies spot emerging trends and act on them by integrating FMCG client data with Nielsen’s own retail POS, consumer panel, e-commerce, fresh food and cross platform media data. Essentially, it enables FMCG and retail decision-makers to see ‘what’s happening in the market from every [more…]
          Junior Talent Booking|Event Planning Agents   
Seeking Junior Booking Agent & Junior Event Planning Agents for a new division in a grassroots PR|Marketing|Booking Agency.

The ideal agent is able to work with minimal supervision, comfortable making cold calls, marketing and sales, and speaks and writes business English. Bilingual English|Spanish is a bonus.

Must have wireless-enabled laptop and cell phone. Should be familiar with performance spaces, festivals, and media|entertainment industry in the tri-state area (and eventual national venues), or a fast learner|great researcher.

Send cover letter with availability, resume, and at least one business writing sample with subject heading: Junior Talent/Event Agent. Opportunity to earn commissions and work with emerging artists, small business owners, and community organizers.
          Package Less - A Review   
Package Less was a conceptualized dance performance based on Self Help, Inc., choreographed by Martha Williams of The Movement Movement, an emerging New York-based company established in 2005.

Dance unites all types and kinds of patrons – young and old, black, white, uptown Manhattan, downtown artists, and with a few tourists on holiday thrown into the mix. New York is a cultural destination after all.

I first noticed the sparsely decorated stage at The Joyce in SoHo, and wondered what might be on the bill as I pored over the program and looked around at the expectant faces in the intimate theater. There was a sense of anticipation as I scanned downstage right, at a TV and an antique chair. Multi-hued sofas occupied center stage, and upstage left a single chair pulled my attention away from three hand-painted curtains with leaves at the rear of the stage that brought to mind a forest. A collective quiet crept into the theater as a New York nightlife soundtrack hummed just outside the front door.

A dimly lit stage revealed a solo performer seated in a chair as haunting piano music slowly rose and filled the theater. A delicate hand appeared from one of the sofas, as if beckoning the audience to participate in the upcoming performance. I thought of Waiting for Godot as the actor sat with his back to the audience and adjusted what I might have come to expect from having read the playbill.

The succeeding images and sounds of an arguing couple and the actor pushing his chair backwards competed for my attention. Where should I focus? If I follow the couple, will I miss something that the actor in the vest does as he narrates the unfolding tale?

Industrial music signaled the next scene change as yet another body materialized from behind the sofa. The dancers were raw and physical, seemingly at ease with their subject matter, each flick of the wrist, gyrating hip, and extension cementing the story of human nature and surviving in a hostile world.

“Get off of me!” rang from the sofa.

Is this a tale of a fractured, discontented or dysfunctional family? Are we peering beyond the fourth wall of an unhappy man and his mistress? What am I to make of the male dancer dressing on stage? What does it mean in the realm of self-help?

I didn’t know what to make of the slightly inaudible narration that seemed disconnected from the intended story the dancers were enacting. Where should my frame reference be as the sofas are moved about the stage? Am I in suburbia watching an adulterous affair and its painful consequences take place? Does the wife know and willingly accept?

Acoustic/electric guitar music transported the narrator to the corner TV, however the narration wasn’t loud enough, and perhaps would’ve been better if delivered via the speakers with the music lowered.

I searched for understanding in the hour-long performance that was meant to explore a woman’s sexuality and identity. Perhaps what appeared to be an affair was just that, and the choreography was spot on. 

The domesticity of the sofas, chair and TV were to have located the audience in a sacred place and time, that of a home where all is revealed, without the crutch of masks many of us rely on to make it through the day.

I wanted to be drawn into this performance, if nothing more than to experience experimental dance and theater in one. I applaud dancers who give themselves over to choreography without question, especially when furniture is used as performance accompaniments. Art is subjective. Ethnic dance usually tells a story, be it West African dancers that defy gravity, Asian or East Indian footwork and hands that are alternately fast and slow.

Package Less is the choreographer’s interpretation of a nonfiction book, several ideologies, and thoughts which, to this viewer, didn’t coalesce.

          Comment on Fact: Los Saicos was the first punk band ever. by B.   
Yes, agreed. These genres, avenues, were already well established, and finding new ground. USA bands, The Sonics, The Monks. That said, The Kinks, The Who, had their own brand of music. infusion. British Invasion bands of the 60s. The Kinks, were highly influential. Riff-rock. Perhaps, most definitive, even in terms of proto-punk. Honestly, the First. Having released material in 1964. So too, The Who. By 1965, My Generation, Substitute. They were also the first band to smash (break) their instruments, equipment live on stage, beginning 1964. Okay, no bearing, although a First. Also, very modern sounding. Looking. They were highly influential. UK bands, The Deviants, The Troggs. The Pretty Things, who released a brilliant concept album. There were many such bands, artists. In this tradition. Or, bordering on psychedelic rock. Among other elements. By 1969; a host of artists. In the tradition of Proto-metal, hard rock, stoner rock, doom and gloom. Progressive rock. However, these genres were already well established by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd etc.. Yes, and to mention, Iggy Pop. The Stooges. Typically, and still very much a rock group. However, even there, on what basis can you label this music PUNK? OR, ANY OF IT? Punk rock typically rebelled against [many and all] mainstream rock and roll, rock music. Popular music. Unless, inventive. That said, it also begins with the glam rock scene. UK. Bowie, T. Rex etc.. Yes, and the emerging pub rock scene, UK. These all form the basis, the many progressions, transitions, for later punk rock. On the precipice. Most particularly, UK.
          Event: Workshop on Production and Utilization of SDG Indicators   
The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the UN Statistics Division are jointly organizing this workshop on sound institutional environment, cooperation, dialogue and partnerships for the production and utilization of SDG indicators. The workshop will address the institutional environment for official statistics in support of monitoring progress towards the SDGs, including governance, leadership, coordination mechanisms and tools as well as dialogue and partnership between producers and users of data and statistics. The workshop will help to achieve a common and improved understanding among the participants about institutional, organizational and managerial arrangements that can best sustain the transformation and modernization of official statistics in order to address emerging user needs for high-quality and internationally comparable data and statistics including for the follow up and review of progress towards the 2030 Agenda. The workshop will contribute to the development of guidelines, compilations of best practices and other training material at global and regional levels illustrating the impact of institutional, organizational and managerial arrangements on the capacity of national statistical systems to embrace the necessary transformation of official statistics. In particular, the outcome of the workshop and similar events to be organized in other regions will contribute to the update of the UN Handbook on Statistical Organizations with the aim of providing guidance and best practices to achieve a modern, more integrated and coordinated national statistical system.
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And now...ELECTRONIC BODY MUSIC/INDUSTRIAL. Electronic body music (EBM) is a music genre that combines elements of industrial music and electronic dance music. It first came to prominence in Belgium. Emerging in the early 1980s, the genre's early influences range from industrial music (Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire), European synthpunk (DAF, Liaisons Dangereuses, Portion Control), and pop-oriented electronic music (Kraftwerk). The style was characterized by hard and often sparse danceable electronic beats, clear undistorted vocals, shouts or growls with reverberation and echo effects, and repetitive sequencer lines. At this time important synthesizers were Korg MS-20, Emulator II, Oberheim Matrix or the Yamaha DX7. Typical EBM rhythms are based on 4/4 beats, mainly with some minor syncopation to suggest a rock music rhythm structure. thx wikipedia Setlist: 1-PLACEBO EFFECT--GALLERY OF PAIN 2-DAS ICH--GOTTES TOD 3-RAMNSTEIN---MEIN TEIL(PSB RMX) 4-OOMPH!--DER NEUE GOTT(12") 5-CONTROLLED BLEEDING--THE FODDER SONG 6-BLIND VISION--TANZ DEN TEUFEL 7-PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE---DIGITAL NOISE( LAND OF WAVES) 8-DUPONT--BEHAVE(MAGNET) 9-CYBERAKTIF--BLACK+WHITE 10-FORCE DIMENSION--DEUS EX MACHINA 11-POUPPEE FABRIKK--DISTRACTION 12-BANG ELEKTRONIKA--EIN AUGEN BLICK 13-NOISE UNIT--DECEIT 14--FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY--INSIDE OUT
          Year of the Lowrider includes new Petersen exhibition   
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          The Microservice Design Canvas   
This is part 3 of a 3 part blog series on designing microservices. See part 1 on the importance of visualization here, and part 2 on system design here. Microservices often have organic origins, emerging from the bubbling cauldron of existing monolithic applications to fill an immediate need. Given the desire for improved delivery speed that drive the adoption of microservices, developers often take a “code first, ask questions later” approach and iterate their way to a useful result. This is okay, but is it optimal? Answering that question leads to another question: what design considerations should be made up ...
          10 Mistakes Investors Make In Emerging Markets   
When buying in an emerging market, be sure to do all of your due diligence. Analyze each deal thoroughly, be sure you know why you are buying, and make sure the numbers work. Here are 10 Mistakes Investors Make In Emerging Markets
  1. Thinking any investment is a good investment
  2. Investing where there is no real employment base
  3. Being too late to the party
  4. Neglecting to go into every unit
  5. Getting mired in pollution problems
  6. Overpaying for a property
  7. Tying up all your money in only one market
  8. Ignoring overbuilding
  9. Selling too late
  10. Paying too much in taxes

          Bilingual Technical Support Representative - Moneris - Sackville, NB   
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          What happens when the story (or window) comes crashing down   
"Reporters become convinced the story line emerging from their investigation is the only one. And even the emergence of new facts or different dimensions or a broader context fails to enable them to open their minds to the possibility that the story has changed or that there may be no story at all." --Haiman, Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists, page 57 I thought this chapter was particularly relevant for our investigative articles we're working on now. I can understand the impulse to want to make a story out of something that's not really a story, because that's sort of the nature of the assignment--investigative stories aren't supposed to obviously be stories on the surface, but there's something hidden or unconsidered that makes them newsworthy. But if you don't find the thing that makes them newsworthy, you can't just make it up, or pretend like it's there when it's not. Brace yourselves for another theatre analogy--it's like when we say in acting that you can't ignore anything that happens onstage; you have to be fully present in the moment. Even if something happens that's not "supposed" to happen, it ends up looking really stupid if you just pretend like it didn't happen. Take, for instance, this nightmare production of Peter Pan; when Wendy just continues with her line even though her house has been demolished, it looks ridiculous. There's no way to keep up the illusion that Peter did not just crash into the window. You have to do the same thing in newswriting! You can't just act like there's still a story even when your story comes crashing down. The only problem is when you've got a deadline and you don't think you can come up with a different story idea in time. But you still need to be truthful; perhaps the hidden part of this story is the surprising fact that there is no hidden or undiscovered aspect. Audiences love when stuff goes wrong, anyhow.
          Immutability Changes Everything - Pat Helland, RICON2012   

For a number of decades, I've been saying "Computing Is Like Hubble's Universe, Everything Is Getting Farther Away from Everything Else". It used to be that everything you cared about ran on a single database and the transaction system presented you the abstraction of a singularity; your transaction happened at a single point in space (the database) and a single point in time (it looked like it was before or after all other transactions).

Now, we see a more complicated world. Across the Internet, we put up HTML documents or send SOAP calls and these are not in a transaction. Within a cluster, we typically write files in a file system and then read them later in a big map-reduce job that sucks up read-only files, crunches, and writes files as output. Even inside the emerging many-core systems, we see high-performance computation on shared memory but increasing cost to using semaphores. Indeed, it is clear that "Shared Memory Works Great as Long as You Don't Actually SHARE Memory".

There are emerging solutions which are based on immutable data. It seems we need to look back to our grandparents and how they managed distributed work in the days before telephones. We realize that "Accountants Don't Use Erasers" but rather accumulate immutable knowledge and then offer interpretations of their understanding based on the limited knowledge presented to them. This talk will explore a number of the ways in which our new distributed systems leverage write-once and read-many immutable data..

Cast: Basho Technologies

Tags: ricon2012, immuitability, pat helland and RICON

          Open de France 2017: Alexander Bjork, Peter Uihlein Top Saturday Leaderboard   
Alexander Bjork and Peter Uihlein share the lead at the 2017 Open de France after Saturday. The pair are eight under par ahead of Sunday's final round after emerging from a contested battle for first during Round 3 at Le Golf National in Paris...

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          Mohammed Arkoun, Islamic scholar who explored Enlightenment ideals, 1928-2010   
Mohammed Arkoun, one of the most prominent and original scholars in the field of Islamic Studies, died last month at the age of 82.

An aspect of modern Muslim countries that Arkoun constantly drew attention to was the crisis of education. Instead of becoming a means of learning and liberation from superstition, education has become, in most Muslim countries, a means of spreading what he described as "institutionalised ignorance". The spread of such education went hand in hand with the rise of Islamist discourse, even in countries where Islamists are not in power.

Arkoun saw his project as one that goes beyond the confines of the field of Islamic studies. He believed in a critical approach that was also self-critical and hence aware of its own limits. As such, the critical approach becomes a process. Such work is also of a comparative nature – one cannot study Islam outside its monotheistic context and in isolation from Judaism and Christianity. He believed that if scholars in Muslim countries adopted such an approach in practising Islamic studies, they would not only liberate their discipline, but also themselves and, in the process, help liberate their societies.
- from the Guardian obituary.

As he began to consider how one might rethink Islam in the contemporary world, his sophisticated questioning provided a welcome counterpoint to the highly ideological interpretations that dominated debate in both the Muslim world and the non-Muslim West. - from the Institute of Ismaili Studies obituary.

In the final years of his career, Arkoun repeatedly expressed regret that his methodological suggestions often fell on deaf ears among scholars of Islam. But that did not deter him the least. In fact, in the last ten years or so, he actually expanded his horizons from the study of Islamic thought to a critique of all forms of reason and rational thinking, proposing an almost Kantian philosophical recalibration, which he called the 'Emerging Reason Project' and continued to advocate and propagate until the very end. - from Mohammed Arkoun (1928-2010): Trailblazer for new approaches to the study of Islam by Carool Kersten.
          Store Manager - Retail - Showcase - Toronto, ON   
As the Home of the Hottest Trends -- from Hatchimals to Hoverboards -- Showcase specializes in emerging trends in health, beauty, home, and toys, and according...
From Showcase - Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:20:41 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
          Retail Sales Associate - Showcase - Toronto, ON   
As the Home of the Hottest Trends -- from Hatchimals to Hoverboards -- Showcase specializes in emerging trends in health, beauty, home, and toys, and according...
From Showcase - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:07:51 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
          Comment on Holocaust Deniers Should Be Put To Death by Winston   
The first question that needs to be asked is - what should happen to criminals who shamelessly exploit the European "Holocaust" narrative with fraudulent "biographies' (some best sellers) who in so many cases receive negligible or no punishment, as compared to the brutal Orwellian treatment that Mr. Mahler and others are subjected to when rightfully challenging SOME aspects of the history. When I first read Paul Rassiniere's account of his wartime incarceration at Buchenwald, my feeling was that whether you were killed by a rifle butt or whatever else you still wound up dead. Yet Rassiniere, who barely survived the experience (here let us not forget Lord Victor Rothschild, Churchill's adviser, who recommended bombing food and medical supply trains to the camps, infamously remarking "There will be no room for schnorrers in the new country") is today branded the "father of Revisionism" for stating the plain truth based on his experience - there was no "Gas Chamber" at Buchenwald. Isn't the horror of wartime bad enough? Apparently not for Ilya Ehrenberg, who's own background of complicity in mass murder in Communist Russia is so well known today, the bones still lining the Gulag system riverbanks every spring. So besides the considerable financial incentives which different jewish groups fight over like animals (for one see ) and the grotesque piggery of the Israeli government elites who live so well while elderly and sick camp survivors are given a pittance, what else makes the German and other governments resort to inhuman punishments for merely questioning the official story? One answer may be found in the suppressed history of the Third Reich's wartime programs in Poland (as well as certain other locations). Serious researchers, such as Polish military historian and author Igor Witkowski and Nick Cook (former aviation editor at Jane's, the respected and venerable defense analysis company) have found some very good answers. Mr. Witkowski's "The Truth About the Wunderwaffe" and Cooke's "The Hunt for Zero Point" are essential reading in this respect, and there are others. What secret was so important that the SS when evacuating buried alive just over 20,000 workers from the Grosse-Rosen camp in "Der Riese", the giant underground facility built by the SS in the Polish Tatra (Owl) mountains? Look up Der Riese on Wikipedia. Cooke states that the SS executed 60 German scientists as well and buried them in a forest during the evacuation. He notes the pre-made graves were calculated and dug at just the right level to leave no visible trace. Further revelations involve Dr. Hubertus Strughold, who later worked for NASA, and was experimenting on mentally deficient children to learn what effects on the human body might be encountered in the upper atmosphere. You see, someone is trying to hide the real story, and emotional but uninformed tempers rage. The Nazi state, like the Bolshevik-Communist (and primarily jewish founded) counterpart were terrible enough, weren't they? So maybe it's time for Mr. Zak and others to have a good look at the emerging history. We really need to know why European jews are compensated endlessly, but Ukranians (10 million Holodmor), and tens of millions of Belorussians, Russians, Siberians and so many others receive nothing. Why collect punishment for every new and blameless generation of Germans and Lithuanians, and others?
          Research Analyst - Academic Impressions - Denver, CO   
The Role In Brief At Academic Impressions, we have our hand on the pulse of emerging issues and trends in higher education. We offer employees extraordinary...
From Academic Impressions - Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:39:52 GMT - View all Denver, CO jobs
          Logistics and Admin Officer - Market Development Facility - Cardno Emerging Markets - Lahore   
Logistics & Administration Officer. Stating “ *Pakistan Administration and Logistics Officer*. Specialized training in business administration or a university...
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          Daily associations between cannabis motives and consumption in emerging adults - Bonar EE, Goldstick JE, Collins RL, Cranford JA, Cunningham RM, Chermack ST, Blow FC, Walton MA.    
BACKGROUND: Increasing rates of cannabis use among emerging adults is a growing public health problem. Intensive longitudinal data can provide information on proximal motives for cannabis use, which can inform interventions to reduce use among emerging adu...
          LifeWTR's emerging artist series promotes hydration and inspiration   
Emerging artist Adrienne Gaither is one of the up-and-coming designers whose work PepsiCo is featuring on its new LifeWTR bot -More

          Photos: The swanky, sexy style of Midcentury Modern   

Where would Dick Van Dyke be without his step-down living room and open kitchen? Or the sets of “Mad Men” without their bar carts and sexy Mies van der Rohe furnishings?

Conceived in the era of optimism following WWII, midcentury homes and furnishings, designed by emerging architectural talents...

          Decoding the 'IR mindset'   
“You need to be careful when you interact with him. He has an IR mindset” I was given this cryptic piece of advice by a friend many years ago. This led to an interesting discussion on what was meant by the term  ‘IR (Industrial Relations) mindset’. After that, I have heard similar ideas being talked about in many other organization contexts.  Recently I did some thinking about the common themes emerging from these discussions and this post is the result!

Let me begin by saying that this 'IR mindset' need not necessarily have anything to do with the way ‘Industrial Relations’ is being managed in most organizations. The similarities (if any) are with a ‘caricature’ of IR as opposed to the actual practice of IR. A 'mindset' is a fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person's responses to and interpretations of situations. So the ‘IR mindset’ that we are talking about here is more of a ‘personality orientation’ or a ‘preferred pattern of behavior’. There is nothing inherently evil with this ‘IR mindset’ – it is just a distinct (peculiar!) way of ‘looking at and influencing the world’ (or of ‘interacting with others’). I also feel that the 'IR mindset' (like any other mindset), influences the 'sense-making process' (see 'Architects of meaning') of the individuals who have the mindset. 

So, how do we recognize the 'IR mindset'? The following are 12 defining features (‘signature themes’) of  the ‘IR mindset’ that I have come across:

(1) Focus on dominating as opposed to collaborating (Follows the 'attack is the best form of defense' policy - even when no defense or attack is required!)
(2) Making a threat with no real intention to carry out the same
(3) Disproportionate focus on ‘tactics’ as opposed to ‘strategy’; an obsession with tactics or indiscriminate use of tactics - to gain minor advantages/to prove a point (even at the risk of jeopardizing relationships or long-term credibility)
(4) Taking an indirect approach where a  more direct approach would have been equally effective
(5) Viewing work (and people management) as a ‘Chess game’ or even as a ‘Billiards game’
(6) Using information as a source of power/withholding information
(7) Focus on ‘ends’ as opposed to ‘means’  - ‘results’ as opposed to ‘processes’ - ‘hunting as opposed to farming’
(8) Seeing each interaction as a ‘negotiation’ (or as 'buildup to a negotiation'); attempting to 'soften up' the other party (by criticizing the other party - fairly or unfairly - on an unrelated matter) so as to gain a psychological advantage in the negotiation
(9) 'Theory X' as opposed to 'Theory Y'
(10) Using feedback as a ‘message’ and not as ‘information’ (i.e. the primary focus is on creating the right impact on the individual as opposed to conveying accurate information)
(11) Planting 'poison trees' (negative thoughts that grow and take charge of the mind) in the minds of impressionable people to confuse them & to incite them against others; divide and rule!
(12) Leveraging the 'drama triangle' - get the other person into the 'victim' position & then act as the 'rescuer' to influence the person

The above list uses many ‘metaphors’. As we have seen in ‘Appropriate metaphors for organization commitment’, metaphors can be generative (i.e. they can help us to generate new ideas/understandings about a relatively unfamiliar/abstract topic) and that is the primary reason for using them here. Since a metaphor is not an exact comparison, they can also generate inaccurate/irrelevant/misleading meanings & ideas and we need to make a conscious effort to screen them out. 

As I have mentioned earlier, there is nothing inherently wrong with the ‘IR mindset’. In some situations, the ‘IR approach/mindset’ is the most appropriate one. As in the case of ‘passive resistance’ (See 'Paradox of passive resistance'), the ‘IR approach’ is problematic only when it becomes an indiscriminate/habitual response. Usually, the trouble starts when the thin line between ‘management’ and ‘manipulation’ is crossed!

This brings us to the impact of the 'IR mindset' on others. During the initial phases of the interaction, people with 'IR mindset' often manage to 'get their way' or 'gain (unfair) advantage over the others. However, over a period of time, others figure out what is happening and take necessary precautions to protect their interests. They might also lose their trust in and respect for the people with 'IR mindset'. It is interesting to note that people with 'IR mindset' often have a tendency to underestimate the intelligence of others. It can lead to situations where they persist with the 'IR approach' even after it has lost its effectiveness in a relationship.

Now let us do some pure speculation. Are there are a set of conditions/factors that might increase the possibility of someone developing the IR mindset? I haven’t yet come to any firm conclusion on this. For the time being let me note down a couple of hypotheses.

(1) Certain types of ‘early career experiences’ : Like we have seen in ‘Influence of early career experiences’, experiences at the beginning of one’s career (e.g. on the first job) can have a profound impact on a person’s thinking/approach as they can shape the person definition of ‘what good looks like’ (i.e. what is an appropriate response). An example in our case will be that of working with  bosses (or ‘significant others’)who have the IR mindset  at an impressionable stage in one's career.
(2) Being forced to grow up too fast : This (being forced to grow up too fast) can happen in life (e.g. being sent to a hostel at a very young age) or in the workplace context (e.g. being thrust into a role way beyond he person’s current capabilities – please see ‘Career Development and Sublimation’ for more details)

Have you seen this ‘IR mindset’ in action? Can you think of any other defining features of the ‘IR mindset’? Do you have any thoughts on the factors that might  lead to the development of the ‘IR mindset’?

          Democracy in Crisis Podcast: WTF is up with the alt-right?   

This week’s episode includes a discussion of racism, rallies and the rift on the far right with co-host Baynard Woods, Baltimore City Paper editor Brandon Soderberg and Center for Emerging Media's Imani Spence.

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          A sense of place, a spirit of place   


It’s a frigid morning in mid-December just off Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the temperature barely north of 20 degrees. But as he prepares to conduct a tour of the still-under-construction Sagamore Pendry hotel, on the waterfront in the city’s Fells Point neighborhood, Alan Fuerstman ’78 seems oblivious to the elements. Fuerstman is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Montage International, the California-based ultra-luxury hotel and resort management company that he founded 15 years ago and that he’s led with the same laser vision he’s exhibiting now—as he steps off Thames Street, passes beneath the hotel’s massive arched entrance, and wades into a small army of construction workers in hard hats. Weather? What weather?

Alan Fuerstman ’78 and a view from what would soon be the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore.For Fuerstman, the Sagamore Pendry represents a departure from the business model that has produced five wildly successful Montage properties—in California (Laguna Beach and Beverly Hills), Utah, South Carolina, and Hawaii. In 2014, in collaboration with his son Michael, Fuerstman set out to create a new brand of hotels in markets that still demanded top-shelf amenities and service but could not support a Montage property’s nightly room fee, which starts around $600. “That may not be a 600-square-foot room; it may be a 350- or 400-square-foot room,” Fuerstman said earlier this morning, over breakfast at the nearby Four Seasons, by way of explaining the Pendry difference. “It may not be a five-fixture bath; it may be a three-fixture bath.”

Still, let’s be clear: No one will ever mistake the Sagamore Pendry for a Motel 6. The new hotel, a $60 million project, features a steakhouse restaurant, a whiskey bar, a 4,500-square-foot ballroom, two 550-square-foot conference rooms, and a second-floor outdoor pool with views of the Inner Harbor and the Baltimore skyline. The typical room comes with a private balcony, a king-sized bed, millwork paneled walls, and marble accents. Nightly rates start at $359, before taxes.

Leading the tour of the hotel, sidestepping wheelbarrows, portable heaters, panels of plywood and sheetrock, a thousand or so electrical wires snaking along the floors, and a beehive of laborers, Fuerstman can hardly contain his excitement. At one point, after reciting a litany of the hotel features—historical, geographical, architectural, and otherwise—he said, “This hotel is destined to be one of America’s finest.”

Fuerstman knows a thing or two about America’s finest hotels. He’s staked his long and fruitful career on providing wealthy travelers with lavish accommodations, impeccable service, and a white-glove attention to detail. Surely he endeavors to repeat that success with the Pendry brand, and his track record gives him plenty of reason for optimism. With the 2003 opening of the 250-room Montage Laguna Beach—30 acres of palm-treed paradise overlooking the Pacific Ocean—Fuerstman sought to redefine ultra-luxury hospitality. He wanted to break away from what he calls the “old-school style” of luxury, which he saw as too pretentious. “I thought the next generation of luxury travelers were looking for a more gracious, humble approach to it,” Fuerstman said, “where you could be as comfortable in a luxury hotel or resort in jeans as you are in a tuxedo. Where you could still appreciate the craftsmanship, the attention to detail. But it didn’t need to be surrounded in the traditional trappings of luxury.”

To his delight, Fuerstman was right about that next generation, and he was pleasantly surprised to learn that the old-school crowd likewise embraced the Montage approach. His colleagues and competitors have taken note. While developing Montage into one of the leading ultra-luxury hotel brands, Fuerstman has received some of the industry’s highest honors, including the 2014 Robert Mondavi Wine and Food Award, presented by the Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona (previous winners, besides its namesake, include the culture-bending chefs Julia Child and Alice Waters). Today, Montage employs about 3,400 people and manages more than $1 billion in residential real estate, and this year the company expects to generate revenues in excess of $400 million.

Fuerstman enrolled at Gettysburg as a political science major, figuring one day he’d go on to law school. He got his start in hospitality while still in high school in New Jersey, working as a doorman at the Saddle Brook Marriott, a job he returned to each summer while attending Gettysburg. Even from his lowly station at the hotel, Fuerstman fell hard for the business. Law school would have to wait. “I loved the energy, the excitement, the complex business strategy, the tactics, the competitiveness of the industry,” he said.

FuerstmanAfter graduating, Fuerstman took a job as a bell captain at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort in California, a Marriott International property with five restaurants and a 27-hole golf course. He was on his way, changing jobs every few years and gaining valuable experience at each stop. He helped open multiple hotels for Marriott, including the company’s signature property, the Desert Springs, in Palm Desert, California. At the El Conquistador Resort and Country Club in Tucson, then an ITT Sheraton property, he took his first job as general manager. In 1994, he was named president and managing director at The Phoenician, in Scottsdale, Arizona, then ITT Sheraton’s flagship luxury hotel. And four years later he was tapped by Steve Wynn, the casino mogul, to help open Wynn’s newest property, the 3,000- room Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip.

By 2000, Fuerstman had achieved a heady ascent in a demanding industry, but he was just getting started. He’d always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and he began to entertain notions of his own hotel company based on his outside-the-box ideas about luxury travel. He partnered with Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, who became an investor in Fuerstman’s fledgling company. Then, he found a property under construction—initially intended to be a Ritz-Carlton—on the oceanfront in Laguna Beach. “When I stepped on the property in Laguna,” Fuerstman recalled, “I fell in love with it and knew that it would be the ideal platform.” He arranged to buy the property in a deal worth about $200 million.

Now, all he needed was a name for his company.

Those who work closely with Fuerstman marvel at his ability to excel in so many aspects of hotel management, even down to architectural design. At Laguna Beach, as he would with all subsequent properties, Fuerstman wanted to incorporate design elements that reflected the surroundings. The cookie-cutter approach would not suffice. “I was searching for a more authentic experience,” Fuerstman said. “A sense of place, a spirit of place.”

Laguna Beach is a well-to-do arts community, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, whose architecture is strongly influenced by the Craftsman style popularized in the early 20th century. When Fuerstman first toured the future hotel site, the architectural plans had been drawn and construction had begun. But in the hotel’s fifth-floor main lobby, with its panoramic view of the Pacific, he saw an opportunity to fulfill his aesthetic vision. The lobby had been designed to be enclosed by a solid glass wall. Fuerstman wanted to take full advantage of the stunning vista, so he had installed large sliding glass doors instead—as he said, “to bring the outside in and the inside out.”

“It changed the feel and experience the moment you walk in there,” said James Bermingham, the executive vice president of operations for Montage International. “It’s a small example of the eye that he has. I don’t think I would have seen that until after we opened.”

Fuerstman has known Bermingham since his days at The Phoenician, and when he started Montage he placed one of his first phone calls to Bermingham, who was then managing two hotels in Washington, D.C. Bermingham toured the property in Laguna Beach and came away duly impressed. He called his wife, Priscilla, told her he was inclined to accept Fuerstman’s offer, and said she should fly out to see the property. “She said, ‘If it’s Alan Fuerstman, and you really like it, I don’t need to come out,’” Bermingham recalled. “For a mother of young kids to say, ‘We’ll go, sight unseen, because it’s Alan Fuerstman,’ that really says it all.”

Fuerstman was getting ready to announce the acquisition of the Laguna Beach property. But he still hadn’t decided on a name for his company. He went to his advertising agency, which suggested hundreds of names. He rejected every one. He went to his public relations company and offered a $10,000 reward for anyone who came up with a winning name. He rejected every one of them as well. Time was running out.

Drawing on Laguna Beach’s history as an artists’ colony, Fuerstman consulted an online art reference guide. When he got to the M’s, he came across the term montage. It said something about an “artful collection.” Fuerstman thought the name reflected perfectly the vision he had for his business. “I wanted to create a collection of individuals coming together doing extraordinary things,” he said.

So, what makes a Montage property? “Style of service, the warmth, the approachability of our staff, the incredible execution of service, the physical attributes of the property, the amenities, the food and beverage, the spa experience,” Fuerstman said. “Ultimately, it all comes together to create an experience where, if you stay at a Montage hotel or resort, you’re made to feel different. And it’s more experiential than marketing hype.”

Success came quickly. In 2008, just five years after the opening of Montage Laguna Beach, industry leaders chose Fuerstman as the Resort Executive of the Year. Five years later he received an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The following year came the Mondavi Award. Along the way, he’s been featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and Travel & Leisure has listed Montage properties in South Carolina, Hawaii, and Beverly Hills, among the top 100 hotels in the world. Montage residences routinely carry multimillion-dollar price tags (a Montage Beverly Hills residence recently sold for $23 million). Today, Fuerstman and his wife, Susan, a lawyer, live at Montage Laguna Beach.

For Fuerstman, part of the joy of creating Montage has been bringing his four children into the business. His younger son, Drew, a musician, performs at the hotels. His older daughter, Heather, was spa manager in Laguna Beach for five years. His other two children are full-time employees (and both had their weddings at Montage Laguna Beach). Jessica Fuerstman-Byrne is the communications manager for Montage International. Michael Fuerstman, 33, the cofounder and creative director of Pendry Hotels, speaks by phone with his father multiple times a day. “He’s a very average person, and I mean this in the most flattering way,” Michael says. “What he’s done is exceptional. But he is very much a simple, everyday kind of guy. I think it’s served him really well. He listens to his instincts. That mindset allows him to relate to both our guests and our associates in a way that a corporate executive persona typically does not.”

No detail escapes Fuerstman (center) and Project Manager David Hoffman (right) on site with writer Christopher Hann.

For Alan Fuerstman, the location of the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore was a key attraction. The hotel, which opened in March, consumes an imposing, four story brick building atop Recreation Pier—Rec Pier, the locals call it—a long-neglected but historically significant site. Built in 1914, Rec Pier served as the landing point for thousands of newly arrived immigrants processed just across the Patapsco River at the Locust Point immigration station. But the building had been vacant for years when Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour, the sportswear behemoth, bought it in 2014 for $3.4 million (Under Armour’s headquarters sit directly across the river from the Sagamore Pendry; Plank goes back and forth in a local water taxi). When Plank moved forward with his hotel plans, he asked Pendry to manage the property.

Alan Fuerstman considered Rec Pier the perfect locale, in the perfect neighborhood, for the second Pendry hotel (the first, in downtown San Diego, opened in February). Fells Point, whose cobblestone streets house Maryland’s first National Historic District, is known mostly for its concentration of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, and for its funky bohemian edge. “Fells Point is a gem of a location,” Fuerstman said. “It speaks to the emerging vibrancy that we’re looking for.”

On April 1, the hotel’s ballroom was the site of a reception and dinner on behalf of Gettysburg Great: The Campaign for Our College, an event that Fuerstman, a longtime donor and a Trustee since 2006, helped make possible. President Janet Morgan Riggs ’77 was among the College leaders who made the 60-mile trip to Baltimore to meet with local alumni and donors and promote the campaign.

Since the mid-1990s, Fuerstman has provided the College with event space, free of charge, at Montage and other properties. He’s also provided Montage internships for Gettysburg students with free event space at Montage and other properties.

Robert Kallin P’12, the vice president of development, alumni and parent relations, credits Fuerstman with bringing together Gettysburg alumni, parents, and donors from across the country. “Alan has been very generous by providing an extremely attractive venue around which we can build momentum in support of the College,” Kallin said. “It’s enabling others to stay engaged, and I think that’s an important contribution.”

Surrounded on three sides by water—it’s a pier, after all—Rec Pier enabled Fuerstman to fulfill his vow to design each of his properties with a strong sense of place. Thus, the look of the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore was driven by a nautical theme, its 128 rooms designed to resemble ship’s quarters, with half of them offering water views. During construction, work crews dredged from the river bottom three 19thcentury cannons. One of them will be displayed beneath a glass floor in the whiskey bar, known as the Cannon Room. The ballroom, restored to its former grandeur, will accommodate weddings and other events for up to 300 people. Guests will approach the ballroom from a grand marble staircase sheathed in red carpet. “It’s going to be the best ballroom in Baltimore,” Fuerstman said.

It’s not a boast as much as a vision, the sort of vision that has propelled Fuerstman through a career in luxury hospitality now approaching four decades. Whether from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor or California’s Laguna Beach or Hawaii’s Kapalua Bay, it seems Fuerstman is forever peering at some distant horizon. Later this year, Pendry will begin construction of its third property, in West Hollywood, California. And next year, in Cabo San Lucas, at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, Montage International will open its first hotel outside the United States.

          Kate Anderson ’09: Songwriter for new Frozen special, Between the Lines musical   

Anderson and Samsel

After decades of musical training, Kate Anderson ’09 was finally amid Broadway’s elite. Shaking hands, sharing laughs, championing the theatre—it was everything that she wished for…

And yet nothing that she wanted.

“I wanted to be the one who introduced herself as the songwriter, not as the fundraiser,” confessed the Gettysburg College music and creative writing grad.

But at The Public Theater, Anderson was doing important work for the arts. She was raising essential operating dollars, planning donor cultivation events, and making her mark at a world-class organization. Truth be told, it was a dream job.

So she’d hush the lingering voice in her heart and surrender any irking illusions of grandeur:

Let It Go.

Chasing a dream

Kate AndersonAs time passed, however, Anderson could no longer combat her ambitions. She decided to apply to the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop—a premiere training ground for emerging lyricists, composers, and librettists.

“I got in and it changed everything for me,” said Anderson, who was paired with fellow songwriter Elyssa Samsel on her first assignment at BMI. “I quickly realized this is what I really wanted to do with my life.”

So after three years of working in development, she quit her job and committed to songwriting full-time.

“It was a terrifying leap,” Anderson reflected. “I had earned promotions. I was doing well. It would have been so easy to just keep doing it—to stay comfortable—but I wasn’t feeling fulfilled.”

In order to scrape together her Brooklyn rent, Anderson began serving as an au pair and picked up a few babysitting jobs on the side—all the while, using every experience as inspiration as she wrote tirelessly with her new music colleague, Samsel.

Just A Kid, Samsel/Anderson

“After tons of low points along the way, I remember putting on a reading at NYU Steinhardt. It was an incredible feeling of, ‘We made a thing!’” Anderson joked.

“It felt so good and I knew we had to keep going. But at the same time, you return home and realize you have to start all over from scratch.”

And then in 2014—after a series of rejected grant proposals and prosaic music festivals—Anderson’s phone rang…

Answering the call

For a moment, she hesitated.

Did my rent check clear?

But it wasn’t Anderson’s landlord. On the other line was Jodi Picoult, acclaimed author of My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, Change of Heart, and an illustrious list of New York Times bestselling novels.

“She told me that she saw our website and was obsessed with our songs. Then she asked, ‘Can I send you my book to make it into a musical?’ Of course, I said yes!” exclaimed Anderson, an alumna of the Sunderman Conservatory of Music.

“Jodi said that she was humbled to be working with us…She was humbled to be working with us!? I was so pumped—I’m a huge fan of her work. We met and had a three-hour long dinner. It was an amazing connection.”

Now, following a three-year process of writing and rewriting with Samsel, and regular check-ins with Picoult and Tony Award-winning producer Daryl Roth (Kinky Boots, The Normal Heart, War Horse), the stage adaptation of Between the Lines is scheduled to debut this September in Kansas City.

“With the sets, the costumes, the band—it is so expensive to pull off a musical, and most don’t even make it past the reading stage,” shared Anderson. “This is the first time one of our shows is being brought to life on stage and I’m so grateful to be given this opportunity.”

Why to never Let It Go

Kate Anderson If all goes well, the Kansas City premiere of Between the Lines will be the first stop on the musical’s long journey to Broadway—back to where Anderson reflected on her songwriting dream and chose to never let it go.

Today, that same phrase she muttered as a fundraiser—Let It Go—serendipitously serves as the musical inspiration for her latest career endeavor.

The Academy Award-winning song launched Disney’s Frozen into a worldwide phenomenon and helped secure its place as the highest-grossing animated film of all-time.

Entrusting Anderson to build upon this remarkable lyrical legacy, the mega-franchise selected her as a new songwriter for the Disney short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.

The holiday-themed television special will premiere in December 2017 and reprise beloved Frozen characters Olaf (Josh Gad), Anna (Kristen Bell), and Elsa (Idina Menzel).

Anderson and Samsel

Anderson and Samsel with actor Josh Gad (Olaf).

“The whole project has been such a positive experience. Working in LA, writing songs, receiving feedback from the Disney-Pixar Braintrust—it’s just been amazing.”

Anderson and Samsel were awarded the assignment following a comprehensive hiring search led by Walt Disney Animation Studios.

“They really wanted songwriters they could trust to do this and, fortunately, our names were thrown in the ring,” she said. “We met with the directors and heard the pitch for the holiday special—we laughed so hard and loved the idea. They asked us to write a song, but we got a little carried away and actually sent them five. We were just so excited!”

A month later—following a blind review of music submissions—the directors notified Anderson and Samsel that they had earned the gig. And over the next three years, the music duo created three full-length songs and two shorter musical arrangements for the 22-minute Frozen spinoff.

“I’ve fallen in love with animation. It’s so challenging and fun. I’m very excited to keep working in this area, especially for Disney,” said Anderson. “I have been offered a few other opportunities in animation, including two feature films—all in the early stages—but this project is blowing the doors wide open for us.”

Kate Anderson

Olaf's Frozen Adventure scores are performed by an 80-piece orchestra.

Musical roots at Gettysburg

Long before Anderson’s songs echoed throughout the fictional town of Arendelle, she honed her craft at Gettysburg College.

A legacy student of John Anderson ’67, she was drawn to Gettysburg due to its beautiful campus; welcoming atmosphere; intimate class sizes; supportive faculty; and most notably, the freedom Sunderman Conservatory students have to pursue their passions.

“At Gettysburg, I had an infinite amount of opportunities to do what I wanted to creatively—music, theatre, dance, writing, you name it. I loved every minute of it,” said Anderson, a Parker B. Wagnild Scholarship recipient.

“If I had just taken my classes and not filled every day with all that Gettysburg has to offer, I may not be doing what I am doing now. It ended up being the perfect fit.”

          Recent Advances in Information and Communication Technology 2017   

Recent Advances in Information and Communication Technology 2017

Recent Advances in Information and Communication Technology 2017: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Computing and Information Technology (IC2IT) By Phayung MeesadSunantha SodseeHerwig Unger
English | PDF | 2018 | 367 Pages | ISBN : 331960662X | 39.23 MB
This book includes selected contributions related to big data and data networking, presented at the 13th International Conference on Computing and Information Technology (IC2IT), which was held at the Arnoma Grand Hotel Bangkok, Thailand, July 6-7, 2017. The aim of the conference was to present emerging algorithms, methods and technologies with a high degree of originality, novelty and innovation addressing the conference theme `Mastering Data and Networking'.

          Computational Anatomy Based on Whole Body Imaging Basic Principles of Computer-Assisted Diagnosis and Therapy 1   

Computational Anatomy Based on Whole Body Imaging Basic Principles of Computer-Assisted Diagnosis and Therapy 1

Computational Anatomy Based on Whole Body Imaging: Basic Principles of Computer-Assisted Diagnosis and Therapy: 1 by Hidefumi Kobatake
English | 18 July 2017 | ISBN: 4431559744 | 354 Pages | PDF | 13.64 MB
This book deals with computational anatomy, an emerging discipline recognized in medical science as a derivative of conventional anatomy. It is also a completely new research area on the boundaries of several sciences and technologies, such as medical imaging, computer vision, and applied mathematics.

          Top 3 Emerging Trends Impacting the Global Blotting Systems Market from 2017-2021: Technavio existing and potential markets and assess their competitive positions within changing market scenarios. If you are interested in more information, please contact our media team at . View source version on ...

          Real World Evidence Informatician - ZS Associates - Princeton, NJ   
Maintain a strong insight into the capabilities of potential external partners in RWD, especially for US and emerging markets by providing data assessment and...
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          Senior IT Auditor - Cargill - Canada   
Cargill’s journey in digitalization offers many great opportunities to explore emerging risks around cloud, mobility, internet of things, large system...
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          The Root Cause Of The War Between Gov. Ayade And Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa   
The Root Cause Of The War Between Gov. Ayade And Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa
The Root Cause Of The War Between Gov. Ayade And Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa
The feud between Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade and Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, popularly known as Mama Bakassi seems to be deepening. Emerging reports reveal that Senator Florence Ita-Giwa alleged that the Cross River State Governor has&...
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          Grand challenges for integrated USGS science—A workshop report   

Executive Summary

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has a long history of advancing the traditional Earth science disciplines and identifying opportunities to integrate USGS science across disciplines to address complex societal problems. The USGS science strategy for 2007–2017 laid out key challenges in disciplinary and interdisciplinary arenas, culminating in a call for increased focus on a number of crosscutting science directions. Ten years on, to further the goal of integrated science and at the request of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), a workshop with three dozen invited scientists spanning different disciplines and career stages in the Bureau convened on February 7–10, 2017, at the USGS John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The workshop focused on identifying “grand challenges” for integrated USGS science. Individual participants identified nearly 70 potential grand challenges before the workshop and through workshop discussions. After discussion, four overarching grand challenges emerged:

  • Natural resource security,
  • Societal risk from existing and emerging threats,
  • Smart infrastructure development, and
  • Anticipatory science for changing landscapes.

Participants also identified a “comprehensive science challenge” that highlights the development of integrative science, data, models, and tools—all interacting in a modular framework—that can be used to address these and other future grand challenges:

  • Earth Monitoring, Analyses, and Projections (EarthMAP)

EarthMAP is our long-term vision for an integrated scientific framework that spans traditional scientific boundaries and disciplines, and integrates the full portfolio of USGS science: research, monitoring, assessment, analysis, and information delivery.

The Department of Interior, and the Nation in general, have a vast array of information needs. The USGS meets these needs by having a broadly trained and agile scientific workforce. Encouraging and supporting cross-discipline engagement would position the USGS to tackle complex and multifaceted scientific and societal challenges in the 21st Century.

          Global hotspots and correlates of alien species richness across taxonomic groups   

Human-mediated transport beyond biogeographic barriers has led to the introduction and establishment of alien species in new regions worldwide. However, we lack a global picture of established alien species richness for multiple taxonomic groups. Here, we assess global patterns and potential drivers of established alien species richness across eight taxonomic groups (amphibians, ants, birds, freshwater fishes, mammals, vascular plants, reptiles and spiders) for 186 islands and 423 mainland regions. Hotspots of established alien species richness are predominantly island and coastal mainland regions. Regions with greater gross domestic product per capita, human population density, and area have higher established alien richness, with strongest effects emerging for islands. Ants and reptiles, birds and mammals, and vascular plants and spiders form pairs of taxonomic groups with the highest spatial congruence in established alien richness, but drivers explaining richness differ between the taxa in each pair. Across all taxonomic groups, our results highlight the need to prioritize prevention of further alien species introductions to island and coastal mainland regions globally.

          The role of paleoecology in restoration and resource management—The past as a guide to future decision-making: Review and example from the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, U.S.A   

Resource managers around the world are challenged to develop feasible plans for sustainable conservation and/or restoration of the lands, waters, and wildlife they administer—a challenge made greater by anticipated climate change and associated effects over the next century. Increasingly, paleoecologic and geologic archives are being used to extend the period of record of observed data and provide information on centennial to millennial scale responses to long-term drivers of ecosystem change. The development of paleoecology from an emerging field investigating past environments to a highly relevant applied science is reviewed and general examples of the application of paleoecologic research to resource management questions in diverse habitats and regions are provided. Specific examples of the application of paleoecologic research to the restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem of south Florida (U.S.A) are presented. Conducting valuable scientific research that would benefit resource management decisions, however, is not enough. Scientists and resource managers need to be engaged in collaborative discussions from the beginning of the research process to ensure that management questions are being addressed and that the science reaches the people who will benefit from the information. Paleoecology and related disciplines provide an understanding of how ecosystems and individual species function and change over time in response to both natural and anthropogenic drivers. Information on pre-anthropogenic baseline conditions is provided by paleoecologic research, but it is the detection of long-term trends and cycles that allow resource managers to set realistic goals and targets by moving away from the fixed-point baseline concept to one of dynamic landscapes that anticipates and incorporates an expectation of change into decision-making.

          Groundwater resources of the Devils Postpile National Monument—Current conditions and future vulnerabilities   

This study presents an extensive database on groundwater conditions in and around Devils Postpile National Monument. The database contains chemical analyses of springs and the monument water-supply well, including major-ion chemistry, trace element chemistry, and the first information on a list of organic compounds known as emerging contaminants. Diurnal, seasonal, and annual variations in groundwater discharge and chemistry are evaluated from data collected at five main monitoring sites, where streams carry the aggregate flow from entire groups of springs. These springs drain the Mammoth Mountain area and, during the fall months, contribute a significant fraction of the San Joaquin River flow within the monument. The period of this study, from fall 2012 to fall 2015, includes some of the driest years on record, though the seasonal variability observed in 2013 might have been near normal. The spring-fed streams generally flowed at rates well below those observed during a sequence of wet years in the late 1990s. However, persistence of flow and reasonably stable water chemistry through the recent dry years are indicative of a sizeable groundwater system that should provide a reliable resource during similar droughts in the future. Only a few emerging contaminants were detected at trace levels below 1 microgram per liter (μg/L), suggesting that local human visitation is not degrading groundwater quality. No indication of salt from the ski area on the north side of Mammoth Mountain could be found in any of the groundwaters. Chemical data instead show that natural mineral water, such as that discharged from local soda springs, is the main source of anomalous chloride in the monument supply well and in the San Joaquin River. The results of the study are used to develop a set of recommendations for future monitoring to enable detection of deleterious impacts to groundwater quality and quantity

          Western bats as a reservoir of novel Streptomyces species with antifungal activity   

At least two-thirds of commercial antibiotics today are derived from Actinobacteria, more specifically from the genus Streptomyces. Antibiotic resistance and new emerging diseases pose great challenges in the field of microbiology. Cave systems, in which actinobacteria are ubiquitous and abundant, represent new opportunities for the discovery of novel bacterial species and the study of their interactions with emergent pathogens. White-nose syndrome is an invasive bat disease caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans, which has killed more than six million bats in the last 7 years. In this study, we isolated naturally occurring actinobacteria from white-nose syndrome (WNS)-free bats from five cave systems and surface locations in the vicinity in New Mexico and Arizona, USA. We sequenced the 16S rRNA region and tested 632 isolates from 12 different bat species using a bilayer plate method to evaluate antifungal activity. Thirty-six actinobacteria inhibited or stopped the growth of P. destructans, with 32 (88.9%) actinobacteria belonging to the genus Streptomyces. Isolates in the genera Rhodococcus, Streptosporangium, Luteipulveratus, and Nocardiopsis also showed inhibition. Twenty-five of the isolates with antifungal activity against P. destructans represent 15 novel Streptomyces spp. based on multilocus sequence analysis. Our results suggest that bats in western North America caves possess novel bacterial microbiota with the potential to inhibit P. destructans.

          Envisioning, quantifying, and managing thermal regimes on river networks   
Water temperatures fluctuate in time and space, creating diverse thermal regimes on river networks. Temporal variability in these thermal landscapes has important biological and ecological consequences because of nonlinearities in physiological reactions; spatial diversity in thermal landscapes provides aquatic organisms with options to maximize growth and survival. However, human activities and climate change threaten to alter the dynamics of riverine thermal regimes. New data and tools can identify particular facets of the thermal landscape that describe ecological and management concerns and that are linked to human actions. The emerging complexity of thermal landscapes demands innovations in communication, opens the door to exciting research opportunities on the human impacts to and biological consequences of thermal variability, suggests improvements in monitoring programs to better capture empirical patterns, provides a framework for suites of actions to restore and protect the natural processes that drive thermal complexity, and indicates opportunities for better managing thermal landscapes.
          Internet Cop   

Robert McDowell becomes effusive when talking about the World Wide Web. “The beauty of the Internet is that it has been somewhat lawless,” says the Republican, one of five appointees who run the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The lack of government mandates, McDowell says, has made the Net “the greatest deregulatory success story of all time,” a “sort of libertarian heaven.”

Is that heaven about to crash down to earth? Julius Genachowski, the man hand-picked by President Barack Obama to chair the FCC, insists not. “I’ve been clear repeatedly that we’re not going to regulate the Internet,” he told The Wall Street Journal in February 2010. But his actions suggest otherwise. Since taking office in June 2009, Genachowski, a tech entrepreneur and former FCC counsel, has led the commission on an unprecedented quest for power over the Web’s network infrastructure, sparking a thunderous, confusing lobbying battle over who gets to control the Net. 

“If the government starts to get involved with regulation of Internet network management,” McDowell warns, “you’ll start to see the politicization of decisions in that realm.” At this point, there’s no if about it: From his first major speech to a hurried and secretive rulemaking procedure in the final weeks of 2010, Genachowski has made it his mission to plant the seeds of government control within the core of the Internet—all under the guise of “preserving Internet freedom.”

They Call It Net Neutrality

Like so many political slogans, Internet freedom sounds great. But what does it mean in practice? For Genachowski and the rest of the Obama administration, “Internet freedom” is a feel-good euphemism for the techie idea known as “net neutrality.”

At its most basic, net neutrality is the belief that all bits and bytes that travel over the Internet should be treated equally: no discrimination, no paid prioritization, just first-come-first-served access for everyone all the time. As an egalitarian approach to the Web, it is more a pre-technical philosophy than a clear guide to managing network infrastructure. The applied theory of net neutrality is that routers—the traffic management devices that send packets of information from one computer or server to the next—should treat each piece of information like every other piece, be it an email message, a video, a game, or 3D porn. This is not a bad idea; indeed, it is largely how the Internet works already. But net neutrality advocates warn that without federal intervention, corporate giants won’t leave it this way for long; they will begin setting up pricey, priority-traffic toll roads across the Web.

The neutrality concept is a direct descendant of “common carrier” regulation of phone companies. When wire-based phone networks ruled the earth, they were treated as public utilities. The feds forced them to share their infrastructure with their competitors at regulated rates, a restriction on their property rights that was enforced under the pleasant-sounding banner of “equal access.”

It didn’t take long for politicians to start fretting about equal access on the Web. In a 1994 speech, Vice President Al Gore pondered this loaded question: “How can government ensure that the [emerging Internet] will permit everyone to be able to compete with everyone else for the opportunity to provide any service to all willing customers? Next, how can we ensure that this new marketplace reaches the entire nation?” Access, opportunity, competition—how would these goals ever be achieved without the government’s involvement?

Answer: easily. Internet access exploded throughout the late 1990s and the following decade—no federal broadband regulation required. By 1999 more than 30 million people could dial in from their homes. The Net’s success in the absence of regulation was so apparent that even Democratic bureaucrats preached the gospel of nonintervention: In 1999 FCC Chairman William Kennard declared in a speech that “if we’ve learned anything about the Internet in government over the last 15 years, it’s that it thrived quite nicely without the intervention of government.” In the same speech, Kennard made the case for what he called a “high-tech Hippocratic Oath” for regulators: First, do no harm.

It worked. During the following decade, online activity exploded. Between 2001 and 2008, online commercial activity—which for all practical purposes did not exist the decade before—became big business, rising from about $8 billion a year to about $42 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Simultaneously, broadband Internet access rapidly blazed a path from high-tech luxury service to mass-market must-have. In 2000 just 3 percent of homes had broadband access. By 2010 the figure had climbed to 66 percent, according to a report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

But the net’s success only made activists more vehement that it must be “preserved” through regulation. That’s where net neutrality came in. In 2005, under the leadership of Republican Chairman Kevin Martin, the FCC adopted four “policy statements” outlining the principles that should govern Internet use and operation. Users, the commission asserted, are entitled to access their choice of lawful content, to use applications and services as they wish, to connect legal devices to the network provided they do no harm, and to enjoy the effects of competition among providers and networks. But these statements of principle were not regulations, and thus of dubious enforceability.  

At first, the push for net neutrality was targeted at wire-line carriers—cable companies, DSL providers, and others who delivered Internet connections to fixed locations using expensive-to-install conduits. But by 2007, calls for net neutrality expanded to the growing wireless Internet, bringing mobile data networks like those operated by AT&T and Verizon into the crosshairs. Net neutrality gave online Democratic activists—the “netroots”—an issue in which “equality” was on one side and discriminatory corporations on the other. The sin of these corporate villains? Denying network access to those unwilling to pay for it.

“Network giants believe they should be able to charge Web site operators, application providers and device manufacturers for the right to use the network,” the progressive media activists at Free Press warned in their online guide to the issue. “Those who don’t make a deal and pay up will experience discrimination: Their sites won’t load as quickly, and their applications and devices won’t work as well.”

The issue never really caught on with the broader public, but it did become a partisan rallying cry. In 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama made net neutrality a campaign promise, vowing to achieve it through the FCC. The promise was politically smart. Although regulating Internet traffic was barely raising eyebrows among average voters—most of whom were busy enjoying easy access to the Internet—the idea was much loved by two groups important to Obama: the digitally savvy army of online activists whose fund raising and organizing helped put the president in office, and a collection of high-flying, Democrat-supporting Silicon Valley companies. Netroots powerhouses such as got an issue to motivate and deliver their progressive base, while content-delivery behemoths such as Google (whose CEO, Eric Schmidt, took a week off to campaign for Obama) got a policy wedge against the Net’s infrastructure gatekeepers. Both camps expected a payoff in exchange for their support.

Obama’s Basketball Buddy

After Obama was elected, it fell to Julius Genachowski to make good on the campaign promise. The president didn’t just assure supporters that his administration would pursue net neutrality through the FCC; he named a close personal friend and a net neutrality true believer as the commission’s chairman to get the job done right. (Genachowski’s office declined a request for an interview.)

Genachowski has been friends with Obama for decades. The two were classmates at Harvard Law School, where they worked together on the Harvard Law Review and, according to The New York Times, were “basketball buddies.” Genachowski, who has spent much of his professional career zig-zagging through Silicon Valley, served Obama’s campaign as chairman of the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Policy Working Group.

The two men have remained tight since Obama took office: Between January 31 and August 31, 2009, official records show that Genachowski visited the White House 47 times, more than any other agency head. (Sixteen of those visits came before Genachowski had even assumed office.) The next most frequent visitor among agency chiefs was Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who dropped by just five times during the same period.

The FCC chairman’s private-sector background includes stints at the sort of content companies that tend to favor neutrality rules. Genachowski helped launch Rock Creek Ventures, which funds and consults for “digital media and commerce companies,” and he has served as a director for a number of large Web portals, including and Beliefnet. According to his fellow FCC commissioner, Meredith Baker, “The chairman’s starting point is at the edge, application side of the [Internet] ecosystem. I don’t think that’s to the exclusion of the networks and their important role, but he starts in Silicon Valley.”

The outline of Genachowski’s ideas for neutrality regulation was unveiled at his first major address as the nation’s top communication regulator, a September 2009 speech at the center-left Brookings Institution. Genachowski reiterated at nine separate points the Obama administration’s promise to ensure that the Web would remain “free and open.” The phrase even appeared in the title of his talk: “Preserving a Free and Open Internet: A Platform for Innovation, Opportunity, Prosperity.”

The chairman’s speech didn’t answer the obvious question that has long nagged net neutrality skeptics: preserving it from what? But his remarks did address the question of how: The FCC, Genachowski said, must be “a smart cop on the [Internet] beat.” To fulfill that role, the commission would both beef up its authority and grant itself wide discretion in how to use it. “I will propose that the FCC evaluate alleged violations of the non-discrimination principle as they arise, on a case-by-case basis,” the chairman promised. Clear and straightforward rules were out. Regulators’ whims were in.

Genachowski proposed taking his predecessor Kevin Martin’s four principles—access to legal content, unrestricted use of services, device interoperability, and provider competition—and codifying them into law. He also wanted to add two more.

The first, and more controversial, of his additions would prohibit broadband providers from discriminating against “particular Internet content or applications.” In theory, the nondiscrimination provision would mean that the FCC could prohibit service providers from, say, blocking access to certain websites, or prioritizing the traffic to a particular company’s service (for instance, giving priority to videos from corporate partners over those from competing services). But the case-by-case standard would provide the agency with considerable leeway to decide when to step in.

The second new principle would require ISPs to be “transparent about their network management practices.” Basically, if service providers selectively slowed traffic for a particular application—say, the peer-to-peer service BitTorrent, which is frequently used to share movies, TV shows, and other large files—or capped a user’s total bandwidth for a given pay period, they’d have to notify consumers in plain English. Genachowski also hoped to extend the rules to wireless data networks such as those used by iPhones and Blackberries.

Genachowski’s speech was couched in the rhetoric of choice, innovation, and openness. But in framing his proposal as an attempt to preserve the Internet’s existing virtues, he masked the fact that it would represent an unprecedented expansion of federal control over the nation’s information infrastructure. And although no one knew it at the time, his plan presaged a sweeping attempt to subject broadband providers to an entirely different, and far more restrictive, regulatory classification.

A Solution in Search of a Problem

Genachowski’s speech targeted discriminatory practices by ISPs. But it did not cite any specific examples of such behavior, perhaps because neither Genachowski nor any other net neutrality supporter has ever identified more than a handful of instances in which the Internet’s openness has actually been violated. Indeed, it is hard to get a handle on what, exactly, strict neutrality rules are intended to prevent.

In October 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a list of 10 alleged net neutrality violations. But as horror shows go, it wasn’t very scary. For starters, the list included two actions taken by ISPs in Canada, which suggests how far advocates have had to stretch to find real-world examples. It also included AT&T’s 2007 decision to excise Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder’s attacks on President George W. Bush during a live stream of a concert. But that decision wasn’t made by AT&T in its role as a network provider; it was made at the broadcast level by the team in charge of running the show, in the same way that an MTV video crew might bleep a curse word from a live awards ceremony. Also on the list: an allegation that BellSouth censored MySpace by denying access to some users—despite the fact BellSouth says the event was merely a glitch, an explanation no evidence has yet contradicted.

The ACLU also listed Verizon’s 2007 refusal to send a mass text message from the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America. Verizon maintained that it had the right to block “controversial” content of any kind—essentially, that it needed to be sensitive to bulk messages that it agreed to send over its network. Julian Sanchez, a research fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute (and former reason staffer), describes it as “a case where the company is partnering with the provider in a way that goes beyond carriage, because they’re also effectively acting as a payment processor. That means they’ll have an interest in vetting partners in a way you wouldn’t expect a mere carrier to vet every content provider on the network.” Regardless, after a loud public outcry, Verizon reversed the decision within one day.

Consumer agitation also played a role in resolving the most notorious net neutrality violation. In 2007, the press began to report that Comcast was secretly slowing some users’ access to BitTorrent. The company said it was merely attempting to prevent network congestion—and thus keep overall access and user speeds up—by slowing applications that were suspected of hogging bandwidth. By spring 2008, Comcast, under intense customer pressure, adjusted its network management practices so that specific applications such as BitTorrent would not be targeted. Consumer agitation had solved the problem, but the Bush FCC later censured the company anyway.

The punishment was largely symbolic, but was intended to send the message that the FCC would take official action to ensure net neutrality. “We are saying that network operators can’t block people from getting access to any content and any applications,” then-chairman Kevin Martin told The New York Times in August 2008. Comcast challenged the decision in court.

This lack of clearly defined violations has never stopped net neutrality advocates from using Comcast and other big broadband providers as convenient corporate villains. On the campaign trail, Barack Obama warned that without net neutrality, “mom and pop sites” could suffer at the hands of greedy network behemoths.

But the net neutrality debate doesn’t really pit the Goliaths against the Davids. It’s a battle between the edge of the Internet and the center, with application and content providers (the edge) fighting for control against infrastructure owners (the center). Large business interests dominate both sides of the debate. Google, for example, has long favored some form of net neutrality, as have Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and a smattering of other big content providers, who prefer a Web in which the network acts essentially as a “dumb pipe” to carry their content. Mom-and-pop sites aren’t the issue.

Google makes its support sound as simple and earnest as its corporate motto of “don’t be evil.” Much like Genachowski, it defines net neutrality as “the concept that the Internet should remain free and open to all comers.” But the freedom and openness that Google claims to prize bear a distinct resemblance to regulatory protection. An Internet in which ISPs can freely discriminate between services, prioritizing some data in order to offer enhanced services to more customers, is an Internet in which content providers may have to pay more to reach their customers. Under Google and Genachowski’s net neutrality regime, ISPs may own the network, but the FCC will have a say in how those networks are run, with a bias toward restrictions that favor content providers.

Battle Lines

Yet for many of net neutrality’s most vocal supporters, Genachowski’s proposal didn’t go far enough. In November 2009, Columbia law professor Timothy Wu, who popularized the term net neutrality in a 2002 paper, co-signed a letter with other left-leaning academics warning that an early draft of the FCC plan was too vague and might not sufficiently restrict ISP behavior. Building on that letter, the “media reform” group Free Press warned that the ambiguity “would undermine the future of Internet freedom.”

Free Press serves as the nexus for the netroots’ net neutrality efforts. Founded by Josh Silver, who’d previously helped run a state-based campaign for publicly funded elections, and the leftist media theorist Robert McChesney, the group touts a radical, anti-corporate vision of government control over the media. In 2002, the year Free Press was founded, McChesney co-wrote a book, Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle Against Corporate Media, which declared “the need to promote an understanding of the urgency to assert public control over the media.” 

Despite its relative newness and its radical ideas, Free Press has had an outsized influence on the net neutrality debate. It has a former staffer in the FCC chairman’s office: In June 2009, Jen Howard left her job as press director for Free Press to become Genachowski’s press secretary. The group also benefited from its longstanding alliance with, a netroots giant with massive influence on progressive politics.

Free Press has used its influence to push the FCC toward the strictest regulations possible. By opposing Genachowski’s initial rule proposal as too lax, the coalition made it clear that only the heaviest regulatory burden would do. And Free Press hasn’t been afraid to turn its fire on the chairman. In July the group created a mocked-up “Wanted” poster using a photo of Genachowski’s face and encouraged activists to post it “all over Chicago” during an FCC meeting there. FCC insiders say the group’s influence is strongly felt. According to Commissioner Baker, the chairman “is under tremendous pressure from the netroots base not to compromise on net neutrality.”

While Free Press was busy trying to save the Internet from vaguely defined ISP threats, opposition to Internet interference began to coalesce. In September 2009, the free market telecommunication scholars Adam Thierer and Berin Szoka, then employed by the Progress & Freedom Foundation, wrote in Forbes that “the presumption of online liberty is giving way to a presumption of regulation.” They warned that despite efforts to make the net neutrality proposal seem harmless, it would inevitably lead to a massive increase in federal regulation of the nation’s information infrastructure. “Real Internet Freedom,” they wrote, “is about to start dying a death by a thousand regulatory cuts.”

Broadband providers, naturally, worried too. “In the ’90s,” says Hank Hultquist, a vice president in AT&T’s federal regulatory division, “the FCC decided that it was not going to regulate the Internet in the way that we regulate phone service.” But despite an initial bipartisan consensus against regulating the Net, there was always dissent. As the Web matured, that dissent grew, and when the Obama administration took power, it gave dissenters the keys to the regulatory command post.

Following Genachowski’s Brookings Institution speech, Commissioners Baker and McDowell went public with their skepticism about the regulatory push. Nevertheless, in the months immediately afterward, Genachowski began the lengthy process of writing and reviewing his rule proposal. The plan that emerged closely resembled the structure that Genachowski had proposed in his speech. At the end of October, when the commission voted on the proposal and published it, both Baker and McDowell dissented from the “factual and legal predicates” underlying the report. But they were in the minority.

‘An Unbridled, Roving Commission’

Yet the FCC still did not have clearly enforceable rules governing net neutrality. Martin’s principles were the only clear statements on the books. And even as the bureaucratic process rolled forward, the agency’s authority to oversee broadband traffic—and thus to regulate net neutrality—was being challenged in federal court as a result of the 2008 BitTorrent decision.

Comcast owned up to slowing some users’ connections when they were using BitTorrent. But it maintained that the agency’s philosophical statements about Internet openness, which the FCC had relied on for its censure, were merely guidelines and therefore legally unenforceable. The FCC responded that it could enforce them under the doctrine of “ancillary jurisdiction,” a legal concept under which an agency claims the authority to issue regulations necessary to meet its statutory responsibilities. To uphold its net neutrality policy statements, the FCC argued, it needed to oversee broadband traffic management practices such as Comcast’s treatment of BitTorrent.

Because the policy statements weren’t codified, the FCC had a tough time convincing D.C. Circuit Judge A. Raymond Randolph that it had a statutory responsibility to uphold them. In January 2010, Randolph signaled during oral arguments that he might take Comcast’s side. “You have yet to identify a specific statute” that gives the FCC clear authority to regulate, he told the agency’s lawyers. He seemed exasperated, saying vague statements of principle are no replacement for concrete rules. “You can’t get an unbridled, roving commission to go about doing good,” he said.

In April, Randolph laid down the law: “Policy statements are just that—statements of policy,” he wrote. “They are not delegations of regulatory authority.” The decision wreaked havoc with the net neutrality rulemaking process. Codifying the policy statements into new rules would do little to ensure the FCC’s authority to regulate because those rules would still lack a statutory basis. Congress had never given the agency a clear directive to enforce neutrality. Without statutory authority to regulate broadband data management, what could the FCC do?

A few options quickly became apparent. First, the agency could drop its pursuit of net neutrality. But given the fact that the policy was an explicit campaign promise, and given the political pressure from groups like Free Press, that seemed unlikely. Second, the FCC could wait for Congress to give it explicit statutory authority. But with the health care battle recently ended, and with Democrats headed for what promised to be a sizable loss in the November elections, there was little appetite for a controversial new regulatory initiative—especially one that would make congressional supporters vulnerable to accusations that they wanted to control the Internet. 

The Trouble With Title II

And then there was the most extreme option. Instead of pursuing net neutrality through ancillary jurisdiction, as it had already attempted, the commission could move broadband service into the same regulatory category as telephone lines. Rather than regulating broadband providers under Title I of the Communications Act, as information services, it could regulate them under Title II, as telecommunication services. After Randolph’s decision, Democratic Commissioner Michael Copps immediately signaled that he favored this route.

It sounds like a small change, but in fact it would be enormous. Title II was designed for legacy phone networks and was written before broadband existed. If the FCC could pull off this shift, it would have far greater power than before. The Net’s core would effectively be transformed into a public utility subject to the whims of regulators.

But this approach was sure to provoke a drawn-out legal battle. As an executive branch agency, the FCC does not have the power to define its own governing statutes. That’s Congress’ job. And nowhere in the commission’s governing statutes did Congress bestow upon it the power to reclassify broadband providers as telecommunication services. If the FCC pursued the Title II strategy, several ISPs warned in a joint statement in February 2010, the industry would be wracked by “years of litigation and regulatory chaos.” That wasn’t just a prediction; it was a threat. 

The legal complexities of reclassifying broadband service were only part of the problem. Broadband providers warned repeatedly that strict net neutrality rules would derail capital investment, an argument seconded by telecommunication labor unions. In July the Communications Workers of America released a statement declaring that “the ‘reclassification path’ will lead to years of litigation and regulatory uncertainty that will reduce broadband investment and jobs.” That promised to put the policy in conflict with one of the agency’s other top priorities. 

At the same time the FCC has been pursuing net neutrality, it has been putting together a National Broadband Plan meant to spark broadband investment and deployment in underserved regions, a plan the Obama administration has persisted with despite surveys showing that most Americans don’t want the government involved in promoting broadband. The FCC’s own estimates put the cost of this plan at $350 billion, the bulk of which is presumed to come from investment within the industry. Rules that make such investment less lucrative make the broadband plan tougher to implement.

It was enough to make even the most determined regulator anxious. Which may be why, in May 2010, Genachowski announced that the FCC would take a step toward reclassifying broadband—but only a tentative one. Rather than release rules, the agency would issue a notice of inquiry asking for input about the possibility of switching broadband to Title II—the bureaucratic equivalent of winking at your friend and asking, “Hypothetically, what if we were to do this?” In a further sign of Genachowski’s anxiety, the FCC’s notice did not propose applying the full regulatory power of Title II to broadband providers. Instead, it suggested what Genachowski called the “Third Way,” under which the agency would give up some of its potential Title II authority in the hope of erecting “meaningful boundaries to guard against regulatory overreach.”

But the few boundaries to regulation the FCC proposed were not very meaningful. Larry Downes, a fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society, argues that regulating broadband providers like old-style telephone services could have a host of unintended effects, such as adding new consumer fees, giving local governments greater authority to impose a patchwork of confusing and contradictory regulations, and even giving the federal government greater leeway to wiretap electronic communications. 

The difference, Downes says, is plain to see when you compare the evolution of Title I broadband service to the evolution of Title II phone carriers. “Under Title I, we’ve had the Internet revolution,” he wrote on his eponymous website in March. By contrast, under Title II, “we’ve had the decline and fall of basic wireline phone service…and the continued corruption of local licensing authorities.”

Even advocates of the switch seemed to admit that the move would open up the regulatory floodgates: According to a January 2010 FCC filing by Public Knowledge, one of the most active pro-neutrality groups, “Reclassification would…expand the range of opportunities for more aggressive regulatory steps.”

The idea also faced opposition from Congress, particularly in the House, where a majority of members—including 72 Democrats—expressed disapproval of the plan in letters sent last May. And behind the scenes, sources say, the White House economic team expressed concern that the FCC’s pursuit of strict, investment-killing net neutrality rules was a distraction that would be bad for growth in the telecommunications sector.

Fear of Compromise

Free Press was having none of it. The group mounted a months-long campaign pushing Genachowski to formally declare his intention to proceed with a Title II reclassification. In November Free Press urged its members to sign and email the chairman a prewritten letter urging him to reclassify broadband so that the FCC “can keep the Internet open and free of corporate gatekeepers.” By the end of November, Genachowski looked stuck.

Free Press has declared that only the strictest approach to Internet regulation is acceptable. Yet the voting public appears unmoved by the neutrality agenda. Every single one of the 95 congressional candidates who signed a petition pledging to support neutrality lost in the 2010 elections. Meanwhile, Congress wasn’t being supportive, and industry players on both sides of the issue were increasingly seeking compromise. In August, for example, Google and Verizon proposed a joint policy framework—essentially a loosely defined model regulatory structure—that would impose some restrictions on wire-line providers but would leave wireless data networks, widely believed to be the future of the Net, largely untouched.

A similar proposal made its way into legislative form at the end of September, when Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released a short proposal subjecting wire-line providers to basic nondiscrimination rules but strictly forbidding the FCC from pursuing any form of Title II reclassification. The legislation appeared right before Congress was scheduled to end its session, and Republicans, citing the short time frame, declined to support it. But AT&T, which has long opposed any sort of neutrality regulations, was enthusiastic, and conservative activist groups quietly urged their members and contacts to push Republicans to vote for the proposal. Republicans clearly wanted to wait until after the November elections to act, but the interest from both industry and conservative activists suggests that something like the Waxman bill could eventually garner bipartisan support.

As 2010 progressed, Genachowski faced the unpleasant choice of either risking the wrath of or giving in to Free Press’ demands, despite their mounting unpopularity and the years-long legal battle that would result from trying to satisfy them. Initially, he opted to wait. 

In September, Genachowski decided the FCC would delay any Title II decision until after the elections, implicitly acknowledging the messy politics of the situation. The day after the elections, he announced that neutrality would not be on the agenda for the commission’s November 30 meeting, buying him time to take the temperature of the new Congress and see what might be done during the upcoming lame-duck session.

At the beginning of December, Genachowski finally made his move, announcing that the FCC would vote on a net neutrality proposal within a few weeks. The proposal would be based roughly on the Waxman bill and anchored firmly under Title I, broadband’s current regulatory category. Never mind that a court had already declared the FCC’s previous justifications for Internet regulation insufficient, making a legal challenge inevitable. When the lawsuit arrived, the FCC would come up with a new justification, ancillary to some currently untapped statutory provision. Conveniently, says Larry Downes, “the D.C. Circuit opinion left some wiggle room, suggesting that even though the commission had failed to find a provision in the law that its adjudication was ‘ancillary’ to, there might be some that weren’t advanced.”

Meanwhile, the time for comments on the neutrality proposal was limited to less than three weeks—far shorter than the comment period granted for the initial rule and the Notice of Inquiry. Normally the short comment period would have been the biggest cause of commotion surrounding the proceedings. But in this case, there was very little of substance for anyone to get excited about. In a highly unusual move, Genachowski decided to keep the text of the proposal secret until after it passed. The gist, though, was made plain enough by Genachowski’s remarks at vote: The FCC would finally have a rule prohibiting “unreasonable discrimination” on the major wired networks.  And who would be in charge of determining what sort of network management practices were “unreasonable?” Why, none other than the FCC. 

 The remnants of a once firmly held bipartisan consensus that the Internet operates best when the government leaves it alone were strong enough to block the most radical elements of the Left’s net neutrality wish list, at least temporarily. And the rules will be challenged in court as well as Congress, where congressional Republicans were already threatening to use their new found oversight powers to make Genachowski’s life difficult.

But Genachowski has finally managed to plant regulatory roots within the Net. On December 21, 2010, the agency voted 3-2 to pass a major regulatory order that no one outside the FCC had been allowed to see. Genachowski’s power grab had been accomplished in haste and secrecy as a lame-duck Congress prepared for Christmas, but he had successfully fulfilled the president’s promise and asserted federal control over the sprawling core of the Net. Commissioner McDowell’s “greatest deregulatory success story of all time” has given way to empowered regulators. The Internet, after luxuriating in lawless freedom, finally has its own cop. 

Peter Suderman is an associate editor at reason. This column first appeared at

          Network Neutrality Backlash   

Don’t look for the network neutrality controversy to go away anytime soon.

The Federal Communications Commission’s “Christmas Surprise”—its December 21 vote to adopt new network neutrality—touched off criticism from mainstream pundits despite the distraction of the holiday season. Political cartoons like this, plus a column by George Will, which succinctly linked net neutrality to the Obama adminstration’s overall regulatory bent, belie the notion that the issue was only front-and-center among tech policy geeks.

What’s most frustrating about the new rules is that they all but concede there’s no real problem.

Larry Downes, in the first of a series of posts about the net neutrality order at Technology Liberation Front, points out that the new rules likely would not prevent three of the four so-called violations that neutrality advocates repeatedly cited as egregious abuse (Comcast-BitTorrent, an on-line payment service blocking use of competitive payment services, and AT&T’s restriction of certain iPhone apps). The fourth—the Madison River-Vonage case already had been dealt with under the existing rules.

In his ensuing posts (catalogued here), Downes cites the real problem: the creation of a framework that can be arbitrarily applied by either Genachowski or future chairpersons, and can spark a series of petitions and complaints aimed at rent-seeking or delaying competition.

Under the new network neutrality rules, the FCC is a referee stepping onto the field and declaring he will make the rules up as the game progresses. Teams won’t be told what plays are legal or illegal and won’t know if they’ve committed a foul until the ref tells them have. And a fair play in the first quarter may be ruled a foul in the fourth and vice-versa.

It also doesn’t help that in the run-up to the neutrality decision, a neutrality complaint came not from some tiny website that activists like Free Press claim the rules are designed to protect, but from Level 3 Communications and Netflix, two large companies, who asked the FCC to prevent Comcast from charging them more to cover the cost of the massive bandwidth Netflix’s video-on-demand service was going to consume.

Now comes the first neutrality complaint since the new rules were adopted. Note it concerns neither AT&T, Verizon, Comcast or any of the large service providers accused of monopolizing access. Instead, neutrality proponents Free Press, Media Access Project and the New America Foundation have accused Metro PCS, a second-tier wireless service provider with little brand recognition beyond Dallas, Texas, with a violation because it offered a low-priced "all-you-can use" data plan that blocked access to YouTube and other high-bandwidth sites. Never mind MetroPCS’s competitors offer wireless YouTube access, and never mind that Metro PCS made the package available on the assumption that a subset of customers may not be interested in using their phone for YouTube and would happily pay less if the choice were offered. So there you have it—network neutrality used to force consumers to pay higher prices for services they don’t want, rather than allow a small company to peel off a bit of market share by addressing a subset of the market with particular needs.

So much for the Free Press argument that network neutrality would safeguard competition. Here, regulation would close off an incentive that might lead some consumers to switch from a larger, dominant carrier and thereby strengthen a small one. This is exactly the sort of unintended consequence that opponents of neutrality regulation warned of—and it is showing up mere weeks after the new rules were adopted.

Now that net neutrality's problems are emerging for all to see, there’s been some pushback from antiregulatory circles. Rep. Marcia Blackburn (R-Tenn.), now part of the House majority, already has reintroduced a bill to prohibit the FCC from further regulating the Internet. Blackburn had sponsored this bill during the last Congress, too, where it went absolutely nowhere. This time around, is has gained 59 cosponsors. As Ars Technica reports, “it contain[s] only a few lines, chief of which was this one: ‘In General—The Federal Communications Commission shall not propose, promulgate, or issue any regulations regarding the Internet or IP-enabled services.’ National security issues and wiretapping rules would be exempt from this restriction.”

Meanwhile, according to Downes’s reporting from last week’s CES, Neil Fried, senior counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told a packed session on net neutrality that the Committee would take up the FCC’s “overreaching” as its first tech agenda item. In the same session, Verizon Executive Vice President Tom Tauke refused to dispel rumors that the company is preparing to challenge them in court.

Good news all round.

          “Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development”   
Panel  Discussion: “Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development”
Friday, March 4, 2014
3 – 4:30 PM
Conference Room 7 (North Lawn Building)

Monica Martinez, Suffolk County Legislator, District 9
         How are youth, economic development, seniors, and building better partnerships with    
        NGOs included and executed in your legislative agenda?
         What have been some of your proven successes? 
         What are the shortcomings or limitations at the county level?
         What are ways in which the global community can become more involved or proactive    
         about addressing these shortcomings?

Philip Ramos, NY State Assembly, District 6
    •       Speak about the Dream Act and why creating education opportunities for youth with immigrant backgrounds is important in your communities.
    •       What is your role at the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Legislative Caucus? What are the functions of this caucus and how does it work in addition to your legislative work?
    •       What is the purpose of the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Task Force? Why is it important to have these complementary focus groups?
    •       What are shortcomings and how can the international community help address them?

Luis Montes, Suffolk County Assistant Executive
      Explain the extent of your work as Assistant Suffolk County Executive. What issues are you most focused on?
·         How has your experience as a Salvadoran immigrant impacted your understanding of the needs within your community?
·         What is the role of Pan American Communication, LLC. in connecting minorities in the U.S.  and bridging the gaps in the diaspora?
·         What are the shortcomings or limitations of the work you do? How can the international community help address this?

Blanca Molina, Centro Comunitario CEUS
  • Explain the complexity of Hispanic/ Latin-American groups within the community?
  • How is immigration linked to issues of health, education, and youth employment?
  • What is being done currently as far as immigration reform and how are deportations being addressed?
  • What are some resources or services that exist to help people from these respective communities?
  • How can the international community take part in addressing the issues that you deal with?
 Charles Fisher, Founder, Hip Hip Summit Youth Council
  • Explain the connection between hip hop and development. How can hip hop culture be used as a tool for social progress?
  • What are some of the services or projects you are currently working on to address issues of gang and gun violence? What is your strategy?
  • What are some limitations in the work that you do and how do you think the international community can help address these issues?
  • What are your plans for the future? Talk about the Global Committee on Human Security and Youth Empowerment through Hip Hop
Dawn Digirius, Stevens Institute of Technology
         What role does academia play in garnering global partnerships? What is being done at the academic level to address sustainable development?
         Why is it important to assess the conclusion of the MDGs as we move towards the post 2015 development agenda, which further considers the urgency for SDGs?
         What do you think are the limitations in academia or research in regards to sustainable development? Are there gaps in information or awareness that need to be addressed?
         Is a centralized mechanism or framework for global partnerships feasible? If so, how can this be structured or organized?


The purpose of this event is to highlight how global partnerships can be created, even at the local or state level, and why they are important to be considered for the Post 2015 agenda. This panel will discuss resources and solutions to addressing the issues of the immigrant population and those of global development.

The panel discussions are intended to provide a platform for civil society, NGOs, businesses, foundations, local government, member states, and international organizations to address how strengthened global partnerships for sustainable development can contribute to the implementation of the post 2015 development agenda. It is intended to promote the scaling- up of the impact of all forms of cooperation and strategies in the post 2015 development agenda, and promote the urgent implementation of existing commitments under the global partnership for development framework while also addressing the emerging role of innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Implementing a unified and universal post 2015 development agenda that is broader in scope will require additional capacity and mobilization of resources. Key players are pivotal in bringing to the table innovative methods and strengthened tools for leveraging funding, creating decent employment, technology, innovation, and research.

          Regional emerging products security Expert - Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. - Sandton, Gauteng   
The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in networking, datacenter, virtualization, Threat prevention and security technologies and proven ability...
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          Director Sales Strategy - Weston Foods - Maplehurst, NB   
Identify emerging trends and market shifts while being fully aware of new products and competition. 50 Maplehurst Drive, Brownsburg, Indiana, 46112....
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          Finding Your Perfect Automated Forex System   
Would you like to be able to trade forex on autopilot? Would you like to use robot to do the trading for you? To do tasks like finding profitable trades and executing them - even when you sleep?

Well, in the computer and Internet era it's relatively easy and almost every week we see a new automated forex trading system being offered to the general public. Some of them cost under $100, but there are also much more expensive programs - with prices in the $2,000 - $10,000 range. However, very often those expensive systems are sold to limited number of traders.

Why are automated forex systems in such high demand, commending such high prices? The answer is simple; it can be found among the motivating factors for the participants in any market - not only forex, but also stock and commodity trading. I'm talking here about greed, fear, desire to live pleasant life, etc. Of course, those are rather general motivations, but they really have significant impact on every trader's mindset and his or her approach to trading.

Many authors writing on the topic of trading maintain that although fundamentals such as interests rates, CPI, employment data, etc. have significant impact on how the markets move, the psychological aspect of trading is much more important. The markets are moved by the combined belief system of each individual trader (or market participant).

That's a very important concept, because it means that each trader's desires, hopes, fears, needs, opinions, experience, education, interests, motives, etc. impact the way the trader analyses the available information and makes the trading decisions based on both belief system and the information. Those decisions are about what and when to trade, how much to expect from a trade, how much to risk, when to enter and exit and whether to buy or sell. Those decisions made by each trader are transformed into orders - that's how the markets, including forex market, move.

It's a very interesting process, isn't it? And the implications are far-reaching, because if we accept it, it means that we can't consider markets as linear systems that could be analyzed with tools that are based on linear mathematics and statistics. And as so much of the movement of the markets is determined by the psychology of trading, it is obvious that in order to explain that movement, it is necessary to use non-linear systems (models). Also, inter-disciplinary approach is needed, as only in that way it is possible to follow the markets.

With such a powerful tool as a computer, it is possible now to build much more complicated models than those created before the computers became available. Those models and the results of using them are developed by the software programmers into trading systems. There are automated forex trading systems that incorporate breakthrough discoveries from emerging progressive sciences, such as: Quantum Mechanics, Chaos Theory, Fractal Geometry and Wavelet Theory.

Forex market is best suited for such inter-disciplinary approach due to its huge trading volume - many times bigger than that of the stock market and the futures market. When those advanced sciences are used to create trading systems, it results in more accurate and thus more profitable trading signals.

So next time, when looking for an automated system for your forex trading, consider spending extra dollars to purchase a system that employs non-linear theories and tools. Analyses provided by such a system will be much more accurate than those based on out-dated linear theories, which can only tweak historical data to fit the model. And you will get a system that more closely fits your trading style.
Mary Cala recommends Gomega Trader as the best automated forex system because it utilizes Chaos Theory, Quantum Mechanics and Fractal Geometry. Mary is the Author and a Forex Trader. She also writes about forex trading software and about forex systems on her blog Automated Forex Systems.
          Weekly Commentary: The Road to Normalization   
The past week provided important support for the “peak monetary stimulus” thesis. There is mounting evidence that global central bankers are monitoring inflating asset prices with heightened concern. The intense focus on CPI is beginning to blur. They would prefer to be on a cautious path toward policy normalization.

June 25 – Financial Times (Claire Jones): “Global financial stability will be in jeopardy if low inflation lulls central banks into not raising interest rates when needed, the Bank for International Settlements has warned. The message about the dangers of sticking too closely to inflation targets comes as central banks in some of the world’s largest economies are considering how to end years of ultra-loose monetary policy after the global financial crisis… ‘Keeping interest rates too low for long could raise financial stability and macroeconomic risks further down the road, as debt continues to pile up and risk-taking in financial markets gathers steam,’ the bank said in its annual report. The BIS acknowledged that raising rates too quickly could cause a panic in markets that have grown used to cheap central bank cash. However, delaying action would mean rates would need to rise further and faster to prevent the next crisis. ‘The most fundamental question for central banks in the next few years is going to be what to do if the economy is chugging along well, but inflation is not going up,’ said Claudio Borio, the head of the BIS’s monetary and economics department… ‘Central banks may have to tolerate longer periods when inflation is below target, and tighten monetary policy if demand is strong — even if inflation is weak — so as not to fall behind the curve with respect to the financial cycle.’ …Mr Borio said many of the factors influencing wage growth were global and would be long-lasting. ‘If, as we think, the forces of globalisation and technology are relevant [in keeping wages low] and have not fully run their course, this will continue to put downward pressure on inflation,’ he said.”

While global markets easily ignored ramifications from the BIS’s (the central bank to central banks) annual report, the same could not be said for less than super dovish comments from Mario Draghi, my nominee for “the world’s most important central banker.”

June 27 – Financial Times (Katie Martin): “What’s that, you say? The ‘R-word’? Judging from the markets, Mario Draghi’s emphasis on reflation changes everything, and highlights the communications challenge lying ahead of the president of the European Central Bank. The ECB’s crisis-fighter-in-chief threw investors into a fit of the vapours on Tuesday when he said he was growing increasingly confident in the currency bloc’s economic recovery, and that ‘deflationary forces have been replaced by reflationary ones’.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Annie Massa and Elizabeth Dexheimer): “Mario Draghi hinted at how he may sell a gradual unwinding of European Central Bank stimulus. The ECB president repeated his mantra that the Governing Council needs to be patient in letting inflation pressures build in the euro area and prudent in withdrawing support. At the same time, there’s room to tweak existing measures. ‘As the economy continues to recover, a constant policy stance will become more accommodative, and the central bank can accompany the recovery by adjusting the parameters of its policy instruments -- not in order to tighten the policy stance, but to keep it broadly unchanged.’ The comments echo an argument first made by Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann… With his nod to a frequent critic of quantitative easing who has been calling for an end of the 2.3 trillion-euro ($2.6 trillion) program, Draghi may have set the stage for a discussion in the coming months on phasing out asset purchases.”

When the ECB chose not to offer any policy clarification coming out of its June 8th meeting, wishful markets had Draghi holding out until September. The timeline was moved up, with the ECB president using the bank’s annual meeting, held this year in Sintra Portugal, to offer initial thoughts on how the ECB might remove accommodation. Market reaction was swift.

German 10-year bund yields surged 13 bps Tuesday and almost doubled this week to 47bps. French yield jumped 14 bps Tuesday – and 21 bps for the week - to 82 bps. European periphery bonds were under pressure. Italian 10-year yields rose 16 bps Tuesday and 24 bps for the week to 2.16%. Portuguese yields rose 14 bps Tuesday, ending the week at 3.03%. Draghi’s comments rattled bond markets around the globe. Ten-year Treasury yields rose seven bps to 2.21% (up 16 bps for the week), Canadian bonds 11 bps to 1.57% and Australian bonds 10 bps to 2.46%. Emerging market bonds also came under heavy selling pressure, with Eastern European bonds taking a pounding.

June 28 – Bloomberg (Robert Brand): “This is what it sounds like when doves screech. Less than 24 hours Mario Draghi jolted financial markets by saying ‘deflationary forces’ have been replaced by reflationary ones, European Central Bank officials reversed the script, saying markets had misinterpreted the central banker’s comments. What was perceived as hawkish was really meant to strike a balance between recognizing the currency bloc’s economic strength and warning that monetary support is still needed, three Eurosystem officials familiar with policymakers’ thinking said. Their dovish interpretation sparked a rapid unwinding of moves in assets from the euro to stocks and sovereign bonds.”

I don’t see it as the markets misinterpreting Draghi. Understandably, inflated Bubble markets have turned hyper-sensitive to the course of ECB policymaking. The ECB’s massive purchase program inflated a historic Bubble throughout European debt markets, a speculative Bubble that I believe unleashed a surge of global liquidity that has underpinned increasingly speculative securities markets.

If not for massive QE operations from the ECB and BOJ, I believe the 2016 global reversal in bond yields would have likely ushered in a major de-risking/deleveraging episode throughout global markets. Instead, powerful liquidity injections sustained speculative Bubbles throughout global fixed income, in the process spurring blow-off excess throughout global equities and risk assets more generally. Recalling the summer of 2007, everyone is determined to see the dance party rave indefinitely.

First-half QE has been estimated (by Bank of America) at (an incredible) $1.5 TN. Bubbling markets should come as no stunning surprise. At May highs, most European equities indices were sporting double-digit year-to-date gains. The S&P500 returned (price + dividends) almost 10% for the first half, with the more speculative areas of U.S. equities outperforming. The Nasdaq Composite gained 14.1% in the first-half, with the large company Nasdaq 100 (NDX) rising 16.1%. Despite this week’s declines, the Morgan Stanley High Tech index rose 20.3%, and the Semiconductors (SOX) jumped 14.2% y-t-d. The Biotechs (BTK) surged 9.7% during Q2, boosting y-t-d gains to 25.6%. The NYSE Healthcare Index gained 7.7% for the quarter and 15.3% y-t-d. The Nasdaq Transports jumped 9.7% during Q2, with the DJ Transports up 5.3%. The Nasdaq Other Financials rose 7.9% in the quarter.

Central banks have closely collaborated since the financial crisis. While always justifying policy stimulus on domestic grounds, it’s now been almost a decade of central bankers coordinating stimulus measures to address global system fragilities. I doubt the Fed would have further ballooned its balance sheet starting in late-2012 if not for the “European” financial crisis. In early-2016, the ECB and BOJ would not have so aggressively expanded QE programs – and the Fed not postponed “normalization” – if not for global ramifications of a faltering Chinese Bubble. All the talk of downside inflation risk was convenient cover for global crisis worries.

As Mario Draghi stated, the European economy is now on a reflationary footing. At least for now, Beijing has somewhat stabilized the Chinese Bubble. Powered by booming securities markets, global Credit continues to expand briskly. Even in Europe, the employment backdrop has improved markedly. It’s just become difficult for central bankers to fixate on tame consumer price indices with asset prices running wild.

Global market liquidity has become fully fungible, a product of multinational financial institutions, securities lending/finance and derivatives markets. The ECB and BOJ’s ultra-loose policy stances have worked to counteract the Fed’s cautious normalization strategy. Determined to delay the inevitable, Draghi now faces the scheduled year-end expiration of the ECB’s latest QE program, along with an impending shortage of German bunds available for purchase. Behind the scenes and otherwise, Germany is surely losing patience with open-ended “money” printing. This week’s annual ECB gathering provided an opportunity for Draghi to finally get the so-called normalization ball rolling. Despite his cautious approach, markets immediately feared being run over.

June 28 – Bloomberg (Alessandro Speciale): “Mario Draghi just got evidence that his call for ‘prudence’ in withdrawing European Central Bank stimulus applies to his words too. The euro and bond yields surged on Tuesday after the ECB president said the reflation of the euro-area economy creates room to pull back unconventional measures without tightening the stance. Policy makers noted the jolt that showed how hypersensitive investors are to statements that can be read as even mildly hawkish… Draghi’s speech at the ECB Forum in Sintra, Portugal, was intended to strike a balance between recognizing the currency bloc’s economic strength and warning that monetary support is still needed, said the officials…”

June 28 – Bloomberg (James Hertling, Alessandro Speciale, and Piotr Skolimowski): “Global central bankers are coalescing around the message that the cost of money is headed higher -- and markets had better get used to it. Just a week after signaling near-zero interest rates were appropriate, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney suggested on Wednesday that the time is nearing for an increase. His U.S. counterpart, Janet Yellen, said her policy tightening is on track and Canada’s Stephen Poloz reiterated he may be considering a rate hike. The challenge of following though after a decade of easy money was highlighted by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s attempt to thread the needle. Financial markets whipsawed as Eurosystem officials walked back comments Draghi made Tuesday that investors had interpreted as signaling an imminent change in monetary policy. ‘The market is very sensitive to the idea that a number of central banks are appropriately and belatedly reassessing the need for emergency policy accommodation,’ said Alan Ruskin, co-head of foreign exchange research at Deutsche Bank AG.”

Draghi and the ECB are hoping to duplicate the Fed blueprint – quite gingerly removing accommodation while exerting minimal impact on bond yields and risk markets more generally: Normalization without a meaningful tightening of financial conditions. This is unrealistic.

Current complacency notwithstanding, turning down the ECB QE spigot will dramatically effect global liquidity dynamics. Keep in mind that the removal of Fed accommodation has so far coincided with enormous counteracting market liquidity injections courtesy of the other major central banks. The ECB will not enjoy a similar luxury. Moreover, global asset prices have inflated significantly over the past 18 months, fueled at least in part by a major increase in speculative leverage.

There are three primary facets to QE dynamics worth pondering as central banks initiate normalization. The first is the size and scope of previous QE operations. The second is the primary target of liquidity-induced market flows. And third, to what extent have central bank measures and associated market flows spurred self-reinforcing speculative leveraging and market distortions. Inarguably, ECB and BOJ-induced flows over recent quarters have been massive. It is also reasonably clear that market flows gravitated primarily to equities and corporate Credit, asset classes demonstrating the most enticing inflationary biases. And there are as well ample anecdotes supporting the view that major speculative leveraging has been integral to myriad Bubbles throughout global risk markets. The now deeply ingrained view that the cadre of global central banks will not tolerate market declines is one of history’s most consequential market distortions.

And while the timing of the removal of ECB and BOJ liquidity stimulus remains uncertain, markets must now at least contemplate an approaching backdrop with less accommodation from the ECB and central banks more generally. With this in mind, Draghi’s comments this week could mark an important juncture for speculative leveraging. Increasingly unstable currency markets are consistent with this thesis. The days of shorting yen and euros and using proceeds for easy profits in higher-yielding currencies appear to have run their course. I suspect de-leveraging dynamics have commenced, though market impact has thus far been muted by ongoing ECB and BOJ liquidity operations.

June 27 – Reuters (William Schomberg, Marc Jones, Jason Lange and Lindsay Dunsmuir): “U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that she does not believe that there will be another financial crisis for at least as long as she lives, thanks largely to reforms of the banking system since the 2007-09 crash. ‘Would I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis?’ Yellen said… ‘You know probably that would be going too far but I do think we're much safer and I hope that it will not be in our lifetimes and I don't believe it will be,’ she said.”

While headlines somewhat paraphrased Yellen’s actual comment, “We Will not see Another Crisis in Our Lifetime” is reminiscent of Irving Fisher’s “permanent plateau” just weeks before the great crash of 1929. While on the subject, I never bought into the popular comparison between 2008 and 1929 – and the related notion of 2008 as “the 100-year flood”. The 2008/09 crisis was for the most part a private debt crisis associated with the bursting of a Bubble in mortgage Credit – not dissimilar to previous serial global crises, only larger and somewhat more systemic. It was not, however, a deeply systemic debt crisis akin to the aftermath of 1929, which was characterized by a crisis of confidence in the banking system, the markets and finance more generally, along with a loss of faith in government policy and institutions. But after a decade of unprecedented expansion of government debt and central bank Credit, the stage has now been set for a more systemic 1929-like financial dislocation.

As such, it’s ironic that the Fed has branded the banking system cured and so well capitalized that bankers can now boost dividends, buybacks and, presumably, risk-taking. As conventional central bank thinking goes, a well-capitalized banking system provides a powerful buffer for thwarting the winds of financial crisis. Chair Yellen, apparently, surveys current bank capital levels and extrapolates to systemic stability. Yet the next crisis lurks not with the banks but within the securities and derivatives markets: too much leverage and too much “money” employed in trend-following trading strategies. Too much hedging, speculating and leveraging in derivatives. Market misperceptions and distortions on an epic scale.

Compared to 2008, the leveraged speculating community and the ETF complex are significantly larger and potentially perilous. The derivatives markets are these days acutely more vulnerable to liquidity issues and dislocation. Never have global markets been so dominated by trend-following strategies. It’s a serious issue that asset market performance – stocks, bond, corporate Credit, EM, real estate, etc. – have all become so tightly correlated. There are huge vulnerabilities associated with various markets having become so highly synchronized on a global basis. And in the grand scheme of grossly inflated global securities, asset and derivatives markets, the scope of available bank capital is trivial.

I realize that, at this late stage of the great bull market, such a question sounds hopelessly disconnected. Yet, when markets reverse sharply lower and The Crowd suddenly moves to de-risk, who is left to take the other side of what has become One Gargantuan “Trade”? We’re all familiar with the pat response: “Central banks. They’ll have no choice.” Okay, but I’m more interested in the timing and circumstances.

Central bankers are now signaling their desire to proceed with normalization, along with noting concerns for elevated asset prices. As such, I suspect they will be somewhat more circumspect going forward when it comes to backstopping the markets - than, say, back in 2013 with Bernanke’s “flash crash” or with the China scare of early-2016. Perhaps this might help to explain why the VIX spiked above 15 during Thursday afternoon trading. Even corporate debt markets showed a flash of vulnerability this week.

For the Week:

The S&P500 dipped 0.6% (up 8.2% y-t-d), and the Dow slipped 0.2% (up 8.0%). The Utilities fell 2.5% (up 6.2%). The Banks surged 4.4% (up 4.2%), and the Broker/Dealers jumped 2.6% (up 9.8%). The Transports rose 1.9% (up 5.7%). The S&P 400 Midcaps added 0.2% (up 5.2%), while the small cap Russell 2000 was unchanged (up 4.3%). The Nasdaq100 dropped 2.7% (up 16.1%), and the Morgan Stanley High Tech index sank 3.0% (up 20.3%). The Semiconductors were hit 4.9% (up 14.2%). The Biotechs dropped 3.9% (up 25.5%). With bullion dropping $15, the HUI gold index sank 4.5% (up 1.9%).

Three-month Treasury bill rates ended the week at 100 bps. Two-year government yields gained four bps to 1.38% (up 19bps y-t-d). Five-year T-note yields rose 13 bps to 1.89% (down 4bps). Ten-year Treasury yields jumped 16 bps to 2.30% (down 14bps). Long bond yields increased 12 bps to 2.84% (down 23bps).

Greek 10-year yields were little changed at 5.36% (down 166bps y-t-d). Ten-year Portuguese yields rose 10 bps to 3.03% (down 72bps). Italian 10-year yields surged 24 bps to 2.16% (up 35bps). Spain's 10-year yields jumped 16 bps to 1.54% (up 16bps). German bund yields surged 21 bps to 0.47% (up 26bps). French yields rose 21 bps to 0.82% (up 14bps). The French to German 10-year bond spread was unchanged at 35 bps. U.K. 10-year gilt yields jumped 23 bps to 1.26% (up 2bps). U.K.'s FTSE equities index fell 1.5% (up 11.2%).

Japan's Nikkei 225 equities index declined 0.5% (up 4.8% y-t-d). Japanese 10-year "JGB" yields gained three bps to 0.09% (up 5bps). France's CAC40 sank 2.8% (up 5.3%). The German DAX equities index was hit 3.2% (up 7.4%). Spain's IBEX 35 equities index fell 1.8% (up 11.7%). Italy's FTSE MIB index declined 1.2% (up 7.0%). EM equities were mostly higher. Brazil's Bovespa index rallied 3.0% (up 4.4%), and Mexico's Bolsa gained 1.8% (up 9.2%). South Korea's Kospi increased 0.6% (up 18%). India’s Sensex equities index declined 0.7% (up 16.1%). China’s Shanghai Exchange rose 1.1% (up 2.9%). Turkey's Borsa Istanbul National 100 index added 0.8% (up 28.5%). Russia's MICEX equities index gained 0.6% (down 15.8%).

Junk bond mutual funds saw outflows of $1.735 billion (from Lipper).

Freddie Mac 30-year fixed mortgage rates dipped two bps to 3.88% (up 40bps y-o-y). Fifteen-year rates were unchanged at 3.17% (up 39bps). The five-year hybrid ARM rate gained three bps to 3.17% (up 47bps). Bankrate's survey of jumbo mortgage borrowing costs had 30-yr fixed rates up a basis point to 4.01% (up 34bps).

Federal Reserve Credit last week added $0.8bn to $4.431 TN. Over the past year, Fed Credit declined $5.0bn. Fed Credit inflated $1.620 TN, or 58%, over the past 242 weeks. Elsewhere, Fed holdings for foreign owners of Treasury, Agency Debt jumped another $17.9bn last week to $3.310 TN. "Custody holdings" were up $83bn y-o-y, 2.6%.

M2 (narrow) "money" supply last week slipped $4.3bn to $13.510 TN. "Narrow money" expanded $686bn, or 5.4%, over the past year. For the week, Currency increased $2.7bn. Total Checkable Deposits fell $12.7bn, while Savings Deposits gained $6.9bn. Small Time Deposits were little changed. Retail Money Funds fell $4.1bn.

Total money market fund assets added $4.2bn to $2.621 TN. Money Funds fell $96bn y-o-y (3.5%).

Total Commercial Paper declined $5.4bn to $973.6bn. CP declined $77bn y-o-y, or 7.4%.

Currency Watch:

The U.S. dollar index fell 1.7% to 95.628 (down 6.6% y-t-d). For the week on the upside, the Swedish krona increased 3.4%, the British pound 2.4%, the Canadian dollar 2.3%, the euro 2.1%, the Australian dollar 1.6%, the Norwegian krone 1.3%, the Swiss franc 1.2%, the Brazilian real 1.1%, the Singapore dollar 0.8% and the New Zealand dollar 0.7%. For the week on the downside, the South African rand declined 1.6%, the Japanese yen 1.0%, the Mexican peso 0.6% and the South Korean won 0.4%. The Chinese renminbi gained 0.82% versus the dollar this week (up 2.42% y-t-d).

Commodities Watch:

The Goldman Sachs Commodities Index surged 5.3% (down 6.5% y-t-d). Spot Gold declined 1.2% to $1,242 (up 7.7%). Silver slipped 0.5% to $16.627 (up 4.0%). Crude rallied $3.03 to $46.04 (down 15%). Gasoline jumped 5.6% (down 9%), and Natural Gas rose 3.6% (down 19%). Copper gained 2.9% (up 8%). Wheat surged 11.1% (up 29%). Corn jumped 4.2% (up 8%).

Trump Administration Watch:

June 27 – Bloomberg (Steven T. Dennis and Laura Litvan): “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to delay a vote on health-care legislation came as a relief to some Republican holdouts, but it sets off what will be a furious few weeks of talks to deliver on the GOP’s seven-year promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Senate Republicans went to the White House Tuesday afternoon to meet with President Donald Trump, who also promised his political supporters he would do away with Obamacare. ‘We’re going to solve the problem,’ the president told senators. But Trump also conceded the possibility that the health bill wouldn’t pass. ‘If we don’t get it done, it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like,’ he said… ‘And that’s OK, and I understand that very well.’”

June 29 – Reuters: “Congress will need to raise the nation's debt limit and avoid defaulting on loan payments by ‘early to mid-October,’ the Congressional Budget Office said in a report… Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has encouraged Congress to raise the limit before the legislative body leaves for their August recess. But it remains unclear if a bipartisan agreement has been struck to allow the limit to be raised, as both chambers continue to be weighed down by health care and tax reform and trying to find an agreement to fund the government after the September 30 deadline.”

June 30 – CNBC (Fred Imbert): “President Donald Trump's White House is ‘hell-bent’ on imposing tariffs on steel and other imports, Axios reported Friday. The plan — which was pushed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and was supported by National Trade Council Peter Navarro, and policy adviser Stephen Miller — would potentially impose tariffs in the 20% range… During a ‘tense’ meeting Monday, the president made it clear he favors tariffs, yet the plan was met with heavy opposition by most officials in the room, with one telling Axios about 22 were against it and only three in favor, including Trump.”

June 29 – Financial Times (Stefan Wagstyl): “Angela Merkel threw down the gauntlet to Donald Trump as Germany’s chancellor pledged to fight at next week’s G20 summit for free trade, international co-operation and the Paris climate change accord. In a combative speech on Thursday in the German parliament, Ms Merkel also promised to focus on reinforcing the EU, in close co-operation with France, despite the pressing issue of Brexit. But in a sign that it may be difficult to maintain European unity around a tough approach to Mr Trump, Ms Merkel later softened her tone, as she prepares to host G20 leaders in Hamburg next Friday.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Joe Light): “Two U.S. senators working on a bipartisan overhaul of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are seriously considering a plan that would break up the mortgage-finance giants, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The proposal by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker and Virginia Democrat Mark Warner would attempt to foster competition in the secondary mortgage market… Corker and Warner’s push to develop a plan marks Congress’ latest attempt to figure out what to do with Fannie and Freddie, an issue that has vexed lawmakers ever since the government took control of the companies in 2008 as the housing market cratered. The lawmakers’ plan is still being developed, and a Senate aide who asked not to be named cautioned that no decisions had been made on any issues.”

China Bubble Watch:

June 25 – Financial Times (Minxin Pei): “The Chinese government has just launched an apparent crackdown on a small number of large conglomerates known in the west chiefly for their aggressive dealmaking. The list includes Dalian Wanda, Anbang, Fosun and HNA Group. The news that Chinese banking regulators have asked lenders to examine their exposure to these companies has sent the stocks of groups wholly or partly owned by these conglomerates tumbling in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Obviously, the market was caught by surprise. But it should not be… The immediate trigger is Beijing’s growing alarm over the risks in China’s financial sector and attempt to cut capital outflows. In late April, President Xi Jinping convened a politburo meeting specifically focused on stability in the financial system. Foreshadowing the crackdown, he ordered that those ‘financial crocodiles’ that destabilise China’s financial system must be punished.”

June 26 – Wall Street Journal (Anjani Trivedi): “As Beijing looks to rein in companies that have splurged on overseas deals, it is talking up the systemic risks to its financial system. But just how serious is the problem? After all, for years Beijing has urged leading companies to ‘go global,’ and encouraged banks to support them with lending. Its words were taken to heart: Companies like sprawling conglomerate HNA Group and insurer Anbang pushed the country’s outbound acquisitions to more than $200 billion last year… Now… regulators are investigating leverage and risks at banks associated with China Inc.’s bulging overseas deals. It’s clear that Chinese banks are already heavily exposed to China’s big deal makers through basic lending. Chinese lenders had extended more than 500 billion yuan ($73.14bn) of loans to HNA alone as of last year…”

June 26 – Bloomberg: “China may finally be ready to cut the cord when it comes to the country’s troubled local government financing vehicles. Beijing’s deleveraging drive has seen rules impacting LGFV debt refinancing tightened, spurring a slump in issuance by the vehicles, which owe about 5.6 trillion yuan ($818bn) to bondholders and are seen by some as the poster children for China’s post-financial crisis debt woes. Signs the authorities may be taking a less sympathetic view of the sector has ratings companies flagging the possibility that 2017 could see the first ever default by a local financing vehicle.”

June 29 – Reuters (Yawen Chen and Thomas Peter): “The struggles of China's small and medium-sized firms have grown so acute that many are expected to become unprofitable or even go belly-up this year, boding ill for an economy running short on strong growth drivers. The companies - which account for over 60% of China's $11 trillion gross domestic product - have entered the most challenging funding environment in years as Beijing cracks down on easy credit to contain a dangerous debt build-up. Many of the firms - mostly in the industrial, transport, wholesale, retail, catering and accommodation sectors - are already grappling with soaring costs, fierce competition and thinning profits. The strains faced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are expected to grow more visible as Beijing deflates a real estate bubble and eases infrastructure spending to dial back its fiscal stimulus.”

June 29 – Reuters (Leika Kihara and Stanley White): “One of Chinese banks’ favorite tools for increasing leverage has staged a remarkable but worrisome comeback just two months after a regulatory crackdown on leveraged investment… Chinese banks’ issuance of negotiable certificates of deposit in June nearly hit the high recorded in March… NCDs, a type of short-term loan, have become extremely popular in recent years with Chinese banks, especially smaller lenders due to their weaker ability to attract deposits. During a clampdown on runaway debt in April, Chinese regulators warned banks against abusing the tool for speculative, leveraged bets in capital markets. But after a deep but brief drop, NCD issuance has risen again as regulatory attention appeared to ease in recent weeks, hitting 1.96 trillion yuan ($287.73bn) this month, up sharply from 1.23 trillion yuan in May and just a touch below March’s record 2.02 trillion yuan."

June 28 – Financial Times (Gabriel Wildau): “Capital flight disguised as overseas tourism spending has artificially cut China’s reported trade surplus while masking the extent of investment outflows, according to research by the US Federal Reserve. A significant share of overseas spending classified in official data as travel-related shopping, entertainment and hospitality may over a 12-month period have instead been used for investment in financial assets and real estate, the Fed paper argued… Disguised capital outflows in the year to September may have amounted to $190bn, or 1.7% of gross domestic product… Chinese households have in recent years looked at ways to skirt government-imposed limitations on foreign investment as its economy slowed and the renminbi depreciated.”

June 28 – Bloomberg (Joe Ryan): “As Elon Musk races to finish building the world’s biggest battery factory in the Nevada desert, China is poised to leave him in the dust. Chinese companies have plans for additional factories with the capacity to pump out more than 120 gigawatt-hours a year by 2021, according to a report… by Bloomberg Intelligence. That’s enough to supply batteries for around 1.5 million Tesla Model S vehicles or 13.7 million Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrids per year… By comparison, when completed in 2018, Tesla Inc.’s Gigafactory will crank out up to 35 gigawatt-hours of battery cells annually.”

June 28 – CNBC (Geoff Cutmore): “China's economic growth will accelerate because the country will finally get leaders who aren't scared, a former advisor to China's central bank said Wednesday. ‘The most important reason is that there is a new group of officials being appointed ... (who will emerge) around the 19th Party Congress which will be in mid to late October,’ said Li Daokui, who is now Dean of the Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing. …Li said the Chinese economy will grow 6.9 to 7 percent by 2018 from 6.7 percent in 2017. China posted 6.7% GDP growth in 2016, the slowest in 26 years. ‘These (new) officials have been carefully, carefully scrutinized before they are appointed so they are clean. They are not worried about becoming targets of anti-corruption investigations,’ he added.”

Europe Watch:

June 26 – Bloomberg (Sonia Sirletti and Alexander Weber): Italy orchestrated its biggest bank rescue on record, committing as much as 17 billion euros ($19bn) to clean up two failed banks in one of its wealthiest regions, a deal that raises questions about the consistency of Europe’s bank regulations. The intervention at Banca Popolare di Vicenza SpA and Veneto Banca SpA includes state support for Intesa Sanpaolo SpA to acquire their good assets for a token amount… Milan-based Intesa can initially tap about 5.2 billion euros to take on some assets without hurting capital ratios, Padoan said. The European Commission approved the plan.”

June 28 – Reuters (Gernot Heller and Joseph Nasr): “Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble… underscored Germany's concerns about what he called a regulatory loophole after the EU cleared Italy to wind up two failed banks at a hefty cost to local taxpayers. Schaeuble told reporters that Europe should abide by rules enacted after the 2008 collapse of U.S. financial services firm Lehman Brothers that were meant to protect taxpayers. Existing European Union guidelines for restructuring banks aimed to ensure ‘what all political groups wanted: that taxpayers will never again carry the risks of banks,’ he said. Italy is transferring the good assets of the two Veneto lenders to the nation's biggest retail bank, Intesa Sanpaolo (ISP.MI), as part of a transaction that could cost the state up to 17 billion euros ($19 billion).”

June 25 – Reuters (Balazs Koranyi and Erik Kirschbaum): “The time may be nearing for the European Central Bank to start discussing the end of unprecedented stimulus as growth and inflation are both moving in the right direction, Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. Weidmann, who sits on the ECB's rate-setting Governing Council, also said that the bank should not make any further changes to the key parameters of its bond purchase scheme, comments that signal opposition to an extension of asset buys since the ECB will soon hit its German bond purchase limits. Hoping to revive growth and inflation, the ECB is buying 2.3 trillion euros worth of bonds…, a scheme known as quantitative easing and long opposed by Germany… The purchases are set to run until December and the ECB will decide this fall whether to extend it… ‘As far as a possible extension of the bonds-buying program goes, this hasn't yet been discussed in the ECB Council,’ Weidmann told the newspaper…”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Carolynn Look): “It seems the sky is the limit for Germany’s economy. Business confidence -- logging its fifth consecutive increase -- jumped to the highest since 1991 this month, underpinning optimism by the Bundesbank that the upswing in Europe’s largest economy is set to continue. With domestic demand supported by a buoyant labor market, risks to growth stem almost exclusively from global forces. ‘Sentiment among German businesses is jubilant,’ Ifo President Clemens Fuest said… ‘Germany’s economy is performing very strongly.’”

June 29 – Reuters (Pete Schroeder and David Henry): “German inflation probably accelerated in June, regional data suggested on Thursday, suggesting a solid upswing in the economy is pushing up price pressures as euro zone inflation moves closer to the European Central Bank's target. The data comes only days after ECB head Mario Draghi hinted that the bank's asset-purchase program would become less accommodative going into 2018 as regional growth gains pace and inflation trends return following a period of falling prices. In another sign of rising price pressures in the 19-member single currency bloc, Spanish consumer prices rose more than expected in June… In the German state of Hesse, annual inflation rose to 1.9% in June from 1.7% in May…”

June 28 – Reuters (Gavin Jones and Steve Scherer): “He is an 80-year-old convicted criminal whose last government ended with Italy on the brink of bankruptcy - and he may well be kingmaker at the next election within a year. Mayoral elections on Sunday showed four-time Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's center-right Forza Italia party remains a force to be reckoned with... ‘Berlusconi sees this as the last challenge of his career,’ said Renato Brunetta, a close ally for over 20 years and Forza Italia's lower house leader. ‘He feels he has suffered many injustices and deserves one last shot. Who can deny him that?’ Matteo Renzi, leader of the ruling Democratic Party (PD), and Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement have dominated the national scene in recent years, relegating Forza Italia to a distant third or fourth in the polls. Yet in the mayoral ballots, Forza Italia and its anti-immigrant Northern League allies trounced the PD and 5-Star in cities all over the country, suggesting they have momentum behind them just as the national vote comes into view.”

Central Bank Watch:

June 27 – Wall Street Journal (Tom Fairless): “The euro soared to its biggest one-day gain against the dollar in a year and eurozone bond prices slumped after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted the ECB might start winding down its stimulus in response to accelerating growth in Europe. Any move by the ECB toward reducing bond purchases would put it on a similar policy path as the Federal Reserve, which first signaled an intent to taper its own stimulus program in 2013. But the ECB is likely to remain far behind: The Fed has been raising interest rates gradually since December 2015, while the ECB’s key rate has been negative since June 2014. Mr. Draghi’s comments, made Tuesday at the ECB’s annual economic policy conference in Portugal, were laced with caution and caveats. But investors interpreted them as a cue to buy euros and sell eurozone bonds, a reversal of a long-term trade that has benefited from the central bank’s €60 billion ($67.15bn) of bond purchases each month. ‘All the signs now point to a strengthening and broadening recovery in the euro area,’ Mr. Draghi said.”

June 28 – Financial Times (Dan McCrum and Chris Giles in London and Claire Jones): “Bond and currency markets whipsawed on Wednesday as Europe’s two most influential central bankers struggled to communicate to investors how they would exit from years of crisis-era economic stimulus policies. The euro surged to a 52-week high against the dollar after investors characterised remarks by Mario Draghi as a signal he was preparing to taper the European Central Bank’s bond-buying scheme — only to drop almost a full cent after senior ECB figures made clear he had been misinterpreted. Similarly, the British pound jumped 1.2% to $1.2972 after Mark Carney, Bank of England governor, said he was prepared to raise interest rates if UK business activity increased — just a week after saying ‘now is not yet the time’ for an increase. The sharp moves and sudden reversals over two days of heavy trading highlight the acute sensitivity of financial markets to any suggestion of a withdrawal of stimulus measures after a prolonged period of monetary accommodation.”

June 25 – Reuters (Marc Jones): “Major central banks should press ahead with interest rate increases, the Bank for International Settlements said…, while recognizing that some turbulence in financial markets will have to be negotiated along the way. The BIS, an umbrella body for leading central banks, said in one of its most upbeat annual reports for years that global growth could soon be back at long-term average levels after a sharp improvement in sentiment over the past year. Though pockets of risk remain because of high debt levels, low productivity growth and dwindling policy firepower, the BIS said policymakers should take advantage of the improving economic outlook and its surprisingly negligible effect on inflation to accelerate the ‘great unwinding’ of quantitative easing programs and record low interest rates.”

Brexit Watch:

June 27 – Reuters (Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton): “Prime Minister Theresa May struck a deal on Monday to prop up her minority government by agreeing to at least 1 billion pounds ($1.3bn) in extra funding for Northern Ireland in return for the support of the province's biggest Protestant party. After over two weeks of talks and turmoil sparked by May's failure to win a majority in a June 8 snap election, she now has the parliamentary numbers to pass a budget and a better chance of passing laws to take Britain out of the European Union.”

Global Bubble Watch:

June 28 – Wall Street Journal (Richard Barley): “Sometimes financial markets are surprisingly bad at connecting the dots—until they can’t ignore the picture forming before their eyes. The screeching U-turn in bond markets is a good example. The world’s central banks are sending out a message that loose monetary policy can’t last forever. The shift is mainly rhetorical, and action may yet be some way off. But expectations matter, as they did when the Federal Reserve indicated in 2013 that its quantitative-easing program could be wound down. That caused global bond yields to surge, led by the U.S., and sparked extended turmoil in emerging markets. This time, the bond reversal has been centered on Europe. Ten-year German bund yields started Tuesday just below 0.25%, but by Wednesday afternoon stood at 0.37%. That helped lift bond yields elsewhere, since low German yields have been acting as an anchor. The selloff in the bund Tuesday was the worst in 22 months…”

June 28 – Reuters (Sujata Rao): “Global debt levels have climbed $500 billion in the past year to a record $217 trillion, a new study shows, just as major central banks prepare to end years of super-cheap credit policies. World markets were jarred this week by a chorus of central bankers warning about overpriced assets, excessive consumer borrowing and the need to begin the process of normalizing world interest rates from the extraordinarily low levels introduced to offset the fallout of the 2009 credit crash. This week, U.S. Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen has warned of expensive asset price valuations, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has tightened controls on bank credit and European Central Bank head Mario Draghi has opened the door to cutting back stimulus, possibly as soon as September. Years of cheap central bank cash has delivered a sugar rush to world equity markets, pushing them to successive record highs. But another side effect has been explosive credit growth as households, companies and governments rushed to take advantage of rock-bottom borrowing costs. Global debt, as a result, now amounts to 327% of the world's annual economic output, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) said in a report…”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Garfield Clinton Reynolds and Adam Haigh): “Greed seems to be running the show in global markets. Fear has fled, and that may be the biggest risk of all. Currency volatility just hit a 20-month low, Treasury yields are in their narrowest half-year trading range since the 1970s and the U.S. equities fear gauge, the VIX, is stuck near a two-decade nadir. While markets have signaled complacency in the face of Middle East tensions, the withdrawal of Federal Reserve stimulus and President Donald Trump’s tweetstorms, the Bank for International Settlements flagged on Sunday that low volatility can spur risk-taking with the potential to unwind quickly.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Annie Massa and Elizabeth Dexheimer): “The growing market for exchange-traded funds hasn’t been fully put to the test, according to one of the top U.S. speed trading firms. Ari Rubenstein, chief executive officer and co-founder of Global Trading Systems LLC, told lawmakers… that while investment dollars have flooded the U.S. ETF market, the new order has not endured an extreme period of stress. Volatility, a measure of market uncertainty, has remained low. ‘In some ways the markets are a bit untested,’ Rubenstein said… ‘It’s definitely something we should talk about to make sure industry participants are prepared in those instruments.’”

June 29 – Financial Times (Javier Espinoza): “Private equity buyouts have enjoyed the strongest start to a year since before the financial crisis as fund managers have come under intense pressure from investors to deploy some of the record amount of capital they hold. The volume of deals involving private equity firms climbed 29% to $143.7bn in the first half of the year, the highest level since 2007, according to… Thomson Reuters.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Enda Curran and Stephen Engle): “Investors aren’t sufficiently pricing in a growing threat to economic and financial market stability from geopolitical risks, and the latest global cyberattack is an example of the damage that can be wreaked on trade, Cornell University Professor Eswar Prasad said. His remarks came as a virus similar to WannaCry reached Asia after spreading from Europe to the U.S. overnight, hitting businesses, port operators and government systems.”

Fixed Income Bubble Watch:

June 27 – CNBC (Ann Saphir): “Bond investors may soon pay a hefty price for being too pessimistic about the economy, according to portfolio manager Joe Zidle. Zidle, who is with Richard Bernstein Advisors, believes the vast amount of money flowing into long-duration bonds is signaling a costly mistake. ‘Last week alone, there is a 20-year plus treasury bond ETF that in one week got more inflows than all domestic equity mutual funds, and all domestic equity ETFs combined year-to-date,’ he said… He added: ‘I think investors are going to be in a real painful trade.’”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Mary Williams Walsh): “The United States Virgin Islands is best known for its powdery beaches and turquoise bays, a constant draw for the tourists who frequent this tiny American territory. Yet away from the beaches the mood is ominous, as government officials scramble to stave off the same kind of fiscal collapse that has already engulfed its neighbor Puerto Rico. The public debts of the Virgin Islands are much smaller than those of Puerto Rico, which effectively declared bankruptcy in May. But so is its population, and therefore its ability to pay. This tropical territory of roughly 100,000 people owes some $6.5 billion to pensioners and creditors.”

Federal Reserve Watch:

June 28 – Bloomberg (Jill Ward, Lucy Meakin, and Christopher Condon): “Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave no indication her plans for continued monetary policy tightening had shifted while acknowledging that some asset prices had become ‘somewhat rich.’ ‘We’ve made very clear that we think it will be appropriate to the attainment of our goals to raise interest rates very gradually,’ she said… In her first public remarks since the U.S. central bank hiked rates on June 14, Yellen said that asset valuations, by some measures ‘look high, but there’s no certainty about that.’ ‘Asset valuations are somewhat rich if you use some traditional metrics like price earnings ratios, but I wouldn’t try to comment on appropriate valuations, and those ratios ought to depend on long-term interest rates,” she said.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Christopher Condon): “Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer pointed to higher asset prices as well as increased vulnerabilities for both household and corporate borrowers in warning against complacency when gauging the safety of the global financial system. ‘There is no doubt the soundness and resilience of our financial system has improved since the 2007-09 crisis,’ Fischer said… ‘However, it would be foolish to think we have eliminated all risks.’”

June 28 – Bloomberg (Luke Kawa): “When a trio of Federal Reserve officials delivered remarks on Tuesday, the state of U.S. financial markets came in for a little bit of criticism. When all was said and done, U.S. equities sank the most in six weeks, yields on 10-year Treasuries rose and the dollar weakened to the lowest level versus the euro in 10 months. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that asset valuations, by some measures ‘look high, but there’s no certainty about that.’ Earlier, San Francisco Fed President John Williams said the stock market ‘seems to be running very much on fumes’ and that he was ‘somewhat concerned about the complacency in the market.’ Fed Vice-Chair Stanley Fischer suggested that there had been a ‘notable uptick’ in risk appetite that propelled valuation ratios to very elevated levels.”

June 27 – Reuters (Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton): “With the U.S. economy at full employment and inflation set to hit the Federal Reserve's 2% target next year, the U.S. central bank needs to keep raising rates gradually to keep the economy on an even keel, a Fed policymaker said… ‘If we delay too long, the economy will eventually overheat, causing inflation or some other problem,’ San Francisco Fed President John Williams said… ‘Gradually raising interest rates to bring monetary policy back to normal helps us keep the economy growing at a rate that can be sustained for a longer time.’”

June 29 – Financial Times (Alistair Gray and Barney Jopson): “Regulators have given US banks the go-ahead to pay out almost all their earnings to shareholders this year in a signal of their confidence in the health of the financial system. The Federal Reserve has given the green light to a record level of post-crisis distributions, including an estimated total of almost $100bn from the six largest banks. All 34 institutions passed the second part of its annual stress test, although the Fed did call out weaknesses in capital planning at Capital One… The big six US banks — Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — are set to return to shareholders between $95bn and $97bn over the next four quarters, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Gerard Cassidy. That is about 50% more than they were able to hand out after last year’s exam.”

U.S. Bubble Watch:

June 27 – Wall Street Journal (Shibani Mahtani and Douglas Belkin): “This is what happens when a major American state lets its bills stack up for two years. Hospitals, doctors and dentists don’t get paid for hundreds of millions of dollars of patient care. Social-service agencies help fewer people. Public universities and the towns that surround them suffer. The state’s bond rating falls to near junk status. People move out. A standoff in Illinois between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic Speaker of the House Michael Madigan over spending and term limits has left Illinois without a budget for two years. State workers and some others are still getting paid because of court orders and other stopgap measures, but bills for many others are piling up. The unpaid backlog is now $14.6 billion and growing.”

June 28 – Bloomberg Business Week (Elizabeth Campbell and John McCormick): “Two years ago, Illinois’s budget impasse meant that the state’s lottery winners had to wait for months to get their winnings. Now, with $15 billion in unpaid bills, Illinois is on the brink of being unable to even sell Powerball tickets. For the third year in a row, the state is poised to begin its fiscal year on July 1 with no state budget and billions of dollars in the red. If that happens, S&P Global Ratings says Illinois will probably lose its ­investment-grade status and become the first U.S. state on record to have its general obligation debt rated as junk. Illinois is already the worst-rated state at BBB-, S&P’s lowest investment-grade rating. The state owes at least $800 million in interest and late fees on its unpaid bills.”

June 26 – Wall Street Journal (Lev Borodovsky): “Commercial real estate prices are starting to roll over after reaching record highs, capping a long postcrisis rally. While there is no sign that a decline would mean imminent danger for the economy, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren recently warned that valuations represent a risk he ‘will continue to watch carefully.’ So far, prices have proven resilient, reflecting in part the unexpected 2017 decline of interest rates and the rising capital flows from diverse sources such as U.S. pensions and overseas investors.”

June 28 – Wall Street Journal (Chris Dieterich): “Booming demand for passive investments is making exchange-traded funds an increasingly crucial driver of share prices, helping to extend the long U.S. stock rally even as valuations become richer and other big buyers pare back. ETFs bought $98 billion in U.S. stocks during the first three months of this year, on pace to surpass their total purchases for 2015 and 2016 combined… These funds owned nearly 6% of the U.S. stock market in the first quarter—their highest level on record—according to an analysis of Fed data by Goldman Sachs… Surging demand for ETFs this year has to an unprecedented extent helped fuel the latest leg higher for the eight-year stock-market rally.”

June 27 – Reuters (Kimberly Chin): “U.S. single-family home prices rose in April due to tight inventory of houses on the market and low mortgage rates… and economists see no imminent change in the trend. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller composite index of 20metropolitan areas rose 5.7% in April on a year-over-year basis after a 5.9% gain in March, which matched the fastest pace in nearly three years.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Andrew Mayeda): “The International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for the U.S. economy, removing assumptions of President Donald Trump’s plans to cut taxes and boost infrastructure spending to spur growth. The IMF reduced its forecast for U.S. growth this year to 2.1%, from 2.3% in the fund’s April update to its world economic outlook. The… fund also cut its projection for U.S. growth next year to 2.1%, from 2.5% in April.”

Japan Watch:

June 29 – Reuters (Leika Kihara and Stanley White): “Japan's industrial output fell faster in May than at any time since the devastating earthquake of March 2011 while inventories hit their highest in almost a year, suggesting a nascent economic recovery may stall before it gets properly started. Household spending also fell in May, leaving the Bank of Japan's 2% target seemingly out of reach.”

EM Watch:

June 28 – Reuters (Brad Brooks and Silvio Cascione): “President Michel Temer called a corruption charge filed against him by Brazil's top prosecutor a ‘fiction’ on Tuesday, as the nation's political crisis deepened under the second president faced with possible removal from office in just over a year. Temer, who was charged Monday night with arranging to receive millions of dollars in bribes, said the move would hurt Brazil's economic recovery and possibly paralyze efforts at reform. The conservative leader said executives of the world's biggest meatpacker, JBS SA , who accused him in plea-bargain testimony of arranging to take 38 million reais ($11.47 million) in bribes in the coming months, did so only to escape jail for their own crimes.”

Geopolitical Watch:

June 29 – New York Times (Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger): “Twice in the past month, National Security Agency cyberweapons stolen from its arsenal have been turned against two very different partners of the United States — Britain and Ukraine. The N.S.A. has kept quiet, not acknowledging its role in developing the weapons. White House officials have deflected many questions, and responded to others by arguing that the focus should be on the attackers themselves, not the manufacturer of their weapons. But the silence is wearing thin for victims of the assaults, as a series of escalating attacks using N.S.A. cyberweapons have hit hospitals, a nuclear site and American businesses. Now there is growing concern that United States intelligence agencies have rushed to create digital weapons that they cannot keep safe from adversaries or disable once they fall into the wrong hands.”

June 28 – New York Times (Sheera Frenkel, Mark Scott and Paul Mozur): “As governments and organizations around the world grappled… with the impact of a cyberattack that froze computers and demanded a ransom for their release, victims received a clear warning from security experts not to pay a dime in the hopes of getting back their data. The hackers’ email address was shut down and they had lost the ability to communicate with their victims, and by extension, to restore access to computers. If the hackers had wanted to collect ransom money, said cybersecurity experts, their attack was an utter failure. That is, if that was actually their goal. Increasingly sophisticated ransomware assaults now have cybersecurity experts questioning what the attackers are truly after. Is it money? Mayhem? Delivering a political message?”

June 25 – Reuters: “Qatar is reviewing a list of demands presented by four Arab states imposing a boycott on the wealthy Gulf country, but said on Saturday the list was not reasonable or actionable. ‘We are reviewing these demands out of respect for ... regional security and there will be an official response from our ministry of foreign affairs,’ Sheikh Saif al-Thani, the director of Qatar's government communications office, said… Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which imposed a boycott on Qatar, issued an ultimatum to Doha to close Al Jazeera, curb ties with Iran, shut a Turkish military base and pay reparations among other demands.”

June 27 – Reuters (Foo Yun Chee): “EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet unit Google with a record 2.42-billion-euro ($2.7bn) fine on Tuesday, taking a tough line in the first of three investigations into the company's dominance in searches and smartphones. It is the biggest fine the EU has ever imposed on a single company in an antitrust case, exceeding a 1.06-billion-euro sanction handed down to U.S. chipmaker Intel in 2009. The European Commission said the world's most popular internet search engine has 90 days to stop favoring its own shopping service or face a further penalty per day of up to 5% of Alphabet's average daily global turnover.”
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          June Podcast from Steelhead Capital to Focus on Recent Trends in MultiFamily Investment Market in Salt Lake City   

The Salt Lake commercial real estate market was hit hard but is now emerging as one of the most desirable investment targets in the country.

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          Frontiers of Nationalism in Eastern Europe   

Episode 306

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This episode examines new perspectives on the study of nationalism through a discussion of emerging themes in the history of Eastern Europe. We talk to two researchers about their ongoing projects concerning the history of nationalism in places that did not necessary fit the mold. Cristian Florea discusses the history of Bukovina, a borderland region that often found itself divided between multi-ethnic empires and during the 20th century, between emergent nation states. Malgorzata Kurjanska offers an introduction to her work on the historical sociology of Eastern Europe and her comparative study of civil society and elite competition multiple regions of former Congress Poland. In addition, we reflect on the value of studying the phenomenon of nationalism in "non-national" geographies and at the would-be margins of Europe.

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          Eastman Completes Acquisition of Solutia   
Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) announced today the completion of its acquisition of Solutia Inc. (NYSE:SOA). The approximately $4.8 billion acquisition supports Eastman’s growth strategy to increase revenues and profit margins by expanding the company’s geographic reach, especially in emerging markets, and establishing a more diverse and sustainable product portfolio. Eastman expects the acquisition to be immediately accretive to earnings, excluding acquisition-related costs and charges.
          Mbappe knows ´we want to keep him´ – Jardim offers Monaco fans hope   
Leonardo Jardim hopes in-demand striker Kylian Mbappe will opt to remain at Monaco but acknowledged the club may struggle to keep their emerging stars. Mbappe has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and Arsenal after his goals fired Monaco to the Ligue 1 crown and the Champions League semi-finals last season. Still just 18, many […]
          Former Siemens & GE execs found Securadyne, acquire SecureNet as platform for growth   
Carey Boethel and Ken Francis go into business; financial partner, Pamlico Capital, ready to fund additional acquisitions
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DALLAS—Carey Boethel and Ken Francis, two well-known industry veterans, announced this morning that they’ve founded a new systems integration firm called Securadyne Systems, and acquired SecureNet,  a Dallas-based security integrator, as a platform for growth.

With backing from Pamlico Capital, the phase-one strategy for Securadyne is “to build a Southeast regional company over the next two years. Phase two would be to achieve a national footprint,” Francis told Security Systems News.

The duo plan to build a “unique solutions provider that leverages emerging IP and cloud-based technologies.”  Francis said systems integrators who focus on “strong advanced services will change the nature of the relationship between systems integrators and their enterprise customers.”

Securadyne “intends to be on forefront of this change, and the result will be stronger relationships with end users and a more profitable business,” he added.

Securadyne is actively looking for select acquisitions.
Boethel, president and CEO of Securadyne, was most recently head of Siemens’ Security Solutions Business Unit in the United States, and VP and Business Unit Head for Canada. Ken Francis, COO of Securadyne, has worked for ADT, AMAG, and GE Security, where he led the Integrated Systems Product Group.  Most recently, Francis was worldwide VP of Sales & Marketing for UTC’s Security Products Group.
Pamlico Capital is a $2 billion Charlotte, N.C.-based middle-market private equity group. Pamlico was an investor in Sonitrol, but exited when that company was sold to Stanley Works in 2008.

Stuart Christhilf, principal at Pamlico, called Sonitrol a “very successful investment for us.” He said Pamlico had spent the past 12 to 18 months “looking at a host of different companies across the space.” Pamlico does not currently have other security investments, but it is invested in several software, SaaS, hosted and managed services companies. Pamlico’s interest in those capabilities and ongoing interest in the security space “attracted us to the thesis that Carey and Ken have developed,” Christhilf said.

Christhilf characterized Pamlico as a long-term investor interested in helping Securadyne grow over the next several years. “We’re really excited to back Carey and Ken. We think they’re the best team out there to put our money behind in this space. And we think SecureNet is a great platform from which to execute their strategy and to expand from there.”

Brian Bergstrom, CEO of SecureNet, will continue to lead the SecureNet organization, which will retain its brand name. Bergstrom will join the Securadyne management team as GM of the company’s Texas and Oklahoma operations.  

Francis said SecureNet had 2011 revenues of approximately $16 million and has about 79 employees. In addition to headquarters in Dallas, it has Texas branch offices in Austin and Houston and Oklahoma branch offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Today’s deal is the result of an idea that Francis and Boethel came up with several years ago when the two were both working at Netversant. “We spent a great deal of time talking about this idea,” Francis said. “We had a business plan and we made presentations to bankers.” That was back around 2008, and it turned out the timing was not right, “so we both made career commitments, Carey to Siemens and me to GE Security … then last spring we got together and decided that in 2012 we’d like to do this.”

          (USA-MS-Jackson) Principal Software Architect   
**About Us:** GE is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry. At GE Digital, we are creating technology and solutions to enable social, mobile, analytical and cloud capabilities for the Industrial Internet. The Industrial Internet is an open, global network that connects people, data and machines. It’s about making infrastructure more intelligent and advancing the industries critical to the world we live in. At GE, we believe it’s about the future of industry—energy, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing. It’s about making the world work better. GE is transforming itself to become the world's premier digital industrial company, executing critical outcomes for our customers. Explore how you can drive greater asset reliability, lower operating costs, reduce risk and accelerate operational performance with our Predix platform and software solutions. GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer at . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. **Role Summary:** GE Commercial Digital Technology - Principle Software Architect responsible for next gen tech that delivers growth & productivity by partnering to shape strategy, create/deliver proof points, roadmaps & drive execution across Digital Thread technology. Ideal candidate has strong, hands on technical skillet in trends, tools, including broad tech experience across Commercial/Sales/CRM Tools, creative passion, coupled with deep analytical ability, razor sharp (clear) communication. **Essential Responsibilities:** + Analyzes, designs, and develops a roadmap and implementation plan based upon a current vs. future state in a cohesive architecture framework (i.e. ensuring it all connects & makes sense). Including GE Build v. Buy and architecture/integration plan. + Participates in enterprise strategy development, including environmental analysis, opportunity identification, value cases and business innovation portfolio development. Leads and coordinates the domain technical and business discussions relative to future architecture direction. Supports, develops, and communicates domain-wide policies, standards, guidelines and procedures. + Reviews and approves recommendations and exceptions to architectural standards at a domain level. Leads the research and evaluation of emerging technology, industry and market trends to assist in project development and/or operational support activities, provides recommendations based on business relevance, appropriate timing and deployment. + Identifies the tools and components used within the domain based on the enterprise toolset and can define exceptions as warranted. Ensures the conceptual completeness of the technical solution. + Works closely with project management to ensure alignment of plans with what is being delivered. Recommends allocation of budget to meet architectural initiatives critical to business/mission success. Develops the business case for approval. + Meets with project management and software development leaders to ensure progress towards architectural alignment with project goals and requirements. + Provides leadership, technology guidance and mentors others throughout their domain. + Define the skills, competencies in the skills and talents for architecture team members. + Influences through others. Uses experts or other third parties to influence. + Builds direct and "behind the scenes" support for ideas, uses chains of indirect influence. Challenges conventional thinking and traditional ways of operating and invites stakeholders to identify issues and opportunities. Helps others overcome resistance to change. **Qualifications/Requirements:** Basic Qualififcations: + Master’s degree in Information Systems, Information Technology or Computer Science + 10+ years of hands on experience on technical software & architecture, leading deployment + 8+ years of experience with Commercial/Sales/Marketing toolsEligibility Requirements : + Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. GE may agree to sponsor an individual for an employment visa now or in the future if there is a shortage of individuals with particular skills. + Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen + Must be willing to travel at least 20% + Must be willing to work out of an office located in Boston, MA or Norwalk, CT **Desired Characteristics:** + Strong ability to test technology, quick determine value and determine fit gaps + Strong experience in partnering with software vendors and in house development teams + Strong experience in designing & delivering on integrations + Ability to explain technical architecture in business value terms **Locations:** United States; Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio; Boston, Norwalk, Cincinnati, Van Buren Township, New OrleansGE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. 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          When dad’s the president — a look inside Ivanka Trump’s complicated world – Washington Post   
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          India still best bet among emerging markets: CLSA   
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          Investors see overseas equities outshining U.S.   

(Reuters) - Even though a steady stream of money has flowed out of U.S. stocks into overseas markets, investors expect European and emerging market equities to rise further, supported by expectations for economic growth and accommodative central bank policies.

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          Technically Speaking: Currencies and the Days of the Week   
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The US dollar rose against the major currencies except the Japanese yen last week.  It also appreciated against most of the emerging market currencies, with the South African rand, the Brazil real, and the Chinese yuan the notable exceptions.

<p>The US dollar rose against the major currencies except the Japanese yen last week.&nbsp; It also appreciated against most of the emerging market currencies, with the South African rand, the Brazil real, and the Chinese yuan the notable exceptions.</p>

The US dollar rose against the major currencies except the Japanese yen last week.  It also appreciated against most of the emerging market currencies, with the South African rand, the Brazil real, and the Chinese yuan the notable exceptions.

Consistent with the recent pattern, the dollar closed the week on a firm note.  The dollar has appreciated against the euro and yen each Friday for the past five weeks.  In addition, on each Friday over this period, the US interest rate premium rose against Germany and Japan, on two-year and 10-year money.

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          Comment on New Project: 13th & Delaware Apartments by Landon   
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          Solution Architects - Managed Services - OnX Enterprise Solutions - Ontario   
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          Fortify Your Profession With a All-natural Medicine Degree   
With emerging positive aspects of holistic strategy, many healthcare experts are integrating naturopathy into their instruction. Taking all-natural strategy to medicine is really a full mind, physique and soul knowledge and worth passing on to other folks and that is certainly why the all-natural overall health practice is progressively having influence in the field of medicines. Get much more information about laurea in medicina Romania A lot of indi
          CNBC Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge - Bonus Bucks Trivia Answers   
CNBC Bonus Bucks Answers for 11/11.

1. While questioning former News Corp executive James Murdoch in UK parliament on Thursday, Labour MP Tom Watson compared James, the son of Rupert Murdoch, to what?

ANSWER: a "mafia boss"

2. According to the author of a book about the history of MTV, the cable channel’s relationship with the record labels passed through these four distinct phases:

ANSWER: Disdain, resentment, dependence, indignation

3. The stock market of which emerging economy is the worst performer of the year, but still holds long-term promise, according to CNBC's guest writer Michael Yoshikami of YCMNET Advisors.

Answer: India
          Hospital-based public health epidemiologist program for biosurveillance   

The North Carolina Division of Public Health (NC DPH) developed a program to increase surveillance for potential bioterrorist or infectious disease events by placing public health epidemiologists in 10 of the state's largest hospital systems. Increased partnerships between public health and hospitals, along with the enhanced surveillance skills epidemiologists bring to large healthcare systems, led to a program with great potential for responding quickly to an emerging health crisis.

The Public Health Epidemiologist (PHE) program began in 2003, partly as a response to the discovery that the first patient suffering from intentional inhalational anthrax infection in 2001 had spent time in North Carolina before traveling to Florida. As public health officials tried to determine the origin of the infection, NC DPH personnel determined they needed a prompt way within hospital settings to retrieve infectious disease cases that could signal a bioterrorism attack or a communicable disease cluster.

NC DPH used funding from its "Public Health Preparedness and Response for Bioterrorism" cooperative agreement to place and maintain 10 PHEs in hospitals across the state. Hospitals selected for the program were intended to offer the greatest reach in geopolitical location, emergency department volume, hospital bed size, and participation in a network with a large referral base.

PHEs' main responsibility involves bridging the gap between analyzing the large amounts of clinical data gathered by hospitals and serving the communications and surveillance needs of health departments. PHEs examine hospital data for indications of community-based infections and bioterrorist events, use their surveillance skills to aid in public health investigations, and educate healthcare professionals about public health surveillance. PHEs are able to draw data from various hospital sources and thus play a significant role in developing plans to mitigate a bioterrorism attack.

Hospital-based PHEs generally operate under the guidance of a hospital epidemiologist and an infection control manager and communicate directly with the NC DPH Communicable Disease Branch . PHEs use North Carolina's statewide syndromic surveillance system – NC DETECT (North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool) to daily review hospital Emergency Department visits for infectious diseases, community acquired infections of special interest, and other events of public health significance.

Other data sources include hospital admission logs, hospital laboratory results, and physician notes. PHEs also conduct case investigations based on their data results and inquiries into patients' exposure histories. Not only do they share any suspicious or concerning findings with infection control and preparedness staff from the hospital, local and state health departments, they also provide a weekly report of hospital-based surveillance.

Because PHEs often conduct surveillance for diseases or clusters of cases that might otherwise go unrecognized, they must be innovative about how they search for clues that something clinically unusual is occurring. This is especially true as they examine data records for cases of potential bioterrorism. PHEs search for key words in patient records that, if occurring in significant numbers, might indicate a bioterrorist event. For instance, PHEs might closely examine results obtained from a search for "fever and rash" to rule out smallpox. Likewise, because a bioterrorism attack would probably not be immediately obvious in a healthcare setting, PHEs might search for a term like "mediastinal widening on chest X-ray," rather than searching deliberately for "anthrax."

The PHE program has proven to be beneficial both to the relationship between public health and healthcare systems and to their respective abilities to identify patterns of illness in the community. PHEs have been able to identify clusters of encephalitis in adults and children and help with a shigellosis outbreak investigation  within several schools. Likewise, PHEs were responsible for identifying suspected cases of mycobacterium tuberculosis and meningococcal meningitis.

The PHE program has had a profound effect on surveillance for infectious disease and agents of bioterrorism, while also influencing organizational preparedness. PHEs have encouraged the development of several new approaches to healthcare preparedness since the beginning of the program, including an automated laboratory reporting system in their hospital, healthcare facility response plans for bioterrorism and infectious disease outbreaks, and the improvement of NC DETECT.

A survey conducted by the North Carolina Preparedness and Response Research Center (NC PERRC) in 2010 found that PHEs spend 20 percent of their time conducting public health investigations in coordination with local health departments. Nearly 13 percent of their time is spent communicating between clinicians, hospital workers, and public health professionals. The PHE program serves as important sentinel for potential health crises, while also building bridges between the information and response needs of public health and healthcare systems.


          The Impact Of The 'Summer Of Love' Still Reverberates   

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967 became a soundtrack for an emerging counterculture.

          Trump Administration Outlines Emerging Strategy On Afghanistan   

The Trump administration's emerging strategy on Afghanistan involves sending more American troops into the country, the isolation of Pakistan, and the long-term goal of a political settlement with the Taliban.

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          About the Emerging Battles Over Textbooks: Options from Apple to Open Initiatives   
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The United States is “my country, right or wrong,” of course, and I consider myself a patriotic person, but I’ve never felt that patriotism meant blind fealty to the idea of America’s rightful dominance over global politics or culture, and certainly not to its alleged preferred status on God’s short list of favored nations, or that allegiance to said country was a license to justify or rationalize every instance of misguided, foolish, narrow-minded domestic or foreign policy.

In 2012, when this piece was first posted, it seemed like a good moment to throw the country’s history and contradictions into some sort of quick relief, and the most expedient way of doing that for me was to look at the way the United States (and the philosophies at its core) were reflected in the movies, and not just the ones which approached the country head-on as a subject.  By the time I revisited “Wild, Dangerous, Imperfect Grandeur” and expanded it from eight to 11 double features, it seemed to me that we as a nation were more than ever living in a country poised at the edge of some sort of transition, with all the attendant tension and conflict and intense conviction that can be expected on either side of the chasm that prevents us from a true state of national togetherness.

When the 2015 version of the article was posted, we had just one week earlier celebrated a Supreme Court decision that finally offered legality (and legal protection) to the notion of same-sex couples living together in marriage, a prospect many might have thought impossible only 10 years before. And on the very same day that life suddenly seemed opened up to so many people for whom repression and legal denial had always been a way of life, the nation mourned the deaths of American citizens gunned down in a house of worship, the victims of a lone murderer warped by fear, paranoia and racism, the beneficiary of a culture which, in the face of increasingly bloody reason, maddeningly refuses to adjust its addiction to guns.

In 2015 I wrote this:

“The emerging tolerance and new understanding has its dark underbelly. Those threatened by progress, by a lack of understanding of the fullness of love, by the exercise of intellect and articulate reason, by the looming Other, are already shoring up for battle, now ever further entrenched against the forces they see chipping away at American values. And there can be no darker underbelly than the taught and perpetuated rage still felt against African-Americans and other people of color who, 60 years after the first sparks of the Civil Rights Movement, still must fight against marginalization, against physical threat, even as they make inroads into American popular and political culture that prove that in many ways this country is not the same as it was even just a generation ago.”

And now, only two years later, the United States seems like a different place, not in that the landscape of violence and hostility and fear of the Other has changed so much as it has been cynically amplified and exploited and allowed to fester rather than heal. Meanwhile, the American political arena has shed much of its pretense to service of the people and exposed itself as a true political circus, owned and operated by the scariest collection of evil clowns ever assembled, and dedicated to ensuring the well-being and enrichment of the already well and rich to the exclusion of just about everything else. The ringmaster of said circus is someone who, through an escalating farce involving underestimation of the public’s capacity to be mesmerized and outright fleeced by naked charlatanism, has the power of the Oval Office at his disposal and has proved, on almost a daily basis, his unwillingness or incapacity to understand what to do with it or even how to behave in a manner befitting the ostensible Leader of the Free World. The grimmest joke is, of course, that in a matter of months this ringmaster has denigrated his office to such a degree that he can’t even be considered a leader in his own country, let alone the free world.

Yet even with all the increased tension and misunderstanding and violence, the intolerance of a racist travel ban and fear of immigrants, “the Russia thing,” the co-opting of the Supreme Court through Congressional stalemating, the tragedy of our national health care system and the presence of a president in waters way over his head, relentlessly tweeting lies and outright refusal of reality with the bellicose temperament of a bitter 10-year-old, I still love this country.  I still hold out hope for its future, for its sustained positive influence, even when the moments I despair for all that it has lost in the past couple of years alone tend toward the overwhelming, even the spirit-crushing.

And I love looking at it with a quizzical eye and a sense of challenge. I believe that patriotism entails honesty, a willingness to celebrate not only the energy and enthusiasm of living in a society like ours, but also confronting the enduring implications of its wildness, its inequities, its self-delusions, its diversity, its restlessness, its brutality, its paranoia,  its political and social mythologies, and the dark current of fear and anger that seem to be the most prevalent elements fueling our government’s current relentless pursuit of regression toward a mythical state of purity that we as a nation never possessed in the first place. I believe all that now more than perhaps I ever have.

And movies are now, as they always have been, excellent prisms through which to judge the progress of our nation, its self-image, its myths. So as “go-to” as a movie like Yankee Doodle Dandy might seem on July 4, my cinematic tendencies on this holiday run more toward films that look to examine the quality of a land that is more than ever bursting at the seams, in both the positive and negative, movies that attempt to grapple with America and all the shades of its messy, imperfect grandeur. I want to see movies that shed light on the dark corners which might somehow reflect a heightened clarity about how we got to this point in our history, where increasing understanding of people who have been oppressed in this country for centuries still coexists with alarming, religious-based bigotry, intolerance and fear, and where belief in hard work and dreams of prosperity are continually dampened and smothered by economic hardship and unparalleled greed.

I love movies about America that deal with its blissful possibilities, the transcendent and potentially dangerous fireworks of its culture, the slumbering animal located under the surface of the country’s self-image that occasionally awakens and wreaks political and social havoc. And most of all, I love movies about America that celebrate its orneriness, its blue-collar professionalism, its pugnacious worship at the altar of an ever-shifting notion of togetherness, movies that recognize the cheerful comedy of our self-aggrandizement, that suggest the greatest myth about this country might be that of our collective loss of innocence, landmarked by whatever chosen, significant social event, as if there was ever any innocence to lose.

The first version of this essay was written in 2012, in a mood of celebration, I guess, a way of thinking about our country in a way that tried to be as far-reaching as possible within the format, gathering eight perhaps unlikely double features that could converse with each other and in some way illuminate some aspect of the American experience, maybe spark thought and encourage active contemplation about what it means to be an American. In 2015 I revisited the piece, expanding the list to 11 double features which begin to encompass, for me, the vast wonder and folly of life in America over the past 239 years, the movies that make me grateful for the freedoms of artists who aren’t afraid (occasionally, anyway) to see America for what it is, and also what it isn’t. 

Today, in 2017, on the eve of our nation’s 241st anniversary, the United States feels anything but united. So, I thought it might be worth coming back to this piece and expanding it even further, to reflect on what this country was, what it is now and some of the things that got us here, in the hopes that we might more quickly be able to consider ways of cleaning up the mess we’ve all made in the name of patriotism and love of country. As I see it, “My country, right or wrong” is a statement not of blind fealty, but instead of the acceptance of responsibility and the conviction implied within that acceptance of a commitment to right the wrongs within our cherished, wounded system. I think that’s exactly what these films, in their own very specific ways, are up to by examining the concept of America through the coexisting prisms of satire, tragedy, social commentary, farce, celebration and outrage. All those perspectives are part of everyday life in America v. 2017. 

So It seems only fitting that on her birthday we should look to the films that have over the last 80 or so years most vividly reflected what American life is, in all its scrappy, contradictory, ragged glory, or lack of glory, and hope that there will be a similar spirit still in existence to be celebrated and examined in the films which will come from the next 80 years. Here then are seven more double features, added to the 11 already collected, which I believe reflect some aspects of America in all its wild, dangerous, imperfect, and now wounded grandeur, in the spirit of a happy and vigilant birthday for all of us.

Ace in the Hole (1951; Billy Wilder)
Used Cars (1980; Robert Zemeckis)

Two masterpieces on the dissection of American hucksterism. Wilder’s brutal drama blisters upon first touch, an examination of the extremes (which if anything have become even more extreme) of our culture of rubbernecking and appropriation of tragedy as journalistic entertainment. Zemeckis and cowriter Bob Gale perhaps don’t cut as deep as Wilder does, but their vision of the gleefully pervasive nature of corruption in small-time American business and politics (which is, of course, a reflection of the big time) is just as cynical and difficult to refute. The added bonus comes in the release of all those toxins in the form of the bitterest of belly laughs.

American Graffiti (1973; George Lucas)
Dazed and Confused (1993; Richard Linklater)

Traditionally, movies with the word “American” in their title tend to wield their makers’ statement of intent like a blunt instrument. But George Lucas’s paean to his Modesto youth circa 1962 seems at times almost as blissfully unaware as his characters are, perched on the precipice of college life and the abrupt end of the Kennedy era, which is to the movie’s benefit as well as the audience’s. Twenty years later, Richard Linklater looked back on his own generation (and mine), on the last day of high school for a collection of small-town Texans in 1976, and without aping Lucas’s movie he acknowledges its influence—DAC’s soundtrack is truer to its period than Graffiti’s was to 1962 charts-- and locates the sweet spot of future anxiety that coexisted, as it did for Lucas, while kids partied their last nights as kids away.

Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (1976; Robert Altman) 
Once Upon a Time in the West (1969; Sergio Leone)

A great American iconoclast examines the legacy of a great blowhard of the American west, locating the nexus of personal celebrity and national self-delusion, while a great Italian iconoclast tempers his romantic vision of that same West with an unblinking nihilism and digs deep into the iconography of a nation’s self-created mythological underpinnings. It’s amusing to remember that Altman’s film, one of the bitterest comedies about America, was his bicentennial gift to the nation. America thanked him by largely ignoring it and heading out to a big summer picnic. And Leone’s movie didn’t do too well over here either. Pass the hot dogs and sparklers!

The Candidate (1972; Michael Ritchie) 
They Live (1988; John Carpenter)

Michael Ritchie’s political satire, from Jeremy Larner’s script, could simply exist as a nostalgic artifact of Watergate-era disillusionment, from the good old days when corrupt politicians could still at least muster the courage of their convictions, were it not for its prescience. Robert Redford is a liberal U.S. senator who, convinced he has no chance to actually win, cynically plays the system and ends up facing a rapt constituency who now actually expect him to do something. Flash-forward to a society posited in Carpenter’s post-Reagan-era They Live, in which the “politicians” have done something, all right. They’re aliens who have surreptitiously invaded the American social and political structure and saturated the cityscapes with subliminal platitudes and sloganeering clearly visible only to those who have been sublimated to the alien consciousness, leaving the evil undercurrent of their effects to corrupt the rest of us. Could this be the result of handing a country over to self-aggrandizing politicians, like Redford’s senator, who were elected despite having no clear plan other than the undermining of what has come before? Only your brainwasher knows for sure.

The General (1925; Buster Keaton) 
The Right Stuff (1983; Philip Kaufman) 

Technological progress in American history, courtesy of Keaton, in which he tours the landscape of the Civil War (and the first hints of the industrial revolution) while on a great locomotive chase that keeps him in dire straits and treacherous contortions for the entire hilarious ride. Likewise, Philip Kaufman’s treatment of Tom Wolfe’s brief history of the space program finds satirical purpose in sending western-infused American can-do integrity up against the well-oiled machine of patriotic promotion in contrasting flight pioneer Chuck Yeager with the Mercury astronauts. The two movies reflect ideas about the purpose of and control over the machines that helped make this country with brashly distributed energy and vision and not just a little insouciant charm. 

The Godfather (I & II) (1972, 1974; Francis Ford Coppola) 
Nixon(1995; Oliver Stone)

American history writ large, through the fictionalized saga of the Corleones’ rise to and fall from power, and the factually based, but also intensely speculative history of one of the country’s most reviled political figures. (Who knew RMN would have, less than 30 years later, such vigorous competition for that standing?) The tangled, bitter roots of the American dream have rarely been traced with the emotional gravitas that Coppola brings to his film, and Stone’s patented political hysteria (and surprising empathy) has never resonated more deeply or as sharply as it does here.

The Last Picture Show (1971; Peter Bogdanovich) 
Matinee (1993; Joe Dante)

Two rich, mournful paeans to the specifically American experience of going to the movies. Bogdanovich’s Oscar-winner utilizes the structure of Larry McMurtry’s mournful novel to illuminate the lives of people in a rural Texas town in 1951, all of which in one way or another flitter about in the fading glow of the local movie theater’s carbon-arc projector lamps. If Bogdanovich’s Royal showcased dreams of escape from a dreary reality, the Strand of Joe Dante’s picture is a venue dedicated to a more celebratory tone. But it houses its own nightmares too—the nuclear sort, which are hooted and howled at by the rowdy kids attending a William Castle-esque atomic age thriller while the escalating tensions of the Cuban Missile Crisis continue to develop beyond the lobby. Both pictures end on bittersweet chords, and modern audiences of a certain age will respond to an extra element of loss for a way of seeing movies communally that seems in more danger than ever in an age of cineplexes, cell phone addiction and home theater streaming, even as the love for the movies themselves expressed by these pictures continues to resonate.

Mandingo (1975; Richard Fleischer) 
Fall from Grace (2007; K. Ryan Jones) 

Fleischer’s lurid adaptation of Kyle Onstott’s lurid novel of degradation in the 19th-century American slave trade remains the great, underappreciated movie on the subject. (I wrote about it here in 2008.) And Jones’ searing documentary about Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church is all the evidence you’ll ever need that hatred and intolerance are alive and well and just as inexplicable in the 21st century. Seen together, in a semblance of art and reportage, the two comprise a despairing vision of a country that can claim some progress on the (overt) racism front but which remains hard-pressed in some quarters to remember that Phelps’ hysterical bile is precisely the sort of religious justification once used to prop up slavery and segregation, bile which is just as easily co-opted to justify the jingoistic fear and intolerance that are hallmarks of Donald’s Trump’s America.

Meek’s Cutoff (2010; Kelly Reichardt) 
Ravenous (1999; Antonia Bird)

Perhaps the two most tonally dissimilar pictures of any of these double features, the harsh, desperate clarity of Reichardt clashes with Bird’s blood-drenched, near exuberant hysteria, and together they form a weirdly resonant assessment of the undeniable trajectory of manifest destiny. What more bitter metaphor could there be for a nation that, despite an insistent march westward, has already begun to lose its sense of purpose and vision, than a wagon party lost somewhere on the Oregon frontier, unwilling to trust their hired guide and unsure of the motivations of a captured Native American who seems willing to help them find their way? Maybe only that of Ravenous, which manages a rickety but entertaining equation between the doctrine of inevitable and justifiable American expansion with unapologetic cannibalism. Both visions offer little in the way of faith in the American dream to survive either nature or the rapaciousness of its own beginnings, instead suggesting that, given the reality of the cultures crushed in its pursuit, hope in that destiny might itself be a manifest illusion.

Nashville (1975; Robert Altman) 
1941 (1978; Steven Spielberg) 

The damnedest things I ever saw. Altman’s movie is a snapshot mosaic of a country in crisis that recognizes just how often joyous release and crippling despair go hand in hand. (The freeway accident that turns into a tailgate party is one of the movie’s great metaphors.) And Spielberg’s great, graceful mastodon (directed from another Zemeckis/Gale script) glories in how pop culture patriotism is often a disguise for every form of socially acceptable and unacceptable insanity. The two movies, in their form and attack, might seem quite dissimilar, but I think they’re united by a musically informed vision of America as a land where only the slimmest lines of red, white and blue separate exuberance from hysteria, and paranoia from indifference. 

Network (1976; Sidney Lumet) 
Idiocracy(2006; Mike Judge)

When it was released in 1976, Network was already being praised by audiences for a satirical vision of corporate American broadcasting that still seemed to benefit from its willingness to traffic in exaggeration to make its points. Well, to paraphrase Al Jolson and Randy Bachman, they hadn’t heard/seen nothin’ yet. Not only did the reality of reality TV and corporate greed at the network level catch up with Paddy Chayefsky’s scathing vision, it passed it. And 40 years after Howard Beale, Mike Judge had posited his own logically acidic extension, the notion of an idiocracy of American politics and culture so familiar with the scrapings of the barrel bottom that a self-professed dunce could become the smartest man alive and “Ow! My Balls!” might be the clarion cry of an entire nation. But now Judge, like Chayefsky, is in jeopardy of being eclipsed by reality— the nightly news now seems an endless source of mind-boggling nonsense that could have only been parody a mere decade ago. The through line from The Howard Beale Show to The Real Housewives of Atlanta to Ow! My Balls! provides a sturdy argument for both Network and Idiocracy’s status as the most prescient satires since 1984. (I wrote about Idiocracy when it trickled into theaters in 2006.)

Night of the Living Dead (1968; George A. Romero) 
No Country for Old Men (2007; Joel and Ethan Coen)
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          Westminster Rises Among Leading Institutions in Transforming Student Learning Experiences   

Westminster College was selected as one of only 12 institutions in the country to be part of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Transformations Project. The CUR Transformations Project is a four-year project designed to create cohesive, research-based undergraduate curricula in biology, chemistry, physics and psychology programs. Supported with funding from the National Science Foundation, Westminster is now among leading institutions pursuing school and college-wide transformations in student learning through undergraduate research.

According to Mitch Malachowski, lead principal investigator of the CUR Transformations Project, “[Westminster’s] proposal really stood out amongst the many strong proposals [that were] received.” Along with other accepted institutions, Westminster will attend a collective meeting later this year in Washington D.C to launch the project.

“The project will support the integration of research into Westminster’s biology and psychology program curriculums, and the interdisciplinary neuroscience program and related molecular biology major as well,” says Dr. Karen Resendes, Co-Director of Undergraduate Research and Associate Professor of Biology (Institutional Contact).

In addition to working with consultants provided by CUR (one for biology and one for psychology), teams of Westminster biology and psychology faculty members will use the support provided by the grant to attend national workshops and training sessions. Funding has also been delegated towards conducting professional development at Westminster.  

“Exactly what the outcome of our projects will look like will depend on the decisions each program makes on how to move forward when we meet our consultants,” added Resendes. “No matter how we proceed the goals of the grant are to build on our current published successes in research in the curriculum and to make the transformations of these programs a model for growth across campus.”

The success of Westminster’s proposal was a joint effort thanks to teams of biology and psychology faculty members who serve in college-wide roles that directly impact the ability to carry out the aims of the grant. The Institutional Coordinating Leadership Team members includes: Dr. Karen Resendes; Dr. Jamie McMinn, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychology; Dr. Sandra Webster, Chair of Outcomes Assessment Advisory Committee and Professor of Psychology; Dr. John Robertson, Chair of Curriculum Committee and Program Coordinator/Associate Professor of Biology (Designated Contact Biology); and Dr. Mandy Medvin, Program Coordinator/Professor of Psychology.

Since coming on in June, incoming Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Dr. Jeffrey Coker has agreed to join the Institutional Coordinating Leadership Team.

“This is wonderfully symbolic of Westminster’s emerging national leadership in the area of undergraduate research, and experiential learning more broadly,” says Coker.

Departmental leadership teams include faculty members from various sub-disciplines. The biology leadership team includes Dr. Joshua Corrette-Bennett, Associate Professor of Biology (former chair of the biology department); Dr. Diana Ortiz, Assistant Professor of Biology; and institutional team members Resendes and Robertson.

The psychology leadership team includes Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Dr. Deanne Buffalari and institutional team members Webster and Medvin. Buffalari teaches learning, cognition, and behavioral neuroscience, all courses that include undergraduate research. Webster, professor of psychology, has significant experience in department administration, assessment and faculty development. Medvin, current psychology program chair, has led curriculum development at an institutional level.

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          Dr. Diana Ortiz to Speak at Café Scientifique on Monday, June 5   

Dr. Diana Ortiz, assistant professor of biology, is guest speaking at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh as part of the Café Scientifique series on Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to adults. Food and drink will be available for purchase and parking is available for $5. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Carnegie Science Center’s Café Scientifique is an adult program for anyone interested in learning more about science and the latest technology breakthroughs in a relaxed, “pub-type atmosphere.”

“Being invited to present at the Carnegie Science Center’s Café Scientifique is an honor,” says Ortiz. “I hope that after this presentation, the audience gains a new appreciation for disease vectors, such as mosquitoes and ticks, and how humans are affecting how they live and interact with the environment.”

In her presentation, “Vector-Borne Disease Transmission: The Zika Virus Effect,” Ortiz discusses the societal and environmental changes that have directly affected the occurrence of vector-borne diseases. She also describes how unpredictable and complex these diseases can be, such as what has been observed through the worldwide emergence of the Zika virus.

Ortiz’s perspective on vectors stems from two decades of experience working in academia, industry, and government in the areas of vector biology, virology, biodefense, and public health

“I always get asked very basic questions about vectors and the diseases they transmit. I think people are always surprised to know that they are not just flying or crawling blood-sucking “needles,” explains Ortiz.

“Disease vectors are a group of very complex, biodiverse organisms that have been around a lot longer that humans have. These small, innocuous organisms are some of the most interesting and dangerous animals on Earth.”

Since coming to Westminster in 2014, Ortiz has maintained an active undergraduate research program in vector biology/ecology and emerging vector-borne diseases.

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          GST's impact on the millions who avoided tax till now   
New Delhi: Rakesh Sachdeva sells auto parts in a busy market in central Delhi, just a few miles from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office. Yet despite having a flourishing business he does not pay any tax.

Until now, his rundown premises and small scale operation has kept the business below the radar of tax officials. Come July 1, however, "the party will be over", says the 51-year-old, with a resigned shrug.

A nationwide Goods and Services Tax (GST), set to come into effect on Saturday, has faced criticism for its complex design. But the country's biggest tax reform since independence is promising to bring millions of firms like Sachdeva's into the tax net, boosting government revenues and India's sovereign credit profile.

The new tax will require firms to upload their invoices every month to a portal that will match them with those of their suppliers or vendors.

Because a tax number is needed for a firm to claim a credit on the cost of its inputs, many companies are refusing to buy from unregistered businesses. Those who don't sign up risk losing any customer who has.

"I have no option, but to register with the new system," said Sachdeva, who spoke to Reuters on condition the name and precise location of his shop were not disclosed.

Boosting The Coffers

Improved tax compliance should shore up public finances, augmenting resources for welfare and development spending and giving a lift to the $2 trillion economy.

India currently has one of the worst tax-to-GDP ratios among major economies at 16.6 percent, less the half the 34 percent average for the members of the OECD and also below many emerging economies.

While there is no official estimate of the potential fiscal gain, some tax experts say the measure, after the initial teething trouble, would lift the tax-to-GDP ratio by as much as 4 percentage points as the number of tax filers is estimated to more than treble to 30 million.

"In future, compliance is going to be extremely crucial," Rajiv Nair, chief executive officer at Kaya Ltd., told Reuters. "Since we are also responsible for compliance across the supply chain, we have to ensure that the suppliers we have are in a position to work with us in a compliant manner."

Nair's company, which makes beauty and personal care products, has just streamlined its supply chain, dropping vendors that were not going to be GST-compliant.
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Other companies are doing the same. Elior Group, a French catering and food service company, said it has mandated GST-compliance as one of the eligibility criteria for its orders.

Winners And Losers

The unorganised sector of India's economy is vast, employing an estimated nine out of 10 workers.

While staying outside the GST regime risks losing business, joining it will necessitate an overhaul of firms' accounting systems and an investment in technology.

The new tax system requires three filing a month plus an annual return - a total of 37 filings - for each of India's 29 states in which a firm operates. For smaller companies operating on wafer thin margins, hiring accountants and technical staff could substantially dent their bottom line.

Sanjiv Mehra, head of a traders' body in Delhi, reckons a "prohibitive" cost could prove to be counterproductive.

"Compliance is needed for input tax credit," he said. "But what if you are in a business where margins are strong and allows you to forsake credit?"

But despite its flaws, many analysts think the new tax will be good news for bigger established businesses, because it will sweep away an array of federal and state sales taxes, levied at different stages of the supply chain, that often result in double taxation.

The government estimates the GST will save companies around $14 billion because it will allow them to organise their warehouses and supply chains more efficiently.

Firms can now move to demand-based "hub-and-spoke" models used globally, rather than operating state-by-state.

"Those companies which can wring out the maximum cost efficiency are the ones investors should bet on," said Ajay Bodke, head of portfolio management services at financial firm Prabhudas Lilladher in Mumbai. "All consumer-facing industries will be big beneficiaries of the GST."

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          Security Analytics - Visualization - Big Data Workshop Black Hat 2017   


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Dates: July 22-23 & 24-25
Location: Las Vegas, USA



Big data and security intelligence are the two very hot topics in security. We are collecting more and more information from both the infrastructure, but increasingly also directly from our applications. This vast amount of data gets increasingly hard to understand. Terms like map reduce, hadoop, spark, elasticsearch, data science, etc. are part of many discussions. But what are those technologies and techniques? And what do they have to do with security analytics/intelligence? We will see that none of these technologies are sufficient in our quest to defend our networks and information. Data visualization is the only approach that scales to the ever changing threat landscape and infrastructure configurations. Using big data visualization techniques, you uncover hidden patterns of data, identify emerging vulnerabilities and attacks, and respond decisively with countermeasures that are far more likely to succeed than conventional methods. Something that is increasingly referred to as hunting. The attendees will learn about log analysis, big data, information visualization, data sources for IT security, and learn how to generate visual representations of IT data. The training is filled with hands-on exercises utilizing the DAVIX live CD.

What's New?

The workshop is being heavily updated over the next months. Check back here to see a list of new topics:

  • Security Analytics - UEBA, Scoring, Anomaly Detection
  • Hunting
  • Data Science
  • 10 Challenges with SIEM and Big Data for Security
  • Big Data - How do you navigate the ever growing landscape of Hadoop and big data technologies? Tajo, Apache Arrow, Apache Drill, Druid, PrestoDB from Facebook, Kudu, etc. We'll sort you out.


The syllabus is not 100% fixed yet. Stay tuned for some updates.

Day 1:

Log Analysis

  • Data Sources Discussion - including PCAP, Firewall, IDS, Threat Intelligence (TI) Feeds, CloudTrail, CloudWatch, etc.
  • Data Analysis and Visualization Linux (DAVIX)
  • Log Data Processing (CSVKit, ...)

SIEM, and Big Data

  • Log Management and SIEM Overview
  • LogStash (Elastic Stack) and Moloch
  • Big Data - Hadoop, Spark, ElasticSearch, Hive, Impala

Data Science

  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Introduction to Data Science with R
  • Hunting

Day 2:


  • Information Visualization History
  • Visualization Theory
  • Data Visualization Tools and Libraries (e.g., Mondrian, Gephi, AfterGlow, Graphiti)
  • Visualization Resources

Security Visualization Use-Cases

  • Perimeter Threat
  • Network Flow Analysis
  • Firewall Visualization
  • IDS/IPS Signature Analysis
  • Vulnerability Scans
  • Proxy Data
  • User Activity
  • Host-based Data Analysis

Sample of Tools and Techniques

Tools to gather data:

  • argus, nfdump, nfsen, and silk to process traffic flows
  • snort, bro, suricata as intrusion detection systems
  • p0f, npad for passive network analysis
  • iptables, pf, pix as examples of firewalls
  • OSSEC, collectd, graphite for host data

We are also using a number of visualization tools to analyze example data in the labs:

  • graphviz, tulip, cytoscape, and gephi
  • afterglow
  • treemap
  • mondrian, ggobi

Under the log management section, we are going to discuss:

  • rsyslog, syslog-ng, nxlog
  • logstash as part of the elastic stack, moloch
  • commercial log management and SIEM solutions

The section on big data is covering the following:

  • hadoop (HDFS, map-reduce, HBase, Hive, Impala, Zookeper)
  • search engines like: elastic search, Solr
  • key-value stores like MongoDB, Cassandra, etc.
  • OLAP and OLTP
  • The Spark ecosystem



Raffael Marty is vice president of security analytics at Sophos, and is responsible for all strategic efforts around security analytics for the company and its products. He is based in San Francisco, Calif. Marty is one of the world's most recognized authorities on security data analytics, big data and visualization. His team at Sophos spans these domains to help build products that provide Internet security solutions to Sophos' vast global customer base.

Previously, Marty launched pixlcloud, a visual analytics platform, and Loggly, a cloud-based log management solution. With a track record at companies including IBM Research, ArcSight, and Splunk, he is thoroughly familiar with established practices and emerging trends in the big data and security analytics space. Marty is the author of Applied Security Visualization and a frequent speaker at academic and industry events. Zen meditation has become an important part of Raffy's life, sometimes leading to insights not in data but in life.

          VP, Portfolio Manager - Global Emerging Markets Focus - GIC Investment - Tanjong Pagar   
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          Collision Industry Conference Scanning & Diagnostics Task Force Releases Draft Glossary of Terms, Definitions   

Four documents will be presented at July 25 CIC meeting. The Collision Industry Conference (CIC) announced several drafts of work products from the Scanning & Diagnostics Task Force of its Emerging Technologies Committee. The Committee will present to the CIC body at the July 25, meeting at McCormick Place Hyatt in Chicago, just prior NACE […]

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          (USA-NC-Greensboro) Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs   
## Position Summary **VICE CHANCELLOR FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS** The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), the largest and one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the Piedmont Triad metropolitan region and the state of North Carolina, seeks a strategic, engaged, and innovative leader to serve as its next Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. UNCG is a public, coeducational, doctoral-granting, residential university and one of the three original institutions of the University of North Carolina System. With more than 19,000 students and 2,500 faculty and staff, the University is known for its inclusive learning community with a campus-wide culture that embodies access, equity, diversity, excellence, and collaboration. It is a challenging, supportive, and engaged community joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make. As the University reaches its 125th anniversary, its Chancellor, Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., is building an ambitious and talented team to help him drive the University forward with “Giant Steps.” Reporting to a supportive and engaged Provost and managing a talented and dedicated team of 275 staff, the next Vice Chancellor will quickly assess the Student Affairs organization, implement creative ideas and build a Division on the cutting edge of student life services and programming. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a transformative leadership team at a research university long recognized as relevant and responsive to community needs. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will be a strategic risk taker who will shape a vision for student success in a culture of care that supports and empowers a growing, diverse student body. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of ten years of senior level experience in student affairs and a successful record of administration including strategic planning, budgeting, resource management, and program development within an environment of constant and sometimes unexpected change. A collaborative and collegial orientation is key, as are strong managerial skills and institutional savvy. A doctoral degree in higher education administration or a related field is required. **UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT GREENSBORO** Established by legislative enactment in 1891, UNCG was one of the first three founding University of North Carolina campuses. Today, UNCG aims to redefine the public research university for the 21st century as a collaborative and responsive institution making a difference in the lives of students and the communities it serves. At its core is a vision of UNCG as: * A learner-centered, accessible and inclusive community fostering intellectual inquiry to prepare students for meaningful lives and engaged citizenship; * An institution offering classes on-campus, off-campus and online for degree-seeking students and life-long learners; * A research university where collaborative scholarship and creative activity enhance quality of life across the life span; * A source of innovation and leadership meeting social, economic, and environmental challenges in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina, and beyond; and * A global university integrating intercultural and international experiences and perspectives into learning, discovery, and service. During the 2016-17 academic year, UNCG enrolled nearly 18,000 on-campus students and more than 1,700 others in extension programs. The student body is broadly diverse across any number of dimensions including gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, nationality, veteran status, and age. Sixty-five percent of resident undergraduate students are female, and 27 percent of resident undergraduate students and 15 percent of graduate students are African-American. More than 40 percent of UNCG students are Pell recipients, and more than half of those students graduate within six years. The University has received national recognition for its student success initiatives aimed at improving retention and graduation rates. In February 2017 UNCG joined the “Frontier Set,” a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to identify successful strategies to improve graduation rates, especially for low-income, first generation, and students of color. In March 2017, the Education Trust’s “A Look at Black Student Success” report cited UNCG as one of the nation’s top institutions for success in graduating black students. In addition, UNCG was the only North Carolina school in the Top 15, and one of just 12 public four-year universities, to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for “excelling in access and success,” particularly for its efforts in increasing graduation rates among low-income students. UNCG offers 86 undergraduate programs in more than 125 areas of study, 74 masters programs and 32 doctoral programs. The University’s academic schools and programs include the College of Arts & Sciences; the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business & Economics; the School of Education; the School of Health and Human Sciences; the Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering; the College of Visual and Performing Arts (containing Schools of Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance); the School of Nursing; Continual Learning; the Graduate School; and Lloyd International Honors College. In September 2014 UNCG launched its most recent strategic planning process with the objective of creating a university-wide plan that is vision-focused and that sets a distinct direction for UNCG in the short and long term. Entitled “Giant Steps: Transforming Tomorrow through Opportunity and Excellence,” the plan fosters a steep trajectory of change as the University mobilizes its talent and resources to become a recognized research university providing a transformational education to a richly diverse student body. **DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS** Reporting to Academic Affairs, the Division of Student Affairs provides innovative, transformative, and collaborative initiatives that promote student success. Three basic assumptions guide the Division: the individual student is viewed from a holistic perspective; each student is treated as a unique individual; and the overall college experience is based on student learning both in and outside the classroom. The Division initiates learner-centered programs and services that foster a culture of care conducive to academic and personal development. The Division encompasses the services and activities provided by the following departments: * Accessibility Resources & Services * Campus Activities & Programs * Career Services Center * Dean of Students * Elliott University Center * Housing and Residence Life * Intercultural Engagement * Leadership and Service-Learning * Recreation & Wellness * Student Health Services * Veterans Resource Center A key resource to the student body and trusted partner to faculty and staff, the Division empowers students to be engaged citizens through fostering their development of lifelong skills, and by creating and supporting a rich learning environment in a community of care and mutual respect. The Division’s commitment to student learning and development is evidenced both by the intentionality and quality of the services it offers as well as its commitment to the ongoing review and refinement of its programs. In particular, Student Affairs staff use the seven student learning domains highlighted in Learning Reconsidered: A Campus Wide Focus on the Student Experience as a guiding conceptual framework, and the Division has mapped these domains to the UNCG General Education Learning Goals. The Division engages the student body in a variety of programs and services in support of students’ holistic well-being while simultaneously supporting the academic mission of the University. During the 2015-16 academic year, 1,615 students accessed counseling services at the Counseling Center while 1,213 students were supported by the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services. The Dean of Students Office offered 43 outreach activities and the Office of Health Promotion provided 114 different programs during that same time period. Students were also able to participate in 257 presentations conducted by the Career Services Center throughout 2015-16. Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs is the senior officer responsible for student life, services, and development programs, the oversight and management of an experienced staff of 275 professionals, and an annual operating budget of $50 million. The Vice Chancellor provides visionary leadership to the Division of Student Affairs, carrying out its mission and working with staff to formulate goals and objectives in support of the University’s strategic plan. As UNCG’s chief student advocate and a member of the Chancellor’s and Provost’s Councils, the Vice Chancellor collaborates with offices across the University on programs and services that advance student learning and development. The Vice Chancellor also plays an important external role as a representative and spokesperson on behalf of the Division and the University, and serves as a leader in regional and national student affairs professional associations. Direct reports to the Vice Chancellor are the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Associate Vice Chancellor/Dean of Students, Director of Housing and Residence Life, Division Business Manager, Director of Recreation and Wellness, and Assistant to the Vice Chancellor. In carrying out these broad duties, the Vice Chancellor faces several specific opportunities and challenges, as detailed below. **Provide visionary student affairs leadership.** At this exciting time in its history, UNCG requires a Vice Chancellor with strategic vision, a thorough understanding of best practices in student affairs, and the creativity to meet the most complex and pressing challenges facing higher education today. Confronted with a wide range of emerging national issues including health and wellness, sexual assault, and compliance, along with increased focus on the integration of academic and student affairs, inclusivity, and career preparedness, the Vice Chancellor will provide innovative leadership for the Division as the field of student affairs evolves. This time of leadership transition presents the Vice Chancellor with an opportunity to assess current programs and collaboratively set a vision and strategy for the Division that provides greater intentionality in programs, systems, and community building across the institution and that ensures student life programs and services support UNCG’s educational mission. While preliminary planning in coordination with the University’s “Giant Steps” initiative is underway, the incoming Vice Chancellor will have the opportunity to lead long-range planning for the Division, guiding and advancing it in a clear and strategic direction in alignment with institutional priorities. With increasing demand for student services and programming, the need to steward limited resources and identify new opportunities for increasing revenue present an ongoing challenge. The Vice Chancellor will play a hands-on role in the budgeting process and will be innovative and thoughtful in the management of all resources. The Vice Chancellor will explore opportunities for resource generation and use data and assessment to conduct realistic evaluation of existing programs to ensure they are meeting student demand. Located at the nexus of several income streams, the next Vice Chancellor must apply a deep understanding of resource management and be creative with available funding. The Vice Chancellor also has primary responsibility for raising external financial resources and for articulating the development needs of the Division in conjunction with the long range plans of the University. **Inspire, lead, and manage a large and talented team.** Staff members in the Division of Student Affairs possess a deep commitment to the academic and personal development of all UNCG students. The new Vice Chancellor will lead this team to maintain high standards of performance and to support collaboration among the units in the office and with colleagues across the University. As an experienced manager, the Vice Chancellor will bring exemplary organizational development skills to bear in building and managing strong teams and in ensuring that the work of the Division is responsive, nimble, and supportive of the mission of the University. At the same time, the Vice Chancellor will review the current organizational structure, identifying ways to strengthen the effectiveness of the Division and enhance staff members’ capacity to serve UNCG’s diverse and growing student body. The Vice Chancellor will assess programs in collaboration with staff to discover opportunities for improvement and innovation, and galvanize a commitment to continuous professional development and improvement. **Advance UNCG’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.** As a minority-serving institution, UNCG embraces diversity in all forms, and the University is home to talented students with a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; religious beliefs; and racial, sexual, and gender identities. As the University continues to build a more diverse student body, the Vice Chancellor will work with colleagues to anticipate and respond to the changing social and academic needs of diverse students across the institution. The Vice Chancellor will lead inclusively and work with other senior administrators, faculty, and staff to ensure that the campus experience of all students is an equitable one and that the entire UNCG campus benefits from studying and living in a more diverse community. **Contribute to UNCG’s innovative and collaborative senior leadership team.** Chancellor Gilliam’s senior leadership team is characterized by collegiality, ambition, and creativity. To succeed at UNCG, the new Vice Chancellor must be comfortable operating in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. The Vice Chancellor will establish trusting and mutually beneficial relationships with senior University leaders across campus, particularly in Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, Business Affairs, and University Advancement. As the University’s chief student affairs officer, the Vice Chancellor will serve as a principal advisor to the Provost and the Chancellor on decisions that influence the student experience and will engage in ongoing strategic discussions about policies, planning, and operations related to student life. In collaboration with other senior leaders, the Vice Chancellor will contribute to broader institutional strategic discussions, representing the best interests of students and the Division in leadership deliberations. In moments of crisis or conflict, the Vice Chancellor will draw on expertise and imagination to offer constructive ideas and devise effective solutions. **Raise the visibility of the Division of Student Affairs.** Despite the quality of its work, some members of the UNCG community remain unaware of the breadth and depth of the services provided by the Division of Student Affairs. The next Vice Chancellor must raise the visibility of the Division among students, faculty, and staff by building bridges across campus and focusing on internal communication. The Vice Chancellor is expected to sustain a high level of direct and visible involvement with students in curricular and co-curricular environments, earning their trust, and providing a model of engagement for other administrators. The Vice Chancellor will embrace a vibrant undergraduate, graduate, and professional student community and identify opportunities to further University identity and pride. While building rapport with students, the Vice Chancellor must also make connections with UNCG faculty and staff, educating them about the important work of the Division and coordinating initiatives across the University. While communicating more effectively with stakeholders at the University, the Vice Chancellor will also represent UNCG externally on all matters related to student life. The Vice Chancellor must be comfortable speaking to a wide range of audiences including alumni, parents, community partners, neighbors, donors, and other stakeholders. The Vice Chancellor is also expected to be a key figure in student affairs professional organizations regionally and nationally, demonstrating broad knowledge of the latest trends and issues in the field. ## Minimum Qualifications The successful candidate will be an experienced student affairs leader with a track record of achievement and innovation in a diverse higher education institution. The position requires a doctoral degree in higher education administration or other appropriate field of study as well as a minimum of ten years of senior level experience in student affairs. UNCG seeks candidates with strategic vision, strong management skills, and a successful record of administration within an environment of constant change. ## Preferred Qualifications While no one person will embody all, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal qualities: * Vision and strategic, transformational leadership skills to advance UNCG toward its aspirations and goals; the ability to be innovative and incorporate best practices in collaboration with stakeholders into University programs and services. * Proven skills as a senior manager; a demonstrated ability to lead, motivate, and supervise staff and provide successful oversight of people, budget, and space; the ability to effectively manage organizational change while working in a collaborative environment. * Deep experience and demonstrated success in the strategic deployment of a diverse resource base to achieve institutional and divisional goals, including the management of significant sums in state appropriations, student fees, auxiliary revenues, and both restricted and unrestricted gift and investment income. * A history of valuing people of all ages and understanding their developmental needs; a passion for and commitment to providing support and opportunities for students and a talent for working across institutional boundaries to develop an exceptional student experience. * A deep understanding of the educational value of a diverse community and a demonstrated track record of advancing diversity and enhancing inclusiveness. * Experience in program assessment and strategic planning. * Strong communication skills and a proven ability to create partnerships with and represent the Division to students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, parents, donors, and the public. * A track record of being visibly present and the inclination to be an active participant in a range of co-curricular contexts. * The commitment to engage collaboratively with faculty and respond effectively to their concerns. * Proven ability to manage through crises with discretion and a sense of responsibility and respect for students, families, and the institution; demonstrated working knowledge of legal issues and crisis/emergency management. * Involvement in professional associations including, but not limited to, regional accreditation organizations. *Recruitment Range:* Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications *Org #-Department:* Office of the Provost - 10101 *Job Open Date:* 06/30/2017 *For Best Consideration Date:* 07/21/2017 *Open Until Filled:* Yes *Type of Appointment:* 1.0 (Full-Time) *Time Limited?:* No *Number of Months per Year:* 12
          (USA-WA-Renton) Airport Safety Worker   
Job Description **JOB SUMMARY:** Under the direction of the Assistant Airport Manager, the Airport Safety Worker position is responsible for wildlife control and basic landscaping and maintenance functions at the Renton Airport. This is a part-time, temporary position anticipated to last approximately 5 months and hours worked per week will vary. Staff may be assigned to work up to eight-hour shifts between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day of the year, including holidays. **SUPERVISION:** Reports To: Assistant Airport Manager Supervises: None **ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:** * Responsible for wildlife control, including the dispersal of birds and other wildlife from airport property; use of pyrotechnic devices and other equipment to disperse wildlife from the airport environment. * Perform basic landscaping, such as maintaining and cutting grass, raking and disposing of leaves, and other related duties; operate landscaping and workshop equipment including, but not limited to, riding mowers, push mowers, weed eaters, blowers, saws, and drills. * Use landscaping power and hand tools to control weeds, edge grass, remove blackberries, clean parking lots, and other related duties. * Perform building maintenance duties; prepare and paint interior and exterior surfaces. * Perform janitorial duties including cleaning break rooms, restrooms, City offices, and other areas in and around the airport. * Wash trucks and other airport vehicles; refill vehicles and equipment with gas. * Respond to tenant, pilot, or Air Traffic Control Tower requests for service * Operate VHF radio equipment to communicate with the Air Traffic Control Tower. * Work alone and in all weather conditions. * Maintain regular, reliable, and punctual attendance; work flexible evening and/or weekend hours as required. * Perform related duties as assigned. **Knowledge of:** * Safe operation and maintenance of equipment. * Methods, supplies and tools used in lawn care and grounds keeping work. * Safety policies and procedures. * Proper methods of storing equipment, materials, and supplies. * Record-keeping techniques. * Applicable regulations, policies, and procedures. * Basic airport operations. * General maintenance and repair of buildings and facilities. **Ability to:** * Understand and follow oral and written directions. * Use a variety of tools, machines, and equipment for required duties. * Operate a variety of hand and power tools used in airport maintenance. * Observe legal and defensive driving practices. * Work independently with little direction. * Ability to read, write, and clearly speak in the English language. * Properly communicate on a VHF radio to Air Traffic Control Tower and other staff. * Safely operate airport vehicles and equipment within the Air Operations Area. * Complete projects with attention to detail and with pride of work. * Remain current with emerging technologies as they relate to the field of specialty. * Maintain regular, reliable, and punctual attendance. **EXPERIENCE/SKILLS/CERTIFICATIONS:** * A High School Degree or equivalent is required. * Previous airport experience is desired. * Valid Washington State Driver's License. * Successful passing of background check. * Provide a Driver's Abstract that is approved by the Risk Management department. **WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:** The following represent the physical demands that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job: * Work is performed primarily outdoors, both day and night, in all weather conditions. * Drive a City vehicle. * Ability to lift or move items weighing up to 100 pounds. Approved reasonable accommodation requests will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. *Salary:* $15.00 Hourly *Location:* Renton WA 98057, WA *Job Type:* Seasonal/Intermittent *Job Number:* 2017-PW ASW *Department:* Public Works - Transportation Systems *Closing:* 7/14/2017 11:59 PM Pacific *Agency:* City of Renton *Address:* 1055 South Grady Way Renton, Washington, 98057. *Phone:* 425-430-7650 *Website:*
          Account Executive, Enterprise - BazaarVoice - Austin, TX   
Advanced user of new and emerging web/online communication technologies, such as RSS, blogs, social networks, etc. Passion for technology, particularly online...
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          Senior IT Auditor - Cargill - Canada   
Cargill’s journey in digitalization offers many great opportunities to explore emerging risks around cloud, mobility, internet of things, large system...
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          Fingal Film Festival   

Interested in Media or Film and want to stand out from the crowd? Then we have found a great opportunity for you. The Fingal Film Festival will be taking place over three days on the 25th, 26th and 27th of September 2015. The Festival acts as a platform for emerging talent both nationally and internationally. […]

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          Joan Burton To Go After Smartphones Once She Kills Water.   

Tanaiste Joan Burton will continue her crusade against the “expensive” smartphones once the issue of water is dealt with. The governments ongoing project of turning Ireland into a police state was actioned fully yesterday, as female protesters were dealt with no little subtlety by the Gardai. Speaking about amateur footage emerging of Gardai throwing female […]

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          Developmental change in the influence of domain-general abilities and domain-specific knowledge on mathematics achievement: An eight-year longitudinal study.   
The contributions of domain-general abilities and domain-specific knowledge to subsequent mathematics achievement were longitudinally assessed (n = 167) through 8th grade. First grade intelligence and working memory and prior grade reading achievement indexed domain-general effects, and domain-specific effects were indexed by prior grade mathematics achievement and mathematical cognition measures of prior grade number knowledge, addition skills, and fraction knowledge. Use of functional data analysis enabled grade-by-grade estimation of overall domain-general and domain-specific effects on subsequent mathematics achievement, the relative importance of individual domain-general and domain-specific variables on this achievement, and linear and nonlinear across-grade estimates of these effects. The overall importance of domain-general abilities for subsequent achievement was stable across grades, with working memory emerging as the most important domain-general ability in later grades. The importance of prior mathematical competencies on subsequent mathematics achievement increased across grades, with number knowledge and arithmetic skills critical in all grades and fraction knowledge in later grades. Overall, domain-general abilities were more important than domain-specific knowledge for mathematics learning in early grades but general abilities and domain-specific knowledge were equally important in later grades. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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The importance of implanting digitization in education will be fed in the minds of the emerging youth like a parasite.

Our resemblance with that of the populace of a developed nation has started sprouting. 

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Our resemblance with that of the populace of a developed nation has started sprouting. 

Digi Page concept has surpassed all the barriers to help bring Mahendra's in everyone's mouth.  

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Our resemblance with that of the populace of a developed nation has started sprouting. 

Digi Page concept has surpassed all the barriers to help bring Mahendra's in everyone's mouth.  

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The importance of implanting digitization in education will be fed in the minds of the emerging youth like a parasite.

Our resemblance with that of the populace of a developed nation has started sprouting. 

Digi Page concept has surpassed all the barriers to help bring Mahendra's in everyone's mouth.

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          Global Markets - Asian Derivatives and Financing Trader – Vice President - Deutsche Bank - Singapore   
This incorporates Debt Trading, including FX, Rates, Credit, Structured Finance and Emerging Markets; Full/Part-Time:....
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          Oribe at NYFW: Men’s Fall/Winter 2017   

Oribe's talented team snipped, shaped, sculpted and sprayed their way to 13 superb styles—complete with textured afros and perfect middle parts—this Fall/Winter 2017 NYFW: Men's season.

Uri Minkoff

Hair by Adam Livermore 

Inspired by young entrepreneurs such as Jack Dorsey and Kevin Systrom, Uri Minkoff’s collection is urban commuter chic. All black ensembles accessorized with traveling necessities such as duffle bags, backpacks, and even a bicycle, Minkoff’s muse is the young tech mogul on his way to a board meeting; comfortable and versatile for different events, but always fashion forward. Oribe Hair Care's Adam Livermore created a forward, slightly flattened style for these guys on the go. 

Get the Look:

  1. Prep hair with Foundation Mist to dampen, control frizz and give the hair a supple feel. 
  2. Mix two to three pumps of Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil with a smudge of Rough Luxury Soft Molding Paste in hands. 
  3. Once the products are fully emulsified, run fingers through the hair from back to front, pushing the hair slightly from one side to the other until the product is distributed throughout. Smooth the hair and bangs down to one side. Keep it loose, fingers only, no comb needed.

Krammer & Stoudt
Hair by Louis Orozco

Californian-cool brand Krammer & Stoudt channeled the East Coast in their most recent collection. Layered t-shirts, flannels, bomber jackets, trench coats and scarfs had the models looking well prepared for the fall season. Oribe Hair Care's Louis Orozco created a look that was all about the celebration of undone, lived-in texture. In addition to Foundation MistCrème for StyleMaximista Thickening SprayApres Beach Wave and Shine SprayDry Texturizing Spray and Superfine Hair Spray Louis used a diffuser and a pre-made a variety of braids and dreadlocks to use as clip-in attachments in order to master this look.

Hair by Christian Ceja-Compin

NBA greats like Iverson, Bryant and Johnson inspired Brostol's Fall/Winter 2017 presentation. Featuring track suits in luxe fabrics, Adidas basketball sneakers and a neutral color palatte, Bristol put a new twist on court-ready threads. Oribe Hair Care's Christian Ceja-Compin put the middle part back in the spotlight with the help of Royal Blowout Heat Styling SprayFoundation MistStar Glow Stying WaxMatte Waves Texture Lotion, a flat iron and an Oribe Medium Round Brush


Hair by Nathan Nguyen

Envelope-pushing and innovative, Kozaburo’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection was inspired by musical influences from Kozaburo Akasaka's early years of living in Tokyo. High-waisted pants, leather boots, and oversized coats—all direct descendents of rock and punk music of the '80s—were staples of this look. Oribe Hair Care's Nathan Nguyen styled to complement the throwback freeze frame in time.

Get the Look:  

  1. Prep hair with Maximista Thickening Spray from roots to ends, and blow dry to achieve thickness and shape. 
  2. Once dry, layer the hair with Dry Texturizing Spray starting at the roots and working toward the ends for lived-in texture. 
  3. Once the desired shape is achieved, finish with Superfine Hair Spray.


David Hart
Hair by Kien Hoang

David Hart's Fall/Winter 2017 collection was all about manly glamour, specifically tuxedos and oversized bowties in a variety of prints and textures. Hair was masterfully sculpted into purposely disheveled styles by Oribe Hair Care's Kien Hoang. Each hair look was individual to the tuxedo, which created possibilities for styles that were pulled back, down and polished or left in soft waves thanks to Foundation MistGel SérumCrème for StyleRough Luxury Molding Wax and Superfine Strong Hair Spray.  


Max 'n Chester
Hair by Dan Nguyen 

The Max 'n Chester show cast both women and men to show off their variety of subtle prints, including camouflage, paisley, polka dots and stripes. This season was inspired by the designer’s eclectic tastes in British music and marked by military accents. Oribe Hair Care's Dan Nguyen provided very groomed looks for the men using Foundation Mist and Gel Sérum and channeled a modern-day Veronica Lake for the women using Supershine Light Moisturizing CreamCrème for Style, and Impérmeable Anti-Humidity Spray


Private Policy
Hair by Kien Hoang 

Emerging New York designer duo Private Policy surprises the industry again with their innovative and statement-making fashion designs. Utilizing different textiles, political flags, pops of color and writing on the models themselves, the presentation made quite the impression. Oribe Hair Care's Kien Hoang used Foundation Mist, Rock Hard Gel, Gel Sérum, Superfine Strong Hair Spray, Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray and Star Glow Styling Wax to create a wet look complete with a '90s-style middle part. 


David Naman
Hair by Christian Ceja-Compin

David Naman’s Fall/Winter 2017 presentation embraced classic silhouettes with a twist, mixing retro and modern influences that made the collection feel familiar and fresh. With a multitude of hair textures to work with, Oribe Hair Care's Christian Ceja-Compin embraced each model's individuality and accentuated their natural hair texture using Foundation Mist and Matte Waves Texture Lotion for the fringe bangs and middle parts and Foundation Mist and Dry Texturizing Spray for texture and airiness in the afros.  


Maiden Noir
Hair by Mandee Hernandez 

Maiden Noir’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection was rightfully titled “Traces of Light." Inspired by photographic works of CY Twombaly, who believed that photos and paintings should be treated similarly in their softness in colors and composition, the collection features muted browns and evergreens that inspired a '70s feel. Oribe Hair Care's Mandee Hernandez utilized natural texture, fringe and short, structured styles to bring out the architectural features of the clothing. 

 Get the Look:

  1. Prep hair with Maximista Thickening Spray and blow out with a Mason Pearson brush. 
  2. Spray Thick Dry Finishing Spray and Dry Texturizing Spray onto dry hair for volume and texture. 
  3. Rake AirStyle Flexible Finsih Cream from mid-shaft to ends to create separation and movement with a satin finish. Sweep hair to the side.  
    *For men with short hair, apply Smooth Style Serum to refine the look. 


Hair by Louis Orozco 

Donning a super sporty collection, Wood House created conventional street style pieces in unconventional prints and textures that included pink sweats, hunter green velvet and black leather. Oribe Hair Care's Louis Orozco went for the trendy wet look to go along with the eclectic Fall/Winter 2017 collection

Get the Look: 

  1.  Prep hair with Foundation Mist and Maximista Thickening Spray and diffue into hair.
  2. To achieve a rained-on-and-dried-by-the-wind look, generously and randomly spray Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray and Dry Texturizing Spray throughout. 
    *For the long-haired men, use Gel Sérum to create the cornrows. 


R. Swiader
Hair by Dan Nguyen 

R. Swiader’s debut collection combined elements of British punk with a Parisian romantic feel. Utilizing prints and fabrics such as plaids, tartans, tweeds and cashmeres, along with playing with shape and proportion, the designer created street-style sophistication. Oribe Hair Care's Dan Nguyen amped up the texture with generous amounts of Maximista Thickening Spray and Dry Texturizing Spray

Robert James
Hair by Davide Marinelli

Protest, camouflage, and the military were big influences on Robert James’ very-of-the-moment Fall/Winter 2017 presentation. Dressed in a variety of suits, parka jackets, beanies, bandanas, fingerless gloves, and combat boots, the models toted signs that expressed Robert James' feelings on the state of current affairs. Whereever hair was visible, Oribe Hair Care's Daide Marinelli sprayed Foundation Mist to enhance natural texture and bring the hair back to life. 

David Hart x Hart Schaffner Marx
Hair by Kien Hoang

The well-anticipated Hart x Hart collaboration collection showed off the designer duo's talent in tailoring. Inspired by the icons of the American motor industry, bold patterned power suits with vibrant pops of color peppered the presentation. Classic sports cars were present to further embed the vision of vintage sophistication. Hair was groomed, cut, cleaned and shaped with Foundation MistGel Sérum, and Superfine Strong Hair Spray to match the strong, tough look of the masculine clothing line. 



          Lyn Slater   

When Lyn Slater walks into a room heads turn. Whether she is commanding a lecture hall of doctoral students or adorning a jaw-dropping ensemble with larger than life accessories, the full-time professor and fashion rebel has become an icon in the New York City style-watch community and all eyes are on her.

Lyn, who grew up in Westchester County and claimed New York City as her adopted home almost 25 years ago, holds duel master’s degrees in social work and criminal justice and uses these academic achievements as weapons to attack social problems at the individual, family and community level. After years of experience in the field, Lyn is overwhelmingly conscious of the complexity of human nature and the resiliency of the human spirit—these difficult issues turning her fearless and fueling her rebellious streak. And while Lyn fights to advocate for the well being of all citizens and passes this tenacity on to her Fordham University students, she also crushes fashion convention with a closet full of carefully edited garments that put Lyn at the top of the couture game.

The professor's bold clothing choices transformed from a personal daily adventure into a wildly successful blog, Accidental Icon, that caters to anyone who is seduced by fashion, especially those who desire to be inspired by a truly original woman who lives an interesting but ordinary life. Beginning her love affair with fashion at the tender age of three with a handmade, light green getup and moving into a much more sophisticated style that is firmly planted in neutrals and pops of colorful accessories, Lyn captivates with simple “what she wore” posts and striking self photos.

Lyn’s bravery toward controversy coupled with her superior style captured the attention of Oribe Hair Care, and in her first foray into the world of beauty, Lyn will be modeling for Oribe’s next brand campaign video shoot. The video, which was expertly styled by Oribe Global Ambassador James Pecis, features a curated group of social influencers who, combined, claim an audience of more than 3 million followers, Lyn being the oldest, but arguably the least conventional.

Here, we uncover the story of Lyn’s scholarly and stylish life. 

Where do you get all of your fashion-forward ideas and information?
I love independent magazines that combine fashion, art, design, music and culture. I read about six or seven different magazines every week to prepare for my blog’s Friday Fashion Bibliography. I get a complex, three-dimensional view of fashion and how it responds to the current culture, and most importantly, what subcultures are emerging that will exert an influence.

Do you remember the first outfit you ever put together?
When I was a young child, around three or four, there was an older woman who lived in my building and was like a surrogate grandmother to me. She was an incredible seamstress and used to ask me what I would like to wear. Then she would show me all of her fabrics and textiles and we would design—as much as a four year old can—an outfit. At my direction, we also created bows for my shoes and a ruched headband. My favorite was a sea green tulle skirt with a satin top. I secretly wanted to be a ballerina and when I wore that outfit I really believed I was one. That’s when I discovered the connection between aspiration and clothing. I think that outfit and experience is why I want to work with a designer and create a small capsule collection.

You have surpassed 50K Instagram followers—why do you think your content continues to captivate people?
Credit goes to my partner and photographer Calvin Lom. Because Instagram is a visual platform, it is all about the quality of the images. The story people see on my Instagram is of someone having a really big adventure and a professor wearing and doing things that one might not expect. There is also a street vibe to my photos that people enjoy. Many of the skills I have had to develop to engage and maintain the attention of students have been effective in social media as well.

What are five other Instagram accounts that everyone should follow right now?
It depends on what inspires you. Because I think about photography and art direction I’m drawn to @eggcanvas, @leoleoparis, @juergentellerpage, @bleumode and @dazedfashion.

What sparked you to start a fashion blog?
The idea came from two experiences. The first was that I could not find a blog, or even a magazine, that spoke to an urban, intellectual, creative older woman who was still in the professional world. There was nowhere for me to go for inspiration. The second push came from many of the young people I interacted with in New York City. They kept telling me I should start a blog because they admired my style.

Where did the name “Accidental Icon” come from?
I teach at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. The last year that New York Fashion Week was held at Lincoln Center, I was meeting a friend who had come in from Canada for the shows on the plaza. I was wearing a vintage Yohji Yamamoto suit and carrying a very unique Chanel bag, and all of a sudden photographers started taking pictures of me because they thought I was some fashion person. Then tourists started taking pictures, and my photo ended up in a magazine. That is how it all started—accidentally—and thus the name.

How has this blog changed your life?
It has created much more work! I thought it would just be a fun outlet for my creativity—there was no way I could have anticipated what it would become. To keep it going takes commitment as I really like to stay engaged with my audience.

The biggest change is that it has transformed me into a public figure. Every day that I go out, someone on the subway or on the street will approach me and say, “You’re Accidental Icon. I follow you.” I have to think about what I look like when I go out, even more so than I did before. It has also given me opportunities to meet creative, interesting people, which is what I enjoy the most. It keeps me learning new things.

How does a great outfit make you feel?
That’s an interesting question because the answer depends on how I want to feel or what identity I want to “perform” on a particular day. I chose my clothes based on that. One day I might want to look and feel romantic, and on another day I might want to project more of my intellectual or creative side. This approach takes advantage of the power of fashion in a very productive way. 

Why is it important for smart, strong creative women who are aging to dress honestly?

I have found that the most important quality anyone can have is authenticity. Whether it is through one-to-one interaction or digital interaction, people know when you are not being yourself. What you wear is a powerful statement of your unique identity and voice and is always a creative act.

What do you say to someone who says that there are age parameters when it comes to fashion?
Can I use swear words in this interview?

What is your unfinished business?
Right now I have closure on my old unfinished business. I was able to find a way to express myself creatively and have taken risks I was hesitant to take before. My present unfinished business is to see where Accidental Icon can take me and to be able to devote myself to it fulltime.

Why did you decide to take part in the Oribe Influencer Video Campaign?
My hair is a very important part of my signature look, along with big earrings and sunglasses, so I knew my move into beauty would focus on hair. And, because my own authenticity in regard to my followers is important to me, I only feature or endorse clothes and products I actually wear and use in my everyday life. I have been very selective and thoughtful about my partnership choices. This is the first time I have branched into beauty, and I thought Oribe told an interesting story, offered quality products and were bold in seeking someone of my demographic for a beauty shoot.

What was your favorite part of the shoot?
I loved meeting all the great people involved. I was kind of nervous as this was my first video shoot, but everyone on set was comfortable, supportive, fun and open to listening. As the day went on, I got more comfortable and suggested we push the envelope when it came to my hairstyle. My favorite part of the shoot was the way James Pecis styled my hair for the final look—and everyone’s reaction to it. 

Favorite Oribe product? 
I have more than one favorite. I am seriously addicted to Gold Lust Dry Shampoo and Dry Texturizing Spray. Given the texture of my hair, it does not always hold its style or volume and these two products give me a big assist when I have to be running around the city all day. Confession: Sometimes I use them just because I love how they make my hair smell. I know you said one, but my new favorite for fall is the Lip Lust Crème Lipstick in The Violet.

How does New York City inspire you?
New York City is a global cultural capital and that inspirers me in multiple ways. I have access to established and emerging designers, consignment and vintage stores, boutiques and two of the best fashion schools in the country. Since I have an urban, artistic and intellectual style, I am influenced by the many creatives and intellectuals who migrate here to develop art, design, technology and culture.

Most “pinch-me” moment of your career?
Seeing myself on the cover of Grey Magazine.

Is there any relevant crossover between your professor/child advocacy life and your fashion life?
There is a big meeting point between social welfare for women and girls and the sustainable fashion movement. Last spring, my intern and I produced a sustainable fashion show and panel at Fordham University that linked the production of beautiful clothes and materials with lifting women and children out of poverty. There are some big brands that are moving in this direction and many of the young, emerging designers are being trained to think sustainably. The sustainable fashion movement is a great vehicle to address inequality and human rights in ways that are creative for everyone involved.
What is one fashion statement that will never go out of style?
Beautifully tailored black trousers

What is your everyday hair routine?
After many years, I am fortunate enough to have found a stylist who really knows how to cut my hair. This makes life very easy as my hair is straight and simple to style. I shampoo and condition every other day. On those days, I blow dry and use a product that gives me volume like Volumista Mist for Volume. If I just want to air dry and use a little Dry Texturizing Spray, I can do that too.

Favorite color to wear?
Black (and white)

How do you get inspired?
Other people inspire me—my daughter, granddaughter, students and the many different people who live, work and get dressed in New York City. I’m also inspired by experiences with music, museums, books, independent magazines, travel, social media and film.

Most luxurious possession you can’t live without? 
My Cartier watch

What is next for you?
I love to collaborate with other creative people. I see it as a broad category where you work with brands and designers to tell their story around capsule collections that include jewelry, clothing, accessories and beauty. My big dream would be to have a great team that could turn my blog into an online fashion magazine.

In addition, my dean at Fordham University, who is a very tech-savvy person, has asked me to develop a content strategy for our school’s social media. I am very excited about that.

          Misha Nonoo and Tali Lennox   
Hair by Joey George

Every year, the CFDA and Vogue select a group of emerging designers to participate in the Fashion Fund: a competition where the winner receives a grant to fund their growing business, a design collaboration with a major retailer and mentorships with industry leaders. Misha Nonoo was one of the 10 finalists from this year’s competition, and we were lucky enough to work with her during her journey. Throughout the process, the designers are given challenges to complete by the Fashion Fund panel, including a design challenge. We were with Misha and her model muse Tali Lennox as they prepared to present Misha’s Uniqlo design challenge garment to the judges at a special dinner at Anna Wintour’s home on October 15th. Stylist Joey George created a sleek chignon to complement the trench coat design worn by Tali and gave Misha a simple blowout for the evening.

Get Tali Lennox’s Look:
1. Prep dry hair with Foundation Mist. Apply Maximista to hair section by section from roots to ends, then blow dry.
2. Gather the hair into a low ponytail using Superfine Hair Spray to tame flyaways.
3. Apply Crème for Style to the ponytail and twist into a chignon, securing with bobby pins.
4. Take a small amount of Original Pomade and rub between hands before smoothing over baby hairs around the face and at the nape of the neck.

Get Misha Nonoo’s look:
1. Prep dry hair with Foundation Mist. Apply Maximista to hair section by section from roots to ends.
2. Use a medium round brush and blow out the hair in sections, over-directing at the root for lift.

To learn more about Misha Nonoo, click here.

          Snakehips Release New Remix for Elley Duhé – “Immortal”   

Snakehips Release New Remix for Elley Duhé – “Immortal” UK duo Snakehips released an impressive new remix for up-and-coming artist Elley Duhé. An emerging independent artist from Alabama, Duhé released her debut track ‘Immortal’ back in December to high praise from Billboard. Now, Snakehips decided to put their own spin on the track. Originally a darker pop

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          Fall Style Guide   
With summer swiftly drawing to a close, we can’t help but delight in the possibilities a new season brings. To get us ready for autumn, we asked celebrity fashion stylist Elle Werlin and members of the Oribe Education Team for expert advice on transitioning into fall with great style. Read the tips below from Elle and Oribe Artistic Director Ronnie Stam, then scroll through the slideshow to see some of Elle’s favorite emerging trends from the fall runways accompanied by complementary hairstyles courtesy of our educators.

What are the newest fashion trends we should expect to see this fall?

Elle: In terms of overall trends, I’m seeing a lot of print-on-print, menswear-inspired looks for ladies, punk styles and ‘90s luxury for today’s hipster. Main elements include modern fur textures like pony skin, broadtail fur and astrakhan wool textures, as well as shearling and fleece-like fur that isn’t as bulky, giving way to modernity. The ‘90s are also showcased through sleepwear and lingerie-like slips that are worn everywhere except bed. Women are completing a strong outerwear look with bomber jackets and widely cut or floor length coats with a menswear feel. Sweatshirt detailing is also huge.

As far as accessories go, I’m seeing big bags, portfolio clutches and purses with handles as opposed to straps. Shoes are chunkier with stacked heels. I’m often seeing boyfriend shoes like loafers and thigh-high boots, followed by mod and flat styles.

What’s the hottest hue of the season?

Elle: The hottest hues going forward will be hunter or dark green, many shades of grey and navy.

How can people transition their summer clothes into fall?

Elle: The best way to transition summer clothes into fall is through layering. Pile on springtime knits, mixing them with leather and other fabrics like denim to get a warm, fall-like feel.

Do you have a go-to fall outfit?

Elle: Leather pants, a cropped knit sweater and boyfriend shoes.

What are some must-have staple items that never go out of style?

Elle: The little black dress, a pointed heel and a great evening clutch.

What kind of outfit and hairstyle would you recommend for someone going straight from work to a social event?

Elle: The ability to take your wardrobe from work to play is a skill that only a true lady can master. My fail-safe favorite is the fitted sheath dress, which every woman should have in her wardrobe. For day, pair it with flats, pumps or even lace-up brogues and a large day bag, tote or briefcase. Keep hair, makeup and jewelry to a minimum. For evening, exchange any flat shoes for heels, platforms or strappy open-toed sandals. Then pull out a clutch that was previously packed into the daytime tote. To complete the look, bring some accent or statement jewelry to complement hair, makeup, shoes and bag.

If a fitted sheath isn’t a great look for you, try a pencil skirt or fitted pants with a light cotton button-up shirt under a blazer or cardigan. At night, exchange the button-up for a loose silky blouse, cutout top or sexy racerback tank top. Bright colors, prints and other embellishments can easily take the pants or skirt from day to night. Just keep in mind who your nighttime audience is and adjust the look appropriately.

Ronnie: It depends on what the temperature is, since obviously summertime lends itself better to off-the-neck styling, but I like the idea of something that can easily be changed. When you’re feeling the need for a boost around your temples, use Dry Texturizing Spray on the roots for extra lift. Or, try a slicked-back look by wetting your hairline with Foundation Mist, applying Rock Hard Gel to roots and combing hair back for a very sculpted look. Leave the ends down without product, put on a headband—something skinny and small—and add statement earrings.

With August winding down, the Labor Day party planning has begun. Do you have any thoughts about Labor Day outfit options that balance all-day comfort with style?

Elle: For an outdoor barbeque or picnic, pair a long, light and airy circle skirt with something as simple as a cutoff tee to hint at that tan you’ve been working on all summer. Stick to flip-flops, flat sandals or lace-ups since the key is to be comfortable. Since it’s a picnic, you should be prepared to get dirty, tipsy and potentially wet if you’re near the beach or pool. Wear a bikini under everything else!

Ronnie: I love doing something with scarves, especially for outdoor events. Apply Crème for Style to damp hair and do a pin curl set. Once hair is dry, gently loosen the curls with fingers and finish hair with Shine Light Reflecting Spray. Then, wrap a scarf that matches your outfit around your hair to act as a headband or elastic.

What about fall weddings?

Elle: For a fall wedding—both day and night—remember that this is the bride’s day, and you don’t want to look like you came from a club in front of someone else’s (or your own) grandparents. For daytime, a silky knee-length dress always looks great. Some people take seasonal colors into consideration. Again, depending on wedding attire—which is generally specified in the invitation—a sheath is an excellent option since it’s form fitting and flattering without being too revealing.

Ronnie: Simplicity is important, particularly in the fall, though sometimes you’ll want to think about changing the look depending on how long the wedding is. My first tip is to go light on the hairspray. That way you can create a different look later on without worrying about product resistance. Imperméable is light, but holds the hair and will maintain shine. If you’ve got an updo during the day, let it down at night. To finish the look, add a few drops of Gold Lust for shine and Fiber Groom to seal the ends.
          Matthew Chevallard   
With their tempting array of simple yet stylish footwear, Del Toro Shoes is one of the biggest fashion names to come out of Miami in the last five years. Coveted by the fashion set for their cozy and cool velvet slippers, among other designs, Del Toro Shoes represents Miami fashion to a tee: sophisticated style with a colorful twist. We talked to Del Toro’s Vice President and Creative Director Matthew Chevallard, a current Miami inhabitant, about what to expect from the brand this spring and how he enjoys this emerging style city.

Can you tell us about some of your favorite Del Toro styles for spring?

There are some cool drivers being introduced for spring. It's hard to pinpoint a favorite style…there are so many spring additions. You will see a lot of vibrant colors and prints on the slippers and chukkas.

How would you describe Miami style?

Miami is a melting pot; the style is heavily influenced by all of the different cultures. You can always spot bright colors and risk-takers in Miami.

What are some of your favorite places to shop in Miami?

The Webster, Wynwood Arts District and, of course, Del Toro.

What's your ideal night out in Miami?

Dinner with friends and Soho Beach House.

Where do you go to de-stress?

Soho Beach House.
          Annie Vazquez   
As the creative mind behind Miami’s most popular fashion blog, The Fashion Poet, Annie Vazquez knows a lot about Miami style. She has dedicated her blog not only to showcasing her own amazing sense of fashion, but to exposing her readers to all the great local designers and shopping destinations Miami has to offer. We chatted with the blogger about a few of her favorite spots, her personal style and where she finds inspiration for her blog.

What do you love about Miami?

I love the sunshine, the beach, the fusion of cultures and the laid back vibe the city projects.

How would you describe Miami fashion?

Colorful and growing.

You are known for scouting and promoting emerging Miami designers on your blog, who are a few of your favorites?

There are a few local brands I love such as Prince of Peace, Bianca Coletti, 13 Daisies, T'Audrey & Alexis.

Where could we shop in Miami to buy their designs?

Local boutiques are usually the best places to score indie designers. Shops like Jessie's on Alton, Wynwood Art Walk's fashion market and The Closet Boutique down South.

What are a few of your favorite locations to shoot blog posts?

I tend to change the backdrop for my weekly posts unless I'm working with a particular theme, but it's all about showcasing different parts of Miami. People often assume the city is just "South Beach," so I like to feature different businesses or areas to introduce people to what really makes up our city. Most recently, we did the Dade County Youth Fair. It's been a fixture for 22 years here. I've shot in the Everglades, Wynwood, Downtown, a Homestead farm, inside a metro rail in Kendall, Little Haiti, Calle Ocho and the list goes on.

Where do you go to find inspiration for your blog?

Music is my main inspiration for many of my blog posts. I'm always planning the next shoot a month in advance. I look through glossies, Pinterest and Instagram.

What is your favorite Miami neighborhood and why? If you were to spend a whole day there, what would you do?

Wynwood. I love the murals and the art. The whole energy of the district is great. I'd get pizza at Joey's, shop at Style Ctzn for a cool indie outfit, check out Keni Valenti fashion museum which features couture vintage, walk around and check out the new murals, grab a coffee at Lester's and meet friends after for drinks and live music at Wood Tavern or Gramps.

What’s a new or recently opened restaurant/bar that you are currently frequenting?

A new bar I love is The Corner in Downtown. It's very low key and really beautiful inside. It has 150-year-old gilded mirrors and over 50 beers available. It also serves Japanese whiskey, which is absolutely amazing. They also have lunch and dinner, but I come here to relax or start or end my evening.

Miami has so many wonderful beaches to enjoy. What is the perfect outfit and accessories needed for a beach day?

A great local bikini from brands like Maya Swimwear or La Belle Rebelle, an army of Miami-made bracelets from Shop CRE or Charmdeliers, a cute mochilla from Dannili Designs and some espadrilles.

How do you like to enjoy Miami at night?

I tend to gravitate towards spots that play indie music or feature live bands from Miami and across the nation. I love Vagabond, Gramps, The Garret, Wood Tavern and Bardot. I usually stay in the Wynwood/Downtown and Midtown area.
          LUZ Collections   
When Virginie Courtin-Clarins and Claire Mougenot noticed a lack of options for beachwear that was both chic and environmentally conscious, they decided to create a swimwear line that allowed women to look good and feel good. LUZ swimwear utilizes only organically produced cotton to create a stunning array of swimsuits and cover-ups. We chatted with Virginie and Claire, who told us more about their emerging eco-swim line.

Why did you decide to make an eco-friendly swimwear line?

We wanted to reconcile organic and fashion. As customers, we were looking for a brand that would propose such a mix, and because we never found one that was glamorous, feminine, trendy and eco-conscious at the same time, we decided we would create one on our own!

LUZ Collections products are made using only organic cotton sourced from Lima, Peru. We use organic ways of dying the fabrics and we produce in South American workshops that respect fair trade rules.

What was the inspiration for your 2013 collection?

For the 2013 collection, we wanted happiness, so we decided to go for bright colors. We also wanted to be very original in the cut, so we have developed unique pieces to satisfy every woman. This year we are launching our first beachwear collection made of long and short dresses, skirts and jumpsuits. The whole collection is inspired by strong women and bohemian style and the result is sporty chic.

What is your favorite swimwear style from the collection?

Our absolute favorite piece from the collection is the one-piece swimsuit called CESAR in green and orange. The cut is really unique…it makes your body look amazing and it's really eye-catching!

In addition to a LUZ swimsuit, what are your other necessities for a day at the beach?

You must have a great LUZ beachwear piece, like the BILLIE jumpsuit with a back décolleté, and it's important to have great sun protection.

What’s the best way to wear your hair in one of your swimsuits?

We love natural looks, so we think the best way to look hot in your swimsuits is to have your hair down with natural waves. You can maybe add a Tiaré flower on your ear to look romantic, too.

How do you incorporate eco-friendly practices into your day-to-day life?

We try to be as eco-friendly as possible in our daily life. We recycle, we take showers instead of baths and we use eco-friendly products.

What do you see in the future for LUZ?

We hope LUZ collections will become the biggest eco-friendly brand to offer the complete beachwear experience. We want to extend our brand to men, kids and all beach accessories.
          Bon Duke   
With his boyish good looks, cool crop of hair and signature silver rings, photographer Bon Duke looks as if he belongs in front of the camera as much as he does behind it. Despite his young age, Duke has accrued an impressive body of work: He counts Lindsey Wixon and Coco Rocha as muses and V Magazine, Nylon, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Kanye West as clients. We caught up with Duke and asked him about his latest film collaboration with emerging designer Prabal Gurung, which was created as part of an exclusive project conceived by NOWNESS and the School of Visual Arts. Click on the video above to watch the entire film, and check out his portfolio here.

Your short was part of an exclusive collaboration with the CFDA and School of Visual Arts. What was the selection process like to be a part of this initiative? How were you paired with Prabal Gurung?

The selection process was simple: We were all rotated through the different designers and then each designer was paired with a photographer. Prabal and I connected instantly and knew that we would create an amazing piece together.

How did you come up with the concept for your short film?

We were given a prompt to use an introduction to a movie we liked. I wanted to contrast Prabal's high-end clothing with a movie that was the total opposite. Lords of Dogtown was perfect for this. Creating a female leader that had a pack of skaters following her around really appealed to me…I worked hard to ensure that you knew she was the leader based on her look and attitude.

Why did you decide to name your film “The Erjonas”?

The film is actually named after the model, Erjona Ala.

How would you describe your film and photography aesthetic?

I like to have fun with my films, to create an energy that the viewer can experience. I usually try to create a character that has a confidence and a "cool" feeling to them. My photography, on the other hand, always relates to shape and form. I try to look at the shape of the clothing…I approach it almost like a still life. I also like small imperfections in the photo that I leave to contrast the beauty and flawlessness of the clothes and model.

Your personal style?

White tee, black or blue jeans, leather jacket, and rings. Oh, and Rough Luxury!

Having already collaborated with CFDA winner Prabal Gurung for this short, which designers or artists would you like to work with next?

With respect to designers, I would love to collaborate with Raf Simons or Yohji Yamamoto. In terms of artists, I would love to work with Woodkid. His real name is Yoann Lemoine and he is actually an amazing director. He then jumped into music and adopted the name Woodkid.

What are some of your upcoming projects?

I am shooting a lot of personal video projects that are much more humorous and almost poke fun at the fashion world.

Jeanna Kier started as an apprentice, but now the LuxeLab and ArtLab hairstylist splits her time working as a color director at the salon and mentoring emerging talent. Jeanna’s work has appeared in publications ranging from Flaunt to Auxillary, and she’s using her editorial experience and her role on the salon’s extensive education program to break in the next generation of stylists.

When we caught up with Jeanna, she revealed why collaborating with her sister is so important, what Oribe told her to succeed and how she saved one of her recent shoots at the last possible minute.

What was the inspiration for your shoot “Juxtaposed”?

Gothic Whimsy…taking the literal approach. I have this ongoing joke about this image I saw in an editorial where this model was photographed holding a chicken. It was ridiculous, in that the chicken was so brown and ugly, and though the model was also individually kind of boring, she became so beautiful in the sepia tone of it all. It made her beauty stand out even more.

How did you and your team come up with the concept behind the shoot?

The idea always happens in a momentous spark of creativity. It's the result of the right creative minds coming together for the exact right moment. It's a phenomenon resulting from the love of one's visualization becoming a tangible reality in the form of a photograph.

My favorite projects are pretty much always a collaboration between my sister, Saryn, and I. Call it bloodline – call it what you want – but we seem to channel this energy in the prep of each shoot that eases everyone into their jobs with humility and comfort. And then we do what we do. I think we do it with a certain realness, and that's exactly what people here in L.A. find, let's just say…refreshing.

What mood were you going for?

For the model, avant-garde. A storm siren-like woman…moody but ethereal. For the setting, the Salton Sea area. Although once thriving, it seemed totally void of its former hope of being a Palm Springs-wannabe resort town.

What drew you to the models you cast?

We chose Sharon T.K. because she embodied the fierce beauty and dark nature of the shoot, and she is a lot of fun to have on set.

What music was playing on the set?

Odd Blood by Yeasayer.

What products did you use?

Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray, Volumista Mist for Volume, Dry Texturizing Spray, Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray and Superfine Hair Spray.

Any memorable moments?

We were running out of time and daylight for the second look, and upon being told that I had five minutes to get it done, I grabbed the three different red wigs I had on-hand (thanks and kisses to Oribe personally for that advice). I sprayed each quite liberally with Dry, then shoved them into Sharon's hair and furiously backcombed them…all the while standing on fish bones and fish heads, which were crunching beneath my boots. I love my job.

Your fail-safe product?

Dry…but Maximista Thickening Spray is my new favorite.

          Toni Hacker   
Hayden-Harnett, started in 2005 by Toni Hacker and Ben Harnett, has quickly transformed from an up-and-coming handbag label to being one of today’s most recognizable contemporary apparel and accessories brands. With two boutiques in New York, a bridge line for Target under their belt, and a strong online presence, the designers bridge the gap between quality and style and offer women versatile looks designed with their everyday needs in mind.

Toni, who is both co-founder and creative director for the label, grew up in the South and brings her passion for form, function, travel, vintage finds and a uniquely stylish rock-and-roll spirit to her line. We caught up with Toni to talk about creating a brand, what her customers’ hair looks like, and how a hair-accessories range would look with her at the helm.

Why did you start your own line?

I could never find exactly what I was looking for in handbags and accessories. There were many options for high-end designer bags, and also for young designers, but I wanted to create a collection that spoke to both worlds. I needed highly styled bags that were supremely functional and had a unique voice.

Hayden-Harnett bags stand out because of the love of aesthetics, design, functionality, and uniqueness of each style. I didn’t want to create a line of simply “one great bag.”

Can you describe the Hayden-Harnett customer? What does her hair look like?

The Hayden-Harnett customer is a lot like me. She’s creative, stylish, and wants to look unique. When I shop, I tend to look for modern classics. I like pieces that can go super-edgy or work for a luncheon meeting uptown.

The hair of Hayden-Harnett? Although I have been a huge fan of the bob since the tender age of 9, I feel our customer likes the versatility and femininity of long hair. I know that she loves to use the best products in her hair and will spend good money for the best cut and color.

Your flagship and showroom are in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in an area that’s fairly residential and doesn’t get too much foot traffic. What drew you to the area?

Ben (my partner/boyfriend) and I have lived in Greenpoint since 2004. I moved in with him and left my lovely little apartment on Macdougal Street in Manhattan after I fell in love with both him and the spirit of the neighborhood. Greenpoint is such a creative, mixed neighborhood with fantastic old buildings. It seemed natural to open our first shop and design studio here after we moved Hayden-Harnett out of our apartment.

I don’t think we’ve suffered so much by having our Design/Shop in Greenpoint. We definitely don’t have the foot traffic of Manhattan, but we’ve become a destination shop. People drive or train in from everywhere to visit the store. We have many foreign customers who come in to visit us, also.

As a creative person, what have been the biggest challenges in navigating the business aspect of owning your own brand?

Thankfully, Ben and I are both serious multi-taskers. Part of the reason why we decided to launch Hayden-Harnett was to try out our ideas for running a fashion company.

The biggest challenge for me, lately, is that the business side of Hayden-Harnett has grown immensely (and very quickly). There’s just so much to do with the business side that I feel at times I don’t get to design on a daily basis as much as I’d like.

How did your limited-edition collaboration with Target come about?

Target contacted us! I was so dubious that they really wanted to speak to us about a collaboration that I felt someone might have been prank calling us. The collaboration was very beneficial to expose Hayden-Harnett to an entirely new customer. I feel that fans of the line benefited as well…they now have an entire group we created that will never exist again.

What are some of the key things you have done to develop such a loyal following of shoppers?

I hear from many customers that they love Hayden-Harnett because we make such a unique, wide range of products and that they love our creative risks each season. I also feel that we offer great deals and “surprise” sales. Many people say that our online sales are “legendary.”

We’re really connected with our customer through our blog, weekly mailers, Facebook, YouTube and store events. We make little homemade movies to showcase the bags and apparel each season and post them to our website and YouTube. It’s fun for us and lets the spirit of Hayden-Harnett shine through.

You carry a few local jewelry and accessories brands in addition to your own in your boutiques. What are the benefits of bringing in local talent?

I’m a big believer in supporting young and emerging designers, having been one myself. It seemed natural to add lines from other designers that complement what we’re doing each season. The benefits of carrying jewelry and accessories from emerging designers is that their work complements our line so well, looks fantastic in the shops, and gives our customer new ideas and creative work to get excited about.

If you were to design a salon, what would it look like? What would the stylists wear?

I would design a salon that felt “found”… a little gem filled with great old furniture, books to read on art and style, wonderful hair products. I love tile, so there would be fantastic tile and large mirrors on the walls. I would like a white wooden floor with painted faux rugs or rainbow stripes.

The stylists would wear a cute take on a French-maid uniform… a riff on the uniforms at Philippe Starck’s Felix restaurant in Hong Kong. I would love to have painted white brick walls and Polaroids of each client’s new hair pasted to the walls. I am a big lover of natural light, so I’d also need lots of big open windows and a backyard garden filled with benches and lovely plantings.

How about the Hayden-Harnett salon accessory line (capes, tool kits, hairdryer…)?

I think we could make some great leather-handled salon accessories. I’d love to make a big crazy metal hairdryer that makes tons of noise. Very ‘50s-industrial mixed with leather love. I’d make printed robes and capes for all of the stylists and clients to wear while getting their hair done. Then they can buy the cape at the end of their service, if they like.

What are your personal luxuries?

Getting a dog was a big personal luxury for me. I don’t have a lot of time, so when I found Mr. Jackson, I knew we were meant to be.

          Customer Success Specialist - Integrate - Hopkinton, MA   
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          Fashion Institute of Technology - Coordinator, Emerging Technologies   

          Research Analyst - Academic Impressions - Denver, CO   
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          VR Porn Delivery: New Tweaks on a Familiar Process   
In its broadest sense, “delivery” is the process of getting your product or service into customers’ hands — a process that takes on familiar tones in the online space, but which is now evolving as the emerging realm of virtual reality takes the stage — bringing with it a range of new considerations.
          Emerging Company Relationship Manager - WilmerHale - Palo Alto, CA   
Attends key events to network, grow WilmerHale visibility and to gather market intelligence. Screens potential clients to understand their needs and alignment...
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          Well-Being and the Next Industrial Revolution   

Well-Being and the Next Industrial Revolution

Paul Terry
President and CEO, HERO


There was a moment at the recent “Health Matters Summit” hosted by The Clinton Foundation that in years past would have struck me as totally implausible. President Clinton was chairing a panel of experts for a session titled, “The Quest for Longevity and Our Rising Death Rates.” Reginald Eadie, an emergency physician and CEO of Detroit Medical Center, was explaining his approach to “education through explanation” and why community nutrition campaigns are high on his agenda. Eadie pivoted toward Clinton and sternly said: “People need to understand that the color of foods on their plates will have a tremendous effect on their health.” Clinton leaned toward Eadie, grabbed his arm and replied excitedly: “That’s so important! It’s why we invited Master Chef Stephen Lee to our Day of Action in La Quinta. We have high school kids volunteering to harvest vegetables from their community gardens, and Chef Lee makes sure healthy foods both look and taste great!”

What has the world come to that a hospital CEO and a former president would be conversing earnestly and knowledgably about food colors? It is the realization that global economic growth and the well-being of both employees and their communities are inexorably linked. With America’s obesity epidemic crossing borders, investing in population health now parallels reducing health care costs as a strategic imperative, particularly in emerging nations. This was top of mind for John Noseworthy, CEO of the Mayo Clinic, when he described what he learned at the recent World Economic Forum on the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” In an interview with the Minneapolis StarTribune, Noseworthy talked about a presentation about a workplace cafeteria where “you can buy a cheeseburger. But it will cost you $7. You can buy a veggie burger and it will cost you $2.50.” He is hopeful that the rest of the world will “learn from our mistakes” and move more rapidly toward incentives that drive healthier choices.

To this end, at the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), with the support of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we have assembled case studies of companies proactively engaged with their communities to harness the power of prevention. The Healthy Workplaces/Healthy Communities trumpets what’s working. The website shows organizations how to take action related to food and fitness but also in the countless other ways that volunteerism and community engagement are being mobilized on behalf of healthier communities.

We’re in good company when it comes to working at this intersection of good business and promoting well-being through hands-on networks. Every year, Target Corporation donates hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours in local communities and millions of pounds of food through Feeding America. Starbucks sends 60,000 volunteers who contribute over 232,000 hours in communities in more than 30 countries and for every one hour contributed by a Starbucks partner, nearly two hours came from a customer. The SEC ranks Ben and Jerry’s as first in their social responsibility category given their use of eco-friendly products and their donations to social causes. Such examples represent an unpretentious convergence of brand strategy and strategic investments in the future of the workforce.

Today’s super-sized health problems will demand a new kind of industrial revolution. Under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s leadership, New York City had a faster rise in life expectancy in the 21st century than every other major city in the United States. Read Tom Farley’s book, Saving Gotham, for a fascinating insider’s perspective on the politically unpopular—but effective—policy actions required to save millions of lives at a time. Bloomberg told the United Nations General Assembly in 2011 that “changing the social and physical environment is far more effective than changing individual behavior alone.”

Lessons we’re learning from both companies and communities show that it takes a revolutionary mindset to advance a culture of health. Looking at the color of the food in your cafeteria just might be the best place to start.

Dr. Paul Terry is president and CEO of the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), a national think tank dedicated to positively influencing the health and well-being of employees, families and communities. Before HERO, Terry was president and CEO at StayWell, a national provider of population health management programs and before then, Paul served as president and CEO at The Park Nicollet Institute, a national leader in health services research and education. He was a two time Fulbright Scholar and a Kellogg National Fellow. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and his Masters from Minnesota State University at Mankato where he was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award.


  • Health Matters Summit, The Clinton Foundation. (Accessed Feb. 12, 2016)
  • “Back from Davos, Mayo Chief talks global health” Interview by Joe Carlson, Star Tribute (Accessed Feb. 12, 2016)
  • Tom Farley, M.D., “Saving Gotham: A Billionaire Mayor, Activist Doctors and the Fight for Eight Million Lives.” W.W. Norton and Company, 2015.
  • Healthy Workplaces/ Healthy Communities. (Accessed Feb. 12, 2016)

          7/2/2017: Front Page: The gateway to Africa   

As growth in Africa picks up pace, Dubai is fast emerging as the global hub for investment into the continent It is a trading relationship that stretches back centuries, but has strengthened in modern times. In 2010, global consultancy McKinsey...
          7/2/2017: Front Page: Inclusion in MSCI index could attract billions of dollars in portfolio investments   

ast month, MSCI Inc, a leading provider of global equity indexes, announced the inclusion of Saudi Arabia in the upcoming (June 2017-June 2018) review cycle for potential inclusion in the MSCI Emerging Markets. If successful, this could mean Saudi...
          Netizen Report: Venezuela's Conflict Moves From the Streets to the Screen   
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          American Airlines Set To File Reorganization Plan   
(credit: Chuck Schechner/KRLD) DALLAS (AP) — US Airways says American Airlines is about to spell out its plan for emerging from bankruptcy protection after the two companies merge. US Airways, whose CEO will run the […]
          Stereotactic body radiation vs. intensity-modulated radiation for unresectable pancreatic cancer.   
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Stereotactic body radiation vs. intensity-modulated radiation for unresectable pancreatic cancer.

Acta Oncol. 2017 Jun 29;:1-8

Authors: Park JJ, Hajj C, Reyngold M, Shi W, Zhang Z, Cuaron JJ, Crane CH, O'Reilly EM, Lowery MA, Yu KH, Goodman KA, Wu AJ

BACKGROUND: Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is an emerging treatment option for unresectable pancreatic cancer, and is postulated to be more effective and less toxic than conventionally fractionated intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).
MATERIAL AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed unresectable stage I-III pancreatic adenocarcinoma treated from 2008 to 2016 at our institution with SBRT (five fractions, 30-33 Gy) or IMRT (25-28 fractions, 45-56 Gy with concurrent chemotherapy). Groups were compared with respect to overall survival (OS), local and distant failure, and toxicity. Log-rank test and Cox proportional hazards regression model, and competing risks methods were used for univariate and multivariate analysis.
RESULTS: SBRT patients (n = 44) were older than IMRT (n = 226) patients; otherwise there was no significant difference in baseline characteristics. There was no significant difference in OS or local or distant failure. There was no significant difference in rates of subsequent resection (IMRT =17%, SBRT =7%, p = .11). IMRT was associated with more acute grade 2+ gastrointestinal toxicity, grade 2+ fatigue, and grade 3+ hematologic toxicity (p = .008, p < .0001, p = .001, respectively).
CONCLUSIONS: In this analysis, SBRT achieves similar disease control outcomes as IMRT, with less acute toxicity. This suggests SBRT is an attractive technique for pancreatic radiotherapy because of improved convenience and tolerability with equivalent efficacy. However, the lack of observed advantages in disease control with this moderate-dose SBRT regimen may suggest a role for increasing SBRT dose, if this can be accomplished without significant increase in toxicity.

PMID: 28661823 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

          Genetec named ‘Access Control Solutions Vendor of the Year’ at 2017 edition of the ‘Integrator ICT Champion Awards’   

Leading security solutions provider cited for its fast and efficient set-up, affordable integration, and the most future-proof investment for security installations

DUBAI, UAE, June 20, 2017 – Genetec Inc. (Genetec), a leading provider of IP security and intelligence solutions, has been hailed as the 'Access Control Solutions Vendor of the Year' by VAR Magazine, a leading Middle East IT channel publication, during the fifth edition of the 'Integrator ICT Champion Awards,' which was held recently at the Oberoi Hotel in Dubai. This year's prestigious board of judges cited the excellent performance of the SynergisTM IP access control system (ACS)--featuring best-in-class performance for its fast and efficient set-up, affordable integration, and the most future-proof investment for security installations.

According to Genetec senior executives, the recognition demonstrates the company's continuing commitment towards developing world class high quality open-architecture software, hardware and cloud-based services for the physical security and public safety industry. In line with this, the Synergis IP access control system (ACS) was designed to help secure any organization's facilities and buildings--giving the advantage of a smooth migration to an IP-based access control solution while leveraging network infrastructure, existing equipment and wiring.  

“We would like to thank VAR Magazine for their vote of confidence in Genetec,” said Firas Jadalla, Regional Director - Middle East and Africa, Genetec. “This win reflects the strong amount of trust placed in use by our customers and the market, which further enables us to become a powerful catalyst in the move to develop a unified, IP-based security management solution.”

Industry experts have lauded Genetec Access Control Solutions for its presentation of radically different products in the market today--offering open access control and provides native support of widely-deployed and non-proprietary security modules from leading access control and hardware vendors.  

“Today's security landscape is rapidly growing and evolving with newer threats also emerging. With this in mind, your access control system should not only secure your doors, but it should itself be protected from cyber-attacks. Genetec offers users a diverse portfolio of products and solutions that can not only protect your system but also allow for improved productivity and enhanced efficiencies. Rest assured, we will remain steadfast in our continuing commitment to provide the world's best-in-class technology and security solutions for the Middle East market,” concluded Simon Barnes, Business Development Director – Access Control – EMEA, Genetec.

وسط إشادة واسعة بـ "سينيرجيزTM" كونه الاستثمار الأمثل لحلول الأمن في المستقبل

20يونيو 2017
حازت "جينيتك" (Genetec)، المزود الرائد لبرمجيات المنصات المفتوحة وحلول أمن بروتوكول الإنترنت الموحد، على جائزة "أفضل مزود حلول التحكم بالوصول للعام 2017" من مجلة "ڤار" (VAR)، الرائدة في مجال تكنولوجيا المعلومات في منطقة الشرق الأوسط، وذلك خلال الدورة الخامسة من حفل جوائز "إنتيجريتور آي.سي.تي تشامبيون" الذي أقيم مؤخراً في "فندق أوبروي" في دبي. وحظيت الشركة بإشادة واسعة من لجنة التحكيم، التي ثمّنت الأداء المتميز لنظامها المتكامل للتحكم بالوصول القائم على بروتوكول الإنترنت "سينيرجيزTM" (SynergisTM)، الذي يعتبر الأفضل من نوعه لما يقدمه من مزايا تنافسية تشمل السرعة والكفاءة والموثوقية وبأسعار مناسبة. وأجمع الخبراء على أهمية النظام المبتكر كونه الاستثمار الأمثل لحلول الأمن في المستقبل.

وأوضح كبار المسؤولين التنفيذيين في "جينيتك" على أنّ الفوز بجائزة "أفضل مزود حلول التحكم بالوصول للعام 2017" يمثل استدلالاً واضحاً على التزام الشركة المستمر بتطوير أحدث البرمجيات والأجهزة والخدمات السحابية القائمة على البنية المفتوحة، والمصممة خصيصاً وفق أعلى المعايير العالمية لتلبية احتياجات قطاع الأمن والسلامة العامة. ولفت المسؤولون إلى أنّ "جينيتك" كانت حريصة على تصميم "سينيرجيزTM" بالشكل الذي يضمن تعزيز معايير الحماية الأمنية في المرافق والمباني المؤسسية، مما يتيح ميزة الانتقال  السهل إلى حلول التحكم بالوصول القائم على بروتوكول الإنترنت، مع الاستفادة في الوقت ذاته من البنية التحتية للشبكات والمنظومة القائمة من أجهزة ومعدات.
وقال فراس جاد الله، المدير الإقليمي لـ "جينيتك" في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا: "نود أن نتقدّم بجزيل الشكر من مجلة "ڤار" على اختيارها لنا للانضمام إلى نخبة المكرمين ضمن قطاع تكنولوجيا المعلومات الإقليمي. ويشرفنا الحصول على جائزة "أفضل مزود لحلول التحكم بالوصول للعام 2017"، في إنجاز نوعي جديد يعكس الثقة العالية التي يوليها لنا عملاؤنا وشركاؤنا على السواء. وتمثل الجائزة دفعةً قويةً لنا لمواصلة مساعينا الحثيثة لترسيخ حضور "جينيتك" كلاعب مؤثر في دفع عجلة تطوير حلول إدارة الأمن القائمة على بروتوكول الإنترنت الموحد."

وتحظى حلول التحكم بالوصول من "جينيتك" بإشادة واسعة من خبراء تكنولوجيا المعلومات، لما تقدمه من منتجات مبتكرة تختلف جذرياً عن المنتجات الأخرى المتوفرة في السوق اليوم. وتتزايد أهمية هذه الحلول بالنظر إلى مزاياها عالية المستوى على صعيد التحكم بالوصول المفتوح وتوفير الدعم القوي لوحدات الأمن المنتشرة على نطاق واسع وغير القائمة على نظام الملكية من قبل أبرز مزودي أنظمة وأجهزة التحكم بالوصول.

من جانبه، قال سيمون بارنز، مدير تطوير الأعمال في قسم التحكم بالوصول في "جينيتك" – أوروبا والشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا: "في ظل النمو المطّرد والتطور المتسارع الذي يشهده المشهد الأمني اليوم وما يرافقه من تهديدات ناشئة، لا بدّ من تبني نظم التحكم بالوصول التي تتسم بالقدرة العالية على ضمان أمن وحدات التحكم بالأبواب الكهربائية والحماية من الهجمات السيبرانية. ومن هنا، نحرص في "جينيتك" على تطوير محفظةٍ شاملة ومتنوعة من المنتجات والحلول الفعالة لحماية النظام وتحسين الإنتاجية وتعزيز الكفاءة. ونلتزم من جانبنا بالسير قدماً في مساعينا الحثيثة لرفد أسواق الشرق الأوسط بأفضل الحلول التقنية والأمنية في العالم."

          Market forces will drive climate change efforts as US exits Paris agreement   

·         US exit from COP21 won’t impact climate protection efforts
·         UAE opportunity to lead Middle East in growing renewable energy infrastructure
·         Berlin Green Investment Summit gathers financial, scientific and political leaders
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20 June 2017: Following the announcement by President Donald Trump that the United States will withdraw from the COP21 agreement, leading impact investor Jochen Wermuth, Founder and CIO of Wermuth Asset Management, has said that the move will not be detrimental to climate protection efforts. Speaking at the Berlin Green Investment Summitat the offices of the Tagesspiegel on 20 June, Wermuth said that market forces will dictate the path of climate change, following the strong growth and resulting competitiveness of renewable energy and electric vehicles.
The conditions for investment in renewable energy in the Middle East are healthy. The cost of solar energy in Dubai is now approximately USD 3 cents per kilowatt. Commitments have been made by leading Middle East countries, such as the UAE, to develop solar energy production. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, for example, is a USD 13 billion project that will produce 5 gigawatts of power once completed. As a project developed in the oil-rich UAE, this is a clear example that environmental sustainability is now increasingly high on the regional economic agenda.
The global cost of energy generation from wind and solar power has continued to fall and is now offered at less than $3cent/kWh, with which oil can only compete at a price below $5/barrel. Electric vehicles are competitive, with 250 million Chinese drivers now using 100% electric cars, scooters and bikes. Meanwhile, the cost of storage is also falling rapidly. In many developed markets, renewable energy is more competitively priced than fossil fuel alternatives without the support of government subsidies, and therefore an obvious choice for forward-thinking investors.
Fossil fuel subsidies, however, remain an issue. The health costs of burning a ton of CO2 (eg. through asthma, allergies and cancer) are estimated by the IMF to be around 60/ton of CO2, with global climate change costs of around 70/ton. The total cost amounts to around 130/ton, which is what Sweden, the fastest growing OECD economy for the past 20 years, charges for CO2 emissions. According to the EU Emission Trading System (ETS), the price of CO2 emissions is as low as 5/ton, with some estimates for the price of CO2 globally as low as negative 150/ton (subsidised). In May 2017, the High Level Commission on Carbon Prices, led by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Lord Nicholas Stern concluded that an immediate move to CO2 prices of at least €40-€70/ton is required to limit further misallocation of capital and to have a chance of reaching the Paris agreement’s target of no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius global warming.
Jochen Wermuth commented:
“Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement is not the catastrophe it seems. Mega-trends in ever cheaper renewable energy, electric mobility and storage are well established and backed by their competitiveness. As recently as a year ago, such a decision could have been detrimental, now it simply means parts of the US will be left behind. The EU and China are leading the green industrial revolution and will assume global economic leadership. The economic case for moving into renewables before the carbon bubble bursts is well understood. Market forces are now climate change’s best friends. The world of fossil fuels is slowly coming to an end, and is set to become as outdated as an unreconstructed US president attempting to extend the life of America’s coal and oil industries.”
In investment terms, major global corporates, insurers, and other institutions have shown a growing appetite, and are delivering on commitments, to divest from fossil fuels. They realize that the financial risk associated with investment in exploration for oil, coal and gas is growing. The international Divest Invest programme, which establishes commitments to investing away from fossil fuels and into environmentally-friendly alternatives, calculates that over USD 5 trillion has been withdrawn from oil, gas and coal companies by institutional and private investors globally.
Wermuth continued:

"Resource-efficient and green power companies not only contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions, but are economically attractive and therefore offer profitable investment opportunities now and in the future. Investments in companies with established business models in the areas of resource efficiency, renewable energy and electro-mobility - whether through the purchase of shares or bonds, or private equity investments - will continue to grow in importance. In this context, growth stage private equity investment is key, as many companies in the emerging technologies space will be absent from stock markets for some time. The historical comparison is striking: the champions of the last industrial revolution - the Siemens, Rockefellers and JP Morgans - were not listed from inception, but all eventually took their place as champions, eventually replacing all but one of the constituents of the first Dow Jones Index, which had been made up mainly of steam engine railway companies. The upside potential of the green industrial revolution can therefore mainly be realised by investing in growth stage private equity, which will be of critical importance for asset allocation by institutional investors, not just for the returns it offers, but also for the strategic information new technologies and business models provide for other assets, such as bonds of oil-producing nations.”

          Governments can no longer ignore those left behind by globalisation   

Pre-distribution strategy could help counter inequality, says LBS expert

Dubai, UAE, 21 June 2017 - Globalisation, while delivering huge benefits, has rejected segments of society because of distribution failures, according to a London Business School expert.

Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics, made the comments while speaking on the 
BBC’s The Big Questions.

“Globalisation is tied up with structural change in the economy. De-industrialisation has seen people benefit from the process, but it has also seen others who have had their incomes squeezed. To reap the benefits of globalisation, we have to address those who have been left behind,” says Yueh. 

As the world’s fifth biggest economy, the UK needs to recognise its role as a global stakeholder and install institutions that share the benefits of globalisation more equitably in the future, believes Yueh.

“A billion people have been lifted out of poverty since 1990. We are at a historic point, and that has to do with the opening up of emerging markets. 

“But for every economic gain we have to think about the consequence as well.” 

Widening inequality and downward pressure on wages is helping spawn a backlash in developed economies, raising concerns over the future of globalisation.

“There are distributional consequences of globalisation, which pose a policy challenge. Do you redistribute wealth or do you undertake pre-distribution policies? Redistribution means giving someone help when they lose their job, because of automation for example. Pre-distribution is about investing in education and skills, which creates more options for workers should the economy change,” explains Yueh.

“Although redistribution is required to help those who have been left behind, we also need a strategy of pre-distribution which could lead to a fairer outcome for all.” 
تحديات العولمة ودور الحكومات في معالجتها
21 يونيو 2017، دبي الإمارات العربية المتحدة،: أشارت البروفيسور ليندا يويه أستاذ مساعد في علوم الاقتصاد في كلية لندن للأعمال، عن الجوانب السلبية المترتبة على العولمة خلال حوارٍ أجرته ضمن برنامج ذا بيج كويسشنز‘ على هيئة الإذاعة البريطانية (BBC)، وعرفت بفوائد العولمة على جميع المستويات الاجتماعية والاقتصادية. حيث سلّطت الضوء على الشرائح المهمّشة بالكامل من المجتمع، وهو الأمر الناجم عن سوء التوزيع.
وقد صرّحت يويه: "ترتبط العولمة بشكلٍ وثيق بحدوث تغييرات جذرية في الوضع الاقتصادي، فقد عادت عملية تخفيض النشاط الصناعي بالفائدة على بعض الناس على سبيل المثال، إلّا أنها أدت إلى تقليص دخل بعضهم الآخر أيضاً. لذا علينا مساعدة هؤلاء المتضررين جراء هذه الظاهرة لجني ثمار العولمة بصورةٍ حقيقية".
وتعتقد يويه أنه يجب على المملكة المتحدة، بصفتها خامس أكبر اقتصاد على مستوى العالم، إدراك دورها كلاعبٍ أساسي على الساحة الدولية لمساعدة مختلف الجهات والفئات على تقاسم فوائد العولمة بصورة أكثر إنصافاً في المستقبل.
حيث أوضحت: "شهدنا صعود مليار شخصٍ فوق مستوى الفقر منذ عام 1990، ونحن اليوم نمرّ في منعطف تاريخي هامّ يرتبط بالمزيد من الانفتاح ضمن الأسواق الناشئة، لكن علينا الانتباه إلى العواقب المترتبة على كلّ مكسب اقتصادي يتمّ تحقيقه".
وتجدر الإشارة إلى أن حالة عدم المساواة والضغوط الرامية لتخفيض الأجور تسهم في اتساع الفجوة الموجودة في الأجور، ما سيؤدي لتوليد ردود فعلٍ عكسية في الاقتصادات المتقدمة، ورفع من سقف المخاوف حول مستقبل العولمة.
كما أضافت يويه: "تصيب ظاهرة العولمة عملية التوزيع بالمزيد من التعقيدات، وهذا ما يشكّل تحدياً حقيقياً للسياسة العامة، فهل يكمن الحلّ بإعادة توزيع الثروة أم باتباع سياسات ما قبل التوزيع؟ ونقصد بإعادة التوزيع تقديم المساعدة لشخص ما قد خسر عمله بسبب عملية الأتمتة على سبيل المثال، في حين يعني التوزيع المسبق التركيز على عملية الاستثمار في تعزيز المستوى التعليمي والمهارات، لمساعدة العمال على إيجاد المزيد من البدائل في حال تعرض الاقتصاد لأية تغييرات".
وختمت يويه حديثها بالقول: "على الرغم من أهمية عملية إعادة التوزيع لمساعدة المتضررين من ظاهرة العولمة، إلّا أننا نحتاج أيضاً إلى استراتيجية خاصة بعملية التوزيع المسبق تعود بنتائج مرضية وأفضل للجميع".

          New spectral eye video database SPEED revolutionises eye-tracking   

Techniques to acquire spectral data have been static for a long time - until now. Exciting and novel spectral video technologies are emerging, allowing us to extract increasingly dynamic knowledge from light. Using a spectral video device in eye-tracking, computational spectral imaging and eye-tracking researchers from the University of Eastern Finland have created a novel – first of its kind – combined spectral video/spectral image database: the SPectral Eye video Database, SPEED.
The potential of spectral imaging technologies has been shown in many fields, such as medicine, life science and industry where the spectrum has been used, for example, to differentiate healthy and unhealthy tissue or separate real and counterfeit objects. However, these technologies are often too slow to capture spectral images from dynamic objects. This created an evolutionary need for the extension of spectral imaging to the recording of spectral video. In a spectral video, each frame of the video stream contains a spectral image cube. In this way, spectral video systems capture spatial, spectral and temporal information, and combine the advantages of spectral imaging and video capture.
A recent PhD thesis completed at the University of Eastern Finland explored the potential of such spectral video technology by testing an existing spectral video system and challenging it in practical eye-tracking application. As a result, the study developed protocols for the characterization of spectral video that may serve as future guidelines on spectral video systems evaluation in this emerging field. In addition, the study used a spectral video camera to capture spectral videos of a fast-moving object: the human eye. As a very concrete outcome of the study, the SPectral Eye vidEo Database, SPEED, was born. 
The unique database, SPEED, was motivated by the challenges faced in eye-tracking, especially under harsh conditions. When users wear eyewear or make-up, reflections and extreme eye positions interfere with eye-tracking technologies. The team proposed and demonstrated that spectral signatures can be exploited to create new approaches for imaging, training, analysis and interpretation of eye-tracking data, especially in harsh conditions. SPEED consists of over 180 spectral videos, it continues to grow and it is publicly available to all researchers (e.g., for teaching-related needs or creating and testing new methods of dynamic eye analysis via spectra). Although published only in 2016, the database has already attracted attention from the scientific community and industry. Aside from its use in eye tracking, SPEED also has the potential to be utilised in other eye-related research areas, such as medicine, biometrics, and eye and vision research.
The findings were presented by Ana Gebejes, MSc, in her doctoral dissertation entitled Spectral video: application in human eye analysis and tracking, which is available for download at  
SPEED database website: of the SPEED database on YouTube:  

          Region of Waterloo Arts Fund awards 17 grants   

Waterloo Region - The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund announces 17 grants for a total of $120,250 in response to proposals submitted by artists and arts organizations throughout Waterloo Region.

The Arts Fund initially received 87 requests, for a total of $596,469.90. After the first round of evaluations, 34 applicants seeking a total of $234,200 were invited to submit more detailed Stage 2 applications from which the 17 grants were ultimately selected.

Since it was established in 2002, the Arts Fund has supported more than 500 projects for a total of $2,687,653.

Proposals selected for full or partial funding in the Spring round are:

April Bulmer, $2,500 for Creeds and Remedies, a book of poetry based on the spiritual life, religious practices and mystical experiences of the women of Waterloo Region.

Windjammers, $10,000 for Hollywood, The Canadian Connection, a live concert band performance and recording of popular music as a tribute to Canadian talent, with introductions by MC Harry Currie. (

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, $8,000 for the inaugural In Remembrance: a special November 11th performance of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with mass choir guests Grand River Chorus and featured soloists joining the orchestra. (

Pomegranate Mural Collective, $5,000 for the new artist collective to design and produce their first community-based mural in partnership with volunteers at Welcome Home’s new location.

Magdalena Tomsinska, $1,250 towards a concert of Renaissance music by vocal and instrumental performers, and focusing on Italian and English madrigals from the 16th and 17th centuries.

J.M. Drama Alumni, o/a The Registry Theatre, $5,500 for concert presentations of The Breithaupt Brothers Come Home to Kitchener, featuring original compositions by brothers Jeff and Don, and performed by local established and emerging musicians. (

Dwight Storring, $10,000 for Finding John Lingwood, a documentary film about local architect Lingwood, the effect his mid-century modern buildings had on individuals and institutions and his influence in understanding community, civic and cultural life in Waterloo Region. (

Owen Bloomfield, $12,000 for Flow: River of words, music, and dance, an interdisciplinary new work created by writer Rae Crossman, choreographer Michele Hopkins, and composer Owen Bloomfield, and performed at a public event by musicians, singers and dancers at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts.

Peter Hatch, $8,000 for the finished production and presentation of Entanglement (funded previously as ‘Algorithmyth’), an immersive performance/lecture that explores the effect of algorithms on society through music, sound and theatre. (

Karen MacLeod, $4,000 for Grosse Isle (working title) a new one-act stage drama with song cycle creating a comparable narrative about the experiences of the historic Irish potato-famine era’s immigrants and the newly arrived Syrian refugees. (

Menno Singers, $15,000 for preparation and presentation in May 2017 of The Farewell Concert for Peter Nikiforuk, retiring after 18 years as artistic director of the Menno Singers; including a commissioned world premiere performance of Years, Months and Days by composer Colin Labadie and poet Amanda Jernigan. (

Kitchener-Waterloo Arab Canadian Theatre (KW-ACT), $6,000 to research, write and perform Rehearsals for Change, based on real stories from the community, and introduce people to art through the creative and collaborative process of theatre.  

Sunil Thomas Kuruvilla, $7,000 for researching, writing and presentation of a stage play Tunnels and Teetotalers: The hidden history of Prohibition-era Waterloo, a fictionalized story about local citizens and the underground whisky industry. 

Sentient Community collective/Carl Hiebert, $12,000 for Illuminative Forest of Storytelling Trees, a full-sensory mobile art installation comprised of an interactive visual and audio storytelling “forest” where participants will explore themes of identity, community and transformation.

Alan K. Sapp, $4,000 for The Nickel Mines Project, a collaboration in words and music for the first phase of writing an original script for a play about the Pennsylvania Amish community’s response to tragedy and how it resonates with the Mennonite community and their belief in restorative justice and forgiveness. (

Amanda Rhodenizer $2,500 for Constructing Narrative Paintings in Waterloo Region, a project working ‘plein air’ to study different landscapes throughout the region, then creating large paintings of current and historic representation for local exhibition. (

Night/Shift Placehacking Festival $7,500 for the Infinity Tunnel, a giant interactive art installation of lights and mirrors by Nik Harron and Bernie Rohde, and presented as a marquee work within the annual November festival. (

The objective of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund is to make art happen in the community through active promotion of arts and culture, and by providing meaningful grants and other support to artists and to arts and culture organizations.

Annually, Regional Council generously allocates 40 cents per capita to the Arts Fund so that the people of Waterloo Region may benefit from the vibrancy of the arts and culture sectors.

Created in 2002, the Arts Fund is a not-for-profit corporation which provides arms-length funding for the performing, visual, media and literary arts. It welcomes grant applications in all arts disciplines from individual artists and arts organizations based in the Region of Waterloo (comprising the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo and the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich).

The Arts Fund invites applications in the spring and fall of each year for projects that will occur within the following 12 months. The goal in the longer term is to enhance the ability of an artist or arts organization to make more art happen through future projects.

The Arts Fund is one of the few granting bodies in Canada that awards grants directly to artist-led projects. Often these supported projects are able to attract additional funds through earned revenue, grants from provincial, federal or private sources, sponsorships, private and in-kind donations.

There is a one-time only grant being offered in this Fall’s round. 2017 is the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund's 15th anniversary, as well as Canada's 150th anniversary. The 15 / 150 Grant is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate these occasions, in particular the sesquicentennial.

For more information about initiatives such as peer-to-peer application support, Board-hosted open houses before application deadlines, Artist-at-Large Advisers, and the 15 / 150 Grant details, please visit the website:

The next Arts Fund Open House for grant applicants before the fall 2016 round is on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 5:00-7:00 the Region of Waterloo Headquarters, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener. This is an informal drop-in, where board members will be available to share general information about the fund and its mandate.

The next deadline for applications to the Arts Fund is 4:00 pm on Friday, September 9, 2016; full details are available on the website:


 For more information, contact Stevie Natolochny at 519-575-4450 or via email:

          Region of Waterloo Arts Fund awards 24 grants   

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund awarded 24 grants today for a total of $134,500. This was in response to proposals submitted by artists and arts organizations from throughout the Region of Waterloo.

The Arts Fund initially received 81 requests, for a total of $597,534. After the first round of evaluations, 41 applicants seeking a total of $271,767 were invited to submit more detailed Stage 2 applications from which the 24 grants were ultimately selected.

Since 2002, when it was established, the Arts Fund has supported more than 490 projects for a total of $2,445,248.

Proposals selected for full or partial funding in the Spring round are:

Brian Douglas, $1,500 for the photography project and exhibition 5:00 a.m. to document people at their workplaces; and to portray that early morning environment that goes unnoticed by a large portion of the population.

Kitchener-Waterloo Arab Canadian Theatre/KW-ACT, $10,000 to continue the development from its workshop phase of the theatre play My Name is Dakhel Faraj, by adding new actors to the cast, enhancing the artistic qualities of acting, multimedia, set, costume and lighting design, music and singing; and to ready the play for presentation both locally and outside the Region.

Neruda Arts, $6,000 for a one-day Pan Am and Parapan Am Games showcase featuring local and high profile world music artists; this is an extra day of free programming within Kultrun and is the only arts and culture organization in Waterloo Region selected by Ignite Ontario to host a celebration of the Games.

University of Waterloo Art Gallery, $7,000 for This Could be the Place, the second edition of a performance art and public intervention initiative presented outside the gallery on the UW campus; to coincide with the CAFKA biennial in 2016.

Lost & Found Theatre, $4,000 for the creation of new short animation sequences to enhance the theatre production of Charles Dickens Writes: A Christmas Carol.

rare Charitable Research Reserve, $5,000 to initiate a new two month Visual-Artist-in- Residence at North House to explore the relationship between art and science and produce artwork of their choice; an exhibition will showcase the work at the conclusion of the residency.

Waterloo Concert Band (WCB), $5,500 to commission original concert band music by Canadian composer Howard Cable; and to premiere the new composition at a special anniversary occasion and then perform as part of the WCB’s own repertoire.

Trenchcoat Productions, $6,000 for the creation of Charlie, a new short film, fictionalized and based on the harsh reality of addiction.

Mark Walton, $6,000 for Complicity l Creation and Surrender, an exhibition of original and archival photographs, plus accompanying text, which explores the relationships of immigrants past and present and aboriginal peoples; and ‘what it truly means to be Canadian’.

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, $1,500 for interactive sessions at a 12 hour Draw-a-thon during which the public is welcomed to interact with four local artists who will share their art-making processes.

Megan Muge Aliefendioglu, $4,000 to research and prepare a new body of work for a first Canadian exhibition; the series of jewellery and decorative art designs is based on ancient Anatolian culture and will explore intercultural themes and contemporary methods.

Nota Bene Baroque Players, $4,000 for Bachtoberfest – Bach and the German Baroque, an experimental and thematic event during Oktoberfest to raise the profile of local early music specialists and lay the groundwork for an Early Music Festival.

Tri-City Stopgap, $7,000 for Pop Up Exhibition ll, a collaborative initiative designed to create a stronger, more inclusive grassroots arts community by incorporating multiple disciplines presented in a non-traditional setting.

Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Music, $4,000 for a new initiative, the Laurier Competition for Emerging Composers; young Waterloo Region composers will submit new works to a jury of professional musicians; the winning composition will be featured at a special Laurier Symphony Orchestra concert, in collaboration with NUMUS.

Pamela Rojas and Maca Suazo, $4,000 for Miniature City on Stilts, a new outdoor public sculpture in Ferro cement to be installed at the Mill Courtland Community Centre; the design of 10 small-scale houses is a metaphor for various themes of closeness, cultural diversity, and common support within the community.

Jesse Parent, $3,000 for a new full-length live acoustic concert and recording of new and reworked songs performed with four other local musicians; including a recorded afternoon rehearsal and live performance the same evening.

Dave and Natasha Mansell, $7,000 for Framing Motion: Extending the Kinesphere through Cinematography, an innovative collaboration exploring advanced camera techniques to create a series of films that integrate the camera directly into the choreography.

Femme Fatale Creations, $10,000 for Good Freaky, an edgy, comedic web series of 10 five-minute episodes on the foibles of human relationships and “focussed on two friends swapping stories of epically bad dating disasters.”

Meg Harder, $2,800 for creating Mediating Nature, a 10 piece mixed-media series on wood panel that represents significant elements of our local bioregion, and reflects admiration for the natural systems that sustain life in the Region of Waterloo.

Wayfarer, $1,200 for an acoustic EP recording featuring six original tracks, which will incorporate new instruments and experimentation with a new sound and direction.

Douglas W. Campbell, $10,000 for the theatre production of Lord Sword, an original full length two-act play; the project includes all aspects of design, rehearsals, a local premiere and repeat performances, plus video documentation to create interest for national and international touring prospects.

Aisles, $5,000 for the project Periscopes, a series of 12 original rock and indie singles to be released monthly over a full year, then collected and released as a full length single vinyl record.

The LoFi Mind, $10,000 for the recording and production of a new album of 10 original songs by the musicians of the KW collective plus a series of video documentations of the sessions to accompany the project.

Urban X Entertainment, $10,000 for the creation and video documentation at each stage of Gone But Not Forgotten, a story-driven album to be written and recorded while providing an insider view to “give people a real glimpse into the journey of an independent artist.”

The objective of the Arts Fund is to “make art happen” by funding projects throughout the Region that will occur within the next 12 months and, over the longer term, will enhance the ability of an artist or arts organization to make more art happen through future projects. The Arts Fund invites applications in the spring and fall of each year.

Created in 2002, the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund is a not-for-profit corporation which provides arms-length funding for the performing, visual, media and literary arts and welcomes applications in all arts disciplines from individual artists and arts organizations based in the Region of Waterloo (comprising the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo and the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich).

 The Arts Fund is one of the very few funds in Canada that awards grants directly to artist-led projects. The funds are generously made available through Regional Council’s allocation of 40 cents per capita.

By investing in the community via the Arts Fund, the supported projects have the ability to attract additional funds through earned revenue, grants from provincial, federal or private sources, sponsorships, private and in-kind donations.

This year, the Arts Fund’s volunteer Board of Directors is continuing to examine its governance practices. For the most current information about new initiatives and pilot projects, such as peer-to-peer application support, Board-hosted open houses before application deadlines, and Artist-at-Large Advisors, please visit the website: The Spring 2015 Artist-at-Large Advisors, who volunteered their time and expertise to assist the Board, were Melissa Dougherty, Rick Nixon and Jennifer Depencier.

The next Arts Fund’s Open House for grant applicants before the Fall 2015 round is on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 5-7 p.m. at Region of Waterloo Headquarters, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener. This is an informal drop-in, where board members will be available to share general information about the fund, its mandate and will welcome feedback.

 The next deadline for applications to the Arts Fund is 4 p.m. on Friday, September 4th, 2015; full details are available on the website:


For more information, contact Stevie Natolochny at 519-575-4450 or via



          Arts Fund invests in 20 projects to make art happen in Waterloo Region   

Waterloo Region - The projects include: 

Kaleidoscope Collective, a new local women’s theatre collective, for an inaugural production of This Is My Drum.

Richard Garvey, for a new full length folk album of 14 original compositions.

Inter Arts Matrix, for three interdisciplinary art projects about the vernacular landscape of St. Jacobs.

Susan Coolen, for five printed editions of A Litter-Arti Library, to be housed at various public facilities.

The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund has announced the awarding of 20 grants for a total of $119,850 in response to proposals submitted by artists and arts organizations from throughout the Region of Waterloo.

The Arts Fund initially received 55 requests, for a total of $411,395. After the first round of technical evaluation, 46 applicants seeking a total of $322,795 were invited to submit more detailed Stage 2 applications from which the 20 grants were ultimately selected.

Since 2002, when it was established, the Arts Fund has supported more than 450 projects for a total of $2,310,748.

This year, the Arts Fund’s volunteer Board of Directors reviewed its practices and implemented a pilot project for its Spring and Fall granting rounds. Board members, who have been and continue to be eligible to apply for funding, must declare their conflict of interest and recuse themselves from that season’s evaluations.

Also being test-driven for the Stage 2 evaluations, an arm’s length Peer Assessment Panel (PAP) scrutinized the applications and submitted their recommendations for funding to the Board for final approval.

The Peer Assessment Panel members, who reflect a diversity of disciplines, volunteered their time and expertise. The panelists were Eric Bolton, Sophie McCann, Kathleen Sheehy and Denise Strong.

Proposals selected for full or partial funding in the second and final fall round are:

Kaleidoscope Collective, $8,000 for an inaugural main-stage production of This Is My Drum, a one woman show with song and projections from a new local women’s theatre collective.

Danny Bailey, $4,000 for Region of Waterloo’s Magical Window on Reality, an artistic short film with original soundtrack capturing unique views and perspectives of daily life throughout the region.

Rufus John, $5,000 for Music Is My Weapon, Unplugged Concert Series, a new annual showcase of three featured and established artists along with two guest artists, all Tri City musicians who will perform and share their personal stories about their music. The format will emphasize youth and emerging talent.

Ashot Ariyan, $6,000 to compose Twelve Fugues and Postludes for Piano, a unique and complete cycle of non-traditional music meant to revive the genre of fugue in the 21st century.

Anna Ronai, $8,000 for her Trio D’Argento’s concert presentation of Manidoog, an original work commissioned from Odawa First Nations composer Barbara Croall, and to be performed as part of Aboriginal Education Week.

Waterloo Chamber Players, $4,000 to continue the development of an original work, and to perform The Sleeping Prince, in a collaboration between experimental puppeteers, The Clever Crones, and the orchestra.

Camila Bouchet, $3,000 for The Secret Chord, a short film which is half fiction, half documentary about the experience of a newcomer giving birth prematurely in a country not one’s own and the role of the imagination in coping with the world inside the hospital.

Susan Coolen, $12,000 for five sets of professionally printed editions of A Litter-Arti Library, comprised of the 50-set artist’s books,’50 Categories’; ‘The Litter-Arti Project Companion’; ‘The Snowball Effect’; and the ‘Litter-Arti Art Kit’; book sets to be housed at various public facilities.

Kitchener-Waterloo Arab Canadian Theatre/KW-ACT, $10,000 for writing and workshopping Part of the Story/working title, a one-man play inspired by the story/play ‘My Name is Dakhel Faraj’. The re-worked play will be in Arabic, will expand upon the stories from the original play, and will be able to travel to Arabic communities across Canada and internationally.

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, $7,500 for a music appreciation program in selected Cambridge elementary schools, culminating in a concert hall performance for young people performed by members of the CSO and their Youth Orchestra.

Button Factory Arts, $6,350 for a re-mounting of the site-specific she haunts this place, a multi-arts production that imagines the lives of the female workers at Roschman’s Button Factory in 1890, and to enhance the storytelling with more archival photographs and videography.

Quiet in the Land, $2,000 for recording and producing Laura Dyck’s Quiet in the Land, a first full-length album featuring original folk songs and instrumental tunes.

 Inter Arts Matrix, $12,000 for three art projects by three interdisciplinary creative teams who will research, develop and workshop A Sense of Place, about the vernacular landscape of St. Jacobs, and will present each of the three projects to the public.

Elsa Jayne, $3,500 for a debut music video Fourteen Days, filmed on location in rural Waterloo Region and based on her collection of original songs from her EP, ‘Heart’.

Bass Lions, $4,000 for the artistic development and production of a music video of their original composition Be Your Man off their self-titled release ‘Bass Lions’.

Richard Garvey, $5,000 for Where Fools Gather, a new full length folk album of 14 original compositions, plus a companion online game related to the themes of the songs.

Amy Rola, $3,500 for the singer/songwriter/musician to record original country and pop compositions and finish a first full length album, as yet untitled.

Erin Bow, $6,000 for the children’s author to travel for research for her upcoming novel, Tazagul’s Book, set in Western Mongolia and about the local nomadic eagle hunters.

 Julia Narveson, $2,000 for a traditional hand-drawn animated short video to accompany the Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band’s new single, The Snish.

Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band, $8,000 for completion of recording a second full length album live to tape using vintage equipment plus the advance release of a 7” vinyl single title track.

The objective of the Arts Fund is to “make art happen” – stimulate arts activity – immediately, by funding projects throughout the Region that will occur within the next 12 months and, over the longer term, will enhance the ability of an artist or arts organization to make more art happen through future projects.

Created in 2002, the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund is a not-for-profit corporation which provides arms-length funding for the performing, visual, media and literary arts in the Region of Waterloo. The Arts Fund invites applications in the spring and fall of each year. Applicants are first asked to submit a Stage 1 application outlining their project. On the basis of a review of those applications, a short list of applicants is then asked to submit more detailed proposals, augmented by budgets and additional support materials.

The Arts Fund is one of the very few funds in Canada that awards grants directly to artist-led projects. The Arts Fund also supports new projects initiated by local arts organizations in collaboration with artists based in the Region. The funds are generously made available through Regional Council’s allocation of 40 cents per capita.

By investing in the community via the Arts Fund, the supported projects have the ability to attract additional funds through earned revenue, grants from provincial, federal or private sources, sponsorships, private and in-kind donations. The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund welcomes applications in all arts disciplines from individual artists and arts organizations based in the Region of Waterloo (comprising the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo and the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich).

The next deadline for applications to the Arts Fund is 4:00 pm on Friday, March 6, 2015; full details are available on the website:

Isabella Stefanescu, past Chair of the Arts Fund, is conducting a free grant writing workshop on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Globe Studios. Pre-registration is not necessary. Details can be found at

For more information, contact Stevie Natolochny at 519-575-4450 or via email:

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          Art Fund invests in 22 projects making art happen in Waterloo Region   

Waterloo Region – December 24, 2013 The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund announces that it has awarded 22 grants, for a total of $140,534, to local artists and arts organizations in response to proposals submitted from throughout the Region of Waterloo. Since 2002, when it was established, the Arts Fund has funded 429 projects.

Proposals selected for funding in this round are:

Grand River Jazz Society, $10,000 to help with paying artists fees for professional jazz musicians performing as headline acts at The Jazz Room.

YMCA of Cambridge, $7,100 for the Newcomer Youth Theatre Project, for newcomer teens to work with professional theatre artists to tell the story of their lives by building scenarios, creating scripts and performing for an audience.

NUMUS Concerts, $5,000 for Emerging Artists Series, two concerts featuring emerging artists associated with Waterloo Region.

Spiritus Ensemble, $5,200 for the Canadian premiere of Bach/Kaiser/Handel St Mark Passion.

Lauren Judge, $2,900, for the creation of Mathesis: Mother Wisdom, a series of nine paintings and a large installation.

Robert Linsley, $1,000 for the creation and publication of a small book/catalogue discussing topics in abstract art.

Jacqueline Rula, $5,000 for A Grand Fabrication:Truth Tales and Art of a Heritage River, a series of art dolls.

Cambridge Galleries, $11,875 for Building Waterloo, a companion publication for a collaborative project that involves six regional galleries and museums.

MarkTonin $8,000 to produce Jamland, a documentary about a grassroots music festival.

Community Justice Initiatives of Waterloo Region, $10,000 to produce The Elmira Story, a documentary on the birthplace of restorative justice.

Neil Vidyarthi, $5,000 for Abe and Barney, a six episode web series.

Douglas Morton, $3,959 for The Outsider, a short film. Nathan Stretch, $5,000 for Bass Lions, a five song EP of original music.

Kevin Ramessar, $7,000 for a new recording of arrangements and original music.

KW Big Band Theory, $10,000 for a recording of the band with special guest Don Thompson.

Megan McCaffrey, $5,000 for recording The Blackwood Two's third album.

Marcus Wanka, $3,000 for Teen Violence, a full length album recording.

Waterloo Song Cycle Collaborative, $7,500 for the creation of Across the Senses, a musical celebration of Waterloo Region visual artists.

Kathleen Cleland Moyer, $12,000 for a six-episode situation comedy adaptation of Kitchener Ich Liebe Dich.

Terre Chartrand, $7,000 for the creation of a play about de-traditionalization.

Matt White, $3,500 for the creation of a new play in collaboration with Rocket Science Theatre.

Created in 2002, the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund is a not-for-profit corporation which provides arms-length funding for the performing, visual, media and literary arts in the Region of Waterloo. The Arts Fund invites applications in the spring and fall of each year. Applicants are first asked to submit a Stage 1 application outlining their project.

On the basis of a review of those applications, a short list of applicants is then asked to submit more detailed proposals including images and audio visual support material for the proposed project. The Arts Fund is one of the very few funds in Canada that awards grants directly to artist led projects.

The Arts Fund also supports new projects initiated by local arts organizations in collaboration with artists based in the Region. The funds are generously made available through Regional Council’s allocation of 40 cents per capita.

The objective of the Arts Fund is to “make art happen” – stimulate arts activity – immediately through projects that will happen within the next 12 months, and over the longer term through projects that will enhance the ability of an artist or arts organization to make more art happen in the Region in the future.

In 2012 for every $1.00 granted by the Arts Fund the supported projects leveraged an additional $2.56 in earned revenue, grants from provincial, federal or private sources, sponsorships, private and in kind donations.

The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund welcomes applications in all arts disciplines from individual artists and arts organizations based in the Region of Waterloo (comprising the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo and the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich). Adjudication of applications is done by the Arts Fund’s broadly based 14-member Board of Directors.

The next deadline for applications to the Arts Fund is 4:00 pm on Friday, March 7, 2014; information is available on the website: For more information, contact Isabella Stefanescu,

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          All aboard ION   

Waterloo Region – Regional Council approved ION as the new brand name for the Region’s Rapid Transit (RT) service.

ION has a number of meanings including ‘going’ in Greek. It links to the region’s academic and scientific communities as well as the pioneering heritage of electricity in Waterloo Region.

“The best brand names are unique, intelligent, memorable and distinct. ION is a powerful brand name that will help us attract new riders,” said Jim Wideman, Regional Councillor and Chair of the Region’s Planning and Works Committee. “It’s a made-in-Waterloo Region solution that will provide plenty of inspiration for the Region to tell the Rapid Transit story now and in the future.”

ION emerged as the most preferred option during the first phase of the Region’s public consultation process, registering strong first impressions and positive word associations. During this phase, more than 500 names were proposed and collected from the community.

Each of these names was reviewed and examined with two names ultimately emerging as the finalists. A telephone survey was then conducted to evaluate both names as well as collect additional public comments.

“ION connects directly with Grand River Transit and iXpress, providing a family feel for the entire public transit system,” said Darshpreet Bhatti, Rapid Transit Director. “It is a unique and distinct name in the transit industry and works for both technologies – adapted Bus Rapid Transit (aBRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT).”

The next step in the brand process includes developing a logo for ION. Public consultation on the logo and visual identity will be collected through several focus group sessions. The feedback and comments received from residents during these sessions will assist in making a final recommendation to Council this summer.

Waterloo Region’s Rapid Transit service will provide a frequent, reliable and convenient way for residents to travel throughout the Region, while strengthening the local economy and creating jobs.

All three levels of government have announced funding commitments to the Region of Waterloo's Rapid Transit project.

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For more information please contact:

Kimberly Moser, Manager, Rapid Transit Community Relations, Phone: 519-575-4757, ext. 3461

Cell: 519-501-6266,

          HHCF Juvenile Hall Diary Day 4!!    

As I came in on Thursday, I had a lot swimming in my mind. I was thinking about the kid I kicked out. As per my personal rules, if I kick a kid out, he is out the day after. I was contemplating keeping him out for the week.

About 20 years ago, I was studying Confucianism thanks to an old Native American friend (he also introduced me to the beauty of sushi). A scholar from the Ming Dynasty wrote at the time “To go too far, is just as bad is not going far enough.” Was it unjust to keep him out? Was it being weak to let him in given the chances of him coming back with disruption on his mind. He was charismatic. The kids in the hall could follow him.

I checked into the building in a slight haze. As I got in they informed me that today was the last day. I had mistakenly thought it went all week like last years camp. It was not like last year. It rattled me more than I thought. I had plans for them on Friday and now, it was NOT to be.

One of the weirder things about jails and juvenile halls is the sterile nature of the place. The fluorescent lights, peanut butter walls, white walls- they numb you out. Kinda depressing, I can't lie.

So, I came in and I just wrote something on the board:

KING= Your goal.

Strategy= What tools (pieces) will you need to make it happen?

Checkmate= You win/ Victory!

They read it as they came in ready to go. I shook their hand as they entered. The energy was upbeat.

“This is my last day y’all. I did not plan for it to be like this. I thought I would be here till Friday- but I’m out. So, rather than get caught up with a lot of philosophy, let me just say that I loved being with you guys. I don’t know if any of this will stick but I hope you liked learning from me and I hope you liked the games you played.”

They were all sad. “ Aww man that’s weak.” one of them said.

“ I know, but look. Let me just run through some for attack strategies and lets jump on the boards. The main thing I want you to know is you are all brilliant. Your wisdom is not the issue. You are all brilliant. I just want you to get out, stay out and live well.”

We went over knight for puzzles. I was a stickler for ensuring they answered everything algebraic notation. They did it. Then we jumped into some games. It was fantastic.

One Latino student who I taught some moves to, who beat me after I gave him some pointers had blood in his eyes when he sat at the board. We went hard. I got him 3 games straight. He smiled at the end of class and was like. I’m gonna get you tomorrow” smiling wide as we shook hands.

A kid standing behind me said “He’s not coming back it's over.”

His smile went away and he shook his head. You could tell he was running some internal dialogue.

“These were great games man. Great games” I said.

After my break I went into the next class. I wallked in a little early. My classroom was not open. I stood in the pod looking around. One of the kids rooms was dark (they choose if they want their light on or not). In the blackness of the room and glare of the window I could see two eyes lasered in on my face. It was one of my students. He saw me see him inside the darkness. I smiled and nodded. Gave him two thumbs up. He smiled and nodded back. It started to bother me that he was in a cage. That he was in a cage and could still smile, gave me an odd sense of hope though. I’m still not sure what it was all meaning to me.

As I greeted them, the boy who I had issues with walked in. Head up, super proud. I greeted him and shook his hand. He shook my hand but his eyes were emotionally cold. I could tell though that the sincerity of my smile and energy of my greeting caught him off guard.

I quickly told them this was the last day. I was giving some final motivational words. The SAME kid who I just let back in was talking. I politely asked him to stop once, then twice. The third time I turned to him and approached his desk.  

“Come on man” I asked in a pain inflicted tone. “You just got back. I’m chillin’. You know it’s my last day. Are you really going to do this right now. You’re just gonna come in knowing it’s my last day and cool out in the back of the room talking with you boy? Why would you do that?

Before he could respond the kid who I smiled at through the blackness cut in.

“You gotta forgive him. He does not understand plain words. You gotta look at him in his eyes and be like ‘N*** SHUT THE F*** UP!’ a he will chill out.”

The room chuckled, and the kid continued. “Nah seriously, you know how when kids are born their heads are shaped bad. He’s one of those. You gotta massage his head and form it so he can hear you.” More snickers came out across the room.

I looked at Tats and I said “Is that what I gotta do? Help me understand. Because I feel like you are totally disrespecting me right now- and I don’t get it.”

Tats smiled a sincere smile. He said “Look I don’t mean any disrespect to any teacher. Especially to any OG. I respect you OG. I do. I respect all the teachers here.”

Then in a millisecond his face changed. He looked up at the lights and it seemed like he was no longer talking to me. It was like he was standing in the room looking back at himself “At the same time, I’m a man too OG. I’m a man!” he cried out in passion- not anger. “I do my push-ups in the room. I do my crunches. I do my jumping backs. I’m kinda small but I’m gettin bigger. I’m a man.” The guys in the room fell out laughing. Their laughter took him out of his trance. He smiled and laughed a little too. “I know I sound crazy. But I’m serious though.”

I realized in that moment that his issues were not really with me. His issue was he was torn between the boy who was evaporating and the man who was emerging. He was unsure if I told him to be quiet and he did it- was he being weak in a space where being weak made you a target?

“OK. I respect you as a man” said without hesitation. “But I don’t feel like we need to get all into it just to get through a class. These guys are trying to learn too. When you interrrupt, you are taking away from their time, and your time. That’s all I’m saying” I stated with a slight shrug of the shoulders and my palms turned up to the ceiling.

“I got you OG. I’m chillin’” he said sitting back and nodding.

The class went onto to be the best of the week. He played in the best game of the week. It see sawed back and forth between he and another kid. In the end he lost but the game was so epic the whole room was laughing and joking and yelling.

Turns out, Tats was a incredible rapper and dropped some heavy verses before class was out. He shook my hand before he went back to his cell. The kids were all wishing I could come back. I feel the sting of it too. But that class was amazing.

As one kid was goig out the door he said “Can I make money playing chess?”

“No lil bro. No. You want to use the game to build your plan for your LIFE and push hard that way. Then you will get paid. But you have to stay on the boards to really see the levels. You understand?” He nodded and smiled.

The highlight of the last class was with a kid who I knew trained in jiu-jitsu and meditation with a good friend of mine. Apparently a kid from my first class had a problem with him. I heard talk about them possibly getting physical. This kid and I played several games all week. This day we did not. As class was letting out and I was saying goodbye I pulled him aside.

I pointed to the thing on the board about the king, the pieces and the victory. I said “Look, you know I don’t know you that well. But I know your instructor and he would not want you figthing right now. He would want you going back to your room and meditating. He would want you in your room exercising. He would want you to think through this. For me, when I look at you. Your king is FREEDOM. I don’t know what that kid did. But nothing he said, is more important than getting out. Unless he is actively on you trying to harm you- keep it peaceful. Because anything you do is going to get you more time. Don’t give the courts one more second than you have to. Get free and then me, you and your instructor can go train and get some sandwiches and chill. Wouldn’t that be better than being in here?”

He nodded. “OK….OK.” in a tone that told me for the moment he was convinced nonviolence was the best way out. I called his instructor and told him what happened as I left.

Oh! I gotta say there were 4 different rap sessions I saw in the hall. One was from a kid who did not know chess. By the end of the week he did an amazing freestyle about chess and life. He said that he was so confused by the game and he never thought he could learn. I promised him he would know the game and he thanked me for keeping my word.

There was the rap session with the Tats who I just mentioned. It was truly amazing.

Another dope moment was a kid handed me a copy of a song he wrote. It is super deep and covered a lot of painful issues around his incarceration, broken family trauma and loniness he faces. I hope to share it with you in the future. But I have to get some clearances before I can.

Also, the first day  when I asked who could rap they all pointed to this White kid. He was the only White kid in the hall that day ( a few more came in the day I left- it was all Black and Brown). He had bright green eyes and slicked back hair. The verse he did blew my mind. He was getting out that day. This afternoon he reached out to me on Instagram. I’m gonna try to get him to record a song.

I want to thank you all for taking the time to read this and I want to thank all the good people at the Alameda County Juvenile Center for their kindness and support. I want to thank all the JIO’s for their support when I’m in all the units. It is always and honor for me to spend time with incarcerated kids. Much love y’all.

Defend The Crown,


          The Impact Of The 'Summer Of Love' Still Reverberates   
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          Advances in Land Remote Sensing: System, Modeling, Inversion and Application pdf   
Advances in Land Remote Sensing 2008 pdf
System, Modeling, Inversion and Application
Editors: Liang, Shunlin (Ed.) 2008

Advances in Land Remote Sensing 2008 pdf System, Modeling, Inversion and Application Editors: Liang, Shunlin (Ed.) 2008
Recent Advances in Land Remote Sensing: An Overview
Liang, Shunlin // Pages 1-6
Passive Microwave Remote Sensing for Land Applications
Jackson, Thomas J. // Pages 9-18
Active Microwave Remote Sensing Systems and Applications to Snow Monitoring
Shi, Jiancheng // Pages 19-49
Multi-angular Thermal Infrared Observations of Terrestrial Vegetation
Menenti, Massimo (et al.) // Pages 51-93
Terrestrial Applications of Multiangle Remote Sensing
Chopping, Mark J. // Pages 95-144
Modeling the Spectral Signature of Forests: Application of Remote Sensing Models to Coniferous Canopies
Stenberg, Pauline (et al.) // Pages 147-171
Estimating Canopy Characteristics from Remote Sensing Observations: Review of Methods and Associated Problems
Baret, Frédéric (et al.) // Pages 173-201
Knowledge Database and Inversion
Wang, Jindi (et al.) // Pages 203-217
Retrieval of Surface Albedo from Satellite Sensors
Schaaf, Crystal (et al.) // Pages 219-243
Modeling and Inversion in Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing over Vegetated Land Surfaces
Jacob, Frédéric (et al.) // Pages 245-291
Spectrally Consistent Pansharpening
Vesteinsson, Ari (et al.) // Pages 293-311
Data Assimilation Methods for Land Surface Variable Estimation
Liang, Shunlin (et al.) // Pages 313-339
Methodologies for Mapping Land Cover/Land Use and its Change
Lam, Nina Siu-Ngan // Pages 341-367
Methodologies for Mapping Plant Functional Types
Sun, Wanxiao (et al.) // Pages 369-393
Monitoring and Management of Agriculture with Remote Sensing
Chen, Zhongxin (et al.) // Pages 397-421
Remote Sensing of Terrestrial Primary Production and Carbon Cycle
Zhao, Maosheng (et al.) // Pages 423-444
Applications of Terrestrial Remote Sensing to Climate Modeling
Dickinson, Robert E. // Pages 445-463
Improving the Utilization of Remotely Sensed Data
Townshend, John R. (et al.) // Pages 465-483
Emerging Issues in Land Remote Sensing
Liang, Shunlin (et al.) // Pages 485-494

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          (USA-CA-San Francisco) Senior Consultant - Customers & Markets - Energy Efficiency Engineer - Multiple Cities   
Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI) is a specialized, global professional services firm that helps clients take control of their future. Navigant’s professionals apply deep industry knowledge, substantive technical expertise, and an enterprising approach to help clients build, manage and/or protect their business interests. With a focus on markets and clients facing transformational change and significant regulatory or legal pressures, the Firm primarily serves clients in the healthcare, energy and financial services industries. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and technology/analytics services, Navigant’s practitioners bring sharp insight that pinpoints opportunities and delivers powerful results. More information about Navigant can be found at We understand that the energy landscape is evolving. Emerging technologies and societal demand promise to reshape not only the energy we use, but also how we use it. In our Energy Practice, Navigant collaborates with energy industry clients to help them build, manage, and protect their business’ value. We help our clients anticipate where the energy industry is headed and how they can improve performance, grow, and address consumer and regulatory demands. Our experts’ unparalleled depth of industry experience provides insight into regulatory processes, pricing, supply and demand dynamics, market design, fuel sourcing, financing, technologies, and operations. The breadth of our industry knowledge offers a full range of solution offerings, from insights to strategy and on to implementation. We provide sustainable results to help our clients thrive in an ever-changing environment. **Customers & Markets Team** Navigant’s Customers & Markets team focuses on energy efficiency, demand response and clean distributed energy resources. We help the energy industry modernize, increase profitability, and mitigate risk through investment in a wide range of energy technologies. Our extensive industry expertise and rigorous analytical capabilities generate innovative and forward-looking insight to help clients position themselves for a profitable and sustainable future. Our team’s customer side services focus on: + Market Research & Characterization + Resource Planning & Potential Studies + Program Design + Program Evaluation (Impact & Process) + Regulatory & Policy Strategy & Support . This Position can be based out of the following cities: San Francisco, CA; Boulder, CO Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NCI) is looking for an energy efficiency engineer or building systems engineer, or similar, with interest in joining our Customers and Markets consulting group within Navigant’s Energy practice. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects related to energy efficiency and demand response evaluation and planning. The position involves a variety of tasks including: evaluating the energy and demand savings impacts from EE/DSM programs, field work to verify measure installations and savings, project reviews, building energy modeling, energy and demand savings calculations, and reporting of findings, and a variety of other tasks as needed. A key characteristic of the right candidate will be an intense desire for understanding how technologies save energy and power. + Impact evaluations of claimed energy and demand savings from EE and DSM programs + Performing technical and economic analyses; data collection; spreadsheet or calculation tool creation and management + Assessing a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in residential, commercial or industrial buildings and analyzing technology trends + Building and technology energy simulation modeling + Field performance measurement and data collection of building and industrial process energy systems + Providing detailed fact finding, research, and analysis on energy-related activities + Developing technology strategies for utilities, government, and energy companies + Communicate results and new strategies to internal staff and clients through presentations, memos and reports **Qualifications:** + Bachelors of Science degree required for Consultant position (preferably mechanical, architectural or electrical) + Masters of Science in Engineering required for Senior Consultant position + Strong interest in energy efficiency, renewable energy, distributed generation, and advanced technologies + Strong technical background in building systems or industrial process technologies + Strong conceptual, as well as quantitative and qualitative analytical skills + Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills + Excellent verbal and written communication skills + Highly developed organizational and management skills + Demonstrated proficiency with spreadsheets, databases, word processing, and slide presentation software + Proficiency in R, SQL, and/or strong understanding of one or more programming languages is a plus + 1+ years of relevant work experience. Will consider 3+ years of relevant work experience in lieu of Master’s degree for Senior Consultant level. Relevant experience in the energy/utility industry a plus. **Mental/Physical Requirements:** + Strong conceptual, as well as quantitative and qualitative analytical skills + Work as a member of a team as well as be a self-motivator with ability to work independently + Constantly operates a computer and other office equipment to coordinate work + Frequently travels by airplane, train or car as necessary to perform work at another location + Regularly uses close visual acuity and operates computer equipment to prepare and analyze and transmit data + Generally works in an office environment The company offers competitive compensation packages including an incentive compensation plan, comprehensive medical/dental/life insurance, 401(k) and employee stock purchase plans. **_Navigant does not accept unsolicited resumes through or from search firms or staffing agencies. All unsolicited resumes will be considered the property of Navigant and Navigant will not be obligated to pay a placement fee._** **Navigant** is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, protected veteran status, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation.
          (USA-OR-Beaverton) Senior Audit Professional - Information Technology & Digital - Corporate Audit & Risk Management   
Become a Part of the NIKE, Inc. Team NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world's best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At Nike, it’s about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game. Today, the opportunities for growth across Nike’s business portfolio offer more potential than ever. Nike Finance employees play a key role in that progress by identifying and capitalizing on opportunities to drive value for every Nike shareholder. They manage accounting and reporting for Nike’s multi-billion-dollar global investment portfolio, debt and equity instruments, and other Treasury activities. They strategize, forecast, audit, analyze, budget, research and lead important decisions. Across Nike’s diverse geographies and businesses, Finance employees deliver far more than just the numbers. **Description** Our Global IT & Digital Corporate Audit & Risk Management team brings its extensive experience and passion for technology to bear on helping Nike manage the many risks and opportunities associated with a large, global, IT ecosystem and a growing Digital business. As one of our Sr. Professionals, you’ll partner with management across Nike to optimize risk, manage compliance, and seek new ways to leverage technology for strategic advantage. We evaluate and provide insight to balancing management of downside risks and lost opportunity risks. You'll join a dynamic internal audit team where collaboration and innovation are celebrated. We are a group of continuous learners and creative thinkers who love to challenge the status quo every day. Audit areas may include information security, data privacy, IT governance, portfolio management, digital experience development, technology operations, large system implementation reviews, agile and devops processes, and business continuity management / disaster recovery, among others. You'll independently plan and lead complex strategic audits, manage auditors during fieldwork, review and approve other auditor’s work, provide creative and strategic business oriented recommendations, and deliver executive level verbal and written communications to a variety of stakeholders across the company. You'll also provide pragmatic consulting services to management in order to guide the implementation of audit recommendations, improve risk management capabilities, and evaluate emerging risks to technology & digital planning and operations. Your work will be highly visible to NIKE executive management and the Board of Directors Audit Committee. In this role you will be given the opportunity to learn about a wide range of Nike’s business and how technology is a fundamental element of bringing innovation and inspiration to every athlete* in the world. Global Corporate Audit partners with the business to optimize risk and help enable Nike’s potential. As a Senior Audit Professional, you’ll join this dynamic and diverse team to work on complex global projects which bring value to the business with a focus on achieving corporate strategic objectives. You will partner with Nike, Inc. management to independently and objectively evaluate efficiency/effectiveness of operations, reliability of financial and management reporting and compliance with laws and regulations. The key responsibilities include: + Managing audit projects from risk assessment and scoping through reporting results. + Leading a team of auditors on each audit project, ensuring personal development through on-the-job training and mentoring. + Communicating audit results to clients and executive management both verbally through meetings/presentations and written through executive reports. + Performing data analytics to understand and evaluate business processes. + Adhering to audit professional standards throughout each project. **Qualifications** - Bachelor's degree with an emphasis in Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Business Administration - Minimum of 7 years' combined experience in progressively responsible IT, software development, product management or information systems auditing positions - CISA or CISSP certification preferred - Working knowledge of various operating system platforms, relational database platforms and security concepts, enterprise network and systems architecture concepts and technologies, and security controls for internet facing e-commerce and social media applications - Working Knowledge of SDLC and common IT project management methodologies and approaches. - Experience auditing, implementing or operating general computing controls, including security, change management, systems development and operations, experience with SAP in these areas a plus - Working knowledge of managed service risk and control concepts for cloud-based application services, hosted infrastructure and outsourcing services - Working knowledge of information technology best practices and control frameworks - Working knowledge of information security/protection concepts (C.I.A.) - Experience with business process mapping and controls identification, design and implementation - Strong business acumen - Strong project management and team leadership skills - Excellent executive verbal and written communication skill - Ability to identify and assess business risks and work with clients to develop practical recommendations to mitigate those risks - Ability to travel up to 20% (domestic and international) - Ability to pass a 7-year background investigation Education/Certifications: + Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or any other related field + MBA is highly desired (or other relevant Master degree) + Audit or Accounting certifications a plus (ex. CPA, CIA, CFE, CISA) Experience: + 6 years of experience in financial/business operations, internal auditing, or public accounting + Demonstrated experience in communicating and assessing complex business operations Required Skills: + Strong business acumen. Ability to connect strategic objectives, risk, and business process. + Well proven skills in data analysis and ability to relate data to business processes. + Strong ability to seek information, problem solve and communicate complex and/or potentially controversial topics and concepts to a wide and diverse audience. + Ability to identify and prioritize actionable solutions. + Strong understanding and application of project management and cross-team effectiveness. + Ability to travel 25% (domestic and international). NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. 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          Fwd: Killing India Softly - NGO Funding & Agitation Technology   


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Professional Agitators - Killing India Softly

Imagine life without mobile phones now. But there are many who are suffering from the waves of those towers and they do complain. What's the option? Reduce connectivity? How many would like that? The only option, therefore, is to strike the best possible balance between development and pain. Our population has grown from around 36 crores in 1947 to 1.2 billion currently. That doesn't seem to bother anyone anymore. And the demands of this huge population are varied and endless. Under these circumstances the objective of the govt is "the greater good of the greater number". This is why an IB report pointing to a number of NGOs stalling the development of India, various projects, causing delays and acting for foreign vested interests has rattled the media and a lot of the NGOs. Almost all of these NGOs are extensively funded by foreign agencies.


Much of what the IB report says is nothing new and has been in the public domain for long. I don't even think the report got "leaked".  I believe it was deliberately handed over to TimesNow by a rogue in the Home Ministry to sound a warning to many of these NGOs. Some of the smooth-criminals who have been a nuisance to various projects are in this pic: 


Medha Patkar has been agitating against the Narmada dam for ages. Tagging along with her was Genocide Suzy (who hates everything about India). The SC had approved raising the height of the dam to 138 metres. On June 12, when the GOI approved the increase of 17 metres to the dam to the approved level, Patkar called it "illegal". So even the SC ruling is illegal for her. Having realised the stupidity of calling it "illegal", in later statements she calls it "undemocratic". I believe we have all seen how all the Commie undemocratic forces gathered under the comforter that Kejriwal has covered himself with. The Narmada dam provides water to millions of historically water-starved people in Saurashtra and Kutch besides other parts of Gujarat. Naturally, many residents around the dam would be displaced. It is right to protest and seek the best compensation for the displaced people but to agitate that dams shouldn't be built and they are illegal is essentially an anti-people, anti-national activity. That apart, Patkar's dubious foreign funding comes from vested interests which enables her to personally live a life of comfort while scavenging on the pain of others 


Then there are others like Harsh Mander, Teesta Setalvad, and Shabnam Hashmi who have scavenged on riot victims of Gujarat. The more they lied the more funds they got from India, political parties and from abroad. I don't need to provide links because these rogues are now known for their fraudulent financial activities. Teesta has even reportedly used the "riot funds" for her personal shopping, jewellery and fine winesSP Udaykumar is quite a character. On Timesnow he disclosed he had received lakhs of rupees from abroad, including some research funding from Ohio University. All that research money had nothing to with nuclear projects and nobody knows what research he did. Some "hippy" that Udaykumar referred to as a contact turns out to be an "agent" who carried hand-sketched maps of 16 nuclear plants in India. Oh yes, normal people do carry maps of nuclear plants in India, don't they? This scumbag led a serious and long protest against the Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu with no legitimate reason except fear-mongering. Obviously, Udaykumar was being influenced and funded by foreign crooks that have their vested interests in blocking some project or the other in India. And sure enough, the current "rent-an-agitation" warehouse manager, Arvind Kejriwal landed up in Kudankulam too.


The agitations by Patkar and other scavengers of misery have cost a lot. According to an estimate the delays in the last 10 years has cost nearly 45000 crores to the Narmada dam which is more than the cost of the project itself . The mysteries of that wonderful gang, called Greenpeace, is just about unravelling. It was long known that this group is in India to only create ruckus and nuisance for any project that benefits India. However, the crooks from this organisation, which originates from Canada, targeted only Indian organisations and projects and not projects by MNC. This series of tweets by IBTL shortens the story:


Greenpeace not only funded agitations in general, it even funded agitations by an AAP party member. If one looks closely, the AAP party is nothing but an Apex body of all such foreign-funded NGOs, most of them involved in anti-national agitations and activities. They are hell-bent on stopping every project that India wants to undertake in any territory. It's hardly surprising, therefore that the most popular form of management by Arvind Kejriwal is street agitations and dharnas. Nothing else suits them. For more on the various other NGOs like CRY, World Vision, MARAG who have been involved in unusual funding and money-laundering please read these posts: "Children as leverage" – Part1 and Part 2 as also "Confederation of Indian agitators". Some of these NGOs operate as children's services but are missionaries in disguise who seek to convert children to Christianity. That's their "return on investment". Some of them operated as "professional agitators" against projects in Gujarat.


Cordaid and HIVOS are Dutch organisations that are strangely exercising great interest in India. On June 11 in a discussion on Timesnow it turned out that Cordaid first operated in Kashmir for Human Rights and later suddenly turned to the North East sector. From human rights in Kashmir their attention turned to Palmolein and mining and Uranium in the NE. Both these NGOs are also known to have contributed a good deal of funds to, you guessed it, Arvind Kejriwal and his NGOs and IAC (read this post which has links to various reports). General Bakshi (retd) on Timesnow pointed out that there are 90000 tons of Uranium deposits in the NE but till date not 1 gram of Uranium has been extracted due to these NGO agitations and the influence they bring from the foreign govts controlling them. Given this, the following passage from the Sunday Guardian (April 2014) should not shock anyone at all:


"Hillary Clinton likes to operate through NGOs, which are given funding through indirect channels, and which target individuals and countries seen as less than respectful to her views on foreign and domestic policy in the target countries," a retired US official now based in Atlanta said. He claimed that "rather than US NGOs, (the former) Secretary of State Clinton favoured operating through organisations based in the Netherlands, Denmark and the Scandinavian countries, especially Norway" as these were outside the radar of big power politics. These NGOs were active in the agitation against the Russian nuclear power plant at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu, with "funding coming mainly from a religious organisation based in Europe that has close links with France."


The IB report was probably put out to scare some of the errant NGOs but there is definitely a desperate need to get rid of foreign NGOs and foreign-funded NGOs whose actions are motivated not by genuine causes but by "political" persuasions of the country funding them. Some of these NGOs don't even have much cause to exist anymore. There was a time when the govt did not have a ministry for environment or statutory clearances as a requirement. Our courts too have been very active on these concerns. So for these "specialist" NGOs for quite a few causes are not really needed anymore. The only lame argument that will come up against this is "Govt is corrupt" but then these NGOs have proved equally corrupt too. The NGO domain itself has become one big profitable "business" industry and a tool for money-laundering. There are many politicians who operate NGOs to launder black money. They run educational institutions under such spurious NGOs.


One can't want to fly in jet aircrafts and complain about the noise. It's not a design flaw in the engine; it's the nature of the beast. The same applies to air force jets. Even their training flights cause enough noise to upset neighbouring residents. Ask the residents near Pune airport what noise those Sukoi training flights cause. Do away with those jets? The Mumbai airport is bang in the middle of the city and residents around the airport have to live with the noise of an aircraft every minute. Stop all flights? Airports at other metros are somewhat away from the city but residents still have to bear with the noise. There is a new Mumbai airport that is ready but that too will be surrounded with population. Of course, aviation engineers are constantly working on technology to reduce the noise levels of engines. Our "needs" turn into "wants" in no time and India is a country where a large population is still grappling with basic needs of life: water, housing, food, sanitation, jobs and so on. This lofty ideal of leaving a better planet for the future is adorable but it shouldn't imply much of the present population should live a miserable life. 


There are, definitely, thousands of NGOs who are into genuine social service and healthy activities. However, the rogues mentioned in this post are the ones who are darlings of our media and get the most attention due to their constant "rent-an-agitation" operational mode. We have 3.3 million NGOs says Indian Expresswhich is nearly one for every 400 Indians. By that measure all of India's problems should have been well under control. If the poor are getting poorer and farmers commit suicides, then many NGOs too have to bear some responsibility for standing in the way of progress. I am in no doubt that most of the NGOs covered in the IB report (even far-fetched as accused by some) are not here to serve India. They are here to kill India. Softly!


MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014

NGO Funding & Agitation Technology - Part 1


If an organisation goes to a bank for a loan, one of the documents that are usually demanded is a "Fund-flow statement". This fund-flow is to show how and from where funds will be received and how they will be applied. This is a projection and can include the proposed loan sought from the bank. This is not to be confused with a cash-flow statement. The reason for analysing the fund-flow is to estimate if the unit can meet its objectives with the loan sought and if the application is a genuine estimate. The bank's main concern is, obviously, if the borrower will be in a position to return the money as scheduled. In case of NGO-funding the donor doesn't seek a monetary return. The donor pays money with belief in the stated mission of the NGO. Over the last week, the leaked IB report on NGO activities caused a flutter among some NGOs and quite a few of our media folks and celebrities. Some of them have foolishly compared foreign donations to NGOs to FDI. In terms of cash-flow it may appear the same; that is foreign money flows into the country's economy. But FDI as we know it is not free. Business and venture FDI is returnable, it's a liability and demands a measurable return on the investment. In case of NGOs it is neither returnable nor a liability. For the NGO it is an "income" (mostly tax-exempt). The only return an NGO-donor seeks is the pursuit of the "agenda" that the NGO laid out.


The "agenda" as declared to the govt and general public and as pursued by an NGO through the dictates of a large donor can often be at variance. It is naïve of some to think that anti-national agendas are going to be formally declared by an NGO. Naturally, such "hidden agendas" are not easy to prove which is why our media crooks harp on "legality". However, just as in a murder "circumstantial evidence" also receives due consideration by a court the actions of an NGO and its "hidden agenda" can be established by circumstantial evidence. This is why you get meaningless blabber as that coming from a raging Barkha Dutt:



Some of the NGOs named in the IB report aren't merely expressing "opinions" and it is surprising that TV-soap peddlers who seek the drama of agitations feign ignorance.Greenpeace (GP) and some others aren't merely expressing "opinions". Their "opinions" are often expressedphysically and sometimes invasively. Arvind Kejriwal, as Chief Minister, doing a Dharna in Delhi (on R-Day eve in a high-security zone) and obstructing normal life of citizens when his Dharna neither has permission nor is legal is not a legitimate way of expressing "opinion". He should have been arrested and prosecuted but was let-off. But hey, our media folks and Bollywood Bimbos cry "war" when they perceive a threat to "celebrity NGOs". One such Bollywood Bimbo is Nandita Das who calls the IB report an attack on civil society. She is the one who famously said on TV "I have a small kid, how can I live in this country" (In case Modi became PM and "secular" forces were defeated in election). And after saying that she promptly went abroad to give anti-Modi speeches and didn't bother to vote. That's the kind of sanctimonious bimbos who speak for democracy. We have been watching their concern for India for quite a while now.


How our ignorant media folks and Bollywood celebrities rant on some issues without much clarity is best explained in this humorous response to Barkha by R. Vaidyanathan an IIM-B professor and an expert on finance and economy:


No foreign funding for NGOs in some countries? Oh well, it is okay for India because we are poor or were. But foreign funding for NGOs need not be a natural birthright and if some Western countries don't allow it, there must be good reason. Ghulam Nabi Fai? Remember that? Even other experts like Surjit Bhalla harped on the same issue of "funding" when funding is not the only issue where certain NGOs are concerned. It is what those funds are applied for that is also important. Of course, if there are any illegalities in the funding process that adds to the crimes. And what is this outrage about? Of the 3 million plus NGOs in this country, only a handful have been named in the IB report as indulging in anti-national activities and that constitutes an "attack on civil society"? That's like the Congress saying the killing of their members by Left-wing extremists in Chattisgarh is an "attack on democracy". All other mass killings are fine and are normal killings and not an attack on democracy? A newspaper reported the following:


That simply means many of the NGOs who got funds under FCRA simply had a free run with donations and without any accountability. Along with FDI many foreign organisations also bring in newer technology to operations. Some foreign NGOs aren't different in that they too bring "technology" to agitations and protests. This technology involves carefully crafted agitations and objectives and often aims to overthrow govts. Lately, it has come to be known as "sponsored revolutions". In the response to Surjit Bhalla's uncharacteristic protest against the IB report V HariKiran best narrated the understanding of the issue and I recommend you read the whole post. Here's a brief excerpt:


"First and foremost any protest or attempts to delay projects need not break the law.There are myriad of ways in which one can protest without breaking the lawbut with the clear and deliberate intent of stopping or stalling the projects. This point does not need elaboration here. The focus of IB is not on law but intent… I am at loss on the tone and tenor with which to react to his lament that IB report is "tight lipped" about institutions and officials in the UPA government agreeing with the recommendations of these FFNGOs. Suffice it to say that IB's job is certainly not to write a thesis on "Development economics in Emerging Countries- Challenges and Solutions."  IB is an investigating agency not the Economics department at JNU, their job is not to write about the views and actions of all the stake holders".   


This part is a brief introduction to the series on the crimes of certain NGOs who indulge in anti-national activities. And like the Bollywood Bimbo, it need not be confused as an attack on India or civil society or on all NGOs. In this series we will look deeper into the funding and agitation technology of these NGOs.


NGO Funding & Agitation Technology - Part 2


There is place for all opinions in a democracy. There is abundant room for protests and agitations. These are not hindrances to a democracy but its essence. But time is equally of essence. How long do we protest and agitate? How long do two parties keep insisting their opinion must prevail? In the end either some compromise is worked out or one party wins the battle by the acceptance, defeat or death of the other. Don't look too far for an example of compromise in differing opinions. The partition of India was opposed by a large number of people but those in power made the compromise. We moved on. Unfinished debates usually take a deadly turn. We have seen that for Telengana too, haven't we? Kashmir? Some countries wage wars to settle difference of opinion. Some people even kill footballers for losing a match in the World Cup through self-goals. Therefore, the argument that there is place for all opinions in a democracy is true but the debate cannot be forever. On critical issues someone has to bring the curtains down.


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Of these, Greenpeace (GP) is the McDonald's of NGOs. They operate in 40 countries have 28 regional offices, thousands of staff and unknown number of volunteers. Let's read a bit of what former GP founders say. This is an excerpt from ex-founding member Paul Watson (on the anti-whaling adventures of GP):


"Greenpeace is a major international corporation. Over the years, those of us wh

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