'..the amount of leverage and excess that has accumulated in bond and Credit markets..' (no replies)        
'..the amount of leverage and excess that has accumulated in bond and Credit markets over the past eight years of extreme monetary stimulus.'

'The Fed is not blind. They monitor stock prices and corporate debt issuance; they see residential and commercial real estate market values. Years of ultra-low rates have inflated Bubbles throughout commercial real estate – anything providing a yield – in excess of those going into 2008. Upper-end residential prices are significantly stretched across the country, also surpassing 2007. They see Silicon Valley and a Tech Bubble 2.0, with myriad excesses that in many respects put 1999 to shame. I’ll assume that the Fed is concerned with the amount of leverage and excess that has accumulated in bond and Credit markets over the past eight years of extreme monetary stimulus.

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The Fed collapsed fed funds from 6.50% in December 2000 to an extraordinarily low 1.75% by the end of 2001. In the face of an escalating corporate debt crisis, the Fed took the unusual step of cutting rates another 50 bps in November 2002. Alarmingly, corporate Credit was failing to respond to traditional monetary policy measures (despite being aggressively applied). Ford in particular faced severe funding issues, though the entire corporate debt market was confronting liquidity issues. Recall that the S&P500 dropped 23.4% in 2002. The small caps lost 21.6%. The Nasdaq 100 (NDX) sank 37.6%, falling to 795 (having collapsed from a March 2000 high of 4,816). No financial instability?

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I revisit history in an attempt at distinguishing reality from misperceptions. Of course the Fed will generally dismiss the consequences of Bubbles. They’re not going to aggressively embark on reflationary policies while espousing the dangers of asset price and speculative Bubbles. Instead, they have painted the “housing Bubble” as some egregious debt mountain aberration. And paraphrasing Kashkari, since today’s stock market has nowhere as much debt as housing had in 2007, there’s little to worry about from a crisis and financial instability perspective.

Well, if only that were the case. Debt is a critical issue, and there’s a whole lot more of it than back in 2008. Yet when it comes to fragility and financial crises, market misperceptions and distortions play fundamental roles. And there’s a reason why each bursting Bubble and resulting policy-induced reflation ensures a more precarious Bubble: Not only does the amount of debt continue to inflate, each increasingly intrusive policy response elicits a greater distorting impact on market perceptions.

I doubt Fed governor Bernanke actually anticipated that the Fed would have to resort to “helicopter money” and the “government printing press” when he introduced such extreme measures in his 2002 speeches. Yet seeing that the Fed was willing to push its monetary experiment in such a radical direction played a momentous role in reversing the 2002 corporate debt crisis, in the process stoking the fledgling mortgage finance Bubble. And the Bernanke Fed surely thought at the time that doubling its balance sheet during the 2008/09 crisis was a one-time response to a once-in-a-lifetime financial dislocation. I’ll assume they were sincere with their 2011 “exit strategy,” yet only a few short years later they’d again double the size of their holdings.

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Despite assertions to the contrary, the bursting of the “tech” Bubble unleashed significant financial instability. To orchestrate reflation, the Fed marshaled a major rate collapse, which worked to stoke already robust mortgage Credit growth. The collapse in telecom debt, an unwind of market-based speculative leverage and the rapid slowdown in corporate borrowings was over time more than offset by a rapid expansion in housing debt and the enormous growth in mortgage-related speculative leverage (MBS, ABS, derivatives).

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I’ve never felt comfortable that Chinese authorities appreciate the types of risks that have been mounting beneath the surface of their massively expanding Credit system. Global markets seemed attentive a year ago, but have since been swept away by the notion of the all-powerful “China put” conjoining with the steadfast “Fed put.” These types of market perceptions create tremendous inherent fragility.'

- Doug Noland, Discussions on the Fed Put, March 25, 2017


'It’s now an all-too-familiar Bubble Dynamic. The greater the Bubble inflates, the more impervious it becomes to cautious “tightening” measures..'

'The problem today is that years of ultra-loose monetary conditions have ensured everyone is crowded on the same bullish side of the boat. Tipping the vessel at this point will be chaotic, and the Fed clearly doesn’t want to be the instigator. Meanwhile, timid little baby-step increases only ensure more problematic market Bubbles and general financial excess.

It’s now an all-too-familiar Bubble Dynamic. The greater the Bubble inflates, the more impervious it becomes to cautious “tightening” measures. And the longer the accommodative backdrop fuels only more precarious Bubble Dynamics, the more certain it becomes that central bankers will approach monetary tightening timidly. Yellen confirmed to the markets Wednesday that the Fed would remain timid – still focused on some theoretical “neutral rate” and seemingly oblivious to conspicuous financial market excess. The fixation remains on consumer prices that are running just a tad under its 2% target. Meanwhile, runaway securities market inflation is completely disregarded.'

- Doug Noland, Another Missed Opportunity, March 18, 2017


'..In terms of Credit Bubble momentum, it’s notable that Net Worth inflated over $2.0 TN in both Q3 and Q4.'

'The unprecedented amount of system-wide debt is so enormous that the annual percentage gains no longer appear as alarming. Non-Financial Debt expanded 4.7% in 2016, up from 2015’s 4.4%. Total Household Debt expanded 3.6%, with Total Business borrowings up 5.6%. Financial Sector borrowings expanded 2.9% last year, the strongest expansion since 2008.

Securities markets remain the centerpiece of this long reflationary cycle. Total (debt and equities) Securities jumped $1.50 TN during Q4 to a record $80.344 TN, with a one-year rise of $4.80 TN. As a percentage of GDP, Total Securities increased to 426% from the year ago 415%. For comparison, Total Securities peaked at $55.3 TN during Q3 2007, or 379% of GDP. At the previous Q1 2000 cycle peak, Total Securities had reached $36.0 TN, or 359% of GDP.

The Household Balance Sheet also rather conspicuously illuminates Bubble Dynamics. Household Assets surged $6.0 TN during 2016 to a record $107.91 TN ($9.74 TN 2-yr gain). This compares to the peak Q3 2007 level of $81.9 TN and $70.0 TN to end 2008. Q4 alone saw Household Assets inflate $2.192 TN, with Financial Assets up $1.589 TN and real estate gaining $557bn.

With Household Liabilities increasing $473bn over the past year, Household Net Worth (assets minus liabilities) inflated a notable $5.518 TN in 2016 to a record $92.805 TN. As a percentage of GDP, Net Worth rose to a record 492%. For comparison, Household Net Worth-to-GDP ended 1999 at 435% ($43.1 TN) and 2007 at 453% ($66.5 TN). Net Worth fell to a cycle low 378% of GDP ($54.4TN) in Q1 2009. In terms of Credit Bubble momentum, it’s notable that Net Worth inflated over $2.0 TN in both Q3 and Q4.

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UBS analysts forecast (above) $3.3 TN of 2017 Chinese Total Social Financing (TSF). And with TSF excluding national government deficit spending, let’s add another $300bn and presume 2017 Chinese system Credit growth of around $3.6 TN. As such, it’s possible that China and the U.S. could combine for Credit growth approaching an Unparalleled $6.0 TN. There are, as well, indications of an uptick in lending in the euro zone, and Credit conditions for the most part remain loose throughout EM. Importantly, the inflationary biases that have gained momentum in asset and securities markets and, increasingly, in consumer prices and corporate profits provide a tailwind for Credit expansion.'

- Doug Noland, Unparalleled Credit and Global Yields, March 10, 2017


Context

'..the S&P 500 is now far more overvalued than in 2000, 2007, or indeed in any prior point in history..'

          '..Russia .. cyberpower proved the perfect weapon .. political sabotage..' (no replies)        
' “We’d have all these circular meetings,” one senior State Department official said, “in which everyone agreed you had to push back at the Russians and push back hard. But it didn’t happen.”

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Mr. Putin, a student of martial arts, had turned two institutions at the core of American democracy — political campaigns and independent media — to his own ends..

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..The Russians clearly had a more sophisticated understanding of American politics, and they were masters of “kompromat,” their term for compromising information.

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..the hackings of the State Department, the White House and the Pentagon..

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What seems clear is that Russian hacking, given its success, is not going to stop. Two weeks ago, the German intelligence chief, Bruno Kahl, warned that Russia might target elections in Germany next year. “The perpetrators have an interest to delegitimize the democratic process as such,” Mr. Kahl said. Now, he added, “Europe is in the focus of these attempts of disturbance, and Germany to a particularly great extent.” '



'..the White House’s reluctance to respond forcefully meant the Russians have not paid a heavy price for their actions, a decision that could prove critical in deterring future cyberattacks.

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..President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia moved beyond mere espionage to deliberately try to subvert American democracy and pick the winner of the presidential election.

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..A low-cost, high-impact weapon that Russia had test-fired in elections from Ukraine to Europe was trained on the United States, with devastating effectiveness. For Russia, with an enfeebled economy and a nuclear arsenal it cannot use short of all-out war, cyberpower proved the perfect weapon: cheap, hard to see coming, hard to trace.

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The United States had two decades of warning that Russia’s intelligence agencies were trying to break into America’s most sensitive computer networks. But the Russians have always managed to stay a step ahead.

Their first major attack was detected on Oct. 7, 1996, when a computer operator at the Colorado School of Mines discovered some nighttime computer activity he could not explain. The school had a major contract with the Navy, and the operator warned his contacts there. But as happened two decades later at the D.N.C., at first “everyone was unable to connect the dots,” said Thomas Rid, a scholar at King’s College in London who has studied the attack.

Investigators gave it a name — Moonlight Maze — and spent two years, often working day and night, tracing how it hopped from the Navy to the Department of Energy to the Air Force and NASA. In the end, they concluded that the total number of files stolen, if printed and stacked, would be taller than the Washington Monument.

Whole weapons designs were flowing out the door, and it was a first taste of what was to come: an escalating campaign of cyberattacks around the world.

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The Russians were also quicker to turn their attacks to political purposes. A 2007 cyberattack on Estonia, a former Soviet republic that had joined NATO, sent a message that Russia could paralyze the country without invading it. The next year cyberattacks were used during Russia’s war with Georgia.

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Mr. Obama was briefed regularly on all this, but he made a decision that many in the White House now regret: He did not name Russians publicly, or issue sanctions. There was always a reason: fear of escalating a cyberwar, and concern that the United States needed Russia’s cooperation in negotiations over Syria.

“We’d have all these circular meetings,” one senior State Department official said, “in which everyone agreed you had to push back at the Russians and push back hard. But it didn’t happen.”

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Last year, the attacks became more aggressive. Russia hacked a major French television station, frying critical hardware. Around Christmas, it attacked part of the power grid in Ukraine, dropping a portion of the country into darkness, killing backup generators and taking control of generators. In retrospect, it was a warning shot.

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..CrowdStrike’s nicknames for the two Russian hacking groups that the firm found at work inside the D.N.C. network. Cozy Bear — the group also known as the Dukes or A.P.T. 29, for “advanced persistent threat” — may or may not be associated with the F.S.B., the main successor to the Soviet-era K.G.B., but it is widely believed to be a Russian government operation. It made its first appearance in 2014, said Dmitri Alperovitch, CrowdStrike’s co-founder and chief technology officer.

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Only in March 2016 did Fancy Bear show up — first penetrating the computers of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and then jumping to the D.N.C., investigators believe. Fancy Bear, sometimes called A.P.T. 28 and believed to be directed by the G.R.U., Russia’s military intelligence agency, is an older outfit, tracked by Western investigators for nearly a decade. It was Fancy Bear that got hold of Mr. Podesta’s email.

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It was bad enough that Russian hackers had been spying inside the committee’s network for months. Now the public release of documents had turned a conventional espionage operation into something far more menacing: political sabotage, an unpredictable, uncontrollable menace for Democratic campaigns.

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Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder and editor, has resisted the conclusion that his site became a pass-through for Russian hackers working for Mr. Putin’s government or that he was deliberately trying to undermine Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy. But the evidence on both counts appears compelling.

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Mr. Putin, a student of martial arts, had turned two institutions at the core of American democracy — political campaigns and independent media — to his own ends. The media’s appetite for the hacked material, and its focus on the gossipy content instead of the Russian source, disturbed some of those whose personal emails were being reposted across the web.

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In late 2014, hackers working for Kim Jong-un, the North’s young and unpredictable leader, had carried out a well-planned attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment intended to stop the Christmastime release of a comedy about a C.I.A. plot to kill Mr. Kim.

In that case, embarrassing emails had also been released. But the real damage was done to Sony’s own systems: More than 70 percent of its computers melted down when a particularly virulent form of malware was released. Within weeks, intelligence agencies traced the attack back to the North and its leadership. Mr. Obama called North Korea out in public, and issued some not-very-effective sanctions. The Chinese even cooperated, briefly cutting off the North’s internet connections.

As the first Situation Room meetings on the Russian hacking began in July, “it was clear that Russia was going to be a much more complicated case,” said one participant. The Russians clearly had a more sophisticated understanding of American politics, and they were masters of “kompromat,” their term for compromising information.

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..code was put out in the open by the Russians as a warning: Retaliate for the D.N.C., and there are a lot more secrets, from the hackings of the State Department, the White House and the Pentagon, that might be spilled as well. One senior official compared it to the scene in “The Godfather” where the head of a favorite horse is left in a bed, as a warning.

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As the year draws to a close, it now seems possible that there will be multiple investigations of the Russian hacking — the intelligence review Mr. Obama has ordered completed by Jan. 20, the day he leaves office, and one or more congressional inquiries. They will wrestle with, among other things, Mr. Putin’s motive.

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Did he seek to mar the brand of American democracy, to forestall anti-Russian activism for both Russians and their neighbors? Or to weaken the next American president, since presumably Mr. Putin had no reason to doubt American forecasts that Mrs. Clinton would win easily? Or was it, as the C.I.A. concluded last month, a deliberate attempt to elect Mr. Trump?

In fact, the Russian hack-and-dox scheme accomplished all three goals.

What seems clear is that Russian hacking, given its success, is not going to stop. Two weeks ago, the German intelligence chief, Bruno Kahl, warned that Russia might target elections in Germany next year. “The perpetrators have an interest to delegitimize the democratic process as such,” Mr. Kahl said. Now, he added, “Europe is in the focus of these attempts of disturbance, and Germany to a particularly great extent.” '

- Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger and Scott Shane, The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S., December 13, 2016


Context '[Russia] may become a threat to the world. That is the worst thing that could happen to Russia.' - Yegor Gaidar

'..Russian strategy of hybrid influence and destabilization .. German Council on Foreign Relations.'

'German intelligence says Russia is trying to destabilize German society..' - '..war that Moscow is waging against the West..'

'[Putin is doing] anything that can and will expand Russian influence to U.S.S.R.-era levels of power.'


'..Zero tolerance for Russian intrusions .. Estonia .. policy of publicly naming or prosecuting spies..'

'..the Soviet Union was cut off from Western financial markets and was effectively under permanent sanctions..'

          VLO and Oil        
VLO and oil in general are taking a hit right now because of the warm winter (see article below), but I think VLO and oil will do well in the long term. There are many variables in the price of oil, and warm weather is only one of them. The winter is not over yet, there's still a chance colder weather will appear. The middle east conflicts also affects oil prices. If there is a shortage in supply, oil prices will go up. Odds are, the the prices of oil will go up in the long term. I'll hold on my shares of VLO. Verdict: HOLD on VLO ----------------------------------------- Source: Scottrade News 1/2/2007 Oil Prices Face Warm Weather, High Stocks The new year began with a whimper, weatherwise, in the world’s biggest heating oil market. In New York City, temperatures on the first day of 2007 hit a peak of 54 degrees - 45% above normal and 10 degrees warmer than the first day of spring 2006. The current spring-like weather - in line with forecasts - looks likely to put strong pressure on heating oil and crude oil futures prices when trading resumes on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday. But there’s more afoot that can rile the market than just the warmest December on record in Boston, in the heart of New England, where heating oil inventories stand at their highest level since 1998. Latest revised data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show oil demand in October in the U.S. - the world’s largest oil consumer - was 2.7% lower than expected, though still 2.5% above a year ago. The new figures put demand at 20.757 million barrels a day in October - some 567,000 barrels a day below earlier indications - as demand figures for heating oil, gasoline and jet fuel were reduced. EIA’s preliminary data would have put October demand at 21.324 million barrels a day, the highest level since December 2005. The weakness at the start of the fourth quarter calls into question whether U.S. demand will manage to post even the modest year-to-year gain of 1.25% to 21.05 million barrels a day, which EIA forecasts would make it the strongest quarter of 2006.
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          A trip to London and down memory lane...        
Last Wednesday, I walked with the Ramblers after a break of two weeks;  I was invigilating on the two previous Wednesdays. There are some evening walks coming up which I am looking forward to. I love evening walking. There's a special evening walk on the 21st June which will be the longest day of the year and it's starting at 8.30 pm - in the pub!


I changed into this outfit after walking 7.5 miles. I bought the scarf with pearls in a charity for 1.00; the top and trousers are also charity shopped. The scarf is to compensate for a low neckline; it was too warm to put a camisole under this top. All jewellery charity shopped.


The trousers from M&S have gone to the charity shop bag. They're too long and too big and do nothing for me even though they are cool and comfortable in the hotter weather. My new pink floral trousers  bought on a recent rummage in Stevenage and Hitchin are their replacement; one in and one out wherever possible...


These are my new (retail) shoes. They have a t strap which you can't see in this photo.

I walked again on Thursday - another 7 miles. It was a very warm day; 25 degrees by the time I finished.  I was trying to recce a new walk for the Ramblers Winter Programme. I tried a footpath I hadn't tried before but it took me nowhere. Not because it didn't lead anywhere but because the footpath was so overgrown I couldn't see where it was meant to take me. I walked around the perimeter of a huge field; climbed over a gate in a farmyard (naughty Veronica!) and found myself a few feet away from where I started!


Everything is charity shopped. The linen top is a French label but I can't remember where I found it; likewise the three quarter leggings.


Mary Jane's bought in a charity shop in Ely in May 2016.


Headscarf and all jewellery charity shopped. The earrings were one of  the three for a 1.00 I bought on last Saturday's rummage in Hitchin.


On Friday, I took my middle grandson to London for a day out. He wanted to go to the Houses of Parliament so we had a guided tour. This was taken on the tube to Westminster.


The  House of Commons terrace where you can take tea...


I look very rotund in this photo taken outside Westminster Abbey!

Tunic; charity shopped; trousers; Lidl last summer; Mary Jane's charity shopped; all jewellery charity shopped except earrings bought online. I bough the African print bag at a car boot sale a couple of weeks back.

We had a lovely day; we went to Canary Wharf (his choice); the Monument and then I took him on a tour of the area where I grew up and went to school i.e. Maida Vale/Paddington.


This is the first house I ever lived in; 144 Elgin Avenue, London W.9.  I was born in 1954. Mum and Dad rented one room in this rather posh house. I checked today's house prices on this street; a one bedroom flat for 785.000; three bedroom flat 999,900; a four bedroom flat over a million. These are flats not houses! It is absolutely incredible and to my mind, obscene.

When my brother Mark was due, Mum, Dad and I moved here:



I spent the next 13 years of my life in this 3 roomed basement flat with my parents and two brothers. We had no bathroom, an outside toilet; no central heating or hot water. I shared a room with my brothers until I was almost 15 years old; my parents slept on a sofa that converted to a bed all the years we lived here. Relatives from Ireland came and stayed - sometimes for months at a time until they got established and moved out.

Again, I checked the prices of properties in this street; a three bedroom maisonette; 1,395.000. A four bedroom house 1,800,000. My parents privately rented throughout the 1950s and 1960s; in the early 1960s Mum and Dad got the opportunity to buy the entire house above for a little over 700.00! My Dad didn't want a mortgage - he was a strictly cash up front person - so they declined the landlord's offer...

In 1969 having been on the housing list since I was born; Mum and Dad moved to a council maisonette in this house in Portnall Road, W9.


The top left hand window was my bedroom - the box room! We had a bathroom and indoor toilet; a separate living and dining room; Mum and Dad had their own bedroom and my brothers shared a bedroom. It was heaven to us.

I checked the prices on this street, too. A one bedroom flat; 500,000. Two bedroom maisonette; 699.000. Not as pricey as the other two streets but a whole house must sell for over 1,000,000. Astonishing - and still obscene. How on earth are ordinary working people ever going to afford to buy anywhere to live in London? The rents are also ridiculous; eldest grandson spends 70% of his earnings on rent.


This was my old school - Paddington and Maida Vale High School for Girls (PMVHS). It was situated in Elgin Ave near to the first house I ever lived in and it took me less than 10 minutes to walk to school.

I asked my grandson what he thought of where I grew up and his reply was - 'all the house you lived in are the same'. This was very true; all Victorian terraced houses. There was a huge house building boom in the Victorian era and many of us continue to live in and love these old houses.


On Saturday I went to see my son. Everything charity shopped except the shoes. Dress by Mantaray; jacket by M & S bought in Kettering for 4.00.


All jewellery charity shopped except watch.


Necklace bought in Derry for 2.50.


Woke up on Sunday to more terrible news.


Top; Store 21 sale; trousers; Primark, charity shopped 99p rail at Barnardo's, Great Denham. Orange shoes also charity shopped.


All jewellery charity shopped. Necklace bought at Oxfam in Newport Pagnell last summer for 2.50.

On Monday, I volunteered at the Red Cross shop. I do so enjoy working there. I have a laugh with colleagues; we sort a mountain of stuff and sometimes I find wonderful things. My special area of responsibility is the jewellery. I found a rather 'good' piece on Monday in some stock from another Red Cross shop - a gold bracelet with purple stones. I showed it to my colleague, as I could see it looked special. He has a jeweller's eye glass and it was marked 18 carat gold. He took it to a a local jeweller who buys gold and silver; who then confirmed it was gold -  and the purple stones were real amethysts. He gave us (Red Cross)  95.00 for it!


This was Monday's outfit. The green harem pants are from Next and I bought them on my first visit to the new Barnardo's in Great Denham last year. When I got them home the elastic in the waist was gone, so I never wore them at all last year. This year I had the idea of wearing a large elasticated belt I have around the waist of the trousers to hold them up - unfortunately you can see the belt outline  under my yellow patterned M & S charity shopped top! The jacket came from the Guild House and the Mary Jane's were charity shopped in Ely last year.


All jewellery charity shopped except earrings which were donated by my daughter.

On Tuesday I went to volunteer at the Food Bank and in the evening I had Poll Clerk Training for the election on Thursday.


Jewellery and tunic charity shopped. The tunic is from Red Cross 1.99. The earrings were bought in a shop in Bath on my 50th birthday with birthday money I was given by my family.


Navy trousers, Primarni; cardigan, Studio catalogue about four years ago and shoes local retail.


I invigilated for the Open University on Wednesday all day in Luton and on Thursday I poll clerked. My day started at the polling station at 6.15 am and I finished at 10.50 pm. There was a steady stream of people coming in to vote all day and it went surprisingly quickly, but I was really tired when I got home. Luckily the polling station is only across the road from my house!

The Chrome Book is holding up although there are more distractions on the screen in the form of coloured lines but hopefully it will last until I can afford to buy a new one.

I plan to chill out all weekend to compensate for my extremely busy week. I hope you all have a great weekend; the forecast is looking good...

          Donegal is calling me...        
Saturday was such a beautiful day. Warm, sunny but there was a chilly breeze at times. Spring is most definitely here with warmer weather forecast for this week.

OH and I had a rummage in Rushden and we also visited Emmaeus in Carlton on Saturday. Emmaeus is a charity for homeless people and is international in its scope. At Emmaeus they do furniture; household goods, electrical items, antiques and vintage items, bikes, garden equipment, clothes, shoes, bags. jewellery, craft materials, toys, books, DVDs, CDs and LPs. I bought a bangle and a ring, a small terrarium for plants, 2 succulent plants and a cafetiere for my daughter who's been after a small one for ages. I spent 6.50 in total.

This is how I started out. I soon discarded the scarf and gloves - too warm!

Everything except the handbag is charity shopped. Trousers from Monsoon; felted wool jacket by Paraphase; bought in the Donkey Sanctuary Charity shop in Ballyboffey in Donegal. Apart from the lovely embroidery on the jacket; it has golden bugle beads up near the neckline. It cost 10 euros, but I love this jacket and need to wear it more often. Boots from Red Cross shop winter 2015; for 1.99.


I was getting a bit of practice in with my selfie stick. I'm off to Donegal on the 4th April for two weeks and OH won't be out for the first 8 days I'm there, so I'll have to take my own OOTD photos!

The floral top is from the Red Cross 1.00 rail and the cardigan was bought in Barnardo's in Golders Green for 1.99.


Both scarves charity shopped; watch, necklace, ring and bangles charity shopped. Earrings; a present from my friend Natalie in Cambridge. See my nice, clean, shiny kitchen? 4.5 hours it took me on Friday; my arms were aching on Saturday.

In Rushden I bought a grey dress by East for 4.00 in the Salvation Army. I may not get any wear out of it now but it will be useful for next autumn and winter. East clothing is very expensive so I had to snap it up. I also bought a small wool picnic/lap blanket for 1.00; this will be taken to the caravan as it can be very chilly in the evenings. I also bought a lovely velvet patterned top in Cancer Research for 3.00. All in all a good day's rummaging. OH did well, too.


I got up early on Sunday and walked 6.8 miles. With Wednesday's 6.7 miles my total for this week was 13.5 miles - 6.5 miles short of my target of 20 miles.

Sunday afternoon was tea at the Swan Hotel in Bedford courtesy of my wonderful daughter. It was delicious and I was so stuffed at the end of it.



This is the African print skirt I bought at the 3:16 charity shop last week for 3.50. The top is by Cotton Traders and the jacket is by Country Casuals; both charity shopped at he Red Cross for 1.99.


Headscarf and all jewellery charity shopped. Boots; Christmas 2016 present from daughter.

On Monday there was no Red Cross volunteering. The manager had rung me on Friday to say there was a flood in the shop from a leak upstairs and that the shop would be closed until Wednesday. It felt really strange not going into the shop but I had errands to run in town so walked past the shop anyway. There were buckets everywhere catching the drips! There was also what looked like a 1970s maxi dress on the model in the window! I decided to go back on Wednesday and see if it was my size.

 I had plans to go for a walk in the afternoon but the weather was so horrible I didn't bother. Cold and windy and grey...


On Tuesday I was at the Food Bank and in the afternoon I walked 8.25 miles. It was a good day; sunny and warm but with a cold breeze and eventually the clouds got darker and it rained a little.


Everything charity shopped except the loafers bought on sale at Tesco's outlet shop about 3 years ago.


Earrings; a present from my friend Natalie. All other jewellery charity shopped.

On Wednesday afternoon I went back to the Red Cross; wouldn't you flipping know it they had sold the dress from the window! I bought a brown patterned tunic and a Planet summer jacket in bright orange as a consolation prize; both 1.99 each. In the morning I walked with the group from Great Denham; we walked 7 miles and it was a a very pleasant walk. As we finished back in Great Denham I had a quick browse in Barnardo's and bought a white linen shift dress and a pair of navy blue leather loafers - both 99p each.

It was such a gorgeous day on Thursday! It registered 21.5 degrees centigrade on my car barometer.  It felt like a summer's day so I dug a summer dress out of the chest where I store my summer clothes. I bought this dress which is by Studio from a 1.00/99p sale rail somewhere at the end of last summer when it was too late wear it, so this is its first outing.

The jacket was one of the first things I bought at the Guildhouse when I started there; it's linen and made by an Italian company. I paid 3.50 for it. I wore tights and a long slip underneath the dress and the boots were a Christmas 2016 present from my daughter.


Headscarf, bangles, necklace and watch all charity shopped. Earrings are from Jamaica and are made of copper in the shape of steel pans...present from OH.

On Friday I went on a bus walk with the Ramblers from Kempston via Wootton and Bromham. We walked 8.75 miles culminating with tea and cake at Bromham Mill. The best way to finish any walk I think!  The weather was fine. By the time I got home I had to go straight to collect the grandchildren from school so stayed in my walking gear. My walking total this week was 24 miles over 3 walks.

On Saturday I went to see my son and wore this:


Everything is charity shopped except the loafers which were bought from the Tesco outlet sale about three years ago.



Necklace was a present from my youngest Grandson's dad some years ago. All other jewellery charity shopped.

I shall spend Sunday packing for Ireland; I've had the car checked, got my euros and the ferry's been booked for ages. I shall be taking a break from blogging and when I get back my lovely cousin, Linda is coming to stay with me. It will be her first visit to England and guess what she wants to do? She wants to come charity shopping! That can be arranged with no difficulty...

I hope you all have a lovely Easter and if you don't celebrate Easter that you at least get a nice break. Take care everyone and see you on the other side!

          Just another week        
It t was forecast to rain on Saturday so I got up early and walked 7 miles. It was quite warm, cloudy but with lots of patches of blue sky; although there was quite a strong breeze. It was a lovely walk; I saw a Kestrel again and this time I saw some yellow hammers/corn buntings as well. Every time I walked last week I saw the Kestrel. I think it's the same one because twice it flew out of the same copse. I'm so used to seeing Kestrels hovering over the roadside it's a bit of shock to see them in trees and flying over fields!


Everything charity shopped. The jeans are the ones from the 3:16 charity shop last week; 1.50 (half price sale),  top from Tu at Sainsbury's;  the necklace is from Mercy in Action outlet shop, 1.00. The boots are from Lidl last winter and the earrings are about 20 years old. If you think I'm looking a little different in this photo it's because I'm wearing a nude lipstick instead of my usual red lippy! I was saving that for Saturday evening as I was going out for a friend's 60th birthday meal in Luton.

Cushion bought in the Oxfam shop about 18 months ago.
I had errands to run in town on Saturday and I struck it lucky. I walked past the 'Reuse Shop' and they had a rather nice small chair in the window. It was perfect for my study so I bought it. The chair which used to be in the study was rather too large and it went on Freegle.  Last week I missed out on one on e bay because I forgot to check on it -  and it sold for £20 including delivery. My chair was £30 and it had just been reupholstered. Reuse is a charity shop and they have someone at this shop who reupholsters chairs and sofas and someone else who up cycles furniture. I have a floral covered footstool that I can put my feet up on (charity shopped, of course). I now have no excuse not to start my next crochet blanket!

All jewellery charity shopped.
This is what I wore on Saturday evening to my friend Cecilia's 60th birthday meal.  She and my best friend Ann went to school together in Luton and I got to know C when we used to go raving together in the early to mid 1990s. We had some brilliant times!

We had a lovely time on Saturday night although there was no music and no dancing. I saw a couple of people I hadn't seen for years, so it was great to catch up. It was such a shock for my friend as she was only expecting her immediate family...


These photos were taken when I returned from the birthday meal past midnight. I'm wearing my 99p Jaeger jacket; the skirt is from M&S but is very steam punkish (I thought) with the bustle at the back, it came from a charity shop in Kettering for 2.99. The black cross over top is one of the most  frequently worn and useful items in my wardrobe and is also M&S; charity shopped years ago.


This is Monday's outfit.  The top is for the charity shop bag as it doesn't fit properly around the bust. It says large but it's clearly not large enough! It's a shame because it's an Ossie Clark top; charity shopped but can't remember where. Everything is charity shopped except the leggings bought in a Store 21 sale.


Necklace gift from next door neighbour; earrings Sainsbury's.

The Red Cross shop was so full of bags of clothes waiting to be steamed and hung up that we didn't do much sorting on Monday - there was just no room! I did have a good sort of the jewellery and put new stuff out. I bought my daughter a lovely summer top off the pound rail - she liked it; thank goodness. I bought a green dress for myself for 1.99, and a a red  checked headscarf which I wore with Tuesday's outfit (below).

I was at the Guild House on Tuesday and was quite busy sorting stuff and pricing it and as usual I did a bit of a ironing. It's funny I hate ironing at home but I don't mind it at the Guild House; it's probably the fancy steam iron they have.

Asleep on my feet, here!
Everything is charity shopped except my daughter donated boots.


The waistcoat is the one I bought at the newest charity shop in town last Wednesday for 1.50; it was lovely and warm. The top is from Barnardo's 1.00 rail; trousers M&S, can't remember which charity shop; scarf; Red Cross on Monday.


All jewellery charity shopped except red ring; Sainsbury's and watch which was a Christmas present from my daughter about 6 years ago. I've had these earrings for about 20 years.

I went to the 3:16 charity shop to drop off some books and bought a maxi skirt with an African print for 3.50. It will be lovely for the summer but I may wear it this Sunday. My daughter is taking me out somewhere - to eat presumably. She sent me a message - ' Mum, on Sunday don't have any lunch and don't let Wes make you any dinner either; can you guess what we're doing? Lol'. It's Mother's Day on Sunday, of course. That's three weekends in a row I will have gone out somewhere - oh, the excitement!


On Wednesday morning I walked  6.6 miles with the group and I wished I hadn't! It was wet, cold and windy. I got soaked and was so cold that when I got in I put my PJs and dressing gown on. The afternoon was windy but sunny and dry -  wish it had been in the morning - it's called 'Sod's Law...'

The wind continued on Thursday but at least it was dry. I had lots of errands to run; I had my eyebrows done; I did the food shopping in Lidl and Sainsbury's; I also went to Aldi, two banks, the card shop, a gift shop and the dry cleaners. It was my best friend, Ann's, 60th birthday so I took her card and gift round to her. She was off to London to go out for a meal and see a show with her two daughters. I was glad to get home and put my feet up for a bit!


Everything charity shopped. The cords are by Primarni; the waistcoat is by Bench; bought it at Age UK in Bedford - which is no more. The top is by M&S. Everything is grey today - I just fancied some grey.


The earrings are from Sainsburys; the necklace is also a Primarni one but I bought it in a charity shop quite a few years ago. Bangles, watch and red ring charity shopped.


I bet you won't believe what I did on Friday. Walking - no. Charity shopping - no. Visited friends - no. I started at 9.30 am and finished at 3 pm (when I leave to pick the grandchildren up from school); cleaning my kitchen was what I did. It needed doing; I cleaned the cooker and the cooker hood, all the surfaces, tiles, appliances and the floor. It's time I begrudge but it has to be done. Oh well, that was Friday!


This is the green dress I bought at the Red Cross on Monday for 1.99. The kimono is also from there. Daughter donated boots; the green tights are also charity shopped.


All jewellery charity shopped except the earrings which are from Sainsbury's.

Oh and I are going out for a rummage tomorrow - haven't decided where yet but I'll let you know how we got on...

Have a fab weekend everyone!

          The Changing Role of IT        
One of the major trends in manufacturing today is the changing role of IT professionals. Once focused merely on supporting and maintaining systems, IT leaders are now involved in high-level business strategies. But this is just the beginning. A report published by Deloitte Technology Consulting, Tech Trends 2017, forecasts even more of a shift in […]
          Marking Teton History        

MARKING HISTORY-FIRST TURNS
















I was lucky enough to become the first female to snowboard the Grand Teton.

We had been watching the weather for days, wind looked good and no new storm cycles coming our way...1st attempt was on Tuesday. I was supposed to work, and on Monday night Max and I saw a window of opportunity in the forecast and decided to make it happen. I called my boss and said, "look, there's something I need to do..."! He said don't worry about work...and get 'er done! Tuesday morning we woke up at 2am and starting skinning up Garnet Canyon just after 3am. The sun started to rise while we were in the meadow and deep down we knew we were way behind schedule. With all the gear on our backs we headed up the Teepe Couloir and stopped for a rest. The day had started and we weren't sure about the haze turning to cloud cover or the heat of the day creating dangerous snow conditions. This was the turn back moment. Once beyond the Teepe, there is no turning back. We chose to bail after 7 hours in, and maybe 4 hours from the summit! But we left our ropes and gear under some rocks at the top of the Teepe to make our lives easier on the next attempt. Once the decision was made to abort, the day became leisure. We skied the Teepe and stopped before the Meadows to take a nap on the Jackson Hole Climbers Guide summer station (which was just a tarped platform). Once we woke up and the snow was softer we rode down back to the car somewhat disappointed.

I had the next two days off, and after religiously looking at web cams and weather stations online we chose Thursday for the next attempt. Wednesday became the day of rest, we tried to sleep as much as we could and eat as much as we could. This time we thought of giving ourselves a head start and wake up even earlier. An addition to our crew was added, it was Nick, Max and myself. We woke up at 1am and in the zone were skinning by 1:50am. I was prepared for the cold skin up to the Meadows and made it as efficient as possible this time, there was no wasting of energy or time today. We got to the Meadows and it was still dark. Dropped our skins off, laced up our crampons and started booting up towards the Teepee. We hit sunrise at the top of the Teepee and we were feeling good. Except for poor Nick, at the no turn back moment, Nick had become nauseous and decided to bail and let Max and I go.

Max and I left as much unnecessary gear at that spot and started the ascent. Roping up with ice axes in hand, Max lead the way to the Stettner Couloir. Rounding the corner with Nick watching us go, I knew this was going to be the day I "send" the Grand. I had prepared myself in the past months, my determination washed away all fear and it was merely an execution of moves. Once in the Stettner I experienced my first ice climbing. Testing out my ability to trust an ice ax I moved over the ice bulge. Cleaning the gear and simultaneously climbing we reached the Chevy Couloir. It got a bit cruxy so I belayed Max as he headed up. While in the shade, and my sweat drying I became borderline hypothermia watching Max move over the biggest crux of ice. Once he anchored and it was time for me to climb, I moved as fast as I could, not knowing if we were running out of time and to just keep warm. Quickly we moved from one anchor to the next until we reached the last set, where we would be rappelling for the descent. we left one rope and some gear, ate and drank as much as we could and began the final approach to the summit in the Ford Couloir. This was just a symo climb on rope through knee deep, crusty/sugar snow. Safe for the most part but as always high exposure with serious consequence. I became so exhausted that I found myself grunting through every throw of my ax into the snow and every step with my crampons. But alas, finally we summit and it seemed as if we could see the world. I was the first to drop in, marking history of the first female to snowboard the Grand. At no point was I scared through all the climbs, but at that moment, when all I had to do was what I do best-snowboard-I was terrified. Because at that moment I knew that I would either become a statistic or mark history!! I dropped in gripping my ax in my right hand. Each turn was scarier than the next but I made it to the first rappel station and clipped in waiting for Max. Ok, so far so good, I successfully snowboarded, now the exit! 5 rappels later and some down climbing we reached the top of the Teepe Couloir. SAFE! At that moment I knew it was done. We weren't out yet, but I knew I was capable of getting back to my car alive!

Retrieving all our gear along the way we finally made it back to the car just before sunset, tired, hungry, cranky and all my toes and fingertips frostbit...But I was alive and I had just SNOWBOARDED THE GRAND TETON!

Now, I'm trying to retire from snowboarding and go back to skiing!! just kidding!
          Pop Forecast for Aug. 7: Annabelle Creation, Weekend Update and more        
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          Pop Forecast for July 24: The Emoji Movie, Atomic Blonde and more        
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          Pop Forecast for July 17: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and more        
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          Pop Forecast for July 3: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Snowfall and more        
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          Purchasing & Production Manager        

Production & Purchasing Manager | Full Time Position

Bazzaz, Inc. is seeking to fill a full-time position for a Purchasing & Production Manager. 

Bazzaz is a designer and manufacturer of superior-quality motorcycle & ATV electronics and dynamometers located in Chino Hills, CA. We are committed to providing customers the very best experience which we believe stems from hiring the best employees. For more information on the company please visit bazzaz.net.

Location: Chino Hills, CA

Description: Seeking an individual who will plan, organize, and control production at Bazzaz Z-Fi fuel controller factory, which produces harnesses, strain gages, and printed circuit boards. Candidate must be committed to ensuring that Bazzaz products are produced efficiently, on time, within budget and to the highest quality standard. Issues Purchase Orders for the raw materials. Candidate should be solution-driven and acutely focused on quality. Listed below are the basic duties and requirements of the position:

    • Supervises production assembly team of 12-20 persons. Subordinates perform assembly of products or sub-assemblies according to verbal or written instructions, or by following drawings or diagrams. Provides work direction and reviews work performance.
    • Responsible for light maintenance of production machinery for harnessing and SMT.
    • Production Planning and ability to apply LEAN manufacturing techniques.
    • Manages the purchasing function according to department policy and procedure. Accepts and scrutinizes vendor bids or proposals. Selects sources based upon analysis. Arranges vendor contracts, bargains for best costs, and observes quality of purchased materials. Prepares reports and required documents. Organizes activities with sales, engineering, production, or warehouse personnel.
    • Manages inventory of materials, parts, and finished product to maintain required supply. Maintains records, replenishes stock, and plans for future requirements based on orders, production schedules and forecasts. Strives to achieve JIT.
    • Quality assurance - Manages quality assurance operations for the factory. Comes up with new ideas to enforce and improve quality programs. Monitors Production Department's conformance with QA standards and procedures. Conducts quality assurance training for employees engaged in materials handling or product assembly. Suggests methods for improving product quality or design, or manufacturing processes.
    • Manages shipping & receiving staff. With an emphasis on efficiency and accuracy.
    • Provide production updates to Bazzaz Team.
    • Harness Documentation / Create BOM.
    • Assist R&D.
    • Reports to Vice President.

We are looking for a responsible, highly motivated and detail oriented individual, who wants to be part of a growing and dynamic company. This person must be a problem solver, have a get it done attitude, and enjoys working with a team. Bazzaz is on the leading edge of technology in the motorcycle aftermarket industry and this position plays a critical role in delivering the ultimate customer experience.

Desired Qualifications:

    • Minimum of a 2 year degree.
    • Minimum of 2 years of experience in production and/or purchasing for wiring harnesses and/or printed circuit board assembly.
    • Winning attitude. Must be a team player and enjoy working in a fun yet focused atmosphere.
    • Experience with MRP/ERP software.
    • Computer literate with accurate data entry skills.
    • Able to read a wiring diagram.
    • Person shall demonstrate competency when using scales and other hand tools. Individuals should exhibit strong communication and organizational skills.
    • Mechanically inclined.
    • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
    • Bilingual in Spanish and English, preferred but not required.

Benefits:

    • Starting salary is $40-50K annually, based on experience.
    • After six months eligible for company Health/Dental/Vision Insurance.
    • 1 week vacation. 6 Paid personal days. Paid Holidays.
    • Monthly bonus plan.

Applicant must successfully pass a drug screening, E-Verify, and background check in order to qualify.

Bazzaz, Inc. is an at-will, equal opportunity employer. If you believe yourself to be a good candidate and meet all requirements, please e-mail a brief description of your qualifications and resume to jbuxton@Bazzaz.net.

*Position descriptions and anticipated skills acquired are neither conclusive nor definite and can be expected to change throughout term of employment. 


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          Pension petition receives over 100,000 signatures        
A petition that calls for pension increases to revert back retail price index rather than the less generous consumer price index passed the 100,000 mark today.

This means that the government will have to consider whether the issue is given parliamentary time for debate as it has done previously for the well supported petition that called for full disclosure of documents relating to the Hillsbrough disaster.

The Office of Budget Responsibility has forecast that RPI will be around 1.5% higher than CPI which will mean pensions will be considerably devalued because of the government's decision to link pension rises to CPI instead of RPI from April 2011. This decision has already been subject to a legal challenge by unions.

This switch clearly needs to be reversed as it will drive more pensioners into poverty.

Well done to Jim Singer who started the petition. Sign today if you haven't already!



          Capital Reef 50K        


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I had such an amazing time at Capital Reef!  I don’t really know where to begin.



In March I asked Steve if he’d like to go on a road trip during the summer. We haven’t traveled without the boys since before they were born, 24 years ago!  He was up for it so I began to plan. I wanted to see Glacier for sure. I also wanted to see a hoodoo.  We decided we’d travel to Montana, stay at Glacier for 4-5 days, head to California to see the Redwoods, then to Utah to see the hoodoos. As we tightened up our plans we decided California would be it’s own trip during another adventure. 



After we decided on the Minnesota to Montana to Utah adventure I decided to look for a race. Well, I found a 50K just outside the Capital Reef National Park. I hadn’t heard of Capital Reef so did some research and pretty soon we decided this was going to be our destination. Good decision!



I entered the race and then I began to look for race reports, the race description, checked out Ultrasignup. I was perplexed that Ultrasignup forecast me finishing in 9:15 hours!  My 50K time is usually 6-7 hours. Oh boy.



Soon thereafter I learned that the race is held at 11,700 feet elevation!  OK, this 9:15 hour finish time was beginning to make some sense.



Steve and I drove to packet pickup the night before the race. We learned that one of the aid stations would no longer be. An UTV lost its tire while trying to get out there.  He became stuck and would have to be towed out. They were trying to figure out how to get it out of there. The aid stations were very remote. There was no crew/pacer access except at one aid station and to get to this station you had to be UTV’d to it. Because of one less aid station this section would be 9 miles long.  I vowed to myself that I would fill my bladder at every aid station.



Steve was planning on meeting me at the aid station with UTV access. He would hike to the ranger station, they would then shuttle him to the station. Hopefully I would be able to figure out a rough estimate time that I would be out there.



A few weeks prior to the race Jenny contacted me stating they would be on vacation at the same time and that she entered the race as well!  I was so excited to learn I was going to have a running buddy on the course!



Steve and I picked up Jenny for the race start. We swung by their campground, gave kisses to the dogs, said Hi to Paul and buzzed to the start. We were ready!



This race is 100% eco friendly. The toilets at the start / at aid stations were composted, they washed and rinsed glasses at the aid stations, no paper cups, no garbage was tolerated. Fruit rinds and peels were thrown into one bin for compost, wrappers into another. Very cool.



As we were listening to the RD before starting, Jenny pointed to a woman with whiskey hanging off of her waist!  We later  learned from another runner that she had back surgery and this whiskey was to minimize the pain. Not a good idea. 



(Let's go!  Jenny, Me)


The RD said to GO so off we went!  We started climbing right from the start. The race began at 7500 feet, just out of the Utah desert up on the Aquarious Plateau. When it was 99F a few miles away in the desert, it was 60F up on the Plateau at 11,500 feet. We were so thankful we were on the plateau!



We began following a jeep type trail, through the woods, through the meadows, then up a steep, rocky, shale like mountain.  We would jog for a mile, then have to take a walk break, even if we weren’t climbing at the time. The air was THIN! I was gasping for air. Seriously.



After a mile or so we veered from the jeep trail and followed a narrow trail, straight up the mountain. It was steep. We just plugged on, trying to keep up a conversation was difficult.  Jenny kept on pointing out bear scat. It freaked me out. We talked about what we would do if we came upon a bear. This was a few weeks after the bear attacked a man at Glacier. We had just left Glacier.



As we were moving up this gargantuan mountain, Jenny stopped. She looked off to our right and had a look of concern on her face. I was immediately concerned. I knew it was a fricken bear. We saw all of this dark fur. Upon further assessment, we realized it was a group of 4 very, very large cows, staring down at us.  Oh thank god!  There were cow all over the place, free range Angus cattle. I was still freaked out.



We moved along, taking pictures as we went. We weren’t in any great rush. We were doing what we could, moving forward, taking photos along the way.  This was an adventure, a training run, laid back fun day. As we found a great photo op with beautiful views, a woman came upon us. She commented that we seemed to have a lot of fun while climbing the steep mountain. She said she could hear us laughing and she thought we’d be fun to hang along with.  Her name was Virginia, from Denver,  and she hung with us to the finish! We made some new awesome friends along the way.  


 (Jenny climbing near the cow sighting)


 (We just met Virginia, she took this pic)


The first aid station was only 2.5 miles out. We ran in and learned that we were number 44 and 45! There were only 55 runners or so. This was surprising, that we were nearly last. We were also the only Midwesterners. This did make a difference. I used their bug spray, the mosquitoes were bad at this point, but I don’t think I noticed them after. Guess the spray worked!  I had a piece of watermelon, filled up my bladder and we moved on, across the meadow.



We ran through the grass, surrounded by alpine lakes, boulders and the remains of big dead animals. Bones, fur…it made me wonder..


(Dead stuff)




As we entered a mountain of boulders, we couldn’t see a trail, just rock. We climbed and climbed. The views were amazing. The air wasn’t. Gasp.





 (Boulder Trail. I'm picking my way down)


Our conversation was varied. I shared some recent personal ongoings which caused much laughter. We shared our ailments. We passed around around lip balm, foot potion, salt tabs. We shared a wonderful time and a fabulous race.



This is the most technical race I have ever run. Yes, much more technical than Superior. Between the logs, rocks, roots, it was amazing. The plateau, the alpine lakes, the mountain meadow, this was truly sensory overload.



The Great Western trail up on the plateau is not very frequently traveled. The trail was difficult to pick up a times. We could see flags every so often up in the distance, showing the way, although we couldn’t see a trail.



I was looking forward to the third aid station. I knew that Steve was going to try to get up there. He would have to hike a few miles, then ride an UTV to the station. As I was running in, sure enough, there he was. He had a good ride. Was cheerful, enjoying his day. Seeing him there was a big lift.





(Steve took this at the aid station)

We left him and circled around the alpine lake, dotted with a few kayakers. As we ran along Arnulfo Quimare of Born to Run passed us.




A long section was coming up. We knew that there would be no aid for 9 miles. We filled up and moved out. At one point we saw again saw something black and still ahead. I made no bones about it, I’d turn around and go back to the aid station, a few miles prior, before I’d chance running into a bear.  I asked if I should blow the whistle on my pack. Yes, yes, Virginia and Jenny responded. I blew, nothing moved. Virginia began to creep ahead. Eventually she realized it was a piece of black burned out tree or something. We laughed and moved on.



We were climbing through a dense forest. There was no trail that we could see, only ribbons, telling us where we should go. It was crazy. Pretty soon we came upon a rose bush field-deep rose fragrance, prickly bushes. They had grown in after a burn. I’ve never seen so many roses.







 (Alpine lakes, streams, waterfalls, amazing views)


 (Eco friendly aid stations)


Another woman joined our merry band. Lori was from Phoenix, she ran with us to the finish.



We moved along and came off of the plateau. We climbed down from 11,5000 feet to 9000. I could breath more easily. We came into a section of river. There was a man who ran out of water and was filling his bottle from the river. I was thankful I still had at least half of my pack full. I was carrying an 80 ounce bladder.  It was getting HOT as we came off of the plateau. The high in Torrey was 99F. Ugh. We had been running in probably 65-70F on the plateau all day. Pretty awesome.



Eventually the girls all ran out of water. My bladder was larger than theirs so I still had some available. I  shared my water with them, asked if they needed any gels or blocks. I had a ton. Jenny shared her chap stick. Virginia shared more sunscreen.  We were warm and burning.



We came into the aid station. Oh, happy day!  The volunteers were excited to see us, enthusiastic and willing to care for us.  I drank a couple glasses of coke, had some watermelon and just wanted to get out of there and on my way. I and Laurie headed off while Jenny and Virginia took care of their needs.



The elevation continued downward. We were able to see some of the red rocks of the canyon in the distance. We were closing in on the finish.



What a most excellent day!  To be able to run in such an environment, to be strong and healthy, to run with old friends and to meet new friends, what a blessing! I feel so lucky.





( On the jeep path.  Lori, Jenny and Virginia. Closing in on the finish. We can see the canyon, the red rocks, feel the heat. It's coming.)


Jenny and Virginia caught up, we all continued through the red rock, the hot canyon, anxious to see the paved road which would signal we were a mile out from the finish.  We were running down, down, down a jeep type  path which was red sand. The big red cliffs and buttes were all around us. We were out of the plateau and into the hot hot canyon area. Jenny was crossing over to the side of the path in front of me, she jumped over a little branch. I decided to do the same. I didn’t clear the branch!  Boom!  I fell onto my front, sprawled out and banged the side of my head..on the sand. This was the second time that I had fallen today. Both times I fell upon sand. Crazy.



There it was!  We began to run faster, down the trail, across the road, up the driveway to the Resort. Whew!  What an adventure!! 10:43 hours of adventure!!  Wow!




The finish line was laid back, Jenny’s family was able to make it, Steve was there. We weren’t hungry. We hugged, congratulated Virginia and Lori, and headed back to end the day.  I had no aches, no pains, no blisters, no problems. I was in my happy place. I had so much fun. I was really thankful to have run the whole race with Jenny and to have met Virginia and Lori along the course. Old friends and new. 

This race was very challenging, but oh so much fun!  Matt Gunn, the Race Director was really great. The  volunteers were  amazing. I'd run this again. I'd like to run more of  Matt's races. For finishing we received a Tshirt, hat and hand made mug.



What an amazing day. I’m still smiling!  Next up: Voyager 50 Mile.































          Grandma's Marathon        
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Late last year when I read that Grandma’s Marathon would be celebrating its 40th Anniversary I knew that I had to enter the event. I had run 49 marathons; Grandma’s had been my first-back in 1998 and would be my 50th marathon. I have run 11 Grandma’s Marathons.

With a few 50Ks earlier this year, Psyco Wyco in February and Chippewa in April, I wasn’t too concerned about training for a marathon. I and my friends, Heidi and April, began to run each Tuesday after school, on pavement, so I was getting my legs used to the asphalt. I ran a few 20s and a 30 on asphalt and felt good. So good, in fact, that I decided to enter FANS 24 hour run. I changed my mind, a week before FANS, as I was feeling some neuroma pain in my ‘good’ foot. I knew my foot would hold up for a marathon on asphalt but rethought the 24 hour business.

Heidi has relatives who live exactly on Mile 22 of the course, on London Road, on Lake Superior, right at the base of Lemon Drop hill. What a location !  Her relatives opened their home to 16 of us. Seriously. We weren’t even cramped!!  They were the most hospitable, welcoming, warm people I have probably ever met.

Friday 4 of us rode together and rolled into the Expo about 4. I actually ran into people that I knew just by chance. It was a blast. I messaged Kim and we met up for a quick hello. So much fun to see good old friends.  



We made our way to our hosts’ home for a dinner they prepared. Spaghetti, meat  sauce, various salads, fruit, breads, a real banquet.  We walked around the property, checked out the lake, the beautiful home and the lot. I was first to bed, at 830PM.  That’s me!

At 430 I awoke, without an alarm, this is my regular wake time. I dressed and got myself ready for the day. I went up hoping for coffee and of course, our hosts had coffee brewing. Incredible.

The others began to filter into the beautiful 4 season sun room. We had breakfast and checked out the weather. A gorgeous sunrise was showing itself over Lake Superior, right in the back yard. It was amazing. The forecast had called for rain/thunderstorms but that was not going to happen today. I certainly didn’t think it was going to be a black flag excessive heat warning, as it was!

For breakfast I had a sweet potato, avocado, coconut manna bowl. I sprinkled half a scoop of UCAN over it. Delish. My new pre race/long run meal for days I have time for digestion.

Since February I have been training using a low heart rate-140 (Phil Maffetone) or below-and have been adding more fats to my diet, in an effort to be able to burn more fat while running, not being so dependant upon gels. This gel every 30 minutes has become tiresome. (Superior 100) Also, the 140 HR allows a speedy recovery for me. Tracy  has been helping me to train in this manner the past 4 months. I’m loving it!

We were only down the hill from The Edgewater, where the busses were delivering runners to the start. We grabbed all of our stuff and were off. We rode the busses to the start and were ready to rock and roll!

Riding the bus to the start I couldn’t help but recall previous Grandma’s Marathons that I had run. My first. The one I ran with Dad. My family waiting on London Road. All of the friends I have met. So many memories.


As I was walking to the bag drop off I ran into so many people that I know from running. I wasn’t looking for anyone, but yet I saw Kelly, Jim, Shelly, Doug, it was crazy. 10,000 people and again I am running into others that I know.

I removed my sleeves, it was already warm, it was going to be a toasty day. There wasn’t a breeze, either.

The herd began to move toward the starting line, here it was, my 50th marathon!

I kept my heart rate at 140 or below the whole way. The heat caused it to rise a few times. I noticed the black flag warning of excessive heat at about mile 10. I then drank, grabbed a sponge at the aid stations and walked until it came back down to 140. Only a few steps, and back down it went. I wasn’t going to push it.

During the race I used a scoop of UCAN at mile 18, I had a strawberry and orange slice during the race that was handed out.

At about mile 11 I was running along and pretty soon Scott was at my side!  What a nice surprise!  He and Greg were running together. We gabbed for a while and then they were running too fast.; I looked at my HRM and told them to have a good race, I was staying at 140. That was my plan.

At mile 19 I began to look for Kim, it was so great to see her and Barry. Hugs. I was ready to move on. At mile 22 I stopped to say hello to our hosts, then up the hill I climbed, onto the finish line.

I was getting warm. It was toasty. I saw the 445 pace time pass me, I was ok with that. My first marathon and slowest marathon was 459. I felt that this 50th marathon would probably be about the same. I was happy with that. I only wanted to finish healthy. My feet didn’t hurt at all, nothing hurt. I was in a good place, albeit it a bit warm.

I thought about the 18 years that have passed since I first ran this marathon. I thought about my family, the friends that I have made, the sobriety I have kept, all of the lift changes…running has been a constant.

I am truly blessed. I crossed the finish line with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face. 4:50.  I felt fantastic! 





          WEATHER WARNING: Heavy downpours forecast for Oxford over next two days        
IT may be the summer holidays, but families will have to find something to do indoors with thundery showers forecast today.
          October: Leaf Season and Pumpkin Fest        


Last week we jumped to Thanksgiving, but we need to back up a bit and enjoy what Maine is offering right now.

Leaf season is underway! In New Harbor the leaves are beginning to change and peak season will be the first three weeks in October.

http://www.yankeefoliage.com/peak-foliage-forecast-map/

Come visit The Bradley Inn for a few days, cruise around taking in Autumn's display of vibrant colors. Make use of the Midcoasts' abundant hiking trails to hear the crunch of leaves beneath your feet and feel the clean fresh Maine air in your lungs.

http://www.visit-maine.com/walking-and-hiking/midcoast

Pumpkinfest in Damariscotta is from October 5th - 14th this year with non-stop pumpkin entertainment, a parade, giant pumpkin growing contest, Zombie Run, Pumpkin Catapult, Pumpkin Express Train Rides and more culminating with the Pumpkin Regatta Race with courageous folks who carve out giant pumpkins and race down them Damariscotta Tidal River. For real!!


http://damariscottapumpkinfest.com/PEvents.html

Whatever your daytime adventures are, save room for an amazing meal.

Our dining room is open every evening except Tuesdays and for a more casual dining experience try our Tavern / Chart Room. Our dinner and pub menus are available anywhere you dine with us. Our wine is designed to meet any taste and our knowledgeable staff can assist in pairing your food and wine.

After dinner retire to your comfortable room and drift away with thoughts of a hot delicious breakfast waiting for you in the morning.



We think fall is the perfect time to unwind from the excitement of summer, relax and just enjoy the moment. We think you'll find The Bradley Inn the perfect place to do just that!

Make your reservations now... www.bradleyinn.com
          By: E. Poole        
<p>Nice well-argued piece.</p> <p>Expansive monetary and fiscal policies in the late 1960s/early 1970s appear to have contributed substantially to increases in real oil prices. The critical intermediate variable is the expected real interest rate which was low or negative for many years during that period.</p> <p>In Engel's explanation, the real interest rate represents the opportunity cost of oil inventories. In other models, lower real interest rates would increase output and the demand for oil through investment or increases in the labour supply, especially if the rate shocks are not fully anticipated.</p> <p>Those looking for a tight correspondance to current reality may not find one. The real costs of borrowing capital have gone up. (See the balloon that some US banker floated on the weekend about re-pricing the LBO/privatization of Canadian telecomm giant BCE lower than the C$42.75/share agreed to last summer.)</p> <p>If unexpected higher real energy costs are hinting at the increasing obsolescence of the current capital stock, increased expectations of slower growth could easily drive real borrowing costs higher.</p> <p>There is a more mundane explanation. Markets have generally been awful at forecasting oil price demand elasticities in this decade and have given up <i>over analyzing</i> demand on the assumption of significant inertia in global demand due to robust emerging economy demand. Anything else in the larger economy is treated as spurious noise in this radical decoupling view.</p> <p>FWIW, I'm betting that the price of oil declines between now and October 2008 and natural gas prices will increase in the same time period. Oil and gas stock markets look like they are just starting to heat up. Refineries will drag down integrated company earnings.</p>
          Six of the Best 714        
Peter Geoghegan offers an enlightening "semi-personal reflection" on the Irish border and Brexit.

"If a week is a long time in politics and there’s plenty of evidence for that at the moment, perhaps eight months will seem a veritable eternity." Even so, Stodge forecasts next May's London borough elections.

Christian Wolmar asks if there is any price the proponents of HS2 will regard as too steep for their cherished scheme.

"Education should be about kindling a thirst for knowledge – children discovering who they are, what brings them joy and what does not, how to work, how to learn and how to think." Music is an essential part of that discovery, says Philip Viveash.

Patrick Patterson, perhaps the most fearsome of Caribbean fast bowlers, disappeared into oblivion in the 1990s. Bharat Sundaresan seeks him out.

Retired Martin visits Frome.
          Reclaiming Adventure in the Kenai Fjords        

From my forthcoming article for Ocean Paddler -- Britain's best glossy mag devoted to sea kayaking. 

"Rising early for our put-in at Seward, I checked the forecast for 30-knot winds and 6-foot swells. Frothy whitecaps and promising winds were building. Yes, the real Alaska was on its way. But only hours later, pulling on drysuits and ferrying loaded boats to the waterline, the throbbing seas had gone flat, the wind-blasted treetops motionless. It was rejection, the rebuke of a lover, and my mind scrambled in denial. I didn’t come for this. Calm seas and postcard-perfect scenery would get boring fast. 


One pristine, clear day led to the next. Where was my Alaskan adventure? While I ruminated, moody and petulant, Kenai’s incandescent beauty surpassed itself daily. Caves, rock arches and pour-overs were common at the base of high cliffs, and riding incoming swell as it fired into narrow slots required total absorption in body, boat and blade. On open water and in rocky coves, surprise encounters with marine life were frequent. Sea lions, seals and otters, each with bright personalities reminiscent of Archie BunkerSanford and Son; the gambit of 70s sitcoms."

          Schools maths competition!        

Write an article, make a movie, or do a multi-media presentation to explore the world of maths and win prizes! Competition is open to 11 to 19 year-olds.

Where would the world be without mathematics?

From computer games to smart phones, and from the weather forecast to our solar system — mathematics is essential in describing and understanding the world around us. Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without mathematics?

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          JEC Field Day Rescheduled        
Due to the weather forecast, Jefferson Elementary will be changing the date of Field Day to, Tuesday, June 13th.
          Financial Analyst - Luxury Goods        
NY-Port Chester, We currently have great opportunity for a Financial Analyst. This position will have an active role in the monthly reporting and analysis, ad hoc reporting, budgeting, forecasting and projections. Working under the Director of Finance and the CFO, this role has extremely high exposure. Client Details Privately owned luxury good retail organization located in Port Chester. Company is privately owne
          Showbiz Sandbox 356: The Future of 4K Ultra HD Streaming Is Upon Us        

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly has a history of voting against raising the standard level of what constitutes high-speed broadband service. Now he’s publicly dismissed 4K video streaming as a figment of the future, so far off it won’t be adopted for many years. Could O’Rielly be correct in his dim forecast about the foreseeable future […]

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          Showbiz Sandbox 349: How the 2016 Box Office Defied the Odds        

Apparently political pollsters aren’t the only forecasters whose predictions can be wrong. With fewer high profile blockbusters than 2015, some in Hollywood believed that the 2016 North American box office could surpass the previous year. However, a number of unexpected hits like “The Jungle Book” and “Deadpool” helped box office climb to a record high […]

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          Showbiz Sandbox 342: Box Office Growth in China Begins to Fizzle        

Hollywood has been talking up China’s explosive box office growth for years and the country is forecast to surpass North America as the largest movie market in the world as early as next year. However, the growth in China is slowing with ticket sales down 10% this year from last year’s figures. Ryan Faughnder, a […]

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          Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update just got several new features        
Microsoft has been working extremely hard to make Windows 10 the most capable and appealing version of its desktop operating system ever, and it's already made some great progress. Once flooded with compatibility issues and bugs, Windows 10 has come a long way since its launch, and with the Fall Creators Update Microsoft promises it's going to be even better. A newly released insider build of the OS gives us an idea of what to expect, and as PCWorld reports, Microsoft has snuck in several new features. For starters, the recent update includes some much needed functionality for the built-in Cortana assistant, allowing you to use voice commands to do much more than simply search for info or get the forecast. Windows users will be able to command Cortana to lock their computer, sign out, or even shut the machine down completely. Cortana's default "I can't find it" web search response to complicated queries is also being overhauled with a new preview pane that slide out of the search results box rather than launching a full Edge browser page. Perhaps most interesting of all the additions, Windows 10 will now play nicely with Android phones, allowing you to push an open web page from your smartphone to Microsoft Edge on your PC. It's a handy feature that mimics the Handoff feature between iOS devices and Mac computers, and it's yet another very clear sign that Microsoft realizes its Windows Phone platform is pretty much dead in the water. Lastly, the Creators Update appears to be doing away with mandatory logins under certain circumstances. Rather than popping up the pesky login screen when your computer boots up to apply updates, it will simply send you straight back to your desktop. Additionally, the login process can be tweaked to do away with the login screen even during manual reboots and startups, so you'll never have to see it again if you really don't want to.
          Showbiz Sandbox 307: Can Guild Nominations Forecast Oscar Winners?        

This year’s Academy Award nominations will soon be announced and we wonder if one can predict who might take home Oscar gold by watching the annual honors handed out by Hollywood’s labor guilds. We’ll tell you how won Golden Globes, which have proven less reliable in forecasting Oscar winners, and take a look at who […]

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          The Carbon (dioxide) Tax: a religious perspective        
Peter Finlayson

With the die now cast for the imposition of an onerous carbon tax on the Australian economy it is timely to consider how this senseless position was reached and forecast what lies ahead for an Australian society of 22 million souls.

While the more courageous scientific and economic lobbies are protesting the rationale for the tax, there should be no doubt now that it is being forced upon this nation for political reasons simply to safeguard the majority Greens-Labor-regional independents' alliance in the federal parliament.

For the present the Greens effectively control federal policy, especially on issues that really matter, with the carbon tax but the tip of an iceberg. Consequently, those complicit in their election have much to answer for.

That the alarmist measures are unnecessary and result from a systematic Green's-driven campaign is evident from the fact that science has yet not found a clear link between man-made CO2 and climate change. There has been no increase in global temperatures, as predicted by IPCC computer modelling, since 1998, nor has there been any decline in the arctic polar bear population, nor any abnormal rise in ocean levels, nor damage to the Great Barrier Reef, etc.

Furthermore, far from being a pollutant, CO2 is necessary for plant life with a scientifically-proven positive correlation between atmospheric CO2 concentration and plant growth. Indeed, the planet supported an abundant plant life during the Carboniferous era with CO2 concentrations more than five times today's levels of less than 400ppm.

That the tax is futile in terms of any global impact on emissions is self-evident from the fact that Australia's contribution to global emissions is negligible at under 2% and Australia has failed to influence the big emitters to follow suit.

In compensating households for the increase in their utilities' costs the government provides no incentive for domestic energy users to change their behaviour; in addition, some economists are predicting that the government will not be able to meet its compensation promises.

That the tax will have a serious negative impact at all levels of the economy is becoming clearer daily. At domestic level, the cost of living will increase due to the direct and indirect impact of the tax on processed consumer goods and utilities. Despite denials by the pro-tax lobby and policy-makers the impact on industry and commerce will be variably significant depending on their energy consumption.

Heavy industry and mining will likely be at a comparative disadvantage to their overseas competitors and forced to go offshore where emissions will continue, or shut down with consequent unemployment issues.

The seriousness of many social impacts is only slowly beginning to unfold as these are not immediately apparent and the wider community has not yet realised the serious longer term implications of the relentless Greens'-driven 'reforms'.

Moreover, the UN's 'Green'-motivated international agencies such as the UN Women's and radical feminist groups, with their anti-life (abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage and the like) policies are already disrupting traditional family life.

Greens' assault

With their electoral power now assured, and in accord with their Global Charter, the Greens will intensify their assault, firstly on Australian society, to ultimately create a biocentric world in which nature (landscape, plants, animals, insects) is superior to humanity and becomes the focus of humanity's development.

This means that resources and activity now used for the benefit of human society will be transferred to enhancing nature, including reversing the scientific advances that have fed, clothed and kept healthy an increasing, longer-living population.

The carbon tax is but a legal ploy for forcing our (mineral and energy) resources to remain untouched. It joins the long-time successful challenge by the Greens and other groups who demanded that water flow out to sea where its (edible) creatures could enjoy an unmolested existence!

Without coal, society will depend for its energy on renewable sources, which scientists have warned will be very expensive and cannot match fossil energy, thus enforcing a reduction in living standards. Energy-dependent industry will be forced to downsize with inevitable flow-on effects on economic development.

At the same time measures to lower national (and global) population will emerge to reduce the human 'polluters' to a level that will accommodate society within the limited resource and economic base permitted by a nature-oriented world. The Green's sustainable human population estimate for Australia is seven million.

The dilemma for many environmentally conscious Australians is that the anti-humanity focus of the Greens' policies is completely at odds with the Judaeo-Christian principles governing a balanced relationship between humanity and nature. Successive popes have stressed that nature is at the service of humanity which may use and develop its natural resources, always mindful of the obligation to safeguard nature for the benefit of future generations, while emphasising that nature must not be glorified.

The blame for the political rise of the Greens-dominated environmental lobby can include a sympathetic media, influenced by the clever Greens'-driven propaganda campaign that began fifty years ago, along with the failure of orthodox science to be more outspoken, especially those employed in the public sector.

In addition, according to anecdotal information, the religious education system, in encouraging an environmental consciousness, has failed to get the correct balance between a (Christian) humanity-centred and a (atheistic) biocentric focus, in accord with Christian principles. Sadly, a number of influential clergy and religious have also lost sight of a human development imperative within a theology of the environment.

Peter Finlayson is an active Catholic in the Ballarat Diocese and an agricultural scientist who has worked in many developing countries.


          Cows and Crops April 2017        

Cows and Crops — April 2017 In this issue: Upcoming Events Colostrum – Not Just Antibodies Anymore 4-H Dairy Judging Contest Results Dairy Situation and Outlook, April 20, 2017 Northeast Milk Price Forecasts Upcoming Events

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          The Virus - An Ultra Lite Novel        


The Virus
(An Ultra Lite Novel by Howdy)

This Monday started like most any day but would end anything but
typical. The Weather Channel forecasted mild atmospheric conditions
(even for November) but unfolding events would soon challenge and
startle mankind as never before.

In an elaborate government building somewhere in Rome, a multitude
of dedicated world renowned computer and technology experts studied
The Virus that had already secretly infected 98% of the planet's
computers in its first stage. Up to this point, none outside this edifice
had ascertained the existence of the silent menace.

In Jerusalem, heavy crowds were milling around The Dome of the Rock,
the third holiest site to Muslims worldwide. On the other side of the
Wall, a larger than expected crowd of Jewish worshipers prayed even
as portions of the wall continued to collapse.

In New York City, the Stock Market opened slightly higher while
down in Washington - Pentagon officials poured their second cup
of Maxwell House Decaf. Further south, the last edition of The
Atlanta Journal was being prepared while further west, parents
turned toward their offices after depositing their children at school.

Work halted temporarily in the government building as the new
dynamic and charismatic leader's entourage entered. He spoke
over the JBL sound system. "Good associates, The Virus is
scheduled to be released as planned in two stages. Stage one as
you know affects all the world's primary computers while the
second will decrease the excess occupiers that have so strained
our fragile environment. Both will begin to take effect within the
hour thanks to your hard work." He will later become Time Magazine's
"Man of the Year".

Unexpected to those in Rome, The Wall in Jerusalem collapses and
thousands of Muslims lose their lives along with hundreds of Jewish
worshipers. The Dome of the Rock along with all nearby buildings of the
Islamic Faith disappear into rubble. Within moments a very great riot
commences with each side blaming the other. Syria (with Iraq's lost
WMD) & Iran ready their hidden nuclear arsenal.

With a new surprising show of unity in Beijing, Hanoi, Jakarta, Tokyo,
Pyongyang, New Delhi along with other Far East capitals, 200 million
multi-asian troops are placed on alert. Moscow prepares its revived
army for an eventual march south....very far south.

Stage one hits Wall Street, the Pentagon, Main Street and homes
across America as well as the entire Western World. Business stops
as all funds - the complete wealth of the Industrialized World - is
transferred by computer virus via the web to Rome. All modern military
weapons are now under the new leader's absolute command as well as
the world's media (Rule of Rome once again).

As the second stage of The Virus is released, millions will become sick
and die with a highly infectious disease stronger that the SARS & Ebola
viruses combined. Fortunately for some, certain large groups of people
have been quietly immunized earlier. Millions of Christians disappear at
5 PM EST (Midnight in Jerusalem) virtually unnoticed because of the
pandemonium. The controlled media is not allowed to print this story.

The President is declared lost because Air Force One is down over the
Atlantic according to managed reports but did his aircraft ever leave
Andrews Air Force Base? Is this a cover up from Rome to perhaps hide
his evanescence also? Other prominent members of the President's
Party are missing but from the other side? Exiguous.

This disappearance will go virtually unnoticed because of the manipulated
media and its potentate who controls also the world's assets & armaments -
the ultimate coup d' tat - all without a shot being fired. He will woo the planet,
restore peace to the Middle East for a short time with false promises of pro-
tection as well as rebuild a new Jewish Temple on the destroyed site. The
Islamic world will cheer because their faith has expected this great new leader.
With an appearance before nearly all mankind live on all media (TV, radio, &
even computers on-line), men, women, and children are mesmerized. Stay tuned...

After The Return of The King:
They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall
not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they
learn war anymore.


          [urls] Web Services Differentiation with Service Level Agreements        
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Dateline: China
 
The following is a sampling of my top ten "urls" for the past couple/few weeks.  By signing up with Furl (it's free), anyone can subscribe to an e-mail feed of ALL my urls (about 100-250 per week) -- AND limit by subject (e.g., ITO) and/or rating (e.g., articles rated "Very Good" or "Excellent").  It's also possible to receive new urls as an RSS feed.  However, if you'd like to receive a daily feed of my urls but do NOT want to sign up with Furl, I can manually add your name to my daily Furl distribution list.  (And if you want off, I'll promptly remove your e-mail address.)
 
Top Honors:
 
* Web Services Differentiation with Service Level Agreements, courtesy of IBM T.J. Watson; as the title suggests, this paper tackles SLAs.  See also Web Services QoS: External SLAs and Internal Policies, by the same author.  The latter paper was the invited keynote at the 1st Web Services Quality Workshop (this site provides links to abstracts for all the workshop papers as well as links to each author's personal site).
 
Other best new selections (in no particular order):
 
* Product Focused Software Process Improvement: PROFES 2004 (if you're going to read only one tech book this year, let it be this!!)
* Legacy systems strike back!!  We all know that there is a good market in servicing legacy systems.  See the following: Arriba: Architectural Resources for the Restructuring and Integration of Business Application (an introduction), Identifying Problems in Legacy Software, and Evolution of Legacy Systems.  
* Online Communities in Business: Past Progress, Future Directions, Five Keys To Building Business Relationships Online and Advantages of Using Social Software for Building Your Network.  (I can say with a fairly high level of confidence that these tools can be used to expand your business network.  Been there, done that.  Give it a try.  Do I already know you and would you like an invitation to join LinkedIn?  If the answer to both questions is "yes," let me know ...)
* Carnegie Mellon Project Aura Video (gets a bit silly at times, but the language translation component was interesting to see; the R-T example is still years away, but the idea is intriguing and this is where collaboration tools need to go)
* Innovation: Strategy for Small Fish (from the Harvard Business School; however, NVIDIA would not have been my choice for a case study)
* Stata Labs: Managing at a Distance, for Less (a pretty good case study; I firmly believe that China's systems integrators/contract developers need world-class collaboration tools and this describes one of the formats I support)
* An Authoring Technology for Multidevice Web Applications (one of my favorite topics -- and an area where I believe SIs in China can take the lead)
* Cheapware (or, "Changsha Gone Wild!!"; hey Qilu clan, are you listening?  Go, Ding, go!!)
* How To Team With A Vendor (a "must read" -- and evidently a lot of my readers already did, even though I only made a passing reference in a previous posting)
 
Examples of urls that didn't make my "Top Ten List":
 
> ITU Internet Reports 2004: The Portable Internet (looks like this might be a great series; less biased than the typical IT advisory services report -- and a much better value, too)
> Software Cost Reduction (courtesy of the <U.S.> Naval Research Lab, this paper is a bit dated, but still worth reading; addresses problems with large-scale systems, albeit a bit light on practical examples) 
> Japan IT Outsourcing 2004-2008 Forecast: IDC (might be a worthwhile purchase, especially for the Dalian-based systems integrators)
> The Power of No (Linux as a bargaining tool <see my Furl comments, too>; make Microsoft shake in their boots!!)
> Web Design Practices (a good reference site)
 
and many, many more ...
 
Cheers,
 
David Scott Lewis
President & Principal Analyst
IT E-Strategies, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA & Qingdao, China
 
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          [commentary] Seeing Beyond "Traditional" Market Research + A Golden Opportunity for China's ISVs        
Sunday, August 8, 2004
Dateline: China
 
More general commentary than news commentary per se; let's dig in ...
 
Seeing Beyond "Traditional" Market Research
 
We're all familiar ad nauseum with market forecasts by firms such as Gartner, Forrester, IDC and even i-bankers (albeit i-bankers tend to have a shorter time horizon).  I've always been a bit suspect of IT market forecasts and was delighted that the META Group (where I was VP, Electronic Business Strategies) focused on qualitative and consultative approaches to serving our end-user and vendor clients.  We were more like a SWAT team version of McKinsey:  Get in, get it done, get out, move on.  The Kensington Group, an IT advisory services industry watchdog firm, has found that most forecasts are simply dead wrong.  Frankly, it's hard to blame the IT advisory services:  Forecasting is tough stuff!!  Some of the firms claim that they are not producing forecasts, but are producing projections.  Call it what you will:  It's a forecast -- and it's usually wrong.  (In defense of the IT advisory services, often the commentary which accompanies a forecast is quite useful.  The forecast may be wrong, but often other issues are adequately -- and usefully -- addressed.)
 
I've been a long-time proponent of more "advanced" forecasting techniques ranging from Delphi (pioneered by the RAND Corporation) to cellular automata to Lotka-Volterra (which in a plain vanilla and watered-down form was the basis of a lead article in an issue of Harvard Business Review) to the good 'ol Fisher-Pry technique -- and just about every flavor of forecasting in between.  Not only do I read Technological Forecasting & Social Change, but I annually read numerous papers published in a few hundred engineering journals and in all ACM, IEEE and SPIE conference proceedings which cite a paper published in TF&SC.  (Think CiteSeer.)  And something relatively new has captured my attention; I want to share this with the readers of this blog/e-newsletter.
 
MIT's Technology Review has embarked on a interesting project called "Innovation Futures".  (They may not view this as a "project," but it feels like a "project" to me.)  There is a fair amount of history behind the project -- and some may recall the related DARPA fiasco last year -- but I'd like to stick specifically to the MIT project.  To quote Technology Review, "Innovation Futures is a predictive market system that enables technologyreview.com users to predict the outcome of events related to emerging technologies."  Think of it as a futures and options market for emerging technologies -- NOT about companies, but about the underlying technologies.  For example, rather than betting for or against Nanosys as a pure-play nano firm, a "player" (think "trader") can bet for or against a definable nano event (e.g., commercial devices produced using molecular self-assembly techniques with combined annual sales of at least $100 million by 2006).  Something "easier" to phantom might be a bet that VoIP will be implemented in some form by at least 75% of G2000 companies by 2007.  Think about this:  Which would give a better indicator of buying intentions, the MIT predictive market system or an IT advisory service forecast?  I'll put my money on Innovation Futures or a clone.  (Frankly, I'd put my money on other technological forecasting techniques.  But if the choice is between the MIT system or Gartner, I'll go with MIT.  And the MIT market is a lot easier to follow than building a nonlinear model.  Leave the tough stuff to Pugh-Roberts; leave the everyday stuff to Innovation Futures.)
 
At this point, the MIT site doesn't have very much and most of what they have is focused on short(er)-term bets.  But this will be very interesting to watch, especially as broader -- and long(er)-term -- issues are market tested.  What happens when the marketing folks at IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, HP, Accenture, CSC, TCS, Infosys and SAP play?  And when the members of the Global Business Network and their brethren play?  And when IT advisory services analysts play?  And, perhaps most importantly, when CIOs representing companies of all different sizes and from all parts of globe start to play?  Food for thought.  I'll keep this readership posted:  I plan to have several long discussions with the folks running Innovation Futures.  I have many specific ideas to share with them.  For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/5bevb .
 
A Golden Opportunity for China's ISVs
 
In the past I've talked about the opportunities for SIs (systems integrators) in China to work with utility computing vendors in the States.  Well, I've given this a lot of thought and have another idea:  What about ISVs (independent software vendors) in China floating utility computing offerings in the States?  As one example, let's take Free CRM (see http://www.freecrm.com/ ).  The totally free version seems a bit worthless, but gives a smaller firm a chance to play with the idea with very little risk.  However, the "Professional" version is only $10 per month per user, far less than Salesforce.com's average of $70 per month per user.  Okay, the "Professional" version of Free CRM (maybe they should call it "Cheap CRM" -- or some B-school grad might name it "Value-Driven CRM) certainly doesn't have the industrial strength features of Salesforce.com.  However, think a modified Pareto strategy:  A good chuck of the functionality, but at a fraction of the cost.  Add a few zingers like syncing for a PDA/smartphone and/or pages automatically "modified" to fit any form factor (see the current issue of CACM for a great article on this; hot research area and tomorrow's urls listing will include a link to a downloadable paper on this subject) and the offering from the ISV in China becomes incredibly -- perhaps irresistibly -- enticing.  And guess what:  At least in theory the platform could be leveraged for both the market in the States and in China.  (I have some reservations about this, but it's theoretically doable.)  BTW, the Free CRM solutions are NOT hosted, but for in-house initiatives.  However, the same marketing principles apply in this analysis.
 
Bottom line:  This is truly a golden opportunity for ISVs in ChinaDon't target the F1000; go after SMEs, perhaps the same firms that are normally targeted by the largest ISVs using telemarketing.  (I'm not suggesting a telemarketing strategy; I'm simply segmenting the market in Oracle fashion.)  Think of a U.S. company with less than 500 employees.  The world (well, at least the U.S. part of it) will be your oyster ...
 
China: A Hotbed for Management Consulting?
 
An interesting article published on the China Economic Net site (in Chinglish, no less) kind of uses the phrase "management consulting" in a rather broad way.  But when it gets to specifics, it's illuminating.  First, there is the claim that "China has become the management consulting market with the most rapid growth rate."  Not sure if this is really true, but it's certainly one of the more interesting markets. 
 
For specifics, BearingPoint is cited.  Basically, they're bursting at the seams and projecting growth from about 1,000 today to 6,000 in 2008.  CapGemini went the acquisition route.  The average annual salary of a "good management consultant" is about US$40,000 -- a far cry from what a "good management consultant" makes in the States.  And what do the consultants bring to the table?  Well, this is where the article went from being written in English to Chinglish.  But if I can make out what they mean, it's the ability for management consultants to help with implementation and operational issues.  See http://tinyurl.com/43hlr .
 
Bottom line:  SIs in China should look to adding so-called "management consulting" services to their offerings.  I am NOT suggesting a massive move in this direction, but a selected approach.  Also, China's SIs should look to partner with Western management consulting firms already in or planning to enter China.  On the one hand, the BearingPoints of the world make good partners, especially for sub-contracting work.  On the other hand, the BCGs of the world are more complimentary and not directly competitive.  Have a strategy and plan for dealing with both types of management consulting firms, i.e., the strategy firms with a stake in IT (e.g., @McKinsey) and the IT consultancies/SIs with a strategy play (e.g., IGS, Accenture, ...).
 
What I'm Reading (and Why I Didn't Post as Often as Usual Last Week)
 
The new proceedings for SIGIR04 are out and I've been sifting through dozens of papers.  Google seems like child's play compared to what is brewing.  However, I have it on good authority that Google is brewing many of the same things.  But so is Microsoft.  In the future, we all benefit.
 
Cheers,
 
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          [news] A Special Report on Business Intelligence        
Thursday, July 8, 2004
Dateline: China
 
One of my favorite industry trades, Computerworld, recently published a special report on business intelligence (BI).  (See http://tinyurl.com/2w8j2 .)  As regular readers of this blog know, I'm hot, hot and hotter on BI.  Not only are BI apps booming in their own right, but BI also provides an open door into other structured data apps (e.g., ERP and SCM).  Also, there is a burgeoning number of apps requiring both BI and knowledge management (KM) solutions, providing a host of new opportunities.  (For now, think of BI for structured data and KM for unstructured data.  But the lines between KM and BI are blurring.)
 
The Computerworld report includes an introduction to BI titled, "BI for the Masses," an introduction to Web harvesting, and a superb article on text mining; there are several online exclusives as well.  In this post, I'm going to focus on an article titled, "Predictions for BI's Future," by providing excerpts with commentary.  As usual, items in bold are MY emphasis; items in red are MY commentary.
 
Embedded BI.  "Over the next four to six years, BI systems will become embedded in small, mobile devices, such as manufacturing sensors and PDAs in the field, which in turn will be linked to more centralized systems." -- Erik Thomsen, distinguished scientist, Hyperion Solutions Corp., Sunnyvale, Calif.
 
PB DM (petabyte data mining).  "Within three years, companies and governmental agencies will be able to successfully run analytics within a centralized data warehouse containing 1 petabyte or more of data -- without performance limitations." -- Dave Schrader, technology futurist, Teradata, a division of NCR Corp., El Segundo, Calif.
 
HPC to the rescue!  "Within the next two to three years, high-performance computing technology used by scientific and engineering communities and national R&D labs will make its way into mainstream business for high-performance business analytics. This transition will be driven by the growing volume of complex data and the pressing need for companies to use forecasting and predictive analytics to minimize risk and maximize profit-generating opportunities." -- Phil Fraher, chief operating officer, Visual Numerics Inc., San Ramon, Calif.
 
BI meets AI.  "In the near future, business leaders will manage by exception, and automated systems will handle significant loads of routine tasks." -- Mike Covert, chief operating officer, Infinis Inc., Columbus, Ohio
 
Visualization.  "Over the next two to three years, BI systems will automatically suggest appropriate visualizations, which in turn will dramatically increase the use of visualization and our understanding of complex relationships." -- Erik Thomsen, distinguished scientist, Hyperion Solutions
 
BI + BPM + BAM.  "Businesses need more than a rearview mirror to drive their business forward into the next era. A new category of intelligence tools will emerge over the next two to three years that combines business process management, business activity monitoring (BAM) and business intelligence to enable the "actively managed enterprise." This will combine the scorecards and rearview-analysis capabilities of BI with the real-time, event-driven analysis of BAM and feed that information into automated business processes for on-the-fly steering of the business towards scorecard goals. This will exponentially elevate the speed at which businesses are able to operate, adapt and make critical decisions." -- Tim Wolters, chief architect of business activity monitoring solutions, webMethods Inc., Fairfax, Va.
 
Bottom line:  Go to a BI-related ACM or IEEE CS conference and you'll hear a lot of presentations on all of the apps described above.  It's where the rubber meets the road:  This stuff is real!!  However, it's important to differentiate "real" BI with much more simplistic reporting software (like a good "chunk" of the so-called BI solutions provided by Business Objects, Cognos and even Microsoft -- via their recent acquisition of ActiveViews).
 
A BI Site to Review
 
Last week I came across a paper published in the current issue of the Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems.  In this paper the project called "Data Mining and Decision Support for Business Competitiveness: A European Virtual Enterprise" (SolEuNet) is used as a case study and "the source of lessons learned."  The paper provides a link to the SolEuNet Web site (see http://tinyurl.com/3x5vo ); at the SolEuNet site I found a wealth of case studies with supporting technical documents on leading-edge BI apps (see, for example, Workpackage 7 on "Combining Data Mining and Decision Support with Information Systems" at http://tinyurl.com/yqkqm ).  Remember, strategy consulting isn't merely about comparing product specs (regardless what the IT advisory services may say).
 
The Gartner Conference on BI
 
I got my hands on three i-banking analyst reviews of the Gartner BI conference.  The Morgan Stanley report (dated 27 April) noted that customer activity levels appeared to be strong and "many seem to be taking a more strategic approach to BI, resulting in the emergence of larger transactions."  (My emphasis.)  Corporate performance management (CPM) is driving some of the larger deals, with Cognos and Hyperion taking the lead.  Evidently, systems integrators (SIs) are getting religion and developing collaterals around CPM messaging.  RBC Dominion Securities produced a more in-depth report (dated 29 April) and noted the following:
  • Gartner expects the market to accelerate in 2004.
  • The ETL (extraction, transformation, and load) market will flatten (finally).
  • CPM is hot.  "Hyperion, Cognos, and SAS appeared to be the best positioned non-ERP vendors to capitalize on the CPM market opportunity."  However, "(they) believe that SAP is the best-positioned large enterprise software vendor to execute in both the BI and CPM market ..."
  • Finally, the Gartner BI conference itself was hot, with 973 attendees, an increase in attendance of 70% over last year.
UBS chimed in with their own report (dated 30 April), which in some ways was a bit more technical than the other two reports cited above.  UBS noted that heterogeneous environments require independent tools (e.g., it is very difficult to get heterogeneous data into an ERP data warehouse <DW>).  Gartner's rule of thumb is that an ERP-derived BI/DW solution should be on the short-list only if more than 60% of an organization's BI data resides within that single app vendorUBS also noted that the importance of BI is leading to the formation of BI competency centers.  They also believe that SAP and Microsoft remain significant long-term threats to the independent software vendors such as Cognos and Business Objects.  BTW, all three reports seemed a bit down on Business Objects.
 
Another Computerworld feature on BI
 
Sometimes advertorials can be a good thing.  A case in point is the 26 April issue of Computerworld which provides a link to a new, six page Computerworld White Paper on BI.  The paper is titled, "Charting the Course: A Guide to Evaluating Business Intelligence Products"; it's a good, practical read.  Tactical, product spec advice and guidelines, but still a good read.  The PDF can be found at http://tinyurl.com/2gt3d .
 
Recent Tidbits on BI
 
The New Straits Times (Malaysia) via Asia Africa Intelligence Wire reported on 24 June that SAS "expects the BI market in Asia to register double-digit growth for the next five years.  (Don Cooper Williams, director of marketing and alliances for SAS Asia-Pacific) cites a recent report from research house International Data Corp, which predicts that BI software market in the region (excluding Japan) to grow by 12 per cent this year, up from 7.5 per cent in 2003."  Note to SIs in China:  BI isn't just hot in the States; leverage your skills for serving the U.S. market and the domestic market.
 
From the channel, India Business Insight (also via Asia Africa Intelligence Wire) on 31 May announced that "Business Objects has entered into a long-standing systems integrator agreement with Wipro Infotech (WI) to provide business intelligence (BI) solutions to customers."  Note to SIs in China:  Don't be left without a dance partner.
 
Additional Articles for Review
 
I did a quick scan of trade lit and found a few articles worth reading.  First, the March-April issue of Financial Executive talks about CPM -- Corporate Performance Management -- as it relates to BI.  The May issue of Insurance & Technology takes a vertical look at BI (rather basic apps), as does the April issue of Business Credit.  Always think verticals.
 
A Final Wrap (or Should I Say, "Rap"?)
 
Back to Computerworld.  More specifically, see the 29 March issue of Computerworld.  According to a survey conducted by IBM Business Consulting Services, BI is a high priority on the plate of C-level execs.  In a Computerworld poll, 39% of IT executives listed business intelligence projects as their most critical IT projects.  By 2005, market research firm IDC projects that the worldwide market for business intelligence software will total about $6 billion -- up from $2.5 billion in 2003 -- signaling a major increase in business intelligence projects.  IT executives say the skills they need on business intelligence projects include systems integration, data modeling, database administration, data standardization and project management.
 
Cheers,
 
David Scott Lewis
President & Principal Analyst
IT E-Strategies, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA & Qingdao, China
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          The Invasion Has Begun        
I think that my houseplants are WAY too happy after a long summer outside. This nepenthes was almost touching the porch rail by the end of this week... and is currently grazing the living room floor in its temporary home on a plant stand:


I say temporary home because all of my houseplants are scattered around in random places, hastily brought in when the forecast for tonight dropped into the upper 30's. 

I have no idea where all of these things are going to be able to overwinter...but I just cleared a path through the jungle kitchen and I think that means it's time to call it a night. Finding better winter homes for everything will just have to wait until tomorrow!

          Official Market Forecast for South Africa’s Wind Energy Industry Released        

2015’s official Wind Energy Forecast for the South African market was released today detailing the key market trends in 2015 for wind energy in the country. Leading experts from Vestas, Siemens, Barclays, and Green Cape discussed key questions facing this year’s wind energy market inside the 8 page report.

(PRWeb January 30, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/01/prweb12481374.htm


          Stay Warm, Stay Fashionable: Expert Tips For Looking Good In Cold Weather        
With freezing temperatures and more snow in the forecast it can be tough to dress for the cold and still look good.
          Delta Taps the Maker Movement: Part II        
All that sophisticated faucet technology I shared in yesterday’s post (Part I) about my visit to Delta Faucet Company needs an equally sophisticated aesthetic design. That’s where Director of Industrial Design Judd Lord comes in! During a tour of Delta’s on-site design studio, Lord and his team shared the inspirations behind their luxury Brizo collections. While some of their design direction comes from professional trend forecasters (who chart even the slightest trend changes on a […]
          Spring Budget: Expert forecast        

With the last Spring budget just a few days away, we take a look at expert predictions on changes that could affect business

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          Work from Home SQL Writer and Data Analyst        
A premier humanitarian organization is filling a position for a SQL Writer and Data Analyst . Must be able to: Provide analytical support for leveraging applicable systems and technology Provide marketing campaign/program analytics, including performance forecasts, and other metrics analyses Analyze local customer, company, and competitor (3Cs) intelligence including donor/sponsor information Qualifications Include: Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a closely related field (Business, Statistics, Marketing) 5 years related analytics/market research experience required (or equivalent combination of education/experience) Knowledge of project management, process flow, objective evaluation and management, group dynamics, customer maintenance techniques Must possess excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple priorities effectively Ability to assimilate information quickly, analyze problems, and recommend appropriate solutions
          Work at Home Mainframe Capacity Planner in Jacksonville        
Human resource consulting firm has an open position for a Work at Home Mainframe Capacity Planner in Jacksonville. Individual must be able to fulfill the following responsibilities: Provide daily support for data collection process Prepare and present reports on capacity management duties to management Measure and extrapolate historical growth to predict future trends Qualifications for this position include: Bachelor's degree or the equivalent combination of education, training, or work experience 7+ relevant years experience SAS (WPS) programming skills Good understanding of z/OS Sysplex Architecture and Workload Manager (WLM) Forecasting and modeling application performance experience z/OS System Performance analysis
          Remote Bio-pharmaceutical Specialty Sales Representative in Chicago        
A biopharmaceutical company is filling a position for a Remote Bio-pharmaceutical Specialty Sales Representative in Chicago. Candidates will be responsible for the following: Conducting community education events for healthcare professionals and patients Achieving sales quotas through driving new patient starts Monitoring sales against forecasts and adjusts tactics based on territory dynamics Must meet the following requirements for consideration: Travel is required and may involve visits to remote or urban areas (may include nights and weekends) Ability to analyze and interpret data for effective sales strategies Bachelor's degree with 5 years of demonstrated successful relevant healthcare sales experience Must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral Must have good organization and time management skills
          Remote Regional Revenue Manager        
A leading hotel and resort company has an open position for a Remote Regional Revenue Manager . Individual must be able to fulfill the following responsibilities: Consulting weekly with hotels on pricing, rate strategy and yield management Using industry reporting to evaluate success of assigned hotels Creating and maintaining demand forecasts and pace reports for each property Applicants must meet the following qualifications: Ability to travel (between 3 to 8 times per year) Certified Hotel Revenue Manager (CHRM) or Certified Revenue Management Executive (CRME) certification or the ability to acquire either certification within one year A minimum of five years of hotel experience in a revenue management role, preferably with multi-property experience Strong technical skills with Microsoft Office, strong analytical skills and attention to detail Ability to effectively communicate; ability to work from home uninterrupted
          Summer Ski Deals 2015        
Happy Monday skiers & snowboarders! We’ve got some great information to share with you, in addition to the hopefully positive forecast of this being an El Nino Winter. There are some extremely great…..yup, extremely great ski deals going on right now, that will not last. We have not seen these kind of discounts off of … Continue reading Summer Ski Deals 2015
          Nigeria & Kenya consumers fueling African music sector        

Billboard magazine writes: PricewaterhouseCoopers has forecast consumer spending on recorded music revenues to hit $43 million and $19 million for Nigeria and Kenya respectively this year. Both markets are undergoing shifts also seen elsewhere in the world, meaning digital gains will roughly offset physical losses. PwC expects Nigeria’s physical market to decline $3 million to ...

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          Comment on Can economists forecast technological progress? by Digitopoly | Energy fuels the Star Trek Economy        
[…] all of the fun. Moreover, I don’t want to pretend to forecast technological progress, otherwise I might end up saying stuff like Paul Krugman did in 1998: “By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no […]
          Comment on Can economists forecast technological progress? by Canada +150: Energy fuels Star Trek economy | Em News        
[…] all of the fun. Moreover, I don’t want to pretend to forecast technological progress, otherwise I might end up saying stuff like Paul Krugman did in 1998: “By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no […]
          Find Snowboarding: ALEUTIANS        

As Cody Booth made his yearly migration to Alaska in search of untouched lines and epic powder – The weather was less then cooperative.

Armed with a map and pending weather forecast a decision was made to head west…as far west as possible.

The Aleutians were formed by volcanic reaction and to this day still host large active volcanoes; many with lines, couloirs and untouched possibilities. – An adventure to unbelievable to pass up for Thomas Delfino and Aspen Rain Weaver, who headed north to meet Cody in the wild frontier.

Weather, grizzly bears, and a lack of amenities made this into one of the grittiest missions to date. The little town welcomed these unusual visitors but the surrounding terrain made no concessions, forcing the crew to get creative as they searched for first descents and fresh lines.

See it all in Find Snowboarding: ALEUTIANS, the second of three full films from Rome Snowboards

Cast: Rome Snowboards

Tags: Rome SDS, Find Snowboarding, Aleutians, Alaska, Cody Booth, Thomas Delfino, Aspen Rain Weaver, Adventure, Cold Bay, Travel, Snowboarding, ATVs, Splitboarding, MTN Approach and Bear Mace


          Weather Condition for Ingraham, Illinois at Mon, 22 Jun 2015 1:15 am MDT        

Current Conditions:
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Three Day Forecast:
Monday: Mostly Sunny High: 91°F Low: 75°F
Tuesday: Chance of T-Storm High: 90°F Low: 71°F
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          GOP Sen. Susan Collins Firmly Opposes Senate Health Care Bill        
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Congressional forecasters say a Senate bill that aims to repeal and replace Obamacare would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026. That's only slightly fewer than a House version that passed last month. This forecast comes as Senate Republican leaders press for a vote on the bill later this week, and it has already led one Republican senator to firmly oppose the bill. NPR's Scott Horsley joins us now. And, Scott, these numbers come from the Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan bean counters on Capitol Hill. So where do they think these coverage reductions are coming from? SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Ari, the biggest drop would be in Medicaid. Remember, Obamacare expanded Medicaid. This bill would shrink it. And the forecasters anticipate by 2026 you would have 15 million fewer Americans getting their coverage through that safety net program. They're also anticipating a drop of about 7 million people getting coverage
          GOP Senate Bill Would Cut Health Care Coverage By 22 Million        
Updated at 8:10 pm ET Congressional forecasters say a Senate bill that aims to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026. That's only slightly fewer uninsured than a version passed by the House in May . Monday's report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office could give moderate senators concerned about health care coverage pause. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was quick to register her opposition to the bill. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell wants a vote on the bill this week, before senators head home for the July Fourth recess. With Senate Democrats united in opposition, Republicans can afford to lose only two votes on their side and still pass the bill. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who is up for re-election next year, had already expressed reservations about the number of people who could lose coverage under the GOP bill. Four other Republican senators have complained that the bill doesn't go far enough in rolling
          Ukraine Continues the Crisis        
Subscriber only piece from Jane's Foreign Report titles Ukraine's President Pushes the Panic Button does a good job of providing background in a nutshell.

Their forecast?

The main winner from the crisis is Tymoshenko. In early elections, her bloc
would be likely to come a close second to the Party of Regions and, in an
ensuing Orange Coalition, she would become prime minister.

However, Yanukovych could still turn the tables on his Orange Coalition
rivals and consolidate his position as the key political power in Ukraine.

Should the crisis continue unabated, the potential for violence would also
grow and with this would come the risk of wider societal division and
widespread domestic instability.


During my time in Ukraine I was constantly frustrated by the apathy the west showed toward the region. It is a critically important area that will unfortunately be recognized only when things go terribly wrong.

For anybody that has lost faith in the US political system, just be aware that it is a paragon of virtue in every way when compared to Ukraine.
          8月9日(æ°´)のつぶやき その2        

ボブ来日中!アエラで取材させていただきました〜 #ボブ来日中 #ボブという名の猫 pic.twitter.com/Fk5JVqVh1z

— 中村千晶 (@potuo) 2017年8月2日 - 18:11

ボブも日本に無事上陸!ジェームズとボブ、日本でハイタッチ(=^・^=)
#ボブ来日中 #ボブという名の猫 pic.twitter.com/iHv6W5H5iL

— 8/26公開「ボブという名の猫」 (@BOBtheCAT_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 19:12

半井小絵「数年前まで靖国というと自分から遠ざけていた。去年8/15靖国神社に行き考え方が変わった。何で先の戦争で命を懸けて愛する人、日本を守ろうと戦われた方々をその日に慰霊出来ないのか、日本はおかしいと気が付き、今まで感謝の気持ち… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— ブルー (@blue_kbx) 2017年8月9日 - 18:16

Thanks SILVER FOX FESTIVAL in Nagoya!! #銀キツネ祭り #5大キツネ祭り #名古屋 #BABYMETAL pic.twitter.com/kk4cSDH5qp

— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) 2017年8月8日 - 20:27

【3days to go】「コードネームミラージュ」第19話は8/11(金)深夜1時23分~テレビ東京ほかにて放送スタート!前回凄絶なバトルの末、迎えた結末…今後どうなル!? #コードネームミラージュ #CodeM #ミラージュ… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— ドラマ「コードネームミラージュ」公式 (@code_mirage) 2017年8月8日 - 22:51

今日は世界ねこの日ということなので、過去のライルさんを😊
ライルさん、家に来てくれてありがとう😃
いつまでも一緒に過ごせますように☺️
そして、世界中の猫がみんな幸せになれますように✨

#世界ねこの日 #世界ネコの日 pic.twitter.com/cLqP8NpxxA

— 赤(通知不具合中😖) (@RS_yy) 2017年8月8日 - 21:12

昭和31年 駅の伝言板 (朝日新聞社) pic.twitter.com/OLNeks3NnA

— 昭和スポット巡り (@showaspotmegri) 2017年8月8日 - 21:25

昨日の夕焼けのシーンからのワンカットです。

虹が消えた後の光景。
富士山の頭に絡みつく雲が渦を巻き、それが夕焼けに照らされて怪しい色に光っていました。

#富士山 #笠雲 #夕焼け pic.twitter.com/QBIgBkmjCk

— 富士山フォト by 富士山写真家 オイ (@fujitomo_photo) 2017年8月9日 - 19:40

恵俊彰「朝日新聞は大臣続投と報じたが、田崎は前から閣外と決まてったと主張してた」
岸田「結果が全て。経緯は取材者のメンツにかかるのでノーコメント」

『大臣続投』と自信ありげに語ってた伊藤惇夫は気まずそうに下を向いてますが、伊藤の… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— DAPPI (@take_off_dress) 2017年8月9日 - 18:46

共和党支持者の74%が対北軍事行動に賛成 脅威認識が大幅上昇 CNN世論調査~ネットの反応「世論の形成できたなw」「SEALDS 出番だ! トランプタワー周辺でローソクと拡声器を持ってウロチョロして来い」 anonymous-post.com/archives/10774

— アノニマス ポスト (@anonymous201504) 2017年8月9日 - 19:16

日本人は訪中する時に「中国の庶民は親切な人ばかりですね」と反日ブームが嘘とほっとする瞬間に、試しに「私は靖国参拝を支持します」「尖閣諸島は日本の領土」と言ってみたら、相手の親切な中国人庶民が豹変するかもしれませんw仲良くする前に相手を見極めよう

— 孫向文「日本人に帰化したい!!」 (@sun_koubun) 2017年8月9日 - 12:13

私の新刊『戦争と平和』(新潮新書)が発売となりました。
いつものアホな百田君ではなく、真面目に真剣に書いた反戦論の本です。
amazon.co.jp/dp/4106107317/…?amp=1

— 百田尚樹 (@hyakutanaoki) 2017年8月9日 - 19:00

ドクターから胃潰瘍を手術しないといけないといわれたが、県紙の購読を止めると3カ月で完治した→ほめすぎです、苦笑
RT【沖縄が危ない!】大手メディアが県民から隠蔽してきた「不都合な真実」 八重山日報が暴く日 zakzak.co.jp/soc/news/17080… @zakdeskさんから

— 石井孝明 (@ishiitakaaki) 2017年8月9日 - 13:09

「菅野氏が属していた運動体」→菅野完が属していた反原発団体や反差別団体(しばき隊)についてハッキリ言わない(言えない)空気感にこそ、非常に根深い問題を感じますね。 twitter.com/nakajima1975/s…

— CatNA (@CatNewsAgency) 2017年8月9日 - 10:33

井上和彦氏「(河野太郎氏の発言で)中国(王毅)が失望したんでしょう?最高やん!中国に失望してもらう。うわー、もう最高!中国に『素晴らしい外相ですね』と言われたら、日本からすると最低だと言うことです。」 pic.twitter.com/44qFy3xZRZ

— take4 (@sumerokiiyasaka) 2017年8月9日 - 19:45

菅野完の性暴行事件。新聞各紙は報じているが、テレビで報じたのは私の知る限り日テレだけ。菅野のツイートによると、日テレだけ籠池から取材拒否されていたらしい。籠池を密着取材してきたテレビ局はバツが悪いせいか「報道しない自由」かな。
news24.jp/articles/2017/…

— CatNA (@CatNewsAgency) 2017年8月9日 - 18:23

のんき起きて〜😚😚☀

まだ眠たいにゃ〜〜😪😴

かわいいポーズ❤️ pic.twitter.com/CIfSa7zFL9

— 呑気なのんきくん (@nonkichan0806) 2017年8月9日 - 07:35

ノイホイ菅野完が、性的暴行に対し女性に損害賠償の判決。各マスディアはこの裁判も、元部落解放同盟で入れ墨入れ、暴力団ともかかわりがあり、しばき隊では集めたお金横領し追放された人物と知りながら森友籠池のスポークスマンとして認めていました。まあノイホイもメディアも節操がないの一言です。

— 井上太郎 (@kaminoishi) 2017年8月9日 - 18:37

テレビってゴールデンタイムが面白くなさすぎない?

— 子ぬこ (@konukopet) 2017年8月9日 - 19:49

平昌五輪まで半年、韓国での関心高まらず 組織委委員長「日本から多くの観客が訪れることに期待」~ネットの反応「慰安婦像と謝罪と賠償の横断幕でお出迎えですね」「一番行きたくないのは選手なのではないだろうか?」 anonymous-post.com/archives/10741

— アノニマス ポスト (@anonymous201504) 2017年8月9日 - 12:03

事実歪曲の「#軍艦島 広告」に憤り 2年前に「慰安婦問題のデタラメ」を告発する手紙を書いた韓国系アメリカ人古老、再び「『慰安婦問題のウソ』をばらまいたのと同じやり方だ」 真実告発へ動き出す旧制中同窓会… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 産経ニュース (@Sankei_news) 2017年8月9日 - 12:27

福島産の食品は安全だし、福島に暮らすことにもなんの問題もないんだよ。そんなことはデータを見れば明らか。それにも関わらず、「危険危険」と言い募る人たちの目的はなに? 単に不勉強なだけの善意の人たちなの? それともデマで儲けようとしてるの? まあ、デマで儲けてる人は確かにいるよね

— 菊池誠(8/12円盤) (@kikumaco) 2017年8月9日 - 15:07

「性行為を断念」ってどんないい訳w

こんな人を「正義の告発者」扱いしてたんだからね~ pic.twitter.com/6O6apzi28A

— io302 (@io302) 2017年8月9日 - 16:20

本日、Tー2ブルーは航空祭の地上展示のため引っ越しました。今年はブルー格でTー2、Tー4ブルー並んで展示します❗ pic.twitter.com/zImRwZFFBz

— 航空自衛隊松島基地 (@matsushimabase) 2017年8月9日 - 12:31

【「安倍晋三」名前消しパネルの証拠動画】ひるおびは、意図的に「安倍晋三」の名前だけを消したパネルを使用して、司会の恵俊彰も「安倍総理」と言わず「総理」としか言っていないwww二枚目のパネルなんて、安倍晋三内閣総理大臣だけ名前と役職… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 500円 (@_500yen) 2017年8月9日 - 18:02

さんざんやってたのに…RT【新閣僚に聞く】野田聖子総務相「外から首相を批判し政権を弱くするのは卑怯」 インタビュー詳報 - 産経ニュース sankei.com/politics/news/… @Sankei_newsさんから

— 石井孝明 (@ishiitakaaki) 2017年8月9日 - 12:57

Thanks WHITE FOX FESTIVAL in Nagoya!! #白キツネ祭り #5大キツネ祭り #名古屋 #BABYMETAL pic.twitter.com/yzfSH2soJ6

— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) 2017年8月9日 - 20:18

【台風が去ってやっと夏空 でも一時的】 tenki.jp/forecaster/dia… 長寿台風5号が消滅して、きょう(9日)の関東はようやく真夏らしいギラギラとした日差しが照りつけました..

— tenki.jp (@tenkijp) 2017年8月9日 - 20:00

酒田市のミサイル避難訓練を英BBCが報道 「国際社会の笑い者」などの声も:J-CAST news.livedoor.com/article/detail… BBCの報道は馬鹿にするような内容ではなかったよ、馬鹿にしてる人は韓国や台湾で避難訓練をしている事や、イスラエルの実戦を知らないのだろう。

— JSF (@obiekt_JP) 2017年8月9日 - 20:15

【水温変化編】データで見る台風5号
台風5号が通過した軌跡をたどると、海面水温が劇的に変化していることがわかりました。海をかき回していった事がわかります。
weathernews.jp/s/topics/20170… pic.twitter.com/5kUxOAQ1Vn

— ウェザーニュース (@wni_jp) 2017年8月9日 - 20:14
          8月9日(æ°´)のつぶやき その1        

◆国内線◆おはようございます。本日9日、青森・大館能代・庄内空港は台風のため、対馬空港は強風のため、条件付きの運航となる可能性があります。PC:ana.ms/vF7cl0 携帯:ana.ms/mobdom

— ANA運航の見通し情報 (@ANA_flight_info) 2017年8月9日 - 05:45

◇国際線◇おはようございます。上海(浦東)・北京空港は航空管制指示のため、遅延の可能性があります。PC:ana.ms/u5ohkC 携帯: ana.ms/mobintinfo

— ANA運航の見通し情報 (@ANA_flight_info) 2017年8月9日 - 06:30

【9日の天気 北は大雨 関東は猛暑】 tenki.jp/forecaster/dia… 台風5号は今日(9日)午前3時に温帯低気圧に変わりましたが、油断は禁物。東北や北陸では大雨による土砂..

— tenki.jp (@tenkijp) 2017年8月9日 - 06:33

【全国の天気】(9日06:00) tenki.jp 台風5号は午前3時に日本海で温帯低気圧に変わりました。この後、低気圧は東北の日本海沿岸を北上し今夜に..

— tenki.jp (@tenkijp) 2017年8月9日 - 06:00

【台風5号 記録的長寿 史上3位に】 tenki.jp/forecaster/dia… 台風5号は、9日午前3時に、東北の日本海側沖合で温帯低気圧に変わりましたが、これは長寿3位の記録的台..

— tenki.jp (@tenkijp) 2017年8月9日 - 05:40

【もうすぐ山の日! 富士山ビューポイント【レジャー特集・2017】】 tenki.jp/suppl/rsakai/2… 動きの遅かった台風5号が、本日、日本海に抜けました。しかし、台風一過による気温上..

— tenki.jp (@tenkijp) 2017年8月8日 - 18:31

船橋のマリンフェスタ、新旧の砕氷艦「しらせ」公開 8月19日と20日
flyteam.jp/news/article/8…

#海上自衛隊 #航空

— FlyTeam ニュース (@FlyTeamNews) 2017年8月8日 - 22:25

羽田空港、9月23日に空の日フェスティバル タワー見学などで事前募集
flyteam.jp/news/article/8…

#羽田空港 #航空 #空港

— FlyTeam ニュース (@FlyTeamNews) 2017年8月8日 - 21:55

自衛隊の主要航空機の保有数、2017年3月末に990機 防衛白書
flyteam.jp/news/article/8…

#海上自衛隊 #陸上自衛隊 #航空自衛隊 #航空

— FlyTeam ニュース (@FlyTeamNews) 2017年8月8日 - 21:25

東北町分屯基地、10月1日に「ちびっ子マラソン大会」開催 参加者を募集
flyteam.jp/news/article/8…

#航空自衛隊 #東北町分屯基地 #航空 #空港

— FlyTeam ニュース (@FlyTeamNews) 2017年8月8日 - 21:16

防衛省、平成29年度版「防衛白書」を刊行 日報問題は次年度版で報告
flyteam.jp/news/article/8…

#海上自衛隊 #陸上自衛隊 #航空自衛隊 #航空

— FlyTeam ニュース (@FlyTeamNews) 2017年8月8日 - 21:04

LCC利用者の意識と行動調査、選択基準は78.4%が航空運賃の安さ
flyteam.jp/news/article/8…

#スクート・タイガーエア #タイ・エアアジア・エックス #バニラエア #航空 #航空会社

— FlyTeam ニュース (@FlyTeamNews) 2017年8月8日 - 20:28

記者「若狭議員が自民党ではない選択肢の受け皿になると」

松井「若狭さんは自民党の補欠選挙に出て一年も経ってないのに、自民党ではない受け皿って意味が分からない。結局市場問題も豊洲で落ち着き、百条委員会に石原御大呼んだけど責任がなく… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— BEI (@Osaka0010) 2017年8月8日 - 19:21

8/9水【真相深入り!虎ノ門ニュース】
出演:井上和彦・半井小絵
ニコ生
live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv304032…
Fresh!
freshlive.tv/toranomonnews/…
YouTube
youtube.com/watch?v=VQodGb…

— 真相深入り!虎ノ門ニュース(#虎8) (@toranomon8) 2017年8月9日 - 08:00

ニャン太とここあ pic.twitter.com/cuQ90am97L

— Minton (@mintjulep555) 2017年8月5日 - 11:48

本日はコープスペイント限定「白キツネ祭り」!入場の際には本人確認と手荷物検査&金属探知機によるセキュリティーチェックを行います。身分証の準備をお忘れないよう、必要の無い手荷物、金属類は場内には持ち込まないようご協力をお願い致します… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) 2017年8月9日 - 14:12

[exblog] 疑惑ならそれこそ村田R4に大きなのがあるでしょ ttensan.exblog.jp/25244138/

— 茶請け (@ttensan) 2017年8月9日 - 08:30

【福岡県で竜巻の目撃情報】 tenki.jp/forecaster/dia… 福岡管区気象台によると、9日午前8時30分頃、福岡県福岡市博多区で竜巻などの激しい突風が発生したとみ..

— tenki.jp (@tenkijp) 2017年8月9日 - 09:31

東大寺の国宝・法華堂にハングルの落書き~ネットの反応「韓国人に都合の悪いことは報道しないTV局」「もう観光客にはレプリカ見せろ」 anonymous-post.com/archives/10719

— アノニマス ポスト (@anonymous201504) 2017年8月9日 - 09:38

日本ファーストの会・若狭勝議員について萱野稔人氏「反自民というだけで烏合の衆を作ってしまって政策が一致せずにバラバラになってしまって」⇐寄せ集めの数合わせの烏合の衆の民進党のような無様な姿の二の舞いになりかねないとの鋭い指摘。… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— クレア (@rinrinrin3655) 2017年8月9日 - 00:06

短いですが大村さんにWildCatを弾いていただいた時の動画!!
マーシャルは軽くクランチにしてWildCatでブースト!!

クリーンミックスがしてあるのでアンプとギターのキャラを活かしつつ独特の艶感がでます!

:スタッフA pic.twitter.com/nckrrtVLxv

— Vivie(ビビー) (@Vivie_Effect) 2017年8月8日 - 19:57

お母さんの腰もモミモミしていただきたい。
#ソマリ #cats #猫 #ふみふみ #猫好きさんと繋がりたい pic.twitter.com/SSk2ueIx1K

— ききまる@ゆる〜く行きます (@kikimaru529) 2017年8月8日 - 19:29

「みなと神戸に咲く花火」

布引ハーブ園から撮りました。
モヤが無ければもう少し綺麗に撮れたと思いますが、今回は撮れただけで満足です😌

#みなと神戸海上花火大会
#写真好きな人と繋がりたい
#photography #ふぉと pic.twitter.com/Ffh1FbIf59

— きょうすけ@写真 (@kyousukeimg) 2017年8月6日 - 16:06

#オレの好きなGIF pic.twitter.com/isJ9WZJlDK

— オレの好きなGIF (@OrenosukinaGIF) 2017年8月9日 - 16:18

【今日のドブネズミ18】第18話「醒めル」ご視聴有難うございました!恒例の第18話のドブネズミをご紹介!#コードネームミラージュ #佐野ひなこ #今日のドブネズミ #次回 #どうなル pic.twitter.com/XIdVrBFlWR

— ドラマ「コードネームミラージュ」公式 (@code_mirage) 2017年8月8日 - 22:46

Happy #internationalcatday everyone twitter.com/TBIF/status/89…

— StreetCat Bob (@StreetCatBob) 2017年8月8日 - 22:27

ビッグイシューは薄いけど読み応えがあり、考えさせられる記事がたくさんあります。販売員さんに了解を得て写真を撮りました。新宿ピカデリーでも売ってましたよ。#ボブ来日中 #ビッグイシュー #StreetCatBob #James… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— TONIO(トニオ) (@toniodoll) 2017年8月2日 - 15:31

8/9 本日のビッグイシューの販売を始めます。よろしくお願いいたします。最新号のスペシャル企画は『ボブという名の猫』特集は『ここに”平和“』です。
#ビッグイシュー
#ボブという名の猫
#エキタス
#岡山 pic.twitter.com/CTeHQDzBN4

— ビッグイシュー岡山市表町販売者 (@okymbiktn1) 2017年8月9日 - 10:32

今日は #世界猫の日。先日、映画「#ボブという名の猫」のボブと原作著者のジェームスさんが来日。ビッグイシュー事務所を訪れ、ボブが表紙の最新号とご対面でした。猫好きさんはぜひお買い求めください。9月1日号にも登場予定。売り場はこちら… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— The Big Issue Japan (@BIG_ISSUE_Japan) 2017年8月8日 - 11:55

いい映画でした😂
ストリートミュージシャン🎸と😸の実話。感動の名作📙
#ボブという名の猫 #ジャパンプレミア 😸ハイタッチ🤚 pic.twitter.com/s5Ayjcjv3M

— if you want it (카스미) (@warisover1009) 2017年8月2日 - 21:46
          8月8日(火)のつぶやき その6        

さっき嬉しい出来事♪
あるお店に入って若い店員さんに商品の事を尋ねたら、私の顔を見て「応援してます〜!」って!その後熱心に色々とお話下さったので、仲間になって下さい!と私が言ったら、その方が「もう仲間のつもり!(^-^)」って!… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 我那覇真子 (@ganaha_masako) 2017年8月8日 - 18:08

・菅野完の犠牲者女性は他にもいた
・反原発運動で知り合う
・毎日のように電話やメールで様々な要求
・虚偽ツイートの強要も
・詩織さんは応援するが、菅野の件は黙殺するダブスタ
lovepiececlub.com/news/2017/08/0…

菅野はかなり異常な人物。籠池が篭絡されたのも頷ける。

— CatNA (@CatNewsAgency) 2017年8月8日 - 19:43

中国紙、王毅外相に頭下げた河野太郎氏の写真掲載 国内向けに宣伝 sankei.com/world/news/170… 中国のやること、韓国並みになってませんか?(^_^;
★画像は2015年4月、東亜日報が掲載した「別所浩郎駐韓大使が椅… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— くっくり@六四天安門事件 (@boyakuri) 2017年8月8日 - 17:46

昭和34年 函館 「暮しの手帖」より pic.twitter.com/dgTZyusOrR

— 昭和スポット巡り (@showaspotmegri) 2017年8月8日 - 17:12

【関東 台風のあとは危険な暑さ】 tenki.jp/forecaster/dia… 関東は、台風が通り過ぎたあと、猛烈な暑さになるでしょう。熱中症に厳重な警戒が必要です。

— tenki.jp (@tenkijp) 2017年8月8日 - 16:50

『ブルーインパルス展示飛行の動画』
8月6日(土)、静岡県静岡市で行われた「第70回清水みなと祭り」の動画をFacebookにアップしました。是非、ご覧下さい!facebook.com/jasdf.pao/

— 防衛省 航空自衛隊 (@JASDF_PAO) 2017年8月8日 - 16:21

【この先の天気傾向】今年の夏は「厳しい暑さ」に見舞われそうです。また、大阪のジメ暑はエジプト並みだったことが発覚。日本の夏を徹底解説。
#ジメ暑 #世界のKitchenから #ソルティライチ #PR
cards.twitter.com/cards/18ce54id…

— tenki.jp (@tenkijp) 2017年8月8日 - 17:20

菅野の情報を安倍政権叩きに利用してきた左翼メディアは報じるかな?それとも「報道しない自由」またまた発動?試金石ですね。 twitter.com/Sankei_news/st…

— CatNA (@CatNewsAgency) 2017年8月8日 - 18:49

東京の多摩エリアなどでは、雨雲をスクリーンに、鮮やかな虹が出現!しかもダブル!!
weathernews.jp/s/topics/20170… pic.twitter.com/DkXk1j9tKC

— ウェザーニュース (@wni_jp) 2017年8月8日 - 19:51

中国紙、王毅外相に頭下げた河野太郎氏の写真掲載 国内向けに宣伝
sankei.com/world/news/170… pic.twitter.com/5U7jpAZJ0S

— 産経ニュース (@Sankei_news) 2017年8月8日 - 17:06

民主党政権時に何度も首相公邸に出入りしていた辻本清美がしきりに元首相の安倍さんを首相公邸に住むよう勧める。誰が見てもわかるワナに、誰が引っ掛かるかよ。 twitter.com/surumegesogeso…

— 松竹梅 (@shou_chiku_bai) 2017年8月8日 - 05:49

【8月8日は何の日? 実は記念日のとても多い日なんです】 tenki.jp/suppl/rsakai/2… 8月に入り、台風に関するニュースが多くなってきていますが、猛威を振るった台風5号..

— tenki.jp (@tenkijp) 2017年8月8日 - 16:31

「お父さんの意見大切に」王外相、河野氏に皮肉 読売 headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20170807-…
河野外相「中国には大国としての振る舞い方を身に付けていただく必要がある」と反論…
↑
この一言が大事だよな。
しかし日本も同じ。北朝鮮との向き合い方、真剣に議論しなければならない。

— 足立康史 (@adachiyasushi) 2017年8月8日 - 17:42

ザ・ボイス(宮崎哲弥×佐々木俊尚) 今日のニュース(1)「河野外務大臣が 中国の王毅外相と初会談」#voice1242 #radiko

— 「ザ・ボイスそこまで言うか!」 (@iida_voice) 2017年8月8日 - 17:02

ザ・ボイス(宮崎哲弥×佐々木俊尚) 今日のニュース(2)「4-6月の消費活動指数 1.1%上昇」#voice1242 #radiko

— 「ザ・ボイスそこまで言うか!」 (@iida_voice) 2017年8月8日 - 17:02

ザ・ボイス(宮崎哲弥×佐々木俊尚) 今日のニュース(3)「細野豪志氏が民進党に離党届を提出」#voice1242 #radiko

— 「ザ・ボイスそこまで言うか!」 (@iida_voice) 2017年8月8日 - 17:03

石川選手、本塁打含む3打点の活躍…好投のマイコラス投手は2年ぶり二桁勝利:… #ジャイアンツ #巨人 #G党さんと繋がりたい goo.gl/bp72 pic.twitter.com/AuT5DolBka

— 巨人軍ニュース (@news_giants) 2017年8月8日 - 22:20

巨人が虎に快勝 阿部が通算2000安打まであと4本&マイコラス10勝目:… #ジャイアンツ #巨人 #G党さんと繋がりたい goo.gl/bp72

— 巨人軍ニュース (@news_giants) 2017年8月8日 - 22:01

巨人・阿部、通算2000安打まであと5本 一回に先制の右前適時打:… #ジャイアンツ #巨人 #G党さんと繋がりたい goo.gl/bp72

— 巨人軍ニュース (@news_giants) 2017年8月8日 - 18:44

2回の攻撃。1死から #石川慎吾 選手の今季5号となるソロホームランで加点! 2回終了 巨人 2-0 阪神 #ジャイアンツ #巨人 #プロ野球 #今こそ一丸 pic.twitter.com/0uHQ05MkAS

— 読売ジャイアンツ(Giants) (@TokyoGiants) 2017年8月8日 - 18:44

1回裏の攻撃、#阿部慎之助 選手が先制となる右前適時打!2000安打まで、あと5本!
BS日テレ、日テレG+で中継、ジャイアンツLIVEストリームで配信中!詳しくは⇒bit.ly/2dT0esk… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 読売ジャイアンツ(Giants) (@TokyoGiants) 2017年8月8日 - 18:29

#instagram #巨人 ・#阪神タイガース 8回2死、、#宇佐見真吾 のプロ初打席初安打となるセンター前ヒットに盛り上がる巨人ベンチ(photo by Yuichi… dlvr.it/PccyRL… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— スポーツ報知・巨人取材班 (@hochi_giants) 2017年8月8日 - 22:28

巨人6-1阪神(試合終了)
勝 マイコラス 10勝5敗
負 岩貞 4勝9敗
マイコラスは7回無失点で自身2年ぶりの2ケタ10勝目
巨人は今季100試合目を勝利で飾り48勝51敗1分けの借金3となった

— スポーツ報知・巨人取材班 (@hochi_giants) 2017年8月8日 - 20:54
          8月8日(火)のつぶやき その1        

熊本震災の時、僕はボランティアで佐賀空港から孤立した南阿蘇村まで小さなヘリコプターで救援物資を必死でピストン輸送しました。雀の涙でした。途中から米軍のオスプレイが物資輸送に加わり状況が好転しました。うらやましかったです。オスプレイ… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 高須克弥 (@katsuyatakasu) 2017年8月7日 - 12:55

さすが櫻井さん。これに触れた。
詳しく報道しているメディアは無かったね。
自民・野田氏、中国副首相と会談:日本経済新聞 nikkei.com/article/DGXLZO…
#primenews

— SurpriseCoke (@SurpriseCoke) 2017年8月7日 - 20:51

櫻井氏「タレントさんやコメンテーター達は基準をどこに置いているのか。
なぜ私達はこんなメディアに振り回されなければいけないのか。
視聴者が賢くなって見極めなければならない」
#primenews #nw9

— chikariko (@chikariko) 2017年8月7日 - 20:42

BSフジのプライムニュースで櫻井よしこさんが内閣支持率について、「メディアがこんな偏向報道した中の支持率なんですから(政府は)そんなの真に受けて信用しなくていいですよ!」って言ったらしいけど、私もそう思う。あんなのどうせデタラメに決まってるんだから、政府も国民も一喜一憂しない!

— 遠子先輩 (@murrhauser) 2017年8月8日 - 00:08

石原元都知事の賠償責任追及を都が断念した今、石原元都知事を憶測でヒステリックに断罪していたマスメディア報道を検証することが必要であると考えます。特に「会見」という名の公開人民裁判は、マスメディアの暴走そのものであったと考えます。agora-web.jp/archives/20249…

— 藤原かずえ (@kazue_fgeewara) 2017年8月8日 - 00:08

【直近テレビ局の内閣支持率】
日本テレビ:安倍内閣を支持する42%、支持しない48%
TBS:安倍内閣を支持する39.7%、支持しない59%
テレビ朝日:安倍内閣を支持する37.6%、支持しない47.2%
あれだけ疑惑だ~お友達だ… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— Mi2 (@YES777777777) 2017年8月7日 - 12:35

毎度おなじみ気象庁と米軍の意地の張り合い発生中なんだが pic.twitter.com/q4YlhFb7Jb

— ゆ@無慈悲なけんおうちほー (@yuzukoseuG) 2017年8月7日 - 10:57

【国家の危機】櫻井よしこ氏「朝日新聞は戦前、号外を出して戦争イケイケどんどんで部数を伸ばし間違って戦争に行った。今は他の面で批判して間違う方向に国民を誘導してる。国民が必要なのはバランスの取れた情報。国家の危機、真面なメディアが少… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— Mi2 (@YES777777777) 2017年8月7日 - 21:12

サプライズの鐘メドレーで、大ちゃんがやったこの振付け。
表情に引きずり込まれるような凄みがあって驚愕でした。
一瞬であんなにも入り込めるものなの?頭から離れません。
撮影されていたらいいのに。。 pic.twitter.com/MuUlL5zZXT

— soracchi7 (@soracchi7) 2017年8月6日 - 20:32

【国際比較】反町キャスター「メディアは信頼されなくなる?」櫻井よしこ氏「メディアは信頼されてないでしょうが。国際比較、アメリカ・イギリス・フランス・ドイツ・韓国と日本。間違った放送した場合、訂正放送命令がある、日本はない。免許停止… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— Mi2 (@YES777777777) 2017年8月7日 - 21:03

日本人の「休み」に対する価値観って本当に狂ってるよね。
いい例が学生の「夏休み」
なんで「休み」が成長するいいチャンスなんだよ。
なんで「休み」が学力を上げるチャンスなんだよ。
「休み」って明言してるんだからつべこべ言わずに休ませろ。自由にさせろ。

— 大宮トルティーヤ (@izukyu2100kinme) 2017年7月23日 - 21:13

今朝未明、清らかな月光で色づいた彩雲が、まるで天女の羽衣のようにたなびいていました。(山梨県にて撮影)
今日もお疲れさまでした。明日も穏やかな一日になりますように。 pic.twitter.com/Hlxxao79zH

— KAGAYA (@KAGAYA_11949) 2017年8月7日 - 21:37

"NHKなど一部の報道では未だにこの水を「汚染水」「トリチウムを含む汚染水」と表現しているものの、これを「汚染」と呼ぶのは報道として極めて不正確です"
繰り返された報道による言葉の暴力、「福島産」への正しい理解を(1) wedge.ismedia.jp/articles/-/102…

— 竜田一人 (@TatsutaKazuto) 2017年8月7日 - 11:33

◆国内線◆おはようございます。本日8日、釧路空港は視界不良のため、秋田・庄内・仙台・福島・能登・富山・小松・八丈島空港は台風のため、条件付きの運航となる可能性があります。PC:ana.ms/vF7cl0 携帯:ana.ms/mobdom

— ANA運航の見通し情報 (@ANA_flight_info) 2017年8月8日 - 05:45

\ANAの宮崎じまんプレゼント🎁/
キャンペーンサイトから応募登録のうえ、ANA宮崎発着路線に1区間以上ご搭乗いただいたお客様の中から抽選で宮崎の特産品をプレゼント!
詳細はコチラ⇒ana.ms/2uLaMRF pic.twitter.com/fE8lxw9NQO

— ANA旅のつぶやき【公式】 (@ANA_travel_info) 2017年8月7日 - 17:30

ANAがサポートする女子プロゴルファー森田遥選手🏌🏻‍♀️が、北海道meijiカップで、ツアー初優勝🎊を成し遂げられました!!森田遥プロより、喜びのメッセージです♪
#森田遥 pic.twitter.com/FGI70JGj8x

— ANA旅のつぶやき【公式】 (@ANA_travel_info) 2017年8月7日 - 12:00

【台風5号 広く高温多湿 大雨と猛暑】 tenki.jp/forecaster/dia… 台風の進路にあたる北陸や東北は大雨警戒。過ぎ去った地域も台風が残していった高温多湿な空気で不快な暑さ..

— tenki.jp (@tenkijp) 2017年8月8日 - 06:50

【全国の天気】(8日06:00) tenki.jp 台風5号は、北陸付近を通過しており、午後には新潟県の日本海沿岸に抜ける見込みです。台風の影響で、北陸..

— tenki.jp (@tenkijp) 2017年8月8日 - 06:00

【二十四節気「立秋」。かすかな涼を求めて残暑を乗り切りましょう】 tenki.jp/suppl/yasukogo… 暑い盛りが続いていますが、ようやく土用の時期を越え、本日8月7日からは二十四節気..

— tenki.jp (@tenkijp) 2017年8月7日 - 11:00

羽田空港、プレミアムハーベストがオープン オーガニック野菜を扱う店舗
flyteam.jp/news/article/8…

#羽田空港 #航空 #空港

— FlyTeam ニュース (@FlyTeamNews) 2017年8月7日 - 23:16

デルタ航空、12月から提供開始のビジネス機内食選定でイベント開催
flyteam.jp/news/article/8…

#デルタ航空 #航空 #航空会社

— FlyTeam ニュース (@FlyTeamNews) 2017年8月7日 - 21:55

成田第1、ライフスタイルショップ「清雅堂」が期間限定でオープン
flyteam.jp/news/article/8…

#成田空港 #航空 #空港

— FlyTeam ニュース (@FlyTeamNews) 2017年8月7日 - 19:37

ANA、ヨーロッパ行きのANAキャリア運賃を一部改定 8月8日購入分から
flyteam.jp/news/article/8…

#ANA #全日空 #航空 #航空会社

— FlyTeam ニュース (@FlyTeamNews) 2017年8月7日 - 17:04

ANA STORE、9月から「TUMI for ANA」販売 ANAブルーがポイント
flyteam.jp/news/article/8…

#全日空商事 #ANA #全日空 #航空 #航空会社

— FlyTeam ニュース (@FlyTeamNews) 2017年8月7日 - 16:52

LMとシコルスキー、次期大統領専用ヘリVH-92A仕様機で初飛行
flyteam.jp/news/article/8…

#ロッキード・マーティン #アメリカ海兵隊 #航空

— FlyTeam ニュース (@FlyTeamNews) 2017年8月7日 - 12:37

何言ってるのかwwwwwwwwwwwww

分からないwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww pic.twitter.com/DS2iSzVKlz

— 呆然ちゃん (@bouzen9999) 2017年8月5日 - 23:45

A Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet flies over the USS Gerald R. Ford.
defense.gov/Photos/Photo-G… pic.twitter.com/2HvQ1joQge

— U.S. Forces Japan (@USForcesJapan) 2017年8月7日 - 15:40

「#呼吸しない微生物」が発見される どのようにして生きているのか不明…生命誕生の謎に手掛かり
sankei.com/life/news/1708… pic.twitter.com/l6nTzbVh5d

— 産経ニュース (@Sankei_news) 2017年8月7日 - 06:45

「内閣改造、支持率上昇ほぼ見られず」→他紙では明らかに上昇しているのが確認できるのに、意地でも支持率上昇を求めたくない朝日新聞。朝日で信用できる数字は日付だけ。(笑) twitter.com/k_tairiku/stat…

— CatNA (@CatNewsAgency) 2017年8月7日 - 09:26

7月25日、約100名の沖縄市民の皆さんが、市が行なっている毎年恒例の学習の一環で米空軍嘉手納基地内の史跡を訪れました。(Kadena Air Base 公式FBより)
facebook.com/KadenaAirBase/… pic.twitter.com/47W2Y91Htn

— 在日米軍司令部(USFJ) (@USFJ_J) 2017年8月7日 - 14:59
          Dallas : Buy Now Before Housing Prices Increase        

Buying a new home is a big commitment and making the decision to build a new home in Dallas, Texas, can feel like an even greater commitment. Not only is there the cost, but there’s also the time involved. Yet anyone considering a new home should act now. As housing prices increase, the number of available properties and open lots decreases. Hesitation now can result in an even greater loss of time and money.

Throughout the major Texas markets, home prices are seeing a steady increase. Interest rates are low, the local economies have shown marked improvement, and as more businesses realize the potential of doing business in Texas, there is a greater influx of new homebuyers. All of this results in a shift in supply and demand. Fewer homes are available, while the demand continues to grow.

Those looking to build a new home in Dallas, TX -- to fully develop a home that meets the family’s needs -- should seriously consider buying now. The number of vacant developed lots throughout Texas has decreased, with new lots slow to come on the market.

Demand and prices are expected to increase at least through the next few years, and though Dallas is likely to see an increase in vacant lots being developed, the supply may not be able to keep up with demand.

Furthermore, Standard & Poor’s has upgraded their 2013 forecast for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index to an 11% year-over-year increase. As home prices are increasing, so are mortgage interest rates. Although still relatively low, they are expected to continue to grow in the foreseeable future, resulting in higher monthly payments the longer a buyer waits.

Anyone considering the option to build a new home in Dallas, TX, should move quickly. Not only is there a better chance of finding a property in a preferred location, but there is a better chance of building the perfect home while prices are still affordable. The housing market has bottomed out and has now started the slow climb up. Waiting to make a new home purchase no longer makes financial sense.


          Dallas : Texas Home Appreciation Leads the Nation        

For the last ten years, Texan homes have seen steady appreciation of their prices, year after year. Even after the credit crisis in 2008, homes in Texas continued to weather the financial storm, showing some of the strongest growth in the country. New homes in Texas have proven to be a solid investment.

Since 2002, homes in Texas have seen a steady increase in appreciation of more than 2% each year. In just ten year’s time, the home price appreciation has risen more than 24%. New homes in Texas are more than just a place to live; they’re an investment in your future.

One of the reasons why home prices have done so well is because Texas didn’t go through the same housing bubble that so much of the country experienced. Houses may not have seen their values increase seemingly overnight in double digits the way homes in other states did, but they also haven’t experienced the crippling drop in value that came as the bubble burst.

Texas is proving to be an attractive place to live and work. A growing number of small and large businesses are moving to cities throughout Texas, including Dallas, Houston, San Antonia, and Austin. With the influx of people looking for new homes in Texas, the number of houses on the market is unlikely to exceed demand. With some cities looking at the potential of their populations doubling over the next ten years, house prices are unlikely to decrease any time soon.

As they say, everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes the home appreciation values. The steady growth of the past ten years, combined with the projected economic growth throughout the state, mean that new homes in Texas are likely to remain one of the best investments you can make, whether it’s one year, three years, or ten years down the line. The forecast for Texas home appreciation in the next year continues the steady trend of 2% a year. That means now is the time to buy your new home and start building your future.


          Day Dreaming        
For whatever reasons this week, my mind has given in to slipping into daydreaming at various times. My desktop photo I think triggers that and takes me into a totally different world. I've told the story many times in earlier posts about the fact that it was my father's dream to own a farm. And we came "that" close to having a farm.


 The farm as I remember seeing it looked similar to the one pictured above. The house was off to the right and was decent. The corn right now would be about "knee-high" -- just saying . . .

But, then I get back to not day dreaming and back to working and searching the family tree - sort of being a farmer - no corn though, well maybe lots of "corn" . . . who doesn't love corn?

It is again approaching the century mark on the thermometer here today. I have to say that I would really welcome a good rainy day, but that is not in the forecast.

So, what did I spend my time on this week? A lot of it in scanning, I scanned about 300 items, photos, and documents from the family history box from Eleanor Sigg.

I have been inserting some of the photos into the Ancestry.com tree, a few at a time.

I have already heard from some of the related folks in that branch thanking me for adding them.

Granted, none of these folks are my direct relatives, well maybe a few are, but I knew a lot of them for many years.

I only wish that I could have shared the info earlier so that all of them could see their branch better. The same way I wish my own parents could see the folks and facts that have been put into their branches.

As usual, there are a lot of unidentified photos and that is always frustrating. I have been able to i.d. some, but there are many that will probably not be identified.

Never-the-less, it has been fun and interesting.

And now if you are looking for something to do the rest of this weekend AND you love mushrooms then you might be interested in:


The article in "The Forest Republican" details the events for mushroom enthusiasts in HILES, Wisconsin. This weekend, July 21-23, folks are descending on HILES, Wisconsin for mushrooming and a record turnout is expected.

Even though many apparently turned up as early as Wednesday, there is still about a day and a half left in the event. I like mushrooms . . .

Going back to the search and the endless numbers of ancestors and relatives are exemplified in the "Pickles" comic:


I haven't done the math, but assuming that it is correct, Nelson has over a million ancestors in just a few hundred years. Now that is the reason that this hobby just keeps going and going.

And every week it is true with me as I add new folks. Those new folks have folks and so on and so on. At some point, we draw the line at where we stop adding people, but that is difficult to do.

Every once in a while I hit a "jackpot" so to speak and it is so fascinating to learn about more branches of the tree that I never knew existed. Just this week as I was entering a person into the tree I saw that she was married -- married to a George Patton and this George Patton was stationed at a military fort in the 1940 Census.

I got excited with the prospect that she was married to THE George Patton, but the middle initials were different and so it was just a plain George Patton -- maybe the next person will be the one that has some amazing connection . . .

Lastly, this week we learned that my son, Chris, is out of the ICU from having brain surgery.

Information is sketchy, but hopefully, he will continue to be on the mend.

Thank you all who called and wrote about him and sent best wishes.

It is hard to be so far away and not be in the know as much as we'd like to be. As of two days ago, he was still in Swedish Hospital, Cherry Hill Loc., Seattle, RM536.

That is a bit of our week. See you all "in a few"!



          Comin' Up Roses        
Almost everything. Inside and outside. We must have several thousand rose blossoms in the front, most of them white, some of them do have a pinkish tint to them.

But they last for only a specified time and then they rejuvenate as they are trimmed and pruned -- thank you, gardeners.


As I said, almost everything -- the purple vase contains the gardenias which will be blooming in their time.

It is hot today,  90° or so forecasted. The a/c is working hard to keep the inside temperature doable. So far that is working -- we'll see come 4 pm . . .

Dino is sooo lucky. He is taking the heat in stride. or in his favorite position.

He looks so peaceful and only an occasional whimper over maybe something he is dreaming about.

He has four beds in the house and one crate. He alternates with all of them throughout the day.

Often we'll wonder where he might be and we'll find him in his crate feeling comfy and secure.

When he does go out (on a business trip) he usually wants back in soon -- just like when it rains. And sometimes we take him with us on an errand -- and he rides in the back -- in another bed . . .

With the a/c on, sometimes we might put on a light sweater in the house.
Or wear a pair of snazzy socks or leggings to ward off the cool.

We avoid having to go outside if we can help it and are always glad when the mail includes a package that is too big to fit into the mailbox, in which case all the mail is brought to the front door.

We try to keep it comfortable inside and lately it has been even more comfortable as we have been able to reduce a large number of nuisance calls by signing up for "Nomo Robo"
 service through Comcast.

Since signing up, very few sales, political or phishing/spam calls are getting through. We also have a couple of other remedies if some do get through.

This week was great for me with respect to WEBINARS. Legacy Family Tree had three new ones,
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday:


Talk about eating up the clock . . .  but they were worth it. It focuses my time and as I have always said, I learn something from each presentation.

Little by little I am feeling more confident when dealing with DNA and genealogy. And each webinar aids me in that.

Lifestreaming is not something that I was very clear on, but Thomas MacEntee's presentation cleared things up.

And if I can get a handle on and my arms around, Legacy Family Tree 9 -- that would be nice not to mention have Family Tree Maker 2017 up and running as promised for March of this year . . .


And wonder of wonders -- the USPS actually has come out with a program that looks to be something for the 21st century . . .

I signed up for it so we'll see how it takes some of the pain out of the horrible mail service that we get here.

We actually had two days in the last 30 days when we had NO mail service.

Apparently, per the Post Office, our route is a very complicated one . . .

But what this new service does is to give you a peek (via online) of what letter sized mail is supposed to be arriving that day. Yesterday was when I signed up for this service and I did get a peek of the day's mail coming . . .

The service was tested and opened up nationwide in the last few weeks. There are things I hope that it does -- like let me see mail that is addressed to me and then if I do not receive it, I can follow up. In our neighborhood, we get a large amount of misdelivered mail, usually on the day off of the regular carrier.


And the second leg of the Triple Crown happens today -- The Preakness.

We'll do what we did for The Derby, record the whole show and watch the last few minutes to see the main event.

It is always nice to have a chance to have a Triple Crown winner. I'm not actually sure why for us shut-in type folks that it matters, but we try to make it fun . . .

That is a bit of our week.  See you all "in a few"!













          It's Baaack . . . Wintry Weather, For One        
So, back came the rain, back came the cold and back came HHH (Healdsburg Heritage Hound). It is the "foreseeable future" now. Judging from the responses and the inquiries, most all readers of this blog connected the date of last week's post (April 1) to the substance and had it figured out. At least some of it anyway but also kept the options open.

Sorry about my attempt at levity, and it'll not happen again -- at least in the same form. So on we continue. The weather this week is just like winter. We've turned on the heat and the electric blankets for awhile. And then we have periods of sunshine with rain not far away from the forecast.


I do have to say though that the rainy conditions have spurred the dogwood trees to blossom handsomely this week -- not to mention the apple trees as well. I love the fact that I have not had to water the grass or plants so far this year. It would be nice if we could have rain every so often during the year -- like we used to get in the Midwest.

The trees are not the only blossoming going on though -- DNA and all the matches and coordinating reports are everywhere.


Daily, I receive notice that I (we) have new matches and new ways to deal with trying to figure out how these matches fit into our tree.

DNA advances keep coming and with more and more folks testing the results will continue to explode. I am overwhelmed with where and who to work with next. I have attended several DNA webinars so far this year with another scheduled on April 22.


As a matter of fact, on our nightstand right now we are reading a new book -- guess the topic -- a DNA related success story.

"The Foundling" by Paul Joseph Fronczak and Alex Tresniowski
is the true story of a baby who is kidnapped from his hospital nursery (1964) and two years later returned to the birth parents -- or so they thought . . .

We are just beginning the book so we do not know the details as yet -- but look forward to finding out.

The previous two books that we have read are also DNA success stories. So fascinating to follow the details of how DNA played a role in determining the facts and uncovering amazing events.

As far as I know, the facts of my DNA testing have not uncovered anything earth shattering like the above tales -- except that the test
has revealed that Gail and I are approximately 4th cousins -- but I have not been able (yet) to figure the connection point.

We have five beds in the house for Dino. He goes from room to room and tries each one at various times throughout the day -- but at night -- he sleeps in the bed, by our bed:

This is a special bed, designed for dogs to enjoy a dog-cave experience.

Dino, at bedtime, crawls into the bed and twists and turns to get it just right and then most of the time stays there until morning.

He is snuggled-in like a bug-in-a-rug. and he loves it. Gail helped train him to get used to it
by climbing in giving him a couple of treats and reassuring him that he was doing the right thing.

Now, I just prop up the top a bit before nighttime and he just crawls in . . .

Talk about spoiled -- I think back to the dogs we had growing up -- they had to make do with a couple of towels or an old piece of rug to curl up upon at night. They seemed happy too though.

What genealogically to look forward to this week on TV?



Last week's episode was exciting and I look forward to finding out about Smokey Robinson and his family on this week's show. It is too bad that there are so many commercials because in the U.S. we see about 40 minutes of program where in the U.K. they see a full hour of WDYTYA.

Never-the-less, I love the show and feel bad when the season is over for the year.

And lastly, another "thing" that is baaack is Major League Baseball. And so far we have watched at least part of each game that the Giants have played.


Way down to the bottom right hand corner you can see the Giant's ranking. Of the five games that they have played, they have been leading in each one seemingly on their way to a "win", but four of the five games went to the opponent. Meaning, the Giants have the poorest record in MLB.

But, that fact does not stop us from watching because we have the feeling that soon "things will turn around". And if they don't -- there is "always next year".

So, that is a bit of our week. See you all "in a few"!
          Beauty & The Poppy        
Every year it is amazing that the transition from blandness in the garden to blooming color takes place so quickly.

At the beginning of this week when I took Dino out (each morning) I noticed the garden bed was a sea of green with the exception of ONE California Poppy.

By Friday of this week there were twenty some poppies:


For awhile though there was just the single flower. In the coming days there will be many many more. And there are some herb plants that will alternately find their way to the surface as well.

The weather this week has gone through ups and downs, with today being a bit of the down and cooler temperatures. Earlier this week we should have turned the a/c on but opted to enjoy the fresh breezes via the open windows and doors.

Yesterday we took advantage of the grayness to pick every lemon from our tree. We have several bags of beautiful lemons (we gave a couple of bags to neighbors) and the rest we are taking to the food bank.

Last post I mentioned some of the books that we had read recently and that we were going to start reading "The Stranger in My Genes" that night.

We did start that book and we found it to be an incredible story.

The author, Bill Griffeth is a current anchorman on CNBC and has written other books as well. But for me this one was so intriguing that I read well past our usual nighttime sessions and finished it this week.

Of course the book has to do with DNA and the amazing results that Bill received and for sure changed his life forever. I have submitted my DNA for testing to three different companies and have experienced nothing like what Bill did. Maybe I had better take another look . . .

We were so taken with that book, we ordered another similar sounding scenario book and that is "Finding Family" by Richard Hill. And we are part way through that one and are finding it to be as intriguing as the first book.

Both books detail the genealogical detective efforts that brings satisfaction to the authors and impacts them and their families mostly in positive ways, but at first it did not appear that that would be the case.

Since we read every night before drifting off we have enjoyed looking forward to each read, some more than others though. With the current two books I have looked forward to the reading session with a lot more anticipation -- and in view of that have pre-ordered a book due to be released the first week of April:  "The Foundling" by Paul Joseph Fronczak.  We hope that it too lives up to the same level of intrigue and interest as the others.


Sad news to report. This week while doing my usual searching for news about members of our family tree, I uncovered the obituary shown to the left.

Larry Hart was a shirt-tail relative in that we were not directly related, but related in a way.

Larry was the nephew of my 1st cousin Gale Hiles' wife, Vivian Hart.

Larry and I exchanged many emails over a few years and I will miss his insight on tree members and his "take" on life.

The Hart family was prominent in Wisconsin and many of that branch populate the Hiles Family Tree.

Larry lived in a variety of places and eventually wound up in Mississippi where his wife still lives.


I'm not sure how "breaking" it is but spring here in Northern California arrives officially on Monday the 20th of March.

We have been told that it will be a mixed weather week with more possible rain forecast. We like that, I'll hold off watering the lawn for a few days.

An amazing tree across the street has gone from buds to blossoms to almost completely leafed out in the last few days -- how much more spring-like can you get.

Next week I'm sure to have other spring-like results e.g. March Madness results.

Now, this IS more "breaking news" for me anyway. Amazon Prime is introducing "One-Day" and maybe even "Same-Day" service in our area.
Since I do order frequently from Amazon, this is very good news.

I use Amazon to fill in for many items that I used to buy on trips to the various stores within driving range. And sometimes I like to order "jit" or just in time as needed.

I also use "Google Express" to fill in for items that used to require a visit to a "brick & mortar" store.
These delivered products are examples of why we hear of so many store closings -- a bunch just this week. And Google Express almost always delivers your items the next day.


I'm sure enjoying having "WDYTYA" back on TV. It is of course on TLC on Sunday evening.

We of course record it and watch it when we want to.

This week features Jennifer Grey, the actress. And it looks to be another very interesting peek into a celebrity's family tree.

I watched a "sneak preview" of the show on Dick Eastman's blog.


And lastly,


I can not imagine having to do "that" (walking to the TV) ever again.

We do watch a fair amount of TV, it is our primary source of entertainment during the week.

The remote is an extremely valuable device. Along with the DVR it has revolutionized TV watching for us.

Growing up -- after we finally got a TV, we did have to walk up to the set and turn a "clunky" dial to change channels and adjust the sound as well with another button.

At one point (around 7th grade) we lived in an apartment while waiting for our house to be built. There were not enough bedrooms for everyone, so I had to sleep on the couch in the living room.

The TV was in the living room and after my parents went to bed, I would turn on the TV and watch some of the programs like, "I Led Three Lives" starring Herb Philbrick and others. The problem would be that if I wanted to change the channel, I had to ever-so-carefully ease the channel selector to the next channel because it would make a clunking noise and that would wake my father and that would put an end to TV watching for that night . . .


That is a bit of our week. See you all, "in a few"!



          The euro does not intend to give up        

Eurozone

A strong employment report, along with speeches by FOMC members and the ripe technical reasons provoked a recovery of the dollar against most of its competitors, but there is still no certainty that the euro is ready to give its leadership to the dollar.

The Sentix economic index in August for the eurozone was 27.7p This is somewhat lower than the 28.3p a month earlier, but still indicates a steady growth. Investors' expectations have been growing for the eighth month in a row and have reached 40p, which is the highest since November 2007.

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The Sentix index is often seen by investors as an advance indicator. Since it is slightly earlier than similar studies from Ifo or Markit, it predicts market reversals. At the current period, the release contains a specific warning. Despite the fact that the expectations are at the 10-year peak, the index for Germany once again declined, the second time since February, and signs of a slowdown appeared. Germany is the engine of the entire European economy, its slowdown will inevitably have an impact on all intra-European processes.

Meanwhile the euro is supported by a number of geopolitical factors. After North Korea warned Washington about a possible attack of the US military base on the island of Guam, the demand for gold and the Japanese yen increased briskly, as well as the franc and euro, which in the current situation can be considered as defensive assets, also rose in a second echelon.

The momentum for the euro is slowing, but it is still too early to predict a confident turnaround. Markets will be waiting for tomorrow's report on US inflation, and the absence of significant macroeconomic factors will contribute to the flight into the lateral range.

United Kingdom

Today, the Office of National Statistics will publish data on industrial production and the trade balance in June. Weak data from the previous month played a role in the pound's lost growth momentum, and players need new data to reassess prospects. The forecast is conditionally positive. It is expected that the industry will show symbolic growth, and good data will be able to support the pound.

The NIESR will also publish its forecast for GDP growth. Its assessment has a significant impact on market expectations, as it is priced in by the Bank of England in the development of monetary policy. At the moment, the economy of Britain looks affected by the Brexit referendum, as its growth slowed down relative to other G10 countries, and general weakness serves as a deterrent for the Bank of England. The fall of the pound last week was provoked largely by this factor, and the need for decisive action to curb inflation was limited by weak economic growth.

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Political uncertainty also has a negative influence on the pound. Negotiations on Brexit are slow, and the first phase will not be completed in October, as it was assumed recently. Because of the weak results of the parliamentary elections, the position of Theresa May seems unconvincing, and the divided cabinet complicates the negotiations, since it does not in any way give a clear understanding the results the United Kingdom wants to achieve. The key question at the moment is whether Britain is ready to compromise and pay for its exit. The situation is aggravated by the probability of May being overthrown from her post at the Conservative Party's conference in October.

Pound positions look weak, and there are few reasons for the resumption of the upward trend. The pound may fall by the end of the week below 1.29.

Oil and ruble

Oil prices almost did not react to the report of the US Department of Energy on reserves, which was slightly worse than expected. OPEC countries did not provide new information to players, which led to the stabilization of prices at just above $52/bbl. A startling factor is the decline in China's oil imports, which may indicate a slowdown in China's economy, but so far this scenario is preliminary and does not deny the impact on long-term forecasts.

In the absence of significant drivers, the Russian ruble continues to trade in a narrow range of about 60 rubles per dollar.

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          Global macro overview for 10/08/2017        

Global macro overview for 10/08/2017:

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand left the Official Cash Rate (OCR)unchanged at the level of 1.75% as expected. In the official statement, the RBNZ said, that monetary policy is expected to remain accommodative for a long time, in order to support growth and guide inflation towards the RBNZ's target on a sustained basis. Numerous uncertainties remain and policy may need to adjust accordingly as the lower NZD is needed. Longer-term inflation expectations remain well-anchored at around 2% and future headline inflation is projected to reach the midpoint of the target band over medium-term. Headline inflation is likely to decline in coming quarters, but global growth has increased and domestic economic growth is expected to improve.

This dovish tone of the statement was broadly expected given the weaker balance of economic data over the last few months. However, while the RBNZ acknowledged the recent softer data, it held the line on just about every aspect of its forecasts as the projected OCR path was identical to the June statement. The RBNZ is maintaining a relatively positive view on the domestic growth outlook, continues to see the unemployment rate trending lower, and wage growth rising. As such, non-tradable inflation still rises gradually within the forecasts. Moreover, the overall tone of the statement signals clearly that it is going to take a lot of accumulated evidence to warrant a departure from this cautious stance in either direction. For now, the NZD is weakening across the board and further weakness is anticipated.

Let's now take a look at the NZD/USD technical picture at the H4 timeframe. After the interest rate news was released, the price moved lower towards the level of 0.7333 support and broke below it. The market conditions are oversold, but the price action remains sideways. The technical resistance at the level of 0.7333 is the key to the upside for bulls.

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          My Maltesian Misadventures        
An overview of my experiences...

Saturday, April 17th

Because my flight is out of Madrid, I have to endure the 6 hour bus ride from Sevilla to Madrid. I board the bus at 10:00 AM, even though my flight does not leave until 11:00 PM that night. (If you recall my story from Dublin--sprinting through the airport... international jet setters shouldn't have to deal with back sweat) So, I want to make sure I can leisurely make my way to the airport and have time to relax once I get there. So I'm sitting on the bus when a group of 3 Americans girls sits behind me. I, of course, listen to their conversation for awhile, only to discover that one of them had their wallet pick pocketed at the bus station. She's really, very upset. I guess who just took like 300 euro out of the ATM and her debit card. (That really fucking sucks, I hate those assholes) After awhile, once she has calmed down from her post pick pocket freak out, I turn around to make the usual study abroad conversation. YadaYadaYada, they begin to talk about the volcanic ash and how they were suppose to fly from Madrid to London, and then a couple days later, London to Italy, but they had to change their flight so it was just from Madrid to Italy and they weren't sure if that would be cancelled too. So they were all kind of a wreck and the one who got pick pocketed was twice as bad. I made good enough friends with them that they invited me to take the Metro with them to the airport. Score. We brave the Metro together, arrive at the airport, approach the departure screen. Frantically, they're scanning the list of out bound flights until they lay their eyes on... Madrid-Rome CANCELLED. How shitty would that be to get your wallet stolen, take a 6 hour bus to Madrid, find out your whole vacation is cancelled, take another 6 hour bus back to Sevilla, and after all of that no Italian vacation, 12 hours spent on a bus, and to top it all off no money. God, I feel so bad for them, especially that girl. They quickly peace out to try and sort out their cancelled flight.
While checking the departures I realize I'm at the wrong terminal. Good thing I took the 10:00 AM bus, I've got HOURS. Oh hey. I stroll through the airport on my way to the bus that travels between the 2 different terminals. Hop on and then off the bus a quick 3 minutes later and I'm in the correct terminal. It was the terminal Heidi (my roommate) and I first explored together when we had an 8 hour lay over in Madrid on our way to Sevilla for the first time, bringing back the memories, it seems like yesterday! Anyways, I walk inside and am bombarded with people everywhere! Everyone was stuck at the airport because of the volcanic ash. Thank god I didn't have to check any bags. I ROLLED (my parents brought me my cute, rolling Betsey Johnson carry on bag just like I wanted to bring in the beginning but I was over ruled and was forced to carry a bulky, stick-out-like-a-sore-thumb American studying abroad backpack.) As I was saying.. I rolled my bag to security, I was the only person in line. Perfect. Made my way past the security guards with WAY more than the allotted amount of liquids and without taking my shoes off, way to patrol. So, I spent countless hours in the empty airport before going to my gate to wait for my flight. As, I'm sitting waiting to board the plane, I look up and spot a decent looking Spaniard (what I think to be a decent looking Spaniard because I didn't have my glasses on and I couldn't really make out his face, maybe I should look into contacts? hah) Everyone on the flight boards a bus that takes us the plane. Weird, but I went with it. I board the plane sit down and to my amusement, the decent Spaniard is sitting across the aisle from me. Coincidence or destiny? I have the row to myself, but the Spaniard is seated next to a young Maltesian man. They make conversation in entertaining English while I listen in, and quickly become buddies. Next thing I know, the Spaniard turns to me and mutters something in Spanish. Totally thought I was Spanish. Oh hey. With a dumbfounded look on my face, he began to speak in English. After a little small talk, I find out that his name is Javier, he's from Madrid and is studying English in Malta. His little Malestian friend was in Madrid for a business trip and was returning home. He tried to advise as to what I should do for the next couple of days, but I had no clue what the hell he was saying. After the small talk is over and the awkward pauses begin, we each indulge in our own activities for the remainder of the flight. As we approach Malta, we resume small talk. I tell them I'm staying in St. Julian's. Javier says he's staying there too and we should split a taxi. I agree, why not? It's not like it's unsafe to share a taxi with a complete stranger, in a foreign town, at 1:00 AM in the morning, right? I use good judgment, don't worry. The Maltesian cuts in and offers us both a ride via this father's BOAT. Javier agrees, but that is where I draw the line. Sounds like a set up for being kidnapped aboard. I'll stick with public transit. I politely decline the invite and reassure the two that I am fine taking a taxi and advise Javier to do whatever he wants. The Maltesian is really persistent to take us to St. Julian's via boat and proceeds to call his father to see if it would be alright once we get off of the plane. Javier and I are at the taxi stand arranging a taxi when we spot the Maltesian with his father who continues to ask if we would like a ride. We both decline. He seems let down and departs with his father. Javier and I are in the taxi making more small talk. He whips out this his mobile and asks for my number. I proceed to give it to him, what the hell.. I don't know anyone here and he seems decent (the kid is a little nerd, he is decked out in white Nike's, tight jeans, and a Victoria sweatshirt from Canada and won't stop talking--totally harmless) We reach the street that my apartments are on, get out of the taxi and OMG. (are you nervous right now?) haha.
The street is SOOOO packed with people and the music from the discos is bumping! I knew I was staying in the nightlife town, but holy hell, this was crazy. My apartment was literally right above all of the discos. The 7 sign on the top right of the picture is the entrance to my apartment building and that may be a gentleman's club right next door... hah. Sweet, little Jav walks me to my apartment and we make plans to meet up at a later date.
I walk inside of the apartment building and am shown to the apartment by the nice reception lady. (I'll explain how this apartment/hostel works. So there are apartments and you can rent a bed in the apartments. In my apartment there were 2 bedrooms, each with 2 beds and a kitchen/dinning room area, and private bathroom. The apartments weren't anything special, but the way it worked by having your own shared apartment was really nice.) So it's around 1:30 AM, my roommate wasn't there and the other bedroom door was closed. I peak around at my roommates belongings to try and get a feel for what kind of person she is. Oh no.. baggy, over-sized man jeans, short and wide V-neck sweaters, and ugly skater shoes from the 90's. WHO IS THIS PERSON? hahah. I put my belongings in the corner, fall asleep and hope for the best in the morning when I wake up to find out just who this person is.
I'm peacefully dreaming when suddenly the lights are flipped on and I hear two Spaniards chatting up a storm. I half way roll over to look at them, it was awkward. It's a little guy, the kind I could put in my pocket, and a stout, tom-boyish girl. What a pair.. who the hell are these characters? I roll back over and face opposite them. The lights stay on for like 15 minutes. WHAT IS GOING ON? I fall back and asleep.What an exciting day.

Sunday, April 18th

I wake up at like 10:30 AM, quickly prepare for the day and try to ditch out of that room before I wake the sleeping giant. Damnit...she wakes up, mutters a hello, I introduce myself and ask her her name, to which she replies "Elena". I uncomfortably extend my hand for an awkward handshake. She goes to the bathroom. I run out of the apartment.
That day I took the two story tourist bus around the island. It was a nice, informative ride. AND.....I SAW THE POPE. He was in Malta regarding some little boy scandal, what a surprise, and performing his Pope like duties. Everyone had a boner over the Pope, or as the Spaniards would say El Papa, being there. His picture was hanging from almost every balcony with cheesy garland and other decorations surrounding it.For a dunch/linner, I indulged in a little pizza.The pizza was SO huge and SO cheap--1.75 euro!
So later that day, I go back to the apartment. It's empty. Thank goodness. I decide to utilize the free WiFi, 2o minutes later I hear the door open. Oh no. Who could this be? I peak into the hallway from the end of my bed, it's a Chinese girl. She sees me and approaches my room. I say hello, she replies 你好. This is going to be interesting. She runs into her room and pulls out a Chinese to English translator. After a silent conversation of translation, I find out that her name is Zhang, she's just got to Malta today, she will be here for 3 weeks learning English, she is 29 years old (I honestly thought she was 19), and she has a boyfriend. Midway through our converslation (fusing conversation + translation), someone else walks in the apartment. China jumps up to see who it is and I hear ENGLISH coming from the other person. So relieved. I run out there to find another woman who is China's roommate. Her name is Cristina, she is 30 years old, she is from Madrid, she's been in Malta for a week and is studying English there for 3 weeks. She is very nice and very 90's. Cristina and I have a laugh over our communication difficulties with China. I tell her about my incident last night with Elena and friend. Some 30 minutes later, another woman walks into the apartment followed by a small man. Now, this my roommate and her little friend. I find out that Elena is from a small town in Southern Spain and teaches sailing there. She traveled to Malta alone and was going to be there for like 2 weeks. Her little friend's name is Raul and they had just met a couple of days ago. Soon we all found ourselves collected at the kitchen table conversing in a Spanish/English/translator. It was incredibly entertaining!! Later that night we all went out together minus China because she was chatting with her boyfriend. We stepped outside the apartment and met up with Cristina's man friend who lives in the apartment too and is also studying in Malta for 3 weeks. He was like 50 years old. Not creepy, just old and awkwardly trying to be young. Now picture this please, us 5 going to some bar with a bunch of people in their early 20's. I had to remove myself from the situation to think about just how fucking ridiculous my life is. Imagine this group...Me (the normal one), Cristina (30 year old in 90's get up, awkwardly half dancing to the music), Elena (who I think is a lesbian, dressed in baggy man jeans and tennis shoes), Baby Raul (who I think is gay), and 50 year old (who is old and side stepping back and forth slowly and off beat). It was a scene. I go to bed at 2:00 AM because this is too crazy. What an experience. Wow.

Monday, April 19th
I wake up and decide to walk along the coastline down to Sliemma to explore and shop. I walk for forever, it was nice outside and I enjoyed it. Shopping in Malta is horrible. There were all cheap, ugly clothes. I found a nice restaurant overlooking the water and had lunch. It was a delicious asparagus, butternut squash, lettuce, pine nut, goat cheese salad. I walked all the way back home checked my email and found out that my flight to Italy the next day was cancelled. This sucks. What do I do now? So I had to extend my Malta stay until Thursday because that's when the next, reasonably priced flight was. Later that night I decide to text Javier to see what he's doing because I couldn't handle another night with Odd Squad. After some back and forth texts, he meets me outside my apartment. I open the door and there he is..white Nike's, tight Khaki's this time, and now a London sweatshirt.. hahahhaha. We get a beer and he chats my head off about how he's the best English speaker in his class, how he loves Spain, hates Spanish stereotypes, and is confused as to why on spring break in Cancun people thought he was Mexican just because he was speaking Spanish (he lectured about the different accents (Spanish vs. Mexican) and how Mexicans are brown with black hair and he is white with brown hair--he just didn't understand why American's thought he was Mexican because there's an obvious difference). Throughout our conversation (or should I say the conversation he had with himself?),
I did a lot of smiling and laughing because witty jokes and sarcasm don't translate well. I don't know how much longer I can take this, and then his mother called and he left go to have a 10 minutes conversation with her. During the duration of the call, I thought about getting up and running the 20 yards back to my apartment because this night was going nowhere quickly, that or chugging 3 beers while he was tawking to mommie. I decided that I would probably get caught in the midst of my run and that chugging 3 beers would probably make me sick, so both ideas were ruled out. So after 10 minutes of baby talk with mommie, he reappears and proceeds to tell me that he told his mother that he went out for a drink with me and that his mother was asking if we were together. He quickly mumbled a short conversation between him and his mother about me, I couldn't really understand it (by the way everything is in English, no Spanish), nor did I want to understand what he was saying and got weirded out. We finish our beers, he suggests to check out another bar he likes. We walk past it, nothing much going on. Now we come to my apartment entrance, I make a quick get away by saying, Thanks for the beer, I owe you one. See you later! I run up to my apartment where I recap the strange events of that night to myself. Now this is where the story gets odder...like 5 minutes after I bounced from that agonizing, I don't even know what to call it.. meeting?, I receive a text from him..."Do u want to come to sleep with me?" WHAAAAAAAAT? Hold the phone...where the hell did this come from!?!? I, of course, rejected the invitation with a polite, "No thank you." Crazy European men. What an experience. Wow.

Tuesday, April 20th

YAY. I leave for Italy today. Not. So, instead I decide to brave the public transit system. On the plane over, I was warned by Maltesian and Javier that the bus drivers are complete assholes. With that in mind, I say..Bring It On! I walk over to the bus stop which is swarmed with like 50 people and of course guess who is standing there... Javier! I see him, he doesn't see me, I immediately turn around and walk in the other direction. Crazy, just crazy! Eventually, I find a bus stop that is Javier free and wait for a bus to Valletta, the capital. The buses in Malta are absolutely ancient. It's like they're a joke. Bus #45 pulls up to the stop and the doors open, I look up at the bus driver and think here goes nothing! The driver is a burly man whose only form of communication is grunts. The fare for the bus is .47 cents, I place .50 cents in his stubby, troll hand. He hands me a receipt ticket with no change. I quickly find a spot to sit in a rickety, old vinyl seat. The bus is shaking and rattling so bad down the street that I think I'm on an amusement ride, this can't be real. The bus goes to a huge, half circle bus terminal with like 35 other buses. I get off, walk down the pedestrian street and around the town a bit, and decide I want to go to Golden Bay which is a popular, sandy beach in the northern part of the island. Before the ride, I get thirsty and decide to buy something to drink. I spot "Kinnie" a local drink made in Malta and buy it. Board the bus, break the seal of the bottle and take a large sip. GROSS. It tasted like ass. It's suppose to be like orangey tasting, but it has the flavor of burnt ass and an orange twist. 30 minutes later I find myself in Golden Bay. I grab a little something to eat and hit the beach. I'm totally not prepared for the beach though, I'm wearing jeans, flats, with my swimming suit underneath (after I sneaked into a fancy restaurant to change into it), and I don't have a towel. This will be interesting. To my surprise you could pay 5 euro and receive a towel and a chair for the day. Sold. I sat there for awhile, but it was windy. I ventured back to the apartment around 5:00. At this point, I'm kind of pro at taking the bus, no problems. I arrive 'home' safely, take a shower, and stay in for the night updating my blog. Tonight was Elena's last night in Malta before traveling to Gozo for 6 days which is a short ferry ride away. We said our good byes and that was it.

Wednesday, April 21st
I woke up, ate my daily fruit and yogurt from the euro saver menu at McDonalds (I ate like 2 of those everyday) and was off to Mellilha Bay for some more beach time. The forecast today, 70 with no wind, sounds perfect to me. I had a bit of a fiasco getting there, I waited for a bus for like 30 minutes and then got off like 2 stops too early. But I finally made it there and bought a chair on the beach again, this time for 4 euro. Oh hey. I sat in the sun and even went swimming in the Mediterranean! It was wonderful! Hours later at like 5, everyone got kicked off the chairs because they were closing, so I left then. On my way home from the bus stop I picked up a Cisk tall boy, the local Maltesian beer. It was a good beer. At the apartment I enjoyed the WiFi and took a shower. Because there was no outlet in the bathroom, I plugged my curling iron in, in the common area and was going to curl some hairs using my camera on my computer as a mirror. From across the table, China saw me struggling with this task. We played a quick game of charades and by her putting her finger on her nose, pointing to me and then doing a curling action in her hair, I figured out she wanted to curl my hair for me. So I let her of course! What a scene! My Chinese roommate who speaks no English curling my hair in Malta. Randomness at its finest. So that night, me, Cristina, and 50 year old went to dinner and then to the usual bar from the first night. Because it was my last night, I had to bring out my cool outfit, black blazer, casual white crew neck, sequence skirt, black tights, and blue suede heels. I was ballin. Dinner was good, I had ravioli. We hit the bar...same old crowd and me, with the same old (literally) people. haha. We hang out their, I find random people to chat with, it was fun. I bet you all are wondering what my strange friends look like, well we got our picture taken together at the bar...My feet hurt like a bitch because of the blue suede heels and I'm home by 2:00 AM.

Thursday, April 22nd
I leave today! My flight is at 12:30 PM. I get to the airport at 10:45 AM. The night before RyanAir sent an email that said if you only had carry on luggage you could go straight to the gate and wouldn't have to have your boarding pass stamped at the check-in desk. So I bypassed a long line of people and thought wow that sucks to have to stand in that line and made my way to security. From there I was turned away because RyanAir messed up and each passenger needed an actual boarding pass, so I jynxed myself and had to be one of those people standing in the huge line. How annoying. I wait in line for 30 minutes, finally get my boarding pass, go through security, check the departures and Malta to Madrid isn't up yet. I grab something to eat and watch the departure screen from the table. I'm almost finished eating and check the screen again, Malta to Madrid: DELAYED. Seriously?? I wait around for like 45 minutes wandering the terminal to find out that the flight is delayed until 4:30 PM. I spend my extra time writing this blog, it passes quickly, but that just means I won't get back to Sevilla until later. So, 4:30 rolls around I board the plane and somehow make it past the crazy flight attendants with my huge bag and enjoy a 2.5 hour flight back to Spain. On the flight I had a cup of tomato soup, it was really delicious and I bought a scratch off ticket--I didn't win anything. (Check out this story--> http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/flight-international/2010/03/ryanair-passenger-eats-winning.html). I didn't get anything stolen on the Metro in Madrid and didn't get lost. Good. I get to the bus station around 9:00 PM and the next bus to Sevilla is at 11:00 PM. I wait around in the bus station playing Mancala and eating a sandwich from Rodilla. I board the bus and see a group of 3 ladies who had been on the same flight as me from Malta. It was funny. I make it through the 6 hour long bus ride and am finally in bed at Fina's house at 5:30 Am! What a long day!

Yet another experience, thank you Malta!!

          Europe Forecast: Hot in the south - Thundery central areas, Aug 10 - 10:13        

Staying hot in southern Europe with thunderstorms in central areas Thursday Dry weather continues across Iberia - hot in south-west Spain and Portugal. Slack low pressure over western Europe brings cool and unsettled weather - areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms for France, the Low Countries and Germany, although the Riviera and also Brittany may escape dry. Thundery rain too for the Alps, and a few showers possible for northern-central Italy. Hot and dry for southern Italy, Greece and areas near the Black Sea. Scorching temperatures for the Balkan states, Hungary and Slovakia, also south-eastern Poland, topping 40C. A risk of severe thunderstorms developing and spreading from Austria to the Czech Republic and also across southern Poland. Areas of thundery rain for the Baltic states and Finland, whilst southern Scandinavia should stay dry.

Friday Fine and dry across Portugal and Spain today, feeling hot too. More hot and dry weather in the Balearics and the hot weather persists over Italy. Greece and Turkey will be remaining dry with more sunshine and staying hot. Fine with sunny spells in western France although the risk of some thunderstorms developing in the east. Sunny spells and an odd shower in the Low Countries. Heavy showers across Germany and Poland some of this heavy. Austria, Hungary and Switzerland will have thunderstorms. Fair for Denmark with sunny spells here. Fair for the Baltic States with sunny spells here. Staying dry in Finland with more sunny spells. Remaining fair across Sweden whilst some rain arrives in western Norway.


          Latest Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Industry Research Report: Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2020        

Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Market focuses in Global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application.

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Chapter 1 Market Overview:

1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Mesenchymal Stem Cells

1.2 Market Analysis by Type

1.3 Market Analysis by Applications

1.4 Market Analysis by Regions

1.4.1 North America (USA, Canada and Mexico)

1.4.2 Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy)

1.4.3 Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia)

1.4.4 South America, Middle East and Africa

1.5 Market Dynamics

1.6 Market Opportunities

1.7 Market Risk

1.8 Market Driving Force

Chapter 2 Manufacturers Profiles:

2.1 Company Name

2.1.1 Business Overview

2.1.2 Company Name Sales, Price, Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share

Chapter 3 Global Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Market Competition, by Manufacturer:

3.1 Global Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales and Market Share by Manufacturer

3.2 Global Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Revenue and Market Share by Manufacturer

3.3 Market Concentration Rate

3.3.1 Top 3 Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Manufacturer Market Share

3.3.2 Top 6 Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Manufacturer Market Share

3.4 Market Competition Trend

Chapter 4 Global Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Industry Analysis by Regions:

4.1 Global Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales, Revenue and Market Share by Regions

4.2 North America Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales and Growth (2011-2016)

4.3 Europe Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales and Growth (2011-2016)

4.4 Asia-Pacific Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales and Growth (2011-2016)

4.5 South America Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales and Growth (2011-2016)

4.6 Middle East and Africa Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales and Growth (2011-2016)

Chapter 5: North America Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales, Revenue and Market Share by Countries (2011-2016)

Chapter 6: Europe Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales, Revenue and Market Share by Countries (2011-2016)

Chapter 7: Asia-Pacific Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales, Revenue and Market Share by Countries (2011-2016)

Chapter 8: South America, Middle East and Africa Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales, Revenue and Market Share by Countries

Chapter 9: Global Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales, Revenue and Market Share by Type (2011-2016)

Chapter 10: Global Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales Market Share by Application (2011-2016)

Chapter 11: Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Market Forecast (2016-2021)

11.1 Global Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales, Revenue and Growth Rate (2016-2021)

11.2 Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Market Forecast by Regions (2016-2021)

11.3 Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Market Forecast by Type (2016-2021)

11.4 Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Industry Forecast by Application (2016-2021)

Chapter 12: Sales Channel, Distributors, Traders and Dealers

12.1 Sales Channel

12.1.1 Direct Marketing

12.1.2 Indirect Marketing

12.1.3 Marketing Channel Future Trend

12.2 Distributors, Traders and Dealers

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          Women's Health Market: Global Attitudes Towards Health, Fitness and Wellbeing Among the Under 30s and Market Impact        

The women's healthcare market report offers an analysis on women’s health covering details about the current market trends and issues that help in driving the treatment decisions.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- Health of women market diagnostics market is segmented on the basis of application and end user. On the basis of application, the market is segmented into nine segments namely, osteoporosis testing, ovarian cancer testing, cervical cancer testing, breast cancer testing, pregnancy & ovulation testing, prenatal genetic screening & carrier testing, infectious disease testing, sexually transmitted disease testing, and ultrasound. The osteoporosis segment is further divided into bone densitometry and in vitro blood tests. The ovarian cancer segment is divided into tumor marker tests, diagnostic imaging tests and others.

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- Executive summary
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- Women's Health: an overview
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- Personalized medicine will herald a new era for hormonal conditions
- New innovations in reproductive medicine will continue to advance treatment
- The development of treatments for lifestyle conditions have stalled in recent years
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          Big Data Market: Embracing Data to Transform Healthcare and Pharma Commercial Strategy - Featuring Expert Panel Views from Industry Survey 2016        

Big Data: Embracing Data to Transform Healthcare and Pharma Commercial Strategy - Featuring Expert Panel Views from Industry Survey 2016"" provides a comprehensive analysis of the Big Data landscape. GBI Research conducted an extensive industry survey of 73 experts from the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- Big Data Market Embracing Data to Transform Healthcare and Pharma Commercial Strategy - Featuring Expert Panel Views from Industry Survey 2016"" provides a comprehensive analysis of the Big Data Market landscape.  Report conducted an extensive industry survey of 73 experts from the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries - including both organizations that already utilize Big Data Market and those that do not. Our survey gathered experience and opinion on the use of Big Data Market, and insights on key trends for the present and future use of the technology within healthcare.

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- How do major pharmaceutical and healthcare companies use Big Data Market in the real world? What are some of the main partnerships between Big Pharma and technology companies? What is the underlying technical architecture of Big Data Market in healthcare?

- What is the likelihood that organizations that already use Big Data Market will increase their investment within the next five years? Will those that do not currently invest in the technology begin doing so in the next five years?

- How can Big Data Market be effectively implemented within an organization?

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Detailed TOC of Big Data Market - Assessing the Need for a Targeted and Specialized Approach

1 Big Data Market Overview 9
- What is Big Data Market? 9
- The 'Three Vs' of Big Data Market: Volume, Velocity and Variety 9
- The Sources of Big Data Market in Healthcare 10
- Big Data Market Lifecycle 12
- How Prevalent is the use Big Data Market in Healthcare? Results from our Industry-Wide Survey 13

2 Drivers of Big Data Market in Healthcare 17
- Advances in Technology: Explosion in Data Generation 17
- Next-Generation Sequencing Technologies: Outpacing Moore's Law 17
- Proteomic Databases: ProteomicsDB Designed with Big Data Market Analytics in Mind 18
- Electronic Health Records: A Form of Big Data Market 19
- Social Media: Information That Cannot Be Found Anywhere Else 19
- Devices: Smartphones, Wearables and Telemedicine Devices Represent a Continuous Source of Big Data Market 20
- Cloud Technologies: Often Integral to Big Data Market 20
- Needs and Trends Driving the Use of Big Data Market in Healthcare 21

3 Commercial Implications of Big Data Market in Healthcare 27
- Predictive Modeling: Fundamental Source of Big Data Market's Power 27
- Using Big Data Market for Patient-Specific Modeling: Potential for Huge Healthcare Savings 28
- Big Data Market Unlocks the Potential of Personalized Medicine and Targeted Therapies 28
- Utilizing the Unique Big Data Market Provided by Wearables and Fitness Trackers 29
- Big Data Market for a More Systemic Approach to Drug Repositioning 29
- Drug Discovery and Pre-Clinical Trials: Big-Data-Guided Drug Development 29

4 Appendix 63
- GBI Industry Survey: Breakdown of Respondents by General Industry 63
- GBI Industry Survey: Breakdown of Respondents by Specific Sector 63
- GBI Industry Survey: Breakdown of Respondents by Region 63
- GBI Industry Survey: Proportion of Healthcare Organizations that Currently Utilize Big Data Market 64
- GBI Industry Survey: Big Data Market Utilization in Healthcare, Comparison of Expert Panels from Europe, North America and Asia 64
- GBI Industry Survey: Most Important Factors Promoting the Use of Big Data Market in Healthcare 65
- GBI Industry Survey: Most Important Factors Promoting Big Data Market, Pharmaceutical Expert Panel vs Overall Healthcare Expert Panel 65
- GBI Industry Survey: Most Important Factors Promoting Big Data Market, Regional Breakdown 66
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          Market Insight: Optoelectronics Market Globally Grow at a CAGR of 16.84% by Revenue During the Forecast Period 2017-2021        

Global Internet of Things (IoT) Market in Healthcare Sector 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- Optoelectronics Market research report provides granular analysis of the market share, segmentation, revenue forecasts and geographic regions of the market. Optoelectronics Market report 2017-2021 focuses on the major drivers and restraints for the key players. The Optoelectronics Market research report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of Optoelectronics Warming Devices Industry.

Optoelectronics is the study of combined technology of electronic device and light. It is a sub-field of photonics. The study includes visible light as well as X-rays, gamma rays, ultra-violet (UV) rays, and infrared (IR) rays. Optoelectronic devices act as optical-to-electrical or electrical-to-optical transducers. LED, image sensors, optical switches, laser diodes, and optical isolators are some of the optoelectronics. Analysts forecast the global Optoelectronics Warming Devices market to grow at a CAGR of 16.84% during the period 2017-2021.

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The research report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global Optoelectronics industry for 2017-2021.

Key Vendors of Optoelectronics Market:

- Cree
- GE Lighting
- LG Innotek
- Lumileds Lighting
- NICHIA
- OSRAM
- Samsung
- Seoul Semiconductor
- Sony
- Samsung Semiconductor
- OmniVision
- Canon
- ON Semiconductor

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Optoelectronics Market Driver:

- Growing adoption of LED for lighting due to government subsidies and projects undertaken
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- Challenges associated with deployment of fiber optics
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- Upcoming technological trends in LED
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- Optoelectronics Market in Americas
- Optoelectronics Market in APAC
- Optoelectronics Market in EMEA

The report provides a basic overview of the Optoelectronics industry including definitions, segmentation, applications, key vendors, market drivers and market challenges. The Optoelectronics Market analysis is provided for the international markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status

Through the statistical analysis, the report depicts the global Optoelectronics Market including capacity, production, production value, cost/profit, supply/demand and import/export. The total market is further divided by company, by country, and by application/type for the competitive landscape analysis.

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- Exhibit 01: Product offerings
- Exhibit 02: Impact of drivers
- Exhibit 03: Impact of drivers and challenges
- Exhibit 04: Key countries in each region
- Exhibit 05: Global Optoelectronics Market shares by geographies 2017
- Exhibit 06: Global Optoelectronics Market shares by geographies 2021
- Exhibit 07: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2017

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          Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market Analysis and in-Depth Research on Market Dynamics, Trends, Emerging Growth Factors and Forecasts        

Global Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market for 2020. Cloud infrastructure testing involves testing of physical and virtual components like network, storage, and virtualization. It ensures the security of data and performance of the application deployed on the cloud. To calculate the market size, the report considers both the direct revenue and the indirect revenue of the vendors. The global cloud infrastructure testing market to grow at a CAGR of 16.67% during the period 2017-2020.

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The report provides a basic overview of the Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market including definitions, classifications, applications and market Sales chain structure. The Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market report enlists several important factors, starting from the basics to advanced market intelligence which play a crucial part in strategizing.

Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market Opportunities:

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Key players in Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market 2020
- Compuware
- Ixia
- Spirent Communications
- Wipro

Other prominent vendors

The Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
- Americas
- APAC
- EMEA

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In the end, the report makes some important proposals for a new project of Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market before evaluating its feasibility. Overall, the report provides an in-depth insight of 2020 global Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market covering all important parameters.

Market driver
- Growth in agile testing services
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- Ensuring cloud security testing is at optimum level
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- Growth in adoption of testing as a service
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Exhibit 01: Countries covered for market analysis

Exhibit 02: Product, services, and solutions offerings

Exhibit 03: Testing of cloud

Exhibit 04: Cloud infrastructure testing

Exhibit 05: Global cloud infrastructure testing market 2017-2020 ($ millions)

Exhibit 06: Five forces analysis

Exhibit 07: Global cloud infrastructure testing market by geography 2015

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          Kaolin Mining Market Outlook, Growth by Top Company, Region, Application, Driver, Trends & Forecasts by 2021        

Global Kaolin Mining Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Kaolin Mining Market to GROW at a CAGR of 3.9% during the period 2016-2020.

The Kaolin Mining Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Kaolin Mining Market Industry for 2017-2021. Kaolin Mining Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Kaolin Mining Market globally.

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Kaolin, also known as china clay or kaolinite, is a soft, white, and plastic clay. It contains fine-grained plate-like particles. It is non-abrasive, chemically inert, and has low heat and electric conductivity. The paper industry is the largest end-user of kaolin. It is used for filling and coating of paper. Kaolin is also used in many other industries such as ceramics, paints, fiberglass, and rubber.

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Key Vendors of Kaolin Mining Market:

- BASF
- Imerys
- KaMin
- Quarzwerke
- Sibelco
- Thiele Kaolin

Other Prominent Vendors

- Arcilla Mining and Land
- Ashapura Group
- English Indian Clays
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Kaolin Mining Market Driver:
- Increase in demand from China
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Kaolin Mining Market Challenge:
- Digitalization
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Kaolin Mining Market Trends:
- High growth in ceramic market
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Geographical Segmentation of Kaolin Mining Market:
- Kaolin Mining Market in Americas
- Kaolin Mining Market in APAC
- Kaolin Mining Market in EMEA

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          Market Insight: Copper Pipes & Tubes Market Globally Grow at a CAGR of 3.64% by Revenue During the Forecast Period 2016-2022        

Global Copper Pipes and Tubes Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Copper Pipes and Tubes Market to GROW at a CAGR of 3.64% during the period 2016-2020.

The Copper Pipes & Tubes Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Copper Pipes & Tubes Market Industry for 2017-2021. Copper Pipes & Tubes Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market.

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The growth in expenditure on construction is expected to increase the use of copper tubes, pipes, wires, and other mill products in plumbing and electrical applications. Increased investments in infrastructure development, especially in the developing countries, will further increase the demand for copper.

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Key Vendors of Copper Pipes & Tubes Market:

-KME
-KMCT
-Luvata
-MetTube
-Luvata

Other Prominent Vendors

-Cerroflow Products
-Furukawa Metal
-Golden Dragon

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Copper Pipes & Tubes Market Driver:

-High demand from the HVAC sector
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-Volatile costs of raw materials
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-Rising adoption of cupronickel tubes
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Geographical Segmentation of Copper Pipes & Tubes Market:

-Copper Pipes & Tubes Market in Americas
-Copper Pipes & Tubes Market in APAC
-Copper Pipes & Tubes Market in EMEA

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          Thermoplastic Elastomers Expected to Grow by 2022: Key Driver, Top Vendors, Industry Application Analysis and Outlook        

The global TPE market is highly fragmented with the four key vendors accounting for around 25% of the global market share in terms of capacity. The market experienced high levels of capacity additions and is currently facing the issue of overcapacity and supply.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Thermoplastic Elastomers Market report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Thermoplastic Elastomers for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers both the direct revenue and the indirect revenue of the vendors.

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Thermoplastic Elastomers market to witness a steady growth at a CAGR of around 8%, in terms of revenue, during the forecast period. The increased use of Thermoplastic Elastomers products as a replacement for traditional materials in the automotive industry is driving the market growth. TPE, in comparison to natural rubber and EPDM, provides the manufacturer with increased design flexibility and reduced cost and enhanced long-term weather-resistance advantages.

The report provides a basic overview of the Thermoplastic Elastomers including definitions, classifications, applications and market Sales chain structure. The Thermoplastic Elastomers report enlists several important factors, starting from the basics to advanced market intelligence which play a crucial part in strategizing.

Top Key vendors in Thermoplastic Elastomers Industry

-Dynasol Elastomers
-PolyOne
-LCY Chemicals
-Dow Chemical

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The Thermoplastic Elastomers is divided into the following segments based on geography:

-Americas
-APAC
-EMEA

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The report offers an analysis of each of the following segments and discusses its impact on the overall market growth -

-Transportation
-Construction and infrastructure
-Consumer electronics and appliances
-Healthcare
-Packaging
-Footwear

The report offers an analysis of each of the following segments and discusses its impact on the overall market growth -

-Styrenics
-Polyolefin blends and alloys
-Polyurethanes
-Copolyesters
-Polyamides

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Detailed TOC of Global Thermoplastic Elastomers Market 2017-2021

-PART 01: Executive summary
-PART 02: Scope of the report
-PART 03: Thermoplastic Elastomers Market research methodology
-PART 04: Introduction
-PART 05: Benefits of Thermoplastic Elastomers
-PART 06: Thermoplastic Elastomers Market landscape
-PART 07: Thermoplastic Elastomers Market segmentation by end-user
-PART 08: Geographical segmentation
-PART 09: Thermoplastic Elastomers Market drivers
-PART 10: Impact of drivers
-PART 11: Thermoplastic Elastomers Market challenges
-PART 12: Impact of drivers and challenges
-PART 13: Thermoplastic Elastomers Market trends
-PART 14: Five forces analysis
-PART 15: Vendor landscape
-PART 16: Key vendor analysis
-PART 17: Other prominent vendors
-PART 18: Assumptions
-PART 19: Appendix
-PART 20: Explore

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          Global Urinary Catheters Market Growth, Drivers, Trends, Demand, Share, Opportunities and Analysis to 2021        

Global Urinary Catheters market research report is a resource, which provides current as well as upcoming technical and financial details of the industry to 2021.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Urinary Catheters Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Urinary Catheters Industry for 2017-2021. Global Urinary Catheters Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Urinary Catheters globally.

In urinary catheterization a latex, polyurethane, or silicone tube known as a urinary catheter is inserted into a patient's bladder via the urethra. Catheterization allows the patient's urine to drain freely from the bladder for collection. It may be used to inject liquids used for treatment or diagnosis of bladder conditions. A clinician, often a nurse, usually performs the procedure, but self-catheterization is also possible. The catheter may be a permanent one (indwelling catheter), or an intermittent catheter removed after each catheterization.

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This report focuses on the Urinary Catheters in Global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application.

Key Vendors of Global Urinary Catheters Market:
-Teleflex
-Bard Medical
-ConvaTec
-B.Braun
-Coloplast
-AngioDynamics
-Boston Scientific
-Cook Medical Inc.
-Medtronic and Covidien
-Hollister
-Terumo
-Amsino
-Pacific Hospital Supply
-Sewoon Medical
-WellLead
-Star Enterprise

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Global Urinary Catheters Market Segment by Type, covers:
-Indwelling or Foley Catheters
-Intermittent or Temporary Catheters
-Male External or Condom Catheters

Global Urinary Catheters Market Segment by Applications, can be divided into:
-Urinary Retention
-Urinary Incontinence
-Spinal Cord Injury

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Geographical Segmentation of Global Urinary Catheters Market:
Global Urinary Catheters in Americas
Global Urinary Catheters in APAC
Global Urinary Catheters in EMEA

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List of Exhibits
-Exhibit 01: Product offerings

-Exhibit 02: Types of cardiopulmonary diseases

-Exhibit 03: Peri-operative period and its different stages

-Exhibit 04: History of Global Urinary Catheters

-Exhibit 05: Global Urinary Catheters systems for other surgeries

-Exhibit 06: Process of Global Urinary Catheters

-Exhibit 07: Components of cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters system

-Exhibit 08: Cost analysis of cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters

-Exhibit 09: Cost breakdown of CABG surgery and cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters 2015

-Exhibit 10: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market 2015-2020 ($ millions)

-Exhibit 11: Five forces analysis

-Exhibit 12: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market segmentation by end-user 2015

-Exhibit 13: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market segmentation by geography 2015

-Exhibit 14: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market segmentation by geography 2020

-Exhibit 15: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market segmentation by geography 2015-2020

-Exhibit 16: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market segmentation by geography 2015-2020 ($ millions)

-Exhibit 17: Cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market in Americas 2015-2020 ($ millions)

-Exhibit 18: Comparison of US healthcare system: Before and after reforms

-Exhibit 19: Implements amended in ACA

-Exhibit 20: Number of coronary bypass surgeries per 100,000 people in Europe 2013

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          Global Pediatric Healthcare Market by Top Key Vendors, Trends, Sales, Supply, Demand, Analysis & Forecasts to 2021        

The Global Pediatric Healthcare Market Report is a meticulous investigation of current scenario of the global market, which covers several market dynamics.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Pediatric Healthcare Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Pediatric Healthcare Industry for 2017-2021. Global Pediatric Healthcare Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Pediatric Healthcare globally.

Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the medical care of infants and children, the age limit usually ranges from birth up to 7 years of age. Correspondingly, it is obvious that pediatric healthcare mainly involves in nutritionals, vaccines and drugs, all of which the purpose is to help children to grow up healthily. Millions of pedia die from disease, malnutrition and virus each year, as a consequence, it is quite significant to study pediatric healthcare.

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Key Vendors of Global Pediatric Healthcare Market:
-Abbott
-AstraZeneca
-GlaxoSmithKline
-Merck & Co.
-Pfizer
-Sanofi
-Perrigo
-Mead Johnson
-Nestle
-Danone

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Global Pediatric Healthcare Market Segment by Type, covers:
-Vaccines
-Drugs
-Nutritionals

Global Pediatric Healthcare Market Segment by Applications, can be divided into:
-Prophylactic Products
-Therapeutic Products

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Geographical Segmentation of Global Pediatric Healthcare Market:
Global Pediatric Healthcare in Americas
Global Pediatric Healthcare in APAC
Global Pediatric Healthcare in EMEA

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          Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market Expected to Grow by 2021- Key Driver, Trends, Sales, Supply, Demand Top Vendors, Industry Application Analysis and Outlook        

The Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market Report is a meticulous investigation of current scenario of the global market, which covers several market dynamics. The Global Circulating Tumor Cells market research report is a resource, which provides current as well as upcoming technical and financial details of the industry to 2021.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Circulating Tumor Cells Industry for 2017-2021. Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Circulating Tumor Cells globally.

Report analysts forecast the Global Circulating Tumor Cells Warming Devices market to grow at a CAGR of 18.9% during the period 2017-2021.

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The Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market Report is a meticulous investigation of current scenario of the global market, which covers several market dynamics. The Global Circulating Tumor Cells market research report is a resource, which provides current as well as upcoming technical and financial details of the industry to 2021.

This report mainly covers Circulating Tumor Cells products, by types (CTC enrichment, CTC detection and CTC analysis), by applications (Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment and Others).

Key Vendors of Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market:

-Roche
-Thermo Fisher Scientific
-Illumina
-Agilent Technologies
-Laboratory Corporation
-Promega
-GE Healthcare
-QIAGEN
-LGC Forensics
-Morpho (Safran)
-NEC
-ZyGEM

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Report Scope

The scope of this study is clinical testing, prognostic and monitoring markets for CTCs in cancer. The report also includes the clinical segment, currently approved CTC tests and their markets, the regulatory environment, current technologies, new technologies, cancer incidence, market projections and market share along with the latest trends and new developments in this area. This report does not include the segment's research market including reagents, or any accessories used for CTC isolation or studies. The research segment of the market includes numerous competitors with different capabilities, developing and commercializing products such as CTC isolation devices and protocols, CTC characterization reagents, assay and instrumentation, and various identification technologies based on cell imaging. These market players include specialized or research-based companies that contribute considerably to the technological advancements in the field of CTC technologies. The data collected for the report is focused on breast, prostate and colorectal cancers for which clinical data and tests are available currently on the market. CTCs in other cancers are being researched and some are in clinical trials; these are not included within the scope of this report.

Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market Segment by Type, covers:
-CTC enrichment
-CTC detection
-CTC analysis

Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market Segment by Applications, can be divided into:
-Prostate Cancer
-Breast Cancer
-Colorectal Cancer
-Others

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Geographical Segmentation of Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market:
- Global Circulating Tumor Cells in Americas
- Global Circulating Tumor Cells in APAC
- Global Circulating Tumor Cells in EMEA

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List of Exhibits
-Exhibit 01: Product offerings

-Exhibit 02: Types of cardiopulmonary diseases

-Exhibit 03: Peri-operative period and its different stages

-Exhibit 04: History of Circulating Tumor Cells

-Exhibit 05: Circulating Tumor Cells systems for other surgeries

-Exhibit 06: Process of Circulating Tumor Cells

-Exhibit 07: Components of cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells system

-Exhibit 08: Cost analysis of cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells

-Exhibit 09: Cost breakdown of CABG surgery and cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells 2015

-Exhibit 10: Global cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells systems market 2015-2020 ($ millions)

-Exhibit 11: Five forces analysis

-Exhibit 12: Global cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells systems market segmentation by end-user 2015

-Exhibit 13: Global cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells systems market segmentation by geography 2015

-Exhibit 14: Global cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells systems market segmentation by geography 2020

-Exhibit 15: Global cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells systems market segmentation by geography 2015-2020

-Exhibit 16: Global cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells systems market segmentation by geography 2015-2020 ($ millions)

-Exhibit 17: Cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells systems market in Americas 2015-2020 ($ millions)

-Exhibit 18: Comparison of US healthcare system: Before and after reforms

-Exhibit 19: Implements amended in ACA

-Exhibit 20: Number of coronary bypass surgeries per 100,000 people in Europe 2013

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          Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Market Growth, Drivers, Trends, Demand, Share, Opportunities and Analysis to 2021        

The Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Market Report is a meticulous investigation of current scenario of the global market, which covers several market dynamics.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Industry for 2017-2021. Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System globally.

Report analysts forecast the Global Cardiopulmonary autotransfusion system is a sophisticated device with an exceptionally effective design that provides autologous blood during surgical procedures.

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Key Vendors of Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Market:
-Haemonetics
-Medtronic
-LivaNova
-Fresenius Kabi
-Terumo
-Wandong Health Sources

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Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Driver:
-Rise in cardiac surgeries
-Complications of allogenic blood transfusion
-Advances in autotransfusion technology

Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Challenge:
-Limitations of autotransfusion technology
-Use of allogenic blood transfusion
-Stringent regulatory framework and medical policies

Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Trend:
-Development of ultrafiltration systems
-Significant opportunities in emerging countries
-Public awareness

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Geographical Segmentation of Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Market:
- Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System in Americas
- Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System in APAC
- Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System in EMEA

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List of Exhibits

-Exhibit 01: Product offerings
-Exhibit 02: Types of cardiopulmonary diseases
-Exhibit 03: Peri-operative period and its different stages
-Exhibit 04: History of autotransfusion
-Exhibit 05: Autotransfusion systems for other surgeries
-Exhibit 06: Process of autotransfusion
-Exhibit 07: Components of cardiopulmonary autotransfusion system
-Exhibit 08: Cost analysis of cardiopulmonary autotransfusion
-Exhibit 09: Cost breakdown of CABG surgery and cardiopulmonary autotransfusion 2015
-Exhibit 10: Global cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market 2015-2020 ($ millions)
-Exhibit 11: Five forces analysis
-Exhibit 12: Global cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market segmentation by end-user 2015
-Exhibit 13: Global cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market segmentation by geography 2015
-Exhibit 14: Global cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market segmentation by geography 2020
-Exhibit 15: Global cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market segmentation by geography 2015-2020
-Exhibit 16: Global cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market segmentation by geography 2015-2020 ($ millions)
-Exhibit 17: Cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market in Americas 2015-2020 ($ millions)
-Exhibit 18: Comparison of US healthcare system: Before and after reforms
-Exhibit 19: Implements amended in ACA
-Exhibit 20: Number of coronary bypass surgeries per 100,000 people in Europe 2013
-Exhibit 21: Cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market in EMEA 2015-2020 ($ millions)
-Exhibit 22: Cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market in APAC 2015-2020 ($ millions)
-Exhibit 23: Impact of drivers

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          Healthcare RCM Market 2020- Trends, Drivers, Strategies, Applications and Competitive Landscape        

Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management Market in US 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Healthcare RCM Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Healthcare RCM Industry for 2017-2021. Healthcare RCM Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Healthcare RCM globally.

Healthcare service providers had deployed automated systems to address the RCM processes and to fill the payment gap, resulting from the complex processes of medical billing and collections. IT applications such as hospital information system and EHR have outdated technology platforms that lack the advanced functionalities needed to address RCM issues. The inefficient manner of medical billing and collections resulted in revenue loss for many healthcare organizations.

Report analysts forecast the global Healthcare RCM Warming Devices market to grow at a CAGR of 12.89% during the period 2017-2021.

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The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market. Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management Market in US 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.

Key Vendors of Healthcare RCM Market:
-Allscripts
-Cerner
-GE Healthcare
-McKesson
-SSI Group

Other prominent vendors
-Adreima
-Alleviant
-Avadyne Health
-Cardon Outreach
-Health Systems Management Network
-MediRevv
-Precyse Solutions

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Healthcare RCM Driver:
-Rise in recovery audits due to changing healthcare regulations
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Healthcare RCM Challenge:
-Frequent changes in healthcare compliance requirements
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Healthcare RCM Trend:
-Strong clinical network connectivity with medical practitioners
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Geographical Segmentation of Healthcare RCM Market:
- Healthcare RCM in Americas
- Healthcare RCM in APAC
- Healthcare RCM in EMEA

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          Global Telecom Power Systems Market 2020: Trends, Drivers, Strategies, Applications and Competitive Landscape        

Global Telecom Power Systems Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Telecom Power Systems Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Telecom Power Systems Industry for 2017-2021. Global Telecom Power Systems Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts.

Power systems are used in all telecommunication installations for controlling, monitoring, and measuring the flow of power across telecom networks. These systems are made up of a combination of smaller systems such as converters, distributors, controllers, and backup systems that bear different technical specifications. The primary application of telecom power systems is in wireless and fixed-line environments. They are used in several other related applications including network equipment, xDSL terminals, mobile broadband, cellular sites, and transmission applications.

Report analysts forecast the Global Telecom Power Systems Warming Devices market to grow at a CAGR of 7.4% during the period 2017-2021.

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The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Telecom Power Systems globally.

Key Vendors of Global Telecom Power Systems Market:

-Delta Electronics
-Eaton
-Emerson Network Power
-GE Industrial Solutions
-Huawei Technologies

Other prominent vendors
-ACME
-AEG Power Solutions
-Alstom
-Alta
-APC
-Bel Fuse
-Benning Power Solutions
-C&D Technologies
-Cummins Power
-Dyna Hitech Power Systems

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Global Telecom Power Systems Driver:
-Increased deployment of small cell power systems for LTE
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Global Telecom Power Systems Challenge:
-High OPEX associated with fossil fuel power systems
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Global Telecom Power Systems Trend:
-Rapid growth of urban population with increased telecom subscriber base
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Geographical Segmentation of Global Telecom Power Systems Market:
- Global Telecom Power Systems in Americas
- Global Telecom Power Systems in APAC
- Global Telecom Power Systems in EMEA

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          Global Nanolithography Equipment Market Expected to Grow by 2020- Key Driver, Top Vendors, Industry Application Analysis and Outlook        

Global Nanolithography Equipment Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Nanolithography Equipment Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Nanolithography Equipment Industry for 2017-2021. Global Nanolithography Equipment Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market.

Nanolithography equipment is used to print complex nanometer-scale circuit patterns onto silicon wafers. This printing process is one of the most critical and expensive steps in wafer fabrication. The focus of the semiconductor industry is, therefore, toward the development of cost-efficient enhancements to production technology.

Report analysts forecast the Global Nanolithography Equipment Warming Devices market to grow at a CAGR of 0.16% during the period 2017-2021.

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Nanolithography is the art and science of using lithographic techniques — like photolithography, nanoimprint lithography, X-ray lithography, and extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography — to produce nanostructures and devices. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Nanolithography Equipment globally.

Key Vendors of Global Nanolithography Equipment Market:

-ASML
-Canon U.S.A.
-Leica
-Raith
-SUSS MicroTec

Other prominent vendors

-Rolith
-Nanoink Optical Associates
-Nanonics Imaging
-JC Nabity Lithography Systems
-NIL Technology

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Global Nanolithography Equipment Driver:

-Emergence of advanced consumer products
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Global Nanolithography Equipment Challenge:

-Rise in cost of lithography functions
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Global Nanolithography Equipment Trend:

-Rising trend of miniaturization of devices
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-Global Nanolithography Equipment in Americas
-Global Nanolithography Equipment in APAC
-Global Nanolithography Equipment in EMEA

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          Global Big Data Infrastructure Market Growth, Drivers, Trends, Demand, Share, Opportunities and Analysis to 2020        

Global Big Data Infrastructure Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Big Data Infrastructure Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Big Data Infrastructure Industry for 2017-2021. Global Big Data Infrastructure Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market.

Big data refers to a wide range of hardware, software, and services required for processing and analyzing enterprise data that is too large for traditional data processing tools to manage. In this report, we have included big data infrastructure, which includes mainly hardware and embedded software. These data are generated from various sources such as mobile devices, digital repositories, and enterprise applications, and their size ranges from terabytes to exabytes. Big data solutions have a wide range of applications such as analysis of conversations in social networking websites, fraud management in the financial services sector, and disease diagnosis in the healthcare sector.

Report analysts forecast the Global Big Data Infrastructure Warming Devices market to grow at a CAGR of 33.15% during the period 2017-2021.

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To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Big Data Infrastructure globally.

Key Vendors of Global Big Data Infrastructure Market:
- Dell
- IBM
- HP
- Fusion-io
- NetApp
- Cisco

 

Other prominent vendors
- Intel
- Oracle
- Teradata

And many more……

 

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Global Big Data Infrastructure Driver:
- Benefits associated with big data
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Global Big Data Infrastructure Challenge:
- Complexity in transformation of procured data to useful data
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Global Big Data Infrastructure Trend:
- Increasing presence of open source big data technology platforms
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Geographical Segmentation of Global Big Data Infrastructure Market:
· Global Big Data Infrastructure in Americas
· Global Big Data Infrastructure in APAC
· Global Big Data Infrastructure in EMEA

 

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          Global Algorithmic Trading Market Expected to Grow by 2020- Key Driver, Trends, Sales, Supply, Demand Top Vendors, Industry Application Analysis and Outlook        

Global Algorithmic Trading Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Algorithmic Trading Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Algorithmic Trading Industry for 2017-2021. Global Algorithmic Trading Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market.

Algorithmic Trading Market: Modern financial markets use advanced mathematical models to arrive at (and execute) transaction decisions. Such automated technologies are referred to as high-speed algorithmic trading. These methods determine the optimal time for an order to be placed so as to generate the least impact on stock prices. Large institutional investors use algorithmic trading technologies to buy and sell large blocks of shares in small tranches every day.

Report analysts forecast the Global Algorithmic Trading Warming Devices market to grow at a CAGR of 10.3% during the period 2017-2021.

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To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Algorithmic Trading globally.

Key Vendors of Global Algorithmic Trading Market:
- Citadel
- KCG
- Optiver US
- Tower Research Capital
- Two Sigma Investments

Other prominent vendors
- DRW Trading
- Flow Traders
- Hudson River Trading
- Jump Trading
- RSJ Algorithmic Trading
- Spot Trading
- Sun Trading
- Tradebot Systems
- Virtu Financial

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Global Algorithmic Trading Driver:
- Increased integration of financial markets
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Global Algorithmic Trading Challenge:
- Insufficient risk valuation capabilities, limited legal certainty, and operational inefficiencies
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- Portfolio risk solutions
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· Global Algorithmic Trading in Americas
· Global Algorithmic Trading in APAC
· Global Algorithmic Trading in EMEA

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          Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses Market Expected to Grow by 2021- Growth, Opportunities, Analysis Key Driver, Top Vendors, Industry Application, Analysis and Outlook        

The Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses market research report is a resource, which provides current as well as upcoming technical and financial details of the industry to 2021.

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Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses is a device used to treat head shape deformities such as plagiocephaly, brachycephaly and scaphocephaly. The helmet treatment is effective in infants from 3-18 months of age, but optimal when started younger due to the decrease in growth rate as the child ages. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses globally.

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This report focuses on the Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses in Global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application.

Key Vendors of Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses Market:
-Orthomerica
-Ballert Orthopedic
-Cranial Technologies
-Becker Orthopedic
-Hanger Clinic
-BioSculptor
-Boston Brace
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Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses Market Segment by Type, covers:
-Active helmets
-Passive helmets

Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses Market Segment by Applications, can be divided into:
-Plagiocephaly
-Brachycephaly
-Scaphocephaly

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Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses in Americas
Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses in APAC
Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses in EMEA

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List of Exhibits
-Exhibit 01: Product offerings

-Exhibit 02: Types of cardiopulmonary diseases

-Exhibit 03: Peri-operative period and its different stages

-Exhibit 04: History of Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses

-Exhibit 05: Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses systems for other surgeries

-Exhibit 06: Process of Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses

-Exhibit 07: Components of cardiopulmonary Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses system

-Exhibit 08: Cost analysis of cardiopulmonary Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses

-Exhibit 09: Cost breakdown of CABG surgery and cardiopulmonary Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses 2015

-Exhibit 10: Global cardiopulmonary Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses systems market 2015-2020 ($ millions)

-Exhibit 11: Five forces analysis

-Exhibit 12: Global cardiopulmonary Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses systems market segmentation by end-user 2015

-Exhibit 13: Global cardiopulmonary Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses systems market segmentation by geography 2015

-Exhibit 14: Global cardiopulmonary Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses systems market segmentation by geography 2020

-Exhibit 15: Global cardiopulmonary Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses systems market segmentation by geography 2015-2020

-Exhibit 16: Global cardiopulmonary Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses systems market segmentation by geography 2015-2020 ($ millions)

-Exhibit 17: Cardiopulmonary Global Pediatric Cranial Remolding Orthoses systems market in Americas 2015-2020 ($ millions)

-Exhibit 18: Comparison of US healthcare system: Before and after reforms

-Exhibit 19: Implements amended in ACA

-Exhibit 20: Number of coronary bypass surgeries per 100,000 people in Europe 2013

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          The Washout That Was Fashion Night Out        
For the past month, I‘ve been anticipating the date of September 8, 2011.  Why do you ask? Is it my birthday? No, but it is a very special day.  Not only is it my mother’s birthday, it’s a day that only comes once a year - the phenomenon known in the fashion circles as Fashion’s Night Out (FNO).  It’s the nocturnal, shopping party that’s celebrated all across the globe.  Coincidentally, FNO also coincides with the start of New York Fashion Week and the kickoff for the fall fashion season. 


This year marked the third annual FNO, but what made this year even more special was that the first ever Fashion’s Night Out PLUS was introduced.  That’s right the full figured fashionista…or as I affectionately call them– FATshionistas were finally being included.  In the words of celebrity gossip personality Perez Hilton “fashion is such a fun and wonderful art, but it shouldn’t be limited to skinny bitches.”  Lucky for me, one of the official FNOP events was being held right here in the DMV, hosted at BeautyFull Boutique in Old Town Alexandria.  As soon as I found out about the event, I quickly RSVP’d to attend.

The evening of FNO/P, I got dolled up, even put on some heels, and set out to the event.  As fate would have it, the DMV was in the midst of yet another weather related disaster.  Forecasters were calling for flash flooding all across the region thanks to Tropical Depression Lee.  A ride that normally would take 20 minutes, turned into a 5 hour nightmare, complete with me almost running out of gas, as the inner and outer loops of the Beltway were shut down. As the clock struck 9:00pm, and traffic still gridlocked, I soon realized that my evening was going from FAB to FIZZLE thanks to the flooding in Northern Virginia.   By 10:00pm, the Beltway was reopened, and I made my way to Alexandria for gas and a restroom stop.  Afterwards, I made my way home soaked and disappointed that I missed the fashion event of the season.  For me, FNO 2011 was a complete bust and a washout! L

When I started brainstorming on this week’s blog posting, I envisioned it to be very different.  I planned to rave about the boutique, the fashions I saw, the hors d'oeuvres I nibbled, the champagne or wine I sipped, and the purchases I made.  Instead, still with disappointment, I blog about the FNO that wasn’t, but luckily with the flip of the calendar, FNO will come around again – just 362 days to go!

~ The Plus Size Shopaholic~ Muah!
 



          Strong snow falls on Victoria's alps, as authorities prepare for blizzards        
Victorian snow lovers are embracing some of the best falls of the season, while authorities call for caution as blizzard-like conditions are forecast to come through on Sunday.
          Blizzard warning for Victorian Alps as state braces for windy weekend weather        
Strong winds are expected to sweep across Victoria this weekend, prompting a blizzard warning for the state's alpine areas and forecasts of up to 100 centimetres of snow.
          European Tech Market Will Continue To Grow Slowly At Around 2% in Euros        
Forrester’s European tech market forecast for 2017 and 2018 has just been published (see “European Tech Market Outlook For 2017 To 2018”). We project that growth in purchases of technology software, hardware, and services by European businesses and government measured in Euros will hold steady at 1.6% in 2017, and increase to 2.2% in 2018. […]
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          Another Dam 50K {A Race Recap}        
With my Nathan handheld filled with water and having taken two salt pills, I headed down the now familiar bike path at Englewood MetroPark.

Rays peeked through the towering trees, the morning sun having matured into an afternoon blazer. The small field of participants at the Another Dam 50K had spread out in the 4 1/2 hours since the race start, and it felt like it was just Kim and me as we headed out for the fourth and final loop.

Our conversation had seemed to quiet, the day's effort settling in, but there was nothing that needed to be said. In those moments, as we made the turn toward the dam  (another turn on that dam road), we knew that we were going to do it. We were going to finish this race, a 50K -- something that seemed so audacious at times in the previous 16 weeks.

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The day before the race, checking out the course with the best friend and crew chief a girl could ask for.

Anther Dam 50K is a low-key race at a park just west of Dayton, Ohio. I was attracted to it for its timing - just far enough out from the IT100 that I could pace Joe and still have my own race -- and its price. The race has a no-frills option of $15, and I paid $25 to get a T-shirt and finisher's prize (a technical shirt that states on the sleeve that I did the whole dam thing).

Soon after I registered, my friend Kim found herself signing up and in the month or two leading up, my best friend from Nebraska volunteered to drive in and help crew. While the 50K gets a rap for being a glorified marathon, the 5 miles that sets it apart cannot be underestimated and her presence proved invaluable on Saturday.

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I couldn't settle my stomach. My nerves. My emotions.

Race morning, I wavered between tears and nausea. Blueberries in the bagel that I hoped would be plan were unsettling and the words of encouragement from my running buddies were so kind that I could feel them reverberate in each breath.

I think it was fear. The unknown. The build-up to this one day.

But once Pattie, Kim and I arrived at the park at 7:15 a.m., 45 minutes ahead of the 8 a.m. start, I had started to settle. The air was comfortable but not as cool as I'd like and the sun offered a welcome greeting. After a week of fretting about potential thunderstorms, the day's forecast offered another challenge - heat. The high was predicted to be in the mid- to high 80s and with a goal time of 6 hours, I knew that I would be finishing in the heat of the day.

Thankfully, my ultrarunning friends have taught me much. First, control what you can and don't worry about the rest (including weather). The only thing you can do is control how you react to those variables. Second, Joe sent me a message that morning to get ahead of my hydration, drinking early and often.

So I filled my pack with water and my handheld with Nuun Performance and gathered with Kim and the other participants.

With a long white beard and relaxed attitude, the race director reminded me of Lazarus from the Barkley Marathons. But I wonder how many people now make that comparison to every trail race director now.

He lined us up and gave a quick few words and with not so much as a horn, bell or cigarette lighting, he unceremoniously sent us off into the woods three minutes ahead of schedule.

"I don't have GPS," I declared as I fumbled with my watch, not accustomed to an event that starts early. So much a road runner, I tell you.

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Prior to the race, Kim and I had discussed a plan. We would run together as much as we could but there was no shame in falling back or surging ahead depending on what the day dealt each of us. And so I ran alongside my friend on the bike path on the first part of the course, which was described as a figure 8. (In reality, it looked like a crazy path with a middle finger at the top.)

We ran over a small foot bridge and turned right. We wound on paved trail and turned left onto a trail. There was some mud, some grass, and I breathed a sign of relief that my feet were home. My eyes darted right and left, trying to take in the sights but also looking for the orange flags that marked the 7.6-ish mile course.

We came out into an open green path and followed it briefly to more pavement before taking a sharp left.

A dam left.

Englewood, we learned, is known for five dams and part of the course is on a gravel path that runs parallel to one of them. It was open, hot, endless and the most grueling part of the course. But it was also flat, and Kim and I found ourselves moving at a decent clip amongst the crowd of runners.

I worried about the pace, in the 9's and far from what I had predicted. My goal was to run each of the four loops in 90 minutes, about an 11:45 pace, and we were more than 2 minutes faster. But I told myself not to get ahead, to think about the end game, and relax into it. There would be trail hills to walk (the organizers promised three significant inclines) and those would make up for it.

When we got to the turn, we found ourselves on a park road and running on a downhill. A glorious, shaded downhill. And so we continued at a solid pace albeit hot but it felt good.

And so it would go for that first loop. Over foot bridges and on dirt trails, across grass and up hills to gorgeous waterfalls. Just when things became mundane, the course would take a turn and we would find ourselves in new surroundings where the earth was cracked or the tree cover waned and shadows interrupted a bright, curving path.

Before we knew it, in about 1:20, we found ourselves at the start/finish area, with one loop down and three to go. Our best ever crew chief was there to help, and I decided to ditch my pack. My back was hurting from the weight and with the a handheld and good access to aid stations, I decided that I would be OK without it.

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The dam road. It's the place, I decided, that would make or break your race. And on the second loop, I decided that I needed to make it my race.

While I love(d) running with Kim, my frequent check-ins with pace and worry were wearing on me. I needed to run my pace, whatever that may be, and let her run hers. I needed to be selfish, to only worry about me, and allow her the same opportunity. So I told her that I was going to fall back and wished her well.

There's something about taking the pressure off that allows you to relax and, in that second loop, I did. My stride felt more natural, my stance taller, my body stronger. More able.

But to keep it that way, I had to be diligent with fueling and hydration - especially since I had ditched the pack. My goal was to take in 200 to 300 calories an hour and drink any time I even remotely thought about it. During the first loop, I had a pack of margarita Clif Shot Bloks and Nuun Performance and the second loop was Cherry Cola Honey Stingers.

There were two aid stations -- one at the start/finish with water and a sport drink that will go unnamed and one at the middle of the figure 8 with all kinds of trail goodies. I made my first stop in the middle of that second loop, refilling the handheld and slurping some of the refreshingly cool water. I also poured pickle juice into a cup and threw it down the hatch. Having been reminded the hard way during a particularly brutal training run, I wanted to be mindful of my salt and electrolyte intake. And so I continued this ritual of sorts through the third loop.

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"This is the dumbest thing I have ever done," I declared when I stopped at the picnic table after the second loop.

Looking back, there was no reason for me to say this. I was still running strong, still feeling good. Even having slowed down during the second loop, I had still finished it around 1:25. I think, mentally, I was getting tired. And when having discussed the race the day prior, I had projected that the third loop would be the hardest.

So there I was, taking two salt pills that Pattie so kindly got out, ready to take on the third loop. The part that I had told everyone would be the worst.

If running will teach you anything, though, it is that you can't ever declare that it will be one way and think it will be. While I was ready to fight and switch gears, I found myself cruising the third loop.

Well, sort of.

In the weeks prior to the race, I had a couple of tumbles running on trails. Part of it was rooty and wet conditions, part of it was laziness in picking up my feet. Joe instructed me that I would have a "dam" good race but I needed to pick up my "dam" feet.

It was great advice and if I had a mantra of any sort on Saturday, it was "Pick up your damn feet." And yet, I didn't. I fell once, on dirt, in the first loop but got up almost as quickly as I fell. In the third loop, I wasn't so lucky. On one of the wooden plank paths, running on autopilot, my toe got caught in a tiny gap and I flew forward. Thankfully, if there is a thankfully, I fell toward my left side - my good side and did so quickly that I couldn't brace myself. My knee and palm took the brunt of it and when I stood, I worried that this dumb thing could have taken me out.

It was  a short jog to the aid station, and I was able to rinse it off and assess. I was going to live! And live to run the rest of the race. I took a drink of water, poured some on my head and hat and grabbed a cup of pickle juice before going on my way.

I slowed up a bit just to see how things would feel but once I realized that the fall wouldn't affect my gait, I continued plugging forward. I walked the hills near the two waterfalls on the course (one up and one down) but was still running strong.

As I pulled into the aid station for the second time on the third loop, I heard a sweet, "Hey." I looked up and saw a beautiful girl.

Kim.

"I know you!" I said with enthusiasm, so excited to see my friend.

She was heading out to finish the third loop but I had caught her and after pouring water on my head, hat and drinking some, I set out to find her. On the flat bike path, down a hill from the dam road, I ran past her. Slowed. Drank from my handheld. Got caught. And gained company for the final mile in.

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"What do you need?" the volunteer at the start/finish aid station asked.

"Do you have Mountain Dew?"

Mountain Dew. Once my drink of choice, I hadn't touched full-calorie soda in years and even a diet soda since last July. But somewhere on loop three, after trying one of the new Gingerade Gu's, I decided that solid calories were not my thing. I needed calories, though, and I decided it was time to embrace trail running and drink soda. Pepsi was gross but I could swallow the Mountain Dew. Flat and warm, it was calories and caffeine to keep me going.

I had a small cup at the picnic table before heading to Pattie the last time. I sprayed down with sunscreen and took two more salt pills. When she asked me how I was feeling, I said that it felt like I had run 23 miles but I was good.

Kim and I headed off quickly with the quiet understanding that we were going to do this. But we also knew that this loop would be different. It was hot, and we could feel it. And with the dam road just a mile away, promising an unrelenting sun, we knew that it could be slower and a lot less pretty.

I just didn't know how unpretty but soon I would.

I'm not sure whether it was the heat, the caffeine in the Mountain Dew or just the Dew itself, but my stomach started to feel funny. Nauseous. Sort of. And my heart, it was racing. The racing heart, I thought, could be contributing to the nausea.

I had been prepared to walk more in this loop but soon I found myself telling Kim, again, to move ahead. I needed to walk whatever this was out. If anything, I could get my heart rate down enough to feel good.

I walked much of mile 26, collecting myself at the aid station, and moved forward with a run walk. My plan was to do a 5:2 interval, which was pretty doable given the course. Unlike other trails I have been on (and despite what my elevation chart on Strava showed), I felt like this course was really runnable with very few trail hills. In fact, I think that was part of the challenge - so.much.running. (Imagine that!)

When I look back, one of the things that I most proud of is that I didn't get overly pissy during this time. I had accepted the reality but did not resign myself to less than what I could do.

Surprisingly, even though it was my slowest loop, the miles clicked by and I was surprised how quickly I found myself back on the bike path, heading to the finish. So kind as to end on an uphill, I walked to where the tree line started to give way to grass and parking lot and then I ran.

I ran the dam thing.

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With the clock reading 6:06, just 6 minutes slower than my goal, and the mercury at 86 degrees, I sat down on a bench happy.

Volunteers asked me if I needed anything -- water, pizza -- but in that moment, there was nothing.
          Thunderstorm asthma: New warning for Gippsland and parts of north-east Victoria        
Victoria's chief health officer issues a warning to asthma sufferers about possible storms forecast for parts of Gippsland and Victoria's north-east ranges today, following last week's deadly thunderstorm asthma event.
          Cost Of Washington State Plan To Insure All Children Higher Than Expected        

A program that will expand health care to all children in Washingtonstate will cost almost twice the amount predicted and provide coveragemainly for undocumented immigrant children, according to new statedata, the Seattle Post-Intelligencerreports. Previous estimates had determined that the program, which goesinto effect on July 22, would insure 6,680 undocumented immigrantchildren, but now this figure is estimated at more than 16,000. Theincrease was a result of unanticipated numbers of noncitizen siblingsof citizen children now covered by the program, according to KirstaGlenn, executive director of the state's Caseload Forecast Council.

Theimpact of the increased number of eligible children is close to $16million more than the $29 million estimate, a 54% cost increase. Of thetotal $45 million, $12 million will be spent covering U.S. children whopreviously were uninsured, and $25 million will be spent coveringundocumented immigrant children. About $8 million will be spent onchildren who are citizens and are covered by other insurance programs,according to the new figures.

The increase in cost will beoffset by $19 million in new federal funds, and the "net impact to the[state] budget is a $6 million increase," according to Victor Moore,director of the state Office of Financial Management (McGann, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 6/22). Clinics Treating Immigrant Children Featured on ABC
ABC's "World News": The program on Sunday examined health clinics that provide care for uninsured immigrant children. Some clinics, such as the Venice Family Clinicin Los Angeles County, Calif., provide low-cost care with fundingthrough patient copayments, donations, in-kind contributions andgovernment funding. Groups that oppose providing health care forundocumented immigrants maintain that "health care for illegalimmigrants and their kids only encourages more illegal immigration,""World News" reports. As an alternate approach to government-fundedprograms, some winemakers in Napa Valley, Calif., have raised millionsof dollars for Clinic Ol


          The Critical Role of Hurricane Hunters in Protecting American Communities         
NOAA Meteorologist and Flight Director Jessica Williams aboard NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion N43RF during a flight into Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

In connection with American Heroes Week (July 24—28, 2017), the U.S. Department of Commerce is proud to highlight its own American heroes and the important role Commerce agencies play in serving and protecting American communities.  

On board NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft, there are no small jobs. Each member of the crew plays a critical role in ensuring the safe operation of the aircraft and the collection of quality weather data. The following is a feature highlighting one Commerce hero, NOAA Meteorologist and Flight Director Jessica Williams, who serves on NOAA's Lockheed WP-3D Orion and Gulfstream IV-SP hurricane hunter planes. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations  (OMAO) provides immediate response capabilities for unpredictable events. Specifically, through its Hurricane Hunter program, OMAO plays an integral role in hurricane forecasting. Data collected during hurricanes by these high-flying meteorological stations help forecasters make accurate predictions during a hurricane and help hurricane researchers achieve a better understanding of storm processes, improving their forecast models. 

Preparing for takeoff

Jessica Williams has always thirsted for an understanding about the environment in which we live. As a high school senior deciding on a college, she had the foresight to pursue her interest in weather and the atmosphere. Her compass pointed her to Penn State University. There, Williams joined the United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Her studies at Penn State concluded with a bachelor's of science degree in meteorology. She bolstered her resume with a master's of science degree in geographic information science from Northwest Missouri State University.

Williams is among those who has been able to make her passion her paycheck. Following college, Williams was able to merge her loves of aviation and atmospheric data by working as a weather officer in the U.S. Air Force for four years. She later worked as an aviation meteorologist in NOAA’s National Weather Center Service Unit and held a position as a wind resource modeling analyst. Her next career move was to become a flight director at NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center, home the NOAA Hurricane Hunters.

Safety first

When flying on a mission to investigate a tropical cyclone, Williams is responsible for ensuring that the aircraft to which she is assigned is safely navigated through the storm and all the necessary data is collected.

The work, however, begins well before “wheels up.” Mission preparation involves collecting mission objectives from researchers and reviewing operational directives. “From this, we put together a tentative flight plan to accomplish these objectives,” says Williams. “I study the weather pattern, forecasts, and any potential weather hazards based on my training and experience, for the time period and locations we’ll be flying in and around.” She later disseminates this information to the crew in the pre-flight briefing.

Safety is paramount and once airborne, Williams is buckled in for what can be more than an eight-hour flight. “My eyes are on the radars at all times first and foremost, and secondly the data we’re collecting, which gets transmitted to the National Hurricane Center and often ingested into forecast models,” she says.

Into the storm

As one can imagine, working with hurricanes is anything but predictable. “Flight tracks, plans and objectives often change in flight, so we need to be prepared to discuss whether these changes are safe,” says Williams.

The idea of safely surveying hurricanes almost seems like a contradiction, but the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center team has made it standard operating procedure.

“This means flying right through the eyewall, which contains intense updrafts and downdrafts, extreme precipitation, lightning and often hail,” says Williams. Pre-flight training is essential to preparing the crew for these high-risk environments. “With knowledge of the storm dynamics, an understanding of aviation radar, and lots of experience from the crew we avoid these more dangerous areas.”

Close to home

The focus of her work sometimes can hit pretty close to home, most recently with Hurricane Matthew, “with the track coming so close to Florida and many of us having family and friends on the East Coast.” But she says it’s worth it, especially knowing how quickly the data she and her fellow Hurricane Hunters collect can directly affect people’s lives.

The same spirit that inspired a high school senior hasn’t dwindled. Williams’ drive hasn’t slowed. Her passion hasn’t decreased. Her goals haven’t changed. “To use my God-given experience, education and passion for science as I work with an excellent team to gather critical weather data in the storms,” is what it’s all about for Williams. “Data that improves forecast accuracy and warnings to save lives and property.”

 


          Will You Get the Flu? This Real-Time Flu Forecaster Could Tell You        
Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have devised a flu predictor that could pinpoint peak cases as much as nine weeks early. That could help to contain the yearly flood of influenza cases, which stretch from December to April and can surge unpredictably. Knowing when specific cities or regions might be hit especially hard could help people to be more vigilant about washing their hands, as well as allow doctors and public health officials to stockpile vaccines and other flu remedies. The model, which is described in the journal Nature Communications, incorporates flu-related search data from Google Flu Trends and flu cases from the Centers for Disease Control. The Google data relies on search terms as indicators of flu activity, but the forecaster improves on the data’s predictive capabilities. While more cases of flu may certainly lead to more searches for influenza-related issues, these search queries can be thrown off by media coverage of the flu, which aren’t always connected to the intensity of infections but could simply reflect, for example, the start of flu season. The model also borrows strategies used in weather prediction, which make it one of the most accurate predictors of peak flu cases so far. The weather techniques include taking advantage of physical characteristics — in the case of influenza, things such as the dynamics of how influenza particles travel through the air and transfer from person to person — as well as historical information on previous infection trends. “We have a model of influenza that describes the propagation of the influenza virus through a population,” says the study’s lead author Jeffrey Shaman, an assistant professor of Environmental Health Sciences. “The idea is that you take the real-time observations from the last 10 weeks up to the present and you use those to inform the model. You train the model, and by doing that, the model doesn’t fly off and make some predication or represent reality in a way that is not correct,” says Shaman. Every week, the tool incorporates the actual number of cases of flu reported and
          Macadamia crop losses to extreme weather this year mask a cracking future        
The impact of extreme weather looks like it will buck a growing trend this year, causing macadamia prices to rise as a recent forecast for Australia's crop was revised down 13 per cent.
          Source : Handbook of Strategy and Management        

Strategic Change Issues Associated with Life Cycle Dynamics

The genesis of life cycle dynamics in the strategy literature may be traced to early work in technology studies. Two counter-forces shape the development and diffusion of technological systems. One is a ‘law of progress’ (Adams, 1931) that points to an exponential growth in the development of a technological system after a relatively slower start. A second force is the ‘law of limits’ that represents the physical limits one invariably confronts with the performance of a technological system. Together, these two forces combine to prescribe an ‘S’ shaped curve in the development and diffusion of a technological system (Foster, 1986).

Life cycle dynamics implicit in the ‘S’ shaped curve were productively employed in other disciplines as well. In the marketing literature, for instance, these dynamics are manifest in product life cycle issues (Kotler, 1994; Mahajan et al, 1990). In the economics literature, life cycle dynamics are apparent in the works of economists such as Vernon (1966). In the organizational field, life cycle dynamics can be found in conceptualizations of organizations progressing from one crisis to another as it grew in scale and scope (Greiner, 1972). They are also implicit in the contagion models that have been employed in diffusion studies and the creation of bandwagons in the development of fads and fashions (Abrahamson, 1991; Rogers, 1983). Clearly this is not an inclusive but an indicative list of those who have contributed to this way of thinking. However, as is apparent from even this short survey, life cycles unfold at various levels.

Several issues confront practitioners associated with processes exhibiting life cycle dynamics. First, there is a need to determine the stage in the life cycle of the organizational entity that is undergoing change. Monitoring internal and external contexts is an approach that has been advocated for this purpose. Although monitoring might appear to be a routine task, cognitive biases may create many difficulties in accomplishing this task (Kahneman et al., 1982; Kiesler and Sproull, 1982; Dutton and Jackson, 1987). Despite these difficulties, some tell-tale signs that have been employed to determine what stage an industry might be in its development are product price, the level of commoditization, the number of new entrants and exits.

In addition to correctly recognizing the stage of development of the entity being examined, another managerial challenge is determining the appropriate mode of operation in each stage of a life cycle. For instance, Utterback (1994) suggests that strategy implies competition based on functionalities during a ‘fluid’ stage of technology development whereas it implies competition based on reliability, quality and price during a ‘specific’ stage of development. Similar considerations have led others to suggest that a firm should be organized to ‘explore’ during early growth stages and organized to ‘exploit’ during later stages (March, 1991).

The most difficult challenge in managing processes driven by life cycle dynamics is to make transitions in between stages. Transitions are difficult as they imply changing one set of competencies well suited for one stage of operation to a different set of competencies required for a different stage of operation. Indeed, appropriate forms of behavior at one stage of operation may be the very forces that prevent organizations from transiting to the next stage. In other words, transitions become difficult as competencies at one point become traps (Levitt and March, 1988; Leonard-Barton, 1992).

While life cycle models are seductively simple to understand, they are easy for managers to misread. For instance, in the development of cochlear implants (a bio-medical prosthetic device), proponents of the single-channel device that gained early FDA approvals concluded to their peril that industry dynamics had switched to a growth and maturity stage (Garud and Van de Ven, 1992). This belief turned out to be misplaced when other firms continued developing their cochlear implants under the assumption that the industry was still at an introductory stage.

In a similar vein, Henderson (1997) illustrates how beliefs about the limits of a technology based on its internal structure can be misleading. Using the development of optical photolithography as an example, Henderson shows how the ‘natural’ or ‘physical’ limits of the technology were relaxed by unanticipated progress on three fronts: significant changes in the needs and capabilities of users, advances in the performance of component technologies (lenses), and unexpected development in the performance of complementary technologies. These observations lead Henderson to caution against using a life cycle model to predict the limits of a technology. Such predictions must be tempered by a recognition that many other factors (beyond the immediate grasp of those forecasting) may play a role in extending the life of a technology.

Life cycle dynamics are at play in a key field that drives change in contemporary times -semiconductors. For about three decades, Moore's law described progress that has been made with semiconductor chips - a doubling of the number of chips that might fit into a silicon chip every 18 months. Announcements by scientists at Intel suggest that the silicon substrate may be reaching its limit (Markoff, 1999). In Grove's terminology, these limits may represent the onset of a strategic inflexion point with the potential to create a ‘10X change’ (Grove, 1996). As this limit is reached, semiconductor firms will have to decide whether to continue with silicon chips, shift to a new architecture or to a new substrate. To ensure that Intel makes appropriate decision as it encounters this and other such inflexion points, Grove and his colleagues have put in place ‘dialectical processes’ that shape decision making at Intel. We explore issues associated with dialectical processes as they pertain to strategic change in the next sub-section.


          Latest Forecast: Heavy Duty Storms Possible        
There is a chance that some of the eastern plains storms could be severe. With heavy rain, up to 1 inch diameter hail and winds up to 60 mph possible.
          NOAA Says Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Ramping Up        
Government forecasters are warning that this year's Atlantic hurricane season is just getting started. 
          Researchers develop test to track tuberculosis gene        

A blood test that can predict whether or not a dormant string of tuberculosis (TB) will develop into full-blown tuberculosis has been developed.

Researchers at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative teamed up to develop the test. The test will forecast whether the dormant mycobacterium tuberculosis could turn into active tuberculosis disease. The test has a 10 to 20 percent chance of false results.

“This discovery could help develop a diagnostic that would narrow the detection and treatment gap for tuberculosis, impacting how the global health community approaches this epidemic,” Dan Zak, an assistant professor at the Center for Infectious Disease Research, said.

Mycobacterium affects about 33 percent of the population, though only 90 percent will see this strand develop into TB. The test works by measuring specific RNAs in the blood; the blood markers are used to measure the activity of the gene in the blood.

The study, which was published in the leading medical journal The Lancet, took samples from over 6,000 teenagers. The teens were infected with the mycobacterium. The researchers followed them for two years to see who developed active TB.

“The test can predict progression to TB more than one year before disease manifests, which provides a window of opportunity to use treatment to prevent the disease,” Willem Hanekom, professor and principal investigator of the study, said.


           Pearson Invests $89.5 Million In Nook Media, After Disappointing Holiday        

 Publishers Lunch
Nook Media--the entity formed in 2012 that owns Barnes & Noble's Nook business and their college bookstores--has its second major strategic investor, joining Microsoft: As of December 21 Pearson agreed to invest $89.5 in cash for a 5 percent equity stake. The bookseller paired an announcement about that investment with a preview of holiday sales that indicates "results will be below expectations" and Nook in particular will not meet their previous projections for the fiscal year.

Perhaps because of that performance, Pearson is buying in to Nook Media at essentially the same the valuation given to the company when Microsoft paid $300 million for a 17.6 percent stake (which was $1.7 billion) plus the value of Pearson's cash, for a "post-money valuation of approximately $1.789 billion." That leaves Barnes & Noble with a 78.2 percent share and Microsoft with a 16.8 percent stake in Nook Media. Pearson also will get warrants to purchase up to an additional five percent "under certain conditions," at the same valuation. Perhaps just as importantly, "at closing, Nook Media and Pearson will be also entering into a commercial agreement with respect to distributing Pearson content in connection with this strategic investment." (No further details are provided; that likely refers primarily to digital textbooks, but could also apply to print textbooks through the BN College stores.)

News of this new partnership, however, is balanced by a warning of weaker than expected performance over the holidays, for Nook in particular and potentially the entire Barnes & Noble business. The warning was contained in the company's SEC filing about the investment, but was not mentioned in the press release: It says they will announce holiday sales on January 3 and "based on preliminary sales results to date in the holiday period and sales trends, the company expects its holiday sales results will be below expectations and that the Nook business will not meet the company's prior projection for fiscal year 2013." When BN reportedquarterly earnings in late November, Nook segment sales of $160 million were well below analysts expectations of $191 million and raised fresh concerns about the growth trajectory of the Nook business in the face of intensifying competition.

With the Pearson alliance you see the value and intention of pairing the college bookstores with the digital reading business--which has significant potential when allied with the world's largest textbook publisher. (And yes, this investment is about the core business that drives Pearson, rather than the trade publishing interest in Penguin that is slated to become part of a jointly-owned company with Bertelsmann.) Pearson North America ceo Will Ethridge says in the announcement, "With this investment we have entered into a commercial agreement with Nook Media that will allow our two companies to work closely together in order to create a more seamless and effective experience for students. It is another example of our strategy of making our content and services broadly available to students and faculty through a wide range of distribution partners."

Barnes & Noble ceo William Lynch adds in the release, "We welcome their partnership in Nook Media, and look forward to working with them and Microsoft to deliver great digital experiences for our shared customers." Pearson shares were down slightly in early trading in London Friday morning. While the investment has significant strategic potential for both partners, it's a small sum for Pearson (just as Microsoft's investment was small for them). 
After a steady decline since early December, Barnes & Noble's shares moved higher in early trading, up oer $1 a share in the first hour--though as we noted, the disappointing holiday forecast was not highlighted in the press release. And even with that movement, investors still value the bookseller far less than the partners in Nook Media--Barnes & Noble says its stake in that entity alone is still worth $1.4 billion, but the parent company's entire market capitalization remains about $900 million.

          Nursing Collaborative Tackles Impending Nursing Shortages, Enhances Workforce Development for Northeast Ohio        

UH, CSU, and Tri-C collaboration creates economic incentives and support for aspiring RNs to earn nursing degrees and remain in Northeast Ohio

Nursing

A collaboration between University Hospitals (UH), Cleveland State University (CSU), and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will establish a comprehensive workforce development pathway to increase the numbers of registered nurses, and increase the number who earn a baccalaureate degree, in nursing (BSN). The goal of the collaboration is to proactively address the impending shortage of nurses in Northeast Ohio.

The unique collaboration between a health system, a university and a community college will better meet the needs of students, employers and the community, and will serve as a model for other communities around the United States who face similar challenges.

Specifically, the program will tackle the challenges that nursing students face at every stage of their education and careers by:

  • Instituting a new, primarily evening and weekend, cohort of 64 students in CSU’s BSN program to add to the 160 students currently admitted each year. In addition to its established tuition reimbursement program, UH will support these students in the following ways:
    • Creation of a UH Nursing Scholars program offering 20 students a $12,000 tuition support contract for their junior and senior years.  
    • Incentivizing qualified and experienced UH RNs to serve as CSU clinical instructors.
    • Extending students’ opportunities to work as part-time nursing assistants while attending school.
       
  • Offering tuition support to enhance the participation by Tri-C graduates in the CSU RN to BSN Program:
    • UH will award 20 UH Nursing Scholars a $6,000 tuition support contract for their second year at Tri-C and their last year in the CSU RN to BSN program, for a total of $12,000.
    • Tri-C will offer a $3,000 scholarship to their students enrolled in the CSU RN to BSN Program.
       
  • Supporting nursing students at Tri-C and CSU to successfully complete their respective nursing programs through financial assistance, work opportunity and services, such as coaching, counseling, and support services, through identified workforce agencies.
     
  • Extending students opportunities to work as part-time nursing assistants at UH while attending school and increasing the availability of the required clinical placements.

“UH is significantly invested in this collaboration because it addresses so many of the issues that prevent entry into nursing school, achievement of a baccalaureate in nursing, and the opportunity to thrive as a professional nurse,” said Jean Blake, RN, BSN, MJ, Chief Nursing Officer for UH.

By 2020, the Center for Health Affairs Northeast Ohio Nursing Initiative’s Nursing Forecaster estimates that Northeast Ohio will need at least another 3,500 nurses to care for the rapidly aging local population. Nationally, those estimates rise to nearly one million additional nurses needed to adequately care for the total number of patients.

Additionally, to handle the increasingly complex healthcare needs of a growing population of older patients, a significant percentage of these nurses will require the additional education and experience gained from a four-year degree, the BSN. In fact, the Institute of Medicine has issued a recommendation that 80 percent of the nursing workforce have a baccalaureate degree by 2020.  Northeast Ohio’s percentage is approaching 40 percent, thus this bold collaboration will provide a strong boost toward the national goal.   

“This collaborative will make it possible for more people to pursue multiple pathways toward a BSN degree, minimize current barriers for student success and enhance timely graduation of professional registered nurses,” said Timothy Gaspar, PhD, RN, Dean of Nursing at CSU. “Even better, this program will entice promising young people to stay in the Cleveland area and excel at providing nursing care for the people of our region. It will address the registered nurse shortage, as well as enhance the health care of the workforce in our region.”

This nursing collaborative closely aligns with some of the major principles that the American Nurses Association has identified as crucial to the transformation of the health system, particularly those focused on ensuring a sufficient supply of skilled workforce that is dedicated to providing high quality health care services.

“Our hope is that this effort will support the residents of Ohio and empower the next generation of promising caregivers to pursue a lifelong career in nursing. It can also serve as a successful example of how other communities can address similar challenges,” said Vivian Yates, PhD, RN, Dean of Nursing at Tri-C.

Through the collaboration, the institutions hope to see a 40 percent increase in the number of CSU BSN graduates, from 160 currently to 224, beginning in 2020 when the new cohort graduates, and a 10 percent increase in the completion rate of Tri-C students within two years, which will increase RN graduates from these efforts; at least 50 RNs annually to the workforce from the CSU RN Refresher Program, and an ever increasing percentage of RNs in Northeast Ohio who hold a BSN degree.


          Bathroom Sink Ideas        
Bathroom Sink Ideas : Most people have more than enough bathroom renovation dreams in psyche when they begin a revamp venture. However, all too often they open into the shoot without any obvious idea what the end effect and intend should be. The findings are they end with appliances that very don’t fit with their new renovation pitch. For command, they might start altering cabinets or cupboards without conscious the end outcome they want. Here are some tips to help you chose the bathroom motif you want and collect your appliances accordingly.

Believe it or not, one of the most crucial elements to about whether your bathroom renovating ideas work out is your sink range. Many people overlook this seemingly lesser yet very important piece to your largely bathroom draft. First, determine what class of sink you want to have. Would you like to have a traditional sink or a more decorative one? Do you want a stand alone one, an under the defy sink, or one that’s mounted on the fence? This span is very important in determining which sink is right for you. Of course, your bathroom figure will play a big factor in this result. For command, you can’t have a side mounted sink if your hedge isn’t fierce enough to bolster it. You could do some mega remodeling to enable your wall to supervise it, but often period that just adds a needless expense to an already admittedly luxurious fling.

Before you go shopping, quantify the hole you have free for the sink so that you can decide accordingly. Believe it or not, one of the principal mistakes people make during a bathroom renovation fling is attempting to buy a better machine than their bathroom can switch. After the fact, they find out that they don’t have the space necessary Bathroom Sink Ideas to defend such a sink. While this sure isn’t a devastating misjudge, and you can get your money back, it wastes a lot of needless time and energy that could have clearly been avoided with some austere forecast.

When shopping for your sink, try doing it online. Often time, you can bare much better deals on the internet than you’d ever find offline, because of the varied mixture unfilled. A good suggestion when shopping: give a picture of your desired bathroom blueprint wit you. This way, you can clearly at a glance determine whether your potential sink will fit with this purpose before you obtain it. Often time, people purchase a sink because they worship the way it looks at the amass. However, once they induct it in their bathroom, they attain that it doesn’t meet the balance of the space.

One closing comment: don’t drop in feeling with the first sink you find. Often epoch you can find much better deals by only being serene and shopping around. As you can see, redesigning your bathroom can be very calm when you have a strategy and pole to it. Follow these unadorned yet very useful bathroom renovation ideas for your next envisage, and you will attain the bathroom of your dreams much more rapidly and affordably than you ever imagined promising.

          International tourism arrivals to exceed 1 billion        
 Picture: iafrica

The number of tourists in the world this year will pass the one-billion mark despite the economic crisis, the head of the World Tourism Organisation said Wednesday.

The number of people making tourist trips in 2012 is set to record a rise of 3 % compared to 2011 in recession-bound Europe, 7 % in Asia and 4 % worldwide, he said.

"When you have one billion international travellers, it's one out of six people of the world that cross borders," he said.

That indicated a strong recovery compared to 2009, when world tourism declined 3.8 % at the height of the financial crisis, though the rise has stopped accelerating after growth of 6.6 % in 2010.

He said his organisation forecasts that by 2030 the number of tourists worldwide would reach 1.8 billion.

To see the full article on iafrica.com, click here
          PSEi Forecast: Three Fast Facts On The Projected Stocks Performance Before The Holy Week Break        
4 months ago 04/10/17 AT 09:56 AM
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A stock broker takes orders on the telephone during trading at the Philippine Stock Exchange in Manila's Makati financial district February 7, 2014. Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Friday, with the Philippines outperforming and Indonesia hitting a two-week high, buoyed by higher Asian shares and signs the U.S. nonfarm payrolls report could put some global growth concerns to rest. Reuters/Erik De Castro
The local stock market is expected to move sideways from Monday to Wednesday, April 10-12. On April 13 and 14, financial markets will be closed to observe the Holy Week's Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Business
          Three Things To Know About The PSEi Going Back To 7,400 Level        
4 months ago 04/05/17 AT 07:09 AM
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A stockbroker looks on his monitors inside the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) in Makati city, metro Manila February 29, 2016. Reuters/Romeo Ranoco
The Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi) went back to the 7,400 level on Tuesday, April 4, and it is mostly attributed to foreign buying. Business
          PSEi Forecast: Three Fast Facts On The Projected Stocks Performance From April 3-7        
4 months ago 04/03/17 AT 10:28 AM
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Traders react as the Philippine stock exchange halted trades triggering an automatic trading suspension for 15 minutes in Manila's Makati financial district October 27, 2008. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo
Stocks are expected to trade sideways ahead of the release of the US Federal Reserve's (Fed) March 14-15 minutes of the meeting on Wednesday. Business
          A New Type of Golf        
I've decided that after this weekend, when I took my father-in-law out golfing for his birthday, that I was going to invent a new type of golfing. My primary desire is to bring joy to millions. However, a secondary and believe me it's way lower on the list, is because I think if the inventor of golf was still alive I might kill him. If not me, then I would definitely send a pack of rabbits on him... the kind with "sharp, pointy teeth."

No, my new game of golf will combine elements of golf. You will have a regulation golf ball, a fairway and a green. The primary difference will be in driving. Rather than having a fancy-dancy driver, you will use a modified potato gun. It will shoot the golf ball out, exactly where you want it. However, the trick will be in setting the gun correctly and judging you windage and elevation. Also, we will be prepared for WWIII while on the golf course; bet they won't see that coming!

Yes, you will see my golfing guns (patent pending) on sale in your local supermarket soon. I forecast they will be an immediate success, shooting me (pun intended) into the billionaire club by early next quarter.
          Crocs Turnaround ‘Right on Track,’ As Brand Tops Q2 Forecasts        

Crocs’ efforts to revitalize a sluggish business are, once again, paying off.


          Merrell, Saucony Parent Blows Past Earnings Forecasts But Is Not Done With ‘Heavy Lifting’        

The company recent shuttered nearly 200 stores and divested the Sebago brand.


          Mobile Internet Penetration in India Forecast 2016        

As the ASP (Average Selling Price) of smartphones is plummeting,

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          Director of Product - American Meadows - Shelburne, VT        
Maintain current forecasts to assess risks around gaps to plan, and identify strategies to address over / under-performing segments....
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          Category Manager - American Meadows - Shelburne, VT        
Collaborate with Planner to build &amp; maintain seasonal financial Plan and Forecast by analyzing historical data and current trends to identify risks and...
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          The Outlook for Digital Agencies in 4 Charts        

In the next year, 55% of clients expect to increase their digital marketing spend, specifically in the areas of digital experience, content development, and digital projects, found a recent report from the Society of Digital Agencies (SODA).


          27 Interesting Marketing Charts Every Client Needs to See        

What's the #1 thing clients value in their agency partners? 

It's not results, strategy, or even great creative.

According to the Society of Digital Agencies, it's expertise in emerging trends


          Will it be different this time?        
Following the hard to believe NIESR forecast that the UK was likely to grow quite well in the next year sane voices basing their arguments
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          Supervising Training Coordinator-BOCES        
Exam number: 
#65-961
Exam type: 
Open Competitive (open to the public)
Salary: 
$64,968 Annually
Opening Date: 
August 4, 2017
Closing Date: 
September 6, 2017
Examination date: 
October 14, 2017
Application fee: 
$20.00
RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS:  CANDIDATES MUST HAVE BEEN LEGAL RESIDENTS OF ERIE COUNTY OR AN ERIE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT* FOR AT LEAST ONE MONTH IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE DATE OF THE WRITTEN TEST  AND MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF ERIE COUNTY OR AN ERIE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT* AT THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT. Preference may be given to successful candidates who have been residents of the municipality in which the appointment is to be made for one month preceding the date of the certification of the eligible list and who are residents of the municipality at the time of appointment.  Non-residents may be required to become a resident of the appointing municipality if local law so states.  * Candidates who reside in a school district which, for civil service purposes is administered by the Erie County Personnel Commissioner, but who are not legal residents of Erie County may apply for examination.  However they will be certified for appointment only in the school district in which they are legal residents. There is one anticipated vacancy at  Erie 1 BOCES and the salary is $64,968 annually.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will be used to fill this vacancy and other appropriate vacancies which may occur in municipalities or districts under the jurisdiction of Erie County Civil Service while this list is active.
Examples of Duties: 
Supervising Training Coordinator- Erie 1 BOCES supervises and coordinates  school based information technology software applications and services;  Oversees school district based software application training activities provided by senior training coordinators and lower level school district software application support staff, ensuring high quality and efficiently provided services to school customers; Provides best practice modeling of training and support of school-based software applications for senior training coordinators and other lower level staff; Acts as resource to lower level staff.
Qualifications: 
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates must meet one of the following requirements on or before the date of the written test:  A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master’s degree and four (4) years of information technology experience involving software applications training, methods of delivery and customer service, two (2) years involving the general supervision* of the day to day activities of staff. B. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree and six (6) years of information technology experience involving software applications training, methods of delivery and customer service, four (4) years involving the general supervision* of the day to day activities of staff C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).
NOTES:  1. *Supervision – Responsible direction and control of subordinate employees.  This involves the assignment of work, approval of work, training, evaluation and discipline of employees.  The supervisory aspects must be an integral part of the job, not incidental or occasional.     2. Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting the experience requirements. 3. Your degree and/or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the New York State Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. A grade of "D" or better is necessary for a course to be credited as successfully completed. If your degree and/or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside of the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to this Department for a list of acceptable companies providing this service; you must pay the required evaluation fee. Notice to Candidates: Transcripts will now be accepted by the Department of Personnel ONLY at time of application. All subsequent transcripts must be submitted at time of interview.
The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However,candidates may find information in the publication "How to take a written test" helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at: www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm  
Subjects of Examination: 
Subjects of examination: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas: 1. Administration These questions test for knowledge of the managerial functions involved in directing an organization or an organizational segment. These questions cover such areas as: developing objectives and formulating policies; making decisions based on the context of the administrator's position and authority; forecasting and planning; organizing; developing personnel; coordinating and informing; guiding and leading; testing and evaluating; and budgeting. 2. Preparing written material These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences. 3. Project management These questions are designed to test for techniques and concepts of project management. They may cover, but not necessarily be confined to, management of systems development, management by objectives, project scheduling and control techniques (e.g., PERT), characteristics of organizations and of the systems life cycle, and the development of data processing standards. 4. Supervision These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing, and controlling the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. The concepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics as assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining work standards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing procedural change; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism, morale, and discipline.  NOTICE TO CANDIDATES:  Unless otherwise noted, candidates are permitted to use quiet, hand held, solar or battery powered calculators.  Devices with typewriter keyboards, "Spell Checkers", “Personal Digital Assistants", "Address Books", "Language Translators", "Dictionaries", or any similar devices are prohibited.  You may not bring books or other reference materials.

          Chief Information Officer        
Exam number: 
#60-206
Exam type: 
Open Competitive (open to the public)
Salary: 
$202,154 Annually
Opening Date: 
August 4, 2017
Closing Date: 
September 6, 2017
Examination date: 
October 14, 2017
Application fee: 
$20.00
RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS: THERE ARE NO RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THIS EXAMINATION. There is one vacancy at the Erie County Medical Center Corporation.
Examples of Duties: 
Chief Information Officer plans, organizes, and directs the development, implementation and evaluation of computerized Hospital Management Information Systems (HMIS) supporting hospital operations; Ensures security of the electronic data for the enter institution, including electronic medical records of all patients and integrated electronic security (surveillance) for the facility; Oversees security for electronic data and equipment to prevent data breaches, malware and related viruses and vulnerability in systems and medical equipment connected to computerized systems; Develops, promulgates and oversees the execution of the information processing objective of the Medical Center and its departmental entities; Recruits and hires staff responsible for implementing, monitoring and maintaining Medical Center information systems; Advises Medical Center management, administrators and department heads on current trends and directions regarding management information systems and provides leadership in strategic planning, development, acquisition, implementation and operational initiative in all areas of information technologies; Oversees the development and implementation of standards, policies and procedures to assure the effective and efficient design, implementation and operation of information systems supporting the Medical Center and its component departments; Coordinates the development and implementation of standards, policies and procedures to assure the effective and efficient design, implementation and operation of information systems supporting the Medical Center and its component departments; Oversees the purchasing or contracting of all hardware, software and peripheral equipments and develops, negotiates and monitors all contracts for services; Projects information resource requirements of the Medical Center, develops budget and plans to meet assessed needs to include personnel, equipment, implementation and monitoring of this budget with the financial entities of the Medical Center; Meets with managers, administrators and clinical staff within the Medical Center and external to it, to communicate information systems objectives and to develop, implement and carryout policies and plans to achieve the established objectives; Coordinates the implementation of automated systems including but not limited to the acquisition of software, hardware and peripheral equipment and the assignment of technical staff to user departments which most effectively utilize available resources; Coordinates the activities of key managers and staff with the information systems department, reviews the performance of these individuals on a regular basis and establishes policies and procedures to assure that other departmental staff are similarly evaluated.
Qualifications: 
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates must meet one of the following requirements on or before the date of the written test:  Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems, Business or Public Administration, Computer Science or related management or technical field and eight (8) years of administrative* or supervisory** experience in the electronic data processing field, at least four (4) years of which involved the design and/or development of acute care hospital electronic data processing management information systems.
NOTES 1:Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems, Computer Science, Business or Public Administration may be substituted for two (2) years of the required generalized experience above but may not be substituted for the required specialized experience. 2. *Administrative experience is defined as the responsible planning, management and control functions of an organization or organizational unit including the development and/or approval of operating policy and procedures 3. **Supervision – Responsible direction and control of subordinate employees.  This involves the assignment of work, approval of work, training, evaluation and discipline of employees.  The supervisory aspects must be an integral part of the job, not incidental or occasional.  4.   Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements.   5. Your degree and/or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the New York State Education Department as following acceptable educational practices.  A grade of "D" or better is necessary for a course to be credited as successfully completed.  If your degree and/or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside of the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency.  You can write to this Department for a list of acceptable companies providing this service; you must pay the required evaluation fee. Notice to Candidates:  Transcripts will now be accepted by the Department of Personnel ONLY at time of application.   All subsequent transcripts must be submitted at time of interview.
The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However,candidates may find information in the publication "How to take a written test" helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at: www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm  
Subjects of Examination: 
Subjects of examination: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas: 1. Administration These questions test for knowledge of the managerial functions involved in directing an organization or an organizational segment. These questions cover such areas as: developing objectives and formulating policies; making decisions based on the context of the administrator's position and authority; forecasting and planning; organizing; developing personnel; coordinating and informing; guiding and leading; testing and evaluating; and budgeting. 2. Data center operations These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing and controlling the operating activities of a computer center. They cover such areas as: data center methods and procedures; identifying and resolving operational problems; coordinating and maintaining schedules for the utilization of equipment; and monitoring and controlling operating systems, equipment, and the physical environment in the computer center. 3. Principles of networked communications These questions test for basic concepts and terminology of data communications. They cover such subjects as data communications, types of networks, modems, security, protocols, topologies, transmission media, wiring, installation and troubleshooting. The questions are general in scope and are not specific to any vendor or system. 4. Preparing written material These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences. 5. Supervision These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing, and controlling the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. The concepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics as assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining work standards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing procedural change; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism, morale, and discipline. 6. Systems analysis and design These questions test for techniques and concepts of computer systems analysis and design. They cover such subjects as feasibility and applications studies, systems development tools and software, the systems life cycle, types of systems (e.g., client/server, Web-based), controls, and systems documentation, testing, and implementation. NOTICE TO CANDIDATES:  Unless otherwise noted, candidates are permitted to use quiet, hand held, solar or battery powered calculators.  Devices with typewriter keyboards, "Spell Checkers", “Personal Digital Assistants", "Address Books", "Language Translators", "Dictionaries", or any similar devices are prohibited.  You may not bring books or other reference materials.

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          Photo Update: Surveying the Landscape, Part I        
These days I'm generally the last person laying eyes on something new in the neighborhood, but I still find it necessary to conduct photo documentation when the calendar and forecast align. Which they did on Sunday.

Let's look at signs and entrances, starting first at F1rst and its Residence Inn, where it looks like the homestretch has been entered (click to enlarge, of course):

Then, let's go over to 4th Street, where the District Winery building continues to zip along. It's also where the Bower is now signed, as is Conte's space in Arris:

Then we'll double back westward (you're getting a sense for how far I walk on these excursions), taking a look at the new sidewalk on New Jersey Avenue in front of Insignia on M. Shake Shack's signage at the Homewood Suites, and the One Hill South entrance (very New York, isn't it). (I caught the Bethesda Bagels signage back in December, just in case you think I'm missing it.)

I even caught the view from the bridge of the new Bardo beer garden at Florida Rock, with a few hardy souls in attendance. Plus, views of both Agora on New Jersey Avenue (aka the Whole Foods Building) and 1221 Van (aka That Big Building On South Capitol Immediately North of the Ballpark):

All the links above to project pages have additional brand spanking new pics, and of course Before photos.

Next up, checking out holes in the ground, both current and coming soon.


Tags: 1221 Van, Homewood Suites, 800 NJ/Whole Foods, One Hill South, bardo, Development News, districtwinery, Florida Rock, Arris/Parcel N/Yards, Yards/Parcel O


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          As Seen Through Others’ Eyes        
Opening the garden to the public is always an interesting exercise.  There’s all the preparation in the weeks beforehand, the worries about lack of colour, the last minute tweaks and the anxious watching of the weather forecasts as you hope for a fine day.  Our house and garden are completely hidden behind a high brick […]
          Going, Going, Gone        
The yellow-flowered Brugmansia in the courtyard was still in flower over Christmas and it wasn’t until January 5ththat the flowers finally succumbed to our first proper frost.  Even then, it looked as if a few flowers had escaped damage, but with forecasts of really cold weather heading our way, I decided it was time to […]
          Geometric Interactive Insight: How To Use Video To Generate Revenue For Radio        
Did you know that VIDEO is the key to you making money EVERYWHERE on your website?

How?


Existing Web sites that incorporate video see lower bounce rates, higher levels of engagement, and more repeat traffic. This increases the value of the non-video portion of the site, driving up eCPMs for more traditional display advertising.

And that's important because the IDC forecasts that the real market for online ads is emerging and will grow sevenfold by 2012, hitting $3.8 billion domestically. As I’ve stated many times before in articles, blog posts, presentations and meetings: The digital dollars are there. The question is…Are you getting your share? Increasingly, video will contribute to online content generation, but more importantly, REVENUE generation.

Twistage CEO David Wadler shares his insights in a good how-to article outlining points to generate dollars from video on your website at
AdAge.com. Not only does he highlight the fact that the inclusive of video on your website helps to lift the revenue you can generate from other display pages, but there are more great tips to help you generate revenue with video too, summarized as follows:
  • Sponsorship: Offering sponsorships of the player, a series of videos, or perhaps even of the entire video experience can be a compelling option for a brand advertiser.
  • Focus on the audiences your brand can pinpoint
  • Balance your zeal for monetization with the quality of the user experience
  • Create great content. The better your content and the more engaged your audience, the higher eCPMs will be for your videos.

Thanks to Mark Ramsey for sharing this article and his summary with me. Click here to see David’s full article.


          13-Point News Checklist        
My friend and fellow consultant Mike McVay shares his suggestions for news. Use this checklist to critique your news department.

1. The call letters or station slogan should be showcased at the front of the news and mentioned again at the end of the news.

2. Timechecks should appear at the beginning of the news, at the spot breaks, and prior to the final outro of the cast.

3. You should promote upcoming news items the same way the you promote ahead with upcoming music; i.e., “traffic and weather are next,” etc. Give the audience a reason to continue listening.

4. Keep the story count HIGH.

5. Use audio ONLY where it makes sense.

6. Do not use the network’s outro on wired actualities

7. Does the content of the news pass the “Who Cares” test?

8. Are stories written in the language of the audience?

9. Does the content include stories from the following interest categories?
  • Heart
  • Purse
  • Health
  • Relaxation
  • Local
  • National
10. The delivery of the newscaster should be natural and believable.


11. Weather forecasts should be prepromoted. Are the forecasts compact and easy to deliver? Do not give more information than the audience cares to know regarding weather; i.e., Monday through Thursday mornings tell today’s weather. Monday through Thursday afternoon, give tonight’s and tomorrow’s weather, Friday and Saturday should contain the forecast for the complete weekend. Sunday should be today, tonight and tomorrow.

12. Does the newscast include current temperatures?

13. Does the position of the news within the format hour compete with your primary rival or is the news hidden?
          A Birthday Celebration! You’re Invited!        

We here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales are gearing up for an exciting Memorial Day weekend. We are fully booked and with a forecast calling for lots of sunshine, we are wishing are guests a wonderful weekend here at Deep Creek Lake. We are also extending an open invitation to the public to … Continue reading A Birthday Celebration! You’re Invited!

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          Cantilever Parasols        
Despite our local weather forecaster having informed us that it is currently the European Monsoon Season, we are beginning to enjoy some lovely sunny days and perversely our thoughts turn to shade. As pleasant as it is to sit in the sun, there are also times when we want to enjoy the sunny garden from […]
          Why the projections on this website are better than all others        
Since I started this website in 2005, a few other websites have started to make RPI projections of their own. In my opinion, they are all doing it wrong. It comes down to something called Jensen's Inequality.

Jensen's inequality basically says that taking an expectation of a nonlinear function of a random variable will give you a different answer than taking the same nonlinear function of an expectation. To put is simply, the order in which you do things matters. It turns out that when you are trying to predict end-of-season RPI, you need to take the expectation of a nonlinear function of a random variable. I thought about these issues very carefully before I started making predictions to make certain I was doing things the right way.

Here's why Jensen's inequality matters for RPI projections. In our case, the random variable - or actually variable-s, are the possibly outcomes of the future games. The nonlinear function is actually two nonlinear functions. First, it is the RPI formula itself which takes the wins/losses and comes up with a percentage (this is the number between 0 and 1 that we usually ignore). The next function sorts these and assigns a ranking (i.e., 1, 2, 3, 4....347 - the RPI number everybody talks about). The expectation is simply the average of these ranked RPIs across all seasons.

In other words, we want this:

Expectation(Rank(RPI(random game outcomes)))

That's exactly what I do on this site. I start in the innermost parentheses and generate random season outcomes 10,000 times. Next, I calculate the RPI (percentage) from each of the 10,000 simulated seasons. Then, I rank each of them. Finally, I calculate the expectation (or simple average) of these ranks across all 10,000 simulations.

Here's what the other sites do: They completely reverse things. They start with an expected record. Instead of simulating the games and looking at many different possibilities, they only look at the average. Then, they calculate the RPI (percentage) and then rank those RPIs.

In other words, this is what they do:

Rank(RPI(E(future game outcomes)))

Jensen's inequality says that:
Expectation(Rank(RPI(random game outcomes)))
does not equal
Rank(RPI(E(future game outcomes))).


The other sites take a shortcut which saves time (you don't have to simulate anything), but will give you biased predictions. This is especially going to matter near the top of the rankings (i.e., 1-100) and at the bottom and also with teams that are less consistent.

This discussion is behind the reason why the actual "Expected RPI" is not usually a round number. I am taking an average of many possible Ranks. Also, this is why you will almost never see any team with an RPI of 1. Because it is an expectation (or an average) across 10,000 simulations, a team would have to be ranked one in every possible scenario. This may happen near the end of the season, but never before.

Because it is human nature to want to know who is number 1, 2, 3, etc., I also provide these alternate (but as I have explained, biased) predictions in the first column - the "overall" column. You may notice that sometimes this is not sorted in the same order as the "expected RPI Rank" column. If you look closely, though, you'll see that it is the same order as the "RPI Forecast" column. This is the equivalent of the forecast that other sites will give you. BY the way, the RPI Forecast column is actually an unbiased estimate of the final RPI percentage, it's just that once you start ranking teams based on that number, you have to be careful to do things the right way and in the right order.

To summarize: RPI Forecast > Other sites

Anyway, enough of the rant and thanks to Mike Crawford for asking about this.
          Site down        
The servers which host rpiforecast.com and live-rip.com appear to be down. I'm working on getting the sites back up.
          Probabilities/Odds For NCAA Tournament Advancement        
We've added a page that lists the probabilities for reaching each of the rounds of the tournament - along with winning it all - for all 68 teams.

The page is here: http://www.rpiforecast.com/tourneyprobabilites.html

There are two types of probabilites listed: UNCONDITIONAL and CONDITIONAL

You are probably most familiar with UNCONDITIONAL. That tells you the overall probability of a team reaching each of the rounds. The CONDITIONAL probabilities, however, tell you the probability that a team reaches a round given that it has already reached the previous round. For example, a team like UT-San Antonio may have a very low unconditional probability of reaching the Final 4, however, conditional on it having already reached the Elite 8, it will have a much higher probability. We'll update the webpage as we reach each new round with new probabilities. These will change as teams (and potential future matchups) are eliminated.
          How'd we do?        
The main goals (and the main strengths) of this site are (1) to provide accurate predictions of end-of-season RPI, and (2) to provide up to the minute current RPI. A secondary goal is to provide predictions of at-large bids and seeds. Up until this season, we were not predicting seeds, just bids. This season, we decided to use the "Dance Card" formulas for seeds in addition to the at-large formulas. In terms of at-large bids, we did a bit worse than seasons past - missing 3 (VCU, USC, and Florida State). However, only one major bracketologist got even 67 out of 68 (Fox Sports). As far as I have seen, nobody got 68. Based on the Bracket Project website, only a handful got 66 or better. Most were 65 or less, so 3 is nothing to be ashamed of - especially considering the fact that this is all done using a simple formula. Typically the Dance Card formula misses no less than 1 or 2, so this season was unusual.

As for seeds, there IS something to be ashamed of. Quite simply, the seed predictions stunk! In the name of objectivity, we wanted to avoid tweaking the seeds and let the formulas do all the work. However, something obviously needs to be done. The plan for next season is probably to abandon the formulas for seeding - or at least to modify them to allow for some "human analysis". We'll stick with the at-large formulas and figure out a better way to seed the teams. At this point, the seeding decisions seem to be more complicated than can be explained by a simple formula.

The big benefit from projecting bids/seeds relative to other bracketologists ought to come EARLIER in the season, rather than LATER. In fact, RPIFORECAST is one of the best at predicting seeds in December/January and February. We have archived all of the major bracketologists' predictions this season and will be determining who were the best and worst EARLY in the season.

Anyway, thanks for visiting, enjoy the tournament, and look for some more exciting things next season!
          Bracket Predictions        
I've decided to switch up the at-large and seeding formulas a bit. I had been using an equation that includes conference affiliation and representation on the selection committee. However, just today, I switched to one of the models which does not take these into account. This was mainly because of the problem with the MWC teams seeds (BYU, SDSU, etc). Because the MWC has never been this good, it may not make sense to assume that the same "bias" would exist against them this season. Anyway, BYU immediately jumped to a 2 seed and SDSU to a 5 seed (the highest 5 seed).

http://www.rpiforecast.com/bracket.html
          Tourney Projections: A few new features        
I added the following features with regards to NCAA tournament bracket projections:

1. ON the main bracket page (www.rpiforecast.com/bracket.html), I added more stats: Current and Expected RPI, Expected OOC RPI, Current and Expected Records, and Current and Expected Conference Records

2. The daily projected tournament seed can now be found on the individual team pages (for example, see Duke: www.rpiforecast.com/teams/Duke.html)

3. I've added a graph on the individual team pages below the other two graphs which tracks the history of projected seeds for each team. You will be hard pressed to find others willing to archive the history of their projections.

Next on the to-do list is BracketBusters and Conference Tournaments.
          New Updated Bracket predictions (Daily!)        
Based on the new updated "Dance Card" formulas from Jay Coleman, I have started making daily predictions of the field of 68 along with the seeds. A great thing about the methodology is that the factors that determine the at-large bids and the seeds are similar but there are subtle differences. The new model only missed one team from the field and did as well as pretty much anybody at picking the actual seeds. I will be keeping track of my predictions as well as those of the other major bracketologists through the course of the season. After the season is over, I'll present results. If the past is any indicator, my predictions should do especially well early in the season compared to the "human predictions".

Find the predictions here:

http://www.rpiforecast.com/bracket.html
          Brackets!        
How'd we do in projecting the final bracket? Not quite as well as previous years. This is disappointing because in past years, the tournament projections have been more accurate than the vast majority of the other prognosticators - especially from November through February. The bracket forecasts are based on Jay Coleman's OLD "Dance Card Formula". This formula was estimated quite a few years ago to model the behavior of the selection committee. Inevitably, the selection committe changes its behavior over time, so maybe this is not a huge surprise.

The good news is that Jay Coleman has just published a new version of his model. In fact, this new version predicted all but one of the at large bids - and the team missed (Florida versus Miss. St.) were ranked right next to each other and had very similar scores. For next season, we will use the improved updated formula and will also start projecting seeds instead of simply ranking them in order of probability of an at-large bid. Jay Coleman and his co-authors also have a new model that predicts seeds which will be used on this site.

Most pundits project brackets using a "what if the season ended today" framework. The approach taken on this site is to project what the field will look like on Selection Sunday. The advantage of combining the simulations on RPIforecast.com and the Dance Card formula is twofold: (1) The actual forecasts of RPI and records which feed into the formula are much more accurate than using the current RPI and record and (2) The Dance Card Formula (especially the new version) is objective and unbiased and does a remarkable job at predicting the field.
          Conference Tournament Simulations        
As promised, I've started doing the conference tournament simluations in the separate pages. Basically I seed all of the teams at the end of each simulation and run a simulated tournament for each appropriate conference and then calculate RPI. For a more detailed description of what I do see here:

http://rpiforecast.blogspot.com/2008/12/conference-tournaments.html

To see your team's webpage, there are links near the tops of the overall page and individual team pages to those with conference tournaments included in the simulations.

Here's the overall page which includes conference tournament simulations in the RPI: http://www.rpiforecast.com/ct/index.html

And as an example, here's Duke's page with the tournament included: http://www.rpiforecast.com/teams/ct/Duke.html

SO the difference is the ct folders in the address. You should be able to find your team, however, by going to their page and clicking on the link.
          Plant Me Now to the rescue        
I’ve had a spring delivery of plug plants from Plant Me Now and will be planting up some new containers and filling in gaps where the wet winter did it’s worst. The plugs are good size and well-established so with warm weather forecast I should be able to plant them out after they have had […]
          ESPN BracketBusters projections        
As I have done in previous seasons, I've started making projections of what the records and RPIs for all 98 bracket buster teams will be on February 1, which is the day that they are set to announce the matchups. I've broken down by road and home teams. I'll probably update them once or twice a week - maybe more frequently. They can be found here: http://www.rpiforecast.com/bb.html
          Bracket Projections        
I've started making projections of the field of 65 for the tournament. This is purely a statistical exercise and involves no "gut feeling", however, it is usually more accurate early on in the season than those that DO rely solely on gut feeling (Joe Lunardi, I'm looking at you ;-) ). Anyway, have a look. I use the "Dance Card" methodology along with the simulations to predict who will be in the field. Look through the blog archives to see how I've done in the past. I do not make any projections about seeds, just about who makes the cut.

If you see a team that is in the field that isn't eligible for post-season play, let me know. Here are the teams that I'm giving home court advantage to in the conference tournaments: Mercer (ASun), Siena (Metro Atlantic), UNLV (MWC), and Nevada (WAC). The same is true for those conferences that are held at the higher seed.

Here's the bracket:
http://www.rpiforecast.com/bracket.html

Here's the "Dance Card" site for an explanation of the dance card methodology:
http://www.unf.edu/~jcoleman/dance.htm
          New Season!        
With 4 new teams and 1 new conference, the 2009-2010 NCAA Basketball conference is underway and I have started making predictions. At some point, I'll add conference tournaments into the forecasts like last season and will probably update them daily.
          Tucked up Against the Coming Cold        
Sure enough, no sooner have I spotted ill-advised young shoots on my lemon verbena than the forecasters finally start telling us that much colder weather is on the way. When the lemon verbena is fully dormant it survives well – it’s growing in very free-draining sandy soil against a sheltered west facing wall with protection […]
          Hello Hellebores        
Wandering round the rain-sodden, wind-blasted garden, it’s a delight to see how much is happening. Plants don’t listen to weather forecasts – they just get on with it. I haven’t got round to removing last year’s hellebore leaves as yet (my task for the next dry day) but there are buds aplenty and even a […]
          It’s Nearly Time to go Undercover        
The citrus trees have had a wonderful summer out of doors, but I’m keeping an eye on the forecast and will soon bring them into the kitchen conservatory for the winter. Before I do so I’ve got the laborious but worthwhile task of checking under the leaves for signs of scale insect – little brown […]
          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 09-20-2016 with Barry Roark        
Playlist:

Beck- Wow - Wow
Mark Knopfler And Emmylou Harris- This Is Us - All The Roadrunning
Rodriguez- This Is Not A Song - Cold Fact
The Veils- Iodine Iron - Total Depravity
- voicebreak -
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad- What Kind Of World - Make It Better
Rickie Lee Jones- Dont Let The Sun Catch You Crying - Flying Cowboys
Stars Like Fleas- Ive Pumped Your Stomach And Broken Through Your Skin - Sun Lights Down On The Fence
Stereophonics- Maybe Tomorrow - Wicker Park Soundtrack From The Motion Picture
Jose Casimiro- Morti Sta Bidjcu - Space Echo
Shane Nicholson- Day In The Sun - Its A Movie
- voicebreak -
Sharon Jones The DapKings- Let Them Knock - Miss Sharon Jones Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Reverend Freakchild Ramblin John Jennings- John The Revelator - Illogical Optimism
Grandaddy- Miner At The Dialaview - The Sophtware Slump
Flock Of Dimes- You The Vatican - If You See Me Say Yes
- voicebreak -
Little Wings- Sand Canyon - Discover Worlds Of Wonder
Brian Eno John Cale- Spinning Away - Wrong Way Up
ORB- Electric Blanket - Birth
Travis- The Humpty Dumpty Love Song - The Invisible Band
- voicebreak -
Teenage Fanclub- Connected To Life - Here
Massive Attack Tricky 3D- Take It There - Ritual Spirit EP
Thee Oh Sees- Jammed Entrance - A Weird Exits
Starlight Mints- Eyes Of The Night - Drowaton
The Waterboys- Somebody Might Wave Back 2002 Remaster - A Pagan Place
- voicebreak -
Spiritual Rez- Digital Age - Setting In The West
Bill Frisell- Keep Your Eyes Open - Nashville
Of Clocks And Clouds- When Shes High - Better Off
Mild High Club- Kokopelli - Skiptracing
Warhaus- Time And Again - We Fd A Flame Into Being
Male Gaze- Green Flash - King Leer
Flamingods- Majesty - Majesty
Red Martian- Retrailing Live - Retrailing
Motion Graphics- Forecast - Motion Graphics
The Orb Featuring Lee Scratch Perry- Go Down Evil - The Observer In The Star House
Porolo Roger Green- Summer Close - What Would This Be For


playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2016-09-20
          The most beautiful place in London        








After I saw the weather forecast for London, I spontaneously booked myself a train ticket to the capital for the next day. I currently have absolutely nothing to do anyway, so it was nice to get away and do something for a day. After a seemingly incredibly long train journey (gotta buy the cheap tickets eh) I got off at Victoria and headed to Holland Park.

I have never been there before but after researching places that I have never been to I knew that it must be the perfect area for a stroll in the sun, and it definitely was. I got off at Notting Hill and walked down Holland Park Ave (I think that's what it was called) and passed the most incredible mansions ever and got jealous of all the people carrying home their Waitrose errands. It took me a little while to find the actual park, but in such a gorgeous area I didn't really mind walking around for a bit, and when I finally arrived the location definitely didn't disappoint. I had always thought that Holland Park would be a Park like all the others which is why I was never tempted to go there, but it is so much more beautiful than any park I've ever been to!

I passed the gates and walked up a pretty way surrounded by tress with all kinds of beautiful blossoms, further into the park I found a part of the Kyoto Gardens which were absolutely stunning and even met a gorgeous peacock. In Holland Park you genuinely wouldn't think that you were in London anymore as I couldn't see any tall buildings, which in f.e. Hyde Park you do. I spent so much time there that I didn't even have time to do all the things I planned to do, but I really want to go back up to London again within the next 2 weeks before I go home, got nothing else to do anyway!

If you want to see more parts of London I went to please check out my new video

If you have never been to Holland Park, I definitely recommend you go there, I am genuinely so glad that I found it! And if there's a location that you love please tell me in the comments, I am always keen to explore new parts of London! 

Conny xx

          the first rays of sun         

After this cold, long winter I couldn't wait to spend time in the sun again, so when I saw that the weather forecast predicted 22°C for Budapest where I spent the weekend, I was more than excited to pack summery clothes. An item I bought recently is a pale blue blouse from Zara, although I am usually not too keen on sheer items, with this one it was love at first sight. I love the colour and the boho style with the short fringe on the arm and the cute little embroideries. Alongside this top I wore my much loved but way too hot Miss Selfridge Jeans and my grey Vans which were perfect for walking around.

I absolutely loved spending time in the sun, it feels so good not to wear a heavy coat and chunky boots, but put on a pair of sunglasses instead. I'm pretty sure I even caught a slight tan, as I now have a white patch where I wore my watch, but I'm definitely not going to complain about that.

Now I'm sitting on my balcony, inhaling the scent of hyacinths and squinting because the sun is shining right into my eyes :) I'm SO happy summer's back ♥

What did you get up to in this lovely weather? 

Conny xx



          Scientists on the Margins        
by
David Nobes
2005-01-30

INTRODUCTION

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was convened in Geneva in December of 2003. When the World Summit was announced, many in the scientific community questioned why there was no clear or central role for science and scientists. Scientists at CERN, in particular, expressed their concerns because CERN, one of the premier international collaborative scientific institutions, is regarded by many as the “birthplace” of the Internet.

As a result of the interventions of scientists, the UN and WSIS Secretariat proposed to hold an additional, but separate meeting ahead of the World Summit - the Role of Science in the Information Society (RSIS). The Role of Science meeting was also held in Geneva, at CERN, immediately before the World Summit. Many who attended RSIS also attended the WSIS. (The RSIS website is still active, as of January 2005).

The RSIS was intended to provide a forum whereby scientists and science administrators could contribute to the ongoing discussions on the Information Society. The discussions focussed on information sharing - the mechanisms for such sharing, and the impact on society that information sharing could have, because it became quickly apparent that information sharing is one of the primary elements in what we have come to call the Information Society, which I will abbreviate here as IS. Information technology is abbreviated as IT.

At this point, it should be noted that many of the participants, this author included, wondered what influence we scientists might have on the larger World Summit. Because of its separateness, many attendees doubted, sometimes publicly, that we would have much impact on the main WSIS “event” (the term used on the website and in the printed material). Many felt that the meeting was nonetheless useful, but more for the informal networks and contacts that we made, rather than for the formal proceedings. This reflects the nature of the Internet and modern electronic communications, which was nicely and concisely described by Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the browser-based interface, the “World Wide Web,” now concomitant with the popular conception of the Internet. He portrayed the “essence” of the Web as “decentralized” and “fractal.” It was originally designed to fill a need to share information (“data”) that was different in nature, format, and style.

[ For a much different conception of a global informational network, albeit one that has yet to be put into popular practice, see the Home Page of Ted Nelson, eds. ]

At the end of the RSIS was a “Visionary Panel Discussion: Science and Governance.” Most of the panel members who discussed the future of the Internet used outdated and outmoded terminology and paradigms, and I think they missed some of the inherent anarchic and democratic aspects of the Internet. Many of us felt that the panel, with the exception of Berners-Lee, showed a lack of understanding of the Internet and the Web. Indeed, the character of the Internet and the Web in many ways reflect how human progress is made, whether we are discussing science or broader societal aspects. We take steps that wander up many blind alleys and false trails before hitting upon solutions to previously unsolved problems. The solutions are almost always imperfect and almost always later superseded by some better approach. It is necessarily unstructured and chaotic, as any creative activity will be. However, those involved directly, such as scientists, are often excluded from the decision-making processes, which tend to be dominated by politicians and bureaucrats who are in general sadly ignorant of science and its methods. I hope to expand on this theme in the report that follows. The issues raised are no less relevant and important a year on from the meeting. The most exciting and innovative projects described during the meeting emphasised the lack of centralized control over the Internet and the Web, and that such control is nearly impossible. We cannot control what people do with the Internet; instead the main issue should be about showing people how to use the Internet effectively and sceptically.

The structure of this report is simple. It follows the structure of the meeting, which was built around the central RSIS “themes”: education; economic development; environment; health; and enabling technologies. I summarise some of the main points and observations from each session, highlighting those talks, presentations and sessions that seem to have best captured the atmosphere of the RSIS and future of the Information Society.

OPENING PLENARY SESSION - “SETTING THE SCENE”

The opening plenary session comprised a series of presentations that ranged widely across the IS spectrum. Adolf Ogi, Special Advisor on WSIS to the Swiss Federal Council, officially welcomed the RSIS participants on behalf of Switzerland, the host country, and challenged the participants to promote “science for all, without boundaries.” He touched on the issues of control of technology and the role of infrastructure, and the costs associated with both. When we say “costs”, we mean both the cost to society as a whole and the cost to the individual. This becomes, then, a major concern in developing countries where personal monetary wealth is limited, and thus access to modern computing tools is limited.

Two speakers put the Role of Science in the context of the World Summit on the Information Society. Adama Samassékou, President of the WSIS Preparation Committee, addressed the gulf between the “haves” and the “have-nots,” using the now common phrase “the digital divide.” However, Samassékou went beyond these almost clichéd terms and viewpoints to discuss the traditional forms of knowledge, and how in the IS world oral traditions, and the information they transmit, are being lost, largely because we have not had a means to incorporate them into the technology of the IS. He emphasised the goal of a lack of boundaries for the sharing of information, and the need to promote the IS within an ethical framework. In this framework, he included environmental ethics. This theme arose again in the special session on the Environment in the IS.

Yoshia Utsumi, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, emphasised accessibility of IS, but his emphasis was on scientific access. This was perhaps a reflection of the audience, but was then limited in its scope, especially when considered in the light of some of the presentations that came later in the day. He noted the lack of scientific funding in the developing world, and the “problems” in science policy. My opinion is that “gap” may have been a more appropriate word, because few countries, developing or otherwise, have clear policies for the sharing of information, scientific or otherwise. Many that do have such policies, such as the U.S.A., obstruct information sharing for reasons of “security,” even though open access to data and information is often the best defence. However, as Utsumi noted, this was a beginning of the process of discussion and policy formulation.

After the two RSIS context speakers, we listened to three “keynote” speakers, each of whom gave brief talks: Dr Nitin Desai, Special Advisor to Kofi Annan on WSIS; HRH Princess Maha Chakro Sirindhom of Thailand; and Walter Erdelen, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO. These talks touched on issues of citizen-to-citizen communication and the “digital divide” (Desai), the lack of access to IT and concepts of sustainability in the IS (Sirindhom), and the environment (Erdelen).

Dr Esther Dyson, the Founding Chair of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), was listed as speaking on “the promise of the Information Society and the role that science and technology have played.” ICANN is the organisation responsible for mediating domain names. They do not assign names, per se, but monitor the process and the circumstances. They have little power, but unfortunately are often seen, incorrectly, as responsible for the current morass over domain names. Dyson did not speak on the listed topic, but instead talked about the role of scientists themselves, rather than some monolithic “science,” in the future of the IS. She also emphasised that we cannot solve the problems of the Internet in a question and answer session.

Finally, Ismail Serageldin, the Director-General of the Library of Alexandria, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the state of IT use at the Library. It is impossible to cover all of the material he (rapidly yet effectively) presented. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is making use of IT in many ways, and to a large extent (their website is www.bibalex.org). Some of the problems and issues Serageldin identified for the RSIS were, to name a few:

* effective and accessible publication and dissemination of information, specifically research and the results of research;
* peer-review (or lack thereof for online publications);
* copyright and “fair use” of online materials; and
* Internet library loans.

He discussed the rise of anti-science movements, particularly in the context of fundamentalist religious groups, and both here and in his talk he noted that these were not only Islamic but also Christian fundamentalist groups. Some approaches they used to try to counter such movements were:

* the establishment of a BA science “supercourse”;
* reaching children with “My Book”, which placed the child within the book designed and partly written by the child using online resources; and
* the “Hole in the Wall” computer.

This last approach was particularly interesting and revolutionary. The concept is to place a PC secured into a recess in a wall, using a transparent cover to allow visibility and access to the touch screen. Results showed that illiterate people, especially children and young adults, were learning to read by working their way through Internet connections. They would begin by using the symbols to guide their way, but would eventually learn to decipher at least in part the messages that accompanied those symbols.

One unfortunate omission from the programme was the presentation by Tim Berners-Lee, who was delayed by a snowstorm in Boston, and did not arrive until half way through the second day of the symposium.

“THE FUTURE: What the Scientific Information Society Can Offer”

The next session was a bit of a misnomer. It was a mix of topics, ranging from GIS to technological access for urban and rural poor people to sociological aspects. The sociological paper was simply a written paper read aloud, with a singular lack of the use of any of the technology we had been discussing. The sociological presentation simply served to emphasise the growing gap between scientists and some social scientists, and made me uncomfortably aware of why the Sokal hoax had worked so well amongst the social science journals; the presentation was unnecessarily rife with jargon that obscures rather than informs.

As an aside, for those unfamiliar with the Sokal hoax, Allan Sokal is a Professor of Physics at New York University who submitted a hoax article, “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity” to the journal Social Text. As the Skeptics Dictionary says (http://skepdic.com/sokal.html):

The article was a hoax submitted, according to Sokal, to see “would a leading journal of cultural studies publish an article liberally salted with nonsense if (a) it sounded good and (b) it flattered the editors’ ideological preconceptions?” It would. Needless to say, the editors of Social Text were not pleased.

What Sokal was attacking was the view amongst some social scientists that “physical reality” is a social construct, whereas the existence of an external “world” is an underlying premise in science. There is insufficient space to explore this issue adequately here, but the reader is referred to the many websites dealing with the Sokal “affair” (especially, e.g., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokal_Affair and http://www.drizzle.com/~jwalsh/sokal/), and Sokal’s own site ( http://www.physics.nyu.edu/faculty/sokal/)

[ Amato writes at length of the Sokal Affair in sokal text: another funny thing happened on the way to the forum; and it is discussed in Kilgore’s review of Technoscience and Cyberculture, and Ciccoricco’s Contour of a Contour, eds. ]

In that session, nonetheless, were two presentations that stand out in my mind, those by Lida Brito, the Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Technology for Mozambique, and Onno Purbo, an engineer from Indonesia. Purbo talked about how to “Facilitate Fast and Self-Propelled Internet Access: Return to Society,” a presentation that was shifted from the second day into the first day’s programme. His presentation was, in many ways, a useful counterpoint to Serageldin’s, in particular the “Hole in the Wall” PC, noted above. Purbo obtains PC’s at low cost, usually sold cheaply or donated by large companies that are upgrading their computing systems. These PC’s are then made available in “classrooms” placed in poor urban and rural areas so that the local people can use the computers. They also learn to use the Internet. Purbo provides access by, as he put it, “stealing” open frequencies. He uses antennas ingeniously constructed from old tin cans; these are sufficient to provide the signal needed. He uses open source software, and emphasised that mass education is the key to providing a basic education to the broad populace.

His presentation also served to emphasise that education is crucial for informed and useful access to the Internet. Too many people, of whatever socio-economic level, “surf” the Net without any thought about the “information” they are obtaining. The websites they access are often a source of disinformation and misinformation. However, this also serves to reinforce the democratic nature of the Internet. We cannot control how people use the Web, and the fact that there are hundreds of sites devoted to Elvis may or may not be a sad commentary on our society, but it nonetheless also serves to show us how uncontrollable the Internet is.

I present the Elvis example, one noted at the meeting, not to denigrate the use of the Internet and the Web for such purposes. What it shows is that new technologies have become new instruments of entertainment, when the hope was that they would become self-directed teaching tools. My main point is that during many of the RSIS sessions, a number of our “elder statesmen” (and they were almost all male) talked about “control.” They seek to control access, information flow, and the development of the Internet. In this way, our “leaders” show their fundamental ignorance of this creature. I emphasise, again, Berners-Lee’s description of the Internet as a fractal and chaotic thing.

Brito’s presentation was, in contrast, a passionate “wish” list of what she would like to do and see happen, both in Mozambique and beyond. Her list was focussed around the themes of wider literacy and ” relevant ” knowledge.

The session ended with a panel discussion, ostensibly “Reflections on the Role of Science in the Information Society.” The participants each gave a short presentation, with a very brief period at the end for discussion. Most were much as expected, and a number were largely political in nature. One exception was Juergen Renn, of the Max Planck History of Science Institute and ECHO (European Cultural Heritage On-Line), who was concerned that the “core of cultural heritage is largely excluded from information technology” and noted how ECHO was formed to address this. He also briefly talked about the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. (The full declaration can be found at: www.zim.mpg.de/openaccess-berlin/berlindeclaration.html). While the goals of the declaration are laudable, a number of participants were concerned about the lack of copyright protection, citing cases where work done by researchers in developing countries was plagiarised by researchers in developed countries.

So concluded the first day of the conference. A number of us noted a general lack of self-criticism in most of the presentations. There was a lot of vague language and abundant use of clichés, much “looking to the future” and long wish lists. The most exciting presentations, for me, were the ones that discussed concrete examples of taking IT to the broader populace, often in quite revolutionary ways, in all of the meanings of that phrase.

PARALLEL SESSIONS

I attended the session on “Contributions to Environment.” Other sessions were on Education, Economic Development, Health, and Enabling Technologies. All of these sessions had quite active online forums for discussion in the months leading up to the RSIS and WSIS symposiums, and the forums can be reviewed at the RSIS website. Most of us contributed to more than one online discussion group, but attended only one parallel session.

In the Environment session, most of the presentations focussed on technical and management issues. David Williams of EUMETSAT talked about the Global Earth Observation Systems and Strategies, focussing on data management and the move toward an Integrated Global Observation Strategy (IGOS), which seeks a comprehensive integrated effort. Such a move needs a “shared strategy,” and involves the participation of the UN, international scientific and research programmes, space agencies, etc. They seek to develop a common approach to surface and satellite observations. The international weather observation and forecasting network is one successful example where a common strategy and approach has been developed. Williams had many interesting and pithy quotes: “The world is full of data and short on information” is probably my favourite.

Patricio Bernal, of UNESCO and the IOC, talked about the Global Ocean Observation System (GOOS). There are regional GOOS “alliances.” New Zealand, where I am based, is a member of one such regional alliance. Bernal noted, however, that there needs to be an adaptation of international norms for data sharing to facilitate the further development of GOOS. This was a common theme that arose a number of times during the Environment parallel session, specifically, and the RSIS more generally. There are often conflicting protocols for sharing data and information and, as Williams’ quote illustrates, a set of data is not always usable information.

Josef Arbacher of the ESA talked about Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES), a programme for monitoring of regional development, management of risk, and the guidance of crisis management and humanitarian aid. The ESA aims to have full capacity by 2012-2015. The EU will be spending 628 million euros in the 2004-2006 fiscal period, rising to 5005 million euros by the 2007-2015 period. Again, the issue of data sharing and accessibility arose, in addition to questions of data verification and transparency of the process.

Stuart Marsh, of the British Geological Survey Remote Sensing Group, talked about Geohazards and the IS. He noted that citizens are the ultimate beneficiaries, and suggested that there are three main user groups of geohazards information: “responsible authorities”, scientists in monitoring and government agencies, and research scientists. They have different needs, e.g., baseline inventory of hazards, monitoring, rapid dissemination of information during a crisis, etc. He noted, as did the others in the session, the need for an integrated approach from surface to space, and the need for but difficulty in bringing together the different types of data. Again, this raised the issue of data management. Marsh’s presentation also highlighted, however, the gap in our knowledge about the scientific literacy of our public “authorities.” Those responsible may well be local or regional officials who are far removed from those who gather and use the data/information. These officials may have no understanding of the processes involved, and their concerns may in fact run counter to the actions that should be taken to avert a crisis. The current crisis in South Asia in the wake of the tsunami illustrates many of these concerns. An early warning system was not in place because of the cost (both for the infrastructure development and for ongoing support) and because of the lack of technical expertise to staff such an enterprise.

This illustrates a major gap in the entire RSIS - there was little or no consideration of how we get technical information to the public officials and to the wider population. The entire issue of scientific literacy was glossed over, and instead most presenters focussed on those who were trained to use the data, when, as I noted earlier, most people are using the Internet in an undirected and uninformed way, so that they are unable or unwilling to distinguish “good” reliable information from poor quality “information” or even from reports that were consciously devised to misinform the “public.”

After Marsh, Stuart Salter, who leads the Species Information Service (SIS) of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), gave probably the most thoughtful of the Environmental presentations. He discussed “appropriate technologies.” As an example to start off his talk, he mentioned an emergency in Belize where large volumes of vaccine were required, but which went bad because of a lack of refrigeration. Those providing the vaccine were unaware of such a lack; it never occurred to them that large parts of the world still lack refrigeration. He used this to highlight the problem when a network of scientists (who he described as “free spirited individuals”), give “information” that needs to be organised in a common format and then propagated up and out into the community. His premise was that complex ICT systems could allow a simple “front end” and often can be configured by users to suit their purposes. He noted the need to change the “paradigm” whereby scientists visit a country, do their research, then leave and publish the results, leaving no net results in the visited country. He emphasised the need for using scientists in regional networks, working in existing well-functioning scientific and conservation networks. Then the data are vertically integrated in a relational database, using a GIS format. This is the mode of operation used successfully by the SIS for decades. The data are controlled by the scientific community, and the quality of the data is overseen by Specialist Groups, of which there are 128 in the SIS. The data are continuously updated. The SIS has thus grown from existing networks, rather than imposed from outside, which explains why it has worked so well.

Finally, Luigi Fusco of the ESA talked about “Emerging Technologies for Earth Observation and Environmental Applications.” He used as his example the wreck of the tanker “Prestige” off the northwest coast of Portugal and Spain. He noted that the satellite data were insufficient to be used alone, and that a wide range of technologies and their associated data, from surface through to satellite observations, needed to be integrated in a complex information management system. This theme of the need for integration of different types of data and information from a range of technologies and scales of observation arose again and again throughout the session.

CLOSING SESSIONS

The closing sessions were in two parts: a series of summaries of the thematic parallel sessions were presented, followed by a “panel discussion,” closing remarks from the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and then the “Key Message” from the RSIS, presented by the Director-General of CERN. Given that the “Key Message” did not differ at all from the text circulated before the RSIS meeting, many of us wondered why we had spent two days talking about the various issues. We concluded that the greatest benefit may well arise from the creation of a network of individuals interested in the issues raised by the RSIS symposium.

The session summaries raised some common themes and issues. One of the primary issues is the integration and sharing of data within complex structures, and the desire to get IT into rural and poor urban communities. The goal to fight illiteracy, generally, and scientific illiteracy, more specifically, is a major obstacle in the building of an Information Society, which requires the wider availability and use of IT, from tertiary institutions everywhere, not just in developing countries, to remote communities.

Finally, the panel discussion amounted to little more than prepared statements from “elder statesmen” (men without exception, all elderly except for Tim Berners-Lee), and was perhaps symbolic of much of the meeting. Berners-Lee spoke for two minutes and encapsulated the essence of the Internet and the Information Society better and more succinctly than any other speaker. It is decentralized and “fractal” in its nature, and inherently uncontrollable and ungovernable. Yet so many of the politicians on the panel, for most were politicians, used outmoded and outdated paradigms and language in their politically motivated speeches. They kept talking about “governance” of the Internet and IT. I can only conclude that our political “leaders” have little or no idea about the Internet tiger they have by the tail. It is fundamentally an anarchic, often revolutionary creature, one that will refuse to be confined and controlled.


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When summer comes, the temperature steadily rises to new records on low lying land, driving people there into the mountains to escape the heat. However, in Taiwan, July-September is the most unstable season, and so it’s necessary to pay close attention to the climate before performing outdoor activities. Look out for thunder showers in the afternoon, the influence of frontal lows, and typhoons. Ultraviolet rays are also greater in high mountain areas than on level ground, so wear a lot of sunscreen and keep drinking water when climbing mountains, to avoid sunburn, heat exhaustion, and sunstroke. Therefore, understanding the climate and weather is essential homework to do before you go mountain climbing in the summer. In addition, the exercise of mountain climbing in the summer takes a lot of energy and is a strain on your body if you spend a long time exposed to the sun. Prolonged sun exposure can make people lose salt and become dehydrated, causing cramp and sunstroke. Heat exhaustion is also very common. In serious cases this could even lead to heatstroke, which can be fatal. Do not overlook this. Nevertheless, even in July and August, mountains high above sea level can see the temperature drop at night to below 5ºC, so bringing cold weather clothing is equally important. Shei-pa National Park Headquarters warns everyone who goes mountain climbing about the importance of gathering basic mountaineering information, including a comprehensive map, equipment, route information, eating plans, stamina training, and contingency plans in case of an emergency. According to the regulations, you must also apply for a permit to enter the park and mountains. Although the park got rid of the requirements of applying for a permit and embarking on a climb with a guide and three people in a group, in consideration of your safety, the headquarters still recommend that you climb in a group, and it is best to choose an experienced and trustworthy mountain guide. You should also check the weather forecast for the week in advance, and assess how changes in the weather could affect your group’s safety. Furthermore, the headquarters recommends that you take out comprehensive insurance according to the nature of your activities, in order to give yourself and your family one more guarantee.
          Daba, Shengling and Shuejian reopen for mountaineering         
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          Race Week Update        

Hello Everyone!


Thanks for signing up for the race and being one of the lucky ones to run this awesome course in it's first year. As you may have heard the race filled to it's 150 runner limit pretty quickly which is a testament to just how cool these trails are. You may have also heard there's snow and some ice on the course thanks to some unusually cold temperatures in the Gorge lately but it has been warming up...more about this below. I've got some new info to share with you and some reminders of the key stuff to remember for race day.



Where to go?

Unlike most races runners must park and check-in at the Finish(Wyeth Campground). This is a point-to-point style course so you'll leave your car at Wyeth and be bussed to the Start(Wahkenna Falls Trailhead). There will be just 15-20 minutes from your arrival time at the Wahkenna to the Start of the race so there will be no time to check-in then. Driving directions to Wyeth, Wahkenna and the two aid stations can be found on the website.



Timeline

6:00am-6:45am Runner Check-in(there is no check-in/packet pick up prior to this)

6:45am-7:00am Board the Shuttle Buses

~7:40 Arrive by Shuttle Bus at the Start

7:55am Course Briefing

8:00am Race Start (there is no early start option)

11:15am Aid #1 Cutoff

~Noon Post Race Meal/Party Gets Started

2:00pm Aid #2 Cutoff

5:00pm Course Closes

6:00pm-whenever Post Post Race Party @ Double Mountain Brewery(Hood River, OR)



Weather/Ice & Snow/Safety

So I broke my #1 rule and created a race that was not in a "rainshadow" and it looks like it's gonna be a wet race just as it should be considering it's not in a location protected from the rain like nearly all of my other races. But rain is not the biggest weather related problem it's rain's colder less friendly siblings, snow and ice, that have me a little worried. When I ran parts of the race course the weekend before last there were numerous spots where the trail was covered in a sheet of ice and often it was in an area where no one would want to take a fall. Thankfully since then it's warmed up a bit(still colder than normal though) and some of that snow and ice has melted and the current forecast is calling for temperatures that are for the most part above freezing. So by race day there might not be any ice and snow left but we should expect and prepare for the worst. I recommend strongly that everyone bring with you and or wear traction devices on your shoes, like yaktrax or microspikes, or turn your shoes into "screw shoes". I will have caution signs placed on the trail right before you come to any icy places and in these places I ask that you take extreme caution and walk if nessecary-- a few of these icy spots are in places where you could fall 20-40 feet down into a rocky and icy creek or at least slip and land hard on frozen rocky ground. There is also snow on parts of the course right now and that too might not melt prior to the start of the race and even though it's not deep(3-6" at the deepest) you may want warm socks and possibly gaiters to help keep your feet and toes warm.


Also as a matter of safety in the popular sections of these trails I ask that you be very careful to not run into other trail users especailly when running downhill in areas with sharp turns where you may not be able to see around the corner. The waterfalls on this course are spectacular and attract tons of visitors every day, even when the weather is crappy and the there's snow and ice on the ground, and some of these hikers/tourists are not going to be very mobile or have the fastest reflexes so it's up to you to err on the side of caution. We will have course marshalls out in a few of the busiest and most dangerous locations to remind you and to inform the other trail users but you still need to be mindful, respectful and careful. Thanks!



Drop Bags and Warm Clothes for the Shuttle Ride

You can have drop bags at both aid stations. Please label your drop bag with your name and bib number. At the check-in at Wyeth there will be two tarps, one for each aid station, laid out for you to place your drop bag in/under.


Also you can have your warm clothes that you wear for the ride to the start on the shuttle bus transported back to the Finish. Please bring with you a bag, also labeled with your name and bib #, to put your clothes in to keep them from getting lost and to keep things tidy. There will be a white ford pick-up truck at the start with the tailgate down please place your warm clothes and anything else you want sent back to the finish in there.



Parking, Crew and the Gatekeeper!

Parking for the race is at Wyeth Campground. The campground is closed for the Winter but we've been granted use of the grounds for the race, including parking, the post race party, and for camping the night before and after the race. Since the campground is closed and it's only open for us(the runners, their friends and family and the volunteers) we'll have to make sure no "outsiders" park inside the campground otherwise they risk getting locked in once we leave. To help prevent this we'll use to methods a combination lock for the slow times and a Gatekeeper(super volunter Allen Skytta) for the busier times. To keep traffic moving quickly please roll down your window and tell Allen, the Gatekeeper, that you're the Keymaster so he knows your with the race, or if you're the serious type and that seems to silly then just tell him you're with the race. The combination for the lock is 3027 and you'll need to use that to get in and out of the campground at the times where the traffic has slowed down, please be sure to close and lock the gate after you and don't let in some one unless they are with the race otherwise they might get locked in!


As for Crew they are welcome to drop you off at the start if you wish but there is very limited parking there at that trailhead and we'll need all of that space for the the buses to drop of the runners and for the runners to mill around. So if you're crew is dropping you off at the start please have them park half a mile away at the Multnomah Falls Parking Lot(East of Wahkenna Falls) and there is a trail there on the south side of the road for them to walk to Wahkenna on. Crew is also welcome at both Aid stations, however parking is limited at both locations. Everyone must park in respectable, safe and courteous parking spots-- don't block the road, don't block driveways, don't get stuck in a ditch or on soft ground, and don't run over any body's lawn ornaments. Be nice, park in a good spot even if you have to walk a couple blocks. Thanks.



Post Race and 2 Nites Free @ a Vacation House near Mt. Baker for the Winners

One thing I often neglect is to do is get prizes and awards, I guess I'm kinda old school and see the race and crossing the finishline as the reward. Every single runner out there is amazing in my opinion and everyone is a winner but every once in a while I have the oppourtunity to do something extra for the overall male and female winners and when I do it always feels like the right thing to do. So here at this race the fastest runners will be duking it out to win a 2 night stay at a vacation house that sleeps eight, has a hot tub and is close to the trails at Mt Baker! more details about the house at: http://www.mtbakerlodging.com/vacation-rental-home.asp?PageDataID=32318&ad=2/15/2011&dd=2/17/2011


Another thing that makes me old school is that I like for everyone to hang out afterwards, tell lies and get to know each other. To facilitate this we'll have a keg of beer from Double Mountain Brewery and lots of hot yummy food. And then once everyone has finished and had a chance to hang out at the race we'll move the party to Hood River to Double Mountains's Anniversary Party.



Up Next in the Rainshadow

The next two Rainshadow Running races, Yakima Skyline Rim 50k/25k and Sun Mountain 50m/50k/25k/1k, are both filling up fast and in general all the races are generating lost of interest. So don't wait too long to sign up for your favorite Rainsdow races they might fill up faster than you think--Yakima is already more than 80% full and Sun Mountain is more than half full! To get more info about these and all the other great trail and road races go to

www.rainshadowrunning.com and don't forget to "friend" Rainshadow running on Facebook .



Thanks again for signing up and I hope you're just as excited as I am for this great new race! See ya soon!


James Varner

www.rainshadowrunning.com


          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 08-04-2014 with Barry Roark        
Playlist:

Toots The Maytals- Funky Kingston - The Best Of Toots The Maytals Millennium Collec
The Wolfgang Press- Chains Wobble Mix - Going South EP
Midlake- The Old And The Young - Antiphon
Adam Rosenthal- Fishermans Blues - Luck In Livingrooms
Temples- Test Of Time - Sun Structures
Lapcat- Its All Here - Trickster Trickster
Acoustinauts- Passion Snakes - Inhale Einstein
Beck- Feather In Your Cap - Odelay Deluxe Edition
The GOASTT- Animals - Midnight Sun
Mac Demarco- Blue Boy - Salad Days
Sly Robbie- Great Wall - Underwater Dub
The Charlatans- Weirdo - Between 10th And 11th
Adriana Evans- Never Thought - Walking With The Night
Delroy Williams- Your Mind Dub - Rockers Allstar Explosion
Phox- Raspberry Seed - Phox
Roger Waters- The Tide Is Turning After Live Aid - Radio KAOS
Tom Petty The Heartbreakers- Swingin - Echo
The Ting Tings- Soul Killing - Sounds From Nowheresville
Townes Van Zandt- The Hole - No Deeper Blue
The Black Keys- 10 Lovers - Turn Blue
Herbie Hancock- Rockit - Future Shock
The Balancing Act- Who Got The Pearls - New Campfire Songs
Sinad OConnor- You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart - So Far The Best Of Sinad OConnor
Agitpop- Five Day Forecast - Back At The Plain Of Jars
Abecedarians- Spaghetti Western - Eureka
The Waterboys- The Pan Within Album Version - Karma To Burn
Damon Albarn- You Me - Everyday Robots
Cut Copy- Lights Music - In Ghost Colours
Various Artists- Thievery Corporation Honeymoon Suite - PSYCHO
Various Artists- The Tower That Ate People Peter Gabriel - Red Planet


playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/5/playlistDate/2014-08-04
          Market Closes – April 6, 2016        
CBOT futures closed mixed. Wheat dropped sharply after three days of fairly steady closing prices. Wheat futures were pressured by yesterday’s USDA Crop Condition rating of 59% good/excellent which was better than expected and well ahead of year-ago levels, as well as by forecasts for rain next week. Soybeans edged higher on support from a […]

          Market Closes – March 30, 2016        
CBOT futures closed lower to sharply lower (wheat, corn) as traders locked in profits ahead of tomorrow’s key USDA reports. Futures headed lower when trade opened at 830 am and just kept dropping and finished near the day’s lows. Also pressuring wheat futures was the extended forecast for rain in the southern Plains. A big […]

           Air pollution forecast on the HUNGRID infrastructure         
Lovas, Robert, Patvarczki, Jozsef, Kacsuk, Peter K., Lagzi, Istvan, Turnyi, Tamas, Kullman, Laszlo, Haszpra, Laszlo, Meszaros, Robert, Horanyi, Andras and Bencsura, Akos (2006) Air pollution forecast on the HUNGRID infrastructure. In: Parallel Computing: current and future issues of high-end computing. NIC Series (33). Julich, Germany, John von Neumann Institute for Computing, Central Institute for Applied Mathematics, Forschungszentrum Julich. ISBN 3000173528
          Superforecasters, Software, and Spies: A Conversation With Jason Matheny        
This week I sat down with Dr.

          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 09-17-2013 with Kim Baxter        
Playlist:

Blaze Foley- Clay Pigeons - Live At The Austin Outhouse
The Centennial- I Can Relate - Nervous System
Can- Mushroom - Tago Mago 40th Aniversary Edition Remastered
Accordion Crimes- Forecast - Songs To Drive Wives Away
Gayngs- Cry - Relayted
David Axelrod- House Of Mirrors - The Edge David Axelrod At Capitol Records 19661970
The Black Angels- Dont Play With Guns - Indigo Meadow
Shipping News- The March Song - Very Soon And In Pleasant Company
Buildings- I Dont Love My Dog Anymore - Melt Cry Sleep
Roar- Just A Fan - I Cant Handle Change
Charles Bradley- Strictly Reserved For You feat Menahan Street Band - Victim Of Love
Neko Case- Deep Red Bells - Blacklisted
Thee Dang Dangs- Kingdoms Lost - For The People
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion- Rachel - Year One
The Outfit- El Presidente - Tough Kids EP
Dan Auerbach- Whispered Words Pretty Lies - Keep It Hid
Three Second Kiss- Caterpillar Tracks Haircut - Tastyville
David Bowie- Ashes To Ashes - Scary Monsters Remastered
The Magnetic Fields- Sunset City - The Charm Of The Highway Strip
Rodriguez- Inner City Blues - Cold Fact
The Smiths- Rusholme Ruffians - Meat Is Murder
DJ Shadow- Hindsight - Preemptive Strike
Land Lines- Bomb Blast - Land Lines
Land Lines- Anniversary - Land Lines
Shellac- Be Prepared - Excellent Italian Greyhound
Wilco- At Least Thats What You Said - A Ghost Is Born
Portishead- Roads - Dummy
Tjutjuna- Bottle Kids - Tjutjuna
Russian Circles- 309 - Empros
KaitO- Try Me Out - Band Red
Slint- Good Morning Captain - Spiderland
AA Bondy- Oh The Vampyre - When The Devils Loose


playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2013-09-17
          White House getting religion on deficit?        

After almost a year of big, new spending proposals - to say nothing of the tab that will come along with government run health care - the White House is signaling that this year's one and a half trillion dollar deficit might be a political problem that needs to be dealt with after all. 

It's a good bet that what this really represents is their recognition of what's happening in elections in Virginia, New Jersey and New York - and their trying to inoculate themselves against similar political damage in the future.

From the Washington Times... 

Anxiety about the deficit has fueled the anger of the conservative "tea party" activists, riled by government spending and debt, and it has seeded reservations about the long-term price tags of signature items on the president's agenda...

A speech last week by Christina D. Romer, chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, looked at the reasons for the deficit and at how it relates to health care reform. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday to make clear that the administration recognizes the deficit is growing too large.

"Well, it's going to have to come down. Now it's too high, and I think everybody understands this," Mr. Geithner said. "The president's very committed to bring down these deficits."

Republicans have hammered the administration for government spending levels, and public polling for the first time is showing that the American public is losing confidence in the president's handling of the economic crisis. That shift occurred in the middle of last month, when a range of public surveys showed that more people (46.9 percent) disapproved of the president's handling of the economy than approved of it (45 percent), according to the Web site Pollster.com. ...

Mr. Orszag's speech will not contain any new proposals or policy solutions, but will attempt to lay a foundation for the conversations to come next year. ...

In other words, it's just words...  Oh, and they plan to continue to blame everything on Bush.

As his top aides try to make clear that they recognize the problem, Mr. Obama has added an element to his speeches: He reminds the public that he "wasn't sworn in yet" when the nation's economy took a nosedive.

So what do they plan to do?

The White House on Monday was noncommittal on one of the top political solutions under discussion: the creation of a bipartisan commission to study the problems of the long-term deficit and debt and to deliver recommendations to Congress for up or down votes that could not be amended.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that the idea will "be looked at."

Which likely means "no", because it would have to result in recommended reductions in entitlements...which liberals won't stomach.

So just what kind of deficit/debt are we looking at now?  The ten year forecast of deficits via Obama budgeting is nine trillion...which will be added to our current debt of almost twelve trillion - a number that's bigger than the entire annual US economy.

 


          Preliminary Rake Opinion        
Long time no blog.

POKER
Not much going on. I've been taking it pretty easy with poker. I've been way too distracted with rake change discussions. The IoM trip is over and reps are back and unfortunately getting flamed for making counter-intuitive statements after having seen Stars' data. I thought this was inevitable given the way the community tends to work which, apart from the unecessary delay and feeling like not much would be added than what was originally offered January 1st, was precisely why I turned down an invitation to go. I felt the logical outcomes were going to be one of:
  • Stars is telling the truth and we come back with the same as January 1st. This is the basically the reps' version although they say that Stars is actually taking a bit of a hit now in addition to making large maintenance concessions for this year as a gift for SN/SNE as a good faith measure for handling things so poorly in the first place.
  • Stars is not being truthful, would have a short chat with the reps and send them back not being able to say anything under an NDA and end up with the same as January 1st.
  • Stars is not being truthful and would present false data to the reps, sending them back with a good impression and ending up the same as January 1st. This has been the outspoken response by a significant portion of the community, effectively shooting the messenger which is only made worse by the fact that the reps were put in charge of making the annoucnement and therefore they put a target on themselves. These are Stars' decisions and they need to take the credit good or bad.

The one huge red flag that goes up for me is the statement that Stars was completely unprepared for the meeting and that they went through the raw data for the first time with the reps. It just sounds too unbelievable to me that a bunch of incompetents stumbled their way into a full scale monopoly on the industry without any player valuation metrics or revenue forecast tools, effectively being taught how to analyze their own data by the player reps and through trial and error for the first time at the meeting and relying on customer service up to this point. I would tend to think a company that large has some of the best number crunchers in the industry on their payroll.

That said, I do think the reps did as good a job as possible given the situation they were put in and I'm grateful to them for that.

Despite what has transpired here, and we're not completely sure yet as we're still waiting on official numbers from Stars, I would still be more than willing to attend a meeting in the future where the discussion isn't quite as urgent as the beginning of year changes require and now that people have a better idea what to expect out of them.

HEALTH

In non-poker related news, I'm trying to get back on the healthy eating bandwagon. I started at 238 lbs last summer and managed to drop 30 lbs by Novemeber. Unfortunately the holidays were not kind to me and I gained back 10 lbs. My goal is still to get down to a much more healthy 180 lbs which is about what I was in high school.

I stumbled across MyFitnessPal the other day and it's really opening my eyes to a lot of things and the app is super user friendly. My achilles heel is obviously Tim Hortons. Bye bye 500+ calorie breakfast sandwhiches known as the best tasting breakfast food ever invented, 150 calorie double-doubles and 300+ calorie fritters. Hello 50 calorie Splenda+Milk coffees and the occasional 220 calorie yeast based doughnut. Of course I could just drink my coffee black like I do at home, but I'm more addicted to that specific flavour that you can only get by mixing theirs with copius amounts of sugar and cream.

You hear a lot of people out there talking about just having to control portion sizes. While that may be true in that you can basically eat anything as long as it's small enough, it doesn't work for me. I just end up feeling hungry and it ends up not being worth it and discouraging. The key for me is going to be finding decent enough tasting food that's low in calories so that I can eat a better sized portion and say "close enough." I've been obsessed with MFP's food database for a few days now and am starting to slowly fill out a spreadsheet with substitutes:

  • Boston Pizza is out. Their cactus cut potatoes are definitely out. If I want pizza, thin crust Delissio or Dominoes is the way to go.
  • If I drink soft drinks it's going to be Coke Zero or Diet Dr. Pepper, both of which taste remarkably close to the real thing. But I am going to try to stick with my Crystal Light singles packs more than anything. Trying to drink straight water in sufficient amounts is a lost cause for me. I need flavour.
  • I've been avoiding McDonalds like the plauge since last summer. After going through a number of restaurant's menus over the past few days, they actually seem like the better deal cost and calorie wise if you stay on their value picks menu considering the sizes of the meals that you get everywhere else. If I go to Boston Pizza I'm inevitably going to end up paying $20+ and eating 1100 calories between appetizer, salad and pizza which is 2/3 of my daily intake. At McDonalds I can get a McDouble or a Junior Chicken, or even get one of each with a Coke Zero and be at 400-500 calories for the meal under $5 for less than 1/3 of my daily intake. Of course some people are going to be partial to what is considered good food, or at least better prepared food like at BP's, but I've always been somewhat of a processed food freak.
  • Eating at home is typically best overall as long as you stay reasonable there too. You're still better off running out for a cheeseburger if you're going to fry yourself a ham and cheese sandwhich at home. Homemade salads, sandwhiches, chicken, and fish and even hamburger seem best and I'm fairly happy about that.
  • I'm not much for snacks, but I do love chocolate, KitKat Chunky bars to be exact. Chocolate chip granola bars seem like a rather poor substitute but they are a 67% reduction. But I did find Quaker Oats Dipps, which are simply granola bars smothered in a layer of chocolate and I can definitely say close enough for a 50% reduction. The Black Diamond cheese strings my kids like are also surprisingly decent and rather filling and I really do like Sun-Rype Fruitsource bars.
As a general rule based on my spreadsheet so far, it looks like I'll be ok as long as I stick to meal items that are 250 or less, snacks at 150 or less, and beverages that are 100 or less with as many at 0 as possible. That will let me easily come in at 1800 per day and hit my goal weight in about 4-5 months.

As for exercise, I've been looking at the big picture as a simple EV calculation. 20 minutes of jogging is about 270 calories burned, the same as eating a doughnut. The enjoyment I get out of that stupid doughnut is less than the misery I get out of jogging for 20 minutes so maybe I should just say no to the doughnut and skip the exercise. But I do plan on getting some amount of exercise in, I was surpised that some of the numbers for Wii Sports are quite high -- Wii tennis comes in at 400/hour compared to real tennis, which I also enjoy immensely, coming in at 900/hour -- and that's something I could do with my family indoors in winter even though it's not quite as efficient as jogging. But it's still a win/win.

This whole health thing seems to be 80%+ what you eat and 20%- exercise when you look at just how much work is required to burn off small amounts of food so that's going to be my main focus for now. I did the original 30 lbs with zero exercise so I think this theory is correct although from what I understand there is some correlation between muscle mass and your Basal Metabolic Rate (how much you would burn if you stayed in bed doing nothing all day).

MFP had a nice little widget so I've gone and added that to my sidebar so I feel like I have some accountability to keep up to. Hoping to get down to my goal weight by later this summer.
          Suniva and SolarWorld Claim Their Trade Case Will Create More Than 114,800 Jobs        

A game of dueling numbers is playing out over the market impacts of a pending U.S. solar trade case.

An economic analysis released yesterday by law firm Mayer Brown, on behalf of trade case petitioners Suniva and SolarWorld Americas, finds that imposing new tariffs on solar products made outside of America will result in a net increase of at least 114,800 new jobs, and potentially as many as 144,300 new jobs, across all segments of the U.S. solar industry.

“This job growth includes as many as 45,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs in the solar cell and module manufacturing segment and the upstream sectors that cell and module manufacturing supports,” the report states. “It also includes an increase of 98,020 U.S. non-manufacturing jobs, including 65,830 U.S. installer jobs.”

Those results stand in sharp contrast to the numbers put forward in a separate analysis published recently by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), which determined that Suniva’s requested tariff and minimum pricing requirement would result in the loss of 88,000 solar jobs in 2018. The utility-scale market would see jobs shrink by 60 percent, while residential and commercial employment would fall by 44 percent and 46 percent, respectively.

The U.S. solar industry currently employs around 260,000 workers. Manufacturing represents 38,000 or 15 percent of jobs in the sector, according to the Solar Foundation’s 2016 jobs census.

Rational or preposterous?

U.S. solar manufacturing numbers may be slipping. SolarWorld Americas, which recently raised $6 million to fight the trade case in light of its parent company’s insolvency, employed around 1,200 people at its peak. The Oregon-based manufacturer currently has around 300 U.S. workers, following a severe round of job cuts. In late March, Suniva announced “significant” layoffs in Georgia, where it’s headquartered, and in Michigan, where it operates a facility. The company declared bankruptcy in April.

Suniva brought the Section 201 trade case shortly after filing for bankruptcy protection, seeking duties of 40 cents per watt on imported cells and a floor price of 78 cents per watt on modules. SolarWorld joined the petition in May. And the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) took up the case shortly after.

The petitioners blame their financial woes on “a deluge of imports,” which they say has distorted the solar market. Effective remedies under the Section 201 trade investigation can restore the U.S. solar market to an “economically rational state,” according to the Mayer Brown report.

However, SEIA notes that while Suniva and SolarWorld have been confronting serious financial struggles and seeking tariff support, manufacturers in other areas of the U.S. solar sector, such as racking systems, have been adding jobs. “Solar manufacturing already employs more than 38,000 Americans,” the SEIA jobs report states. “The fact that the petitioners are laying off employees doesn’t reflect the growth in American manufacturing jobs.”

"The notion that doubling the price of solar panels would somehow increase demand and create jobs is preposterous," Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of SEIA, said in an emailed statement. Careful analysis by SEIA and others bears this out, she said.

"Additionally, SEIA has spoken with dozens of manufacturers in the supply chain who ardently oppose this petition because the projected decline in demand will force them to lay off workers," said Ross Hopper. "SEIA’s members know what impact this will have on their ability to produce jobs; companies working in the solar industry today have been clear that Suniva’s sought-after remedy will be devastating to the American solar industry."

How new tariffs could boost job growth

To conclude there would be a net increase of at least 114,800 jobs under a new tariff scenario, Mayer Brown relied on a publicly available model developed by the Department of Commerce and data from GTM Research -- although the law firm took issue with the latter.

The report cites a recent GTM Research analysis that found the trade dispute could halt roughly half of projected U.S. solar installations through 2022, assuming a 40-cent-per-watt tariff for cells and a floor price of 78 cents per watt on modules. Between 2018 and 2022, GTM Research calculated total U.S. solar installations would fall from 72.5 gigawatts cumulatively to just 36.4 gigawatts under a 78-cents-per-watt minimum module price scenario. If the floor price were set higher, the market impact would be even greater, the analysis found.

According to the Mayer Brown report, the GTM Research analysis suffers from “significant flaws,” because it “fails to account for the impact of any new U.S. manufacturing growth and likely significantly understates the rate of growth in installed capacity that would occur if an effective remedy is imposed.”

Assuming that GTM Research’s analysis is correct, the authors say the proposed trade remedy would still result in significant job growth outside of manufacturing over the next five years. Between 2011 and 2015, the U.S. added 25 gigawatts of new installed capacity, according to GTM Research data. And over the same period, the industry added 102,002 non-manufacturing jobs -- 67,500 of which were installer jobs. Applying a similar trend analysis to GTM Research’s projected 36 gigawatts of new installed capacity over the five-year period from 2018 to 2022 results in an increase of 98,020 new non-manufacturing jobs over 2015 levels -- nearly 66,000 of which are estimated to be installer jobs.

So even in a scenario where solar installation numbers fall, the industry could still add a meaningful number of jobs, Mayer Brown argues. 

“Demand for solar in the United States is growing quickly and will continue to grow for the next five years under anyone’s estimates,” said Timothy Brightbill, partner in law firm Wiley Rein’s international trade practice representing SolarWorld.

Of course, by the same logic, job growth would be much greater if the U.S. market achieved the full 72.5 gigawatts of growth projected over the next five years.

Why a Section 201 trade case is so powerful

To estimate the number of manufacturing jobs, the Mayer Brown report assumes that the tariffs will restore U.S. production capacity to nearly 970 megawatts of cells and 875 megawatts of modules. The analysis also assumes total cell production costs of between 22 cents and 33 cents per watt and module production costs of between 22 cents and 24 cents per watt, citing government and industry data. Using the U.S. Department of Commerce’s “Regional Input-Output Modeling” system, the models show that a trade “remedy” would result in an increase of 12,429 to 16,141 manufacturing jobs, in short order.

Furthermore, “it is highly likely that imposition of an effective remedy and stabilization of price levels in the U.S. would result in substantial new investment in U.S. solar cell and module manufacturing capacity,” the jobs report states.

Assuming that a new tariff and minimum price boost domestic cell production capacity to 3 gigawatts and U.S. module capacity to 2.6 gigawatts, American cell and module manufacturing employment would increase by between 37,515 and 45,491 restored and new jobs, respectively. Economic output and wages paid in the cell and module manufacturing sectors would increase by between $2.5 billion and $3.3 billion each.

An increase in direct solar manufacturing jobs also benefits other sectors, including aluminum extrusions, silicon crystals and electronic components, the report states. This means the cell and module manufacturing sector will exert a strong multiplier effect, resulting in a significant impact on the broader U.S. economy.

“Solar manufacturing jobs generate many additional upstream and downstream jobs -- unlike installer jobs, which are at the end of the value spectrum,” said Brightbill.

“In order to have a strong solar industry, we need to have a strong solar manufacturing industry,” he continued. “Solar is a constantly evolving, fiercely competitive landscape, and innovations happen on the shop floor every day. Innovations are part of the manufacturing process, so if you don’t have the manufacturing process, then all of the know-how, all of the R&D, and all of the investment will go overseas. That’s why we feel so strongly that we need to maintain -- and grow -- manufacturing here in the U.S., especially when demand is as strong as it is.”

To see those benefits, Brightbill said it’s paramount that any trade remedy be comprehensive and apply also to America’s free trade partners, such as Mexico. “I think the worst thing that could happen would be to omit or leave out certain countries from relief,” he said. “That’s why Section 201 is so powerful, because it covers all countries and import sources.”

“Part of our plan is that relief will cause companies to build their next manufacturing plant here, rather than in Malaysia or Mexico. And that, of course, is directly in line with this administration’s goal of increasing U.S. manufacturing and U.S. jobs," said Brightbill.

Meanwhile, others in the solar industry flat out reject Suniva and SolarWorld’s assessment.

Did petitioners bring their business troubles on themselves?

The Suniva/SolarWorld paper “contains no economic analysis and posits a theory that turns supply and demand basics on its head by claiming that raising the price of a product somehow creates more demand for that product,” said Paul Nathanson, spokesperson for the Energy Trade Action Coalition (ETAC), a new group launched to coordinate opposition to the trade case.

“Of course, the opposite is true,” Nathanson continued. Imposing the tariff and floor price proposed under Section 201 would "double the price of solar panels [and] would reduce demand, devastate the solar industry, and result in the loss of thousands of manufacturing jobs,” he said. This is confirmed by SEIA’s assessment and GTM Research’s solar forecast, as well as trade case analyses conducted by third parties.

A Goldman Sachs research note, for instance, states that granting the Suniva and SolarWorld petition would increase all-in costs for utility-scale projects by an estimated 30 percent, and would increase prices for residential projects by 15 percent. “We expect solar installations would fall precipitously in the U.S. on the back of lower returns [resulting from a] higher-priced module,” the firm wrote. In its assessment, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said the Suniva accusations are “riddled with holes and hypocrisies.”

Conservative political groups The Heritage Foundation, the R Street Institute and the American Legislative Exchange Council have also criticized the trade petition as a "a step backward" and "the worst kind of protectionism." The three groups recently joined SEIA and others as members of ETAC.

Mounting dissent from across the political spectrum could help convince Republican President Donald Trump to reject new trade barriers, should a tariff proposal end up on his desk in the coming months. But the petition may not make it that far. If the ITC decides Suniva and SolarWorld have failed to show that a rising level of imports have caused them serious injury, the case will come to a close.

In written arguments submitted to the ITC yesterday -- ahead of the commission’s “injury hearing” on August 15 -- SEIA expounded on its criticism, claiming neither Suniva nor SolarWorld had been able to produce enough 72-cell modules to meet the demand in the fast-growing utility-scale solar market. Increasing crystalline silicon photovoltaics imports were then pulled into the U.S. utility market -- rather than flooding it -- to meet that need, according to SEIA.

Domestic producers also missed many opportunities for residential business, the trade group said. “SolarWorld and Suniva failed to fully qualify their product with major purchasers,” according to the written argument. Furthermore, “both experienced complaints from a litany of dissatisfied customers over late shipments, damaged products and general product unreliability,” SEIA said.

The ITC will weigh the validity of these and other arguments in the coming weeks.


          India Motors Toward Electrifying Transport on Two Wheels        

India is motoring toward an electric vehicle revolution -- on two wheels.

That's what figures from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers show. Of the 22,000 electric vehicles sold across the country in 2016, just 2,000, or 9 percent, were four-wheeled automobiles.

The trend mirrors a fondness for two-wheelers in general, with motorbikes and scooters making up 80 percent of total vehicle sales in the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Passenger cars accounted for a further 14 percent and commercial vehicles and three-wheelers added another 3 percent each. 

"Unlike most OECD countries, growth in electric vehicles is expected to be rapid in the two- and three-wheeler segment [in India], and eventually grow into [the] four-wheelers [segment]," said Madhavan Nampoothiri, managing partner of the financing firm Aspiration Cleantech Ventures.

Indian lawmakers are keen to push electrification on the back of growing motor-vehicle ownership. By 2020, India is expected to become the third-largest vehicle market in the world. 

This is forecast to lead to a huge increase in fossil fuel consumption, along with soaring air pollution.

To head off the problem, India launched a National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) in 2013 aiming to get between 6 million and 7 million electric or hybrid vehicles on the road by 2020.

In 2015, the government launched a further plan, called FAME India (for Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of hybrid and Electric vehicles), under the NEMMP 2020. The two-year initiative was due to end in March this year but has been extended to September.

Meanwhile, in June, Indian lawmakers announced plans to phase out internal-combustion engine vehicles by 2030.

The government announced it will unveil a revised electric-vehicle policy by the end of this year, and is pressing ahead with charging station initiatives in conjunction with component makers and energy firms, including Bharat Heavy Electricals, REIL Electricals India and NTPC.

Private-sector players are also looking to move into the charging station market, Nampoothiri said. Last month, the electric-vehicle manufacturer Mahindra Reva installed 25 stations in Bangalore.

“Similar pilot stations are coming up in cities like Delhi, Jaipur and Chandigarh,” said Nampoothiri.

The government provides support of up to INR₹29,000 (USD $455) for two-wheel vehicles, ₹61,000 ($955) for three-wheelers, ₹138,000 ($2,160) for four-wheelers, and ₹187,000 ($2,930) for light commercial vehicles.

Despite this, cost remains a barrier to electric-vehicle adoption in India. A Mahindra e2o, India’s best-known all-electric four-wheeler, costs around ₹800,000 ($12,530) compared to around ₹500,000 ($7,830) for an ICE equivalent such as the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R.

At this price, which is mainly due to the cost of the battery, observers say the electric-car option simply does not make economic sense in India, even assuming lower running costs.

Range anxiety and a lack of charging infrastructure are other factors conspiring against wider adoption. Because of this, and despite the fact that India’s first domestically produced model, the Reva, came to market way back in 1994, electric vehicles remain an unfamiliar sight in the country.

Today, FAME India estimates there are around 151,800 electric vehicles on the road, having cost taxpayers ₹187,500,000 ($30 million). They are “predominantly seen as an urban transport tool,” Nampoothiri said.

Undeterred, a growing number of vehicle manufacturers are targeting the market, primarily with sights set on two-wheeler sales.

Hero Electric is India’s top electric motorcycle brand, said Nampoothiri, and has invested in a startup called Ather Energy that is looking to launch a high-end scooter called the S340 by the end of this year.

Other contenders include Ampere Electric Vehicles, which is targeting rural customers; electric bike pioneer Tork Motorcycles; and Emflux Motors, which is looking to launch a superbike with a top speed of 170 kilometers per hour.

While most of the electric-vehicle action is undoubtedly on two wheels, India also boasts a limited number of manufacturers of four-wheel vehicles. Mahindra, India’s No. 1 utility-vehicle maker, also leads the way in electrics with the e2o and the eSupro van.

The country even has a budding luxury electric-vehicle maker to rival Tesla. Mean Metal Motors hopes to bring its stylish M-Zero model to the Indian market in 2019, at a price of up to around ₹8,000,000 ($125,000). Whether anyone will buy it -- or just opt for a much cheaper two-wheeler -- remains to be seen. 


          BitTorrent Sync Hits 2 Million User Mark        
In November, we introduced Sync 1.2: an updated version of our server-less file syncing tool. It’s quickly become the backbone of free speech initiatives, new blogging platforms, and enterprise file management systems. Within thirty days, our user base has doubled in size. And when it comes to moving data, it’s proved that we can move beyond the cloud.

Today, Sync is moving over 20 gigabytes per person. And that’s a pretty powerful thing. Dropbox’s cloud-based platform stores less than 0.42 gigabytes per user.

This is how Sync works. And this is how the Internet should work. A world where your data stays yours. A world where the free flow of information isn’t subjected to speed limits. And a world where your information isn’t subject to surveillance. Tomorrow’s weather forecast is free of clouds. We’re for it.

Take Sync for a test drive, and let us know what you think. Developers, your API key is here.

Bittorent Sync moves 40x data per user than Dropbox.
          Support the Student Security Act, H.R. 1937        

On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to support the Student Security Act, H.R. 1937, introduced by Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.). Social Security is a massive, fiscally unsustainable entitlement program that few are talking about and this bill starts the conversation that we should be having today to plan for the future.

Social Security operates entirely differently than nearly 32 percent of Americans believe, retirees don’t receive the same money they originally invested in Social Security. The program does not operate like a lock box, where a monetary investment is made and then during retirement the money paid out is a return on investment. The sad reality is, today, Social Security is one massive entitlement program, where money is being used for other programs falling short of their promises and leading to colossal generational theft. The money retirees receive today is paid for by the younger working generations and this cycle is on the edge of financially imploding.

Social Security combined reserves will be fully drained by 2034, according to the trustee’s intermediate forecast.

The average Social Security recipient receives $16,000 per year in benefits. This legislation would allow for students who have federal loan debt to receive $550 for every month they raise their full retirement age of social security, up to $6,600 a year for no more than a 15-year raise totaling $99,000.

The current Social Security full retirement age is 66 for people born between 1943 and 1954, increases by two-month increments for those born between 1955 and 1959, and 67 for those born in 1960 or after; this legislation would in turn be a trade-off for students who are in debt at historically high rates. Student loan debt is a drag on the economy, as students spend money paying off student loan debt instead of investing in housing, business, and their families. Last year, the average college graduate had $37,172 in student loan debt. A record 44 million Americans are in debt from student loans, this means that their money in turn is not being invested in our economy, and hurts not only on an individual but nationwide scale.

The Student Security Act would create a net positive surplus, by providing immediate relief of debt. Even considering categories of groups that will take this deal and raise their retirement age, but may never work or not work long enough to be entitled to the full benefits, these people will not impact the overall result and there is a safety net factored into these circumstances. The difference will be close to 60 percent surplus.

The solution is not to increase taxes, the retirement age or reduce benefits to those who have earned them. The Student Security Act provides a sound financial solution and gives opportunity to young working Americans to invest in their futures, all the while not terminating a promise made to Americans nearing retirement.

For these reasons, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her them to support the Student Security Act, H.R. 1937.

Sincerely,

Adam Brandon, President, FreedomWorks


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          Interview of John E. Sater by Brian Shoemaker        
Interview of John E. Sater by Brian Shoemaker Sater, John E. Mr. Sater’s polar career began 1955 when he was in the Army as part of the First Engineering Arctic Task Force. This group studied methods of constructing snow compacted runways on the Greenland Ice Cap. Later he got a bachelors degree at Ohio State University under the tutelage of Dr Richard Goldthwaite. During the IGY he did surface motion studies on the McCall Glacier under a project funded by the Arctic Institute of North America. His career from this point on was centered about AINA and Arctic research although he had one tour in the Antarctic with the British. The interview was disjointed as he jumped around somewhat. There was some very revealing information, however. The following is pertinent: 1. While in the Army he was sent to Greenland (1955-56) as part of the First Engineer Arctic Task force that studied the construction of snow compacted runways on the central icecap. 2. Pointed out that the USAF was able to land C-124 Globemaster aircraft on the man-made runways and unload large Army tanks. Sater feels that the same type runways would be useful in Antarctica. Basically they used a heating device to melt the surface layer of snow and then sheep’s-foot construction roller to compact it. 3. During IGY he was part of the team that did motion studies on the McCall Glacier in the Romanzov Mountains, Alaska. Other team members included Dick Hubley (Station Leader), Bob Mason and Charles Keeler. Hubley committed suicide – he explains the details. 4. In 1960 Mr. Sater sailed to Antarctica on the Kista Dan as the U.S. Representative with the British Antarctic Survey. Sir Vivian Fuchs was in charge. The ship was frozen in “the ice” for a long period of time until the USS Glacier was able to free it. Scientific objectives were not met. 5. After IGY he returned to AINA where he helped to organize the Arctic Basin Symposium (1962) and to edit the Proceedings of the Arctic Basin Symposium (1963) – major work at that time. 6. Mr. Sater was the Station Leader on (Arctic Research Laboratory Ice Station II) ARLIS II from September 1962 to May 1963. Studies conducted Oceanography (?), Meteorology (Phil Church), Biology (John Moore), Acoustics (Beaumont Buck), Aurora (Vic Fisher). 7. Worked at Naval Arctic Research Laboratory as a supply coordinator from 1963 to 1964 8. Returned to AINA in 1964 and coordinated the North Water Project of Baffin Bay (polyna study). Used the Canadian Icebreaker St Laurent. Researchers included Larry Coachman, Robin Munch, Max Dunbar, Sven Orbin (McGill). 9. Discusses the aircraft crash in Arctic Ocean on the way back from ARLIS II. Plane took off with diesel fuel in the reserve tanks and when the tanks were switched the engines quit. Max Brewer, John Schindler and Zimmerman (pilot) were aboard. Aircraft put down in the dark on the ice pack. Air Force rescued them by landing on the ice. 10. Explains the Bi-national Status of AINA. There was a Canadian Directorate and U.S. Directorate. At first they were in Montreal and Baltimore respectively. It was incorporated on both sides of the border, but run by the same Board of Directors. Sater took over U.S. operation in 1970. AINA maintained itself by doing ice forecasts for the oil companies. It was closed in 1980 due to lack of money. Today the Canadian Directorate is at the University of Calgary and the U.S. Directorate is at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. Chairman of the two boards are ex-officio on the other nations board.
          Interview of Gordon Cartwright by Brian Shoemaker        
Interview of Gordon Cartwright by Brian Shoemaker Cartwright, Gordon Mr Cartwright began a career with the US Weather Bureau in 1929 and served in positions of increasing responsibility witnessing all of the major developments in meteorological data collection and forecasting, the advent of satellites for weather reporting, the creation of NOAA from the USWB and other agencies and the USWB role in the Arctic and the Antarctic. Career highlights discussed in this interview include: during World War II, Cartwright organized a series of weather reporting stations along the ALCAN Highway for reporting Arctic weather conditions; he developed the Joint Arctic Weather Reporting System (JAWS) with the Canadians; he funded the construction of the initial weather reporting bases at Resolute and Alert; he was selected as an exchange scientist with the Russians during the IGY.
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          Interview of Norbert Untersteiner by Brian Shoemaker        
Interview of Norbert Untersteiner by Brian Shoemaker Untersteiner, Norbert, 1926- Dr. Untersteiner was raised in Austria. In 1931, his father took him to Spitsbergen. This trip and reading books about explorers of the polar regions influenced him to work in polar regions. He describes life in Austria under the Nazis. After World War II, he was employed by the American Occupation Troops to run errands after living in difficult conditions in Vienna. He was a student at the University of Vienna, and then transferred to the University of Innsbruck. In the summer, he worked with the Austrian Alpine Club to survey glaciers. After completing his doctorate in geophysics and astronomy, he accepted an apprenticeship with a Vienna radio station. After becoming an assistant at the University, Dr. Untersteiner was involved in a heat balance study, and in foliation studies in the Alps. He was a member of a team to study heat balance, moisture balance, and radiation on mountains in East Pakistan. After difficulties in obtaining a position, he was employed by the University of Washington, for the U. S. Northern Hemisphere Glaciology Program. Many studies on mountain glaciers and on ice floes are described in detail. The various problems of delivering supplies by airplanes are included. The problems of evacuating people and supplies from an ice floe (Ice Station Alpha) that is breaking up were challenging. On Ice Station Alpha II, he and his associates made physical measurements for a complete one year cycle. From some of this work, the Ekman Spiral was developed. Dr. Untersteiner used this data for a comprehensive paper on heat and mass balance of melt ice. Conditions at ARLIS II are compared to others. U.S. Submarines and Russian submarines added mystery to the work of a few persons on Ice Station Alpha II. The development of AIDJEX (The Arctic Ice Dynamics Joint Experiment) started in the late 1960s. After a short stay as Director of the Office of Ocean Programs for NOAA, he returned to the University of Washington as Director of the Polar Science Center. Before leaving AIDJEX in 1978, he received a grant to start the Arctic Data Buoy Program. In 1988, Dr. Untersteiner accepted the position of chairman of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and retired in 1997. In 1992, he accepted membership on the U.S.A. Environmental Task Force to advise the CIA. Later, it was converted to MEDEA. He cites some work of MEDEA. He summarizes some of the early history of the Polar Research Board, National Research Councils and the usefulness of the meetings. He was in charge of the research plan for the Hansen Drift Station established by the International Research Council. In 1999, he accepted the position of Chapman Professor of Physical Science at the University of Alaska. In conclusion, he said “it was a very good time to be a scientist.” Major Topics 1. Early interest in polar studies kindled by a trip to Spitsbergen when he was five years old. 2. He describes living conditions at the University of Vienna for students after 1945. 3. His first position was weather forecaster for a radio station. 4. Early work studying ice melt is discussed. 5. Difficulty in conducting research and living on an ice floe is discussed. 6. The moving ice of the glacier made it necessary to more the Jamesways, and to build a new runway. The Jamesways were difficult to move. 7. The purpose of the camp on the glacier was to make measurements for a one year cycle. 8. He describes an incident with some crew members of a US submarine on the Ice Station Alpha. 9. The development of a Geophysics Department is described. 10. His role in designing the mission of AIDJEX is summarized. Cooperation with other research groups made the program more comprehensive. 11. He became Director of the Office of Ocean Programs for NOAA. He describes his disappointment with the position and returned to his faculty position in Seattle, and became Director of the Polar Science Center. 12. In the 1990s, he accepted a position on an Environmental Task Force which involved advising the CIA and a member of MEDEA. Key Individuals Mentioned 1. His father, _____ Untersteiner, M.D.—p.1, 2, 3 2. Richard Fensterwalter—p.7 3. Professor Viatorres—p.7 4. Professor Schotts—p.7 5. Professor Heinz von Ficker—p.8, 9 6. Herfried Hoinkes—p.10 7. Hans Almann—p.10 8. Karl Christian Wallen—p.10 9. Walter Schawarzacher—p.11, 14 10. Bullock Workman—p.11 11. Heinrich Herald—p.12 12. Walter Brendel—p.13 13. Alfred Hoikes—p.13 14. Colin Bull—p.14 15. David Elliott—p.14 16. Robert Sharp—p.14, 15 17. Bert Crary—p.15, 17, 89 18. Mildred Crary—p.19 19. Harry Wexler—p.15, 16 20. Richard Hubley—p.16, 23 21. Chuck Sterns—p. 17 22. Phil Church—p.18, 22, 31, 41, 42, 108 23. Arne Hansen—p.18, 20, 35, 36, 38, 43, 46 24. Joe Fletcher—p.19, 57, 60, 70, 90, 91 25. Father Tom Cunningham—p.19 26. Fritz Awe—p.19, 23, 28 27. Morris Davidson—p.20, 77 28. Ken Hunkins—p.20, 22, 28, 37, 38, 39, 40, 56, 57 29. Terrence McDonald—p.20, 84 30. Lt. Colonel Stromquist—p.20 31. Joe Smith—p.20 32. Joseph Bilotta—p.20 33. Brian Freeman—p.20, 21 34. John Sader—p.24 35. Charlie Keeler—p.24 36. Tom English—p.26, 37 37. Frank Badgley—p.28 38. Bill Campbell—p.29, 36 39. George Cvijanovich—p.35 40. Walfried Ekman—p.38, 39, 40 41. Wieland Bieckness (?)—p.39 42. Hal Brayton—p.43 43. Max Brewer—p.44, 45, 53 44. Art Leckenbrook—p.46 45. Lawson Brigham—p.47 46. Major Joe Belota—p.48, 49 47. Jack Calvert—p.49 48. Sir Hubert Wilkins—p.52, 53 49. Lowell Thomas Sr.—p.52, 53, 54 50. Peter Froekin—p.52, 53 51. Bernt Balchen —p.53, 54 52. Prof. Charles Raymond—p.55 53. Allen Thorndike—p.55, 70, 71, 80 54. Gary Baker—p.55 55. Sam Kolbeck—p.55 56. Walt Whitman—p.55, 92 57. Admiral Bowen —p.57 58. Richard Goodie—p.58 59. Suki Manave—p.58, 62 60. Brooks Brian—p.58 61. Ned Ostenso—p.58, 62, 74 62. Bill Swenbeck—p.58 63. Dick Waters—p.59 64. Ross Burent—p.59, 60 65. Kurt Bryan—p.62, 63 66. Bert Boleen—p.63 67. John Kutzba—p.63 68. Joe Smagerinski—p.63 69. Jule Charney—p.63 70. Admiral Tom Owen—p. 65, 66, 67 71. Brian Shoemaker—p.1, 52, 64, 68, 69, 100 72. Dick Schauss—p.68, 69 73. Admiral Geiger—p.71, 72, 94, 96 74. Admiral Bachokle—p.72 75. Waldo Ryan—p.72, 73 76. Elliott Weinberg—p.74 77. Ferris Webster—p.74, 76 78. George Beckman—p.77, 82 79. Drew Rothrock—p.71, 77 80. Jamie Morrison—p.77 81. Dick Trobridge—p.77 82. Reid Parmutter—p.77 83. Jim Evans—p.77 84. Gary Macutt—p.77 85. Tom Grenfell—p.77 86. Bob Brown—p.70, 77 87. Ben Vogel—p.78 88. Bo Buck—p.78, 79 89. Roger Colony—p.78 90. Jim Baker—p.80, 81, 82 91. Ross Heath—p.82 92. Gordon McDonald—p.84 93. Al Gore—p.84 94. Walter Monk—p.85 95. Rita Coburn—p.88 96. Larry Gould—p.89 97. Paul Palmeroy—p.89 98. Nick Washburn—p.89 99. Bill Keel—p.89 100. Tom Jones—p.90, 91 101. Bob Rutford—p.71, 91 102. Ed. Todd—p.91, 97 103. Peter Wilkness—p.91, 92 104. Sherry Abbott—p.91, 92 105. Trishnakov—p.95 106. Ron McGregor—p.96, 97 107. Max Britten—p.96 108. Sydney Chapman—p.100, 109 109. Keith Roncort—p.100 110. Dr. Sofoo—p.101
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          Why Tesla Model 3 Shouldn’t Be Compared To All Other $35,000 Cars        
The Tesla Model 3 may not live up to many other cars in its price range (or cheaper) in a number of superficial ways, but even trying to compare it to any other car is a travesty. People have been forecasting the Tesla Model 3’s details since before it was...
          UK Sports Market - Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast Report 2022        
(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 09, 2017 ) Market Research Hub (MRH) has recently announced the addition of a fresh report, titled “The UK Sports Market 2017 - 2022” to its report offerings. The report offers comprehensive insight and analysis of the sportswear, bicycles and sports equipment market, the major...
          Global Military Fitness Training Equipment Industry Analysis and Forecasts 2017        
(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 09, 2017 ) This report studies Military Fitness Training Equipment in Global market, especially in North America, China, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan and India, with production, revenue, consumption, import and export in these regions, from 2012 to 2016, and forecast to 2022....
           Racket Sports Equipment Market 2017 Trends, Growth and Forecast to 2021        
(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 08, 2017 ) Of the three racket sports discussed in this report, tennis has the highest participation rates. The sale of tennis equipment is related to the number of tennis players and their frequency of playing. Owing to an increase in the number of participants in several...
          Global eSports Market by Revenue, Growth, Trends, Analysis and Forecasts to 2019        
(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 05, 2017 ) Publisher€™s market research analyst has estimated the global market for e-sports to post a profound CAGR of more than 36% by 2019. High growth rate of this market during the forecast period can be attributed to factors such as the increasing number of sponsors...
          Fitness Equipment Market by Product Type, Trends, Trends, Analysis and Forecasts to 2020        
(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 05, 2017 ) Publisher€™s market research analyst predicts the global fitness equipment market to grow steadily at a CAGR of around 4% during the forecast period. The growing health awareness worldwide is a key driver for the growth fo this market.  The rising health conditions...
          Physical Fitness Equipment Market: Dynamics, Segments, Size and Demand, 2017-2021        
(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 04, 2017 ) Physical Fitness Equipment Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2021 is a professional and in-depth research report on the world's major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific)...
          Wheel Sports Protection Products Market Report Trends and Forecast 2017        
(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 03, 2017 ) This report studies Wheel Sports Protection Products in Global market, especially in North America, China, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan and India, with production, revenue, consumption, import and export in these regions, from 2012 to 2017, and forecast to 2022. View...
          Water Sports Protection Products Market Trends and 2017 Forecast        
(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 03, 2017 ) This report studies Water Sports Protection Products in Global market, especially in North America, China, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan and India, with production, revenue, consumption, import and export in these regions, from 2012 to 2017, and forecast to 2022. View...
          Global Running Watches Industry Deep Market Outlook of Best Leaders, Trends and Forecasts till 2021        
(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 01, 2017 ) The running watches industry is fueled aggressively by the importance of the rising healthy lifestyle needs among younger and older health-conscious consumers. Looking into this huge opportunity, a new study has been added to the vast online repository of Market...
          Power Sports Market ATV, SSV, Snowmobiles, Motorcycles & PWC Analysis 2016 and Forecast 2020        
(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 01, 2017 ) The power sports industry comprises recreational and utility oriented vehicles and is leisure and lifestyle based industry. The industry includes off-road Vehicles (ORVs) , including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and side-by-side vehicles (SxS) , snowmobiles, motorcycles,...
          Gyms, Health & Fitness Clubs Global Industry Almanac 2017        
(EMAILWIRE.COM, July 27, 2017 ) Summary Global Gyms, Health & Fitness Clubs industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: market size (value 2012-16, and forecast to 2021). The profile also contains descriptions of the leading players including...
          Power Sports Market ATV, SSV, Snowmobiles, Motorcycles & PWC Analysis 2016 and Forecast 2020        
(EMAILWIRE.COM, July 26, 2017 ) The power sports industry comprises recreational and utility oriented vehicles and is leisure and lifestyle based industry. The industry includes off-road Vehicles (ORVs) , including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and side-by-side vehicles (SxS) , snowmobiles, motorcycles,...
          Weight Loss and Weight Management Market worth $206.4 Billion by 2019        
(EMAILWIRE.COM, July 25, 2017 ) The report “Weight Loss and Weight Management Market by Equipment (Fitness Equipment (Treadmill, Stair Steppers)), Surgical Equipment (Adjustable Gastric Band, Gastric Bypass), Diet (Weight Loss Meals, Diet Soft Drinks), Weight Loss Services - Forecast to 2019”, provides...
          Hurricane Patricia Makes Landfall, Threatens Catastrophic Damage In Mexico        
Updated at 8:05 p.m. ET The National Hurricane Center says the eye of Hurricane Patricia has made landfall near Cuixmala on Mexico's southwestern Pacific coast. Its winds were measured at 165 mph, somewhat weakened but still a Category 5 storm capable of catastrophic damage. Our original post continues: Hurricane Patricia is bearing down on Mexico's Pacific coast Friday. Forecasters say this could be potentially catastrophic. It's a monster storm with sustained winds of 200 mph . That's the most powerful ever recorded by the National Hurricane Center in either the eastern Pacific or Atlantic basin. Thursday Patricia went from a weak tropical storm to a top-of-the-scale Category 5 hurricane in just 25 hours . It's believed to be the fastest strengthening ever observed. And it's likely to get stronger. Some models show the storm could reach sustained winds of 220 mph. That's unheard of. Some have compared this to Super Typhoon Haiyan , which struck the Philippines in 2013. There are some
          (USA-CA-Merced) Fire Protection Project Manager and Designer        
Western States Fire Protection (WSFP) and its subsidiaries are more than a company. We are a family of unique individuals committed to our purpose, our values, and each other. And we believe in making our own luck, creating our own opportunities. WSFP accomplishes this by constantly innovating, finding ways to create new value and seizing new opportunities. Protecting lives and property since 1985, WSFP and its subsidiaries specializes in Life Safety Systems. Our values are simple: integrity, quality, safety, professionalism, commitment. What we offer: + Health, Life, Dental and Vision Insurance + Flex Spending (FSA) (Cafeteria Plan) + 401(k) Plan + Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) + Paid Time Off (PTO) + Paid Holidays Fire Protection Project Manager and Designer This individual will design, coordinate, and project manage the fire sprinkler systems for commercial, industrial, and residential buildings. He or she will design and create the finished representation for the sprinkler systems using drawing and drafting skills and tools. The drawings produced will be used as a guide by every other link in the chain of construction, both on-site and in the office. This person will have responsibility for the initial planning of a project including scheduling of time, creating material stock listing, analyzing changes, and solving problems. Job Responsibilities • Review construction contract documents and coordinate with sub-contractors and General Contractor/owner to gather the required information to design the project’s sprinkler system• Through use of analytical thinking and problem solving, determine construction feasibility and systems possibilities• Create detailed drawings through extensive use of AutoCAD, AutoSprink, or HydraCAD type programs• Create stock list for all material required throughout the project• Perform hydraulic calculations• Develop initial schedules for preliminary project work• Maintain design historical records and historical records for all functions for future use • Develop positive and ongoing relationships with customers to ensure company is meeting customers’ expectations• Coordinate with other departments within office to ensure proper handover of job information• Conduct long range project planning and scheduling• Monitor and manage projects to comply with safety, quality, productivity, and profitability requirements• Directly manage field labor force of assigned project to assure maximum productivity• Track employee hours and crew mix rates for each project• Ensure proper staffing is in place on each project • Identify changes in projects that impact cost, schedule, or labor requirements• Make sure change orders/change estimates are completed in timely manner• Monitor project billings for accuracy and maintenance of a positive cash flow• Continually monitor progress of projects; review reports to ensure compliance with schedule and budgetary guidelines• Assist/lead during field check stage of the project• Forecast future manpower requirements• Oversee work of subcontractors • Ensure work complies with codes and permits• Administer construction contracts, approve work quality and payment requests• Report to owner and general contractor about progress and any necessary modifications required • Recommend improvements in project management procedures and overall company business practices Job Qualifications • Construction Management degree or applicable other degree from a technical school or college• NICET certification required. Either “In Training”, or NICET Level I, II, III, or IV certified.• Demonstrated ability with AutoCAD, AutoSprink, HydraCAD, or other specialized fire sprinkler layout software• Proven ability and track record of performing work in a timely manner and meeting deadlines• Three years successful construction industry experience with knowledge of Fire Protection industry• Supervisory experience is a plus• Three years experience in commercial. industrial, and residential design is preferred• Must be detail-oriented and skilled in free hand and mechanical lettering and drawings• Willing to coordinate and work well with others • Excellent communication skills-written and verbal• Ability to regularly travel overnight, with or without reasonable accommodation• Willing to pass a pre-employment drug test, background and reference check All qualified applicants with Western States Fire Protection Company will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin or status as a qualified individual with a disability or protected veteran. VEVRAA Federal Contractor
          Securing the IoT for Decades to Come        

In 2007 Kevin Kelly gave a TED talk in which he forecasted how the World Wide Web would look 5000 days into the future, prophesizing the emergence of the IoT and AI. He envisioned a more connected planet where all manufactured goods tap into a single, global, intelligent network. Read more

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          Carnival        

Her advance posters, displayed brilliantly up here on the ridge, were full of promise. The golds and oranges of her oak, maple, and sourwood vestments were adorned with dogwood red and holly green accents. Her wardrobe, exotic. And with the forecast calling for cloudless skies, it seemed the perfect time to wander down the hill to the river, to the big top, to gawk like a schoolboy as the beauty passed through.

There's one born every minute.

Along the river, Old Man Winter and his carnies had already started sweeping the debris of Autumn into the dust bin. Her costume, so full of paint on the ridge, stood threadbare in the river's basin, a pallet of tarnished gild. And the forecasted clear sky, that promise of stunning blue backdrops, was obscured by the pungent haze of wildfire smoke, carried the hundreds of miles from the western Carolinas and east Tennessee to settle into the cool trough of riverbed. I was late to the carnival.

But my disappointment quickly vanished as I opened my eyes to the awkward, tired beauty of it all. The closing stage of Autumn's striptease, that sideshow moment just before it all comes off. That final tired, smokey pause before all is revealed, the dingy curtain drops, and the crowd disperses into the night.

Fall's circus, as quickly as it had arrived, was on its way out of town once again.







          Portofino to San Fruttuoso by boat and back by foot.        
One of the things about Italy which continues to amaze me is the extraordinary beauty that exists in the pensiular and much of it close by to us at Casa Colleverde.

Today with a day free and good weather forecast we decided to visit Portofino and the Abbazia San Fruttuoso in the Portofino Natural Park which can only be got to by foot or boat.We wanted to arrive by boat and walk back to Portofino.

To avoid the expensive car parks in Portofino (if there is a space) we decided to drive to Santa Margherita Ligure, park there and get the ferry to Portofino. We got the 10.15 boat having left home at 8.35.  The cost was 10 euro a head one way to San Fruttuoso , Sam was free.
Santa Margherita Ligure

Arriving at Portofino by boat is lovely as the port is very picturesque.We remained on the boat and continued on to San Fruttuoso.


 The coast line is beautiful and the water a deep blue green colour which makes you want to dive in to cool off.






Portofino harbour


The bay where the Abbey is situated is lovely. You could go there for lunch ( there are 2/3 bar restuarants) and then get a later boat back if you wanted just to have a relaxing lunch in a beautiful setting.We had packed a picnic so after a brief look around started our walk


San Fruttuoso



Like lots of walks along the coast in Liguria and the 5 Terre you have to start with a bit of a climb up the hill (here through the woods in the shade which was just as well as it was warm) this got us warmed up and a little out of breath but with regular photo opportunities giving an excuse to stop and get our breath we did it and once at the top the walk along the cliffs was relatively easy.


Path above San Fruttuoso
Fantastic views from the path on the way and after about an hour and a half we arrived at our destination.










Portofino

                                                                      Che spectacolo!
















          Che Bellezza la Natura - Walking the Cinque Terre        

Today we took advantage of the forecast good weather to do another walk in the Cinque Terre. This time we chose the path from Manarola to Corniglia via Volastra....Sam our Norfolk terrier couldnt wait to be off.
Manarola from the path


To avoid the crowds and the heat of the day(inspite of the fresh breeze) we left the house at 7.30 and drove to La Spezia train station and parked in the new underground carpark. We got the 8.30 train and got off in Manarola. It was still quite chilly when we set out and we were dressed in walking shoes, shorts,t shirt, sweat shirts and a scarf each.. We also had water proof tops( in case of rain very English) and water in our rucksack.







We headed up the hill towards the church in Manarola  and then took the Panoramic path toward Volastra and Corniglia After a steep initial climb which had us panting (not that fit) we were down to our t - shirts and perspiring. The fantastic views and wild flowers gave us many reasons to stop and take pictures ...just as well.

Sam who had stormed off in front soon began to slow down as well.

The path is beautiful rewarding you with stunning views of the terraces and vines and wild flowers not to forget the cliffs plunging down to the sea. Some concentration is needed when walking due to the nature of the path but I cannot reccommend it enough.

 I would also do the route we did Manarola toCorniglia rather than the other way round as the climb up is longer from Corniglia.

The walk took us a little over 2 hours .... but allow between 2 and 3 depending on your pace.
Corniglia our destination


                                                                                                                                                                                   
 Finally taking a pause during our walk the intrepid explorers!

Carmelo 

Simon and Sam

          Olio Nuovo!        
Well thank goodness we picked our olives last week. Since last Saturday the weather has been dreadful and windy and if we had waited a little longer we probably wouldnt have had any left to pick.

At Casa Colleverde we have an old olive grove which over the last two years we have given a good prune in the hope that we would get an improved crop.The trees had been left to their own devices for far too long with the result that though we have had few olives and have very tall trees we do have lots of wild flowers!

Last autumn we gave the trees a good prune and this year we gave them some organic fertiliser after which things looked good in May with lots of flowers and of these a lot seemed to set. But you shouldnt count your olives too early.

In June we had a week of very windy weather and then a hot dry summer - 3 months without rain.Come the end of October I had to put my glasses on to find the olives. We had about 7 trees with a good number on and the other 180 trees with hardly any. Oh well.

Here in our part of Liguria nets are tied under the trees to collect olives as they fall before picking starts in earnest. If only we could afford this luxury and investment in nets!

The weather was forecast good last week until Friday so we set to and picked them all - about six hours work for the two of us and Sam who watched. At the end we had 36kg of Olives and got 5 litres of green liquid gold extra virgin cold pressed olive oil. Yummy!




          Philip Tetlock on The Art and Science of Prediction        

On this episode, I'm happy to have Philip Tetlock, professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He's the co-leader of The Good Judgement Project, which is a multi-year forecasting study. He's also the author of Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction and Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? The subject of this interview is how we can get better at the art and science of prediction. We dive into what make some people better and what we can learn to improve our ability to guess the future. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.


          World Weather The Chinese Snow Disaster        
Wherever you are in the world there is likely to be snow above you. Even in summer, or over the tropics, ice crystals are found in the highest cirrus clouds as temperatures are far below freezing. It is a fact that most of the precipitation on Earth starts life as ice crystals in higher parts of the atmosphere and whether they fall as rain or snow depends on the temperature of the air that these crystals fall through before reaching the ground.

One of nature's finest sites is a landscape covered in thick, fresh snow. Snow is common in winter over Northern Europe and North America and is permanent on some mountain tops (as well as at the poles). Mount Kilimanjaro is located just 3 degrees south of the equator but is still high enough to maintain a permanent snow cap.

Snowflakes form when ice crystals stick to one another. The largest snowflakes develop between 0 degrees C and -5 degrees C, rather than much colder conditions. At these warmer temperatures the snow can contain more moisture and hence have bigger flakes. As snow falls the melting process extracts latent heat from the surrounding air, causing it to cool and refreezing the snow flakes. The melting and refreezing allows the snow crystals to combine into bigger flakes.

Snow that falls in temperatures well below freezing will be fine and powdery, ideal conditions for skiing, whereas snow forming in temperatures much closer to freezing tend to be larger, wetter and stickier. In mountains the build up of snow causes dangerous avalanches which can sweep all before them in a destructive wave. It is estimated that there are over one million avalanches every year, though, thankfully, most of these rumble away in inaccessible areas where there is little contact with man.

More common in populated areas, but just as dangerous, are blizzards. Blizzards are a combination of heavy snow, freezing temperatures and strong winds. A blizzard can easily bring a city to a complete standstill, and with the associated whiteout conditions, when heavy snow and low cloud make it impossible to distinguish between the sky and the ground, it is extremely difficult to travel even small distances.

In China last winter (2007-2008) the worst winter storms for 50 years engulfed huge areas for more nearly 5 months from October 2007 onwards. With power lines ripped down, and the traffic infrastructure at times being brought to a complete standstill there was over $8 million worth of damage. In northwest China 1.65 million people were left with either frostbite or snow blindness, or both. 500,000 livestock were killed and 3 million others were starving. Also 350,000 people were in need of food and 130,000 had run out of fuel. On the Zhuhai-Beijing freeway there was a 75km traffic jam with over 10,000 cars stranded while soldiers worked to clear ice from the road.

This explains why blizzard warnings are so important in countries where these winter storms are common. An accurate forecast can ensure people are indoors and not travelling when the blizzard strikes, reducing fatalities and alerting the emergency services before the storms onset.
Mark Boardman BSc dip.hyp is a leading author and expert on World Weather. For more information about Snow, feel free to visit these sites.
          COORDENADOR PLANEJAMENTO FINANCEIRO/ESTRATÉGICO – ZONA OESTE – SAO PAULO        
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          Steelwedge Launches Sales Pipeline Bridge on Salesforce1 AppExchange, the World’s Leading Business Apps Marketplace        

Customers can now align sales pipeline-based and demand history-based forecasts. Steelwedge taps into the power of salesforce.com’s social, mobile and connected cloud technologies to help accelerate business transformation for the connected world

(PRWeb June 03, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/06/prweb11910401.htm


          Steelwedge Named to 2014 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100        

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) Leader Recognized for Helping Leading Consumer Electronics Company Improve Forecast Accuracy

(PRWeb May 21, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/05/prweb11874406.htm


          Steelwedge Event Alert: Game On! Sony Computer Entertainment America Plans for Profitability in Its PlayStation Business with S&OP Technology        

Steelwedge to Sponsor IndustryWeek Webinar Featuring SCEA’s Strategies for Demand Forecasting and Risk Management

(PRWeb March 12, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/03/prweb11663912.htm


          GoPro Captures Its Demand Forecasting Picture With Steelwedge        

Leading manufacturer of personal cameras goes live with Steelwedge S&OP Sales.

(PRWeb December 23, 2013)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/12/prweb11445348.htm


          Canadian Economists Forecast Dramatic Decline of the Automobile As Early As 2012        
As reported in the Globe and Mail today, a report by CIBC World Markets predicts:
  • 10 million fewer cars on the road in the United States and 700,000 fewer in Canada by 2012.
  • Canadians can expect to pay about $1.85 to $2.00 per litre of gas at the pumps by 2010.
  • By 2012, average miles driven in the United States will decrease by 15 per cent.
  • SUVs will drop from 60% of U.S. market share in 2006, to less than 30% by 2012.
Overall vehicle sales will drop from 14 million to 11 million by 2012 – the lowest level since the early 1980s. “Over the next four years, we are likely to witness the greatest mass exodus of vehicles off [North] America's highways in history,” Jeffrey Rubin, the lead author, wrote in Thursday's report.

With this in mind, what is New Brunswick doing to prepare for a world in which the automobile is no longer the primary mode of transportation (predicted to be by 2020 based on the shifts of the last century)? It may still make sense to expand some highways primarily to serve as trade corridors, but an argument based on the expansion of our infrastructure to service commuters can no longer be consider good public policy.

Neither is continued unregulated, poorly rationalized expansion of suburban sprawl. Market forces may be all that is required to put an end to a pervasive culture, unique to North America, in which people live in a different place than where they work, but re-planning and rebuilding the transportation infrastructure in New Brunswick to service and support this new phenomenon that is occurring needs to happen today so we are not unprepared for these significant changes.

We may find ourselves in 2020 with a fantastic road network that gets used less than today and with a population that is much more urban but is under served in its need to access public transit, quality taxi services, walking/biking infrastructure, and commuter services to nearby maritime cities and beyond. If we can't improve our ability to share people, markets, and other resources with the communities close to us, our competitiveness and productivity will dwindle and our value proposition as a regional economy in which to grow will be meaningless.

Commuter bike trails/lanes, commuter rail between the three southern New Brunswick cities of Moncton, Saint John, and Fredericton, and heavy investment in bus service all make sense in 2008 and should be seriously considered.

The amount of money spent by drivers in this small province of New Brunswick on necessary automobile travel is in the billions of dollars annually when the public expense of road, highway and parking facility construction and repair is considered as well as the money each of us invests in individual ownership of our vehicles. As listed on Wikipedia, The costs of running a car can be broken down as follows (in no particular order):
Could it make financial sense for New Brunswickers to put aside our automobiles and invest the money saved into public transit that would serve a large portion of our citizens and realize countless other benefits for our society, culture, and economy?

Time to plan and invest now.
  • Ford unveils dramatic makeover plans [Globe and Mail, 24 July 2008]
  • Drivers begin parking their cars [Globe and Mail, 23 July 2008]: "Drivers really did park it, in the face of soaring prices," said Douglas Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Nesbitt Burns. "I think we reached a bit of a breaking point over the spring, where people do actually respond."

          Mobile Marketers and Publishers Face Growing Pains        

Last fall, my colleague Stephanie Baghdassarian and I found ourselves in an interesting situation. We were working on our annual mobile advertising forecast (subscription required), and the data was telling us that mobile advertising revenue worldwide was growing almost 60%…

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           Thunderstorm warning issued for capital region         
Get ready for yet another wet weekend with showers in the forecast for both Friday and Saturday — just because it hasn’t been wet enough — before the skies brighten up with the new week.
          Mars’ Cheese Castle: Time to stock up for a long, hard winter        

The weather forecast evoked too many memories of recent Polar Vortex winters, so the BF and I took stock of the pantry and determined that a quick run to Mars’ Cheese Castle (Kenosha, WI) might be a smart move. Mars’ Cheese Castle, if you don’t know it, is located off of I-94 just over the […]

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          Comment on 3 Steps to Save Your Home from Melting Snow by Pat Meadows        
Hi - we live in northern coastal Maine. We get an incredible amount of snow during some winters (others: no.) Incredible may be an understatement. During the winter of 2015-2016, we had FIVE FEET of snow on the ground, undrifted and - of course - more where it had drifted. A nearby town had over six feet. Wisest things to do: have a steeply sloping *metal* roof. Do not have gutters - they will obstruct the snow falling off your roof. It falls off in avalanches: truly. This is how our roof is (we didn't know the desirability of a metal roof when we bought the house; we were just lucky). Stay home and make soup when the weather forecast calls for a large amount of snow! :) Cheers, Pat Meadows
          Interministerial Council for Tourism        
Cassis, France
26 July 2017

Interministerial Council for Tourism

With some 83 million international tourists received in 2016, France is the world’s top tourist destination. In order to consolidate this position and reach the objective of receiving 100 million international tourists by 2020, the Prime Minister has put together an Interministerial Council for Tourism, including Ministers concerned, elected officials and sector professionals. During their meeting, he presented the Government’s roadmap for tourism and the initial concrete measures to be taken.
 

Receive more tourists in order to create jobs


Initial results for 2017 are highly encouraging: estimates forecast an increase of over 5 million tourists between 2016 and 2017. In total, France should receive 89 million foreign tourists by the end of the year. The Government would like to set an ambitious objective: bring this figure up to 100 million by 2020 and increase the average length of stay in the country. This would lead to an increase in tourism revenue with another challenging objective: 50 billion euros in 2020 (as against the present 40 billion euros).

Eventually, this dual objective would enable the creation of 300,000 more jobs across Metropolitan and Overseas France.
 

6 priority fields of action


France’s attractiveness is based on the diversity of its offer in all fields: culture, tangible and intangible heritage, vitality of artistic creation, cultural and creative industries, language, art of living, etc. The Government is determined to reinforce such attractiveness by taking and supporting concrete measures in six priority fields:
  1. quality of reception at and security of sites: essential factors in ensuring tourist satisfaction and loyalty;
  2. structuring of the tourist offer: in order to attract growing numbers of international tourists;
  3. state support for investments: a fundamental component of the Government’s strategy;
  4. training and employment: both key to ensuring the quality of the service offer;
  5. support for information sharing and digitisation: in order to improve the sector's competitiveness;
  6. access to holidays for as many people as possible.

Initial measures to reinforce France’s attractiveness


At the meeting of the Interministerial Council for Tourism, on 26 July 2017, the Prime Minister announced the Government's initial measures which will help to reinforce France's attractiveness and enable the Government to achieve its objectives:
  • limit the period for issuing visas to 48 hours in 10 new countries by June 2018;
  • reduce waiting times at border control in airports to 30 minutes for European nationals and to 45 minutes for non-Europeans, as from 1 January 2018;
  • draw up a maintenance plan for motorways between Île-de-France airports and Paris;
  • prepare an investment plan for seaside and mountain resorts, in order to maintain the quality of the service offer and property;
  • increase the number of apprenticeship contracts in the sector, in consultation with professionals;
  • sign an EDEC (commitment to developing jobs and skills) agreement in 2018 in order to meet sectoral needs in terms of jobs and skills;
  • mobilise public expertise to the benefit of territories in order to support local authorities' tourism projects;
  • facilitate tax-refund operations, at airports in particular in order to limit queues;
  • launch the "DATAtourisme" platform in autumn 2017 to collect, standardise and disseminate information produced by local stakeholders in tourism in the form of open data;
  • set up an interministerial framework agreement for the last quarter of 2017 aiming to support and promote the cultural tourism sector in France;
  • organise the second National Overseas France Tourism Meetings on 25 September 2017 in order to set up a Council for Tourism in Overseas France.

The Government's roadmap

Press kit - Interministerial council for Tourism - 26 July 2017

          Mother Nature Loves the Parade        
I’ve been obsessed with the forecast this week. Almost every hour from sunrise to sunup, I’ve visited weather.com to assess the temperature and rain chance for Saturday. On Monday and Tuesday the forecast called for rain. Yesterday thing improved significantly when the chance for rain dropped from 40% to 20%. Today, all weather stations are [...]
          Winds !        

IMG_4647Still at Glasson basin and with the wind picking up we have a walk out to the river which the basin drops down in to.

IMG_4635It’s low tide as you can see with the river Lune flowing through the middle of the sands.

IMG_4656Just like when we were at Hest bank we went back at high tide and what a difference .

IMG_4677With some high winds forecast for the area we battened down the hatches and waited for the winds to arrive.

IMG_4686I must admit we were not prepared for how rough it was going to get in the basin and this is the view out of our side hatch as the winds started to increase .It went on all night and got even worse than the pictures show with waves reaching the gunnels and the spray going over the top of Inca.
We were pinned to the wall with no chance of moving. Needless to say we didn’t sleep that night and can honestly say it’s the worst night we have ever had . We just got battered non stop and even with every fender we had deployed it made no difference.
In the morning we made the decision to try and force Inca off the wall and giving it full throttle we went straight along the wall and managed to control it at the end and head off towards the bottom lock.

IMG_4692As we head up The Glasson branch and the 6 locks the winds start to drop and the sun comes out. What a change and what a relief .

IMG_4701Joining The Lancaster and we passed this chap chilling out on the bank.

IMG_4713On our way towards Preston for our journey back over The Ribble link I got a call from my number one little Sister Sharon to say that she was desperate to see me (not) and was on her way up with long suffering hubby Philip and daughter Gabbers who had just travelled all the way back from Australia especially to see us (not). . As always it was good to meet up and have a catch up . No doubt we will see you all again in a few years time ( cutting wit)….

IMG_4724If ever you come up on to The Lancaster Canal there is one thing that you will notice and that’s the amount of GRP/Plastic/Tupperware/Yogurt pots boats there are .We have never seen so many on any single canal that we have visited . It would be good if a few of them learnt how to slow down a bit , for some reason they seem to be in a hurry and like speeding all the time.

IMG_4735After a good few weeks up here it’s time to head back over The River Ribble and back onto the main canal network . There were 5 boats to drop down and we were the third to arrive in the top basin above the locks, but for some reason two boats decided to jump in front of us . I was going to say something ,but Carolyn said we are not in a hurry so don’t go causing any trouble like you usually do. We were later told the CRT lockie what had happened and he said that it’s a common occurrence here and he has seen boaters coming to blows about who heads down first , Just unbelievable….

IMG_4744After dropping down the 3 staircase locks which we had to do backwards there was just time for a Gary/Carolyn selfie as we reversed out of the bottom lock.

IMG_4755Just before the bottom lock there are three holding pontoons for the boats to wait before heading down to the Sea lock on Savick brook . It’s also used for holding boats if there is a problem on The River Ribble. As we waited to be dropped down Canal and River Trust Lockies turned up and told us that because of high winds we would have to stay on the holding pontoons for at least 2 days before the wind and tides are OK for us to proceed. Luckily we have everything we need on board as there is only a garage which sells basics and is about a half a mile away and Preston town centre a good mile and a half away . With plenty of Internet and good TV reception we will be fine before heading back over the Ribble.

                                                                                                                   Happy Days
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