Union Bank of India Announces Excellent Results for the Quarter ended June 30, 2017         
Highlights  of  Union Bank of India's Results for the Quarter ended June 30, 2017  

CASA     25.1 per cent YoY
Non Interest Income      `  ` 1414 crore  (up 36 per cent YoY) 
Savings Deposit     27.6 per cent YoY
Operating Profit     ` ` 2057 crore (up 26.5 per cent YoY) 
CASA Share      35.5 per cent 
Net Profit        ` 117 crore (up 7.3 per cent QoQ) 
RAM* Sector      14.8 per cent YoY
CRAR       12.01 per cent 
RAM* Share       55.4 per cent
Tier I      9.24 per cent 

 The growth in Deposits was driven by Savings Deposits, which grew by 27.6 per cent on YoY basis.
 
 Cost to income ratio improved to 43.79 per cent against 48.28 per cent on YoY basis.

 Capital Adequacy Ratio (Basel III) improved to 12.01 per cent compared to 10.75 per cent a year ago. * (Retail, Agriculture & MSME share in domestic advances) 

Business
Global Business grew by 10.5 per cent to `670971 crore as on June 30, 2017 from `607280 crore as on June 30, 2016. Domestic business grew by 10.0 per cent to `635233 crore as on June 30, 2017 from `577473 crore as on June 30, 2016.  Total deposit of the bank grew from `338727 crore as on June 30, 2016 to `375796 crore as on June 30, 2017 showing growth of 10.9 per cent. 
Financial Results for the Quarter ended June 30, 2017 
                                            
CASA deposits grew by 25.1 per cent to `133412 crore as on June 30, 2017 from `106604 crore as on June 30, 2016.   CASA share in total deposits improved to 35.5 per cent as on June 30, 2017 compared to 31.5 per cent as on June 30, 2016. Average CASA ratio also increased by 430 basis points (bps) to 33.5 per cent on YoY basis.  Savings Deposit registered YoY growth of 27.6 per cent.  A total of 8.70 lakh CASA accounts were opened during April-June 2017, out of which 8.38 lakh were Savings Bank Accounts (excl. BSBDA/BSBDS accounts).   The Bank’s Global Advances grew by 9.9 per cent (YoY) to `295175 crore as on June 30, 2017 from `268553 crore as on June 30, 2016.  Due to encouraging growth of 14.8 per cent in RAM (Retail, Agriculture & MSME) sector, Domestic Advances increased by 9.4 per cent from `242935 crore as on June 30, 2016 to `265683 crore as on June 30, 2017. 


Financial Performance for the quarter ended June 2017

Domestic Net Interest Margin (NIM) stood at 2.20 per cent for April -June 2017 as against 2.36 per cent for April -June 2016. Global NIM for April -June 2017 stood at 2.06 per cent as against 2.27 per cent for January-March 2017 quarter. It was 2.28 per cent a year ago.    Yield on funds stood at 6.94 per cent for April -June 2017 as against 7.94 per cent for April-June 2016 and 7.35 per cent for January-March 2017.   Cost of funds stood at 5.03 per cent for April -June 2017 as against 5.82 per cent for April-June 2016 and 5.24 per cent for January-March 2017.  Net Interest Income for April-June 2017 increased by 6.7 per cent to `2243 crore from `2103 crore for April-June 2016. It was `2387 crore during January-March 2017.  Non Interest Income for April-June 2017 stood at `1414 crore, showing increase of 36.0 per cent over April-June 2016.   Operating profit increased by 26.5 per cent to `2057 crore during April-June 2017 over `1626 crore during April-June 2016 and was `2134 crore during January-March 2017.  Net Profit for April-June 2017 sequentially increased to `117 crore from `109 crore in January-March 2017.  Cost to income ratio improved to 43.79 per cent for April -June 2017 from 48.28 per cent for April-June 2016 and it was 44.32 per cent for January-March 2017.  Return on average assets (annualised) stood at 0.10 per cent for April-June 2017 as against 0.17 per cent for April-June 2016 and 0.10 per cent for January-March 2017.  Return on equity (annualised) stood at 2.46 per cent in April -June 2017 as against 3.36 per cent for April -June 2016 and 2.27 per cent for January-March 2017.  Earnings per share (annualised) stood at `6.78 in April -June 2017 as against `9.69 for April -June 2016 and `6.33 for January-March 2017.

Asset Quality
Gross NPA stood at 12.63 per cent as on June 30, 2017 as against 11.17 per cent as on March 31, 2017 and 10.16 per cent as on June 30, 2016.   Net NPA ratio stood at 7.47 per cent as on June 30, 2017 as against 6.57 per cent as on March 31, 2017 and 6.16 per cent as on June 30, 2016.  Provision Coverage Ratio stood at 51.13 per cent as on June 30, 2017 as against 51.41 per cent as on March 31, 2017. It was 49.99 per cent as on June 30, 2016.  

Capital Adequacy

Capital Adequacy ratio of the Bank under Basel III improved to 12.01 per cent as on June 30, 2017 as against 11.79 per cent as on March 31, 2017 and 10.75 per cent as on June 30, 2016 compared to minimum regulatory requirement of 10.25 per cent.  The Tier I ratio as of June 30, 2017 is 9.24 per cent, within which Common Equity Tier 1 ratio is 7.73 per cent compared to regulatory minimum of 6.75 per cent. 

Digital Initiatives

The Bank has been pioneer in taking various digital initiatives and continuously launched various digital products for enhancing the customer services. Following are some of the key achievements during the quarter:
 66 per cent growth in mobile banking users on YoY basis.  U-Mobile transaction volume doubled from June 2016.  90 per cent growth in number of PoS terminals on YoY basis.  7th largest presence in banking industry and 3rd largest presence amongst all PSU banks within short span of time in Social media.  Trendsetter on Social media channels by taking various initiatives like Live streaming, Digital Education Series – #KyaAapJanteHai etc.   67 per cent share of “transactions through digital channels” in “overall transactions”. 

Financial Inclusion:

Under the Pradhan Manrti Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), the the Bank has more than 69 lakh accounts having a balance of `1270 crore.   48.91 lakh Rupay Card issued under PMJDY as on June 30, 2017.

Total enrollment under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY), Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and Atal Pension Yojana (APJ) increased to 30.1 lakh, 12.8 lakh and 2.21 lakh respectively.  The Bank financed `696 crore in 33433 accounts under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, including an amount of `211 crore to 7964 beneficiaries through a specific scheme for financing of light commercial vehicle during April–June 2017. 

Network

The Bank has 4286 branches as of June 30, 2017 including 4 overseas branches at Hong Kong, DIFC (Dubai), Antwerp (Belgium) and Sydney (Australia). In addition, the Bank has representative offices at Shanghai, Beijing and Abu Dhabi. The Bank also operates in United Kingdom through its wholly owned subsidiary, Union Bank of India (UK) Ltd.   Total number of ATMs stood at 7574 including 1685 talking ATMs as of June 30, 2017. ATM to branch ratio stood at 1.77. 

Awards & Accolades during FY 2017-18 (April-June)

Skoch Award 
Skoch Order of merit Award – Operational Customer Relationship Management (OCRM)
Skoch Financial Technology Award - Unified Payment Interface(UPI)
Skoch Financial Technology Award - Green PIN solution for Debit cards 
Skoch Financial Technology Award - Union Digi Gaon
Skoch Financial Inclusion Award for Financial Inclusion

          BPCL awards its prestigious microsites design & implementation contract to Octaware Technologies        
by Shrutee K/DNS

Mumbai, August 10, 2017: Octaware Technologies Limited (BSE – 540416), a leading software and business solutions development company, is pleased to announce that they have been awarded the prestigious contract from BPCL for the design and implementation of their loyalty and brand microsites. Octaware was one of the bidders and was awarded the contract, post evaluation and presentation of efficient solutions and capabilities to the evaluation committee.

The scope of work under the contract includes design and implementation of microsites for BPCL’s loyalty programs – SmartFleet & PetroBonus and other brands - Speed and In & Out. The engagement includes a period of 3 months for implementation of microsites and an additional three years of support and maintenance. Octaware Technology Limited’s expertise in the areas of online portals & enterprise systems helped them win the contract.

Commenting on the development, Mr. Aslam Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Octaware Technologies Limited, said, “We are extremely delighted to have won the prestigious contract from BPCL, our first major win in the Indian PSU sector, post our IPO in April 2017. The fact that it falls under one of Octaware’s key focus verticals of governance, demonstrates our consistent and steady inroads in the Indian market, surpassing some of the strong players in the region. We look forward to a long-term business association with BPCL”.

About Octaware Technologies Limited:
Incorporated in 2005, Octaware Technologies Ltd is a software development company providing a range of information technology solutions. The company designs, develops, and maintains software systems and solutions. Company's services include custom software development, ECM/portal solution, ERP and CRM implementation, mobile platform solution, RFID solution, cloud and IT infrastructure services, consulting services and geospatial services.
Octaware provides specialized software application and product development services and solutions in the areas of healthcare, finance, and e-government industry. The company has proprietary products for domestic, as well as international markets, such as PowerERM – Human Capital Relationship Management, Hospice – Healthcare and Citizen Services solution, and iOnAsset – Inventory management and tracking System etc. These products are available as packaged products as well as software-as-a-service model integrated with legacy system.
Octaware Technologies Limited (BSE – 540416), got listed on the BSE –SME platform on April 3, 2017 and was oversubscribed by 148%, providing testimony to the faith, the investors have reposed in the company.

          Międzynarodowa ekspansja Badury ze wsparciem ERP Navireo        
BADURA – jeden z największych producentów obuwia w Polsce – rozwija sieć swoich salonów, wykorzystując system ERP Navireo firmy InsERT. Z rozwiązania korzysta już ponad 50 sklepów, w tym najnowszy w Pradze.
          New to QAD?        
Here are some Time-Saving Tools for Easy Implementation If you have ever been on the business end of implementing new ERP software, you know you are in for some time-consuming work. First, you have a lot of strategic planning, along with a complete review of processes. Then, there’s data conversion, collection, review and clean up. […]
          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. 


          Especialista ERP Odoo -Phyton        
Avancys S.A.S - Bogotá DC - La persona que se desempeñe como consultor integral, deberá contar con conocimientos técnicos en cuanto al manejo del ERP, conocimientos de procesos de negocios, asi como conocimiento en programacion bajo el lenguaje de ´PYTHON Requisitos: Se exige que sea un estudiante de lo...
          Binnenkijken bij Primark Amsterdam        
Vandaag is het eindelijk zo ver, het grootste Primark filiaal van Nederland wordt geopend, en dat is natuurlijk in Amsterdam! De winkel heeft maar liefst 7 etages en een winkeloppervlak van 8287 m². Ik mocht gisteren alvast een exclusieve preview nemen en daar maakte ik natuurlijk gebruik van. Heb je vandaag geen tijd of zin om zelf te gaan kijken, geen nood, ik laat je het hele filiaal zien en vertel er natuurlijk iets meer over! Op donderdag 1 december zal Primark haar gloednieuwe winkel openen op de Damrak in Amsterdam. Met een oppervlakte van 8287 m² zal het de grootste Primark winkel van Nederland worden. De winkel telt maar liefst zeven verdiepingen, die zijn gevuld met betaalbare, trendy mode voor het hele gezin. Primark Damrak wordt een nieuwe mode-hotspot in Amsterdam, waar het volledige assortiment van Primark wordt aangeboden: damesmode, herenmode, kinderkleding, home producten, beauty producten en cadeaus. Primark Damrak zal de zestiende Nederlandse winkel worden, met de grootste winkeloppervlakte tot nu toe. De winkel heeft een modern ontwerp dat een betere klantervaring biedt, met behulp van een trend kamer, gratis toegang tot Wi-Fi en customer “recharge” zithoeken voor een fijne en handige shopping ervaring. De nieuwe winkel heeft tevens […]
          Analyste-programmeur ERP - Exceldor - Lévis, QC        
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          Told her not to touch my fries!        
Since my break up with my last group of so called friends I grew closer to a bunch of girls on discord and well one finally beat me into submission to do a collaboration with. I find collabs to be fun, but I’m such a derp that I’m like nope I don’t wanna do one.…Read more Told her not to touch my fries!

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          Ada Lovelace Day and The SAP Community Network        
Thanks to a Facebook invite from the inimitable Sandy Kemsley , I learned about Ada Lovelace Day a few months back.
Suw Charman-Anderson, herself a fascinating woman wrote: “I will publish a blog post on Tuesday 24th March about a woman in technology whom I admire but only if 1,000 other people will do the same.”

By the way, for those of you, who like myself weren’t sure who Ada is, Suw Charman-Anderson explains: “Ada Lovelace was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programmes for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built.”

Now as a value add in my job as an SAP Community Evangelist, I have the privilege of knowing some of the smartest techies on the planet. So my first and only challenge in role models was finding “A” woman… as in limiting myself to a single role model.

I found that approach a tiny bit…well…limiting. And soon realized rather than to try to name every remarkable woman in Technology I know or know of, I could introduce people outside my SAP Community Network and perhaps even inside that community, to some of the women of the community I admire. So I’ll name just a few (second huge challenge) of my local heroines and by linking you to their blogs, tweets, or wiki profiles allow you all the pleasure of discovery or perhaps further introduction.

Bhanu Gupta – I first met Bhanu during SAP TechEd in September 2006, when she attended the first Business Process Expert Day, but I had been a fan of this Business Intelligence nova for a long while before that, as she rapidly became one of the most prolific forum participants on the SAP Developer Network attaining top contributor ranking internationally. She told a great community story as many of the folks in the community didn’t realize she was a woman.

Anne Kathrine Petteroe – Ann also told a great community story of how twitter facilitated our meeting her in the SAP headquarters during an SCN Meetup in Walldorf – Later, I had the privilege to meet with Anne again when she came to TechEd Berlin 2008 as one of the developers of ESME and a powerful contestant in “Demo Jam”.

Moya Watson – Technical evangelist and all around SAP superstar, Moya, writes like a dynamo and shepherds software solutions to release. Moya introduced me to the world of digital anthropology through her blog posts on the SAP Developer Network and celebrated women in technology by pointing to the book O'Reilly Goes Live with Women In Technology Series

Dafna Yanay a tools mentor and community evangelist for Visual Composer . This Israeli who studied industrial engineering garnered comments and followers on her blog posts from every corner of the globe and is a frequent speaker at SAP TechEd.

Ginger Gatling was my teacher and mentor in a number of SAP related technical courses and has been a colleague for over a decade. Can’t say enough good things about the way she transfers knowledge to thousands of people online and at live events. She has this way of explaining technology that makes you feel “you get it”. She introduced me to Susan Keohan who goes under the code name SAP Workflow Goddess and who is an active ASUG (SAP User Group) volunteer leader who in turn introduced me to Gretchen Lindquist who has been “working in SAP Security since 1997… the lead configurator and technical support analyst for an SAP partner system in her ERP landscape” and somehow it seems like I’ve know forever yet another ASUG leader Karin Tillotson, Technical Lead for Valero’s SAP Data Archiving Project.

And lastly, one of my newest …and perhaps youngest heroines, another colleague and community member Jen Robinson whose simple list of places you can find her “Elsewhere” belies the depth, maturity and passionate commitment those activities have her engaged in.

And now since I see my list is already 9 women, I’ll conclude with a warm acknowledgment and shout out to the other techie women in our SAP Community Network, colleagues, mentors, fellow community members whose ranks thankfully are swelling and can be seen coaching Business Expert topics, mentoring developers, coding solutions, supporting process integrations and representing a world of talented women, who have chosen to follow a career path in technology.
          SAP Insider BPM2008        

SAP Insider BPM2008
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First Jumpstart day session of the SAP Insider BPM2008 in Vegas this week featured Column 2 author, analyst and blogger Sandy Kemsley .
Topics included: definitions of BPM and BPMM – Business Process Maturity Model.
Session started by attempting to create order around the confusion of BPM-related terms.
Three info packed hours further covered subjects such as understanding the range of process types in an organization, tips like: "Don’t let the requirements become the design", warning around spending too much time modeling the "as is" state, and some fair accessments of SAP Netweaver BPM. Clear understanding that many “required” features are delayed until future versions. Outlined that there is more strategic integration with SAP ERP and a common process layer for modeling BPM and ERP. There was also a pronouncement that the goal was to become the BPM of choice for SAP customers rather than the best of breed BPM. What I further understood was that Sandy Kemsley liked the SAP NetWeaver BPM data mapping capability which although not inherently different from what you would see in other systems was highlighted as providing capabilities that are good.

          Circulating Pumps CP50/CP60        
Circulating Pumps CP50/CP60

Circulating Pumps CP50/CP60

Due to the ErP directive only extremely power saving high efficiency pumps may be used, such as the new standard high efficiency CPL CP50/60. Building owners benefit from these as they will recieve a lower electricity bill. Fits in most set ups. Simple connection Simply well-known and easy to operate Light, compact design


          Netgalley Knockout 2013        

Are you ready for Netgalley Knockout? At just about the time I think I will never ever ever be even remotely caught up with my review copies, along comes a support group for other bloggers in the same predicament. I've been mired in the Game of Thrones series for what seems like forever, but nearing the end of Book Five, I can see a time in the not-so-distant future when I might read something else! Here is the appalling list of books I have yet to read and/or review:

Update: As I request more books...and I seem unable to stop doing so...I will add them to the top of the appropriate list. As I review a book, I'll strike through instead of deleting so I can see my amazing progress!

LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program:

HOLY ORDERS by Benjamin Black
THE BLACK COUNTRY by Alex Grecian
ANTONIA LIVELY BREAKS THE SILENCE by David Samuel Levinson
SUBSTITUTE CREATURE by Charles Gilman

Other Sources:

UNDERCURRENT by Paul Blackwell*
SONGS OF WILLOW FROST by Jamie Ford

Netgalley:

THE SEANCE SOCIETY by Michael Nethercott
THE LITTER OF THE LAW by Rita Mae Brown
THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon
WHEN THE WORLD WAS FLAT (AND WE WERE IN LOVE) by Ingrid Jonach
POWDER BURN by Mark Chisnell
MRS. POE by Lynne Cullen
GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL by Christopher Finch
CLEAN BURN by Karen Sandler
THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION by Paulette Alden
DEATH AND THE OLIVE GROVE by Marco Vichi
THE AMBITIOUS CARD by John Gaspard
LAWLESS & THE DEVIL OF EUSTON SQUARE by William Sutton
THE RED QUEEN DIES by Frankie Y. Bailey
UNSEEN by Karin Slaughter*
IVA HONEYSUCKLE MEETS HER MATCH by Candice Ransom**
TWERP by Mark Goldblatt
THE OPHELIA CUT by John Lescroart
TRAVELS IN ELYSIUM by William Azuski
TUESDAY'S GONE by Nicci French*
MURDER BELOW MONTPARNASSE by Cara Black
BOLERO by Joanie McDonell
HOLD FAST by Blue Balliett
THE LITTLE DEATH by Michael Nava
THE EMPEROR OF ALL THINGS by Paul Whitcover
THE NOT-JUST-ANYBODY FAMILY by Betsy Byars**
THE FIRST BOOK OF CALAMITY WEEK by Paula Lichtarowicz
IN THE MATTER OF NICOLA TESLA by Anthony Flacco
THE GOLD DUST LETTERS by Janet Taylor Lisle
MUMBO JUMBO by Ishmael Reed
THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab
HIDING GLADYS by Lee Mims
DADDY LOVE by Joyce Carol Oates
BLOOD ON THE THRESHOLD by Karin Richmond
SPILT MILK by Chico Buarque
THE SCIENTIFIC SHERLOCK HOLMES by James O'Brien
THE SEVEN MARKETS by David Hoffman
MAKE BELIEVE by Ed Ifkovic
THE PINEVILLE HEIST by Lee Chambers
THE REBELLIOUS LIFE OF MRS. ROSA PARKS** by
GERONIMO STILTON CAVEMICE**
VEGAN EATS WORLD by Terry Hope Romero
THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER by Mike Robinson
SIMPLY SATISFYING by Jeanne Lemlin
THE PANTHER by Nelson DeMille
BECOMING HOLMES by Shane Peacock*
THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Morton
CHRISTMAS IN TINSELTOWN by Frank De Caro
SMOKE & MIRRORS by Ryan Browne
THE ICARUS PROJECT by Laura Quimby
THE DALAI LAMA'S CAT by David Michie
THE INFECTS by Sean Beaudoin
SOMETHING RED by Douglas Nicholas
WHITE FOREST by Adam McOmber
BLACK BREAD WHITE BEER by Niven Govinden

Edelweiss:

THE LAST WORD by Lisa Lutz*
AFTER HER by Joyce Maynard
THE FLYING BEAVER BROTHERS: BIRDS V. BUNNIES by Maxwell Eaton III**
THE FLYING BEAVER BROTHERS AND THE MUD-SLINGING MOLES by Maxwell Eaton III*
DEATH CANYON by David Riley Bertsch
THE ABSENCE OF MERCY by John Burley
DOG LOVES COUNTING by Louise Yates**
PENGUIN CHA CHA by Kristi Valiant**
DREAM ANIMALS by Emily Winfield Martin**
THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL by Fowler DeWitt**
SQUIRRELS ON SKIS by J. Hamilton Ray**
ANNE FRANK'S CHESTNUT TREE by Jane Kohuth**
ESCAPE THEORY by Margaux Froley
TUESDAY'S GONE by Nicci French
GARLIC, MINT, AND SWEET BASIL by Jean-Claude Izzo
WACKO ACADEMY by Faith Wilkins
THE LONGINGS OF WAYWARD GIRLS by Karen Brown
THE CHALICE by Nancy Bilyeau
MOTHERLAND by William Nicholson
THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN by Hallie Ephron
FAIRY TALES BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM retold by Philip Pullman*
THE CLOVER HOUSE by Henriette Lazaridis Power
THE SOUND OF BROKEN GLASS by Deborah Crombie
COVER OF SNOW by Jenny Milchman
THE SUMMER OF DEAD TOYS by Antonio Hill
GET STARTED: GROWING VEGETABLES by Simon Akeroyd**
THE BIG BOOK OF THINGS TO MAKE by James Mitchem**
ELDERS by Ryan McIlvain
THE PERFECT MEAL by John Baxter
THE CHILD'S CHILD by Barbara Vine
AURORARAMA by Jean-Christophe Valtat
SWEET TOOTH by Ian McEwan
THE DEATH OF BEES by Lisa O'Donnell
THE AVIATOR'S WIFE by Melanie Benjamin
THE END OF THE POINT by Elizabeth Graver
THE SECRET OF NIGHTINGALE PALACE by Dana Sachs
A STUDY IN REVENGE by Kieran Shields
YESTERDAY'S SUN by Amanda Brooke
A KILLER IN THE WIND by Andrew Klavan
INDISCRETION by Charles Dubow
AMERICAN BOY by Larry Watson
THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin
GOLDBERG VARIATIONS by Susan Isaacs
AN EXTRAORDINARY THEORY OF OBJECTS by Stephanie LaCava
SEVEN LOCKS by Christine Wade
ASHENDEN by Elizabeth Wilhide
COLD LIGHT by Jenn Ashworth
PATRICIDE by Joyce Carol Oates
FLIGHT BEHAVIOR by Barbara Kingsolver
LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane
THE HOLLOW MAN by Oliver Harris
THE GIRL ON THE CLIFF by Lucina Riley

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          [news] Excerpt from a McKinsey Paper on IT Spending Trends        
Monday, August 9, 2004
Dateline: China
 
I recently urled the abstract for this paper, but CNET and McKinsey were kind enough to post the full-text of the paper on the CNET news site (which downloads at glacial speed, at least from China).  Now that the article from the current issue of The McKinsey Quarterly is in the public domain, I'd like to include an excerpt in this posting.  (Bolded and colored notations are MY emphasis.)
 
"Although IT customers also want to improve their software, they are wary of big-bang packaged applications--purchases that are just now rolling off accrual budgets.  This time around, CIOs are shunning expensive panaceas, especially large-scale customer relationship management (CRM) systems.  Many tech executives lost face (or jobs) when the promised benefits didn't materialize, often because the technology demanded difficult-to-realize changes in processes and in employee behavior.  Even worse than buying packaged applications, CIOs told us, was buying applications and then customizing them, for this strategy made it necessary to reinvest in customization with each subsequent upgrade.  CIOs now favor narrower, more-targeted, less-ambitious improvements that mitigate the risk of organizational rejection.  Custom software that closely adheres to a company's existing processes (and therefore requires little or no process change) is popular, and so is software developed for a specific industry.  Meanwhile, integration--a higher priority now than it was during the boom--is generating demand for enterprise application integration (EAI) technologies.  Web services are gaining traction faster than anticipated, especially in small telecom and other companies at the forefront of IT innovation.  Of the CIOs we interviewed, 8 percent said that Web services were their primary integration strategy.  Despite these inroads, most companies are still at the experimental stage with this technology, which demands advanced skills and a high degree of commitment from the IT organization.  Others are choosing a different path:  Roughly half of the CIOs we spoke with have been (or are thinking about) investing in integration broker software, often combined with Web services.  Adoption is strongest among telecommunications and financial-services companies, whose technical complexity makes the software especially attractive.  The third-party services market could feel the pinch, however.  Many companies, spurred by lower IT salaries after the economic slowdown, hired talent and brought IT development in-house.  These new hires often support and develop the more-customized applications that today's IT budgets favor.  But this move could boomerang on companies in the future:  The absence of vendor support could reduce economies of scale and push up costs.  Offshoring in less-expensive labor markets could, of course, offset them."
 
ADDENDUM: Seeing Beyond "Traditional" Market Research ...
 
I've already received a few messages regarding my "Seeing Beyond" posting.
 
One of the questions was very simple to answer.  The question:  Can you name a few ISVs in China which could develop a hosted version of their packaged software?  Certainly.  Simple answer:  Bamboo, KingdeeUFSoft (all three are in the ERP space).
 
A reader also asked me about Fisher-Pry, having heard of this technique but not really familiar with it.  In simple terms, Fisher-Pry functions best as a substitution model.  I'm not thrilled about using it to predict end of life and market size issues per seWhere I find it useful -- EXTREMELY USEFUL -- is in determining when a NEW technology is likely to EMERGE.  I then put on my Geoffrey Moore glasses to look at the technology from a chasm crossing perspective.  And, if I'm really interested, I'll put on my Ed Roberts and Gordon Bell glasses -- and will evaluate the technology using other techniques as well.  But Fisher-Pry itself is extremely simple to use and a Geoffrey Moore analysis is also a no-brainer.  (Ed Roberts' -- and I'm the unofficial president of the Ed Roberts fan club -- various approaches to evaluating new markets and technologies requires me to fire a lot more neurons than Moore's approach.)  To me, Fisher-Pry is all about inflection points and EMERGING marketsTo see an application of Fisher-Pry, read an A.T. Kearney report on wireless futures at http://tinyurl.com/4zcas (and it's an excellent report, too).  See also a recent evaluation of the remote sensing market at http://tinyurl.com/6zxqm .  For a brief review of Fisher-Pry and a couple of related techniques for technology trend analysis, see http://tinyurl.com/4hf7t .
 
Finally, another reader questioned whether MIT's Innovation Futures market was doomed to focus on short(er)-term "bets."  My answer is that MIT may need to repackage Innovation Futures for addressing long(er)-term issues.  Many of us in America can remember playing the stock market in one of our classes.  For me, it was in my eighth grade government class.  We had to pick stocks and trade them through the course of the year.  Unfortunately, the very nature of this learning experience put a premium on trading versus investing.  In other words, picking stocks which might be solid over a three-plus year time horizon simply wouldn't work; it was much better to "gamble" on high Beta (i.e., higher volatility) issues.  Innovation Futures suffers from the same "need" to determine winners and losers on a relatively timely basis.  Probably time horizons of three or more years won't suffice, at least not from a "gamblers" perspective (sans venture capitalists).
 
I'd like to see their system changed to allow different types of "players" and "traders," namely the crop I had suggested in my last posting, but also another class of "all others."  Think of this as an experiment in social computing among technophiles, not online gambling.  In some ways, it could reveal the type of knowledge that is found in the blogosphere.
 
Cheers,
 
David Scott Lewis
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          [news] ERP in China        
Monday, July 12, 2004
Dateline: China
 
In this posting, I'd like to address something that is seemingly a bit mundane:  ERP in China. 
 
Two articles in the current issue of the Communications of the ACM (CACM) caught my eye.  The first, titled "Why Western Vendors Don't Dominate China's ERP Market" is a good read.  (See http://tinyurl.com/27w9d .)  After reading this article, it's safe to say that Bamboo Networks (especially with their .NET ERP solution, which is something even Microsoft doesn't have), Kingdee, UFSoft and a few other domestic ERP vendors don't have much to fear from the "globals" -- although SAP and Oracle collectively hold about 25% of the market, which isn't bad.  Textbook blunders on the part of (mostly American) software vendors.  To request a copy of this article click on http://tinyurl.com/28eat .
 
The other article is titled, "ERP in China: One Package, Two Profiles."  (See http://tinyurl.com/2r45p .)  According to this paper, more than 1,000 Chinese sites had an ERP system by the end of 2001, costing billions of dollars.  Nearly 300 were on SAP.  (The figures differ slightly from the above cited CACM paper.)  ERP sales in China are projected to triple in five years from a US$1 billion base in 2002.  (Note:  I'm not sure if the author meant through 2007 or 2009.)  A good quote regarding partnering opportunities:  "With China's accession to the World Trade Organization, many multinational enterprises are rushing to establish operations in China and/or interact with Chinese business partners."  (My emphasis.)  For those on this list attempting to attract foreign direct investment, read the part which says, "establish operations in China."
 
The paper noted that although ERP projects in China rarely hit even ECO/ECN-adjusted delivery schedules, they rarely exceed the planned budget.  (In contrast to the States where ERP is almost always late AND over budget.  In the States, taking on an ERP project is akin to playing Russian Roulette.)  The article goes on to mention eight differences between ERP projects in state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and private ventures.  The findings demonstrate that when it comes to ERP projects, private ventures in China are very similar to private ventures in the States.  SOEs act like, well, SOEs:  Bureaucratic nightmares galore.  To request a copy of this article click on http://tinyurl.com/2eve2 .
 
There is another good article in the July issue of CACM:  "Demystifying Integration," which includes a listing of and brief take on dozens of domain-independent and -dependent standards and specifications for application integration.  Good stuff for a systems integrator.  To request a copy of this article click on http://tinyurl.com/3ysvx .
 
Tidbits on Enterprise Software
 
What does the CEO of a systems integrator dream about?  How about being one of the first companies to partner with a BEA or Siebel?  (When I thought about this, all choices seemed rather awful!!  )
 
Need some help finding the next BEA?  Turn to the AlwaysOn Network 100.  For perspective, see http://tinyurl.com/23p3u .  Last year's winners included several companies that IPO'd (including Salesforce.com, Opera), companies in line to IPO (including Google, RightNow) and several other hot companies.  Frankly, their record so far is the best I've seen (albeit it's still a bit too early to draw any firm conclusions).  For a listing of this year's winners (to be announced this upcoming week at Stanford -- Go Cardinal!), see http://tinyurl.com/25j9s .  If I had the time (which I don't), I'd go through this list with a fine-tooth comb.  IMHO, it's better than the listing of presenters at Enterprise Outlook or DEMO ... although the DEMO companies are a lot more fun!!.
 
Another list worth reviewing is Forrester's selection of the best Web design firms.  (See http://tinyurl.com/3bq5z .)  Critical Mass, AGENCY.COM and SBI.Razorfish take top honors.  Everyone tends to look toward the top 500 systems integrators in the States for partnering opportunities.  However, don't discount the elite among the U.S. Web design firms.  Many compete in an extremely cost conscious environment where much less expensive Java programming from a partner in China could be a win-win for all three parties:  The SI in China, the Web design firm in the States, and the U.S. client.
 
Cheers,
 
David Scott Lewis
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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.
 
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          [news] IT Spending Trends        
Tuesday, July 6, 2004
Dateline: China
 
A quick recap on IT spending trends from three recently published Smith Barney surveys.  The three reports are the May and June editions of their CIO Vendor Preference Survey and the 6 June issue of softwareWEEK.  Tom Berquist, my favorite i-banking analyst, was the lead for all three reports.  I have a backlog of blogs to write, so I'll use as many quotes as possible and add context where necessary.  (I'm mostly extracting from my smartphone bookmarks for these reports.  Warning:  I may have coded the May and June issues incorrectly, but the quotes are correct.)  NOTE:  Highlighted items (e.g., items in bold, like this sentence) are MY emphasis.  Items in red are my commentary.
 
Starting with the Survey editions, "(t)he strongest areas of spending appear to be software (apps, security, storage, and database) and network equipment/apps (Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, VPNs)" and regarding software, "larger and more well known vendors continue to dominate the list in each category with vendors such as Microsoft, SAP, IBM, Veritas, Symantec and Computer Associates getting significantly more mentions in each of their groups than the remaining vendors did."  However, the report admits that their sample group might be biased.  Yes, vendors matter -- and so do vendor partnering strategies.  However, I'm a bit skeptical about CA and I don't particular care very much for Veritas or Symantec.  Not my part of the universe.
 
"Applications again stand out as a clear area of strength."  "Within applications, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Business Intelligence (BI) all showed extremely well ..."  Well, this is the first sign that a recovery may be in the making for SCM.  However, I'd emphasize BI and ERP, followed by CRM; don't count on a lot happening in the SCM space just yet.  Some other key surveys do NOT validate that SCM is in recovery.  "In terms of specific vendors, Microsoft, Symantec, Veritas, SAP, and Adobe were the top beneficiaries of CIOs intentions to increase spending."  The report continues that only SAP showed statistically significant results, both in ERP and SCM.  "Results were more mixed for best-of-breed vendors in this area, suggesting that horizontal applications vendors are having a tough time competing with the large ERP vendors even as vertically-focused vendors continue to have some measure of success on this front."  For the more adventurous SIs in China, SAP presents a lot of opportunities.  Tread carefully, though.  And "Adobe's enterprise strategy appears to be gaining momentum.  Adobe was a clear standout in content management ..."  "Survey results were also positive (though somewhat less so) for other leading content management players, notably Microsoft and IBM."  Another "win" for Microsoft.  Funny that none of the traditionally leading content management players were mentioned.  A take on Linux:  "Linux continues to garner mind share, but large enterprises remain the main adopter.  Interestingly, nearly 83% of our respondents stated that they were not currently moving any applications to Linux.  Of the 17% that said they were moving applications to Linux, only one company under $1.0 billion in revenue was making the transition to Linux confirming our views that Linux is primarily being used by large companies to shift Unix applications to Linux on Intel."
 
"Among CIOs who indicated a higher level of consulting spend, IBM was the clear winner, followed by Accenture as a distant second.  Unisys was also mentioned as a vendor being considered, but it was a distant third.  However, we note that Unisys being mentioned ahead of a pure-play consultant like BearingPoint (a low number of mentions, which included mentions of decreased spending) or EDS is positive, given that Unisys chooses to focus in 2 specific verticals, including one-public sector-that was not in the survey."  "Over two-thirds of CIOs indicated that they do not use IT outsourcers.  Most of the rest said they were unlikely to change the level of outsourcing spend.  IBM, ACS and CSC were the only vendors explicitly mentioned as likely to get more outsourcing business."  The "two-thirds" figure will likely change in favor of outsourcing.  This trend is fairly clear.  See a BCG report at http://tinyurl.com/2muy8 , although the report takes a relatively broad perspective.
 
From softwareWEEK, "(t)he CIOs were also very focused on rapid 'time to market' with purchases.  None were interested in starting projects that would take greater than 2 quarters to complete."  "This requirement was not a 'payback' requirement, but rather an implementation time frame requirement.  The CIOs did recognize that payback times could be longer, though the payback times on IT utility spending were much shorter than on applications or emerging area spending."
 
"In terms of spending, the CIOs all used a similar methodology for making decisions that essentially divides their IT spending into one of three categories: 1) sustained spending on their 'IT utility' (i.e., infrastructure such as network equipment, servers, storage, databases, etc.); 2) new project spending on applications (business intelligence, portals, CRM, etc.); and 3) investment spending on select emerging areas (grid/utility computing, identity management, collaboration, etc.)  It was pretty obvious that the CIOs recognized that business unit managers were more interested in spending on new applications/emerging areas than on the IT utility ..."  "(S)ome of the CIOs were experimenting with grid/utility computing initiatives to try to increase their utilization of storage/servers and reduce the amount of new equipment to be purchased.  In one example, a CIO showed their storage/server utilization around the world and many regions were in the 50% or worse bucket for average utilization.  Their goal was to use grid computing architectures and storage area networks (along with faster communication links) to better share the pool of resources."  Yes, this is it!!  Take this to heart!!  If you think grid and utility computing are Star Trek stuff, think again.
 
"In terms of new projects, the CIOs mentioned they were spending on business intelligence, portal/self-service applications, CRM, and collaboration.  Collaboration was a heated discussion, with all CIOs commenting that this was a big problem for them and there was no clear solution on the market.  While it wasn't completely clear to the audience what the CIOs were looking for in a collaboration solution, the elements that were described included: more intelligent email, corporate instant messaging, web conferencing, integrated voice over IP with instant messaging (so that a conversation could quickly shift from typing to talking), and collaborative document editing (spreadsheets, presentations, publications, etc.).  Within the business intelligence arena, business activity monitoring was discussed as was building of enterprise data warehouses/data marts.  The portal/self-service applications being built or deployed were primarily for customer and employee self-service (remote access to email, applications, and files was a big deal for all of the companies).  On the CRM front, the discussion from one CIO was around their need to increase revenues and manage channel conflict better."  [I'll be posting to this blog a bit more about collaboration opportunities over the next week.]
 
"While vendors were not discussed in any detail during the panel, the CIOs did say that they remain open to working with smaller vendors (public and private) as long as they have plenty of relevant references (in their industry, particularly with close competitors) and they offer a compelling value proposition versus larger vendors.  One CIO stated that they get called by 20 startups a week to sell products to them, but most of them cannot articulate the value proposition of their product.  Nonetheless, the CIO does take 5 meetings a month from startups because some of them are working on things that are interesting to the business."
 
Whew ...  Lots of good materials.  To reiterate, all highlighted items are my emphasis.  Bottom line:  The market is heating up.  Get your ISV relationships in place.  Pick your verticals (see the "Tidbit on Microsoft" which follows).  Pick your apps -- and the apps I like the best are content management and BI, although ERP is looking good, too.  Collaboration can be a major source of revenue if the SI can provide a truly effective solution.
 
Tidbits on Microsoft
 
A quick update on some happenings in the Redmond universe.  (See http://tinyurl.com/36xgu ; the article is titled, "Microsoft focuses on its enterprise-applications business".)  First, app areas that are of particular interest to MS include those for manufacturing and life sciences.  So, how about a MS build-to-their-stack strategy focused on either of these two verticals?  Second, MS is moving beyond purely horizontal offerings to very specific functionality.  Their Encore acquisition is an example of MS moving in this direction.  Finally, new releases of all four of Microsoft's ERP product lines are due for this year.  Not surprisingly, MBS marketing is up 20% from FY04.  Hmmm ... ERP spending intentions are strong and MS is a key player in this space -- with several updated offerings scheduled for release this year.  Another opportunity?
 
Tidbits on Infosys
 
Infosys formally enters the IT strategy consulting biz.  (See http://tinyurl.com/2xxlo .)  Yes, it was inevitable.  In April Infosys Consulting, Inc. was formed and, "(i)t's no secret that the winning model will be high-end business consulting combined with high-quality, low-cost technology delivery done offshore," according to Stephen Pratt, the head of Infosys' consulting unit.  The Infosys Consulting unit now has 150 employees in the States and plans to expand to 500 within three years.  Note to SIs in China:  You need more -- a lot more -- IT strategy types  And you need people in the States (at least on an "as needed" basis) in order to capture -- and serve -- new accounts.
 
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          My first SERP 1 blog post and how to write one yourself        
As we know, SERP 1 is the Holy Grail of marketing. It means that you are the number one result in Google for the terms you want to be found on. I recently scored my first SERP 1 in Google on a very competitive keyword. Yaay! I thought it was a good idea to take [...]
          Taxpayers shouldn't cover health region SERP liabilities        
Much has been made over the past couple of weeks about $5.9-million the provincial government has spent on severance packages for fired CEOs of the former regional health authorities. If these generous packages aren't enough to get the blood boiling, left-over deficits, bonuses and unfunded liabilities in the executives' supplementary pension plans should be.

In fact, the severance payments may be the smallest cost taxpayers will have to bear.

          Apple introduceert nieuw ontwerp van iPod nano met Multi-Touch-interface        
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          Benelux trip – Useful links        
Luxembourg
Wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Luxembourg
Wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Luxembourg_(city) 
Luxembourg tourism: http://www.visitluxembourg.com
Luxembourg card: http://www.visitluxembourg.com/en/entities-luxembourg-card
Luxembourg train planner: http://www.cfl.lu/en/home
Luxembourg bus planner: http://travelplanner.mobiliteit.lu/hafas/query.exe/en?
Luxembourg city bus route: http://www.vdl.lu/Mobilit%C3%A9/Autobus/Horaires_+lignes+et+trajets-p-158686/Les+31+lignes+d_autobus.html
Luxembourg city bus map: http://www.vdl.lu/vdl_multimedia/Mobilit%C3%A9/autobus/Plan+du+r%C3%A9seau+AVL.pdf
Transport from Luxembourg airport: http://www.lux-airport.lu/en/Access--park/By-bus.4.html
Casemates bock: http://www.lcto.lu/en/place/monument/bock-casemates

Vianden
Wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Vianden
Vianden tourism: http://www.vianden-info.lu/english/home 
Vianden castle: http://www.castle-vianden.lu/english

Echternach
Wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Echternach
Echternach tourism: http://www.echternach-tourist.lu/en
Echternach walk: http://echternach-tourist.lu//sites/echternach-tourist.lu/files/files/CULTURAL%20WALK%20EN.pdf

Belgium
Rail: http://www.belgianrail.be/en/Default.aspx 

Brussels
Wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Brussels
Brussel Metro map: https://www.brussels.be/dwnld/74415427/Plan_M_10-2015.pdf

Ghent
Wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Ghent
Ghent tourism: https://visit.gent.be/en/home
Ghent tram map: https://static.delijn.be/Images/Stadsnet%20Gent13%20maart%202016_tcm5-5313.pdf

Bruges
Wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Bruges
Bruges tourism: https://bezoekers.brugge.be/en
Bruges city card: https://bezoekers.brugge.be/en/bruggecitycard

Antwerp
Wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Antwerp
Antwerp tourism: http://www.visitantwerpen.be
Antwerp bus map: https://static.delijn.be/Images/Antwerpen%20centrum%201op7500_tcm5-5301.pdf
Antwerp tram map: https://static.delijn.be/Images/Flanders%20Tramschema_tcm5-5304.pdf

Netherlands
Rail: http://www.ns.nl/en 


          Benelux trip – Prologue        
I have mentioned in 2013 Europe Epilogue that I would love to return to Europe if there is cheap airfare. We almost visit Eastern Europe in Mar 2016 but due to hubby's work commitment, we forfeited our Lufthansa air tickets of $736.

Swiss Airline is having irresistible airfare to Europe from $777 with the addition of Boeing 777-300ER into their aircraft fleet. I was so tempted and persuade hubby to visit Central Europe in May 2017. Then I plan another trip to Europe this year and decided on Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg) after discussing with my sis who will be my travel partner for this trip. We have split the planning so I will research on Luxembourg and Belgium while my sis will research on Netherlands.
Destinations in Benelux

As Swiss airline flies direct from Singapore to Zurich, it involves transiting in Zurich before continuing to other European cities. As the open jaw ticket is about the same price as the round trip ticket, it's make sense to buy an open jaw ticket to save travelling time and save on the transport cost back to the starting point.

Luxembourg card comes in 1, 2 or 3 days card and includes free access to over 70 museums and free train and buses on the national public transport network. The Luxembourg card is available from the Tourist Office in Luxembourg city or can be purchased online with a postage charge of â‚¬3. As there is no Tourist Office in the airport, I decided to purchase it online as the single trip bus ticket (€2) from the airport to hotel is included in the Luxembourg card. I received the card in registered mail within a week after ordering online.

From Luxembourg, we will be taking inter city train to Brussels which takes 3hr. Advance booking is not necessary since the train departs hourly and no seat reservation is required. The train from Luxembourg will stops at all the 5 stations in Brussels: Bruxelles-Luxembourg, Bruxelles Schuman/Brussel Schuman, Brussel Noord/ Bruxelles Nord (Brussels-North)Bruxelles Central/ Brussel Centraal and Bruxelles Midi (Brussels-South).

Prior reservation and booking for intercity train within Belgium is not required hence I will be purchasing the train tickets on the spot. There is a rail pass which cost â‚¬76 and is valid for 10 journeys in 2nd class within any destination in Belgium. This can be use by 1 or more passengers. However I did not purchase the rail pass as the total trips we will be taking is less than 10 journeys so it's not worth purchasing.

In Brussel, we will get around using Metro. I will buy single trip ticket instead of Metro pass since we will be only taking 3 Metro rides. In Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp, we will get around using tram and bus. I have calculated that Lijn card (€14 for 10 rides) is cheaper compared to single trip ticket which cost â‚¬3. 

In Bruges, I will be getting the 48 hours Brugge City Card which included free admission to many attractions and include canal boat ride (sailings guaranteed from 1 Mar to 15 Nov). The Brugge City Card can be purchased in Bruges at the official tourist information offices: Historium, Station and Concertgebouw (Concert Hall). 

Then from Antwerp to Amsterdam, I have booked the Thalys train which will takes 1hr compared to intercity train which takes 2hrs. The reservation opens 3 months in advance and fares start from â‚¬29. As we only confirmed this trip 2 months earlier, the cheapest fare was not available. Although the fare which we booked is â‚¬8 more expensive than the intercity train, we still proceed with booking Thalys train to save travelling time.

We will be getting the OV-chipkaart and Unlimited GVB travel ticket (48 hours) from Amsterdam Schipol airport. The OV-chipkaart works like our Ezlink card and is valid for bus, tram and train rides. It has a non refundable deposit of â‚¬7.50. We will be using Unlimited GVB travel ticket in Amsterdam and OV-chipkaart outside Amsterdam.

My sis has purchased the tickets for Madurodam online since it's â‚¬2 cheaper. She has also bought the tickets for Amsterdam highlights (Adam Lookout, Blue Boat and Heineken Experience) online to avoid the queue.   

Throughout the 14 days trips, we will be staying at the ibis hotels except in Brussels. I have budgeted S$100 per room per day and the hotels which we will be staying is within 10 min walking distance to the train stations except the hotel in Amsterdam. We choose not to stay in Amsterdam Central as the accommodation is at least S$200 per night. We end up booking 5 nights stay at the airport Ibis budget hotel which is 15min train ride to Amsterdam Central. Since we will only be spending 2 days in Amsterdam Central with the remaining 3 days at Hague, Haarlem and Zaanse Schans, we save significantly even after deducting the transport to and fro Amsterdam Central. Breakfast is not included in all the hotels except ibis Styles Luxembourg Centre Gare.

Itinerary for this trip:

Day 1: Reach Luxembourg at 10.05am (GMT+2)
Attractions: Monument of Remembrance, Casemates Bock, Neumünster Abbey, Barrio Grund, Corniche and old town, Viaduc (Passerelle), Place Guillaume II, Hotel de Ville (City Hall), Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Grand Ducal Palace
Accommodation: ibis Styles Luxembourg Centre Gare (€72)
Transport & Pass: 2 days Luxembourg card (€20)

Day 2: Vianden & Echternach
Attractions: Trinitarian church, Vianden Chairlift, Vianden Castle, Echternach Old Abbey, Echternach Town Square
Accommodation: ibis Styles Luxembourg Centre Gare
Transport & Pass: 2 days Luxembourg card

Day 3: Brussels
Attractions: Parc du Cinquantenaire-Jubelpark, Espace Léopold (European Parliament), Place Royale (Royal Palace of Brussels), Palais de Justice/Justitiepaleis (Law Courts of Brussels), Atomium
Accommodation: Maxhotel (€59)
Transport & Pass: Train from Luxembourg to Brussel Noord (€41), Single trip metro ticket (€2.10 per ride)

Day 4: Brussels
Attractions: Jeanneke-Pis, Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule (St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral), Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, Grand Place-Grote Markt, Manneken Pis, The Bourse
Accommodation: Maxhotel

Day 5: Ghent
Attractions: Sint-Elisabeth Begijnhof, Het Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts), Patershol, Kraanlei, Graslei, Het Groot Vleeshuis, St Michael's Bridge, Korenmarkt Gent (Post Plaza), Sint-Niklaaskerk (St Nicholas's Church), Stadhuis (Ghent Market Hall), Belfort en Lakenhalle (Belfry and Cloth Hall), Sint-Baafskathedraal (St. Bavo's Cathedral), Langemunt (Shopping Street)
Accommodation: ibis budget Brugge Centrum Station (€54)
Transport & Pass: Train from Bruxelles Nord to Gent-Sint-Pieters (€14), Train from Gent-Sint-Pieters to Bruges (€6.60), Lijn card (€14)

Day 6: Bruges
Attractions: Grote Markt, Belfry, Brug Square, Stadhuis, Basilica of the Holy Blood, Choco-Story Museum, Lumina Domestica (Lamp Museum), The Friet Museum, Ezelpoort (Donkey's Gate)
Accommodation: ibis budget Brugge Centrum Station
Transport & Pass: Lijn card, Brugge City Card 48 hours (€47)

Day 7: Bruges
Attractions: Koeleweimolen (Koelewei Mill), Sint-Janshuismolen (Sint-Janshuis Mill), Diamant Museum, Brewery De Halve Maan, Beguinage, St. John's Hospital, Onze Lieve Vrouwkerk (Church of Our Lady Bruges)
Accommodation: ibis budget Brugge Centrum Station
Transport & Pass: Lijn card

Day 8: Antwerp
Attractions: Cogels Osylei, MAS Museum aan de Stroom, Vlaaikensgang, Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal), City Hall/Old Market Square (Stadhuis/Grote Markt), Saint Paul's Church (Sint-Paulusparochie), Carolus Borromeus Church (St. Carolus Borromeuskerk)
Accommodation: ibis budget Amsterdam Airport  (€62)
Transport & Pass: Train from Bruges to Antwerp (€15), Lijn card, Thalys from Antwerp to Schiphol Airport (€40)

Day 9: Zaanse Schans, Amsterdam
Attractions: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam, A’DAM Lookout, Heineken Experience 
Accommodation: ibis budget Amsterdam Airport
Transport & Pass: OV-chipkaart

Day 10: The Hague
Attractions: Madurodam, Statue of Willam of Orange, Binnenhof, Ridderzaal, Noordeinde Palace, Museumcafé Panorama Mesdag, Vredespaleis (Peace Palace)
Accommodation: ibis budget Amsterdam Airport
Transport & Pass: OV-chipkaart

Day 11: Amsterdam
Attractions: Zevenlandenhuizen, Rijksmuseum, Begijnhof 34, Schuttersgallery, Bloemenmarkt, Munttoren, Church of Saint Nicholas, Trompettersteeg, Singel 7, Python Bridge, De Gooyer
Accommodation: ibis budget Amsterdam Airport
Transport & Pass: Unlimited GVB travel ticket 48 hours (€12.50)

Day 12: Amsterdam
Attractions: Albert Cuyp Market, NAP bezoekerscentrum, Nationale Opera & Ballet, Houseboat Museum, Electric Ladyland Fluorescent Art, Torensluis, Royal Palace Amsterdam
Accommodation: ibis budget Amsterdam Airport
Transport & Pass: Unlimited GVB travel ticket 48 hours 

Day 13: Harleem, Depart Amsterdam at 8.05pm (GMT +2)
Attractions: Corrie Ten Boomhuis, Hofje In den Groenen Tuin, St. Bavo Church, Town Hall Haarlem, Haarlem, Station
Transport & Pass: OV-chipkaart

Budget for this trip is S$2,400:
- S$550 for accommodation
- S$300 for transportation
- S$200 for admission fees and pass
- S$850 for meals
- S$500 for souvenirs & shopping
>>Day 1: 16 Sep 16

          Dino De ‘Drugsdief’?        

Dino Bouterse in de handboeien bij zijn aanhouding op Zanderij in juni 2003

Eind oktober 2003 werd Dino Bouterse vrijgesproken als hoofdverdachte van grootschalige wapendiefstal bij de CIVD. Precies een jaar later zit hij weer vast. Ditmaal wegens vermeende illegale wapenhandel. Wordt het weer vrijspraak? Hij is de zoon van Suriname’s enige ex-dictator. Vader en zoon hebben dezelfde initialen. Beiden ooit zeer bekwaam in verschillende takken van sport. Beiden schreven een internationaal opsporingsbevel op hun naam. De chronologie van een ‘verwaarloosd kind’, dat in de voetsporen van vader tracht te treden, doch ontspoort in diens schaduw. “Hij is door veiligheidsmannen opgebracht, ook als hij een ijsje ging halen.”


Tekst Iwan Brave/Paramaribo Post, oktober 2004 - foto CIVD - lithografie D·Image

Dino Delano Bouterse werd geboren op 27 september 1972 in het Friese Steenwijk, Nederland. Inmiddels heeft hij de Surinaamse nationaliteit. Hij is het tweede kind uit het ontbonden huwelijk van Desi Delano Bouterse en Ingrid Figueira. In november 1975 keerde het militaire gezin terug naar Suriname.
“Pas al je moeder bent, dan begrijp hoeveel pijn zoiets doet. Je wenst het niemands kind toe”, zegt moeder Ingrid over de ontsporing van haar zoon Dino, in de wandelgangen tijdens een politieke discussieforum over ‘Bestrijding criminaliteit en armoede’ in theater Unique. Het is 20 juni 2003. Hoe ironisch (behalve dan het aspect van ‘armoede’): een dag nadat Dino op Zanderij is gearriveerd en gearresteerd. Ongevraagd vertelt moeder dat hij niet is ontspoord vanwege haar scheiding in 1986 met de toenmalige militaire dictator en huidig NPD-leider. “Zijn vader heeft altijd belangstelling getoond voor de kinderen en ik was er altijd voor hen.”

Ingrid is een vrouw die zich wil distantiëren van alles dat met de onderwereld te maken heeft – dat onderstreept ze ook met haar aanwezigheid als toehoorder van de discussieforum – maar ontkomt er maar niet aan als moeder van een vermeende drugscrimineel en wapendief. “Ik kan er moeilijk over praten”, zegt ze met gedrukte emoties. Ze denkt dat Dino “juist door zijn sociale karakter” de verkeerde kant is opgegaan. “Hij wil graag mensen helpen”, zegt ze. Dus ook de verkeerde mensen? “Nee, ménsen”, klinkt het nadrukkelijk.

Toen Dino kind was en buiten speelde, kwam hij altijd even om de zoveel tijd informeren of alles goed met moeder ging. Zus Peggy, daarentegen, was de hele dag in geen wegen en velden te bekennen. “Ik weet nog hoe hij de hele ijskast leeghaalde voor andere kinderen die thuis niets hadden”, rakelt moeder Ingrid vervlogen tijden op.

Wapendepot leeggehaald

Bijna twintig jaar later, op 26 juli 2002, wordt het wapendepot van de Centrale Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst, de CIVD, in Paramaribo leeggehaald. De buit: 20 automatische AK47-geweren en 51 pistolen. Dino wordt aangemerkt als hoofdverdachte en ‘doenpleger’. De diefstal is in elk geval gepleegd met hulp van binnenuit. De ruimte waarin de wapenkasten zich bevinden heeft een betonnen buitenmuur en een binnentraliewerk van 22 millimeter dikte. Uit de muur werd een gat gehakt en voor de opening in het traliewerk een lasbrander gebruikt. Op basis van sporen wijst politieonderzoek uit dat de lasbrander binnen is gebruikt. Zo’n apparaat krijg je niet ongemerkt naar binnen, en al helemaal niet met permanente bewaking. Bovendien staat naast het CIVD-gebouw, aan de Anton Dragtenweg, een woning op hoge neuten, van waaruit je zo op het terrein neerkijkt.

Dino, tegen wie een internationaal opsporingsbevel is uitgevaardigd, wordt donderdag 12 juni op luchthaven Hato in Curaçao aangehouden met een vals Nederlands paspoort, en een week later als ‘illegaal’ op het vliegtuig gezet naar Suriname. Bij aankomst op Zanderij wordt hij gearresteerd.

Boven de wet

Moeder Ingrid zal zich nooit afkeren van haar zoon. Ook nu niet. Een moederhart, heet het, dat niet alleen overstroomt van liefde maar ook van ontkenning over de inmiddels asociale inborst van haar telg. Volgens een topfunctionaris van de CIVD heeft Dino “boven de wet heeft geleefd”. Zelfs boven die van de onderwereld. Daarbinnen staat hij te boek als “habitueel onbetrouwbaar”, weet de functionaris. Dino zondigt zich regelmatig aan ‘rip-deals’. “Hij is niet zozeer een gevestigde drugsdealer maar een drugsdief”, zegt de CIVD-functionaris. “Hij stelt niet zoveel voor, maar ontleend zijn reputatie aan zijn vader. Hij maakt anderen het leven zuur door hun drugs af te pakken.” Niet bepaald een sociale karaktertrek, ook al treft het andere asocialen.

“Steeds meer hoor je vanuit het crimineel milieu over gewelddadige ripdeals van de organisatie van Dino”, vertelt een toppolitiefunctionaris. “Of we krijgen harde informatie over wapentransporten in het binnenland. En bij gesprekken met Colombiaanse en Braziliaanse autoriteiten valt regelmatig zijn naam. Ook bij een kraak van de kluis van de De Surinaamsche Bank viel zijn naam.” Dat Dino maar niet wordt aangehouden komt omdat het allemaal ‘binnen de geruchtensfeer’ blijft. “Niemand nog die de durf en bereidheid heeft gehad iets concreets te verklaren”, aldus de politiefunctionaris.

Verwaarloosd kind

Volgens de CIVD-functionaris, die al langer meeloopt, is Dino “wel degelijk verwaarloosd” als kind. “Hij is door veiligheidsmannen opgebracht, ook als hij een ijsje ging halen. Zijn moeder zag je nooit en zijn vader was alleen met het land bezig.” De emotionele verwaarlozing werd gecompenseerd met materiële verwennerij.
En wat Dino niet goedschiks kreeg, pakte hij gewoon af. “Als hij thuis zijn zin niet kreeg, dan deed hij vervelende dingen om zijn zin door te drijven”, vertelt een vroegere uitgaansmakker van zo’n tien jaar geleden. Dino was een begin twintiger en had toen al had “het handje van de boel op te lichten”. De uitgaansmakker hield het voor gezien toen dat clubje “ook wapens ging dragen”. In die tijd had Dino ook een Braziliaans hoertje ‘gekocht’ die werd ingezet in een van Paramaribo’s populairste bordelen.

Over moeders bewering dat Dino juist vanwege zijn sociale karakter is ontspoord, zegt de CIVD-functionaris: “Dan zou het betekenen dat hij een meeloper is. Maar hij eist juist de centrale rol op, alles draait om hem.” Dat hij voor de buitenwereld het aureool van bescheiden en innemend uitstraalt, komt omdat hij altijd een ander voor zijn karretje spant. Zelden gaat hij zelf erop af.

Niemand kan beweren dat Dino graag in blitse auto’s rondsjeest en achter de mooie vrouwen aanjaagt. “Hij is een beetje verlegen type en bescheiden. Je zal hem nooit zien in een dancing of op straat zien paraderen”, vertelt een van de vijftien ‘wapenbroeders’ van vader Bouterse tijdens de militaire staatsgreep, die nog altijd oude maatjes met hem is.
“Hij drinkt niet, niet eens glaasje wijn, geen sigaretje rookt hij. Ik vind het bijna ongezond”, schertst de medecouppleger over Dino die het liefst ook onopvallend zonder bodyguards op pad gaat. “Ik heb een keer tegen hem gezegd dat het tijd wordt dat hij een securitybedrijf in de arm neemt, maar hij zei toen: waarom, ik doe geen zaken.” Moeten we hieruit concluderen dat hij ook niet in de drugs zit? “Ik denk het, anders had ik het wel geweten.” Vanwaar dan die hardnekkige geruchten? “Tja, vader zit in de politiek en dan moet je als zoon alle klappen vangen en krijg je de volle lading.”

Groot verlof

Dino is net als vader ex-militair en ging rond 1990 met ‘groot verlof’. Hij heeft de kaderopleiding voor sergeant gevolgd, maar nooit gehaald. Toch heeft hij die rang gekregen. Vanwege vaders invloed, die toen nog legerleider was.
“Hij liep veel weg van het werk”, zegt de CIVD-functionaris over zijn verwende karakter. “Ook de adeptatie van vader als een heldfiguur”, geeft als hij mogelijke psychologische verklaring voor Dino’s ontsporing. Vader en zoon hebben dezelfde initialen: D.D.B. Vader en zoon waren allebei sportief en zeer bekwaam in verschillende takken van sport. Dino was ook ingedeeld in het ‘sportpeleton’ van het Nationaal Leger. Beiden zijn ontspoord richting onderwereld, met als grimmige kroon op hun werk een internationaal opsporingsbevel.

Dino doet hard zijn best om in alle opzichten in vaders voetsporen te treden. Maar het blijft het een plek in diens schaduw. Dino was bij lange niet zo’n goede sporter. En zoals gezegd: als hij zijn zin niet krijgt dan drijft hij die toch door, om – zo lijkt het – koste wat het kost in de schijnwerpers te komen. En met de wijze waarop, is vader niet blij.
Bouterse heeft geen vat op zijn zoon. Hij zat met diens aanhouding in juni 2003 al danig in de maag, vanwege zijn aspiraties om president te worden na de volgende verkiezingen in 2005. Eind oktober was zoonlief alweer vrijgesproken om precies een jaar later weer vast te zitten wegens illegale wapenhandel.
Bij de inval werden ook peperdure auto’s in beslag genomen. Vader Desi zit al niet lekker bij de internationale gemeenschap vanwege zijn verleden en veroordeling als grootschalige drugsdealer door Nederland. En dat zoon Dino steeds opgepakt en genoemd wordt als verdachte van grootschalige wapendiefstal en -handel, gooit nog meer roet in het eten, dat zo langzamerhand zelfs de honden niet meer te vreten vinden.

Eerste ripdeal

Suriname is niet alleen een doorvoerhaven van cocaïne, maar ook van wapens, meldt de CIVD-functionaris. Er is een ‘florerende wapenlijn’ tussen het voormalige Europese Oostblok – waar AK47-geweren vandaan komen – en Colombia, met Suriname als doorgeefluik. Wapens worden geruild met de Colombiaanse Farc-rebellen tegen cocaïne. Maar ook hier moet het ‘grootschalige’ worden gerelativeerd. Op wereldschaal was de kraak bij de CIVD slechts kruimeldiefstal.

De eerste ripdeal waarbij Dino’s naam viel als opdrachtgever, was rond 1994. Daarbij werden twee Braziliaanse drugskoeriers in de benen geschoten. Dino werd gearresteerd en zat zo’n vijf maanden vast, maar toen de zaak voor de rechter kwam, luidde de getuigenverklaringen ineens angstig: ‘Het was iemand die op Dino leek.’

De tentakels van zijn beschermers reiken ver en zijn machtig. Dat wel, want hij blijft nog altijd ‘de zoon van’. Zo ook bij de zaak van de CIVD-wapendiefstal. Verdachte Jochem Brunings, die de wapens moest doorverkopen, trok zijn aanvankelijke verklaring in dat Dino zijn ‘opdrachtgever’ was. Opvallend was dat Brunings dat deed nadat hij ‘ongevraagd’ bezoek had gekregen van Irvin Kanhai – bij uitstek nationale advocaat van duivel – die zich meldde als raadsman.
Kanhai is ook huisadvocaat van vader Desi en schijnt weleens vaker ongevraagd op te duiken als interessante drugsverdachten zijn opgepakt. Soms beklagen verdachten zich bij de dienstdoende inspecteur dat zij niets moeten hebben van Kanhai omdat hij ‘dicteert’ wat ze moeten verklaren, en vooral wat niet. Ook Brunings, die wel vier keer erbij bleef dat Dino de opdrachtgever was, wilde aanvankelijk niets van Kanhai weten. Uiteindelijk ging hij overstag. En niemand weet of hij eventueel is bedreigd of betaald.

Post-militaire schaduw

Volgens de CIVD-functionaris hadden justitie en politie geheel ‘geen behoefte’ om Dino te arresteren. Domweg uit angst. “De schaduw van het post-militairisme is dan wel weg, maar daarvoor is in de plaats gekomen de georganiseerde misdaad, waarbij veel exponenten van de NDP zijn aangesloten”, aldus de CIVD-functionaris.
Binnen justitie vrezen mensen nog altijd voor een ‘aanslag op hun leven’ als ze te voortvarend werken om onderwereldfiguren achter slot en grendel te krijgen. De kogels worden niet meer verwacht vanuit de militaire hoek maar vanuit de drugswereld. Meer dan eens ontplofte bij het huis van een agent van de (militaire) politie een handgranaat. De envelop met kogels is eveneens een probaat waarschuwingsteken.
Bovendien is, aldus de CIVD-functionaris, de ‘verwevenheid tussen politie en onderwereld’ nog altijd een feit. “We twijfelen sterk aan het rechtssysteem”, zegt hij. En over de CIVD-wapendiestal: “Bij deze kwestie lag er genoeg om lastige personen eruit te halen, wat ook goed zo zijn voor het imago van de politie. Vanuit de CIVD is aangedrongen op een arrestatiebevel tegen Dino.”

Dat hij ondanks het internationaal opsporingsbevel tussendoor in Paramaribo was en met een “gerust hart op een terrasje kon zitten”, kwam omdat er geen nationaal opsporingsbericht was gelanceerd. Terwijl de kranten regelmatig tronies van kleine, vuurwapengevaarlijke criminelen toont, bleef Dino buiten schot. Daardoor was hij zelfs in Suriname vooral een naam en in veel mindere mate een gezicht. Volgens de CIVD-functionaris werd besloten geen nationaal opsporingsbericht te verspreiden “om te voorkomen dat binnen de samenleving verontwaardiging zou ontstaan dat man gewoon vrij rondloopt zonder dat er wordt ingegrepen”.

Nodige voorzichtigheid

Door op simpele wijze tegen de lamp te lopen in Curaçao, had Dino zelf gezorgd voor een verrassende wending: hij reisde met een vals Nederlands paspoort. Toen zijn aanhouding wereldkundig werd, moest Suriname natuurlijk wel reageren. Dat ging dus kennelijk niet van harte. De hoge politiefunctionaris reageert fel op de aantijgingen van de CIVD-man dat politieagenten samen met Dino voetbalden. “We zijn een paar keer na melding van de CIVD erop uit gegaan met groot machtsvertoon. Daar aangekomen was Dino nergens te bekennen; het enige dat we hadden bereikt waren verontwaardigde sportende collega’s die in grote verlegenheid waren gebracht.”

Hij weerspreekt dat er bij de politie geen bereidheid was, maar laat doorschemeren dat van bovenuit wel om de ‘nodige omzichtigheid’ is verzocht. Niet zozeer uit hoofde van klassenjustitie als wel van ‘politieke rust’. Liever ‘geen wapengekletter’, want dat zou alleen maar voor onrust en onzekerheid in de samenleving zorgen, was de boodschap. “Maar”, zegt de politiefunctionaris, “die voorzichtigheid was na de arrestatie van Dino (in 1993 –red.) enigszins weggevallen. Bovendien moet het effect van deze zaak niet worden onderschat, zowel nationaal als internationaal. Het gaat er nu om dat personen moeten begrijpen dat wet en recht in dit land voor een ieder geldt.”

Waarachtige woorden maar Dino’s raadsman, de eerder genoemde Irvin Kanhai, keek slechts naar de bewijslast. “Straks is deze zaak afgewikkeld en loopt mijn cliënt weer vrij rond”, zei hij stellig. Slechts één getuige had Dino’s naam genoemd. Verder waren was er geen feitenmateriaal dat duidde op een ‘redelijk vermoeden van schuld’. Verdachte Brunings trok naderhand zijn verklaring in. Hij zei dat hij Dino’s had genoemd met hoop er ‘goed vanaf te komen’. En nogmaals: Kanhai was inmiddels ook raadsman van Brunings.

Overigens was de zaak-Dino was ‘helemaal niet zo groot’ volgens Kanhai. Het was niet bepaald een mededeling die het ego van zijn cliënt moet hebben gestreeld, want vaders zaak wel megagroot, tot over de internationale grenzen. “We doen er alleen maar interessant over” zei Kanhai destijds over Dino’s zaak. “Als ik vader Bouterse was, zou ik me geen zorgen maken. Ik geef hem zelfs de garantie dat het niet tot vervolging komt.”

Juridische wassenneus

Kanhai’s bevindingen kwamen overeen met die van de CIVD-functionaris waar het ging om de wil tot vervolging. “Het is een plat dingetje”, zei hij over het CIVD-dossier, dat inderdaad een dikte had waarmee alleen een eerstejaarsstudent indruk zou maken met zijn scriptie. Kanhai durfde zelfs te stellen dat het een ‘juridische wassenneus’ was. Hij kreeg gelijk. Brunings werd door de burgerrechter alleen wegens ‘heling’ veroordeeld tot twaalf maanden gevangenisstraf, waarvan acht voorwaardelijk. De overige vier had hij al in voorarrest afgelost. Brunings was dus a-priori alweer een vrij man.

Derde verdachte luitenant Willem Benjamin van de CIVD bleef – zwerend op God – tegenover de krijgsraad erbij onschuldig te zijn. Echte harde bewijzen tegen hem waren er ook niet, slechts sterke vermoedens. Zijn vingerafdrukken zeiden niets, want hij was immers verantwoordelijk voor de opslag van de CIVD-wapens. Ook hij werd vrijgesproken. Brunings had het niet gedaan, Benjamin niet, Dino evenmin.

Het van binnenuit bij de CIVD’ bleek dus veel breder dan één man. Informant Ronnie Brunswijk werd twee dagen na de wapendiefstal incognito als kat op de melk afgestuurd, met bijna 60.000 Amerikaanse CIVD-dollars op zak, om zich op te werpen als ‘geïnteresseerde wapenkoper’. Kanhai vond het overigens maar ‘verdacht’ dat de CIVD niet de tweede geplande transactie heeft afgewacht maar Brunings al na de eerste arresteerde.
“Bij de tweede transactie zou de verkoper in beeld zijn gekomen, waarom heeft men dat niet afgewacht?” wierp hij de vraag op. De CIVD arresteerde Brunings op een zaterdag en Dino, die door hem werd genoemd, bleek al vrijdag te zijn gevlogen, richting Curaçao. Niet alleen hij was weg. Ook een groot deel van de wapens en 60.000 dollar aan kostbare belastingcenten.

Ordinair berghok

Lesley Rogers, destijds de raadsman van luitenant Benjamin, zei over de situatie bij de CIVD: “Ik wil het helemaal geen wapendepot noemen, maar een ordinair berghok. Er staan ook bezems, toiletspullen, mokers en toevallig ook wapens in een ijzeren kast met twee hangsloten die je bij de Chinees op elke hoek kan kopen. Iedereen loopt er in en uit en pakt wat-ie nodig heeft. De hoofdschuldige is de CIVD zelf want die heeft zelf zo’n dusdanige situatie gecreëerd.”

Luitenant Benjamin beweerde dat zijn werkkamer ook met de ‘toiletsleutel’ geopend kon worden en dat de sleutels van de ‘wapenkasten’ in zijn bureaula lagen. Volgens de politiefunctionaris was de mogelijkheid van de overal passende toiletsleutel best mogelijk. “De overheid koopt voor al haar gebouwen een bulkpartij sloten en die sleutels passen overal op. Toen ik ontdekte dat ik met een sleutel vier werkkamers kon openen, heb ik direct op mijn deur een elektrisch slot laten plaatsen.”

Bouterse is boos

Over de dunne bewijsbewijslast in 2003 zei Kanhai destijds: “Als ik vader Bouterse was, zou ik me geen zorgen maken. Ik geef hem zelfs de garantie dat het niet tot vervolging komt. Dino is vrij relaxed en voelt zich onschuldig.” Kanhai kreeg in alles gelijk. De auditeur-militair vroeg al een maand voor het vonnis van 28 oktober om vrijspraak wegens gebrek aan ‘overtuigend en wettig bewijs’.

Zal de recente geschiedenis zich nu weer herhalen? Het antwoord van Kanhai ditmaal: “Ik kan er nu nog geen zinnige uitspraken over doen.” Maar of barbertje nu hangt of niet, iemand die dicht bij de NDP staat, weet te melden: “Bouterse is bóós op zijn zoon.” Los van dat het tijd werd: rijkelijk te laat. Hopelijk ook ten gunste van het imago van Suriname. Overigens is de kans dat Bouterse onze volgende president wordt, net groot als de kans dat een koe een haas vangt. Maar nog altijd geldt: men weet niet hoe die hem vangt.

Naschrift: Dino Bouterse werd veroordeeld tot acht jaar gevangenisstraf en vader Desi werd geen president van Suriname. De 'toppolitiefunctionaris' sprak wel met naam en toenaam in Nieuwe Revu, maar verzocht zijn naam niet te noemen in deze lokale versie, om de rechtszaak niet negatief te beïnvloeden. Het was commissaris en hoofd Justitële Dienst Chandrikapersad Santokhi, de huidige minister van Justitie en Politie. De top CIVD-functionaris wilde ook in Nieuwe Revu anoniem blijven, maar in het dorp Paramaribo zeiden velen in kéér raak tegen mij wie het was.
"Je hebt je laten misbruiken door hem", was ook een kritiek van iemand uit veiligheidskringen. Het is maar de vraag. Ik moet wel zeggen de deuren van de anders altijd hermetisch gesloten CIVD ineens als in Alice in Wonderland wagenwijd voor mij open gingen destijds. Maar al met al heb ik nog veel meer off the record gehoord over de verweving tussen boven- en onderwereld. Hoewel sombermakend was ik dankbaar deze realiteit te horen. Je wil het niet weten. Je kan alleen denken aan de woorden van VVD-coryfee Frits Bolkenstein, die zonder ooit in Suriname te zijn geweest, zei: "Suriname is een roversnest."
Iwan Brave, Amsterdam maart 2007

          â€˜Gewoon Geeta gebleven’        

Velen dachten dat Geeta Mangal-Mansaram (30) in 2000 slechts voor het verjongde aangezicht aanschoof in De Nationale Assemblee. Tweemaal ‘timmerde' ze op ministers en leek ze in botsing te komen met de partijdiscipline. Toch staat ze nu op een tweede, verkiesbare plaats op kandidatenlijst van Wanica. "Dat wil dus zeggen dat de partij voor kwaliteit gaat. Ik was een testcase voor het Nieuw Front."

Tekst Iwan Brave/de Ware Tijd, 23 april 2005 - foto DNA


Het huis van Sharmila Geeta Ratna Mangal-Mansaram en haar man is eenvoudig en nauwelijks ingericht. Ze zijn net enkele weken geleden verhuisd, van de ene uithoek in Wanica naar de andere. Het is een huurhuis. In de woonkamer staat, op de nodige apparatuur na, eigenlijk alleen een bankstel. Wat ook opvalt is het altaar, tegen een muur, met overwegend rode kleuren en religieuze relikwieën.
Mangal zit ontspannen in kleermakerszit op de bank. Ze is lid van ‘The International Society for Krishna Consciousness', ook wel bekend als Hare Krishna. "Het is een levensfilosofie met vier basisprincipes", vertelt ze over haar geloof. "Eén: geen intoxicerende dranken, waaronder thee en koffie; twee: niet gokken; drie: geen ongeoorloofde seks en vier: vegetarisch eten. Mijn man Roy was er eerst bij. Ik volgde later. Ik had er veel kritiek op in het begin. ‘Wie eet er nu geen vlees?' zei ik. Maar wanneer de filosofie uiteen wordt gezet, dan spreekt het aan. Vlees is alleen maar streling van de tong; maar voor je spirituele beleving is het niet goed." Lachend zegt ze: "Ik heb nu vijf kookboeken met duizenden recepten; het is heel goed gelopen allemaal."
Op het altaar ligt het heilige geschrift de Bhagvad Gita. Elke morgen gaat ze in gebed. Dagelijks zestien ‘rondjes' chanten, met de mala in de hand, die 108 kraaltjes heeft. Per ronde chant ze de mantra: ‘Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare; Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.' En dat zestien maal 108 kralen. Ze deelt het op in tweemaal een uur per dag. "Als je wordt geïnitieerd dan moet je je strikter aan de regels houden, dan wordt je espiring disciple ", vertelt ze. Maar zover is Mangal-Mansaram nog niet. Vooral vanwege haar politieke drukte.
Toch is ze er voorstander van dat het beroep van parlementariër een fulltime betrekking wordt. "Nu zijn we parlementariër plus iets. Ik ben beleidsmedewerker bij het Ministerie van Openbare Werken, het gaat daardoor minder goed. Je doet je best. Maar een goede wet vergt veel research. Je wil goed handhaafbare en goed uitvoerbare wetten maken. Bij een dubbele functie gaat eentje inboeten of gaan beide minder goed."
De ‘schadeloosstelling' die ze krijgt als parlementariër, plus de representatie- en autotoelage, komt op zo'n vijfduizend Surinaamse dollar.
Op de vraag of dat niet al voldoende is om alvast fulltime aan de slag te gaan, zegt ze: "In de ogen van het volk is het een immens bedrag. Maar als vertegenwoordiger van de district ben je een manusje-van-alles. Iedereen komt naar je toe: de tempels, de sociale en culturele verengingen en organisaties en dan ook nog de sociale gevallen. Je bent constant bezig met geven. Ook vanuit mijn religieuze achtergrond: wat je ook geeft; je stuurt nooit iemand met lege handen weg. Ook je familie; bij huwelijken kan je niet komen met donaties van een tientje. Al mijn geld zit zowat in donaties. Anders had ik mijn eigen huis al gebouwd. Mensen dachten ook dat ik als parlementariër zou veranderen. Maar ze zien: ‘Geeta is Geeta gebleven'. Het verbaast ze. In onze tempel wordt het ook gepropageerd: je moet nederig blijven." Met trots zegt ze: "Ik heb geen enkele privilege van de overheid genomen: geen auto, geen benzine, geen perceel, geen huis, geen niks; alles is van mezelf."

Nieuwbakken politica
Hoewel ze in 2000 gelanceerd is als een nieuwbakken politica, zit ze al 13 jaar in de politiek. Daarvoor was ze kaderlid van de VHP. "Toen al was ik actief op het podium. Ik was goed in mijn Nederlands en Hindi; dat sloeg aan. In 1996 was ik RR-kandidaat, maar ik deed hiervan principieel afstand vanwege een andere regering die aantrad." Dat jaar liepen vijf VHP'ers, onder wie Marijke Djwalapersad, over als splinterpartij BVD, waardoor een door de NDP geregisseerde regering kon aantreden. "Dat Marijke overliep, heeft voor mij een deur opengemaakt. In 1999 studeerde ik af en had vanaf 1997 stage gelopen bij Jagernath Lachmon. In die tijd deed ik een politiek programma bij Sangeet Mala, gericht tegen de regering-Wijdenbosch. Er waren toen heel wat corruptiezaken aan de gang."
`Haar kandidaatstelling in 2000 kwam als een ‘verrassing'. Het werd haar pas medegedeeld op de partijraadsvergadering die over de kandidaatstellingen ging. "Ik was best geschrokken. Je bent 24; wat heb je te zoeken in het parlement. In die periode was ik onder leiding van Radjkoemar Randjietsingh, via hem ben ik erin gekomen." Over haar ervaringen als parlementariër zegt ze: "Je moet je aanpassen aan de omstandigheden. Het zijn lange vergaderingen. In het begin had ik veel moeite daarmee. Er was niet echt regelmaat. Soms waren we twee tot drie uur in de ochtend er nog niet uit. Met de huidige voorzitter is het besluit genomen te vergaderen tot uiterlijk zes uur 's avonds, bij begrotingsbehandeling tot acht uur en in zeer uitzonderlijke gevallen tot tien uur. Met de nieuwe leiding is er heel wat ordening gekomen. Ik kan me daarin terug vinden."
Ook kan ze zich terugvinden in de partijdiscipline. "Als je lid wordt van een partij dan ga je mee met alle geschreven regels en de partijbeginselen. Binnen dat kader dien je te functioneren. Het opereren binnen dat kader kan in strijd zijn met je persoonlijke visie." Mangal-Mansaram is ervan overtuigd dat Suriname ‘geen personendemocratie' is maar een ‘partijendemocratie'. Het staat ook zo in het decreet op de politieke organisatie; iemand kan alleen gekozen worden voor de DNA als lid van een politieke organisatie.
Daarom stond ze ook achter de Terugroepwet die ze mede heeft ontworpen. "Ik zal nooit meewerken aan een wet die mij monddood maakt. Aanvankelijk stonden ook in het ontwerp formuleringen als ‘in strijd met je verkiezingsbelofte' en ‘in strijd met partijbeginselen'. Maar dat was te ruim. Ik heb toen voorgesteld het te beperken tot twee gronden: royement – bijvoorbeeld wegens onzedelijk gedrag – en overlopen. We zinspeelden al geruime tijd op zo'n wet. Het was Fred Derby die had gezegd: ‘We moeten het overlopen van parlementariërs tijdens de rit aan banden leggen'."


Luis in de pels

Tweemaal leek haar persoonlijke visie openlijk in botsing te komen met de partijdiscipline. Tijdens de begrotingsbehandeling van 2004 zei ze ‘ongezouten dat een aantal ministers die weer met ‘hetzelfde verhaal' kwamen maar beter niet terugkeert voor een tweede termijn. En twee en een half jaar was ZE een luis in de pels minister Gilds van Justitie en Politie. Ten aanzien van het criminaliteitsvraagstuk eiste ze meer pit en daadkracht van Gilds. "We zijn coalitie; je draagt een stukje regeringsverantwoordelijkheid," verheldert ze nogmaals. "Daarom moet je een tweesporenbeleid trekken, een middenweg. Maar als zaken niet worden gedaan, wil je er harder tegenaan, want het belang van de samenleving staat voorop. Dan moet je misschien een beetje timmeren op de minister, en dat wordt je niet altijd in dank afgenomen."
Mangal-Mansaram werd – althans zo leek het – beide malen teruggefloten door haar partijvoorzitter Ram Sardjoe, tevens voorzitter van de DNA. Maar ze wuift deze visie van de hand. "Al zou de voorzitter mij op het matje hebben geroepen, ik heb het nooit zo gezien. Hij wilde zijn politieke ervaring met mij delen. Iemand die al 43 jaar in de politiek zit, heeft het toch wel in zijn vingertoppen", klinkt het nu ineens als een voorbeeldige leerling. "Mijn conclusie is dat je veel kan leren. Je hoeft er niet altijd mee eens te zijn. Mijn voorzitter wilde me duidelijk maken hoe het politieke spel te spelen. Ik heb opengestaan voor die kritiek. Dit politieke spel en het algemeen belang hoeven niet met elkaar in strijd te zijn. Je kan de minister voor hond uitmaken of je kan hem aaien. Als je het een beetje inkleed dan krijg je wel zaken gedaan. Wat is dan belangrijker: je ego strelen of dat het algemeen belang wordt uitgevoerd? Als de persoon Mangal moet buigen daarvoor, dan doe ik dat."
Al 43 jaar in de politiek, is er dan eerder sprake van politieke verstarring? "Ik heb niets bij Sardjoe gezien dat hij verstard is. Hij gaat voor argumenten: je moet kunnen onderbouwen. Het lukt mij meestal wel hem te overtuigen. Dat is nog altijd beter dan wanneer er wordt gezegd: ‘Omdat ik dat zeg'. Sardjoe gaat voor een gericht jongeren- en vrouwenbeleid. Op elke vergadering roept hij vrouwen op te participeren. Dat zou in zijn tijd een rariteit zijn. Hij heeft ook een doelgroep gemaakt van de ‘first voters', dat zijn jongeren die voor het eerst kiesgerechtigd zijn. Vanuit de partij worden zij benaderd met propagandamateriaal. We hopen dat velen respons zullen geven."

Politieke uitbraak
Hoe dan ook, het ogenschijnlijk teruggefloten worden zou normaal een schending van het politieke aangezicht zijn. Het ‘beetje timmeren' op ministers leverde meteen haar politieke doorbraak of beter gezegd uitbraak op. Ze werd een jonge heldin, omdat ze openlijk in het verweer durfde te komen tegen een rigide partijdiscipline. De West noemde haar de ‘Jeanne d'Arc'. "Het ging wel gepaard met spanning binnen de partij, omdat ik niet vooraf afstemming pleegde. Ik ging op solotoer. Maar er is wat gedaan aan de criminaliteit; soms helpt een koevoet."
Toch vindt Mangal-Mansaram het onterecht dat de indruk bestaat dat het drie jaar heeft geduurd voordat ze als jongere haar mond durfde te roeren in het parlement. "Dat is een foute indruk die mensen hebben. We werden in juli 2000 beëdigd. Inderdaad neem je de eerste maanden een afwachtende houding. In november-december, tijdens de begrotingsbehandeling, hield ik mijn maidenspeech. Ik werd toen nog geïnterrumpeerd door Jenny Simons, wat overigens heel spannend was, want zij is toch een van de ervaren mensen. Maar positieve dingen vallen de mensen niet op; alleen controverse en ruzie."
Hoewel het interne democratische gehalte van politieke partijen ‘naar een hoger niveau' moet, durft Mangal-Mansaram te stellen dat die van de VHP ‘vrij hoog' is. "Iedereen was ervan overtuigd dat ik nooit meer kandidaat zou worden gesteld, omdat ik zogenaamd ruzie met de VHP zou hebben. ‘Zij komt nooit meer op de lijst', werd er gezegd. Er waren weddenschappen afgesloten voor soms wel duizend Surinaamse dollars; mensen kwamen naar me toe om te vertellen dat ze hun geld hadden verloren", vertelt ze grinnikend. Ze is als tweede geplaatst op de kandidatenlijst voor Wanica, achter vice-president Jules Ajodhia. "Dat wil dus zeggen dat de partij voor kwaliteit gaat. Ik was een testcase voor het Nieuw Front. Mensen waren bezorgd dat Venetiaan en Gilds niet zouden tekenen. Het democratisch gehalte van het Nieuw Front is toch wel hoog en dat geeft heel wat hoop voor de toekomst."

Nationale Ombudsman
Hoewel ze stelt dat niemand onmisbaar is, ambieerde ze toch wel een tweede termijn. Ze had namelijk voor een aantal zaken gepleit zoals het ‘Instituut Nationale Ombudsman', waarover overigens haar afstudeerscriptie ging. Mangal-Mansaram is bezig met de voorbereiding van een wetsontwerp hiervoor, wat ook wordt opgenomen in het verkiezingsprogramma.
"De Nationale Ombudsman is een belangrijk instituut om de relatie tussen overheid en burger te verbeteren", zegt ze. "Burger kunnen nergens terecht met hun klachten. Voor als je onheus wordt bejegend of dat je vergunningaanvraag of bouwtekening al een jaar ligt te wachten voor behandeling. Bepaalde beroepsmogelijkheden werken nu eenmaal niet in de praktijk of mensen kennen die niet. En de weg naar de rechter is meestal een lijdensweg. Zo'n instituut vereist wel een hoog democratisch gehalte; je moet als overheid zo'n waakhond gedogen. De wetsartikelen zijn af, alleen de memorie van toelichting levert nog enkele problemen op."
Sowieso kon het allemaal veel beter wat de afgelopen vijf jaar is neergezet. "Ik onderwerp mezelf altijd aan kritiek. We zullen de komende periode zeker harder moeten werken aan bepaalde stukken. Ik ga mijn eigen aanpak verbeteren: meer ordening en meer mensen betrekken bij het werk, ook jongeren, voor meer diepgang. In het begin dachten mensen dat ik alleen aanzat voor het gezicht van verjonging; om vijf jaren een jaknikker te zijn. Die mensen hebben lelijk op hun neus gekeken."
En is minister Gilds een van die mensen? "Gilds is een heel aardig mens, heel aangenaam. Maar op het punt van beleid ging het best wel niet goed. Hij wilde bepaalde mensen in bescherming nemen. Mijn standpunt is: haal ze weg, want we hebben geen tijd te verliezen. Mensen dachten dat ik iets tegen Gilds had. Dat was ook het dilemma: hij is een innemend mens, jammer was uitgerekend hij de minister van Justitie. Maar wanneer het algemeen belang in het geding zal zijn, zal je mij toch even hard kritiek horen leveren, of het mijn eigen regering is of niet. Het inkleden zal dan niet altijd even goed lukken."


          Een Goede Basis - Ruth Wijdenbosch        

Paramaribo - Weer is er een ‘goede basis' gelegd. Het Nieuw Front wil nog eens vijf jaar, waardoor de bevolking ‘eindelijk profijt' zal hebben van de stabiliteit, zegt Ruth Wijdenbosch, zevende op kandidatenlijst van de NPS in Paramaribo. Het wordt haar ‘laatste termijn' als politica. "Als het ons weer wordt ontnomen, heb ik sowieso niet meer de puf om met het Nieuw Front in 2010 puin te ruimen."

Tekst Iwan Brave/dWT foto Werner Simons, de Ware Tijd 21 april 2005

Ze is net weer op krachten gekomen, na een week van ziek zijn. De griep. Daardoor heeft ze een aantal belangrijke verkiezingsvergaderingen van haar partij gemist. Maar er zijn gelukkig nog meer belangrijke vergaderingen op schema. "Ik denk dat we er echt lekker inkomen", zegt ze over de verkiezingskoorts binnen de partij. "Wat ik om me heen hoor is dat de spirit erin zit. Je hoort wel NPS'er klagen dat ze worden verwaarloosd als we in de regering zitten, maar als eenmaal de campagne er is, gaan ze volop voor de partij. Ik zat wel in de spanning, want er is nog veel werk te verrichten aan infrastructuur, woningbouw en perceelaanvragen. Dat zijn de zaken die ik het meest tegenkom."
Om de woensdag houdt Ruth Jeanette Wijdenbosch als parlementariër een spreekuur waarbij ‘iedereen' welkom. "Waarschijnlijk vinden de mensen dat de NPS te algemeen werkt, te veel naar nationale ontwikkelingen gaat. Maar mensen vergeten dat ze juist daarom voor de partij hebben gekozen", zegt ze.
Is de NPS binnen het Nieuw Front de partij die meestal de kastanjes uit het vuur haalt?
"Ik vind van wel. Hoewel vaker wordt gezegd dat we een creoolse partij zijn, gaat de NPS voor de belangen van alle bevolkingsgroepen. Het is niet zo dat we bijvoorbeeld voor die van Para en Coronie gaan en niet voor die van Wanica. De NPS probeert breed ontwikkeling te brengen. De indruk bestaat dat andere partijen zich meer bezig houden met de eigen groep, met mensen die op hun lijken, zoals dat wordt gezegd. Maar over het algemeen worden binnen het Nieuw Front de belangen van alle groepen behartigd. En elke groep – ook maatschappelijke of sociale – heeft zijn specifieke belangen die naar voren worden gebracht. Daarom is het belangrijk dat er binnen deze groep een katalysator is die kan zeggen: ‘Ho, iedereen is gelijk'. En zo'n goede katalysator is president Venetiaan. Men zegt weleens dat er onder hem geen daadkracht is, maar binnen het Nieuw Front worden beslissingen genomen op basis van consensus; vooral de twee grote partijen erin, maken dat je wat langer praat. Vandaar dat Venetiaan als NPS- voorzitter heeft gezegd dat het moeilijk wordt te regeren met nog een andere combinatie. Dat is niet zozeer principieel tegen bepaalde partijen gericht. Maar samenwerken met Desi Bouterse is voor mezelf niet mogelijk. Ik zal niet zeggen met heel de NDP, maar er zijn meerdere personen in die partij waarmee samenwerken principieel niet mogelijk is."

Waarschuwend geluid
En Jules Wijdenbosch van de VVV? "Ik heb niets tegen de persoon Wijdenbosch, wel tegen zijn werkwijze. Hij is iemand die wettelijke regels met de voeten treedt. Hij vindt dat hij cheques mag tekenen en de staat daarmee mag binden. Het geldt ook voor Henk Goedschalk en Errol Alibux. Goedschalk heeft voor zoveel ellende gezorgd. Hij heeft nooit een waarschuwend geluid vanuit de Centrale Bank laten uitgaan, zoals André Telting dat meerdere malen heeft gedaan. Hij en de minister Humphrey Hildenberg van Financiën zijn gekomen met regels van zelfstrafbaarstelling; dat zijn mensen waarmee ik kan werken, mensen die ‘nee' kunnen zeggen tegen een president. Maar Goedschalk gaf juist aanwijzingen hoe regels te omzeilen en zichzelf daarbij te bevoordelen. Persoonlijk ben ik iemand die qua regels strikt is."
Terugkomend op het onderwerp van ‘gebrek aan daadkracht' zegt Wijdenbosch dat economische ‘ordening' veel tijd in beslag heeft genomen. Er is een commissie Staatsschulden ingesteld en zelfs een ‘bureau voor de staatsschulden'. Deze ordening is zowel nationaal als internationaal van groot belang voor Suriname. "Men onderschat vertrouwen hebben in instituten als de regering en de Centrale Bank", zegt Wijdenbosch. "Komende uit de bankwereld weet ik dat dat van eminent belang is. Vroeger als men de naam ‘Suriname' hoorde, kon je makkelijk kredieten sluiten. Anno 2005 is dat vertrouwen weer op de drempel van herstel. De komende vijf jaar staan we binnen en kunnen we weer aan tafel schuiven."
Kijkende naar sociale toestanden in wijken; worden mensen dan niet vergeten? "Het lijkt alsof we uitsluitend kijken naar stabiliteit. Je hoort ook die kritiek: ‘kijk over die muur van stabiliteit'. Maar zonder kan je niet eten, niet doen aan armoedebestrijding, goede huisvesting, onderwijs en gezondheidszorg. Als die stabiliteit als basis er niet is, dan is het dweilen met de kraan open. Die stond wagenwijd open toen we in 2000 aantraden. Er waren zoveel schulden die eerst op een rij moesten worden gezet. Men onderschat dat, vandaar dat we veel werk in de campagne moeten steken. Die armoede zit diep. Elke keer laat het Nieuw Front deflatie achter, maar als er een andere regering komt, zitten we weer op het nulpunt."

Grote ontwikkelingen
Maar Wijdenbosch wil toch graag erop wijzen dat er wel degelijk ook aan andere zaken wordt gewerkt. Ze wijst erop dat in 2000 de AOV 35 Surinaamse dollar bedroeg en dat die systematisch verhoogd is naar 175 Surinaamse dollar. De overheid heeft weliswaar slechts zo'n 800 sociale woningen opgezet, maar daarnaast zijn door particulieren duizenden woningen gebouwd tegen 7 procent leenrente. Toegegeven, het kan allemaal beter.
"Er leven nog te veel mensen in armoede", geeft Wijdenbosch ruiterlijk toe. "Maar dat komt niet door het Nieuw Front, men kijkt wel naar ons. Maar ook ik kijk naar het Nieuw Front. Er moet een minimaal sociaal pakket komen waarop iedereen recht heeft. We staan aan de vooravond hiervan. Als het Nieuw Front nog eens vijf jaar krijgt, dan liggen er grote ontwikkelingen op stapel, waardoor de bevolking eindelijk profijt zal hebben van stabiliteit."
Zo ligt er een sectorplan Huisvestingsbeleid gereed met een budget van 18 miljoen euro, deels gefinancierd uit de eigen begroting, deels uit de verdragsmiddelen. Ze wijst ook op sectorplannen voor volksgezondheid en onderwijsvernieuwing. "De afgelopen periode was de meest actieve waardoor een goede basis is gelegd voor de komende tien jaren in de sociale sector", zegt Wijdenbosch.
Huisvesting is iets wat zij ‘op de voet' volgt. "Ik volg alle volkswoningbouwprojecten. We zijn bezig bestaande woningen op huurkoopbasis over te dragen. Voorlopig hebben we alle verhogingen van de huurprijs van volkswoningen aangehouden. Er ligt ook een andere projectfinanciering van China op stapel." Wijdenbosch is van mening dat Sociale Zaken ‘uit de sfeer van bedelen' moet worden gehaald. Van eminent belang daarbij is een samenwerking tussen Sociale Zaken en het Ministerie van Arbeid. "Ook de mensen zelf moeten uit die sfeer, vooral vrouwen", licht Wijdenbosch toe. "Ik kijk uit naar een totale transformatie, waarbij we naar gezinsbegeleiding moeten. De projecten moeten er op gericht zijn mensen economisch zelfstandig en weerbaar te maken. Men moet er trots op zijn dat je uit die armoedecyclus wordt gehaald. Men moet niet langer naar Sociale Zaken gaan voor alleen die sociale kaart of kinderbijslag, maar voor perspectief voor jou en je kinderen. En dat kan allemaal niet zonder die stabiliteit."

Opbeurend telefoontje
Er wordt meerdere malen gebeld. Een treurig telefoontje betreft het ernstige verkeersongeluk dat Luciën ‘Piertje' Piereau – de ‘officieuze bodyguard' van president Venetiaan – de nacht eerder is overkomen, na een partijvergadering in Para. Een ander telefoontje is opbeurend. "Iemand belt en zegt dat ze nu al een uitnodiging wil voor de inauguratie van onze president", lacht Wijdenbosch. De spirit lijkt inderdaad aanwezig. Ze wijst op de basis die eerder tussen 1991 en 1996 was gelegd, waarna de regeermacht werd weggekaapt. "Als het ons weer wordt ontnomen, heb ik in elk geval niet de puf om weer met Nieuw Front in 2010 puin te ruimen", zegt Wijdenbosch zorgelijk. "Gelukkig hoor ik jongeren ook zeggen: ‘Toch Nieuw Front, want andere regeringen breken alles af'. Jongeren vormen geen homogene groep. Je hebt een deel dat heel verstandig denkt, maar ook een deel dat heel rijk wil worden zonder werken. En als iemand dan dansend en huppelend op het podium komt, die onverklaarbaar rijk is geworden, dan is hij jouw idool."
Op de opmerking dat er ook weldenkende jongeren binnen de NDP zijn, zegt Wijdenbosch: "Maar als je ze confronteert met de Decembermoorden, de slachting van Moiwana, de moord op Gooding, Horb en Hawker en met al die militairen die zijn verdwenen of zogenaamd een zonnesteek hebben opgelopen, dan weten zij als intellectuele jongeren daarop geen antwoord. Of ze doen er stoer over. Maar een fundamentele discussie vermijden ze. Omdat ze weten dat als ze erbij stilstaan, ze het ook moeten veroordelen. Maar Bouterse is de jongste van de groep van grote partijleiders. Hij is ook een volksjongen. Daarnaast voelen bepaalde jonge mensen zich aangetrokken tot iemand die wakamantaal spreekt."
Wijdenbosch heeft 33 jaren in het bankwezen gewerkt, waarin afwisselende werk heeft gedaan. Afwisseling, daar houdt ze van. Daarom zijn vijf perioden in het parlement wel welletjes. Al vanaf 1987 is ze in de politiek. "Ik ben zo langzamerhand een veteraan", zegt ze met lichte zelfspot. Ook al komt het Nieuw Front weer in de coalitie, dan nog wil ze het daarna voor gezien houden. "Omdat jongeren moeten overnemen", motiveert zij. "We moeten meer vertrouwen in jongeren stellen en meer in ze investeren. Leiders denken vaak dat als ze opstappen, de zaak in elkaar zal donderen. Maar dat is niet waar. Onze democratie moet verfijnder worden. Ik ben voorstander van beperking van zittingsperioden voor bestuurlijke functies; alleen dan krijg je snellere doorstroming. Binnen politieke partijen worden bepaalde jongere personen als leider wel gedragen door de tweede en derde lijn, maar toch worden zij niet naar voren geschoven. Dat getuigt niet van politieke moed. De leiders in Suriname gaan lang door in leeftijd, waardoor er een generatiekloof kan ontstaan met jongeren. Tegen de tijd dat de volgende overneemt, dan is die ook al 70 jaar oud, maar wil ook enkele jaren leiden. Daarom zeg ik voor mezelf: ‘Mijn laatste periode'."

Volgende uitdaging
De reden waarom Wijdenbosch in 1987, na zeven jaren militaire dictatuur, in de politieke arena stapte, was herstel van democratie en rechtsstaat. "Hiervoor is inmiddels een goede basis gelegd", zegt zij. "Maar onderzoek naar schending van mensenrechten is nog steeds in de beginfase. Ik ben ervan overtuigd dat het ook hiervan iets terecht zal komen; Suriname zal geen uitzondering worden. Bij veel voormalige militaire dictaturen zie je dat het oplossen van mensenschendingen trager van de grond is gekomen."
Als vice-voorzitter heeft ze de tweede hoogste functie bekleed in het parlement, het controlerend orgaan van staatsmacht. "Ik prijs me gelukkig als enige vrouw een vijfde periode te kunnen doen; waarvan ik tweemaal vice-voorzitter ben geweest, dat kan niemand anders vertellen. Ik heb menigmaal als waarnemend voorzitter opgetreden en heb nooit iemand horen klagen: ‘Ram Sardjoe is weg en het werk ligt stil'. Dan is nog mijn enige volgende uitdaging het voorzitterschap van DNA."
Over het niveau van het parlement zegt ze: "Ik kijk uit naar meer professionals. Mensen moeten zich in specifiekere onderdelen verdiepen. We houden ons te weinig bezig met het algemeen beleid en bewegen te veel op het niveau van RR- en DR-raad. Ik ben ook voor meer efficiëntie binnen het parlement, met een strakkere spreektijd. Ik heb november vorig jaar in het Italiaanse parlement een Vrouwenwereldconferentie mogen voorzitten – wat ik als een hoogtepunt heb ervaren. Het ging over rechten van kinderen en jonge mensen. Na drie minuten schakelde de griffier je microfoon uit en ging die van de voorzitter weer aan."
Maar om efficiënt te kunnen werken, zijn een nieuw DNA-gebouw en een fulltime functie ‘hoogste prioriteit'. "Dat nieuwe gebouw moet er zeker komen in de komende vijf jaar", zegt Wijdenbosch. "Ik geloof ook erin dat het moet lukken aan de hand van onze prestaties, onze gedrevenheid en goede argumentatie de mensen ervan te kunnen overtuigen dat kiezen voor de toekomst een keuze voor het Nieuw Front is. Ik geloof erin dat het geld dat verdiend is en zal worden verdiend, geïnvesteerd zal worden in de mensen. Voor een groot deel is de moeilijke periode achter de rug. Als het de komende termijn er niet van komt, dan zal ik samen met hen teleurgesteld zijn."


          Een Premature Coup        

Hij lacht alweer, zegt CLO-voorzitter Ronald Hooghart na het afvoeren van zijn persoon van de DNA-kandidatenlijst door het NPS-congres, afgelopen zondag. Maar binnen schrijnt het nog danig na. De Farizeeërs hebben kort na het lijdensweek weer toegeslagen. Is Venetiaan onderdeel van het ‘vooropgezet plan? "Hij moet in staat zijn het ontstane probleem terug te brengen tot aanvaardbare proporties."

Tekst Iwan Brave/de Ware Tijd, 5 april 2005 - foto: Dagblad Suriname

Eén ding is zeker: de Surinaamse politiek heeft nieuw fenomeen erbij; ‘het bandje van Strijk'. Velen binnen de NPS – die ‘op hun tenen lopen en met hun tong extra naar buiten' – zouden met angst en beven de kandidaatstelling van Hooghart tegemoet hebben gezien.
Was het bij de verkiezingen van 2000 nog gelukt hem uit de politieke arena te weren, deze verkiezingen leek er geen ontkomen meer aan. Hooghart zat comfortabel en riant gepositioneerd op de vijfde plaats op de lijst van Paramaribo. Niets kon meer misgaan. De haviken binnen de NPS - ‘die de partij denken te bezitten' – konden zich voorbereiden op het ergste. Geen enkele stok leek meer bruikbaar om de hond te slaan. Totdat Henry Strijk, in de hoedanigheid van STVS-verslaggever zaterdagmiddag binnen kwam stappen voor een interview. "Het bandje is gebruikt als product van een scenario", weet Hooghart zeker.
Het moge duidelijk zijn dat zo'n kleine 24 uur na wat zich het beste laat vergelijken met een premature coup, Hooghart nog heen en weer wordt geslingerd in zijn gevoelens. "We lachen alweer; de emoties zijn van het moment", zegt hij in zijn werkkamer op het CLO-hoofdkwartier aan de Verlengde Gemenelandsweg. Maar daarna geeft hij meteen toe: "Wat gebeurd is, is zeer pijnlijk." Hij is in gezelschap van medebestuursleden, zoals penningmeester Michael Miskin en zijn zoon Andy, die ook zitting heeft in de NPS-Jongerenraad. Vader Hooghart kan zich innerlijk er nog steeds bij neerleggen. "Ik ben van oordeel tegen de achtergrond van de grote mate waarin ik de voorzitter adoreer, hij mij zou moeten vragen wat er aan de hand is. Het zou aanleiding moeten zijn om mij voor een gesprek uit te nodigen over mijn ‘vermeende verkeerde' instelling. Zolang dit niet gebeurt, is hier sprake van een emotioneel besluit."

Vooropgezet plan
Bij Hooghart wil het vooralsnog niet in dat president Venetiaan als voorzitter van de NPS geen onderdeel uitmaakt van het scenario, of op zijn minst willens en wetens passief toekijkt naar deze openlijke vorm van broedermoord. "Ik wil eerst wat meer informatie", zegt hij. "Zaterdag is het bandje gebruikt om mij de das om te doen. In een ernstige situatie sla ik normaal links en rechts om me heen. Maar ik wil dat zaken op een rationele beslissing baseren. De beslissing is genomen van het ene op het andere moment. Om elf uur had ik nog gehoord van Erwin Lelie, voorzitter van de afdeling Paramaribo, dat ik nog kandidaat was. Volgens insiders heeft de voorzitter van het congres, Walter Pengel, de beslissing op de valreep genomen. Ik ben van oordeel dat de uiterste top van de partij geloosd is in een vooropgezet plan. Desalniettemin ben ik van mening dat de voorzitter de kandidaat Hooghart had moeten laten komen om uitleg te geven."

Uit zijn laatste woorden dreunt misschien toch het lichtelijk besef dat Venetiaan hem toch nog – al dan niet noodgedwongen – opoffert. Maar daar kan hij gewoon met zijn verstand niet bij. "De revolutie heeft zijn intrede gedaan in de jaren '80. ik ben blijven strijden voor de terugweg naar de democratie. Daarbij heb ik de NPS door dik en dun gesteund. Onbaatzuchtig. Ik ben nooit ervoor gefacilieerd. Velen lopen op hun tenen en steken hun tongen extra naar buiten. Dus wanneer de mensen voor de tweede achtereenvolgende maal vragen mij op de kandidatenlijst te plaatsen, dan vind ik dat mij men niet kan afwijzen."
Is het politieke spel toch harder en – en mogelijk smeriger – dan zelfs een bikkelharde straatvechter als Hooghart kon vermoeden? Of was het dan toch een stukje overmoed in een onbewaakt moment, waarbij het doel in zicht was, maar dat de vijand toch in het allerlaatste bosje een val had liggen. Hooghart ziet in elk geval Hesdy Pigot, secretaris op het kabinet van de president, als de kwade genius. In samenspanning met Henry Strijk, als laatste ‘valstrik'. Over Strijk zegt hij: "Hij heeft mij ervan verzekerd alleen te willen praten over het rapport Tjon a Hung. Toen heb ik hem off the record verteld over de capriolen van Pigot naar mij toe. Daar is hij na het interview op teruggekomen. En ik heb, zoals ik gewend ben, duidelijk mijn mening gegeven en gezegd dat ik dit keer niet gemerkt heb dat de heer Pigot met mij bezig is geweest. Maar als ik na de verkiezingen erachter kom dat dit wel het geval is, dat ik dan de structuren zal nalopen om in feite de mensen die de zaak manipuleren eruit te smijten."
Meer zou Hooghart niet hebben gezegd. Maar laten we eerlijk zijn: als havik zouden we allemaal bang zijn om gekortwiekt te worden op termijn. En als we naar het iele, pokdalige jongensgelaat van Pigot kijken, is het voorstelbaar hoe angstaanjagend het is dat een pitbull als Hooghart al vanaf de vijfde plaats komt aanstormen. Maar Pigot kreeg op tijd de juiste stok met de juiste dikte in handen. De klap kwam hard, venijnig en onverwachts. Deze vergelijking is niet overtrokken. Hooghart vindt zelf dat hij ‘als een hond eruit is gekieperd'.

Toch doorgegaan
Pitbull Hooghart zal er de komende tijd nog van staan tollen, ook al wil of kan hij dat nog niet geheel toegeven. Zijn enige wapenfeit is voorlopig Pigot en de zijnen uit te dagen om alsnog datgene uit te zenden, wat dan zogenaamd de partij zou ‘schaden'. "Dit soort figuren als Strijk en Pigot zijn het die in feite anderen ertoe drijven dingen te doen die als niet-menselijk worden betiteld", zegt Hooghart. "Dit soort mensen hebben met hun manipulaties en scenario's ervoor gezorgd dat Bouterse het pistool heeft getrokken." Het was overigens niet de eerste poging van Pigot. "Hij heeft bij de verkiezingen van 2000 aan de verschillende afdelingsbesturen gevraagd mij niet op de kandidatenlijst te plaatsen", vertelt Hooghart. "Omdat ik zogenaamd de voorzitter in de wielen zou rijden. En toch ben ik doorgegaan met de strijd voor good governance, omdat ik de aanstelling als kandidaat niet principieel heb gesteld."
Hooghart is ervan overtuigd dat hij de ‘stem van de massa' is. Hij trekt dan ook bijbelse vergelijkingen. "Wat ik zo jammer vind is dat we net de lijdensweek achter de rug hebben; dat de Zoon van God verraden is door Judas en dat wij na 2000 jaren daarover nog steeds wenen. En dan dat we vlak na de lijdensweek dit soort scenario's uithalen. Waarbij we ook nog weten dat bepaalde partijen op scherp staan. Dan is het duidelijk dat men niet bezig is met het belang van het volk maar met het eigen belang. Hesdy Pigot staat hierbij aan het hoofd en de voorzitter heeft zich onbewust laten meeloodsen."
Hooghart denkt niet zozeer in termen van zetelverlies voor de NPS, maar dat het toch al flinterdun algeheel vertrouwen – van met name de zwevende kiezers – in de politiek wordt opgezegd. "De frustraties van het volk kunnen dusdanig zijn dat de kiesdeler kleiner wordt en de zetelverdeling daardoor anders uitvalt. Heel wat mensen hebben naar de CLO gebeld en gezegd: wij gaan niet naar de stembus. Een hele groep voetballers heeft me dat ook verteld. Zelfs mensen die niet op mij zouden stemmen, hebben te kennen gegeven dat dit voor hun teleurstelling is."

Emotionele beslissing
Hooghart spreekt van een ‘emotionele beslissing' die het partijcongres heeft genomen. Maar is dat wel zo? Afgaand op zijn woorden, heeft het allemaal juist iets van een rationeel bekokstoofd scenario. Hooghart was gewoon niet gewenst. Scenario of niet; hij zal diep moeten gaan nadenken in hoeverre hij er zelf niet debet aan is dat zijn eigen openhartigheid als stok tegen hem is gebruikt, of hij niet – al was het maar voor even – wat minder openhartig had moeten zijn; ook off the record. "Ik voldoe aan de wens van de samenleving", verdedigt hij zich. "Ik spreek voor het volk. De positie kan me ook niet schelen, wat me kan schelen is dat mensen onrecht wordt aangedaan. Als oprecht NPS'er – meer dan de meesten rondom de voorzitter – ben ik bereid in het openbaar mijn mening te geven. Ik ben daarna bereid de kritiek hierop te incasseren en te verwerken. Ik weet dat veel partijtoppers kritiek hebben, maar niet durven. Wil je ontwikkeling dan moet je kritiek kunnen uiten. Mijn voorzitter zegt altijd: tan tiri a no don. Maar ik zeg: tan tiri n'e tja ontwikkeling."
Volgens zoon Andy heeft zich niet het gehele geplande scenario zich voltrokken. "Je vader moet zich in alle opzichten rustig houden", zou Erwin Lelie hem hebben ingesproken. Een vreemde opmerking, zei zijn gevoel maar op dat moment liet hij het passeren. Toen werden de kandidaten opgenoemd. Toen bij de vijfde plaats zijn vader nog niet viel, keek zoon Andy weer raar op, maar nog steeds geen reden voor de alarmbel. Maar toen de congresvoorzitter bij de achtste plaats de vergadering schorste begon het te dagen. Wie naar Apintie live luisterde kon al iets vermoeden: "We hebben iemand anders", klonk het zachtjes door de microfoon. CLO-penningmeester Michael Miskin werd erbij gehaald. Zoon Andy hierover: "Toen dacht ik dat men hem ging halen om iets te bespreken en al helemaal niet om hem te melden dat hij voor pa in de plaats was gekozen." Op dat moment zag Andy dat het scenario nog niet vervolmaakt was. Mensen in de menigte begonnen al de naam van Hooghart te scanderen. "Ik ken het karakter van mijn vader, als hij naar binnen zou gaan om rekenschap te halen en zou roepen dat hij niet geplaatst was, dan zou het helemaal mislopen. Ik heb tegen hem gezegd: je gaat niet naar binnen, we gaan weg. Als ik dat niet had gedaan dan was het helemaal misgegaan. Nu is nog niet alles misgegaan."

Nog hoop
Ze hebben nog enige hoop bij de CLO dat een en ander alsnog recht zal worden gezet. Is het geen ijdele hoop, dan wel zeer dunne als je zo naar Hooghart luistert. "De partij beslist. De voorzitter is door mij gedragen en op een vreselijk hoge stoep geplaatst. Hij moet in staat zijn het ontstane probleem terug te brengen tot aanvaardbare proporties."
‘Aanvaardbare proporties' klinkt niet bepaald als geheel herstel. Veel zal afhangen van CLO-penningmeester Miskin, die in zijn plaats naar voren geschoven is en daarmee ineens is gebombardeerd als potentiële splijtzwam binnen de CLO. Hooghart: "Niet een persoon zou gekandideerd worden maar de CLO. Dus als zij iemand van ons verkiesbaar willen stellen, dan moet men eerst met de CLO komen praten. Mike heeft duidelijk gezegd eerst met mij te zullen overleggen. Men wil hem bewegen de toegeschoven positie te accepteren; dat zou een klap in mijn gezicht betekenen voor de oppositie. Maar aan andere kant heeft men hem in de positie gebracht dat hij ook als ‘verrader' zal worden gekenmerkt als hij dat doet. Als hij de positie aanvaardt, dan zal hij worden afgemaakt. Als hij die niet aanvaardt, dan zal hij ook worden afgemaakt."
Ineens rust op Miskin schouders een zware last en verantwoordelijkheid. Een beslissing die een zoveelste keerpunt of dieptepunt in de nationale politiek zal kenmerken. Een beslissing die mogelijk weer als een splijtzwam binnen de vakbeweging kan werken. Hooghart grijpt terug naar 1993. "Toen heb ik voor de NPS gekozen door André Gravenstijn te ondersteunen voor de post van directeur bij Binnenlandse Zaken. Hugo Blanker was ertegen. Dat heeft tot een scheuring binnen de CLO geleid. Ik ben van mening dat de NPS onder dezelfde voorzitter niet weer het instrument kan zijn dat zorgt voor een tweede scheuring."

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          Karamelsinaasappelen (Italië)        
KARAMELSINASAPPELEN

4 grote sinaasappels
275 gram suiker
4 deciliter water
2 eetlepels cognac of sinaasappellikeur


Met een dunschiller dunne reepjes van twee van de sinaasappels schillen. Wit van de schillen verwijderen en ze vervolgens met een scherp mesje in zeer dunne reepjes snijden. De reepjes schil in een kleine steelpan leggen, bedekken met water en aan de kook brengen. Intussen alle sinaasappelen schillen met een getand mesje. Eerst de uiteinden afsnijden en dan de oranje en witte schil met een zaagbeweging afsnijden. De geschilde sinaasappelen in 5 millimeter dikke schijfjes snijden. De gekookte reepjes schil afgieten en laten drogen. In een pan met zware bodem de suiker met het water mengen (0,6 deciliter water voor later bewaren). De suiker op matig vuur laten oplossen. De uitgelekte reepjes schil bij de siroop in de pan doen. De siroop zachtjes, zonder deksel, 10 minuten laten koken of tot de reepjes geglaceerd zijn. De reepjes uit de pan nemen en op een lichtjes met olie ingevet bord leggen. De pan weer op het vuur zetten en de siroop zonder deksel laten koken tot deze een licht goudbruine kleur heeft. Dan direct van het vuur halen en het restant water toevoegen. De pan weer op laag vuur zetten en de siroop nog een paar minuten koken om de hard geworden suiker op te lossen; van het vuur halen en volledig af laten koelen. De cognac of likeur erdoor roeren. De schijfjes sinaasappel op een schaal leggen en de afgekoelde siroop erover gieten. De geglaceerde reepjes schil erop leggen en het geheel enkele uren of een nacht in de koelkast zetten.

4 personen

voor- / bereidingstijd : 25 / 20 - 25 minuten

gebied : Italië
gerechtsoort : nagerecht

bron : Italiaans koken : Inspirerende ideeën voor heerlijke maaltijden / REBO Productions

                  


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With complete solutions for design, development, and manufacturing processes within the medical devices industry, CRI is a leading medical product developer and manufacturer of medical devices.  CRI provides its customers with unbeatable service, excellent quality control and regulatory compliance. Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, CRI is a top Midwest medical device manufacturer and employs 100+ people. In 2008, CRI began the process to become an employee-owned business with a 30% ESOP acquisition. In December 2010, CRI became 100% employee owned company.


Customer Focus
CRI has a dedicated staff focused on being the internal advocates for all of our customers to ensure a high level of satisfaction. The customer service staff follows up on all customer requests for timely action and responses. All customer feedback and questions are entered into a tracking database within hours of receipt. The system includes a follow up loop and closure after the feedback is addressed. The feedback is categorized and trended for improvements and preventive measures to be put in place if needed. CRI has an annual goal of 98% on time delivery, and has met this goal consistently.


Project Management

CRI has an excellent track record with project management. Each new customer is assigned a dedicated project manager, to ensure effective and timely communication. This includes operating to a plan and schedule, with reporting on deliverables and budget attainment. Project Management is used for new design, design changes and manufacturing transfer programs.

  • Device Review
  • Document Review
  • Manufacturing Transfer
  • Inventory Transfer
  • Inventory Control
  • Project Cost Estimates
  • Budget & Delivery Tracking

Quality Tools and Regulatory Excellence

CRI has developed and implemented a state of the art Quality Management System, combining both simplicity and regulatory compliance. This system includes a Quality Manual consisting of only 3 pages, which is the road map for all of our employees to follow, to stay on track within the system. You will find this roadmap hanging in all areas, as a quick reference to procedural guidance. The document numbering system is designed to allow for quick retrieval and reference to quality procedures, manufacturing and inspection procedures, work instructions and forms. All new hires at all levels receive FDA QSR (GMP) and ISO13485:2003 training within their first week, ensuring critical requirements are understood. This training is repeated quarterly to re-emphasize critical objectives.
  • Fully integrated ERP system
  • Risk management
  • Fully compliant calibration and preventive maintenance system
    • Includes all fixtures and tooling
    • Equipment
    • Gages
    • Scales
    • Dispensing apparatus
  • Six Sigma and lean methodologies
  • Statistical sampling techniques - AQL, C=0, etc.
  • Process capability measurement - Cpk, Ppk, etc.
  • Process validations (IQ/OQ/PQ)
  • Sterilization Validations (ETO / Gamma)
  • Cost containment
  • Design control & documentation
  • Process yield / defect analysis
  • Process control (SPC)
  • Project Management
  • Formal corrective / preventive action
  • Material traceability systems
  • Precision measuring gages
    • Microscopes
    • Micrometers (digital / laser)
    • Pin gages, block gages
    • Calipers
    • Profile projector
    • Instron tensile and compression tester
    • Tubing burst test systems - high pressure
    • Pouch burst testers
    • Leak testing equipment
    • Other various precision gages
Engineering and Design

CRI’s engineering department offers an extensive and diverse background in all phases of engineering design and development.  We specialize in medical device disposables, from concept stage through final Medical Packaging and distribution, with 80% of our business being contract manufacturing of Medical Disposables and other devices. We focus on design for manufacturability, with emphasis on creating repeatable, controlled processes and high functioning devices for our customers.  Our internal areas of expertise include:

  • Ultrasonic welding
  • RF welding
  • Plasma treatment
  • Pad printing
  • Heat forming
  • Balloon bonding
  • Insert molding
  • UV / CA & solvent bonding techniques
  • Swaging
  • Medical Packaging
  • Sterilization validations
  • Tooling for high volume throughput
Supply Chain Management

CRI's supply chain management is designed to manage and control the most difficult piece for anyone's business. Controlling quality, delivery and responsiveness at the supplier level is not only critical, but is becoming the primary focus for all regulatory bodies, including FDA and ISO13485:2003. Our innovative process provides for excellence to meet not only the regulatory requirements, but to ensure customer's needs are met consistently. This includes a comprehensive feedback system for suppliers and partnering with suppliers for combined excellence and rewards.
  • Focus on economic order quantities based on price, delivery and storage costs.
  • Minimal obsolescence with excellent communication to customers.
  • Change management agreements including multiple department approvals at critical suppliers.
  • Utilizing MRP system for ensuring on time deliveries to meet customers due dates.
Fulfilment and Distribution 

  • Negotiated tariffs with multiple freight companies
  • Goal is 100% fill rate with 98% on time delivery
  • Annual re-negotiation process with freight companies to keep costs down
  • 99.9% accuracy in shipping and customer documentation
  • 99.9% damage free shipments 
Extrusion
CRI has implemented an extrusion and tubing line for flexible PVC, single lumen, medical Tubing; with a focus on quality and short lead-times.
CRI is committed to the highest quality medical tubing and strong customer service.  We have invested in state-of-the-art extrusion and tubing manufacturing equipment to insure a “robust” extrusion process and we have a highly skilled and dedicated extrusion team.
Let CRI assist you with the production of plastic tubing and extrusion that will meet your exact requirements and exceed your expectations.
Our capabilities include:

  • Quality System compliance to: FDA QSR 21 CFR Part 820 and ISO 13485, 2003
  • Flexible Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Extrusion
  • Medical Tubing 
  • Gas Sampling Lines
  • High Volume Extrusion
  • Diameter Ranges: .040 ID and .750 OD
  • Installation Qualifications (IQ)
  • Operational Qualifications (OQ)
  • Performance Qualifications (PQ)
  • Reeled (coil) Tubing
  • Cut-to-Length
  • Precision Tolerances
  • Short Lead-times
  • Closed-looped Measurement System
  • In-process & Final Inspection
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
 Manufacturing and Transfers


CRI takes a team approach to transferring manufacturing lines into our facility. We assign a dedicated Program Manager at the start, to ensure all deliverables are documented and tracked. We focus on improving process and product during the transfer, resulting in lower costs and improved quality. CRI also minimizes the effort for our customers, making transfers seamless and smooth.
  • Class 8 cleanroom facility
    • 1920 square feet
    • ISO certified
  • Controlled environment
    • all production working areas
  • Lean manufacturing
    • maximizing customer value while minimizing waste
    • resulting in lower and controlled costs
      • Evaluate all aspects of process
      • Eliminate non-value added steps
      • Minimize process steps
      • Less human efforts, less space, less cue times, less waste, less inventory
      • Single piece flow
      • Reduces errors and improves visualization of process
      • Reduces errors and improves visualization of process
  • Visual manufacturing
    • Organized work centers and processes
    • Indicators at all stages of process for status
  • Fully integrated MRP system
    • Utilizing M2M software for all aspects of business
    • Bar coding
    • Automated manufacturing processes and cost analysis by product
  • Document Control
    • Our document control process includes all regulatory requirements for this critical area of our Quality Management System. This includes lock out of documents pending changes, to ensure implementations are compliant and that errors are prevented. The final stage of document control includes training and effectiveness measurement.
      • Fully implemented change control system for all documents for a fully compliant Quality Management System
      • Device Master Records (DMR)
      • Device History Records (DHR) for all lots manufactured
      • Document control process tracked for quick change turn around
      • Standards library always kept up-to-date


          draakje Dirk        
 Ben op het moment helemaal in de haak ban.
En bij deze leuke Facebook groep kan je dat naar lieve lust doen.
Het leuke aan deze groep is dat je iets ga maken maar wat het wordt weet je niet.
(wel wat voor soort denk aan draagbaar, knuffel,  enz.)
En zoals je ziet was het deze keer een lief draakje naar ontwerp van 
Christel Kurkkert special voor de groep.



          Talenten; jij bent uniek!        
Tegenwoordig lees ik 's avonds met alle kinderen apart uit een Bijbels dagboekje (bedankt voor de tip Zeeuwse mamma) of de kinderbijbel.

Bij onze tweede zoon ging het over talenten en dit onderwerp sprak hem erg aan.
Het leek mij daarom leuk om met dit thema aan de slag te gaan! 
Daarnaast kan juist deze zoon best wel negatief zijn over zichzelf. 

Ik wil met dit thema ook benadrukken dat God ieder mens uniek gemaakt heeft en dat God zich niet vergist.
We zijn allemaal ergens goed in, we hebben allemaal onze eigen talenten gekregen en die zijn allemaal even belangrijk!

The race starts on 4 July in the Netherlands, with an individual time trial – at 13.7km, well beyond the 8km distance that would see it classified in as a Prologue – in Utrecht. That is the only individual stage against the clock, though there is a team time trial later in the race.

It’s a flat, if technical course that will see the first yellow jersey of the race go to a time trial specialist, and the race recommences the next day in the same city with a road stage that takes it along the North Sea coast – beware of echelons – to Neeltje Jans.

Stage 3 begins in Antwerp and ends in Huy, making for a tough uphill finish. The race then crosses the northern French landscape, including the Somme, scarred by the First World War which will be commemorated during the race, with stage finishes in Cambrai, Amiens and Le Havre.

The Yorkshire Grand Depart will be a year-old memory by the time next year’s race starts, but one thing is clear – the first week or so of the race will be within easy striking distance of the Channel ports.

The race then heads into Britanny, with stages ending in Fougères and on the Mûr-de-Bretagne, which hosted a pulsating uphill finish in 2011, won by eventual champion Cadel Evans, followed by the individual time trial to and Plumelec.

The first rest day is in Pau, the city in the shadow of the Pyrenees and is where Alberto Contador claims to have eaten that infamous steak, and where it was revealed Fränk Schleck had failed a doping control. At least it’s the first rest day this time round.

Pau is one of the Tour’s regular gateways to or from the Pyrenees, and with the Alps featuring earlier last year, it’s natural that this time round the race should take the anti-clockwise route around what the French call ‘l’Hexagone.’

Stage finishes in a segment of the race that kicks off on Bastille Day include the ski station of La Pierre Saint-Martin, never used before in, Vallee de Saint-Savin, and the Plateau de Beille, which has already forged its place in Tour history.

Next comes the transition towards the Alps, where there will be a summit finish on the penultimate day of the race on Alpe d’Huez – preceded by a stage finish in Gap, with earlier finishes including Rodez, the Montée Laurent Jalabert in Mende and Valence.

The Alpe d’Huez stage finish will come after ones at Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and La Toussuire in a tough final week in theAlps that will decide the race, and will be followed by the traditional final day stage into Paris, staring in Sèvres.

2015 Tour de France route

Stage 1
Saturday, July 4
Utrecht - 14km individual time trial

Stage 2
Sunday, July 5
Utrecht to Zelande - 166km

Stage 3
Monday, July 6
Antwerp to Huy - 154km

Stage 4
Tuesday, July 7
Seraing to Cambrai - 221km

Stage 5
Wednesday, July 8
Arras to Amiens - 189km

Stage 6
Thursday, July 9
Abbeville to Le Havre - 191km

Stage 7
Friday, July 10
Livarot to Fougeres - 190km

Stage 8
Saturday, July 11
Rennes to Mur de Bretagne - 179km

Stage 9
Sunday, July 12
Vannes to Plumelec - 28km team time trial

Monday, July 13 - first rest day

Stage 10
Tuesday, July 14
Tarbes to La Pierre Saint-Martin - 167km

Stage 11
Wednesday, July 15
Pau to Cauterets-Vallee de Saint-Savin - 188km

Stage 12
Thursday, July 16
Lannemezan to Plateau de Beille - 195km

Stage 13
Friday, July 17
Muret to Rodez - 200km

Stage 14
Saturday, July 18
Rodez to Mende - 178km

Stage 15
Sunday, July 19
Mende to Valance - 182km

Stage 16
Monday, July 20
Bourg de Peage to Gap - 201km 

Tuesday, July 21 – second rest day

Stage 17
Wednesday, July 22
Digne-les-Bains to Pra-Loup - 161km

Stage 18
Thursday, July 23
Gap to Saint-Jean de Maurienne - 185km

Stage 19
Friday, July 24
Saint-Jean de Maurienne to La Toussuire-Les Sybelles - 138km

Stage 20
Saturday, July 25
Modane Valfrejus to Alpe d'Huez - 110km

Stage 21
Sunday, July 26
Sevres to Paris - 107km

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          An Executive Guide to Intelligent Billing Platforms        
To maximize revenue, businesses are rethinking how they launch and monetize new products and services. Outdated ERP systems cause barriers to growth, customer friction in billing, and revenue leakage. While intelligent billing ...
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2015 Updates




2014 Updates


Penguin Everflux — December 10, 2014

A Google representative said that Penguin had shifted to continuous updates, moving away from infrequent, major updates. While the exact timeline was unclear, this claim seemed to fit ongoing flux after Penguin 3.0 (including unconfirmed claims of a Penguin 3.1).


Penguin 3.0 — October 17, 2014

More than a year after the previous Penguin update (2.1), Google launched a Penguin refresh. This update appeared to be smaller than expected (<1% of US/English queries affected) and was probably data-only (not a new Penguin algorithm). The timing of the update was unclear, especially internationally, and Google claimed it was spread out over "weeks".




HTTPS/SSL Update — August 6, 2014

After months of speculation, Google announced that they would be giving preference to secure sites, and that adding encryption would provide a "lightweight" rankings boost. They stressed that this boost would start out small, but implied it might increase if the changed proved to be positive.



Payday Loan 3.0 — June 12, 2014

Less than a month after the Payday Loan 2.0 anti-spam update, Google launched another major iteration. Official statements suggested that 2.0 targeted specific sites, while 3.0 targeted spammy queries.




2013 Updates





Hummingbird — August 20, 2013

Announced on September 26th, Google suggested that the "Hummingbird" update rolled out about a month earlier. Our best guess ties it to a MozCast spike on August 20th and many reports of flux from August 20-22. Hummingbird has been compared to Caffeine, and seems to be a core algorithm update that may power changes to semantic search and the Knowledge Graph for months to come.


Unnamed Update — July 26, 2013

MozCast tracked a large Friday spike (105° F), with other sources showing significant activity over the weekend. Google has not confirmed this update.
MozCast Update (Google+)

Knowledge Graph Expansion — July 19, 2013

Seemingly overnight, queries with Knowledge Graph (KG) entries expanded by more than half (+50.4%) across the MozCast data set, with more than a quarter of all searches showing some kind of KG entry.

Panda Recovery — July 18, 2013

Google confirmed a Panda update, but it was unclear whether this was one of the 10-day rolling updates or something new. The implication was that this was algorithmic and may have "softened" some previous Panda penalties.

Multi-Week Update — June 27, 2013

Google's Matt Cutts tweeted a reply suggesting a "multi-week" algorithm update between roughly June 12th and "the week after July 4th". The nature of the update was unclear, but there was massive rankings volatility during that time period, peaking on June 27th (according to MozCast data). It appears that Google may have been testing some changes that were later rolled back.




Domain Crowding — May 21, 2013

Google released an update to control domain crowding/diversity deep in the SERPs (pages 2+). The timing was unclear, but it seemed to roll out just prior to Penguin 2.0 in the US and possibly the same day internationally.



2012 Updates

Panda #23 — December 21, 2012

Right before the Christmas holiday, Google rolled out another Panda update. They officially called it a "refresh", impacting 1.3% of English queries. This was a slightly higher impact than Pandas #21 and #22.






August/September 65-Pack — October 4, 2012

Google published their monthly (bi-monthly?) list of search highlights. The 65 updates for August and September included 7-result SERPs, Knowledge Graph expansion, updates to how "page quality" is calculated, and changes to how local results are determined.



          Des nouveautés dans les SERP de Google        
En une nuit Google la page des résultats de Google s'est offerte un relooking complet. Le changement est d'ailleurs assez brutal puisque tout à changé !

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          Meesleurend en ontstellend        
VERRAAIERS – Met Gys de Villiers, Vilje Maritz, Neil Bennet, Andrew Thompson, Jacques Bessenger, Johan Baird, Stian Bam, Deon Lotz en ander. Regie deur Paul Eilers. VERRAAIERS handel oor die omstrede onderwerp van “verraaiers” in die Boere-linies ten tyde van die Tweede Vryheidsoorlog. Wanneer Lord Kitchener se beleid van verskroeide aarde op die land losgelaat […]
          Vars ná twee dekades        
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY … Met Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher en Bruno Kirby. Regie deur Rob Reiner When Harry met Sally … is ‘n romantiese komedie wat ná meer as twee dekades steeds vars en relevant voel. Die draaiboek deur Nora Ephron, met bydraes deur Billy Crystal, is vlymskerp en die karakters se […]
          Serp d&59;estrelles        
Estrelles serp Sigma et porta fins al final de l&59;univers on el seu únic propòsit és sobreviure. Vostè haur
          Een roestende ransuil        
Vrijdag stond ik bij een berk waar een ransuil in zat. Voor het eerst maakte ik mee dat een roestende ransuil redelijk vrij in de boom zat! Aanvankelijk was de vogel zeer alert toen ik mijn statief opstelde. Bij elk geluidje wierp de uil een blik mijn kant op. Zelfs het indrukken van mijn sluiterknop werd beantwoord met een alerte blik. Maar na enkele minuten nauwlettend in de gaten te zijn gehouden verslapte de aandacht van de vogel voor mij.

De ransuil leek mijn aanwezigheid te accepteren en gunde hij mij geen blik meer waardig. Voor de aanwezige kraaien kon dit niet worden gezegd. Zij ontkwamen geen moment aan de aandacht van deze prachtige uil als ze eenmaal in de buurt waren. Het was genieten van deze prachtige vogel aan de rand van de bebouwde kom.
Ransuil - Asio otus

Ransuil - Asio otus

          The state of herp rescue: View from a law symposium panel        
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          Congress AMSC - Under Pressure: Medicine in Extreme Situations - 13 September 2017        

From the 13th to the 17th of September 2017, EMSA (European Medical Students' Association) will organise the 11th Antwerp Medical Students' Congress. This edition will be all about medicine in extreme conditions. For more information you can visit website www.amsc.be or send an email to info@amsc.be. Registration at https://amsc.be/user/register


          Creuar la serp de foc        
Matar tots els enemics en el seu camí. Jugador pot comprovar posicions enemigues a través del radar de l&59;esquerra cap amunt de la cantonada i enderrocar tots els enemics. Disparar amb precisió com headshot li donar
          Universal Guardian Announces Turn-Key Solution for Manufacturers in Asia to Meet Global Retailer RFID Mandates        

Newport Beach, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 05/25/2006 -- Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTC: UGHO) (BULLETIN BOARD: UGHO) , an emerging global leader in inter-modal transportation security, global supply chain RFID systems, tactical products and security services to protect against business against criminal, terrorist, and security threats, today announced that it has delivered record financial performance with $5.39 million in revenue and significant bottom line improvement for Q1 2006.

"We continue to deliver consistent financial performance with an increase of 95% in revenues to $5.393 million as compared to $2.764 million in the 1st quarter of 2005. Gross profit increased 283% to $3.061 million as compared to $797 thousand in the 1st quarter of 2005. Our continued revenue growth as well our cost of revenue remaining stable coupled with the dramatic increase in gross profit over the last 7 quarters shows our continued advance toward profitability," stated Michael Skellern, CEO of Universal Guardian. "With more than $20 million in signed contracts already in-hand and the continued acceptance of our new non-lethal products and ground-breaking proprietary asset identification, authentication and monitoring technologies, container tracking and RFID supply chain management systems, we again expect to meet or exceed our public announced revenue projections of $35 Million for FY2006. We also expect to make mid-year guidance announcements regarding 2006 revenue increases, positive cash flow and year-end profitability," continued Mr. Skellern.

About Universal Guardian Holdings

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian's global risks mitigation group includes strategic and tactical security services, integrated and interoperable asset identification, authentication and monitoring systems for government and industry. Universal's non-lethal products include escalating, non-lethal, use-of-force tools for law enforcement, military, security and consumer markets. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of applications that provide cost-effective, end-to-end solutions for government and multi-national businesses from operations on every continent. http://www.universalguardian.com/

About Universal Guardian Products

Universal Guardian's Product Group, develops and produces safe and effective non-lethal products and systems that provide law enforcement, military, professional security and consumers with immediate offensive and defensive escalating use-of-force options in several threat environments. The Cobra StunLight™ "Stops Suspects in their Tracks". http://www.shielddefense.com/

About Universal Guardian Systems

Universal Guardian's Systems Group, ISR Systems Corporation, provides Asset Identification, Authentication and Monitoring platforms for a multitude of government and industry applications worldwide. UG Systems' integrated T/3 Platform™ and RFID Ready system provides secure end-to-end asset monitoring and management with real-time visibility and security for customers, shippers and regulatory agencies. http://www.isrsystems.com/

Safe Harbor Statement:

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements pertaining to future anticipated projected plans, performance and developments, as well as other statements relating to future operations and results. Any statements in this news release that are not statements of historical fact may be considered to be forward-looking statements. Written words such as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "intends," "goal," "objective," "seek," "attempt," or variations of these or similar words, identify forward-looking statements. These statements by their nature are estimates of future results only and involve substantial risks and uncertainties, including those detailed from time to time in Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.'s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from expectations. These risks factors include potential customer interest in the sale and delivery of its SeaPort Guardian™, Container Guardian™, SupplyChain Guardian™ as well as the production and sale of Cobra StunLight™ and Riot Defender™ and their accessories.

Further information is available on the Company's website: http://www.universalguardian.com/

Investor Relations Contact:

Investor Relations

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

4695 MacArthur Court., Suite 300

Newport Beach, CA USA 92626

+ 1 949. 861.8295 ext. 211

Company Contact:

Michael J. Skellern, CEO

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

4695 MacArthur Court, Suite 300

Newport Beach, CA USA 92626

+ 1 949. 861.8295

SOURCE: Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

CONTACT: Investor Relations, +1-949-861-8295, ext. 211, or Michael J.

Skellern, CEO, +1-949-861-8295, both of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

Web site: http://www.isrsystems.com/

Web site: http://www.shielddefense.com/

Web site: http://www.universalguardian.com/

Key Contacts

Manager of

Investor Relations,

Universal Guardian Holdings

Phone: +1.949.861.8219

investor@universalguardian...

Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/20/2006 -- Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: UGHO - News), an emerging global leader in inter-modal transportation security, global supply chain RFID systems, tactical products and security services to protect against business against criminal, terrorist, and security threats, today announced that it has delivered record financial performance with revenues of $14 million for FY2005.

"Our 2005 financial projections have proven to have been accurate," stated Michael Skellern, CEO of Universal Guardian. "With $19 million in signed contracts in-hand by Q1 2006 and the introduction of our new non-lethal products and ground-breaking and proprietary RFID based asset identification, authentication and monitoring systems and related technologies, we expect to meet or exceed our public announced revenue projections of $35 Million for FY2006. We also expect to make further guidance announcements regarding revenue increases, positive cash flow and year-end profitability by midyear 2006," continued Mr. Skellern.

About Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian Global Security Group comprises everything from strategic and tactical security services, business risk solutions, integrated and interoperable security systems, to non-lethal defense products. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of security applications for transportation, and global supply chain security and visibility, maritime security and critical infrastructure protection for government and multi-national businesses on every continent. http://www.UniversalGuardian.com

About Universal Guardian Systems

Universal Guardian's Systems Group, ISR Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., is a global provider of integrated and interoperable asset identification, authentication and monitoring systems for global supply chain applications, inter-modal transportation, and seaport security. Its T/ 3 (TM) platform provides software, hardware, services and global command and control for a multitude of applications for government and business applications worldwide. http://www.ISRsystems.com

About Universal Guardian Services Group

Universal Guardian's Secure Risks-SSSI, a wholly owned subsidiary is a global security group providing practical risk solutions, tactical security products and services, and critical infrastructure protection in today's most challenging environments from regional hubs located in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, South America, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Asia Pacific. www.SecureRisks.com

Safe Harbor Statement:

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements pertaining to future anticipated projected plans, performance and developments, as well as other statements relating to future operations and results. Any statements in this news release that are not statements of historical fact may be considered to be forward-looking statements. Written words such as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "intends," "goal," "objective," "seek," "attempt," or variations of these or similar words, identify forward-looking statements. These statements by their nature are estimates of future results only and involve substantial risks and uncertainties, including those detailed from time to time in Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.'s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from expectations. These risks factors include potential customer interest in the sale and delivery of its T/3(TM) platform, Container Guardian(TM), Explosive Guardian(TM) and RFID Ready(TM) solutions as well as the production and sale of Cobra StunLight(TM) and Riot Defender(TM) and their accessories.

Further information is available on the Company's website: www.UniversalGuardian.com

Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/06/2006 -- Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: UGHO), an emerging global leader in non-lethal protection products, integrated transportation and global supply chain security systems and strategic security services to protect against terrorist, criminal and security threats to governments and businesses worldwide, today announced that Universal Guardian Cobra StunLight™ which is featured on the back cover of U.S. Cavalry's April 2006 catalog is now available for purchase by military and federal, state and local law enforcement. Orders can be placed through U.S. Cavalry's mail order catalogs and dealer network both here in the U.S. and worldwide.

"We are confident that the launch of the Cobra StunLight™ in the U.S. Cavalry catalog will increase sales and open additional sales opportunities in the federal, state and local law enforcement community," stated Shaunt Hartounian, Regional Sales Director for Universal's Shield Defense Products Group.

With U.S. Cavalry's proven record of sales and service throughout the world will be play a major role in the continued awareness and revenue growth of the Cobra StunLight™ program and other Universal Guardian non-lethal and tactical products in the military, law enforcement and homeland security sector, "stated Michael Skellern, Universal's CEO.

About Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of security applications for transportation, and global supply chain security and visibility, maritime security and critical infrastructure protection for government and multi-national businesses on every continent. http://www.UniversalGuardian.com

About Universal Guardian Products Group

Universal Guardian's Shield Defense International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., designs and produces non-lethal products that provide law enforcement, military, professional security and consumers with multiple offensive and defensive use-of-force options to address appropriate threat conditions in today's growing global security and terrorist environments. www.ShieldDefense.com

About Universal Guardian Systems Group

Universal Guardian's ISR Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., is a global provider of integrated and interoperable asset tracking and systems for global supply chain applications, inter-modal transportation, and seaport security. Its RFIDCentral™ platform provides RFID global source tagging, asset tracking and inventory monitoring for a multitude of worldwide government and business applications.

http://www.ISRsystems.com

About Universal Guardian Services Group

Universal Guardian's Secure Risks-SSSI, a wholly owned subsidiary is a global security group providing practical risk solutions, tactical security products and services, and critical infrastructure protection to government and multi-national businesses in today's most challenging environments from regional hubs located in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, South America, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Asia Pacific. www.SecureRisks.com

About U.S. Cavalry

Founded in 1973, USC has proudly been serving the world for over 30 years, supplying the finest military, law enforcement and homeland security equipment along with counterterrorism training. www.uscavalry.com

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Further information is available on the Company's website: www.UniversalGuardian.com

Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/05/2006 -- Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: UGHO), an emerging global leader in inter-modal transportation security, global supply chain RFID systems, security products and risk mitigation services to protect against business against criminal, terrorist, and security threats, today announced that it will deliver record quarterly revenue performance with anticipated Q4 2005 revenues of approximately $5.1 million.

"Our Q4 2005 revenue represents a 61% increase over 3rd Quarter 2005 and an estimated 240% increase when compared to Q4 2004," stated Mike Barcikowski, CFO of Universal Guardian. "With executed contracts in Q1 2006 already totaling more than $19 million, we anticipate that revenue growth will continue to accelerate throughout 2006" Barcikowski continued.

"When compared to other security products, systems and services, we believe that Universal's continuing revenue growth and earnings potential have yet to be fully appreciated by the market, particularly in light of the future of the market sector as well as pending global market opportunities. As our increasing revenues reflect, we remain focused on expanding revenue and earnings across our three main business lines." added Michael Skellern, Universal's CEO.

About Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of security applications for transportation, and global supply chain security and visibility, maritime security and critical infrastructure protection for government and multi-national businesses on every continent. http://www.UniversalGuardian.com

About Universal Guardian Products Group

Universal Guardian's Shield Defense International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., designs and produces non-lethal products and systems that provide law enforcement, military, professional security and consumers with multiple offensive and defensive use-of-force options to address appropriate threat conditions in today's growing global security and terrorist environments. www.ShieldDefense.com

About Universal Guardian Systems Group

Universal Guardian's ISR Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., is a global provider of integrated and interoperable asset tracking and systems for global supply chain applications, inter-modal transportation, and seaport security. Its RFIDCentral™ platform provides RFID global source tagging, asset tracking and inventory monitoring for a multitude of worldwide government and business applications.

http://www.ISRsystems.com

About Universal Guardian Services Group

Universal Guardian's Secure Risks-SSSI, a wholly owned subsidiary is a global security group providing practical risk solutions, tactical security products and services, and critical infrastructure protection to government and multi-national businesses in today's most challenging environments from regional hubs located in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, South America, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Asia Pacific. www.SecureRisks.com

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Further information is available on the Company's website: www.UniversalGuardian.com

Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/3/2006 -- UNIVERSAL GUARDIAN HOLDINGS, INC. ((OTCBB: UGHO), an emerging global leader in non-lethal protection products, integrated transportation and global supply chain security systems and strategic security services to protect against terrorist, criminal and security threats to governments and businesses worldwide, today announced that the San Diego Sheriff's Department has selected the Cobra StunLight™ to participate in a pilot program designed to provide deputies with safe and effective non-lethal use-of-force alternatives while on patrol and in correctional facilities.

The objective of the San Diego Sheriff's Department's pilot program is to demonstrate how effective the Cobra StunLight™ will reduce incidents of injury to both suspects and deputies," stated San Diego Sheriffs Department Sergeant John Pokorny. "We will deploy the Cobra StunLights™ to replace standard flashlights and pepper spray with our patrol deputies, canine units, and our training staff," continued Sergeant Pokorny.

"The Cobra StunLight™ will provide San Diego Sheriffs Department with safe and effective use-of-force alternatives while providing their deputies with the protection they deserve," stated Michael Skellern, Universal's CEO. "The roll-out the Cobra StunLight™ to another leading law enforcement agency demonstrates the growing demand by law enforcement leaders to provide their agencies with non-lethal defensive and offensive options designed to protect their officers and the citizens whom they serve," continued Mr. Skellern.

" We are receiving orders from several distributors for the Cobra StunLight, ChemStream™ and PracticeStream™ canisters and ChemWipe™ products to support Cobra StunLight program placement by law enforcement agencies throughout North America." stated Shaunt Hartounian," Regional Sales Director for Universal's Shield Defense Tactical Products Group.

About the San Diego County Sheriff's Department

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is the chief law enforcement agency in the County of San Diego. The department is comprised of approximately 4,000 employees, both sworn officers and professional support staff. The department provides general law enforcement and jail functions for the people of San Diego County in a service area of approximately 4,200 square miles. In addition, the department provides specialized regional services to the entire county, whether they are needed in incorporated cities within the county or in the unincorporated areas not serviced by a city law enforcement agency.

About Universal Guardian Product Group

Shield Defense International (SDI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., designs and produces non-lethal weapons and systems that provide law enforcement, military, professional security and consumers with multiple offensive and defensive use-of-force options to address appropriate threat conditions in today's growing global security and terrorist environments. www.ShieldDefense.com

About Universal Guardian Systems Group

ISR Systems, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., provides multi-level secure, integrated and interoperable security systems that facilitate surveillance, threat detection and tracking to protect inter-modal transportation, seaport and airport facilities, and critical infrastructure from asymmetrical terrorist and security threats. ISR systems provide automated decision support from its command and control centers to coordinate notification and tactical responses among multiple agencies to interdict or respond to potential security threats. www.ISRsystems.com

About Universal Guardian Services Group

SecureRisks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc, is a London based global security group providing practical risk solutions, tactical security products and services, and critical infrastructure protection in today's most challenging environments from regional hubs located in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, South America, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Asia Pacific. www.SecureRisks.com

About Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiary companies Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian Global Security Group comprises everything from strategic and tactical security services, business risk solutions, integrated and interoperable security systems, to non-lethal defense products. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of security applications for transportation and global supply chain security, maritime security and critical infrastructure protection for government and multi-national businesses on every continent. www.UniversalGuardian.com

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Further information is available on the Company's website: www.UniversalGuardian.com

Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/24/2006 -- Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: UGHO - News), a full service provider of non-lethal protection products, global supply chain logistics systems and security services to protect against terrorist, criminal and security threats to governments and businesses worldwide, announced that its Services Group subsidiary, Secure Risks - Strategic Security Solutions (SR-SSSI), has been awarded a new contract from PAE-HSC Joint Venture to provide security support services to the Justice Sector Support Program for Afghanistan under PAE-HSC's prime contract with the United States Department of State.

"This new contract represents yet another expansion of our operations in the region and clearly demonstrates the confidence that companies such as PAE-HSC have in our organization's ability to deliver the highest level of strategic and tactical security services to the U.S. government agencies," stated Bruce Braes, Managing Director of SR-SSSI. "We continue to demonstrate solid revenue growth in our business group by securing new contracts. We now hold executed contracts in excess of $19.25 Million USD in value for FY 2006, along with options to extend existing contracts which, if exercised, are anticipated to have a projected value of $60 Million USD over the course of the next three years," continued Mr. Braes.

Considering last years revenues for the first 9 months of approximately $8.8 million and the 2005 year end projection of approximately $11.7 million these new in hand contracts represent a massive gain in new business for the Company and it's only the 1st quarter. With 9 months left in 2006 and 2 other divisions (ISR Systems and Shield Defense) we believe the 2 x market capitalization to projected revenue is extremely low based on the current price of $.92 cents. We believe at the current pace the Company is securing new contract business that the 2006 year over year revenue projections will match or exceed last years projected 185% revenue increase. The Company should easily attain based on these projections the 2006 $35 million forecast UGHO publicly announced. We also feel that the client list involved with the Company leaves a tremendous amount of room for expansion worldwide on existing contracts.

The client list includes:

• U.S. Department of Homeland Security

• U.S. Department of State

• U.S. Army

• U.S. Navy

• U.S. Air Force

• British Government

• British Nuclear Energy

• Canadian Foreign Ministry

• Government of the Netherlands

• Indonesian National Police

• Argentine Foreign Ministry

• International Reconstruction and Development Agency • Lockheed Martin

• Northrop Grumman

• Boeing

• Raytheon

• BAE

• United Technologies

• Exxon Mobil

• Fluor International

• Bechtel

• ING Barings Bank / International Afghanistan Bank

• Standard and Chartered Bank

• Coca Cola

With an up and coming non lethal weapons division currently in pilot programs with notables such as the Los Angles Sheriff's Department and distribution partners such as U.S. Cavalry and Mexican distributor, VICGA, SA of Monterrey, Mexico we believe that sizable sales from this division are on target.

Add in the RFID division and the current cargo tracking test ongoing with the State of Alaska and Franwell (The results of the project will likely be presented in April at the annual USDA Food Aid Conference) as well as the incredible opportunity to have a hand in the recent hot topic of Port and Container Security we can only reach one conclusion…..

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Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/3/2006 -- UNIVERSAL GUARDIAN HOLDINGS, INC. (OTCBB: UGHO), an emerging global leader in inter-modal transportation security, global supply chain RFID systems, tactical products and security services to protect against terrorist, criminal and security threats, today announced that its Universal Guardian's Systems Group, ISR Systems, will deploy its RFIDCentral™ Print Farm on March 27, 2006 in Hong Kong to enable companies whom manufacture products in Asia to meet international retailer mandates without purchasing or deploying any equipment.

"RFID is still new to many companies, they want to get started but are reluctant because of costs and technical challenges associated with their suppliers or manufacturing operations. Our new RFIDCentral™ Print Farm utilizes Zebra Technologies advanced printers in combination with our powerful RFIDCentral™ platform to enable suppliers and manufacturers of all sizes to harness the efficiency and emerging RFID mandates without incurring additional system expense. We can provide EPC (Electronic Product Code) RFID tags for goods manufactured in Asia within 24 hours," stated Herbert Goertz, Universal's ISR Systems President.

ISR Systems RFIDCentral™ software suite is a simple yet powerful web based system that provides advanced supply chain visibility and control including standard interfaces to the major ERP packages and retailer systems. From any web browser users can securely log into their system and print electronic product codes (EPC) and retailer compliant RFID labels, generate advanced shipping notices (ASNs), check inventory levels, and locate shipments.

"We are excited about working with Universal's ISR Systems in Asia, the company has an extensive history in China with RFID supply chain solutions" stated Bob Cornick, Vice President and General Manager of RFID, Zebra Technologies Corporation. "The volume of goods produced in Asia is astronomical and we see a huge market for RFID source tagging. We think ISR System's RFIDCentral™ combined with Zebra printing solutions is a win-win combination which can provide immediate RFID tagged Asian goods," continued Mr. Cornick.

About Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.
Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian Global Security Group comprises everything from strategic and tactical security services, business risk solutions, integrated and interoperable security systems, to non-lethal defense products. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of security applications for transportation, and global supply chain security and visibility, maritime security and critical infrastructure protection for government and multi-national businesses on every continent. http://www.UniversalGuardian.com

About Universal Guardian Systems
Universal Guardian's Systems Group, ISR Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., is a global provider of integrated and interoperable asset tracking and systems for global supply chain applications, inter-modal transportation, and seaport security. Its RFIDCentral™ platform provides RFID Source Tagging and Asset Tracking for a multitude of applications for government and business applications worldwide. http://www.ISRsystems.com

About Zebra Technologies
Zebra Technologies Corporation delivers a broad range of innovative and reliable bar code and printing solutions to businesses worldwide. With more than 35 years of experience, Zebra provides technologies built on innovation, integrity, reliability, and value to its customers. From high-performance industrial and commercial thermal printers to a broad range of printer products and supplies, Zebra sets the standards for flexible and specialty printing solutions. http://www.Zebra.com

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Newport Beach, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 05/25/2006 -- Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTC: UGHO) (BULLETIN BOARD: UGHO) , an emerging global leader in inter-modal transportation security, global supply chain RFID systems, tactical products and security services to protect against business against criminal, terrorist, and security threats, today announced that it has delivered record financial performance with $5.39 million in revenue and significant bottom line improvement for Q1 2006.

"We continue to deliver consistent financial performance with an increase of 95% in revenues to $5.393 million as compared to $2.764 million in the 1st quarter of 2005. Gross profit increased 283% to $3.061 million as compared to $797 thousand in the 1st quarter of 2005. Our continued revenue growth as well our cost of revenue remaining stable coupled with the dramatic increase in gross profit over the last 7 quarters shows our continued advance toward profitability," stated Michael Skellern, CEO of Universal Guardian. "With more than $20 million in signed contracts already in-hand and the continued acceptance of our new non-lethal products and ground-breaking proprietary asset identification, authentication and monitoring technologies, container tracking and RFID supply chain management systems, we again expect to meet or exceed our public announced revenue projections of $35 Million for FY2006. We also expect to make mid-year guidance announcements regarding 2006 revenue increases, positive cash flow and year-end profitability," continued Mr. Skellern.

About Universal Guardian Holdings

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian's global risks mitigation group includes strategic and tactical security services, integrated and interoperable asset identification, authentication and monitoring systems for government and industry. Universal's non-lethal products include escalating, non-lethal, use-of-force tools for law enforcement, military, security and consumer markets. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of applications that provide cost-effective, end-to-end solutions for government and multi-national businesses from operations on every continent. http://www.universalguardian.com/

About Universal Guardian Products

Universal Guardian's Product Group, develops and produces safe and effective non-lethal products and systems that provide law enforcement, military, professional security and consumers with immediate offensive and defensive escalating use-of-force options in several threat environments. The Cobra StunLight™ "Stops Suspects in their Tracks". http://www.shielddefense.com/

About Universal Guardian Systems

Universal Guardian's Systems Group, ISR Systems Corporation, provides Asset Identification, Authentication and Monitoring platforms for a multitude of government and industry applications worldwide. UG Systems' integrated T/3 Platform™ and RFID Ready system provides secure end-to-end asset monitoring and management with real-time visibility and security for customers, shippers and regulatory agencies. http://www.isrsystems.com/

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Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/20/2006 -- Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: UGHO - News), an emerging global leader in inter-modal transportation security, global supply chain RFID systems, tactical products and security services to protect against business against criminal, terrorist, and security threats, today announced that it has delivered record financial performance with revenues of $14 million for FY2005.

"Our 2005 financial projections have proven to have been accurate," stated Michael Skellern, CEO of Universal Guardian. "With $19 million in signed contracts in-hand by Q1 2006 and the introduction of our new non-lethal products and ground-breaking and proprietary RFID based asset identification, authentication and monitoring systems and related technologies, we expect to meet or exceed our public announced revenue projections of $35 Million for FY2006. We also expect to make further guidance announcements regarding revenue increases, positive cash flow and year-end profitability by midyear 2006," continued Mr. Skellern.

About Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian Global Security Group comprises everything from strategic and tactical security services, business risk solutions, integrated and interoperable security systems, to non-lethal defense products. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of security applications for transportation, and global supply chain security and visibility, maritime security and critical infrastructure protection for government and multi-national businesses on every continent. http://www.UniversalGuardian.com

About Universal Guardian Systems

Universal Guardian's Systems Group, ISR Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., is a global provider of integrated and interoperable asset identification, authentication and monitoring systems for global supply chain applications, inter-modal transportation, and seaport security. Its T/ 3 (TM) platform provides software, hardware, services and global command and control for a multitude of applications for government and business applications worldwide. http://www.ISRsystems.com

About Universal Guardian Services Group

Universal Guardian's Secure Risks-SSSI, a wholly owned subsidiary is a global security group providing practical risk solutions, tactical security products and services, and critical infrastructure protection in today's most challenging environments from regional hubs located in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, South America, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Asia Pacific. www.SecureRisks.com

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This news release contains certain forward-looking statements pertaining to future anticipated projected plans, performance and developments, as well as other statements relating to future operations and results. Any statements in this news release that are not statements of historical fact may be considered to be forward-looking statements. Written words such as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "intends," "goal," "objective," "seek," "attempt," or variations of these or similar words, identify forward-looking statements. These statements by their nature are estimates of future results only and involve substantial risks and uncertainties, including those detailed from time to time in Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.'s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from expectations. These risks factors include potential customer interest in the sale and delivery of its T/3(TM) platform, Container Guardian(TM), Explosive Guardian(TM) and RFID Ready(TM) solutions as well as the production and sale of Cobra StunLight(TM) and Riot Defender(TM) and their accessories.

Further information is available on the Company's website: www.UniversalGuardian.com

Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/06/2006 -- Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: UGHO), an emerging global leader in non-lethal protection products, integrated transportation and global supply chain security systems and strategic security services to protect against terrorist, criminal and security threats to governments and businesses worldwide, today announced that Universal Guardian Cobra StunLight™ which is featured on the back cover of U.S. Cavalry's April 2006 catalog is now available for purchase by military and federal, state and local law enforcement. Orders can be placed through U.S. Cavalry's mail order catalogs and dealer network both here in the U.S. and worldwide.

"We are confident that the launch of the Cobra StunLight™ in the U.S. Cavalry catalog will increase sales and open additional sales opportunities in the federal, state and local law enforcement community," stated Shaunt Hartounian, Regional Sales Director for Universal's Shield Defense Products Group.

With U.S. Cavalry's proven record of sales and service throughout the world will be play a major role in the continued awareness and revenue growth of the Cobra StunLight™ program and other Universal Guardian non-lethal and tactical products in the military, law enforcement and homeland security sector, "stated Michael Skellern, Universal's CEO.

About Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of security applications for transportation, and global supply chain security and visibility, maritime security and critical infrastructure protection for government and multi-national businesses on every continent. http://www.UniversalGuardian.com

About Universal Guardian Products Group

Universal Guardian's Shield Defense International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., designs and produces non-lethal products that provide law enforcement, military, professional security and consumers with multiple offensive and defensive use-of-force options to address appropriate threat conditions in today's growing global security and terrorist environments. www.ShieldDefense.com

About Universal Guardian Systems Group

Universal Guardian's ISR Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., is a global provider of integrated and interoperable asset tracking and systems for global supply chain applications, inter-modal transportation, and seaport security. Its RFIDCentral™ platform provides RFID global source tagging, asset tracking and inventory monitoring for a multitude of worldwide government and business applications.

http://www.ISRsystems.com

About Universal Guardian Services Group

Universal Guardian's Secure Risks-SSSI, a wholly owned subsidiary is a global security group providing practical risk solutions, tactical security products and services, and critical infrastructure protection to government and multi-national businesses in today's most challenging environments from regional hubs located in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, South America, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Asia Pacific. www.SecureRisks.com

About U.S. Cavalry

Founded in 1973, USC has proudly been serving the world for over 30 years, supplying the finest military, law enforcement and homeland security equipment along with counterterrorism training. www.uscavalry.com

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Further information is available on the Company's website: www.UniversalGuardian.com

Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/05/2006 -- Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: UGHO), an emerging global leader in inter-modal transportation security, global supply chain RFID systems, security products and risk mitigation services to protect against business against criminal, terrorist, and security threats, today announced that it will deliver record quarterly revenue performance with anticipated Q4 2005 revenues of approximately $5.1 million.

"Our Q4 2005 revenue represents a 61% increase over 3rd Quarter 2005 and an estimated 240% increase when compared to Q4 2004," stated Mike Barcikowski, CFO of Universal Guardian. "With executed contracts in Q1 2006 already totaling more than $19 million, we anticipate that revenue growth will continue to accelerate throughout 2006" Barcikowski continued.

"When compared to other security products, systems and services, we believe that Universal's continuing revenue growth and earnings potential have yet to be fully appreciated by the market, particularly in light of the future of the market sector as well as pending global market opportunities. As our increasing revenues reflect, we remain focused on expanding revenue and earnings across our three main business lines." added Michael Skellern, Universal's CEO.

About Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of security applications for transportation, and global supply chain security and visibility, maritime security and critical infrastructure protection for government and multi-national businesses on every continent. http://www.UniversalGuardian.com

About Universal Guardian Products Group

Universal Guardian's Shield Defense International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., designs and produces non-lethal products and systems that provide law enforcement, military, professional security and consumers with multiple offensive and defensive use-of-force options to address appropriate threat conditions in today's growing global security and terrorist environments. www.ShieldDefense.com

About Universal Guardian Systems Group

Universal Guardian's ISR Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., is a global provider of integrated and interoperable asset tracking and systems for global supply chain applications, inter-modal transportation, and seaport security. Its RFIDCentral™ platform provides RFID global source tagging, asset tracking and inventory monitoring for a multitude of worldwide government and business applications.

http://www.ISRsystems.com

About Universal Guardian Services Group

Universal Guardian's Secure Risks-SSSI, a wholly owned subsidiary is a global security group providing practical risk solutions, tactical security products and services, and critical infrastructure protection to government and multi-national businesses in today's most challenging environments from regional hubs located in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, South America, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Asia Pacific. www.SecureRisks.com

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Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/3/2006 -- UNIVERSAL GUARDIAN HOLDINGS, INC. ((OTCBB: UGHO), an emerging global leader in non-lethal protection products, integrated transportation and global supply chain security systems and strategic security services to protect against terrorist, criminal and security threats to governments and businesses worldwide, today announced that the San Diego Sheriff's Department has selected the Cobra StunLight™ to participate in a pilot program designed to provide deputies with safe and effective non-lethal use-of-force alternatives while on patrol and in correctional facilities.

The objective of the San Diego Sheriff's Department's pilot program is to demonstrate how effective the Cobra StunLight™ will reduce incidents of injury to both suspects and deputies," stated San Diego Sheriffs Department Sergeant John Pokorny. "We will deploy the Cobra StunLights™ to replace standard flashlights and pepper spray with our patrol deputies, canine units, and our training staff," continued Sergeant Pokorny.

"The Cobra StunLight™ will provide San Diego Sheriffs Department with safe and effective use-of-force alternatives while providing their deputies with the protection they deserve," stated Michael Skellern, Universal's CEO. "The roll-out the Cobra StunLight™ to another leading law enforcement agency demonstrates the growing demand by law enforcement leaders to provide their agencies with non-lethal defensive and offensive options designed to protect their officers and the citizens whom they serve," continued Mr. Skellern.

" We are receiving orders from several distributors for the Cobra StunLight, ChemStream™ and PracticeStream™ canisters and ChemWipe™ products to support Cobra StunLight program placement by law enforcement agencies throughout North America." stated Shaunt Hartounian," Regional Sales Director for Universal's Shield Defense Tactical Products Group.

About the San Diego County Sheriff's Department

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is the chief law enforcement agency in the County of San Diego. The department is comprised of approximately 4,000 employees, both sworn officers and professional support staff. The department provides general law enforcement and jail functions for the people of San Diego County in a service area of approximately 4,200 square miles. In addition, the department provides specialized regional services to the entire county, whether they are needed in incorporated cities within the county or in the unincorporated areas not serviced by a city law enforcement agency.

About Universal Guardian Product Group

Shield Defense International (SDI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., designs and produces non-lethal weapons and systems that provide law enforcement, military, professional security and consumers with multiple offensive and defensive use-of-force options to address appropriate threat conditions in today's growing global security and terrorist environments. www.ShieldDefense.com

About Universal Guardian Systems Group

ISR Systems, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., provides multi-level secure, integrated and interoperable security systems that facilitate surveillance, threat detection and tracking to protect inter-modal transportation, seaport and airport facilities, and critical infrastructure from asymmetrical terrorist and security threats. ISR systems provide automated decision support from its command and control centers to coordinate notification and tactical responses among multiple agencies to interdict or respond to potential security threats. www.ISRsystems.com

About Universal Guardian Services Group

SecureRisks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc, is a London based global security group providing practical risk solutions, tactical security products and services, and critical infrastructure protection in today's most challenging environments from regional hubs located in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, South America, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Asia Pacific. www.SecureRisks.com

About Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiary companies Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian Global Security Group comprises everything from strategic and tactical security services, business risk solutions, integrated and interoperable security systems, to non-lethal defense products. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of security applications for transportation and global supply chain security, maritime security and critical infrastructure protection for government and multi-national businesses on every continent. www.UniversalGuardian.com

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Further information is available on the Company's website: www.UniversalGuardian.com

Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/24/2006 -- Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: UGHO - News), a full service provider of non-lethal protection products, global supply chain logistics systems and security services to protect against terrorist, criminal and security threats to governments and businesses worldwide, announced that its Services Group subsidiary, Secure Risks - Strategic Security Solutions (SR-SSSI), has been awarded a new contract from PAE-HSC Joint Venture to provide security support services to the Justice Sector Support Program for Afghanistan under PAE-HSC's prime contract with the United States Department of State.

"This new contract represents yet another expansion of our operations in the region and clearly demonstrates the confidence that companies such as PAE-HSC have in our organization's ability to deliver the highest level of strategic and tactical security services to the U.S. government agencies," stated Bruce Braes, Managing Director of SR-SSSI. "We continue to demonstrate solid revenue growth in our business group by securing new contracts. We now hold executed contracts in excess of $19.25 Million USD in value for FY 2006, along with options to extend existing contracts which, if exercised, are anticipated to have a projected value of $60 Million USD over the course of the next three years," continued Mr. Braes.

Considering last years revenues for the first 9 months of approximately $8.8 million and the 2005 year end projection of approximately $11.7 million these new in hand contracts represent a massive gain in new business for the Company and it's only the 1st quarter. With 9 months left in 2006 and 2 other divisions (ISR Systems and Shield Defense) we believe the 2 x market capitalization to projected revenue is extremely low based on the current price of $.92 cents. We believe at the current pace the Company is securing new contract business that the 2006 year over year revenue projections will match or exceed last years projected 185% revenue increase. The Company should easily attain based on these projections the 2006 $35 million forecast UGHO publicly announced. We also feel that the client list involved with the Company leaves a tremendous amount of room for expansion worldwide on existing contracts.

The client list includes:

• U.S. Department of Homeland Security

• U.S. Department of State

• U.S. Army

• U.S. Navy

• U.S. Air Force

• British Government

• British Nuclear Energy

• Canadian Foreign Ministry

• Government of the Netherlands

• Indonesian National Police

• Argentine Foreign Ministry

• International Reconstruction and Development Agency • Lockheed Martin

• Northrop Grumman

• Boeing

• Raytheon

• BAE

• United Technologies

• Exxon Mobil

• Fluor International

• Bechtel

• ING Barings Bank / International Afghanistan Bank

• Standard and Chartered Bank

• Coca Cola

With an up and coming non lethal weapons division currently in pilot programs with notables such as the Los Angles Sheriff's Department and distribution partners such as U.S. Cavalry and Mexican distributor, VICGA, SA of Monterrey, Mexico we believe that sizable sales from this division are on target.

Add in the RFID division and the current cargo tracking test ongoing with the State of Alaska and Franwell (The results of the project will likely be presented in April at the annual USDA Food Aid Conference) as well as the incredible opportunity to have a hand in the recent hot topic of Port and Container Security we can only reach one conclusion…..

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Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/3/2006 -- UNIVERSAL GUARDIAN HOLDINGS, INC. (OTCBB: UGHO), an emerging global leader in inter-modal transportation security, global supply chain RFID systems, tactical products and security services to protect against terrorist, criminal and security threats, today announced that its Universal Guardian's Systems Group, ISR Systems, will deploy its RFIDCentral™ Print Farm on March 27, 2006 in Hong Kong to enable companies whom manufacture products in Asia to meet international retailer mandates without purchasing or deploying any equipment.

"RFID is still new to many companies, they want to get started but are reluctant because of costs and technical challenges associated with their suppliers or manufacturing operations. Our new RFIDCentral™ Print Farm utilizes Zebra Technologies advanced printers in combination with our powerful RFIDCentral™ platform to enable suppliers and manufacturers of all sizes to harness the efficiency and emerging RFID mandates without incurring additional system expense. We can provide EPC (Electronic Product Code) RFID tags for goods manufactured in Asia within 24 hours," stated Herbert Goertz, Universal's ISR Systems President.

ISR Systems RFIDCentral™ software suite is a simple yet powerful web based system that provides advanced supply chain visibility and control including standard interfaces to the major ERP packages and retailer systems. From any web browser users can securely log into their system and print electronic product codes (EPC) and retailer compliant RFID labels, generate advanced shipping notices (ASNs), check inventory levels, and locate shipments.

"We are excited about working with Universal's ISR Systems in Asia, the company has an extensive history in China with RFID supply chain solutions" stated Bob Cornick, Vice President and General Manager of RFID, Zebra Technologies Corporation. "The volume of goods produced in Asia is astronomical and we see a huge market for RFID source tagging. We think ISR System's RFIDCentral™ combined with Zebra printing solutions is a win-win combination which can provide immediate RFID tagged Asian goods," continued Mr. Cornick.

About Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian Global Security Group comprises everything from strategic and tactical security services, business risk solutions, integrated and interoperable security systems, to non-lethal defense products. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of security applications for transportation, and global supply chain security and visibility, maritime security and critical infrastructure protection for government and multi-national businesses on every continent. http://www.UniversalGuardian.com

About Universal Guardian Systems

Universal Guardian's Systems Group, ISR Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., is a global provider of integrated and interoperable asset tracking and systems for global supply chain applications, inter-modal transportation, and seaport security. Its RFIDCentral™ platform provides RFID Source Tagging and Asset Tracking for a multitude of applications for government and business applications worldwide. http://www.ISRsystems.com

About Zebra Technologies

Zebra Technologies Corporation delivers a broad range of innovative and reliable bar code and printing solutions to businesses worldwide. With more than 35 years of experience, Zebra provides technologies built on innovation, integrity, reliability, and value to its customers. From high-performance industrial and commercial thermal printers to a broad range of printer products and supplies, Zebra sets the standards for flexible and specialty printing solutions. http://www.Zebra.com

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Further information is available on the Company\'s website: www.UniversalGuardian.com

Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/1/2006 -- UNIVERSAL GUARDIAN HOLDINGS, INC. (OTCBB: UGHO), an emerging global leader in inter-modal transportation security, global supply chain security and visibility RFID systems, tactical products and security services to protect against terrorist, criminal and security threats, today announced that its Universal Guardian's Systems Group, ISR Systems, has been selected to participate in a pilot program being conducted by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, the Cordova District Fisherman United group as well as Franwell Inc, to track a shipment of RFID tagged wild Alaska canned salmon from Seattle to the Country of Guatemala, where the food will be distributed to the needy and school children.

Franwell, a leader in the research, development, and implementation of RFID technology for food supply chain operations, selected Universal Guardian Systems Group's Container Guardian™ tracking system as an integral solution for an existing project with RFID case/pallet tags and RFID temperature tags. One of purposes of this project is to test the use of portable RFID reader/antenna configurations with localized software to enable the implementation for the entire logistics chain, including countries without normal infrastructure and expertise. ISR Systems device agnostic, open standard solution tracks container movement and key conditions in the container portion of the logistics chain. Working together, Franwell and Universal's ISR Systems plan to provide test results to a variety of clients with these special challenges in their logistics process, with further proof-of-concept and custom solutions as warranted. Franwell Inc. has also brought the University of Florida Research Center for Food Distribution and Retailing (Dr. Jean Pierre Emond and Dr. Jeffrey K. Brecht, Co-Directors) into this project, adding graduate student field experience, faculty analysis and formal publication of the results of the project. Franwell Inc. and the graduate student will go to Guatemala City to finish the pilot test and recover loaner equipment on March 17th, 2006. While this particular project is focused on a Food Aid shipment, it has the interest of other agencies and parties with similar needs. The effort of the State of Alaska to make this project happen, and to enable testing of RFID and GPS tracking technology has potentially far reaching benefits.

"We are excited about participating in the Alaska Food Aid project as it represents the best of the American people as they generously give billions of dollars of support to the needy around the globe," stated Chris Terry, Universal's ISR Systems Vice President. "Unfortunately aid shipments do not always get to the people whom need it most. Our Container Guardian™ Global Tracking System powered by our RFIDCentral™ Platform can provide the exact location and condition of aid shipments around the world thus making sure it reaches its intended destination and recipients," added Mr. Terry.

Every year tons of charitable aid from the United States is lost. Sometimes it is a result of criminal activity, others times logistic. Container Guardian™ and its RFIDCentral™ platform provides shipment visibility and automated alerts, which means global aid shipments can be managed in real time, reducing losses and saving the American taxpayer millions of dollars. In some cases the rapid location of urgently needed aid can even save lives. RFIDCentral™ alerts are fully customizable: they can provide notification if a container is off course (geo-fencing), misplaced, opened without authorization, or exposed to excessive temperature for example. More advanced visibility provides real time container inventory, making sure deliveries of aid are accurate for exact location.

"This project is a milestone in the use of technology with regard to aid shipments. We have chosen a best of breed approach as we have assembled a diverse team to deliver the solution we wanted. RFIDCentral was the only package we could find that provided the real time visibility integrated with RFID" stated Bruce Schactler, Project Manager, State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

The State of Alaska's Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development along with local Alaska fishermen organized under the Cordova District Fishermen United underwrote the test project. This project under the recommendation of Mr. William C. Noll the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development provides accountability, delivery and security of the shipment to insure it reaches the Children of Guatemala.

Kevin Adams, Logistics Coordinator, State of Alaska said "ISR Systems has been a pleasure to work with, the company pulled out the stops to make sure this project got off on time. We cannot say enough good things about them."

The results of the project will likely be presented in April at the annual USDA Food Aid Conference. "We look forward to a successful completion of the test project and the opportunity to present the findings to everyone in the food aid community" remarked Mr. Schactler.

About Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.
Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian Global Security Group comprises everything from strategic and tactical security services, business risk solutions, integrated and interoperable security systems, to non-lethal defense products. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of security applications for transportation, and global supply chain security and visibility, maritime security and critical infrastructure protection for government and multi-national businesses on every continent. http://www.UniversalGuardian.com

About Universal Guardian Systems
Universal Guardian's Systems Group, ISR Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., is a global provider of integrated and interoperable asset tracking and systems for global supply chain applications, inter-modal transportation, and seaport security. Its RFIDCentral™ platform provides RFID Source Tagging and Asset Tracking for a multitude of applications for government and business applications worldwide. http://www.ISRsystems.com

About Franwell, Inc.
Franwell is a leader in the area of food supply chain solutions and RFID integration. Franwell's products and services include an enterprise application for the fresh food wholesale industry and a complete set of RFID integration services. The company's combined knowledge and experience benefits clients in any industry. Franwell is committed to provide the best available resources to help businesses reduce supply chain costs today. http://www.franwell.com

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Newport Beach, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 05/25/2006 -- Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTC: UGHO) (BULLETIN BOARD: UGHO) , an emerging global leader in inter-modal transportation security, global supply chain RFID systems, tactical products and security services to protect against business against criminal, terrorist, and security threats, today announced that it has delivered record financial performance with $5.39 million in revenue and significant bottom line improvement for Q1 2006.

"We continue to deliver consistent financial performance with an increase of 95% in revenues to $5.393 million as compared to $2.764 million in the 1st quarter of 2005. Gross profit increased 283% to $3.061 million as compared to $797 thousand in the 1st quarter of 2005. Our continued revenue growth as well our cost of revenue remaining stable coupled with the dramatic increase in gross profit over the last 7 quarters shows our continued advance toward profitability," stated Michael Skellern, CEO of Universal Guardian. "With more than $20 million in signed contracts already in-hand and the continued acceptance of our new non-lethal products and ground-breaking proprietary asset identification, authentication and monitoring technologies, container tracking and RFID supply chain management systems, we again expect to meet or exceed our public announced revenue projections of $35 Million for FY2006. We also expect to make mid-year guidance announcements regarding 2006 revenue increases, positive cash flow and year-end profitability," continued Mr. Skellern.

About Universal Guardian Holdings

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian's global risks mitigation group includes strategic and tactical security services, integrated and interoperable asset identification, authentication and monitoring systems for government and industry. Universal's non-lethal products include escalating, non-lethal, use-of-force tools for law enforcement, military, security and consumer markets. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of applications that provide cost-effective, end-to-end solutions for government and multi-national businesses from operations on every continent. http://www.universalguardian.com/

About Universal Guardian Products

Universal Guardian's Product Group, develops and produces safe and effective non-lethal products and systems that provide law enforcement, military, professional security and consumers with immediate offensive and defensive escalating use-of-force options in several threat environments. The Cobra StunLight™ "Stops Suspects in their Tracks". http://www.shielddefense.com/

About Universal Guardian Systems

Universal Guardian's Systems Group, ISR Systems Corporation, provides Asset Identification, Authentication and Monitoring platforms for a multitude of government and industry applications worldwide. UG Systems' integrated T/3 Platform™ and RFID Ready system provides secure end-to-end asset monitoring and management with real-time visibility and security for customers, shippers and regulatory agencies. http://www.isrsystems.com/

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Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/20/2006 -- Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: UGHO - News), an emerging global leader in inter-modal transportation security, global supply chain RFID systems, tactical products and security services to protect against business against criminal, terrorist, and security threats, today announced that it has delivered record financial performance with revenues of $14 million for FY2005.

"Our 2005 financial projections have proven to have been accurate," stated Michael Skellern, CEO of Universal Guardian. "With $19 million in signed contracts in-hand by Q1 2006 and the introduction of our new non-lethal products and ground-breaking and proprietary RFID based asset identification, authentication and monitoring systems and related technologies, we expect to meet or exceed our public announced revenue projections of $35 Million for FY2006. We also expect to make further guidance announcements regarding revenue increases, positive cash flow and year-end profitability by midyear 2006," continued Mr. Skellern.

About Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian Global Security Group comprises everything from strategic and tactical security services, business risk solutions, integrated and interoperable security systems, to non-lethal defense products. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of security applications for transportation, and global supply chain security and visibility, maritime security and critical infrastructure protection for government and multi-national businesses on every continent. http://www.UniversalGuardian.com

About Universal Guardian Systems

Universal Guardian's Systems Group, ISR Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., is a global provider of integrated and interoperable asset identification, authentication and monitoring systems for global supply chain applications, inter-modal transportation, and seaport security. Its T/ 3 (TM) platform provides software, hardware, services and global command and control for a multitude of applications for government and business applications worldwide. http://www.ISRsystems.com

About Universal Guardian Services Group

Universal Guardian's Secure Risks-SSSI, a wholly owned subsidiary is a global security group providing practical risk solutions, tactical security products and services, and critical infrastructure protection in today's most challenging environments from regional hubs located in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, South America, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Asia Pacific. www.SecureRisks.com

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Further information is available on the Company's website: www.UniversalGuardian.com

Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/06/2006 -- Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: UGHO), an emerging global leader in non-lethal protection products, integrated transportation and global supply chain security systems and strategic security services to protect against terrorist, criminal and security threats to governments and businesses worldwide, today announced that Universal Guardian Cobra StunLight™ which is featured on the back cover of U.S. Cavalry's April 2006 catalog is now available for purchase by military and federal, state and local law enforcement. Orders can be placed through U.S. Cavalry's mail order catalogs and dealer network both here in the U.S. and worldwide.

"We are confident that the launch of the Cobra StunLight™ in the U.S. Cavalry catalog will increase sales and open additional sales opportunities in the federal, state and local law enforcement community," stated Shaunt Hartounian, Regional Sales Director for Universal's Shield Defense Products Group.

With U.S. Cavalry's proven record of sales and service throughout the world will be play a major role in the continued awareness and revenue growth of the Cobra StunLight™ program and other Universal Guardian non-lethal and tactical products in the military, law enforcement and homeland security sector, "stated Michael Skellern, Universal's CEO.

About Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of security applications for transportation, and global supply chain security and visibility, maritime security and critical infrastructure protection for government and multi-national businesses on every continent. http://www.UniversalGuardian.com

About Universal Guardian Products Group

Universal Guardian's Shield Defense International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., designs and produces non-lethal products that provide law enforcement, military, professional security and consumers with multiple offensive and defensive use-of-force options to address appropriate threat conditions in today's growing global security and terrorist environments. www.ShieldDefense.com

About Universal Guardian Systems Group

Universal Guardian's ISR Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., is a global provider of integrated and interoperable asset tracking and systems for global supply chain applications, inter-modal transportation, and seaport security. Its RFIDCentral™ platform provides RFID global source tagging, asset tracking and inventory monitoring for a multitude of worldwide government and business applications.

http://www.ISRsystems.com

About Universal Guardian Services Group

Universal Guardian's Secure Risks-SSSI, a wholly owned subsidiary is a global security group providing practical risk solutions, tactical security products and services, and critical infrastructure protection to government and multi-national businesses in today's most challenging environments from regional hubs located in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, South America, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Asia Pacific. www.SecureRisks.com

About U.S. Cavalry

Founded in 1973, USC has proudly been serving the world for over 30 years, supplying the finest military, law enforcement and homeland security equipment along with counterterrorism training. www.uscavalry.com

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Further information is available on the Company's website: www.UniversalGuardian.com

Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/05/2006 -- Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: UGHO), an emerging global leader in inter-modal transportation security, global supply chain RFID systems, security products and risk mitigation services to protect against business against criminal, terrorist, and security threats, today announced that it will deliver record quarterly revenue performance with anticipated Q4 2005 revenues of approximately $5.1 million.

"Our Q4 2005 revenue represents a 61% increase over 3rd Quarter 2005 and an estimated 240% increase when compared to Q4 2004," stated Mike Barcikowski, CFO of Universal Guardian. "With executed contracts in Q1 2006 already totaling more than $19 million, we anticipate that revenue growth will continue to accelerate throughout 2006" Barcikowski continued.

"When compared to other security products, systems and services, we believe that Universal's continuing revenue growth and earnings potential have yet to be fully appreciated by the market, particularly in light of the future of the market sector as well as pending global market opportunities. As our increasing revenues reflect, we remain focused on expanding revenue and earnings across our three main business lines." added Michael Skellern, Universal's CEO.

About Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of security applications for transportation, and global supply chain security and visibility, maritime security and critical infrastructure protection for government and multi-national businesses on every continent. http://www.UniversalGuardian.com

About Universal Guardian Products Group

Universal Guardian's Shield Defense International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., designs and produces non-lethal products and systems that provide law enforcement, military, professional security and consumers with multiple offensive and defensive use-of-force options to address appropriate threat conditions in today's growing global security and terrorist environments. www.ShieldDefense.com

About Universal Guardian Systems Group

Universal Guardian's ISR Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., is a global provider of integrated and interoperable asset tracking and systems for global supply chain applications, inter-modal transportation, and seaport security. Its RFIDCentral™ platform provides RFID global source tagging, asset tracking and inventory monitoring for a multitude of worldwide government and business applications.

http://www.ISRsystems.com

About Universal Guardian Services Group

Universal Guardian's Secure Risks-SSSI, a wholly owned subsidiary is a global security group providing practical risk solutions, tactical security products and services, and critical infrastructure protection to government and multi-national businesses in today's most challenging environments from regional hubs located in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, South America, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Asia Pacific. www.SecureRisks.com

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Further information is available on the Company's website: www.UniversalGuardian.com

Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/3/2006 -- UNIVERSAL GUARDIAN HOLDINGS, INC. ((OTCBB: UGHO), an emerging global leader in non-lethal protection products, integrated transportation and global supply chain security systems and strategic security services to protect against terrorist, criminal and security threats to governments and businesses worldwide, today announced that the San Diego Sheriff's Department has selected the Cobra StunLight™ to participate in a pilot program designed to provide deputies with safe and effective non-lethal use-of-force alternatives while on patrol and in correctional facilities.

The objective of the San Diego Sheriff's Department's pilot program is to demonstrate how effective the Cobra StunLight™ will reduce incidents of injury to both suspects and deputies," stated San Diego Sheriffs Department Sergeant John Pokorny. "We will deploy the Cobra StunLights™ to replace standard flashlights and pepper spray with our patrol deputies, canine units, and our training staff," continued Sergeant Pokorny.

"The Cobra StunLight™ will provide San Diego Sheriffs Department with safe and effective use-of-force alternatives while providing their deputies with the protection they deserve," stated Michael Skellern, Universal's CEO. "The roll-out the Cobra StunLight™ to another leading law enforcement agency demonstrates the growing demand by law enforcement leaders to provide their agencies with non-lethal defensive and offensive options designed to protect their officers and the citizens whom they serve," continued Mr. Skellern.

" We are receiving orders from several distributors for the Cobra StunLight, ChemStream™ and PracticeStream™ canisters and ChemWipe™ products to support Cobra StunLight program placement by law enforcement agencies throughout North America." stated Shaunt Hartounian," Regional Sales Director for Universal's Shield Defense Tactical Products Group.

About the San Diego County Sheriff's Department

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is the chief law enforcement agency in the County of San Diego. The department is comprised of approximately 4,000 employees, both sworn officers and professional support staff. The department provides general law enforcement and jail functions for the people of San Diego County in a service area of approximately 4,200 square miles. In addition, the department provides specialized regional services to the entire county, whether they are needed in incorporated cities within the county or in the unincorporated areas not serviced by a city law enforcement agency.

About Universal Guardian Product Group

Shield Defense International (SDI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., designs and produces non-lethal weapons and systems that provide law enforcement, military, professional security and consumers with multiple offensive and defensive use-of-force options to address appropriate threat conditions in today's growing global security and terrorist environments. www.ShieldDefense.com

About Universal Guardian Systems Group

ISR Systems, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., provides multi-level secure, integrated and interoperable security systems that facilitate surveillance, threat detection and tracking to protect inter-modal transportation, seaport and airport facilities, and critical infrastructure from asymmetrical terrorist and security threats. ISR systems provide automated decision support from its command and control centers to coordinate notification and tactical responses among multiple agencies to interdict or respond to potential security threats. www.ISRsystems.com

About Universal Guardian Services Group

SecureRisks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc, is a London based global security group providing practical risk solutions, tactical security products and services, and critical infrastructure protection in today's most challenging environments from regional hubs located in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, South America, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Asia Pacific. www.SecureRisks.com

About Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiary companies Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian Global Security Group comprises everything from strategic and tactical security services, business risk solutions, integrated and interoperable security systems, to non-lethal defense products. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of security applications for transportation and global supply chain security, maritime security and critical infrastructure protection for government and multi-national businesses on every continent. www.UniversalGuardian.com

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This news release contains certain forward-looking statements pertaining to future anticipated projected plans, performance and developments, as well as other statements relating to future operations and results. Any statements in this news release that are not statements of historical fact may be considered to be forward-looking statements. Written words such as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "intends," "goal," "objective," "seek," "attempt," or variations of these or similar words, identify forward-looking statements. These statements by their nature are estimates of future results only and involve substantial risks and uncertainties, including those detailed from time to time in Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.'s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from expectations. These risks factors include potential customer interest in the sale and production of Cobra StunLight™ and Riot Defender™ and their accessories.

Further information is available on the Company's website: www.UniversalGuardian.com

Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/24/2006 -- Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: UGHO - News), a full service provider of non-lethal protection products, global supply chain logistics systems and security services to protect against terrorist, criminal and security threats to governments and businesses worldwide, announced that its Services Group subsidiary, Secure Risks - Strategic Security Solutions (SR-SSSI), has been awarded a new contract from PAE-HSC Joint Venture to provide security support services to the Justice Sector Support Program for Afghanistan under PAE-HSC's prime contract with the United States Department of State.

"This new contract represents yet another expansion of our operations in the region and clearly demonstrates the confidence that companies such as PAE-HSC have in our organization's ability to deliver the highest level of strategic and tactical security services to the U.S. government agencies," stated Bruce Braes, Managing Director of SR-SSSI. "We continue to demonstrate solid revenue growth in our business group by securing new contracts. We now hold executed contracts in excess of $19.25 Million USD in value for FY 2006, along with options to extend existing contracts which, if exercised, are anticipated to have a projected value of $60 Million USD over the course of the next three years," continued Mr. Braes.

Considering last years revenues for the first 9 months of approximately $8.8 million and the 2005 year end projection of approximately $11.7 million these new in hand contracts represent a massive gain in new business for the Company and it's only the 1st quarter. With 9 months left in 2006 and 2 other divisions (ISR Systems and Shield Defense) we believe the 2 x market capitalization to projected revenue is extremely low based on the current price of $.92 cents. We believe at the current pace the Company is securing new contract business that the 2006 year over year revenue projections will match or exceed last years projected 185% revenue increase. The Company should easily attain based on these projections the 2006 $35 million forecast UGHO publicly announced. We also feel that the client list involved with the Company leaves a tremendous amount of room for expansion worldwide on existing contracts.

The client list includes:

• U.S. Department of Homeland Security

• U.S. Department of State

• U.S. Army

• U.S. Navy

• U.S. Air Force

• British Government

• British Nuclear Energy

• Canadian Foreign Ministry

• Government of the Netherlands

• Indonesian National Police

• Argentine Foreign Ministry

• International Reconstruction and Development Agency • Lockheed Martin

• Northrop Grumman

• Boeing

• Raytheon

• BAE

• United Technologies

• Exxon Mobil

• Fluor International

• Bechtel

• ING Barings Bank / International Afghanistan Bank

• Standard and Chartered Bank

• Coca Cola

With an up and coming non lethal weapons division currently in pilot programs with notables such as the Los Angles Sheriff's Department and distribution partners such as U.S. Cavalry and Mexican distributor, VICGA, SA of Monterrey, Mexico we believe that sizable sales from this division are on target.

Add in the RFID division and the current cargo tracking test ongoing with the State of Alaska and Franwell (The results of the project will likely be presented in April at the annual USDA Food Aid Conference) as well as the incredible opportunity to have a hand in the recent hot topic of Port and Container Security we can only reach one conclusion…..

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Newport Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/3/2006 -- UNIVERSAL GUARDIAN HOLDINGS, INC. (OTCBB: UGHO), an emerging global leader in inter-modal transportation security, global supply chain RFID systems, tactical products and security services to protect against terrorist, criminal and security threats, today announced that its Universal Guardian's Systems Group, ISR Systems, will deploy its RFIDCentral™ Print Farm on March 27, 2006 in Hong Kong to enable companies whom manufacture products in Asia to meet international retailer mandates without purchasing or deploying any equipment.

"RFID is still new to many companies, they want to get started but are reluctant because of costs and technical challenges associated with their suppliers or manufacturing operations. Our new RFIDCentral™ Print Farm utilizes Zebra Technologies advanced printers in combination with our powerful RFIDCentral™ platform to enable suppliers and manufacturers of all sizes to harness the efficiency and emerging RFID mandates without incurring additional system expense. We can provide EPC (Electronic Product Code) RFID tags for goods manufactured in Asia within 24 hours," stated Herbert Goertz, Universal's ISR Systems President.

ISR Systems RFIDCentral™ software suite is a simple yet powerful web based system that provides advanced supply chain visibility and control including standard interfaces to the major ERP packages and retailer systems. From any web browser users can securely log into their system and print electronic product codes (EPC) and retailer compliant RFID labels, generate advanced shipping notices (ASNs), check inventory levels, and locate shipments.

"We are excited about working with Universal's ISR Systems in Asia, the company has an extensive history in China with RFID supply chain solutions" stated Bob Cornick, Vice President and General Manager of RFID, Zebra Technologies Corporation. "The volume of goods produced in Asia is astronomical and we see a huge market for RFID source tagging. We think ISR System's RFIDCentral™ combined with Zebra printing solutions is a win-win combination which can provide immediate RFID tagged Asian goods," continued Mr. Cornick.

About Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian Global Security Group comprises everything from strategic and tactical security services, business risk solutions, integrated and interoperable security systems, to non-lethal defense products. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of security applications for transportation, and global supply chain security and visibility, maritime security and critical infrastructure protection for government and multi-national businesses on every continent. http://www.UniversalGuardian.com

About Universal Guardian Systems

Universal Guardian's Systems Group, ISR Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc., is a global provider of integrated and interoperable asset tracking and systems for global supply chain applications, inter-modal transportation, and seaport security. Its RFIDCentral™ platform provides RFID Source Tagging and Asset Tracking for a multitude of applications for government and business applications worldwide. http://www.ISRsystems.com

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