Lufthansa Cargo Emphasizes Long-Standing Connections with Indian Airfreight Market        
Freighter services to Mumbai increased
Lufthansa Cargo emphasizes long-standing connections with Indian airfreight market
by Shrutee K/DNS
The Frankfurt-based air freight carrier Lufthansa Cargo has increased its freighter services to Mumbai. Since July, the airline operates four instead of three freighter flights to the Indian megacity. “This change sees us strengthening our position in the regional airfreight market”, says Frank Naeve, Lufthansa Cargo Vice President Asia-Pacific.
Lufthansa’s cargo arm also serves the Indian metropoles Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, each with two freighter services a week. Additionally, the cargo capacity of 42 weekly passenger flights between various Indian cities and the hubs in Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna is offered by the German logistic company.

“We are proud to have had long-standing connections with customers in the Indian air cargo industry since 1959. Our aim is to build on this in the future”, says Peter Gerber, Lufthansa Cargo CEO and chairman of the board. Two years ago, the Lufthansa Cargo emphasized this by renaming its McDonnell-Douglas MD-11 freighter with registration D-ALCJ “Namaste India”.
About Lufthansa Cargo AG : Lufthansa Cargo ranks among the world’s leading air freight carriers. In the 2016 business year, the airline transported around 1.6 million tonnes of freight and mail and sold 8.4 billion revenue tonne-kilometres. The company currently employs about 4,500 people worldwide. Lufthansa Cargo focuses on the airport-to-airport business. The cargo carrier serves around 300 destinations in more than 100 countries with its own fleet of freighters, the belly capacities of passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Eurowings, and an extensive road feeder service network. The bulk of the cargo business is routed through Frankfurt Airport. Lufthansa Cargo is a wholly owned Lufthansa subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

          Case study: Youth-oriented nonprofit overcomes limited budget with Google tools        

Just because you don’t have a big budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a big impact. Robin Bossert found that to be true when he started Navigators USA, a nonprofit that provides scouting experiences for children and their parents to help them spend more time outdoors. With over 100 independent chapters in the US and a shoestring budget, Navigators USA uses Google for Nonprofits tools to maintain and grow their organization.

Case Study
As an organization that works with youth, Navigators USA needed to have a way to maintain privacy and security while still being able to share information quickly and efficiently with parents. They use Google Groups and Sites to control access when sharing information. Juggling so many chapters across the country can be a challenge. To keep an open dialogue and get timely feedback from chapter leaders, they use Google Forms to send out questionnaires and use Google Drive to share trip ideas with other chapters. Handling logistics like shipping uniforms across the country is managed through Google Sheets and enables them to track their inventory and make sure their chapters have the supplies they need. By not having to worry about their technology budget or capabilities, Navigators USA can focus on building a movement and get more children outside. 

Watch Robin and other members discuss how they used Google tools to help manage and grow Navigators USA here. 

          Get the Biggest Bang for Your Tradeshow Buck with These Tips        
By:  Andrew Johnson, Ph.D. Tradeshows can be a great place to get the word out about your product and also to keep abreast of late breaking news, trends and opportunities.  However, they can also be very expensive.  Registration fees, travel costs, shipping and other logistical costs, not to mention opportunity costs by having your sales […]
          Food Logistics Magazine Includes LiftnBuddy on Logistics Innovators List        
Food Logistics Magazine Includes LiftnBuddy on Logistics Innovators List
          Ergologistics Liftn Buddy Named Top Ten Logistics Innovators by Food Logistics        
Ergologistics Liftn Buddy Named Top Ten Logistics Innovators by Food Logistics
          MODEX Exhibitor Ergologistics Finalist in WTG Supply Chain Awards        
MODEX Exhibitor Ergologistics Finalist in WTG Supply Chain Awards
          MODEX Exhibitor Ergologistic Profiled in Business Excellence Magazine        
MODEX Exhibitor Ergologistic Profiled in Business Excellence Magazine
          MODEX Exhibitor Ergologistic Profiled in Ideal Handing        
MODEX Exhibitor Ergologistic Profiled in Ideal Handing Newsletter
          MODEX Exhibitor Ergologistic Profiled in Industrial Electronics Today        
MODEX Exhibitor Ergologistic Profiled in Industrial Electronics Today
          Business Excellence Magazine Profiles Ergologistics        
Business Excellence Magazine Profiles Electric Hand Truck Breakthrough by Ergologistics
          Heavy Equipment Operator - Total Oilfield Rentals LP - Lloydminster, SK        
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          Moldovan State Chancellery informs about contest to employ three consultans in child's protection sector        

The State Chancellery has informed about a contest for the employment of three consultants, with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), to back the work of the national council for the protection of child’s rights, and in particular, of its standing secretariat, the government’s communication and protocol department has reported.  

It is about the:  

-  Legal consultant (full working schedule);

-  Consultant on communication (reduced schedule);

-  Consultant on implementation and logistic (full schedule).


The period of employment is August-December 2017.


The conditions of participation in the contest are available at:


          Tobacco Use Disorder Among Patients With Smoking-related Chronic Medical Disease: Association With Comorbid Substance Use Disorders        
imageIntroduction: Very little is known of the behavioral vulnerabilities of patients diagnosed with smoking-related chronic medical illness who continue to smoke, potentially worsening morbidity and mortality risks. This study explores the association of tobacco use disorder (TUD) among those with smoking-related chronic medical illnesses with other substance use disorders (SUDs) and risk factors. Methods: Among veterans with smoking-related chronic medical illnesses identified from the National Veterans Health Administration administrative records from fiscal year 2012, we compared the characteristics of those with a diagnosis of TUD (International Classification of Diseases, 9th edition code 305.xx; n = 519,918), and those without such a diagnosis (n = 2,691,840). Using multiple logistic regression, we further explored the independent association of factors associated with TUD. Results: SUD prevalence was markedly higher among those with TUD (24.9% vs 5.44%), including alcohol use disorder (20.4% vs 4.3%) and drug use disorder (13.5% vs 2.6%), compared with nonsmokers. On multiple logistic regression analyses, alcohol use disorder (odds ratio [OR] 2.94, 95% confidence interval [CI] 2.90–2.97) and drug use disorder (OR 1.97, 95% CI 1.94–1.99) were independently associated with current TUD diagnosis. Having any single SUD was associated with considerably high odds of having TUD (OR 3.32, 95% CI 3.29–2.36), and having multiple SUDs with even further increased risk (OR 4.09, 95% CI 4.02–4.16). Conclusions: A substantial proportion of people with TUD diagnosis despite concurrent smoking-related medical illnesses are also likely to have other comorbid SUDs, complicating efforts at smoking cessation, and requiring a broader approach than standard nicotine-dependence interventions.
          Treating Opioid Dependence With Injectable Extended-Release Naltrexone (XR-NTX): Who Will Respond?        
imageObjectives: Once-monthly intramuscular extended-release naltrexone (XR-NTX) has demonstrated efficacy for the prevention of relapse in opioid dependence, providing an alternative to agonist or partial agonist maintenance (ie, methadone and buprenorphine). The question remains, for whom is this unique treatment most efficacious and can patient-treatment matching factors be identified? Methods: A moderator analysis was conducted on a previously reported 24-week, placebo-controlled, multisite, randomized controlled trial of XR-NTX (n = 126) versus placebo (n = 124) among recently detoxified opioid-dependent adults in Russia, which showed XR-NTX superior to placebo in proportion of opioid abstinent weeks. The moderator analysis examined a dichotomous indicator of good clinical response—achieving at least 90% of weeks abstinent over the 24-week trial. A series of logistic regression models were fit for this outcome as functions of treatment (XR-NTX vs placebo), each baseline moderator variable, and their interactions. The 25 baseline variables included demographics, clinical severity (Addiction Severity Index, SF-36, and Clinical Global Impression-Severity), functioning (EQ-5D), craving, and HIV serostatus (HIV+). Results: More XR-NTX patients achieved 90% abstinence (64/126, 51%) versus placebo (39/124, 31%; P = 0.002). There were no significant interactions between baseline variables and treatment. There was a significant main effect of Clinical Global Impression-Severity score (P = 0.02), such that higher severity score was associated with a lower rate of Good Clinical Response. Conclusions: The absence of significant baseline by treatment interactions indicates that no patient-treatment matching variables could be identified. This suggests that XR-NTX was effective in promoting abstinence from opioids across a range of demographic and severity characteristics.
          Associations Between Khat Use and HIV Risk and Status Among Voluntary Counseling and Testing Center Clients in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia        
imageObjectives: Ethiopia is 1 of 15 countries that account for nearly 75% of all people living with HIV. Khat use, a common practice in Ethiopia and sub-Saharan Africa, has gained attention as a potential risk factor for HIV. Our objective was to evaluate associations between khat use and demographic and risk-taking characteristics (alcohol use, sexual behavior), and also associations between HIV status and these characteristics among voluntary counseling and testing clients in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among Pro Pride voluntary counseling and testing center clients, aged 18 to 49 years, from November 2009 to March 2010. All clients were approached, and 98.8% of these (684) completed a self-administered questionnaire. Associations between khat use, alcohol use, multiple sexual partners, and HIV status were assessed using logistic regression models. Results: Using khat in the past 90 days (current khat use) was significantly associated with being Muslim, being male, alcohol use, and having a greater number of sex partners in one's lifetime. The adjusted odds of current khat use was almost 7-fold higher in those having 4 or more sexual partners in their lifetime (adjusted odds ratio 6.89, 95% confidence interval 3.87, 12.25) as compared with those with 1 or none. HIV-positive status was significantly associated with age, employment, marital status, number of sex partners in one's lifetime, and khat use. Having used khat in one's lifetime, but not currently, past khat use, was associated with over a 2-fold increased adjusted odds (adjusted odds ratio 2.64, 95% confidence interval 1.13, 6.19) of being HIV-infected. Conclusions: Our findings highlight associations between current khat use and the modifiable factors of number of lifetime sexual partners and alcohol use. In addition, we observed the association between HIV status and past khat use after adjusting for age, marital status, and number of sex partners in one's lifetime.
          Participação do Projeto Motorista Legal na Transamil        

A empresa Transamil Logistic executou nos dias 18 e 19/04/2010 o Projeto Motorista Legal. Foram realizadas diversas palestras. O instrutor de Trânsito Elixsandro Seixas representou o CFC Shaloon ministrando palestra de Direção Defensiva e Economia Doméstica. Confira as fotos.

          Mission (just about) accomplished        
I was tired when I got home from Cambodia (via Istanbul), and the last thing I really wanted to hear was that my staff were having problems in Niger and I needed to join them as soon as possible in order to rescue the mission.

It turned out that none of the planning had been done as one team member had been confined to bed with a painful attack of gout.  The other team member had arrived in Niger late after her flight was delayed by ten hours, and also stressed from her experience on the flight.  Stopped at Bamako for some passengers to leave and others to join the flight, she suddenly realised her laptop was missing.  In her distress she managed to persuade the crew to let her briefly disembark to chase after the departing passengers, and finding them still in the terminal she announced that her laptop was missing and she wanted everyone to open their bags.  A man who'd been sitting near her (and trying unsuccessfully to chat her up for much of the flight) came forward and handed it over.  He'd thought it belonged to another woman who'd got off the flight, blah, blah, blah...

Perhaps her immune system was down after the stresses of her journey, as she then fell sick with malaria and spent the next five days in bed.

So they needed me to join them much earlier than intended so as to take on some of the work.  I ran around changing my flight, getting an additional few days' visa, etc (all made more difficult by the fact that all of my admin and logistics colleagues were away on a training course), and flew out to join them on the Saturday evening.  Due to full hotels we were all staying in different places, so they had agreed to bring a big pile of files to me on the Sunday as preparatory reading for my intended two days out in the field visiting projects, but the taxi drivers were all on strike so I had to sit there twiddling my thumbs until an office driver got to me on the Monday morning.  Laden down with the files we drove the 160km to the Dosso field office, and after the day's work I spent the evening, until midnight, on my reading.  There was little else to do in any case as the hotel restaurant was closed and with no street lighting and no torch I was restricted to a beer from the hotel bar for my dinner.

The next morning I was therefore quite hungry and could hardly believe it when told that the restaurant was still closed, with the chef not expected in for another couple of hours.  So I wandered out into the street, searching for somewhere selling food.  As Dosso is a kind of crossroads for travellers (mostly truckers) going from Niger to Benin or Nigeria, I quickly found somewhere.  No menu, just a chunk of baguette served with hot white beans, a dollop of mayonnaise and a glug of oil, but it was nicer than it sounds and a bargain at only 40¢.

Once in the office, I gave them the list of projects I wanted to visit so that they could make the necessary arrangements.  They came back looking concerned.  There had been a kidnapping of six NGO staff on the Sunday night, so apparently meetings had been held the previous day between security officers of the NGOS and the UN agencies, and the decision had been made to stop all field visits.  I was also told that there was to be no movement between the country office and the field offices, so I had to stay put.  With two policemen guarding my room that night!

I have to say that I felt it was all a huge overreaction; the kidnap had taken place 650km away, and as the kidnappers now had six hostages to deal with I thought it unlikely that they would be on the hunt for more.  Besides, this wasn't the first kidnapping of NGO staff in Niger over the past few years.  But I am not an expert on security matters, and obviously had to do what I was told in the circumstances.

Overreaction or not, it meant I couldn't carry out the work that was my reason for going to Dosso, so the next day they agreed to transport me back to Niamey.

Thankfully the other half of our planned project vists had been done a couple of days earlier so we were still able to draw some conclusions from our trip and produce a final report.

Time to go home, and although our homes are in different places the first leg of the journey, Niamey - Ouagadougou, was the same for all three so we travelled together to the airport early on the Wednesday morning.  This trip hadn't done with us yet though, as we found that the aeroplane had not arrived the previous evening, and with no other flights departing Niamey that day we could not be re-routed.  So we were sent back to the hotel to wait.  A chance to phone my Mum, to take a dip in the pool, it wasn't all bad, but at the same time I really had been away for long enough and was keen to get home.  Friday was a public holiday so I had a long weekend to look forward to.

Eventually, late afternoon, we got the call to go back to the airport; the plane had finally arrived.  At check-in I was asked whether I wanted to collect my luggage in Ouagadougou or check it through to Dakar.  I pointed out that as I had missed the midday connection with the Dakar flight it was a bit difficult to answer without more information on the rearranged connection.  At this they looked a little confused - it turned out they hadn't thought about that so I hadn't been booked on to any new connecting flight.

After more than an hour waiting for information, I was told that unfortunately the next flight from Ouaga to Dakar was not until Friday lunchtime and so I would have to spend two nights in transit in Ouagadougou.  I was not pleased but of course there was nothing I could do.  In fact I was nearly removed from the Friday flight as I refused point blank to pay $50 for a transit visa, arguing that it was the airline's fault and so they would have to pay.  Fine in theory but all the airline's staff were off enjoying the public holiday...  But I made the flight and finally collapsed into bed at home on Friday night.

Getting things done in Africa is rarely easy but this trip had managed to really pack in the challenges.
          Starting an international freight company        
An international freight company is basically responsible for making all arrangements and also to provide all necessary facilities to carry goods from one location to another.

Let???s learn how to start a business of transporting goods? If you already have experience working within a transportation business, and wanted to know what would be required to start your own, here are some basics to get started.

Often the key to successfully manage a business is to have experience and prior knowledge about it, very different from learning how to drive on the road. Especially when it comes to business transportation it is very important that you know everything very well about the demands that the government has.

In the U.S., there are large established companies since many years and they also operate offices throughout the country and internationally, such as UPS, DHL, Fedex, and of course the national postal and USPS (United States Postal Service). According to the size and age, the companies offer many benefits and services that they can not offer smaller companies, but as a carrier, a small business can specialize in offering different services and find their niche with specific advantages that other carriers could not offer.

The most important thing to be able to develop your business in transportation is to develop a business plan with required amount of cash, and knowing your potential customers who know the laws and regulations regulated by the state.

Hence before you plan to start international freight company of your own, do consider some minor things so that you can grow your freight company rapidly.

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          IPIC 2017 Physical Internet in Research and Practice        
Marcel Huschebeck, Manager Logistics Research at PTV, Dr. Benoit Montreuil, Chair and Professor at Georgia Tech, Coca-Cola Material Handling & Distribution Center, Atlanta, GA, and inventor of the Physical Internet und Dr. Michael Nutto, Solution Director PTV xServer (f.l.t.r.) at IPIC 2017.

Marcel Huschebeck, Dr. Benoit Montreuil, Chair and Professor at Georgia Tech, Coca-Cola Material Handling & Distribution Center, Atlanta, GA, and inventor of the Physical Internet and Dr. Michael Nutto, Solution Director PTV xServer (f.l.t.r.) at IPIC 2017.

The 4th International Physical Internet Conference took place at LogistikWerkstatt Graz in early July (please also read our press release).Read more

          PTV Insights: AEOLIX – a pan-European intermodal logistics solution        
Marcel Huschebeck, Manager Logistics Research Manager Logistics Research at PTV Group, talks about the challenges and objectives of the AEOLIX project.

Marcel Huschebeck, Manager Logistics Research at PTV Group, talks about the challenges and objectives of the AEOLIX project.

At PTV Insights our employees present their current projects and latest product development. Marcel Huschebeck, Manager Logistics Research at PTV Group, outlines the challenges and objectives of the AEOLIX project (Architecture for EurOpean Logistics Information eXchange).Read more

          baromètre 2010 CPV/Club Démèter Environnement et logistique        

« L'engagement des firmes dans le développement durable et dans les activités de la Supply Chain »

2ème baromètre CPV Associés /Club Déméter Environnement et Logistique réalisé avec la participation des étudiants en Master 2 du CRET LOG (centre de recherche Aix Marseille II) et auprès des 35 entreprises membres du Club Déméter, dont 40% de prestataires logistiques – 35% industriels – 25% distributeurs.

Ce baromètre, représentatif d'un ensemble d'acteurs de la chaîne logistique globale, illustre la vision d'une vingtaine d'entreprises « militantes » déjà fortement engagées dans une démarche de progrès.

Leur responsabilité sociétale (45%) les motive à s'engager dans une politique de développement durable ; elles jugent (100%), indispensable l'implication de la Direction Générale dans la conduite de ces projets. Dans 1/3 des cas, une Direction du développement durable est porteuse de la démarche au sein de l'entreprise.
Les entreprises ont impliqué à 80% leurs collaborateurs dans cette démarche, qu'elles développent également avec leurs fournisseurs, clients, transporteurs et filiales.

En priorité les actions reposent sur la mise en place d'indicateurs (24%), la modélisation de la chaîne logistique (17%) et la mutualisation (12%).
Les indicateurs les plus mis en place sont : le taux de remplissage (80%) – le nombre de palettes par véhicule (70%) – les émissions de CO2 (65%).
Les émissions de CO2 arrivant en tête (35%) des actions envisagées en priorité.
Elles sont 30% à avoir mis en place des indicateurs mensuels.

74% d'entre elles ont intégré une clause développement durable dans leurs contrats de prestations logistiques et 88% sont prêtes à sanctionner les prestataires qui ne la respecteraient pas.

La participation des salariés dans les projets « développement durable » est le premier critère d'implication (40%) ; la formation et les objectifs individuels ressortent comme étant essentiels (21%) dans les projets DD.

Les entreprises cherchent avant tout à réaliser des économies sur les postes : électricité, papier, carburant, eau et kilomètres parcourus.
Elles réalisent avant tout des investissements, en formation (80%), études et matériel (70%), qu'elles jugent d'ailleurs acceptables pour 55%, d'entre elles.
A 56 %, elles jugent « faibles » les surcoûts engagés en faveur des actions liées au développement durable.
Plus de la moitié d'entre elles revalorisent entre 50% et 100% de leurs déchets.
68% des entreprises interrogées utilisent plusieurs modes de transport. Le ferroviaire est utilisé à 61%, contre 39% le fluvial.
44% d'entre elles considèrent que leur implication dans le Club Déméter Environnement et Logistique les ont encouragées à utiliser des modes de transport moins polluants. Néanmoins, nous notons que les actions de transfert modal sont très complexes à mettre en œuvre.
63% de ces entreprises ont engagés une démarche HQE sur un de leurs entrepôts. Et même si une entreprise sur 3 effectue cette démarche pour être en accord avec la future réglementation, elles sont tout de même 45% à revendique la volonté de l'entreprise, comme étant le moteur principal ce cette initiative. Elles pensent d'ailleurs à l'unanimité que la norme HQE deviendra un standard de référence dans leur activité.

72% des entreprises se disent prêtes à réaliser des partenariats logistiques avec leurs concurrents directs.
Globalement (88%) considèrent que la réglementation est une opportunité pour repenser ou faire évoluer leur modèle logistique.

Enfin, par rapport au baromètre 2009, où l'implication de la Direction Générale était le facteur essentiel, nous constatons cette année la prise de conscience profonde de la mission DD avec la culture et la politique de l'entreprise (44% des réponses).
Néanmoins le financement et le coût des projets liés au développement durable demeurent une préoccupation.

Ainsi ces nouveaux résultats confirment l'intégration de plus en plus forte et structurante du développement durable dans les stratégies Supply Chain des firmes qui composent le Club Déméter. On note également une forte prise de conscience accordée aux aspects managériaux et sociaux des projets développement durable et une complète absence de sensibilité des projets encours à la suspension de certaines mesures issues du Grenelle de l'environnement. Ce panel illustre les engagements à long terme d'un ensemble d'entreprises militantes convaincues que par l'action et la concertation entre les acteurs de la chaine logistique, le développement durable est davantage une opportunité de progrès pour tous, qu'un ensemble de contraintes.

A propos de :
CPV Associés
CPV Associés est un cabinet de conseil en optimisation de la chaîne logistique globale au service des performances des firmes industrielles, commerciales, de prestations logistiques et des organismes publics. L'expertise de CPV concerne, entre autre le conseil stratégique et l'accompagnement des projets « développement durable » (Gaz à effet de serre : modélisation, calcul et simulation des émissions sur un réseau logistique – l'assistance à la mise en place de projets logistiques liés au développement durable. CPV Associés est organisateur du Club Déméter, Environnement et Logistique.

Le Club Déméter Environnement et Logistique

Créée en 2004, l'association Club Déméter Environnement et Logistique réunit des membres permanents qui sont des entreprises leaders de l'industrie, de la distribution, de la prestation logistique et du secteur public,
L'enjeu est de mettre en œuvre des solutions opérationnelles destinées à maîtriser les impacts environnementaux et particulièrement à réduire les émissions de CO2 dans la conception des stratégies logistiques des firmes et de favoriser le dialogue entre les différents partenaires impliqués.
Les objectifs prioritaires étant de promouvoir, expérimenter et mettre en œuvre des actions concrètes, mesurables et respectueuses, dans les trois domaines de prédilection du Développement Durable : l'économie, le social et l'environnement.


Les membres du Club Déméter Environnement et Logistique

ADEME Port Autonome de Paris
Auchan Région Ile-de-France
Bel Seb
Brasseries Kronenbourg Sogaris
Carrefour SRS
Casino Staci
Coca Cola Entreprise STEF-TFE
Colgate Palmolive Transalliance
Danone Eaux France Université de la Méditerranée Aix Marseille II
Ecole des Mines
FM Logistic
ID Logistics
LR Services
Mairie de Paris
Ministère de l'écologie, de l'Energie, du Développement Durable et de l'Aménagement du Territoire
Nestlé waters
Orangina Schweppes
Procter & Gamble

Le baromètre complet est disponible sur simple demande

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          Volunteering: Maine!        
Allied Whale, the marine mammal research lab of College of the Atlantic located in Bar Harbor, Maine, seeks 4 interns for the 2010 summer field season.

Two three-month positions (June-August) and two five-month positions (June-October)are available.

Individuals will assist in numerous research projects monitoring humpback, finback and North Atlantic right whales, including off-shore surveys, data collection on local whale watching boats, tower surveys on our remote off-shore research base,passive acoustic monitoring, and general logistics. Individuals will be able to earn limited income as deckhands. Research responsibilities include photo-identification
of whales and data collection/entry. Deckhand responsibilities include line handling, vessel cleaning, and passenger safety. Training will be provided.

The applicants should have a college background in biology and/or zoology. Some knowledge of research methods is an advantage. Knowledge of marine mammals and seabirds is an asset. Previous experience in photography (conventional and digital) is helpful but not required. Applicants must be positive, flexible, able to work independently, and comfortable working offshore on boats.

These are entry-level research positions designed to offer experience for individuals seeking to develop their professional careers in marine mammal research.

The positions begin June 1st and applicants must be able to work through with no other commitments (excluding COA students).

Please specify which position you are interested in.

Hours will vary depending on schedules, housing is provided and mandatory for a fee (~$100/wk).

Application deadline is March 22, 2010.

Please send a cover letter detailing your reasons for applying, a resume, and two letters of recommendation to:

Interns 2010
Allied Whale
105 Eden St.
Bar Harbor, Maine, 04609
Or e-mail to:

Leah M. Crowe
Allied Whale
(207) 288-5644

          Volunteer: California!        


The California Wildlife Center in Malibu, California, seeks applicants for spring and summer internships working with stranded marine mammals. These are part time 8-week internship positions beginning March 15th (Spring session) and May 15th (Summer session). There is some flexibility of start dates. These internship positions are unpaid.

Summary/Program Description:

The California Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured, orphaned and sick native wildlife. CWC fulfills this mission through marine mammal rescue, and treatment of avian and terrestrial wildlife in our rehabilitation hospital.

This internship will provide an exciting and challenging educational
experience in the marine mammal field, while also allowing for additional hands-on experience with other native California wildlife. The interns will be working closely with the Marine Mammal program staff in all aspects of stranding response, including logistics, assessment, capture/restraint,transport to the marine mammal rehabilitation facility, and public relations. In addition, interns will provide support to CWC Hospital staff in animal husbandry tasks for avian and terrestrial wildlife.

Intern Responsibilities & Qualifications:

- The internship is open to all applicants at least 18 years of age or older. Undergraduate students and non-students alike are encouraged to apply.

- If the intern intends to receive academic credit, the intern will be responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institutions.

- Spring internships are 3 days a week, minimum 24 hours per week for 8 weeks.
- Summer internships are 4 days a week, minimum 32 hours per week for 8 weeks.

- Due to the unpredictable nature of marine mammal stranding response, interns may sometimes be required to work beyond their normal scheduled hours.

- Interns must be able and willing to work flexible hours including weekends and holidays.

- Interns will be required to have good physical strength and the ability to lift/carry 50 lbs. Interns need to have the ability to
multitask and work in a fast paced environment.

- Animal care and/or marine mammal experience is a plus but not required. Applicant must demonstrate proof of negative TB test within the past year and a current tetanus vaccination.

Under supervision of Marine Mammal staff, duties will include:

- Answering and responding to all calls, pages and messages concerning
marine mammals in a timely and courteous manner
- Assessing stranded marine mammals
- Coordinating and leading responder team in the capture and handling of stranded marine mammals needing medical attention
- Coordinating transport of stranded marine mammals to the rehabilitation facility
- Completion of NMFS Level A data sheets. Maintaining detailed database records of Malibu strandings, including reports of stranding, human interaction issues, etc.
- Assist with marine mammal necropsy and sample collection
- Ensuring marine mammal-designated equipment is kept in clean working order
- Maintaining good rapport with representatives of various public agencies


Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern. Must have own transportation and current drivers license. Very limited on-sire housing is available (i.e., up to 2 individuals at a time). All individuals selected for on-site housing, regardless of Session, will be required to complete 40 hours/week.

Application Process:

Interested individuals must send the following:

* Letter of intent
* Resume
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Your letter of intent must state the Session you are applying for and detail interests, experience, housing accommodations and availability.

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          My 10 Least Favorite Things About Living and Teaching in Korea        
I've got a week left here in Korea before I go home to start grad school and say goodbye to the Sparkling Hermit Kingdom of Morning Calm for good. I've lived and taught here for two years, and it has been wonderful and terrible, glorious and excruciating, boring and exciting, eye opening and let-me-just-tune-out-the-world-and-watch-television-for-weeks-on-end.

I thought I'd finish out the year with two last posts: my ten favorite things about living here and my ten least favorite things. So that we end on a positive note, here are ten things that I have found consistently, repeatedly, powerfully annoying.

10. "Hello! Howareyou! Whereareyoufrom!" This is at the bottom of the list because in slightly modified form, it can actually be nice. When I pass an ajuma and her 4 year old granddaughter and the ajuma smiles and tells her granddaughter to say hello, it's really sweet. When I'm in the right mood, it can make me smile for a bunch of middle school girls to get over themselves and say hello and then giggle for fifteen seconds. But when I pass a group of college aged boys (or grown men!) across the street and one yells out "whereareyoufrom!" and the others start laughing uproariously, that's annoying.

9. Auto exhaust. I like to run and I walk everywhere, so I spend a lot of time "with" cars, trucks and scooters. I don't know what it is that our exhaust tests in the states get off the road, but the majority of autos here put out a foul, noxious gas that I'm sure is just destroying my lungs. Of course the tractors and scooters are even worse.

8. Sewers rising. Again, I don't know what they've done in the US to prevent the smells of sewers from rising into the streets, but they certainly haven't figured it out here. The national dish is kimchi -- rotting (er, sorry, fermenting) cabbage with garlic, fish sauce, shrimp paste and chilies. Unfortunately, that's what everyone shits and it smells even worse than you would imagine.

7. Fan death and other insanity. A lot of Koreans (maybe a majority. really. even doctors.) think that if you sleep with a fan on in your room you will die. A lot of Koreans also think that Korea is the pinnacle of culture and accomplishment. Logic here is... to be culturally sensitive, I'll say different, though having studied symbolic logic, I feel pretty comfortable saying it's just either missing or gets beat out by antiquated cultural beliefs. Ignorance and delusion are everywhere.

6. Logistical challenges. A lot of things are a lot harder in a foreign country. Often to buy something, I have to ask a Korean friend for help. I'm not going to miss feeling like a retarded four year old.

5. Volume and style of speech. Korean men are much worse than the women on this, though plenty of women are plenty annoying as well. Fresh from the west, you would honestly think a discussion on where to go to lunch was a boiling blood feud. Koreans love to eat and drink outside (which I love), and there's a nice spot just below my apartment window (which I don't love). For hours on end two women will sit pouring soju (the Korean version of sake, except it's vile) for men talking and yelling and interrupting and gesticulating at volumes I thought impossible. No time of day or location is off limits for this manner of communication.

4. Confucianism. Confucius mapped out social relationships to try to produce social harmony (the ultimate goal of Confucianism) in any situation. According to Confucianism, the younger, female or lower status should be deferential and obedient, which often seems more like meek and unquestioning. I think social harmony is an admiral goal, and I think deference and humility are lacking in westerners, but the rigid way Confucianism operates in modern Korea creates manifold problems. As my coteacher (a 31 year old woman) said when she learned we wouldn't be having a retirement party for our principal (a 64 year old man) because the government found out he has been stealing money from the school, "Why does he still have job? If I am stealing, I don't have job one more day!"

3. The staring. Maybe now I know what it's like to be a gorgeous woman. No, not the same. I am stared at constantly. This was less true (though still common) in the big city, but in this rural little town, I'd say around half of the people I see on the streets just fix their gaze on me. I almost always look back, try to summon compassion and acknowledge them. Maybe one in ten gives me a nice smile and bows back (usually the older women), the rest look away until I've stopped looking at them, and then fix their stare right back on me. What really makes this hard is what's behind the stare:

2. Xenophobia. Korea has long been called the Hermit Kingdom and with good reason. Throughout its existence, Korea has had to fight off domination from China and empires of the Japanese, Mongolians and others. Even in modern times, Korea has remained remarkably isolated. Besides the utter unfamiliarity with anything not-Korean, there is also a deep (and historically valid) antipathy toward foreigners. I once asked three wealthy, cosmopolitan middle school students from Busan if they would allow their children to marry foreigners and all three said absolutely not. I have received a tremendous amount of kindness and welcome from Koreans, but with a few notable exceptions, there is always an element of my being not quite the same, not quite human. What I'm about to write is completely unfair -- there are so many differences and what I have faced here doesn't even enter into the same arena -- but living here has given me emotional insight into what it must have been (and be) like to be black in many times and places in the United States.

1. Missing events and holidays at home. All of the above end when I leave in a week. But one of my best friends got married this summer, and I missed two Christmases with my family, and those are gone forever. I wouldn't trade the experiences I've had for those that I missed, but without exception, the hardest days here have been the days I have most wanted to be home.

What do you think waegookin seonsaengnim... what would you have included that I've left out?
          Introducing FIU Master’s in Enterprise Logistics        

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           Public transport information web sites: How to get it right - A best practice guide         
Kenyon, S., Lyons, G. and Austin, J. (2001) Public transport information web sites: How to get it right - A best practice guide. The Institute of Logistics and Transport. ISBN 9781870214902 Available from:
          By: WVBotanist        
There is a lot of variability in stovepipe hats, they can be Abe Lincolnish or they can be somewhat like this or even more rounded like this So, I can see mistaking a very tall Bigfoot, complete with sagittal crest and uniformly colored, long dark fur, being described for an unusually tall person in a cloak, sporting some fine headwear. As far as Occam's razor goes, the crux of the matter lies in determining which possible solution is the simplest of solutions, considering all data. Occam's razor does not require abandonment of imagination - in fact, arriving at the simplest solution often involves considerable imagining to uncover. It simply requires eliminating portions of an explanation or solution that have no bearing on the overal predictive ability of the theory. In the case of a Bigfoot, the only assumptions required are that a) there is a bigfoot (context sensitive), and b) people could describe him as a tall man in a top hat and coat. Both required to arrive at a conclusion that the people actually saw bigfoot. Were this event taken alone, without the Bigfoot concept being pre-established (however debated), and used to suggest for the first time, the existence of a Bigfoot, the Occam's razor would say no, way. As it stands, there isn't enough data or complexity to either explanation to apply the razor, it just gets invoked in cases like this (not necessarily here) as strong opinion, belief, or faith, masquerading as a nominalist fact. In reality, Occam was describing how people think, anyway, much like a version of 'The scientific method' is employed every time something new is learned through experience. In summary, don't let Occam's razor or any expert in arguing the logistics of logical arguments cause you to dismiss a really good brainstorm. Just wait a bit before you buy that duct tape, there may be a more appropriate alternative.
          Logistics Analyst - Katalyst Healthcares & Life Sciences - Malvern, PA        
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          Sunday Free Flow        

Clears throat and channels inner radio personality, "It's 8:00 am, and what a beautiful Sunday morning it is in the Valley of the Sun. We're blowing off the dust and digging deep into the mental crates with DeBarge's 1983 hit, "A Dream". This goes out to all you gettin' old heads in denial and the silly youngsters who think the melody was stolen from the much later, but still great Tupac. Enjoy."

Eight something; surprising given last night's restlessness. It had to be two, or later when I finally shut down and agreed--after some gentle coaxing from the man, that it was time to retire for the day and from the worry.

My little place of peace is looking exceptionally tidy this morning; Yael is pulling out all the stops in exchange for a much coveted piece of Vampire Diaries replica jewelry. She's been so helpful since my surgery that it sorta makes up for the pubescent insanity that we've been struggling with since the separation.

I feel refreshed and ready for something fabulous today...or maybe I'm just ready for someone fabulous; Michael plans to visit soon. We're returning to center for a restorative breath after a few tender weeks. The distance has its advantages logistically as we're both adapting to major life changes, but there's no logic in love or the 2484.97 miles between us. We're pining.

My container garden is a great source of pride for me right now. Who could have known gardening would be so therapeutic. For so many years, I've been a notorious black thumb. I started the garden in December when Jordan moved out. I needed a distraction, and of course, something to nurture. Since then, I've taken on spider mites (and lost), aphids (and won), germinatin', propagatin', and harvesting. I'm sort of a big deal on the balcony. Laughs.

Coffee's tepid, gotta go.

Peace and Sunshine

          Happy Returns        
Early last week , I partook in a casual, neighborly chat which later manifested itself into an inspirational message. And, not just any inspirational message, but the push, the gentle nudge and the writing help I believe I needed.

During my morning walk, I came upon my neighbor Joe, a lanky older gentleman with a warm smile, an awkward gait and a plethora of knowledge about the goings-on in our complex. (More on the complexities of complex-dwelling for an introvert in posts to come.) As we made our way and routine niceties were out of the way, Joe cleared his throat and sort of randomly says, "Uh...yeah, I made it to church this Sunday." I smiled- in kind, at the sharing of information, in awkward embarrassment because I am not among the faith-filled, and lastly, in fear that the friendly talks that I've become quite fond of might somehow be thwarted if I don't play this right. (It should be known that I die inside a little each time socio politics, religion, race and education are presented for discussion.)

"Oh, did you, I say. How did it go? Excitedly, he tells me, "wonderfully, it was truly awesome". He said he was "moved" by the message and it really made him "feel great". Before I could vocalize my shared happiness at his experience, his tone and demeanor changed, just above a whisper, he leans in and says, "It's been two and a half years since I've been to church." He then winces, retreats, and I- lost for a moment turned slightly over my shoulder before realizing he was awaiting some sort of ...well, I dunno denouncement, admonishment, a verbal flogging? From me? Laughs. "I see", I say whilst nodding with my brows raised in intrigue.

Looking ahead, I mentally compute our speed of travel- which is nil, and the distance home, and proceed cautiously with, "Well, why not?" After a brief back-story about logistics and his own travails with the evil that is Divorce-asaurus Rex, he says "I just got away from it, and then it got to be so long to where I just got to feeling so bad about it that I thought I couldn't go back." I nodded, with the sides of my mouth down-turned, I find ASL has made my facial expressions more pronounced. As I catch myself doing this in lieu of speaking, I-a little past the cue, offer up a validating statement. "I see", I said, in a flat tone. I did see, and with much clarity.

Writing, and of course reading others' writing, is how I receive my message; it's how I make sense of the thoughts and feelings, the experiences, worries and fears that fill the space between my ears. Like my neighbor Joe, I suffered a few setbacks on the road I'd paved with good intentions and drifted woefully away from my place of peace. I too, felt as though I couldn't come back. I've maintained this blog since 2007, and through the years I have made incredible friendships, coming back has been hard, but staying away was harder. Two and a half years, four months...who's counting?

Peace and happy returns

          Amazon is the New Tech Crash        
SUBHEAD: There is only a handful of big tech winners - Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Google Facebook & Netflix.

By David Stockman on 1 August 2017 for the Daily Reckoning -

Image above: Sign on an unidentified Amazon building. From original article.

It won’t be long now. During the last 31 months the stock market mania has rapidly narrowed to just a handful of shooting stars.

At the forefront has been, Inc., which saw its stock price double from $285 per share in January 2015 to $575 by October of that year. It then doubled again to about $1,000 in the 21 months since.

By contrast, much of the stock market has remained in flat-earth land.

For instance, those sections of the stock market that are tethered to the floundering real world economy have posted flat-lining earnings, or even sharp declines, as in the case of oil and gas.

Needless to say, the drastic market narrowing of the last 30 months has been accompanied by soaring price/earnings (PE) multiples among the handful of big winners. In the case of the so-called FAANGs + M (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google and Microsoft), the group’s weighted average PE multiple has increased by some 50%.

The degree to which the casino’s speculative mania has been concentrated in the FAANGs + M can also be seen by contrasting them with the other 494 stocks in the S&P 500.

The market cap of the index as a whole rose from $17.7 trillion in January 2015 to some $21.2 trillion at present, meaning that the FAANGs + M account for about 40% of the entire gain.

Stated differently, the market cap of the other 494 stocks rose from $16.0 trillion to $18.1 trillion during that 30-month period.

That is, 13% versus the 82% gain of the six super-momentum stocks.

Moreover, if this concentrated $1.4 trillion gain in a handful of stocks sounds familiar that’s because this rodeo has been held before.

The Four Horseman of Tech (Microsoft, Dell, Cisco and Intel) at the turn of the century saw their market cap soar from $850 billion to $1.65 trillion or by 94% during the manic months before the dotcom peak.

At the March 2000 peak, Microsoft’s PE multiple was 60X, Intel’s was 50X and Cisco’s hit 200X.

Those nosebleed valuations were really not much different than Facebook today at 40X, Amazon at 190X and Netflix at 217X.

The truth is, even great companies do not escape drastic over-valuation during the blow-off stage of bubble peaks.

Accordingly, two years later the Four Horseman as a group had shed $1.25 trillion or 75% of their valuation.

More importantly, this spectacular collapse was not due to a meltdown of their sales and profits. Like the FAANGs +M today, the Four Horseman were quasi-mature, big cap companies that never really stopped growing.

Now I’m targeting the very highest-flyer of the present bubble cycle, Amazon.

Just as the NASDAQ 100 doubled between October 1998 and October 1999, and then doubled again by March 2000, AMZN is in the midst of a similar speculative blow-off.

Not to be forgotten, however, is that one year after the March 2000 peak the NASDAQ 100 was down by 70%, and it ultimately bottomed 82% lower in September 2002. I expect no less of a spectacular collapse in the case of this cycle’s equivalent shooting star.

In fact, even as its stock price has tripled during the last 30 months, AMZN has experienced two sharp drawdowns of 28% and 12%, respectively. Both times it plunged to its 200-day moving average in a matter of a few weeks.

A similar drawdown to its 200-day moving average today would result in a double-digit sell-off.

But when — not if — the broad market plunges into a long overdue correction the ultimate drop will exceed that by many orders of magnitude.

Amazon’s stock has now erupted to $1,000per share, meaning that its market cap is lodged in the financial thermosphere (highest earth atmosphere layer). Its implied PE multiple of 190X can only be described as blatantly absurd.

After all, Amazon is 24 years-old, not a start-up. It hasn’t invented anything explosively new like the iPhone or personal computer.

Instead, 91% of its sales involve sourcing, moving, storing and delivering goods. That’s a sector of the economy that has grown by just 2.2% annually in nominal dollars for the last decade, and for which there is no macroeconomic basis for an acceleration.

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Yes, AMZN is taking share by leaps and bounds. But that’s inherently a one-time gain that can’t be capitalized in perpetuity at 190X.

And it’s a source of “growth” that is generating its own pushback as the stronger elements of the brick and mortar world belatedly pile on the e-commerce bandwagon.

Wal-Mart’s e-commerce sales, for example, have exploded after its purchase of last year — with sales rising by 63% in the most recent quarter.

Moreover, Wal-Mart has finally figured out the free shipments game and has upped its e-commerce offering from 10 million to 50 million items just in the past year. Wal-Mart is also tapping for e-commerce fulfillment duty in its vast logistics system — including its 147 distribution centers, a fleet of 6,200 trucks and a global sourcing system which is second to none.

In this context, even AMZN’s year-over-year sales growth of 22.6% in Q1 2017 doesn’t remotely validate the company’s bubblicious valuation — especially not when AMZN’s already razor thin profit margins are weakening, not expanding.

Based on these basic realities, Jeff Bezos will never make up with volume what he is losing in margin on each and every shipment.

The Amazon business model is fatally flawed. It’s only a matter of the precise catalyst that will trigger the realization in the casino that this is another case of the proverbial naked emperor.

Needless to say, I do not think AMZN is a freakish outlier. It’s actually the lens through which the entire stock market should be viewed because the whole enchilada is now in the grips of a pure mania. Stated differently, the stock market is no longer a discounting mechanism nor even a weighing machine. It’s become a pure gambling hall.

So Bezos’ e-commerce business strategy is that of a madman — one made mad by the fantastically false price signals emanating from a casino that has become utterly unhinged owing to 30 years of Bubble Finance policies at the Fed and its fellow central banks around the planet. Indeed, the chart below leaves nothing to the imagination.

Since 2012, Amazon stock price has bounded upward in nearly exact lock-step with the massive balance sheet expansion of the world’s three major central banks.

Image above: Comparison of stock values of G3 Central Banks and Amazon Corp. From original article.

At the end of the day, the egregiously overvalued Amazon is the prime bubble stock of the current cycle. What the Fed has actually unleashed is not the healthy process of creative destruction that Amazon’s fanboys imagine.

Instead, it embodies a rogue business model and reckless sales growth machine that is just one more example of destructive financial engineering, and still another proof that monetary central planning fuels economic decay, not prosperity. Amazon’s stock is also the ultimate case of an utterly unsustainable bubble.

When the selling starts and the vast horde of momentum traders who have inflated it relentlessly in recent months make a bee line for the exits, the March 2000 dotcom crash will seem like a walk in the park. .

          Judo the Anti-Choice Thugs: Pledge a Picket        
Want an easy way to make freakazoid heads explode? Plus support an outrageously courageous woman providing unique health services to women in dangerous territory?

Then pledge a picket!

Dr. Susan Wicklund, whose 2008 book This Common Secret, detailed her life as an abortion provider, has just opened a clinic in Livingston, Montana. Even before it opened on February 2nd, the clinic was being picketed by opponents of abortion rights. In the mail below, Wicklund's co-author, Montana writer Alan Kesselheim, explains how you can turn their protests peacefully against them. (I've pledged $1 per picketer. That puts me in a slightly weird position: Do I hope lots show up so the clinic gets plenty of cash, or few show up so that I can save mine?)

If you want to pledge, e mail

(Details after the jump.)
Dear Friends of Dr. Susan Wicklund:

As most of you know, Susan Wicklund has been hard at work trying to open a women's reproductive health clinic in the Bozeman/Livingston area. It has not been easy. It has taken several years. Deals have fallen through because word leaked out and landowners were intimidated by violent threats. Other potential arrangements have collapsed due to financial difficulties, political controversy, or simple logistics.

Despite the setbacks, Sue has persevered. On Monday, February 2nd, precisely sixteen years after she opened her Bozeman clinic, back in 1993, Mountain Country Women's Clinic again opens its doors, this time in downtown Livingston. It is a moment of triumph and satisfaction, achieved with the support of many people. It is also a moment of tension. Not only has Susan incurred significant personal debt in a very uncertain economy, but the usual voices of dissent are echoing in letters to the editor and in anti-choice picketers appearing on Main Street in Livingston, protesting the existence of Sue's legal services. Even before the doors opened, protesters walked the sidewalks outside. Also, even before the doors opened, women were calling Sue to make appointments.

The need for a compassionate, professional, and thorough women's clinic is as great as ever. Unfortunately, the strident voices against choice rise up as expected. The difference between 1993 and 2009 is that Sue Wicklund has friends. All of you on this mailing list, and many more friends and neighbors, support her cause. Many have volunteered in the past. Some have written letters of support. Others wish they knew how to help.

I propose to begin a Pledge-A-Picketer Campaign in support of Mountain Country Women's Clinic. The concept is simple, and it mirrors the grassroots style of the Obama campaign, during which many small contributions created a huge impact. Each of us signs on to donate, say, $1/picketer to Susan's clinic. If, over the period of a week, 17 picketers parade on Main Street, we each send a check for $17. It isn't much, but if $17 gets multiplied by 50 people, it comes to $850. If 100 people send in checks, we raise $1,700.


Many of us wish to help Mountain Country Women's Clinic. We wish we could confront the picketers face to face. Unfortunately, that sort of public disturbance is precisely what the anti-choice forces would love to foster. However, by turning their efforts against them we can help Mountain Country Women's Clinic serve patients, and deflate the energy of the protesters.

Susan Wicklund has agreed to keep track of picketers during her first week of operation. At that point we will contact all of you again with the numbers, and an address to send the check to. Even if you can only pledge .25/picketer, the cumulative impact of our efforts will still be significant. Also, I urge you to forward this message to any of your friends who might help support Sue's new clinic. If they would like to participate, they should contact and ask to be added to the list.

With Sincere Thanks, and In Solidarity,

Alan Kesselheim Co-Author of This Common Secret

I LOVE THIS! Go ahead, assholes: every day you picket that legal and necessary abortion clinic puts more money in the pockets of abortionists. Keep protesting. Bring all your friends and family, drag in strangers.

Make. My. Day.

Cross-posted at They Gave Us A Republic.

          Orbital ATK to Help MDA Sustain Trident, Orion Rocket Motors        
Orbital ATK has secured a five-year, $48 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency to help sustain Trident I and Orion rocket motors the agency intends to use in target and interceptor vehicles. The company said Wednesday it will provide engineering, test and analysis, motor logistics storage and disposal static test, and flight test motor preparation support under the […]
          The Dubai Model and the new Arab world         

Johann Hari’s article “The Dark Side of Dubai” in The Independent in 2009, crystallized the hyperbolic writing on the Gulf emirate in the recent past:

“This is a city built from nothing in just a few wild decades on credit and ecocide, suppression and slavery. Dubai is a living metal metaphor for the neo-liberal globalised world that may be crashing – at last – into history.”

Of course, Dubai did not crash into history and Hari was dislodged from his perch due to a plagiarism scandal a few years later. Yet, for many commentators and journalists, any mention of Dubai still evokes a sense of moralistic derision – Dubai the land without culture filled with a people without history. For the youth of the region, however, Dubai represents something different: jobs, a relatively open society, and a government (in progress) that works. As countries in transition, like Libya, Tunisia and Egypt look to transform their own societies, Dubai is an enigmatic model in the distance.  

What is the Dubai model? It is hard to fully capture the multi-faceted nature of it in just a few words, but there are several key dimensions. In addition, the unique (and transferable) aspects of the Dubai model, however, are less to do with its political system, and more about the policies pursued. In fact, too much time is spent in the region debating the political system rather than the impact of policies on the ground enacted by any ruling group or party.

Fundamentally, Dubai made itself open to people flows from around the world, with all its associated risks. This has meant that its small population – today 90% of residents are non-citizens – has been able to build an economy depending on an externally generated labor and consumer market. In addition, to unskilled labor, Dubai has also been keen to open itself to the best talent from around the world.  Take Dubai Aluminum (DUBAL) as an example, founded n 1979 and predicated on leveraging international talent and expertise. In fact, in its initial year of operation, few of the 1,386 employees were Emiratis. Yet that has changed over time, as DUBAL has grown to become the world’s largest aluminum smelter. Understanding its own labor market and taking advantage of regional and international labors flows and talent has been critical to the Emirate’s success. 

Despite being in conservative surroundings, Dubai has also ensured that it functions as an open society, in terms of social and religious practices. While this diversity can raise tension, like last summer’s #UAEdresscode campaign for example, there is an open coexistence, as can be witnessed while walking on JBR Walk, along the beachfront, with full-length niqabs side-by-side with what could well be described as the opposite of that! This openness has also contributed to Dubai becoming a global hub, and now the 7th most visited city in the world, with 10 million tourist arrivals annually. This did not occur overnight, and was linked to the gradual (and sometimes sudden) growth of the hospitality industry and expatriate population. Being an open society, however, does not just mean bottles and bars; the government has consistently emphasized gender empowerment in all fields as a matter of policy, including in key positions, political and economic.

In addition to people flows, Dubai has ensured an inflow of capital, by building a financial sector and set of institutions to leverage the capital-rich environment around it. The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has created a separate regulatory environment and court system to provide security to investors and companies alike. In addition, while still not perfect, it is relatively easy for any foreigner to set up a local free zone company, allowing him or her to deploy capital, which subsequently generates employment (albeit more for non-locals than Emiratis). The stability of Dubai and the strength of its soft and physical infrastructure has meant that in times of uncertainty, capital finds its way there; last year that included $8 billion of foreign direct investment (FDI), a 25% increase from 2011.

In order to spur growth and absorb investment, Dubai borrowed a page from several economic models (Singapore & Hong Kong among them) and cluster-based theories (see Michael Porter). Take a look at the growth of the aviation sector in Dubai, which in 2011, directly or indirectly contributed $12 billion towards the GDP, and accounted for 125,000 jobs (in a city of 2 million people).  The same can be said for the logistics (e.g. Dubai Ports) and retail sectors (e.g. Majid al-Futtaim & City Centres), all of which have benefitted from an ecosystem approach that has included new regulation, government-driven investment, and infrastructure development. Emirates Airlines did not become one of the world’s leading airlines by accident or in isolation.

Finally, on a consistent basis, Dubai has pushed excellence in public services, culminating in the Government Summit earlier this year, which convened public servants from across the country to “exchange best practices.” In Dubai, there are regular awards for government excellence given to high-performing departments. In fact if you go see the Director-General of the Dubai Courts, he will likely give you a PowerPoint presentation on their caseload, wait times, and improvements.

Lest, anyone think that everything is ‘perfect’ in Dubai, it is not. There are a number of issues, ranging from political prisoners in the country (due in part to a stifling intellectual/political climate) to the lack of legislative oversight to continued labor exploitation (far less than before but still problematic, given there is still no minimum wage). Societally, there are also a number of challenges, including naturalization, obesity, and a growing culture of materialism, none of which should be taken lightly. And, for the local Emirati population, there is a high rate of unemployment due to a mismatch between expectations and skills and the needs of the labor market. None of these should be under-estimated for both the moral issues they pose as well obstacles they may present to the viability of Dubai's success, as is the case in many transformative development contexts. 

The Dubai model works quite obviously, in Dubai. While other countries – especially those in transition – cannot copy-and-paste what Dubai has done, particularly on migration, cultural change, and government led-investment, they can still apply lessons from Dubai’s experience. Although it may seem that Dubai had the guarantee of Abu Dhabi behind it or capital flows in the Gulf to harness, every country has an advantage, which can be used as a foundation. Egypt has the largest consumer base in the entire Arab world that can drive industry. Tunisia has some of the highest literacy rates and education levels in the region, and an established tourist bridge with Europe. Libya has tremendous oil-wealth and a strong connection to the Sub-Saharan economy.

The fragility of transitional countries means that everything must be done to improve.  What Dubai has demonstrated is that there can be positive momentum and development on areas that affect the quality of people’s lives and their livelihoods. There remain critical challenges in front of it, but there is also something that works in Dubai, and it’s about time that some of these lessons are transferred to the wider region. 

          The (Counter?)Revolution in #Egypt will be Televised (and Tweeted)        
Around midnight in Cairo the night of Tuesday, July 2, millions of people in Egypt awaited the President of the Republic, Mohammad Morsi, to respond to the 48-hour ultimatum delivered by the country's military on Monday: resolve your differences with the protestors or we will do it for you. With the deadline fast approaching, and due to hit at 4:30pm local time the next day, Morsi rejected the challenge by the military in a tweet. Then, he came on television and delivered what was the most important speech in not just his life but in the history of the Muslim Brotherhood movement he represents. And it was a spectacular failure. While not as long-winded as the two-and-a-half hour speech he had given just days earlier - akin to a State of the Union - it was just as hollow. His near constant use of the word 'legitimacy' began to elicit uncontrollable laugher in many corners (with the usage count of the word at around 75 in the speech). With millions of Egyptians on the streets across the country - some in support of him but many if not most in opposition - and the military's ultimatum in the background, Morsi had seemingly put the final nail in his own coffin.

Just 30 months after the ousting of the dictator for the past 30 years, Hosni Mubarak, street protests in Egypt culminated on Wednesday night in a coup d'etat, effectively overturning the 14 democratic elections since February 11, 2011 (the total voting cycles for the parliament, presidency and constitution). Indeed, it was broader than a coup d'etat, as the Tamarod (rebellion) movement that brought millions of people to the streets was a grassroots uprising that gathered millions of signatures from ordinary Egyptians, and more significantly, managed to coalesce a previously disparate and dispirited opposition. Additionally, deposed President Mohammad Morsi had governed incompetently and non-inclusively, which seemingly left the invitation open to change. Yet, what transpired this week, especially in the final sequence of events, could be the initial salvo of a counter-revolution 2.0, potentially endangering the process of democratization in Egypt for years to come.

While things seemingly have not changed that much in Egypt, and in many ways have gotten worse, a lot has transpired. Following the departure of Mubarak and his gang from the scene, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) took charge of managing the country's affairs. It took nearly a year to hold parliamentary elections. When it did happen, in late 2011-early 2012 the Brotherhood's party (the Freedom & Justice Party or FJP) took 38% of the vote, followed closely by the more conservative Salafist party, Al Nour, which took 28%. Given that this body would determine the fate of the new constitution (and the assembly to draft it), the fact that it was dominated by 'Islamists' already meant the new era of Egypt was handed a poisoned chalice in the eyes of many. Six months later, in June 2012, the Presidential elections saw a run-off between a former Prime Minister but tainted 'remnant' of the old Mubarak regime, Ahmed Shafiq, and Mohammed Morsi (representing the Muslim Brotherhood). Morsi won, and with the backing of protests in the famed Tahrir Square, also managed to wrest plenty of executive authority from SCAF. Within two months, Morsi also seemed to assert civilian control over the military, with a shuffling of key positions in the defense establishment.

Then on November 22, 2012, with full executive powers, and the parliament in limbo (due to pending court cases), Morsi assumed essentially legislative powers and declared himself immune from judicial oversight until a new constitution was formed. In essence that gave birth to the current movement (well at least the National Salvation Front that formed 2 days later and was a hodge-podge of opposition groups, including figures such as Mohamed El Baradei) which culminated in Morsi's removal from office this week. Morsi and the FJP then ham-fisted a constitution through a referendum, which garnered the support of 64% of the voting public. However, the process was not led by consensus and Morsi appeared to be increasingly marginalizing the judiciary, which many viewed as being too linked to the old regime, especially given that many senior judges were appointed by Hosni Mubarak (the judges had their own democracy movement in 2006 so not a unified group by any means). Yet for many in the opposition, the judiciary was still a check against Morsi and the Brotherhood's power. And there were also complaints about the ikhwanization of the state; given what transpired this week, this appeared not to have been the case.

Nevertheless, the concentration of power by the Brotherhood and its non-inclusive method of governance as described above, could have overcome minor challenges from the opposition, if Morsi had enacted policies that improved the lives of everyday people. His approval rating had begun to drop dramatically, falling to 28% of the public just weeks before his overthrow. This was mainly due to the inability of the government to turnaround the economy, with 25% of Egyptians below the poverty line, unemployment on the rise, and the country's fiscal health on the decline. Meanwhile, his approach to foreign policy of aligning with the US, engaging with Iran, partnering with Qatar, and leading the charge on Syria, did little to assuage a frustrated public waiting for change at home in their daily lives that had yet to materialize. And sectarian clashes that mainly killed Shiites and Christians tarnished the impartial role the President was assumed to play, given that he was close to figures that were prone to incitement.

In the backdrop of all of this, the Tamarod movement, which started just several months ago (in April), began to tap into the widespread anger and frustration. Gone was the gloss of a technocratic 'Islamist' party - a la the AKP in Turkey, who incidentally are having their own issues - replaced instead by the reality of the FJP in Egypt. And gone also was the mystique of a survivalist Brotherhood that was the David against the Goliath of the last half century; the Brotherhood was now the Goliath, and seemingly squandering the power that it had accumulated. The Tamarod activists claimed to have gathered 22 million signatures, in a country of 93 million people, which seems patently ridiculous for many demographic/logistical reasons (in the course of just two months). Nevertheless, their demands were clear, and principally centered on early Presidential elections (Morsi had served one of a four-year term). They were supported by umbrella opposition groups such as the National Salvation Front, April 6 Movement, and others, and with their deadline of June 30 for Morsi to respond coming fast, thousands and then millions began to fill Egypt's squares (some as noted in support of Morsi).

By Wednesday, just prior to the removal of Morsi from power, several implications of what was transpiring were already clear. Firstly, the Tamarod movement, and subsequent mobilization demonstrated that there could be an organized opposition to Islamists in the 'new' Arab world, and that this secular alternative could mobilize numbers. This could have far-reaching consequences in other countries such as Tunisia, where Islamists like the Nahda Party hold sway, as well as eventually (in the longer-term) in autocratic countries where often the only strong opposition movements are bogeyman Islamists movements. Secondly, Morsi's reign had as noted above, dulled - as power does to any party - the shine of the Brotherhood. It has been noted, for example that the clashes that led to the separation of the West Bank & Gaza Strip, and undermined the Hamas victory in Palestinian elections, only emboldened Hamas instead of forcing the movement into the pubic accountability spotlight.

Of course, in the euphoria of what the opposition was about to gain, the darkness just around the corner might have seemed far away. With millions on the street, and the military indicating a willingness to force itself on the scene as the arbitrator, Morsi offered a new constitutional process, a unity government of technocrats, and an accelerated schedule of new parliamentary elections but it was too little too late it seemed for the street, especially with the military now backing the activists' play. And so instead of a negotiated agreement with President Morsi, or a legal process through the courts, or any other process through civilian authorities, it was the military that removed Morsi from power. The crowds in Tahrir Square cheered but the supporters of the deposed President, in Nasr City (also in Cairo), jeered. In a carefully choreographed display, the civil secular state - with an associated roadmap essentially a reset of the revolutionary period - was re-established by three initial speeches: first by General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, head of the armed forces (appointed by Morsi), second by the Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar, and third by the Coptic Pope. Short statements followed from a range of opposition figures, including a representative of Tamarod and El Baradei and the conservative Nour Party.

If you are an opponent of the Muslim Brotherhood, this was indeed a victory. And given the direction that Egypt was going, if you are an Egyptian, you can only hope that this could lead to a more positive future. Whatever the case, however, the military re-takeover appears to also be a re-launch of the counter-revolution. The autocratic powers that be in the region were effusive and immediate in their praise of the military and the coup. More worryingly, was the systematic campaign of arrests that already started to unfold late into the night of Muslim Brotherhood activists, leaders, affiliated journalists, and yes even Mohammad Morsi. The military is looking not just to referee the playing field but to define the playing field and the players allowed on it. That's not democracy. It may be that in the modern Arab world the demographics are such that the debate is about choosing between liberalism and democracy, but isn't that the false choice of the last 40-50 years offered by autocratic rulers in the Arab world? And there is nothing 'rosy' about liberal autocracy versus religious autocracy in this region. In fact, if anything, liberal/secular authoritarianism has been the bane of decay in modern Arab history: the Baath parties in Iraq and Syria, Ben Ali's Tunis, Mubarak's Egypt, and the list goes on.

Yet, unless the Egyptian military is kept in check, it will likely go down the path it knows best and one that it has followed since 1952, which is to systematically crush dissent and marginalise and exclude the Muslim Brotherhood. All indications today point to a proclivity to re-instate this exclusion, which could lead to an Algeria scenario of the 1990s, albeit in a different form, of course. Paradoxically, as this new Pandora's Box is opened, the only hope to keep the military in check is the very street and youth who demanded its removal from the scene, and then demanded it to come back to its role as guarantor of the state. Hopefully the tamarod or rebellion, will keep that spirit, now that they have been given a share of the power.

          Communications contract secures 140 jobs in Wales        
The Ministry of Defence has awarded two 5-year contracts to General Dynamics UK to support the Bowman radio system used by UK armed forces personnel. General Dynamics UK will provide design, engineering and logistic support for the radio system that is used by service personnel across the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. The work will sustain the jobs of 140 highly skilled engineers at General Dynamics UK’s site in Blackwood near Newport in south Wales, with further...
          Tosca Services        

Tosca Services provides reusable plastic containers and logistics services to companies operating in the perishable food supply chain.

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          Triangle Invests in Tosca Services, LLC        

Senior Debt Tosca Services provides reusable plastic containers and logistics services to companies operating in the perishable food supply chain.

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          Worldwide Express        

Worldwide Express is a non-asset based third-party logistics provider focused on serving small-to-medium sized businesses.

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          Triangle Invests in Worldwide Express        

Second Lien Debt Worldwide Express is a non-asset based third-party logistics provider focused on serving small-to-medium sized businesses.

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          Triangle Invests in Radiant Logistics, Inc.        

$15.0 Million in Subordinated Debt Radiant Logistics is a non-asset based transportation and logistics company providing domestic and international freight forwarding services and an expanding array of value-added solutions, including customs and property brokerage, order fulfillment, inventory management and warehousing.

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          Radiant Logistics, Inc. (exited)        

Radiant Logistics is a non-asset based transportation and logistics company providing domestic and international freight forwarding services and an expanding array of value-added solutions, including customs and property brokerage, order fulfillment, inventory management and warehousing.

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          Four-Way? No Way! Chloë Can        
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Chloë McCardel is about to attempt the unthinkable.

She has done one-way crossings of the English Channel. She has done two-way crossings of the English Channel. She has done a three-way crossing of the English Channel.

And now she will attempt a four-way crossing.

A successful non-stop four-way crossing (quadruple Channel crossing) would be unprecedented and would bring her career English Channel crossing total to 25.

If there is anyone who could do it in the contemporary swimming world, it is McCardel.

It is not just the distance - 136 km or 84.5 miles - that presents a substantial obstacle, but also the tidal changes, cold water, jellyfish, and probably at least two full night swims.

But her track record of success is unparalleled for an ultra-long distance swim. She swam 124.4 km in the Bahamas in 41 hours 21 minutes and completed 8 crossings of the English Channel last year.

The 32-year-old Australian announced her plans after a workout at the Kerferd Rd Pier in Albert Park, Melbourne. Her attempt of a non-stop quadruple crossing of the English Channel - expected to take two days and nights - will occur within weeks between August 29th and September 2nd.

“When I completed the triple, I was utterly exhausted – nauseous and hypothermic, with my swimming costume hanging off me because I’d burnt through so much body fat. Getting through all that, then turning around to swim another crossing will be absolute torture but I’m determined to do it.”

McCardel has been swimming 110-140 km in training a week, including extended swims in ocean water as cold as 8°C and 20-hour non-stop night swims in 15°C ocean water with 3°C air temperature. She has augmented her ocean workouts in water as cold as 8°C and 20-hour non-stop night swims in 15°C ocean water with 3°C air temperature with pool workouts. “I am in the best shape of my career, injury free and, I believe, physically and mentally prepared.

I've reached all my original goals. Now, it's about pushing the boundaries of the sport and the boundaries of the human spirit. What can our body and mind achieve? Do we really know our potential? Maybe we can go further. I want to find out. If successful, this could dramatically alter the perception of what the human mind and body can achieve in such harsh, inhospitable conditions

Her attempt can be followed on her GPS Tracker which will be updated here every ten minutes throughout the crossing.

Her team has explained the scale of the attempt. "Over 700,000 people have completed Ironman triathlons. Approximately 200 people have sailed non-stop solo around the world. Roughly 4,500 individuals have scaled Mt. Everest and over 10,000 Olympic gold medals have been awarded. Twelve people have walked on the moon and four people have completed a triple English Channel crossing. No one has yet attempted or completed a quadruple non-stop English Channel crossing. It is the greatest endurance challenge on the planet."

For more information about McCardel, visit her website here.

For McCardel's insights into her training, preparation and logistics of her quadruple Channel attempt, visit here.

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          â€œYeah, I Missed Church. I Was Serving In The Back.”        

If your ministry is like most churches, chances are that, every Sunday, faithful believers in your congregation miss worship regularly because they’re busy serving somewhere else. Whether they’re volunteering in the nursery with infants, teaching toddlers, or helping keep the facilities and Sunday morning logistics running smoothly, every week there are likely a good number […]

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          Last chance to register for OLSSI        
Registration closes July 6 for:

The Ohio Library Support Staff Institute: Libraries ROCK!
July 25 – 27, 2010, at Baldwin-Wallace College
Berea, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland

This will be the ninth annual conference, and it's still the same low price of only $225, for three days and two nights of outstanding classes, programs and lectures, along with evening entertainment and activities.

There's a FAQ here for information on lodging, parking, meals, and other logistics.

The full class and instructor list, and the registration form can be found here.
          100 days!        
Today it is only 100 days left until the move to the new Logistics Centre! At the moment me and my colleague are the only people back at work since the general industry holiday lasts this week as well. It feels good being back one week early to go through all things that has been forgotten during the holiday and to have time to really work since no meetings takes place.
          Democoding, tools coding and coding scattering        
Not so much post here for a while... So I'm going to just recap some of the coding work I have done so far... you will notice that It's going in lots of direction, depending on opportunities, ideas, sometimes not related to democoding at all... not really ideal when you want to release something! ;)

So, here are some directions I have been working so far...

C# and XNA

I tried to work more with C#, XNA... looking for an opportunity to code a demo in C#... I even started a post about it few months ago, but leaving it in a draft state. XNA is really great, but I had some bad experience with it... I was able to use it without requiring a full install but while playing with model loading, I had a weird bug called the black model bug. Anyway, I might come back to C# for DirectX stuff... SlimDx is for example really helpful for that.

A 4k/64k softsynth

I have coded a synth dedicated to 4k/64k coding. Although, right now, I only have the VST and GUI fully working under Renoise.. but not yet the asm 4k player! ;)

The main idea was to build a FM8/DX7 like synth, with exactly the same output quality (excluding some fancy stuff like the arpegiator...). The synth was developed in C# using vstnet, but must be more considered as a prototype under this language... because the asm code generated by the JIT is not really good when it comes to floating point calculation... anyway, It was really good to develop under this platform, being able to prototype the whole thing in few days (and of course, much more days to add rich GUI interaction!).

I still have to add a sound library file manager and the importer for DX7 patch..... Yes, you have read it... my main concern is to provide as much as possible a tons of ready-to-use patches for ulrick (our musician at FRequency)... Decoding the DX7 patch is well known around the net... but the more complex part was to make it decode like the FM8 does... and that was tricky... Right now, every transform functions are in an excel spreadsheet, but I have to code it in C# now!

You may wonder why developing the synth in C# if the main target is to code the player in x86 asm? Well, for practical reasons : I needed to quickly experiment the versatility of the sounds of this synth and I'm much more familiar with .NET winform to easily build some complex GUI. Although, I have done the whole synth with 4k limitation in mind... especially about data representation and complexity of the player routine.

For example, for the 4k mode of this synth, waveforms are strictly restricted to only one : sin! No noise, no sawtooth, no square... what? A synth without those waveform?.... but yeah.... When I looked back at DX7 synth implem, I realized that they were using only a pure "sin"... but with the complex FM routing mechanism + the feedback on the operators, the DX7 is able to produce a large variety of sounds ranging from strings, bells, bass... to drumkits, and so on...

I did also a couple of effects, mainly a versatile variable delay line to implement Chorus/Flanger/Reverb.

So basically, I should end up with a synth with two modes :
- 4k mode : only 6 oscillators per instrument, only sin oscillators, simple ADSR envelope, full FM8 like routing for operators, fixed key scaling/velocity scaling/envelope scaling. Effects per instrument/global with a minimum delay line + optional filters. and last but not least, polyphony : that's probably the thing I miss the most in 4k synth nowadays...
- 64k mode : up to 8 oscillators per instrument, all FM8 oscillators+filters+WaveShaping+RingModulation operators, 64 steps FM8's like envelope, dynamic key scaling/velocity scaling/envelope scaling. More effects, with better quality, 2 effect //+serial line per instrument. Additional effects channel to route instrument to the same effects chain. Modulation matrix.

The 4k mode is in fact restricting the use of the 64k mode, more at the GUI level. I'm currently targeting only the 4k mode, while designing the synth to make it ready to support 64k mode features.

What's next? Well, finish the C# part (file manager and dx7 import) and starting the x86 asm player... I just hope to be under 700 compressed byte for the 4k player (while the 64k mode will be written in C++, with an easier limitation around 5Ko of compressed code) .... but hey, until It's not coded... It's pure speculation!.... And as you can see, the journey is far from finished! ;)

Context modeling Compression update

During this summer, I came back to my compression experiment I did last year... The current status is quite pending... The compressor is quite good, sometimes better than crinkler for 4k... but the prototype of the decompressor (not working, not tested....) is taking more than 100 byte than crinkler... So in the end, I know that I would be off more than 30 to 100 byte compared to crinkler... and this is not motivating me to finish the decompressor and to get it really running.

The basic idea was to take the standard context modeling approach from Matt Mahoney (also known as PAQ compression, Matt did a fantastic job with his research, open source the way), using dynamic neural network with an order of 8 (8 byte context history), with the same mask selection approach than crinkler + some new context filtering at the bit level... In the end, the decompressor is using the FPU to decode the whole thing... as it needs ln2() and pow2() functions... So during the summer, I though using another logistic activation function to get rid of the FPU : the standard sigmoid used in the neural network with a base 2 is 1/(1+2^-x)), so I found something similar with y = (x / (1 + |x|) + 1) /2 from David Elliot (some references here). I didn't have any computer at this time to test it, so I spent few days to put some math optimization on it, while calculating the logit function (the inverse of this logistic function).

I came back to home very excited to test this method... but I was really disappointed... the function had a very bad impact on compression ratio by a factor of 20%, in the end, completely useless!

If by next year, I'm not able to release anything from this.... I will put all this work open source, at least for educational purposes... someone will certainly be clever than me on this and tweak the code size down!

SlimDx DirectX wrapper's like in C++

Recall that for the ergon intro, I have been working with a very thin layer around DirectX to wrap enums/interfaces/structures/functions. I did that around D3D10, a bit of D3D11, and a bit of D3D9 (which was the one I used for ergon). The goal was to achieve a DirectX C# like interface in C++. While the code has been coded almost entirely manually, I was wondering If I could not generate It directly from DirectX header files...

So for the last few days, I have been a bit working on this... I'm using boost::wave as the preprocessor library... and I have to admit that the C++ guy from boost lost their mind with templates... It's amazing how they did something simple so complex with templates... I wanted to use this under a C++/Cli managed .NET extension to ease my development in C#, but I end up with a template error at link stage... an incredible error with a line full of concatenated template, even freezing visual studio when I wanted to see the errors in the error list!

Template are really nice, when they are used not too intensively... but when everything is templatized in your code, It's becoming very hard to use fluently a library and It's sometimes impossible to understand the template error, when this error is more than 100 lines full of cascading template types!

Anyway, I was able to plug this boost::wave in a native dll, and calling it from a C# library... next step is to see how much I can get from DirectX header files to extract a form of IDL (Interface Definition Language). If I cannot get something relevant in the next week, I might postpone this task when I won't have anything more important to do! The good thing is for example for D3D11 headers, you can see that those files were auto-generated from a mysterious... d3d11.idl file...used internally at Microsoft (although It would have been easier to get directly this file!)... so It means that the whole header is quite easy to parse, as the syntax is quite systematic.

Ok, this is probably not linked to intros... or probably only for 64k.... and I'm not sure I will be able to finish it (much like rmasm)... And this kind of work is keeping me away from directly working with DirectX, experimenting rendering techniques and so on... Well, I have to admit also that I have been more attracted for the past few years to do some tools to enhance coding productivity (not necessary only mine)... I don't like to do too much things manually.... so everytime there is an opportunity to automatize a process, I can't refrain me to make it automatic! :D

AsmHighlighter and NShader next update

Following my bad appetite for tools, I need to make some update to AsmHighlighter and NShader, to add some missing keywords, patch a bug, support for new VS2010 version... whatever... When you release this kind of open source project, well, you have to maintain them, even if you don't use them too much... because other people are using them, and are asking for improvements... that's the other side of the picture...

So because I have to maintain those 2 projects, and they are in fact sharing logically more than 95% of the same code, I have decided to merge them into a single one... that will be available soon under codeplex as well. That will be easier to maintain, ending with only one project to update.

The main features people are asking is to be able to add some keywords easily and to map file extensions to the syntax highlighting system... So I'm going to generalize the design of the two project to make them more configurable... hopefully, this will cover the main features request...

An application for Windows Phone 7... meh?

Yep... I have to admit that I'm really excited by the upcoming Windows Phone 7 metro interface... I'm quite fed up with my iPhone look and feel... and because the development environment is so easy with C#, I have decided to code an application for it. I'm starting with a chromatic tuner for guitar/piano/violins...etc. and it's working quite well, even if I was able to test it only under the emulator. While developing this application, I have learned some cool things about pitch detection algorithm and so on...

I hope to finish the application around september, and to be able to test it with a real hardware when WP7 will be offcialy launched... and before puting this application on the windows marketplace.

If this is working well, I would study to develop other applications, like porting the softsynth I did in C# to this platform... We will see... and definitely, this last part is completely unrelated to democoding!

What's next?

Well, I have to prioritize my work for the next months:
  1. Merge AsmHighlighter and NShader into a single project.
  2. Play a bit for one week with DirectX headers to see if I could extract some IDL's like information
  3. Finish the 4k mode of the softsynth... and develop the x86 asm player
  4. Finish the WP7 application
I still have also an article to write about ergon's making of, not much to say about it, but It could be interesting to write down on a paper those things....

I need also to work on some new directX effects... I have played a bit with hardware instantiating, compute shaders (with a raymarching with global illumination for a 4k procedural compo that didn't make it to BP2010, because the results were not enough impressive, and too slow to calculate...)... I would really want to explore more about SSAO things with plain polygons... but I didn't take time for that... so yep, practicing more graphics coding should be on my top list... instead of all those time consuming and - sometimes useful - tools!
          #BeMonumental {A Race Recap}        
"Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly." 
– Robert F. Kennedy

When I set out to train for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, I set a big goal. A scary goal. I dared to work for the one thing I've always wanted when it came to the marathon – a sub-4 finish.

Beginning on July 4, I ran race pace miles at 9:09 (often faster) and tempos at 8:30 or, again, faster. I ran midweek medium-long runs and I never skipped a long effort. When the training plan gave me a distance range, I always erred on the side of running farther. I knew that if I wanted to dare to dream big that I wanted to show up to the starting line on Nov. 5 knowing that I had done the work. I wanted to feel confident that there wasn't one more thing I could have done to better prepare myself for the 26.2 miles that lie ahead.

However, what I didn't factor in was showing up less than 100 percent.

On Halloween night, just five days for the race, I felt the niggle in the back of my throat. You know the one – it's caused a bit of sinus drainage and a sure sign that illness is coming. I was determined not to let it affect my race so I did everything I could to ward it off - zinc, hydration, essential oils. But come Friday night, after a stressful week, I had an annoying dry cough and loads of uncertainty about the race.

Nonetheless, I tried to remain positive and repeated the things my friends all said to me. I reminded myself of the training I had done and not to get ahead of myself. I lined up with the 4:00 pacer per the plan and prayed for a good day.

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And a good day it was for a marathon. It was high 30s, low 40s at the start and in the 50s at the finish. There winds were calm and the few clouds in the sky offered just the right amount of protection.

But with the first step across the mat, I knew those things – the external factors – wouldn't make or break me. There was nothing short of a miracle that would make me that day.

I felt tired. My chest felt tight. My eyes seemed glassy and glazed. My heart rate seemed high and I couldn't catch my breath. And that was just the first mile, a 9:40 – the pace group slow because of the crowd of 20,000 runners on the streets of Indianapolis.

As hard as it felt, though, I tried my best to stick with it. The pace, the group, the race. I told myself that I would hang until mile 5 and see how it felt.

At mile 5, it still felt hard and I knew I needed to slow down if I wanted to cross the finish line. The pace group was running hot, more than likely trying to make up for the first mile, so I decided to let them go. However, as the sign bobbed farther and farther ahead, my legs didn't seem to lag. Miles 6-8 were all sub-9. It seemed like the more I tried to slow down, the more my legs had something to prove.

My new goal became to run through mile 10.5 strong. I am incredibly blessed to have a group of women to train with on the weekends, and all of them came down to Indianapolis to support me in the race. Their plan was to be at miles 10.5 and 17 to cheer me on and, maybe, 20 depending on traffic. They all believe in me so much and I wanted to do them proud.

So the grind continued.

While the miles between 8 and when I saw them (11.5, actually, because of logistics) were slower, I was staying as strong as I could. I was taking Gu every 5 miles and had taken salt at 7. I was staying hydrated thanks to my Nathan pack and Nuun. And there were points when I really thought I could maybe pull it off.

Then mile 13 came. I took my first walk break then, sipping as best I could from the pack and trying to, as I say, get my shit together. I turned a corner and approached a group of residents spectating. The one man commented that hydration is important, that it was good to take it in, and encouraged me to sprint the next mile.

"Hmph," I thought. "That is definitely not going to happen."

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And with that acknowledgement, my mental race began to slip away. The walk breaks – 45 seconds to a minute – became nearly regular each mile and the idea of a time goal seemed ludicrous; finishing seemed like it would be a miracle. When I saw my friends again at mile 15.5 and they asked how I was doing, I just shook my head. It wasn't just that I didn't even have the energy to fake it; there was a part of me, too, that wanted to prepare them for a lackluster finish.

I handed off my hydration pack, which had become annoying at this point, and soldiered on for what I was sure would be a death march.

But for as disappointing and frustrating as the race felt, I had moments of fight. Moments when I decided that I was not going to let this day, this body, be in charge. Around mile 18, I thought there might be a chance that I could run a 4:15 – a finish time that I had quoted much of the summer when asked what I'd be happy with. Miles 19 and 20 came in at 9:14 and 9:20.

As a reward, I gave myself a short walk break but my mile 21 split was slowed further by a fuel station stocked with orange slices, pretzels and other goodies. While most of it did nothing for me, the oranges were a God send and I strolled as I gobbled up two. An 11:26 split meant that much of the time I gained in the previous two miles was gone.

Still, I pushed forward. I kept thinking if I could just run even as my buddy Joe had instructed that the race might not get away from me. However, my legs had no interest in running a 9:30 or even 9:45. They wanted to move faster, run the race for which they were trained, but the body didn't have it. And so I'd slow to a walk and see my split flash in the 10's and sometimes 11's if I stopped for water.

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I spent the last miles of the race bouncing between disappointment, disgust, defeat and determination. It was a hard place to be, and I think it was made more difficult because my experience at Fort4Fitness five weeks earlier was such a stark difference. I had felt so in control and strong and, most importantly, I was proud.

I was none of those in the final miles of Monumental. In those miles, I felt as if I was failing greatly. Not just myself but all of those who believed in me, trained with me, supported me. And that was where I struggled the most. It wasn't just that my finish time would be so far off my goal, it was that I would disappoint them.

Looking back it days later, I know this isn't true. Because as I headed down the straight away, I could hear their cheers. I could hear the congratulations. I could hear the friendship.

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It didn't matter that I hadn't blown it out of the water. It was that I dared to try.

Finish time – 4:18:54, a new PR.
          Flyers Says Goodbye to Convenience-Store Retailing        

AUBURN, Calif. -- Flyers Energy will exit the retail business with the sale of its 39 convenience stores to Andeavor Corp.

Established in 1979, Flyers is a third-generation family-owned business with stores in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Managing Partner Walt Dwelle said the time was right for he and his brothers and other family to narrow the scope of the company's business, but he didn’t rule out a return to c-stores someday.

"Refiners are looking for strategies to distribute their products, so the business climate was right for us to sell our retail stores," Dwelle said. "We continue to grow in commercial products, including renewable energy, and are still acquiring other companies when the deal is right. That may include companies with retail stores in the future."

Flyers Energy sold all of its 39 c-stores and gas-station locations to the newly renamed Andeavor Corp., formerly Tesoro Corp., as reported in a CSP Daily News Flash.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Andeavor will change some of the locations to new fuel brands, including Mobil, Exxon, Arco or Shell. The agreement allows the buyer up to 12 months to rename the newly acquired stations.

"This [deal] will further strengthen our integrated business by expanding our retail presence in Northern California by adding approximately 6,000 barrels per day of branded sales," Andeavor Chairman and CEO Greg Goff said during the company's second-quarter earnings conference call. "We expect the sites to contribute $10 million of annual net earnings and about $25 million of annual EBITDA."

Auburn, Calif.-based Flyers started with the purchase of seven independent gas stations in Northern California. “Retail is where we began and it was a difficult decision to give it up, but it’s a relatively small part of our business today,” said Dwelle.

In July, Flyers completed the acquisition of lubricants operations in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., from Western Refining, which also was recently acquired by Andeavor. Flyers Energy expects to increase its volume of lubricants sold from 1 million gallons in 2010 to nearly 19 million gallons next year with the help of an exclusive deal with ExxonMobil and through a series of acquisitions of petroleum distributors in California, Nevada and Arizona, the company said.

Newly renamed, San Antonio-based Andeavor is an integrated marketing, logistics and refining company with more than 3,200 gas stations and convenience stores under multiple fuel brands, including Arco, SuperAmerica, Shell, Exxon, Mobil, Tesoro, USA Gasoline and Giant.

Steve Holtz

          Flyers Energy Sells Its 39 C-Stores        

AUBURN, Calif. -- Flyers Energy has sold all of its 39 convenience-store and gas-station locations to the newly renamed Andeavor Corp., formerly Tesoro Corp., according to a report in the Auburn Journal.

Auburn, Calif.-based Flyers Energy is a third-generation family-owned business operated by the Dwelle family. It ranked No. 100 on CSP’s 2017 Top 202 list of the largest c-store chains in the country. With the Andeavor deal, Flyers effectively exits the c-store industry, instead choosing to concentrate on other areas of business.

The company operates 39 Flyers c-store locations and 18 hybrid locations that act like franchises, but the operators pay Flyers a commission on sales. Flyers Energy is also a wholesale supplier of fuels and lubricants and operates 263 card locks (83 stand-alone and 180 retail sites) and 15 lube outlets (nine in Nevada and six in California). Flyers Energy is a branded distributor of Chevron, Shell and Valero fuel for both wholesale and retail.

Newly renamed, San Antonio-based Andeavor is an integrated marketing, logistics and refining company with more than 3,200 gas stations and convenience stores under multiple fuel brands, including Arco, SuperAmerica, Shell, Exxon, Mobil, Tesoro, USA Gasoline and Giant.

Watch CSP Daily News for details.

Steve Holtz

          Toyota Logistics Services Wins SmartWay Award        
TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2013)
          Drayton McLane Jr. Inducted into Texas Transportation Hall of Honor        

Noted Texas business leader Drayton McLane Jr., a pioneer in modern transportation logistics, was inducted into the Texas Transportation Hall of Honor at a luncheon ceremony in Houston on Thursday, Sept. 8. The luncheon was co-sponsored by the Greater Houston Partnership and the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI).

(PRWeb September 09, 2011)

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          Video: Unboxing GLAMEGO -Cheapest beauty box in India         

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Being an early aficionado of beauty boxes, I was inquisitive enough to try it out. Hence, when the team Glamego approached me, I was all arms.

I was supposed to review the May 2017 box but did not receive my May box due to some unknown logistical management. Nevertheless, the June box was delivered on the 31st May itself. Also, June is one of my favourite months [a month before my birthday], made it even more special.

The Unboxing Video

I was super excited to receive my first Glamego box [PR Sample] and have shot the first impression, unboxing and review video for all my subscribers- existing and upcoming!

What: Monthly Beauty Subscription Box
MRP: Rs 299/ month
Month of Subscription: June 2017
Theme: Extracts of Nature

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          NHL Awards 2013/14 - meet the contenders        

As the saying goes: "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas until yet another lockout delays the end of the season enough to make it a logistical and public relations nightmare, meaning it goes away from Vegas for a year before it comes back and maybe then stays in Vegas."

2013 saw the Balding Captain and Power Forward Traded By Alberta Team For Bag of Pucks Trophy awarded for the first time in several years

Here is the usual quick rundown of the main awards (those that are voted on) and those in contention:

Hart Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association
Supposed to be awarded to: The player adjudged most valuable to his team
In practice, normally awarded to: LeBron James, due to often liberal interpretation of guidance issued by the PHWA to its attentive voters

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Finally receiving some well-deserved individual recognition as something more than just an average player with points totals inflated due to being a regular linemate of Chris Kunitz.

Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
Sometimes compared to Mark Messier, given his combination of scoring ability and physical play, his size and his Western Canadian origins, although with the parity in today's NHL, his chances of matching #11's number of Cup wins are heavily receding.

Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers)
After opening the season without a goal in 15 games, led the Flyers' recovery the rest of the way by hitting the back of the net 28 times, joining the back of Braden Holtby's head as something hit 28 times to turnaround the Flyers' season.

Ted Lindsay Award

Voted on by: Members of the National Hockey League Players' Association
Supposed to be awarded to: The most outstanding player in the NHL
In practice, normally awarded to: The player voted for by everybody in the NHLPA except Roman Hamrlík

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
His 17-point margin of victory over Getzlaf in the scoring race was the largest since the 1998/99 season, when Jaromír Jágr beat Teemu Selänne by 20 points, predictive analysis therefore suggesting that the 2028/29 season will see a Penguin win the scoring race over a Duck by a large margin again and Jágr outscoring Selänne by 60 points.

Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
If not for Rangers superstars, Pavel Brendl and Hugh Jessiman, would surely be recognised as both the most successful graduate of the Calgary Hitmen and the best power forward to come out of the stacked 2003 entry draft.

Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers)
After a unsuccessful 2012/13 campaign, suffered an off-season golfing injury, believed to be the most apt Flyers-related accident since Kate Smith was fatally crushed by a goon dropped from the Spectrum rafters by a terrible goaltender.

James Norris Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association   
Supposed to be awarded to: The defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position
In practice, normally awarded to: Nicklas Lidström

Zdeno Chára (Boston Bruins)
His booming slapshot has been officially recorded at 108.8 mph, putting it in a similar speed bracket as a David Ortiz home run ball and a character assassination written by a member of the local press following the trade of a scoring forward by the Bruins.

Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks)
The Manitoban All-Star calibre player with missing front teeth and a cavalier attitude to concussions is nicknamed "Clarkey" by his Blackhawks teammates for reasons that nobody has yet divulged.

Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)
After a 12-month period without addition, has a chance of joining the select list of players signed to a contract by Paul Holmgren winning something while not playing for the Los Angeles Kings.

Vezina Trophy

Voted on by: General Managers of all NHL clubs
Supposed to be awarded to: The goaltender who is adjudged to be the best at this position
In practice, normally awarded to: The Russian goaltender who is adjudged to be the best at owning an unsustainable high save percentage on an overachieving team

Ben Bishop (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Already arguably the second best goaltender in Lightning history behind Cup-winner Nikolai Khabibulin, this season's exploits having put him ahead of a moth-eaten curtain, Empty Net and John Grahame.

Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins)
Although continuing to rack up impressive personal statistics, some believe he still carries the stigma of backstopping Bruins teams that have both blown a 3-0 playoff series lead and conceded two late goals within 17 seconds to lose a Stanley Cup Final elimination game, "achievements" that the goalie tandem of Andrew Raycroft and Justin Pogge have never suffered, according to the Maple Leafs' analytics department.

Semyon Varlamov (Colorado Avalanche)
Controversially acquired at the cost of a potentially high first round draft pick by the then-lowly Avalanche, so faces the pressure of having to win multiple Vezinas to match the probable Hall of Fame-level contributions the Capitals will receive over Filip Forsberg's career.

Host George Stroumboulopoulos indicates how many NHL games
in aggregate the show's celebrity guests have ever attended

Calder Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League
In practice, normally awarded to: The player selected as the highest point-scoring forward in what might be his third year of competition in the National Hockey League after what might be no or several years of competition in another professional league

Tyler Johnson (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Undrafted, diminutive scoring forward for the Lightning seemingly not penalised by voters for his intention to petulantly force a trade in 15 years' time to the team closest to his off-season home, the Seattle Coyotes.

Nathan McKinnon (Colorado Avalanche)
Achieved two extremely rare feats that even Wayne Gretzky couldn't manage in his career, by having a 13-game scoring streak as an 18-year-old and by being permitted to take a shootout attempt in a game involving Patrick Roy.

Ondřej Palát (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Led all rookies in scoring in 2014 and plus-minus over the season, as well as blocking 64 shots, thus preventing the most pucks reaching the goal by any NHLer with "Ondřej Pa" in his name.

Frank J. Selke Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game
In practice, normally awarded to: The forward who is considered by PHWA members to be the best defensively, based on a balanced analysis of zone-starts, Corsi %, quality of competition, usage and shot prevention while shorthanded and penalty differential, though an insignificant minority might just look at reputation and plus-minus.

Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)
Famously exhibited his toughness in last year's Stanley Cup Final by playing through a punctured lung, separated shoulder and broken nose, injuries suffered when a Chicago player collided with Brad Marchand's left knee.

Anže Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings)
Despite being ranked the top European skater, was to be found in Sweden as the 2005 Entry Draft took place, as coincidentally was a bag containing 45 lottery balls without "Pittsburgh Penguins" written on them.

Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
Has much in common with Bergeron, being a member of the Triple Gold Club, a previous Selke winner, fluent in English and French and having a name that sounds nothing like a word spelled T.O.E.W.S.

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey
In practice, normally awarded to: The player who missed the most games through injury the season before

Jaromír Jágr (New Jersey Devils)
Has remarkably sustained an NHL career longer than each of the three 20-year-old players for whom he was traded by Pittsburgh on July 11 2001, a feat that probably stopped deserving being called remarkable around October 11 2001.

Manny Malhotra (Carolina Hurricanes)
Has made a successful return to the NHL after being let go by the Vancouver Canucks in 2011, a decision described by then-GM Mike Gillis as "the hardest thing I have done in this job", which led to Gillis resolving to avoid making any hard decisions relating to his roster for as long as possible from that point on.

Dominic Moore (New York Rangers)
As his Wikipedia bio states, has at times in his career had to cope with the unenviable handicap of playing with Jason Blake on a "scoring" line and with Ryan Hollweg on a line of any description.

Messrs Linden and Lecavalier proudly display their humanitarian awards for all their tireless work for organisations dealing with disadvantaged goaltending situations 

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability
In practice, normally awarded to: The player adjudged to have had the fewest penalty minutes when the voters quickly skim down the list of top 20 scorers five minutes before the deadline to send in their ballot

Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks)
Evidence of a high level of gentlemanly conduct and self-control is shown by his tally of only 18 penalty minutes all year and being on the record as having listened to Jeremy Roenick for in excess of 10 minutes in one go.

Ryan O'Reilly (Colorado Avalanche)
Notably only called for one penalty in 80 games played, for inadvertently playing with a broken stick, an infraction considered by his coach to be too vanilla to spoil such a record.

Martin St. Louis (New York Rangers)
Achieves the unique distinction of being a finalist for this award having once signed a contract with the genuine intention of playing for a team run by Jay Feaster.

Jack Adams Award

Voted on by: Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success
In practice, normally awarded to: The coach adjudged to have coached either the most injured team or the team with the best PDO/shootout-fuelled record.

Mike Babcock (Detroit Red Wings)
At one point during the filming of HBO's '24/7' series, kicked the camera crew out of his locker room between periods of one game, a controversial move given the camera crew formed the injury-hit Red Wings' second line at the time.

Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay Lightning)
A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, meaning he alternates between having no idea there is a hockey team near where he lives and wanting it to be contracted or moved to Quebec.

Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche)
Successful start to his professional coaching career would normally bode well for a long stay behind the bench, but his combustible personality suggests that a dramatic falling out with the vice president of hockey operations for the Avalanche at some point is almost inevitable.

General Manager of the Year Award

In a departure from previous practice, in recognition of the popularity of vague schedules and the ultimate measure of success being winning two playoff rounds, the finalists will apparently be announced "later this month on a date to be determined" and will be based on voting conducted following the second round of the playoffs.  So Doug Wilson's chances have rather swiftly evaporated.


Voted on by: General Managers of all NHL clubs and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media 
Supposed to be awarded to: The top National Hockey League General Manager
In practice, normally awarded to: The National Hockey League General Manager Most Likely To Be Fired Within A Couple Of Years As A Direct Consequence Of Short-Term Moves That Led To Being A Finalist For The Award

Marc Bergevin (Montreal Canadiens)
Leading candidate to extend to two the streak of General Manager of the Year Award winners who willingly acquired Douglas Murray in the previous year, meaning the Best GM:Gritty Hitty Swedish Defenseman:Conference Finalists relationship still maintains a correlation coefficient of 1.0000, stat nerds.

Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles Kings)
Beneficiary of the maxim that acquiring a former 40-goal scorer from the Columbus Blue Jackets is a guarantee of a large quantity of playoff goals roughly two out of every three times.

Bob Murray (Anaheim Ducks)
Despite being a successor to Brian Burke in his role, appears to have the Ducks somewhat behind schedule in becoming entirely dysfunctional and based in Canada.


Awards post archive (a.k.a. look at all the recycled material):

NHL Awards 2013 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2011/12 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2010/11 - meet the contenders

          Offshore Marine Supply Base Operation Service        
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          Borsino della logistica        
Il Borsino Immobiliare della Logistica è uno strumento di analisi dedicato ai player della filiera logistica. Elaborato semestralmente da World Capital, il Borsino racchiude: valori di vendita/locazione di nuovo e usato; andamento del mercato in Italia e in Europa; rendimenti e tagli; approfondimenti e studi di settore in collaborazione con importanti enti; interviste e sondaggi […]
          La logistica di Amazon        
Logistica di Amazon è un servizio che offre una serie di soluzioni di gestione studiate per permettere ai venditori Amazon di commercializzare i propri prodotti in modo semplice e veloce in tutta Europa. I venditori Amazon scelgono Logistica di Amazon per incrementare il fatturato senza investire nella logistica: è possibile passare dalle vendite a livello […]
          Reflections on Achham: Growth and Opportunity.         
GROW: a : to spring up and develop to maturity.  to have an increasing influence. to promote the development of. -Merriam Webster Dictionary.

Two months in Achham. Two months a world away from what we are used to in the United States, yet still, it is only two months. Two months is hardly enough time to understand, to appreciate, and to develop. Yet time flows differently in Achham and development, both personal and otherwise, comes sooner than one expects.

Growing up
Personal development is easy when one is starting from nothing. Before this summer, the world of international development and global health was very much a rhetorical one, given life only through articles and essays. In retrospect, despite nearly a year of campaigning and raising awareness through Globemed, my view of Bayalpata Hospital was significantly flawed before I actually got there. With all the rhetoric of ‘grassroots’ and ‘community-based’ I had thrown into my prepared elevator pitch, I was a bit unprepared to see a respectable looking complex with solar panels, tiled floors, that looked, well, a lot better than what I was expecting, honestly. My mental image was tied up in the form of the small community clinic that Nyaya started with, but the hospital has grown, expanded, developed. Nyaya has changed for the better, expanding and serving more people and as such it has, without us knowing, left behind many of the phrases we use to describe it.

Growing Out
Our rhetoric emphasizes that Nyaya is a grassroots organization. It’s a good word, one that really gets people excited. It invokes images of strong community backing and involvement, small, local roots, and a personal touch to healthcare delivery. Does that word still apply when if the small regional clinic has upgraded to one of two district-level hospitals that serve patients from hours away? Does it apply to the public-private partnership that is looking to dramatically increase the amount of government funding it receives, fighting through the bureaucracy to achieve it? Does that word describe an organization which has a U.S. team of researchers that receive tens of thousands of dollars in grants to do research that often seems to fly in the face of reason for the Nepal side? What does the word “grassroots” mean when the organization grows?  

Growing In
The point of a successful campaign is, in many ways, to paint the scenario in the best light. The danger of successful campaigning is that it becomes easy to believe your own elevator pitch. One forgets that organizations are not purely corrupt and inefficient or transparent and streamlined. Problems exist. Inefficiencies gum up the works. Communication lines are often tangled and tensions sometimes run high. That is the reality, not the campaign. And while it is important to frame the organization and the fundraising goal in a light that will promote action and involvement, it is essential that delusion does not become an accepted tradeoff. A realistic assessment of strengths and weaknesses is necessary for the chapter as a whole, not only to foster a better understanding of our partner, but to better think of ways to help strengthen the partnership.  

Growing Understanding
It is often difficult to describe the demographic Nyaya serves to others, whether while giving an elevator pitch, or while campaigning. “Rural Nepal” is hopelessly inadequate. “Under-served” is difficult to visualize. “Impoverished” gives a one-sided view of the situation. In reality, no summary for an elevator pitch can capture the full nuances of the Achhami populace. What’s a short way of saying “subsistence farmer / migrant worker / tea shop entrepreneurs / impoverished but not starving / hard working and generous / indolent and self-serving / caring parents / neglectful parents / victims/perpetrators of gender inequality / happily married / domestically abusive when drunk / bearing great burdens, physical and otherwise / mild hypochondriacs believing that no pills or tests means ineffective treatment” ? How do you summarize a caste system that segregates and discriminates, and how do you give an overview of a younger generation who couldn’t care less about caste? How can you express the changes occurring, from changing age-old traditions which harmed women to improving overall health through community investments, and how can you reconcile that with the cold reality that the more things change, the more things stay the same in the sense that at the end of the day, you still have to look out for number one. In a society where males are valued more, there are parents who love and pamper and cherish their daughters. In a community where most people perform migrant work or subsistence farming, there are some who dream of studying abroad and pursuing higher education. No matter how hard one tries, there is really no way of easily encompassing the population that Bayalpata Hospital serves, who are probably the most important detail when describing the hospital’s care.

Growing Pains
If a hospital runs out of medicine in rural Nepal, does it make a sound? Poisonous snakes are, unfortunately, all too common in Achham. The problem was exacerbated by a country-wide shortage of antivenom. So when, one night, a member of the Armed Police Force came to the hospital with a snake bite, what could be done? How must it have felt, knowing that if only there was this small vial of liquid, everything would be all right? What sort of terror and anticipation must have filled that officer’s heart when, in the middle of the night, he was told that there was a chance, a CHANCE, that the other of two district-level hospitals in Achham MIGHT have antivenom. That is the stuff of nightmares. Often, donations and campaigns are run for projects that are sexy, that are popular, that are easy ways to pluck peoples’ heartstrings and their wallets. But basic issues of supplies and logistics are sometimes more complex than a single hospital can handle, and sometimes the simplest things are the ones that need the most attention.  

Growing forward

Growth can be tough, and Nyaya fits all of the descriptions of growing. It has come to maturity, both scaling up in physical size and also in scope of services, going from a small clinic in Sanfe to being awarded “Best Hospital in Nepal”. More and more, Nyaya has increasing influence in both the region, and also the nation, through its work with the government. Through both Nyaya Health Nepal’s work with the government and also through Nyaya Health International’s work in implementation science, Nyaya works to promote its core values of transparency and efficiency in delivering healthcare to those that need it most. But growing can be difficult. Growing pains are normal. Nyaya faces challenges that it must overcome, from communication to employee retention. But growing also means new opportunities, for both Nyaya’s efforts in Nepal, and also for Globemed at Tufts to be as useful as we can for our partner. Whether or not we seize these opportunities and minimize the associated growing pains is up to us. 

          Route Optimization Algorithm Looks To Honey Bees For Inspiration        
A startup is using advanced biomimicry to find optimal delivery routes and shrink logistics costs
          Magazines that just work        
Adweek has a nice piece on how the magazine BusinessWeek appears to be thriving. It has changed its name to Bloomberg Businessweek (is that really better?) and has a newly invigorated editorial and design approach.

So far, the Bloomberg money has bought signs of life. Businessweek has bulked up to an average of 66 well-designed editorial pages that offer a level of global business coverage not found among other weeklies. Ad pages are up 21 percent year-on-year for January through July, the rate base will soon be raised from 900,000 to 980,000 (approaching Forbes’ 1,020,000), and subscriptions are up 12 percent. The magazine now loses, according to Adweek sources, between $20 million to $30 million a year. (Josh Tyrangiel Means Business -- Adweek)

Bloomberg bought the magazine from the McGraw Hill company for $1 in October 2009.

The magazine also has a respectable app for the iPad, though I suspect that its not (yet) a key part of the revived magazine's business strategy. I find their app clever, but a bit too fiddly and confusing and its not on Apple's Newsstand which suggests that Bloomberg have not yet worked out whether they see it as an integral part of a digital magazine strategy or more of a trial balloon. But the resuscitation of the core magazine is a good story for the magazine business. A new owner has been bold enough to take a fresh look at the editorial mission, has seen the need for investment in editorial content and design quality, and the magazine is a lot better than it was 2 or 3 years ago. This week it has a tremendous article on Apple's extraordinary strength in supply chain management, investment and logistics. Now that they have the core magazine working really well, they can consider how to make it a digital success.

It could be that there are a good many magazines out in the market which are suffering from tired ownership (McGraw Hill had no real rationale for owning a consumer-facing business magazine). There are some excellent editorial and content propositions that could be revived by fresh investment and owners committed to developing subscription audiences. This will become a positive story for the magazine industry in the near future as publishers realise that digital magazine audiences can be very large and can be reached very efficiently through the iPad and other web devices.
          Microsoft Dynamics AX in de praktijk: Thermon Europe        
Thermon is van oorsprong een Amerikaans bedrijf uit San Marcos, Texas. Thermon biedt oplossingen om warmteverliezen in leidingen of tanks te compenseren, dan wel om hierin warmte te brengen met behulp van bijvoorbeeld stoom of elektrische verwarmingskabels. Binnen de Thermon Europa groep zijn ongeveer 85 personen werkzaam. René van der Salm, Logistics & Manufacturing Manager bij Thermon Europe: “Wij leveren materialen en oplossingen op het gebied van Heat Tracing, vanuit vijf vestigingen in Europa. Indertijd had elk land een eigen systeem voor offertes. Centraal werkten we met één order- en voorraadsysteem met daarnaast losse productieplanningsystemen. Daarmee zorgden we voor de planning, registratie en facturatie. Maar we hadden er veel problemen mee. Het systeem was oud, stond op omvallen en werd niet meer onderhouden.” “Samen met de consultants hebben we een pakket van eisen opgesteld, rekening houdend met ons budget. Vervolgens hebben we drie ICT-bedrijven gevraagd een demo te maken van een intercompany-module. Wat HGH presenteerde, op basis van Microsoft Dynamics AX, beviel ons zonder meer het beste. De gebruiksvriendelijkheid van Microsoft Dynamics AX sprak ons uiteraard bijzonder aan. Daar kwam bovendien bij dat het meteen klikte tussen onze mensen en die van HGH.” “Microsoft Dynamics AX is nu anderhalf jaar in gebruik. In die tijd heb ik meer inzicht in het reilen en zeilen van mijn bedrijf gekregen dan ik me kan herinneren. Sinds de invoering hebben we de inkomende en uitgaande goederenstroom en de productie volledig onder controle. Dankzij de CRM-module weten we ook veel beter hoe we de klant kunnen helpen. Microsoft Dynamics AX levert de juiste informatie waardoor wij betrouwbare levertijden kunnen garanderen. Dat maakt mijn werk in ieder geval heel wat overzichtelijker en daardoor plezieriger.”
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Today, there are many businesses across New Jersey that are predominantly ecommerce retailers, although they may also have brick and mortar locations. As a consequence, inventory may be held in 3rd-party warehouses or distribution centers where it is shipped out to customers across the globe. This is especially true for companies that are smaller.  When these companies either go out of business or need to reduce inventory, it can be a logistically challenging endeavor to handle it on their own. While many will choose among New Jersey liquidators to oversee the process, not all NJ liquidation companies are created equal....

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          Earth Day and Discovery Kingdom        
Hello everyone --  Many of you probably saw the "Questions for Parents" paper that Honor Band students should have brought home.  Unfortunately, I'm not sure that they explained all of the information that I tried to give them about the events and how and why they are connected.  For many years we attended the "Music in the Parks" Festivals that were put on by a private company that contracted with Discovery Kingdom.  We would perform at an adjudicated festival in the morning at a high school in Vacaville, change out of our concert attire arrive at the park after noon, and enjoy the park for the remainder of the day.  This became super expensive because there was a fee for the festival, for DK, and for the bus.   It also limited the amount of time we had at the park. 

Later we participated in DK's "Celebrate the Arts" program where we would actually perform at the park for a mostly unappreciative audience after lugging all of our equipment through the park.  We were often placed underneath a big roller coaster where no one would see us or hear us play.  Logistically, that become a nightmare.

Several years ago, we decided to play at the Town of Windsor "Earth Day" Celebration for a local audience that was glad to hear us play.  We then went to Discovery Kingdom on a separate day to maximize our time in the park. 

1.  Is this a curricular event that will affect a student's grade?  No.

2.  Do we have to attend The TOW Earth Day celebration to attend the DK trip?  Since the Earth Day Celebration is on a Sunday, it is difficult for some students to attend because of religious and family obligations.  I am hoping that we can get enough students to perform at Earth Day so that we can play adequately.  I will give students who are able to perform at ED a 250 Academic point bonus that will be applied to the final quarter's grade.  If we can't get enough people to play at Earth Day, I don't believe we should take the trip to Discovery Kingdom.

If the Discovery Kingdom trip happens:

3.  Can we use our Season passes at Discovery Kingdom?  Yes.

4.  Are we going in a bus or in cars?  The bus is a fixed cost of $1000.  It would be better if we could go in private cars.  Because it is a school trip, we would need drivers who have been fingerprinted and cleared to drive with the school.   If you are interested in becoming a fingerprinted driver, see Hollie in the WMS office.  There is a fee to be fingerprinted, but once it is done, it is good for the remainder of the time that your child is in the WUSD.  I'm happy to reserve a bus, too, if that is easier but the cost will be split among the people who are riding the bus. 

Thanks for your patience, understanding and getting the information back to me ASAP.  Please don't hesitate to write or call with questions. 

What are the questions that we need to answer?

1.  Can I play at the TOW Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, April 23d?
2.  Can I go to Discovery Kingdom on Saturday, May 13th?
3.  If so, are you willing to drive and take students to DK?

4.  Group tickets to DK are $32.  If we had to take a bus the cost of the trip would be closer to $60.  Would you favor the bus option or the car option?

Please also have your child put their name on the form, so that I can get accurate information to plan these events.  Thanks!!  SM

          Winter Concert: December 15 2016 6:30 - 7:30        

Dear Parents 

Thanks for encouraging your child to play music!  The students and I are very excited about the upcoming Winter Concert on December 15,2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Windsor Middle School Gym.  I am writing to let you know some details about the upcoming activities and to aks for your help.

The logistics of the evening are as follows: Beginning Band students will meet in Room K115 at 6:00 p.m. in concert attire:  black long pants or skirts a white shirt and black shoes.  Beginning band members will not take out their instruments until I am in the room.  Beginning band students will have reserved seats in the bleachers closest to the performance area.  We're glad that they will be able to enjoy the second half of the concert.  Honor Band students will meet in the MPR at 6:00 p.m.  We will warm up and tune quickly.  Instruments will then be put away and the Honor Band will go to the gym while the Beginning Band performs.  I'm grateful to all parents who are able to help supervise the groups as they prepare for the performance.

We would also be grateful to any parents who could volunteer to decorate the gym on the day of the performance.  We will have some decorations that you can use.  We are grateful for any loans of Pointsettias that we can use to decorate the gym.  You can take them back right after the concert if you like.  If you cann help by supervising students before performance or decorating the gym, can you let Elsa Vera our volunteer coordinator, know?  Her email address is

After the concert, we will need a crew of parents and students to clean up the gym, stack the chairs, move the instruments back to the band room, take down the decorations and get the gym ready for classes the next day.  The concert will be about an hour long .  If enough people are able to help with the clean up, will not take too long or keep us out too late.

Thank you very much for encouraging your child to play in our bands and for supporting music in the Windsor Schools.  Studying music is good for them and good for our school!  We look forward to performing for you.


Steve Mitchell

          Discovery Kingdom Trip Letter        


Dear Parents
One of the highlights of the year over the past 12 years has been our annual trip to Discovery Kingdom.  In the past, we have performed at Discovery Kingdom and then enjoyed the rest of the day in the park. This was really a hassle, and reduced our time to enjoy the day at Discovery Kingdom.  Like we did last year though, we will be playing at the Windsor Earth Day Celebration on April 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 instead of playing at Discovery Kingdom and taking our trip to Discovery Kingdom on May 7th.  This is so much easier in so many ways.  We eliminate the added expense of attending one of the festivals and we don’t have to deal with the logistical difficulty of playing at Discovery Kingdom.  Playing at the Town Green will give us an opportunity to perform for ourcommunity in a much better venue. 
The cost of the trip to Discovery Kingdom will be $55.00 for each student attending, which includes the admission to Discovery Kingdom and the bus. We are also happy to purchase additional tickets for family members at the reduced group rate.
In order to secure the tickets and bus transportation for the Discovery Kingdom trip, we need to get an accurate count of attendees. Please fill out the form attached to this letter and return it no later than April 15th.  Parents, please consider joining us as a chaperone.  It is a really fun day and we would love to have you!  We hope you can join us.   Thanks for supporting music at WMS!
Steve Mitchell

My child ___________________________ would like to attend. 
Attached is the $55.

We would like additional tickets:

____________ Additional Tickets (@ 31.76)
____________ We have a Season Pass ($23.25 for the bus).

____________ I would be willing to chaperone.
         ________________________ Name
         ________________________ Phone or email address

My child ____________________________ will be unable to attend. 

          The Newest Bunch of Interns is Here and Working Hard        

Springer-Peterson is well known locally for its summer college internship program. Starting this program back in 2011, we wanted to create an experience that would help the students foster professional skills while also benefiting our company by enlisting the skills of bright young minds. 

Here's how it works: The students keep us on our toes and up-to-date, and we give them a strong platform to exercise their abilities and challenge them with projects that help them grow. 

This year, we have our largest group of interns ever! We have several young men working on-site with our Service Team, responding to repair calls and fixing roofs. We also have a few interns working in our corporate office. These students are currently enrolled at a college or university in Florida, majoring in a similar department to their line of work here. They work for us full-time to get the that very necessary "real world" experience. 

Our field interns are Alex Mack, Devonte Mack, Zach Huffstickler, and Chris Hart. These boys work practically from sunrise all through the day, traveling to and from different job sites in order to service roofs that are having issues. They are mentored by our experienced foreman and will gain extensive knowledge of the logistics and details essential to the roofing industry. Our Service Department has 24/7 Emergency Repair hours, and our interns are not exempt from those special circumstances! If a repair request comes through in the middle of the night, they are on the list of workers to call. With this type of dedication and willingness required, we are sure these interns will leave with a new, more enlightened perspective on our industry. We pride ourselves in the opportunity to educate and train the roofing industry's next generation of leaders. 

Inside our home office in Lakeland, you will also find college interns spread throughout. This year we have four corporate interns, something we've never done before. Unlike the field interns, these students are assigned very different positions within our company. Gabby Molleda, studying Psychology and Advertising/Public Relations at Florida Southern College, is our official office receptionist (and everyone's personal assistant). She is honing her communications skills and mastering the art of organization. Rachel Heidegger, a Public Relations major at the University of Florida, is our in-house Marketing Coordinator. This is a new department for SP, and is something we are very excited about expanding. Rachel is managing our social media accounts, email marketing, and website updates. Jakob Contat, a fellow University of Florida Gator, is working in the Estimating Department, improving our data-management software. Ashley Skaggs, a graduate student studying Education at the University of Central Florida, is interning in the Customer Service Department. She handles invoicing and client communication, as well as any other office need in the Service Department.

This summer is sure to bring lots of good change and promise to our company, as every summer does when we are blessed with hard-working students. 
          Earth Day Performance at the Town Green April 19th at 10:00 A.M.         
We're so excited to be able to play at the Windsor Town Green for Earth Day.  We will be playing at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday April 19th, 2015.  We set up on the "stage" which is adjacent to the Windsor Public Library on the Town Green and will play for about 1/2 hour.  The WMS Strings group will be performing after us.  We performed at the ceremony last year, in lieu of PERFORMING at Discovery Kingdom.  WE WILL STILL BE TAKING A TRIP TO DISCOVERY KINGDOM ON MAY 16TH.  After many years of dragging our instruments, music and music stands, percussion equipment, etc through the park to perform amidst the roller coasters and crowd noise while no one paid any attention, we are delighted to have a much easier and friendlier venue for performance!!  This way, our local community can hear the group, and we can enjoy the day at Discovery Kingdom without the logistical nightmare of trying to play there, as well.   Students who plan on attending our Discovery Kingdom trip should plan on playing with us at the Earth Day Celebration.  It will be a lot of fun!!  More information about the Town of Windsor's Earth Day Celebration can be found here.

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          Column: Forget the white picket fence, the American Dream is in the city        
Pedestrians walk through Times Square during a warm weather spell in New York March 10, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson - RTSA914

Pedestrians walk through Times Square during a warm weather spell in New York March 10, 2016. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The dominant housing story of the last century was an exodus of those with means from cities to suburbs. The American Dream consisted of a white picket fence around a private yard, 2.4 children in the home and a nice car or two. Today, the dream is changing. Sure, the suburbs still offer a great deal, but there’s a powerful countertrend that is increasingly hard to ignore: a renaissance in cities, as they draw empty nesters and young professionals alike to a vibrant, urban lifestyle.

According to, over 250,000 people reach retirement age in the United States every month. And although the share of baby boomers living in urban areas has decreased since 2000 on an aggregate basis, an important subset of empty nesters is flocking back to choice American cities.

Between 2010 and 2014, half of new business growth in the U.S. came from 20 urban counties.

Take Boston, for example. According to, the northeastern city is the most in-demand urban destination for buyers between the ages of 65 and 74, a range that includes the oldest five years of boomers. That demographic is buying more homes overall than every segment besides millennials and Generation X, and Beantown is their first choice among cities. Some former suburbanites have even formed “expat” groups, according to the Boston Globe. Incidentally, this dynamic risks pushing suburban real estate prices down as the number of homes for sale rises. Indeed, in 2016, suburban home prices have been weak, while Boston real estate values have surged.

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But it’s not just about retirees flocking to cities. Young professionals are also increasingly working and living downtown, drawn by exciting employment opportunities. Between 2010 and 2014, half of new business growth in the U.S. came from 20 urban counties, and half of all job growth in that period came from 73 counties. And according to a recent Wall Street Journal story, one factor behind the Beantown boom has been an influx of people choosing to live in the city. Between 2010 and 2014, for instance, the population of Boston grew by 6 percent, double the national rate.

This urban renaissance has generated a strong real estate market in America’s boom towns.

Many of America’s best-performing cities are, unsurprisingly, science and tech hubs: the usual suspects like San Francisco, New York and Seattle, but also lesser known ones like Raleigh. It’s not just science and tech though — just look to the Lone Star State. Despite the drop in oil prices, Austin and Dallas have enjoyed resilient economies fueled not just by high-tech industry, but also festivals, logistics, financial services and a general business-friendly environment.

This urban renaissance has generated a strong real estate market in America’s boom towns. Rents have risen and prices are increasing. In 2011, high-end urban apartment rent growth peaked at 8 percent per year and remains well north of inflation. Rental increases are higher for large, in-demand cities like New York, Boston and San Francisco — and even higher for the most expensive units within these markets.

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I worry about the sustainability of these dynamics, in large part because when markets work well, higher prices stimulate supply. And that’s exactly what we’re seeing in many cities. According to the Wall Street Journal, “In 25 of the largest U.S. cities, multifamily permits in urban areas were up 39% in 2015 compared with a year earlier.” Major cities like New York, Philadelphia and Boston are all expecting housing supply growth between two and three times the historical average in the next year. Although demand in these cities is robust, it’s nevertheless worth watching to see if today’s boom turns into tomorrow’s bust.

When markets work well, higher prices stimulate supply. And that’s exactly what we’re seeing in many cities.

The most recent issue of Worth magazine highlighted some of the cities that have benefited from — and actively helped to stimulate — the urban boom. Worth’s selection of dynamic American cities includes San Diego, Dallas, Charleston, Nashville, New Orleans, San Francisco and New York, among others. What unites these cities? As Worth editor Richard Bradley summarized, successful cities have used effective public policy to make downtowns both livable and business-friendly, while embracing existing assets — like Nashville’s music scene or San Diego’s science infrastructure.

Yet the cities that Worth profiled are not homogenous. They’re each vibrant in their own ways. San Diego, for example, has ample human capital, support for startups and a commitment to infrastructure investment. Dallas has transformed into a booming cultural center. Charleston, home to an important port, has attracted global manufacturers without losing its historic charm. To Worth’s list, I’d add Boston, whose Seaport District alone has managed to attract everything from tech startups to General Electric in recent years.

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Unfortunately, an influx of wealthy young people tends to make attractive cities like these less affordable. So what’s the best way to sustain the urban renaissance? New construction — via relaxed zoning restrictions — may be a partial solution. For this reason, as Matthew Yglesias put it, “the elevator could be the next great disruptive technology.” Increasing density can push down prices without generating sprawl.

But just as technology could bolster the urban renaissance, it could also endanger it. The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Mims suggests that the rise of self-driving cars might take the new urban enthusiasts to the suburbs. It’s not hard to imagine young affluent millennials being wooed by futuristic vehicles conveniently escorting them to and from the spacious suburbs.

Especially in this time of general global instability… there are some things worth celebrating. The flourishing of our cities is one of them.

For now, as noted by Worth’s Bradley, “we are living in a golden era of American cities.” And the trends don’t show signs of reversing. Boston, for instance, is expecting 90,000 new residents in the next 14 years. Especially in this time of general global instability, with Brexit, choppy asset markets and falling commodities prices increasing fear across the board, there are some things worth celebrating. The flourishing of our cities is one of them.

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          Indigenous Peoples Don't Consent To Pipelines. It's Time We Listened        

Recently, representatives from the Omaha Tribe, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Nez Perce, Choctaw Nation, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Ponka Tribe of Oklahoma signed the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion.

The Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion is an "expression of Indigenous Law prohibiting the pipelines/trains/tankers that will feed the expansion of the Alberta Tar Sands" through the territorial lands and waters of the signatories.

The tribes and nations that signed the historic accord recently now join over 150 nations and tribes that have endorsed the treaty.

They stand together in a fierce wall of opposition.

"Along with our Indigenous allies all along the KXL route like the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) and all over Turtle Island (North America), we recognize the grave dangers in allowing this 'Black Snake' to enter our homelands," said Chairman Larry Wright Jr. of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. "As the State of Nebraska stands poised to make a potentially life-altering decision about permitting this poisonous bitumen to be inflicted on its population, we stand poised to protect all life now and in the future."

The treaty is an assertion of Indigenous law and a clear statement that tar sands pipelines (Keystone XL, Line 3, Trans Mountain, and Energy East) do not have the consent of all the nations and tribes whose lands and waters they seek to cross.

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One of the primary rights enshrined in the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) — which the prime minister of Canada, premier of Alberta and premier of British Columbia all claim to support and want implemented into law — is the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

Taken on its own, the term consent is a pretty straightforward one. Google dictionary defines consent as both a noun and a verb:

noun 1. permission for something to happen or agreement to do something.

"No change may be made without the consent of all the partners."

verb 1. give permission for something to happen.

"He consented to a search by a detective."

Reading these everyday definitions, it becomes clear at very basic level that none of the four proposed tar sands pipelines (KXL, Trans Mountain, Line 3 or Energy East) have the consent of all the nations and tribes that any of pipelines would pass through.

Governments and companies have a history of making decisions that impact Indigenous communities without their permission.

But, it's also important to take the other parts of FPIC into considerations.

For consent to be "free" it must be given without pressure, coercion or fear or repercussions. For consent to be "prior" it must be given prior to resource development and official approval of such development. For consent to be "informed" communities must be given all information needed to make a decision that is in their best interests; this includes not only logistical and financial information, but information on the environmental and social considerations of a project in an accessible and digestible format and language.

Paying lip service to UNDRIP will only get us so far. Any leader who supports the adoption of UNDRIP from international to national law must support FPIC. Any leader that wishes to uphold their commitments to Indigenous peoples and UNDRIP therefore cannot support any of the four tar sands pipelines that violate this foundational right to consent or the tenets of free, prior and informed consent.

It may not be a popular opinion for those seeking to win the influence of the oil industry or votes among its workers, but it's a necessary step in the path to reconciliation.

From colonization, to residential schools, to pipeline approvals, governments and companies have a history of making decisions that impact Indigenous communities without their permission. This practice needs to end before true healing can begin. Governments can't build the trust and relationships essential to reconciliation until they begin to truly respect the voices and rights of Indigenous Peoples, and start living up to the commitments they have already made to the First Peoples of these lands.

Over 150 nations and tribes have made it clear that they do not consent to tar sands pipelines.

It's time we listened.

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          Supershed for IDI Gazeley at Magna Park        

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          An Illustrated Guide to the Growing Size of Wind Turbines        

Bigger is almost always better in the wind industry, even if it means difficult logistics.

That's the key takeaway from a new report on next-generation wind turbines from MAKE Consulting. The research shows global onshore turbine size increasing at a 3 percent compound annual growth rate between 2012 and 2022, as original equipment manufacturers seek to extract every ounce of potential from the wind resource.

The proportion of larger turbines entering the market has grown steadily since 2010. Back then, 40 percent of onshore machines were 2 megawatts or larger.

Last year that proportion had risen to 90 percent, with 23 percent of onshore turbines at 3 megawatts or more.

The move to larger models is being led by Europe, which is heading into the 4-megawatt space. It's also being pushed by emerging markets that are bypassing sub-3-megawatt machines altogether.

In 2016, 3-megawatt platforms had been installed in more than 38 markets. “Wind class migration is expected to continue as new models are introduced [and] older products receive wind-class upgrades," reads the report.

Rotor size is the most important differentiator for new onshore products, according to report author Shashi Barla. However, the way OEMs mix and match power ratings and rotor sizes varies from one company to another. 

Vestas, for example, offers six rotor diameters for its 2-megawatt machines and four for its 3-megawatt platforms.

GE, in contrast, reuses the same rotors across differently rated machines. Its 100-meter rotors can be fitted to turbines from 1.6 megawatts to 2.85 megawatts, for example, while its 103-meter blades can be fixed on 1.7-megawatt up to 3.2-megawatt products. 

Regardless of the approach, the goal is to reuse components where possible, so an OEM can cut costs and shorten development cycles. 

The larger rotors help wind-farm owners scoop more energy from suboptimal sites, which are increasingly the norm in maturing markets where all the prime spots have already been taken. 

The limited availability of high-wind sites worldwide is reflected in the number of onshore turbine products available for different wind-speed classes.

MAKE counts just 20 products suited for the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Class I conditions, with annual average wind speeds of 10 meters per second. 

For medium wind, or IEC Class II conditions, there are at least 42 products, along with another 40 for IEC III. High-wind turbines are “not a focus for new platforms due to diminishing resource,” MAKE concludes. 

Besides increasing rotor diameters, another way to improve production at less-than-ideal sites is to reach the stronger, steadier winds that occur at higher altitudes.

While a 10 percent change in power rating or hub height has a less significant impact on energy production than an equal increase in rotor diameter, MAKE expects growth in tower heights to intensify.

By 2020, developers will be installing almost 2,400 towers of 120 meters or more a year, says the firm, compared to fewer than 1,000 installations of these models in 2014. Bigger blades and towers, though, are more difficult to move around. 

One way to address this issue would be to split up each blade so it could be transported in pieces and snapped together on site. “But OEMs remain reluctant to push commercialization of modular blades due to cost [and] complexity,” the report observes. 

And bigger turbines are not necessarily the best option in every market. 

While in European and Latin American markets, it makes sense to go for big products to maximize farm-level production, in the U.S. and China, for example, smaller machines may be required to cope with the capacity of grid interconnections.

None of this applies at sea, where turbine power ratings, rather than rotor spans, are the primary product differentiator for OEMs. 

Whereas 82 percent of offshore turbines ordered between 2001 and 2005 were under 3 megawatts, today there are no machines of that size on order.

Instead, 71 percent of orders are for products 5 megawatts or greater, and 16 percent are for turbines of 8 megawatts or greater. “Despite long project cycles and R&D timelines, commercial demand continues to favor the largest turbines,” says the report. “The next generation of 12-megawatt-plus turbines will gain market share within the next five years.”

Editor's note: MAKE Consulting is owned by GTM's parent company, Wood Mackenzie.

          VTC en Afrique : Après Abidjan, Africab à la conquête du marché béninois        

Huit mois après son lancement à Abidjan, AFRICAB spécialisée dans les VTC (Véhicules de Transport avec Chauffeurs) annonce l’ouverture d’une franchise à Cotonou en partenariat avec le groupe MIG Logistics. La société de transport espère ainsi démarrer ses activités en novembre 2016 Un nouveau service de transport individuel à Cotonou Si vous avez déjà fait […]

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          the winter feast        

it will probably be christmas day by the time most of you read this, or later. i hope you have or had a good day wherever you were or whatever you were doing. may 2017 be less shit than 2016 was.

if you sent me email in the last year, i'm really sorry for not replying to you. i do read most of what arrives but there's a high volume of spam plus a similarly high volume of legit emails, so it's hard to reply to them all when you have no motivation to do ordinary day to day tasks and even less to interact with people.

my partner is looking after me - he's doing a good job. i have not been very well this last year, and it didn't help that i spent about six months trying to do a networking qualification that was too advanced for me and not actually relevant to my eventual CEH qualification since i already know basic networking (it turns out that the one i was trying to do, the CompTIA Network+, is actually quite high level and involves a LOT of background reading for someone who has been on the programming or security side of things rather than the network engineering side. it's probably a fantastic exam to take if you want to be able to understand the logistics of every network everywhere and be able to engineer the perfect network for the situation your clients are in, every time, but it is way too in depth for a hacker to learn from scratch.) i've contacted the training provider about this & luckily they were really understanding - they apologised for having suggested the Network+ to me on the phone, and reset the time i had paid for so that i didn't pay for six months of wasted training and stress that got me nowhere. i'm currently working on the CompTIA Security+ & should be going back to that after christmas. i haven't done lots and lots of it but it seems like it's a lot closer to what i've been teaching myself for all this time than the Network+ was.

i am trying to be more accessible this coming year. my immediate plans are to attempt to restart my haptic compass project, and to complete my magnetic implant array. this will eventually also involve removing the failed experimental debris left in my right small finger (this debris is what you could see in the short BBC3 documentary, for those that asked - it is the encapsulated remains of a node whose experimental covering i was testing. it no longer works and will have to be removed before i can use the space to install a new node but this would be a long and involved surgery with a lot of pain and for this reason i have been avoiding it.)

merry christmas to you all, and many happy winters to come


          Comment on Montana DPHHS gets creative in denying public records request by Tom R        
Jeremy, I completely agree with you that government on all level must become much more transparent responsive to requests for information. It is the completely within the rights of all taxpaying citizens to be allowed access to governmental information. Although in this case, HIPPA does cause some problem with separating protected health information from the logistical data that you requested. What I disagree with is the tone of your reporting. In my opinion, you are implying that the DPHHS employees are denying you access to this information due to incompetence, and/or spite. Or that they refuse to cooperate because they feel they are above the scrutiny and accountability of the public. For your information, the Clinical Laboratory professionals that work in the MT Public Health Laboratory, and officials that work in the Newborn Screening Program are extremely accountable to the newborns and their families that they serve every day, and have been for a very long time. The nature of your reporting questions the professionalism and dedication of these people.
          Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) Aspects In Logistics Activities (BANDUNG)        

Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) Aspects In Logistics Activities (BANDUNG) Aspek-aspek Kesehatan, Keselamatan dan Lindungan Lingkungan pada Kegiatan Logistik INTRODUCTION : Logistik adalah kegiatan yang berhubungan dengan Pengadaan Barang (Goods Procurement), Penyimpanan/Pergudangan Barang (Goods Storage/Warehousing), atau Penghantaran/Pengangkutan Barang (Goods Delivery/Transportation) sesuai dengan jenis barang, jumlah barang, waktu dan tempat yang dikehendaki dari Titik Awal (Point […]

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          B/E Aerospace Announces Consumables Management Award with UTC        
B/E Aerospace, Inc. (NASDAQ:BEAV), the world's leading manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products and the world's leading distributor of aerospace fasteners and consumables, today announced that the Company has extended and expanded an agreement with United Technologies Corporation (UTC), to provide aerospace fasteners, hardware, consumables, and logistical services to UTC’s aerospace business units for their global operations. The agreement with UTC is through December 31...
          B/E Aerospace Agrees to Acquire Two Equipment Rental, Logistics and Services Businesses        
WELLINGTON, Fla. -  B/E Aerospace (Nasdaq:BEAV), the world’s leading manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products and the world’s leading provider of aerospace fasteners, consumables and logistics services, today announced that it has agreed to acquire LT Energy Services (LT), an Eagle Ford based provider of rental equipment, and Wildcat Wireline (Wildcat), a provider of wireline services primarily in the Eagle Ford basin, and also in the Marcellus/Utica basin. Amin J. Khoury, Founder, Chairm...
          B/E Aerospace to Acquire UFC Aerospace Corp        
WELLINGTON, Fla -  B/E Aerospace (Nasdaq: BEAV), the world’s leading manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products and the world’s leading distributor of aerospace fasteners and consumables, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire UFC Aerospace Corp. (UFC), an innovative provider of complex supply chain management and inventory logistics solutions to aerospace original equipment manufacturers. UFC currently distributes over 150,000 SKUs (stock keeping units) inclu...
          376: The Bokeh Discussion        
Frederick sits down with the team behind the feature film Bokeh for a discussion about funding with a Kickstarter campaign, shooting on location in Iceland, logistics and more.
          Interview of Eugene L. Boudette by Brian Shoemaker        
Interview of Eugene L. Boudette by Brian Shoemaker Boudette, Eugene L. Dr. Boudette (Gene) used the G.I. Bill to go to college after WW II. He obtained a B.S. in Geology in1951 from the University of New Hampshire and went to work for the New England Division of the Army Corps of Engineers. The job took him to the Northern Greenland icecap where he completed test drilling for what later became Camp Century. His drills did not work properly and he became the go-between with the manufacturer and the Army to develop equipment that would work in polar conditions in what he calls an “imagination problem.” Later he was involved with work at Camp Tuto in Greenland. In 1952 he applied to go to work for the U.S. Geological Survey – Geologic Division. As he related it, this division was absorbed with determining “how Antarctica was put together” geologically. “It was time to link Antarctica up with the rest of the world.” There were theories, but they needed to be verified. So Gene went to Antarctica in 1959 to take part in a West Antarctic traverse as the geologist. This was the first traverse of 1959-60. It traversed from Byrd Station to the Weddell Sea to the Clarke Mountains and back to Byrd. Gene comments about a reconnaissance flights by VX-6 along the route and the mutual rapport and respect he had with the pilots – and comments that this was key to the success of the traverse. During the traverse, when they passed the Sentinel Mountains Gene discovered they were basically Kenyite. On leg two in the Clark Mountains he discovered rocks older than Kenyite. He also discovered a new province of older rocks that were similar to the Mountains of New Hampshire. He reported this discovery in his findings. Plans were laid for the following season in Antarctica at the USGS in Washington. This was a large-scale program of geological research for Antarctica under his leadership. This led to fielding the Victoria Land traverse of 1960-61. There were problems that year with logistics, communications (due to sun-spots) and weather. He comments that he was stopped in Christchurch by the Navy medical establishment when they detected a problem with his blood sugar. This ended his career in the field in Antarctica although there was no manifestation of disability for years. His work in the field passed to Art Ford and John Aaron. After retiring from the USGS he attended Dartmouth University earning a Doctorate of Geology. He took a position as a Professor of Geology at the University of New Hampshire and concurrently was appointed as the State Geologist of New Hampshire.
          Interview of Alan H. Shapley by Brian Shoemaker        
Interview of Alan H. Shapley by Brian Shoemaker Shapley, Alan H. Dr. Alan Shapley began his long polar career in Alaska, where he worked for several years during the late 1940’s on ionospheric and radio research at the Central Radio Propagation Laboratory (CRPL) in Anchorage. He also spent time in Washington, D.C. with the newly created Geophysical Institute. His duties required various trips by C-46’s in Alaska, including Fairbanks, Barrow, Anchorage, and the Aleutian Islands. In 1949 Lloyd Berkner, James Van Allen, and others advocated establishment of another Polar Geophysical Year in 1957-58. The First Polar Year was in 1882-83; the Second Polar Year in 1932-33. Given the major scientific advances of more recent years, especially during WWII, it seemed reasonable to begin soliciting support from various international scientific organizations for a Third Polar Year. But soon the plans expanded from a primarily Polar emphasis to a much more broadly conceived global scientific enterprise. Thus the International Geophysical Year (IGY) was born. Among the disciplines included were geomagnetism, cosmic rays, solar activity, the ionosphere, seismology, gravity, and satellites. Certain days, called World Days, were designated for special emphasis on specific topics, such as geomagnetic storms and northern lights. Shapley was named Reporter for World Days. Much of the preliminary planning and organization for the IGY was done by the US Committee for the International Geophysical Year. Shapley was appointed Vice Chairman of this committee; Joseph Kaplan, Professor of Physics at UCLA, was the Chairman. Various senior people from other disciplines were also named. Among the innovations created for IGY was creation of the World Data Centers for sharing results of scientific findings from the various projects. Shapley recalls some of the details of planning for the Antarctic phase of IGY. Lloyd Berkner was a strong advocate for a new program there. Other important advocates were Larry Gould, President of Carleton College, and Harry Wexler. An early decision to establish the Byrd Station in Marie Byrd Land proved to have been based on faulty scientific observations. Shapley suggested establishing another research Station at the South Pole. After initially refusing, the Navy agreed that when the time came, it would transport at its own expense the scientists and their equipment as far as McMurdo Sound, a logistics base, and an area that was then claimed by New Zealand. Political sensitivities later caused problems and limited certain research endeavors. Much of the funding for the Antarctic project came from the newly created National Science Foundation. Hugh Audeshaw and Shapley prepared most of the detailed budget requests. Annual meetings of CSAGI, known as plenary sessions, were held for several years. There was a large one in Rome in 1954; the last one was in Moscow in 1958. In addition, special Antarctic conferences were held. There was also a special Antarctic Committee; Larry Gould was the Chair. Shapley was a member from the beginning. He also chaired the working group on communications. An essential component of an Antarctic program was a sound radio communication network, especially for collecting and transmitting weather data. Unfortunately there were various political sensibilities that complicated, but did not ultimately prevent, such communications. The Chileans refused to transmit any data through Argentine stations and vice versa. The British would not cooperate with the Argentines and vice versa. Nobody trusted the Russians. Shapley devised a system that mainly allowed scientists to work around these problems. Ultimately, “Weather Central” was created, and the weather data flowed openly. Shapley offers miscellaneous, incidental, personal comments about various people who had some connection to the Antarctic program. Among those mentioned were Tom Jones, Mort Turner, George Toney, Bert Crary, Gordon McHugh Robbin, and Phil Smith. Some of the many international conferences are also mentioned in passing. Shapley went to Antarctica in December 1958 and visited several bases. He made a brief second trip to Antarctica in 1969 and a final trip, including the South Pole, in 1970. Shapley believes the various programs were successful, in particular, the post-IGY creation of the World Data Centers. Major Topics The International Geophysical Year, 1957-58 (IGY) Planning for the Third Polar Year (IGY) at various levels Contributions of key personnel to Antarctic research International frictions that complicated scientific projects Assessment of IGY and Third Polar Year, 1957-1958 Shapley’s pre and post-Antarctica career in Alaska and elsewhere Key Names Appleton, Sir Edward, Nobel prize winner for ionospheric discoveries, p. 5 Audeshaw, Hugh, major leader of IGY in Antarctica, pp. 15-18, 24-25 Crary, Bert, pp. 27-28 Berkner, Lloyd, major leader of IGY and Antarctic expedition, pp. 4-6, 10-11, 27 CRPL, Central Radio Propagation Laboratory, pp. 1-2 Dufek, Admiral George, pp. 19, 24 Gould, Larry, pp. 11-12, 18-19 Kaplan, Joseph, Chair of the US Committee for the IGY, pp. 8 Seaton, Stewart, first Director of Geophysical Institute, Fairbanks, Alaska, p. 2 Van Allen, James, physicist, p. 4 Waterman, Allan, Director of the National Science Foundation, pp. 16-17 Wexler, Harry, Chief Scientist for the Antarctic Program, pp. 12-13, 30
          Interview of Clifford Lewis Bekkedahl by Brian Shoemaker        
Interview of Clifford Lewis Bekkedahl by Brian Shoemaker Bekkedahl, Clifford Lewis Cliff Bekkedahl was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the public school system in Cleveland, and later graduated from Miami University of Ohio. At Miami he joined the Navy ROTC, and, upon graduation, was assigned to a training voyage on board the USS Arneb, a deep-draft, amphibious cargo assault ship assigned to Operation Deep Freeze I in Antarctica. Many features of the ship had been modified for cold weather duty, including armor plating along the hull and a reinforced bow, although this training voyage was to the Caribbean and not to Antarctica. The inexperienced crew trained for two years and emerged as outstanding seamen. In 1955 the Arneb was designated as the flagship for Operation Deep Freeze I in Antarctica. The Operation was to be commanded by Admiral George Dufek. Bekkedahl, a Lt. JG at the time, extended his enlistment for one year in order to make the trip. He was the navigator of the ship. In preparation for the nine months in Antarctica, in the summer of 1955 the Navy ordered the ship first to take cargo to the Baffin Bay area in northern Canada far north of the Arctic Circle. It was a three-week training trip, and successful in every way. The Sperry Gyro and the mike boats both worked perfectly. The crew learned how to break ice, and never clipped the ship’s prop. The trip was a success, despite the unfortunate fact that the commanding officer, Captain Lawrence Smythe, seemed not to understand the simplest elements of navigation, nor did he get along with the Executive Officer (XO), Joseph Hulings. Soon after returning to home base in Davisville, Rhode Island, the Arneb loaded cargo, including planes and vehicles, for use in Antarctica. The ship departed for Antarctica in October, 1955 for what would turn out to be a trip around the world. On board was Rochus Vogt, a young, brilliant, German student from the University of Chicago, an expert on cosmic rays. There was also aboard a contingent of Seabees. Once the Arneb reached Christchurch, New Zealand, the ship and crew were welcomed warmly by the locals. More than a thousand locals toured the ship each day. Admiral Dufek and his staff had arrived earlier, and were on hand for all the accolades. The Arneb was the first ship from Deep Freeze to anchor in New Zealand. The ice breakers had sailed directly to Antarctica to scout out the ice pack. Before reaching Antarctica the Arneb joined other ships in the Task Force, including the Nesplenen the fleet tanker, the Greenville Victory, a USNS ship, the Wyandot, an AKA, and two ice breakers, the Eastwind and the Glacier. But soon after leaving New Zealand, a remarkable event occurred. Bekkedahl was summoned to Captain Smythe’s quarters to be told that he, the Captain, had gone blind. Bekkedahl was told to inform only the officers including the XO, Joseph Hulings, and that apart from the Captain’s steward, he was the only person who was to enter the Captain’s cabin. The other officers could communicate with the Captain through the voice tube next to the wheel on the bridge. The XO was still banned from the bridge. The next senior Lieutenant after the XO was Lt. Wheeler, but he had little proclivity for ship handling or deck watch. The reality was that four junior officers were responsible for the ship, and none had more than six weeks experience in a polar region. Soon every man on the ship was aware of the problem. Occasionally non crew members came aboard, including scientists from the Geodetic Survey, and Paul Siple, who was working on cosmic rays. The Arneb followed an ice breaker to the landing site on the Ross Ice Shelf, and suffered no damage at all in a dangerous maneuver. The inexperienced Junior Officers rose to the occasion. After three days the other ships, except for the Wyandot, broke away and headed for McMurdo Sound. The core of the Arneb’s mission was to establish Little America V. The Ross Ice Shelf rose some 400 to 500 feet above sea level, and the Base was established at its summit. The Seabees found the best path to the summit, and did much of the construction work on the Base. They also installed “deadmen,” made of railroad ties, which securely anchored the mooring lines for the Arneb and the Wyandot. An extra long gangway, brought from the states, connected the ships to the Ice Shelf. The crew was now in a 24 hour daylight environment. The first day the crew worked 18 hours. They off-loaded the sleds and other supplies and equipment. Bekkedahl and Spencer Irving, the communications officer, maintained the bridge watch, and became the permanent in-port officers of the deck. One problem was that the ice alongside the ship was deteriorating from unusually warm weather and the warmth of the ship. In order to reach the solid ice required to support a new pier it was necessary to employ an icebreaker. It was two days away, and in the meantime all off-loading operations had to cease. Furthermore, the gangway had to be returned to the ship, a difficult operation. Once the icebreaker drew near the Arneb cast off its lines and lay offshore. Unexpectedly the weather suddenly turned dangerous. In less than an hour a severe storm caused a total whiteout. One could not see a top, a bottom, or the horizon, and the ship was adrift. Some men were adrift in small boats, the “mike” boats (fifty-foot long LCM’s), and the Seabees were stranded ashore on the ice. After 7 or 8 hours the storm blew over, and the icebreaker carved out the decayed ice. Within 10 hours the gangway was installed, and the new pier constructed. No lives were lost and the mission proceeded. As the rest of the cargo was offloaded the men enjoyed occasional recreational moments. Some explored ice caves, or did some skiing. Once the offloading was completed CTF-43, the Command Center for Operation Deep Freeze, was notified that the mission of the Arneb had been completed. The ship stopped at McMurdo Sound for two days. The amphibious mike boats, or LCM’s, could run up on the beach, and unload men and cargo on solid footing. Admiral George Dufek, the actual Commander of Operation Deep Freeze, spent much of his time at McMurdo, but he also visited the Arneb, the flagship of the fleet, on several occasions. The Admiral and other ranking officers were fully aware of the problems with the XO and the Captain and chose to take no action. It was clear that the ship was performing its mission well under the leadership of the junior officers. At Christchurch, New Zealand, en route home, Admiral Dufek sent word to the young officers, “Well done, young men.” Admiral Richard Byrd, nominally the Commander of Deep Freeze, but whose role was limited because of his age and health, also visited the Arneb on one occasion. Byrd and Dufek raised the National Geographic Flag at Little America. Byrd greeted each officer of the ship personally, and left a most favorable impression. Once the ship cleared the ice pack headed for New Zealand Bekkedahl was on the bridge when unexpectedly Captain Symthe appeared. He announced that he seemed to be regaining his eyesight. The further the ship got from Antarctica the better his eyesight. Bekkedahl believed that the Captain had clearly been unsuited for this assignment. He was highly distrustful of people, and a manipulator in many ways. Perhaps his lack of confidence and experience had brought on his temporary blindness. Still led by the junior officers the Arneb continued on a journey that would take it around the world. It visited Australia, traversed the Indian Ocean, proceeded through the Suez Canal, and stopped at Naples, Italy. After sailing to Barcelona, Spain, the ship passed through the Straits of Gibraltar, and back to Norfolk, Virginia. Once they arrived home, over half the crew, including Bekkedahl, re-enlisted. He was offered a regular Navy commission. Looking back, his navy career has been very successful and satisfying. He soon married, had four daughters, and as a Lt. received his first command of a ship, a salvage tug. He later served aboard several ships, and was deployed to Vietnam. His first destroyer command was on the John R. Craig in 1967. In 1969 he became the first non-Naval Academy graduate to be named Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of the US Naval Academy. He worked also with Korean and Japanese naval officers. His last naval assignment was as Aide and Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower Reserve Affairs and Logistics, Ed Hidalgo. He retired in 1979 after 26 years of service. He retained a life-long interest in Antarctica and became editor of the Polar Times. Bryant, Jim, Engineer, pp. 18 Byrd, Admiral Richard E, pp. 2, 30 Calvert, Jim, 53-54 Dufek, Admiral George, Commander of Deep Freeze I, pp. 6, 23-24 Hidalgo, Ed, p. 57 Irving, III, Spencer, Ensign, Communications Officer, pp. 18, 36 Johnson, Ralph C., Admiral, USN, p. 13 Miller, Henry, Navigator, USS ARNEB, p. 7 Ott, Eric, Second Division Officer, pp. 18, 36 Owens, Archibald, Chief Engineer, pp. 19 Renz, Don, Asst. First Lt. and Gunnery Officer, pp. 17-19, 36 Rodin, Bill, pp. 56-57 Siple, Paul, p. 30 Smythe, Lawrence, Capt. USN, Captain of Arneb, pp. 12-14, 27-30, 47-49 Steele, George, p. 54 Vogt, Rochus, young German expert on cosmic rays, pp. 20, 30 Wheeler, Robert, First Lt., Head of the deck department, pp. 19, 29, 36 Wiley, III, Joseph C., Admiral, USN, pp. 11-12, 53-54
          Custom packaging, crating, skidding and shipping        

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          Se Compra de Chatarra de Carburo por Tonelada        
- Desde $160°° pesos por kilo. - MEJORAMOS PRECIO según cantidad y frecuencia. - SIN PROBLEMAS DE LIQUIDEZ para pagar cualquier cantidad (Kg, Gr, Tn). - GARANTÍA DE PAGO el mismo día de recolección. - RECOLECCIÓN A DOMICILIO SIN COSTO (cualquier zona de Querétaro y Resto De La República Mexicana). - GASTOS DE ENVÍO PAGADOS para cualquier parte de la República. - LOGISTICA DE ENVÍO ASEGURADA para envíos en zona fronteriza. - REFERENCIAS COMERCIALES en toda la República. - PROGRAMA DE PAGO ANTICIPADO. - ASESORÍA y materiales informativos para revendedores. - EMPRESA BIEN ESTABLECIDA con más de 15 años de servicio. - COMPRAMOS TODO TIPO DE DESPERDICIO de Carburo de Tungsteno (sólidos, polvos, lodos). - COMPRAMOS OTROS MATERIALES COMO: Acero Rápido (HSS), Limas Rotativas, Filamentos de Tungsteno, Brocas Tricónicas para Minería, Titanio, Molibdeno entre otros. - VENTA DE PIEZAS USADAS DE CARBURO COMO: insertos, brocas y cortadores. Gustavo Ricardo Ramírez Ramos. Celular. (442) 247-4678 / Whatsapp y Visita nuestra fanpage de Facebook y revisa nuestro historial de
          Compra-Venta de Carburo de Tungsteno        
- Desde $320°° pesos por kilo. - MEJORAMOS PRECIO según cantidad y frecuencia. - SIN PROBLEMAS DE LIQUIDEZ para pagar cualquier cantidad (Kg, Gr, Tn). - GARANTÍA DE PAGO el mismo día de recolección. - RECOLECCIÓN A DOMICILIO SIN COSTO (cualquier zona de Querétaro y Resto De La República Mexicana). - GASTOS DE ENVÍO PAGADOS para cualquier parte de la República. - LOGISTICA DE ENVÍO ASEGURADA para envíos en zona fronteriza. - REFERENCIAS COMERCIALES en toda la República. - PROGRAMA DE PAGO ANTICIPADO. - ASESORÍA y materiales informativos para revendedores. - EMPRESA BIEN ESTABLECIDA con más de 15 años de servicio. - COMPRAMOS TODO TIPO DE DESPERDICIO de Carburo de Tungsteno (sólidos, polvos, lodos). - COMPRAMOS OTROS MATERIALES COMO: Acero Rápido (HSS), Limas Rotativas, Filamentos de Tungsteno, Brocas Tricónicas para Minería, Titanio, Molibdeno entre otros. - VENTA DE PIEZAS USADAS DE CARBURO COMO: insertos, brocas y cortadores. Gustavo Ricardo Ramírez Ramos. Celular. (442) 247-4678 / Whatsapp y Visita nuestra fanpage de Facebook y revisa nuestro historial de
          7R kupuje hektary od Gino Rossi        
Spółka Gino Rossi podpisała z 7R Logistic umowę przedwstępną sprzedaży działki w Słupsku.
          (USA-CA-Merced) Associate, Sales and Commercial        
##Job Description **Overview** Auto Plus is a major U.S.-based distributor of automotive aftermarket parts. Since 1921, Pep Boys has been one of the nation's leading automotive aftermarket chains with over 7,500 service bays in over 800 locations in 35 states and Puerto Rico. Together, the united organization, Auto Plus Pep Boys, has over 21,000 associates in more than 20 distribution centers and over 1,000 corporate locations. In addition, the company supports more than 530 independently-owned stores and over 2,400 independently-owned service centers across the nation. Auto Plus Pep Boys is owned by Icahn Enterprises L.P. ("Icahn Enterprises"; NASDAQ: IEP). **Position Summary** As a Sales and Commercial Associate, you are responsible for providing superior customer service and assist in driving sales across the commercial, retail, and hard parts business. Provide essential task support by partnering with management to execute visual presentation standards, provide phone and in-person support to commercial customers, maximize inventory, and proactively engage customers on the sales floor and at the register. This position has been designated as a safety-sensitive position. **Duties & Responsibilities** * Under the direction of Management, assist with store merchandising activities, maintain standards of appearance, and coordinate and cooperate with associates in the execution of plan-o-grams, overall product presentation, inventory management, reverse logistics process, pricing, signage and various product initiatives to enhance the customer experience and maximize inventory turns. * Promptly answers all incoming customer calls on the Commercial phone line; professionally address and direct customer needs. Engage any and all customers as needed, whether on the commercial phone line or on the retail sales floor, and is fully trained on all register procedures. * Under the direction of Management, participates in "truck-day" operations, cycle counts, audits, and organization of the back room. * Under the direction of management, executes promotions, sales tactics, spiffs and sales incentives. * Handle all customer transactions; including all sales, returns, and defectives. Reconcile their transaction history and drawer at the conclusion of each shift. * Strictly adhere to inventory control programs, in-stock standards, reduction in "outside" parts purchases through secondary vendors, and proper ordering and returning of "special order" merchandise. * Acts as a Commercial Driver as needed. * Follow all policies and procedures related to cash, credit, check, refund and return policies. Work with the management team to react to customer service issues, customer complaints, and/or business opportunities. * Effectively communicate with all store associates, management, and customers. * Other duties as assigned. **Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities** * High school diploma or equivalent required. * Valid Driver's License. * Related experience in the automotive service environment is also preferred. * Must have basic knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, and fractions. Ability to apply mathematical formulas to calculate commissions and discounts. * Strong verbal communication skills. * Strong customer service skills. * Ability to work Days, Nights, Weekends, Holidays. Physical Demands/Work Environment** The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. **Physical Demands** * Must be able to lift, carry, and place merchandise and supplies up to 50 pounds without assistance. * Frequent standing and walking for long periods of time. * Frequent reaching overhead and below the knees, including squatting, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting. * Climb up and down ladders to retrieve and stock merchandise. * Communicate effectively in person, by telephone, or by using telecommunications equipment. * Enters and locates information on computer. * Presents information to small and large groups. * Visually verifies information, often in small print. * Safely operates a motor vehicle. *Reporting:* Store Manager of Parts *Potential Schedule:* Days *Type of Store:* Retail *Job Status:* Part-time *Location Number:* 00649 *Location Name:* PBY CA Merced-00649
          (USA-CA-Merced) Operations Manager        
Global, Local, Total National Express Transit (NEXT) is a rapidly growing provider of transit, paratransit, and shuttle services for transit authorities, municipalities and other clients across the country. NEXT is the US-based public transportation division of UK-based National Express Group, providers of nearly one billion safe journeys each year. We are currently seeking an*Operations Supervisor* for our Customer Service Center (CSC) in*Merced, CA.* Responsibilities: * Provides overall CSC operational leadership by directing transportation services, driver training and vehicle maintenance programs to support the operating plan and overall business goals. * Provides staff leadership by promoting and ensuring safe, efficient and effective operations * Monitors staff training requirements and ensure all employees obtain the required skills and abilities to perform their job assignments. * Sets performance expectations, coaches and counsels all direct reports in an effort to meet operational expectations; administers employee discipline as necessary. * Ensure overall compliance with Company policies and/or processes. Escalate violations of policy and procedures with General Manager and/or Corporate personnel. * Oversees compliance with state and federal regulations * Attends meetings with customers and represents company in professional manner * Prepares and submits required customer-related reports in a timely manner. * Documents and manages customer or employee complaints and review customer survey data * Responsible for knowledge of CSC contracts and accompanying operational requirements. * Collects and audits employees' time sheets. * Manages direct and indirect hours to ensure budget requirements are met and collects and audits employees' time sheets as needed. * Examines and reviews the daily exception report. * Approves all expenditures in accord with company guidelines. * Ensures the effective utilization of vehicles. * Oversees the optimization of vehicle routing * High School diploma or equivalent. Some college preferred. * 5 years’ work experience required, with 3 years in ground transportation industry preferred; this can be waived with a minimum of 1-year supervisory experience. College education can be substituted for up to 2 years required work experience. * Supervisory experience preferred; specifically experience supervising/training a driver workforce * Strong working knowledge of MS Office Software (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.) and transportation related software * Strong leadership skills and interpersonal skills * Strong organizational and group presentation skills * Well-developed multi-tasking and time management skills * Possess a valid Commercial Driver’s License with appropriate endorsements * Bi-lingual abilities a plus * * National Express LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information please visit or . / K // ey Words // : Operations Supervisor, Operations Manager, Transportation Supervisor, Transportation Manager, Bus, Buses, Passenger, Passengers, Transportation, Special Needs Transportation, Logistics, Operations, DOT, Transport, Route, Routing, School, Field Trip, Field Trips, Charter, Charters, Safety, Passenger Safety, NAPT, VersaTrans, Synovia, Edulog, CMF 88, 88M, 88N, 88Z / / / **Job:** **Operations Field* **Organization:** **Transit* **Title:** *Operations Manager* **Location:** *California-Merced* **Requisition ID:** *172775*
          (USA-CA-Merced) Traveling Selector        
Experienced Traveling Selector Warehouse Associate Up to 100% Travel Capstone Logistics is the premier provider of 3rd Party services in distribution centers across the nation. With a foot print of over 400 DCs in 45 states and Canada, Capstone is THE preferred partner for many major Retailers, Groceries and specialty companies. With high-growth expected this year, we are looking for top talent that is interested in career opportunities to grow with us! WHY YOU SHOULD WORK WITH US: * Full-time permanent career day one * $25 per day per diem * Up to $19 per hour for associates that meet incentive expectations. * Full benefits offered after 60 days of employment * Paid travel time from the time you leave your site or home * Career growth! We look to promote from within first. THE OPPORTUNITY: Travel the United States all year long! Time home between projects. This position requires the ability to understand all aspects of order selection, container stacking and movement of product within a warehouse-distribution facility. The associate will perform product order selection from warehouse racking storage areas and place product on pallet or other shipping container in order to minimize damage and facilitate proper loading of product being shipped from facility. REQUIREMENTS: * Must be willing to travel up to 100% of the time nationally * Must have at least 1 year of experience in a warehouse environment as a selector operating powered equipment to include but not limited to electronic pallet jacks, fork lifts and clampers and tow trucks, based upon customer's policies and with appropriate training and certification * Self-managed individual capable of assessing needs and taking appropriate action * Must be able to read work orders and follow verbal and computer instructions regarding job assignments. * Be able to transport product from storage area to designated area within facility within standard time and following all safety and standard operating procedures * Selects product in accordance with a predetermined picking order either by hand or assisted by equipment maintaining accurate records * Must follow all safety rules and seeks to maintain a safe working environment * Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and carrying distances up to 15 feet; while bending, stooping, reaching, twisting, pushing, pulling, and moving freight * Must be able to work in changing temperatures (32 degrees and up); passing back and forth continuously * Must have hearing capabilities to recognize signal horns of equipment moving through warehouse * Experience with Vocollect, Voxware, RF scanning or other aisle navigation tools a plus! Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled
          Jak jsme zahynuli v Negevu        

(Přežít Izrael)

Nejprve se ještě vrátím k minulému vyprávění Jak jsme zahynuli v Českém lese. Článek potěšil čtenářku Miroslavu, zejména popisované bloudění. A to proto, že když v té oblasti byla v červnu, dva měsíce po nás, a hledala odbočku ze šestky na Dimonu, tak tam rovněž bloudila, a to za "plné poslušnosti navigaci". Ta je honila ze šestky na jakýsi "camprdlík", aneb silniční útvar, podobný mému "Ping pongu po kruháčích". Taky ztratili půlhodinu času. Já neměl zapnutou navigaci, ale prohlížel jsem si trasu na gůglích mapách. Kdybych si prohlížel raději jen mapu (a ještě raději přehlednější, kde to není bílé na světle šedém), a nebyl zblblý, tak bych si správnou cestu našel sám. Vyhlašuji plnou neposlušnost navigaci! A slibuji poslušnost Janince…

Čtenář A. Alda reagoval na můj povzdech o neexistenci spodního patra v izraelském lese, vysázeném na poušti. "Aby se les sám obnovoval, musí v něm být vrstva humusu a zeminy s humusem promíchané. V čistém písku a kamení se semenáčky nechytí, leda tráva. Když se tedy sází les na poušti, měla by se s ním sázet i tráva, eventuelně mechy. Ale to zpočátku určitě nelze zvládnout pro zvýšený nárok na vodu." Tak tráva tam už rostla, i když už byla suchá, mechy a lišejníky jsem nezaregistroval. Avšak nezoufejme: "Za nějakých tři sta roků tam ale snad dostatečná vrstva klíčivé půdy vznikne z opadaného jehličí." Mohlo by to být už za dalších 30 let, nový les totiž umožňuje růst dva tisíce let neviděných květin a návrat nečekaných živočichů do přírody. Mravenci tam lezou!

Čtenář Jebueu zase mínil, že název mého "skvostného vyprávění" byl "trochu hloupý". Přiznávám, že jsem byl inspirován názvem povídky Oty Pavla "Jak jsme zahynuli na rybách", kde pan spisovatel a jeho dva bráchové při návratu z ryb havarovali s autem. To je ovšem vzápětí popřeno Otovou povídkou "Jak jsme nezahynuli na rybách". A tak ani my nezahynuli v Izraeli, i když zrovna teď budu vyprávět, jak těžko přežívala Janinka v přenádherném prostředí Negevu.

Včera večer nás přivítala paní Guy kromě jiného i talířkem keříčkových rajčátek a čerstvých okurčiček z vlastní zahrádky. Místo drinku "Welcome Vegetable." Jinak je zahrádka plná květin, keřů a stromů. U zdi k sousedovic zahrádce se rozkládá miniaturní jezírko s hájkem drobných bambusů a houštinou rozmarýnu. Vyjadřujeme obdiv, paní hostitelka skromně podotkne: "To můj muž." Zahrádka obklopuje hranolovitý domek. Máme v něm pokojík "s vlastním vchodem". Jinak ani není možno, protože to bychom museli chodit přes seknici, která zabírá zbytek přízemí. Zatímco v seknici platíme svůj pobyt (pod 100 dolarů) přes příruční terminál paní hoteliérky, její manžel a dva malí synové večeří u rodinného stolu. Jde skutečně o rodinný hotel, který má v hodnocení devět hvězdiček z deseti. Někdy i 9,1, jak ukazuje diplom z roku 2015. Po vyřízení formalit se už stmívá, takže si ani neužijeme terásky, na které stojí stolek a dvě židličky. Rozsvěcují se zahradní, sluncem napájená světýlka, ale ta toho moc neosvětlují. Zapadáme na pokoj, nějak tuze nevybalujeme, hned zítra jedeme dále. Janinka mizí na toaletě, na kterou se těšila už od Českého lesa. Jak bylo minule řečeno popíjíme golanské rudé víno na oslavu Janiných narozenin a spát jdeme brzo. V deset už zhasínáme.

Guy Family Guestroom's
Krásně jsme se vyspali, alespoň někteří z nás. Jana je bledá – většinu noci strávila na záchodě. Má zvýšenou teplotu. Nejspíš snědla něco nevhodného, na "Faraónovu pomstu" v zemi tak hygienické, jako je Izrael, nevěříme. Jinak by to byl problém pro zbytek naší dvoutýdenní cesty, ze které jsme si užili zatím jen tři celé dny. Mě vlastně předevčírem v Jaffě také popadl průjem, ale to byla jednorázová záležitost, které občas propadám po dietní chybě typu "moc a rychle jsem se přežral". Přemýšlíme, z čeho by mohla mít Jana své potíže a nakonec se shodneme na jahodách z tržiště. Nežeby jsme si je neomyli, ale Jana prostě půl kila jahod ještě nikdy na posezení nesnědla. A pak taky je už pátým rokem na různých chemoterapiích, které její imunitě moc nepřidaly. Na což často zapomínám – při její vitalitě a pracovitosti. Teď je Janince tak špatně, že neví, jestli vůbec bude moci schopna jízdy automobilem. Což je problém hlavně logistický, protože večer se máme nacházet na druhém konci Negevské pouště, v hotelu u Rudého moře v Ejlatu. Tak ono je to jenom něco přes 180 kilometrů, ale říkejte to člověku, kterému bude celou cestu špatně. Je jasné, že teď ráno budeme muset vynechat procházky po památníku Ben Guriona a cestou vynecháme všechny připravené odbočky, abychom se do Ejlatu dostali co nejdříve. Pokud tam dnes vůbec vyjedeme.

Nejdříve je však nutno Janince poskytnout první pomoc. Bohužel nemáme v lékárničce ani Endiaron. Nějak jsme s tímto problémem nepočítali, zatím se nám většinou na našich cestách vyhýbal (kromě mé nedietní jednorázovky v Barceloně). Je třeba nakoupiti v místní lékárně nějaké "antidiarheicum", jak mi píše paní doktorka Jana do zápisníčku. Budou mít ale v téhle vesnici (1721 obyvatel v r. 2014 včetně posádky univerzirního campusu) nějakou lékárnu? Nejen lékárnu! Papírová mapka, kterou máme k dispozici, nabízí hned dvě kliniky, označené červenou Davidovou hvězdou! Tu jednu, která se nachází v nákupním centru, si nechám jako náhradní, a zamířím ke druhé, která je nedaleko onoho centra. Janinka mi napíše své příznaky na papírek, abych se nemusel s paní lékárnicí dohadovat: Diarhea, pain in the stomach, stomach cramps. (Krom bolestí žaludku tedy i křeče. A hlavně – průjem.)

Vyrazím tedy hbitě do lékárny, papírový plánek v ruce. Míjím uličky, podobné té naší. Uličky mezi pouští a pouští, sestávající se z různých hranolovitých patrových domků. Přes zdi zahrádek přepadávají keře s bohatými květy, připadám si jako ve skleníku kosmické lodi uprostřed pustého vesmíru. To je ta část obce Midreshet Ben Gurion, vzdálenější od centra. Čím více se blížím "centru", tím je bydlení chudší. Na kraji písčité plochy se v blahovičníkovém hájku se nacházejí dlouholetá provizória. Přízemní teskáče, tamhleten domek je zroben z hobry a tu je jenom přívěs. Nejspíše první obývané místo, už se na něj tlačí pohodlně vypadající řadové domky. A na tomhle plácku nezaměnitelné nízké betonové krabice s otvory pro vzduch pro podzemní bunkr. Vesnice vznikla teprve roku 1963 jako "polní škola" podle vize válečníka, politika a agronoma Davida Ben Guriona. Podle něj se hlavní rozvojové území Izraele nachází na území vyprahlé pouště Negev – jedná se o 70 % území státu! Od samého počátku této osady, tedy od roku 1963, tu měl domek i Ben Gurion se svou ženou Paulou. David se sem pak uchýlil po odchodu z politiky. A od roku 1973 tu má i svůj hrob. Nuže vize Ben Guriona se zatím splnila jen částečně – na sever od "negevské metropole" Beer Ševy se dnes už pěstuje pšenice, rostou lesy, navrátily se vinice, kdo však viděl jih, tomu se nechce věřit, že by tomu mohlo být i zde. Ale vždyť zahrádky místních osadníků vznikly také uprostřed pouště!

Po deseti minutách přicházím na roh, kde se vyjímá přízemní betonový blok prolomený vysokými okny, vypadající jako poskládaný s nasunutých krychliček. Klinika? Ale ne, nějaká kulturní instituce. Ptám se mladé paní s kočárkem, kdeže je tady ta "clinic"? Tady za rohem. Taky tam jde se svým robětem na kontrolu. Nenápadný přízemní domek ve mně nevzbuzuje zrovna dojem kliniky (jako později šílený bílý mamut nemocnice Hadasa v Ejn Kerem). Vcházím dovnitř, zaregistruji sedátka u stěny, jasně čekárna u lékaře. Vlastně u lékařky; za otevřenými dveřmi se právě věnuje jinému roběti a jeho mamině. Klinika? Zjevně dětská poradna! A jestli apotéka?, ptám se paní doktorky. Ano, jistě, moment. Usedám, za mnou ona informační matka, přichází další pán, dávají se do řeči. Tak tu paní doktorka asi nebude jen pro mimina. Za chvíli skončí s tím předcházejícím, zavírá a zamyká ordinaci. Ouvej! Ale vzápětí se otevírá okénko v boční prosklenné stěně, a prosím, co si přejete, lékárna je k službám.

Aha! Takže tady je paní doktorka zjevně pro všechny obyvatele obce nejen všeobecnou lékařkou, ale i lékárnicí! No jasně, přece se nebudou trmácet do padesát kilometrů vzdálené Jihlavy, pardon, Beer Ševy. 1721, to není moc pacientů, ale základní lékařskou péči mají za rohem. Jen jestli budou mít něco proti průjmu? Mají, malou šedou krabičku. Je levnější než oběd v tržnici. Pacientka nechť si vezme dva prášky hned, a po každé příhodě další. Jsem rád, že nedostanu jenom lístejček s tím, že lék objednají a mám si přijít zítra…

Povzneslo mi to náladu. Teď jeÅ¡tě do vedlejšího nákupního centra pořídit sanitary towels. Nákupní centrum je uplacírováno uprostřed travnatého parčíku s dětským hřiÅ¡těm a sestává z několika krámů, přikrytých stanovou plachtou proti slunečnímu  žáru. VětÅ¡ina obchodů je teď v půl desáté ráno jeÅ¡tě zavřena, včetně drogerie (asi druhá "clinic"), falafelárny, pizzerie a hospody, otevřeno má kavárna, půjčovna kol a sámoÅ¡ka. Nakoupím v ní jen něco pečiva ku snídani a na cestu, ždané drogistické výrobky jenom ofotím, a spěchám zpátky. Cestou mi už vykrystalizoval další postup:

Guy Family Guestroom's
Poprosím majitelku hotelu o další nocleh, bude-li možno. V Ejlatu jsme měli přespat tři noci, jednu tedy v (již neodhlasitelnému) hotelu oželíme a přijedeme o den později. Seznámím s tímhle plánem Janinku, předám jí léky a ukážu fotky potřebného zboží. Vybere si, a já spěchám zpátky na náves. Právě včas! Před domkem nakládá paní Guy oba kluky do auta, poveze je do školy. (Na desátou? To se mají! Škola je nejspíše v sousedním Sde Boker.) Seznámím ji s Janinými problémy a ptám se, zda bychom mohli případně přespat ještě jednu noc, kdybychom to potřebovali. Což možná nebudeme (reakce Jany na prášky vypadá nadějně). Bohužel, má již obsazeno, ale může nám zařídit přespání jinde. A nabídne mi svezení do centra. Ušetřím asi pět minut, ale i ty se hodí. Za účast s hostem, snahu pomoci a nalezení řešení problému dávám podniku Guy Family Guestroom's jedenáct bodů z deseti…

A to jsme ještě nevyužili všech nabídek. Tato ubytovací možnost je totiž inzerována "bez snídaně". Avšak k dispozici jsou křupy několika druhů v neomezeném množství. A taky jsme dostali litr mléka, když dojde, máme si říci o další. Sladké křupky (kvůli své homeopatické cukrovce) nekřupu, avšak mléka jsem si po ochutnání (místo obvyklého čaje s mlékem) k zakoupenému pečivu dopřál. Skvělé! Naposledy jsem tak dobré mléko snad pil od krávy u tetinky v českorajských Koberovech! Janinka, chudinka, se musila spokojit s hořkým čajem. Donutil jsem ji užmoulat alespoň roh suchého rohlíku. Po snídani se pak cítila schopna převozu do Ejlatu. Sláva! Zabalili jsme, napsali jsme na papírek poděkování, položili na stolek a zatížili klíčem.

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AvÅ¡ak nevyjeli jsme z obce hned. Přecejen, když se udělalo Janince trochu lépe, rozhodl jsem se potěšit ji pohledem na kaňon řeky Zin. A když už jsme tu byli, zaÅ¡li jsme i k hrobům Davida Ben Guriona a jeho ženy Pauly. Vezli jsme pro ně z Jizerek a z Českého středohoří pár kamínků… Do následujícího parku jsme jen nahlédli. Janě bylo fakt Å¡patně. Takže jsme vyjeli otevřenou branou z osady. Po kilometrové odbočce jsme se napojili na transnegevskou silnici číslo 40. Odbočovali jsme vlevo, tak jsme museli chvíli čekat, než do vyhlášeného návÅ¡těvního místa přibočí několikero turistických autobusů. Bylo už po půl dvanácté, autobusy z Ejlatu, Tel Avivu a Jeruzaléma již dorazily. 

A my odrážíme. Vzduch má 26 stupňů, skály a písek kolem, nás nepochybně více, odhadem tak 35°. Poprvé na cestě Izraelem natrvalo pouštíme klimatizaci. A já přišlapuji plynový pedál. Hyundai je ve větší rychlosti živější, avšak musím dávat pozor v zatáčkách, abych to s tou živostí nepřehnal. 32 kilometrů na parkoviště v Micpe Ramon překonáme průměrnou předepsanou rychlostí 90 km/hod za jednadvacet minut. Cestou si odškrtávám návštěvu pramenů řeky Zin odspoda. Hezká procházka skalnatým kaňonem až k jezírku, kam padá vodopád ze skalní stěny by od parkoviště byla dlouhá jen tři kiláky tam a tři zpátky. Prostě moc na někoho, kdo je rád, že sedí a moc to nedrncá. Tuhle trasu jsem si prošel virtuálně předem na gůglích mapách. Už jsem myslím psal, že jak jsem se připravoval do pro mne neznámých destinací, tak jsem je měl tak zmapovány – že už skoro bylo zbytečné je navštívit reálně.Odškrtávám si také návštěvu pramenů řeky Zin odshora, i když tam bychom šli z parkoviště jen asi kilometr tam a kilometr zpátky. Ne, Jana neujde ani kilometr. Proto taky vynecháme možnou návštěvu národního parku Avdat. Jenom obdivujeme máslově žlutou siluetu rekonstrukce zdejší pevnosti, hrbící se vlevo na kopci.

O Avdatu Janince během cesty alespoň vyprávím. Ukazuju jí další místní pamětihodnost – vězení Nafkha Penitentiary. Cesta do Micpe Ramon nám tak uběhne skutečně rychle. Na parkovišti zastavím na dnes opravdu potřebném místě pro invalidy a vedu Janu k hraně útesu. Nechci, aby o to přišla, když už to máme cestou, prakticky pár kroků od auta. "Micpe" znamená "vyhlídka", a ta je odtud na Machteš ("kráter") Ramon skutečně nádherná. Ramon ani není tak kráter, jako šlépěj geologického obra, která má rozměry 40 x10 km. Mírné zakalení ovzduší nedovoluje dohlédnout až na podélné konce, ale protější okrajový hřeben je vidět dobře. Fotím, fotíme oba. Skladba žlutých, hnědých, okrových, cihlových, černých a dalších barev v kombinaci s jejich rozvrstvením v pouštním a horském reliéfu donutila Janinku, aby vytáhla k focení i svého chytrouše. Což zřídkakdy činí dobrovolně. Procházíme kolem prázdné betonové vyhlídky (kdo by do ní lezl a platil vstupné, když výhled se naskýtá všude kolem). Obdivujeme rozeklané trhliny, které ukazují, kde se v příštích tisících let asi odtrhnou bloky skal. Marně hledám skoby pro horolezce, vlastně dololezce, které jsem obdivoval minule. Možná jim v Izraeli oblíbené slaňování zde zatrhli ochránci kamenné přírody…

Machteš Ramon

Rozhled je nádherný, ale spíše sleduju nejisté kroky Janinky. Vracíme se nejkratší cestou, mineme tak místního Rusa, který hraje na harmoniku teskné písničky. Klobouk mu bude muset zaplnit někdo jiný. Dobře, dobře, už jsme zpátky, v dobrodiní klimatizace (je letní poledne) a pohodlných sedadel. Jestli jsme během té čtvrthodinové prohlížecí procházky překonali dvě stě metrů, tak to bylo moc. Ano, bylo to moc. Už se nebudeme zdržovat a pojedeme rovnou do Ejlatu. Janinka mi sice dnes s navigací nemůže pomáhat, naštěstí jedu touto cestou už potřetí, i když poprvé za volantem. Ale ono není moc kde zabloudit, křižovatek je na trase pomálu.

AvÅ¡ak nejdříve je nutno dáti si řádný pozor. Už jsem přirovnával serpentiny k Micpe Ramon k podobné cestě z Míseček na Zlaté návrší. A těch pohledů ze svahu, jenž není porostlý smrky a klečí! Ale to jsme jeli nahoru, autobusem. Cesta dolů je rovněž scénická, avÅ¡ak nějak prudší než nahoru. "Zařaďte nižší rychlost!" vybízí nás výstražné cedulky. Navíc jeÅ¡tě samozřejmě přibržďuji brzdami, abych vytočil zatáčky; jsou nějak strmější a točitější než ty na staré vojenské krkonoÅ¡ské silnici. Tady z místa za volantem fotit opravdu  nemůžu! Poprosím tedy Janinku, aby snímala okolí sama, což s velkou neochotou učiní.

Sjedeme na dno kráteru, po chvíli stoupáme po jeho protější pozvolnější straně. Ale tím klikatice, klesání a stoupání nekončí. Ani scéničnost krajiny. Projíždíme vádí za vádím, kaňony za kaňony. Janince připomínají krémově a čokoládově žíhané místní kopce dort typu harlekýn. A tak se neovládne a dobrovolně vytáhne svůj plochý tenký strojek, který umí dělat lepší fotky než můj foťáček. Sláva! Líbí se jí tady! I když nikde u silnice není žádné spásonosné křovíčko. Prý vydrží někam, kde je tekoucí voda, mýdlo a ručník. A tak jedeme a jedeme. Konečně je trochu rovnější silnice, rozjedu se nadoraz, to jest, aby mi tachometr ukazoval stovku, jedu tedy něco málo přes povolenou devadesátku. Ale stále mne někdo předjíždí! Protože vezu nemocného invalidu k jeho místu odpočinku, přišlápnu taky trochu izraelsky pedál, ale tak rychle, jako v Česku, se jet neodvážím. Takže ani nikoho nepředjíždím…

Rovný úsek silnice se zvedá do kopců, kde se v jednom vyschlém vádí táhne za sebou řádka sloupů prachu. Tahle dodaleka viditelná karavana je řadou tanků, které zde poblíž mají stanoviště. Izraelská armáda cvičí přesun pouští. Napadá mne, proč mít v místních podmínkách vlastně neviditelné tanky, když je každý uvidí na dlouhé kilometry předem. tedy prach, jenž zvedají…

Jedeme, jedeme, Jana chvilkami usíná. Míjíme občasné obce, jejichž domky jsou schovány za kadeřemi stromů.  Konečně zase jednou křižovatka, téčková. Vlevo vede silnice číslo 13 dolů do údolí Arawa. Z domácí přípravy a ze zkuÅ¡enosti vÅ¡ask vím, že musíme klesat k Arawě stále po čtyřicítce. Teprve pak najedeme na devadesátku, která nás dovede do Ejlatu. Po třináctce bychom se tam taky dostali, ale po čtyřicítce to je rychlejší. A tak odbočím vpravo. Po další čtvrthodině další téčková křižovatka, vlevo opět k Arawě. Odbočuji vpravo, avÅ¡ak hned na sousední autobusové zastávce si dovolím nakouknout do Janina chytrouÅ¡e. A vida, už jsme na dvanáctce, tady jsme měli odbočit vlevo. Obě cesty opět vedou do Ejlatu, ale ta vlevo je rychlejší a pohodlnější. A nepřeklopil se na ní jeÅ¡tě autobus s ruskými turisty, jako na té dvanáctce v roce 2014... Byl bych býval odbočil správně vlevo i bez chytrouÅ¡e – kdyby mi cestáři včas ukázali číslici 40. Samotný směr "Eilat" tady nemusí moc znamenat…

Mírně stoupáme až na sedlo mezi horami Ketura a Ajit až do výšky 470 metrů nad mořem. Před námi se objevuje hrana šelfu. Na dalších 15 kilometrech musíme sestoupit až na úroveň 80 m n.m. "Zařaďte nižší rychlost," velí opět cedulky. Samozřejmě – abychom nedopadli jako čeští řidiči autobusů v Alpách, kteří na dlouhých klesáních brzdí jen brzdami. Motor hyundaie ve vysokých otáčkách trochu vyje, i když přibržďuji brzdami. "Užívej si výhledů," radím Janince, "bude hůř!" Já sám si užívám točení volantem. Poslední úsek je už rovný, kolmý k ose údolí. Možno přeřadit na čtyřku, i ta brzdí, ale jedeme stejně devadesát, a šetříme palivo. Na dně údolí narazíme na další téčko – severojižní magistrálu číslo 90, po které zamíříme vpravo na jih. Jsme skoro doma. Totiž – skoro u nákupního střediska Jotvata, kde se zastavíme na oběd, jak jsem byl naplánoval úplně nejdříve. Do odbočení k Jotvatě je to už jen deset kilometrů, ale silnice tu náhle přechází na mimoúrovňovou dálnici! Na prostředním pruhu se objevují svodidla, jemináčku, jak tady odbočím vlevo? Dříve jsme sem zajížděli milosrdně od jihu... Měl by tady být nějaký výjezd vpravo, ale tenhle je asi moc brzo, kilometr od vesnice.

Nebyl. Tedy byl daleko, ale tady jsme měli sjet! Snižuju rychlost, snad budu moci někde odbočit do kibucu, který je vpravo, a pak se nějak vrátím, abych se dostal k výjezdu do obchodního střediska na druhé straně dálnice. A sláva! Na konci vesnice se objevil nenápadný záchranný výjezd dva metry široký, který leze pod silnicí a tunýlkem vlevo ji podjíždí! Vracím se na parkoviště Shopping centra po úzké stezce pro traktory, kterou elektronické mapy nevidí. Je tři čtvrtě na dvě, čas na oběd. 74 kilometry z Micpe Ramon jsme zvládli za hodinu a půl, a to i se zatáčkami a civěním do chytrouše na předminulé křižovatce. Vylezeme z vozu, ještě před obědem si jdeme "umýt ruce". Po nezbytné čtvrthodince se vynořujeme a míříme k obědu. Je nám však nejdříve projíti nákupním šílenstvím veselých krav. Vlastně ne veselých – tady v Jotvatě mají krávy spokojené. Jak mi vyprávěl znalec, který se byl podívat v místním kravíně: Hraje tam uklidňující hudba, krávy se volně procházejí po přiděleném areálu. Když se jim chce, jdou se opalovat, když se jim zachce, jdou se schovat do stínu plachet anebo dovnitř do klimatizované haly. Je-li hodně vedro, vejdou pod osvěžující sprchy. Pakli pocítí hlad, jdou ke krmelci, když je tíží vemeno, nastoupí do kotců s automatickým odsáváním. Exkurze je možná, avšak po předchozí domluvě, což jsme naštěstí nebyli učinili, neboť bychom se nyní s díky museli omluvit.

Ale nákupní šílenství trvá, jako minule: Šopink areál nabízí příšerné umělohmotné hrnečky s tlemícími se kravami, velice nevkusné porcelánové talíře s kýčovitými pohledy na Svatou zemi a velice vkusné keramické talířky a misky s mozaikovými motivy. Odolám a koupím jen tři čokolády s kravičkou pro naše dětičky. Projdeme až do jídelní samoobsluhy, kde si dám něco hovězího s rýží. Ze suché rýže mi ujídá milá Janinka, alespoň kousek. Aby si měla po čem vzít prášky. Ten nový i ty ostatní, co si s sebou veze. Dám si alespoň dva kopečky místní vyhlášené zmrzliny z místního vyhlášeného mléka. Ale necítím to pravé nadšení. Jana zmrzku nemůže. Nemůže skoro nic. Mám stále obavy o její zdraví i obavy, jak najdu závěrečnou cestu k vybranému HI - Eilat Hostelu. Mám i obavy o nádrž našeho vozu, avšak v něm je tolik benzinu, že s ním dojedu do Ejlatu i zpátky sem. Tady jsem chtěl původně natankovat, ale nechci mrhat časem, a naštěstí ani nemusím. Benzin si tady vezmeme až cestou do Jeruzaléma. Teď si jen dopředu obhlédnu, kudy na tomhle nedětském dopravním hřišti mohu zajet k pumpě.

Nuže, vzhůru na Ejlat! Nejdříve kilometřík zpátky na sever na soustavu kruháků, podjet dálnici a pak již směrem na jih. Čeká nás závěrečných 42 kilometrů. Jedeme kolem odbočky vpravo do údolí Timna ke kamenným houbám a Šalamounovým sloupům. Úplně původně jsem plánoval tady zastavit cestou do Ejlatu. Ale stavíme se tu až při cestě na sever. Vlevo se nám asi v kilometrové vzdálenosti jeví nějaké letiště, na jehož jediné severojižní ranveji stojí jediné letadlo. Letiště se muselo vejít do toho jednoho a půl kilometru šířky, kterou činí vzdálenost mezi silnicí 90 a Jordánským hášimovským královstvím. ("Vítejte v Jordánsku!", pějí naše mobily.) Nejspíše to bude mezinárodní letiště Timna Airport, o jehož stavbě rozhodla izraelská vláda v roce 2011, a na jehož 3.600 metrů dlouhé dráze měla přistávat letadla už v roce 2016. Tak letadlo zde nejspíše přistálo, alespoň to jedno, avšak je rok 2017 a národní letiště přímo uprostřed Ejlatu tahle Timna zcela určitě zatím nenahradila. Je stále ve výstavbě, či spíše v provizorním dokončení v minimalistické úpravě, protože žádné stavební stroje aniž činnost nevidno. O deset kilometrů dále vidíme vlevo další letiště, také s téměř nulovým provozem. Osa jeho dráhy je od devadesátky vzdálena asi tři kilometry, což značí, že leží už v Jordánsku. "King Hussein International Airport", prozrazuje mapa.

A už se objevují vnitrozemská jezera plná slané vody, jež sem prosakuje z moře. Nedaleko se odsolují; tuhle vodu pije celý Eilat. Který už vidíme z mírného svahu ležet dole u moře, společně s jordánskou Akabou. Nejdříve však musíme projet checkpointem, který překračuje silnici (ne už dálnici) devadesát. Jana se diví, ale vysvětluju jí, že vjíždíme na území zvláštní bezcelní zóny, která se pozná tak, že některé produkty jsou tu dražší, než jaké lze zakoupiti jinde se clem.

První kruhák naznačuje, že jsme již přijeli do města, ale k dalšímu kruháku můžeme jet ještě sedmdesátkou. Za dalším kruhákem se už vlevo objevuje ranvej letiště, která rozřezává Ejlat na část obytnou a část hotelovou. Vlevo letiště, vpravo bloky domků v zahradách, rovně palmová alej ve středním dělícím pásu. Už můžeme jen padesátkou, to jsme opravdu ve městě.

Původně jsem chtěl odbočku k naÅ¡emu dneÅ¡nímu hotelu najít podle počtu kruháků, ale odbočit musíme na osmém – pokud nějaký další nedostavěli. Kdo to má počítat?  Raději jsem si situaci předem obhlédl v mapá v leteckém pohledu. AvÅ¡ak ten je nezřetelný. NaÅ¡těstí držím ve vlastnictví papírový plánek města, který jsem si odminule uschoval do svého archivu papírových map. Uschoval – a včas naÅ¡el! A tak podle něho jedu: Počkám na velký kruhák, první za letiÅ¡těm, ten, ze kterého se dá jedině odbočit vlevo. (Před ním to znemožňuje letiÅ¡tě, za ním mořské pobřeží.) Ten jeÅ¡tě překonám rovně. Na dalším kruháku odbočím vpravo, a pak hned po deseti metrech na nekruhové křižovatce vlevo přes protivný pruh do správné jednosměrky, načež vjedu na parkoviÅ¡tě jednoho hotelu a projedu jím na parkoviÅ¡tě naÅ¡eho hotelu/hostelu. A jsme pro dneÅ¡ek doma! Jana na mne zírá s obdivem, jak jsem napoprvé krásně zaparkoval přímo před vchodem, obdiv k sobě cítím i sám. (Po tom katastrofálním kufrování včera!) Z Jotvaty jsme tu za plánovaných 35 minut.

A tak jsme nezahynuli v Negevu!

Jsou tři hodiny odpoledne, od Ben Gurionova hrobu jsme odjížděli v půl dvanácté. Dobrý čas, protože se už od dvou můžeme ubytovat.
A umýt si ruce. I to ostatní.

Pohled z terasy HI - Eilat Hostelu.
A přeparkovat, protože stojím na placeném parkovišti, a hotel inzeruje neplacené parkoviště. Které jsem si zamluvil. A chci si obhlédnout tu nejkrásnější ejlatskou pláž, Palm Beach, abych na ni mohl zítra Janinku zatáhnout. Na zítřek mám totiž naplánovaný odpočinkový den u moře. Teď se to velmi hodí!

Ale o tom až příště.

Prožito a přežito cestou z Midreshet Ben Gurion do Ejlatu v pátek 28. dubna 2017, psáno na Lužinách v úterý 8. srpna 2017.

Foto © Jana Rečková a © Jan Kovanic

Více o Sde Boker a okolí viz Šamanovy články z roku 2008 Mír nad řekou Zin
a z roku 2014  Mír pilných osadníků.

O cestě přes Negev a vyhlídce na kráter Ramon viz články z roku 2008 Mír kráteru Ramon
a z roku 2014: Mír nebezpečných zatáček (taky tam jsou pěkné fotky:)

A kdo by měl zájem o národní park Avdat (včetně fotek), může si o něm přečíst zde: Mír odolných obránců

Minulé díly vyprávění o letošní (i loňské) cestě do Izraele viz na blogu Šamanovo doupě, záložka Izrael. (Fotky jsou tam z nějakého technického důvodu podstatně ostřejší než na Psu! Při kliknutí na obrázek se onen rozbalí v původní velikosti.)

Cestopis Mír v Izraeli z Šamanových předcházejících tří cest po Izraeli seženete u knihkupců, na besedách s autogramem přímo od autora, anebo u vydavatele.
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(Izrael na vlastní kůži)

Je neděle 2. dubna 2016, 13:27, před hotelem zastavuje náš bílý taxík. Nakládám bagáž do kufru auta, zatímco ze stanu u domku, kde včera probíhala svatba, vycházejí černé ženy v bílém. Jestli falašky nebo koptky? Nevím. Myslíme, že něco vidíme, ale vlastně nevíme. V Izraeli snad ještě více než kde jinde.

Janinka nasedá vedle řidiče, aby měla výhled. Vyjíždíme na ulici Tak Nevím, a pak už nevím. Jedeme kolem Mea Šearim, pak zabočujeme, jedeme, zabočujeme, a asi jsme zase u Mea Šearim z jiné strany, protože chodníky zaplavují muži v černých kabátech a černých kloboucích. Asi jedeme k dálnici číslo 1, nejkratšímu a nejrychlejšímu spojení k Tel Avivu. Usuzuji tak podle toho, že projíždíme kolem vysokého svahu, proměněného do strmých kamenných a zděných teras, který si pamatuju odpředminule. Anebo pletu odminule. Všude kolem se staví. Jeruzalém je množstvím oddělených kopečků celý boulovatý. Ten starý i ten nový. I ten, který ještě není, tedy krajina, do níž se město dále rozrůstá. Nízké terasové domky jsou střídány obrovitou betonovou terasou, na níž vyrůstají šestipatrové terasovité činžáky. A všude se nad krajinou vznášejí stavební jeřáby. Snímám poslední pohledy na Jeruzalém skrz zavřená okénka, snímky jsou poněkud rozostřené, některé až atmosférické, ale plním si tak svůj obrazový zápisníček. Pokouším se na zadním sedadle poradit se s kompasem, ale ten mě už jednou uprostřed plechové karoserie zklamal. Ale asi k jedničce nakonec nejedeme, na to až příliš dlouho podjíždíme různé mosty a přejíždíme jiné mosty.

Škoda. Chtěl jsem Janince ukázat onu cestu, ale hlavně kaňon, kterým vede. Jde o jakousi místní variantu pražského Prokopského údolí. Dno tohoto údolí je místy široké právě na silnici a nic jiného. Tudy vedla v roce 1948 životodárná cesta, kterou Židé dopravovali do obleženého Jeruzaléma potraviny, léky a další základní životní potřeby. Tedy ještě v době britského protektorátu, milé děti, kdy už Arabové praktikovali otevřenou válku proti zemi, která ještě nevznikla. Jeruzalém byl tehdy obležen za setrvalého nezájmu britských "ochránců" i mezinárodního společenství. Arabští teroristé dokonce vyhodili do vzduchu vodovod, kterým se z přímořské roviny čerpala do města voda. Jeruzalémské Židy tehdy zachránily od smrtí žízní biblické podzemní prameny, štoly a rybníky. Potraviny se pak vozily autobusy tímto asi tři kilometry dlouhým údolím. Protože po nich Arabové stříleli, byly boky autobusů vyztuženy ocelovými pláty, což je však omezovalo v rychlosti. Z vysokých svahů se pak těžké a pomalé autobusy dalo pohodlně střílet – a občas stačilo jen shodit lavinu kamenů. Vesničané nahoře na pláni, když slyšeli střelbu, popadli svoji flintu a běželi si taky zastřílet na Židy. Plochy na krajích silnice i mezi jízdními pruhy jsou dodnes posety vraky vypálených a rozstřílených aut.

No a pak Britové odešli, na nový stát Izrael se vrhly všechny okolní státy, i s posilami armád z dalších arabských zemí, jenže válku za nezávislost, území a život vyhrál Izrael. Ještě před jejím vypuknutím vyzvali agresoři místní arabské obyvatelstvo, aby opustilo místo budoucích vítězných bitev. Arabové si vzali jen klíče od domů ( věděli, že se jejich sousedé do domků nebudou vlamovat násilím?) – a už se nevrátili, zůstaly jim jen ty klíče, které dodnes ve svých rodinách plačky a nenávistně schraňují. Opuštěné vesnice byly posléze vyklučeny a místo nich teď roste les. Museli odsud odejít i ti, kteří snad nestříleli, a kteří nevyslyšeli výzev arabských bratrů. Hodně to připomíná osud odsunutých sudetských Němců. Až na jednu drobnost: Ti, kteří odešli do okolních zemí (aby z nich pak v utečeneckých táborech Arabové vyrobili nový národ "Palestinců"), dostali možnost, aby se vrátili domů. Zpátky do svých vesnic. Byli k tomu izraelskou vládou vyzýváni!!! (Což se úporně zamlčuje.) Většinou ale neposlechli, nechtěli žít pod židovskou vládou. Tedy vládou státu, který byl deklarován jako "židovský", ale který dodnes zabezpečuje demokratický a důstojný život desítkám národností a náboženství. Po určité době tato nabídka samozřejmě vypršela, a budoucí Palestinci zůstali žít na územích, okupovaných Jordánci (dnešní "Západní břeh") a Egypťany (Gaza). Tato území plánovaného palestinského státu byla cizími státy rovněž okupována za neuvěřitelného nezájmu světového společenství, které se vzbudilo, až když Izrael tato území – osvobodil!

Stíny ukazují na sever, nepojedeme tedy po Jedničce, ale po regionální "zelené" komunikaci 404 s parametry dálnice směrem k Ramalláhu, což je severní dnes už předměstí Jeruzaléma a fakticky hlavní město palestinské autonomie. Vjíždíme do novodobého kaňonu, který není tvořen přírodními svahy. Z obou stran dálnici obklopují vysoké zdi, místy ozdobené válcovitými strážními věžemi. Obranné zařízení proti místním obyvatelům, kteří věrni tradicím občas házeli na projíždějící auta kameny. Už nestřílejí, ale kámen, který prorazí čelní sklo v devadesátikilometrové rychlosti, dokáže udělat ještě větší škodu. Proto je také házení kameny po autech v Izraeli bráno jako teroristický útok. Ukazuje se, že jedinou lidskou ochranou proti nenávisti je oddělit sebe od těch, jejichž oficiální ideologií je vás vyvraždit, vysokou chráněnou zdí. Ano, samozřejmě, že obecně jsem proti "oddělujícím zdem", avšak jde o to, co se odděluje od čeho. A tady se odděluje smrt od života.

Odbočujeme vlevo k západu. Ploty zprůhledňují, místo betonu jen drát. Za nimi vidím tří až pětipatrové arabské domy, semtam minaret. Také tady se vypínají jeřáby, i zde se staví. A ne jen paneláky, ale i napapané vily arabských boháčů s docela slušnou, až neokonstruktivistickou architekturou, žádné "arabské baroko", jak to Jana nazvala při jednom z našich zdejších výletů.

V dohledu je další betonová zeď, která končí strážní věží, avšak nepokračuje dále. Divné. Ukazuju ji Janě, když vtom se se svou poznámkou do naší diskuse vmísí dosud mlčenlivý řidič: "Prison". Jo aha, vězení. Také důvod, proč zcela nezavrhovat zdi…

Před námi se kolmo přes jízdní dráhu natahuje střecha, pod ní se ke každému jízdnímu pruhu tulí krabicovité kukaně. Nikoli checkpoint, avšak budky, u nichž se vybírá mýtné. Anebo automaticky vyfotí značka vašeho auta, a strhnout vám to rovnou z účtu, takže se nezdržujeme. Vjíždíme na několikakilometrový placený úsek dálnice (červená "major road") číslo 45. Na západě se kvůli virválu o okupaci "Západního břehu" už asi prodlužovat nebude – a na východě ze stejného důvodu už asi taky ne (ledaže by si ji postavili palestinští Arabové sami, což zjevně nehrozí). Jedeme kamenitou krajinou, poházenou zelenými keři, ze které občas vyrůstají stromy a jinde arabské domy. Klasická kamenitá poušť bez hájů, polí a olivových sadů. Po dalších osmi minutách dorážíme k výjezdnímu checpointu. Za ním se krajina výrazně mění. Objevují se zde lesy, mezi nimi louky. Ony se zde nějak samy od sebe "neobjevily", jak už jsem psal, jejich existence je dána desetiletími péče izraelského národa.Po osmi minutách přijíždíme k dalšímu checkpointu. Dale k západu pokračujeme po zelené silnici č. 443. Ve své knížce Mír v Izraeli jsem o této komunikaci napsal:

»Řekl bych, že tak 70 % problémů palestinských Arabů je zaviněno nečinností, neschopností a korupcí jejich samosprávy, 25 % pak teroristickou činností palestinských Arabů, a z toho plynoucí ochrany izraelského obyvatelstva. Zbylých 5 % jsou pak záležitosti, které by se jim ze strany izraelského státu díti neměly. Do těch pěti procent zahrnuji dřívější zákaz používat rychlostní silnici 443 palestinskými Araby. Ten zákaz uplatnila izraelská armáda v roce 2002 poté, co zde proběhlo několik smrtelných teroristických útoků. No, a ten zákaz postihl vinné i nevinné (Nepatří tenhle případ náhodou do oněch 25 %?) Místo aby do Ramalláhu, centra palestinské samosprávy, cestovali místní obyvatelé 15 minut, prodloužila se jim pouť na hodinu. Proto se několik palestinských rodin obrátilo na izraelský soud. Těch rodin, které dříve hospodařily na pozemcích, po kterých ta silnice vede. Nu a Nejvyšší soud jim dal za pravdu: Armáda dle něj nemá právo vyčlenit silnici pro výhradně izraelský provoz. Izraelské obranné síly zabezpečily onu silnici jinak: Na silnicích z palestinských osad vystavěly checkpointy. To zase urazilo některé Palestince (ne všechny), takže ti uražení raději do Ramalláhu jezdí tu hodinu, ale výhradně po samosprávných územích.«

Už jsme klesli z osmiset jeruzalémských metrů nad Středozemním mořem na vrstevnici 400 metrů, a klesáme dále k pobřežní planině. Zaléhá mi v uších, špatně slyším, kýchám. Rýma se přestěhovala od Janinky ke mě. Možná ještě rýma z klimatizace v letadle…

Klesání končí, i lesy, objevují se pole. Krajině však vévodí dopravní stavby. Vpravo se klene most vysokorychlostní železnice Tel Aviv - Modi'in, která už dlouho měla vést touto severní cestou údolím Ajalon až do Jeruzaléma. Čemuž zatím úspěšně brání bojkot ze strany Evropy – protože by vedla "Západním okupovaným břehem". Že by železnicí mohli cestovat i obyvatelé onoho "Břehu", europané netuší. Ostatně stejný bojkot postihl i firmy, které se odvážily té drzosti, že vybudovaly v Jeruzalémě trať "lehkého vlaku" (městské tramvaje), jediného dopravního prostředku, kde se běžně setkávají obyvatelé "obou Jeruzalémů" (a občas ti východní zabodávají ty západní, nejlépe těhotné ženy a staré lidi, případně i ďaurské turisty, naposledy na tento velikonoční Velký pátek).

Kdyby ta trať už stála, mohli jsme jet na letiště vlakem. Ostatně to bychom mohli i teď, ale museli bychom se nejdříve dopravit na jeruzalémské nádraží poblíž biblické ZOO, a po hodině a půl přestoupit v Tel Avivu, přičemž tu je jasné nebezpečí, že bychom zabloudili a jeli opačným směrem. Stálo by nás to jen 23 šekelíků, ale i značné nervy a riziko, že nám uletí letadlo. Takhle si sedíme v taxíku, jehož řidič obratně odbočuje na mezi- a úrovňových křižovatkách. Na jedné z těch úrovňových stojíme na červené v několika pruzích. Vedle nás také bílá taxikářská oktávka. Řidiči spouští okénka a než padne žlutá, vyměňují si hlasité monology. Podle řeči se zdá, že náš řidič je Arab, možná Drúz, možná beduín. Izraelský Arab. Ten, který nemusí žít za zdí. Ten, který své cestující nezabíjí, protože jede slušně a dle předpisů.

Taxík včas odbočí z čtyřistatřiačtyřicítky, neodbočí na čtyřistačtyřiačtyřicítku, podjede pod ní, podjede pd šestkou – a už je na jedničce. Alespoň na chvíli, než po přejetí čtyřicítky správně odbočí na pevnost Ben Gurion. Vlastně na letiště, ale chráněné letiště. Přejedeme téměř suché vyschlé koryto potoka, které působí (a nejspíš i funguje) trochu jako dávné vodní příkopy, a už přijíždíme k moderním hradbám, tedy plotu. "Barrier ahead" varuje bílý nápis na zelené dopravní ceduli. Výstraha ani není nutná, fronta aut mluví jasně. Přesněji tři fronty, protože ke zdejšímu checkpointu míří hned tři pruhy. Ještě přesněji čtyři fronty, protože vlevo za plnou čárou nás předjíždí v pruhu, vyhraženém pro protisměr, další auta. Taxík by měl mít, jak si myslím, vyhrazen pravý pruh, podobně jako autobusy, a měl by mít přednost, ne? Jenže taxíky se tlačí na všech čtyřech frontách. Ten náš se probojuje ze třetí do první, načež s velkou míroch chucpe zpátky do druhé. Ušetřili jsme možná tři minuty. Tohle bych si s půjčeným autem nedovolil! Zpětně si blahopřeju, že jsme svého chevroletka vrátili už v břiše Mamilly.

Bezpečačka v neprůstřelné vestě prohodí pár sloz se svým evidentně dobře známým taxikářem, načež jsme vpuštěni do pevnosti. Kdyby takováto opatření byla zavedena na evropských letištích, nemuselo dojít k masakru na bruselském Zaventem. Všichni evropští bezpečáci strašně důležitě kontrolují uvnitř letištních budov, zda si nevezete pinzetu nebo pastu na zuby v balení 120 miligramů, či více než jednu zápalku na osobu – a zatím se venku štosují "měkké cíle".

Vlastně je to teprve jedenáct dnů, které uplynuly od demonstrace islámského násilí v Bruselu, ve stejný den, kdy jsme odlétali z Havla letiště v Ruzyni . Zdá se, že i na zdejším letišti došlo k dalším bezpečnostním protiopatřením. Je možné, že mezi ně patří i to, že k odletu se máme dostavit k terminálu číslo 1, který je využíván pro vnitrostátní lety, a ne k mezinárodní trojce, jako zatím vždy.

"Opravdu k terminálu jedna?" ptá se nás kontrolně řidič, ačkoliv jsme mu tu informaci sdělili už v Jeruzalémě. Opravdu k jedničce. Takže k jedničce. Vyložíme se, poděkujeme a zapravíme domluvených 300 šekelů. Je 14:30 izraelského letního času. Cesta trvala hodinu a tři minuty. Máme půlhodinovou rezervu. Naložím bagáž na vozík a vcházíme do pro mne nečekaných prostor. Nečekané také je, že nás tady nikdo neobtěžuje nějakými zvláštními prohlídkami. Tak ano, musím odpovědět na mnohé očekávané otázky (balili jste si zavazadlo sami?, přijali jste balík od někoho jiného?), palubní zavazadla prolezou skenovacím tunelem, procházíme pípací branou. (Nepískám – včas jsem si sundal pásek. Jana píská, samozřejmě, pásek si nesundala…) Ale zavazadlo podpalubní mizí do logistického procesu, z něhož na konci, tedy v Praze u vydávacího karuselu, opět vypadne. Pověstné zdržovačky se nekonají, však také se už objevují oficiální informace El-Al, že stačí nastoupit k odbavení dvě a půl hodiny před odletem. Jenže my jsme odbaveni neuvěřitelně rychle, za pouhou půlhodinu. V roce 2006 jsem napočítal celkem devět kontrol různého druhu, a trvaly dvě hodiny, tentokrát je to značně jednodušší. (Možná jsem už cizinec s nebezpečím 1 na pětibodové stupnici?)

Kufry odevzdány, u okýnka letecké společnosti jsme odbaveni, směřujeme dle šipek ke gate. Jenže žádný gate jsme nenašli. Jen čekárnu, ze které vedou dveře přímo na letištní polochu. Zamčené dveře. Vyčkáváme budoucích událostí, zatím se rozhlížím po pusté letištní ploše. Nejsme tu sami, a máme čas, takže nepropadám panice. Po deseti minutách přijíždí dva nízké letištní autobusy. Dveře na plochu se otevírají, sestupujeme po schodišti na plac a zase vystupujeme do busu. A vyjíždíme. Kolem letadel místní společnosti Arkia, která odtud létají po celém Izraeli (odtud můžete letět nejdále do Ejlatu). Kolem tanků s palivem, zapuštěných do země. Kolem otevřených přístřešků s technickým vybavením. Míjíme mohutnou betonovou zeď, hradby, chránící letiště od pěších teroristů. Před raketovými útoky z Gazy i odjinud je letiště chráněno systémem Železná kopule, který nevidíme. Vidíme různé věže i věžičky, konečně si mohu slušně a zblízka sejmout novou věž letového řízení, připomínající štíhlou chladicí věž elektrárny. Po asi sedmi minutách vystupujeme u terminálu číslo 3.

Konečně mi to docvakne: Kdyby se přes předletištní kontrolu dostala nějaká bomba až na terminál, pak by její možná exploze ohrozila jen místní lety, nikoli důležité mezinárodní. Důležité – protože Izraelci mohou za hranice cestovat prakticky jen odtud.

Lehce projdeme přes pasovou kontrolu, protože tentokrát jsem si důležitý namodralý papírek s nápisy jako "Stay Permit", "Border Control" či "Keep attached to your travel document until exit from Israel" (tříměsíční turistické vízum, které je vám při příletu zdarma vystaveno) pečlivě připravil do pasu. Po překonání této bariéry nejdeme známou trasou, avšak stoupáme po stejné cestě, jakou jsme sem při příletu klesali. Hnedle jsme v kruhové čekací hale, odkud se nám otevírají vstupy do tří gates (A, B, C). Je půl čtvrté, letadlo letí až 17:55, boarding bude tak o půlhodinu dříve. Máme najednou dvě hodiny času!

Alespoň jsme si našli stolek k sezení hned u báječné středové fontány, která svými výtrysky nekropí okolí. Fontánka stříká proměnlivě, občas purpurově, občas vůbec ne. Jak den postupuje, začíná jí prosvítat šikmé odpolední slunce. Mrzí mě, že nemohu Janince ukázat padající vodu, která se do kruhového bazénu fontány snášívávala dříve z okraje střešní skleněné kopule. Hlavně pro přilétající turisty avizovala, že tato pouštní země je dbalá toho, aby v pravý čas a na pravém místě vytryskla ze skály voda. Asi tudy zatékala i dešťovka, takže umělý dešťopád je zcela zatemován, a tady už nezmoknete.

Je čas se poněkud zasytiti, neboÅ¥ předraženou nabídku v zdánlivě levném letadle nehodláme akceptovat. Máme k tomu účelu zásoby pořízené na Jafské třídě v Jeruzalémě. AvÅ¡ak alespoň akceptujeme místní předraženou nápojovou nabídku. Stoupnu si do přísluÅ¡né fronty u stánku firmy ilan's house of coffe. Rukama nohama ukážu, co chci. Už nemám Å¡ekely, nechci utrácet dolary (za silně nevhodný kurz 4 místo 3,8 za Å¡ekel), naÅ¡těstí mám kreditní kartu. Za čaj s mlékem dám 14 NIS, za kafe 18. JeÅ¡tě dražší než v Praze. Koláčky, které jsme koupili v jeruzalémě za 15 tady stojí 25. AvÅ¡ak bez DPH, aneb VAT.  

Vracím se s nápoji. Popíjení a rozhlížení je příjemné. Janinka pak vyráží obhlédnout místní krámy s nadějnými názvy jako Diesel či Lacoste, já si otevírám zápisník, do nějž si zapisuju poslední poznámky. Popsal jsem už všechny čtverečkované stránky, zbývá už jen několik posledních bílých. Zatímco jsem v Izraeli ztracené nohavice, foťák i tenhle zápisníček nakonec vždy našel či mi byly vráceny, tentokrát nechávám na stolku svou propisku. Někam se mi ukryla. Není divu, měl jsem ji ještě od organizace Hidden Child, jejíž členkou byla má milá žena Ivanka.

Janinka se vrací už po půlhodince. (Naštěstí jsem ji tady neztratil, i když i to se mi v Izraeli několikrát stalo, i když jen na minutu, když se zapomněla u nějakého krámu.) Nemají tady nic jiného než v Praze, jen dražší. Jedině snad prádlo firmy Jack Kuba doma nesežene.

Čas uplynul, naloďujeme se. Pilot se jmenuje Vogel, což zní nadějně. První pohyb zaznamenávám v 17:49. Zastavujeme. V 17:54 začínáme pojíždět. Pojíždění nepřestává, mění se bez zastavení v rozjezd. Hup, a už rychle stoupáme vstříc zapadajícímu slunci. Jak je patrno, když vystoupáme z mlžných mraků. Na moři se otevírá zlatá stezka, jak na konci amerického filmu.

Letí s námi výprava pravděpodobně ragbistů, podle jejich vysokých postav a svalnatých nohou, které vykukují z trenýrkových kraťasů a končí v kristuskách naboso. Musí se na sedadlo nějak vejít, raději však korzují v uličce. Klimatizace je nastavena na pro ně příjemných 20 stupnů. Paní vedle mne si luští sudoku, tedy hebrejské sudoku. To bych možná zvládl i já. Opět mi rýmově zaléhají uši. Nezchvátilo mě koupání v Kineretu při 22 stupních ani koupání ve Středozemním moři při 18 (voda asi 16), avšak – průvan z koupelny při jednom našem ubytování. Tlumené zvuky z okolí působí poněkud odcizeně.

Ptal se mne ten pan kontrolor na letišti Václava Havla, když jsme odlétali, jestli zase napíšu o téhle cestě knihu. Vlastně jsem napsal, má 63 kapitol, a právě jste ji dočetli. Avšak nebudu ji vydávat knižně. Nevyráběl jsem tyto své texty s myšlenkou vydat je jako knihu. A nehodlám do ní vkládat své vlastní prostředky. Inu, přiznávám, podílel jsem se asi polovinou potřebné částky na tom, aby kniha Mír v Izraeli mohla mít barevné fotky. Což už nehodlám činiti – zejména proto, že vydavatel dlouhodobě otálí s vyplácením honorářů. Avšak pokud by někoho mé texty nadchly natolik, že by byl ochotný věnovat příslušný peníz, nebudu se cukat, i když by to byla zase ohromná práce dát těm mým rozevlátým textům pevnější formu.

Loňská návštěva Izrale na vlastní kůži byla jiná, než když jsem se vezl s cestovkou. Ono je vždycky všechno jinak, mudruju. Vlastně – jindy je něco jinak…

Na skle okénka letadla se objevují střepinky bílé námrazy. Psal jsem zpočátku do záhlaví tohoto písání poznatek z mé teorie, vlastně praxe her:

"Některé hry se dají vyhrát jen tak, když člověk udělá nevědomou chybu."

Ale ono je to tak, že většinu her prohrajete, i když žádnou chybu neuděláte. Výlet do Izraele jsme si udělali mezi třetí a čtvrtou Janinou chemoterapií. Ta čtvrtá se nakonec nepovedla. Naštěstí před loňskými Vánocemi, když už mou neregistrovanou partnerku poslali domů umřít, se z nebe snesla pátá chemoterapie. Zahraniční studie, takže na tu nemusí zdravotní pojišťovna dávat peníze. Svinstva v krvi stále mírně klesají, i když stále mírně žerou kosti, avšak krvinka posiluje! Možná se ještě do Izraele vrátíme. Abych ukázal Janince jih, poušť Negev, kráter Machteš Ramon, Šalamounovy sloupy, Ejlat a Masadu. A samozřejmě znovu Jeruzalém.

Takže – příští rok v Jeruzalémě!

Anebo ještě letos…

Prožito v Izraeli v neděli 2. dubna 2016, psáno v Praze na Lužinách v úterý 18. dubna 2017

Foto © Jan Kovanic, dneska Jana vůbec nefotila.

(Fotografie přímo na blogu autora jsou kvůli použitému rozlišení podstatně ostřejší než na Psu. A při kliknutí na obrázek se onen rozbalí v původní velikosti.)

Minulý příspěvek: Loučení s Jeruzalémem
Předminulý příspěvek: Cesta za vůní pomerančových květů

Všechny dosud napsané díly vyprávění o letošní cestě do Izraele viz na blogu Šamanovo doupě, záložka Izrael.

Cestopis Mír v Izraeli z Šamanových předcházejících tří cest po Izraeli seženete u knihkupců, na besedách s autogramem přímo od autora, anebo u vydavatele.

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          (USA-CA-Merced) Unloaders/Forklift Operators with TI/HI experience!        
JOIN CAPSTONE LOGISTICS! Capstone Logistics is a fast growing exciting company focused on 3rd party services in distribution centers across the nation. We are in 45 states and over 260 DC's across the US. We currently have a great career opportunity for Unloaders/Forklift Operators with TI/HI experience in warehouse/distribution center. Our comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, and optical after 60 days of employment. If you are looking for a competitive wage, solid opportunities and a career path to success, apply on-line now! We are hiring for Full -Time Forklift Operator/Unloaders with TI/HI experience in Merced, CA Multiple Second shifts : 1PM - till finish 4:30PM till finish Work Days: Sunday - Friday COMPENSATION: Paid Training $11 Weekly Compensation is based on production pay: average weekly $500 RESPONSIBILITIES: * Perform pre-shift checks of equipment * Must have TI/HI experience and be able to unload pallets * Stand-up forklift experiences is a plus! * Product and quantity verification, breakdown and restack product from pallets * Maintain a clean and safe work environment. Requirements * Attention to detail * Ability to work safely * Warehouse experience * Basic math skills * Pallet jack experience * Use of powered industrial equipment * Lift up to 75 lb * Steel toe shoes required upon hire To learn more about Capstone, visit us at: Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled
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          Habit time!        
The habit of adding habits did not work ;-)

Mostly because I ran out of ideas of habits that I really wanted, there were many things that I "ought to" but my heart was not in it.

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          How to Supercharge Your Exports with a Third-Party Logistics Provider (3PL).        

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Honda has unveiled today the 2011 Honda Accord Sedan and the 2011 Honda Accord Coupe and announced that both models will go on sale at the middle of this August. The 2011 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe receive significant updates including improved fuel economy, enhanced exterior and interior styling. Accord offers a unique balance of style, performance, efficiency and value specific to each individual model.

Improvements to vehicle aerodynamics, engine friction and transmission gear ratios all contribute to significant fuel economy improvements. The EPA fuel-economy ratings for the 2.4-liter four-cylinder Sedan models equipped with an automatic transmission improve by 2 mpg in the city and 3 mpg on the highway, for a city/highway rating of 23/34 mpg. As for the 3.5-liter V-6, preliminary EPA fuel-economy ratings for the Sedan are 19/30 mpg city/highway mpg, an improvement of 1 mpg in highway driving.

The exterior changes are mostly focused on the front fascias, which now use the design language introduced by the more or less eye-delighting Accord Crosstour. Both versions have received a new front grille and revised bumpers. The cars also comes with redesigned rear bumpers, new lightweight alloy rims, while the sedan’s tail lights have been redesigned.

Interior improvements concern the repositioning of the climate-control buttons on the left side of the control stack, closer to the driver for ease-of-use, with less-frequently used buttons now located on the right side. In addition, all models get new seat fabrics and an updated instrument panel design.

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Set to go on sale in mid-August, the 2011 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe receive significant updates including improved fuel economy, enhanced exterior and interior styling and the addition of a new leather-equipped Special Edition (SE) trim level. Available as either a sedan or a coupe in 4-cylinder and V-6 variations, the Accord offers a unique balance of style, performance, efficiency and value specific to each individual model.

"For 2011, the Accord evolves again with sharpened styling inside and out, fuel economy gains and a broader application of popular features," said Erik Berkman, vice president of Corporate Planning and Logistics for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "The Accord is designed to deliver a consistently rewarding ownership experience in the areas that matter most to sedan and coupe drivers."

Improvements to vehicle aerodynamics, engine friction and transmission gear ratios all contribute to fuel economy improvements. The EPA fuel-economy ratings1 for Accord 4-cylinder sedan models equipped with an automatic transmission improve by 2 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 3 mpg on the highway, for a city/highway rating of 23/34 mpg.

The 2011 Accord Sedan's exterior expresses a more upscale and powerful presence with a new style for the front grille, front bumper and rear deck lid, along with a new wheel design.

Building on the sedan's design character, the Accord Coupe's unique muscular stance is enhanced with a bolder front grille design, new front bumper shape, enhanced brakelight appearance and a new wheel design for V-6 models.

Striking a balance between value and luxury, the Accord SE Sedan offers the additional features from the popular Accord LX-P with the added luxury of leather-trimmed seating, heated seats, driver's power-lumbar support and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

New features on certain models include steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters on the Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe, a USB Audio Interface on all coupe models and Accord EX and EX-L Sedans, and a rear view camera on sedans equipped with the available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation2 System™. Additionally, Accord EX-L V-6 models receive a two-position memory system for the driver's seat. Additional interior updates on all models include new seat fabrics on models with cloth seats, an updated instrument panel design and more-refined accent points throughout the interior.

Interior styling on all models provides attainable luxury with generous standard equipment, world-class ergonomics and intuitive vehicle controls. The front seats are designed to provide generous lateral support and to complement the Accord's sporty side. The fold-down, rear seatback offers cargo-carrying versatility and also includes a lockable pass-through for long items like snow skis.

New for 2011, the most frequently used climate-control buttons are now positioned on the left side of the control stack, closer to the driver for ease-of-use, and less-frequently used buttons are now positioned on the right side. Vehicle clock adjustment is also made easier by more prominent control lettering.

A 190-horsepower, 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine is standard in the Accord EX and EX-L Sedans and Accord LX-S, EX and EX-L Coupes. The 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine in the Accord LX, LX-P and SE Sedans produces 177 horsepower.

The available 3.5-liter, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 engine produces 271-horsepower and takes advantage of Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) technology that can deactivate up to half of the cylinders while cruising to improve fuel economy. Preliminary EPA fuel-economy ratings3 for the 2011 Accord V-6 Sedan are 19 city/30 highway mpg, an improvement of 1 mpg in highway driving.

The performance-oriented Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe with the 6-speed manual transmission has a unique 3.5-liter V-6 VTEC engine (without VCM) that provides a performance-tuned valvetrain, intake and exhaust system to broaden the torque curve in the low- to mid-rpm range for enthusiast-level performance.

A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on 4-cylinder models and a 5-speed automatic is available. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard on V-6-powered models. A 6-speed manual transmission is available exclusively on the Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe.

For safety, the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE®) is an exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. The ACE™ design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment.

The double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension inspire confident handling performance while also providing a comfortable ride. The 2011 Accord Sedan comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, or 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels depending on the model.

Three audio systems are available "“ all with MP3/Windows Media® Audio (WMA) playback capability and an auxiliary input jack. The standard system provides a single-disc CD player, six speakers and 160 watts of power. Radio Data System (RDS) displays information broadcast by participating FM radio stations that often includes call letters, station type (searchable by genre) and programming information. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls come standard on every Accord. The Accord EX Sedan and LX-S Coupe add a 6-disc in-dash changer.

A premium 270-watt audio system comes standard on Accord EX Coupe and Accord EX-L Sedan models, and includes a six-disc CD changer and seven speakers including an 8-inch subwoofer. XM Radio® is standard equipment on all Accord EX-L models.

The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System (available on Accord EX-L) uses an 8-inch screen and an interface dial for user input. Features include the Zagat Survey® guide for restaurants, nightlife, hotels and attractions. Accord EX and EX-L Coupe and Accord EX-L Sedan models include Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® as standard equipment for connecting wirelessly with compatible mobile phones.

The Accord Coupe (4-cylinder) has 17-inch alloy wheels as standard equipment, with 18-inch alloys standard on the Accord V-6 Coupe. All Accords feature four-wheel disc brakes.

Currently more than 95 percent of the Accords sold in the United States are produced4 at Honda of America Manufacturing Inc.'s Marysville Auto Plant in Marysville, Ohio, and at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, in Lincoln, Alabama. The Marysville plant is the sole global source of the Accord Coupe.

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          Will TRNSMT festival's urban party kill off T in the Park?        

Big headline acts drew the Scottish festival crowds to Glasgow, where they found a city-break vibe replacing their usual country camping getaway. And the delighted promoter’s verdict was to stage it again next year

There were some strange signs and portents ahead of the inaugural TRNSMT festival in Glasgow. Just days before the three-day event launched, a Green Day gig at Bellahouston Park also in the city – a similarly large-scale outdoor enterprise, albeit from a different promoter – was cancelled at the very last minute. Then there was the absurd (and swiftly discredited) rumour that the Arctic Monkeys would play a “secret” set after Friday-night headliners Radiohead. In picturesque Glasgow Green in the heart of the city, however, TRNSMT unravelled on schedule and as planned. Even the weather stayed, for the most part, high and dry.

In its first year, this vowel-free upstart found itself under particular scrutiny because it had co-opted what would traditionally be T in the Park’s big July weekend in the Scottish festival calendar. During its imperial phase at the Balado airfield in Perthshire, T in the Park could sell tens of thousands of tickets before the lineup was even announced. In recent years, however, the festival’s reputation as cultural flag-bearer and teen rite-of-passage took a series of knocks. The move to a smaller, hillier site in Strathallan in 2015 was marred by grim weather and logistical failures that left buses ferrying punters off site stranded for hours. In 2016, the Strathallan capacity was reduced by 15,000 to 70,000 to try and improve things. But crime reports from the site made for alarming reading, including tales of brawls and a stolen cash machine; there were also three drug-related deaths.

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          Chris Blattman on Chickens, Cash, and Development Economics        

poverty%20chickens.jpg Chris Blattman of the University of Chicago talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about whether it's better to give poor Africans cash or chickens and the role of experiments in helping us figure out the answer. Along the way he discusses the importance of growth vs. smaller interventions and the state of development economics.

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Podcast Episode Highlights

Intro. [Recording date: June 12, 2017.]

Russ Roberts: Today's episode is a little strange. It starts with the fact that a while back you wrote--not so long ago--you wrote an open letter to Bill Gates, a very wealthy man, reacting to his idea of giving poor people chickens--poor people in Africa--as a way to escape poverty. That open letter of yours to Bill Gates prompted a response from Lant Pritchett. And so, I interviewed Lant about the topic of how do we help the poor. And inevitably some of your arguments and points came into the conversation. So, I want to get your side of the story today on some of those issues and more broadly and more generally on how we should think about development. Let's start with Bill Gates's original idea. What was he suggesting, and how did you respond to it?

Chris Blattman: So, Gates and the Gates Foundation have a lot of big ideas; and this includes driving down financial transaction costs and tackling serious diseases. And generally terrific programs. One idea that Bill Gates has floated a few times in the last year is the idea that chickens are the future for Africa: basically, that they are very poor people who don't have a lot of income, and they are basically scrounging around a subsistence [?]. And, if we could give them chickens, they they'd be able to raise them. They could eat them, of course. But more importantly, they could sell them or they could sell the eggs, and make some extra money. And, this would make them much less poor: maybe they earned $2/day; maybe now they'll earn $4/day. Who really knows? And he called this one of the best investments we could make. Which is probably true to some extent, except what was unusual about his idea is that he envisioned perhaps 30% of Africans. So, this would be 300 million people raising these chickens rather than the existing number, which is maybe 5% of Africans--so, maybe 15 million people, for argument's sake.

Russ Roberts: And, you wrote this open letter. What did you say in that letter?

Chris Blattman: Well, I mean, so, you know, we share a common premise is that one of the reasons people are very poor is that they don't have the opportunity to engage in business: that it's actually not so hard for a lot of people to go from earning $1 a day to earning $2 a day or $2-$4 a day, or $5-$10 a day by starting up a small enterprise; and that the main thing stopping them from doing this is they don't have any capital. If they had capital, they wouldn't be poor. So, they don't have a lot of cash; they don't have a lot of assets; they don't have productive assets. And that could be tools, it could be buildings to build things in; that could be the raw materials, and the skills to build these things. It could be animals. A cow is an asset, or a form of capital; a chicken, or a bunch of chickens is. So, they don't have these things; and they generally don't have access to borrowing. And so, if they get access to capital, you often see people leap ahead and start businesses. So, I think we share this idea. And chickens probably aren't a bad--they aren't a terrible investment. I guess I--before Bill Gates, who is one of the most influential people in development--writes influential development letters--I think it's important to try to correct some possible problems. One is that it's not clear that anyone's going to actually make money if you suddenly go from 15 million to 300 million Africans producing--I think I've actually got my numbers wrong, actually: I'm not doing division and multiplication in my head.

Russ Roberts: It doesn't matter. It's a big [?] increase. And we're pretty sure that--

Chris Blattman: Yeah, 33%--a third of Africa.

Russ Roberts: That could affect the price of eggs. You know. Hypothetically.

Chris Blattman: Yeah. You know. I was surprised he made this argument because he's a very smart guy and he understands economics. So, this isn't a crazy idea: If a third of Africans start producing chickens and eggs, that the price of chickens and eggs are going to fall pretty fast. And there's probably limits to how many chickens and eggs people can eat. So, that's--it just struck me as an odd idea. And if it was some other organization saying, 'We're going to do this,' then I sort of roll my eyes. But when Bill Gates says he's going to do it, there's a good chance he's really going to try, and maybe succeed. So, it's not the best--not everyone should invest in the same thing. And then, of all the things people could invest in, it's not clear to me--and I think there's a lot of evidence pointing to the idea that: Chickens are a fine investment. But they are not necessarily a great investment. And so, why were folks [?] on giving people chickens? I don't know.


Russ Roberts: But, I thought your real point was: If we gave them money, they'd be free to buy chickens if they wanted; or they could buy a piece of a cow [i.e., a share of a jointly-owned cow--Econlib Ed.]; or they could buy a hammer; or they could buy access to electricity--or whatever it is. And presumably, people have a pretty good idea of what they need relative to what you think they need. And, chickens just obviously--to me--we're going to get more deeply into the economics of this--but it's obvious that chickens is the wrong answer. Whatever the virtues of chickens are, it can't be the case that giving 300 million something is--it's going to be better to give them money. I'm pretty confident about that. Now, you could argue that if you give them money they are going to use it on gambling, or drinking, or partying, or whatever you think is the wrong use of the money; but, 'They can sell the chicken, come on! They can convert it into money.' So, this romance, I think, 'Chickens are the key to the future,' like plastics are in the movie, The Graduate--it's just--or computers in 1978--it does seem a bit naive for someone who is clearly not a naive person. You could think of it as symbolic. But I think your point was: We've had these debates--which is what I think we talked about in a previous episode about different ways to help people with small amounts. Obviously, if you give them 1000 chickens--one person a thousand chickens, and one person a thousand of something else, and another person a thousand of something else, maybe it would really change their lives. But if we're going to give micro-amounts, like 5 chickens, or 1 chicken, cash might be even better. And you and I are both kind of fans of cash. There are problems with cash. That's a different episode. That's not what we're talking about today. We all understand that cash has drawbacks, too. But, I think you proposed--what was interesting about your response to Gates was: 'Let's have a horse race,' to add another animal to the metaphor mix. 'Let's see whether chickens outperform cash.' Right? Wasn't that the thrust of your point?

Chris Blattman: Yeah. And the reason is, is because it may be like a deeper point. It's not about whether--there's lots of reasons cash could be better than chickens, and for the reasons you've just mentioned; and there's some risks, as well. Those are all--and we don't have to talk about--I think generally the picture looks pretty good for cash, and we don't have to talk about the details today. But, the deeper point is the problem with a lot of programs--given that we're already giving--a lot of aid is donor agencies and governments giving very poor people stuff. It's giving them skills-training. It's giving them chickens. It's giving them cash. It's giving them other forms of capital. It's giving them productive assets. Right? And I'm excluding all the stuff that's about public goods, and water, and health--these are huge and they are important. And we're going to set them aside because they are just a different kind of thing. A lot of assistance is giving poor people stuff to either eat or to turn into something they can eat. Meaning, they can start a small business with it. And that's what the training and the cows and the [?] and some of the cash are mainly for. So, the problem with most of these programs is everyone thinks about the numerator: What's the impact of this program? And nobody thinks about the denominator, which is: What's the cost of providing this program? And then, we sort of divide that to get some sort of return. And when we compare those things, if you ignore the fact that some of these programs are dramatically more costly than others to deliver, then even if one is more effective in terms of its impact, in terms of how big a business someone can grow, if it's also 10 times as costly, that's a problem. And this is the problem with chickens, in some sense, is: Somebody has to go and buy the chickens; and then deliver them to the people. Or, somebody has to go and hire a trainer and bring them to the village, to train people in whatever it is you want to train. Maybe it's raising chickens--this is often a big part of these chicken programs. But maybe it's something that's standalone, like how to start a business. Or something. So, this is a problem, because those people--all that labor and all that transport is really, really, really expensive. And these people are often in remote areas. They are very poor. Even if they are in an urban area and not that remote, they are earning so little that giving some reasonably middle-class person in that country to go off and buy the chickens and then deliver them, or deliver the training, or even get the training to go and deliver the chicken, is so costly that it totally outweighs any potential benefits that--maybe not totally, but it grossly outweighs a lot of the benefits. Such that, some of these programs--the studies that have looked at chickens and giving people chickens and cows and goats randomly pay off, but it takes something like 15 or 20 years before they cover the costs. Basically, the impact is as much as the program costs. And that's a lot.


Russ Roberts: But I also thought your main--and that's a great point. Those are great point. And they raise a separate issue we may come back to, which is: 'Hey, I know what you need. Here.' I alluded to that earlier. It's like, 'You need to learn how to make butter. Here, let me teach you. I'll give you some butter machinery.' There's a certain lack of appreciation for knowledge and how hard it is to understand how to impact a person's life, and the material versus spiritual, and [?]--

Chris Blattman: Well, one of the other things that's going on--I have a lot of friends in these organizations. My wife works for an international rescue committee. I've spent a lot of time working with these organizations. And one of the--if you put yourself in their shoes--first of all, you don't always know. And the thing is that you've seen a lot of programs where people get chickens without the training--because that seemed like a good idea. Or they just get cash. Like, you see a lot of examples where people fail. You don't know if everyone fails. You don't know how many people succeed. You know a lot of people fail. And we know this is true. Like, the big cash experiments I've done, others have done--at least half the people don't really move ahead as a result of this cash. They start a small enterprise and it fails. This is what business is. And that's hard to--you don't know if on balance people are succeeding or failing, especially when you just give them cash. At least with the chickens you can see something there. And you are really hesitant to let people fail. So, you want to do, you want to invest as much as possible in people to minimize the risk of failure, because they are in your circle. You see them, you care about them, you are responsible, you've done something to their lives and in some ways you are responsible. And you have the ability to continue to help them. And you don't see all these other people you are not helping. So, doubling or tripling or quadrupling or even further increasing the cost of a program--not to make them dramatically more successful but just to reduce their costs of failure--is really natural human instinct. Some people would say that's their responsibility; you could make a moral argument that that's appropriate. But I think that's what drives this cost up. So, it's easy for me to sort of, from afar, say, 'Well, I don't know any of these people. They are all strangers to me, and I'd rather see more people helped for less; and if some fail, that's going to happen anyways,' rather than just investing in a small number of people and trying to keep them from failing. But, if I were in their position--certainly when I raise my children I don't take that approach. And that's another extreme example, right? So, you know, I'm sympathetic. But as a small NGO--a small Non-Governmental Organization--you can afford to make your own moral choice about whether you help a lot of people a little bit and let them fail sometimes, or if you help just a few people and really foster them through. But if you are the U.S. Government Aid agency, or you are the Ugandan Bureau of blah-blah-blah that's in charge of this, in some sense you don't get to make that choice. In some sense, your responsibility, I think, is to help the most people.

Russ Roberts: But I also thought you are making a methodological point with Gates which is really interesting, which is: Well, maybe it will have a good impact; maybe it won't. Obviously if you sat down, if you and I had 30 minutes with Mr. Gates we'd say, 'Gee, 300 million is a big increase. Maybe that's going to have an unexpected effect on--you wouldn't want to generalize from the 5% who have chickens now to the 30% you'd like to have them.' And he'd nod, say that's a good point. But I think you are trying to say, 'Let's try to actually measure this. Let's try to actually see--let's learn something. Before we launch this enormous, grandiose experiment, let's do a pre-experiment where we try to see which is better. And we'd learn so much that we would be able to help people much more down the road, not just with your venture.' Is that a fair summary?

Chris Blattman: Yeah. This is actually--I make [?] this point sort of in general: If I go to--pick a country--if I go to Uganda or like Uruguay[?] or Colombia which are all places where I spend a lot of time or have spent a lot of time, you'll see that the government or the World Bank or somebody saying, 'All right, we have this $5 million, or $100 million, or $500 million dollar program that we're going to roll out over the next 5 years; and we've written the program manual and we [?] spend all that money doing x.' And x is quite specific. It might be like chickens. It might be job training. And then they just launch into it. And inevitably it fails, because, what are the chances that you ever get that formula right from the outset when you implement it? And so, 2 or 3 years in they redesign and they start figuring it out; and, they don't have a lot of sense of what's going on. Maybe then they run some evaluations or they turn to more of the evidence. And let's say they get a slightly better program for the last half of that 5-year program. Then, that's a lot of money wasted. And if it's a credit to that country, meaning it's a loan to that country, then some future taxpayer of that country has to pay that back. Which seems kind of tragic. Or it has to be forgiven--some future taxpayer of this country has to pay that back. And that just was all money that--you know, that could have been averted. And I, so every time I'm there, I'm saying, 'Listen, instead of doing this, I'm saying: Why don't you do 5 or 10 things on a small scale for the first year? You have to scale up, you have to get moving. I understand the political pressure. So get moving; but why don't you just try 5 or 10 things? And maybe you then really rigorously study what you're going to do?' That would be fine. Sometimes we should do that. But even if you don't, it will probably be obvious which of those 5 or 10 things seems to be more successful than the others. Certainly the ones that are failures will be more obvious. And then you'll know with more precision, if you invest some money in studying it. So, as a general principle, this is just something that's not done with aid--the sort of trial and error and with some rigorous testing. And we've managed in the last 10 years to introduce the idea of randomized testing with randomized trials without introducing this idea of trial and error and moving ahead and trying many ideas. And that's a problem. I would like to see both. So, that's kind of what I'm saying--this is just another case. Instead of just scaling up your crazily specific program that's only been a little bit tested, why don't you try a few different things and then push ahead with the thing that's most successful? And in this case, I think we've got enough evidence to say, 'Actually, we're doing a lot of this chicken stuff, regardless of what Gates is doing. We're doing a lot of handing out of chickens and cows. And--I don't know if it's $1 billion, or $10 billion, or $100 million dollars a year, but it's somewhere in that range. And if we could spend $10 million dollars just to, like, tweak the direction of that, to sort of kill a bad idea and replace it with a less bad idea'--that's kind of what I want to see. I want to see us rigorously evaluate, like, run a horse race between these different things that we could do, these different varieties, kind of like trial and error but in a structured way. And then just replace the bad things with less-bad things. And thereby make a lot of very, very unfortunate people a bit better off. That's basically it.


Russ Roberts: So, I have a lot of things to say to that. It's a fantastic summary of, I think, the position you are taking. I just have to mention in passing, though: you said, 'Well, of course it fails.' And I think a lot of people would say, 'How could it fail? You are injecting all this money into these sectors, regions, poor people, whatever. It's got to have some effect--some overwhelmingly good effect. You're putting--you are going to add $100 million into this community?' And it's really, I think, a sobering reality that it often doesn't work very well. So I just want to mention that to the point where you say, 'Well, of course it doesn't work.' But I think most intuitive, everyday people would say it would work, akin to their natural inclination to inject money into the U.S. school system. 'Because the more you spend, the more education you get.' Which of course isn't true. It might be true. But it need not be true. And, if the incentives--

Chris Blattman: Right. And I would say, even if you are more optimistic--and I think if you put in more input you are going to get more output. You put in more money to the educational system, I think probably you are going to get more education, or better outcomes--not always, you are right. Same with this aid, chickens. The chickens are not going to be a bad idea. They are not going to all fail. It's just: We're putting so much money into this that--not only is someone going to have to pay back in future, but it's such a missed opportunity. Like, it's really desperate to--if you were making $1 or $2 a day, this means like, your child is probably going to--the chance your child dies in infancy or of some disease or that some crisis hits and really terrible things happen to someone in your family is just so high. And that's also true at any level of poverty. And it's just more dire and risky, the poorer you are. So, to sort of callously and irresponsibly, in my mind, not try to use the sort of trial-and-error approach and try to do the right thing, and rather than just have 33% of Africans or something producing chickens--they might be a bit better off, they'd probably be better off. What if--that's such a missed opportunity to really change some people's lives? One of the rare instances where I really think aid can have a big impact. It really is an area where we can be super-effective; and I don't say that about a lot of things. And so, it's such a sad, tragic thing not to do this more responsibly.


Russ Roberts: Well, I want to challenge the premise that underlies that, even though I'm sympathetic to it and it sounds great. We had on the program a while back, Adam Cifu, author of a very provocative book, co-author of a book, Ending Medical Reversal, where he shows that so many times a study will be done, a cross-sectional, longitudinal study, a statistical analysis of some device or some dietary change, some relationship in epidemiology, is alarming or effective, whatever it is. And people start doing this technique or avoiding this technique. And then, 15 years later, there's an actual randomized control trial where people are put into two different groups: You're not using statistical techniques to try to hold things constant; you are actually using a real experiment, not a pseudo-experiment. And you find out that the original finding doesn't hold up under the randomized control trial. So, this is why--we can call it the gold standard of experimental science. It's what scientists do: They see if things can be replicated; they try to actually test things directly. It's a really nice thing. And, there's a huge--I don't want to call it a fad--a trend, we'll call it a trend--it could be a fad--in Development Economics to do randomized control trials. Which is what you're talking about: Wouldn't it be great, do 5 or 10 experiments to see what works and what doesn't work? But, the problem it seems to me is that unlike epidemiology or medical things where a trial could actually often illuminate what does and doesn't work, it strikes me that in human societies, that's a lot more difficult. So, an example we've mentioned before on the program is deworming. Deworming, a lot of excitement about it because some experiments had showed it to be very effective in helping children--if you took the worms and parasites out of their system, they could sit in school longer, make more money, etc.--have better lives. But, it's not obvious that it scales. It's not obvious that it worked in other villages. It's not obviously--etc. So, isn't [?] part of the problem here--and is this a reality or am I being too skeptical?--that, the kind of knowledge that you would like to produce with those trials in the early stages of a large-scale rollout of a program--they are not necessarily going to be as reliable as a true scientific experiment would be?

Chris Blattman: Right. Well, yes. So, this is basically right. But the question is--I guess, my argument would be, I guess I think is a pretty basic premise: Through the accumulation of lots and lots of empirical evidence and theoretical thinking and then using that empirical evidence to sort of understand our theory of poverty--why are people poor and what kinds of things make them less poor? The accumulation of lots of evidence from lots of places is how we get a better theory. This is just how it works; and it will be harder than in physics or medicine for exactly the reasons you say. But, there's a big difference here. So, the deworming excitement is coming off of--I don't know if you know this: I worked on this experiment when I was a graduate student. This was like one of my first jobs in development: I ran one of the followup surveys.

Russ Roberts: I did not know that.

Chris Blattman: Yeah. So, I ran the 5-year followup survey. So, I spent a lot of time with these kids who got this deworming medicine. It's a very incestuous group, a small, incestuous group, development economics. So, listen: There was one big trial showing big effects, and it was on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya, which is the birthplace of humanity, and then not coincidentally the birthplace of human parasites. So, an impact of deworming medicine there is going to be not surprisingly quite impactful; and if you go somewhere else, where you are not on the shores of a parasite-filled lake, then maybe it's going to be different. And that doesn't surprise me. And we don't actually have a lot of trials of deworming medicine elsewhere. And, the other ones haven't been very good, or they haven't been very long term, or they haven't measured economic outcomes and educational outcomes. So, we just don't know. Whereas, when it comes to policy, we have dozens and dozens and dozens and dozens and dozens. So, it's not just randomized control trials but all sorts of evidence. A great book is Poor Economics, by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, who sort of pulled together all the descriptive and observational and qualitative, and experimental data. And just a lot of it points to a particular view of poverty--that people have constraints; that from little access to credit and to capital and little access to insurance; and overwhelming evidence that just one of those constraints is relieved, maybe cash, maybe by a chicken, that people leap ahead. That you can make improvements on the margin. And it's not some magic formula. And you can also improve the way financial markets function; and then people get more access to insurance and credit and capital and things. So, it's just a totally different story. And everything I'm saying about both chickens and cash are very consistent with that theory. And now, the randomized trials which I was proposing we do, on large numbers of people and large numbers of countries in different parts of the world, in a way that we could get at what you're saying is sort of getting at the finer details: saying, okay--not knowing if we can make any general statements but, do we see a general pattern across many types of people in many types of places that chickens tend to be lower return than cash? That, people tend to use cash wisely in many places. And then also, very importantly, to figure out what we call the general equilibrium effects. Or the spillover effects. Like, what happens to the whole local economy when you get this giant influx of chickens, or cash? Like it's good? Bad? And it could go either way. We don't really know. So, there's a really different evidence base. And then, the kind of experiment I was proposing, which costs $15 million dollars or some number like that because it's much bigger than anything that's ever been run, is in some sense designed to get around exactly this concern.


Russ Roberts: So, that's a nice defense. In fact, you are kind of channeling your inner Lant Pritchett there. When you talked about the accumulation of knowledge, he made this similar argument, which I found unpersuasive. But, I find it a little more persuasive in your case. He was talking about general economic theory that's small--any one piece of economic research may not be that informative but it eventually creates this great base of knowledge. And I think that's romanticizing what economic research does, somewhat inaccurately. But let's put that to the side--

Chris Blattman: Well, if I could just interrupt--one thing is: I don't think that knowledge is accumulated to a consistent understanding of how something works across lots of different areas. I also study--I mean, I'm a professor of global conflict studies. In principle, I spend most of my time studying violence, as well. And, we don't really have a good understanding of what reduces violence. Like the things have not accumulated to a coherent answer. Or if you take the macro study of aid, and whether aid is good or bad, and what its good or bad affects our economics or politics--we don't have a coherent answer. It's sort of cumulated into a mess. That was my--

Russ Roberts: Yeah, that was my--it's my, it's close to my view.

Chris Blattman: But there's--but, right. But, other things have turned out--sometimes in certain medical research, and in this case, I think [?] our micro-understanding of poverty turns out, 'Oh, this thing seems to work pretty much similar ways'--you know, we're wrong in lots of details I'm sure. But, more than other things I've understood. And this is why I come on podcasts, you're right, about we should act on this and I don't come on and talk about violence. I don't have a coherent message about what we should do to reduce violence. I don't know that we've accumulated a coherent answer. But, in this case the world works in a simple or straightforward-enough way to have enough evidence, or something about, something the situation is just, I think, points us to more confidence than a lot of other areas. And so, great. And the wonderful thing is it can, like, a lot of people who are in a really, really, really terrible place can benefit from that, in a relatively simple way. This is one of the things that aid does well. Like, just logistically, like just get a lot of stuff out there that seems to work on its own.


Russ Roberts: This isn't where I thought we'd end up. But let's stay here for a while, because it's so interesting. You are telling me that the aid literature is indecisive--imperfect. Which I think is true. Many people would disagree with you, by the way. I think some people would say, 'Oh, we know exactly what works.' In fact, Lant Pritchett said so: we know it's property rights and free markets and prices. And, while I'm sympathetic to that, I think it actually is more complicated than that. Other people would say, 'We know what works.' Jeffrey Sachs, on the program, 'We just need to give a lot more money. We need to spend it well.' And he thinks he knows how to spend it well. But you are skeptical. Okay. Fine.

Chris Blattman: Well, you know, but Jeffrey Sachs--if you want to say, like an African nation--how do we help an African nation go from $1500 a head to $3000 a head? That's not necessarily a hard problem. Or, you know, that's a hard problem. But it's a much different problem to say, how does that nation, what could we do as outsiders or what could that government do as insiders to get to $20,--- a head? Some sort of like middle-income status. And then nobody has a good answer to that. So, sometimes they are just talking about different changes. When you are talking about development, they can be talking to different things.

Russ Roberts: That's a great point. Just what I was going to say, actually. So, what I was going to say is that, if you are telling me that at the micro level, we know that it's good to give people more access to financial markets--the ability to borrow--because they are often financially constrained. Or, we know that if we give them things they will be better off--it's not so interesting, really. But it really comes to what I think is the crux of the matter. Which is, the, what I would call, the real essential point that Pritchett was upset about in that previous episode, which is the following. He is claiming that--and I have mixed feelings about this, but I don't care, it doesn't matter; whatever you have to say--he's claiming that the real problem isn't poor people. It's poor countries. These people are in places with bad economies: Bad government, bad economies. And to put a band aid on their economies with a chicken is the wrong thing to be spending time on. We ought to be spending time on [?] we ought to figure out how to liberate their economy, liberate the skills to cooperate together in a market setting--which is how we know, that's [?] how you get to $20,000. When you get to $20,000, you've got to have a vibrant labor market. You've got to have a vibrant skills market. You've got to have people trade and exchange with each other within a country and outside of a country. And, we know all that already. And so that's what we ought to be spending our time on, not whether 5 chickens are going to improve somebody's life. Of course they would. They'd improve mine, too. I'd eat them. I like chicken. My wife, she's a vegetarian, but she'd be happy to see me happy. We know all that. So, what's the--what is the defense of the approach that you are suggesting of these micro-experiments to get people truly out of poverty? We understand--what you're saying is all true. It's not important.

Chris Blattman: So, you know, these things aren't in complete contradiction. So, if you want to make--I think Lant's larger--he's got two big points. Lant--I think I've mentioned to you in the past--Lant is, I mean, Lant was one of my first teachers in Development, and still remains sort of one of my idols in Development. And everything of his I can read, I do read, because I think he's got--you know, he has a really, he says a lot of original things and he has his finger on the pulse of these things. And he's made two points here that I think are true. One is that the Development community at large has tended to focus on sort of this weird, extreme form of poverty rather than just thinking of other people who are vey poor instead of extremely poor. So, there's this artificial threshold of $1, $2 a day that distorts a lot of policy. That's fine; I agree with that; and a lot of things--all the chickens and cash stuff I'm talking about, you can ignore that concern. You could say, 'Well, I think the chickens and cash could help someone who is extremely poor and very poor and just a little bit poor.' All these people have limited access to capital. I think that's what we would, what we are learning from the evidence, what we would learn from my experiment. His bigger point is that there is maybe a misallocation of time and policy in academia: That, a lot of people are just focused on the small stuff; that there are these bright, shiny [?]s that come along; it's very appealing to get an answer that a lot of people--there's all this data and computer technology that lets us do, answer a lot of small questions while [?]--

Russ Roberts: You get an article real quick; you get an article on your CV (Curriculum Vitae).

Chris Blattman: Yeah. And so there's two--with a profession--the world would be a better place if more smart policy-makers and more smart economists and political scientists were spending more sweat and brains and money on big questions about growth in this case[?]. And then, and so--and I think that's probably right. I think we probably do have a slight misallocation--I think you could make a good argument. But that doesn't mean--it doesn't mean--he sort of made a--he sort of exaggerates as some do and say, 'We should only focus on growth. Most people should focus on growth.' And I think that's wrong for two reasons. One is, I think it's wrong big thing to focus on. And we could get to that. But I think more immediately, I think you can't ignore the poverty. Because, what this says--so listen: If I say, 'I'm going to--everyone needs to be focused on growth.' If we just dedicate all this time, even if he's right, and we were able to make future unborn generations better off, because we're spending all this time and money and brains and energy, on growth, the fact is that there's still a lot of horribly-off people today. Now, if you, if you sort of--some people make that tradeoff. They'll say, 'Listen. Better make 20 generations much better off than trade off making them slightly better off just to make these people less poor.' That's just--someone who is, say, a utilitarian who wants to make the most good for the most people, would say we need to sacrifice today's generation and help these future generations. That's the way to maximize the good. But if you have sort of a different moral calculus--that if you think, for example, that we're only as good as, say, the least among us; or that we have a responsibility to help the very, very least among us even if that means we wealthy people or future wealthy people who are not yet born will be substantially worse off--that's also a defensible claim. And I guess I would say I'm willing to make that tradeoff, to some degree. And I think a lot of--I think that's fundamentally why so much policy is dedicated toward alleviating poverty. That, even if we knew how to make future generations off with certainty, it would still make sense to spend a lot of time worrying about poverty today. That's a--not everyone is going to feel that way, but it's a totally justifiable way. And that's how I feel.


Russ Roberts: So, I'm not a utilitarian. But I do think we should improve future generations at the expense of the current one--for a different reason. So, let me lay that out. And you can respond. The people themselves who are alive today would want us to do that, because they love their children and their grandchildren. And if I said to them, 'I'm going to give you a choice. I'm going to give you a bunch of chickens and I'm going to make your suffering less dire,' or, 'You're not going to get any chickens. You're going to lead a miserable life, but your children and grandchildren are going to lead very, very greatly improved, materially improved lives,' I think most, if not all people would jump at the chance. And we see that people do that all the time. They take risks, and they impoverish themselves. They risk death to come to richer countries. So, that would be my argument there. But I think, to me, the real issue is just the severity of the poverty. For people who are, you know, near death, that, yes, we need to do something for those people now. For people who are just having a hard time--if we can, I add that proviso of course, if we know how. And I think people should choose morally to do that. But for people who are just uncomfortable, I think they'd be thrilled to live with that discomfort and have their children thrive.

Chris Blattman: Right. So, I mean, we can debate this. On some level it's a moot point to--yeah, I mean, it's a moot--sort of the defense of my argument--where we should--and I want--I'm, personally in my life, I agree with Lant[?]; I spend too much time on stupid randomized control trials and on poverty alleviation. It's important, but this is not what I think is really important or really where I can, you know, contribute in some way. So, in some sense I'm unbalanced. I fundamentally agree. But still I think this experiment, this grand thing that I pitched to Bill, Bill Gates, is important. And I would even work on it. The last thing I really want to do--it's really miserable to run these--it's really, really hard and miserable. I hate running these things. It's so logistically and managerially intensive. And you don't think. You just sort of make things happen. And I'm okay at that, I'm pretty good at that. But I don't enjoy it. And I would rather spend my time on something else. But I will do it, if I have to. Because nobody else seems to be doing it. I will do it, because we live in a world not where we are making these grand, philosophical choices, but how to orient aid--and we live in a world where the rich countries and poor countries have made the decision that we are going to spend $10 or $100 billion a year giving the very poorest people stuff. And if I can do a little thing, spend, like 10% of my time for 3 years and $15 million dollars, somebody else's money, to sort of say, 'Guess what? You could be twice as effective and really make an impact on people's lives if you just killed this bad idea and did something less bad,'--that's a huge thing. There's a way to just sort of--given the world we live in, on the margin, there's a handful of studies that I think could really reallocate how this giving people stuff is done. And, and that would be a big thing. And I think that's actually what--I think because I look back at the last 10 years and the cash-transfer work that's been done, including my own experiments--and I say, 'That's the impact this had.' Despite the fact that I wasn't working on what I really wanted to work on, it was important to work on and I actually think that had a lot more immediate impact, precisely because we live in a world where there's just buckets of money, pipelines of money going to these places, being spent poorly. And that can be improved, on the margin.

Russ Roberts: Superbly said. I salute that. Beautiful.


Russ Roberts: Has Bill Gates responded?

Chris Blattman: No. And, you know what? Someone pointed out to me--

Russ Roberts: Sound of crickets--

Chris Blattman: Well, I even--I got a chance to--so, someone pointed out to me after I wrote this letter that, 'Do you know that Bill Gates follows your Twitter?' Then it turns out he only follows, like, 300 people; and a number of them are development people, for obvious reasons; and one of them, it turns out, was me. So, I thought--I had no idea. I'm going to direct-message Bill Gates. Maybe he reads his Twitter feed. Like, why else would he only follow it, 2-300 people? So I even direct-messaged him on Twitter--politely, saying, 'With all due respect, this was my [?]; I'd love to have a conversation about this, if you're interested.' And then: Crickets.

Russ Roberts: Well, I don't know that he listens to EconTalk; but this could put him over the edge, if he does. You may be getting--when this comes out, you'll probably get a summons. And I'd be happy to interview Mr. Gates, by the way.

Chris Blattman: I'm a marginalist, right? I think that every little bit matters.

Russ Roberts: Definitely raised the probability. And I want to just say publicly I would love to interview Bill Gates for EconTalk. So, Bill, if you are listening, or if someone who knows you is listening and thinks that would also be a good idea, please get in touch. But it is an interesting question. By the way--this is a sub-point; and you're sort of--I think you have feet in all the various camps: The academic world--there's the academic world; there's the money world--which would be the Gates foundation--and then there's this weird, nether-region of international organizations like the World Bank that has academic people in it, in and out of it--they come and go. So, that whole thing is--they all have their own rules. I'd like to hear you react to the idea that the incentives are what ruin where development economists spend their time. Of course, people have written not-so-nice things about the appeal of traveling to exotic places and having nice meals and Range Rovers to carry you around, and all that. But, talk about the incentives that you experience as an academic, but also as somebody who is in these different worlds, even if you're not--you don't get calls from Bill Gates's cellphone.

Chris Blattman: Mmmhmmm. The incentives to go do these kinds of--

Russ Roberts: Whatever it is. I mean, they are incentives that encourage some people to just do all kinds of things--articles on this or that, spend time in a particular country because the World Bank funds it. And all of the--we do what we like, and we also care, most of us do, about what makes the world a better place. As you point out. And you confessed a minute ago that you wish you'd maybe spent a little less time on some of these things and more on the bigger things. So, just reflect on that.

Chris Blattman: Well, answering the bigger questions would still put me firmly, even more often, in foreign places. Like, right now, I'm really interested in, I happen to be studying a lot of gangs in Latin America and also in Chicago. And, the thing that's holding me back from being more effective is my lack of tie-in to go and spend time in these places. One of the fundamental incentives is that, I think that to answer important questions about other parts of the world, you have to spend a lot of time in other parts of the world. And you also--not just talking to people and collecting data, but also building relationships with other academics who are there or other policymakers. Because it's not an individual production function. So, that's--answering the question requires be there, big or small question, whatever if you are going to do this right. The incentives in the economics profession, for a long time, and to a lesser extent now, were always against young economists and especially graduate students going and spending lots of time in the field. And in some sense, there is still a discouragement to spend a lot of time often in other countries: still spend relatively little time compared to other academic disciplines. And it used to be zero. There's--an interesting set of people to bring on would be people like Michael Kremer, Chris Utry, who are development economists who broke the path in the, maybe the 1980s and 1990s by spending a lot of time in places like Ghana in Chris's case, and Kenya in Michael's case, doing this kind of work, pioneering it. There are others as well. They sort of stand out in my mind. And showing that you could do important work, and making development economics credible again in the profession. And showing--and sending their students to Ghana--like, this is why--why was I in Busia[?], Kenya running this deworming experiment? Because Michael's student, Ted Miguel [?], he sent to run some experiments and collect data. And Ted did his dissertation there; and he started his own studies in Busia[?], Kenya. And then I showed up at Berkeley, and Ted was this young prof, maybe just one or two years in, who became my dissertation adviser. And he sent me to Kenya, my first semester. And then, why did I end up working on violence in northern Uganda? Because the second time I got sent to Kenya, I was sitting in a cafe, and I met a woman--because it takes 20 minutes or 30 minutes for the Hotmail page to load up, which should tell you what year it was. And so I struck up a conversation with a woman next to me who was doing this qualitative study of children affected by conflict and child soldiers in northern Uganda. And then a year later I was landing by plane in northern Uganda to run a survey that looked a lot like what Ted was doing in deworming except I was studying the effects of violence. And that became my dissertation. And it also so happens that we produced several papers and a marriage, and now two children. Because they're more important than the papers.

Russ Roberts: Yeah; of course it is. But the best part about that story is--most unintended consequences are negative. But here we have the positive unintended consequence of a lousy internet access. That you were sitting there for 20 to 30 minutes waiting for your page to load, and you meet your future wife. What a great--

Chris Blattman: Right. But my--then I've sent my students to go work on my project in northern Uganda, and later Liberia; and now, Colombia. And now, they are graduating, they're Ph.Ds., they're getting jobs; and they are doing amazing research; and they are sending their students to these--or wherever they happen to work. And so, this has been this amazing thing that has happened: You talk about the incentives. It's against the grain, against the incentives to go and invest all this time really understanding a place. All the inputs required for all these experiments, or any big study, data--you have to collect your own data in a place like Africa. Most of the time. And so, the incentives are all against that. So, why are people doing it? I think they are really passionate about the questions. And, of course, now there's its own set of esteem[?], and you have your own dysfunctions as a profession; and we're doing a lot of the wrong things; and so on, and so on. But, nonetheless, like, this is still a big, positive change. And I've always said that the most important thing about randomized control trials is not the causal effect that lots of people, we've identified. The effect of like--the important part about the deworming experiment in all this time in Kenya by all these people is not--it's now[?] the fact that Ted Miguel and Michael Kremer could lecture you for hours on Kenyan politics and development in a very sophisticated way that has nothing to do with the causal estimate. Economists now have a much richer understanding of the way world works, how the aid sector works, what the political and social and organizational dysfunctions are from everything from USAID (United States Agency for International Development) to some government in some far corner of the world. There's this rich knowledge that was just not there before that I think is really affecting the way the theories were developing. It's affecting the cognitive teaching; it's affecting the questions we're asking; it's affecting the advice. And I think that's been so much more important than any stupid little causal effect.

Russ Roberts: That's great. And I think Adam Smith would be happy about it. Maybe I'm wrong. I like to think of Adam Smith--maybe I'm romanticizing, which I am prone to--but I do think of him as open to the richer understanding of human activity than our sort of blackboard theories; and obviously was a student of many aspects of human life, not just the financial and monetary side.

Chris Blattman: Right, right.

Russ Roberts: What you are really arguing is that it's good that we've become more like sociology. Which could be true.


Russ Roberts: I would have argued that the reason we shouldn't work on big picture issues and big picture questions is because we don't know much about them. So, I think most people would argue that governance, political institutions are a big problem. I suggested recently that what we should do with that $15 million dollars, say, is pay a leader to leave, and replace him with someone more--of course, obviously, replace him with another dictator is the problem. But if you could change a political system, that would be the way you'd spend your money. We don't know how to do that. And the idea that we should be spending more time understanding that doesn't necessarily follow; the idea that that's the most important thing. If we can't figure out the levers to improve it, it really doesn't matter. So, what are your thoughts on that?

Chris Blattman: I'm more hopeful. I think we don't know a lot about it. I think we also--I think that--I actually teach a class on this, and it turns out Lant Pritchett has just written a book on this as well, with two co-authors. He's focused more on building, on something a bit narrower, which is building state capabilities--which is basically making states more effective. And that includes public sectors and governments. It's actually a free book online, and I think it's actually one of my favorite books I've read this year. So, he didn't talk about that, but--

Russ Roberts: What's it called?

Chris Blattman: I think it's called Building State Capabilities.

Russ Roberts: We'll put a link up to it, for this episode.

Chris Blattman: Exactly. And he even negotiated to be able to get this free online. And I think he has a course, as well, where you can go along this as well. And so, there's both a book and a free course online. And I teach a class. Sometimes I call it "Order and Violence." Sometimes I call it "Political Economy Development." But, it's really about these big questions about saying: You know what? What doesn't--I think Lant would agree with this: Growth is the wrong way to think about this. We don't need more people focused on economic growth. I think we need more people focused on understanding state capabilities, and democratization, and politics in these countries. There's a fair amount already: most other political science--there's a lot of bad research; there's a lot of good research. And I--by spending a lot of the last 10 years reading that research and trying to teach it, and learning it; and when I say I want to reorient what I do, in some ways, I--this is the book I would like to write. Probably I won't write it for 10 years. But one day I will write this book about this kind of political development, if you will. And I think that's fundamentally the problem. And it's hard for me to believe, partly because I've read so much that really has changed the way I think about how the world works; and I think if it could be translated into terms, sort of messages that people could absorb and understand in a less academic way, I think it would be really impactful. So, one, I think we could translate more; two, I think we could do more of it. But it kind of a big--it's a big risk. It's hard to see immediate payoffs. Yet, I guess the reason I think it can't be ignored is, maybe you could put it simply like this: That, China and Brazil and Russia and Vietnam and a whole host of countries that are currently like middle income, or a little poorer or a little richer, are generally growing, you know, at a reasonably quick pace--like, say, I don't know, maybe it's 5% a year. In some years that will be higher; in some years that will be lower. But they are basically on their way to being high-middle, or upper-middle--or even upper-income countries. So, they are growing. And as long as there is no major world cataclysm, then in 20 years, those are going to be basically rich countries. And that's going to be most of the population of the world. And that's probably most countries in the world. But there's a bunch of countries, a couple in, you know, Central and South America, maybe Bolivia, certainly Guatemala, and maybe like a Honduras or Jamaica, and much of sub-Saharan Africa, and some parts of Central Asia that are just not growing at all, or they are growing a little bit but not very fast. Or, they are growing a little bit but there is a lot of inherent political instability and it's hard to imagine that growth lasting for long before there's some tanking[?]. So, it's possible that in 15 or 20 years there will be about 20 or 30 countries in the world that are still enormously poor and unstable, next to what are generally a relatively homogenous group of middle- and high-income countries. And that's going to be a bad situation. It's not--it's a better situation than today, where we've got a lot of poor people. But there's going to be this growing inequality; and these are going to be places of instability. And there's going to be a lot of negative spillovers for the

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White Hart Lane

White Hart Lane is an area within Tottenham, and is also more famous as the home to the football stadium of Tottenham Hotspur. In fact, the stadium pretty much dominates the whole area, as you would expect. But more so, there is also a possibly slightly sinister reason as to why the stadium dominates the whole area. 99% of people who will visit the White Hart Lane area, who do not live there, will do so to visit the stadium. They do so, sadly, because there is not actually that much more to the area than the stadium. And this is for a good reason.

Sometimes on this blog I have touched upon subjects which might not show the area in that positive a manner, and unfortunately this is a case where I have to do it again. Nearly every single shop around Tottenham Hotspurs seems to be derelict. Now, I am not sure why this is. Far be it from me to be speculative, and I certainly do not want to say anything that could be construed as libelous, (especially against a team that can afford to pay people £120,000 a week) but I can't help but feel that this may have been arranged so that it is easier for Tottenham Hotspurs to build their brand-new spanking stadium, which is due to start any year soon. However, this does take quite a lot of the soul out of the White Hart Lane area. Empty shop upon empty shop, especially when you get near the stadium. In fact, apart from Valentino's wine bar which is right next to the stadium, there seem to be barely any shops that are actually operating, let alone shops that are doing well.

White Hart Lane suffers from the exact opposite of the logistical luck South Tottenham has, in that it is the part of Tottenham which is furthest away from central London, and thus people who want easy access into central London want to live there less. It also has no tube station (here we go again....) But it does have a train station, entitled White Hart Lane. However, the location of this train station is pretty weird. It is not on the main high road - instead it is on a tributary road, the road itself being called White Hart Lane. Now, I'm not sure if there is reason for this but it does strike me as bad planning. The few times I had to get off at White Hart Lane, there were 40 or 50 people getting off the train and every single one of them, bar none, (and I do genuinely mean every single one of them) then proceeded to walk the 150 metres/200 metres walk all the way to the Tottenham High Road, specifically to catch a connecting bus. Now, I realise that this isn't exactly akin to birds migrating from Canada to Africa, as it only takes a few mins, but it does seem to be in a pretty inconvenient position with regards to making journeys easier.

And having spoken to quite a few people who live in the area, they have said that they can't help but agree. This does cut down the numbers of people that use the train service, and personally I think it is something that must be looked at, if that is possible. The numbers of bus passengers within the area is hugely popular, and to Transport For London's (TFL) credit, I have noticed a marked improvement on the amount of buses that have been visiting the areas. Whereas many years ago, sometimes buses would pass by as they were too full, it is a very rare occurrence now. This is no doubt aided by the fact that buses that go down the White Hart Lane part of Tottenham high Road also visit areas of London that have no tube stations, such as Edmonton and Enfield.

So, so far, I've talked about the stadium and transport links. So this is the bit where I start revealing all of the fantastic pubs, art galleries and cultural magnets within the area, right? Well, no. White Hart Lane does not have any of this. Lots of residential properties, quite a few budget shops, and lots of empty shops, and the stadium. That is it, there is no more. It is also Tottenham's cheapest part, which considering Tottenham is the cheapest part of London, says a lot. In fact, even in 2013, you can buy a studio flat within the area for under £110,000.

Now, this is London, and 2013. And you can get a flat for £110,000!! For the uninitiated, this is obscenely cheap. In fact, so cheap as to even raise a suspicious eyebrow, in a "too good to be true" manner. But no, those are the prices, because the area is unfortunately one of the less appealing areas of Tottenham. At the moment. I say "At the moment" because Tottenham Hotspurs are keen to catch up with the north London rivals Arsenal and build their own 58,000 seater capacity stadium. Of course, we will not know until it is built, but there is a real chance that the area will improve in popularity significantly when this is finished, meaning that the fortune of the area is inextricably linked to the success of the football team. For example, if Tottenham were to become the new Barcelona of football (would that mean that Tottenham High Road would become the new La Ramblas?) then the area would no doubt improve massively, both in prestige and also in the quality of life for the residents. On the flip side of this, if Tottenham were to suffer a relegation, and were to become the next Watford, (ie, a team, that is stuck outside the Premierships elite) then it is likely that the area would take a massive downturn as well, especially if it meant that the proposed new stadium was delayed. If you are a local resident, even if you are an Arsenal fan, you should be cheering on the Spurs! (OK, probably not if you are an Arsenal fan.....)

Obviously, the football team is central to the community, but I can't help but feel that many of the other shops within the area have been driven out in order to make way for the shops to be empty so that when Tottenham want to build their new football stadium, there will be no issues with driving local businesses out at the time, and therefore there will be no compulsory purchase orders that will need to be paid. For this reason I would go so far as to say that I think Tottenham Hotspurs are not actually adding to the local area in the same way that Arsenal are. For example, when Arsenal moved out of their old Highbury Stadium, they made sure that the stadium was renovated into nice apartments, the pitch was preserved, the art Deco facade of the building was preserved, and the pitch was turned into a very scenic garden. Substantial amount of student and affordable commendation flats were built within the area that actually provide something for the community, i.e. affordable housing, and community projects were prioritised. However, at present, with Tottenham Hotspurs, I cannot see anything that they have added to the area whatsoever, at least in terms of infrastructure and investment. There is a strip of land just of the north of the stadium where, conveniently, Tottenham plan to build a new stadium. This land has been sitting empty for many years . Are Tottenham Hotspurs keeping this land empty so that they can one day eventually use it? Just like the person who leaves his jacket on the seat in the pub, depriving anyone else a seat for a Saturday night in a packed pub, and then proceeds to come back three hours and complain that somebody has moved it and sat down, I can't help but feel that this sort of behaviour is quite selfish.

Could they not have leased the land out to the local community project in the meantime for very cheap or even for free? That way at least the community will have been able to benefit from the land in the intervening years, before the club decided to get its act together and build their new stadium. And on another note, it is quite surprising how it has taken so long to get this stadium off the ground. I would have thought that any football club within the London area would have quite a demand for sports, simply because London has so many residents who need to be entertained of a weekend. Let alone for a team that, for the first time in 25 years, is actually seen as a realistic threat to their north London rivals, as well as also being a team which, barring a catastrophic end of year collapse (which to be fair has happened a few times over the years) are pretty much guaranteed to have Champions League Football next season. Of course there will no doubt be reasons behind the scenes, but I suspect that if Tottenham Hotspur had built this stadium a few years ago, they could already have been reaping the benefits of doing so. And more importantly, the local residents could have been benefiting from brand-new infrastructure that would no doubt be put in place to help service the new stadium. The stadium is meant to be a big part of the area. As far as I can see, it IS the area. 


One of the other reasons why there are so few notes of interests in this part of Tottenham if any note was because of the massive abundance of industrial areas centered around Brentwood Road. And this is not to say this in a negative manner. I mean, my business is based on industrial estates, and industrial estates have moved on massively from the ones that characterised the Victorian era, with smoke billowing out, and men with sooty faces heading out to the pub at 5:15 PM, only to return to their wives, to impregnate them at gone midnight with a few shillings left over from there days wage. Now they are massive contributors to society, not only in Tottenham, but to London as a whole. Many companies have moved into Tottenham, no doubt to benefit from the vastly reduced land prices within the area, meaning that they can keep their profit margin suitably protected. Industrial estates provide a lot of employment within the area, and to this end they are very good. If you ever walked down Brentwood Road (and to be fair, there really isn't that much reason to...) then you will see car yards, cash-and-carry's, (particularly Chinese cash-and-carry's), and manufacturing factories as far as the eye can see. There seem to be quite a few scrapyards based around this area, as well as shops that are both foreign owned and aimed at a specific foreign clientele (i.e. Polish/Lithuanian shops etc). So pretty boring, in one way, but then this is where Tottenham has a small gem.

As I mentioned, there seem to be quite a few Chinese food distribution centres that are based here. In fact, if you were to look at quite a few packets of some of the popular brand Chinese foods that are in sale in many mainstream supermarkets, many of them seem to have their distribution centre based in the White Hart Lane area of Tottenham. So you may think, "Well, to be fair, I don't really eat Chinese food that much that I need to go to a distribution centre..." Well, there are other benefits to it. Many of the Chinese takeaways in the area are of a much higher quality than you would ever expect. Best of all, they are significantly cheaper than Chinese takeaways in any other areas. It's quite logical really, as they are only based about half a mile or so away from the distribution centre, meaning they can buy their stock in quantities that are much smaller, at the same price, instead of going to the distribution centre once a month and getting a massive order. Instead, they can go, for example, 15 times a month and get lots of smaller orders. So they still spend enough money to benefit from the cheaper prices that the cash-and-carry can offer, but it also means that they have less transport costs, as well as having less overheads as they are in one of the cheapest areas in London, and the food they have is fresher. If you are a vegetarian especially, the quality of Tofu/bean curd is way beyond anything you would get anywhere other than Chinatown. For example, there is a Chinese takeaway called PeSing (" stop laughing at the back please......") that, the last time I went there in approximately 2010, were still being able to serve people for £3.95 for a Chicken in Black Bean Sauce and Egg Fried Rice. The portion was plenty big enough to feed a person with even the most hearty appetite, and it was,(speaking as somebody who has tried about 50 different Chinese takeaways across the whole capital), to this day one of the best Chinese takeaways I have had. I wouldn't recommend you go to the area just to use it, but if you did find yourself in the area then you would be silly not to.Some of the other shops sell some amazing food that you will not find elsewhere, especially the Eastern European shops. 

So what I would say to Tottenham Hotspur is that the new stadium is desperately needed in order to revitalise the area. The fact that they even entertained the thought of leaving the borough and instead going to Stratford to use the Olympic stadium - Well, that lost me a lot of respect for them. I hope that they finalise and complete the project as soon as they possibly can, because it is desperately needed. It is also worth nothing, unfortunately, that the crime statistics show that the area has a higher rate of crime than other areas within Tottenham, especially late at night, although this has improved over recent years, but it is still worth mentioning.   But as opposed to this blog post being about how other parts of the area of Tottenham are so much better, instead it should be about how much fantastic potential this area has.   Mark my words, if they decided to build a proper tube line, or a train line run by the government here, the place would shoot up in popularity, which would likely bring with it a similar boost to the area in terms of investment, regeneration and property values.   Maybe now is the time to pub some smart money into the area.  After all, it is not as if the prices can fall any lower, surely..........?

The Best Parts:
Cheap properties
If you're a football fan...
Chinese Takeaways

Room For Improvement 
Transport links
More things to do in the area

          4 - South Tottenham        

South Tottenham

South Tottenham, is located, as you would imagine, at the very south of Tottenham, and it borders the predominantly Jewish-based community of Stamford Hill. Of all the areas that Tottenham as a whole borders, Stamford Hill is the area which many would see as being the most affluent, and therefore this is what has caused the knock-on effect to South Tottenham, in that it boasts much of the most expensive properties within the area. I have seen property's go for £500,000 for a three-bedroom, which is simply unheard of in other parts of Tottenham. For example, in Northumberland Park you might be paying £250,000 for a property with a similar specification. Much of this may just be down to basic logistics of the area: to get to London Central from Tottenham, you had to head south, and therefore Tottenham South is the part that is nearest central London. However, it is more than that. Much of South Tottenham borders the River Lea, and having been somebody who has walked down by the river quite regularly since 2005 to 2012, I have noticed a marked improvement in many of the developments that have sprung up around the River Lea. Many of them actually look very nice, for example, Watermint Quay

Despite being a relatively new housing development, I actually think it looks extremely nice, and would not look out of place in Chiswick or even parts of Richmond. I used to traverse the River Lee ticket from my home in Tottenham to Hackney Marshes to play Sunday league football, and I will never forget the first day I walked down there and, to my amusement and surprise, I came across a rowing club? A rowing club?!?!?! in Tottenham?!?!?! It would appear so.

And it actually looks pretty damn nice as well!! (I actually got my phone out and called my partner to say "You'll never guess what I've just seen?") On a Sunday morning, there were groups of well-to-do teenagers, putting themselves through their rowing paces. None of them seem to be nursing hangovers, and they all seemed to have a surprising amount of enthusiasm, considering it was 8:30am. It was almost like they were their of their own free will! Behind them, a rugby game was commencing, while a crowd of about 80 people looked on. I walked down, and came across a lovely little cafe, which was joined onto the rowing club. Just past that, was a lovely little picturesque bridge.

And then we come to the actual Marina itself, which is surprisingly nice. In fact, for any bands that are based in the area, they even seem to put on gigs there. Although I am not 100% certain where the gigs are, I have seen a couple of bands posting links to gigs on Twitter that they have at Springfield Marina, N15.. It would be a fantastic place to play a gig, although to be fair, it is quite far away from public transport. There are even some Tennis Courts right next to it, which are in pretty fantastic shape; they seem to be maintained very well, in that they have been laid recently, and there never seems to be any rubbish or litter there, and the nets are also well maintained. In approximately 2009, my ex-partner and I decided to pop down there for a game of tennis. Having popped to the nearest Argos to buy rackets, located right next to Tottenham Hale station, we made the approximately 25 minutes walk down to the tennis courts located in Springfield Park. We saw a sign up on the wall saying that it was £5.20 for one hour, so we stayed for 90 minutes, and then headed off to see where we could pay our fee.

However, it was only then that we realise that everybody seemed to be playing their tennis, and heading off in different directions, with seemingly none of them heading towards any sort of building which looked like an official Council building to pay. We walked for approximately 10 minutes in Springfield Park before we finally came to a lovely little cafe area, and it was in there that we realised that was where the council offices were. We walked in and asked if we could pay, and the gentleman who worked for the council there said,

"Pay for what?"
"The tennis?"
"Oh, God, right, yeah, I'm not actually sure who you pay for that....."

10 minutes later, and we still could not find somebody to accept the money. Eventually, the gentleman just suggested to us, "look, I wouldn't worry about it to be fair..." So, it would seem, there seem to be free tennis courts located approximately 25 minutes south of Tottenham Hale Station!! We ended up going back approximately 12 to 15 times and never once did we see anybody pay, and it was a fantastic facility within the area. It gave us something to do and also kept us very healthy.

Here is where we get to know one of the greatest paradoxes about Tottenham. Once again, the best and the worst seem to sit side-by-side, as Springfield Park is a mere five-minute walk away, if that, to the notorious Murder Mile in Clapton. Now, this blog is for me to inform you about certain parts of the area, but the fact that it is called the Murder Mile, I don't think it needs to much embellishment..... (I'm going to bow out of this one gracefully...)

South Tottenham also has a massive added benefit of recently being added to the Overground Train Network. I have been actually quite taken with the Overground Train service, and it used to go past my flat in Bream Close, when I lived there. Having said that, it barely went by at all. That was because the train seemed to be once every 30 minutes, but I would swear that there were whole hours that went by without a train going by. And also the train seemed to stop at roughly 10pm. Not officially, mind, it's just that I never saw them - they seemed to be cancelled a lot. This was when it was called the Silverlink, or the North London line. However, recently, the London Underground has totally revamped, spruced up and relaunched this line under the London overground name. And how is it? Well, it's great actually!!! The trains arrive every 15 minutes, and what's better, they do actually arrive every 15 minutes!! No hour long wait for South Tottenham residents of 2013. South Tottenham residents of 2008 may have had to wait for one hour for their train, but no more! It has fantastic commuter links to Gospel Oak, which is great for exploring Hampstead Heath.... Yes, you see, if you live within a few minutes of South Tottenham station, then technically you could be 20 minutes away from Hampstead Heath. The train takes 13 mins. (13 mins!!!) The very same Hampstead Heath that sells two-bedroom properties for £1.5 million. You're also a very short distance away from areas such as Wanstead to the east (which if you ever had a bit of spare time on your hands, I would recommend walking across Wanstead Flats towards Wanstead Park, as it is one of the most underrated parts of London). Some of our Studio staff have also said that they have gone to gigs at the Barfly where they have changed at Gospel Oak and gone to either Camden Road or Kentish Town West, and managed the journey from door to door in 30 mins or less. I have gone from South Tottenham over to Crouch End station many times, and I have even made the barely five-minute journey across to Green Lanes to sample some of the fantastic Turkish Shops that are over there. It is very hard to underestimate just how important the new station has been for the area. If before the transport regeneration, South Tottenham was a 6/10, this redevelopment of the train station has definitely turned it into a 8/10.
Having said that, I do think that the area is slightly overpriced. I guess if you have the money, and had reason to stay in the area, then it would be worth it, but for me personally, it is an area that is much more expensive than the rest of Tottenham and is only a bit better than the average. Maybe I'm being unfair: I mean, as I have said it is a fantastic part of Tottenham and it has so many things that the rest of Tottenham does not offer. So if you were looking for somewhere to rent, and if you maybe didn't mind paying a little bit more money, then by all means go for it. You are barely a five-minute journey away from Stoke Newington, which is a great vibrant area full of live music, restaurants and artistic folk, and only about 15 minutes away, at the most, from Dalston, which seems to be the new hotspot of the world, and seems to attract hipsters like Rappers attract Gold. I would say, though, that in consistency with the rest of Tottenham, it does seem to lack a range of pubs. (Maybe I should have written a blog called Tottenham: A Tale of Closed Pubs....) I think that is the one thing that brings the area down the most. However, if I had to live in South Tottenham, whilst in 2005 I may have not jumped at the idea, now I would certainly be happy to do so, as the area has improved that much. In fact at the time of writing in February 2013 there seems to be a new Sainsbury's opening literally just down the road, and they seem to be clued up on which areas are up-and-coming. Who knows, maybe in a few years this will be the new Dalston?

One final note, few citizens of South Tottenham realise that there was actually originally an extra station that was planned in South Tottenham, which was at the location of St Anns, and is now a convenience shop. It used to be between South Tottenham and Haringey Green Lane station, and it would be more than possible to reopen it, and even possibly connect it to the Victoria line because the Victoria line runs underneath it. People who have been reading these blogs will know that I seem to be going on about opening new tube stations all over Tottenham (in fact, I will not rest until the day I am on a tube train and hear "the next stop is - "Bally Studios Personal Station" - alight here for copious amounts of tea.....") but my only point is that if the tracks are already laid there, then it would actually make good economic sense to open them, even if they were only operated on peak hours like Turnham Green.

Best bits
Rowing Club
Springfield Marina
Springfield Park, especially the tennis courts
New Overground station

Room for improvement
High Prices (although to be fair, if they keep their value,then it is not too bad)
Lack of bars (again.........)

          Happy 150th Birthday to the London Underground!        
Happy 150th Birthday to the London Underground!!

Today sees the London Underground celebrate it's 150th birthday, and looking down my Facebook timeline, it seems that a lot of the people that I have befriended over the last few years share my love of, in my opinion, one the world's greatest engineering feats: one of the most groundbreaking projects ever undertaken, and also one of the most endearing and evocative parts of one of the biggest and greatest cities in the world. It has almost become a cliche, that the London Underground, much like the Thames was in the 17th and 18th century, is the lifeblood of London. In fact, I think that this would be doing it a disservice. I believe it is not only the lifeblood, but also the city's beating heart.
It was the Tube that opened up possibilities in life to me, and allowed me to discover London over the last 15 years. My business relies on the tube, and on days when there is a tube strike or maintenance on the Victoria line, my business is routinely 40% down in takings and 85% down in profits. Days like this, whilst a major source of annoyance and an economic irritation, simply serve to show exactly how reliant we are on the London Underground. A few weeks ago, on Boxing Day, Arsenal had to cancel their home game against West Ham when the London Underground staff went on strike, and the network ground to a halt. When the London Underground stops, even multi-billion pound sport stops. One of the greatest testament to it's success is how much businesses routinely base their operating hours around its limitations.

The London Underground also acts as a marker in the sand for its era. Compare the intricate and ornate curved brickwork at Baker Street, with its intimate low ceilings and narrow walkways that were as much loved in 1863, when they were built, as they are now, and you are taken to an era when the train was the most glamorous of all forms of transport. To arrive in central London on the steam train was to arrive in style, and the station's beauty reflected this. Whilst the route from the train to the station's exit may have involved more stairs than necessary, the blow was softened by the gorgeous architecture and European style arches. Compare this to the modern logistical cathedral-of-bareness that is Canary Wharf tube station. Only 9 stops along on the same Jubilee line, but a world away in style and practicality. Here, minimalist, wide open expanses and multiple escalators take precedent over ornate and intricate architectural flourishes. In 1999, when the station was built, the need for quick transport, getting from A to B in the shortest amount of time and the prevention of overcrowding was infinitely more important then any reason to linger at the tube station. Times change, and with it too, so do our needs, and the tube stations that we build reflect this. In this way, our tube stations say more about London society then most of us realise. 

Much of our love for the London Underground stems from the fact we recognise its imperfections and plan our journeys around them. You only have to take the interchange at Green Park, and how many people avoid it like the plague, to understand this. But when you compare it to other cities transport hubs, it has a rare balance of style, substance, romance and practicalness that to me is unsurpassed. It also has some of the best names of transport hubs in the world. “Elephant and Castle” “Swiss Cottage” “Maida Vale” and “Picadilly Circus” trip off the tongue beautifully.

Much of London's definition comes from its tube stations. Tell a friend that you will meet them at Tottenham Court Road at 8 p.m. tonight, and it will go without saying that you mean the tube station, as opposed to the road. Even though the letters that came through the post box at home when I was growing up had Kingsbury written within the address, we had always considered that we had lived in Colindale, simply because the station was only a 10 min walk away from our front door, as opposed to Kingsbury's 15 min walk. This is illustrative of how whole swathes of London are defined by the London Underground system. Speak to someone in Pentonville, and more often than not they will tell you that they live in Angel or Caledonian Road. If someone says they live in Brent Cross, Marble Arch or St Paul's, you will think of the tube stations, as opposed to a shopping centre, the monument or a cathedral. Many parts of London are defined by the fact that they are not on the tube network. I once met an American woman, when I was about 19 years old, who had lived in London for approximately one year while studying. When she asked where I was going out that night, and when I replied "Cricklewood", she said "why don't you go out in London instead?" Upon telling her Cricklewood was in London, she said "Really? What line is it on?" Informing her that Cricklewood was one of the few places in London that was not on the tube network, she excitedly said "Oh wow, can I come along, I would like to see what that area is like!" Muswell Hill and Primrose Hill will usually have "the village-y feel" that many other parts of London do not have as a direct result of them not having a tube station. To not be on the tube system, is to be cut off from other parts of London, for good or for bad. 

I did not actually ever go on the London Underground until I was 15 years old, which considering that that was in 1998, looking back was quite surprising. Even though I lived in north-west London, I never really had a need to. I lived walking distance away from my school, and if any visits were paid to relatives who lived in London, then my father would drive. However, my love of London grew tenfold upon discovering the endless possibilities that life would throw my way, facilitated entirely by the London Underground. When I was looking for a property recently, South London was discounted, upon the fact that there was no tube stations there. Of course, the train networks run regularly. But it is just not the same. The beauty of the London Underground system is exactly how integrated into our life it is. There is no need to plan in advance, since the trains are so regular, and it seems to bend its services around your life. Remember this the next time you are downing the last half of your pint in one gulp in order to catch the 9:11pm from Herne Hill to Victoria Station, to avoid a 30 min wait for the next train. And this goes without saying for most Londoners. If you grew up in London, then much of your life is based around its arteries. When I was 16, one of my cousins from Ireland came over to London. Having spent his entire life on the farm, we decided to take him on the tube into central London. Upon walking down the steps into the station, he excitedly said to us "Wow, would you look at that, just as we are coming into the station, the train is coming along the tracks - what are the chances of that!!" It was only when we told him that the trains usually come every 3 mins, so in fact the chance of there being the train waiting for us when we got down to the station was approximately 1 in 6 that he said "but surely they cannot be that many people that you need 20 trains an hour?". When we got on, at Colindale, onto an empty train, his theory seem to be proved right. However, it was only when he was gasping for air at Euston, a few stops away from our final destination of Tottenham Court Road, that he understood exactly how much of the demand that the London Underground has created.

I still remember my 1st time going on the London Underground. I had an appointment at the Eastman Orthodontics Hospital in King's Cross, and I was as nervous about going on a train as I was as going to the dentists. For some reason I had always assumed that it would take a couple of hours to get into central London. Being a huge fan of the Britpop bands of the era, Blur, Oasis etc I had read in numerous magazines about Camden Town being the epicentre of everything that was great and, more importantly, cool, about music. However it was only when I was pulling into Golders Green that it suddenly dawned on me - Camden Town was only 7 stops away from Colindale. The night before I have calculated that it would take about 90 min to complete the journey. But here I was, 3 stops in and only 8 mins into my journey, and by my calculations that would mean that Camden Town would only be approximately 17-20 mins from Colindale. Now, I had barely met anyone in Colindale who had even heard of Blur and Oasis outside of a few close school friends,(bearing in mind these were the 2 biggest bands within this scene that dominated my life) and I put this down to the fact that Colindale was one part of the world, and Camden Town was, geographically as well as culturally, a world away. As I was approaching Chalk Farm, sense prevailed. There are probably 2 different Camden Town's!! There was this Camden Town, which I was approaching, which was probably the Camden Town that looks much like Colindale, with a Londis shop being something that someone would go out of their way to visit, and not a semblance of a guitar or record shop in sight; and then there was the other Camden Town, the one that was the Mecca for my greatest love. That was it! That can be the only explanation. 

However, upon pulling into Camden town station, I instantly sensed that this might actually be THE Camden Town. A man and woman, maybe in their early 30s, and with matching brightly coloured Mohican hair stepped onto the tube, craning their necks to duck down so that their hair would not get caught on the door. The man was wearing a Sex Pistols T-shirt, and had a bolt through his nose. The woman was wearing a Ramones T-shirt, and had approximately 10 to 15 safety pins in each ear. There is no way that either of them would have been seen dead in Colindale. But here I was, 20 min away, and a world away, thanks to the Tube. That day, after going to the orthodontist, I decided to take a trip down to Central London. It is no underestimation to say that finding out that I lived within 40 min, door-to-door, of a road in central London that had approximately 10 guitar shops within 30 seconds walking distance was one of the most exciting moments of my life.

On 7th July, 2005, I, like most Londoners, was horrified by the terrorist attacks that took place on the London Underground system. The fact that the London Underground was chosen was, in some sort of sick way, a testament to the regard that even terrorists would hold the London Underground in. Nothing can be more iconic, be held as close to people's hearts and to strike fear into the entire spectrum of London's residents, then to choose it's beloved transport system as the target of an attack. At the time I was just setting up my recording and rehearsal studio complex, Bally Studios, in Tottenham Hale. My blood ran cold when I remembered a phone conversation I have had a few weeks earlier.

"Mr Mulvihill, we are going to need you to come down to the Moorgate office of the Princes trust on 7th July, at 9 a.m., to go through the meeting with the mentors, to help with any questions that you have. Is that okay?"

"7th July? Is that the soonest that you can do?"

"Well, we have either 7th July or 14th July, so if you want to get it out the way as soon as possible then I would recommend the 7th July"

"Someone I was speaking to said that you also had 30th June, the week before, can I not come down then? I am desperate to start the business as soon as possible "

"No, I am afraid not, as all the places for that day have been taken. I can always let you know though if anyone cancels? Is July 7th good for you then?"

"Yeah, go on then, I will see then!" With that I put the phone down, and it was 10 mins later I received a phone call, from the Princes trust, informing me that somebody had cancelled their session on 30th June, and would I like to take it from them? I gratefully accepted the unexpected vacancy, and was glad to have sped up the process by a week. However, maybe as a result of only discovering the London Underground later in life, I took the train from Tottenham Hale to Liverpool Street, and from there instead of going west to Moorgate, I accidentally went east to Aldgate. Checking back over my ticket a few days later showed that I had got the train from Liverpool Street to Aldgate at 8:48am, and the revelation in the news that one of the bombs have gone off between Liverpool Street and Aldgate at 8:50am terrified me. It terrified me for a few hours, but then afterwards I just got on with it, much like the rest of London. Bearing in mind that when the London Underground was being built in the 1860s and when machines that dug the hard clay earth away to allow the tracks to be laid broke down, workmen simply ran to a nearby shop and grabbed metal buckets and used these to scrape away the soil instead; it shows how the network's history is book-ended by a make do and try-to-make-the-best-of-the-situation attitude.

However, even this did not stop me travelling on the Underground, and I can honestly say that in the many years since those events, the thoughts of anything else similar happening have rarely crossed my mind, if ever. The London Underground is tough, and resilient. It has survived through 2 world wars, acts of terrorism, economic crisis and come out stronger than ever. The service is better than it has ever been and passenger numbers are officially at all-time highs. It's only weaknesses seem to stem from its unprecedented success. While transport for London have the headache of trying to accommodate Crossrail, and redevelop Tottenham Court Road station, both of which are universally seen as essential to solve the problems of overcrowding, we must never forget that the only reason that these problems have come up in the first place is because of the unprecedented success of the London Underground. Not even the most insanely optimistic person could have imagined in 1900, when Tottenham Court Road station opened to the public, that just over 100 years later, nearly 40,000,000 people per year would be using the station, and this was a number also reflected that many people go out of their way to avoid the station due to it is overcrowded nature. Tottenham Court Road is a shining example of exactly how the very point that people make to supposedly show the weakness of the system, in fact only backs up its unrivalled success. Where else in life can a service be labelled a failure because too many people want to use it?

There is no doubt though that in order to satisfy the demand that has arisen for the London Underground that expansion work needs to take place. Much as the London Olympics was deemed a massive success, helped in no small part by the staggering number of people who relied on the system, in order for the city to grow, so too must the network. The fact that successive governments have supported each other proves that even politicians, who are known to want to prevent throwing good money after bad, can agree on its virtues. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, we as Londoners have a lot to thank it for. And though we might grumble about the price, complain about its lack of 24 hour use, and bemoan the overcrowded trains we so often squeeze onto, the fact that today we are investing billions of pounds into continuing and expanding the fine work that was started 150 years ago, with trains that are better than they ever were, and passenger numbers that are consistently growing, simply proves how right they got it, by starting the network, back in 9th January 1963.

          Full Time Shift Assistant - Amazon Logistics - South San Francisco, CA        
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           Performance measurement in humanitarian logistics: a stakeholder approach         
Schiffling, Sarah and Piecyk, Maja (2013) Performance measurement in humanitarian logistics: a stakeholder approach. In: Nordic Logistics Research Network Conference, 3 - 5 June 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden.
          Group Head, Internal Control & Audit at Pure Gold Logistics Synergy Limited (PGLogS)        

Pure Gold Logistics Synergy Limited (PGLogS) – Our client, a multi-faceted industrial firm, is searching for aspiring professionals to fill up this interesting, but challenging, with an enviable culture of supporting career excellence. They are recruiting to fill the position below: Job Title: Group Head, Internal Control & Audit Job Ref: SEV 07/2017Location: Lagos Required […]

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          Head, Audit & Inspection/Financial & Transactional Controls at Pure Gold Logistics Synergy Limited (PGLogS)        

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          How to Choose a Destination for Your Incentive Travel Program        
If you have decided to institute an incentive travel program to boost employee motivation in the area of sales, customer service, quality or something else, you may now be focused on the logistical planning of your program. With most corporate travel Toronto programs, you must set up the trip before you can offer it to your employees. After all, employee motivation may be minimal if they are enticed with a trip to a non-disclosed location. When they know exactly what they are working for and when they can envision themselves enjoying the trip, they will be more driven to achieve their goals. However, the destination you choose will need to be appealing to your employees as well as cost-effective for your budgeting purposes. With this in mind, you may be wondering how to choose the best destination for your corporate travel program.
          Please advise the Singularity Institute with your domain-specific expertise!        
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          Abandoning foreign policy now means Pax Rus - is it what you wanted?        
Whether it be left-wing activists of the so-called "peace" movement or libertarians who think that foreign policy should mean immediate withdrawal from the world, the recent events in Syria have demonstrated that when the USA, and with it the Western world, decides to withdraw from being involved in other countries, that others will fill the vacuum.

So it is that President Obama, who ridiculed Mick Romney's claim that Russia was a rising threat, has left the opponents of the Marxist/militarist hereditary dictatorship of Bashar Assad wide open to being attacked, by the air, by Vladimir Putin's unashamedly expansionist military.  

Dad and son, and their personality cult
Had Obama been true to the neutrality that the Nobel Peace Prize Committee had presumably rewarded him for "ex.ante", he would have said that there is no Western interest in what happens to Syria.  For indeed, his pitiful actions (a few airstrikes against Islamic State) have demonstrated not much above it.  In fact, I would have respected, if disagreed, with a position that replicates that of the nihilist libertarian isolationists who want the USA to withdraw from the world, and let Islamism grow, tyrants take over its friends and do nothing, until the first missile, bomber or terrorist controlled airliner strikes US soil (actually scrub that, for when the latter happens, even they think the response is NOT to attack those who harboured them).

If the so-called "land of the free" wants to withdraw from the world, then those of us who bear the consequences of that withdrawal better be prepared for the cost of this, but let's not pretend that the USA gives a damn about other peoples wanting to be lands of the free or escape tyranny.  That's their battle, and if others want to join in their oppression, don't pretend that it matters.

So to Syria.

Syria has been run by a brutal authoritarian dictatorship under the Ba'ath Party, under the Assad family since 1970.  It holds Soviet style "elections".  All press and media are firmly under the grip of the Party (or monitored by it for compliance), and any dissent is punished with imprisonment, and sometimes torture or summary execution.   The four secret police units have untrammelled authority to enter any property and detain anyone indefinitely, and use torture as necessary to frighten those said to be opponents or extract information from them.

The best that can be said is that Saddam Hussein was more brutal and erratic, but Bashar Assad and his psychopathic father Hafez, have run Syria under their jackboot for 45 years (although it is cold comfort that Bashar's elder brother, Basil, died in an accident before his father died.  Basil was as notorious as Uday Hussein).  The best that can be said is that, yes it is nominally secular, as religious minorities face no more oppression than anyone else, partly because the Assads are of the Alawite sect.  Alawites have done very well from the Assad dictatorship, other Syrians do well according to who they know and how well the pander to the regime.  By the way, the Assads were firm allies of the USSR in the Cold War, and so it continues under Russia.  Indeed, Syria is the only country outside Russia (notwithstanding the annexation of Crimea) to still have a Russian naval base.  

So Putin has decided to defend his friend.  His first victory was getting the US to accept Russian monitoring of Assad's dismantling of his chemical weapons arsenal, which is very much a farce.  Assad has been undertaking crude chemical attacks on rebel areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army and other non-Islamic State insurgents (some of which are Islamist, some who are not).  Assad has killed tens of thousands of civilians in rebel held areas by air attacks, including chemical attacks.  This has helped Islamic State recruit fighters, as young men whose families are killed by the Assad regime are easily seduced by the most well armed and funded opponents of the regime.

Remember Obama's red line?  That it was "unacceptable" for anyone to use chemical weapons to attack civilians?  Well it didn't exist.  The dated chemical weapons were withdrawn, but by no means have the stocks been destroyed.  Dictatorships have a funny way of not caring about rules set by someone else that are backed up by no force at all.

Meanwhile, the US (and the UK and others) have provided low level logistical and material support (if not military) to non-Islamist opponents to the Assad regime.  It is those opponents to Assad that Vladimir Putin is now directing over 95% of his airstrikes.  

Putin asserts his airstrikes are "legal" because they are authorised by the Assad regime, which strictly speaking in UN terms, is the "legitimate recognised government" of Syria.   This is correct in the same way that Kim Jong Un leads the "legitimate recognised government" of the DPRK, Idi Amin did the same for Uganda and Pol Pot for Cambodia.  It is the formal legitimacy asserted by tyrants.

Assad wants to put himself in the position of being the only opponent to Islamic State, so has Putin's help in wiping out the moderate opposition.  The allies of the West, and perhaps only hope of moving Syria to the sort of pluralism that is nascent in Lebanon, are now being systematically wiped out by Russia - and all the US does is express regrets and concern.   What surprise is there if opponents of Assad in Syria think that the only way is Islamic State?   For all of the talk about rights and freedom the truth is that the Obama Administration will do absolutely f-all to protect those that might offer a way with much less tyranny, let alone have a foreign policy with objectives.

So it is Pax Rus.

Assuming Obama continues along this line, Syria will become a binary game. The chemical weapon using tyrant Assad, and the stoneage expansionist eliminationists of Islamic State.  The US may think it doesn't pay any real price for letting Syria burn, but Europe is paying a price, as Syrians flee and as it is on the doorstep for Islamists willing to take on the West.  

Putin wants to be taken seriously internationally, and once the non-IS opposition is effectively wiped out, he can turn on Islamic State and be a hero.  Russia wont think twice about civilian casualties, it wont face domestic protests on any great scale against war, and of course the far-left "peace" movement in the West wont bat an eyelid, as it almost never protests military action by any regime other than a Western one, including Israel.

What could be different?

Well the US and its allies could start by accepting the invitation of the Iraqi government to use all means necessary to wipe out Islamic State from Iraq itself, to protect the Kurds, to help ensure Sunni Iraqis are protected and discouraged from joining Islamic State.  At the very least, the West owes Iraq protection from invasion.

However, for Syria it needs to have some clear objectives.  It could  have imposed a No-Fly Zone over Syria to stop the Assad regime from using chemical weapons and dropping barrel bombs, but that is impossible now.  What it should do is arm and protect the non-Islamist opposition and provide it with air support and make it clear to Russia that it is with it, in attacking Islamic State, but will not tolerate air strikes on areas governed by the Kurds or the Free Syrian Army.  It should take all steps necessary to wipe out Islamic State, which has eliminationist objectives towards the West, and following that establish a peace process to transition Syria away from rule by the Assad regime.

The problem is that this requires taking on Russia.  Obama (and Bush before him) refused to defend Georgia from Russian occupation, nor Ukraine, even when Russian backed rebels shot down a civilian airliner (but that was Malaysian, which was unimportant to the US).   Putin is currently facing tough economic times, which he is evading by spending literally US$1billion of reserves every month, to prop up pensions, the military and uneconomic industries.  He can afford to do this for perhaps two-three more years without having to implement serious levels of austerity.   However, if the price of oil remains below US$60 over that time, it will prove tougher.  Putin's actions smell of a leader seeking a distraction, in the hope of buying time until oil prices recover at a level appropriate for his kleptocracy. 

The odds that the US will take on Russia in Syria are small, because Obama has demonstrated no interest, at all, in taking any lead or keeping to his word with allies.  It is a policy of cynical withdrawal from the world.  A withdrawal that is dangerous to some of the US's allies, but also one that is fundamentally dishonest.

The choice is simple.  Either the US embraces the doctrine of Ron Paul, and openly decides that it is no longer interested in being a superpower or standing by previous commitments to allies, or it stands by its allies and has a positive, pro-active foreign policy based on its interests and those of its (true) allies.

While we all wait, enjoy "Pax" Rus, after all you're comfortably far away from the consequences of it all, aren't you?


          Place-Based Learning at Teaching the Hudson Valley’s Summer Institute | Chronogram        
"The annual Teaching the Hudson Valley summer institute will be held this year on July 25-27 with the theme of Building Community with Place-Based Learning" inform Hillary Harvey, Kids & Family Editor for Chronogram Magazine.

Tashae Smith on her African American History Tour of Newburgh. She will present a workshop, Out of Washington’s Shadow: Creating an African-American History Tour of Newburgh, with Colin Morris, professor of history, Manhattanville College at this year's Teaching the Hudson Valley summer institute.

"About a month before he won the 1932 presidential election, Dutchess County’s own Franklin D. Roosevelt declared, “Knowledge – that is, education in its true sense – is our best protection against unreasoning prejudice and panic-making fear, whether engendered by special interests, illiberal minorities or panic-stricken leaders.” He was expressing the philosophy that education is about preparing citizens for public engagement–one that’s been challenged in recent years by a competing philosophy that education is about preparing workers for a competitive marketplace. But it’s FDR’s thinking about education, and a current movement to return to civil discourse, that has inspired the teachers and educators who planned this year’s Teaching the Hudson Valley institute. Building Community with Place-Based Learning will be held July 25- 27 at the Henry Wallace Education and Visitor Center on the grounds of the Franklin Roosevelt Home and Presidential Library in Hyde Park and sites throughout the Valley. 

In 1996, Congress designated the Hudson River Valley a National Heritage Area in order to recognize, preserve, protect, and interpret its nationally significant cultural, historic, and natural resources. Launched in 2003, Teaching the Hudson Valley is one of the programs designed to help carry out the purpose of the Heritage Area. THV helps educators discover, appreciate, and share the region’s treasures with children and youth, and fosters collaboration between schools, museums, parks, historic sites, art galleries, libraries, and other groups through free K-12 lesson plans, grant programs to aid with place-based learning oporunities, and the annual summer institute, which offers rare opportunities for school and informal educators to meet and exchange ideas.

Place-based learning aspires to ground curriculum in the attributes of the Hudson Valley, using local, regional, and community places, resources, systems, and themes as a context for learning...

Teaching the Hudson Valley’s annual summer institute, Building Community with Place-Based Learning: Tuesday, July 25, 9a-4p or 4:30p (depending on last workshop choice), and Thursday, July 27, 9a-4:15p, choose up to three workshop sessions to be held at the FDR Home and Library in Hyde Park. See the full schedule. Wednesday, July 26, choose one of four field experiences: 9a-5p Building Community in Kingston: History, Art & Environment in City Neighborhoods; 9:15a-3:30p Great Newburgh History Adventure: A How-To Field Experience; 10a-4p Hidden Treasures of Science & History in the Lower Hudson Valley; 9:30-3:30p Historic Bridges of the Hudson Valley: Building Bridges to Build Community. See field experience descriptions and logistical info. Fees, including some meals, are $125 for all three days, $85 for two days, and $45 for a single day.  
Register here.  

Source: Chronogram

          Scale of Vanuatu cyclone disaster complicates aid response        

The scale of Vanuatu’s cyclone disaster is matched only by the complexity of the required humanitarian response, according to both the government and aid workers arriving on the battered Pacific islands.

“The problem is absolutely massive,” Alice Clements, spokesperson for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Vanuatu, told IRIN. “We have simultaneous emergencies in 65 islands, with no telecoms, accessible only by boat or helicopter, in an archipelago stretching 1,300 km.”

Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale was reported by the BBC as saying the 13 March storm had "wiped out" all recent development and the country would have to rebuild "everything".

Half the population - 132,000 people - are estimated to have been affected by cyclone Pam, including 60,000 children, according to UNICEF. Initial assessments indicate 90 percent of houses have been damaged in the capital, Port Vila, with destruction on the southern island of Tanna “significantly worse”, Care Australia reported.

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Hanna Butler - Red Cross @hannarosebutler
OCHA - Asia Pacific             @OCHAAsiaPac
Tom Perry - CARE Australia     @thomasmperry
UNICEF - Australia       @unicefaustralia
Liam Fox - ABC News       @liamfoxabc
Radio Australia Pacific Beat     @RAPacificBeat
Tess Newton Cain             @CainTess

More than 3,300 people are sheltering in 37 evacuation centres on the islands of Torba and Penama, and the main island of Efate. But the National Disaster Management Office will need help if people remain displaced for a prolonged period. 

The humanitarian response “is almost going to be like applying a medical triage, to work out which is the most urgent”, said Clements. Aerial assessments have been carried out so far by military aircraft from Australia, New Zealand and France, with more flights scheduled for Tuesday. Commercial flights have resumed to Port Vila despite damage to the airport.

“There is need for logistics experts and light reconnaissance planes/helicopters, pilots, and fuel to deliver supplies and conduct assessments. There is also a need for sea shipping to transport food, water and rebuilding materials,” the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported. The main hospital in Port Vila is badly damaged, patients have been transferred to a newer part of the building, “but there is an urgent need for medical supplies” and “the morgue is unserviceable”.

Twenty-four people are confirmed dead so far, but the toll is expected to rise as assessment teams reach the more remote islands.

Providing clean water for survivors is a priority. There is a risk of waterborne diseases, especially dangerous for pregnant mothers and young children, and food is also likely to be a problem in the coming days with fruit trees uprooted, root crops inundated, and animal pens destroyed by the 270 km/h winds and flooding.

“Eighty percent of Vanuatu’s population engage in subsistence agriculture as a primary economic activity. It is anticipated that emergency food relief could be needed for up to a month, plus longer term recovery support,” OCHA noted.

Vanuatu has “3,000 years of experience dealing with an incredible mind-boggling range of disasters, from earthquakes to volcanos. People have great coping mechanisms, but this was a category 5 storm," Clements said.


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          Madagascan litchi season in 2014-2015        

The renovated Madagascan industry is embarking for a fourth consecutive year on the same strategic foundations; the good results recorded since the 2011-2012 season have led professionists to retain the model from season to season: equivalent volumes, upgraded logistics and identical marketing strategy remain the organizational pillars of the 2014-2015 season.

          Paid Technology Entrepreneurship Development Program Intern in Washington D.C.        
CRDF Global is looking for a Technology Entrepreneurship Development Program
Intern to start immediately. This is a great oppotunity for Russian speakers
interested in International Relations, Business, Government or Science
Diplomacy. Please see below:

CRDF Global is seeking a TEDP Intern for summer/fall of 2011. CRDF Global
is a nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific collaboration,
and CRDF Global's Innovation Programs meet this goal by administering a variety
of activities aimed at increasing scientists and technology entrepreneurs'
ability to bring their inventions to the marketplace. Under one Innovation Program,the Technology Entrepreneurship Development Program (TEDP), CRDF Global works with partner organizations in Russia and the U.S. to offer business
and technology commercialization trainings, business development services, and
connections to sources of funding for high tech startups.

The TEDP Intern's primary duties will involve assisting with various aspects
of program implementation to include:

Collecting, organizing and storing information in shared electronic
repositories and databases;

Assisting with coordination of program logistics in collaboration with the
travel, grant management and contracts' staff;

Conducting desk-top research as requested by program staff;

Maintaining internal and external correspondence to include CRDF Global
staff, consultants, reviewers, applicants, and program participants;

Participating in meetings, teleconferences and events as necessary.


An ideal candidate will be a senior undergraduate business major, MBA
candidate, or international affairs student with a focus on Russia/Eurasia.
An excellent command of the English language is required and Russian language
proficiency is highly desired. Other requirements include:

Willingness to work 30-35 hours per week.

College-level coursework or experience in international business,
entrepreneurship, international affairs, science or engineering.

Excellent computers skills, including familiarity with various Internet
search engines and experience using MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Attention to detail, ability to work in a team environment and excellent
interpersonal skills.

Ability to juggle multiple deadlines and prioritize tasks.

The internship will begin in as soon as possible and continue until the end
of the Summer 2011 with possible continuation into the Fall 2011 semester.

Pay range: $10-$12/hour

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and 2-3 references to: CRDF Global

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          Freight Cargo Agent - North America - Remote - TeamQuest Advisors - Remote        
*Company Overview: * Our client is in the business of providing third party logistics for freight by ground transportation throughout North America. In
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          Nowakowski Piekarnie najemcą 17 tys. mkw. powierzchni w Silesia Logistic Park        
Spółka Immofinanz Group podpisała umowę najmu na prawie 17 tys. mkw. w Silesia Logistic Park, jednej z dwóch nieruchomości logistycznych znajdujących się w portfelu firmy na terenie Polski. Kontrakt podpisany z Nowakowski Piekarnie Sp. z o.o. (producentem pieczywa i produktów piekarniczych) zawarty został na okres 18 lat i jest jednocześnie największą indywidualną umową najmu w sektorze logistyki, podpisaną w sięgającej ponad 12 lat historii Immofinanz Group w Polsce.
          Stan the Man        
I am still here!
Blogging has momentarily taken a backseat as I navigate through a busy and adventurous journey with our wee Stanley Man. I will make a return to blogging (and op shopping!) when I finally get used to the 'new normal'... but I have had some peeps asking where we are at right now...

Stan is 6 1/2 weeks. We have spent 4 days in total at home with him, and the rest of the time has been spent in the hospital.

He has had a few things going on, but he is a little champ.
After 3 weeks in NICU we came home for a weekend and the kids were so stoked! They love him..
but we went back in a couple of days later for nearly 2 weeks..
3 days later we were back in - this is him during last week. He has had a bit of a bumpy road.

The main thing is how tough it has been logistically - working things with the other kids and John working.
But we have been humbled and amazed by how much support we have had. A huge network of beautiful people and such thoughtful acts of kindness for us this whole time...
It has been mind-blowing..

We are looking forward to Stan getting well enough to come home.. his siblings miss him!

Thank you for the lovely comments and emails after my last post.

I hope to get back to blog reading again soon too!!

Happy Days to you all.

          The Hanjin Shipping Bankruptcy & What It Teaches Us About Supply Chain Management        
Aspiring logistics workers can learn a great deal about the field from the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy. We asked supply chain professionals to help identify some of the big-picture takeaways from this situation applying to the overall logistics industry.
          7 Things You Need to Know About a Career in Logistics        
A career in logistics – what does that even mean? You probably have a basic understanding of what logistics entails, but that bit of knowledge won’t be enough to launch a successful career. Here are seven things you should know before pursuing this profession.
          The Numbers & Trends That Make Logistics Careers a Great Opportunity [Infographic]        
This infographic will help you take a closer look at the state of the industry. Take a look at some of the promising opportunities to be found in logistics careers.
          What is a Logistics Manager? The Supply Chain Specialists You Probably Know Nothing About        
But before you say goodbye to your current gig, there are likely some questions you need answered. What does a logistics manager do? What skills and education level would I need to master? How will my work environment change? We did the research so you don't have to.
          What is Logistics? Examining this Overlooked Industry        
Despite its incredible scale and importance, logistics is an industry that flies under most people’s radars. So what is logistics, really? We enlisted some experts to answer that very question.
          What are the Top Supply Chain Job Titles in Your State? [Interactive Map]        
We’ve created this interactive map using real-time marketing intelligence from to help you get a better idea of how your state stacks up in demand for supply chain and logistics positions.
          Top 5 Reasons to Work in Marketing        
Careers in marketing are both highly coveted and sought after by experienced professionals, resulting in keen competition. Positions in marketing, public relations, promotions and advertising allow individuals to challenge their creativity, communication and logistical aptitudes.
          This Valentine's Day, Pause And Appreciate Flower Logistics        
Supply chain and logistics affects our day-to-day lives more than we think.
          Razones para vender online         

internetSi los estudios nos dicen que Internet es el segundo medio de inversión publicitario, con el 20% del mercado publicitario, eso sólo quiere decir una cosa: el cliente está en la red.

Si el 78% de los españoles comparte información en la red social Facebook y las mujeres realizan más compras que los hombres, las razones para vender online quedan claras.

Ante la pregunta ¿Compramos los españoles a través del móvil? la respuesta es un sí contundente. Un 33% se basa en la geolocalización para buscar información de establecimientos próximos y posibles descuentos.

Un 27% emplea este dispositivo para comparar precios y productos. Y un 48% lo considera una herramienta de refuerzo para tomar sus decisiones finales de compra.

Pero, ¿qué empuja a una persona a comprar a través de Internet? Las cifras nos dicen que un 94% lo hace porque es práctico y por comodidad, por poner un ejemplo, pero otros tantos motivos serían: para encontrar ofertas únicas, precios interesantes, tropezar con algún producto mientras se navega que después nos resulte atractivo, y otra razón de peso es la distancia: se compra por Internet porque en nuestro país no existe esa tienda física que tanto nos gusta.

Si tuviéramos que reflexionar sobre qué es lo que más se adquiere por este medio, en el primer puesto estarían los billetes de avión, tren..., es decir los viajes no sólo los planificamos a través de distintas webs que nos pueden servir de orientación, sino que el paso final, adquirir el billete también lo hacemos por este sistema.

En otros puestos de esta lista estarían presentes: el alojamiento, productos relacionados con la electrónica, el ocio (entradas de cine, por ejemplo) y en el último lugar, los ordenadores y toda herramienta que nos sirva para comunicarnos.

Con estas cifras y observando el mercado potencial que existe en España: más de 13, 2 millones de consumidores, las pymes que así lo consideren apropiado, deberían fijarse en ese 50% que incrementa sus ventas gracias a Internet. El cliente simplemente se ha movido de escenario pero sigue ahí.

En Pymes y Autónomos|Te interesa el e-commerce, plantéate bien la logística,Principales retos de los e-retailers

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          ID Logistics wdraża nowy system IT        
Grupa ID Logistics, międzynarodowy lider logistyki kontraktowej, wdraża nowy informatyczny system zarządzania procesami magazynowymi Manhattan Warehouse Management System (WMS). Jego producentem jest amerykańska firma Manhattan Associates Inc., dostawca specjalistycznych rozwiązań informatycznych do zarządzania łańcuchami dostaw. System WMS Manhattan, dzięki jego zaawansowanym możliwościom technologicznym, pozwoli Grupie ID Logistics na rozszerzenie zakresu działalności o nowe usługi.
          Logistyka jest coraz bardziej wspierana przez systemy IT        
Usługi logistyczne są w coraz większym stopniu wspierane przez systemy informatyczne, które dostarczają efektywne rozwiązania także pod wględem opłacalności – powiedział serwisowi portalspoż Marc Pastuzak, dyrektor zarządzający XPO Logistics Polska.
          Lombardi Aguilar Group partner to moderate a panel at AmCham Trade & Investment Forum        

Abril 8 Foro AMCHAM
Trade and Investment Forum

Attorney Alvaro Aguilar will be moderating a panel on anti-counterfeiting measures at the AmCham Trade & Investment Forum

PRLog - April 5, 2015 - PANAMA CITY, Panama -- On Wednesday, April 8, Lombardi Aguilar Group ( partner Alvaro Aguilar-Alfu will be moderating a panel at the American Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Panama (AmCham Panama) Trade & Investment Forum on  "Challenges and Realities of the Fight Against Illicit Trade". Aguilar will moderate a panel discussing the effects of illicit trade on the pharmaceutical and health industries.

The forum will have panels and exhibits from:

- Representatives Intelectual Property Registry (DIGERPI), Judicial Investigation Directorate (DIJ), Intellectual Property Attorney General and other government agencies engaged in fighting illegal trade,

- Representatives of multinational corporations and local businesses affected by illicit trade,
- Business Alliance for Secure Commerce (BASC) and local Food & Drug Administration (FDA) representatives.
- The Director of the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) of the US Chamber of Commerce.

"The best known forms of illegal trade include manufacturing of counterfeit clothes, shoes, watches, audiovisual media (discs, movies, games)", Aguilar said. "The offering to the public of counterfeit versions of products which failure can cause accidents - such as auto parts, software, and other construction products - should cause concern. In the most dramatic cases, products for human consumption such as food, drugs and cigarettes are regularly altered or forged. The geographical position of Panama and logistical advantages are exploited by the merchants of illicit trade for transferring products to the Americas and other continents."

Mr. Aguilar is a graduate of Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua (LLB) and Washington College of Law at The American University (LLM). He has 20 years of experience in intellectual property protection and litigation on behalf of local, European and U.S. companies doing business in Latin America.  Mr. Aguilar also serves as Chairman of the AmCham Panama Trade & Investment Committee, which provides a friendly forum for information exchange and collaboration between the public and private sector, strengthening relationships with key groups of stakeholders in the region, including the National Government, embassies and other private-sector organizations.

The forum and luncheon will be held at Sortis Hotel in Panama City from 8 am to 2 pm.  Those interested in attending this event can register through the AmCham website at: Tel. 301-3881.

About The American Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Panama (AmCham Panama)

Founded in 1979, AMCHAM Panama is a non-profit, non-political, independent, voluntary association supported primarily by its members.  Much of the organization's work is accomplished through the efforts of volunteer member committees which collaborate to help AMCHAM promote free enterprise in Panama. AmCham Panama has over 450 active members, from small local companies to major multinational companies based in the United States.

About Lombardi Aguilar Group (LAG)

Lombardi Aguilar Group is a partnership of consultants created as an alternative for clients worldwide who seek fast, innovative and effective solutions to their legal problems. The firm currently provides services to individual and corporate clients in Panama as well in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Its partners maintain a commitment with professional ethics and social responsibility by participating in the board of directors of groups such as the Panama Bar Association, the Alliance Francaise, the German and the American Chambers of Commerce (AMCHAM) of Panama, and the Association of Chinese-Panamanian Professionals (APROCHIPA).

The firm centers its law practice in private client services and asset protection (Private Interest Foundations, Trusts), business structures (Offshore Corporations), tax planning, real estate and e-commerce. It also advices in areas of Law such as Corporate, Commercial, Intellectual Property, Maritime, Tax, Environmental, Life Sciences and Immigration Law as well as related litigation.

For more information, contact +507 3406444, e-mail info (at), or see: Lombardi Aguilar Group

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          FM Logistic opracował i wdrożył nowy system komplementacji zamówień        
Dział Innowacji FM Logistic opracował i wdrożył własną wersję systemu „put to light . To nowoczesne rozwiązanie, które znacznie usprawnia proces komplementacji zamówień. Partnerem technologicznym stworzonej innowacji jest firma Balea.
          Moving along: Continuing to expand the Panama transport and logistics network        
A geostrategic location and the presence of the Panama Canal make Panama a natural centre for transportation and logistics. In fact, the transportation, logistics and communication sector combined is easily the largest contributor to GDP, a fact recognised by the current administration. In its Strategic Economic Plan 2010-14, the logistics sector, along with finance, agriculture and tourism, was identified as one of the country’s four pillars of economic growth. To secure the future of the sector the administration is investing $9.6bn, equivalent to 70% of public sector investment, from 2010 to 2014 in infrastructure upgrades alone. Public spending on infrastructure extends well beyond the flagship $5.25bn Panama Canal Expansion and includes the construction of a line on the Panama City Metro, a large overhaul of the national road network and several upgrades to maritime and airport infrastructure. With the canal’s ability to attract global trade, the country has been working for nearly a decade to create a business-friendly regulatory framework – replete with special economic areas and incentives for multinational headquarters – which should serve in attracting further investment as it continues developing the transport and logistics hub. While on the one hand the government is moving quickly to ensure its infrastructure networks are capable of providing a platform for the growing logistics and value-added manufacturing industries, on the other it is aggressively revamping airport infrastructure and further pushing to establish itself as a major aviation centre.

Quantifying Progress

Figures published by the National Statistics Agency (Instituto Nacional De Estadí stica y Censo, INEC) aptly portray the sector’s wider role within the rapidly growing economy. According to the latest available figures from INEC at the time of writing, the transportation and communication sector accounted for 24.1% of the nation’s total GDP (at 1996 prices) in 2012. Moreover, the sector has grown at double-digit rates in each of the past five years apart from 2009 when the global financial crisis slowed progress in the sector to 8.2%. The sector’s average annual growth rate from 2008 to 2012 was an impressive 12.7%. It has also been a major attractor of foreign direct investment (FDI) as logistics, construction and infrastructure firms look to take advantage of the country’s expanding role in regional and global transport. FDI stock in the transportation, logistics and communication sector reached $4.52bn in 2011 and represented 19.6% of the national total of $23.1bn, according to data from the National Comptroller.

Global Rankings

Heavy spending on infrastructure development has yielded improved scores in the World Economic Forum’s “Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14”. Indeed, Panama’s score in the report’s metric on overall quality of infrastructure has improved drastically under the current administration from 67th in the 2009-10 iteration of the report to 30th in the 2013-14 edition. Other related categories also paint a similar picture. Panama improved from 54th in the 2009-10 index to 35th in 2013-14 in goods market efficiency, from 18th to sixth in quality of port infrastructure, from 32nd to fifth in air transport infrastructure, from 62nd to 30th in railroad infrastructure, and from 62nd to 48th in road infrastructure.

Sector Structure

Despite steadily improving infrastructure across the country, the transportation and logistics sector lacks a titular head in the form of a dedicated Ministry of Transportation and Logistics. In its place is the Ministry of Public Works (Ministerio de Obras Públicas, MOP) which oversees the construction and maintenance of the national public infrastructure network, though in practice the MOP is primarily responsible for the national road network together with the autonomous Terrestrial Transport and Transit Authority. Numerous additional public entities with varying degrees of autonomy oversee the rest of the sector, including the Metro de Panamá Secretariat, a special secretariat created in 2009 to monitor the planning, construction and administration of the Panama City Metro. The Panama Canal Authority (Autoridad del Canal de Panamá, ACP) has been in complete control of the Panama Canal and its finances since the country took over control in 1999. Although it possesses a board consisting of various ministerial heads, another autonomous government agency, the Panama Maritime Authority (Autoridad Marítima de Panamá, AMP) is charged with overseeing all things maritime. Meanwhile, in the aviation sector it is the Civil Aviation Authority (Autoridad Aeronáutica Civil, AAC), which also boasts a diverse board full of governmental leaders, that supervises the country’s aeronautical activity.
In October 2010 the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (Ministerio de Comercio e Industrias, MICI), together with the Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Innovation and Research Centre, launched the National Logistics Council (Consejo Nacional de Logística, CNL). The CNL was created to establish a platform for collaboration among the government, private sector and academic institutions and eventually facilitate the development of the country into “the logistics and trade hub of the Americas”. However, the lack of a governmental ministry or secretariat charged with overseeing the long-term development of all infrastructures and responsible for coordinating inter-agency stratagem and budgets is a common complaint from the private sector given the already large and growing impact of the sector on the wider economy. Indeed, though the creation of the CNL represents a step forward in the logistics segment, it still falls short of the sort of authority granted the Secretary of Science, Technology and Information, for example, in driving the growth of the information and communication sector.


The legislative environment in Panama has for the most part been conducive to business and investment in the country. Legal and tax incentives have been established through several laws for companies basing themselves in one of the country’s free or special economic and trade zones.
The Colón Free Zone (CFZ), the second-largest of its kind in the world, is a strong example of the importance of creating such areas, in particular for logistic and reexport companies. New special economic areas including Panama Pacifico and the City of Knowledge have also been created and should lead the way forward in the future (see Economy chapter).
However, in the second quarter of 2012 a new piece of legislation passed through the national legislature and was signed by the president. Known as Act 41, the legislation could cause issues with international investors within the maritime sector. The law stipulates that 75% of shares and personnel within the maritime services and auxiliary fuel distribution sector be sourced domestically. The rule sparked backlash from the EU, which considers it to be in violation of international commitments already made by Panama.

The Hub & Spoke

Panama’s location bodes well not only for its status as a trading hub, but also for its growing stature as a major regional centre of aviation. Indeed, Panama City’s location is within “narrow-body” range, the typical distance that the single-aisle airplanes which dominate the Latin American market can travel, of nearly all major cities within the Americas. Additionally, its improving airport infrastructure, expanding tourism sector and rapid economic growth are all supporting the country’s efforts to become the most important transit hub in the region.

Commercial Aviation

The impressive growth of Panama’s only major airline, Copa Airlines, also points towards a bright future for the sector. Founded in 1947, the Compañía Panameña de Aviación (Copa) is now the flagship airline of the country and one of the most prominent airlines in the expanding, yet still underserved, Latin America region.
Following the 2005 purchase of AeroRepublica in Colombia and the company’s initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, making Copa the third Latin American airline to list on the exchange, growth has been impressive. According to figures from Copa, from 2005 to 2013 capacity has increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17%, while earnings have experienced a CAGR of 21% during the same timeframe. As a result Copa has become one of the most profitable airlines on the planet, recording an operating profit margin of 17.9% for 2012. According to the latest data from the International Air Transport Association’s 2010 airline profitability report, the carrier ranked 10th in 2007 and fourth in 2008, with operating profit margins around 18-20%.
Meanwhile, the airline’s expansion plans include increasing its numbers in terms of fleet, route and frequency over the next five years. Indeed, Copa’s fleet plan includes the addition of 44 (30 firm orders and 14 optional) new aircraft between 2013 and 2018, most of which are single-aisle Boeing 737-800s with a range of 3000 nautical miles.

International Connections

Although Copa is responsible for more than 80% of daily operations at Tocumen International Airport, several international airlines also operate out of Tocumen including KLM, United Airlines, American Airlines, Iberia and Delta Airlines. In total, commercial airlines flying from Panama City service around 70 destinations – up from 29 in 2004.
The AAC has been working together with the Ministry of Foreign Relations and the executive branch to firm up accords with foreign nations over air traffic rights. According to Ivan Vergara, director of air transport at the AAC, “Over the past several years we have signed agreements with Brazil, Ecuador and Peru and expanded our accord with Mexico. In 2013 we also added or expanded agreements with Costa Rica and France as well.” Indeed, with Air France joining KLM and Iberia in operating transatlantic flights to Europe in November of 2013, Panama City could soon establish itself as a transit hub not only for travellers going from South America to North America, but to Europe as well.


One of the flagship projects of President Ricardo Martinelli’s administration, the construction of the $1.88bn Metro de Panamá should help to alleviate traffic congestion within the capital. The first line is expected to be inaugurated on March 5, 2014. The long-term master plan for the system’s development calls for the construction of four separate lines and one tramway line by 2035, though thus far construction has been started only on the first line (see analysis).

Urban Transport

In fact, the metro is just one part of a complete renovation of Panama City’s transportation system as the MOP has been in the midst of a major overhaul to the capital city’s road network since 2011. Meanwhile, structural changes to the existing public transportation system – mainly the replacement of the city’s diablo rojo (red devil) bus network – should also ease congestion in the medium to long term.
Over the course of the past few years numerous projects to improve road connectivity and traffic flow have seen various parts of Panama City turned into construction zones. In total the MOP reported in June 2013 that a combined eight road projects totalling $1.7bn were under way in the capital city. The largest project is the $782m construction of an underground connection between Avenida Balboa and Avenida Los Poetas, which was awarded to Brazil’s Odebrecht. It not only involves the construction of a new tunnel, but also renovations to Los Poetas, the construction of new sports facilities, bike lanes, gardens and even a sporting arena, the Maracanã Stadium. However, the project has become a source of controversy as it will also include the extension of the Cinta Costera (Coastal Beltway), a highway constructed a few years ago to relieve congestion inside the city and whose extension will wrap around the city’s Casco Viejo (Historic District).
While the project includes green areas and pedestrian walks it has drawn criticism as the beltway is seen as an eye sore and counterproductive to ongoing efforts to renovate the historic district. Fears that it would lead to the removal of Casco Viejo from UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites – due to the destruction of the centuries-old sea wall to make way for the highway – have been allayed as UNESCO announced in June 2013 the project would not impact Casco Viejo’s status.
The preservation of the historic district itself is a $175m project also being completed by Odebrecht and is seen as a key part of the country’s tourism development plan. Apart from renovating the area’s small streets and alleyways, the project also includes the construction of a new road dubbed Vía Cincuentenario. Both projects are expected to be completed in 2014.
Other projects include the $237m improvement and expansion of Avenida Domingo Díaz, which consists of the construction of three vehicular and three pedestrian bridges and the expansion of the road to six lanes.
Via Brasil, another major artery, is also being renovated in a two-phase project to the tune of $217m and $181m for each respective phase. The remainder of the investment, $76.5m, was poured into the construction of three underpasses, which are now fully operational.

On The Road

Outside Panama City, the road network is also under development as connectivity in the interior of the country continually improves. From 2009 to 2013 the MOP reported investing $3.4bn in road and public infrastructure projects, though the majority of that figure ($2.25bn) has been used to overhaul Panama City’s road network. Outside the capital the heaviest investment was found in Chiriquí, which received $262m, most of which was used to upgrade two highways from David to Boquete ($119m) and from Paso Canoas to Port Armuelles ($114m). Meanwhile, Veraguas received $179m; Herrera and Los Santos, each $156m; Coclé, $136m; Bocas del Toro, $72m; Colón, $64m; Comarca, $66m; and Darién, $61m.
In 2012 the introduction of a new stretch of highway from Panama City to Colón – easily the most important intra-city highway in Panama – reduced travel time from the capital to the Colón Free Zone to just 45 minutes. The project began in 2010, and when construction was completed in 2012, investment in the project reached $186m, MOP figures show. The $80.7m renovation of the Bridge of the Americas – which spans the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal – is another major project which was started in 2010, though it will not be completed until the end of 2014.

Maritime Transport

Obviously many of the maritime transport activities revolve around the Panama Canal, which has extensive port facilities at both entrances in the Port of Cristóbal (Atlantic), the Manzanillo International Container Terminal (MIT, Atlantic), the Colón Container Terminal (Atlantic) and the Port of Balboa (Pacific). In total Panama boasts 14 private and 14 state-owned and operated ports. Ensuring the country is able to meet demand increases following the arrival of post-Panamax ships after the completion of the Panama Canal expansion project is crucial to sustaining the long-term growth of the sector.
“Panama needs to have more terminals built in order to continue growing, especially a new post-Panamax port inside the canal,” Ricardo Lince Boyd, the executive president of Agencias Continental, a local ports and shipping logistics firm, told OBG.
Both the Port of Cristobal and the Port of Balboa are receiving an upgrade by the Panama Ports Company, operator of both ports, at a cost of $1bn. All expansion projects at both ports are expected to be completed by 2015 and will improve their combined capacity to 6.5m twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).
Meanwhile, the MIT and the Colón Container Terminal (CCT) serve the CFZ and have also received sizeable investments in recent years. According to information published by Georgia Tech, the CCT recently spent $100m upgrading its terminal to its current capacity of 1.3m TEUs. The MIT is currently investing $270m to upgrade capacity to a total of 4m TEUs per year.


Identified as one of the four pillars of future economic growth, the logistics sector is arguably the most integral piece in further developing the Panamanian economy. According to Proinvex, the investment promotion agency, roughly 3% of global maritime trade, including 10% of US international seaborne trade, passed through the canal in 2013. These figures are likely to swell upon the doubling of the canal’s cargo capacity once the expansion project is complete. This fact alone gives the country an edge over competing logistics centres in the Caribbean and along the Atlantic coasts of the US and South America. Still, obstacles do stand in the way, mainly a lack of qualified personnel.


All of the ingredients for Panama to become a centre for transportation and logistics are beginning to coalesce. Domestic connectivity is being upgraded via major infrastructure projects such as the Metro de Panamá, the Panama-Colón Highway and an overhaul of the national road system. Meanwhile, international connectivity is also being improved thanks to continued investment in airports and seaports. Nevertheless, if the goal of improving national transportation infrastructure is to capitalise on goods moving through the canal by expanding the logistics and transport sectors, there are still obstacles to overcome such as the short supply of labour and strong regional competition.
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          Baru Free Trade Zone offers tax savings in Western Panama        


Located in the Baru district, on the Pacific side of Chiriqui province, Baru Free Trade Zone was created by Law No. 19 of 2001 with the purpose of establishing a special tax and customs regime to promote tourism, a logistic multimodal system, export processing zones and petroleum development area. Baru has an area of 588.7 sq. km. and population of 60,551 inhabitants. The zone is divided in 5 small villages, which are eager to develop the economic potential of the area. Baru FTZ meets the requirements to be a dynamic place for business, based on the following features:

  • Commercial Zone: It is expected to become an important platform for agricultural exports since Chiriqui Province is rich in agricultural production. It enjoys an easy access to ports on the Pacific side, and therefore, enables it to export goods to the whole continent, Europe and Asia, as well as to new markets. It is seen in the future as a regional warehouse and distribution center for all sorts of merchandise. There are duty free shops in the border area of Paso Canoas and Puerto Armuelles, where you can find commodities such as liquors, perfumes, electric appliances, car devices, and so forth.
  • Tourism Development Zone: Plenty of virgin natural resources and convenient access ways, Baru provides the opportunity to launch any kind of ecological adventure, while offering interesting and picturesque sightseeing such as Paso Canoas International village, near the border with Costa Rica, in which you can find a multiple variety of shops and commercial establishments. The multicultural nature of Baru adds special charm for visitors. The company Fish on Panama, Inc. has already invested more than US$ 500,000 in developing sports fishing activities. There are incentives to promote tourism development which allow to import free of tax ships, yachts, airplanes and any other vehicle that will be required to develop such activities. Furthermore, companies that invest in the tourism zone will be exempted from the income tax and can receive other fiscal benefits.
  • Manufacturing Zone: Baru aims at transforming itself into a manufacture and re-exports zone of agricultural products. Its main objective is to guarantee regular supply of perishable agricultural products to markets in Europe, US, Canada and Asia. It also seeks to boost a regional economic cooperation framework in areas such as transport, classification, management, packaging design, freight handling and warehousing techniques and so forth. For instance, wood manufacturing and exporting firm Tecno Empresarial, S.A. has made an important impact to the region, where it has invested above US$ 1.5 millions. Based on the zone regulations, companies could be exempted from income tax, import tax on equipment and machinery, and be subject to any other benefits for being involved in activities related to manufacture.
  • Petroleum Zone: Baru Free Trade Zone is able to store, manufacture, refine, purify, blend, market, transship, transport, pump, process, transform, sell, export, re-export, provide and in general sense, operate and handle crude, semi-crude and any other oil related products. A 204 km-long roadways in the region, and a 131 km-long oil pipeline crosses the Isthmus from the Pacific to the Caribbean Ocean, by which oil from Ecuador is transported to the terminals located in Panama, such as Charco Azul, which allows oil tankers of 300,000 dwt to dock.


  • A special and simplified procedure for the establishment and operation of a manufacture zone to export, which enables the creation of large factories to export a huge variety of goods.
  • Exemption of payment of the Panama income tax, patents, licenses and tax on other goods or capital.
  • Exemption of the import tax of raw or semi-elaborated materials, construction materials, equipment, furniture, accessories, appliance, or services that will be used in the operation of the company.
  • Exemption of the consumption or sales tax (ITBM)
  • Exemption of tax on interests, bonds and stocks.
  • Exemption of exports tax.
  • Issuance of one-year-valid resident business visa to perform transactions or business, which is also applicable on equal terms to spouse and children of the applicant.
  • Use of multiple reentry permit until visa expiration date.

Facilities & Advantages

Baru Free Trade Zone has the following facilities to offer:

  • Infrastructure: Airport, docks, paved highways, the second transcontinental oil pipeline built in the Americas.
  • Public utilities such as electricity, telephone lines and drinking water.
  • Adequate land features for the construction of deep ports.
  • Flat and fertile lands.
  • Extended beaches for tourism development.
  • Abundant fauna and flora.



  • Power of Attorney addressed to the General Manager of the Baru Free Zone, requesting company registration.
  • Notarized copy of the company’s Article of Incorporation.
  • Four-month valid Certificate of Public Register of the company.
  • Copy of the petitioner’s Lease Agreement requesting the Permit for Operation.
  • Valid Certificate of Tax Payment.
  • Completely fill out the form ZFB-05 on Permit for Operation Application.
  • Copy of personal ID or passport of the Legal representative as well as the Manager of the company.
  • Letter of Commercial References.
  • Letter of Banking References
  • Form ZFB-09 related to the Income Statement of the company’s legal representative.
  • Form ZFB-10 related to the Income Statement of the company’s manager.
  • Certificate of Tax Payments of Baru Free Zone. Fees for Operation Permits (US$ 1,200, annually) and Operation Code Fee (US$ 200, annually).

          Disappointed by a friend        
I have a girl friend who I met a long time ago when we were both getting our Ohio Real Estate licenses. That was ages ago, when I only had one child and was not religious at all. You could say at that stage, my #1 passion was achieving sales super stardom. Well, we clicked at that point in our lives, and became close and this friend has seen me go through massive transitions, many of which probably do not make any sense to her, from becoming very devout in my Catholic faith, developing a love for the Bible, becoming open to having more children even though I am not really the "mom type", quitting multiple successful careers on a whim, my eco-breastfeeding and co-sleeping while she is more of the structured "Ferber-Method" mother, and moving out to the middle of nowhere like a crazy person, and she has continued to be a good friend to me! She is still in Real Estate and is currently helping me sell my old house. She has 2 older kids and graciously gives me oodles of awesome hand me downs and kids toys!!! It's always like Christmas for our family when she cleans her house.  (That's not why I'm friends with her, but I'm just saying this is a blessing for our family, of which I am thankful.) Anyway, I am struggling now with starting to feel horrible in my early pregnancy and not really wanting to find a new doctor. I was thinking about driving an hour away to stay with the same doctor who delivered all my other babies via C-Section, because I have familiarity with him. I'm worried about logistics, trying to figure out how I am going to handle 3 kids + a new born, with no friends, no close family, and no support network close by. I had a flashback to 2 years ago - the last time I had two young kids in a pre-natal appointment, while I was lying on the table trying not to throw up and the baby was crawling around the room literally tearing everything up, and the toddler crying, and the nurses running about trying to bribe my kids with suckers, well, I just don't want to repeat that experience, it wasn't good. I had the "light bulb" idea that I would ask my long term girlfriend, to do me a favor. My kids are always good while strapped in their seats in the mini-van. There is a DVD in the mini-van. I could let her sit in the car for 15 minutes or so, pop in an Elmo CD, and she could make phone calls while I go in for my first pre-natal appointment which is already way over due. I even offered to by her lunch. I can get the anti-nausea medication which I desperately need and blood work and/or ultrasound to make sure this is a viable pregnancy. No big deal, right? I hate asking for favors, but there really is no one else I know to ask this of. So I asked her. Dang, you would you have thought her reaction was to donate a kidney or something... she was obviously taken off guard, "Well.. ummmm, I can't do it Mondays, or Fridays. Tuesdays are bad, and Wednesdays are out. Well, definitely not in the Spring, and I can't do it on Thursday Oct 10 or 31st... but other than that...." was basically her response. I was getting the vibe that this was a really big deal and that it was a huge mistake to ask her and regretted it immediately. Then I thought, maybe she was worried I would take advantage of her for *every* prenatal appointment or that I would somehow overtake her life with doctor's appointments and dentist appointments and massages and haircuts. (I really was just thinking about this first appointment, or perhaps not even thinking at all.) Anyway, 2 days elapsed and I still couldn't bring myself to make the appointment. She asked me today if I made the appointment and I said, "Oh, as soon as I asked, I regretted it... I could tell that you really aren't up to it." And she kind of made some excuse about having something else on her mind that day, and then said she could help me just this once but then had to add in a, "Well, what if the baby cries..." (Oh man, call me hormonal, but I was just getting extra mad at that point... and pretty much ended the phone call.) The thing that hurts the most is that I thought I could rely on her for something silly like this. (And I know she would do it, but does she have to make it into such a big deal? Come on!) Forget it, I'm actually thinking about putting my younger kids into part time day care so I can go solo to my pre-natal appointments. I'm trying to ask the neighbor if their 12 year old daughter can babysit for 3 hours after school so I can do this. I'm disappointed that my long term girlfriend is not as close of a friend as I had given her credit for. I think our friendship must be pretty shallow. I also think perhaps amidst all the crazy changes I've made in my life, I'm about to cross the "great divide" into having 4 kids. (You know with 3, you are still "normal"... especially since we have all girls and obviously must have been "trying for a boy", right?). I'm actually feeling cautious to tell certain people now, even more so because I am almost 40 and well, there are those out there who will think this is irresponsible and risky. I dunno. My girlfriend has her two perfectly behaved kids and a really nice structured life. They have lots of money and take big fancy trips to Europe every year. Perhaps my messy, poopy, poor, chaotic, diaper-filled, unglamorous life is not very appealing to her at all. I just thought for sure she would have said, "No Problem!". I'm still her friend, and I'll try to get over this quickly, but I am not going to ask her for help with my kids again, it just made me feel too bad.
          Logistics Assistant - Barnes Group Inc. - Singapore        
Effectively utilize lifting devices. Compare identifying information of incoming and outgoing shipments to verify information against bills of lading, invoices,...
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For cycle counting and inventory control activities, occasional lifting, up to 10 Kilograms. Logistics Manager - SIN0168....
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          Logistics Supervisor - B Shift - Draexlmaier - Duncan, SC        
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          Logistics Planning Fall 2017 Co-op/Intern - LOG, SCM, IE - Draexlmaier - Duncan, SC        
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          Logistics - Sequencing Material Handler - Draexlmaier - Duncan, SC        
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The Pigtown Farmer's Market, which is located in SW Baltimore, only 12 minute drive from campus (or a short shuttle or bus ride) is looking to recruit some rockstar volunteers or interns this summer. There are LOTS of hours available, so it could easily be a really substantive position for any students interested in community work or food justice.  Here are the details of the various positions: 

Nutrition and Cooking Education Volunteers

How many: 2-4 volunteers

Position Description: The Nutrition and Cooking Education Volunteer will be in charge of implementing the Nutrition Education curriculum from the Maryland Farmers Market Association. This role will be in charge of making sure that guests at the Market are empowered to choose healthy fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season and available. They will implement the curriculum provided by the MDFMA, but also be in charge of improving this curriculum and fitting it to the Pigtown Community Farmers Market's needs. Volunteers will cook weekly recipes featuring seasonal vegetables from the curriculum at the market, allowing guests to taste the food and to see the simplicity of the recipes. Volunteers will purchase ingredients for the recipes (they will be reimbursed) and make sure all materials are set-up, clean, and put away when finished.

Logistics/Hours: Volunteers are needed at the Market from 3 pm - 7 pm every Thursday from June 1st - October 5th. Volunteers will be in charge of purchasing the ingredients for the recipes (they will be reimbursed) and making sure all materials are set-up, clean, and put away when finished. Volunteers are needed approximately 8 hours a week. 5 hours will be spent each Thursday at the Market, setting up the Cooking Demo table (.5 hours), demonstrating the meal and engaging guests in Nutrition Education activities (4 hours), and cleaning up (.5 hours). 3 other hours per week will be spent planning the recipes needed, purchasing materials, and working with other Market staff to plan for the week.

Hours: Every Thursday, June 1st - October 5th, plus an addition three hours each week.

Market Program Volunteers

How many: 2 per time slot, can be returning or visiting volunteers

Position Description: Market Program Volunteers are in charge of the daily tasks that come with running the Farmers Market. These volunteers are needed to help set up the Market tents, tables, chairs, and decorations, as well as help vendors with setting up as needed. When they are not needed at the market itself, they will be responsible for passing out fliers about the Market at nearby (walk-able) neighborhood locations. They will help with greeting guests, answering questions, and troubleshooting any Market problems that arise. They may conduct surveys with guests to help understand needs of the community and healthy food access patterns. They will learn the ins and outs of Market programs, such as SNAP/EBT acceptance, the CSA program, and more. They will be in charge of helping to assemble and distribute CSA shares each week to guests who participate in the program. They will also help with breakdown of the Market, including tents, tables, and chairs, and returning items to the storage facility. Thse volunteers are needed every Thursday during one of two shifts.

Logistics: The Market needs at least 4 Program Volunteers, 2 per shift, for every Thursday of the Market (June 1st - October 5th). The first shift will occur from 1 pm - 4 pm. The second shift will be from 4 pm - 7:30 pm. Volunteers can change week to week, but consistency is preferable.

Hours: Every Thursday from June 1st - October 5th from 1 pm - 4 pm, and 4 pm - 7:30 pm.

Children's Engagement Volunteers

How many: 2

Position Description: This responsible, enthusiastic, and friendly volunteer will work with kids who visit the Market during the hours of 3-7 pm. They will be responsible for engaging children in productive activities, including face-painting, sidewalk chalk, and other outside games. They will help plan activities. This volunteer will also be in charge of planning and implementing activities for the Back to School Day in August. They will need to create kid-friendly easy activities that may or may not relate to healthy living, all of which can be done at an outdoor Market.

Logistics: The Market will need 1-2 people per day for this role, and volunteers can alternate with other volunteers each week, although consistency is desirable. The Market runs from 3-7 pm each Thursday from June 1st - October 5th. Volunteers will be needed around 6-7 hours per week. Volunteers will be responsible for set-up of the activities (.5 hours), running the activities (4 hours), and cleaning up (.5 hours). Volunteers will need approximately 1-2 hours per week to plan activities and get any needed supplies. If volunteers purchase supplies, they will be reimbursed through the Market.

Hours: Every Thursday from June 1st - October 5th from 2:30 - 7:30 pm, plus one hour of planning per week.

For More Information Contact:  Charlotte Keniston, Community Food Programs Coordinator at

           Too Old For Sex: Are Nursing Home Residents Able to Consent to Sex?         

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Sexual relationships in long-term care facilities or nursing homes are not uncommon these days. But the long-term care industry is still grappling with the issue and the question of whether some residents are able to give consent. In some cases, these aging lovers have raised logistical and legal issues for their families, caretakers and the institutions where they live. Complicating the issues are state regulations which punish the health facility for allowing "sexual abuse" of one resident by another and facility policies which prohibit sexual contact between residents....

          W O M M        
First off a shout out to all the folks that left comments on my past few posts. Since the posts were really old, the comments got held up by bloggers filter and I only recently got to see them myself. I am indeed alive and kicking and thanks for your concern/comments.

Life is progressively getting a lot better at my end. I got to attend a wedding in my family, the first wedding I managed to attend in the past ten years. My sis, niece and b-i-l were also there, and indeed, that was the best part of it for me- getting to hang out with them like the old days in US where I got to see them every other weekend. Other than that finally getting to wear one of the saris I bought during my wedding but never got to wear, wedding chaos, the train journey with 2 bogeys full of the wedding party, was all fun. We took an extra day off to sight-see around Orissa and enjoyed discovering parts of India that neither B nor I have ever been to, and hope to do a lot more of this now.

We took my FIL with us and at the end of day 1, B was exhausted from having to look after him, as the new surroundings, chaos and change had made him extremely disoriented. We began reconsidering our idea of putting him through the strenuous train journey and were ourselves were feeling stressed out and tired from having to deal with him. We even considered cutting short our trip and returning right after the wedding. But by day 2 he had readjusted himself and also enjoyed all the hungama, watching the ceremonies, telling us that it reminded him of our wedding etc. He also enjoyed all the sight-seeing we did and to his credit, was an excellent sport and never once complained about the stress he was feeling. At the end of 5 days, both B and I were glad we could take him around and didnt cut short our trip on his account, as he seemed to be quite refreshed and energized from it despite the initial disturbances.

So far we have taken 3 out of town trips and taken my FIL with us on each of them. While it felt nice to be able to show him a good time, we also realize that we need to plan a getaway for just the two of us, although we have yet to figure out the logistics of what to do with my FIL. Hopefully this materializes soon.

All in all, the trips have definitely helped to refresh and re-energize us. Another thing that has livened up our lives is getting in touch with friends and socializing. It definitely helps break routine and gives us something to plan and look forward to.

I am undecided about my job- I miss research and feel envious seeing my peers busy actually doing science while I have moved (too quickly for my taste) into more of a people-managerial role. I also have trouble adjusting my expectations with the kind of caliber that I get from my team. They are masters-level people and are very good at doing what they are told to but I wish to see a lot more pro-activeness, spark and drive that I dont see. I am trying ways to infuse it, but not sure I am getting through. On the other hand, I enjoy the field that I am getting a lot of exposure to in this job and the position of responsibility. Lets see where it goes.
          Contract for Continued Gripen Support and Maintenance        
Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) regarding the continued support and maintenance of Gripen C/D. The contract is valued at approximately SEK 1.9 billion and will be in effect from June 2017 to December 2019. The contract primarily covers design and support, component maintenance, spare parts, the provision of logistics, and the procurement of certain equipment. In addition, the contract also allows for the requisitio...
          Order for Maintenance of Polish Navy's RBS15 Mk3 Missiles        
Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Naval Port Gdynia, Poland, for the maintenance and logistic support of the Polish Navy’s RBS15 Mk3 surface-to-surface missile system with deliveries taking place 2017-2018. Contracted in 2006, the RBS15 Mk3 is in service on-board the Polish Navy’s Orkan-class fast attack craft. Included in the contract is scheduled maintenance of the missile system and additional ILS in the form of training and additional tool sets...
          The Sports Bra Turns 40! An Interview with the Woman Responsible for Designing It         

Nowadays, sports bras are a de facto part of every woman’s gym bag, a mandatory uniform of anyone looking to shed a few extra pounds or just get those endorphins flowing on the treadmill. But not all that long ago, while of course there were still women who were into athletics, there was no such thing as a sports bra. In fact, it took until 1977 for the first one to hit the mass market, dubbed the “Jogbra” invented by Lisa Lindahl and theater costume designer Polly Smith with the help of Smith’s assistant, Hinda Schreiber. While the original Jogbra was actually made out of two jockstraps sewn together, now as this piece of functional underwear celebrates the 40th anniversary of its creation, the sports bra also celebrates just how far it’s come since then. These bras are now composed of super-advanced fabrics and stitching, taking into consideration the unique needs of every woman’s bodies, breasts, and range of motion.

And if you’ve noticed a decided uptick in the comfort and functionality of your own sports bra over time, you can undoubtedly thank Dr. LaJean Lawson for that. As the Sports Bra Science and Marketing Consultant to Champion Athleticwear for the last 30-plus years she’s helped push the technology behind this piece of apparel forward. She was also kind enough to jump on the phone with PeopleStyle to discuss just how far the sports bra has come, what challenges she’s still facing, and what she sees as the future of this product in an ever-evolving sportswear landscape.

What was your initial involvement with the Jogbra project?

I can’t claim to being one of the actual inventors, but I started very early in consulting with Jogbra. I included the original Jogbra in my Masters’ research at the university and I had been wearing the Jogbra as a runner soon after it was invented, so it was both science and real life for me to become involved with it.

For my Master’s piece, I studied 60 women at Utah State University, A-D, seven different sports bras. Women came to my lab for biomechanical testing, which is measuring how the breasts are moving with cameras. Back in the old days we actually rented movie cameras from Hollywood, using seven millimeter black and white film, which was very expensive and extremely laborious to analyze the 100 frames per second. By contrast, in my lab I now have a state of the art optoelectronic system where I can get immediate results. The research I did back in 1984 is one of the original, seminal papers on sports bras that still gets read and cited on average about once a week. So it was a big deal. Very soon after presenting the results to the American College of Sports Medicine and getting it picked up by Self magazine, Jogbra came back to me and said they were really interested in how their bras work, especially for various sizes of women. That was 1977, and I have been doing one to two scientific studies a year for Champion ever since.

So before your involvement, Jogbra didn’t have that kind of research or scientific component behind its product?

No, actually no companies were doing anything in that area in academic research. Jogbra was the first sports bras in the modern era, the first sports bra released since about the 3rd century AD. This is the one product that we couldn’t borrow or steal from men. It’s something that is a product for women that we need for our sport experience so we’re not being held back because of our anatomy and who we are as women.

The very original sports bra that I’m aware of from the 3rd century AD was used by women in the Olympic events back then. You can go to Sicily, to Kamarina, you can see the actual mosaics. They have barbells, they’re hitting balls, they have olive wreaths on their head and they have these wonderful little bandeaus around the breasts and little bikini bottoms. They’re known as the bikini girls. And then we went into the dark ages.

Why do you think it took until 1977 for the Jogbra to be invented? 

Two historical things that are so important and really work together. One was the passage of the legislation in 1972 called Title IX, which mandated equal opportunity for girls in school and education, including sports. So all of a sudden we have the opening of doors for girls at elementary, high school, college age who then needed gear to support them in these new opportunities they had for play. They had the running boom coming along at that time too in the mid-70s, so these were phenomena in our history that meant if women were to participate, they needed the product. There were women and girls beginning to discover the joy, the strength and the power, all the really great benefits that we get from participating in sports and exercises.

It solved some really major problems. The straps crossing in the back wouldn’t slip down, it was this wide, comfortable band, there was no hardware, and the pouches from the Jogbra actually formed this compression over the breast instead of the traditional cup. And really that DNA is so amazing I could hold up a sports bra that was just released in 2017 and it would have the same basic architecture.

Can you talk a bit about how the sports bra has evolved?

There was a certain freedom with the Jogbra, to pull a bra over your head and go, which is still absolutely current. The ability to pull something on that stretches, adapts to your body, that has straps that aren’t going to fall down, that gives you either a moderate or high level of support based on the intensity of the exercise—there’s just certain needs in that package that are the same for the Jogbra as it is now. Now what is really great 40 years later is all the technology that we have at our disposal. We have moisture wicking, velcros that are very body friendly, we’re able to construct bras using forms of lamination or we have polymer where we melt pieces of fabric rather than stitching them together. So in the toolbox we have some very evolved methods, all geared towards the goal of making the garment more comfortable because there’s less chafing, making the bra handle sweat better, of creating more support with a lighter construction. But the basic problem of these elastic breasts hooked on to your rigid skeleton that produces a lot of force when we run remains the same. I just think we’re able to solve it much better, and certainly in much cuter ways, than the original Jogbra.

What are the biggest logistical concerns that you help solve?

Personally, it’s really learning how to build bras so they work for various sizes. Just yesterday, I had a 42 triple D woman in my lab. Bodies of different sizes respond differently. So actually testing bras in a scientific way using state of the art equipment has helped me and Champion to understand how to build bras that really work and to be able to verify that they work. I know on Champion bras it says high impact, medium impact, maximum impact because it’s been through the lab experience, it has met the criteria that is set by Champion so we guarantee that it’s going to perform this way. Also part of my work over the years is not just measuring support, but giving insights into how women like their bras to feel, to look, is the fit correct. Our bodies are so diverse. I would say there is no piece of apparel more difficult to design well than a sports bra.

It must be very challenging to create as every woman’s body and breasts are completely different and you have to make something that adapts to all of that.

A part of the work is to understand the body, another thing that’s important to Champion is our consumer insight, we really drill down into specific style aspects and personal preferences. Like why would women pick a padded bra if it would potentially make her hotter? There are women that value that for really good reasons and we’re able to understand why. One of my theories is we now live in an era of our lives where there’s always a phone with a camera available. You go to the gym, you take an Instagram. And when you’re working out there’s always a chance you’ll be photographed. Our whole lives are more visual, so it’s not just this inward facing how do I feel in my sports bra, but also this outward facing how do I look in my sports bra? And at Champion we’re very aware of that from our focus groups and watching what goes in the market. In some of my focus groups we’re realizing how many women say ‘I’m a woman, I have breasts, I don’t want my breasts to move, but I also don’t want to look like a boy. I feel good about my body, I like my womanliness, and I want a sports bra that doesn’t hide that.’ I think that’s one of my biggest surprises in more than 30 years of serious research is the shift I needed to make in understanding more of the specific cultural dimensions and personal dimensions of the sports bra. There is no other piece of athletic gear that curates the same significance.

Right, it’s not just our bodies that are unique, it’s our outlook on them and preferences, and you have to come up with a way to accommodate all of that in these pieces of clothing.

I think it’s important to take it seriously, like we do at Champion. We have a sincere interest in knowing and honoring these deeper dimensions, but I can tell you that I keep getting surprised over and over. There are some women who want to be both strong and sexy, they’ll go to the gym in a very plunging bra and do a tough workout, and there are others who are like, man, feeling sexy while I’m working out is just one more pressure I don’t want to have to feel. We’re diverse, and the point is that were designing products that are meeting these diverse psychological or personal expression needs that women have.

What’s been a recent surprise?

The most recent surprises have come with working with women in plus size bodies. To me, they’re just goddesses, just amazing women and amazing athletes. For many of us, there is a lot of coherence between our skin and the underlying muscle. But if you have 2-6″ of body fat between your skin and the muscle, the bra on the body acts differently with more kind of free float. I’m learning so much, and the products only get improved by putting them on a variety of bodies. It’s so important that regardless of where you think you’re going to go with your body size that you have the gear you need right now that you feel good in, that it supports your breasts, and it enables you to enjoy the same healthy things that every other women of any size should have the ability to enjoy and get all the benefits from. The courage and the readiness and the juiciness of these women, this is something that I feel very honored to work with. I feel like I have so much to learn still. We’re at the 40th anniversary of the Jogbra and, I have to say, I’m still excited every day about what I do.

Did you know the sports bra was invented so recently? How do you hope to see sports bras evolve in the future? Sound off below!

          Risk Factors for Institutionalization After Traumatic Brain Injury Inpatient Rehabilitation        
imageObjective: To create a profile of individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who received inpatient rehabilitation and were discharged to an institutional setting using characteristics measured at rehabilitation discharge. Methods: The Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Database is a prospective, multicenter, longitudinal database for people with moderate to severe TBI. We analyzed data for participants enrolled from January 2002 to June 2012 who had lived in a private residence before TBI. This cross-sectional study used logistic regression analyses to identify sociodemographic factors, lengths of stay, and cognitive and physical functioning levels that differentiated patients discharged to institutional versus private settings. Results: Older age, living alone before TBI, and lower levels of function at rehabilitation discharge (independence in locomotion, bladder management, comprehension, and social interaction) were significantly associated with higher institutionalization rates and provided the best models identifying factors associated with institutionalization. Institutionalization was also associated with decreased independence in bed-chair-wheelchair transfers and increased duration of posttraumatic amnesia. Conclusions: Individuals institutionalized after inpatient rehabilitation for TBI were older, lived alone before injury, had longer posttraumatic amnesia durations, and were less independent in specific functional characteristics. Research evaluating the effect of increasing postdischarge support and improving treatment effectiveness in these functional areas is recommended.
          Return to Work After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: A Nationwide Follow-up Study        
imageObjective: To determine return to work (RTW) after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and to compare long-term labor market attachment (LMA) with the general population. Participants: All persons aged 18 to 64 years who received highly specialized neurorehabilitation after severe TBI between 2004 and 2012 (n = 637) were matched to general population controls on age, sex, preinjury employment status, educational level, and residence (n = 2497). Design: Nationwide follow-up study using weekly records on public assistance benefits. Main Measures: Both RTW and LMA were defined as having no public assistance benefits except education grants/leave. Stable LMA was defined as weeks with LMA of 75% or more. LMA among persons with severe TBI and controls was compared using multivariable conditional logistic regression. Results: RTW mainly occurred within first 2 years after severe TBI, with 30% of the people attempting RTW and 16% achieving stable LMA within 2 years. The prevalence of people with LMA decreased to 11% from 2½ years to 5 years postinjury. Adjusted odds ratios were 0.01 for LMA up to 2 years postinjury and 0.05 for stable LMA for persons with severe TBI compared with the general population. Conclusion: Both RTW and long-term LMA after severe TBI were low in Denmark when compared with the general population and other countries.
          Incidence and Associated Risk Factors of Traumatic Brain Injury in a Cohort of Homeless and Vulnerably Housed Adults in 3 Canadian Cities        
imageObjective: To examine the factors associated with incident traumatic brain injury (TBI) among homeless and vulnerably housed persons over a 3-year follow-up period. Setting and participants: Data were obtained from the Health and Housing in Transition study, which tracked the health and housing status of 1190 homeless or vulnerably housed individuals in 3 Canadian cities for 3 years. Design and Main Measures: Main measure was self-reported incident TBI during the follow-up period. Factors associated with TBI were ascertained using mixed-effects logistic regression. Results: During first, second, and third years of follow-up, 187 (19.4%), 166 (17.1%), and 172 (17.9%) participants reported a minimum of 1 incident TBI, respectively. Among 825 participants with available data for all 3 years of follow-up, 307 (37.2%) reported at least 1 incident TBI during the 3-year follow-up period. Lifetime prevalence of TBI, endorsing a history of mental health diagnoses at baseline, problematic alcohol and drug use, younger age, poorer mental health, and residential instability were associated with increased risk of incident TBI during follow-up period. Conclusion: Mental health support and addressing residential instability and problematic substance use may reduce further risk of TBI and its associated poor health and social outcomes in this population.
          Taiwan logistics delegation work to strengthen trade ties with Malaysia        
A Taiwan delegation comprising representatives from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and logistics firms held a matchmaking event Oct. 13 in Kuala Lumpur aimed at enhancing exchanges between Taiwan and Malaysia’s logistics industries and related sectors. The Taiwan-Malaysia Logistics Business Opportunities Seminar was attended by more than 30 companies. During the event, the Global Logistics [...]
          Building a Goat Barn #18: The Hobbit Door        

At long last, the only thing remaining was the door. Now, as I have mentioned earlier, my daughter Eleanor (10 yrs old) has read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and she really wanted me to put a round door on the barn like a hobbit hole.

Well, as luck would have it, I found a free Craigslist posting for a company that had what appeared to be a side of a massive construction spool: it was a huge circle, 7-1/2 feet in diameter and 1-1/2” thick, made of of 1” x 6” pine boards in two layers set at 90 degrees to each other. In other words—it was exactly how I’d make a round door if I was building it myself!

The logistics of a round door are interesting, though. How do you hinge it? When you put a round door in (basically) square wall, how do you frame the empty corners? How do I latch it but keep with the central doorknob look that iis iconic of hobbit doors? How much strain would a nearly 8’ door put on the door post when the thing is swung open? And on and on…and remember, this is the main door of the barn, that I will be using several times a day, every single day!

The first realization I came to was that a single door nearly eight feet wide opens very slowly! I would have to back up nearly four feet in order to open it enough to get inside, and that would be a huge pain on a daily basis. I decided that functionality trumped form in this case, so I cut the door vertically into two unequal parts (sort of a 60/40 split), given me a 3’ wide left door and a 4-1/2’ wide right door. This would also really reduce the load on the hinges and doorposts, too.

The second challenge was hanging a door with a round hinge edge. Here I took advantage of an item of serendipity: a concentric circular groove cut into the face side for whatever need the original builder had. I stained the inner part of the circle to match with window I built (a Minwax Gunstock) and the outer part of the circle I stained much darker (a Jacobean stain, also from Minwax). This gave the illusion that the inner circle was the real hobbit door, while the outside was part of the coaming or frame. After that, I sheared off part of the door frame edges, giving me a straight, flat edge about four feet long on the wall edges. This would give me a easy place to attach my hinges.

Because I would be muscling this door into place either alone or with only the help of my wife (a lovely woman with a game soul, but I would not describe her as “burly”), I needed a way to hang them true and level as easily as possible. I solved this by hinging two four-foot 2×8s together with 3 heavy-duty door hinges. The post plate was then lag screwed into my maple wall posts, and the other plate would be attached to the door itself. Once the hinges plates were attached to the posts, Melissa and I muscled the doors into position, marked and drill bolt holes through the hinge plate and door, and bolted the door onto the 2×8 hinge plate with 4 strong bolts. Worked like a charm:

The next challenge was the surround—those awkward arc-shaped corners that the door didn’t fill. Conventional wisdom (and the Peter Jackson movies) would dictate that these should be part of the door frame, but I hated the idea of installing permanent foot-catching sills that I’d have to step over or negotiate every time. So, I simply cut them from 3/4 outdoor ply and screwed them to the back of the door! Again, this worked visually (I think) because I had stained the door to look like the entire outer part was a raised frame anyway. Now we had this:

The last piece was the doorknob/closure mechanism. Again, the central doorknob is the classic look for a hobbit door, but how to make it work? Luckily, smarter heads than mine—specifically Matthias from Woodworking for Engineers—had already figured this out! From his oh-so-cool site, I download an app that let me design a rack and pinion gear, which I cut from 5/8” birch plywood. When the spindle of the pinion gear turns, the bar shoots across the doors into a socket, locking the two doors together! I have a video of the action before I installed it, but unfortunately I can’t figure out how to upload it here. I finished off the mechanism with a “doorknob” cut from an alder branch. The finished product:

With that, the barn is nearly finished, though of course, a woodworker is never really done…I’m sure there’ll be plenty of internal improvements, external embellishments, etc, etc. etc!

          Lowongan Kerja - Indonesia Career Expo Bandung - Januari 2017        

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          Why Do Investors Prefer Amazon to Apple?        

Why do investors prefer Amazon to Apple? Sure, the gadget maker’s market capitalization is far larger. Yet investors are willing to pay almost nine times as much for the retailer’s estimated earnings. That looks expensive in any case. But it’s also odd, because Amazon perpetually promises more jam tomorrow, while Apple delivers it. 

Both companies are growing revenue at similar rates - just under 30 percent a year. But it’s no contest when it comes to the bottom line. Amazon runs at about break-even - it scraped out a measly $7 million of income from $12.8 billion of sales last quarter. Apple’s 25 percent net margin, meanwhile, generated $8.8 billion of black ink. 

Of course, what matters to Wall Street is the future. Amazon is valued at 100 times estimated 2013 earnings because investors think its position as the leading internet retailer, digital content and gadget seller will eventually unleash a torrent of profit. 

Meanwhile, Apple’s valuation implies its profit growth will come under pressure. Its stock is valued at 11.6 times next year’s estimated earnings. That’s the same multiple as the S&P 500. Strip out Apple’s huge cash pile and its multiple drops to just nine times earnings. 

But if either company’s business looks more solid, it’s Apple’s. It doesn’t compete on price, instead relying on other attributes like quality. Just look at how it has positioned the iPhone and the new iPad mini. Amazon, on the other hand, has a long-standing history of slashing prices to fight rivals. It has built an advanced IT and logistics operation as well. 

But one critical financial metric suggests Amazon’s moat may be weaker than it appears. Its return on invested capital has been falling steadily. In 2009 it was more than 40 percent. In this year’s second quarter it stood at just 11 percent. That could mean Amazon is investing in businesses - whether its robotic distribution systems or corporate IT on-demand services. But profitable opportunities for Amazon may simply be drying up. 

Apple’s return on invested capital in the past quarter was about four times as high as Amazon’s, implying no such trade-off. Investors would be better off buying Apple today and ignoring Amazon’s promise of jam tomorrow.

Read more at Reuters Breakingviews.

          Winter weddings rare but distinctive        
Season brings logistical risks, lower costs
          Laundry Logistics         

I remember it well.
We brought home our third baby and the laundry seemed to quadruple overnight.

I was so naive.

Enter the fourth, fifth-seventh, and eighth- twelfth children and...
the laundry fiasco consumes my life.

Kids pile clothes in gender-specific baskets by the washer and dryer, teens not included (they do their own laundry). I wash clothes multiple times per day, dry, take them out of the dryer and put into a basket to be folded. Lots of times I bring the baskets to the living room and declare it a "folding party" and get all the kids to help fold clothes really quickly, which means I find girls jeans in the boys piles and boys pajamas mixed into the pink silky stuff. These piles get sorted by bedroom and I either put them away myself or delegate that to the kids, which results in multiple mornings of "moooommmmm.... I can't find jeannnnnssssss!!" when I know they are clean, but not put away correctly. This part makes me insane. When you have 3 boys in a 8-10 and they share a closet, you'd think it would be easier to find ONE pair of jeans that fit one of them. You would be wrong.

So... one day, I had asked the kids to clean their play room ONE TOO MANY TIMES which resulted in a version of "clean" that looked like this:

Clearly not okay.

I mean, I'm not the most organized person on the planet... (dear husband: stop laughing.)
but I had organized bins and labeled containers for everything to get put away in the right place. 
I had made this easy on them - they CHOOSE to be lazy and not do it the right way.

So... I did what any logical, calm, thinking person would do.

I totally flipped out and pulled EVERYLASTSINGLESTINKINGTOY out of the playroom into the entry and started bagging them up like garbage.

Uh huh. I do that too. Oh, you thought it was just you? Nope. I have the patent on freaking-out-mommy-ism.

Then I decided I was repossessing this room. They can't have it and not take care of it... space is at a MAJOR premium in this house and I'm not dealing with THAT kind of mess on the main level, right by the front door. Nope. Done.

So I went around and assessed the clothing situation. 
Again, for your viewing pleasure...

 I'm so not kidding. These were all taken in a matter of 10 minutes. This was not staged for some dramatic blog purpose. These are actual rooms/hallways/closets IN MY HOUSE! I can't physically stay on top of this mess. It's impossible for one person. Not possible. IMpossible. I have other things to do besides laundry... like cooking for 14 people multiple times a day. Sheesh.

So... my social worker and I were talking that day (not about laundry specifically) and she said "you know, your complaints are never about the kids, or about behaviors, or about the noise... it's always the mess. You need a helper."

Well, I thought about that... and since I'm a major introvert/private type person and the thought of having someone come help me clean up my house causes me to break out in hives with a rapid heart rate and breathing abnormalities... I decided instead that I'm TAKING MY HOUSE BACK, dadgummit!!

So... the logical conclusion was to move ALLLLLLLLLL those baskets of clothes into the play room, ahem... "kids closet"... and begin to sort, box up wrong sizes and wrong seasons, and put things into size order by child - not by number. I have a 6 year old who can wear the same size as our 4 year old, and two 7/8 year old boys who wear basically the same size except one has more trunk space than the other and therefore the same jeans don't work with both of them. 

More pictures:

I had found some shelves up in the attic that were previously in the closets and above the laundry area before my husband did his awesome built-in cubbies. I used those and had to buy one more long shelf and some brackets... which was not very much expense for the whole project.
Dremels are awesome. 

Level. Uh huh. Awesomeness.

Half of the room... bookshelf that still has toy-room remnants. That was quickly fixed.
View of the center of the room - windows. I added benches for shoe-application.

Right side of the room... boy's side.

 After I put up these shelves, I spent a day just admiring the cleanness of the room. No chaos, no piles of junk, no stepping on Legos... it was nice. The next morning... that came to an abrupt halt.

I brought ALLLLLLL the clothes to the room and bought every child-size hanger at the Everything's-a-dollar store. Every. Single. Hanger. 

I wish I had a better size comparison for this. Some sort of scale.

This pic is a little better. The red bin is a large storage rubbermaid tote.

 So, I started sorting. A pile for "out-of-season", a pile for "won't fit anyone next season" and a pile for "stained to embarrassing levels" and two piles of "keep-wearing now", one on the boys side of the room, the other on the girls side. This was fast. It was furious. It was decisive and cleansing.

After that was done, I started sorting the girl piles. One for the younger girls (who thankfully wear the same size) and one for the older girls (who also wear the same size). I sorted them into full outfits - skirt/leggings/top, pants/turtleneck/sweater, dress/leggings. I left some jeans by themselves and some tops by themselves for those days they want to choose an outfit for themselves. I put the outfits on the top hanging rod and the single items below. I sorted and folded pajama sets together. I put undies into two bins - 4T and 6X. I made a bin of socks and I put things I think they may grow into very quickly on the top shelf. DONE!

I moved to the boys clothes piles and did the same thing, except I didn't make "outfits". I sorted pants from tops, divided by size and type, and put everything on hangers. I have two small open dish pans for t-shirts, one for athletic pants, and one for dress pants that they ALWAYS try to wear to school. (That one went up high.)

I bought more dollar-store dish pans for shoes. They slide right in under the boys' clothes racks and I labeled them by person. I have yet to hear "I can't find my shoes" at 7:58 on a school day since.

Here are some mostly-complete version photos:

girl side taken at night... weird lighting.

Boy side - it was dark when I took this, too.

You can sort of see the bins in these last two pictures. The bins on the middle shelf above on the left are extra leggings and tights by size. On the bottom are dressy shoes, but those got moved up high and pajamas took those bottom two shelves. The undies are in the blue buckets. 

My next problem was that those french doors to this room... well, they don't exactly help me hide my new organizational heaven from those who come to visit and who might not understand the decor.

So... my friend Shauna reminded me of these french doors I had seen online covered with maps... and I just happened to have a giant stack of old National Geographic maps...
so I used a few of the less-popular ones and covered the windows! Now there's privacy, cute design, and I can shut the doors when we have company and not worry about them wondering why I have 9 kids worth of clothing in what used to be the office (that turned into the playroom).

The picture on the left, you can see bags...those are gone now. I was unpacking from our trip!  

Oh, and I left the TV in there...
so I can still use this room as a quiet retreat for a few littles if need be!

P.S - what happened to their toys? Well, the room I created in their bedrooms by removing all the clothes left nice cubbies and organized spaces to put crates of toys! Now the boys can sit in their bedroom and play legos or the girls can go build their doll house and play tea party in their bedrooms without bumping into each other and dragging the tiny parts all over the entry way and into the dining and living rooms. Amen.

          Life Origami: Can You Delight in the Slow Unfolding?        

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          Victimization and Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence among Female and Male Youth and Adults in South Africa        

OBJECTIVE: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a huge public health problem. The aim of the study was to estimate the prevalence and influence of sociodemographic and health characteristics on IPV victimization and perpetration among women and men 15 years and older in South Africa.

MATERIALS & METHODS: Data based on the South African national population-based survey in 2012 for 15916 (8532 women and 7384 men) aged 15 years and older who were in an intimate partner relationship were analysed. Bivariate and multivariable logistic regression was conducted to assess the association between sociodemographic factors, health variables and IPV victimization and perpetration.

RESULTS: Among women, 8.5% had experienced any form of IPV in the past 12 months, and 3.5% of the women had engaged in IPV perpetration in the past 12 months. Among men, 5.0% had experienced any form of IPV in past 12 months, and 4.4% of the men had engaged in IPV perpetration in the past 12 months. In multivariable logistic regression analysis among women, younger age, being African Black, having psychological distress, having been a victim of violent crime and having had multiple sexual partners were associated with IPV victimization in the past 12 months, while younger age, psychological distress, hazardous or harmful alcohol use, and having had multiple sexual partners was associated with IPV perpetration in the past 12 months. In multivariable logistic regression analysis among men, younger age, psychological distress, hazardous or harmful alcohol use, and having been a victim of violence crime was associated with IPV victimization in the past 12 months, while younger age, poor health status, psychological distress, hazardous or harmful alcohol use, and illicit drug use was associated with IPV perpetration in the past 12 months.

CONCLUSION: Past 12-month prevalence of IPV victimization and perpetration among women and men was significant. IPV gender commonalities and differences in risk factors, such as psychological distress, substance use, crime victimization and sexual risk behaviour, may inform strategies of violence prevention programmes.

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          The 2009 Outbreak of A-H1N1 Swine Flu Need Not Be Catastrophic        

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          01 Introduction (teaching only)        

In this session Alan welcomes the participants and gives an overview of what the retreat will entail. He also talks a little about the Thanyapura Mind Centre and its vision.

Note: Several sections concerning logistical issues have been removed from the recording


I believe that the tobacco industry is surreptitiously subsidizing the making of movies with favorable portrayals of cigarette smoking. Usually Occam's Razor is the only tool you need to disassemble these sorts of hypotheses, but I haven't managed to cut this one up yet. From the tobacco companies' point of view, it makes almost perfect sense: their outlets for conventional advertising are drastically constrained by law, and there are next to no celebrities willing to formally endorse a carcinogenic addiction, but there are no restrictions at all placed on the depiction of smoking in movies, and no shortage of actors willing to help define a sense of cool with cigarettes at its center. We laughed, back in college, when we watched Now, Voyager in one of my film-studies classes, at all the dramatic romantic scenes that revolved around cigarettes, but after seeing Henry Fool, Whatever and Polish Wedding in quick succession, I can no longer recall why the smoking in Now, Voyager seemed anachronistic. One could argue that the smoking in Henry Fool, like the drinking and the sex, is intended to emphasize the self-destructive amorality of the characters, and Whatever at least makes an issue out of it, but the ever-present haze in Polish Wedding is used, completely without apology or caveat, as a convenient medium for family bonding, as if the characters would have flown kites together if there was more open space in their neighborhood, or played Scrabble if any of them could spell or read, but have fallen back on smoking cigarettes for purely logistical reasons. It's fantastically infuriating and depressing: all the Surgeon General warnings, health-care-expense lawsuits and Joe Camel injunctions in the world are likely to accomplish nothing as long as people can, without any risk of repercussions, make movies that show young children smoking, pregnant girls smoking, parents smoking, and parents condoning the smoking of young children and pregnant girls and each other. Polish Wedding features Claire Danes, whose acting career is based on playing one of the most thoughtful fifteen-year-olds in modern fiction, smoking cigarettes with apparent relish, and I can't remember the last time a single scene in a movie filled me with such violent disgust. Who do you think the next generation of tobacco-industry marketing targets are going to trust, an ex-Surgeon General who looks like an Amish Wilford Brimley, or Angela? If we truly cared about our children and ourselves, we wouldn't put up with this. Smoking is bad. It's bad for the person doing it, it's bad for the people around them, it's bad for society as a whole. It combines the worst qualities of selfishness, suicide and procrastination. If you smoke, you should stop. This is a really simple issue. Quitting is hard, but so are lots of things. If this country had any convictions at all, we'd toss every last tobacco-company executive in jail for five times the length of their industry career, use their fields as a convenient dumping ground for all the napalm we've got left over from Vietnam, confiscate their non-tobacco divisions and turn them over to Junior Achievement, sponsor a pampered week in detox for anybody who needs it, ask Zippo politely to think of some other lovable pocket gadget to manufacture, and get on with facing all the problems that have some challenging ambiguity to them. The fact that we haven't done this yet is attributable to exactly two things: human weakness and corporate profits. If there are clearer examples of the systemic flaw of capitalism as a social organizing principle, or sadder jokes than the "No Smoking" signs on the theater doors, I can't currently think of them.

          To Keep Teenagers Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In        
In college, I set my school schedule to start at 9 or 10 am because I believe that this is the optimal time when I am more alert and awake. Schools start so early that students are not paying attention in their morning classes because they stayed up late doing homework. I believe test scores and grades overall would dramatically increase if schools started later. With that extra time, I would be able to eat breakfast, instead of being rushed to get to school on time. 

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Jilly Dos Santos really did try to get to school on time. She set three successive alarms on her phone. Skipped breakfast. Hastily applied makeup while her fuming father drove. But last year she rarely made it into the frantic scrum at the doors of Rock Bridge High School here by the first bell, at 7:50 a.m.
Then she heard that the school board was about to make the day start even earlier, at 7:20 a.m.
“I thought, if that happens, I will die,” recalled Jilly, 17. “I will drop out of school!”
That was when the sleep-deprived teenager turned into a sleep activist. She was determined to convince the board of a truth she knew in the core of her tired, lanky body: Teenagers are developmentally driven to be late to bed, late to rise. Could the board realign the first bell with that biological reality?
The sputtering, nearly 20-year movement to start high schools later has recently gained momentum in communities like this one, as hundreds of schools in dozens of districts across the country have bowed to the accumulating research on the adolescent body clock.
In just the last two years, high schools in Long Beach, Calif.; Stillwater, Okla.; Decatur, Ga.;, and Glens Falls, N.Y., have pushed back their first bells, joining early adopters in Connecticut, North Carolina, Kentucky and Minnesota. The Seattle school board will vote this month on whether to pursue the issue. The superintendent of Montgomery County, Md., supports the shift, and the school board for Fairfax County, Va., is working with consultants to develop options for starts after 8 a.m.
New evidence suggests that later high school starts have widespread benefits. Researchers at the University of Minnesota, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, studied eight high schools in three states before and after they moved to later start times in recent years. In results released Wednesday they found that the later a school’s start time, the better off the students were on many measures, including mental health, car crash rates, attendance and, in some schools, grades and standardized test scores.
Dr. Elizabeth Miller, chief of adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, who was not involved in the research, noted that the study was not a randomized controlled trial, which would have compared schools that had changed times with similar schools that had not. But she said its methods were pragmatic and its findings promising.
“Even schools with limited resources can make this one policy change with what appears to be benefits for their students,” Dr. Miller said.
Researchers have found that during adolescence, as hormones surge and the brain develops, teenagers who regularly sleep eight to nine hours a night learn better and are less likely to be tardy, get in fights or sustain athletic injuries. Sleeping well can also help moderate their tendency toward impulsive or risky decision-making.
During puberty, teenagers have a later release of the â€œsleep” hormone melatonin, which means they tend not to feel drowsy until around 11 p.m. That inclination can be further delayed by the stimulating blue light from electronic devices, which tricks the brain into sensing wakeful daylight, slowing the release of melatonin and the onset of sleep. The Minnesota study noted that 88 percent of the students kept a cellphone in their bedroom.
But many parents, and some students, object to shifting the start of the day later. They say doing so makes sports practices end late, jeopardizes student jobs, bites into time for homework and extracurricular activities, and upsets the morning routine for working parents and younger children.
At heart, though, experts say, the resistance is driven by skepticism about the primacy of sleep.
“It’s still a badge of honor to get five hours of sleep,” said Dr. Judith Owens, a sleep expert at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington. “It supposedly means you’re working harder, and that’s a good thing. So there has to be a cultural shift around sleep.”
Last January, Jilly decided she would try to make that change happen in the Columbia school district, which sprawls across 300 square miles of flatland, with 18,000 students and 458 bus routes. But before she could make the case for a later bell, she had to show why an earlier one just would not do.
She got the idea in her team-taught Advanced Placement world history class, which explores the role of leadership. Students were urged to find a contemporary topic that ignited their passion. One morning, the teachers mentioned that a school board committee had recommended an earlier start time to solve logistical problems in scheduling bus routes. The issue would be discussed at a school board hearing in five days. If you do not like it, the teachers said, do something.
Jilly did the ugly math: A first bell at 7:20 a.m. meant she would have to wake up at 6 a.m.
She had found her passion.
She seemed an unlikely choice to halt what was almost a done deal. She was just a sophomore, and did not particularly relish conflict. But Jilly, the youngest of seven children, had learned to be independent early on: Her mother died when she was 9.
And she is energetic and forthright. That year, she had interned on a voter turnout drive for Missouri Democrats, volunteered in a French-immersion prekindergarten class, written for the student newspaper, worked at a fast-food pizza restaurant and maintained an A average in French, Spanish and Latin.
“It’s about time management,” she explained one recent afternoon, curled up in an armchair at home.
That Wednesday, she pulled an all-nighter. She created a Facebook page and set up a Twitter account, alerting hundreds of students about the school board meeting: “Be there to have a say in your school district’s decisions on school start times!”
She then got in touch with Start School Later, a nonprofit group that provided her with scientific ammunition. She recruited friends and divided up sleep-research topics. With a blast of emails, she tried to enlist the help of every high school teacher in the district. She started an online petition.
The students she organized made hundreds of posters and fliers, and posted advice on Twitter: “If you are going to be attending the board meeting tomorrow we recommend that you dress up!”
The testy school board meeting that Monday was packed. Jilly, wearing a demure, ruffled white blouse and skirt, addressed the board, blinking owl-like. The dignitaries’ faces were a blur to her because while nervously rubbing her eyes, she had removed her contact lenses. But she spoke coolly about the adolescent sleep cycle: “You know, kids don’t want to get up,” she said. “I know I don’t. Biologically, we’ve looked into that.”
The board heatedly debated the issue and decided against the earlier start time.
The next day Jilly turned to campaigning for a later start time, joining a movement that has been gaining support. A 2011 report by the Brookings Institution recommended later start times for high schools, and last summer Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, posted his endorsement of the idea on Twitter...
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          Flipkart’s senior executive Neeraj Aggarwal makes a switch to Ola        
Flipkart’s Neeraj Aggarwal, who served as VP of Ekart, has left the company as per the people aware of the development. In addition, he has joined cab aggregator Ola as the head of driver engagement and incentive planning. As per Neeraj’s LinkedIn profile, he was handling the supply chain and logistics of the e-commerce marketplace. This […]
          Flipkart COO Nitin Seth quits        
Nitin Seth, Flipkart’s chief operating officer has apparently resigned, as per two sources aware of the development. He was one of the highest ranking executives on the platform and was in charge of the logistics unit Ekart, as well as strategy and human resources. His resignation is being tendered due to personal reasons. Seth’s resignation […]
          Why Trump can not be moved back to the United States iPhone assembly?        

For Apple to move back to the United States assembled this iphone hot news, do you think will really happen?

US President-elect Trump recently told Cook that if the iPhone can move back to the US manufacturing, Apple will consider a substantial reduction in corporate taxes. At the same time also came the apple has asked Hon Hai, and the master assessment of the possibility of set up factories in the United States. In this regard, the Singapore media bluntly, China has a large and skilled labor, production and technology, a high degree of concentration advantage, iPhone moved back to the United States manufacturing can never be achieved.

In addition to low labor costs and low limits of regulation, China's most important advantage is the large and skilled labor force. Apple foundries in the last year to iPhone6 s production, then summer recruitment of 100,000, this spectacular scene can not occur in the United States.

Apple executives estimate that to manage 200,000 production line workers, need 8700 industrial engineers, but in 2014 the United States only 7,000 college students to complete the professional learning. In contrast, Shenzhen has millions of engineers and labor force, a high concentration of production and technology.

In addition, iphone parts are mostly produced near the assembly line, so not only speed up the production rate but also reduce inventory and logistics costs. This after decades of development from the industrial ecological system, can not all move to the United States, this is also unreasonable.

The ecosystem makes Apple one of the most profitable companies in the world, supporting two million jobs in the United States and enabling Americans to buy the best electronics at the most affordable price. At the same time as Asia, especially China's development, the demand for these places on the iPhone is also growing. If Apple moved back to the US production, the cost is bound to increase, these additional costs will eventually be reflected in the price. This is fatal to Apple.

Therefore, the comprehensive consideration of all aspects, we believe that Apple will not be able to move back to the United States iphone assembly. In this regard, do you agree? 


          iPhone7 parts cost? want to know? !        

  iPhone7 parts cost

  Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus recently as the most popular smartphone, naturally the attention of consumers, they are a new design and dual camera iphone 7 Plus Improved access to many consumers. Then, some consumers would certainly think of this problem, in the end assembly of a price hundreds of dollars from the iPhone 7, costs about how much money?

  iPhone7 parts cost? want to know? !

  We can not determine the real situation, the US Cable News Network or for us to make up their own answers, suggesting the method is very simple, according to some of their popular smartphone prices for parts to speculate about that.

  First, the cost of the battery is approximately $ 4 camera assembly cost of $ 26, $ 74 a logic board, a speaker $ 11.50, other parts of the US $ 117.5, while the other section includes those small sensor and baseband etc., CNN net also mentioned that the logic board and iPhone screen should be the most expensive of the two components.

  After such a comparison is estimated that in the end they believe, iPhone costs a 128 GB 7 approximately US $ 292, while its retail price of $ 750 (US).

  This also means that, iPhone accounted for the cost of the actual retail price of 39%. Of course, we all know that this equation does not simply draw, because all the manufacturing cost iPhone 7 also includes a behind no accounting of research and development, software, marketing, and logistics costs, and so on.

          My Kickstarter Experience        
photo by gazelyDESIGN

Launching and successfully funding my first Kickstarter Campaign has been an amazing experience. I have had many requests to share what I have learned so far and what I suggest for a successful campaign. Here I am sharing my experience and observations, but of course, it is different for everyone. Different projects benefit from different strategies, however, I have learned that there are some universal commonalities with successful campaigns.


I started researching and preparing for my campaign almost 6 months before it launched. I created a campaign strategy, much like a business plan, that allowed me to plan for and administer all of the necessary components of the campaign.

I also did a great deal of research on my project- all of the legalities, supplies, pricing, and more to ensure that I was planning a viable project and appropriately budgeting my campaign. 

My other form of research was other campaigns- what was successful, what was being funded in Canada (a new and small market for Kickstarter), and what elements made for great campaigns.


Much like a small business plan, I drafted a whole plan around the logistics and marketing of my campaign. Necessary steps included professional photographs, a video, blog posts and social media posts, contributors for my rewards, networking with bloggers who would actively promote my campaign, drafting a Press Release, and setting a schedule of events once we launched our campaign. 


From early on, it was very clear that the best, most engaging campaigns have great marketing components. I hired a professional photographer and graphic designer to ensure I had excellent product photos and a campaign video that could be the introduction on the Kickstarter page. 

I also scheduled blog posts, incentives, social media posts, and features with other bloggers in advance of my campaign. It is very time-consuming to spend 30 days (the length of my campaign and the most recommended by Kickstarter) promoting a project. It is easy for fans to have Kickstarter fatigue. I tried to keep my content fresh, well- timed, and I would post live when we reached a milestone or had something new and exciting to share. 

Be cautious about over-promoting- I did see some of this as I followed other campaigns and this is why it is very useful to use several social media outlets so that you can vary your content to your audience. Also, watch out for spammy types of promotion that are around crowd-funding.


I was very happy with how I planned my reward tiers but in the future I would make some slight adjustments. Now that I have delivered all of my rewards and received feedback from my backers it is so nice to hear that people are happy with what they received. One thing I was very careful about was making sure I could deliver my rewards on time. Kickstarter highly recommends delivering rewards on time and now I can see why. I have seen great campaigns that have failed to deliver rewards on time and it is visible on social media and on Kickstarter when backers start questioning and complaining about their rewards. I staggered my delivery dates and this is a great strategy to spread out the production, cost, and work of packing and mailing rewards. Also, I have seen campaigns change their rewards after the fact. I recently observed a successfully-funded campaign for a food product that has since changed many of the rewards they promised their backers, delivered their rewards late, and have actually changed the project. I have a feeling that there are many disappointed backers for this project.


It has been wonderful to connect with my backers- some friends and family, some long-lost friends, some from my business network, some who live in my community, and some who just randomly found me or heard about me from the media. I sent a thank you message (which you can do through the Kickstarter website) to every single backer. And I sent it within a few hours of receiving their pledge. I was glued to my IPad, which I don't normally do, but I really wanted to be able to express my gratitude and let people know that their pledge was making a difference. Also, when I mailed out all of my rewards, I wrote a personal note in every package. I think that when people take the time to write out someone's name and say thank you, that backers truly appreciate the details. 

Backers are future customers so every interaction is a customer service moment. Whether the project is successfully funded or not, people who back a project are likely to return and back another or buy your product. I have since had many orders from my backers which is a wonderful statement about building relationships and connecting with people who believe in my project.

Finally, I cannot overstate how truly grateful I am to my backers and to everyone to shared my project and helped to promote it. Local media, bloggers, friends, family, and customers were all integral to the success of my campaign. Most of all, I had fun doing the project and am excited about the growth of my business.

          iPhone 6s parts cost? Are you clear it?        

  iPhone 6s parts cost

  iPhone 6s / 6s Plus as the current Apple's two flagship mobile phone, the user has been the focus of attention. Then the iPhone 6s parts cost? Are you clear it? In this regard, we take a look at:

  Here's to the 64GB version of the iphone 6s example:

  Report by professional bodies found dismantling the entire iPhone 6s are the most expensive parts of a unified package of application processor and memory, the price is $ 58.5, accounting for almost a quarter of the total cost of the machine.

  In addition, the touch screen assembly parts is part of the more expensive part of the iPhone 6s, the total value including the display and the touch screen is $ 42.5.

  There are $ 28 in the mechanical structure of the housing, $ 25 Flash, $ 23.5 RF devices, but the camera and the imaging element is only $ 19, there is $ 7.5 power management unit with audio module, $ 5.5 sensor, 3.5 USD battery and $ 15.5 of other parts.

  As a comparison, last year's iPhone 6 costs $ 228.5 parts, so the iPhone 6s cost increase of about 9% lower case, iPhone 6s still maintain the original price, or is regarded as the "dosage does not increase."

  Of course, the price of an iphone 6s does not only include the cost of parts, it also includes the cost of research and development, logistics, as well as staff salaries, etc. Therefore, when you buy iphone 6s, there is no need to sigh Apple to earn huge profits.

          Must See Video – “Rise Up!”        
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          Upset over Federal Spending? You have not seen the half of it.        
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          CHP-163-Zhou Enlai Part 3        

In this Part 3 episode the story of Zhou Enlai is taken all the way up to the 1943 Yan'an Rectification Campaign.  We'll look at the Zunyi Conference, the Long March, the Xian Incident and finally the ill-fated Second United Front.  At every historic moment, Zhou Enlai was there, playing a lead role.


Ruijin   瑞金   City on Fujian-Jiangxi border

Gu Shunzhang   顾顺章 Early CCP leader and later betrayer

Xiang Zhongfa   向忠发 Early CCP leader appointed by the Comintern.

Bo Gu 博古 One of the 28 Bolsheviks and right hand to Wang Ming

Zhu De   朱德 Founder of the Red Army

Guizhou   贵州 Western province in China

Liping   黎平 City in eastern Guizhou

Guiyang Capital of Guizhou Province

Zunyi   遵义 City just north of Liping

Zunyi Huiyi The Zunyi Conference

Wang Ming   王明 Comintern appointed CCP leader and head of the 28 Bolsheviks

Zhang Wentian 张闻天 Former 28 Bolshevik and Party leader who sided with Mao

Wang Jiaxiang 王稼祥 Another former 28 Bolshevik and Party leader who sided with Mao

Yang Shangkun 杨尚昆 Major CCP leader and later President of PRC

Zhang Guotao 张国焘 CCP founding member, Mao rival and later KMT defector

Lianghekou 两河口 Place in northern Sichuan, site of the Lianghekou Meeting 6/28/1935

Maoergai 毛儿盖 Place in northern Sichuan, site of the Maoergai Meeting in August 2935.

Dadu River 大渡河 River in Sichuan, site of a famous battle during the Long March retreat

Yang Lisan   楊立三 Future PRC minister, helped carry Zhou's stretcher during the Long March

Zong Hòuqín Bù 总后勤部 Logistics and supply division of the PLA

Fu Lianzhang 傅连暲 Nelson Fu, Western trained Chinese doctor who made the Long March

Deng Yingchao 邓颖超   Wife and lifelong partner of Zhou Enlai

Yang Hucheng 杨虎城 Nationalist general commanding the Northwest Army

Dongbei Jun 东北军 The Northeast Army

Zhang Xueliang 张学良 The Young Marshal, son of Zhang Zuolin, PRC hero, ROC villain.

Shao Shi   少师 Young Marchal

Zhang Zuolin   张作霖 The Manchurian Warlord, father of Zhang Xueliang

Jiu Yi Ba 九一八 September 18, 1931 the Mukden Incident

Pu Yi 溥仪 the Last Emperor, brought out of retirement to be the figurehead of Manchukuo

Manchukuo 满洲国 Japanese puppet state set up in Manchuria

Yan'an 延安 Revolutionary base of the CCP after the Long March

Shaanxi 陕西 Northwest province of China.

Xian 西安 Site of ancient Chinese capitals and the capital of Shaanxi Province

Xinhua 新华 New China

Luoyang   洛阳 Former imperial capital from ancient times, city in Henan

Tang Xuanzong   唐玄宗 The Tang Dynasty emperor who took the dynasty to great heights

Yang Guifei 杨贵妃 Tang Xuanzong's favorite concubine

H.H. Kung 孔祥熙 Husband of Song Ailing and consummate insider into ROC politics

Song Meiling 宋美龄 Madame Chiang Kai-shek

T.V. Soong 宋子文 Brother of the Soong Sisters

Chiang Ching-kuo   蒋经国 Future ROC president and son of Chiang Kai-shek

Song Qingling   宋庆龄   Madame Sun Yat-sen

Xikou   溪口 Near Ningbo, the birthplace of Chiang Kai-shek and location of the Young Marshal's first prison.

Ba Lu Jun 八路军 The Eighth Route Army

Peng Dehuai   彭德怀 Great Red Army general

Ye Ting  叶挺 Red Army general from the early days of the revolution

Xiang Ying 项英 Early CCP organizer and leader in the New Fourth Army

Chongqing   重庆 Wartime capital of China after it was removed from Nanjing and Wuhan

Lan Ping - Jiang Qing 蓝苹 - 江青 - Madame Mao

Xinhua Ribao 新华日报 the New China Daily.

Tai'erzhuang campaign 台儿庄会战 a.k.a. The Battle of Taierzhuang. The Rep. of China's first victory over the Japanese army.

Li Zongren 李宗仁 former Guangxi warlord together with Bai Chongxi

Bai Chongxi   白崇禧 former Guangxi warlord together with Li Zongren

Wuhan   武汉 City in Hubei made up of Wuchang, Hankou and Hanyang

Bai Qiu'en 白求恩Norman Bethune

Dong Biwu   董必武 Early CCP leader and founding member

Chen Duxiu   陈独秀   CCP Co-Founder, along with Li Dazhao

Changsha 长沙 Capital of Hunan Province

Guilin 桂林 Picturesque city in Guangxi Province

Ye Jianying   叶剑英 Immortal Communist military leader and statesman

Dai Li 戴笠 Chiang Kai-shek's secret police chief

Shangguan Yunxiang   上官云相 KMT General, led the New Fourth Army Incident

Chen Yi   陈毅   Great general, Shanghai mayor, Foreign Minister

Liu Shaoqi 刘少奇 Great early CCP mover and shaker of a thousand talents. Prime target of the Cultural Revolution.

Yan'an Zhengfeng Yundong 延安整风运动 Yan'an Rectification Movement

Yundong 运动 Campaign or movement

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          Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Library Guides        
Do you you know that if you are attending events at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (aka Krannert or KCPA) we've got guides to help you learn more about the groups and pieces being performed? Each month we publish a guide to that month's dance, music, and theatre performances, linking to scores, audio and video recordings, and books that will prepare you for the experience or teach you more about what you've already heard. From the main KCPA Guides page, you can select a particular month from the list. KCPAguides.jpg Once you've selected a guide, you can choose a tab for the performance you are interested in. KCPAGuideTabs.jpg Each tab will include details of the event, a video clip if one is available, featured items in the MPAL collection, and links to more materials in our collection about the performers and art forms. KCPAGuidesFeatured.jpg KCPAGuidesDiscover.jpg Occasionally we will include helpful links to information outside of the Library as well. Each monthly guide has a welcome tab that points you to logistical information about using our Library and checking things out, and also has a tab titled "Attending a Performance" that offers resources to help you increase your listening/viewing enjoyment and concert-going tips. The goal of these Music and Performing Arts Library guides is to help you Uncover and Discover the great resources in our collections that can increase your enjoyment and understanding of the performances at KCPA.
          El principio de Peter o la sencilla razón de por que las cosas siempre salen mal        

Vivimos en tiempos de progreso aparentemente interminables - y, sin embargo las cosas siguen yendo mal: los trenes llegan tarde, y siempre se asciende de puesto a la persona equivocada. Pues bien, resulta que hay una explicación para todo esto es el denominado principio de Peter.

"En una jerarquía, todo empleado tiende a ascender hasta su nivel de incompetencia: la nata sube hasta cortarse. "
Laurence J. Peter

Cualquier cosa que funciona será utilizado en aplicaciones cada vez más desafiantes hasta que falla. Este es el "principio de Peter generalizado". La generalización del principio es menos pesimista en sus implicaciones, ya que la evolución carece de la inercia burocrática que empuja y mantiene las personas en una posición de no apto.

Esto explica por qué incluso las especies más complejas y adaptativas (como nosotros mismos, los seres humanos) estamos todavía "luchando por la supervivencia" como los organismos más primitivos las bacterias. Si alguna vez una especie obtuviera el control sobre todos sus problemas evolutivos, entonces la "hipótesis de la Reina Roja" se aseguraría de que surgirían nuevos problemas más complejos, por lo que la especie seguiría manteniendo el equilibrio al borde de su dominio de la incompetencia.

En conclusión, el principio de Peter generalizado indica que en la evolución de los sistemas tienden a desarrollar hasta el límite de sus competencias de adaptación 

Este principio formulado en su libro The Peter Principle, de 1969 por Laurence J. Peter basado en el «estudio de las jerarquías en las organizaciones modernas», es uno de los descubrimientos más relevantes y extendidos de la historia,  fuente de explicación y debate de numerosos comportamientos sociales y psicológicos del ser humano.

Al inicio Laurence J. Peter propuso por primera vez esta teoría como una sátira a las grandes burocracias, una obra polémica, irónica, pero que recientemente los investigadores han comenzado a probar científicamente. 

The Peter principle revisited: A computational study
(ANTI)PETER Principle - Discrete (INVERSE) Logistic Equation with Imprecisely Estimated and Stimulated Carrying Capacity

El principio de Peter fue deducido del análisis de cientos de casos de incompetencia en las organizaciones y da explicación a los casos de acumulación de personal, según el cual el incremento de personal se hace para poner remedio a la incompetencia de los superiores jerárquicos y tiene como finalidad última mejorar la eficiencia de la organización, hasta que el proceso de ascenso eleve a los recién llegados a sus niveles de incompetencia.

Con algunos años de anticipación, Ortega y Gasset hizo suya otra reflexión parecida: "todos los empleados públicos deberían descender a su grado inmediato inferior, porque han sido ascendidos hasta volverse incompetentes"; al parecer llegó a tal conclusión influido por situaciones que había vivido en Argentina.

Como última reflexión en su libro, Peter manifiesta su esperanza de que algún filántropo le facilitará una cátedra de «jerarquiología» en una universidad importante: «Al haber demostrado, en mis empeños actuales, estar capacitado, estoy preparado para el puesto».

El principio de Peter (ePub)
Laurence J. Peter & Raymond Hul

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          NAV 2017: Staalduinen & Partner Logistics delen hun ervaringen        

Nadat eerder de technische upgrade naar 2017 bij onze klanten is uitgevoerd, startte begin april de eerste functionele upgrade naar NAV 2017 en is de upgrade ondertussen bij ruim 40 klanten een feit. Waar bij de meeste softwareleveranciers een update vaak weken en soms zelfs...

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          Van Appeldoorn Chemical Logistics kiest voor de flexibiliteit van Boltrics        

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          Reply #3545        
Hey guys. Nothing exciting to report. Spent the weekend with my daughter having some fun.

As for buying a certain game out, I wouldnt be opposed to doing it, within reason. I mean, If I were to invest say.... $18,000 buying up the last 30 books of a $10 game, and that game had 1-2 top prizes remaining, why not? The biggest issue with that is logistics. It would be near impossible to get to all of them as they are scattered about the state.. This isnt Rhode Island that we are talking abo... [ More ]
          Of Course Google Had To Fire James Damore        

Brian Snyder / Reuters

The culture wars come for us all, and this week it was Google's turn.

Sometime on Saturday, an internal "anti-diversity" memo written by an engineer named James Damore spread throughout Google's internal messaging systems before being leaked in full to the press. The memo — which argued that genetic inferiority was the reason for the gender pay gap at Google and other tech companies — also took issue with the politics of Silicon Valley and other elite institutions. Google's progressive biases, Damore argued, alienated conservatives and effectively silenced voices that weren't aligned with a specific brand of social justice.

Google swiftly and strongly condemned the contents of the memo. The company’s vice president of diversity, integrity, and governance, Danielle Brown, issued a statement arguing that although Google remained an open environment for “difficult political views,” those views need to “work alongside the principles of equal employment found in our Code of Conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws.” Similarly, Google CEO Sundar Pichai issued a statement saying that the memo was a violation of Google's Code of Conduct. On Monday evening, Google fired Damore.

It's easy to see that the company had little choice but to fire Damore for violating its Code of Conduct. At its core, Damore’s manifesto, and the backlash it inspired, was an HR issue. But the incident also played right into these highly charged political times.

Indeed, within minutes, Damore’s firing spawned a predictable fallout across social media. In conservative pockets of the internet, Damore was hailed as a hero for speaking up. RIght-wing blogs like Breitbart have doubled down on the story, attempting to back Damore's assertions in articles featuring interviews with scientists who agree with him. On Twitter, pro-Trump media figures like Jack Posobiec combed through Danielle Brown's social media accounts and found that she worked for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Across 4chan, trolls floated Google boycotts and campaigns to "push back against" the company for its decision. Both Julian Assange and the right-leaning social network Gab offered Damore a job. Damore has threatened legal action for wrongful termination. A mess.

In almost every respect, the Damore debacle is perfect grist for our current culture war mill. It touches on all the hot-button issues of the day: gender, ideological monoculture, anti-conservative bias, and the political and cultural makeup of one of the biggest and most powerful companies in the world and others like it.

But while the debate across the internet is broadly concerned with the external politics of the firing, the internal politics are much more clear-cut. The memo was almost certainly as controversial within Google as it was on the broader internet: Emails were exchanged, complaints made, and employees drawn into conversations and away from their work. Executives have a material and procedural interest in pacifying their employees, and at least some of Google’s were upset.

What’s more, Damore's manifesto argument that women are biologically inferior is an untenable position inside almost any company — not just politically, but logistically. The first issue being: What does one do with Damore inside the company? You can't call people inferior and then, say, manage them. Or perhaps even be managed by them. And so who does Damore work with going forward? Will people still work with him? Does his career trajectory change post-memo? Is it fair to, say, exclude him from a management track? Does he need to switch teams? Do others need to switch teams? The manifesto invites endless human resources questions, many of them without any good answer.

Though we imbue Silicon Valley’s companies with all manner of culture war implications, at the end of the day they’re just that — companies, with bottom lines to meet and employees to keep happy. In suggesting that a large portion of his colleagues were genetically inferior, Damore got in the way of all that. Of course he was fired. The red line for the company wasn’t that Damore said that Google has "an intolerance for ideas and evidence that don’t fit a certain ideology” — it was that he explicitly belittled an entire gender.

But in 2017, everything is political. Thus, the online shitstorm. And in Silicon Valley, it’s especially fraught. Though they tend to position themselves as politically neutral, many of the world’s biggest tech companies employ largely Democrats and espouse socially liberal values such as marriage equality and women’s rights — a fact that has long been cause for anxiety from conservatives who feel the biggest platforms are too powerful to have any overwhelming political ideologies.

Specifically, Google has a well-documented progressive culture. In 2008, the company came out forcefully in favor of marriage equality, well before it was embraced by most politicians. The company's executive leadership has long championed liberal candidates and individually donated generously to their campaigns. Alphabet Chief Executive Eric Schmidt wasn't just an Obama donor, but advised his 2012 election campaign on digital strategies. In 2016, Schmidt was closely involved with Hillary Clinton's campaign, investing heavily in technology startups that eventually became the Clinton campaign’s "top technology vendor."

Political bias makes the tech companies squeamish too. Most days, it seems, the companies and their leaders are grappling with the dueling desires to live up to their progressive values while also finding a way to appear as neutral platforms. They want #resistance without the responsibility (and backlash). And it's left the companies appearing tone deaf and seemingly unable to reconcile their values with the messy nature of being political in 2017.

But even if everything's political in 2017, it's not always necessarily politically motivated. When an employee alienates a significant percentage of the company’s workforce, the company has no choice but to sever ties, lest it be seen as forcing thousands of women in the company to simply put up with the idea that they’re genetically inferior.

And as recent history shows, severing ties under intense internal pressure happens on both sides of the aisle. Breitbart News, which has fiercely criticized Google for Damore’s firing in numerous articles, recently terminated writer Katie McHugh for a series of anti-Muslim tweets. And early this year, reports detailed that the site forced its most popular editor, Milo Yiannopoulos, to resign after pressure from higher-ups regarding comments he made that were viewed as an endorsement of pedophilia. Similarly, the conservative conference CPAC also canceled on Yiannopoulos after the controversy.

Google’s decision is no different. And if the company is guilty of any disingenuousness, it’s in the messaging of Damore’s termination, which is exacerbated by Google's — and Silicon Valley's — precarious attempt to appear unbiased. Google could and should have been clearer about why Damore was fired. It could have noted that the company indeed does have political echo chamber issues. It could have taken pains to publicly reach out to conservatives in the company and begin a dialogue about political alienation in the workplace. It could have stressed that Damore’s memo wasn’t written in a vacuum, just as Google and Silicon Valley do not exist in a vacuum, and that the company understands that, for better or worse, everything is political now and the sooner Silicon Valley can come to terms with that, the better.

But above all else, Google should have stressed that the decision to fire Damore was difficult, but ultimately the only course of action — not a salacious political issue, but a mundane business decision.

          Painting Snow        

My family and I spend several days up in Lake Tahoe recently. The family went skiing at Heavenly, and I went painting in the snow!

I don't have much experience painting in the snow, to tell you the truth. When I find myself in snow country, you're more likely to find me inside with a hot cup of coffee than freezing my butt off painting plein air. No, I'm not one of those intrepid plein air painters. 

But this time, we had spring conditions - highs in the fifties, and all around the vacation house were beautiful views so I didn't even have to drive out to go painting. Just walk out the back door, plop down my easel, and get to work!

So here are some thoughts about painting snow. Aside from dressing warmly, that is.

Snow is very white (duh) and reflective. So the shadows cast on the snow sometimes look very blue due to the blue sky reflecting off its surface. You can really push this blue as a strategy to include more saturated color– this is useful if the rest of the landscape doesn't have much color punch because all the trees are leafless and drab looking. (That wasn't the case in Tahoe, since the mountains have an abundance of evergreens) 

But if you are making your shadows blue, you have to remember that they're caused by the blue sky, which means you probably have a clear, sunny day. The blue sky is going to make other shadows a little cooler too (if not bluer). And even if you have blue sky conditions, the cast shadows which are not open to the sky (such as deeper in the woods, or underneath a log or a bush where the blue isn't reaching) won't be blue. They're just going to be darker, but not necessarily bluer.

Can you make these not-affected-by-the-blue-sky shadows bluer anyway? Just for color's sake? Yes, as long as it doesn't look weird or wrong. One way to ensure that it works is to give the whole painting a slightly blue bias, and paint a near-monochromatic painting, and use a few accent colors to break the monotony.

If the shadows are blue, implying that you have a clear, sunny day, then you also may want to allow the warm sunlight to affect the lit side of the white snow as well. Warm it up with a little yellow rather than painting it straight white. 

Again, you have to remember that if the light is affecting the snow, the same light is going to affect everything else that's lit too, so make sure the lit side of the trees and bushes have a little more yellow in them as well. 

I found a little creek in the back of the house, and noticed how dark the water looked. It was just waiting to be composed into a sort of abstract design. With a little additional elements (bushes, trees) to provide context, I didn't need much else to create an environment. 

The blue shadow at the bottom of the picture was added to provide a little bit of color in an otherwise white and dark brown painting. Can you see that the lit part of the snow is warmed up with a tiny bit of yellow?

This is the house where we were staying. A long driveway leads up to the garage, which isn't particularly interesting but I thought it might make a good memento of our trip. 

With this sketch, I didn't change anything. It's very literal. I placed the trees as I saw them, and the snow's edge on the either side of the driveway too, is just as I saw it. Ordinarily I would try to design it a little better, but this time I just wanted to see if I could paint it literally.  Why? Sometimes I like to do things like that to reassure myself that when I do make changes, I'm doing so on purpose, and not because I can't draw exactly as I see it. It gives me a dose of confidence to know that I can draw literally, even if doing so results in a less than great sketch.  Half the paintings I do are just studies, and not meant to be shown or sold. (Even though I'm showing them here!) 

Aside from these four oil sketches, I also did a bunch of little tiny sketches in gouache. 

I really don't know how to paint in gouache. I see some of my friends do it beautifully, and I always wanted to learn how to do it, but I never took the time. I thought it was time I got started.

I didn't have high expectations - I just wanted to play around with it and get to know the medium. I knew the value changes from wet to dry was going to be my biggest challenge, so I focused on practicing value control.

None of these are particularly good, but they're fun little sketches and I learned a lot. I think if I do a couple thousand more, I might actually get to a point where I can make good use of the medium and may be get the paint to do what I want, rather than fighting it from start to finish.  

I experimented with the logistics of painting these en plein air - tried sitting in a folding chair, using an easel... I ended up using a watercolor block with my Open Box M pochade and a metal folding watercolor palette, but I don't think it was very efficient. If anyone knows a website or blog post somewhere that explains a good set up for watercolor / gouache en plein air, please let me know. Otherwise, I need to grow a third arm to hold everything.

          Coyote Logistics        

Coyote Logistics

A day in the life in pictures at Coyote Logistics in Chicago.

Published Wednesday, September 21, 2011 by Callie Lipkin
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          Packing and dragging the show: What’s in the MXGP race truck?        
Packing and dragging the show: What’s in the MXGP race truck?

What do Red Bull KTM keep behind the doors of their Grand Prix motocross unit and how does the whole show hit the road? We ask Pauls Jonass’ mechanic Ryan Deckert to reveal all.

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          Catching up        

It’s been several months since I posted so here’s what I’ve been up to….

Ironman Texas

Since it’s been so long, I won’t bother with a full race report, and I don’t really have that much to say about the race actually.  This was my first time doing a rolling swim start and I was really surprised how little contact I had in the water.  Practically none.  It was a non-wetsuit swim and my time was slower than I anticipated despite feeling like I swam well, although looking at my HR after the race I think I may have been a bit too conservative.  I did get a few small cramps about halfway through, which was a sign of things to come….unfortunately.

The bike was going well until about ¾ of the way through when I started getting some hamstring cramps, which is something I’ve never gotten on the bike.  My power faded which led to a slower than expected time as well.  Coming into T2, my hamstring cramped up putting on my shoes. I worked it out quickly and got on the run, where things went downhill fast.  I was struggling in the heat and fading and fighting off threats of more cramps.  About halfway the skies turned black and the rain started.  At first I was happy because I needed to cool down, but things flooded quickly and the winds picked up and they actually stopped the race for a while.  They told us we could keep going, which I did, and ran through the worst thunderstorm I’ve ever run through.  The aid stations were abandoned so we had to dig through the coolers if we wanted something.  My legs ached and cramped and I’ve never worked so hard to run so slow.  As I crossed the line alone in the pouring rain, Mike Riley said, “Tough day, huh, Mike?”  Yep.

After Texas I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with the rest of my season so I did a few random triathlons here and there, my first short course triathlons since before my back injury in 2014.  It was really fun to go back to local races for a while, but my experience at Texas was eating away at me.  I couldn’t let it go, and I found myself constantly checking the Wisconsin and Louisville pages to see if registration was still open.  Wisconsin had foundation slots, but Louisville had general entry open still.  I talked it over with Courtney and we ultimately decided I should do Louisville.  Wisconsin is much easier logistically, and it’s great having so much local support, but I’ve never done Louisville and I’ve wanted to for years. 

So I’ve been putting in a lot of hours training for Louisville, more or less repeating the plan I came up with for Ironman Wisconsin 2010 which is probably my best executed Ironman to date.  More details on that in my next post. 

          Injury Update        

Unfortunately, I missed Ironman Chattanooga.  I was hoping that maybe things would improve suddenly and I would be able to race, but I had some pretty extreme sciatic pain radiating down my leg for about two weeks which included numbness and weakness in my leg.  I couldn't lift my left heel off the ground and was walking with a limp.  I figured even if I could get through the race, I wouldn't be able to perform my best and would probably make things worse so I cancelled the hotel and skipped the race.

That left me wondering what to do.  I was hoping to qualify for Kona and felt like my fitness was there.  My last two attempts to get back to the big island didn't go well and now attempt number three came and went and I wasn't even on the starting line. Should I sign up for another Ironman?  Should I just give up on Kona and focus on halfs?  I had a couple of good half ironmans this year and really enjoy that distance.  My year of olympics was fun too.  Maybe I should focus on those.

Then I saw a Facebook post stating that Ironman Wisconsin had less than 100 slots left.  Hmmmm.....  I've done Wisconsin a few times so I felt tempted to pick a different race, something new...but IMWI is the easiest one for me to do in terms of logistics.  I get to sleep in my own bed the night before the race.  I can train on the course all year.  It's easy for my family to come watch.  Etc.

I talked it over with Courtney and then limped over to my computer and registered (yes, I paid for the refund insurance). We decided one last shot at Kona was in order, and that IMWI made the most sense.  Then we'll pick a couple of 70.3s to travel to so we still get to see some new places.

I wanted an early season race, and a little bit of research led me to the San Juan 70.3 in Puerto Rico.  I haven't registered yet, but I did book the hotel. 


If I'm going to be on that starting line on March 15, 2015, I need to get healed.  I had an MRI which showed a bulged disc at L5-S1.  I started PT last week and he thinks I have two things going on - the bulged disc (which the doc says is mildly hitting the sciatic nerve) and piriformis syndrome (he thinks my piriformis has tightened up and is pinching my sciatic nerve causing the majority of my problems).  

I'll write more about my PT in my next post.  Right now, I'm about 5 weeks out from my initial injury and I've made a lot of progress.  I still have a long ways to go, but I'm no longer limping, I'm able to ride and I can now lift my left heel off the ground 10 times.  I still have numbness all the way down my left hamstring, calf and into my toes, but my strength is returning.  
          Blog Post: Insomniac's Shooter Makes No Sense, But We Like It That Way        

In Insomniac’s new traversal-based shooter, fun trumps realism, so if the team had a good idea, and they thought it would be fun, they included it regardless of the logistics. For example, you can bounce off bushes like they were trampolines. The result is a zany shooter with cartoon sensibilities and a story that makes no sense. [Excerp]

With Sunset Overdrive, Insomniac tried to make the apocalypse fun. During a release party for FizzCo, something goes terribly wrong, and everyone who drinks the soda turns into crazed mutants that Insomniac are calling ODes. In an effort to quell this outbreak, FizzCo sends out a collection of FizzCo robots to help clean up the mess. Players take on the role of a hero that they craft themselves and try to survive the apocalypse as one of the few survivors who didn’t drink FizzCo’s deadly beverage.

During our Gamescom demo, we got to see a new mission that takes place late in the game. Our hero character tries to impress one of the game's factions by getting the most powerful sword in the city at the top of a skyloft apartment. However, after breaking into the penthouse, we find the the swords is missing. The solution? Craft a bigger, better sword ourselves.

Our hero collects some rare titanium and then heads over to the nuclear power plant to forge the blade (we told you it didn’t make a lot of sense). This gives us a chance to check out the fast travel system. After selecting a destination in the open world of Sunset City, our hero pounds back a bottle of alcohol and then passes out. Moments later the character wakes up in a porta-potty near his destination. What only took moments for players is surely a terrible night for the hero.


While our trip was quick, the journey to the top of the nuclear power plant is not unopposed. The first new enemy we run across is called the Spawner. The Spawner is a giant enemy that has been fused with a dumpster, who constantly spawns smaller enemies out of the garbage tank on his back. Gunkers are another enemy that we ran into. These enemies continually throw ice crystals at us, which also attach to the rails around the level, blocking our path and making it harder for use to continue our traversal combos.

Blowers are another enemy that has been fused with a leaf blower; these creatures shoot out blobs of goo that damage you. But some of the more deadly enemies are the Wingers. These flying foes send out spreads of goo that can be dangerous to touch, and also shoot at you with lasers that will light your grind rails on fire.

After finally making it to the top of the Nuclear furnace, our hero dives into one of the tallest stacks and hammers on the metals we picked up earlier. This sends our hero flying back into the air to get a great view of the city. After a couple rounds of hammering on the metal, we produce a nuclear sword, which is sure to impress our allies.

Sunset Overdrive is a wacky game, but it embraces its wackiness and doesn’t take anything too seriously. We dig the Tony Hawk-like traversal mechanics and how that plays into the shooting mechanics. We look forward to playing around in the world of Sunset City when the game releases exclusively on Xbox One on October 28.

Check out Sunset Overdrives customization trailer from this year's Comic Con.

          Amid Hopes of Economic Recovery, Small Businesses Battle Credit Crunch        

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GWEN IFILL: Next: a story about companies desperate for credit in order to stay afloat.

It comes from “NewsHour” economics correspondent Paul Solman, as part of his ongoing reporting Making Sense of financial news.

WOMAN: On your mark, get set, go.

PAUL SOLMAN: When he isn’t chasing chickens, Tim Roth runs SRC Electrical, a small manufacturing firm in Springfield, Missouri. We recently reported on the improbable Rust Belt success of its parent, SRC Holdings, despite cheaper global competition and the great recession.

But while SRC Electrical’s customers are buying again, the company and others in Springfield are hard-pressed to grow to add jobs to help fuel the long awaited recovery, because of too little credit. Now, this particular poultry hunt was actually part of a celebration. Roth’s factory had gone a remarkable 12 months without an OSHA-recordable injury, the average comparable operations seven.

The day of games and rewards was a much-needed break for the plant’s employees, who normally spend their days remanufacturing starters and alternators for tractors, trucks, and these days it turns out even ships and trains.

MAN: We are officially in the locomotive business. And we’re going to continue to see that grow.

PAUL SOLMAN: A recent staff meeting to go over the company’s prospects.

During the downturn, SRC Electrical scared up new customers to counter a drop in orders from the old ones. Now, not only is new business humming, but the old business is percolating, too, orders pouring in.

MAN: Right now, we’re 38 percent over first quarter. So, that’s awesome.

PAUL SOLMAN: The staff has been working overtime just to keep up with the flow.

Jack Stack runs the plant’s parent company. Since all his companies practice open-book management, where financial information is shared weekly with employees, he checked the earlier forecasts on the left and the new projections for the month. At first, the numbers seemed to tell a tale of triumph.

JACK STACK, CEO, SRC Holdings: They are really kicking ass. And they’re really beating their plan.

PAUL SOLMAN: But one number seemed odd. Why was the company’s loan balance going to be $130,000 higher than expected? Six hundred and seventy-one thousand dollars was planned for — the new forecast, $800,000. It was bothering Stack. So, we asked G.M. Roth to clear things up for his CEO.

TIM ROTH, general manager, SRC Electrical: Well, basically our sales are up for the quarter over a million dollars over plan. So, we have seen a lot more purchases to get the parts here in time to make sure that we have the parts for the sales order.

PAUL SOLMAN: More sales than expected means the need for more parts than expected. Thus, more credit is needed to buy those parts. The problem: Banks aren’t lending, especially not on short notice.

JACK STACK: They won’t take inventory as a collateral. They will not take buildings as a collateral.

PAUL SOLMAN: So, in some sense, one of the main things holding back a really robust recovery is happening right here. This is exemplified.

JACK STACK: The old days of taking collateral is gone for now. The credit is so tight, you know, the only way you’re going to be able to borrow is going to be on a cash-flow covenant, all right? And they could care less about your assets. So, if in fact you’re not generating the proper cash flow, you’re not going to get the proper credit.

PAUL SOLMAN: It turns out SRC Electrical maxed out its line of credit at the bank. The company’s orders were up so much, it had used all its money to buy more parts.

Roth was in danger of not making payroll. Since the company had no cash to use as collateral for a new bank loan, the way things work these days, the company had to borrow directly from its SRC parent. But without that help, things at SRC Electrical could have come, well, unscrewed.

TIM ROTH: We would have been in a position where we couldn’t supply our customers. If you don’t have the cash to supply them with the product, they will find another supplier.

PAUL SOLMAN: Nationwide, lending by the banking industry fell by $587 billion in 2009, the largest annual decline since the 1940s. According to one study, only half of small employers got the credit they wanted last year.

And despite recent efforts by the Obama administration to boost lending, many still can’t get the funding they need. Why? First, banks are risk-averse. Clobbered on loans made before the crisis, they have hiked credit standards. They’re also keeping more money on hand to cushion against losses, redepositing much of it at the Fed, which actually decided to pay banks interest to keep money out of circulation and keep a lid on inflation.

But, as a result, banks have less money left over to lend, thus hampering the recovery. Back in Springfield, the folks at SRC Logistics collect overstocked parts from firms and try to create businesses out of them. But turning new ideas into new companies depends on new credit, which just isn’t available, says the CEO’s son, Tim Stack.

TIM STACK, general manager, SRC Logistics: I don’t think you can walk into a bank and get any type of money for an idea anymore. You have got to be able to cash-flow it within a very, very short amount of time and show them a return on it. Otherwise, it’s going to be tough.

PAUL SOLMAN: And other businesses we visited in Springfield were feeling the credit crunch, too, like this local massage training school owned by Juliet Mee.

JULIET MEE, director, Professional Massage Training Center: The biggest problem that we have got right now is our growth ate our cash. And getting cash these days is not easy. We have excellent credit scores. We have got excellent credit history. And obtaining credit still is very difficult.

PAUL SOLMAN: Meghan Chambers, owner of the Springfield clothing boutiques Staxx, and Jack Stack’s daughter, didn’t hang all her hopes on getting a loan when she actually needed it. Instead, she applied when her numbers were up.

MEGHAN CHAMBERS, owner, Staxx: I didn’t need the money, but there might be a time that I will need the money. And due to the credit crunches right now, where people are trying to grow, and they need the money right now, and they’re not getting it, and they’re scrounging and everything else, I wanted to cushion our business. And so we took our numbers that looked beautiful and asked them if they could expand our line of credit.

PAUL SOLMAN: And did the bank say yes?

MEGHAN CHAMBERS: And they said yes.

PAUL SOLMAN: Even though you didn’t need the money?

MEGHAN CHAMBERS: No, we didn’t need the money.

PAUL SOLMAN: So, this is an affirmation of the cliche, banks only lend money to people who don’t need it?

MEGHAN CHAMBERS: I guess you could say that is.

WOMAN: Are you ready? Get set. Go.

PAUL SOLMAN: You could also say, at least in Springfield, Missouri, these days, that banks might still be too chicken to lend, putting credit out of reach of many a small business, no matter how earnest its efforts.

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          Anatomy of a war        
‘He straightened and held me in one hand.  “Right, orders for tomorrow’s operation,” he said.   “We’re deploying most of the company for the first time and the whole platoon’s out together.  It’s a standard route security operation for the logistics convoy bringing in our supplies.  There’s nothing complicated about this patrol, but we’ll be […]
          Oshkosh Defense Canada Delivers MSVS SMP Bid with Next-Generation Capabilities for Canadian Armed Forces        
OTTAWA, Ontario -  The Canadian Government is taking important steps in modernizing its logistics vehicle fleet by advancing the Standard Military Pattern (SMP) component of the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) project. Oshkosh Defense Canada, Inc., a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), responded to the Government of Canada’s MSVS SMP Request for Proposal (RFP), offering a high performance, low risk solution to meet the Canadian Department of National Defence’s (DND) mission requiremen...
          Starting an international freight company        
An international freight company is basically responsible for making all arrangements and also to provide all necessary facilities to carry goods from one location to another.

Let???s learn how to start a business of transporting goods? If you already have experience working within a transportation business, and wanted to know what would be required to start your own, here are some basics to get started.

Often the key to successfully manage a business is to have experience and prior knowledge about it, very different from learning how to drive on the road. Especially when it comes to business transportation it is very important that you know everything very well about the demands that the government has.

In the U.S., there are large established companies since many years and they also operate offices throughout the country and internationally, such as UPS, DHL, Fedex, and of course the national postal and USPS (United States Postal Service). According to the size and age, the companies offer many benefits and services that they can not offer smaller companies, but as a carrier, a small business can specialize in offering different services and find their niche with specific advantages that other carriers could not offer.

The most important thing to be able to develop your business in transportation is to develop a business plan with required amount of cash, and knowing your potential customers who know the laws and regulations regulated by the state.

Hence before you plan to start international freight company of your own, do consider some minor things so that you can grow your freight company rapidly.

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          eBay spinoff Radial hiring 5,000 seasonal Kentucky workers for the holidays        

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Radial Inc. an e-commerce, logistics and fulfillment company, is looking for 5,000 seasonal workers throughout Kentucky to help retailers rise to the challenge of the holiday shopping rush. Radial helps retailers and brands meet their customers' needs while delivering a seamless shopping experience. Radial was recently listed by Money Magazine as one of nine companies bringing on thousands of workers across the country this holiday. In Kentucky, Radial operates fulfillment centers in Richwood, Walton and Hebron, located in Boone County, as well as in Louisville and Shepherdsville. "We are looking to bring on more than 6,600 seasonal workers this year than last due to our expected growth strategy," said Robyn Jordan, Senior Director, North American Operations, at Radial. "And, as is typical within retail, forecasts continue to change due to consumer expectations, needs and confidence, so Radial's staffing needs are growing based on the continued growth and forecasts of our clients." To learn more about job openings in Kentucky, visit In addition, Radial is hosting numerous job fairs throughout the state, where many seasonal workers will be hired on the spot. Events in the area can be found here: Company-wide, Radial plans to bring on 20,000 seasonal workers across the country at its fulfillment and customer care centers to enable retailers to scale their operations and capitalize on the most critical time of year. Radial operates 26 distribution centers and six call centers in the United States, Canada and Europe, and employs more than 7,000 people globally. READ MORE here.  Courtesy photo.   

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          Air Force, Rolls-Royce partner in Tinker drone engine maintenance center        

OKLAHOMA CITY — A new drone maintenance center has been opened at Tinker Air Force Base's Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex. The center, which opened Tuesday under a partnership between the Air Force and Rolls-Royce, will overhaul and repair F137 engines that power the Air Force's fleet of Global Hawk drones, The Oklahoman reported. Tinker and Rolls-Royce officials said the center will create as many as 30 new jobs. They hope more jobs will be created over time as the number of engines rotating through the depot grows. For career information, click here. The center's vice director, Wade Wolfe, said the plan is to work on about 12 engines per year. The F137 engine that powers the Global Hawk is the same one powering the U.S. Navy's Triton drone. Global Hawks were first deployed in 2001 with the purpose to handle overseas operations, a variety of different humanitarian relief effort missions for the U.S. Air Force to support war fighters in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn. "We are hopeful this opens the door for future partnerships, because the core of this engine is common with many of the other AE type engines that Rolls-Royce has," Wolfe said. He added that the company is bringing four people to Oklahoma City to work for the depot. READ MORE at Air Force Times.  Courtesy photo.

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          Time Lowers all Bars        

By the anticipatory vibratings of my youngest child, I can only assume that Halloween is nigh, a night promising sugary riches in exchange for minor scares and occasional suburban mirages. (One year: a horse dressed as Pegasus being walked on a lead.) Finishing touches on costumes are being applied, reworked, and revamped. Pumpkins have been agonizingly rejected and selected, sliced and scooped, carved and positioned. Careful attention is being paid to playlists: blood-curdling sound effects before or after the Disneyland Haunted Mansion music, and how much Danny Elfman is too much? It's more logistics than most military manuevers. As a parent, I'm obligated to carry bags and flashlights and hoods when they get itchy, and masks when they are too hard to see through, and (very likely) tote umbrellas, too. My rate is one Reese's cup or mini Baby Ruth per block walked, payable at the stop sign at the corner. I think this is being more than reasonable. And sometime after we've all walked about two blocks too far, and the kids are cranky, and the parents' arms are tired, and at least half of the group needs a bathroom stop and/or coffee, we call it a night, say farewell, and close our eyes on October.

And wake to November.

Of course I'm NaNoing again this year, marking a decade of dubious novel-writing (or the writing of dubious novels.) I "planned" my first year on Halloween night, set off into November with high hopes, and came thisclose to a full crash and burn before the end of the month. I had high hopes and grand plans and good intentions, which was all but inviting Disaster and Doubt onto my laptop for thirty days. I had not then had the experience I have now: the knowledge of just how "rough" a rough draft can be, of the power of free writing, of both the pain and the pride of a good edit. Our family grew by a child, faced all the usual things young growing families face in a ten-year span, plus the outliers. I've learned to be more flexible in my personal life, less self-critical, more outgoing. I've tried to get back in touch with my creative side, and take better care of my professional side, too. And I don't know if I can lay all of that at NaNo's feet, but I put a lot of it there, for certain.

Facing a Big Scary Thing once a year has been like a booster shot for life. My family and I have faced Big Scary Things together in these ten years, things that we anticipated and things that we did not. I'm reminded of these when we pull the big costume bin out of storage every year and remember the Octobers past, the people our kids have been, and look to who they've become. I think about all our annual rituals and how they anchor us even when we're being tossed around, and I can appreciate the importance of keeping those rituals alive even when we'd Rather Not This Year. And this year especially, we've recited our mantra of This Too Shall Pass to help us keep perspective on what matters, and what we need to do to get by. Rarely will we ever get anything right on the first try, and rarely do we need to. A best effort is better than no effort at all, and it's possible to get through even the most overwhelming task if you sit down a little every day.

I'm way off on my usual planning routine this year, a fact I've bemoaned in the NaNo forums. Ten years ago I didn't think I needed to plan. Ten years later I believe it. The bar to winning NaNo is set very, very low if you think about it. It's just words, one after the other. It's not life. It's not even a walk down the block in the rain. But you can bet there's going to be candy waiting at the end.

          4th International Search and Rescue Conference (ISAR 2014) 2 of 2        
4th “International Search and Rescue” Conference (ISAR 2014) with the theme “Transforming Search And Rescue Performance” was hosted at Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 17th, 18th and 19th June 2014. Day 1 proceeding are available here. Here is the Day 2 proceedings: Day 2 – 18th June 2014: Plenary Session 4: Logistic Aspects [...]
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A conference on “Technological Upgradation of Logistics & Improvement of Ports (TULIP)” was hosted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and National Maritime Foundation (NMF) at Hotel Hilton, Chennai on 20 April 2013. The Conference commenced at 1000 hours and finished by 1730 hours. Here are the highlights of the conference: Inaugural Session. Plenary Session [...]
          Just Another Tourist in Buenos Aires...         
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

As planned, I wrapped up my time in Cordoba.  I stayed at Turning Point Hostel and it was a nice place.  Although there isn't parking, there is a great lot directly across the street, which provides a cheap and secure place for the bike.  I really enjoyed the city, and that much more as I was there the night that Argentina clinched their entrance into the Cup final.  The air was electric!  Grown men crying in the streets, children running around dancing and setting off fireworks, people hanging their entire torsos out of buses screaming, everyone was smiling and singing...  Jesus the singing!  Seriously, if I hear 'Brasil Decime que se Siente' one more time I'm gonna gouge my eyes out!  Anyway, it really was a special night, one I'll never forget.  

The morning following the match I left Cordoba for Rosario.  I didn't know much about the city, but knew it was halfway between Cordoba and Buenos Aires, and that Che was born there, so figured it would be a good stop.  Turns out it's the third largest city in Argentina filled with beautiful architecture, history, and women.  Seriously, apparently people say Rosario has the prettiest girls in Argentina, and I don't doubt it.  Well dressed, sophisticated, a little snobby (rightfully so!), but oh so beautiful.  I stayed at Art Hostel, which wouldn't be my first recommendation.  There was no parking onsite, so ended up having to leave my bike at a lot next door (even though their site clearly states 'parking' as one of their facilities).  Not a horrible spot, but nothing special. 

On one of my first nights in Rosario I met a really nice Aussie bloke named Anthony.  He had a date planned with a girl and needed a wingman as she was bringing a friend