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Our Sardinian Journey …. Exploring the Home of Vermentino   

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As devotees of the ocean and seascapes, Eastern Sardinia is somewhere we had always wanted to visit.  With southern Burgundy experiencing the wettest spring on record, we decided to head south to Sardinia for some warmer weather and a chance to find some sunshine in a bottle or two. We had heard about the Italian white wine Vermentino but never sampled it. After a few days exploring Sardinia’s spectacular east coast national Park which extends north from Santa Maria Navarese, […]
          

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On a wet and stormy Friday night in Sydney, Sunshine Coast singer-songwriter Sahara Beck plugged in at Oxford Art Factory’s Gallery Bar as part of her East Coast tour to support her current single “Here we go again”. Local boy Billy Fox opened proceedings with his fusion of indie pop and electronica, with a surprisingly full sound for a guy with just a guitar and a myriad of equipment. His impressive vocal range saw him hitting both the high f [...]
          

Sharks And Amici's Team Up For Sharks Foundation    

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SAN JOSE, Calif – The San Jose Sharks, 98.5 KFOX and KNBR 680 AM teamed up with Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria on Friday, September 28 to benefit local community organizations that enhance the ...
          

Family Medicine w/ ER | Colorado | 50K Bonus + up to 200K for Student Loans | Jackson Physician Search   

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Pacific Fair renovation update   

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Lloyd Banks - The Return Of Blue Hefner 2-2020   

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UMass Memorial CEO donates pay; #Jackson #Health execs take pay cut amid COVID-19    

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The leaders of two health systems on the East Coast are donating their pay or taking a pay cut to address financial strains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eric Dickson, MD, CEO of UMass Memorial ...
          

Professions: CDL-A Regional Truck Driver - MI - East Lansing, Michigan   

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Professions: Students & Recent CDL-A Truck Driver Grads - East Lansing, Michigan   

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Professions: CDL-A Regional Truck Driver - MI - East Lansing, Michigan   

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Professions: Students & Recent CDL-A Truck Driver Grads - East Lansing, Michigan   

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After Just Four Weeks In Our Driver Program, You Can Begin Earning Guaranteed Home Time & Higher Mileage Rates!CDL-A student truck drivers who have recently graduated from a certified CDL school can begin their training with NTB, so that they can hit the road with our outstanding regional truck driver jobs! During this 4-week program, you ll be paid each day you train, with home time every 5 days! After your training is complete, you ll start earning our competitive new pay package, regular home time, bonus and incentive programs and brilliant benefits!Hiring Area:WISC: Kenosha, MadisonOHIO: Dayton, ColumbusIND: Lawrenceburg, IN (Cincinnati area) Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, MiddleburyMICH: Stanwood, Grand Rapids, Newport, LansingILL: DecaturAs a CDL-A truck driver with NTB, you ll enjoy these advantages:Tuition reimbursement - $5000 paid out in the first yearGuaranteed home timeWeekend incentive 6 CPMHigher competitive rates per mile ask recruiters about our new increases!Production and safety bonusesMedical, dental, life and vision benefitsNo East Coast driving95% drop & hookHoliday and vacation payDetention and breakdown payPickup/drop payAsk about our Tuition Reimbursement Program! Associated topics: chofer clase a comercial, choferes clase a, company driving, company driving solo, company truck, dedicated truck driving, dry van otr trucking, flatbed driver, otr company, over the road driving ()
          

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Design thinking and learning: Learning experiences from a service design viewpoint, with Simon Goodrich   

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With this series we didn’t just want to talk with L&D people about design thinking. Half of the interviews are with design thinking leaders outside of L&D. In this episode, we’re talking with Simon Goodrich from Portable Studios. It’s interesting to hear an outsider's viewpoint on learning systems such as learning management systems and his thoughts on more lightweight approaches to learning systems. One of Simon’s most powerful insights is that design thinking can be used to harness energy for change, and that it’s important to act when the health of a project is strong.

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To go along with the podcast we have released an eBook with all transcripts of the interviews.  

The interviews are: 

  • Why is design thinking important to L&D, with Arun Pradhan
  • Learning experiences from a service design viewpoint, with Simon Goodrich
  • Designing thinking and instructional design, with Connie Malamed
  • The mindsets needed for design thinking, with Huddle

The introduction to the eBook gives an overview of design thinking and demystifies some of the terms used in the podcast, like ‘ideation’.  

 

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Transcript: Design thinking and learning: Learning experiences from a service design viewpoint, with Simon Goodrich

Robin:

What is Portable?

Simon:

We're a design and innovation company. We work a lot with full-purpose clients. So, a lot of work we do is with government, and not-for-profits or organisations that we see are trying to make change. We bring our team of designers, researchers and developers to solve tricky problems. Things that keep us all up at night. We use different tools to do that, but the main work that we do is trying to improve the services that we would expect in an advanced democracy like Australia.

Design thinking – solving the right problems

Robin:

So how did you come to using design thinking as a process in that work?

Simon:

Well, we started originally as a mobile film festival in 2005 and 2006, and we were interested in innovative delivery of services. At the time, this is pre the iPhone, we're talking Sony Playstations, early mobile phones, and it was quite an interesting and diverse space at that point. I think with the adoption of the iPhone and YouTube in the few years after, it became relatively standardised, so, a lot of that innovation piece had moved on.

The business is always sort of maintained at innovation zeal. And for us, design thinking, service design is a really core component that we use to help bring those concepts to life. We were established primarily as a technology company, as a service technology services company, and relatively early on identified that we may be able to build things beautifully, but that doesn't mean that we will be engaging with people, or necessarily solving the right problem. So, for us that adoption of service design, design thinking more broadly, led us to being able to ensure that we're hitting that target more. That it was part of that tool kit for us to give a grounding if we were providing focus in an area that we're more likely to be able to resonate in with an endpoint.

Robin:

So for you it’s about using design thinking to go beyond the spot of just inventing a solution, to actually making sure it's innovative and meeting the need for your end users?

Simon:

Yes, I think when I talk to innovation, it's probably been the genesis of what we as a business get attracted to. So, what started off in film has now shifted over the years into a variety of different verticals. And we've spent probably the last four to five years focused how can we transform services and large complex and bureaucratic organisations. So, government fits that bill, large corporations also fit that bill, as well as full-purpose organisations looking to work in a branded system.

What is service design? Designing the ecosystem

Robin:

Now, I've just realised that we're talking about service design, and service design might be a really new term to an L&D audience. What do you mean by service design?

Simon:

I think it's being able to provide more of a helicopter view of recognising the work that you're doing. How does it fit into a broader ecosystem. So for instance, if you are developing a learning and development tool, what are the steps that someone would approach before they enter that tool, or afterwards? We do a lot of work, for instance, in trying to improve services that citizens get offered, especially around legal and justice.

So, in that scenario the service design piece is – if someone's going to court, how is their experience being shaped at the outset? What does their journey look like? What are their pain points? I think it's important through broader co-design, service design, to have a good understanding of being empathetic to the uses that you're designing for, and through that is having a better understanding and appreciation of the other factors that are having a knock-on effect, before they're actually utilising your specific service or tool.

Robin:

Yes, and it's interesting you've used the word we use at Sprout Labs, which is ‘ecosystem’. It's really fascinating for me that in some ways, design thinking came out of what designers do, especially product designers. And then, expanded into experience designs, but the term service design is actually a much better way of thinking about it. I think that services is a really nice way of just framing a lot of what you're talking about as well.

Simon:

Yes, learning and development is a service. I think even the technology work we've done is a service. In the past, we might be developing an app or a website, but if you look at them in pure isolation you're missing, we believe, the majority of the other touch points that are required for something like that to be successful and utilised.

Robin:

Yes, and that is a really interesting way of thinking about it – that you might have a product, but then you got other multiple touch points that you need to think about around the edge of it as well.

L&D and design thinking – focusing on what the user needs

Now, you've done a bit of work with learning and development people to help them really think through innovations. As you've come into that area, what have been your feelings and impressions about the way that L&D normally designs?

Simon:

What we've seen within learning and development – it's a space that we've been working in and around for a lot of the journey of our time at Portable. Many years ago, I was on a federal government advisory board about the delivery of elearning. This would've been I think towards the tail end of a committee that had since got subsumed in itself, and we actually worked to develop learning tools in the community broadcasting sector, back in 2006 and 2007. So as a space we'd always, been skirting around the edges.

I think with the opportunities that we've had to dive in, we've been partly selective and worked on the projects where we can add most value, I guess the development of some core ecosystems and core platforms. And for us, it's positioning of that role of these learning and development platforms to more like content management systems, and which content management systems someone might choose, and the ability for people to want to have a level of customisation versus what they can actually do within that system. I think it covers a lot of this 80-20 of – know, you get 80 per cent of what you want done quite well. It's really that 20 per cent piece that you really want it to do, that it may not be able to do. And, I think it's important to get an understanding between yourself and the client if that is just their own interpretation of their own unique needs. Learning and development, as you would know better than I, is relatively consistent.

So, is it partly about educating the end user? Or is it also about being able to look at what are the different options that you could use? So for instance, when we look at a lot of LMSs, from the outset we tend to see them as quite bloated and not necessarily putting the user in the centre. The systems and the design of those systems becomes around how to integrate within that system, as opposed to what the user specifically needs. You know, that criticism can be put to any software as a service, or product that operates currently. So, I don't think that's necessarily consistent to the learning and development sector, but it's just the lens that we provide, and that sort of interrogation of the task.

I guess in our team, which is made up of researches, designers, and developers, we're also interested in how do you create lightweight solutions that you may be able to bolt on to some of these existing systems, to provide that enhanced user experience that people are seeking? I think a broad brush that I’m painting with, is that we've found in our experience that a lot of their systems are made around what the system needs rather than the user. So, we'll always advocate for the user, the end user, not clients or the people that the clients are serving in how their needs can be met through any future system.

Lightweight approaches to learning technologies

Robin:

Yes, I think that's a really nice word you used there – lightweight, user centred. It might not be about replacing a learning management system, but it’s about adding to the edges of the LMS.

I’m thinking about a client. They're really wrestling with the reporting in the LMS and thinking, maybe you just need a really lightweight dashboard. It's the ecosystem approach as well, putting in things that are maybe smaller, little components that slot in. It's interesting, in terms of learning tech. A lot of learning tech is very monolithic, whereas in a lot of other areas there are small things that are chained together.

Simon:

That's right, and I think it's that sort of bigger bulkiness or the idea that you’re develop a learning system for one entity, and then that gets shifted and shoved into another. It's still really common in all verticals, you've got a lot of systems that we feel are bloated. Most software that's available is bloated. It's trying to do many things sort of well, rather than one thing really, really well. And I think, the opportunity that the modern internet provides is that there are a number of systems that are best of breed and how do you then work to make those elements available to users? So for instance, you might work to stitch them together in APIs, or work with a variety of different systems rather than necessarily one that's sort of good at all of them, when you could have a series of interlocking systems that are actually fantastic at each of those components.

Robin:

Yes, and each of those components being more user centred.

Simon:

Correct.

What is your favourite design thinking tool?

Robin:

To drag myself back to the design thinking for a moment Simon, what’s your personal favourite tool in design thinking?

Simon:

I don’t know if I have a favourite. I like any tool that encourages people to think differently, or that can get people off their feet to consider the views of others. So for instance, empathy mapping, I like because it provides that opportunity for people to try and put themselves in someone else's shoes. That's an exercise that can be run relatively quickly. I recently did that for a conference with 140 participants in half an hour. It was just nice to see that sort of self-reflection on how they're viewing services. There are others that we've done that for that we're really interested in.

Robin:

Yes, there was an interesting moment where I sorted through the IDEO method cards one day.

Simon:

Yes, they're fantastic.

Robin:

Yes, they're fantastic. Eighty per cent of them were really around the understanding and empathy stage of design thinking.

Simon:

Yes, very much. IDEO has been pivotal to design thinking, and a key component is that empathetic view. The other part that they have there is optimism, which is something that we adhere to and is one of our end values at Portable. I think they're really key and it’s important to be able to provide both of those tools, when getting a solid awareness of who you're designing for.

Opening the black box of change in organisations

Robin:

One of the challenges, I think, of design thinking and L&D is that design thinking is a series of tools, but it's also a mindset. It's a mindset of being a designer, and then openness is actually one of the things that is really core to that. Presumably you do a fair bit of co-design work. What sort of ways do you work with people to help develop the mindset of design thinking?

Simon:

I think winning over key decision makers in that team. We start off with the define phase. You use that as a core. I think it's discovery. I think the other thing that we recognise is that in 2018, rarely if ever will this be the first time that someone has attempted a transformational change within their organisation. They may or my not have used design thinking, but everybody has at least considered this as a tool, or considered tools that they could use to improve services, and are probably somewhat sceptical that this one's going to work as the others haven't. So, I think it's important to get a solid understanding of what hasn't worked in the past. A view we've got is that we've all had six or seven horrible digital or learning experiences. We don't want to be the seventh.

It's important to know where the bodies are buried. It's important to know the reasons why things didn't work. Was it that the technology was bad? Was it that there was a personality clash? What are the internal organisation divisions? What are the power plays? So, I think a lot of those are really important to ensure that you can create the right format and environment. That when you do go down this path, that you've at least engaged the management team, or been aware of how to best propel and get through.

I mean if anything, we're just providing tools to allow us to get to the broader vision. Just as we talk about having empathy and understanding around the end user, I think there needs to be an empathy and understanding of where this work might fit within an organisation. I mentioned at the outset, Robin, a lot of our work is with large and complex organisations. We like being able to unpack that black box, unpeel that onion to really determine how do we really get that broader changer within these organisations?

Robin:

The way I personally think about it is that essentially we have the learner, the person, the learner working together in the context of organisation – which I was thinking while you were talking about it, it's actually the landscape – and then the business outcome as well.

Simon:

Correct. It's all of those things. The external people now are helping you to enact that vision, how do you ensure that you use that window? Because it is a window. It's a small window in any organisation to ensure that you can create some change before that door inevitably will shut, and to try and move it forward in that right direction. Especially, within a large organisation where you've got movement of people, revolving doors, and opportunities where things are going to work and things don't, to just really ensure that you're using the best use of that time.

Prototyping L&D services – blurring the physical and virtual

Robin:

I hinted before that design thinking really comes from product design. Product design has a whole series of powerful tools for prototyping. Things like building paper prototypes and 3D models. I think service design in the L&D spot has a different set of challenges around prototyping. I think there's a lot that learning and development can learn from service prototyping.

Simon:

Yes, I agree. I don't think it's as different as you're making out. I don't envisage that they're vastly different. I think if you can break them down into smaller components as we spoke to at the outset, then there are a lot of similarities in the way that the service is delivered. So, I think it's probably the mindset of understanding when looking at learning and development that how do you break it beyond that particular module or a particular system? So, I think that's probably the first one.

I also think that being able to go back to physical is important. I think that physical and digital worlds are so blurred these days, and that's a good thing. So, I don't envisage that they're necessarily in silos. There's certainly been times when we've leveraged off physical products to drive our digital products, and vice versa. So, I think there's a great palette of information available to us now to be able to draw upon for that.

Robin:

Yes, and a really good example of that is something like an onboarding program that is designed to be mobile based actually mocking up interfaces and experiences on paper, and then taking them out to a group of people to play test them, prototype them.

Simon:

Correct, and I think the best thing is that fail fast or learn early. I think that the worst thing that can happen is you end up making technical decisions that are quite difficult to change, or you make a lot of upfront investment. Again, when project health is high, and then invariably your well-formed views of things will change, but the decisions that you've already made at the outset make it quite difficult to make that change. It becomes inflexible and then you've got risk of project health. You've then got a risk of products that aren't going to meet the mark of what people are seeking to do, and especially if you think of learning and development and that essentialness to engage people. Whether it's provided as a carrot to get people to learn or whether it's depth that people have to do, it's really essential to put the user in first, and put yourself in their shoes, and understanding their own experiences before you spend the majority of the effort in building the infrastructure around where that final learning piece is going to live.

Harnessing good project health

Robin:

That's a really nice sentiment to start our wrap up, but I just want to pick up on a very nice term there, Simon: project health, and that sense that quite often at the beginning of something there's a whole lot of energy.

Simon:

Correct. It's really good.

Robin:

Yes, and if you can harness that energy for that sort of understanding, designing and prototyping phase together rather than separating out the prototype phase.

Simon:

One hundred per cent. I think you're right. Even if your people are saying, ‘These ideas are new and a bit out there,’ that’s when to do it. That's when you've got the most opportunity with the people that you're working with to trial and test those components. Even while they might not necessarily agree or think it's smart, or that's it the way they've done before, it invariably will lead to new insights, new learnings and a better service that you're going to do at the end. So, I think even if the view that people have is, ‘We need something built for this particular LMS or this particular CMS,’ we don't tend to go for that work or, if we do, we always go, ‘Ask a question of why? What is informing your decision here?’ And sometimes, it can be really practical. It's like, ‘We've invested millions of dollars and we have to.’ So it's like, ‘Okay, that's cool,’ but other times again, people are putting the technology at the centre, and not the user. We are of the view now that the technology is interchangeable. Everything can be linked to everything else, really. It's about ensuring the user is in the centre of it to ensure that you're meeting their needs, and then thinking about what the technology or design requirements may be.

Robin:

That's a nice sentiment to wrap on. Just one last question, Simon. What's your advice to somebody thinking about getting started in design thinking?

Simon:

My advice would be do some searching. Read Design Kit by IDEO. Probably realise that you're further along the service design journey than you think you are. If you're an interface designer, re-badge yourself as a service designer. There's a myriad courses, short courses in most capital cities in Australia that you can get down to. Reach out to companies like our own and start talking to people. Re-frame your experience and your interests within that range, and there you’ll just open up a world of opportunity to help get to that broader goal of creating more movement and greater engagement.


          

Is this Moonshine or Chimera?   

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RUSSIA, China, the United States and North Korea are all key players in South Korean President Moon's grand plan to "connect" a newly-burgeoning economic region of Northeast Asia, a "community of peace and prosperity". Again, the key is Pyongyang. Can it be counted on as a consistent, willing partner? Or will its traditional recalcitrance to 'reform' again dash all hopes . . .

SEOUL -- Since his election to the Presidency of South Korea in May 2017, Moon Jae-in has been pursuing an ambitious policy intended to achieve multiple political, strategic, economic - and even, presumably, personal objectives.
The Busan-native, born of North Korean refugee parents from the evacuation from Hungnam, North Korea, in 1950, Moon has brought, under his far-reaching New Northern Policy, a number of policy initiatives and economic investment projects (many recognisable to ATI readers) involving Russia, China and, especially, North Korea.
The New Northern Policy has its own Presidential Committee on Northern Economic Co-operation, involving four Ministers collectively responsible for Foreign Affairs, Economy, Finance and Trade.
Its Chairman, Song Young-gil, citing President Moon's "dream" of "being able to board a train in Busan . . . pass through Rajin-Khasan and reach Europe by the Trans-Siberian Railway", sees it as "a vision" that not only seeks to "connect" South Korea to "countries in the northern region" but also "aims to develop Northeast Asia . . . into a community of peace and prosperity".
The Policy, which ultimately seeks to enlist support from Russia, China, Mongolia, and the Eurasian Economic Union, makes specific reference to the resurrection of previous economic projects (the ROK-Russia gas pipeline, the Rajin-Khasan railway) again familiar to long-term ATI readers.
The Policy also is expressly intended to mitigate a decline in the shipping and shipbuilding industries of Busan and Ulsan.
In this new New Northern Policy, Russia looms large.
At the Third Eastern Economic Forum, held appropriately in Vladivostok in early September, Moon proposed nine ROK-Russia projects involving port rejuvenation, railways, shipbuilding, gas, power generation, fisheries, agriculture, (resultant) employment and a North Polar Route - all under the framework of Moon's 9-Bridges Strategy.
This policy is one that has been taking shape in the Korean public consciousness since ROK-USSR joint recognition in 1991. The two economies are highly complementary (Russia exports raw materials while the ROK exports finished products).
However, integration of the Policy's multitudinous components with their often-conflicting stakeholders gives reason for pause.
One sentence from Song's "message from the Chairman" highlights the extreme complications in all this: "The Moon Administration has remained consistent in its basic principle of improving relations with China and Russia and thereby bolstering its defence based on the ROK-U.S. alliance while taking a peaceful approach to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue." Whew!
An even greater problem concerns the motives and interests of the other players: Russia, China, U.S. and, of course, North Korea itself.
The players:

Russia: A clear winner in this win-win policy is Russia itself.
Having invested (to no obvious financial or political return) in various Russia-ROK-DPRK projects, Russia would have every reason to support the New Northern Policy generally and the 9-Bridges Strategy specifically.
After all, it would potentially assist in economically reviving Russia's Far East, open up new markets, strengthening Russia's presence and hence position in the region, and even assisting in mitigating the stranglehold of sanctions.
China: Various factors of unequal weight (the U.S. trade sanctions;  the Made in China 2025 initiative that set off alarm bells globally; fortification of the South China Sea to reinforce China's maritime claims; Beijing's most ill-advised economic pressure on Seoul following installation of THAAD that caused South Koreans to become wary of -- if not alarmed at -- economic dependence on China; China's "Social Credit System" that is widely perceived as ranking its citizens based on how strongly their Internet behaviour supports official PRC policy, resulting in embarrassing and even criminal behaviour by its agents and citizens in other countries -- the list goes on) have led to growing apprehension over becoming drawn into a too-close orbit with China.
Even Kim Jong-un's execution of his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, was seen in part (in both South and North Korea) as a move to limit Chinese influence.
In short, China is now distrusted by both North and South given that it is seen to be offering at best a pact with the Devil.
Yet, given China's resources to assist, along with its means to obstruct -- both abundant in equal measure -- having China on board is seen as far more preferable than excluding it.
As to whether President Moon is playing China and Russia off against the other, several observations are in order.
First, given differences between China and Russia in terms of economic compatibility, national issues at stake, degree of potential and actual involvement and relative size of the three countries, probably not.
Moon and his team are most likely currently engaged in sky-thinking, seeing where opportunities are likely to open up -- and exploiting them.
Under Moon's plan, China and Russia's assigned roles are as yet not in conflict and the first mover is likely to obtain disproportionate benefits (should the initiative succeed).
Both China and Russia may view any gains on the Korean peninsula as beneficial so long as they do not see a zero-sum gain (one winning more than the other). At least, economically, any progress ought to cohere with their national development plans.

The United States: Trump is widely perceived as being personally favorable to Vladimir Putin (and by extension Russia) and antagonistic to China for its economic rise through means considered nefarious by the Trump base: corporate interests and largely white, blue collar workers.
In contrast, members of Trump's National Security Council, including Chief-of-Staff John Bolton, have consistently advocated wariness toward Russia and support for NATO, which, in turn, hinges on Nixonian-Kissingerian calculations of continued detente with the PRC.
Fiona Hill, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs, has been quietly representing these longstanding U.S. foreign policy objectives.
Her deputy, Richard Hooker, Senior Director for Russia, Europe and NATO, who had advocated a hardline stance toward Russia and unwavering support for NATO, left the NSC in July, leaving in his wake questions as to whether he was forced out.
As for North Korea, Trump lauded Kim Jong-un and predicted beforehand that his summit in Singapore would be "tremendously successful", despite an obvious lack of planning or a clear agenda. Did the outcome indeed create a "special bond" between the two leaders?
Trump may find walking back on his words awkward, unless Chairman Kim makes it easier for him to do so through a renewal of provocations.
Despite its current dysfunctionality on the global stage, the U.S. remains critically important to the success of the New Northern Policy and its subordinate 9-Bridge Strategy.
Here we need to look at (1) Russia and North Korean sanctions, and (2) the U.S. China trade war.
Unless Eurasia unites to collectively isolate (read ignore) the U.S. over its succession of unilateral political and economic impositions, individual States will need to factor in secondary sanctions (pressure on third parties who might be tempted to help primary sanctions targets evade them).
As Song Young-gil wailed, according to a Washington Post article by Adam Taylor: "It's so stressful that the United States is so controlling."
This was a clear reference to U.S. sanctions against North Korea that aggressively pursue secondary sanction violations.
A relatively recent new law, the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) took effect in January. This specifically covers both North Korea (Title III) and Russia (Title II).
The Act authorises sanctions against third parties doing "significant" business with designated firms (Section 231 specifically covers third parties doing business with sanctioned Russian firms). Yet, as this report went to press, the UN (with US approval) permitted a survey of the east coast rail project (intended to connect the ROK to Russia) to proceed, although actual construction is still sanctioned.

North Korea: This player is the most critical of all as all assumptions are based on its consistent, willing co-operation.
Over the years of writing for ATI, this author has seen countless policies, proposals and projects launched and dashed by the ultimate (and highly predictable) recalcitrance of North Korea to 'reform' as the price of opening up.
With experience ranging from the USSR's glastnost and perestroika to Libya's Pact with NATO, the North Korean regime has remained highly sceptical of any meaningful international bond.
That may well explain why such an apparently dysfunctional, political aberrant anomaly has outlasted its ideological fraternal regimes.
 
*Peter Sylvestre is ATI Correspondent in Seoul.


          

Emerging from the Shadows   

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A STRONGER ASEAN seems front-of-mind for Malaysia’s new Prime Minister, who has perhaps two years to make his mark on history . . .

TWO Asian leaders are setting new parameters – North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, very much in the spotlight, and Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad, emerging from the shadows of retirement.
It is still early days, but many believe it is Mahathir who could leave the more enduring impact on regional affairs.
Certainly, that will be his aim — and he probably has just two years in which to do it.
At 92, Mahathir is well-known for his antipathy towards Singapore, Australia and the United States, for his fervour for ASEAN, and for his proud defence of all things Malaysian.
Will he move to rebuild national icons, such as Malaysia Airlines?
MAS has suffered ever since Cabinet Ministers gave AirAsia a leg up in its infancy. In the run-up to the recent election, AirAsia’s CEO, Tony Fernandes, unwisely painted his aircraft in UMNO colours.
But Mahathir may prefer to strengthen
ASEAN, which has demonstrably been weakened as a cohesive trade and political grouping by China’s rise.
He has fired an opening shot by raising the ghost of the East Asia Economic Caucus (EAEC), a concept he first unveiled in 1997, in the wake of the East Asia economic crisis.
In its original clothes, the EAEC was to be a trade grouping of ASEAN, China, Japan and South Korea. Japan refused to join because Western nations, including Australia, Canada and the United States, were not invited. A reinvigorated EAEC today would possibly weaken the potential of the China-sponsored Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). This includes the ASEAN countries in its embrace as it seeks to strengthen China’s trade hand.

Speaking at a Nikkei conference in Tokyo in June, Mahathir said he remains in favour of EAEC as a Free Trade Zone incorporating ASEAN, but would today add India and some Central Asian countries.
A strong EAEC would give weaker nations a better position from which to negotiate with more powerful nations, like China, he said.
Yes, China, which has split ASEAN right down the middle on issues ranging from economic blandishments to South China Sea incursions. Mahathir wants to see ASEAN with a strong voice and political/economic clout.
 In the run-up to his recent election, Mahathir criticised the extent and form of Chinese investment in Malaysia, and, on taking office, quickly cancelled a number of Chinese contracts.
These included the proposed Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail link, and the US$14 billion East Coast Rail Link, funded through China’s ExIm Bank as part of the Belt and Road programme.
 The East Coast Rail Link had been awarded to China Communications Construction without open tender.
Other China projects coming under review include a 40 per cent stake in the port of Kuantan and a US$100 billion township in Iskandar, near Singapore, built by Chinese developers with a reported 70 per cent of sales to Chinese residents.
Mahathir almost certainly will be running an eye over developments in the South China Sea, where China lays claim to Malaysia’s Swallow Reef in the Spratly Islands — and Malaysia’s fishermen complain of Chinese vessels poaching in their waters (similar protests are being heard in Indonesia).
Observers will also be closely watching the development of Mahathir’s relationship with Singapore’s Prime Minister, BG Lee, who had a sound working relationship with Mahathir’s direct predecessor, Najib Razak.
It was that relationship which finally cleared hurdles for construction of the Kuala-Lumpur-Singapore rail link. Interestingly, Mahathir has offered compensation to Singapore for cancellation of the project.
But as this issue went to press, he announced publicly, and apparently without warning to Singapore, that he proposed to increase the price for water that Malaysia supplies to the city-state.
Mahathir will be keenly aware that Singapore is the Chair of ASEAN this year, and that some ASEAN members expect it to take a stronger line on pressure from China, especially in the South China Sea.
He would not want to distract from any effort that might help strengthen ASEAN’s voice.
As this issue published, Mahathir had yet to name a Foreign Minister for his new Government. It may well be a role he himself relishes — and needs to employ — in making his mark on history.
Barry Pearton - Publisher


          

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Sea snail discovery proving powerful in cancer fight   

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Chemicals from the humble sea snail found along Australia's east coast are a powerful weapon in the fight against drug-resistant cancer cells, researchers say.


          

5 Apartemen Murah di Surabaya Yang Cocok untuk Staycation   

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5 Apartemen Murah di Surabaya yang Cocok untuk Staycation

Surabaya, salah satu kota metropolitan dan terbesar di Indonesia mempunyai potensi bisnis properti. Industri tersebut semakin berkembang dengan pengaruh jumlah penduduk yang banyak dan tingkat kebutuhan masyarakat yang harus dipenuhi.

Stabilitas ekonomi juga mempengaruhi industri tersebut, dimana targetnya mulai dari masyarakat kelas menengah ke bawah hingga menengah ke atas. Pembangunan di setiap perkotaan marak dilakukan, tak terkecuali Surabaya juga.



Salah satu pembangunan tersebut bisa dilihat dalam pembangunan apartemen. Banyak apartemen yang mulai dibutuhkan oleh masyarakat, sehingga tidak kaget bangunan tersebut terus muncul di Surabaya. Kebanyakan apartemen berada di lokasi yang strategis dan fasilitasnya lengkap.

Dua poin tersebut sudah masuk kategori apartemen Surabaya murah. Sehingga jika ada apartemen tidak ada dua hal tersebut yah, berarti bukan apartemen yang minimal sudah baik sih. Tetapi semua apartemen di Surabaya sudah mulai memperhatikan dua hal tersebut.

Berikut ini akan diulas tentang apartemen murah di Surabaya yang cocok untuk Staycation, antara lain:

1. Apartemen Puncak Kertajaya

Apartemen ini berada di Jalan Kecamatan Kertajaya Indah Regency, Keputih, Sukolilo, Surabaya, Jawa Timur (Pakuwon City). Tipe unit apartemen ini ada studio dan 2BR, luas apartemen mulai dari 21 sampai 36 meter persegi.

Pembayaran untuk pembelian apartemen ini mulai dari 2 juta lebih sedikit dan bisa dicicil dikali 12 bulan. Pembayaran bisa secara tunai maupun memakai kartu kredit. Apartemen ini memiliki 2008 unit dengan lantai sampai 20.


Apartemen ini dibangun secara strategis, dekat dengan pusat perbelanjaan, universitas ternama di Surabaya (UNAIR, ITS, STESIA, ITATS, dan Naratoma). Apartemen ini memiliki akses yang mudah menuju Bandara Juanda, Stasiun Gubeng Surabaya, dan pusat perkantoran maupun perbankan.

Fasilitas dalam apartemen ini, antara lain: kolam renang, tempat bermain anak-anak, internet, lahan parkir yang luas, dan sistem keamanan 24 jam. Selain itu juga ada grocery store, tempat lari, dan tempat gym.

Fasilitas unggulan dalam apartemen ini adalah adanya tempat latihan fitness, pusat kebugaran, ATM center, minimarket, penjual makanan, laundry, pesan antar makanan dengan telepon, dan lain-lain. 

2. Apartemen Twin Tower (River Peak)

Apartemen ini berada di Jalan Kalisari 1 Nomor 1, Kapasari, Genteng, Surabaya (Pakuwon City). Luas apartemen ini mulai dari 38 sampai 106 meter persegi. Tipe unit hunian yang disediakan, yaitu studio, 2BR, dan 3BR.

Harga yang ditawarkan untuk menyewa maupun membeli adalah 4 juta lebih sedikit dan bisa dicicil dikali 12 bulan. Pembayaran bisa dilakukan secara tunai maupun pakai kartu kredit. Apartemen ini juga disebut sebagai River Peak Apartment yang mana suasananya tenang dan lokasinya strategis.

Lokasi strategis tersebut hanya membutuhkan waktu sekitar 10 menit untuk sampai ke pusat kota Surabaya. Apartemen ini juga dekat dengan tempat-tempat strategis lainnya, seperti Grand City Mall Surabaya, Tunjungan Plaza, Pusat Oleh-oleh Mirota Batik, Stasiun Pasar Turi, UNAIR.



Selain itu juga dekat dengan Universitas Kristen Petra, dan Universitas Widya Mandala. Fasilitas dalam apartemen ini antara lain ada kolam renang, tempat parkir, tempat ATM, laundry, elevator, sistem keamanan 24 jam.

Apartemen ini cocok untuk kalangan eksekutif maupun mahasiswa yang kuliah di sekitar apartemen tersebut. apartemen ini cocok bagi anda yang sudah berkeluarga maupun memiliki anak. 

3. Apartemen Educity Residence

Apartemen ini berada di Jalan Kalisari Timur, Darma Selatan, Mulyorejo, Surabaya, Jawa Timur (Pakuwon City). Tipe hunian apartemen ini adalah studio dengan luas mulai dari 21 sampai 21 meter persegi. 

Pembayaran apartemen bisa secara tunai maupun dicicil 12 kali dengan harga mulai 2 juta lebih sedikit dengan menggunakan kartu kredit. Total unit apartemen ini ada 3528 dengan lantai sampai 33. Apartemen ini sangat strategis, karena dekat dengan universitas dan sekolah yang ada.



Universitas dan sekolah tersebut, antara lain: Universitas Widya Mandala, ITS, UNAIR, Gloria Christian School, dan Xin Zhong School. Selain itu juga dekat dengan Food Festival, East Coast Center, Galaxy Mall, dan fasilitas publik lainnya.

Fasilitas yang diperoleh di apartemen ini, antara lain: ada kolam renang, mini market, laundry, tempat parkir, tempat latihan fitness, tempat lari, tempat bermain anak, CCTV, kartu akses apartemen, dan sistem keamanan 24 jam.

Apartemen ini cocok untuk mahasiswa, keluarga, maupun pasangan yang baru menikah. Fasilitas lain yang bisa ditemui, antara lain: ATM center, tempat gym, kolam renang, restoran, dan grocery store.

4. Apartemen Ascott Waterplace Residence

Apartemen ini berada di Jalan Pakuwon Indah Lontar Timur Lidah Wetan, Lakarsantri, Surabaya (Pakuwon City). Tipe hunian di apartemen ini adalah 2BR dengan harga mulai 3,5 juta lebih sedikit dicicil 12 kali atau bisa membayar secara tunai maupun menggunakan kartu kredit.

Luas dari hunian apartemen tersebut adalah mulai dari 56 sampai 56 meter persegi. Apartemen ini memiliki 2400 unit dengan lantai sampai 38. Lokasi apartemen dekat dengan Supermall Pakuwon Indah dan dan Pakuwon Trade Center. Selain itu juga, dekat dengan rumah sakit yang paling penting.



Apartemen ini juga dekat dengan sekolah internasional, Ciputra, dan perkantoran. Fasilitas dalam apartemen ini, antara lain: ada tempat BBQ, kolam renang, tempat bermain anak, pusat kebugaran, sistem keamanan 24 jam, dan CCTV.

Selain itu juga ada grocery store, internet, tempat gym, tempat lari, dan laundry. 

5. Apartemen Grand Sungkono Lagoon

Jika Anda ingin sewa apartemen Surabaya yang cocok untuk staycation, pilihan lainnya adalah Grand Sungkono Lagoon. Apartemen ini hanya berjarak selangkah dari gerbang tol Satelit, Surabaya Barat. Yang membuat apartemen ini cocok dijadikan tempat untuk staycation adalah kenyamanan yang ditawarkan layaknya menginap di hotel premium. 

Ada 33 fasilitas yang disediakan pihak apartemen untuk penghuni. Jika ingin berenang, Anda bisa melakukannya di rooftop pool yang diklaim sebagai yang tertinggi di Indonesia. Ada juga Sunrise Garden dan Sunset Garden yang cocok dikunjungi untuk menikmati pesona matahari terbit dan terbenam. Untuk hiburannya, apartemen ini menyediakan Movie Theater Room, area BBQ, area games, ruang karaoke, dsb. 

Nah, itulah penjelasan tentang 5 apartemen murah di Surabaya yang cocok untuk Staycation. Semoga bermanfaat dan bisa cocok untuk dihuni.


Salam,
Dwi Puspita


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Washington grocery store workers demand more protections during coronavirus outbreak   

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2012 East Coast Arabian Championships   

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Top Horse is a Platinum sponsor and proud sponsor of the Champion Arabian Warmblood at the 2012 East Coast Arabian Championships on February 9-11, 2012 at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. Held by the NSW Arabian Horse Association Inc., this 25th anniversary of the event is being celebrated with past and present east coast Champions at the finals night on Saturday.

A limited amount of tables will be situated on the floor of the indoor arena, price is $550 pet table, which seats 10 people. Price includes a picnic supper and bottles of wine featuring commemorative labels. Table purchasers must decorate their table with East Coast memorabilia and can include promotion of their business and studs. Booking forms can be downloaded here.


          

2012 East Coast Arabian Championships   

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The recent East Coast Arabian Championships were a huge success, with 450 quality horses competing. Top Horse was a proud sponsor of the following events and congratulates all winners:

Champion of Champions Arabian Warmblood: FantasyFF bred and exhibited by Future Farms (Sire: Crave FF Dam: Double TT Fevia)

Reserve Champion of Champions Arabian Warmblood: c owned by Kris, Keely & Bree Bisset of Taffadins Arabians and shown by Jason Hodgins (Sire: Royal Hit (IMP Germany) Dam: Warrawee Ashantee)

Champion Anglo Stallion: ConchertoFF bred and exhibited by Future Farms (Sire: Burren-dah The Wizard Dam: Aloha Symphony)

Best Head Arabian Derivative: Bracknell Rodrigues owned by Chloe Wearne and shown by Jason Hodgins Sire: (Gai El Jullyen (IMP US) Dam: Bracknell Baby Doll)

Champion Arabian Pony Mare under Saddle: Carinda Park Tennessee Miss owned by Carol, Brian, Jessica & Sarah Huxtable and exhibited by Crystal Lodge Performance Arabians

          

Black Caviar to Begin Life as a Broodmare   

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Black Caviar will begin her new career as a broodmare commencing at the start of the 2013 breeding season, with owners no doubt hoping she will produce another superstar! She is currently enjoying an extended rest at a secret location with a decision on her racing future expected to be made soon.

''This will give her four or five months off, if she comes back,'' commented Neil Werrett, Black Caviar’s managing owner.

"Her last win was her hardest and most heroic. She deserves a good break.''

No stallion has yet been chosen but Werrett commented that ''the top five stallions in the country all have appeal''.

Trainer Peter Moody has revealed he would like to take her on a farewell tour up Australia’s east coast, giving fans one last chance to see her. This would include some races, including the Lightning Stakes which she has already won twice

          

Cavalia Tour Extended to Include Adelaide and Perth   

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Cavalia have just announced they will extend their Australian tour to include Adelaide and Perth.

Dates and ticket information will be available soon on the Cavalia website.

The show has been playing to rave reviews from even non horse lovers on Australia's east coast. Cavalia opens in Melbourne at Docklands on July 24.

          

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Self Isolation Day Ten – Greenland Winter Landscape   

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Workday Analyst   

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The shaking was described as "light".
          

Vadnais Heights Food Shelf   

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Apricots and Pack Rats    

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One might think that apricots have little to do with packrats, however both are currently pressing subjects on the mind of ProfessorRoush.

This is the shining annual moment for my apricot tree, a 'Sunglow' variety.  Always the first tree to bloom, it often beats the redbuds by a full week or two.  I enjoy it most in the evenings, when it is back-lit by the Western sun as viewed from the driveway, although mornings when the sun lights up the front of the tree are also satisfying.  Mrs. ProfessorRoush thought so as she messaged me at work early one morning this week with a picture of the tree, asking if it was an apple.  No, apricot, honey, APRICOT.  I can't say, however, that I ever get much fruit from it.  Fruits are small at best, though colorful, and the yield is devastated most years by late frosts.  It is a nice ornamental, however, adding some soul-needed color above the still-dry prairie grass, while admittedly not very life-sustaining as a nutrient source.

On the other hand, as evidence of the trials and tribulations of gardening on the Kansas prairie, I give you these two pictures taken of our small corner deck with its two-seater glider and gas grill, along with this newly formed pile of greenery.  The pile of semi-green sticks and leaves are the recent activity of a pack rat, endeavoring mightily to make a home right beside the back door.  I suppose it is a nice spot for a damp cool spring, roof above, sheltered from the north and east winds, the brick behind it warmed by the sun in the afternoons. 






Astonishingly, however, if you look closely at the greenery, you'll see that it is mostly holly, Japanese evergreen holly to be exact.   I do have holly in the landscape, but the nearest bushes are all on the exact opposite corner of the house from here, around two walls and on the north-east corner.  One by one, this industrious little rats (or family of rats) has trimmed these off and pulled them completely around the house, exposed to attack either during a long trek of 30+feet across the cement garage pad or an even longer trek across the back stamped-cement patio, up a few stairs, and into the corner.  To get here, the rat has also trekked numerous times by at least three poisonous bait traps, but I guess when you don't have a home, gathering food may be low on the priority list.


However long the construction work took, I demolished this semi-erected rodent domicile in the blink of an eye, letting a brisk wind last Sunday carry the debris to the four corners of the world.  As an added measure, I also purchased a large spray bottle of rodent repellent and used it.  I've never thought the pungent pepperminty spray was worth using, but I do believe in hedging my bets against my de-hedged neighboring rodents. 

My forsythia is finally blooming forth today, bright, yellow, and only a few days later than average.  The specimen pictured is 'Fiesta', one of the better varieties in my garden.



          

Professions: OTR CDL A Truck Driver - Home Every Weekend! - Manchester, New Hampshire   

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TV personality Vinolia 'V-Mash' Mashego passes away   

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East Coast Radio — Former Jam Alley presenter and actress Vinolia V-Mash Mashego, has died.
          

Coronavirus: Minister details support for small-scale farmers to ensure food supply   

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Class A CDL Company Drivers Regional and OTR Routes Available OTR runs but no CA, NY or East Coast All trucks equipped with APU, Refrigerators, Microwaves, and Inverters so you can enjoy all the creature comforts when you're away from home. Why Simon Transport? Besides the fact that we re STINKIN AWESOME and provide a competitive pay package along with comprehensive benefits, there are many great advantages to driving with Simon. Simon Transport offers our drivers the peace of mind that goes hand-in-hand with working for a well-established company that maintains a strong financial position. We have built our company around providing our drivers top CPM, top-of-the-line equipment and technology. Call us today at 877-352-2488 Or apply online below. Compensation: Strong pay package Earn up to $65K per year Average pay of $1,200-$1,400/week Consistent miles All miles paid, empty and loaded Some Benefits include: Financial stability to ensure job security Dispatched out of local terminal Open Door policy Multiple points of contact (have everyone s direct number rather than the general line) Medical, dental and vision insurance Company-paid life insurance Simple IRA Retirement Plan Paid Vacation No NY or CA runs Usually out for 2 weeks with 2 days at home call to discuss the schedule that works best for you! Bonuses and Other Incentives: Bonuses for Safety and Fuel Driver Recognition Awards Passengers allowed Pet Policy Let s Talk Trucks! Newer Fleet: 2018, 2019, 2020 Freightliner Cascadias Detroit DD15 engine (400HP/1750 TRQ) Automatic transmission 72 raised roof Fully loaded trucks for your comfort All trucks equipped with APU, Refrigerators, and Microwaves Strict maintenance schedule on all trucks RELIABLE. COMFORTABLE. EFFICIENT. We put our drivers and their safety first. That means placing each driver in a truck that they can depend on. Every one of our trucks are regularly maintained and come with all the comforts of home from refrigerators (with freezers!) and microwaves to brand new mattresses and AM/FM radios with Bluetooth and aux cable compatibility. Call us today at 877-352-2488 Or apply online below. Driver Qualifications: Valid Class A CDL Minimum 2 years over the road experience At least 24 years of age Good MVR and driving history Simon Transport is built around our great drivers. Their health and happiness surpass every other priority. As a Simon Company Driver, you ll enjoy consistent miles, competitive pay, great benefits, fully loaded late model trucks, experienced and organized support staff, and a family atmosphere that welcomes you from your very first day. Having a family-centered culture isn t just something we say, it s the foundation on which we ve established our business model. Since our early beginnings almost 5 decades ago, Simon Transport has been operated by the same family who founded it. Treating our drivers as an extension of our family is as central to our values as it is to our growth. We do everything to ensure our drivers know they re respected and offer recognition where it s due. Why wait? Call today! (877) 352-2488 ()
          

Professions: Regional/Long Haul CDL-A Driver: New Trucks - Grand Prairie, Texas   

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Class A CDL Company Drivers Regional and OTR Routes Available OTR runs but no CA, NY or East Coast All trucks equipped with APU, Refrigerators, Microwaves, and Inverters so you can enjoy all the creature comforts when you're away from home. Why Simon Transport? Besides the fact that we re STINKIN AWESOME and provide a competitive pay package along with comprehensive benefits, there are many great advantages to driving with Simon. Simon Transport offers our drivers the peace of mind that goes hand-in-hand with working for a well-established company that maintains a strong financial position. We have built our company around providing our drivers top CPM, top-of-the-line equipment and technology. Call us today at 877-352-2488 Or apply online below. Compensation: Strong pay package Earn up to $65K per year Average pay of $1,200-$1,400/week Consistent miles All miles paid, empty and loaded Some Benefits include: Financial stability to ensure job security Dispatched out of local terminal Open Door policy Multiple points of contact (have everyone s direct number rather than the general line) Medical, dental and vision insurance Company-paid life insurance Simple IRA Retirement Plan Paid Vacation No NY or CA runs Usually out for 2 weeks with 2 days at home call to discuss the schedule that works best for you! Bonuses and Other Incentives: Bonuses for Safety and Fuel Driver Recognition Awards Passengers allowed Pet Policy Let s Talk Trucks! Newer Fleet: 2018, 2019, 2020 Freightliner Cascadias Detroit DD15 engine (400HP/1750 TRQ) Automatic transmission 72 raised roof Fully loaded trucks for your comfort All trucks equipped with APU, Refrigerators, and Microwaves Strict maintenance schedule on all trucks RELIABLE. COMFORTABLE. EFFICIENT. We put our drivers and their safety first. That means placing each driver in a truck that they can depend on. Every one of our trucks are regularly maintained and come with all the comforts of home from refrigerators (with freezers!) and microwaves to brand new mattresses and AM/FM radios with Bluetooth and aux cable compatibility. Call us today at 877-352-2488 Or apply online below. Driver Qualifications: Valid Class A CDL Minimum 2 years over the road experience At least 24 years of age Good MVR and driving history Simon Transport is built around our great drivers. Their health and happiness surpass every other priority. As a Simon Company Driver, you ll enjoy consistent miles, competitive pay, great benefits, fully loaded late model trucks, experienced and organized support staff, and a family atmosphere that welcomes you from your very first day. Having a family-centered culture isn t just something we say, it s the foundation on which we ve established our business model. Since our early beginnings almost 5 decades ago, Simon Transport has been operated by the same family who founded it. Treating our drivers as an extension of our family is as central to our values as it is to our growth. We do everything to ensure our drivers know they re respected and offer recognition where it s due. Why wait? Call today! (877) 352-2488 ()
          

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Steve Gleason doesn’t just know the moment; he’s the embodiment of the moment. It’s frozen in time with a commemorative statue near the southeast corner of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome — his famed punt ...
          

Professions: Students & Recent CDL-A Truck Driver Grads - Anderson, Indiana   

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After Just Four Weeks In Our Driver Program, You Can Begin Earning Guaranteed Home Time & Higher Mileage Rates!CDL-A student truck drivers who have recently graduated from a certified CDL school can begin their training with NTB, so that they can hit the road with our outstanding regional truck driver jobs! During this 4-week program, you ll be paid each day you train, with home time every 5 days! After your training is complete, you ll start earning our competitive new pay package, regular home time, bonus and incentive programs and brilliant benefits!Hiring Area:WISC: Kenosha, MadisonOHIO: Dayton, ColumbusIND: Lawrenceburg, IN (Cincinnati area) Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, MiddleburyMICH: Stanwood, Grand Rapids, Newport, LansingILL: DecaturAs a CDL-A truck driver with NTB, you ll enjoy these advantages:Tuition reimbursement - $5000 paid out in the first yearGuaranteed home timeWeekend incentive 6 CPMHigher competitive rates per mile ask recruiters about our new increases!Production and safety bonusesMedical, dental, life and vision benefitsNo East Coast driving95% drop & hookHoliday and vacation payDetention and breakdown payPickup/drop payAsk about our Tuition Reimbursement Program! Associated topics: company driver solo, company driving solo, company otr, company owner, dedicated regional, dedicated truck driving, dry van otr trucking, hazardous material, otr driver, regional driving ()
          

Professions: Regional CDL-A Truck Drivers - Anderson, Indiana   

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Guaranteed Home Time & Increased Pay Packages? You ll Find That & More With CDL-A Regional Truck Driver Jobs At NTB!We need experienced drivers who want to earn guaranteed home time and better pay rates through our new pay package! NTB is seeking CDL-A professionals for regional truck driving opportunities in the Midwest! CDL-A drivers in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois can earn our new competitive pay package and tons of great advantages, including frequent home time, great health benefits and bonus and incentive pay. NTB drivers running our regional lanes also enjoy no East Coast driving, 95% drop & hook freight!PART-TIME POSITIONS ALSO AVAILABLE!CDL-A Regional Truck Driver Jobs Offer:Guaranteed home timeCompetitive mileage rates through our newly enhanced pay packageWeekend incentive 6 CPMStudents earn $5,000 in tuition reimbursementsSafety and production bonusesGenerous medical, dental, optical and life benefitsHoliday and vacation payDetention, breakdown and pickup/drop payNo East Coast driving95% drop & hook freight Associated topics: choferes clase a, company driver needed, company otr, company over the road, company truck, company truck driving, dedicated truck, flatbed driver, otr driver, otr driving ()
          

Professions: Students & Recent CDL-A Truck Driver Grads - Anderson, Indiana   

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After Just Four Weeks In Our Driver Program, You Can Begin Earning Guaranteed Home Time & Higher Mileage Rates!CDL-A student truck drivers who have recently graduated from a certified CDL school can begin their training with NTB, so that they can hit the road with our outstanding regional truck driver jobs! During this 4-week program, you ll be paid each day you train, with home time every 5 days! After your training is complete, you ll start earning our competitive new pay package, regular home time, bonus and incentive programs and brilliant benefits!Hiring Area:WISC: Kenosha, MadisonOHIO: Dayton, ColumbusIND: Lawrenceburg, IN (Cincinnati area) Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, MiddleburyMICH: Stanwood, Grand Rapids, Newport, LansingILL: DecaturAs a CDL-A truck driver with NTB, you ll enjoy these advantages:Tuition reimbursement - $5000 paid out in the first yearGuaranteed home timeWeekend incentive 6 CPMHigher competitive rates per mile ask recruiters about our new increases!Production and safety bonusesMedical, dental, life and vision benefitsNo East Coast driving95% drop & hookHoliday and vacation payDetention and breakdown payPickup/drop payAsk about our Tuition Reimbursement Program! Associated topics: cdl a, choferes clase a, class a driving, company over the road, dry van otr trucking, otr company, over the road company, regional driving, regular home time, tanker truck ()
          

Professions: Regional CDL-A Truck Drivers - Anderson, Indiana   

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Guaranteed Home Time & Increased Pay Packages? You ll Find That & More With CDL-A Regional Truck Driver Jobs At NTB!We need experienced drivers who want to earn guaranteed home time and better pay rates through our new pay package! NTB is seeking CDL-A professionals for regional truck driving opportunities in the Midwest! CDL-A drivers in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois can earn our new competitive pay package and tons of great advantages, including frequent home time, great health benefits and bonus and incentive pay. NTB drivers running our regional lanes also enjoy no East Coast driving, 95% drop & hook freight!PART-TIME POSITIONS ALSO AVAILABLE!CDL-A Regional Truck Driver Jobs Offer:Guaranteed home timeCompetitive mileage rates through our newly enhanced pay packageWeekend incentive 6 CPMStudents earn $5,000 in tuition reimbursementsSafety and production bonusesGenerous medical, dental, optical and life benefitsHoliday and vacation payDetention, breakdown and pickup/drop payNo East Coast driving95% drop & hook freight Associated topics: cdl a, class a driver, class a driving, company driver needed, company driver team, company driving solo, company otr, company owner, dedicated truck, dedicated truck driver ()
          

Professions: Regional CDL-A Truck Drivers - Anderson, Indiana   

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Guaranteed Home Time & Increased Pay Packages? You ll Find That & More With CDL-A Regional Truck Driver Jobs At NTB!We need experienced drivers who want to earn guaranteed home time and better pay rates through our new pay package! NTB is seeking CDL-A professionals for regional truck driving opportunities in the Midwest! CDL-A drivers in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois can earn our new competitive pay package and tons of great advantages, including frequent home time, great health benefits and bonus and incentive pay. NTB drivers running our regional lanes also enjoy no East Coast driving, 95% drop & hook freight!PART-TIME POSITIONS ALSO AVAILABLE!CDL-A Regional Truck Driver Jobs Offer:Guaranteed home timeCompetitive mileage rates through our newly enhanced pay packageWeekend incentive 6 CPMStudents earn $5,000 in tuition reimbursementsSafety and production bonusesGenerous medical, dental, optical and life benefitsHoliday and vacation payDetention, breakdown and pickup/drop payNo East Coast driving95% drop & hook freight Associated topics: cdl a company, choferes clase a, company driver team, company driving, company driving solo, company truck driver, dedicated truck, hazardous material, over the road driver, tanker ()
          

Professions: Students & Recent CDL-A Truck Driver Grads - Anderson, Indiana   

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After Just Four Weeks In Our Driver Program, You Can Begin Earning Guaranteed Home Time & Higher Mileage Rates!CDL-A student truck drivers who have recently graduated from a certified CDL school can begin their training with NTB, so that they can hit the road with our outstanding regional truck driver jobs! During this 4-week program, you ll be paid each day you train, with home time every 5 days! After your training is complete, you ll start earning our competitive new pay package, regular home time, bonus and incentive programs and brilliant benefits!Hiring Area:WISC: Kenosha, MadisonOHIO: Dayton, ColumbusIND: Lawrenceburg, IN (Cincinnati area) Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, MiddleburyMICH: Stanwood, Grand Rapids, Newport, LansingILL: DecaturAs a CDL-A truck driver with NTB, you ll enjoy these advantages:Tuition reimbursement - $5000 paid out in the first yearGuaranteed home timeWeekend incentive 6 CPMHigher competitive rates per mile ask recruiters about our new increases!Production and safety bonusesMedical, dental, life and vision benefitsNo East Coast driving95% drop & hookHoliday and vacation payDetention and breakdown payPickup/drop payAsk about our Tuition Reimbursement Program! Associated topics: company driver, company driving, company driving solo, dedicated regional, flatbed and dry van otr trucking, hazardous material, otr driver, over the road driving, tanker truck, tanker truck driving ()
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