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After, Inc. Publishes Latest Research on California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) – Effective Jan. 1, 2020 – and Its Implications for Manufacturers   

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NORWALK, Conn., Oct. 8, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- After, Inc., a pioneer in the Warranty Services industry, has delivered innovative warranty marketing, analytics and program management services to top-tier manufacturers since 2005. As an industry leader, After, Inc. stays on top of regulations that may affect its manufacturing clients. The California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) is one of these.

          

SIOS Delivers SAP Certified, Fully Automated Configuration, Validation and Management, Providing High Availability and Disaster Recovery for SAP S/4HANA Environments in the Cloud   

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SIOS Delivers SAP Certified, Fully Automated Configuration, Validation and Management, Providing High Availability and Disaster Recovery for SAP S/4HANA Environments in the Cloud Real Wire Tue, 10/08/2019 - 06:54

San Mateo, CA – October 8, 2019 – SIOS Technology Corp., an industry pioneer in providing IT Resilience through intelligent application availability, today announced at SAP TechEd that the latest releases of SIOS LifeKeeper 9.4 and SIOS DataKeeper 9.4, sold as SIOS Protection Suite for Linux, have achieved SAP certification (S/4-HA-CLU 1.0) for SAP S/4HANA. This certification recognises that SIOS provides proven technology and deep expertise in delivering High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) for SAP in physical, virtual and cloud environments.


          

Unanet and CohnReznick Release the 2019 GAUGE Report: An Industry Roadmap of Benchmarks and Trends for Government Contractors   

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In helping government contractors plan and strategize for the upcoming fiscal year, CohnReznick and Unanet have once again teamed up to conduct a government contracting industry benchmarking survey. The results of this survey have been compiled into the 2019 GAUGE Report which focuses on five major areas of contracting: Government Contract Compliance, Accounting, Utilization, Growth, Efficiencies.

(PRWeb October 08, 2019)

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The Loan Consultants - Home deals contracts in 7-month ralley   

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Home sales contracts in 7-month rally
Realtors' index rises 6.4% in August for 7th straight gain as tax break deadline boosts activity.

home purchasers signed more sales contracts in Aug than in any month this year, turbo-charged by the looming expiration of a homebuyers' tax credit, according to an industry report released thursday. The Loan Consulants

The August pending Home Sales Index from the nation's organisation of Realtors ( NAR ) exploded 6.4%, the seventh straight month-over-month improvement in the indicator. The Loan Consultants

pending sales are regarded as a forward indicator of home market health since contract signings precede actual closings, which typically happen two to three months later.






'The rise in pending home sales shows buyers are returning to the market and signing contracts, but deals are not always closing due to long delays related to short sales, and issues regarding complex new appraisal rules,' he claimed.



Not all commercial and housing indicators have been pointing up. Initial jobless claims climbed this week, according to a work Department report, after three weeks of declines.

Foreclosure filings are still well above standard and they threaten to go far higher as the terms of many toxic mortgages, for example interest-only loans and option ARMS, reset over the next 6 to twelve months and send the monthly home loan payments of householders rising.

Another home market question mark is the status of the tax break for first-time home purchasers, with the industry fearing that home sales could drop sharply if it is's allowed to expire.
There are , however , several efforts in Congress to increase the credit and even to expand it to all house purchasers, not just first-timers. That could turbo-charge home sales if it goes through.

          

World First Battery Hot Swapping System   

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PG20- 30% Endurance Increased
 
 
 Main Features

PG20 is world first battery hot swapping system. PG20 increased at least 30% flight time of Nimbus VTOL and lowered the discharge rate requirement of the main battery. We did 100 minutes flying time by using this PG20, the flying speed is 18m/s. Nimbus VTOL equipped with PG20 battery swapping board can complete 8 square kilometer area mapping job in a single flight.

 
FOXTECH VHD-40 Video Transmission System
 
 
 Main Features

VHD-40 is a long range HD video transmission system. This video system features long transmission distance, great image quality and low latency. The Max video transmission distance is about 40km. VHD-40 video system supports 1080P@60fps HDMI output and RJ45 Ethernet output. By using VHD-40 video system, the video stream can be distributed via Ethernet and can be transmitted live on YouTube, Facebook, also can be observed through cellphone in real time.

 
GAIA 160AG Agricultural Spraying Drone
 
 
 Main Features

GAIA 160AG-Agricultural Spraying Drone DA16 Combo is released! DA16 integrated with Datalink and Radiolink, is compatible with most mainstream flight controllers like TopXGun,JIYI,PIX,APM etc.

 
 
 
Group Buying: Eagle Hero VTOL
 
 
 Main Features
  • 3500mm Wingspan
  • 2 Hours Endurance
  • Dual Battery Power
  • Quick-detach Design
  • Honeycomb Structure
  • Max 16kg Take-off Weight
 
 
Foxtech RB20 Relay: 15~30Km RC & Data
 
 
RB20 820MHz-845MHz Signal Relay
 
 
 Main Features

RB20 Signal Relay can help to get a long communicate range, the max communicate range is 15-30km, and it depending on what kind of antenna are you going to use with this signal relay. Equipped with this RB20 Signal Relay and Foxtech 840-915MHz 7dBi magnetic base antenna DA16 radio controller can reach max range of 20km.

 
Foxtech DA16 16-Channel Radio Controller
 
 
 Main Features

Foxtech DA16 16-Channel radio controller is designed for VTOL like Nimbus Mapping version and other Foxtech series drones. DA16 radio controller has both datalink and radiolink built inside, and both the datalink and radiolink can reach a range of 5km. Also could equip the DA16 with signal relay to extend the RC range and data transmittion distance to 15km-30km.

 
How to Install Tilt System for Nimbus
 
 
Foxtech K170 Hexacopter Frame
 
 
 Main Features

K170 Hybrid hexacopter is released after rigorous mechanical analysis, and it features very simple structure and light weight, the weight with on payload is only 13kg. K170 is an industry leading multicopter, the max flight time of which is about 6 hours. The max take-off weight of this K170 is 25kg.

 
 
 
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FOXTECH VHD-40 Video Transmission System/GAIA 160AG-Agricultural Spraying Drone DA16 Combo/RB20 820MHz-845MHz Signal Relay/Foxtech PG20 Dual Battery Swapping Board/Foxtech K170 Hexacopter   

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FOXTECH VHD-40 Video Transmission System
 
 
 Main Features

VHD-40 is a long range HD video transmission system. This video system features long transmission distance, great image quality and low latency. The Max video transmission distance is about 40km. VHD-40 video system supports 1080P@60fps HDMI output and RJ45 Ethernet output. By using VHD-40 video system, the video stream can be distributed via Ethernet and can be transmitted live on YouTube, Facebook, also can be observed through cellphone in real time.

 
GAIA 160AG-Agricultural Spraying Drone
 
 
 Main Features

GAIA 160AG-Agricultural Spraying Drone DA16 Combo is released! DA16 integrated with Datalink and Radiolink, is compatible with most mainstream flight controllers like TopXGun,JIYI,PIX,APM etc.

 
Group Buying: Eagle Hero VTOL
 
 
 Main Features
  • 3500mm Wingspan
  • 2 Hours Endurance
  • Dual Battery Power
  • Quick-detach Design
  • Honeycomb Structure
  • Max 16kg Take-off Weight
 
 
Foxtech K170 Hexacopter Frame
 
 
 Main Features

K170 Hybrid hexacopter is released after rigorous mechanical analysis, and it features very simple structure and light weight, the weight with on payload is only 13kg. K170 is an industry leading multicopter, the max flight time of which is about 6 hours. The max take-off weight of this K170 is 25kg.

 
 
 
RB20 820MHz-845MHz Signal Relay
 
 
 Main Features

RB20 Signal Relay can help to get a long communicate range, the max communicate range is 15-30km, and it depending on what kind of antenna are you going to use with this signal relay. Equipped with this RB20 Signal Relay and Foxtech 840-915MHz 7dBi magnetic base antenna DA16 radio controller can reach max range of 20km.

 
Foxtech PG20 Dual Battery Swapping Board
 
 
 Main Features

PG20 Dual Battery Swapping Board is a new power governer device for Nimbus VTOL V2. It increased at least 30% flight time of Nimbus VTOL. And we did 100 minutes flying time by using this PG20,the flying speed is 18m/s. Nimbus VTOL equipped with PG20 battery swapping board can complete 8 square kilometer area mapping job in a single flight.

 
How to Install Tilt System for Nimbus
 
 
Nimbus Mapping VTOL Grey Version
 
 
TTA M6E Agriculture Spraying Drone
 
 
 Main Features

TTA M6E Agriculture Spraying Drone is an economic integrated solution for all agriculture spraying services. This drone features waterproof, long flight time, low maintenance cost, light weight and high-strength body. The high power brushless motors guarantee the agility and flexibility. The quick folding arms, specially designed spray nozzles and pump guarantee quick deployment and high working efficiency.

 
 
 
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Restock: Foxtech Map-01 Mapping Camera/GAIA 160 Series Drone Special Offer/Eagle Hero VTOL/TTA M6E Agriculture Spraying Drone/Foxtech K170 Hexacopter Frame   

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Restock: Foxtech Map-01 Mapping Camera
 
 
 Main Features

Foxtech Map-01 is an interchangeable lens camera for higher-quality mapping and survey, which features APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor and 24.3 MP. The trigger mode of Map-01 is PWM trigger, and supports hot shoe signal, so this Map-01 mapping camera could be connected with PPK system to ensure a centimeter-level accuracy.

 
GAIA 160 Series Drone Special Offer
 
 
Group Buying: Eagle Hero VTOL
 
 
 Main Features
  • 3500mm Wingspan
  • 2 Hours Endurance
  • Dual Battery Power
  • Quick-detach Design
  • Honeycomb Structure
  • Max 16kg Take-off Weight
 
 
TTA M6E Agriculture Spraying Drone
 
 
 Main Features

TTA M6E Agriculture Spraying Drone is an economic integrated solution for all agriculture spraying services. This drone features waterproof, long flight time, low maintenance cost, light weight and high-strength body. The high power brushless motors guarantee the agility and flexibility. The quick folding arms, specially designed spray nozzles and pump guarantee quick deployment and high working efficiency.

 
Foxtech K170 Hexacopter Frame
 
 
 Main Features

K170 Hybrid hexacopter is released after rigorous mechanical analysis, and it features very simple structure and light weight, the weight with on payload is only 13kg. K170 is an industry leading multicopter, the max flight time of which is about 6 hours. The max take-off weight of this K170 is 25kg.

 
 
 
How to Install Tilt System for Nimbus
 
 
Nimbus Mapping VTOL Grey Version
 
 
Video: DA16 Radio Operation
 
 
 Main Features

DA16 radio controller is designed for VTOL like Nimbus Mapping version and other Foxtech series drones. It has both datalink and radiolink built inside, and the standard transmission distance is 5km. Welcome to follow us to learn more details. It could be equipped with RB20 range booster to extend the RC range and data transmittion distance.

 
RB20 820MHz-845MHz Range Booster
 
 
 Main Features

RB20 range booster can help to get a long communicate range, the max communicate range is 15-30km, and it depending on what kind of antenna are you going to use with this range booster. Equipped with this RB20 Range booster and Foxtech 840-915MHz 7dBi magnetic base antenna DA16 radio controller can reach max range of 20km.

 
Foxtech PG20 Dual Battery Swapping Board
 
 
 Main Features

PG20 Dual Battery Swapping Board is a new power governer device for Nimbus VTOL V2. It increased at least 30% flight time of Nimbus VTOL. And we did 100 minutes flying time by using this PG20,the flying speed is 18m/s. Nimbus VTOL equipped with PG20 battery swapping board can complete 8 square kilometer area mapping job in a single flight.

 
 
 
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55 Mins Flight Time with 1kg Payload/K170 Hybrid Hexacopter/FOXTECH GAIA 190 Hexacopter   

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GAIA 120 Hexacopter Flight Test
 
 
 
 
K170 Hybrid Hexacopter
 
 
 Main Features

K170 is an industry leading hybrid multicopter drone with 6 hours flight time. The max take-off weight of which is 25kg. K170 is a high-quality flying platform for aerial photography, search and rescue, power line inspection and survey etc.

 
Foxtech GAIA 190 Hexacopter
 
 
 Main Features

GAIA 190 is a new member of GAIA series hexacopters. And we are testing the GAIA 190 these days, it will be released soon. Welcome to follow us to learn the latest news about GAIA 190 hexacopter.

 
 
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Pixhawk 2.1 Standard Set with Here GNSS/Pixhawk2.1 Edison with Here GNSS Kit/Here+ RTK GNSS Set/Here GNSS(M8N) GPS Unit   

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New Arrival:

Pixhawk 2.1 is the latest open source autopilot which greatly improved from the previous version Pixhawk in all aspects. Pixhawk 2.1 adopts modular design, so you could chose different carrier boards according to different requirements. Compared with the previous version, anti-jamming and stability of Pixhawk 2.1 are greatly improved.

This Pixhawk2.1 Intel Edison version is ideal for those who are looking for more computing power with Pixhawk 2.1 autopilot. With its dual core atom processor the Edison compute module will have loads of processing power for whatever application you decide to use this autopilot for(computer vision tasks or advanced flight algorithms).

Here+ RTK is centimeter level GNSS position system designed for the pixhawk 2. This module has an industry leading navigation sensitivity of -167dBm.

Here GNSS is compatible with Pixhawk, Pixhawk2.1 and most of the other open source flight controller. This GPS features an integrated GNSS module and a digital compass, a backup battery and LED lights for visible indications of UAV status.


Foxtech is going to fly GAIA 160-Hybrid across sea bay again from Sep.5 to Sep.9! This time the total range is 100km due to traffice control.  We will update the photos and videos on our facebook, you are welcomed to give us suggestions and ideas.


  


          

FMC Partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University   

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AMES, Iowa — FMC has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, FMC will have a representative on the ISRC’s industry advisory council, which provides guidance on research priorities for the center.

“We are delighted to have FMC become the newest industry partner of the Iowa Soybean Research Center and to join the center’s industry advisory council,” said Greg Tylka, director of the Iowa Soybean Research Center and a professor of plant pathology and microbiology at Iowa State. “Their support of the center’s research portfolio and the perspective and direction they will provide on the advisory council are most welcomed.”

“FMC is focused on solving customer challenges and providing solutions to protect crops and improve yields and FMC has its most robust innovation pipeline in a generation. It is with this shared mission that FMC is excited to join the Iowa Soybean Research Center and its mission to enhance soybean production and profitability,” said Brent Neuberger, senior technical sales manager for FMC.

“FMC will be a great addition to the collaborative efforts that the center is engaged in to support the needs of Iowa soybean farmers through innovative agronomic and discovery research,” said Ed Anderson, senior director of research for the Iowa Soybean Association and chair of the Iowa Soybean Research Center’s industry advisory council.

The center is a formal collaboration of industry partners, the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Together, representatives from ISA and the industry partners make up the ISRC’s Industry Advisory Council. Current industry partners include BASF, Bayer, Cornelius Seed, Corteva Agriscience, FMC, GDM and Syngenta.

About FMC
FMC is an agricultural sciences company that advances farming through innovative and sustainable crop protection technologies. From its industry leading discovery pipeline, to unique application systems, to modern biological products, FMC has been bringing new solutions to growers around the world for more than 130 years. FMC Corporation employs approximately 6,500 employees around the globe.

About the Iowa Soybean Research Center
The Iowa Soybean Research Center was established in 2014 by Iowa State University in partnership with the Iowa Soybean Association. The center was founded to increase soybean production and profitability for Iowa farmers through coordinated research efforts involving Iowa State, the Iowa Soybean Association and the private sector. More information on becoming an industry partner of the Iowa Soybean Research Center is available by contacting center director Greg Tylka, 515-294-0878 or ISRC@iastate.edu.


          

Myanmar Turns to China's Huawei Despite US Pressure    

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October 8, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - The Southeast Asian state of Myanmar, despite pressure from Washington, has decided to work with Chinese telecom company Huawei to develop its national 5G communication network. 


The move by Myanmar is just one among many by the entire region to build ties with China despite extensive efforts by the US and some Western European nations to encircle and isolate Beijing economically, politically and even militarily.

If ever there was an indicator of just how real the delcine of US primacy was particularly in Asia, it is this steady march of joint progress being made between the nations of Asia and China.

US State Department-funded media platform Voice of America (VOA) in its article deceptively titled, "Myanmar to Keep Huawei Despite Security Concerns," would complain:
Myanmar has decided to keep using Chinese technology company Huawei to develop its new mobile communications system. 

The decision comes despite national security concerns about Huawei by the United States and some other countries.

Huawei Technologies is currently working on building the next generation in wireless technology in countries around the world. The development of 5G has caused tensions between the United States and China. U.S. officials have long suspected the Chinese government could use Huawei network equipment to help carry out spying activities. Huawei has rejected such accusations. 
It is only well into the third paragraph that the VOA article begins to admit "security concerns" regarding Huawei are in reality simply accusations made up by the United States and based on nothing resembling evidence or documented impropriety.

VOA finally admits that beyond alleged concerns regarding "national security," the US has targeted Huawei because it conflicts with US "foreign policy interests."

In other words, Huawei is outcompeting US corporations abroad and rather than look inward at the shortcomings of American industry and fixing them, the US is instead attacking Huawei politically through accusations and economically through sanctions.

Spot the Difference: Real Spying vs. Accusations of Spying 

For those wondering what genuine concerns over security should be based on, the BBC in its 2014 article titled, "Edward Snowden: Leaks that exposed US spy programme," covers irrefutable, documented evidence of the US government abusing its monopoly over telecommunication networks to carry out unprecedented spying at home and abroad.
The scandal broke in early June 2013 when the Guardian newspaper reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA) was collecting the telephone records of tens of millions of Americans. 

The paper published the secret court order directing telecommunications company Verizon to hand over all its telephone data to the NSA on an "ongoing daily basis". 

That report was followed by revelations in both the Washington Post and Guardian that the NSA tapped directly into the servers of nine internet firms, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, to track online communication in a surveillance programme known as Prism.
Of course, the revelations made public by Edward Snowden's whistleblowing went far deeper than Prism, involving invasive US spying efforts carried out with the help of not only telecommunication companies, but also software makers and even US-based hardware manufacturers.

MIT Technology Review in its article, "NSA’s Own Hardware Backdoors May Still Be a “Problem from Hell”," would reveal:
Revelations that the NSA has compromised hardware for surveillance highlights the vulnerability of computer systems to such attacks.
In 2011, General Michael Hayden, who had earlier been director of both the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, described the idea of computer hardware with hidden “backdoors” planted by an enemy as “the problem from hell.” This month, news reports based on leaked documents said that the NSA itself has used that tactic, working with U.S. companies to insert secret backdoors into chips and other hardware to aid its surveillance efforts.
The US is thus guilty in reality of everything it is baselessly accusing Huawei of and serves as another example of the sort of "American exceptionalism" that has poisoned the globe's perception of America.


Dirty Tricks vs. Real Competition 

Myanmar's continued trajectory into China's economic and political orbit is particularly embarrassing for the United States.

The current government of Myanmar is headed by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy political party. Suu Kyi and and her party are virtual creations of the US and British governments benefiting from decades of political support and untold millions in financial aid. Suu Kyi also serves as the figurehead of an extensive network of fronts funded out of Washington and London posing as nongovernmental organisations.

These include groups that sabotage joint Myanmar-China infrastructure projects under the guise of upholding "human rights" or addressing "environmental concerns."


Despite the artificial nature of Suu Kyi's political rise, or perhaps because of it, her government is subject to much more fundamental forces than US meddling and rhetoric. Despite the finely honed tools of political interference Washington wields, Myanmar is still driven primarily by basic economic forces, as are all nations are.

While Washington has invested immense amounts of time, money and energy in manipulating the political landscape of foreign nations, it has severely neglected the basic fundamentals of any nation's power including its own.

With no alternative to China's manufacturing might, its ability to build massive continental-spanning infrastructure projects and its offer to lift all of Asia up with it as it ascends upon the global stage, even Washington's most carefully crafted proxies end up succumbing to what is simply a better offer made by Beijing minus the constrictive conditions that come with any partnership made with Washington.

The story of the United States' decline is one of neglected fundamentals. Until the US addresses these basic fundamentals, no amount of political meddling or military aggression can compensate for this decline.

Whether it is China's Huawei offering better telecommunication solutions to Southeast Asia, or cheaper and more effective military hardware or a more appealing regional architecture that recognises the primacy of national sovereignty, until the US is able to offer a similar or better offer, it will continue to lose even in places like Myanmar where its investments and meddling have been most extensive.

One final dimension to this latest setback in Washington's war on Huawei is that Huawei's growing fortunes in the region regarding 5G technology will provide it with the time and clout needed to overcome some of Washington's most damaging tactics including cutting Huawei off from Google's Android operating system used by smartphones around the world.

Huawei is already launching smartphones using its own opensource operating system and as time goes by, it will likely begin displacing Google's previously undisputed market share in Asia first, and globally next.

Huawei may have been outcompeting US corporations, but it was America's own decision to play dirty that ultimately backfired and now threatens to displace the few remaining areas of expertise the US excelled in.

More Dirty Tricks Expected 
The US will continue firing shots at China, and in response to Myanmar's steady drift into Beijing's orbit, the US will likely turn up its campaign of sowing instability within Myanmar itself.

Watching the US media turn on Aung San Suu Kyi whom they themselves for years helped christen as the patron saint of democracy and human rights on a level of reverence nearing that of that other notorious CIA creation, the Dalia Lama, is a warning to all who are eager servants of Western special interests. Suu Kyi's future always was one in which she would be required by Washington to work against not only Myanmar's best interests but her own as well.

Myanmar choosing Huawei was in the nation's best interests. Myanmar working with China to develop badly needed national infrastructure is also in the nation's best interests.

China's role in mediating disputes along its border with Myanmar between the nation's central government and separatist groups in an attempt to preserve Myanmar's national unity is also much in Myanmar's best interests.

It is an approach to resolving the conflicts contrasting greatly with the US' tactics of defending separatist demands and perpetuating the destructive ethnic divisions purposefully cultivated when Myanmar was the British colony of Burma to keep the nation divided, weakened and susceptible to Western coercion.

Nothing the US has offered Myanmar comes even remotely close to fulfilling the nation and its people's genuine needs or best interests and it is no wonder why Myanmar has pivoted toward Beijing despite the current government's deep, decades-long ties to Washington.

The US will continue its current tactics, but this Eastward trend will continue for Myanmar and across the rest of Southeast Asia. The only question is how much damage the US will cause before the region fully escapes out from under the shadow of European colonisation and America's self-appointed task of trying to reassert Western primacy over the region.

Joseph Thomas is chief editor of Thailand-based geopolitical journal, The New Atlas and contributor to the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

          

Credit Risk Analyst (Customer Recovery)   

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NW-Manchester, An amazing opportunity has arisen for a Credit Risk Analyst to be a subject matter expert within an industry leading FCA regulated business. If you are looking for the chance to manage and optimise the Customer Recovery processes and systems, drive profit, minimise loss and make business cost savings for one of the UK’s largest online retailers, then you are exactly the talent which we’re looking

          

9/28 Sunday CFB Hangover Quickie   

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Just got back from a few days in Chicago at an industry conference, so bear with me as I catch up...

The most important story in college football yesterday, by far, is the deplorable, FIRING-WORTHY conduct by Michigan coach Brady Hoke, who not only left in a player who obviously had a concussion, but he re-inserted the player later in the game.

In the most charitable interpretation, Hoke is so clueless that he shouldn't be a college football head coach; in a less favorable interpretation, he abdicated his core responsibility, disqualifying him for the role -- not at the end of the season, but today.

It compounds Hoke's mistake if the AD doesn't do anything about it. It compounds Hoke's absence of leadership that not a single assistant coach felt compelled to overrule the head coach's decision.

The editors of MaizeNBrew -- who care about the issue far more than I do -- have the best take on it.

Meanwhile:

*Legitimately stunned that Northwestern won at Penn State.

*Entirely unsurprised that Arkansas would simply try to run it up the gut on their final, futile play of the game.

*FSU has lost whatever air of invincibility it carried into the season.

*If the playoff was today:
(1) Texas A&M
(2) Alabama
(3) Oregon
(4) Auburn

Oklahoma is on the outside looking in, with FSU next to OU. A&M's win over South Carolina at South Carolina suddenly doesn't look so impressive, given Mizzou was able to do the same thing.

*Next week's best: Arizona-Oregon on Thursday, Alabama at Ole Miss, LSU at Auburn, Texas A&M at Mississippi State, Oklahoma at TCU, Stanford at Notre Dame, Nebraska at Michigan State, Utah at UCLA -- that's as loaded of a weekend as you could want, with all of the would-be playoff contenders with resume-making (or season-breaking) tests. Hard to say what, but SOMETHING interesting is going to happen. At a minimum, I think Notre Dame and Nebraska take losses and, consequently, exit any shot at the playoff. I could see Oklahoma getting stymied at TCU. And of the three big SEC games, I don't see any upsets, but LSU-Auburn will be a slugfest.

-- D.S.


          

Retail Sales Associate - Moores - Saskatoon, SK   

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You’ll enjoy the competitive pay (hourly pay rate) you would expect of an industry leader, as well as a broad range of benefits to support your total well-being…
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I drove a $56,000 Toyota Supra to see if the reimagined legend lives up to its reputation — here's the verdict   

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Toyota Supra

  • The long-awaited, fifth-generation Toyota GR Supra went on sale in 2019 for the 2020 model year.
  • The Supra comes from an iconic line of cars that dates back to the late 1970s. The new model was controversial because it shares many components — including its engine and transmission — with BMW and is made in Austria.
  • I tested a $56,220 Supra that was nicely equipped and had a juicy 335-horsepower inline-six-cylinder engine under the hood.
  • I had also sampled the Supra's mechanical sibling, the BMW Z4, earlier this year.
  • I've never been a Supra fanatic, but the new car is a compelling combination of value and performance.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. 


The Toyota Supra is just one of those cars. And I'm not simply talking about the now-iconic MK IV Supra, the fourth-generation two-door that, in flamboyant orange, was piloted by Paul Walker in the first "Fast and Furious" movie. No, I'm going all the way back to my own youth, when the MK I Supra, rolled out in 1979 as a snazzier Celica, hit the road.

Over the decades, Supra became a moniker associated with affordable performance and Japanese reliability. But then, in the late 1990s, Toyota dropped the Supra for the US market, discontinuing the nameplate entirely in 2002.

Seventeen years later, an all-new (and long-rumored) Supra reboot hit the floor of the Detroit auto show. There had been teasing concepts for 10 years, and when the revamped Supra was unveiled, the reaction was ... well, rather tepid. We waited all this time for that? Making matters worse, the new Supra would be a cousin to a mechanically similar BMW Z4, with both cars built by contract manufacturer Magna in Austria.

The letdown vanished, however, once folks started driving the Supra. Early reviews were gushing. OK, sure, the innards of the car were suspiciously Bavarian-looking. But all was forgiven once you strapped in and started driving.

I personally had never been a major-league Supra fan, but my curiosity was piqued. And I had driven the new Z4 in early 2019 and come away impressed. That car was a drop-top roadster with a four-cylinder engine, and despite the addition of some BMW M-Sport performance goodies, it didn't carry as much oomph under the hood as the six-cylinder Supra (both engines are BMW-made). 

So I was ready to see if the Supra could do something interesting with the extra power and remain what it had always been: a bang-for-the-buck European sports-car rival.

Read on to see how it went:

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The 2020 GR Toyota Supra arrived in a "Renaissance Red" paint job and with an as-tested price of $56,220, a bit of a premium over the $49,990 base model.



The past spring, I'd sampled a 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i, a roadster version of the Supra coupé, built on the same assembly line as the Toyota.

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The Supra was a hardtop two-door ...



... While the BMW went topless but ...



... one could be forgiven for noticing quite a few similarities between the two rides.



The old MK IV Supra became a Hollywood legend thanks to the 'Fast and Furious' movies.



But the car had officially been out of production since 2002. At the 2019 Detroit auto show, Toyota revealed the rebooted Supra — but the initial reaction was subdued.



Then reviewers started to drive the new Supra and were enthusing. So I started to look forward to some early-autumn seat time.



The Supra is a sharp set of wheels. You might call it flashy, and part of the early negative reaction was the result of the design being sort of haphazard and not entirely worth the long wait.



The pre-Supra concepts boasted crisper lines and a more adventurous attitude, while the production car seems to be angling for .. well, let's just say a younger buyer.



Those potential younger buyers went nuts for the Supra while I was driving it around. The reaction was uniformly thrilled. So I'm not going to complain.



I guess what I dislike is the foldy-swoopy-curvy mashup. That said, designer Nobuo Nakamura clearly executed an overall vision with the Supra. Those are eight-lens auto-leveling LED headlights, by the way.



The car does catch the eye from all angles. Note the integrated spoiler. The MK IV had a rather dashing (Obnoxious?) wing. For me, ditching that feature was no major loss.



The hood creates a compelling illusion of length, giving the Supra a GT car's vibe even though it lacks a back seat. My tester's 19-inch forged allow wheels concealed vented-disc Brembo brakes, with red calipers.



I didn't like it at first, but the bulging curves over the rear wheels grew on me. My mind drifted to the Ferrari 330 Le Mans racer of the 1960s.



Another oddball touch that somehow works: a furrow through the roof.,



So what does the "GR" in the full Supra name mean? It stands for "Gazoo Racing" — the rubric under which Toyota motorsports operates.



Gotta love that old-school Supra script!



I don't much love the fake plastic side vents on the hood ...



... Or this additional strip of plastic fakery on the doors.



Cargo capacity for this Supra is, unsurprisingly, not great.



There's less that 10 cubic-feet under the hatch.



Enough space for two overnight bags. I was also able to fit an electric guitar in there. Forget about a set of golf clubs, however.



Don't get excited about some extra space for an interior compartment. My wife and I struggled to stow a MacBook Air.



Dual exhaust pipes are a clue that this car has some serious giddy-up. There's also a modest rear diffuser.



Up front, the aerodynamic tech is unobtrusive, but present. Let's just say that I didn't have to ease the Supra in and out of my driveway for fear of cracking something.



Time to slip inside.



My tester had an all-black interior that actually felt less bimmer-like than I expected — despite the presence of numerous elements that were identical to the Z4's.



I don't like BMW's fat steering wheels. So the more svelte Toyota version pleased me. The analog-digital instrument cluster was also more straightforward.



The push-button start-stop is awkwardly located behind the wheel.



The carbon-fibre is a nice touch, and there isn't too much of it. The eight-speed transmission is a BMW unit, as is the odious toggle shifter. There is, sadly, no available stick-shift. Yet.



Compared to the Z4's drive settings, the Supra's are easier to deal with. You basically have normal and sport, with some options for customization. The Supra really comes alive in sport mode.



A sport display allows you to monitor that coming-aliveness in real time.



The climate controls are exactly the same as the Z4, but they're also intuitive to use.



The infotainment system runs on an 8.6-inch touchscreen powered by BMW iDrive technology.



This system, controversial when it launched over a decade ago, has matured into an industry leader. I had no difficulty with GPS navigation, Bluetooth device pairing, connectivity, and I even found the voice-commands to work well, and the 12-speaker JBL audio system sounded great.



You don't have to use the touchscreen: the familiar iDrive puck-and-buttons controller resides exactly where any BMW owner would expect to find it.



My Supra also featured wireless charging.



I thought the BMW-derived interior would annoy me, but after a day of driving, the worlds of BMW and Toyota blissfully merged for me. I actually liked the Supra's seats a lot; they're well bolstered for serious motoring (with slots for a racing harness), but comfy for longer cruises.



Let's pop the hood and see what makes this Supra go!



The BMW-sourced, three-liter, turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine makes 335 horsepower with 365 pound-feet of torque. The rear-wheel-drive Supra laid down what I clocked as a four second-ish 0-60 mph time; in sport mode, the burbles and backfire was nicely orchestrated. Fuel economy is deeply OK: 24 mph city/31 highway/26 combined.



A nice touch under the hood ... even if what's under there is BMW.



The verdict!

Compared to the four-cylinder Z4 and it's 255-horsepower four-pot, the Supra's much beefier six makes all the difference. Personally, I thought the Z4 was a very nice automobile, but in my review I wrote that its was too much machine. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy it; I did indeed. But the four-cylinder version I sampled, even at modest displacement, was a muscle roadster. (I'll take a wimpy Miata any day, thanks very much.)

The Supra, meanwhile, is a proper, fixed-roof sports car. The best comparison I could come up with was the Subaru BRZ (or the mechanically similar Toyota 86); these are snappy two-doors with small engines and rear-wheel-drive. They're a joy to drive. The Supra, meanwhile, takes their virtues and adds power, power, power. And one feels it. This car has massive punch and ferocious composure. It's hot in a straight line, but it's a thing of beauty when slung into a corner, and the steering is just about perfect.

I thought the brakes seemed a little small for the motor's output, but in practice their moderate grab was more user-friendly that some of the more hulking setups are tested. And while the Z4's stiff chassis felt as though it might have been overcompensated for the lack of a solid roof, the Supra's equally crisp architecture somehow struck me as more forgiving. In many ways, it was sort of perfect.

For about $57,000, this could be among the best values in road-to-track cars on the market. Not for nothing, but the horsepower level was ideally matched to the car — throttling the Supra is a seamless addictive experience, almost devoid of turbo lag, and the sensation of the rear tires locking in and digging down under acceleration is the stuff of dreams.

A six-speed manual would have made the Supra more tempting, but one is supposedly in the works. The eight-speed automatic was competent, but of course it had three more gears that I wanted to use. So I found myself in auto-manual mode for most of my test time, gleefully paddle-shifting and watching the tachometer dance. Third and fourth gears in this car are dazzling. The bottom line is that although the Supra and the Z4 are made at the same factory, they're miles apart — and at $10,000 less, the Supra is the superior machine both in terms of price and performance.

Was it worth the wait? Good question. I wasn't waiting. But my time with the Supra left me craving more, and it continued a theme in my life of truly digging Japanese sports cars. Even if this one speaks with a slight Austrian accent.




          

Sweet corn growers, processors could dramatically increase yield, profit   

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Teaching the History of Film Craft (pt. 2)   

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Teaching the History of Film Craft:

The Scholarship

(second in a series of posts. See the introductory post)

As I mentioned in my first post, my main inspiration for teaching film craft has been the terrific scholarship in areas that I've been interested in. Not to take away from foundational studies, but over the last decade there has been a wave of good monographs on film craft.

I don't have the time or space to compile full bibliographies here, and I've left off essays, unfortunately. Rather, I wish to suggest books that may serve as building blocks for a course syllabus or that could inspire a course. The list can also serve as a kernel for a bibliography for students in film history courses.

The list below focuses on scholarly histories on film craft. I've bracketed theory (or related topics like star studies) for the moment, even though something like Michel Chion's work on sound could be an important addition to a sound course. Also, I'm omitting interviews, popular histories, trade press sources, and production-oriented books, though these are important for research projects.

The ones with an asterisk are ones I've used in a class, either in part or whole.

Behind the Silver Screen Series (Rutgers UP)
I'd particularly recommend this series as a starting point. They're all organized chronologically with each essay tackling a different part of Hollywood history. The bibliography of each also points to useful resources. (And I'm in one of them, as disclosure.)

Acting - Claudia Springer, Julie Levinson, eds.
Animation - Scott Curtis, ed.
Art Direction and Production Design - Lucy Fischer, ed.
Cinematography - Patrick Keating, ed. *
Costume, Makeup, and Hair - Adrienne L. McLean, ed.
Directing - Virginia Wright Wexman, ed.
Editing and Special/Visual Effects - Charlie Keil, Kristen Whissel, eds.
Producing - Jon Lewis, ed.
Sound: Dialogue, Music, and Effects - Kathryn Kalinak, ed. *
Screenwriting - Andrew Horton, Julian Hoxter, ed. *

General books
Barry Salt, Film Style and Technology *
David Bordwell, Janet Staiger and Kristin Thompson, Classical Hollywood Cinema *
Steve Neale, ed., The Classical Hollywood Reader *
Erin Hill, Never Done: A History of Women's Work in Media Production  
John Gibbs and Douglas Pye, eds. Style and Meaning: Studies in the Detailed Analysis of Film

Cinematography
Patrick Keating, Hollywood Lighting from the Silent Era to Film Noir *
Patrick Keating, The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood Cinema
Joshua Yumibe, Moving Color: Early Film, Mass Culture, Modernism
Scott Higgins, Harnessing the Technicolor Rainbow *
Richard Misek, Chromatic Cinema *
Christopher Beach, A Hidden History of Film Style
Frances Guerin, A Culture of Light: Cinema and Technology in 1920s Germany
Daisuke Miyao, The Aesthetics of Shadow: Lighting and Japanese Cinema *
John Belton , Sheldon Hall, et al. Widescreen Worldwide *
Nick Hall, The Zoom: Drama at the Touch of a Lever
Todd Rainsberger, James Wong Howe *
Harper Cossar, Letterboxed: The Evolution of Widescreen Cinema 

Sound Design
Donald Crafton, The Talkies 
Helen Hanson, Hollywood Soundscapes: Film Sound Style, Craft and Production in the Classical Era 
Jay Beck, Designing Sound: Audiovisual Aesthetics in 1970s American Cinema
Jay Beck and Tony Grajeda, eds., Lowering the Boom: Critical Studies in Film Sound
Mark Kerins, Beyond Dolby (Stereo): Cinema in the Digital Sound Age *
Lilya Kaganovsky and Masha Salazkina, eds., Sound, Speech, Music in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema
Vlad Dima, Sonic Space in Djibril Diop Mambety's Films

Screenwriting
Steven Price, A History of the Screenplay *
Miranda Banks, The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters and Their Guild
Douglas Hell, Prime-Time Authorship: Works about and by Three TV Dramatists *
Rosanne Welch, When Women Wrote Hollywood: Essays on Female Screenwriters in the Early Film Industry

Film Music
Claudia Gorbman, Unheard Melodies: Narrative Film Music
Jeff Smith, The Sounds of Commerce
Kathryn Kalinak, Film Music: A Very Short Introduction
David Neumeyer, The Oxford Handbook of Film Music Studies
Kevin Donnelly, The Spectre of Sound: Music in Film and Television
David Schroeder, Hitchcock's Ear: Music and the Director's Art

Acting
James Naremore, Acting in the Cinema
Scott Balcerzack, Beyond Method: Stella Adler and the Male Actor

Special Effects
Lisa Bode, Making Believe: Screen Performance and Special Effects in Popular Cinema
Julie Turnock, Plastic Reality: Special Effects, Technology, and the Emergence of 1970s Blockbuster Aesthetics

Production Design/Location
Joshua Gleich, Lawrence Webb, eds. Hollywood on Location: An Industry History
R. Barton Palmer, Shot on Location: Postwar American Cinema and the Exploration of Real Place
Daniel Steinhart, Runaway Hollywood: Internationalizing Postwar Production and Location Shooting

Unfortunately some areas like editing and art direction are still underrepresented. And the scholarship is much stronger on Hollywood cinema than on other cinemas. But it's exciting to see so much great scholarship emerging in these areas of film history.

          

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Industry and autonomy: what is sustainable fashion?   

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Can the term ‘sustainable fashion’ really exist, or is it a paradox? How does the fashion industry, from celebrity designers to mass market retailers, tackle the problem of environmentally friendly fashion practices? Is it about local knowledge, and how does this work in the global economy? And what does ‘sustainability’ mean to you? In an industry notorious for its wastefulness, and in a world where the designer label is king, how do we shift the paradigm? Join us for a discussion about the problems and possibilities in sustainable approaches to fashion.

When: Tues 23 Aug 2011, 8:30pm
Where: slq Auditorium 1, level 2, State Library of Queensland
Duration: 01:13:31 hours


          

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Wyoming John Deere Service Technician Internship - C&B Operations LLC - Sheridan, WY   

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Leading a large finance team, this UK Financial Controller position is required for a leading a services business in central Birmingham. Client Details A 200m turnover UK services business, based in plush offices in Birmingham city centre, is looking for a new UK Financial Controller to support the CFO. Now part of an international group, the UK Financial Controller is integral; giving the business the capacity and bandwidth to deliver the integration whilst leading the team in the monthly financial cycle. The business is one of the fastest growing organisations in the world in this sector and will be able to provide excellent career progression for the successful candidate. Description For a business that is notorious for internal promotions, this is a unique opportunity to join an industry leading services provider as part of the senior leadership team. This UK Financial Controller position will lead the entire UK finance function of 20 staff with an aim of effective supporting with the operational business partners. Key duties will include: Supporting, leading, mentoring and training the accounting team leaders and the indirect reports Reviewing and delivering monthly and quarterly financial performance under IFRS Acting as the financial lead for the external audit process Producing the management information pack for the UK business and subsidiaries for board meetings Responsibility for preparation of quarterly financial report, management, discussion and analysis as well as related filings to Group, for review by management Understanding of latest accounting standards, including expertise in IFRS15 Responsibility for managing and monitoring all budgeting and forecasting Deputise for the CFO when required Profile This is an outstanding opportunity to join a market leading organisation in the city centre of Birmingham. Being part of the leadership team, the ideal candidate will enjoy an autonomous role within an established finance team. The ideal candidate will: Be a professionally qualified accountant with training from a Top 10 firm (preferably ACA) Demonstrate hands on experience of a senior accounting role Possess technical expertise in IFRS, internal controls and budgeting Be a strong communicator with the ability to explain financial issues clearly Demonstrate leadership skills to coach team members Have developed, implemented and monitored internal controls Show the ability to work accurately with both an eye for detail, and to understand the big picture Have the ability to identify and define problems, gather and review data, assess the alternatives, interpret the results, manage the risk, and communicate findings Demonstrate growth and result-oriented management style in setting and pursuing goals, demonstrating a strong commitment to organisational success Job Offer 75,000 - 90,000 car allowance, bonus, pension & holidays

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