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Rich Asians Give Deutsche Bank Crazy Growth Potential

In Deutsche Bank AG Chief Executive Officer Christian Sewing’s push to get back into growth mode, there’s one specific business in which there are pretty much no hiring limits.

The private bank in Asia is still recruiting, even after bringing on board about 100 relationship managers and support staff in the first half, Lok Yim, who runs the Asia-Pacific wealth business, said in an interview. “I don’t think there’s a limit apart from what we can digest,” he said.

Few businesses offers such eye-watering opportunities for global banks right now as catering to Asia’s swelling millionaire class. While Sewing has cut thousands of jobs elsewhere, in Asia he’s locked in a battle with banks from Credit Suisse Group AG to Morgan Stanley for the bankers who can bring in wealthy clients — and generate revenue from them.

“We’ve been having strategy papers with Christian Sewing,” Yim said. “The discussion is about ‘how much more would you like to grow?’" he added.

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Since taking over in April, Sewing has announced plans to cut at least 7,000 jobs and retrench in investment-banking areas such as prime finance and U.S. rates. More recently, however, the CEO has talked about the need to expand some operations. Wealth management in Asia, the Americas and Europe has been identified as among the bank’s most important areas for growth, according to its second-quarter earnings statement.

Asian Assets

The size of wealth assets under management in Asia is second only to Deutsche Bank’s home market in Germany, though overall growth has been subdued in recent years. Total AUM was 216 billion euros ($251 billion) at the end of June, little changed from a year earlier.

Yim said the bank had a strong first half in Asia with “a lot of client activity in the first quarter that carried momentum into the second quarter." AUM in the region edged up to 51 billion euros at the end of June, from 47 billion euros a year earlier, which Yim said was due to both new money inflows and movement in the value of financial assets.

Wealth Business

Deutsche Bank's Asia AUM is the largest after Germany (in billion euros)

Source: Deutsche Bank's second-quarter earnings presentation

Yim expressed optimism that the recent hiring of relationship managers will bring more rich clients to the bank. “With new colleagues coming on board we are hopeful that we will, over a reasonable period of time, bring new clients onto the Deutsche platform," Yim said.

Despite recent market volatility, Deutsche Bank is advising its wealthy clients in the region to maintain their investments rather than move into safe havens like cash, Yim said. “We do not feel that this is a time to stay in cash. If anything, we remain fully invested but in a hedged environment."

Yim said he is looking to technology and a focus on certain countries and markets in order to contain costs and “sustain profitability" at a time when he is adding new bankers. For example, the bank has exited the wealth business in Australia and Japan in recent years, and no longer serves European clients from Asia, Yim said.

“We want to grow, but sustainably and safely," Yim said. “But we are not going to hire people for the sake of hiring."

    Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-09/deutsche-bank-has-one-area-where-sewing-sees-no-limits-to-growth

    Bishop Michael Curry’s wedding address — the full text

    (CNN)And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Sson and Holy Spirit, Amen. From the Song of Solomon in the Bible, “Set me as a seal upon your heart, a seal upon your arm. For love is as strong as death. Passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire. A raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it out.”

    The late Dr. Martin Luther King once said and I quote: “We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this whole world a new world. But love, love is the only way.” There is power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even oversentimentalize it. There is power, power in love.
    If you don’t believe me, think of a tie when you first fell in love. The whole world seemed to center around you and your beloved. Oh, there’s power, power in love. Not just in its romantic forms, but any form, any shape of love. There’s a certain sense in which when you are loved, and you know it, when someone cares for you and you know it. When you love and you show it. It actually feels right. There’s something right about it. And there’s a reason for it. The reason has to do with the source. We were made by a power of love. And our lives are meant to be lived in that love — that’s why we are here. Ultimately, the source of love is God himself. The source of all our lives.
      There’s an old medieval poem that says where true love is found, God himself is there. The New Testament says it this way. Beloved, let us love one another. Because love is of God and those who love are born of God and know God. Those who do not love do not know God. Why? Because God is love. There is power in love.
      There’s power in love to help and heal when nothing else can. There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will. There’s power in love to show us the way to live. Set me as a seal on your heart, a seal on your arm. For love, it is strong as death.
      But love is not only about a young couple. Now, the power of love is demonstrated by the fact that we’re all here. Two young people fell in love, and we all showed up. But it’s not just for and about a young couple who we rejoice with — it’s more than that. Jesus of Nazareth on one occasion was asked by a lawyer to sum up the essence of the teachings of Moses, and he went back and reached back into the Hebrew scriptures to Deuteronomy and Leviticus and Jesus said you shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself.
      And then in Matthew’s version he added, he said, on these two, love of God and love of neighbor, hang all the law. All the prophets. Everything that Moses wrote. Everything in the holy prophets, everything in the scriptures. Everything that God has been trying to tell the world: Love God. Love your neighbors. And while your at it, love yourself.
      Someone once said that Jesus began the most revolutionary movement in human history. A movement grounded in the unconditional love of God for the world. And a movement mandating people to live and love ad in so doing, to change not only their lives but the very life of the world itself. I’m talking about some power — real power. Power to change the world.
      If you don’t believe me, well, there was more slaves in America’s antebellum South who explained the dynamic power of love and why it has the power to transform. They explained it this way, they sang a spiritual even in the midst of their captivity. It’s one that says there is a balm in Gilead, a healing balm. Something that can make things right, there is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole. There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul. And one of the stanzas actually explains why. They said if you cannot preach like Peter and you cannot pray like Paul, you just tell the love of Jesus how he died to save of all. Oh that’s the balm in Gilead: his way of love it is the way of life.
      They got it. He died to save us all. He didn’t die for anything he could get out of it. Jesus did not get an honorary doctorate for dying. He didn’t — He wasn’t getting anything out of it. He gave up his life, he sacrificed his life for others, for the good of the other, for the wellbeing of the world. For us. That’s what love is. Love is not selfish and self-centered. Love can be sacrificial.
      And in so doing, becomes redemptive. And that way of unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive love changes lives. And it can change this world. If you don’t believe me, just stop and think and imagine. Think and imagine, well? Think and imagine a world where love is the way. Imagine our homes and families when love is the way. Imagine neighborhoods and communities where love is the way. Imagine governments and nations where love is the way. Imagine business and commerce when love is the way. Imagine this tired old world when love is the way.
      When love is the way — unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive, when love is the way. Then no child would go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way. We will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever flowing brook. Wen love is the way poverty will become history. When love is the way the earth will become a sanctuary. When love is the way we will lay down our swords and shields down by the riverside to study war no more. When love is the way there’s plenty good room, plenty good room for all of God’s children.
      Cause when love is the way, we actually treat each other, well, like we are actually family. When love is the way we know that God is the source of us all. And we are brother and sisters, children of God. Brothers and sisters, that’s a new heaven, a new earth, a new world, a new human family. And let me tell you something, old Solomon was right in the Old Testament. That’s fire.
      Pierre Teilhard de Chardin — and with this I will sit down. We got to get you all married.
      French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was arguably one of the great minds, great spirits of the 20th century, a Jesuit Roman Catholic priest. A scientist, a scholar, a mystic. In some of his writings he said from his scientific background as well as his theological one, in some of his writings he said, as others have, that the discovery or invention or harnessing of fire was one of the great scientific and technological discoveries in all of human history. Fire to a great extent made all of human civilization possible. Fire made it possible to cook food and to provide sanitary ways of eating, which reduced the spread of disease in its time. Fire made it possible to heat warm environments and thereby made human migration around the world a possibility, even into colder climates. Fire made it possible, there was no Bronze Age without fire, no Iron Age without fire, no Industrial Revolution without fire. The advance of science and technology are greatly dependent on the ability to take fire and use it for human good.
      Anybody get here in a car today? An automobile? Nod your head if you did — I know there were some carriages. But those of us who came in cars, fire, the controlled, harnessed fire made that possible. I know that the Bible says, and I believe it, that Jesus walked on water. But I have to tell you that I didn’t walk across the Atlantic Ocean to get here. Controlled fire in that plane got me here. Fire makes it possible for us to text and tweet and email and Instagram and Facebook and socially be dysfunctional with each other. Fire makes all of that possible.
      And de Chardin said fire was one of the greatest discoveries in all of human history. And he then went on to say that if humanity ever harness the energy of fire again, if humanity ever captures the energy of love, it will be the second time in history that we have discovered fire.
      Dr. King was right. We must discover love the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world. My brother, my sister, God love you. God bless you. And may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.

      Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/19/europe/michael-curry-royal-wedding-sermon-full-text-intl/index.html

      More Than 30 Trump Aides Lose Top-Secret Clearance, Sources Say

      More than 30 aides to President Donald Trump have been stripped of access to top secret intelligence, two people familiar with the move said.

      The officials have been notified that they will be downgraded to lower-level “secret” interim security clearances, said the two people. None of the officials has been asked to leave the administration and their portfolios on top secret matters will be distributed to other staff members, they said.

      Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is among those officials whose security clearance has been downgraded as a result of the new policy on interim clearances set by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, said another person familiar with the material. The change means that Kushner lost access to some files, including those containing intelligence on foreign leaders and diplomats that can be used to gain an advantage in negotiations, according to a second person, who is familiar with the clearance process.

      All of the officials whose clearances were downgraded held the top secret designation on an interim basis. Kelly set a new policy that took effect last week that permits interim clearances only at the secret level and not permitting temporary clearances at higher levels.

      The revelations come as the White House weathers intense criticism over its handling of sensitive intelligence after former Staff Secretary Rob Porter was permitted to keep his clearance status for months even though the FBI said it had provided the White House a report including allegations of domestic violence from his two ex-wives. 

      Grassley Wants Answers

      Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley this week called for answers from the White House and the FBI about reports that dozens of top officials still lacked a full security clearance and that some them, including Kushner, had access to the highly classified President’s Daily Brief prepared by intelligence agencies.

      The crackdown on clearances also come amid the drama of a special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling and potential ties to Trump election advisers. Trump communications director Hope Hicks, who had been romantically linked to Porter and who testified Tuesday to a House panel in the Russia probe, on Wednesday announced her plans to resign in a statement released by the White House.

      In an earlier memo released Feb. 16, Kelly said that the administration must “do better” in its handling of security clearances. Kelly said he would discontinue all “Top Secret or SCI-level interim clearances” for people who have ongoing investigations stretching back to June 1, 2017, using an acronym for “Sensitive Compartmented Information.” While the new policy was set to take effect on Feb. 23, White House officials have declined to say who would be affected.

      In a statement last week, Kelly didn’t address whether Kushner’s security clearance would be revoked but said he had “full confidence” in his ability to continue his foreign policy work. Trump said at a news conference last week that “I will let General Kelly make that decision. I have no doubt he’ll make the right decision.”

      A spokesman for Kushner, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that no concerns have been raised to Kushner about his security clearance and that the White House’s new security clearance policy doesn’t affect Kushner’s ability to do his job. His assignments by Trump include leading efforts to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians, overhauling prison sentencing and technology innovations.

        Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-28/more-than-30-white-house-aides-said-to-lose-top-secret-clearance

        The Guardian view on Catalonias referendum: the Spanish state has lost | Editorial

        Editorial: Police brutality has ignited the political crisis. Can Madrid and the pro-independence movement find a way forward?

        Spain is in crisis, and its prime minister appears to be in denial. The run-up to Sundays referendum on independence for Catalonia made it clear that the country was in trouble. But neither those arranging it nor those rejecting it can fully have anticipated the scenes at polling stations: police in riot gear beating peaceful protesters with batons, dragging voters out by the hair or throwing them down stairs, firing rubber bullets to disperse crowds even striking at Catalan firefighters and jostling with Catalan police.

        The immediate result of the violence was hundreds of casualties by mid-afternoon, according to Catalan authorities, and at least 11 wounded officers, according to the central government. The wider effect is the shock expressed well beyond Catalonia, and Spain. The outcome is almost certain to be that some of the Catalans indifferent or opposed tosecession until now, at least, the majority are pushed into the arms of the cause. Whowants to be ruled by a state like this, many are asking.

        Yet Mariano Rajoys response, in his address to the nation, was simple: there was no referendum and no problem police acted with firmness and serenity. Theresponsibility for all that had happened lay with the Catalonian government. Spain is paying for his determination to stop the illegal vote by the bluntest means and at all costs. His latest remarks are only likely to inflame matters.

        Catalan nationalists owe him much of their success in recent years. The Spanish financial crisis fuelled a surge in the independence movement, leaving many in the wealthy region feeling they were paying more than their fair share. But the shift in the public mood was spurred on when the constitutional court trimmed back a charter increasing the regions powers and already approved by the Spanish parliament after achallenge by Mr Rajoys Peoples party.

        Even so, support for independence peaked in 2013, at an estimated 49%. Catalan nationalists, who hold only a wafer-thin majority in the regional parliament, pushed the legislation for Sundays vote through it against considerable opposition; Catalans who wanted to remain in Spain were unlikely to vote. The Spanish constitutional court ruled it illegal and called for it to be halted. But Mr Rajoys heavy-handed response furthered the cause of secessionists again.

        The central government seized 10m ballotpapers; arrested key officials; dismantled the technology to connect voting stations, tally votes and vote online; blocked and removed voters from polling stations; and confiscated ballot boxes. Catalan officials told voters to print off ballot papers at home and said they could vote wherever they wanted. Whatever they may claim, the results are neither legally nor morally binding: whatever votes are tallied cannot truly represent Catalonias wishes. Betweenthem,the two sides have produced both a vote that is hugely contentious and aresult that is meaningless.

        The prime ministers address, made as condemnations of violence arrived from Jeremy Corbyn, theBelgian prime minister and the EUs Guy Verhofstadt though most member states sought to stay out of the affair is likely to fuel nationalists accusations of authoritarianism and complaints about the suppression of the Catalan will.

        But if Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was right to say that the Spanish state had lost much more than what it had already lost, his assertion that Catalonia had won is at best half true. MostCatalans wished both for a referendum and to remain in a united country. They havebeen ill-served by both the state and theindependence movement. MrVerhofstadturged de-escalation, a negotiated solution bringing in all parties including the opposition in Catalonia andrespect for Spains constitutional and legal order. Heisright. Finding a way out of this mess willrequire a willingness to listen, to Catalans most of all.

        Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/01/the-guardian-view-on-catalonias-referendum-the-spanish-state-has-lost

        Bus seats mistaken for burqas by members of anti-immigrant group

        Comments published on Norwegian Fatherland first Facebook group call empty seats on Oslo bus terrifying

        A Norwegian anti-immigrant group continues to be roundly ridiculed after people apparently mistook an image of six empty bus seats published on its Facebook page for several women putting on burqas.

        Tragic, terrifying and disgusting were one of the comments published by people from the closed Fedrelandet viktigst, or Fatherland first, group underneath the photograph, based on screenshots around the Norwegian news website Nettavisen.

        Other people from the 13,000-strong group, for those who love Norway and appreciate what our ancestors fought against for, wondered if the non-existent passengers may be transporting bombs or weapons beneath their clothes. This looks really frightening, authored one. Ought to be banned. You cannot tell whos underneath. Might be terrorists.

        Further comments read: Ghastly. This will never happen, Islam is and try to is a curse, Have them from our country frightening occasions we live in, and: I figured it might be such as this around 2050, but it’s happening NOW, based on thelocal.no along with other media.

        The photograph, located on the internet, was published for any joke a week ago by Johan Slttavik, that has since described themself as Norways worst web troll and out from it, beneath an issue asking the audience: Exactly what do people consider this?

        Slttavik told Nettavisen and Norways TV2 he desired to highlight the main difference between legitimate critique of immigration and blind racism, and it was interested to determine how peoples perceptions of the image suffer from how others around them react. I finished up getting a great laugh.

        It went viral in Norwegian after Sindre Beyer, an old Work party MP who stated he’s been following Fatherland first for a while, published 23 pages of screenshots of the groups outraged comments.

        What goes on whenever a photo of some empty bus seats is published to some disgusting Facebook group, and nearly everybody thinks they see a lot of burqas? he requested inside a publish shared greater than 1,800 occasions.

        Your comments ought to recommended most the anti-immigrant groups people saw the photo as proof of the continuing Islamification of Norwegian, although a little number stated it was basically an image of bus seats. One cautioned the audience was making itself look absurd.

        Beyer told Nettavisen: Im shocked at just how much hate and pretend news is spread [around the Fedrelandet viktigst page]. A lot hate against empty bus seats certainly implies that prejudice wins out over knowledge.

        The mind of Norways Antiracist Center, Rune Berglund Steen, told the website that individuals plainly see what they need to determine and just what these folks need to see are harmful Muslims.

        Norway recently became the latest European country to propose limitations around the putting on of burqas and niqabs, tabling legislation which will bar them from kindergartens, universities and schools. France, holland, Belgium, Bulgaria and also the German condition of Bavaria all restrict full-face veils in certain public facilities.

        The countrys minority government, a coalition from the center-right Conservatives and also the populist Progress party that faces elections the following month, stated in June it had been confident it might find opposition support for that move.

        Per Sandberg, then acting immigration and integration minister, told a press conference that face-covering clothes like the niqab or burqa don’t belong in Norwegian schools. The opportunity to communicate is really a fundamental value.

        Find out more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/02/bus-seats-mistaken-burqas-anti-immigrant-group-norwegian

        First Venice and Barcelona: now anti-tourism marches spread across Europe

        Demos in San Sebastin and crackdowns in Rome and Dubrovnik as locals vent frustration at city-breakers and luxury cruise ships

        Using the continent sweltering within heatwave nicknamed Lucifer, tempers happen to be boiling over, too, like a wave of anti-tourism protests occur in certain of Europes most widely used destinations. Yet, as tourism-fear turns into a feature from the summer time, the planet Tourism Organisation(UNWTO)has defended the sphere, contacting local government bodies to complete more to handle development in a sustainable manner.

        The focus for point about this continues to be The country, which in fact had an archive 75.six million vacationers this past year, including 17.8 million in the United kingdom. In Barcelona, where tensions happen to be rising for a long time within the unchecked boost in visitors and impact of sites such as Airbnb on the local housing market, Arran, the youth wing from the radical CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy), happen to be filmed slashing the tyres of rental bicycles and a tour bus. An Arran spokesperson told the BBC: Todays type of tourism expels individuals from their neighbourhoods and harms the atmosphere. Spanish pm Mariano Rajoy described the audience as extremists.

        There are also protests in Mallorca and San Sebastin, where an anti-tourism march is planned for 17 August, to coincide with Semana Grande a significant festival of Basque culture.

        Other demonstrations occured across southern Europe. Recently in Venice which sees greater than 20 million visitors annually and it has just 55,000 residents 2,000 locals marched with the city, voicing anger at rising rents and also the impact of enormous luxury cruise ships and also the pollution they induce to the citys delicate atmosphere.

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        A resident holds a placard saying, in Venetian dialect Im not going, Im staying during a protest in Venice last month. Photograph: Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

        Speaking to the Guardian, UNWTO secretary general Taleb Rifai said the rise in anti-tourist sentiment is a very serious situation that needs to be addressed in a serious way. If managed correctly, he added, tourism can be the best ally to conservation, preservation and the community.

        It should not be given up for the sake of mismanagement, he said. Ensuring that tourism is an enriching experience for visitors and hosts alike demands strong, sustainable tourism policies, practices and the engagement of national as well as local governments and administrations, private sector companies, local communities and tourists themselves.

        UNWTO recommends a number of proven methods for managing crowds in destinations, such as encouraging tourists to visit beyond the central sights, diversifying tourist activities, reducing seasonality and, importantly, addressing the needs of the local community. The focus should not be, it says, on simply stopping tourists arriving.

        Earlier this year, Barcelona started cracking down on unlicensed Airbnb rentals, doubling the figures of inspectors checking qualities. Close to 16,000 rentals within the city, 7,000 are thought to be unlicensed.

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        Messages against tourism in Oviedo, northern Spain. Photograph: Alberto Morante/EPA

        In Venice, the mayors office has also been attempting to tackle the problem. In June it said it would introduce a ban on new tourist accommodation within the city center, and individuals counters happen to be installed at popular sites to watch overcrowding.

        Italia has additionally been cracking lower on anti-social conduct in other tourist hotspots. In Rome, what this means is a ban on people eating or paddling within the citys fountains and drinking on the street at night. Similar measures happen to be put in devote Milan which introduced a summer time ban on from food trucks to selfie sticks within the Darsena neighbourhood.

        In Dubrovnik, another city where luxury cruise ships unload a large number of visitors at any given time, the mayor features cameras to watch the amount of tourists in its Unesco-listed old town, so the flow of individuals entering could be slowed or perhaps stopped when a certain number is arrived at. Meanwhile, the mayor ofpopular Croatian party island Hvar has promised to place an finish to debauchery by mostly British vacationers by slapping them with huge fines.

        For Duncan McCann, investigator in the New Financial aspects Foundation, there are a variety of things underlying the current tensions, such as the rise of Airbnb, an growing quantity of tourists making short city breaks, and also the burden of luxury cruise ships. Both city breakers and cruiseship passengers are far more prone to stay in a town center instead of explore further afield.

        The perceived threat of terrorism in north Africa has additionally brought to a rise in vacationers holidaying within the Mediterranean in the last 2 yrs.

        These shifts are actually putting pressure on these locations, growing the figures and lowering the spread from the vacationers, states McCann. When you element in design of a lot these continental metropolitan areas old, with a network of smaller sized roads people start getting a feeling that theyre being absorbed.

        He adds this plays in to the wider politics from the continent, with economies not seen to become employed by people, and politics not saddressing the issues.

        Though tourist figures have elevated, I don’t know they’ve elevated enough in 5 years to result in that much agitation, he states. What’s really altered? A great deal is the fact that politics isnt out for that ordinary person anymore. Until that’s addressed I do not think well check this out protest movement subside.

        Find out more: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/aug/10/anti-tourism-marches-spread-across-europe-venice-barcelona

        Hilly Lisbon launches electric bike share system in bid to solve congestion

        The center of Lisbon is notoriously hilly, stopping lots of people from selecting cycling as a kind of transport. Can e-bikes encourage an uptake of pedal power?

        Wander around Lisbons city center using its vertiginous cobbled roads, treacherous enough by walking while it is raining, its difficult to assume cycling ever removing. Some roads are extremely steep you will find funiculars that will help you scale them, and Lisboetas on bikes really are a rare sight outdoors of summer time.

        Like many hilly metropolitan areas all over the world, Lisbon includes a serious congestion problem, and it is urban planners realize that if more and more people were convinced to cycle they might reap huge benefits in quality of air, health insurance and liveability.

        Go into the electric bike. In June Lisbon unleashed 100 public hire bikes sixty-six per cent of these electric around the roads from the leafy Parque das Naes neighbourhood. They are offered to beta testers across 10 docking stations, with an application. The wider scheme will ultimately comprise 1,410 bikes: 940 electric to handle the citys hillsides, the remainder conventional bikes. They’ll be linked with a 100-mile network of cycle routes.

        Lisbon certainly isnt the very first hilly city to appear to e-bikes. Madrid introduced BiciMAD, one hundredPercent electric public bike rental service in June 2014. Londons hilliest neighbourhood, Muswell Hill, used to be promised its very own e-bike hire network, even though the idea fizzled out. In June this season, Bay Area took its first 100 electric bikes via Social Bicycles, the organization also is moving out an e-bike plan within the UKs hilly seaside town of Brighton.

        Transportation planners in hilly metropolitan areas all over the world from Hong Kong to Rio, Rome to Swansea could be aware.

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        A user gets ready to hire one of Lisbons new e-bikes. Photograph: Emel

        Not all of Lisbon is hilly, however. According to Lisboa Horizontal, a task that searched for to map the citys gradients for cycling, 63% of all of the citys roads are under 4%. Fortunately for city planners, the current a part of Lisbon where most locals live and jobs are relatively flat. Furthermore, campaigners say you’ll be able to steer clear of the very steepest hillsides for many journeys. Best routes arent too hilly its likely to achieve with a home river towards the castle with no excessively steep hill, states local cycle tour guide, Ricardo Ferreira. Should you proceed to the town you are aware how to obtain around and there is no shame just to walk for 100 or 200 metres.

        Pedro Machado, who works best for Emel, Lisbons transport body, states the bikes is going to be put into the flatter areas of Lisbon the plateau area and also the riverfront. Even though the e-bikes are exist for with hillsides, it is not their only purpose.

        [Were concentrating on] cycling around the borders because its a plateau, which provides coverage for over fifty percent from the city, he states. We’ve seven hillsides and theyre all within the city center.

        Madrid has [proven that] e-bikes solve the issue of hillsides they also provide you with more range. If you are comfortable riding 3km on the regular bicycle, then you will be comfortable doing 8km with an e-bike, therefore it captures people who would be unable to make use of a normal bike.

        The Lisboa Horizontal project mapped the citys many flat(ant) roads

        Portugal has one of the cheapest amounts of cycling in Europe and greatest automobile possession levels, however the aspirational imagery for Lisbons cycle hire plan is suggestive of an administration attempting to shift the thought of pedal power.

        Emel has invested 23m (20.6m) within the cycle hire project, contracting Portuguese bike company, Orbita, to create and convey the bikes, stations and docks, and keep the machine for eight years. A yearly pass, open to residents, will definitely cost 36 along with a daily ticket 10 a prices which enables Lisbon to profit from its tourism boom. The bikes may also carry advertising.

        Lisbon is really a city that has high commuting patterns, Machado states. We obtain many people each morning from the outdoors thats an issue that can embark upon for 2 hrs.

        The plan has already been showing popular. There’s two,400 beta testers, having a 3,500-strong waiting list. Many while using bikes now achieve this daily, based on Emels Diogo Homem, saving to fifteen minutes each way per trip.

        More docking stations are now being installed. This month and then, hire bikes can look in districts such as the touristic Baixa, the Zona Ribeirinha and Lisbon Plateau, in addition to across the riverfront.

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        A cyclist passes the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology on the riverfront, one of Lisbons flat and cycle-friendly areas. Photograph: Horacio Villalobos/Corbis via Getty Images

        Lisbon planners hope that by building complementary infrastructure people will feel safe cycling on the streets. The 100-mile cycle network will stretch across the city to the municipal borders, with six main bike avenues for faster, longer journeys, linked by second and third hierarchy connecting paths on quieter streets within neighbourhoods. There will be measures including 20mph speed limits and narrower road widths to calm traffic, all tacked on to an existing programme of street improvements.

        In January Emel took control of the citys bus services, and is now introducing electric vehicles, and linking services with other modes of transport. Crucially, it also controls parking, and is using this revenue to help fund its cycling programme.

        Change isnt easy for everyone to swallow. Nuno Sardinha, a project manager at Emel, describes the firm as the most hated company in Lisbon.

        The way that we see it, Machado says, the parking and mobility company is a tool that the city uses to regulate the use of public space and control the number of cars coming from the outside the city.

        On Lisbons first protected bike route which runs along Avenida da Repblica, a busy arterial road Joo Bernardino and Pedro Sanches from local cycle campaign group, MUBi, explain that getting cycling infrastructure in the city has been a slow process, riddled with compromise and delay. These cycle tracks were originally intended for both sides of the road, but were reduced to a single two-way track amid concerns over a loss of parking.

        Bad parking is like a plague in this city, and police just walk by, Sanches tells me. On one new cycle route that passes the local cycle caf, Vlocit Caf, and crosses Avenida da Repblica, a veritable forest of bollards has been planted across the new pedestrian space to prevent drivers leaving their cars there. We are forced to dodge cars parked where the bike route crosses side streets. Across the city, pavements and pedestrian crossings are regularly blocked by vehicles.

        On a national level, though, Portugal ended a give-way rule for cyclists in 2014, scrapped rules confining cycles to bike paths and introduced a 1.5-metre overtaking rule for drivers. Campaigners say the city has become more cycle friendly. As Sanches puts it: Most days now we can ride from home to work without any problems that has changed.

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        Hackers undermine Russia’s attempts to control the internet

        Government bodies have blacklisted a large number of sites for political dissent since Putins re-election this year but activists have subverted the machine

        Moscows make an effort to control the web inside Russia originates unstuck carrying out a campaign by online hackers who’ve subverted a method of blacklisting sites considered inappropriate.

        Since Vladimir Putins re-election in 2012, government bodies have banned a large number of sites some for promoting social affilictions, others for political dissent by inscribing their particulars on the blacklist and forcing isps (ISPs) to bar them.

        However in recent days, activists trying to break the rules from the attack have undermined the machine by buying banned sites and inserting the nuances of perfectly legal webpages to their domains.

        Havoc ensued.

        Recently, cash machines owned by big condition banks VTB and Sberbank eliminate. Major news sites and social networking services were blocked as well as Google grew to become inaccessible.

        The Kremlin demonstrated not capable of putting the web in check by technical means. The only real factor that partially works is violence of companies and users, stated Andrei Soldatov, author from the Red Web, a magazine about Russias online surveillance.

        To create violence more efficient you have to result in the rules more vague and complex, to create almost everybody guilty obviously, he stated.

        Using the blacklisting system searching vulnerable, the worry would be that the government bodies will retaliate by presenting a level harsher system of control on which internet users can observe.

        Already they’ve produced a brand new whitelist of websites that may not be blocked. And a week ago, parliament passed legislation banning using virtual private systems (VPNs), used by lots of to gain access to blocked content. Countless people staged a protest march in Moscow in the weekend to resist online censorship.

        The web cat-and-mouse game began 5 years ago once the condition telecoms watchdog, Roskomnadzor, was handed broad forces to censor the Russian web via amendments to some law drafted to safeguard children from information harming their own health and development.

        This provided in order to obtain a register, or blacklist, of banned websites that isps were needed to bar. Wikipedia, LiveJournal, Russias largest social network VK and largest internet search engine Yandex protested what the law states like a attack around the freedom of knowledge.

        Using its blacklist, Roskomnadzor attacked sites that contains child pornography and knowledge on narcotics and suicide. It bans pages for extremist statements, a slippery term that’s been put on from terrorist groups to liberal opposition news sites, as well as for details about unsanctioned public demonstrations.

        Within the first couple of years, greater than 50,000 internet sites were blocked, some 4,000 of these for extremism. Sites could be blocked with different court decision or perhaps a complaint by government departments or citizens.

        The watchdogs decisions frequently verge around the political, for example if this blocked the website of Russias most prominent opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, in 2015 for any publish that pointed out the potential of a protest action. Navalny accused the company of political censorship.

        Almost from the beginning, experts cautioned the blacklist, including sites domains and IP addresses, was ripe for abuse. In the finish of May, proprietors of banned sites began exercising when they listed the Ip associated with a other website within their DNS [domain name server] information, providers would instantly block that website.

        Aside from the banks, VK and Yandex were blocked, as were the professional-Kremlin websites NTV and LifeNews. Even Roskomnadzors website is made inaccessible. Inside a blog post entitled Block your anus, Roskomnadzor! a 14-year-old programmer claimed he had blocked several popular websites with the loophole.

        A number of individuals wreaking havoc were just trolling the government bodies, while some were wielding the vulnerability like a weapon within the war with Roskomnadzor, certainly one of participants told the Meduza website without needing his name.

        The job of those people, and Im one of these, would be to complicate whenever possible the existence of individuals who attempt to attack freedom of speech and anonymity online, he stated.

        IT consultant Vladislav Zdolnikov, who covers web freedom and opposition politics for pretty much 20,000 supporters of his funnel around the anonymous messaging service Telegram, published a summary of banned domains that were vacated by their original proprietors. Within fifteen minutes, they’d just about all been purchased.

        I had been demonstrating the criminal incompetence of Roskomnadzor, which not just overlooked the vulnerability, but additionally didnt delete in the register domains which had freed up, he told the Protector.

        Roskomnadzor accused Zdolnikov and webmaster Alexander Litreyev, each of whom are activists at Navalnys anti-corruption foundation, of orchestrating the blocking of innocent sites and requested the inside ministry to spread out an analysis. The 2 guys have since fled to Kiev.

        The company also issued a brand new whitelist of countless 1000 websites that couldnt be blocked under any conditions, many of them government pages, and expanded it on 11 This summer.

        Many providers have neither the gear nor employees to dig through constantly altering IP addresses and make certain blacklisted sites are now being blocked and whitelisted sites aren’t, based on Sarkis Darbinyan, an attorney for that RosKomSvoboda project that promotes free internet.

        More to the point, Roskomnadzors methodology raises concerns about the way forward for internet freedom in Russia. Darbinyan stated internet regulation was on your journey to the presumption that things are forbidden except what’s clearly permitted.

        The subject is particularly sensitive after Navalny held huge unsanctioned protests in downtown Moscow in March and June, a lot of whose participants stated they were inspired by his viral YouTube video showing the extravagant property holdings of pm Dmitry Medvedev.

        Already, a bundle of amendments referred to as Yarovaya law, that was passed this past year and can enter into effect in 2018, is responsible for huge debate. The legislation will need telecoms providers to keep details about all of their users communications, from calls to emails, for six several weeks.

        Besides privacy complaints, applying we’ve got the technology to keep a lot details are believed to cost 4.5 trillion roubles (60bn), costs that telecoms companies likely spread to consumers.

        Many view new legislation regulating anonymisers and VPNs like Telegram as the next phase within the Kremlins gradual attack on the internet. Based on Soldatov, as it is technologically hard for these types of services to bar sites, they’ll be easy targets for pressure and violence when the law passes not surprisingly.

        This law, such as the other laws and regulations that censor the Internet, is going to be applied selectively, Zdolnikov predicted, at occasions when its beneficial towards the regime.

        Find out more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/25/hackers-undermine-russias-attempts-to-control-the-internet

        Dutch prisoners given cold-case calendars in hope of solving crimes

        Police received 160 tipoffs after trial run of calendars featuring unsolved murders

        Prisoners over the Netherlands should be issued with calendars for his or her cells featuring unsolved murders or disappearances included in a drive through the Nederlander police to hack unsolved cases.

        The so-known as cold situation calendars is going to be handed to any or all 30,000 prisoners in the united states following a trial run in five jails within the north led to 160 ideas to law enforcement.

        Every week of the season within the brightly coloured 2018-19 calendars is going to be highlighted having a photograph of the missing person and information on the situation. Anticipation is that lots of individuals in prison knows information on a few of the crimes or might have heard other crooks chatting about the subject.

        Following a trial, law enforcement received tipoffs on several cases, including those of Nicky Verstappen, an 11-year-old boy who had been murdered while in a summer time camp near Brunssum within the south from the Netherlands in August 1998. Nobody has have you been charged, however the mother and father now reopened the situation.

        Jeroen Hammer, the calendars inventor, told Nederlander newspapers the calendars had also demonstrated well-liked by bored prisoners, even though some had considered the initiative in an attempt to show them against their very own. Obviously you will find individuals who dont desire a calendar and who shouldn’t be seen as an snitch, he stated. But our trial implies that almost two-thirds of prisoners think the calendar may be beneficial.

        Two other cases around the calendar are also reopened following tipoffs this season from inmates in prisons in Leeuwarden, Zutphen, Sittard, Zwaag and Schiphol. The calendar continues to be printed in Nederlander, Arabic, Spanish, British and Russian to increase its impact, along with a 800,000 reward has been provided for individuals whose information leads to a effective conviction.

        A campaign video for that cold situation calendar

        Announcing the nation’s rollout from the calendar, a police spokesman stated: The expertise of law enforcement and judiciary implies that prisoners have relatively high amounts of understanding about committed crimes.

        Online the Nederlander police stated advances in forensic technology had made functioning on tipoffs even just in early cases considerably simpler. You will find around 1,500 unsolved crimes considered cold cases within the Netherlands.

        There’s two key elements that lead to this, law enforcement stated. Around the one hands you will find developments in forensics, that offer the teams more possibilities, for example DNA. However, witnesses can enjoy a vital role. Witnesses who’d seen something at that time, but didn’t dare in the future forward, sometimes dare to do this with time. Nederlander studies have shown there are also those who have heard something a good unresolved issue later on.

        Law enforcement say they are able to offer anonymity to individuals in some cases.

        There’s no penalty to keep details about an offence committed. Therefore, you don’t have to fear persecution if you’ve been discussing information, despite many years of deliberation, they stated.

        The thought of the calendars was lent in the U . s . States, where each year several states distribute a pack of cards that contains details about cold cases among prisoners.

        Find out more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/20/dutch-prisoners-cold-case-calendars-solving-crimes

        Gluten-free bread for Holy Communion is toast, says Vatican

        Unleavened bread employed for breaking of the bread during Catholic masses could be genetically modified although not entirely gluten-free, church rules

        The unleavened bread accustomed to celebrate the holy breaking of the bread during Catholic masses can be created with genetically modified microorganisms, the Vatican stated Saturday, however they can’t be entirely gluten-free.

        Low-gluten bread is permitted but there has to be enough protein within the wheat to really make it without additives.

        Cardinal Robert Sarah from the Vaticans Congregation for Divine Worship and also the Discipline from the Sacraments stated the guidance was needed since Eucharistic bread and wine are available in supermarkets as well as on the internet.

        Inside a letter issued recently, Sarah also advised bishops the bread ought to be produced by people distinguished by their integrity which adding fruit or sugar would be a grave abuse.

        It’s altogether forbidden to make use of wine of doubtful authenticity or provenance, he added.

        But for those who cannot tolerate wine using mustum, or must, a thick non-fermented grape juice, is recognized as valid matter for that sacrament, which Catholics believe turns the bread and wine in to the body and bloodstream of Christ.

        With the Eucharistic celebration Christians remember Christs sacrifice of themself around the mix. You will find 1.2 billion Catholics on the planet.

        Agence France-Presse led to this report

        Find out more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/09/gluten-free-bread-for-holy-communion-is-toast-says-vatican